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Greymouth Lotto winners
Two Greymouth Lotto players won $11,108 each
at the weekend. Nationally, 27 people shared second
division on Saturday night. Greymouth New World
sold one ticket, and the Countdown a second,
which included a Powerball second division prize of
$7596, taking their total winnings to $18,704.
Man suffers cut
Police were called to assist St John ambulance
staff early on Saturday morning after a Westport
man who suffered a cut to his arm refused help
and kept running away. Community constable
Paul Sampson, of Westport police, said the injured
man and his friends were doing “a lot ” of yelling
and disturbing the residents in the Q ueens Street
and Henley Street vicinity. While he did not get
medical treatment at the time, he was treated at the
hospital later in the day.
Westport police say a car stolen from a Romilly
Street address on Friday may be heading to Nelson.
The vehicle was taken from the driveway of the
property. It is a white Holden Calais, registration
The Discount Dairy in Westport was broken into
overnight on Saturday and the burglars took off
with a mixture of fizzy drinks, fruit juice and chips.
Twelve 12 packs of Coca Cola, three boxes of E2
blackcurrant juice and three boxes of Rashuns were
taken in the haul, police said.
A 40-year-old Ikamatua man was arrested for
trespass and resisting arrest after an incident at
a Brougham Street, Westport, address yesterday
morning. Police said the man had refused to leave
the property when asked to do so numerous times
by the woman occupant.
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TOPP, Trevor Ashley
Peter. — On December
18, 2014 at his home in
Milton. Aged 57 years.
Father of Belinda, very
much loved brother and
brother-in-law of Vicki
and Ken, and cherished
uncle of all his nieces
and nephews.What we
keep in memory is ours
forever. A service for
Trevor will be held on
Tuesday December 23,
2014 at 1.30pm in the
Milton Country Club,
Union Street, followed
by a private cremation.
Messages to Vicki Topp,
740 Main North Road,
RD1, Kaiapoi 7691.
Doug Nesbit Funeral
Services Ltd, Balclutha
YOUNG, James Owen
(Owen). — WWII Pri-
vate 270888. Died
peacefully in his sleep at
Longwood Lifestyle Vil-
lage, on Friday Decem-
ber 19, 2014, aged 94
years. Adored husband
of the late Ella, treas-
ured father and father-
in-law of Norman and
Edith and Ken Joyce
(Dunedin), Rob and
Evans (Pahia), Helen
and Glen Glasson (Ade-
laide), Andrew and
Rosanne (Pahia). Pre-
cious Pop of all his
grandchilden and great-
grandchildren. A service
for Owen will be held at
the Riverton Union
Street, Riverton, on
Tuesday December 23,
2014 at 1.30pm, fol-
lowed by interment
at Orepuki Cemetery.
Messages to 132 Have-
lock Street, Riverton.
Respectfully cared for
by J Fraser & Sons
PICTURE: Janna Sherman
Most of those involved in the 150th weekend celebrations gather in the Regent Theatre in period costume.
Hokitika marks 150 years
of the Hokitika Guardian
The miserable weather played its part in
the big Hokitika 150th celebrations at the
Rainy, misty conditions on Saturday
prevented Governor-General Sir Jerry
Mateparae from flying in as guest of
honour, and also kept at bay the star of
the aviation display, Captain Bert Mercer’s
original Fox Moth from Hokitika.
On December 20, 1864, the paddle
steamer Nelson glided across the bar in
perfect conditions before a smaller boat
landed government agent William Revell
on the Hokitika River bank to lay out the
first streets and business sites.
The re-enactment of that historic event
on Saturday — 150 years to the day — was
a damp affair. Everyone aboard the historic
Hokitika lifeboat Countess got a soaking,
as hundreds watching from the riverbank
huddled under umbrellas.
Other quayside events, including firing of
the cannon, the opening of a new replica
weighstation on the wharf site, and the
unveiling of new heritage interpretation
panels had to be postponed, as most of the
day ’s activities were forced indoors to the
The crowd moved from the riverbank to
pack out the theatre for judging of the well
contended beard-growing competition,
and best dressed competitions, along with
entertainment from the Kokatahi Band
and musician Al Hunter.
