West Coast Messenger 2 October 2019

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The opening of the current Lake Brunner School, 60 years ago.

PICTURE: Lake Brunner School

Lake Brunner School’s Pink Ribbon Day this year.

Moana celebrates 60th jubilee by Laura Mills


ake Brunner School will celebrate its 60th jubilee this year with a twilight gala. Principal Shirley Serban said the actual anniversary was the start of the year, but they did not know when the date was

set. It will instead celebrate 60 years in general, on Canterbury Anniversary Day. Students have been compiling stories and memories from locals into videos, which they plan to launch these, as well as other general research into Grey district history, in a website at the time of the gala. “We have met with Jim Walsh, who was

principal from 1967 to 1979, who shared many stories with us — like how they used to swim in the lake and have fireplaces in the classrooms. “We’ve also interviewed Anne Klempel, our school receptionist, who just retired earlier this month. She served here for 30 years, so has seen many changes! The stories will be added to the website.” Schools in the Lake Brunner area have come


and gone over the years. There was one in the late 1890s (the land around it was a swamp apparently), it closed, reopened about 1933, then closed again 1940 and children had to go to Ruru, crossing three sets of railway lines in the process, to the horror of their parents. The twilight gala will be held on Canterbury Anniversary Day, November 15, from 5 to 8pm.












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Coast Calendar


5 Ochre workshop, Left Bank Art Gallery 5 - 12 2 Threads of Gold Exhibition. Celebrating 50 years of Creative Fibre at Clocktower Westport. Open daily 10am - 4pm. 5 Haast Whitebait Festival and market day, 11am-3pm 5 Shakespeare Street Markets 5-6 Special Olympics Basketball Ribbon tournament, Westland Recreation Centre, 1pm-5pm Saturday, 9am Sunday. 6 Eastern Ward, Meet the Candidates, Stationhouse Cafe, Moana, 3pm-5pm 7 Ochre exhibition opens, Left Bank Art Gallery, 5.30pm 7 Space Week Westland District Library, Hokitika 8 Buller Grey Power meeting 1.30pm, Club Buller 8 Sport Canterbury-West Coast, Athletic Fest, Greymouth Athletic field, Anzac Park, 1pm-3pm 11 Sport Canterbury-West Coast, Sport Fest, Greymouth Hockey Turf, 1pm-3pm 11 Weka Brothers Band, Dunollie Hotel, 8.30pm 12 Novice Powerlifting Competition, Westland Recreation Centre gym 12 Teddy Bear parade, Greymouth town square, noon to 3pm 13 Words-On-Page writers workshop with Wendy Scott, New Coasters Greymouth, 10.30am 17 Minerals West Cost Forum, Ashley Hotel, Greymouth from 9am 18 Minerals West Coast field trips 18 Mousey, Barrytown Hall, 8pm 19 West Coast Sports Awards, Shantytown, 5.30pm 20 Wilderness Trail Women’s Duathlon, start Kumara 10am 22 Google Specialist Workshop, Development West Coast boardroom, 1pm-2pm 25-28 Westport Volunteer Fire Brigade 150th reunion 25-27 Waro-rakau rugby league 50th 26 Town Square Market, Greymouth, midday-3pm, band Shakey Ground midday-2pm 26 Revell Street Market, Hokitika, 9am-3pm 26 Westport Whitebait Festival 27 Greymouth Motorcycle Street Races, 30th anniversary event, 9am 28 Blackball Writers Retreat begins, Blackball School 27 Greymouth Street races, 30th anniversary event, 9am 27 Bruce Bay Sports Day 29 Greg Copeland and Steve Gilles, Barrytown Hall, 8pm 30 Greg Copeland and Steve Guitar Gilles acoustic Blues duo, Donovan’s Store, The Strand, Okarito, 7.30pm-10pm

NOVEMBER 1 Ag Proud, Greymouth town square 2 Kaiata and Omoto Community Garage Sale and Market Day, Kaiata Hall, 9am to 1pm 2 Greymouth Health and Wellbeing Craft expo, Regent Theatre, Greymouth, 10am-4pm 2 Mel Parsons, Old Lodge Hokitika 3 Totara Flat Garden Extravaganza, Totara Flat Hall, 11am-2pm

