Home' Greymouth Star : November 11th 2014 Contents www.greystar.co.nz
$1 (Home Delivery 75c)
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2014
Est. 1866 Phone 769 7900
trundle into Reefton
Fireworks were fired through
the window of a Cobden house
early yesterday morning while the
occupants slept. Senior constable
Mike Tinnelly said the Ward
Street house could have burned
to the ground as a result of the
incident, between 1am and 5am.
The occupants were asleep and only
discovered the broken window and
evidence of the fireworks later in the
morning. Mr Tinnelly said it was
lucky they did not ignite the interior
of the house. Police inquiries are
continuing. “ This is another act of
complete stupidity because there was
nothing to stop that house going on
fire,” Mr Tinnelly said.
waits the night
A 71-year-old whitebaiter was
flown from the Whataroa River
mouth to Grey Base Hospital by
the NZCC Rescue Helicopter this
morning after he fell from the roof
of a whitebaiting hut last night
while trying to secure a tv aerial.
Extreme weather conditions meant
the airlift of the injured man to
hospital was not possible last night
and the man, who suffered a broken
hip, was kept in a comfortable
condition at the accident scene.
‘ver y intoxicated’
Greymouth police are awaiting
formal blood test results from a
“ very intoxicated” 43-year-old
woman arrested for drink-driving
in Greymouth on Friday night.
The woman blew over 1200mg —
three times the limit of 400mg, but
elected for a blood test.
Showers, some hail, clearing later
The Ku Klux Klan is looking to
diversify and increase its membership
to include Jews, black people,
homosexuals and those of Hispanic
origin with a re-branding as ‘the new
Klan’. All those wanting to join the
extreme right-wing group will still
have to wear the white robes, masks
and conical hats and take part in
rituals, according to founder John
Abarr. The rebranded organisation,
called the Rocky Mountain Knights,
claims to now stand for “a strong
America” rather than irrational
hatred. “ White supremacy is the
old Klan. This is the new Klan. The
KKK is for a strong America,” Mr
Abarr said. But Klan members have
said Mr Abarr is trying to make the
changes to further his own political
career. — Daily Mail
A Whataroa woman and her
young daughter are lucky to be
alive after being caught in a flash
flood that swept their vehicle off
the road at the Totara River, near
Ross, early this morning.
The mother climbed out of the
partly-submerged vehicle but was
immediately caught out by deep
water and was left clinging to a
tree in the dark, between 12.30am
Ross Volunteer Fire Brigade
station officer Charlie McBeath
said the river had apparently
backed up behind the bridge, on
State highway 6, shooting a surge
of floodwater across the main road
and sweeping the southbound
twin-cab ute off the road.
“Apparently when the mother
first got out, the floodwaters had
just about reached their peak.
When she went into the water
she had to grab hold of the tree
it was that bloody deep,” Mr
Luckily a passing Westland Milk
Products tanker driver spotted the
vehicle’s headlights over the bank,
alerted emergency services, and
stayed close by until they arrived.
Mr McBeath said the vehicle was
“almost completely submerged”,
nose first in the flooded roadside
ditch to the side of the bridge
“I think when the mother got
out she didn’t realise how deep it
was, and it was lucky the tree was
Her young daughter was rescued
through an open window because
the mother had the foresight to
activate the electric windows as
soon as she realised she was in
“It was lucky she did,” he said.
The pair were “soaking” but
The floodwaters quickly abated
just as the pair were rescued.
“They ’ve risen quickly, and then
dropped just like that.”
Apparently the pair were
heading back to Whataroa after a
trip away and, “they just wanted to
The woman was still in shock
and did not want to talk about
their ordeal when contacted at
The Jacksons Tavern is set to reopen
with a new management team, after 21
months of being shuttered.
New general manager Bevan Cox and
restaurant manager Per Vilsbaek expect
to swing open the historic doors some
time this week.
The pair had previously taken over
and turned around a run-down motel
Mr Cox said he had been attracted
by the challenge of rebuilding the old
hotel, once a favourite stopping place on
State highway 73.
“I wasn’t looking for a job, I was quite
happy with what I was doing, but it sort
of became a perfect storm — people
were available to manage our motel
while we were away and this position
came up. It’s a real challenge, setting up
pretty much a business from scratch and
making a name for something — that ’s
He had a simple recipe for reviving
the pub’s recent flagging fortunes: “ To
me it ’s a basic thing — good food and
hospitality, that ’s it in a nutshell. It
doesn’t have to be pretentious, it has to
be well priced so people come back and
enjoy it, and yeah, it becomes a habit as
opposed to a one-off event ”.
so you have got to have that slightly
different food and slightly different
pub. I think we will achieve that here
together with what we are doing.”
