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Happy 21st Troy
Love and miss you lots
You should be here to
celebrate with us
Granddad and Lee,
and your two bros Jamie
CURTIS, Barry Leslie.
— November 21, 1934 -
November 11, 2013.
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A report in the Greymouth Star
on Saturday incorrectly attributed
Craig Rankin as the Franz Josef
Community Association chairman.
Mr Rankin is part of the Franz Inc
group, not a part of the Franz Josef
Eftpos spending boost
The tills are ringing on the West
Coast. The Paymark eftpos figures for
October show an 8.4% increase in the
volume of sales, and a 6.8% increase
in value. Nationally, compared to
October 2013, the sale of building
supplies was up 16.5%, furniture
purchases up 15.4% with appliance,
hardware, home and decorating stores
also experiencing strong growth. “ The
number of monthly card transactions
was 8.2% higher than last October
and we’ve seen unprecedented growth
in the use of contactless payments,”
Paymark spokesman Paul Whiston
Snow forecast for alps
More snow showers are forecast for
the Southern Alps. The Metservice
said this morning Arthur’s Pass could
expect snow showers tonight, and
from midday to midnight tomorrow
5cm to 8cm may accumulate about
the summit of the road. Lewis
could get to 3cm to 5cm tomorrow
afternoon, as could Porters Pass.
A ute made a quick get away from
the Greymouth Challenge service
station yesterday at 9.45am, the driver
leaving without paying for the fuel
they had just pumped. Police are
seeking sightings of a silver Nissan
Navara four-wheel-drive ute in
relation to the theft.
Arrivals: Nil. Departures: Nil. In
port: 24 Greymouth vessels. Expected
departures: Nil. Expected arrivals:
Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine,
Franz Josef Glacier Guides has been
voted the No 1 visitor attraction in New
Zealand at this year’s TNT Golden
Following a 10-week campaign in TNT
magazine and on-line, backpackers voted
the Ngai Tahu Tourism business as the
best visitor attraction in New Zealand,
with nearly 20,000 votes received.
Glacier guides sales and marketing
manager Kerry Myers said the company
was “absolutely delighted” with the award
win. “ What makes this award win even
more special is that it ’s derived from
public votes,” Ms Myers said.
“It demonstrates that we have a
world-class activity which backpackers
know is truly a once-in-a-lifetime
experience, and pays testament to the skill
and experience of our guides on the ice.”
Glacier guides voted
NZ’s top attraction
The draft Opus concept plan to
revitalise Greymouth has been released,
complete with a series of barriers and
vast number of suggestions, from traffic
calming to ‘pocket parks’.
The Grey District Council decided in
principle last night to accept the draft
plan vision. More work will be done
and there are, for now, lots of ideas but
no firm plans.
The general idea is to make the
town more vibrant, with reinvigorated
connections to the Grey River and a
‘final frontier’ character.
Opus consultants found a raft of
problems including the lack of public
spaces or focal point, tired and rundown
streetscapes, and a vehicle dominated
There are also concerns that heritage
buildings could be demolished, the
central business district looks run down,
Albert Street ‘mall’ is not performing,
there is a lack of shelter from the
wind and rain, old buildings, and high
traffic volumes along Mawhera Q uay,
which makes it harder to get on to the
The town entrance is also ambiguous.
The draft also raises concerns that
tourists arriving by train have only
45 minutes, and do not have to walk
further than the i-Site hub before they
engage in further transport taking them
away from the CBD.
The report did praise the historic coal
cranes and the heritage park, floodwall
and the well established i-Site
A vast number of ideas are floated in
the 50-plus page report, from traffic
calming to reducing traffic along the
quay, or one-way systems through the
The floodwall has a number of dark
areas, and lighting could enhance
heritage items along the wall.
Other ideas include creating a
series of pocket parks and potential
market/event spaces along Mackay
The report also notes the polytechnic
area around Whall Street is cut off from
the town centre, as is The Warehouse
Street trees and vegetation could
soften wind flows, and new buildings
be set back to create sheltered spaces
off the streets.
Other ideas include public art, and
using the sheltered laneways and alleys.
Narrowing or even closing the road
along Mawhera Quay would better
connect the floodwall and the river to
the CBD and people.
People can read the full plan on the
Grey District Council website, or
A draft master plan — a blueprint for
the CBD — will now be developed.
Plan to breathe life
into town unveiled
A 26-strong group of cyclists from
Oamaru, attired in Victorian costume,
visited Reefton at the weekend to start a
sister town relationship.