7 It’s Showtime: Family Friendly Magic and Illusion Show, Regent Theatre, Greymouth, 7pm-8.30pm 10 Hokitika Christmas Market, Seaview Community Hall, Hokitika 9 Tai Poutini house auction: Pre-auction Open Day, Lombard Street Greymouth, 10am-2pm 12 Buller Grey Power meeting, 1.30pm, Salvation Army Rooms 14 Whitebait season ends 15 Lake Brunner School 60th, Moana 15 Lake Brunner School Twilight gala, 60th anniversary celebrations, 5pm.8pm 16 Tribute 29 Pike River Memorial Run, leave Blackball 10.30am 16 Ride the Wilderness, 8am-4pm 17 Grey Valley Gala 19 Polytechnic house auction, Tai Poutini Polytechnic, 6pm 19-24 Loud Mouth Performing Arts Festival, Greymouth 21 Shimmy and Shake Burlesque Show, Copper Room, Union Hotel, 7pm 23 Twilight Kumara Gala 23-24 Gypsy Extravaganza Fair, Karoro Domain, Greymouth, from 9am 25 The Bee Gees Night Fever, Regent Theatre, Greymouth, 8pm 30 Paparoa Track opening party, with Katie Thompson and the Warratahs, Blackball

On the street The latest census shows the West Coast population has declined slightly with Buller having the sharpest drop since 2013, Grey remaining static and Westland gaining people. What do you believe is going on?

DECEMBER 6, 7, 8 6, 7, 8 Greymouth Christmas carnival 6 Katie Thompson performs, The Hits Greymouth Christmas concert market 7 Go kart event, Mackay Street Greymouth, 1pm 26 Westport Trots 28 Westport Trots 30 Inter-islander Summer Festival, Reefton Trots

Debbie Daniels


“People are probably leaving for jobs and lifestyle choices.’’

Jacob Baughan


“I’ve moved to Buller so I’ve got no idea why.”

Jess Coll


“Maybe there are not enough jobs keeping people on the Coast.”

JANUARY 2020 2 Moana market day, from 10am 25 Westland A and P Show

FEBRUARY 1 Inangahua A and P Show 6 Waitangi Day community picnic, Dixon Park Greymouth, 11am 7-8 Coast to Coast 8 Buller Gorge Marathon 11 Buller Grey Power meeting, 1.30pm, Club Buller 16 Greymouth Rotary Food Fare, town square, town square, 4pm 22 South Westland A and P show 22 The Ghost Road Ultra race 28-March 5 Buller Festival and rafting nationals 29- March 1 Art in the Park •

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Phil Russ


“Employment. The mines have gone and so have those workers. I can name 10 of my mates who have gone, work driven.”

Hame Leary


“Hokitika and South Westland have got a lot more going for them.”

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The University of Canterbury Student Volunteer Army, after breakfast at Buller High School, ready for another day’s work during its bi-annual volunteering camp in Westport last week. Teams of 100 students tackled six different community projects, including beach and river clean-ups, track maintenance and weeding.

Student army visits Buller by Rose O’Connor in Westport


embers of the Student Volunteer Army (SVA) spent recently spent time volunteering in Westport volunteering on community projects. About 100 helpers arrived to weave their magic as they cleared rubbish from beaches and rivers, worked on track clearing and weeded and pruned community gardens. They beavered away from Fox River through to North Beach in Westport. The group arrived in Westport on the night of September 20

and stayed at the University of Canterbury’s Maxwell Gage Centre and at hostels in the town. Saturday was spent working on the various projects the SVA’s executive committee had organised by liaising with locals in advance. They had a bonfire at North Beach on the Saturday evening and returned to Christchurch on the Sunday. It is the first time the SVA has volunteered in Westport but last year it ventured to Hokitika to undertake a weekend of projects including clearing gardens and painting. The Canterbury University ‘club’ began in response to the September 11, 2010 earthquake in Christchurch where students

connected with the community by venturing out to help where needed. Their contribution only grew in the aftermath of the February 22 earthquake the following year. The student army now has around 3000 members in the largest ‘club’ on the university’s campus. During orientation week new recruits received a free barbecue lunch and tee-shirt for signing up. Most weekends the SVA can be found somewhere working on community projects around Canterbury. Two camps are held out of the city each year and Buller has been the grateful recipient this time. PICTURE: Rose O’Connor

Yatsunor Wakahara, left back, Ryuji Ngao, Koshiro Murakami, Ryo Nishizawa, Ryusei Takezono and Masato Mochizuki with Lucy Smith, left front, and Nicole Langedijk. The Japanses students are on a two month exchange to the University of Canterbury from Tokyo City University and joined the Student Volunteer Army to work on community projects in Buller. Pictured at a working bee at the community garden at Number 37 Community House, they had never worked at gardening before.

