Buller District, Westport

21 hours ago

February flood erosion cost mounts

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

From local democracy reporter Brendon McMahon:

A "lot of potential work" is seen necessary to repair and improve stopbanks on the Wanganui River flats near Harihari.

The Wanganui River badly damaged rockwalls and eroded farmland during the February flood which also struck Westport.

View more
From local democracy reporter Brendon McMahon:

A "lot of potential work" is seen necessary to repair and improve stopbanks on the Wanganui River flats near Harihari.

The Wanganui River badly damaged rockwalls and eroded farmland during the February flood which also struck Westport.

Already a new protection wall less than 0.5-kilometres long has been built after a huge chunk of farmland on the true right bank of the Wanganui was washed away.

The West Coast Regional Council heard at its May meeting that some of the urgent work was approved by the end of April as an emergency procurement, by the previous director of operations Randal Beal.

The emergency procurement is allowed under council's delegations manual due to natural disasters.

A report to the meeting said verbal quotes were to be confirmed and "availability to start" was the selection criteria.

"Rock lining the wall is a capital cost ... of approximately $100,000 to the adjoining landowners.''

Council engineer James Bell had met with affected landowners from the Wanganui rating district who had confirmed the plan to proceed.

The work had been awarded to Arnold Contracting with onsite stockpiles of rock to be used.

Cr Debra Magner said she had visited the area with regional council staff.

There were two pieces of work to be done, one of which was already under way. The other work would be reliant on rating district approval.

"There's going to be quite a lot of potential work on the Wanganui," Magner said.

Chief executive Heather Mabin said the issue facing the Wanganui rating district linked to a broader issue of how to pay.

From the February flood alone, $326,000 had been spent on emergency works.

"We are very aware that there needs to be a national plan."

Image
1 day ago

Regional council posts near $17m surplus in ‘turbulent year’

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

From local democracy reporter Brendon McMahon:

The West Coast Regional Council has posted "an unexpectedly large" surplus of $16.6 million in its delayed 2020-21 annual report.

The draft, cleared by Audit NZ, will be tabled on Tuesday at the audit and risk committee meeting, and is … View more
From local democracy reporter Brendon McMahon:

The West Coast Regional Council has posted "an unexpectedly large" surplus of $16.6 million in its delayed 2020-21 annual report.

The draft, cleared by Audit NZ, will be tabled on Tuesday at the audit and risk committee meeting, and is expected to be formally adopted next month.

The report is late due to Covid-related constraints on the auditing process. The reporting time was relaxed nationally through a law change for a large number of affected local authorities.

Chairman Allan Birchfield described 2020-21 as a "turbulent year" as the long-term impacts of Covid were felt throughout the region.

Revenue was greater than budgeted by $17.4m, mainly due to the transfer of the Greymouth floodwall assets from the Grey District Council to the regional council. The floodwall has since been valued at $15.6m.

The addition of the floodwall increased the infrastructure asset base to $103.7m, and dominated the council's balance sheet.

Subsidies and grants were $1.1m more than budgeted because of higher than expected funding from the Government for infrastructure projects.

Investment income was up $679,000 because of better than expected returns on investments.

Expenditure was up $809,000, mainly due to unforeseen spending on infrastructure. In particular, $452,000 was spent on modelling for the Westport flood warning forecast, part of the requirements for the proposed flood protection scheme.

In the year to June 30 last year, part-year remuneration for then chief executive Vin Smith totalled $168,115 (2019-20 it was $255,729).

Mr Smith left during July 2021, and therefore any related severance pay will not be disclosed until next year's annual plan.

Total costs for the council's 73 staff was $6.5m (75 staff and $5.8m the previous year).

Elected representative costs were $409,454 (2019-2020 $372,718).

Three staff members earned between $160,000 and $280,000. The council also had eight staff receiving between $100,000 and $159,999; the previous year it had six in that pay bracket.

Current chief executive Heather Mabin said 'governance' costs of $642,152 were over-budget by $220,149.

Ms Mabin said that reflected increased costs of finalising the 10-year long-term plan.

The increased governance cost was predominantly audit fees, she said.

Birchfield said the council was successful in receiving $900,000 in 2020-21 to fund flood resilience projects in the Hokitika, Greymouth and Westport rating districts.

1 day ago

Are you obsessed with your houseplants? Enter our Houseplant Hero competition!

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

The hunt is officially on for New Zealand's best collection of houseplants
. Which means you could be 2022 Houseplant Hero. There’s some great prizes to be won! To enter, tell us in writing (no more than 500 words) what potted plants you have, the time you put into caring for them, and what … View more
The hunt is officially on for New Zealand's best collection of houseplants
. Which means you could be 2022 Houseplant Hero. There’s some great prizes to be won! To enter, tell us in writing (no more than 500 words) what potted plants you have, the time you put into caring for them, and what you love about them. Send us up to five photos of your indoor plant displays. Email mailbox@nzgardener.co.nz. Meanwhile, here's last year's winner Alyce Read, from Nelson.

