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Councils make savings
The four West Coast councils
have joined with 21 others to make
insurance savings. West Coast
Regional Council chief executive
Chris Ingle said in a statement on
Friday a partnership involving 25
New Zealand councils had led to
reduced insurance premiums and
cost savings for ratepayers in the Bay
of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, the Horizons
region and the West Coast. They
joined together to tender for
insurance ser vices and had achieved
a total cost saving of $3.4 million.
The cost savings for the four West
Coast councils amounts to $458,000.
The four West Coast council chief
executives said the partnership
demonstrated how councils could
work together where there was a
common drive to achieve economies
of scale. They are now insured by
AON NZ Ltd.
A heading above an NZME-
Ashburton Guardian story on
Wednesday indicated that offshore
oil permits had been granted off
the Mid-Canterbury coastline. In
fact, the applications remain under
A 19-year-old Greymouth man
was stopped for driving with excess
breath-alcohol early yesterday
morning. When stopped in Lydia
Street at 6am he blew 202mg; the
youth limit is zero.
Domestic assault arrest
A 48-year-old man was arrested in
Greymouth yesterday as a result of a
domestic assault on Saturday night.
The man was located in Cobden and
arrested at 4pm yesterday.
Greymouth Bridge Club results
from last week are. — Wednesday:
Joy Willman and Allan Comis
62% 1, Alison Dayne and Mary
Whitehead 59% 2. Thursday: Stuart
Oliver and Brian Rowlands 62.5% 1,
Sue Holt and David Waugh 61.1%
2, Paul Holt and Tina Fernando
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Galatea II. Departures: Jay Elaine,
one Greymouth vessel. In port:
Galatea II, Latitude, Tainui, Tawera,
Achernar, Sovereign, Okarito, Iveagh
Bay, Sea Legend, Happy V, Calypso,
Expatriate, Louisa, Borda, 25 other
vessels. Expected departures: Galatea
II, tomorrow. Expected arrivals:
Cook Canyon, today; Moon Shadow
Police nab Hokitika speedsters
West Coast residents were warned by
police against responding to an apparent
scam text message which was being sent
The message from ‘Scott Skelby from
Standard Chartered Bank, London’ was
to contact him at a Hotmail address for a
“ vital transaction”.
Police yesterday received reports from
several people who had received the same
text message and believe it is a scam.
Tasman police district intelligence
manager inspector Iain McKenzie said
people needed to be aware that foreign
banks would not be contacting them by
“The request to contact this person at
a personal Hotmail address should also
be a clue. I doubt any bank employee
anywhere would be authorised to do that
for legitimate purposes,” Mr McKenzie
While the approach by text lacked
credibility, there was always the risk
someone might feel obliged to respond
and could fall victim to a scam.
Anyone who had received the text
message or a similar message by any
means should delete it and not respond,
Police say it is pure luck no one was killed
south of Hokitika over weekend after two
motorists were caught speeding in separate
incidents of more than 170kph.
As police attempted to stop one of the
vehicles during a 7km chase, speeds of over
180kph were reached.
Senior constable Jason Martin, of
Hokitika police, said in the first incident
a 28-year-old German tourist was arrested
and taken into custody after the rental
car he was driving was clocked doing
171kph on the Mahinapua straight on
State highway 6, just south of Hokitika, at
8.30pm on Saturday.
It turned out the man was driving without
a licence and his front seat passenger held
the rental agreement for the vehicle in
which they were travelling.
“ He didn’t hold any form of driver’s
licence,” Mr Martin said.
Surprisingly, the rental company “was
happy ” to not cancel the rental agreement
as long as as the person who had originally
signed the contract was behind the wheel,
Mr Martin said.
However, their travels have been delayed
as the illegal driver was bailed to appear in
the Greymouth District Court tomorrow
for dangerous driving.