Making the pub a success would be a
mixture of attracting regular customers
from the Jacksons district, and enticing
passing trade to stop.
“Passing travel is going to be a big
one, I think. You’ve got to offer them
something to entice them to stop.
I think the building itself and the
character of the building lends it to
making them stop.”
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
The Jacksons Tavern new management team — general manager Bevan Cox, left, and restaurant manager Per Vilsbaek.
Perhaps the most important
piece of cricketing silver ware
in the world will be visiting
Greymouth next week.
The ICC Cricket World Cup
trophy will be in town on Friday,
November 21 as part of the run
up to next year’s World Cup
tournament, being jointly hosted
by Australia and New Zealand.
Grey District Council senior
communications officer Dearne
Thompson said they hoped the
community would get behind the
The cup will grace the Civic
Centre between 7.30am and
“ We’re encouraging people
to dress up as their favourite
cricketer or in the colours of their
favourite cricket team. There will
be an interactive display about
the history of the tournament, a
chance to test your cricket skills,
giveaways, a chance to meet a
famous cricket hero or two, free
photos with the trophy and more.”
Greymouth businesses were also
encouraged to enter their business
card to win a chance to have the
trophy visit their workplace for
a private photo shoot. Anyone
interested in taking part in a
potential ‘bat-off ’ at the event is
asked to contact Leanne Coburn
at the council by e-mailing
Cricket World Cup silverware
heads to Greymouth
Coast paedophile f led country
A man accused of sex offences on the
West Coast, and who fled New Zealand
in January 2013 after a catalogue of
mistakes around his bail arrangements,
should not have been granted bail in the
first place, the Sensible Sentencing Trust
The West Coast case was brought to
mind this week with news that convicted
murderer and paedophile Phillip Smith
had fled New Zealand on a new passport
while on a three-day temporary release
from Springhill Prison, near Huntly.
Last year, a Greymouth District Court
trial of a 42-year-old Christchurch
man due to stand trial on charges of
sexually abusing his daughter over an
eight-month period, while working on
a Greymouth farm, had to be aborted
when police discovered the man got
married while on bail, obtained a new
passport under his new wife’s surname,
cut off his electronic bail bracelet and
fled the country.
The judge had not properly made
the order for the man’s passport to be
surrendered as part of his bail bond and
a court staff member had ticked the
wrong box on an electronic bail form.
Police then mistakenly believed the man
would not be able to obtain a passport to
leave the country.
Sensible Sentencing Trust founder
Garth McVicar said today that man
should never have been granted bail in
the first place.
“It ’s okay for low level crime, knocking
over the letterbox or stealing the milk
bottle money, but as we start to proceed
up the ladder we get more and more
serious offenders who get bail,” Mr
Rather than being about protecting
the victim, the criminal justice system
was more about the re-integration and
rehabilitation of offenders, he said.
Grey Base Hospital has applied to
alter its isolation room quickly so it is
ready in the event of an Ebola patient
arriving on the West Coast.
The Grey District Council says it
received a phone inquiry about two
weeks ago from the West Coast
District Health Board, which followed
up with an e-mail and design drawing
for proposed changes to the existing
A report to the council meeting last
night said the DHB wanted building
works to “commence forthwith”.
The DHB did not respond to
questions lodged on Friday about what
building work it wanted to do, why,
when, and the cost.
Council building control team leader
Phil Beck said the board wanted to
install an accessible toilet and shower
in the existing isolation room.
The board said last month it had been
working closely with the Christchurch
Hospital team, Community and
Public Health, Canterbury Health
Laboratories, Primary Care, the
Ministry of Health, St John, and
other DHBs about potential Ebola.
Community and Public Health has
been working with Christchurch
Airport border agencies.
Health authorities have said that
if a suspected case were to present
in New Zealand, given the location
and frequency of international flight
arrivals, it was most likely that they
would land in Auckland, Wellington
or Christchurch where they would be
identified by border agencies.
West Coast DHB physician Dr Paul
Holt and Community and Public
Health medical officer of health Dr
Cheryl Brunton said it was still very
unlikely that an Ebola case would be
present in New Zealand.
Grey Hospital prepares for Ebola risk
Look for us on Facebook
80 Tainui Street Greymouth
(03) 769 9060 or 0800 689 669
Did you know we stock ALL OF THIS?!?!
“Your local supplier of some of the BIGGEST BRANDS in the world”
If we haven’t
got it, we’ll get
it for you!!
Links Archive November 10th 2014 November 12th 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page