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Kokatahi-Kowhitirangi pupils mark Conservation Week KOKATAHI-KOWHITIRANGI School pupils enjoyed a day planting and exploring at the West Coast Treetop Walk during Conservation

Week. Native seedlings donated by local businesses were planted around the site after a karakia

led by Te Runanga o Ngati Waewae. Information was also shared on the traditional Maori healing and medicinal uses

of some plants. The Year 3 and Year 4 pupils enjoyed a walk on the treetop walkway.


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Westport woman collects bread tags by Rose O’Connor in Westport


hile it may only be an inconvenient piece of plastic for most people, the plastic tag that ties up your bread bag is in hot demand. Westport’s Bev Bade has become a drop off point for the tags on behalf of Bread Tags NZ. The tags are recycled and made into reusable items. The money raised is then used to fund much needed wheelchairs in South Africa. “I’m not sure how this came about for me but we all have that little pile of bread tags on the window sill. I’d heard about fundraising for wheelchairs so I contacted Bread Tags NZ to see where I could send mine. From there I offered to become a drop off point. Once I have a container of bread tags I package them up and send them off to another volunteer in Whangarei who arranges for them to be sent to South Africa,” Mrs Bade said. Bread Tags for Wheelchairs began in South Africa in 2006 by Mary Honeybun. Since then, the community programme has collected 500kg of bread tags which have been sold to a South African plastics moulding company, Zibo. The bread tags are recycled and used in the manufacturing of seedling trays. Three wheelchairs have been purchased. Bread Tags for Wheelchairs NZ began in New Zealand earlier in the year. Its search for a business to recycle the bread tags has so far been unsuccessful. However, to date, 26kg of bread tags have been sent to South Africa for processing via people’s luggage. It takes 200kg to fund one wheelchair.

Its website states that “collecting bread tags enables us to provide wheelchairs that change the life of disabled people in need, as well as keeping the tags out of the landfill to help preserve the environment”. There are now 100 collection points for the tags throughout New Zealand. Mrs Bade has set up a collection point in Buller REAP’s foyer in Palmerston Street. People are invited to drop their bread tags there or to contact Mrs Bade to arrange a pick up. There are several other collection points on the Coast. “All sized bread tags are acceptable including those that come with bags of fruit and vegetables but not bread ties as they contain wire in them,” Mrs Bade said. Mrs Bade works as a service co-ordinator in Westport for CCS Disability Action, based at Buller REAP. “My role is to support people of all ages to be able to live independently in the community and also to provide support and advocacy as needed, Mrs Bade said. Mrs Bade and husband Ray are also foster parents. “It is a pleasure to be able to share our lives with these children and watch them grow and flourish.” She is also a supporter and drop off point for Foster Hope which provides the basics for children entering foster care, as well as running an annual pyjama drive. Mrs Bade also co-ordinates this in Westport. So, taking on another good cause in the form of collecting bread tags is just another aspect of life for Mrs Bade.

PICTURE: Rose O’Connor

Bev Bade with the container to deposit bread bag ties in, at the foyer of Buller REAP.

Young speakers test themselves THE Tooth Fairy, Brexit, pros and cons of McDonald’s fast food were among topics chosen by Buller primary school pupils as they competed for the coveted title of winner of the 2019 Buller Primary School Speech Contest recently. Overall winner was Elyse Johnson of St Canice’s School with her entertaining speech ‘What We Can Learn from Fairy Tales.’ Second was Nikau Woody of Granity School who spoke compellingly on ‘Homelessness in New Zealand’. Westport South School’s Nayoin Srun placed third with a moving talk on the poverty many families experienced in her homeland of Cambodia. Nine students entered the contest from four Buller primary schools. Westport North and South, St Canice’s and Granity.

Co-judge Gay Sweeney said numbers were well down on last year which drew a near record number of entrants. The overall standard of speeches was very high with a huge amount of variety in topics. It was challenging to judge speeches that varied so greatly from the very serious through to the more humorous, lighter topics. “It was difficult to compare,” she said. “It really came down to the delivery.” The contest judges Ms Sweeney and Daniel Reynolds used the International Toastmasters’ criteria. Contestants each spoke for three minutes. The venue at Hagedorns Funeral Chapel was well attended by Rotarians, family and whanau of the contenstants.

