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A fuel tanker ruptured after
scraping a rocky bluff just east
of Arthur’s Pass township early
yesterday afternoon, spilling 1000
litres of diesel across State highway
73 through to Klondyke Corner.
Police said the truck driver had to
pull to the left-hand side of the road
to avoid colliding with an oncoming
vehicle. The spill closed the highway
for a time, reopening to single lane
about 3.30pm as the fuel clean-up
Two Greymouth primary schools
were damaged at the weekend, one
stone hurled through the window.
Cobden School staff arrived
yesterday to find two small holes in
a wall, caused by slug pellets. Police
said a window was also smashed at
St Patrick’s Primary School.
The West Coast Regional Council
has been granted $190,000 by the
Government to trial two computer
software tools related to water use.
“The West Coast Regional Council
will trial the software tools using
the Grey River catchment as a case
study,” Environment Minister Amy
Adams said today. The software
illustrates the likely consequences
of different options for water use,
including in-stream habitats for
trout, the flushing away of nuisance
algae, and iwi values. The funding
is from a targeted round of the
community environment fund.
Fine, morning fog inland
This house in Ipswich, United
Kingdom may not be selling due to
the rather large pig that has made his
home in the living room. The animal
could be seen lying on the floor of
the £120,000 Suffolk property in
an image posted on a website. Once
the real estate agent realised there
was a pig with its face on the couch
it quickly removed the picture, but
not before it had been viewed by
potential buyers. — Metro
‘Bright light’ dies after crash
John Paul II High School
is mourning a recent student,
described as a “ bright light of
the school”, who died yesterday
from injuries suffered in a crash
with a truck 10 days ago.
Kathleen Mary McInroe, 18,
of Ikamatua, died in Wellington
Hospital. On August 24, while
driving back from Nelson,
where she has been studying
nursing, her car collided head-
on with a light truck carrying
calves on State highway 6
near Owen River, just north of
As a school leaver at the
Greymouth Catholic high
school last year, Miss McInroe
was the recipient of two major
awards, the John Curragh
Memorial Trophy for school
spirit and the Margaret Daly
Trophy for leadership.
News of her death had
“devastated” staff and students,
deputy principal Paul Towers
“ Kathleen was an amazing girl
who touched the lives of a lot of
people,” Mr Towers said.
“If we ever needed anyone to
do anything at school Kathleen
would put her hand up, get on
with it and do it.”
She looked after everyone and
“e veryone looked up to her”.
The school community was
given time yesterday to mourn,
and some gathered in the library
to remember her and talk.
“Some staff were relieved of
their classes to give them time to
come to terms with Kathleen’s
death,” Mr Towers said.
“S he worked hard academically
her whole attitude around
school was amazing and she was
not afraid to speak her mind. ”
Speaking to the Nelson Mail
yesterday, Miss McInroe’s
cousin Brian McInroe said
she was a “ lovely girl” who just
wanted to help others.
She was a nursing student
at the Nelson-Marlborough
Institute of Technology and was
travelling home to visit family
when the crash happened.
backwards and for wards along
that same road every weekend,”
Mr McInroe said.
“ You wouldn’t have got a more
respected girl in the community.
That ’s the part that ’s pretty
shocking to the whole
community. She was a very
attractive girl, well mannered,
someone that you would wish
that everyone’s children would
be like. She was just a lovely girl,
no one could say a thing wrong
about her. ”
Kathleen had always wanted
to be a nurse, like her mother.
“S he’d do anything for anyone
and that ’s why she got (into)
the nursing side of things. I
think she had a big future in
front of her, especially with her
personality. I think she would
have gone a long way.”
Her immediate family — dad
John, mum Anna, and brothers
Matthew and Stephen — were
said to be devastated.
Police said the 73-year-old
driver of the truck was in a
serious but stable condition
in an induced coma, also in
of the Hokitika Guardian
A proposed change to policing
in Hokitika is about preventative
‘on-the-beat ’ policing rather
than ‘siphoning off ’ staff to
Greymouth, West Coast area
rubbished speculation that local
police would have to travel to
Greymouth for deployment
under proposed changes he
announced last week.
Going to Greymouth only to
be directed back to Hokitika
would be “totally inefficient ” and
was contrary to the proposal to
increase the Hokitika front-line
staff to a 24-7 roster, he said.
