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(Linda), Lyncia, Gary
and families wish to
shown to us all in the
loss of our wonderful
husband, father, father-
special friend. Thank
you for the cards, visits,
phone calls and flowers.
We offer special thanks
to Grey Base Hospital,
Granger House and
Please accept this as
a personal acknowledg-
ment to you all.
Nixon) Dorothy June
(Dot). — Passed away
peacefully after a short
illness at Christchurch
Public Hospital on Octo-
ber 24, 2014, aged 72.
Dearly loved mother of
Boyd and Amanda, and
Ross and Justine, much
loved sister and sister-
in-law of Brian and
Melva Nixon (Hokitika),
Noelene and Brian
Longley, and Joyce
Nixon (all of Christ-
church), loved aunty
of Murray, Brenda,
Adrienne, Kellie, Tracy,
Andrew, and the late
Ann, friend of the late
Bill, and a loved cousin
and friend of many.
Messages to 62 Hall
Street, Cobden 7802.
declined. A funeral
service for Dot will be
held in the William
Chapel, 134 Tainui
Street, Greymouth to-
morrow (Wednesday) at
11am followed by cre-
mation at the Westland
Funeral Services Ltd,
FDANZ. Phone (03)
Hotu. — Of Hari Hari,
passed away peacefully
at Grey Base Hospital,
Greymouth on Sunday
October 26, 2014. Dear-
ly loved ex-husband of
Donna Marie Haronga,
treasured father of Cyb,
loved granddad of Lacey
and Nevaeh, and a loved
uncle and friend. Aged
81 years. Messages to
PO Box 76, Hari Hari
7863. A Service to
celebrate Samuel's life
will be held at his home,
81 Wanganui Flat Road,
Hari Hari on Thursday
at 2pm followed by
private cremation. Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
26, 2014 peacefully at
Aroha Care Centre,
Lower Hutt; in his 68th
husband of Janice. Much
loved father and father-
in-law of Christopher
and Judith, Andrea and
Charles, and treasured
Granddad of Sarah,
Meadow; and Jarrod.
Loved brother of Denise
White, Patrick (de-
ceased), Mary Ciurlionis
(UK), and brother-in-
law of Pam Sosky
(USA). No flowers by
request, donations to the
Cancer Society would
be appreciated and may
be left at the service or
posted to 52 Riddiford
Street, Newtown 6021.
A service to celebrate
Michael's life will be
held in Cornwall Manor,
corner of Cornwall
Road, Lower Hutt to-
morrow October 29,
2014 at 2pm followed
by private cremation.
Messages may be placed
in Michael's tribute book
co.nz or posted to “The
O'Connor Family”, C/-
PO Box 30 127, Lower
Hutt 5040. Gee &
Phone (04) 266 3103.
John Paul II High School pupils were acknowledged at a school assembly
last week after completing the Bluelight Boot Camp. The six-week
programme put 15 students through fitness sessions and nutritional classes.
The boot camp was run by personal trainer and former John Paul II High
School student Martin Greaney, and Greymouth police senior constable
Terri Middleton. The programme will start at Greymouth High School on
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Students sur vive boot camp
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
A Packers Quay house severely damaged in the Cyclone Ita windstorm on April 17 was
finally brought down by a digger, on Saturday. The Blaketown home was directly opposite the
former Greymouth Municipal Band Hall, which was blown apart in the storm. The house
lost large sections of its roof in the storm. Inset: The house soon after the wind damage.
Six months on from one of
the worst storms in recent
memory lashing the West
Coast, some in Greymouth
have fully recovered from the
damage wrought by Cyclone
Ita, while others are still
counting the cost.
Greymouth suburbs of
Cobden and Blaketown
bore the brunt of the 160 to
170kph winds, which blew
off dozens of roofs.
Of the 39 houses left
uninhabitable by the storm,
26 were in Cobden and 12
were in Blaketown.
Cobden Volunteer Fire
Brigade chief fire officer
Garry Pollock, a builder, said
the cyclone was even more
severe than the last major
storm which hit the Coast in
Six months on, Mr Pollock
said some people were still
to fully recover from the
“I’m a builder and I’m
still flat out doing repairs,
and there are still a lot of
builders floating around
Cobden doing wind damage
repairs. I had another call on
Wednesday to put a new roof
on a Greymouth house.”
Mr Pollock estimated that
90% of properties which had
lost their roofs in the storm
had been repaired, however
there was work as varied as
damaged outbuildings, sheds
and fences which still needed
to be repaired.
“I’m still getting e-mails
from insurance assessors
asking me to price up jobs
... some asse ssors are still
working their way through
The repairs were not
confined to Greymouth, and
Mr Pollock was carrying out
work elsewhere on the Coast.
He had been so busy doing
repairs to other people’s
homes he had not yet had
time to sort out the damage
done to his own shed and
John Morel and his wife had
been out of their house since
the April 17 storm hit, lifting
the house off its piles, which
had left it bowed upwards
in the middle. Half the roof
was ripped off and wires were
left exposed when the HRV
system was ripped out.
Work started on repairs in
August, and Mr Morel said
the builder had estimated the
couple might be back in their
home before Christmas.