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Elyse Johnson with her trophy for winning the Buller Primary Schools Speech Contest.

Walking access f indings out THE Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has published the findings and recommendations from a review of the Walking Access Act 2008. The review revealed strong public support for the Act and changes proposed by the review aim to help ensure it is fit for the future, and continues to provide a wide range of types of public access to the outdoors. Under the law, a review was required after 10 years. MPI led the review, with guidance from an independent panel of chairman Dr Hugh Logan, Sandra Faulkner, and Leith Comer, QSO. “The purpose of the Act is to provide free, certain, enduring and practical access to the

outdoors for all sorts of activities,” MPI director of land, water and climate policy Charlotte Denny said. “These include walking, bike riding, walking dogs, and hunting or four-wheel driving. The act also established the New Zealand Walking Access Commission. “Overall the review found resounding support for the ongoing need for the Act and that the New Zealand Walking Access Commission is performing an important and valued role.” Since 2012-13, the commission had negotiated a total of 300 access opportunities. The review was informed by public engagement between May and July , including

public meetings and hui. MPI also received and analysed 638 written submissions. The review had made thirty recommendations and proposed six technical legislative changes. These recommendations include changing the name of the act and the commission to reflect its work leading and supporting public access to the outdoors generally, rather than solely walking access. They also include acknowledging the Maori-Crown relationship under the Treaty of Waitangi through a partnership approach between the commission and Maori. “The review’s recommendations will shape the next stage of our work, which is a formal policy process to test the findings from the

review,” Ms Denny said. This would include consultation with the public, before the Government decides on any changes to the Act and the commission’s work. “We know accessing the outdoors improves our health, supports our cultural connection with the land, and provides an opportunity to share experiences with our friends and family. The public’s interest in the review certainly shows the importance they place on access to the outdoors.” To read the review’s findings check out the MPI website at www.mpi.govt. nz/walkingaccessreview. In 2020 more information about the timing of the next stage will also be provided.


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New date for Grey Valley Gala THE Grey Valley Community Gala has a new date and this year will be held on November 17. The gala is the main source of fundraising for Awahono School, playcentre, community trust and scouts group, but unfortunately in the past it clashed with the Christmas Carnival in Greymouth. Despite the new date, it remains combined with the Grey Valley Axemen’s Ahaura woodchopping. There will be stalls, food, games for the kids, bouncy castles, face painting, fire engine, pony cart rides, Santa, chocolate wheel, slip ‘n’ slide, woodchopping and more.

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Celebrating 5 Years ON THE COAST It’s a great offer


he team at Elgas on the West Coast is proud to celebrate 5 years delivering LPG around the West Coast, and they want to thank all customers, from Westport to Fox Glacier, for their support and making Elgas such a success.

During the ďŹ ve years, Elgas has been on the West Coast, the business has grown steadily and they are now one of the main LPG suppliers in the area. “Coasters looking after Coasters, that’s what it’s all about and that is why Elgas continues to grow.â€? Before we introduced Elgas to Coasters, prices here were high compared with city areas. After ďŹ ve years of Coasters’ support, the price of LPG is still much lower than it was then. If that isn’t proof that competition works, I don’t know what is,â€? Daryl says. To celebrate this milestone, for the month of October anyone who joins Elgas on the West Coast will receive 200 Fly Buys and $200 worth of gas credit to get you under way. Also if you purchase a Rheem Gas Water Heater and installation in October, you will go into the draw to win the price of the unit for free. *conditions apply. Elgas was started on the Coast in October 2014 by Daryl Topp, owner of Topp Service. After having been in heating and plumbing for many years, Daryl wanted to grow his business in a dierent direction. With his son Karl becoming a certiďŹ ed gas ďŹ tter and the need for more competition with the LPG supply market in this area, Daryl decided to set up Topp Service as an agent of Elgas. Elgas is a multinational LPG supply company, owned by Linde Group who also own BOC Gas which Topp Service would also join at a later date as a distributor partner. Daryl is proud of his team, which has grown since 2014. Starting with one driver, Elgas now has three drivers, larger trucks and a ďŹ lling station at the Kaiata Park gas yard, meaning all Elgas bottles can be ďŹ lled on site, rather than being sent to Nelson to be ďŹ lled. It’s another reason customers can be assured that there is always LPG available. Another integral part of the team is Territory Manager Gabrielle Wynn. Gabrielle deals directly with clients regarding LPG supply and is a local liaison between customers and Elgas. Gabrielle is supported by other members of the Topp Service team meaning customers needs are met at a local level. You can visit Topp Service in store for the month of October for give-aways to help celebrate, along with balloons and lollies for the kids. If you would like to change to Elgas or discuss gas water heating options then call into Topp Service today.

