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Trucks have been hitting the
Clough Road underpass rail bridge,
damaging the heritage listed bridge.
Grey District Council assets
manager Mel Sutherland said
the 3.4m-high bridge was under-
height; the regulation height for
bridges was 4.5m.
“There are warnings on it but
people still hit it,” Mr Sutherland
said. “People forget and try to drive
high trucks through.”
The bridge, located opposite the
Greymouth Pony Club grounds,
had sustained impact damage. “If
the damage was significant they
wouldn’t be running trains over it.”
A staff report in the last council
agenda said Kiwi Rail would be
“sending the invoice for repairs to
Further down State highway 6
the Rutherglen Road underpass
opposite the Paroa Hotel was
at the correct height and was an
alternative route to Clough Road.
Kiwi Rail senior communications
adviser David Miller said the public
had brought the issue to their
“Unfortunately, these strikes can
cause damage to the span, timber
protection beams and piers. The
strength of the bridge has not been
compromised but repairs to the
timber beams will be made before
Christmas,” Mr Miller said.
Timber beams either side of
the steel spans provided some
protection from impact of over-
The bridge is listed on Heritage
New Zealand’s website because of
the beams. “Kiwi Rail is currently
considering a range of measures to
mitigate the likelihood of future
bridge strikes occurring.”
It was considering more signs at
the approach, speed humps and
options to increase the overhead
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The Greymouth High School
graduation Year 13 Firebrand Award
was won by Bodeen Stewart, not
Ruby Manson, as reported on Friday.
A 33-year-old Westport man was
arrested early on Sunday morning
for head-butting another man in a
dispute between the victim and a
third man. The offender was charged
with assault with intent to injure.
Police said the victim suffered
serious facial injuries. Meanwhile, in
the early hours of Saturday morning
a 30-year-old Westport woman
suspected of drink-driving was
charged with refusing a request to
supply a blood sample. She had been
driving along Russell Street when
she was pulled over by police about
Car burned out
The Greymouth Fire Brigade had
two late callouts on Friday to attend
a burned out car. Deputy chief fire
officer Graeme O’Dea said they were
called to a Turumaha Street address
at midnight and then again at 1am.
Mr O’Dea said they were required
to attend to a burned out car on the
Alpine Fault drilling
Drilling has been going smoothly
for the scientists boring into the
Alpine Fault, near Whataroa. By
the weekend they had reached a
depth of 635m. They will shortly
put steel casing (pipe) into the hole
and cement the gap between rock
and steel, to secure a foundation
for deeper operations. They are
also mobilising and testing tools
for the next phase. A new tool for
imaging the borehole wall at high
temperatures arrived from Europe.
Tuesday December 2
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Margaret. — In loving
memory. May 18, 1973 -
December 1, 2013.
To your resting place we
Place flowers there with
But no one knows our
When we turn and leave
You've left behind our
And precious memories
But we've never wanted
We only wanted you.
Forever in our thoughts.
Jax, and all your whanau
HOWE Diane Mary.
November 29, 2014 at
(result of an accident).
Loved wife of the late
Bernie Howe. Loved
sister of Neil Lindstrom
(Christchurch), a loved
aunt of James and Jacqui
Anderson, Trevor and
Melanie Anderson, Karl
and Michelle Anderson,
Lindstrom and a loved
aunt of all her great-
nieces and nephews.
RIP. Messages to the
Anderson Family C/-
PO Box 162 Hokitika
7842. Flowers respect-
donations to the Canter-
bury West Coast Air
Rescue Trust, would be
appreciated and may be
made at the service. A
service to celebrate
Diane's life will be held
at The Chapel of the
Holy Spirit, Seaview
Terrace, Hokitika, on
Thursday, December 4,
commencing at 2pm.
Following the service
Diane will be laid to rest
with her husband Bernie
in the Lawn Section at
the Hokitika Cemetery.
Hokitika, Ph (03) 755
Father— Dearly loved
son and stepson of the
Goulding, loved brother
and brother in law of the
late Patty and Wally
Faithfull, loved uncle to
John, Peter, Jim, Paul,
Lou, and the late Ray
Faithfull, and to his
many great and great-
nephews. Requiescat in
ARNULL, Mairead. —
Passed away peacefully
at Reefton Hospital on
Tuesday December 2,
2014. Dearly loved wife
of Vincent Arnull, much
loved mother of Connor
and loved by all her
family and friends in
Sligo, Ireland. Rest in
Peace. Messages to 23
Pitt Street, Reefton
7830. A Funeral Mass
for Mairead will be
celebrated in the Sacred
Heart Catholic Church,
Reefton on Friday at
cremation. Rosary will
be held in the church
on Thursday at 7pm.
