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Strong lead in
The Challenge ser vice station in
Greymouth was burgled during the
weekend after someone jemmied
open the front door. The burglar
made off a with a number of boxes
of cigarettes, some time between
midnight on Friday and 3.30am
on Saturday. A police spokesman
said they had a good identification
of the likely suspect. Closed circuit
television revealed the burglar was
male, 1.8m tall, wearing blue jeans
and a black hooded top. Inquiries
are continuing including exactly
what stock is missing from the shop.
West Coast police made a number
of arrests over the weekend. A
55-year-old man was arrested in
Kumara at 10.55pm on Friday
for threatening behaviour after
allegedly threatening a number of
people at a neighbouring property.
Meanwhile, a 49-year-old woman
was arrested for possession of
cannabis. In Greymouth, a 19-year-
man was arrested for wilful damage
early on Saturday morning.
Hokitika police arrested a 19-year-
old man for burglary in the town
last month. Greymouth police
arrested a 34-year-old woman early
today for disorderly behaviour as the
result of an incident shortly after
He has not yet reached his 18th
birthday but Mohammed Islam,
from Queens, New York, has
already made an estimated $US72
million — from trading stocks on
his lunch breaks at school. The
17-year-old, who started dabbling
in penny stocks at the tender age of
nine, spends most of his breaks at
Stuyvesant High School trading oil
and gold futures, and small to mid-
cap equities. O utside of school, he
often takes his friends out to dine at
Morimoto on 10th Avenue, where
they feast on $400 caviar, expensive
dishes and freshly-squeezed
apple juice. During an inter view,
Mohammed refused to disclose his
exact net worth, but he admitted
it was in ‘the high eight figures’.
The successful teenager revealed he
had used his incredible wealth to
purchase a BMW — which he does
not yet have a licence to drive —
and rent a Manhattan apartment.
— Daily Mail
Fine, light winds
The mouse plague that has overrun
Arthur’s Pass has an upside — West
Coast anglers are catching trophy trout
of a lifetime.
A beech forest seeding event has led
to an explosion of mouse numbers,
many of which end up in water ways in
It has also filled Arthur’s Pass village
with vermin, which are also seen
scampering across State highway 73.
“These floundering mice quickly get
snapped up from below by large adult
trout,” Fish and Game West Coast
manager Dean Kelly said today.
“This can turn a five-pound trout
into a 10-pound trophy in a matter of
months,” Mr Kelly said.
One fish caught during a similar event
in 2008 was found to have 20 mice in
Trout in the backcountry fisheries
through beech forests were known to
grow to about 15-20 pounds during
Mr Kelly said most anglers with their
ear to the ground would be putting in
extra effort this summer.
“These events don’t come around
often so they will certainly be making
the most of it.”
Westport angler Dean Phibbs, who
hooked a 10.5 -pounder, said he had
caught larger trout during previous
beech masts, and while there were a few
around this time of that size they were
“few and far between”.
“There’s a few fish out there like that,”
Mr Phibbs said.
He advised anglers to try their luck
wherever there were beech trees.
Mr Kelly said Fish and Game sur veys
had found that most anglers (90%)
fishing the waters were fly fishing and
practised voluntary catch and release.
That provided enough protection for
the breeding adults and secured the
sustainability of the fishery.
Although it was rare that an angler
would take one of these for the table,
Fish and Game was still advising
anglers to check with their local
Department of Conser vation office
before contemplating eating the trout
as they may contain unsafe levels of
1080 poison if they had consumed mice
with sub-lethal doses of the poison, he
The season runs from October
through to the end of April in these
backcountry fisheries, and all anglers
will require a current season’s licence.
PICTURE: Fish and Game
Dean Phibbs, from Westport, with a 10.5lb ‘catch and release’ backcountry trout.
The draft Opus plan for the
Greymouth central business district
is out for public feedback. O ver the
next few weeks the Greymouth Star,
in conjunction with the Grey District
Council, will run a daily question.