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A toast for Reefton success S

hareholders of the Reefton Distilling Co gathered for a photograph last month to mark the venture’s first birthday. The distillery is housed in the historic Harold Bros store of the 1870s and has gone from strength to strength since opening. Distillery spokeswoman Shirley Went said

that almost one year on from opening their doors the distilling company’s Little Biddy is now New Zealand’s fastest growing gin brand, “having achieved an almost cult like following”. To celebrate their first year the little distillery at Reefton invited its shareholders to attend a weekend of celebration on

September 13 to mark the distillery’s first birthday. Following a day spent foraging in the local bush with the distillery’s resident ambassadors, Steffan and Nigel McKay, the AGM opened with shareholders met with cocktails featuring the distillery’s products and canapes made on-site by Cuisine Good

Food Awards 2018 chef of the year, Giulio Sturla. Founder and managing director Patsy Bass said from an idea in 2016 to be part of the revitalisation of Reefton, “two years on we have achieved global awards for our products, created jobs and a tourist attraction with flowon effects for the wider community”.

Gardening connecting community by Rose O’Connor in Westport A RECENT weekend working bee at No 37 Community House in Westport saw individuals and groups working together to do some serious gardening to spruce up the grounds. This included community house volunteers, tutors, Rotarians and individuals armed with shovels, spades, saws, secateurs and rolling wheelbarrows to clear ground to allow further community vegetable garden beds and tracks. Trailer loads of green waste were removed from the property. No 37 trustee Jo Howard, who happens to be standing for the Buller District Council, said the working bee was just one way for people to connect to others. In conjunction with the community house Westport Menz Shed had also been working with No 37 volunteers to build gardening bins for pensioners. The wooden bins were built to an appropriate height and contain removable baskets suitable for growing vegetables. Baskets planted with seedlings were delivered to pensioners and when the produce was harvested, they could be removed and replanted depending on the individual’s needs, Mrs Howard said. “It is about connecting people as much as about the actual growing,” she said. At the time of the working bee the Student Volunteer Army was also in Westport with a group allocated to help boost numbers. WestReef had donated truckloads of compost to enrich the soil and Kane Hogan, a gardening tutor at Number 37 oversaw the working bee.

PICTURE: Rose O’Connor

Volunteers Kane Hogan, left, Peter Campbell, Serena Bermingham and Rick Lucas at the recent working bee.

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Pots of Reefton spring colour T

he Reefton i-SITE hosted the annual Reefton Garden Club Spring Show on September 23-24. The glorious fragrance of the flowers hit the senses first, before the beautiful array became obvious. With the artwork of Sacred Heart and Reefton Area schools on display, the combination was stunning. After winter it was so nice to see all the colours of flowers again and with a glimmer of hope that summer is on the way. Margaret and Rex Crook from Mawheraiti, both members of the garden club for over 20 years continue their enthusiasm and kept an eye while manning the raffle and sales table. “It’s great to be a part of this club, we both really enjoy it, and with over 21 members, there’s a good mix of friendly people,” Mr Crook said.

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harakeke weaving course ‘building baskets to fit’ was held in Westport and Granity recently. The Westport course on the Saturday was staged at No 37 Community House, led by experienced flax weaver and Number 37 administrator Tania Hammond ran the course in Westport. The following day was held at the Granity community hall. Attendees took along an object they wanted to weave a four cornered basket for with glass milk bottles and drink bottles, jars and tins popular. “We build around the individual object selected,” Ms Hammond said. Protocols around working with Tracy O’Dea gets underway with her basket. flax formed an important part including not cutting flax in the rain or when ill, cutting the ‘grandparent’ leaves and not the ‘babies,’ returning the offcuts to a flax plant, not walking on the flax and respecting the material. Those attending harvested their own flax in advance if they had been able to. “It supports the move away from plastic and uses a natural, locally grown and sustainable material. Weaving flax is also relaxing and good for your soul,” Ms Hammond said. The programme was sponsored by Adult Community Education (ACE). Ms Hammond runs flax weaving courses most school terms at No 37. A variety of courses are held there on a weekly or term basis including yoga, parenting, gardening and art and crafts. The house at 37 Peel Street also provides drop-in services and support to women and their families. It is governed by Potikohua Charitable Trust, established in 1993. Pania Tihema showed aptitude.