Resting in the care of
Anisy Funeral Home,
respected priest of the
for 57 years. Passed
Christchurch, on Friday
November 28 Requies-
cat in Pace. Requiem
Mass was celebrated at
St Mary's Pro-Cathedral,
373 Manchester Street,
followed by interment in
the Priests section of
John Rhind Funeral
Phone (03) 379 9920.
BLAIR, (nee Eklund)
Susan. — Passed away
on December 7, 2013,
aged 66. Sue's family
extend an open invita-
tion for family and
friends to attend a
graveside service on
Sunday December 7,
2014 to be held at
Burkes Creek Cemetery
where her ashes will be
laid to rest in her home
town of Reefton. West-
land Funeral Services
Ltd. FDANZ. Phone
(03) 768 0250.
Marr) Donna Diana.
November 25, 2014.
Dearly loved and loving
wife of Jackie for 47
mother and mother-in-
law of Aaron and
Justine, John and Anna,
William Harris, loving
grandma of Ben, Alex,
Connor, Lucas, Ashley,
Adele, and Nicole.
Your parents and
will be waiting for
you with open arms
Messages to PO Box 82,
Reefton 7851. A private
farewell for Donna
was held at Boatmans
FDANZ. Phone (03)
Hokitika rural mail contractor Diane Howe
has died as a result of injuries she received in
a tragic mishap last Monday evening.
Mrs Howe, 73, was dragged underneath
her mail van when it rolled back on her
while she was unloading parcels in a hilly
driveway at a private address at Seaview. She
was airlifted to Grey Base Hospital and then
transferred to Christchurch Hospital, where
she remained on life support until Saturday.
In a cruel twist of fate, Mrs Howe’s late
husband Bernie, also a mail contractor, died
in similar circumstances 14 years ago — and
in the same vicinity.
Mr Howe died as a result of a car crash
while doing rural mail deliveries at Three
Diane Howe (nee Anderson) was brought
up at the sawmilling settlement of Ruatapu,
where her parents owned and ran the general
She was educated by the Sisters of Mercy at
St Mary’s High School. Good with figures,
she worked in Hokitika as an accountant for
much of her adult life.
From the 1970s to the 1990s, Mr and Mrs
Howe operated Arawhata Jewellers — a
pounamu car ving outlet as well as jewellery
shop — initially in Revell Street, before
taking over the former Tennent ’s Jewellers
premises in Weld Street, now occupied by
Mrs Howe was also involved with the
Westland and Kumara racing clubs for
many years, ser ving as secretary for both
Kumara Racing Club president Patrick
Meates said her death was a big loss.
Mrs Howe was “very, very generous” with
her time, was a current committee member
at Kumara, and “a very good sponsor” of
racing at Kumura, Hokitika and elsewhere.
“She has done a lot in the racing fraternity.
She did a lot of stuff a lot of people don’t
know about. She’ ll be sadly missed,” Mr
While Mrs Howe could be “quite blunt,”
underneath it all she was “a very generous
Mary Stewart, a former Arawhata Jewellers
employee and long-time friend, said Mrs
Howe always had her heart in the right place
and never held a grudge.
She was quietly generous and unexpectedly
kind, Mrs Stewart said.
The recent purchase of uniforms for an
entire netball team in Hokitika after turning
up to a game was a prime example.
“It’s the sort of thing she would do.”
Mrs Howe’s intense involvement in
multiple activities was also a strong
“S he didn’t have one hat on her head —
she had a lot of hats on her head. Basically,
Diane was a really, really good person,” Mrs
This goodness was recognised two years
ago when Mrs Howe won the Rural Women
New Zealand postman ‘pat-on-the-back’
award, to celebrate ser vice to rural and
One of the nominators, Stafford resident
Di Strang, told the Guardian at the time
that Mrs Howe’s friendly face at the mailbox
had helped her overcome loneliness when
she first moved to the area.
“S he’s a character and has one of the most
generous natures I have ever seen,” Ms
A Catholic, Mrs Howe’s funeral will be
held at the Seaview Chapel on Thursday.
— Hokitika Guardian
Postie dies from injuries
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) will
close State highway 6 through Haast Pass
tonight in a third attempt to replace the
bridge at Diana Falls.
