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Your loved ones at Christmas
We extend an invitation to attend
our Remembrance Evening
Thursday December 4 at 7.30pm
in the Ceremony Centre,
77 Shakespeare Street, Greymouth.
A time to reflect, light a candle in
the memory of your loved ones.
Christmas refreshments at the conclusion
of the evening. All Welcome.
Wednesday December 3
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
Genuine Care and
Much loved great-
aunty Issie of Carol and
Russell Becker, Ken and
Carolyn Williams, and
Williams, loved great-
great-aunty of Kurt,
Charlotte, and Elliot
Becker; Ben, and Sarah
Williams; Caitlan, and
Interment of ashes,
December 6, 2014 at
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
tomorrow (Thursday) at
7pm. Resting in the care
of Anisy Funeral Home,
Williams) Isobel Meryl
(Issie). — Passed away
peacefully at Greymouth
on December 1, 2014,
aged 93. Dearly loved
wife of the late Bill,
special aunty of Jack
and Helen Williams,
Ismay Tinning, Michael
and Jan Flynn, and
Keren and Ken Cottier,
and a cherished sister,
family member and
special friend of many.
Messages to 12 Perotti
Street, Greymouth 7805.
A service to celebrate
Issie's life will be held in
Holy Trinity Anglican
Church, Tainui Street,
Greymouth on Friday at
2pm, followed by cre-
mation at the Westland
Funeral Services Ltd.
FDANZ. Phone (03)
Christmas is in the air: Laser Electrical sparkie Damin Sinclair attaches
one of the many Christmas decorations that adorn Mackay Street,
Greymouth, to a power pole this morning.
Nelson boss for
The Tasman police area, which
includes the West Coast, is set to
receive a new Nelson-based boss
after the transfer of Superintendent
Richard Chambers to Auckland.
West Coast area commander
Inspector John Canning said a new
appointment was expected to be
After three fine days, a severe
weather watch has been issues for
the Paparoa Range and Buller.
The Metservice said today a
“complex trough moving east over
the Tasman Sea” would bring heavy
rain for the Buller and Tararua
Ranges, as well as the Paparoa
Range, starting from midday
Extension to Alpine
The international team of
scientists drilling into the Alpine
Fault near Whataroa now say they
will remain until January, rather
than finishing by Christmas. The
team has passed the 760m mark.
“ We’re getting closer (to the fault),
but we are not quite there yet,” they
said in an update. Many of the team
have now been on site for more
than two months, and some since
August. “ It is becoming clear that
we will be here well into January,
but only after a brief and
well-earned Christmas break.”
Fire alarm set off
The Greymouth Volunteer Fire
Brigade rushed to the Child Youth
and Family premises in Mackay
Street late yesterday morning after
someone set off the fire alarm
system. Fire chief Lee Swinburn
said the glass panel on one of the
emergency switches had been
broken to activate the system and
police were investigating.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Scientists yesterday raised to 75% the
chance of a weak El Nino developing in
New Zealand over the next year.
The National Institute of Water and
Atmospheric Research (Niwa) said in a
climate outlook that in November, the
equatorial Pacific Ocean had warmed
significantly, reaching El Nino levels
towards the end of the month. Some —
but importantly not all — atmospheric
consistent with the development of a
weak El Nino.
“International guidance indicates that
the chance for El Nino developing over
the December 2014 to February 2015
period is about 75%. This figure has
increased compared to forecasts issued
last month,” Niwa said.
From December to February, lower
pressures than normal were forecast over
New Zealand, which should produce
a weak south-westerly flow anomaly
with perturbed conditions from time to
Sea surface temperatures for the
coming three months are expected to be
near average around the coasts of New
Although El Nino normally brings
prolonged wet to the Coast, Niwa is
forecasting rainfall totals, soil moisture
levels and river flows most likely to be in
the near normal range.
of El Nino
Work to install a new bridge in the Haast
Pass should be completed tomorrow with
State highway 6 to close again tonight.
The pass will be closed for about six hours
this evening to complete the replacement of
the bridge at the Diana Falls slip site, and to
install a new cattle stop.
NZ Transport Agency regional performance
manager Peter Connors said good progress
was made last night, with much of the work
completed by the time the road was reopened
to traffic late this morning.
“Our contractors need another few hours to
complete this job and install a new cattle stop
a few metres north of the site,” Mr Connors
Because of this, State highway 6 would be
closed at the slip site today at 5pm.
The last traffic being released at Haast
township end today would be at 4pm.
Work on the new bridge and cattle stop
could continue this evening and the road
should reopen before midnight.
“ Work will continue in the next two to
three weeks to get the highway reopened to
two-lane traffic by Christmas,” he said.
A view of new bridge work under way in the Haast Pass today.
Haast Pass bridge work begins
The way police staff gather intelligence on
the West Coast may change under an internal
proposal being investigated by the Tasman
The Greymouth Star understands it may
see some of the current intelligence positions
currently based on the West Coast centralised
However, West Coast area commander
Inspector John Canning said no decisions had
been made at this stage and it was a case of
“ wait and see”.
“There is a proposal out there, and it’s still
going through the decision making phase,” Mr
Canning said today.
“The proposal is to do it differently — that ’s
basically it. We have some new positions in
Greymouth, and we lose some.”
The district-wide review of intelligence
gathering activities affected non-sworn staff in
It reflected a different level of sophistication
for gathering information necessary for
modern police work.
Under the proposal current positions could
be carried out by “a hybrid” of sworn and
non-sworn staff, “but we’ ll see what comes of
Police could change intel gathering
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