Just over three hours later police were back
on the Mahinapua straight in pursuit of a
Subaru car with a 17-year-old driver at the
Mr Martin said the vehicle “fled” from
police after they flagged the driver to stop
for a routine speed check shortly after
At times during a 7km pursuit along the
straight the blue Subaru exceeded 180kph
and the driver turned the lights off to try to
The car finally pulled over past the Lake
Mahinapua Hotel and the driver, a new
arrival to Hokitika, was arrested.
What made the incident worse was that
five other occupants were in the car — all
aged 17 or younger — and the consequences
of the car losing control at that speed could
have been tragic, Mr Martin said.
The car and its keys were returned to an
adult caregiver in Hokitika.
The boy driver was charged with failing to
stop and dangerous driving. He will appear
in court this week.
Just 10 days ago another tourist, an
English driver, was caught doing 178kph on
the Mahinapua straight, giving the excuse
that he was trying to get his elderly father
to the toilet.
Meanwhile, late on Friday afternoon an
overseas national living and working at
Franz Josef Glacier lost control of their
vehicle at Pukekura as they were returning
Police were still investigating what
caused the accident, in which the vehicle
with two other occupants went down a
Two of the car passengers were flown
to hospital aboard the NZCC Rescue
Helicopter after first-aid from the Hari
Hari Volunteer Fire Brigade and St John
Monday March 9
Urgent cases only
Phone 769 7493 first
5pm - 8pm
Wilkins. — Bev, Mark,
Barry, Barb and Jo
would like to thank
everyone who sent such
beautiful cards, flowers,
and thoughts, and who
gave such big hugs
when we lost our loved
husband, father, grand-
grandfather. We greatly
appreciated your support
and a special thank you
to those who travelled so
far to be with us. God
bless you all.
McGILL, (nee Benyon)
Mary. — November 26,
1922 - March 7, 2015.
Died peacefully in
Hokitika. Dearly loved
wife and friend of the
late Tommy, cherished
mum and mother-in-law
of Gary and Gloria, and
Maree and George,
loved Mary of Shannon,
and Malcolm, loved
sister of the late Flora,
Bill, and Jim, and a
loved aunty of her many
nieces and nephews.
Messages to PO Box
183, Hokitika 7842. A
service to celebrate
Mary's life will be held
in Holy Trinity Anglican
Church, Tainui Street,
Greymouth on Wednes-
day at 2pm, followed by
interment at the Karoro
Lawn Cemetery. West-
land Funeral Services
Ltd. FDANZ. Phone
(03) 768 0250.
Peacefully at home
surrounded by his loving
family on March 7,
2015, after a short
illness. Dearly loved
husband of Sally. Loved
father of Nicci, Sarah,
Loved granddad of
Caleb, Kate, Henry;
Summer, and the late
Alice. A celebration of
Kit's life will be held in
the Northbrook Chapel,
Sparks Lane (off North-
brook Road), Rangiora,
on Thursday March
12, at 2pm, private
Messages to Carson
Family, C/- PO Box 35,
Rangiora 7440. Gulliver
& Tyler Ltd, North
Phone (03) 313 8222.
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Close firefighting contest
Mati Soi, of the Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade, was a crowd favourite during the United Fire Brigades Association 2015
Water Ways Challenge, which finished at the Greymouth High School field on Saturday. Greymouth chief fire officer Lee Swinburn
said the two-day competition came down to just seconds after the hosts Greymouth and Silverdale, Auckland, drew on points. The
Aucklanders won narrowly on a count back. “It came down to the wire. It ’s the closest competition they have had for some time,” Mr
Swinburn said. The competition was last hosted in Greymouth in 1967.
PICTURE: Corrie van Wyk
In 1965, David Lane, of Mount
Eden, Auckland, drove over the
Tomorrow he will do it again.
There will be some obvious
differences, of course.
Instead of being 24, Mr Lane is
Instead of driving on gravel, he
will be on sealed road.
And in the passenger seat will be
his wife Sally, who he had not yet
met back in 1965.
The one thing unchanged will
be his car — a 1930 Studebaker
President 8 Roadster he bought in
1962 for 100.