Regional performance manager Pete
Connors said contractors had tried to
replace the bridge twice last month.
The first attempt was thwarted by
equipment failure and the second by heavy
rain, which made it unsafe for the contractors
to be working in the water channel.
“ We have managed to do some of the work
and with one more night-time closure we
hope to complete the job,” Mr Connors said.
He said the weather looked good for
Weather permitting, the highway would
close at the Diana Falls slip site in the Haast
Pass at 4pm, with the last traffic being
released at 3pm at Haast township and
3.30pm at Makarora.
Mr Connors said the highway would
reopen tomorrow at Haast township at
10am and at Makarora at 10.30am.
“If we experience more bad weather
(today), we will look to move the closure to
the following day.” — Westport News
The Diana Falls slip has held up against
the recent heavy rain in the Haast Pass,
with the rock fence holding back any
debris brought down.
New Zealand Transport Agency
regional performance manager Pete
Connors said more than 320mm of rain
had fallen at the site this week and he
was pleased to note there had been no
large scale movement on the slip face.
“There have been some small rocks
rolling down the slip face but nothing
of any significance that would test the
rockfall fences. The site has performed
well, considering the volume of rain,
no doubt being helped by the scaling of
the slip face and the installation of the
fences,” Mr Connors said.
Haast Pass slip
Third attempt to replace Diana Falls bridge
One of New Zealand’s most celebrated
landscape photographers, Andris Apse, of
Okarito, will launch a new book and his art
gallery in Franz Josef Glacier this week.
Spirit of the South will be launched on
Friday at Apse’s new gallery at the Oasis
Hotel, just north of in Franz Josef village.
Since being published last month it has been
heralded by the New Zealand Listener as one
of their ‘best books of 2014’.
The book features nearly 200 photographs
including Apse’s most recent images and his
His new gallery showcases work from his
more than 30-year career, photographing
landscapes in New Zealand and overseas.
Apse opened a small gallery in Okarito
three years ago and has previously exhibited
in numerous South Island galleries, from
Christchurch, to Dunedin and Blenheim.
“Having my work successfully exhibited in
some of the South Island’s most prestigious
galleries was a privilege. It was also a way of
‘testing the water’ regarding public acceptance
of photographs as display objects in peoples’
homes. Happily, they seemed to be amenable
to that idea,” he said.
Apse specialises in capturing high-quality
panoramic photographs, a number of which
have received awards and international
His work has been reproduced in the New
York Times, National Geographic, New
Zealand Geographic, Time and Newsweek.
Department of Conservation director-
general Lou Sanson will officiate at the Franz
Josef event and said he was “deeply honoured”
to launch the book.
“Andris is at the absolute pinnacle of
photography of New Zealand’s nature. His
images and stories have inspired so many New
Zealanders and international visitors alike, to
treasure this very special place among the last
discovered places on earth,” Mr Sanson said.
Franz launch for Okarito photographer’s new book
West Coast historian Brian Wood
was elected to the role of patron
for Heritage West Coast at the
organisation’s annual general meeting,
held in Hokitika on Saturday.
He takes over to role left by the
death of Jim Keenan earlier in the
Mr Wood, originally from Westport,
has been involved in heritage work
since returning to the Coast in the
early 1970s to take a role as a history
teacher and later, deputy principal at
Greymouth High School.
He has been an active member of
the West Coast branch committee
of the New Zealand Historic Places
Trust since that time through until its
recent dissolution, including ser ving as
chairman for several years.
The author of three books on
Brunner and the Blackball area, and
numerous articles for Historic Places
Trust publications, Mr Wood has a
keen interest in coalmining history.
“ Brian is a very fitting person for this
role. He has been involved in Heritage
West Coast since its inception
around 15 years ago, was a long-term
member of the West Coast branch
of the New Zealand Historic Places
Trust, which has now amalgamated
into Heritage West Coast, and has a
very comprehensive knowledge of the
history of the region,” chairwoman
Jackie Gurden said.
Members attending the meeting also
previewed the West Coast Heritage
Strategic Direction 2014 document,
which will be launched early next year.
It outlines about 50 heritage projects
in various stages of completion.
Heritage West Coast ’s new patron Brian Wood, chairwoman Jackie Gurden
and treasurer David Stapleton with the West Coast Heritage Strategic
Wood named Heritage
West Coast ’s new patron
PICTURE: Grey District Council
Paroa underpass damaged by trucks
New Zealand ’s first comprehensive, one-
volume history of Maori has just been released,
with several references to the West Coast.
Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History
follows the footsteps of Maori from Asia and
the Pacific to the present day in Aotearoa.
The authors, Atholl Anderson, Aroha Harris
and the late Judith Binney, set out to create a
book for all New Zealanders and to address a
gap they saw in the country ’s written history.
Working with a team of historians and
researchers, they have drawn from a wide
range of stories and perspectives. The West
Coast features several times.
Firstly, it looks at hei tiki (neck pendants in
the shape of human beings) from all periods
of history. The West Coast was a rich source of
pounamu for early Maori, and by the late 18th
and early 19th century taonga such as hei tiki
and other ornaments were being made in the
South Island (Te Waipounamu) and traded
into the North Island.
Such prized items were valued for trade not
only between iwi but also with visiting Pakeha,
who recognised the craftsmanship of these
beautiful ornaments. Many other ornaments,
tools or weapons made from pounamu appear
in the pages of this book.
It also looks at Maori guides on expeditions
to the Buller River, and down the West Coast.
In February 1846, Thomas Brunner led an
expedition to the Buller River; with him was
the artist William Fox, whose watercolours
captured the magnificent scenery and the little
group of travellers.
Maori often acted as guides to Pakeha
officials and explorers, and with Brunner was
the guide Kehu, who is shown smoking at the
campfire with the travellers, and in another
image, snaring a weka.
In December the same year, Brunner made a
long journey down the West Coast, this time
accompanied by Kehu and his friend Piki,
both accompanied by their wives.
The book has more than 500 images, ranging
from the elegant shapes of ancient taonga
and artefacts to impressions of Maori in the
sketchbooks and paintings of early European
observers, through the shifting focus of
the photographer’s lens to the response of
contemporary Maori artists. It retails for $99.
Coast references in all-encompassing Maori history book
November in Reefton
was the coolest in 14
years. Weather obser ver
Tony Fortune said
there was regular, cold
rain, with hail on three
The town had three
days of thunderstorms
and regular falls of snow
on the ranges.
Rain totalled 235mm,
compared to an average
of 177mm, and just
71mm in November
Rain fell on 20 days,
compared to just nine
days last year. The
heaviest fall was 30mm
on November 6.
The temperature fell to
-2degC on the same day.
The average maximum
was 18degC, well down
on 21.6degC a year ago.
The warmest day was
23degC; last year it
reached 26.5degC. There
was one frost.
Reefton’s coolest November in 14 years
A Massey researcher is concerned that
some local councils are gagging their
elected members and stifling free speech
— and the Buller District Council is on
Dr Catherine Strong, from Massey
University’s School Communication,
Journalism and Marketing, says there
is a disturbing paragraph creeping into
some councils’ operating policies.
“It basically prevents elected members
talking to the media about anything
negative within their council. This
includes council decisions, policies and
overall reputations,” she says.
While most councils clearly stated
that elected members have the right
to talk freely to the media (with
obvious restrictions around confidential
information and employment practices),
the research found that ten councils
(15%) restrict elected members giving
critical opinion to the media.
This amounted to gagging the elected
members — the very people who were
representing the community, Dr Strong
“They are not meant to be spin doctors
for the council.”
She suspects newly-elected councillors
approve the entire 4000-word code
of conduct without scrutinising the
wording of the small media section
within it. The study found that 43
councils used codes of conducts,
as originally set out in the Local
Government Act 2002, to acknowledge
the necessary relationship between the
media and the council.
Two councils — Tauranga and Buller
— prevent media comments that would
“undermine” council policy. Dr Strong
said this word could be interpreted to
prevent any criticism.
Auckland City Council elected
members are not to make media
statements “derogatory in respect of
another elected member”.
Another 14 councils, including
Wellington, Hutt City, Christchurch
and Invercargill, applied their own
wording to convey a similar message, but
ten others contained what Dr Strong
describes as “disturbing restrictions”,
preventing elected members speaking
out publicly on issues they disagreed
Three councils — Whakatane District
Council, Waitomo District Council
and Kapiti Coast District Council —
used verbatim paragraphs, including
punctuation errors, to essentially
prevent elected members speaking out
negatively against their local authority
stating they “shall not criticise the
conduct of the council”. Another three
councils — Gisborne, Central Otago
and Kaikoura District Councils — used
a slight variation of the wording adding
“nor should it undermine any existing
policy or decision”.
Napier City Council added one
additional word to prevent “personal”
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