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Well-being hui set for Westport About 50 groups invited by Rose O’Connor in Westport


he fourth annual Kawatiri Well-being Hui is to be staged in Westport in November. The event, at the Pulse Energy Centre on November 22, is organised locally by Maori health agency Poutini Waiora with sponsorship from Christchurch-based Te Putahitanga. Te Putahitanga is a Te Wai Pounamu or South Island commissioning agency that commissions Whanau Ora to enhance the dreams and aspirations of families. Hui spokeswoman Yvonne Stephens said the purpose is for people to learn about the availability of well-being services in Buller and throughout the whole West Coast to support individuals and families. Health, social and community organisations which promote wellbeing would have stalls at the hui to showcase what they do. Dental services, Healthy Homes, Mums for Mums, breast and cervical screening, Curtain Bank and National

Travel Assistance are just a few of around 50 groups that have been invited to be represented. Schools have been invited to attend and kapahaka will be staged, Ms Stephens said. The event for the 2019 hui is ‘Movember,’ men’s health. Ms Stephens said a free sausage sizzle and many giveaways would be available while stall holders were in the running for spot prizes for the best stall. Poutini Waiora is based at the Denniston Room on the Pakington Street side of Buller Hospital. It is open from 8.30am to 5pm five days a week with a social worker, a counsellor, alcohol and other drugs) counselling, a registered nurse, smoking cessation practitioner, mother and pepi kaiawhina(support), kaiarataki (long term condition support) and a Whanau Ora navigator among the services available there. “It is a drop in centre for anyone needing the services and support. Referrals can be from another organisation or the person needing assistance,” Ms Stephens said. Fundraising with a sausage sizzle on Palmerston Street are Rehia McDonald, left, Sharon Arohanui Marsh, Yvonne Stephens and Dianna McLean, standing.

Holiday Parks contribution assessed HOLIDAY parks contribute an average of 86% of their expenditure to their own regions and add further value through social, environmental and community contributions, a new report has found. In combination with its ongoing visitor expenditure research, Holiday Parks New Zealand commissioned Angus and Associates to investigate the value of holiday parks to the communities in which they are based. The resulting report examined the expenditure and non-financial contributions of a range of holiday parks across the country. The average total expenditure of the holiday parks featured in the study was $1.11 million for the year ending March 2018. Expenditure most likely to be made in a park’s own region

included rent, salaries and wages, indirect taxes, security, repairs, replacement and maintenance, cleaning and laundry, accounting and legal fees, and motor vehicle expenses. On average, more than 90% of expenditure in these categories occurred in-region. Holiday parks’ average expenditure per region has grown compared with previous studies for 2016-17 and 2017-18. In particular, the proportion of expenditure spent within the region for a small holiday park increased to 77% from 71% in 2016-17. Salaries, wages and other employee costs were the largest expenses for holiday parks, with small and medium holiday parks spending a fifth of their expenditure on capital improvements, such as ablution blocks and solar panels. Large

holiday parks may have a stronger focus on replacement and repairs, the report suggests. Small holiday parks were found to have a slightly higher expenditure on advertising, promotion and publicity compared to large and medium parks. “Park investment has increased noticeably since 2017. The improvement to facilities may reflect the strong performance of holiday parks and New Zealand’s tourism sector in general in recent years,” New Zealand Holiday Parks chief executive Fergus Brown said. The study suggested that when the contribution of parks is combined with the average spend of park visitors, the holiday park sector’s economic contribution to New Zealand is $1.32 billion — higher than previous estimates of $1.16 billion (2015) and $1.17 billion (2017).

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PICTURE: John Royds, courtesy West Coast Recollect

Greymouth air show, 1980s.

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Reefton Racecourse grandstand when the roof blew off, 1980.

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Dunns Transport delivering coal to Milburn Cement Works, 1980s. PICTURE: Stephen Reed, courtesy West Coast Recollect

Revell Street, Hokitika, 1964.

