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named Labour deputy
Chinese outrage at plans
to raise coffin ship
Fire brigade called
to rescue bird
A bird scratching away in the wall
of a Westport home became too
much for the elderly occupant, who
enlisted the help of the fire brigade.
Westport Volunteer Fire Brigade
chief fire officer Pat O’Dea said they
were called out on Saturday evening
after a bird became trapped in the
wall of the elderly woman’s home.
“ We managed to get the offender
out without damaging the wall,” Mr
A 34-year-old Greymouth man is
in custody after a domestic row that
had the Armed Offenders Squad on
standby yesterday afternoon. West
Coast police response manager
senior sergeant Phil Barker said
the offender faced a raft of charges
including unlawfully carrying and
possessing a firearm, possession of
an offensive weapon and assaulting
a woman. The AOS was on standby
but officers were able to quell the
situation without having to deploy
the armed police.
A man was
to Grey Base
his vehicle hit a bank and rolled
on State highway 7, at Omoto. The
Greymouth Volunteer Fire Brigade
was called out at 5am to help extract
the driver, but he managed to get
out by himself.
Rain developing, heavy at times
Two of Britain’s biggest
supermarkets have announced that
they will cover up the front pages of
newspapers over fears that children
are being exposed to graphic
pictures and headlines. Waitrose
and Tesco have said that they are
working on new display methods
that will show only the mastheads
of some newspapers — keeping
explicit content out of the eye
line of children. The move comes
following months of pressure from
campaign groups No More Page 3
and Child Eyes, who have heralded
the decision a victory. Both groups
expressed concern at sexualised
images of women and other
unsuitable images being presented
at such an easily-accessible height.
They also argued that explicit and
sensationalist headlines should not
be displayed so prominently.
— Daily Mail
Miracle escape as van crushed
A Greymouth woman had a remarkable
escape yesterday morning when a large
rock peeled off the unstable hillside at
the northern end of the Cobden Bridge,
crushing the van while she was still
Jess Kersten said she and her partner,
Nathan Coll, had only briefly pulled to
the side of State highway 6 to check
the load on the trailer they were towing
when a rock came tumbling down and
slammed into the passenger’s side.
“ Nathan got out of the van to tie down
the load on the trailer, then he called
out, ‘Jess watch out!’ I had no idea what
was going on. Nathan came around to
the driver’s side, opened the door, then
ran away — I was just sitting there, then
the rocks hit.”
She said Mr Coll heard a noise first
and when he looked up he saw a large
rock — about half the size of their van
— rolling down the cliff towards them.
The rock split as it rumbled down the
hillside. Ms Kersten said she believed
two had crashed on to the vehicle.
“ Everything happened within a couple
of seconds. I was extremely lucky. If
different story. Luckily for me, the van,
was sturdy. ”
Ms Kersten said she went into shock,
but was relieved she was able to walk
“ When you look at the van, it’s hard to
believe I was not hurt,” she said.
The area of the rockfall has been a
troublesome spot over the years, and four
years ago the New Zealand Transport
Agency undertook substantial blasting
to remove protruding rock and loose
rock, and installed mesh against the cliff
in an effort to stabilise the hillside.
Crushed by rocks: the passenger side of the van where Jess Kersten was seated when a large boulder smashed
on top of the vehicle while it was briefly parked alongside the Cobden Hill yesterday morning.
Old Coast film found in USA
Laura Mills and Herald On-Line
Amazing film footage of the West
Coast in 1940 has been posted on-line.
The 16mm film was released by
American historian Rick Helin after it
was discovered recently at a garage sale
in San Jose, California.
It features fascinating scenes of
Auckland in the 1940s: trams travelling
along Queen Street, school children
walking along the streets with fish and
chips and ice-creams, and a panoramic
view of the suburbs surrounding
The cameraman also filmed people
playing cricket at Auckland Domain,
Ellerslie Racetrack and the Botanic
Gardens before heading south to
It then includes shots of a sparse
looking Arthur’s Pass, and panoramas of
red rata blooming. From Pegleg Creek it
moves to Lake Kaniere, and then what
is possibly the Rimu gold dredge.
The filming moves through Ross and
continues south to Lake Ianthe. It also
has footage of a boy driving a horse-
drawn cart, and a sawmill, possibly at
Rotokino. After some shots of the old
Te Taho School, it ends at Lake Wahapo.
Mr Helin said although the 16mm
films were in very poor condition the
footage was converted digitally by
the preser vation department of the
California Pioneers of Santa Clara
“This unknown photographer and his
wife travelled throughout the Pacific
region; including the north and south
islands of New Zealand. We are hoping,
by some wild chance, someone in New
Zealand might be able to help provide
the identity of this unknown visitor-
photographer from California back in
pre-war 1940,” Mr Helin said.
“ Perhaps someone in New Zealand
can recall a visitor staying in their home,
or making contact with him.”
Anybody with any information about
the unknown traveller can e-mail Mr
Helin at email@example.com .
The footage of the West Coast
lasts about four minutes. To view
it, visit https://www.youtube.com/
move for ward three and a half minutes.
Waiho River emergency
Diggers were deployed in the
Waiho River at Franz Josef as
they worked to redirect the flow
of water over the weekend. New
Zealand Transport Agency
manager Pete Connors said the
river had reached such a level
that it threatened to breach its
banks, damaging State highway
6 and other assets to the north of
the township. NZTA contractors
worked throughout the weekend
to cut two channels downstream
of the State highway bridge and
redirect the flow away from the
north bank and back towards the
middle of the riverbed. One channel is open and work is progressing on the second. Gravel build-up has been
pushing water flow towards the lowest point of the heavily braided riverbed, which is currently running to the
north. Mr Connors said the emergency work cost up to $30,000.
PICTURE: NZ Transport Agency
Arthur’s Pass village.
A giant gold dredge, possibly at Rimu.
Horse-drawn cart near Whataroa.
The Hari Hari Hotel.
Te Taho School.
South Westland sawmill, possibly at Rotokino.
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