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Greymouth police are warning
homeowners in Paroa to be on
their guard after a 24-year-old man
and a 17-year-old boy were found
wandering around properties early
this morning. The pair had knocked
on the door of a property at
2.15am, asking for a glass of water.
A police spokesman said the pair
were definitely “ up to no good”. He
cautioned people to make sure their
houses, sheds and garages were kept
helps Pike funds
A copy of Nicky Hager’s much
talked about book Dirty Politics
has been auctioned to raise money
for the Pike River Legacy 29
Charitable Trust. The seller, known
as Felix, from Wellington, said they
had a spare copy bought from the
launch night and decided to auction
it off. “ Bidders who have not yet
seen the book may be unaware, but
one of the revelations is Cameron
Slater quoting the PM being very
rude about the families of the Pike
River victims,” the description read.
The book sold for $250, all of which
was donated to the trust.
Question of the Day
As par t of a plan to regenerate the
Greymouth central business district,
the Grey District Council is encouraging
the public to par ticipate by answering a
‘question of the day’. Answers should be
e-mailed to email@example.com.
nz. Today’s question: ‘Does the Greymouth
CBD reflect our local character?’
Fine, morning fog possible
It is the route mapper modern
motorists just can’t seem to live
without. But one woman is urging
people to ditch sat nav as she claims
it has led four truck drivers down
a narrow country lane and directly
into her cottage. Caroline Cockman,
54, says the vehicles have caused
£50,000 of damage to her home. In
the past week alone, three trucks
or vans have got stuck outside her
house. “ Their sat navs direct them
down the lane and they ignore the
evidence of their own eyes that it’s
too narrow and just carry on until
they get stuck.” — Daily Mail
The ultrafast broadband — the fastest
in New Zealand — currently being rolled
out into suburban Greymouth will be an
enormous advantage for the future of the
town, Mayor Tony Kokshoorn says.
Chorus said today some residential areas
would have access to ultrafast broadband
(UFB) by the end of the month, while
Cobden would have to wait until the end
$1.5 billion through Crown Fibre
Holdings and has contracted four
companies to deliver UFB infrastructure
to 75% of the population over 10 years.
Greymouth is the sole recipient on the
Currently, most areas of Greymouth
receive less than 20 megabytes per second
(mbps), but some are as low as 1mbps.
UFB will offer speeds up to 100mbps.
Mr Kokshoorn said that was a coup for
“It is so important to businesses in the
future. They will not look to anywhere
outside these areas. This is a huge
Although Hokitika and Westport
had missed out on UFB, the three West
Coast mayors had recently gone back to
the Government to ask that the areas
excluded from UFB have their capability
raised to at least 5mbps.
Three areas of Greymouth, including
the entire central business district and
some of Blaketown, are already complete
and available to customers.
Chorus corporate affairs manager Ian
Bonnar said they had 18 more areas out
to Paroa to complete by June 30, 2015,
four of which would be ready by the end
of this month.
Cables were being laid along Palmerston
Street this week.
“The last four cabinets in Cobden will
be completed by December 2015, and
this will complete the Greymouth UFB
rollout,” Mr Bonnar said.
A variety of methods had been used
to install the cables, depending on the
“ We’ ll install the fibre cables along the
street using existing ducts, dig or drill
to install new ducts and microduct, or
in some cases we may use existing street
poles; although we prefer to put the
In order to utilise the
higher speeds, residents
will have to contact their
providers once the cable
has been laid. The ser vice
provider will then contact
Chorus to make the last
connection, which can
be made by stringing the
fibre optic cable to the
property. The fibre is then
connected to the external
termination point, which
is a box on the outside of
a house or building where
the fibre network is joined
to the internal wiring.
In Greymouth, the
current choice of
providers with high
speed are Spark (formerly
Telecom), Snap and
Snap says on its website
“UFB is to broadband as
broadband is to dial-up”.
Calves die in Rotomanu farm shed fire
Fifteen calves died in a shed fire at
Rotomanu last night.
The fire gutted the 270 square
metre farm shed, enveloping a
tractor, loader wagon, fertiliser and
grass seed, as well as the calves which
had been kept there overnight.
The farm owner thought the
fire could have been started by an
She had been asleep when she was
awoken by a bright light outside.
When she went to the window she
saw the shed was engulfed in flames.
Given the cold temperatures and
frosty weather there was no reason
for the building to suddenly erupt
into flames, she said.
Moana Volunteer Fire Brigade fire
chief Kevin Klempel said he did not
know what caused it.
“ It ’s under investigation at this
stage, we need to eliminate some
things before we can say it was this
or that,” Mr Klempel said.
As often happened with rural
fires, by the time the brigade
arrived the shed was beyond saving.
Reinforcements were called in from
the Brunner brigade, at Dobson.
It took just over two hours this
morning for a 40-tonne excavator
to demolish an abandoned
19th century building in central
It was the second Mawhera
Incorporation owned property to
be demolished this week, after the
premises next door were knocked
down last weekend.
Troy Henry, from Christchurch-
based Smith Cranes and
Construction, said they had
travelled through the night to
bring the machine to Greymouth,
having left Christchurch at
6.30pm yesterday and arriving in
Greymouth at 2.30am today.
The specialised excavator had not
taken long to “munch up” the old
red brick building. It was usually
used on the Christchurch rebuild
The two-storey building was the
second in Albert Street and the
third in the central business district
to come down in a fortnight,
including the old Calder Mackay
building on Mawhera Q uay,
described as the “ worst eyesore”.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
A 40-tonne excavator was brought in specially from Christchurch to demolish an old building in Albert Street, opposite Kingsgate Hotel, in
History goes in two hours
PM due on Coast
Prime Minister John Key will
be in Greymouth on Tuesday to
make a policy announcement.
A spokeswoman for the Prime
Minister’s office confirmed he
would be here as part of the
“ We are unable to give you any
details of the announcement
prior to the visit,” she said.
Due to security reasons, they
could not advise of the Prime
Minister’s schedule until the day
before the visit.
Mr Key, who has been under
pressure from the Dirty Politics
scandal, has a number of pet
As Minister for Tourism
he has been promoting
cycleways, raising speculation
the announcement next week
could relate to the West Coast
Greymouth and Ross.
Another theory has been an
announcement over broadband.
understands Mr Key will also be
meeting with Development West
Coast, which is due to release its
annual report that night during
a public function at Kingsgate
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Tru Line Civil labourer Logan Bagley guides some
of the ultrafast broadband cable through underground
ducting in Palmerston Street, Greymouth, yesterday.
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