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Biker hurt in
A motorcyclist suffered an ankle
injury after crashing into a safety
barrier 5km north of Punakaiki
yesterday afternoon. Senior
constable Mike Tinnelly, of the
Greymouth police, said the 66-year-
old from Richmond was travelling
to Westport with a group of other
bikers. He was taken to Grey Base
Hospital by ambulance.
in autumn top 10
The Sunday Star Times has
recommended Hokitika as one of
the best 10 spots in the country
for a family getaway this autumn.
The town was ranked at No 8
in the newspaper’s top 10, as a
recommended destination for
families to head off to during the
April school holidays. Described by
the newspaper as “New Zealand’s
gold and greenstone capital,”
Hokitika was also rated highly
due to its relative proximity to the
glaciers, the “alpine flowers” of
Arthur’s Pass, Punakaiki Pancake
Rocks and the Paparoa National
Park. “ The brand-new treetop
walkway is just 15 minutes’ drive
from Hokitika, where you can
stroll high above the rainforest
for 45 minutes ... and there really
is gold in them thar’ hills — or at
least, the possibility of finding it by
panning for the precious mineral
at Shantytown.” Visitors were
advised to leave the tablet at home,
as “there will be too much to see
A couple returned to their
home recently to find they had
become the victims of a bizarre
break-in. After finding their
home ransacked, the couple from
Ohio also discovered the intruder
had made some coffee, smoked a
cigarette and even fed their dog
some bologna. Although their
dog was presumably quite happy,
the couple were not, as a DVD
player, a video games console and
prescription drugs had been stolen
from their home. Police say the
intruder broke into the flat through
a side door and commented that
they were “quite comfortable while
they were there”. Ironically the
couple were talking to police while
the break-in was taking place, as
they had been picked up by officers
earlier in the day on an outstanding
warrant. — Metro
Rain turning to showers
A bomb scare in Cobden on Saturday night
was the fourth hoax incident at the address in
four years and was followed only minutes later
by white powder being left at another house
around the corner.
A box designed to look like a bomb was left
on the doorstep of a Ward Street house late on
Saturday night. Minutes later, a woman in Hall
Street found white powder on her doorstep with
a note saying it was poison.
Greymouth police are now on the lookout
for someone apparently targeting elderly or
Police evacuated five houses in Ward Street
after a resident reported a suspicious object
which appeared to be a bomb on his front
doorstep about 9.45pm.
The cardboard box had what appeared to be a
timer device stuck on top and two wires attached.
Ward Street was cordoned off between Hall
Street and Fitzgerald Street and occupants of
nearby homes were evacuated until an army
bomb disposal team arrived from Christchurch
to investigate the device.
After exploding the box they determined
that the device did not contain any explosive
Residents were allowed to return to their
homes after 2.30am.
Ward Street resident Peter Wishnowski said he
was just about to go to bed when he got a bang
at the door. He opened it to find a rectangular
cardboard box with a clock on top and the word
‘ boom’ scrawled on it.
“I just got a shock and I called my neighbour
and they said ‘don’t touch it, ring the cops
straight away,’” Mr Wishnowski said.
He did not see the culprit, just shadows
running away towards the beach.
Four years ago a box had been left on his
doorstep in a similar incident, he said.
Two bikes were also set alight with petrol and
kerosene and then left on the doorstep.
“ You can’t do anything about it but I just hope
they catch the person.”
Mr Wishnowski said he had lived in the same
house since 1969 and still felt safe there, despite
“ Home is home.”
He returned to his home yesterday morning.
“ I couldn’t get home quick enough.”
He was thankful for his neighbour’s help.
Senior sergeant Phil Barker, of the Greymouth
police, said the white powder incident occurred
about 10 minutes after the bomb hoax, at
9.50pm, frightening an elderly woman.
“ White powder was thrown on her doorstep
and a note left saying it was poison,” Mr Barker
He described both incidents as “nuisance-type
Police were unsure why Mr Wishnowski had
been targeted repeatedly.