“The work is really good, it ’s
coming along well, probably
better than what we hoped,
and better than some people
Lance Topliss’s Tainui
Street premises was also
left unusable, having lost
75% of its roof and suffered
However, it had only taken
a couple of months for all the
repair work on the premises
to be completed, while a new
roof had been put on the
building just two weeks after
“I had a really good run
with the insurance company,
to be honest,” Mr Topliss
Suburbs recover from destructive cyclone
A 27-year-old Westport man who
had been forbidden to drink alcohol
as a condition of his driver’s licence,
was caught drink-driving yesterday
morning. He blew 133mg when he
was breath-tested at 10am. A police
spokeswoman said the offender had
previous drink-driving offences,
and when he got his licence back a
condition was to not drink at all when
A vehicle that accelerated to
145kph in an 80kph section of
Kaniere Road, Hokitika, was stopped
by police late on Friday night only to
reveal that the speedster was drink-
driving. The 50-year-old Hokitika
man blew 968mg — more than twice
the legal limit. He was charged with
driving with excess breath-alcohol
for a third or subsequent time.
He will appear in the Greymouth
District Court next week.
Ex-cop on drugs trial
The former head of Northland
police’s organised crime unit goes on
trial this afternoon accused of
supplying drugs and stealing
methamphetamine. Michael David
Blowers, 44, faces one charge each of
supplying P and cannabis between
June 1, 2011 and June 31, 2012, and a
charge of stealing methamphetamine
from a police exhibit locker on or
about October 19, 2011. The trial is
set for two weeks. — APNZ
Greymouth Bridge Club results.—
Wednesday : Allison Palmer and Joy
Willman 60% 1, Gerard Bardell and
Ash Hamilton 59% 2. Thursday:
Stuart Oliver and Brian Rowlands
57.5% 1, Ash Hamilton and Michelle
Gunn, David Waugh and Sue Holt
52.5% 2 equal.
Arrivals: Two Greymouth vessels.
Departures: Nil. In port: 22 vessels.
Expected departures: Nil. Expected
arrivals: Jay Elaine, October 29; Cook
Canyon, October 31.
Classic trucks from as far afield as Timaru, pictured at Crofts yard in Stillwater on Friday afternoon. About 20 visiting truckies were joined by West Coast truckies for the Can West Classic Trucks tour that made trips to
Reefton, Ngahere, Hokitika and Ross over the long weekend. This was the first time the tour had travelled over the alps. Most of the trucks were models from the 1960s to the 1980s. The truckies left Timaru early on Friday
morning and travelled the back roads of Geraldine and Methven up through Springfield, where they were joined by Christchurch truck enthusiasts to make the drive to their weekend base in Greymouth.
A colourful travel article in British
newspaper The Independent labelled
Hokitika a “quiet town”, Arthur’s Pass
a “ lonesome town” and all but skipped
In the article, published last Tuesday,
writer Kate Simon attempts to take in the
entire country in 12 days.
Her journey to the West Coast begins
with a trip on the Tranz Alpine train —
“on the bucket list of every rail enthusiast ”.
She passes through the “ lonesome town”
of Arthur’s Pass, and “into the darkness of
the Otira Tunnel ... emerging in the old
coalfields of Brunner and Dobson”.
Arriving in Greymouth she hires a car
and heads straight to the glaciers, passing
through the “quiet township” of Hokitika,
“which in the 19th century hosted wine,
women and song for goldminers”.
She takes a trip on Fox Glacier
and writes of the “ethereal mass of
millennia-old ice that appears to spill out
of the lap of the mountain”.
When rain sets in she decides to cut her
losses and return to Hokitika to catch a
flight back to the east coast.
The Independent has an average daily
circulation of over 63,000 and its website
has 2,397,122 unique users.
Big British paper skips Greymouth in Coast visit
Truckin’ good fun
The Buller District Council building in
Westport requires “urgent strengthening
A report by chief executive Paul Wylie
and property officer Bede Brown for the
council meeting tomorrow, said a section of
Brougham House was currently well below
Building Code requirements for withstanding
The western end of the building was only
15% of the code and the eastern end 60%. The
building therefore needed four large diagonal
corner beams inserted into the roof area,
among other things.
The assessment of Brougham House was
part of report to the council to seek plans and
costs from selected architects to strengthen
earthquake prone council properties.
“There has been a recognition for some time
that ‘lazy ’ assets need to be made to work or to
be realised if they are not being held for some
future purpose,” the report said.
The use of buildings was currently patchy,
with some struggling to cope, while others sat
empty, the report said.
Sue Thompson Casey Memorial Library,
the Carnegie Library and the Clocktower
Council Chamber were all “likely” to require
earthquake strengthening work.
Detailed reports into all three buildings
were still being awaited, however preliminary
discussions had been held with two architects
into the strengthening work.
The Reefton Service Centre, which houses
the town’s Post Office and library was at 30%
of the code, while the community centre
housing the cinema was between 13% and
Detailed upgrade plans have been prepared
on both buildings.
Work on the Reefton Service Centre should
go ahead as soon as funding is approved, while
the Reefton Community Centre should be
referred to the Inangahua Community Board
for public consultation, reporting back to
council early next year, the report said.
The potential costs of bringing the buildings
up to code, would be confined to the public
excluded section of the agenda to preser ve
commercial sensitivity. Costs would be
revealed if the council decided to proceed to
tender for work.
However the report recommended that
council only looked to invest in buildings
which would last into the future.
“There is no point in spending money unless
the finished building is fit for purpose for at
least the next 25 years.”
The report said the assessment process might
also provide an opportunity to “rationalise” the
council’s building stock.
Quake concerns over
Reefton council office
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