Image
6 days ago

Become a Web Developer with Vision!

Vision College

Thinking about a career in IT as a Web Developer? Our NZ Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5) will teach you how to develop great websites in just one year! This programme will give you the development and design skills you need to make your mark in an exciting industry.

No University… View more
Thinking about a career in IT as a Web Developer? Our NZ Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5) will teach you how to develop great websites in just one year! This programme will give you the development and design skills you need to make your mark in an exciting industry.

No University entrance required! All you need is NCEA Level 2 to |get yourself started| on this journey into the IT industry.

Enrol now for our July intake at vision.ac.nz
Find out more

Image
10 days ago

Coast Allied workers strike

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

From local democracy reporter Brendon McMahon:

West Coast allied health workers made the case for a better pay deal by mounting two public pickets in Greymouth on Monday.

The allied workers cover 23 professions and 120 West Coast District Health Board union members.

Their 24-hour strike from … View more
From local democracy reporter Brendon McMahon:

West Coast allied health workers made the case for a better pay deal by mounting two public pickets in Greymouth on Monday.

The allied workers cover 23 professions and 120 West Coast District Health Board union members.

Their 24-hour strike from 11.59pm resulted in two pickets today, at the Te Nikau Hospital and the Greymouth Town Square.

The workers are also on a 12-day 'work to rule' period until this Friday.

DHB therapeutic, rehabilitation, laboratory, occupational therapy and diagnostic services and other clinical support services and Hauora Māori, are all affected.

The dispute has been ongoing for 20 months as allied professionals seek pay parity.

Greymouth allied health worker Rudolf Van der Geest said the Employment Relations Authority recently put a proposal to DHBs to settle but the boards had waited until last Friday to respond, and had still not said what was on the table.

"This is a protest that has been going on for 20 months now. It takes 20 months to have to go to the ERA to get mediation -- still, nothing.

"The sad reality is more people will leave."

10 days ago

Trust a farmer to give us their opinion.

PGG Wrightson

The new range of Line7 performance workwear has been designed, developed and tested by you – New Zealand farmers. We asked, listened, and collaborated directly with farmers in the making of this gear. We tested and re-tested in on-farm environments. We re-engineered what farming workwear can be … View moreThe new range of Line7 performance workwear has been designed, developed and tested by you – New Zealand farmers. We asked, listened, and collaborated directly with farmers in the making of this gear. We tested and re-tested in on-farm environments. We re-engineered what farming workwear can be with your needs front of mind.

We brought our decades of experience creating world-class performance gear. Add to that a legacy of Kiwi innovation, a challenger spirit and a practical attitude that’s been part of Line 7 since we started back in 1963.

Every detail has been reviewed and refined – without overlooking the obvious. Breathable, flexible, functional and comfortable, while still being supremely durable and waterproof. Made to fit farmers of all shapes and sizes, with a dedicated range for women. Built to last, and last a bit longer still, with an included repair kit that means you can fix it up quickly yourself.

Now take it out there, try it on and put it to the test. Wear it out and wear it again. We’re pretty damn confident you won’t be disappointed
Find out more

Image
K
18 days ago

Olive pressing

Kerrie from Wakefield

Just wondering if there is anyone who presses small amounts of olives - 20kgs - into oil.
Thanks

13 days ago

The future is in good hands

LIC

While farming has changed significantly through the generations, LIC has had the privilege of journeying alongside farmers, their families and their businesses and have made constant improvements to deliver superior genetics and technology in response.

Visit our website to find out more about … View more
While farming has changed significantly through the generations, LIC has had the privilege of journeying alongside farmers, their families and their businesses and have made constant improvements to deliver superior genetics and technology in response.

Visit our website to find out more about how these advances are getting the next generation interested in dairy farming.
Find out more

Image
S
14 days ago

FREE FIREWOOD PINE and BLUE GUM

Sandi from Hurunui District

Dry seasoned firewood free for the taking for anyone with chainsaw muscle and a trailer. MUST help with clearing up what you dont want into my trailer for the burn pile. Limbs branches trunks small medium large. Tractor with FEL ( and driver) on site for assistance in pulling trunks out of the … View moreDry seasoned firewood free for the taking for anyone with chainsaw muscle and a trailer. MUST help with clearing up what you dont want into my trailer for the burn pile. Limbs branches trunks small medium large. Tractor with FEL ( and driver) on site for assistance in pulling trunks out of the piles the loggers piled it in and loading large blocks onto your trailer.. There are about 6 burn piles that cant not burnt where they are so whilst I am pulling them apart to move them to burn elsewhere ( the loggers didnt listen to where I needed them putting!) there is a lot of good wood in amongst them ready for burning this year. ( Been down since Sept 2020) Need 4 WD vehicle preferably to cross paddocks as I dont want any 2 WD getting stuck and ruining the paddocks Spent two years repairing the paddocks after the loggers churned it all up with tracked vehicles! and I dont have time to tow people out. This is a working farm so any chilren need CLOSE supervision ( chainsaws tractors and powerful electric fences) but there are many cones that can also be collected if you want to bring bags. Situated 8 kms NW of Hawarden E mail spcooke@amuri.net

Free

14 days ago

Design process for new mental health unit under way soon

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

From local democracy reporter Brendon McMahon:

Work is progressing for a new mental health unit in Greymouth.

Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards infrastructure executive director Rob Ojala, told the West Coast board on Friday that the planning had reached the point where … View more
From local democracy reporter Brendon McMahon:

Work is progressing for a new mental health unit in Greymouth.

Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards infrastructure executive director Rob Ojala, told the West Coast board on Friday that the planning had reached the point where "we're on the market to get the design team."

He shared that following a query from iwi representative Francois Tumahai whether the planning would include a consumer representative.

Ojala said user group representatives would be part of the design structure for the new unit, "so we get a broad lens on the reality for the model going forward".

However, a user representative was probably not going to be in the governance structure for it, although iwi would be represented.

DHB general manager Philip Wheble noted the auditors from the Office of the Ombudsman had requested an update on 16 recommendations.

There was a continued focus on recruitment across the mental health service.

Key positions appointed in the past few weeks included the clinical nurse manager for the inpatient unit, a UK registered nurse as a case manager for Northern Community Mental Health (Buller), and a clinical psychologist who was not due to start until January.

"This is a key role to fill having been empty since 2016," Wheble said.

Occupational therapy vacancies continued to cause challenges for service delivery and specialist input in the mental health area.

He also reported a focus on equity for Māori patients, with a Māori casual mental health assistant employed, while the manager hours for the Māori mental health team had also been increased from half to full-time.

Services had not been significantly impacted by Covid apart from the Alcohol and Other Drugs service (AOD), which had a higher proportion of positive cases with increased service delivery challenges, "all of which have been managed well".

*Public Interest Journalism funded through NZ On Air

14 days ago

Want to go shopping without leaving your couch?

The Team from NZ Compare

NZ Compare is the home of easy and free to use comparison sites. We’re passionate about helping Kiwis compare what’s out there, so we wanted to introduce you to a new member of our brand family – PriceMe!

PriceMe is NZ's largest comparison-shopping site, sounds fun right?! Whether … View more
NZ Compare is the home of easy and free to use comparison sites. We’re passionate about helping Kiwis compare what’s out there, so we wanted to introduce you to a new member of our brand family – PriceMe!

PriceMe is NZ's largest comparison-shopping site, sounds fun right?! Whether you're buying electronics, appliances, smartphones or watches, hair straighteners or any other everyday household or office product – find the best prices on PriceMe.

Make it your first stop, not an afterthought Neighbours!

Plus, you don’t need to leave the house! Shopping made simple, just how we like it.
Visit us

Image
17 days ago

Does your business need a better broadband plan?

The Team from NZ Compare

Business is tough and finding the right broadband plan or provider can be just as rough, so let's make it a little easier.

We want you to focus on achieving your strategy, not going from site to site, call to call to get a good deal! So we've launched Business Compare - a simple, free … View more
Business is tough and finding the right broadband plan or provider can be just as rough, so let's make it a little easier.

We want you to focus on achieving your strategy, not going from site to site, call to call to get a good deal! So we've launched Business Compare - a simple, free to use website that will help you compare NZ broadband retailers that supply businesses just like yours!

NZ Compare is here to help Kiwi businesses find the right plan, the right provider, the right fit. Go visit Business Compare now!

Image
19 days ago

ironing board

Samantha from Hurunui District

great old school ironing board with new cover height is variable and easy to open and store

Price: $10

19 days ago

Old china

Samantha from Hurunui District

teapot and jug in perfect condition , $10.00 minitaure tea cups (no saucers) , $5.00 each , prefer pickup as they are fragile ,

Price: $10

19 days ago

school calculators

Samantha from Hurunui District

two school calculators one is working the other needs a battery, sliding covers , can post or contactless pickup

Price: $20

Image
20 days ago

Westport hospital replacement on track

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

From local democracy reporter Brendon McMahon:
The West Coast District Health Board says the new Buller Health complex, which will replace the ageing Buller Hospital and medical centre facilities in Westport, will be completed in mid-2023.

DHB executive director infrastructure Rob Ojala, said … View more
From local democracy reporter Brendon McMahon:
The West Coast District Health Board says the new Buller Health complex, which will replace the ageing Buller Hospital and medical centre facilities in Westport, will be completed in mid-2023.

DHB executive director infrastructure Rob Ojala, said construction was progressing well.

"All roof trusses have been installed and installation of the roofing iron is well under way, with 85% of the roof completed.

"The project is still on schedule and the expected completion timeframe remains the second quarter of 2023."

Brickwork, installation of plumbing and electrical services, including heating, ventilation and air conditioning and fire systems had all commenced, Mr Ojala said.

"Activity on site has really ramped up with service trades now well into their work."

Image
Top