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August 28, 1989
Police staffing cuts on West
Greymouth, as expected by senior police
staff, has emerged from the recently-
announced staffing cuts relatively
Police Commissioner, Mr John Jamieson,
announced today that West Coast districts
will lose three positions, effective from
today, these being a senior sergeant and
constable in Greymouth and a constable in
Hokitika, Reefton and other country
stations retain their present staffing
Announcing the cuts in Greymouth
this morning, acting district commander,
Inspector Pat Kavanagh, said the West
Coast was very fortunate to escape with a
small proportion of cuts.
August 28, 1989
More equipment for brigade
The Greymouth Volunteer Fire Brigade’s
back-up equipment resource received a
boost at the weekend with the handover
of two air-operated lifting bags and a
Both tools are important, particularly for
motor accidents where vehicles may need
to be lifted or doors forced.
Fire Ser vice area commander Dave Hyde
and Greymouth fire chief Alan McEnaney
received the new gear from Mr Keith Ross,
of Fire Fighting Enterprises.
August 30, 1989
Coast boats cashing in on
West Coast fishing boats are cashing in
on a hoki boom in Cook Strait.
Massive schools of hoki in the area are
enabling fishermen to fully load their boats
after just three minutes’ trawling and the
hoki caught are reported to be big fish.
“The boats which usually fish off
the Coast, ours, Westland Processors’ and
three from the east coast, are
all up in Cook Strait catching fish at a
tremendous rate,” the manager
of Talley ’s Fisheries, Greymouth,
Mr David Blyth, said today.
August 30, 1989
Six mayoralty candidates in
Grey a Coast record
The nomination of Greymouth High
School principal Mr Des Hinch for the
Grey District Council mayoralty brings
the number of candidates to six — almost
certainly a West Coast record.
In the history of the Greymouth Borough
Council there has never been more than
four candidates, according to records
perused by the Evening Star.
Mayoral contests in Greymouth have, in
recent years, been rare events the last being
between sitting Mayor Mr Ossie Jackson
and Mr Russell King, in 1974.
August 31, 1989
Proposed staffing structure
for new regional council
A proposal to operate the new West
Coast Regional Council with a staff of
32 will enable the retention of all full-
time permanent employees of the uniting
The proposed staff structure, involving
two tiers of management, was unveiled
by general manager-designate, Peter Hill,
at yesterday ’s meeting of the Regional
Council transitional committee.
Mr Hill said the proposed staff total was
comparable with other regional councils on
a per head of population basis and would
be by far the smallest in New Zealand.
“It will enable a smooth transition with
“It allows the retention of existing
expertise and a gradual change, rather than
an abrupt one into our future role.”
Twenty-five years ago, police staffing cuts on the West Coast were
confirmed, the race for the Grey mayoralty hotted up, and the West
Coast Regional Council was born. Read more from the yellowing pages
of the Greymouth Star of August 1989.
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Waiau Glacier Coast
Franz Josef / Waiau
Five marine reser ves off the West Coast
will be officially opened tomorrow, and
there is good news for beach fossickers
people will still be able to collect stones
Conser vation Minister Nick Smith
will open the reser ves at a function in
Punakaiki tomorrow morning.
The reser ves will come into effect straight
The opening is the culmination of work
that began in 2005 with the West Coast
Marine Protection Forum.
The Department of Conser vation has
released the rules for the marine reser ves.
There will be no fishing of any kind, either
from a boat or from shore, and no taking
of, or interference with, fish and other
marine life. Pulling shellfish or starfish off
rocks could damage or kill them, DOC
However, recreational handpicking
of beach stones, non-living shells and
driftwood is allowed.
Quad bike and horse riding is also
allowed along the foreshore, but only in a
manner that does not disturb nesting and
Littering, polluting or discharge of toxic
substances are all banned.
Penalties for failure to comply with
the Marine Reser ves Act 1971 include
confiscation of equipment, vessels or
vehicles; fines; and imprisonment.
GRAPHIC: Department of Conser vation
Coast’s f irst marine reser ves open
Car ved poupou
are being installed
as marine reser ve
Fiordland to signpost
Most of the 14
poupou have been
installed and each
of the five marine
reser ves will have two
to four “guardians’’.
Some reser ves were
the length of a fiord
and needed only
two markers, while
other reser ves needed
four to outline their
The reser ves are at
Te Awaatu Channel
in The Gut, Kutu
Parera in Gaer Arm,
Taipari Roa alongside
Milford Sound and
A marker will also
be installed at each
wharf at Doubtful
and Milford sounds to
inform people of their
They were an
initiative of the
Lawson said the group
had worked closely
with the Department
of Conser vation
(DOC), Ministry for
and local iwi.
The poupou were
funds from the Ngai
Tahu Fund and DOC,
Designed to be
attractive but able
to withstand the
vigorous fiord marine
significance of tangata
whenua in the area.
The first poupou was
unveiled in February
and the last ones will
be installed in Milford
and Doubtful sounds
They are based on
a design by Cliff
Whiting, and car ved
by Bubba Thompson,
from the Awarua
Each marker will be
mounted on a stainless
steel pole drilled into
the fiord rock wall.
Mr Lawson said
each had its own story,
to remind people of
deities, explorers and
Car vings mark
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Fiordland Marine Guardians chairman Malcolm Lawson with a poupou.
Duncan Hamilton leads the Harriers followed by Shane Speakman, right, Les Quy and Robert Schuddeboom.
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