The Way We Were relies on the generous contribution of original old photographs of life on the West Coast within living memory. If you would like to share your old photos, please contact the West Coast Messenger on 03-7697913, email them to: news@greystar.co.nz Alternatively, call into the offices of the Greymouth Star or Hokitika Guardian with your original photographs and our staff will arrange to scan them.

Red Cross active in Buller by Rose O’Connor in Westport


ed Cross provides a daily car service from Westport to Grey Base Hospital for locals to attend appointments. Co-ordinator Carol Keoghan said people only needed to phone Buller REAP to book their ride. The driver would contact them the evening before their appointment to confirm the details, and Mrs Keoghan co-ordinated the drivers. She had 15 drivers on her books which might mean driving once a fortnight or even less. However, the car only went when it was required. She said the vehicle operated on donations. “If they can pay they do. If they can’t they don’t. It’s that simple,� Mrs Keoghan said. The patient was also able to take a support person along with them. Mrs Keoghan said the vehicle service was a joint venture between the West Coast


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District Health Board and Buller Red Cross and it was able to be used by anyone with an appointment at Grey Hospital. The car had been provided by Red Cross and is housed at Westport BP. Red Cross also runs a wheelchair van which operates in Westport. “It takes wheelchair bound people to appointments locally,� Mrs Keoghan said. It was purchased by the Buller branch. Buller Red Cross also organises the delivery of Meals on Wheels. “Twenty-five volunteer drivers deliver 65 to 70 meals a day, five days a week. We are always looking for more helpers.� Drivers collected meals from the Pakington Street side of Buller Hospital at 11.5am and were finished by 11.45 to 12pm. “We run the odd raffle. We’re very frugal and are pleased to be able to offer these community services,� Mrs Keoghan said. The annual street appeal for Red Cross is held in March. There are no longer door to door collections.

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Literacy coaches needed If you can read this, can you help someone who cannot? The Rural Youth and Adult Literacy Trust is appealing for more people to volunteer as on-line literacy coaches. Trust manager Jo Poland said one in 10 New Zealanders struggle with low literacy. “We provide free reading and writing lessons for rural/isolated teens and adults who can’t get to traditional literacy classes,� she said. “Our volunteer coaches work with students over the phone, by Skype or in person for about three times a week, to help them achieve their reading and writing goals. Just for half an hour each time — easy bites of learning.� Low literacy is said to cost $3 billion in lost economic and social opportunities each year, with over a million New Zealanders of working age lacking the literacy and numeracy skills to participate fully in work, education and life. “Not being able to read and write is often an intergenerational issue. Mums and dads who can’t read and write can’t help their children with their homework and reading, and so the cycle continues,� Ms Poland said.

The Trust had found people were often surprised that so many New Zealanders struggle to read and write. “There are many reasons why people leave school not able to read and write, and almost always, it’s not their fault, so we don’t believe they should struggle for the rest of their lives. Rural people need our help.� Volunteer literacy coaches could support a fellow New Zealander who had missed out previously, but who was taking positive action to improve their literacy and create new opportunities for themselves and their whanau. The trust currently had over 60 volunteer coaches, who have helped to change the lives of hundreds of students. Full training was provided and a two-hour commitment a week was needed, with that time flexible according to individuals’ availability. “The trust knows volunteers lead busy lives and have other commitments.� Those interested in becoming a volunteer on-line coach could call 0800 891 339 or apply at www.seekvolunteer.co.nz

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The goal is to reduce physical health disparities between people who experience mental health and addiction issues and people who do not. For the younger age group, we provide community support all over the West Coast to young people, their families and whanau with mental health issues. At Pact we value lived experience and our consumer advisor provides advocacy and peer support and ensures consumers are involved at every level. We also have peer support workers who have experience of mental illness. They help others needing non-clinical support, both one-on-one and in groups. On top of all this support we also have a successful vocational service called Options which helps people with any disability develop work skills, take part in training, find work and even start their own businesses. Our supported accommodation and community support team also helps people with intellectual disabilities to reach their goals and learn life skills.

