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State highway 6 through the Haast Pass
will close for two nights next week as the
New Zealand Transport Agency works to
replace the bridge at the Diana Falls slip
NZTA regional performance manager Pete
Connors, said the bridge was to be replaced
earlier this month before the highway re-
opened to 24-7 traffic on November 5, but
work was delayed by equipment failure.
“ Weather permitting, the highway will close
Haast township at 3pm and Makarora at
3.30pm on Tuesday, November 25 and re-
open at the slip site at 11am on Wednesday
November 26; traffic being released at Haast
township at 10am and at Makarora at 10.30am.
“ We will close the highway again on 4pm
at Haast township and 4.30pm at Makarora
on Wednesday, November 26 to complete the
This closure is expected to be for only a few
hours, the highway scheduled to re-open by
Mr Connors said they hoped to limit the
closure to one night, but the work had turned
out to be more complex.
“ We apologise for the inconvenience of
the two closures. Since re-opening the
highway to 24-7 traffic, we’ve had up to
72 vehicles travelling through the area each
Once the existing bridge was replaced, where
Diana Falls flows under the highway, the road
would be re-instated to two-lane traffic before
Mr Connors said next week’s work was
weather dependent and if postponed could be
completed later in the week.
“The site may re-open earlier on both days,
but this will depend on how long it takes to
complete the work.”
Haast Pass night road closures
of the West Coast Times
Renton Hardware, one of Hokitika’s oldest
businesses after 140 years of operation, is to
The doors are expected to shut in February,
affecting eight staff.
Director Jack Renton said yesterday the
closure was the result of trading difficulties
faced by the company over recent years.
An increase in corporate housing companies
— affiliated to national building supply chains
— had affected sales and its ability to continue
to trade, he said.
“The shift to, and the increase in, on-line
shopping has also had an effect with goods and
ser vices being able to be supplied from larger
Renton Hardware Ltd managing director
Graeme King said local competition had also
taken its toll.
“The town isn’t big enough for three of us,
and by that I mean Mitre 10, ITM and us, all
in the same game,” he said.
family has mulled on for a while.”
Mr King, the sixth generation of Renton
family managers, said staff were told of the
closure on Wednesday evening.
There were a number of employment matters
that would be worked through.
However, the store would be trading through
to Christmas and looking to liquidate stock by
the end of February, he said.
The Renton Chainsaws and Mowers
subsidiaries in Hokitika and Greymouth
would continue to trade as usual.
Both Mr Renton and Mr King acknowledged
the loyal support of staff — many long
ser ving — as well as suppliers over the years.
Renton’s Hokitika to close
of the West Coast Times
Hokitika Police are
warning rural residents
to be extra vigilant
following a spate of diesel
Police issued a
saying a number of rural
properties had been
targeted in the past few
“The largest theft has
been 2000 litres so a
substantial tank has
been used. Farmers are
reminded to please ensure
that petrol and diesel in
both heavy machinery
and holding tanks are
left securely locked when
unattended,” police said.
“ Farmers are also asked
that if they come across
an obvious theft that they
should try not to touch
too much and preser ve
as much evidence as
possible for the police.”
Some criminals saw
rural properties as soft
targets, often because the
property owner thought
they were far enough
away not to worry about
A Summer ‘Fare’ is coming to
Greymouth, thanks to a new Rotary
Former Rotary president Rae Eder,
said they would hold a community
street meal on Sunday, February 4, on
Tainui Street between Mackay Street
and Mawhera Quay in front of the
It will be called the Summer Fare, a
play on Summer Fair.
“It will be good for the town and
I’m sure it will grow into a popular
annual event. It will include food,
entertainment and music. If it really
takes off we may need to close other
streets in town but let ’s see what
happens first,” Ms Eder said.
Rotary will provide seating and trestle
tables, and people will be able to buy
their own food from the stalls.
Rotary is looking for people to
operate food and beverage stalls.