They arrived on Sunday evening as part
of an annual cycling tour that leads into
Oamaru Heritage Week.
“ It’s all part of connecting with people
from all parts of New Zealand who enjoy
period cycling,” organiser Lee-Anne Scott
The group cycled from Murchison to
Reid’s Store in the Maruia Valley, and from
Reefton headed to Springs Junction back
to Reid’s Store for refreshments before
putting the bikes on trailers and heading for
On Sunday night, dressed in their
Victorian splendour, they dined at Wilsons
Miners Hotel, one of the earliest buildings
in Reefton dating to 1871.
Yesterday, they started the day with a
heritage experience in the Oddfellows Hall,
where local historian Paul Thomas gave
them an illuminating experience in the
dark, contrasting the light of the candle
with the brilliance of the incandescent
light bulb, and told the story of Reefton’s
reticulated electricity supply in 1888.
The cycling visitors also called on both
Sacred Heart Primary School and Reefton
Sacred Heart School principal Jill Cogger
said: “It fitted well into our day and the
students enjoyed the display of riding and
also learning about the science of bicycle
At the finish of the visit they concluded
with a ride up Broadway, then parked
up at one of the local establishments,
where Mr Thomas, representing Reefton
Inc, presented the cyclists with a letter
to start the process of cementing a sister
town relationship with Oamaru, the stone
“ We are delighted with the prospect of a
sister town relationship, we have much in
common,” Mr Thomas said.
Penny farthing cycles lined up on the Reefton main street, Broadway, marking the visit
by the Oamaru cycle group.
Okarito Kiwi Tours is
one of a number of West
Coast winners in the
Rankers Awards, based
on independent reviews.
Cymen Crick said: “ We
meet travellers person to
person, as they explore
NZ and ask them about
their experiences here.
All tourism companies
for each category are
eligible. No one pays to
participate, everyone is
From the pool of over
4000 experiences and
with over 10,000 votes
cast, six Supreme winners,
37 tourism operator
winners and nine free
experience winners were
West Coast winners
4WD adventures: On
Yer Bike!. Bird watching:
Okarito Kiwi Tours.
Scenic flights: Mountain
Nor west Adventures,
Under world Adventures.
Glacier tours: Fox Glacier
finalist: Skydive Franz.
holiday parks finalist:
Camper van Holiday Park.
Coast winners in
West Coast farming is leading the way for
the 2015 national dairy industry awards.
NZ Dairy Industry Awards national
convener Chris Keeping said Coast interest
in the annual awards was relatively high
this year with six sharemilker entrants
already for the awards’ top of the south
region — and all of them from the West
While she could not yet name those entered,
Mrs Keeping said they represented a fair
cross-section of West Coast sharemilking
operations from Franz Josef Glacier, Hari
Hari, Kumara, Greymouth, Cape Foulwind
“ We’re thrilled to have so many already
when entries don’t close until November 30.
There’s six already, so we’re absolutely rapt,”
In this year’s awards South Westland
sharemilkers Chris and Carla Staples made
the national final, taking away thousands of
dollars in prizes.
Mrs Keeping said the competition rules
meant the Staples’ were unable to enter
again. However, they would be involved in
the 2015 competition mentoring as team
leaders for West Coast entrants.
The other two categories for the 2015
awards had gleaned good interest so far
as well, with four West Coast entrants in
the dairy trainee section, and in the farm
manager section entrants from Dobson,
Reefton, and Maruia.
She said it was great to see the level of
interest, although the organisers would like
to see more entries across the awards to
encourage more competition.
There was an ‘early bird’ incentive to enter
by November 10, with enticements of more
than $12,500 of Apple computer products
in a prize draw.
Mrs Keeping said it provided a great
incentive for those planning to enter with
two packages of an iPhone 5S and iPad Air,
valued at $2100, to be won in each of the
three competition sectors.
“It amazes me how many dairy farmers
and those in the sector are on the likes of
Twitter and other networks these days, too,
so the prize is a great way for people to
communicate and stay connected.”
More information on the awards
and the competitions can be found at
Coast buzzing for NZ dairy awards
John Paul II High School student
Jamie Gibbens has shown she can
take on a challenge, having received
her Duke of Edinburgh’s bronze
Hillary Award. The award, open
to youths under 25 years, took her
six months to achieve and saw her
complete tasks from four sections —
skills, physical recreation, ser vice and
adventurous journey. Jamie chose
piano, squash, working with girl
group brownies and going on their
jamboree in Pukekohe. “It was a fair
bit of work but it was worth it,” she
said. She is now working towards her
silver award and has registered for
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