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Seems like only
Twenty-five years ago, a new local government structure was born, a Coast
dog retrieved a New Zealand title, a lake fishing trip ended in tragedy, and
local Telecom staff faced redundancy. Read more from the yellowing pages
of the Greymouth Star of November 1989.
Fred Heine, Peter Anderson, Filip Castigan, and Alfred Thomas with the third cross to go on the hill over Cobden, 25 years ago
November 1, 1989
Birth of new local
government structure on
West Coast today
Today sees the birth of a new local
government structure on the West Coast
with the emergence of three district
councils and a regional council.
The first to meet was the Buller District
Council, comprising the former Westport
Borough Council and the Buller and
Inangahua county councils. Meeting
similtaneously with it was the newly-
elected Inangahua Community Board.
The Grey District Council, comprising
the former Grey and Runanga boroughs
and the Grey County is scheduled to
meet at 7.30 this evening. Grey District
Mayor Dr Barry Dallas has indicated he
intends nominating the highest-polling
rural councillor, Cr Ron Hibbs, of Moana,
as his deputy.
Tomorrow morning sees the first
meeting of the West Coast Regional
Council, which succeeds the United
Council and the Westland Catchment
Board as well as taking on the functions
of several former statutory authorities
such as the Pest Destruction Board.
November 2, 1989
Coast dog retrieves New
West Coast ’s Jim Grant and his gun
dog Collette of Paroa (Cindy) won the
premier event at the National Gun Dog
Championships in Canterbury recently.
It was the first time both Grant and
Cindy had competed at a national event
and the three-year-old retriever won the
New Zealand retriever championship
from a field of 60 competitors.
November 3, 1989
Lake fishing trip ends in
A fishing trip to Lake Ianthe in South
Westland ended in tragedy this week.
Nicholas Samuels, a 14-year-old from
Kaiapoi, struggled ashore on Wednesday
after the boating accident that claimed
the lives of is father, Mr Bruce Wayne
Samuels, 38, and another boy, Justin
Craig Paviell, 14, also from Kaiapoi.
The two drowned when the 8ft
fibreglass ‘praam’ dinghy they were in
overturned and sank in a strong south-
westerly wind. Nicholas swam to shore
with the help of a piece of polystyrene
which came off the dinghy’s hull.
The bodies were recovered just after
8 o’clock last night. Sergeant Brian
McGurk, of Hokitika, said the three had
not been wearing lifejackets.
November 9, 1989
16 Telecom staff
in Greymouth face
Up to 16 employees in the payroll,
administration, buildings and motor
workshops sections of Telecom in
Greymouth face redundancy.
Stating this today, Greymouth section
chairman of the Post Office Union
Mr Wayne Smith said comments
from Telecom’s public relations
consultant, Miss Linda Harrison about
“rationalisation” in fact meant local job
“There are already proposals removing
16 permanent jobs,” Mr Smith said, “and
there may well be more to come. ”
November 10, 1989
Anniversary time for ladies
It was anniversary time yesterday for
the Greymouth Women’s Bowling Club
They gathered together to mark 40
years — exactly to the day — since their
organisation was formed, reportedly
by a single vote approval margin after
a solemn conclave by the men of the
Greymouth Bowling Club.
The ladies turned on a sumptuous
spread and a convivial ale or two
while one of the club founders, Mrs
Elsie McKay, reminisced about its
establishment and some of the highlights.
Celebrating 40 years of women’s bowls — Honor Walklin, Grace Sutherland, Elsie
Mckay, Eileen Strongman and Cesira Zampese.
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