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lifejackets compulsory for everyone who
sails over the Grey River bar has been
labelled a “knee-jerk” reaction by two
One says it is “cowboyland” on the
Greymouth bar and the Grey District
Council would be better off employing a
Mike Graham and a predecessor,
David Barnes, said Westport Harbour
encouraged lifejackets but did not need
to make them compulsory because it had
good safety procedures.
The Grey District Council on Monday
approved a port bylaw requiring all crew
of any vessel crossing the bar to wear
a “well-fitting type 401 open water
lifejacket ’’, the Greymouth Star reported.
The vests must be worn at least 200m
before and after crossing the bar, at the
responsibility of the boat master.
The decision followed last month’s
findings by coroner David Crerar that
the fatal capsize of the Lady Anna on the
Greymouth bar in April last year could
have been prevented.
Mr Barnes wrote the national guidelines
on bar crossings after the Owenga 8
capsized on the Westport bar in May
2001, killing the sole person on board.
The bar has not had a fatality since.
Mr Barnes and Mr Graham agreed that
making lifejackets compulsory on the
Greymouth bar was a knee-jerk response
by the Grey council.
“How are they going to police it? ... They
haven’t got a harbourmaster who has the
authority to prosecute,” Mr Barnes said.
Greymouth’s new rule will be policed
by council staff, although chief executive
Paul Pretorius said he would need to
provide them with the necessary powers
to enforce it.
Mr Barnes, who was Westport’s
harbourmaster for a decade until 2005,
agreed people should wear lifejackets
crossing a bar. However, he said it was
more important not to cross when a bar
The Greymouth bar was still
“cowboyland ”, he said, citing a widely
screened video of two fishing boats
almost capsizing as they crossed the bar
in high seas in 2011.
“They take that as being a macho thing.
They were so bloody lucky not to kill
Mr Barnes said Greymouth’s new
$10 million fish factory should mean
it could afford a harbourmaster as
“cheap insurance” for its valuable fishing
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A woman who had been living in
Kumara admitted in the D unedin
District Court unlawfully getting into a
Lexus vehicle taken from a Christchurch
address early on June 9, and unlawfully
getting into a Nissan vehicle taken from
an Oamaru address on June 10.
Tia-Maree Frew, 18, now of Rakaia, was
convicted and fined $250 and court costs
$130 on each charge.
Police prosecutor Stewart Sluis said
Frew was a passenger in the Lexus, at
Dunedin about 4pm on June 9. About
5.50pm on June 11, the Nissan taken
from Oamaru was found at a Kumara
address. Spoken to, Frew admitted having
travelled in it.
Frew was one of six people charged in
relation to the offending.
Lawyer Debbie Ericsson said Frew had
gone to D unedin with friends and had
been on her way back to Kumara as she
wanted to be with her young child. Frew
had no previous convictions.
Dunedin District Court
Rides in stolen vehicles admitted
Some of Greymouth’s church ministers have turned back the clock — dressing in fashion of the time their particular church first
came to the West Coast, as part of the town’s 150th anniversary. Several churches will gather together on Sunday afternoon to share
the histor y of their presence and involvement in Greymouth since 1864. Each minister will give a brief over view, and photos of each
church’s history will be displayed. Prizes will be offered for audience participation, followed by finger food. The service will be held at
the Holy Trinity Anglican Church from 2pm-3pm.
PICTURE: Stewart Nimmo
Greymouth churches in retrospect
West Coast police mounted
an all-day drugs bust on alleged
dealers in Westport yesterday.
Detective sergeant Gavin
Nichols, of Greymouth CIB, said
numerous charges had been laid
as a result of search warrants on
a number of Westport houses by
a large team of West Coast,
Nelson, and Christchurch police.
“The warrants were in response
to concerns around persons in
the Westport area dealing in
psychoactive substances which
have formerly been more
commonly known as legal highs,”
Mr Nichols said.
It resulted in the arrest of two
Westport men, aged 61 and 22,
for possession and dealing of legal
Both faced several charges
under the Misuse of Drugs Act
and the Psychoactive Substances
Act, including supply.
Further charges were expected,
The operation had resulted in
thousands of dollars worth of
illegal substances being pulled out
of circulation in Buller.
The theft of about 50 young
kauri trees from Trounson
Kauri Park’s nursery has hit
Department of Conser vation
The 1m high trees, valued
at about $15 each, were taken
between October 1 and October
15 from the Trounson Field
Base nursery at Donnelly’s
DOC Kauri Coast ser vice
manager Luke Archbold said
the loss of the trees was not
measured in money terms
as much as its impact on the
conser vation work for which the
trees were propagated.
“These trees were grown from
seed by staff and volunteers, so
their loss means more than just
a replacement value to us,” Mr
The nursery raises eco-sourced
native trees that originate from
existing trees in Trounson Park,
and are then planted within the
reser ve and its margins.
“The (department) leases out
the adjoining farm but we are,
progressively over the long term,
replanting the forest margins
and reducing the farm size,” Mr
— Northern Advocate
Two arrested in big
Westport drugs bust
50 young kauri
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