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Minerals West Coast 2019 forum and AGM, October 17 and 18


Minerals West Coast’s 2019 forum gives West Coast miners a chance to hear from industry leaders, regulators, and experts on market trends, policy updates, the latest prospecting information, and technological improvements. At the forum on Thursday 17, speakers will include Oceana Gold, the New Zealand Coal Association, the West Coast Gold Miners’ Association, GNS Science, the New Zealand Institute for Minerals to Materials Research, local authorities, and those working in environmental protection. A field day on Friday October 18, will tour several gold mines in the Reefton area. Date:

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Forum: Thursday October 17, starting 9am, finishing 4:30pm AGM: Thursday October 17, 4:30pm – 5pm members only Field Day: Friday October 18, vans will leave 9am Ashley Hotel, 74 Tasman St, Karoro, Greymouth (for field day vans will leave from the Ashley at 9am) Forum: $60 (members), $90 (non-members) Field day: $40 (lunch and transport included) To register your attendance, please contact Patrick Phelps on: manager@mwc.org.nz


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ew research reveals that many New Zealanders still have a lot to learn about wills and how they work. One surprising misunderstanding from the study was the belief that a couple need just one will between them rather than one each. A total of 52% of people thought this was correct, according to a Public Trust study. Public Trust chief executive Glenys Talivai says that many people mistakenly assume that, without a will, everything will automatically go to their next of kin. “Every adult needs their own individual will, whether in a relationship or not,” she said. “A will makes it very clear how you’d like your assets to be shared between family and friends and can greatly reduce the chance of your estate being successfully challenged. “Without a will, assets are divided according to the Administration Act 1969. This may not be in line with your wishes. There’s a chance there will be some unwelcome surprises for your family during an already difficult time.” Another possible misunderstanding with wills concerns relationships and when to update a will. A total of 73% of people said their will would still be valid if they separate from their partner.

“A will is still valid after a legal divorce, but anything assigned to ex-partners in the will becomes void. From a legal perspective, that provision is read as if the ex-partner died before the will maker,” she said. “If you enter a new marriage after a will is made, it will usually revoke any will you wrote previously. “The upshot is that it’s super important to update your will when a relationship changes, whether you’re separating, legally divorcing or moving in with someone. If you don’t, your estate may not be divided the way you want.” Other significant life changes, such as a new baby, or buying or selling a home or business, are all reasons to update your will as well. The third big myth revealed in the research was about what goes into a will. Most those surveyed believed that a will contains a list of all their belongings and the people they want them to go to when they pass away. “A will does not need to be highly detailed at all. You can simply decide to divide everything you own equally between your children or give everything to one person, such as your partner,” she said. “The perception that wills are lengthy, complicated documents creates a barrier for many New Zealanders to actually get one.”

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FRANZ HIRE & CONTRACTING Based in Franz Josef, South Westland Franz Hire & Contracting is a well-established business providing a quality finish in a wide range of civil works. Established in 2007, it has accumulated a good client base, growing year on year and employs four people plus one part-time office administrator. In this purchase we offer a good range of equipment and machinery. There is an option for a yard and/or workshop. Please contact Ian 027 695 6988 Or e-mail info@franzhire.co.nz for more information





West Coast (Greymouth) Wells is a solid and progressive nationwide company recognised for providing quality metering, instrumentation, electrical and automation services to a wide range of valued clients. We have recently been awarded additional metering services contracts, covering a number of networks in New Zealand and are seeking a Registered Electrician/Inspector for permanent employment on the West Coast. Prospective candidates will be seeking a role where initiative and work ethic is rewarded. Part of the role will involve providing Electrical Supervision and support to workers on other licences. You will be a positive, motivated and flexible team player with: • Current NZ EWRB Electrician registration for a minimum of 3 years; • Prior appropriate experience and competencies, preferably in the electricity metering sector; • A drive for safety and quality; • A full, clean New Zealand driver’s licence, and • A “can do” attitude. • Local applicants are preferred, but consideration will be given to applicants wishing to relocate, possibly with free housing for a limited time. Wells is committed to growing our organisational capability and we will provide support and development opportunities for the right people. If you have the skills, attitude and integrity to deliver quality electrical field services we encourage you to forward your CV with a covering letter to the address below: E-mail: human.resources@wells.co.nz Human Resources, Wells Instrument & Electrical Services Ltd, PO Box 379, New Plymouth 4340


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Sporty 25S model, 1500cc, 4 cylinder, auto, towbar


No Deposit. Finance available (lending criteria applies)

56 Herbert Street, Greymouth outh - Next to Monteith’s Brewery Open: Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm, Saturday 10am - 1.30pm Phone 03 768 5729 After hours: 021 768 572 (Phil Campbell

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Whether you’re buying from us, privately or online, Greymouth Car Centre can help. You can also get a personal loan, using your vehicle as security.

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