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unit demand up
The chemotherapy ser vice at Grey
Base Hospital is expanding due to
increased volumes. The West Coast
District Health Board said it was
moving to three days some weeks.
Driving demand was the availability
of a wider range of chemotherapy
agents that could be delivered on
the Coast, and the fact that the
oncology ser vice was offering a
larger range of chemotherapy agents
to patients who were in palliative
care, with a view to improving pain
control and quality of life.
Book for 150th
As part of the Greymouth 150th
anniversary celebrations starting this
weekend, we have a copy of Mayor
Tony Kokshoorn’s popular history
book The Golden Grey to give away.
First published in 2012 it is now in
its second run and retails for $87 at
bookshops, with all proceeds going
to the Greymouth Heritage Trust.
To win a copy, tell us what is the
one extremely modern picture in
the historical mural on the car park
wall at the Greymouth Star? Please
e-mail your answer to competitions@
greystar.co.nz or write to: Grey
150th, C/- Greymouth Star, PO
Box 3, Greymouth. Entries close on
October 6. One entry per household.
put your clocks
hour before going
to bed tonight.
runs from 2am on Sunday until
April 5, 2015.
Police in northern Greece are
investigating a cemetery worker’s
testimony that a woman revived in
her grave shortly after being buried
and called for help, only to die before
she could be extracted. Police officials
say the man and two people visiting
the cemetery said they heard banging
and a muffled call from inside the
49-year-old cancer patient ’s grave
late on Thursday, an hour after her
funeral. By the time the coffin was
dug up and smashed open, the
woman showed no further signs of
life. — New Zealand Herald
Fish and Game warns against eating trout after 1080 drop
West Coast Fish and Game has
advised anglers not to eat trout after
1080 poison drops, after new research
raised concerns about health risks.
Nelson-based scientists at the
Cawthron Institute started the
research after an anglers’ group
challenged claims by the Department
of Conser vation about the potential
for the poison to end up in trout.
The largest drop in DOC history is
currently under way in the Kahurangi
National Park, including northern
Buller, as part of Conser vation
Minister Nick Smith’s ‘Battle for Our
The department initially accused
the Federation of Freshwater Anglers
of making “alarming statements”,
but later agreed to fund a study to
determine whether backcountry trout
enthusiasts faced any risk from 1080
poison accumulating in fish.
Fish and Game West Coast manager
Dean Kelly said in a statement
yesterday that preliminary results
had raised concerns about the health
risk to anglers venturing into the
backcountry for the opening of the
trout season, on Wednesday.
They indicated there was a potential
health risk for anglers consuming
wild trout from backcountry fisheries
where there were poisoned rodents.
Mr Kelly said trout in backcountry
fisheries were known to consume up
to 20 mice after a beech seeding event,
and grow to trophy (over 10lb) sizes.
Those fish were the ones backcountry
anglers, who would be out in force
from next week, would specifically
Backcountry sur veys conducted by
Fish and Game West Coast indicated
that 90% of anglers practised catch
and release, but a few may catch and
Although the chances of ingestion
by secondary contamination of trout
was likely to be rare in a wild setting,
Fish and Game was advising all
anglers to avoid consuming trout from
areas where 1080 poison had been
laid, he said.
This included the Kahurangi
National Park, which contains the
popular trout fishing rivers, the
Karamea and Mokihinui.
The architect of a Facebook page
which has been harassing a West
Coast resident has been ordered
not to post anything on the page
about the victim until she faces
a defended hearing to oppose a
restraining order, on October 13.
Jacqueline Ann Galland, 42, of
Blaketown, set up the page ‘ West
Coast checkpoints/speed cameras
and police gossip’, which has
previously been condemned by
the police. She appeared in the
Greymouth District Court on
James von Hooker, who has
tried to bring the restraining
order against Galland, told the
court his issues with her had been
going on for three years.
“This woman runs a (Facebook)
site, and this is a problem,” Mr
von Hooker said. “Restraining
orders mean nothing to this lady. ”
Galland said she had made no
threats against von Hooker, while
referring to a past incident.
Judge Brian Callaghan ordered
Galland not to post anything on
Facebook before her next court
However, Mr von Hooker said
Galland would just use other
people she knew to post on the
site instead. Galland said she had
no control over other people she
did not know.
Judge Callaghan said Galland
could control people if she was
asking them do it.
Meanwhile, Galland was found
guilty of assaulting a police officer
at the Greymouth Police Station
by flicking a mixture of blood
and water off her hands on to the
officer, while claiming she was
infected with the disease hepatitis
On March 9, Galland broke
the window of a flat at the rear
of her property, claiming that the
tenants owed her rent. Galland
rented the house and flat on the
site and had sub-let the flat to two
Galland claimed they owed
her rent and she had gone there
to collect the money, but in the
process of angrily banging on
the door she smashed the glass,
cutting her hand.
