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Beach fires test
A large driftwood fire at the
Cobden tiphead early this morning
took two hours and six loads of water
to be brought fully under control.
Cobden Volunteer Fire Brigade chief
fire officer Gary Pollock said they
were called to the fire, burning an
area 6m by 18m, just after 4 o’clock.
“It had been going for quite some
time for how much it had burned,”
Mr Pollock said. “ Whether someone
has lit it or it’s a small fire that
they didn’t extinguish properly, we
wouldn’t know.” The fire reignited
later this morning and a digger was
brought in to turn over some of the
smouldering wood. The fire took
six truck loads of water, made more
difficult because the nearest hydrant
was at Nelson Q uay. Mr Pollock said
it took about an hour and a half to
get under control, “the rest was just
dampening hot spots”. The Cobden
brigade was called out to another fire
early on Saturday morning but again
he was unsure of what started it.
“They don’t just start from nowhere.”
The Department of Conser vation
is pushing ahead with plans to add
parts of the Mokihinui River to the
conser vation estate. After Meridian
Energy plans for a huge hydro
scheme at Mokihinui fell over,
discussions turned to protecting the
riverbed, at least. The Government
has indicated it wants the transfer
tidied up by June.
Having your peers bully you is
one thing, but when the teacher
gets involved, too? Yet that is what
happened to Stephen Davis, 15,
during a maths class. He was sitting
at his computer when an image
appeared on his (and everybody
else’s) screen. It came with a crude
drawing and the word ‘Stepen’
(sic). The supply teacher then starts
doodling on the image, giving it
antennae to look like an alien. The
teacher makes additions to the cruel
drawing. He then rubs out Stephen’s
name before re-writing ‘Stephen’s
ugly ass’. The teacher was suspended
from Streamwood High School,
according to the Chicago Daily
Herald. — Metro
Fine and settled
Ex-Hokitika bishop hand-picked by Pope
At a special Mass steeped in
rich tradition and in front of 1000
people, Hokitika-born priest
Stephen L owe was ordained as the
new Catholic Bishop of Hamilton,
The former Hokitika St Mary’s
parishioner was hand-picked by
Pope Francis in November as
the new leader of the Hamilton
diocese, which stretches from
Waikato to the East Coast.
He is the first bishop to come
from Hokitika. The last Catholic
bishop to come from the West
Coast was the late Bishop Denis
Hanrahan, formerly of Greymouth.
The Waikato Times reported that
the congregation welcomed Bishop
Lowe in a two-hour Mass at the
Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin
The papal bull, a message from the
Pope, was read to the congregation
by Apostolic Nuncio to New
Zealand, Archbishop Martin Krebs.
The letter congratulated Bishop
Lowe on his appointment.
“ We think to you, beloved son,
whom we consider shows the
virtues and qualities appropriate
to this office. Therefore, after
having heard the judgment
of the Congregation for the
Evangelisation of Peoples, we
appoint and institute you by our
apostolic authority, bishop of
the diocese of Hamilton in New
Zealand with the rights and
obligations defined by Canon Law.”
Bishop Lowe’s was the first
ordination in the Hamilton
cathedral and only the second time
a priest has been ordained in the
Hamilton diocese, the first being
in 1988 at a marae for Bishop Max
Takuira Matthew Mariu.
Retired Cardinal Thomas
Williams — who has a family
connection to Bishop Lowe
through his father’s family, the
Williams of Fox Glacier —
attended the service on Friday and
described the importance of the rite
of passage for the new bishop.
“It is a very special occasion when
a bishop is ordained. He assumes
the leadership of the diocese, he
becomes the one authorised to
ser ve the diocese as its bishop.
“He will lead the priests, religious
and people in the mission of the
church. The diocese is getting a new
leader,” Cardinal Williams said.
Eight-hundred people reserved
their seat for the ordination, among
them politicians and clergy, as
well as family and friends from
Bishop Lowe was presented
with a rimu crosier by friends Jan
and Murray Bain. The bishop’s
crook was crafted by Hokitika
cabinetmaker John Mitchell, who
was commissioned by the
Hokitika St Vincent de Paul
Society as a memento of his
Rimu was deliberately chosen
for its association with the new
bishop’s family roots in Rimu
Bishop Lowe, the youngest son
of the late Frank and Millie Lowe
(nee McCormack, of Rimu),
was born, raised and educated in
Hokitika before working for the
New Zealand Forest Service in
Hokitika in the early 1980s.
He started training for the
Catholic priesthood after leaving
the West Coast for Timaru.
PICTURE: Deb Oldman
Newly-ordained Bishop Stephen Lowe just
before his Thanksgiving Mass on Saturday.