The Rotarians hope to give something
back to Greymouth, while raising
awareness of their group.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
A taste of things to come: Rotary Greymouth president Rae Eder, Christine
Robertson and Brent Woolhouse check out the planned Summer Fare site on
Summer ‘Fare’ cheer
Woman arrested after
Hokitika police arrested a 33-year-
old woman early last evening and
charged her with threatening to
kill, and with wilful damage. Her
arrest was in relation to a domestic
incident in Hokitika. She will appear
in the Greymouth District Court on
Two Greymouth Star readers will
be able to enjoy the latest showing
from Operatunity. Bev Smith of
Greymouth and Carolyn Bradley
of Hokitika each receive a prize
pack which includes a cd, book and
double pass to the Christmas at the
Proms show at the Regent Theatre
Results — Wednesday: Diana
Fenson and Cynthia El Hinsheri
1, 64%; Alison Dayne and Mary
Whitehead 2, 52%. Thursday:
Stuart Oliver and Brian Rowlands
1, 60%; Michelle Gunn and Ash
Hamilton 2, 56.3%; Cynthia El-
Hinsheri and Bruce Truman 3,
Colleen Freitas won the latest
round of Crib, played at the
Hokitika Chartered Club, with a
score of 18. Isla Woodham, Carolyn
Power and Noeleen Barlow finished
equal second on 16 points. Colleen
finished with the highest hand score
of 21 points.
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Dr Emma Boddington.
Michael (NZ Army,
fully at home on
November 19, 2014,
aged 92. Loved partner
of Joan, and loved
husband of the late
Molly. Loved father of
Margaret and the late
Sue, Mary and the late
Piahana, Ann and Brod,
Michelle, and Stephen
and Lorraine; stepfather
of Sharon and Heath,
and Craig. Loved grand-
father of his 19 grand-
children and 13 great-
grandchildren. A loved
and loving friend of
many. James is at home,
and friends and family
are welcome to visit. A
funeral service will be
held in the Harewood
corner of Johns Road
and Wilkinsons Road,
church, on Saturday,
11.30am. Burial to fol-
Phone (03) 379 9920.
WELLS, Mary. — The
family of the late Mary
wish to extend their
heartfelt thanks for the
visits, help, cards, let-
ters, flowers and baking;
also for the love and
support that all of
Mary's many friends
gave to her over her
months of illness. Our
sincerest thanks to On-
Greymouth and Christ-
church, district nurses
Hokitika, for their won-
derful care, and to Chris
and Katie, a big thank
you for your help and
compassion. Please ac-
cept this as a personal
thank you to you all.
of the Westport News
The rates of some Buller ratepayers
would almost double while those of
some others would almost halve, under
the Buller District Council’s proposed
Rural ratepayers would be hardest hit
while many Westport commercial and
residential ratepayers would be better off.
At a special meeting this week, the
council agreed to release details of
its proposed rates revamp for public
It wants to radically change Buller’s
rating system to become fairer, simpler
and more transparent.
It says the present system most hurts
those on the lower end of the property
General rates would be charged on land
and buildings (capital value) rather than
just land. The council is also proposing a
universal uniform charge and pooling of
sewerage and water costs.
Figures provided to this week’s meeting
show farmers would be hardest hit.
The median rate for rural-commercial
properties would rise 44%, from $801 to
A Cape Foulwind property with a
capital value of $2.6 million would pay
$7131, a 73% rise. A Cape Foulwind
property valued at $730,000 would pay
$1750, an 85% rise.
A Karamea property with a capital
value of $1.7m would pay $5083, a 60%
A Grey Valley property valued at
$2.6m would pay $7428, a 47% rise.
There are 756 ratepayers in the rural
Fifty per cent of residential ratepayers
would pay up to $1000 more and 47%
would pay up to $1000 less.
The median residential rate would rise
21%, from $1483 to $1797.
Many Westport and Punakaiki
residential ratepayers would be better off.
Council’s rating examples show
Westport residential rates would fall
25%, to $2193, for a $180,000 property
and 9%, to $2384, for a $230,000
property. A $390,000 property would
pay almost the same — $2993.
A Punakaiki property valued at
$255,000 would pay $1806, down 16%.
However, a Punakaiki property valued
at $150,000 pay $1544, a 36% increase.
Elsewhere, most residential ratepayers
would pay higher rates:
A Karamea property valued at
$310,000 would pay $1339, up 56%;
a Mokihinui property valued at
$315,000 would pay $1956, up 55%;
a Seddonville property valued at
$300,000 would pay $1370, up 43.9%;
a Ngakawau/Hector property valued
at $247,000 would pay $1786, up 55%;
a Granity property valued at $105,000
would pay $1819, up 41%;
a Reefton property valued at $305,000
would pay $2669, up 26%;
an Inangahua Junction property
valued at $155,000 would pay $1557, up
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