“ It could be a practical joke, it could be
something more sinister, we don’t know.”
Nearby Ward Street neighbours who spoke to
the Greymouth Star on Saturday night said they
had not noticed anything untoward until they
saw the police flashing lights outside.
About 10pm police cordoned off the street and
told them to stay inside, before later evacuating
Police want to speak to anyone with information
about the origins of the package or who was
responsible for placing it on the doorstep.
Information can also be given anonymously by
calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
A section of Ward Street, Cobden, was cordoned off on Saturday night.
‘Boom’ scrawled on the hoax bomb.
Hokitika beach was a hive of activity over
the weekend as hundreds of people enjoyed
the warm weather and annual Driftwood
and Sand Festival. The four-day beach art
event wrapped up yesterday with about 40
registered sculptures and many more
unofficial sand, stone and driftwood
creations dotting the beach. Co-organiser
Birte Becker-Steel said: “This festival is just
such an asset for our community and
everybody who comes here says that.” Art-
ists from as far afield as Canada to Christch-
urch took part this year, creating a range of
sculptures from a camel, bicycle, hot air
balloon and a horse, to a family of hedge-
hogs, a large bed complete with bedding and
a trio of figures depicting evolution.
PICTURE: Janna Sherman
Hokitika waits for Lotto winner
by Janna Sherman
Hokitika is on tenterhooks
with a life-changing $6.5 million
winning Lotto ticket still not
claimed by this morning.
Gary Lee, of Hokitika New
World where the ticket was sold,
said scores of ticket holders had
called in to check their tickets,
just in case.
However, as of this morning
potentially the West Coast ’s
newest multi-millionaire was
still to come for ward.
“At this stage we have had no
word that the ticket has been
claimed and we have had no one
in to claim it. There have been
lots and lots of people in trying
their luck, though, and a huge
amount of excitement obviously
around the town, which is great,”
Mr Lee said.
The massive prize, made up of
$6 million from Powerball first
division and $500,000 from
Lotto first division, rolls over
Hokitika’s lucky Lotto streak to
Late last year a Hokitika couple
won $2m on a ticket bought
from the Fitzherbert Street Four
Square. Only two months later
the store had another winner,
who cashed in $19,400 on
New World has been on a lucky
streak since 2010, throwing out
a number of big cash wins,
including its largest of $11m, as
well as prizes of $500,000 and
It also sold a number of smaller
second division winning tickets
last year with windfalls of
$18,000, $14,903 and $16,837.
Those wins followed on from
Kaniere couple Rex and Anthea
‘ Winning Wheel’
victory in late 2013, when they
spun a prize of $250,000.
Lotto New Zealand’s head
of corporate communications
Emilia Mazur said 2015 was
proving to be “incredibly lucky”
for Lotto players across the
“This is the fourth time this
year that a major jackpot has
been struck, creating four new
multi-millionaires in Auckland,
Nelson, Palmerston North and
now Hokitika. ”
Woman carried out of deep cave
Police describe the rescue of
an American tourist from the
Ananui Cave at Charleston last
night as “challenging”.
The woman was on a guided
tour of the cave, in the Nile
River area, when she slipped on
the limestone floor.
She was among 15 people
on the tour by Underworld
Adventures, owned by Norwest
Search and rescue co-ordinator
Sean Judd said some of the
caving tour staff, along with
caving search and rescue staff
and police were involved in the
“All up we had about 25 people
involved in the woman’s rescue
even the NZCC Rescue
Helicopter pilot gave us a hand
when we were stretchering her
out,” Mr Judd said.
Rescuers had to carry the
woman for about 300m.
“ We had to carry her through
some pretty narrow spots and
when we came out, the next
challenge was some steep stairs,
which took us out into the bush,
then on to the riverbed.”
The others on the tour were
able to make their own way out
of the cave, which created plenty
of room for the rescue team to
The woman slipped about 5pm
and it took rescuers until about
8.30pm to get her to the rescue
helicopter, which transported
her to Grey Base Hospital.
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