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Rotary 1989 young person of the year winner Petrea Hibbs, second from left, with runners-up Blair Culling, Brent Devlin and Jennifer Hopkinson.
In December 1989, the Fletcher Bridge at Franz Josef Glacier was washed away. It was named
after park ranger Peter Fletcher.
Kathy McCann shows off her new
winning logo for the West Coast Area
Health Board. She is pictured with
Peter Reedy and Jim McCabb.
Twenty-five years ago, three Greymouth men were stabbed in a hotel brawl, the Hokitika
library was to ‘go free’ on a three-month trial, a New Year’s Day street party was planned, and
the Paparoa National Park turned two years old. Read more from the yellowing pages of the
Greymouth Evening Star of December 1989.
December 15, 1989
Three stabbed here in
A racist remark is believed to have
been the trigger for a fight in a
Greymouth hotel last night which
left three Greymouth men with stab
Kenneth Williams and Brian Crooks
are in a stable condition in Grey
Hospital with moderate to serious stab
wounds, while a third, Ken Griffths was
treated and discharged.
A 23-year-old North Island circus
hand has been arrested and charged
with two counts of assault with intent
to injure and police said he may face
A spokesman for the Sole Brothers
Spanish International Circus, which
arrived in Greymouth yesterday, said
that the man had been employed only
for a few days and was now “very much
December 15, 1989
Street party for town
on New Year’s Day
“ With the Great Wall of Greymouth
due for completion early in the new
year, the future of the town looks set
to be a great improvement on previous
years,” the Greymouth Business and
Promotion Association said yesterday
in a statement announcing a New Year’s
Day street party.
The party will coincide with the
arrival in Greymouth of the Q ueen’s
Baton for the Commonwealth Games.
“The street party is also a chance
for the people of Greymouth and the
South Island to join together for a fun
day to celebrate how far Greymouth
has come in the last year, sur viving two
floods and still able to look to a positive
future,” said the association.
December 15, 1989
Hokitika librar y to ‘go
The Hokitika Public Library is to
‘go free’ on a three-month trial basis
starting from January 1 next.
Westland sistrict councillora made
this decision at a meeting in Hokitika
this week. The decision followed a long
Councillors agreed that there was
no such thing as a free library anyway.
Ratepayers were going to have to pay
for the facility one way or another,
either through subscriptions or rates.
December 16, 1989
Paparoa National Park is
two years old, its facilities
Almost 11 years ago, groups of people
across the country sat down and put
pen to paper. They were lending their
weight, in words, to a debate that had
started in 1975.
At stake was approximately 30,000
hectares of land — land that is now
collectively known as the Paparoa
Last week, the park officially turned
two years old.
Last week’s second birthday may have
gone officially unrecognised, but there
are plenty of people who will have
noticed its passing on the calendar with
a satisfied smile.
December 19, 1989
Buller civic awards
presented last night
The Buller civic awards were
presented at a pleasant function in the
Westport RSA rooms last night.
Buller District Mayor Mr Pat
O’Dea said council was pleased to
be associated with the annual event
which recognised outstanding sporting
achievement and long ser vice to sport
and the community.
The Civic Award citations follow:
Bill Mumm has an impressive record
in community, local body and sporting
affairs. This civic award recognises Bill
Mumm’s ser vice of more than four
decades to the community.
Jean Perkins has been involved for
more than 29 years in introducing
many of Westport’s swimming
champions to the sport. Her
outstanding community sevices are
recognised by this civic award.
Trevor Phipps has devoted himself
and his talents to many forms of
community ser vice.
He has ser ved on about 20 clubs and
Janet Robertson receives life membership of Plunket from Kaye Power.
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