We start today by looking at whether
the town needs an open space or town
square. The idea for this came through
“There has been clear call for an open
space which supports a broad range of
civic and social functions, a space where
people can come together to meet, relax
and celebrate,” community economic
development adviser Erin McGoldrick
The project aimed to include: a flexible
space which accommodates a range of
formal uses such as markets, festivals,
and celebrations along with more
informal uses, such as space to relax and
rub shoulders with the community and
“A town square would provide
opportunities to activate the edges of
the space with places to eat and shop.
Ideally it could include comfortable
seating, furnishings, plants
materials which are robust and reflect
the local character and provide a well-
lit, safe space which encourages a
Today’s question is: “Given the
proposed towns squares and locations,
how would you like to use this open
You can e-mail your response to
email@example.com or do
the entire survey on-line at:
Question of the day
‘Glitch’ slows unitary council bid
A petition calling for one West
Coast unitary council may get a fresh
push in the new year after ‘technical
glitches’ meant it had got off to a slow
Peter Salter, who ran for the Ban
1080 Party in the general election
this year, is the public face of the
He said at its launch that the
petition was about far more than
just 1080 poison or the West
Coast Regional Council’s secret
$1.9 million investment in a 1080
factory at Rolleston. He cites
investment off the West Coast and
huge rate rises in Westland district
as other reasons for rolling the four
councils into one.
The petition was distributed with
the West Coast Messenger, and has
also been posted on-line.
However, Mr Salter said the on-line
petition was both hard to find and
They also had distribution problems
with the paper petition, which did not
make it to some West Coast homes.
He said today he had “no idea at all”
how many had signed so far. At his
place in Pukekura, he had about 100
signatures, with forms still arriving
in the mail, including some from
Westport, even though people had
told him Buller residents would not
“It ’s been surprising.”
He plans to close off the petition on
Saturday, but expects to have “another
whack in the new year”.
“People only move fast if the
whitebait is running,” he said.
However, he noted ongoing dissent
in the community, including the
recent resignation of Anthea Keenan
from the Westland District Council,
and unhappiness with the Buller
District Council rate review.
The on-line petition is worded:
“ We the ratepayers contribute to
keeping in place four CEOs, four
sets of administration staff, four
fleets of vehicles, four groups of
other support structures. We need
one council representing the West
transparency and common sense.
Open to West Coast ratepayers and
In 2008, Grey District Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn led a failed bid for a
unitary council. He conceded defeat
in 2009 when a petition failed to
get enough signatures in Buller and
Westland. Back then, a minimum of
10% of the voting-age population in
each district was required to force the
Local Government Commission to
consider an enforced amalgamation,
but two years ago the Government
changed the Local Government Act
to make it easier for councils to
The chairman of the West Coast
Primary Health Organisation (PHO),
John Ayling, and a longstanding
trustee, Maureen Pugh, have both
PHOs were established, among
other things, to subsidise the cost of
GP visits and help promote primary
Mr Ayling, of Motueka, said in the
newly released annual report that
having chaired the PHO since late
2005, he had decided it was time to
Kilkelly will take over as chairwoman.
Mr Ayling said that in the past year,
trustees had again decided to apply
reserve funds to continue ser vices
targeted at ‘at risk’ populations.
By targeting them more effectively,
and making savings within the
administration, it had shown a modest
surplus of $69,332.
Executive officer Helen Reriti said
working with the West Coast District
Health Board had resulted in more
effective and efficient health care.
The board spent $5.3 million
subsiding the price of 135,247 GP
visits on the West Coast, keeping
prices down to $17.50 for adults,
$11.50 for children and free for
under-6s. Of those, 69,007 GP visits
were to a doctor, and 66,240 patients
saw a nurse. That makes an average of
4.4 visits for each patient at a subsidy
price of $198. Other expenditure for
the year included:
$332,558 on keeping people
healthy — this includes ‘green
prescriptions’ and breast-feeding
$416,963 on clinical programmes
$1m on health checks for
Corrections Service clients.
Spending also included smokefree
programmes, mental health and
Trustee fees totalled $66,938, and
salaries and wages $1.12m. The
current trustees are Dr Anna Dyzel,
Rosalie Sampson, Richard Wallace
(Makaawhio), Tony Coll, Lisa
Tumahai (Ngati Waewae), Karen van
Kuppevelt and Lucia Cory.
Coast health body chairman resigns
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