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Coast hockey history
An abandoned hay shed on a dairy
farm at Bell Hill was gutted by fire
on Saturday afternoon. Ngahere
Volunteer Fire Brigade chief Tom
Daly said the building was well
alight by the time both the Ngahere
and Moana brigades reached the
scene, shortly after 3pm. The brigades
were aided by a ready source of water
from a nearby creek, but there was
little they could do to contain the
fire. The building, while gutted, was
left standing, Mr Daly said. The
cause of the fire was unknown and
it had not been determined whether
the building was still connected to
the electricity supply.
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A pair of Chinese tourists had
their South Island tour cut short at
Fox Glacier on Friday night, when
police impounded their rental car
after numerous complaints about
their driving. Constable John
Woodward, of Ross police, said
they had a number of 111 calls on
Friday afternoon reporting a vehicle
being driven over the centre line.
Police eventually tracked the car
down to Fox Glacier, impounding
the vehicle at 7pm. Mr Woodward
said the rental car company had also
received complaints throughout the
day and had already cancelled the
tourist ’s rental agreement, and was
taking steps to retrieve the vehicle
by the time police impounded it.
Mr Woodward said it was a good
example of the public responsibly
working with police to report unsafe
or erratic driving. The tourists were
left with no option but to continue
their travels by bus.
Rain developing in evening
Doctors treating a woman for
stomach pain were shocked to find a
very unlikely cause for it — a potato
inside her vagina. The 22-year-old
woman, from Colombia, was advised
by her mother to use the technique
to avoid becoming pregnant. But
by the time doctors discovered the
potato, it had apparently germinated
and grown roots inside her. A news
website claims the unnamed woman
told doctors: “My mum told me that
if I didn’t want to get pregnant, I
should put a potato up there, and I
believed her. ” After removing the
potato, doctors confirmed there
would be no lasting damage to the
woman’s health. Medical staff at the
hospital have criticised the woman’s
mother for the terrible contraceptive
advice. — Daily Mail
Winery Tour bypasses West Coast
The Winery Tour that brought Stan Walker,
Breaks Co-Op and The Exponents to
Greymouth earlier this year for the first time
has been streamlined for 2015 and will not
return to the West Coast.
The 2014 tour had 17 shows and included
Greymouth for the first time. However, the
concert at Anzac Park coincided with a cold,
stormy weather event. It still drew a crowd of
about 620, although the venue had capacity for
up to 2000.
Prior to the show, organisers said if it was well
attended the tour could return to Greymouth.
Now in its ninth year, the Winery Tour
has been streamlined to nine shows in nine
wineries around New Zealand between late
January and the start of March.
Winery Tour co-promoter Campell Smith
said today: “It ’s unfortunate that we can’t
make it to some venues (next) year. We
have rationalised the tour for 2015 and we
are concentrating on playing in wineries.
Availability and routing factors have also
impacted on the tour itinerary for 2015.”
Next year will see only two South Island
concerts at Upper Moutere, Tasman
on February 27, and in Waipara, North
Canterbury on February 28.
seat in Parliament
An old fashioned
running race will be held
on Friday evening as part
of the Greymouth 150th
celebrations — including a
100m dash for men in high
Grey District Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn has taken up the
high heel challenge and has
thrown down the gauntlet to
other men to strap on a pair
of heels and sprint 100m.
A more serious Mackay
Street Mile will be run in
conjunction with the heel
Organiser Phil Lemon said
the mile race had about 20
entries and he expected to get
more on the night.
“ We will take entries on the
day from 4.30pm to 5.30pm,
and I expect to get a good
number of people heading
into town for the event, as
well as the buskers festival,”
Mr Lemon said.
Race sections run from
7-10yrs to 65-plus. The
first race begins at 6.10pm,
starting in Mackay Street
outside the Greymouth Star,
bolting straight down to the
Regent Theatre, around the
roundabout and back to the
Star office — twice — to
complete one mile.
“Competitive runners will
complete two laps, while the
fun runners will run one lap,
and we are urging fun runners
to dress up in fancy dress.”
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn strikes a pose in a pair of borrowed stilettos, which he
will match with a pair of running shorts on Friday, for the 100m dash along Mackay Street to
raise money for the Breast Cancer Foundation.
Mayor in stilettos
Last on, first off — former Westland mayor
Maureen Pugh says her two weeks spent in
the capital as a short-lived National Party list
MP has whet her appetite for the job, even
though the counting of special votes sent her
packing at the weekend.
Although losing her bid for the West Coast-
Tasman electorate seat to Labour’s Damien
O’Connor, who increased his majority to
4094, Mrs Pugh scraped into Parliament at
the bottom of the party list after National’s
party vote exceeded expectations.
However, with the counting of 330,000
special votes, National lost a seat and the
Greens gained one.
Back home on the farm at Turiwhate, she
noted that she would be “first cab off the
rank” if someone left during the next three
“I was an MP for two weeks,” she said. “ I
built really good relationships with other
MPs ... I wouldn’t have missed one minute. ”
Asked what she would do now, she said she
had “lived and breathed this” for the past 12
months with her election bid, since stepping
down from the Westland mayoralty.
Within a day of the September 20 election,
her travel plans were finalised and she was off
to Wellington for induction with the other
new MPs, although the National Party said
at the time her place among them was not
Mrs Pugh said it was now time to regroup,
and she would meet with the electoral and
campaign chairmen to start planning for the
Until now, West Coast-Tasman has had
three MPs since 2009.
In 2008, there were only two MPs when Mr
O’Connor lost the electorate to National’s
Chris Auchinvole, only to return on the list
and then to defeat Mr Auchinvole at the next
election. Green Party list MP Kevin Hague
was the other MP.
National has now lost its outright majority
in a 121-seat Parliament.
Prime Minister John Key expressed his
disappointment on Saturday that Mrs Pugh
would not be staying but said National had
still delivered a strong result overall.
Mrs Pugh won every polling both in South
Westland, but lost every Hokitika booth in
an apparent backlash to her nine-year reign
With the final count on Saturday, National’s
share of the party vote nationwide dropped to
47.04%, just below par with its 47.31% share
of the party vote in 2011, and leaving it with
60 MPs. Both the Labour and Green parties
benefited from the special votes.
Labour crept up to 25.13%, or 32 seats, the
Greens finished at 10.7% and 14 MPs, while
New Zealand First garnered 8.6% of the
party vote and 11 MPs.
Mining ‘destroys’ historic walk
The West Coast Conser vation Board says a
historic walk is being destroyed and it wants
a goldminer to make amends.
The Department of Conser vation has
renamed the Alborn’s Coal Mine Walk the
Alborn’s Track, because the mining heritage
is mostly gone.
In a letter to Oceana Gold, which
operates the Globe Progress Mine nearby,
conser vation board chairman Mike Legge
said that when consent for the mine was
originally granted, the track was to remain
open to the public, with just a short section
However, as the mine had grown and the
track changed, the historic mining sites were
now “largely bypassed ”.
Dr Legge said the miner intended to move
the rusting machinery and other relics above
tailings level, but the overall heritage aspects
were “essentially being destroyed”.
“It is considered a moral obligation on
the part of Oceana Gold to replace the
destruction of the mining heritage site in
The board wants the miner to pay for an
internal DOC report on a similar mining
heritage area, Murray Creek, across the
“This would be considered suitable
compensation for the loss of the mining
heritage aspects of Alborn’s Coal Mine
Walk,” he said.
The board also noted the mining company
wants to lift its tailings dam by 6m close to
the top of the western ridge. The track starts
on Soldiers Road.
‘I was an MP for two weeks.’
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