Front-line police are currently
on patrol in Hokitika until
midnight throughout the week
and until 3am on Fridays and
Saturdays, with staff ‘on-call’
outside those times.
Under the proposal for change,
the Hokitika Police Station
will lose its sergeant in charge
position to Greymouth.
Sergeant Russell Glue, who
Greymouth to Hokitika, will
police work on an extended beat
but from the Greymouth Police
including four front-line staff and
a detective, would stay, with an
extra constable to be transferred
“The response staff will still
work out of the Hokitika
station,” Mr Canning said. “ The
only thing that actually changes
will be their roster and the hours
Mr Canning said there was
no need for front-line police in
Hokitika to travel to Greymouth
because they could meet with
their Greymouth-based sergeant
via video-phone at the beginning
of each shift.
The only staff
required to travel would be that
Greymouth-based sergeant who
needed to be in the Hokitika
Mr Canning said some people
might question the need for
24-hour policing in Hokitika.
However, it could be justified
given the kind of activity that
was known to occur there after-
hours, particularly around alcohol
abuse. “Go and speak to the
people who clean up the broken
glass. We hope to diminish that
to the point where it stops, by
having patrols out there.”
The proposed change would
bring Hokitika up to speed to
a more active ‘on the beat ’ style
of policing than the current
approach, which relied on “follow
up” inquiries after crime events.
Grey Power and the Westland
Safer Community Council both
plan to make submissions on the
proposed policing changes.
Grey Power president Colleen
Freitas said at first glance
the proposal looked good for
Hokitika but she needed to be
“ We are just concerned that it’s
not as good as it sounds. We just
feel it’s downgrading Hokitika,”
Mrs Freitas said.
Public submissions on the
proposal close on October 3.
Mr Canning said he was open
to ideas and had so far received
submissions which presented
“ both sides” of the argument.
“At the end of the day, someone
might come up with an even
better way of doing it.”
Election candidates of all political
hues say their election hoardings
have been destroyed all over the Grey
district, but most of those in other
parts of the electorate do not have a
mark on them.
In Greymouth, almost every sign
has been vandalised or destroyed. One
party is so disgusted by the extent
of the vandalism it is even talking
about crossing the line to clean up an
opponent ’s sign.
Most of the graffiti is similar — the
letters F TP, a large penis or swastikas.
The candidates are generally agreed
that one or two individuals are
responsible, and police have been
Conser vative Party candidate Claire
Holley said three out of four of her
signs around Greymouth had been
vandalised, mostly spray-painted with
“disgusting” symbols, Mrs Holley, a
“They’ve all been graphic. You just
wonder where those people are at.”
Labour MP Damien O’Connor,
who has seven election campaigns
under his belt, has also been targeted
“Grey ’s been the worst place for
our hoardings,” Mr O’Connor said,
blaming a young person with “not
enough to do”.
He noted that the even spread
suggested the vandals were not
Once a sign is vandalised, volunteers
are called back out to try to repair
them. Most have managed to clean
off the graffiti, but the cost is in hours
Green Party list MP Kevin Hague
said his sign on Main South Road
had also been hit overnight, and
one north of Barrytown had been
While he had not added up the
cost of the ongoing repairs it was
“Billboards are a basic form of free
speech,” Mr Hague said, though
he also doubted the attacks were
National Party candidate Maureen
Pugh, concerned by the penis drawn
over the Maori Party sign on the
corner of Shakespeare Street and
Main South Road, said she may
ask her volunteers to clean it up, as
the candidate who erected the sign,
Ngaire Button, lived in Christchurch.
“It’s just not images you want
families to see,” Mrs Pugh said.
Hoardings from Otira through to
Kumara had all been hit, but in the
Tasman end of the electorate the only
damage had been caused by the wind.
“Certainly their artistic talents
are quite limited to a few graphic
Mrs Pugh said the culprits had been
seen and police were now handling it:
“It’s simply a matter of time”.
Ban 1080 candidate Peter Salter
could not be contacted today, but his
party has complained about signs
being targeted in South Westland.
crime cited in
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Claire Holley beside her election sign on Main South Road, Greymouth. The graffiti has since been painted over.
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