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strikes at Karoro
A child’s grave at the Karoro
Cemetery has been looted, police
said today. A distressed mother
visited her child’s grave over the
weekend to find a number of things,
including Matchbox toys and teddy
bears, had been taken. At a previous
visit, on January 13, the mementos
were intact, but by Waitangi
Day they had gone. Greymouth
police today described the theft as
“shocking and abysmal” and appealed
for any witnesses or information.
Cash stolen from
priest ’s house
About $400 in cash stuffed in
an envelope has been reported
stolen from the Whataroa Catholic
presbytery. Sergeant Phil Barker,
of Greymouth police, said the
theft, reported yesterday, seemed
to have occurred while the parish
priest was away between January
29 and February 5. The cash was
in an envelope left on a desk inside
the priest ’s residence. There was no
evidence of forced entry.
Woman hurt in
A woman was taken to Grey Base
Hospital on Saturday morning after
a freak accident at the Greymouth
Mobil service station. Apparently the
woman had driven into the station to
refuel and while she was doing so her
husband jumped into the driver’s seat
and accidentally hit the accelerator.
The car shot back, knocking the
woman off her feet and dragging
her about 3m. Police said today the
woman was not seriously injured and
had been discharged from hospital.
Fine with light winds
British hardware store B and Q has
told its staff to read Fifty Shades of
Grey to prepare for an expected rise
in demand for rope, cable ties and
duct tape. A leaked memo reveals
how workers at the DIY chain have
been asked to prepare themselves
for answering ‘sensitive’ questions
as customers attempt to act out a
‘notable’ scene from the erotic movie.
The memo, circulated to the DIY
store’s entire 20,887 workforce at
359 stores, is titled: ‘Staff Briefing
— Preparation for Fifty Shades
of Grey Customer Queries.’ The
note says that, although B and Q’s
policy is “for products to be used for
their designed purposes”, that staff
should deal with film-related queries
in a “polite, helpful and respectful
manner”. — Daily Mail
DWC in Westport air deal
Development West Coast is
investing in the new Westport air
service with Picton-based Sounds
Sounds Air will fill the gap after
Air New Zealand bails out of Buller
in three months.
The Greymouth Star understands
that Development West Coast is
negotiating an investment in the deal,
but chief executive Joseph Thomas
declined to comment today, saying
at this stage it was commercially
The deal to get an alternative airline
flying out of Westport once Air NZ
pulls out was announced by Sounds
Air and the Buller District Council
on January 22, after they agreed on a
DWC makes few large investments
these days, and regards itself more as
helping businesses through offering
independent advice and mentoring
It is not clear how much could be
injected into the new air ser vice.
DWC asked the Greymouth Star to
withhold publication of the proposal.
Chairman John Sturgeon said if it
did publish, a press release later in
the week would go to other media
and not the Greymouth Star.
Pending Civil Aviation approvals,
Sounds Air will take over in
Westport on April 28, the day Air
New Zealand exits.
Sounds Air has bought a nine-
seater pressurised Pilatus PC12 for
the new ser vice.
It will fly between Westport and
Wellington daily, offering 26 flights a
week compared to Air New Zealand’s
Sounds Air currently flies 65,000
passengers a year to Wellington from
Picton, Blenheim, Whanganui and
Nelson. It operates an existing fleet
of four, 12-seat Cessna Caravan
Sounds Air managing director
Andrew Crawford is due in
Greymouth on Friday to meet
with Grey District Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn, who has requested that
the flight schedule be extended to
Mr Crawford today referred
questions to Mr Thomas about DWC
involvement in the deal.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard said
a press release about the airline was
due on Thursday or Friday. He would
not elaborate, but did say he was
pleased there were now discussions
about adding Greymouth into the
ser vice. “ We are very keen on that,”
Mr Howard said.
For now, it was one step at a time.
Being able to create a direct link from
the West Coast to Wellington was
important, he said.
At its annual general meeting in
August, DWC said it had made just
two business loans totalling $800,000
in the year to March.