A large scrub fire on Friday just
south of Charleston started after
a van heading to Westport for the
Buller Gorge Marathon caught
fire and the flames jumped the
Westport Volunteer Fire Brigade
chief fire officer Alan Kennedy
said they were called at 5pm and
stayed for four hours until the fire
was finally brought under control.
It started when a van heading
up State highway 6 with a display
for the marathon suddenly caught
“The driver noticed a bit of
smoke and pulled over to the side
of the road ... the vehicle caught
fire and it spread from the van to
the scrub on each side of the road,”
Mr Kennedy said.
The driver phoned the fire
brigade, which also had to call in
the assistance of Rural Fire when
it spread to the inland side of the
The original van fire was kept
under control by the brigade.
“(That) wasn’t that bad, the guys
put it out with the hoses on the
However, the fire spread to the
opposite side of the road, igniting
a large area of dry scrub and bush.
“It jumped the road, just with
the wind blowing, the extreme
heat from the fire and the dry
conditions. The other side was too
well involved, too steep and there
was no access,” Mr Kennedy said.
Helicopters were called in
to douse the flames with large
buckets of water. The fire burned
underneath power lines.
Mr Kennedy said there was not
much the driver could do about
“If a car wants to burn then it
The brigade was called out again
when the vehicle reignited back
in Westport later that evening in
the wrecker’s yard after the wind
PICTURE: NZCC Rescue Helicopter
A large patch of scrub and bush south of Charleston was burned
after a van caught fire on Friday.
Some regard Friday the 13th as
unlucky but it was a golden day for
three Greymouth couples — Kevin
and Colleen Twist, Janis and John
Fensom, and Joyce and John Hibbs
— who were all celebrating their
50th wedding anniversary after being
married in Greymouth on the same
day in 1965.
Joyce Hibbs (nee Routhan): “John
and I were married in the Holy
Trinity Church on Saturday afternoon
Janis Fensom (nee Carter): “John
and I were married at the Greymouth
Holy Trinity Church at 2pm.”
Colleen Twist (nee Cowan): “Kevin
and I were married at the Greymouth
Presbyterian Church at 4pm.”
February 13, 1965 was a busy day for
tying the knot in Greymouth.
“ We all weren’t the only couples
married in Greymouth that day,”
Mr Twist said. “Bill and Mavellyne
Quinn were married in the Catholic
church the same day. I know that
because the following night they were
in the motel next to us in Murchison,”
“A lot of water has passed under the
Cobden Bridge since then,” Mr Hibbs
said. “Quite amazing really, but we
are all here to celebrate and that ’s the
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Kevin and Colleen Twist, front, Janis and John Fensom, and Joyce and John Hibbs — married on the same day in Greymouth 50 years ago, and still living in the
Greymouth’s portly serial streaker
needs to give up the prank and hit the
gym instead, police say.
Ephraim James McIntyre, who has
an embarrassing history of streaking at
sports matches, struck again on Friday
at the Cricket World Cup opener in
Christchurch, between New Zealand
and Sri Lanka.
“The guy just needs to realise this is an
old fashioned thing that doesn’t impress
people,” senior constable Mike Tinnelly,
of Greymouth, said today.
“By the look of him he would be better
spending time in the gym.”
In November, McIntyre’s sprint at
Forsyth Barr Stadium, in Dunedin,
during the Kiwis versus Australia match
earned him an $800 fine.
During his court appearance, Judge
Jane Farish said there had been a time in
the past when such behaviour had been
regarded as ‘cool’ but McIntyre was just
“ being a dork”.
“Only you get a thrill. You annoy
people who legitimately pay to see these
games,” Judge Farish said.
It was people such as McIntyre
who brought New Zealand sport into
disrepute, the judge said.
In early November 2014, he stripped to
a G-string and hard hat in a bottle store
in Greymouth as part of a ‘neknominate’
challenge. In 2013 he streaked at the
Warriors-Bulldogs game in Wellington
and was fined $150, and in 2011 he
streaked at the Warriors-Knights game,
Mr Tinnelly said that given so many
ticket sales were on-line nowadays, it
would be hard to prevent McIntyre from
Although one sports code may manage
to bar him, it would be hard for them all
to do so.
Talking late last year, McIntyre
credited the thrill of exhibitionism with
turning his life around: ‘’I used to be a
real bad person back in the day and this
has just changed my life.’’
His latest episode made Britain’s Daily
Mail newspaper, which did not name
McIntyre but dismissed him as a “rather
‘Unsightly’ streaker told to get to the gym
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