Three years later, Mr Lane and
his Studebaker joined the original
2000km international rally for
veteran and vintage cars, hosted
by the Vintage Car Club of New
“I learned to drive in this car. I
got my driver’s licence in this car.
This was the first car in my life I
had ever driven,’’ Mr Lane said
from Christchurch as he prepared
to take part in “tribute’’ to the
The original rally through the
southern part of the South Island
attracted about 225 pre-1932
vehicles from New Zealand and
It began and ended in
Christchurch but included a
return trip over the Haast Pass,
which was not at that time linked
to the West Coast further north.
The 80 cars in the tribute also
leave Christchurch tomorrow and
will take in Lake Tekapo, Twizel,
Mt Cook and Wanaka — with
an optional trip to Haast — and
Queenstown, before finishing in
The cars, ranging from 1910 to
1980 models, was due to arrive at
the Wanaka Warbirds and Wheels
Museum this afternoon.
There to greet them will be
George Wallis, of Wanaka, who
provided assistance with repairs
50 years ago from his business at
Snapshot Creek, on the Haast side
of the pass.
Mr Lane believes he is likely to
be one of only two who will have
driven the same car in both the
original rally and the tribute.
The Studebaker was quite
comfortable travelling at the legal
speed limit, and with the largest
straight-eight engine made by
Studebaker barely slowed down
for the hills, he said.
“ I can pass everything on the
motor way except gas stations. ’’
He has travelled 500,000km in
Mr Lane sometimes poses the
question to friends — what have
you owned for more than 50 years?
Mostly, they scratch their heads,
he says, and mutter something
about “pocket watches’’.
“And then I quickly say to them:
‘Does it still go?’.”
Mr Lane does not regard himself
as the owner of the Studebaker.
The man who sold it to him,
Aucklander Jim Foley, reminded
him he was merely the “caretaker’’
and it was his responsibility to
keep it in good condition for the
“A lot of people have described
it as a sculpture on wheels because
of its lines.’’
Asked why he wanted to repeat
the rally, Mr Lane said: “I’ve made
it this far. I’m still alive. Why not?’’
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Supplied/Otago Daily Times
The 1930 Studebaker President 8 Roadster car belonging to David
Lane, of Mount Eden, Auckland, who drove over the Haast Pass in
1965 and is repeating the trip on Tuesday.
Studebaker in rally re-run 50 years on
St Patrick’s Primary School pupils Mero Williams, left, Cameron Dodds, Lydia Gill,
Stefaine Wickes, Leo Whitcombe, Harrison Watson and Rem Thompson prepare for the
upcoming West Coast Kids’ Lit Quiz, on March 27. Primary school teams of four will have
their knowledge of nursery rhymes, classic books, picture books and novels put to the test.
The winning West Coast team will attend the national event, in Wellington in May, while
the national winner will attend the world final and be invited to spend a day at Mark Twain’s
house in Connecticut, United States. The West Coast event will be hosted by St Patrick’s.
Organisers hope 12 teams will enter.
Pupils swat for quiz
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Big, choppy seas that churned out foam yesterday presented an unusual
obstacle for cyclists on the coastal Greymouth section of the cycleway. The
foam was there from first light, meaning early-bird cyclists got more than the
worm. It was gone by lunchtime.
Odd obstacle for cyclists
PICTURE: Dwayne Detlaff
AOS staff set for reunion
It should be an interesting night at the
Barrytown Hall if the performers names are
anything to go by — with Tourettes, Luckless
and Instant Fantasy performing later this
Dominic Hoey, better known as the poet,
author and musician Tourettes, will lead the
show at the Barrytown Hall on March 28 with
Luckless and Instant Fantasy.
Hoey ’s work combines satire, word play and
humour to describe “the lives of people that
exist behind the country’s clean, green image”.
As a ‘spoken word poet ’ he breaks down
barriers between music and poetry, sharing
stages with some of the country’s biggest names
in various genres.
Under the Tourettes moniker, Hoey has
released four studio albums, his writing has
been published in Vice and New Zealand’s
leading literary journal Landfall.