Out of 38 inquiries for business
loans, just six turned into formal
applications and four were approved,
totalling $3.1 million. In the end,
though, only two of those were
uplifted, with a combined value of
$800,000. The recipients were not
The trust was formed in 2001 with
funds provided by the Government
when native logging was brought to
Hokitika police flagged down
a tourist speeding through the
town at 99kph on cruise control,
on Sunday night.
It was one of several shocking
driving incidents that have
prompted a fresh crackdown on
bad driving, especially targeting
vehicles crossing the centre line.
West Coast police response
manager senior sergeant Phil
Barker said today they would
begin next week targeting drivers
who cross the centre line and
other wise ignore New Zealand
road rules and conditions.
Mr Barker cited two examples
from the past few days as a case
why something had to be done.
As well as sailing through the
middle of Hokitika on cruise
control, the overseas driver was
also clearly “struggling” to keep
his rental car in the correct lane.
Police contacted the car rental
company which immediately
cancelled the man’s contract and
police took the car keys off the
“The Indian tourist was liberated
of his rental vehicle ... and he
caught the bus for the rest of his
trip,” Mr Barker said.
Yesterday, a more shocking
example of bad driving near
Punakaiki luckily resulted in
no one being killed or injured,
when two French nationals in an
uninsured private van collided
with a truck on State highway 6.
The van was being driven blindly
on the wrong side around a sharp
bend when it collided with the
truck, Mr Barker said.
“The tourists continued their
journey in a tow truck.”
An elderly Nelson tramper
reported overdue by several days
from a two-week trip in the
headwaters of the Whataroa
River was found alive and well
this morning by police search and
Bret Islav Karel Herman, 67,
was reported missing yesterday
after his car was found parked in
the Whataroa River valley with a
note stating his intentions.
He was found on the tops in the
area about mid-morning today.
Constable Bill Parker, of Franz
Josef Glacier police, said a two-
man rescue team helped by a
local helicopter flew into the area
earlier this morning. Mr Herman
was flown back to his car and by
late this morning was making his
way to Franz Josef Glacier.
Missing tramper safe
Waitangi Day lunch with Sir Jerry
Former Karoro School principal George Maskill and his wife Yvonne celebrated Waitangi Day as guests of the Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae, at the
Bledisloe Garden Party in the grounds of Government House, to mark the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Mr Maskill said today he
was unsure how he managed to get an invitation. “It just arrived in the mail. I think it may have had something to do with me getting the Queen’s Service Medal
in the New Year Honours in 2013.” About 3000 people attended the three-hour garden party, and the Maskills did not notice any other West Coasters there. Mr
Maskill was one of the longest-ser ving school principals on the West Coast in a 35-year career in education, including 25 years at Karoro School.
Camerons residents will be consulted
on the use of public funds to help repair
The Camerons Community Club has
requested $65,000 from the Grey District
Council for the repairs and to upgrade
It said the hall “urgently requires basic
repairs and maintenance work”.
The north and west walls needed
re-cladding, and the rotting windows and
doors needed replacing.
“The hall is a great community asset,
and undertaking this work is essential.”
The playground was also “well past its
lifespan and needs to be replaced.”
A budget of $45,000 was estimated for
the hall work, with a further $20,000 for
The club requested the council
release funds from the Camerons area
infrastructure fund, which currently
A staff report said that by dipping into
the fund, less money would be available
for future infrastructure upgrades.
Addressing the council meeting last
night, club president Jenny Boot said
they had already raised money to replace
the roof and were asking for funds to
complete the project.
The earthquake status of the building
was not known, though it was noted at
the meeting that the hall was made of
questioned whether the hall would
receive enough money to sustain itself in
the future, given it was not council policy
to help halls. The group clarified that the
request was for capital works and half the
work had largely been done.
Cr Murray Hay commended the group
on its actions to date. “It ’s great that in
this day and age, when halls are falling by
the wayside, that your community wants
to save yours,” Cr Hay said.
The council approved the funding
subject to community consultation
voting in favour of the project.
Funds sought for Camerons Hall repairs
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