One of tenants called the police
and Galland was arrested.
Detective constable Michel
Bloom said that while Galland
was being processed she was
verbally abusive and insulting.
She wrote the letters ‘F TP’ on
the cell wall in her own blood, and
threw blood covered toilet paper
around the cell and at the cell
sur veillance camera. Police later
withdrew a charge of graffiti after
she wiped the writing off the wall.
When Mr Bloom and another
constable went into the cell to
remove the toilet paper from the
camera Galland, who had wet
her hands in the sink, flicked
water and blood at both officers,
c laiming that she had hepatitis C.
In court, Galland disputed the
c laim, saying she had told officers
that it was lucky she did not have
Judge Callaghan said it would
be strange to mention the disease
if she had not intentionally flicked
blood at both officers, noting that
the repercussion for both officers
if she had had the disease would
have been “disturbing”.
Galland was scheduled to defend
charges of assaulting a police
officer with a mug at her home on
June 21. That case was supposed
to have been heard yesterday also
but was adjourned to November
19 due to the unavailability of
by Nicholas McBride
Behind the wheel of their 1969
Volkswagen Beetle, Greymouth
couple John and Jan Fensom have
driven 17,500km through 15 countries
in 63 days, as part of the Shanghai to
London Rally Tour.
Mr Fensom spotted the rally, which
runs every two years, in the Classic
Driver magazine and decided to give
“I took one look and thought ‘that
sounds like a good idea.’”
He and wife Jan had their trusty
1969 Volkswagen Beetle prepared at
Greymouth Mitsubishi with a new
engine, brakes and suspension.
They shipped the car on March 27
and left themselves on May 4, making
up a group of 13 cars with 27 people
from all over New Zealand, including
Hokitika couple Keith and Lorraine
The group travelled in convoy,
keeping in contact via radio and
having plenty of adventures along the
“It was a different experience in
every country,” Mr Fensom said.
The rally appeared on Russian
national television, and the convoy
stayed overnight in the Gobi Desert
in a ger — a round felt tent.
At a border patrol the officer
checking the car for drugs got a
surprise when he discovered the VW
engine was in the boot.
“Our longest drive was 15 hours, on
rough road — it was the equivalent of
Westport to Invercargill,” Mr Fensom
The bright yellow VW attracted
plenty of attention and thousands of
Though the roads were “horrendous”,
most of the drivers were good — apart
from a few.
“Some of the Russian drivers, they
just drove like lunatics. They don’t stop
for potholes, just drive over them.”
On the whole, the driving was easy,
Mr Fensom said.
“There was never one hill where I
had to change out of top gear, from
Shanghai to Northern Europe.”
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
John and Jan Fensom, with their 1969 Volkswagen Beetle, back in Greymouth after touring from Shanghai to London.
Man held over Winz threat to kill
A Cobden man who threatened to kill
staff at the Greymouth Work and Income
office just weeks after two staff members
were shot and killed at the Ashburton
office, was remanded in custody when
he appeared in the Greymouth District
Court on Thursday.
Jessie Thornton Peck, 21, made the
threat after leaving the Greymouth
Winz office on September 10, telling the
security guard on his way out that he was
going to get a gun and come back and
shoot them all.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said he had seen
Peck earlier that day and he had been
“jittery” and under a high degree of stress
at the time.
Judge Brian Callaghan said Peck may
well have been under the influence of
drugs and alcohol. He said the security
guard knew Peck and had not taken the
matter overly seriously, though it was still
serious that he had threatened to kill.
Mr Bodle said Peck accepted he had
said something stupid, given the recent
killings at Ashburton.
He was remanded without plea to
Peck also pleaded guilty to entering
a building with intent to commit an
offence and two counts of theft.
On May 7 he smashed a window to get
into a building at Kaiata Park, stealing
$1500 worth of tools, equipment and
a saw. While at the Kingsgate Hotel
car park on May 28 he forced open the
canopy of a parked vehicle and took tools,
a $4000 generator, safety goggles and a
With no transport of his own, Peck
called a taxi to take the stolen items to
Police visited his property on an
unrelated matter and found some of
the stolen property. When questioned,
he said had been drunk and could not
remember where the rest of the stolen
property was. He claimed he had found
some of it on Mawhera Q uay.
Peck was also remanded in custody to
November 19 on a charge of assault with
a weapon and wilful damage.
17,500km in 63 days
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