Last year he released his second book of
poems Party Tricks and Boring Secrets and
visited Barrytown as part of a New Zealand
tour to promote it with singer Ben Salter.
He performed two sellout shows with Sam
Hunt at Auckland’s Golden Dawn and opened
for him at that years Splore Festival.
Indie-rock duo Luckless are the combination
of songwriter Ivy Rossiter and drummer Logan
Compain. The duo’s sound is a mix of rhythms
Christchurch performer Gemma Symeâ€‹,
known as Instant Fantasy, has a self-described
sound of “synth-drone ego-miner”.
Police who have staffed the West Coast armed
offenders squad (AOS) for much of the past 50
years will get together in Greymouth at the end
of the month.
The 50th anniversary of the first dedicated
police armed offenders squad in New Zealand
was celebrated last year.
The first West Coast squad was formed
about 1968. With the 50-year mile stone for
the national squad just past, AOS operative
constable Paul Gurney said the timing was right
for a local reunion.
Those who had been involved with the police
negotiation team would join current and retired
squad members for a weekend reunion on
Mr Gurney said a few old “war stories”
would be told, with up to 70 members and
their partners expected for a reunion dinner at
The squad had always been “close knit ” given
the nature of its task
“The squad has never been big — five to 10
people at any one time,” he said.
“ We’re getting a good selection of people
During the reunion the current AOS squad
room in the Greymouth Police Station will be
opened up to give past members a glimpse of
the advances in equipment, as well as mementos
from the past.
The current squad is made up of about six
police staff from Greymouth and Westland,
with back-up as a matter of course from Nelson,
Christchurch or Dunedin.
“There’s a lot of camaraderie there and the
squad deals with a lot of the high-end things
with offenders,” Mr Gurney said.
Poet heads to Barrytown
Penguin sanctuary plan for Cobden
Part of the scrub on the Cobden foreshore
could be fenced off and turned into a penguin
Few blue penguins remain in the Cobden area,
with vehicles and roaming dogs considered the
Thought has now turned to fencing off part of
the scrub behind the beach, as had been done
successfully in Paroa for a number of years.
“ It ’s likely that a penguin sanctuary would
need to be fenced to keep dogs out, so there’s
a bit of work to be done,” West Coast Penguin
Trust manager Inger Perkins said.
Two nesting boxes have already been installed.
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said the
favoured area was the outlet of the Cobden ‘cut ’
with the Jellyman Park corner.
It was too early to know how much it would
cost, but fencing would be the most expensive
“ It will be an area where no one walks. We
don’t need a big area,” Mr Kokshoorn said.
Cobden School and the Kahuna Boardriders
are also involved in the project, which has the
goal of finding a way to encourage penguins
to nest in the coastal area of the Cobden
“ First we need to identify the most suitable
location, where penguins are not going to be at
risk from disturbance, dogs and vehicles.”
Ms Perkins said if there were plenty of natural
areas to nest it was likely that penguins would
prefer those to boxes and there was no guarantee
that boxes would be used.
The trust would also help the project by
developing seabird interpretation signs for
visitors and would work with the school to
The Department of Conser vation was
supportive and focused on the wetlands and
whitebait spawning area restoration, she said.
The plan is part of the rejuvenation of the old
Cobden rubbish dump site. Rubbish piles have
been grassed and a loop walk developed.
The man who died after being found lying in
a Hamilton road last week was Sean Anthony
Police said Mr O’Connor, 32, was a British
national with Australian residency who had
been living in Queensland.
It was believed he was visiting New Zealand
on business at the time of his death.
His body was found on Hillsborough Terrace,
beside the Waikato River, about 2am last Friday.
He had a serious head injury and died at the
Waikato police district crime ser vices co-
ordinator detective senior sergeant Nigel
Keall said forensic work and a post-mortem
examination were now finished.
Mr Keall said the post-mortem examination
findings were that Mr O’Connor’s injuries were
consistent with him suffering a fall. — N Z ME
Police name dead tourist
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