Heritage Hokitika president Bernard
Preston, West Coast-Tasman MP Damien
O’Connor and Westland Mayor Mike
Havill, who also spoke on behalf of the
Governor-General, all paid tribute to
the tenacity of Hokitika’s first settlers,
who built up the town with gusto on the
promise of gold.
The “colourful characters” and their legacy
continued today, with mining still a large
contributor to the West Coast economy,
Mr Havill said.
Mont d’Or Mining Co, of Ross, brought
the golden touch to town for the day,
offering goldpanning outside the i-Site.
Competition winners were: best dressed
man, David Verrall in the guise of Richard
Seddon; best dressed miner, Jim Butzbach;
best beard growers, Allan Wall, Jim
Ebenhoh and Russell Gugich. The bearded
winners also received varying sized gold
nuggets, contributed by a collective of
A rose-gold necklace crafted by T P
Goldsmiths was won by Val Winter, of
Oamaru, who was judged best dressed
woman on the day.
Hokitika 150 Goldrush committee
chairwoman Sonja Barker said the effort
put in to the period theme had been
The Regent Theatre was filled to capacity
for the programme, followed by a formal
luncheon at the museum for 90 invited
guests, most of them dressed in 1860s
The goldrush dress continued yesterday
with a combined church ser vice back at the
Regent, and a community picnic, forced
inside to the All Saints lounge, and as the
weather cleared the cannon was fired on
Photo feature p12
PICTURES: Nicholas McBride
Palmerston Street residents Brett and Ann-Maree McLean once again took out the Spark Light Up West Coast competition in Greymouth, with their dazzling collection of Santas, snowmen, Christmas trees and thousands of lights. Jim Anderson, at 84 Richmond Street,
Cobden, won the Griffen and Smith Mitre 10 Mega Kids Choice Award. Mason’s Pharmacy won the business section.
Greymouth’s winning Christmas lights
of the Hokitika Guardian
The Westland District Council has called
an extraordinary meeting for Christmas
Eve to declare the legal status of road
reser ve proposed in the Haast-Hollyford
Councillors on Thursday agreed to the
request from Haast-Hollyford Highway
Haast-Hollyford Highway chairman
Durham Havill and general manager Bruce
Smith, addressing the monthly council
meeting last week, said a commitment to
declare the disputed section of the road line
from the Cascade River through to the
southern boundary of Westland district —
was overdue and “vital” to the future of the
$250 million road project.
Mr Havill claims the historic road reser ve
for a Haast-Hollyford link, which was
never formed, was removed from maps
without authority in 1976.
It is now back on, but last year Land
Information NZ added to the map, the
words “ legality not determined”.
“ We need the council to adopt it as legal
road,” Mr Havill told councillors.
“If that is done we can move for ward. We
can’t afford to keep mucking around like
He said the road status had held up the
project for too long and the potential
investors would only wait so long.
“ Months are going past, and we’ve got
investors to think of. They want to know
what ’s going on and we’ve got to move
The issue was first brought before the
council in July, then again in September,
and every month since then his company
had been waiting for it to be on the agenda.
Mr Smith said it was disappointing they
had not been able to get the issue on the
Mr Smith and Mr Havill requested an
extraordinary meeting to sort it out.
The meeting would only discuss the
request to confirm the legal status of the
“O ur request has got nothing to do with
the feasibility of the road or if the road
should be built,” Mr Havill said.
However, Mr Smith said he believed there
were conflicts of interest around the table
over the proposal that he hoped would be
declared ahead of the meeting.
Earlier this year, LINZ said it had
no preference about the status of the
ownership of the road line.
Anselm Haanen wrote to all West Coast
and Southland mayors to reiterate the
view of former Land Information Minister
Maurice Williamson, that a court judgment
was needed to finally determine the status
of the link.
Cr Mark Dawson asked the highway
proponents whether their company was
in a position to defend a decision, if the
council cited the road as legal road and it
Mr Havill said it would do so, if necessary.
However, he said the company had
avoided the judicial process so far because
it was a “waste of money”.
The extraordinary meeting will be held
in the council chambers on Wednesday
starting at 10am.
Christmas Eve council meeting
on Hollyford Road status
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