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Police are investigating the theft of
a vintage tractor and a rotary slasher
mower from a farm on the Kumara-
Inchbonnie Road. Police said a
transporter truck or a large tandem
trailer would have been needed to
move the Fordson Dextor tractor and
mower. They were stolen overnight
between December 21 and
January 1. A barbecue was stolen in
broad daylight from the front porch
of a Q ueen Street house, in Westport
on January 2. Police said the Reni
with a lift up hood top was stolen
between 4pm and 6.45pm, together
with a full standard gas bottle and
another larger gas bottle. A gold-
coloured vehicle was seen pulling
into the driveway around that time.
Three alleged burglars were locked
up after they were found inside a
house at Ikamatua on
January 2. West Coast police
Inspector John Canning said the trio,
from Greymouth, had been charged
with a range of offences including
burglary and sustained loss of
traction. The homeowner disturbed
them inside the property at 4.45pm.
Too much New
A drunken stoush between former
lovers resulted in a visit from
Westport police early on Friday
morning. Constable Paul Sampson
said a man turned up drunk at the
address of his former partner shortly
after 1am and police were called
when the man ignored the pleas
of his ex-partner to leave. Police
escorted the man off the property.
After a spike around Christmas
time, domestic violence surged again
at New Year, with police responding
to seven incidents in Hokitika,
Greymouth and Westport.
Drizzle clearing in morning
The leader of the Liberal Democrat
group on a United Kingdom local
council who said an alleged rape
victim was too ugly to be sexually
assaulted has resigned from the party.
Philip Drury, shadow cabinet leader
of East Hampshire District Council,
made the comment on Facebook
about 21-year-old fashion student
Serena Bowes, who claimed she
was raped in Italy. “Not sure anyone
would want to even think about it
looking at her lol,” the senior local
politician posted in response to a
thread discussing Miss Bowes’ case.
— Daily Mail
A man playing at the beach
with his partner’s nephews is
credited with saving a woman
from drowning at Rapahoe on
“ Today I could easily have been
organising my daughter Jolene’s
funeral had Mark Foord not
come along,” Megan Muir told
the Greymouth Star today.
Mrs Muir and her daughter
Jolene Harris, 27, headed to the
beach to walk the dog when
Jolene — who could not swim —
decided to go for a dip.
“ We were throwing sticks into
the sea for the dog and we were
getting wetter and wetter and
decided we may as well go in for a
swim,” her mother said.
“ We had been playing around
in the water for about 20 minutes
when Jolene decided to float
in the water on her back. One
minute she was floating next to
me and the next she was gone —
she had floated a long way out. I
yelled at her to come back, but she
yelled that she couldn’t.”
As Mrs Muir scrambled out of
the water another woman on the
beach ran to her car to get her
cellphone to call 111, but there
was no reception.
Just then, Mr Foord turned up
and asked if they wanted him to
head out to bring her back in.
“I said ‘yes, quickly, quickly,’”
Mrs Muir said.
He took a deep breath, grabbed
one of the children’s boogie
boards and paddled out to sea.
“All I could see was her head
bobbing around in the water — I
thought she was a gonner,” Mrs
It took about 10 minutes for Mr
Foord to reach her and bring her
safely to shore as she had drifted
at least 100m out to sea.
“S he told me she was struggling
and next minute an ‘angel’ came
through the waves and grabbed
her,” Mrs Muir said.
“ If Mark had not come along
Jolene would have drowned. I still
cannot come to terms with what
happened. I keep playing it over
and over in my head — I haven’t
slept since it happened.
“ Jolene is also still struggling.
She’s stuffed, her legs are still
hurting, she can taste saltwater
in her mouth and sand is still
coming out of her ears.
“ It just goes to show that things
can change in an instant — one
minute Jolene was floating on her
back and the next minute she was
“ We are just so, so lucky Mark
was there. I would never have
been able to get to her and there
was no one else around.”
Mr Foord, who was at work for
Westreef in Westport today was
modest about his heroics when he
spoke with the Greymouth Star.
“Anyone would have done what
I did,” he said.
Mr Foord admitted had he not
paddled out on the boogie board
to get Ms Harris, “she would not
have come back.”
“She is a very, very lucky lady.”
He was astonished at how calm
she was when he finally reached
“ I thought she would be
screaming and yelling, but she
wasn’t,” she said.
Mr Foord said he had been
around the sea for years and was
confident he could get her, but
at the same time he held a lot of
“respect ” for the ocean:
“ You never know what ’s going
to happen next.
“The situation was made a little
bit worse because she was wearing
a heavy dress.”
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Jolene Harris, front, and mum Megan Muir — safely back on Rapahoe Beach today after a near-drowning experience.
‘I thought she was a gonner’
The West Coast ’s retreating glaciers
have featured in the pages of the New
York Times, with a daily circulation of
The paper reported that Fox Glacier
Guiding had been unable to take
tourists on to the ice by foot since
April, when glacial retreat caused the
Fox River to change course, blocking
In 2012, Franz Josef Glacier Guides
also lost hiking access. Now, air
landings by helicopter are the only
way to set foot on both glaciers.
The feature quoted a geographer
at the University of Waterloo in
Canada, Daniel Scott, who studies
links between climate change and
tourism, as saying that in Peru the
rapidly shrinking Pastoruri Glacier
had created new jobs for horse and
some tourists thought they could
not complete the lengthening, high-
altitude glacier walk unassisted.
In Greenland, glacier-oriented
tourism was growing because visitors
were eager to see the effects of climate
A 2007 study prepared for
Development West Coast estimated
that glacier-related tourism on the
West Coast directly contributed
at least $77 million a year to local
At Franz Josef Glacier Guides,
the number of staff members has
dwindled to 35 from 60 since 2012,
the year that walking access was cut
off, according to Craig Buckland, the
company ’s operations manager.
Rob Jewell, the chief executive of
Fox Glacier Guiding, told the New
York Times the loss of walking access
since April had taken a “significant ”
toll on business.
The New York Times is the second
largest paper in the United States.
Shrinking Coast glaciers make pages of New York Times
A crowd of 1300 headed
to Omoto yesterday for a
day of sunshine and high-
class racing, while the
Greymouth Jockey Club
all-round increases in
Omoto kicked off the
West Coast new year four-
day circuit and provided
the perfect setting for a
Patrons on course
put through $98,202
compared with $81,713
last year, while TAB
punters invested $596,673
($586,733 last year).
Kevin Myers had a
good day at the office,
training six winners on
the 10-race programme,
while senior rider David
Walsh saluted the judge
on five occasions. Myers
and Walsh combined to
take out the feature race,
the $25,000 Monteith’s
Greymouth Cup 2000m
with Our Alchemist, and
Willy Duggan provided
the quinella for the
The Fashion in the
Field event attracted 16
contestants in the women’s
section, won by Dianne
Bradley in striking red.
Greymouth Jockey Club
secretary Colin Stevenson
said Omoto had set the
scene for the remaining
three days of the circuit.
Next on the circuit is
Reefton on Wednesday,
followed by Kumara on
Saturday and Hokitika
next Wednesday, January
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Families, friends and punters enjoy a relaxing day at the Omoto Racecourse yesterday.
Omoto sets bar for Coast circuit
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