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A Westport man, in his late 30s
was flown to Christchurch Hospital
on Friday night after being knocked
off his motorcycle by a camper van
near Fox River. The motorcyclist
sustained a broken wrist, a broken
arm and a compound fracture to
his leg, which required six hours of
surgery. He remains in hospital.
No one was injured when a car
driven by a 25-year-old visitor to
New Zealand from Latvia crashed
at Pleasant Flat just before the
Haast Pass on Saturday. Franz
Josef Glacier police constable Bill
Parker said there were two people in
the vehicle that drifted to the left,
overcorrected, then crossed both
lanes and flipped, coming to rest in
Mainly fine, south-west breezes
An episode of a popular children’s
show has apparently been pulled
off the air after disgusted parents
noticed cartoonists had drawn a
picture of a pair of bare breasts into
a scene. Oggy and the Cockroaches
is a French animated comedy series
produced by Xilam and Gaumont
Film Company and which airs
on the Nickelodeon children’s tv
cartoon channel Nick Toons. But
the comedy has caused fury among
some parents after an episode
showed a framed picture of a topless
lady showing off her assets. The
busty topless cartoon character —
who appears to be a duck blessed
with an enormous bosom - was in
the background of an episode which
aired in the United Sates on March
5. She also sports a pair of tiny
bikini briefs, giant sunglasses and a
PICTURE: Paul McBride
About 7000 flocked to the Wildfoods Festival in Hokitika on Saturday. The crowd was well behaved, although 21 were caught drink-driving afterwards. The numbers are now being crunched to see how close the festival came to
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A second proposal for a Pike River Mine
‘great walk’ has been put for ward, linking
many of the mining sites that made the
Grey district into a powerhouse of the
The first walk suggested a few months
ago would lead from the mine site to
Punakaiki, possibly emerging in the
The other possibility would take four
nights, but could be broken down into
shorter walks. Starting at the mine,
behind Atarau, it would quickly reach the
mountain tussock area and from there
link up with the Moonlight and Croesus
tracks, along the tops of Mount Sewell
and Mount Davy, emerging at the historic
Brunner Mine site, where 65 men and
boys were killed in an 1896 explosion.
It would also pass by the slip that
“devoured Rewanui,” Pike River families
member Steve Rose said.
There were benefits and challenges with
each option. For example, from the air the
Punakaiki route looked difficult, partly
due to the escarpment near the mine, and
it may involve a number of river crossings.
“It ’s real tiger country,” Mr Rose said.
However, it would link with one of the
busiest tourist resorts on the West Coast.
The alternative route to the south would
be more of a mining heritage walk and
take four days. It would have cellphone
reception and four or five ‘escape’ routes if
the weather closed in.
Mr Rose said 100-year old stone cairns
marked a miners’ trail across Mount Davy.
While more interesting, the southern
route would be a far more ambitious
However, he stressed that at this stage
both walks were still on the cards.
“The track will be amazing whichever
way it goes.”
Money left over from the abandoned
Pike River tunnel re-entry was available
for the proposed walk, he said. Pike
River families’ lawyer Colin Smith said
the Punakaiki walk was raised in initial
“The families have requested the
Government consider as part of its
feasibility looking at an alternative track
option travelling south and connecting
with the Moonlight and Croesus tracks,”
Mr Smith said.
Spokesman Bernie Monk said the costs
of both routes would now be worked out.
manager Shane Hall said the idea was to
look at a couple of options for the walk
and “evaluate the merits of each”.
The walk will be officially added to the
network of ‘great walks’.
Meanwhile, the families were still
discussing which mine buildings should
be retained on site at Pike River. “ We did
agree some of the equipment, some of the
historical things, should be left there as
relics,” Mr Monk said.
“They ’re part of the history of the place.”
Families were also talking about
displaying on site, the artwork and gifts
that arrived from the world over after the
Man dies after car hits bull
The 23-year-old man who crashed
into an escaped bull on Wanganui
Flat Road late on Friday night died
in Christchurch Hospital yesterday.
The dead man is Codey Peter
Pink, who recently moved to Hari
Police said the accident happened
about 11.30pm when the vehicle
Mr Pink was driving, a Subaru
station wagon, stuck a cattle beast
which had strayed onto the road.
Mr Pink was flown to Grey Base
Hospital in the NZCC Rescue
Helicopter in a critical condition.
He was later transferred to
Christchurch Hospital where he
died yesterday afternoon.
A 17-year-old passenger was
uninjured. The bull did not sur vive
A serious crash investigation is
under way and the death has been
referred to the Coroner.
Officer-in-charge of Hokitika
police sergeant Andy Lyes, said
today that the accident was a
“ We have yet to speak to anyone
in relation to the crash.
“ We need to talk to the owner of
the bull and the passenger in the
Mr Lyes also reminded farmers
to ensure their fences were in good
condition and to make sure that all
gates were kept closed.
The West Coast Regional
Council is pushing ahead with a
controversial proposal to advocate
for more mining across the West
Coast, in its new Regional Policy
The document has just been
released, and is now out for
the mandatory two month
When the council first mooted
changing it in 2013, to give more
weight to job creation on the
Coast, it generated more than 200
submissions — many in praise and
many against, accusing the council
of being ‘in bed with the miners’.
In a nutshell, the change would
mean staff would have to consider
jobs as well as the environment
when processing resource consents.
Council chairman Andrew Robb
said that although it was a “high
level planning document ” it had
the “potential to impact every West
Coaster well into the future”.
“It will guide the regional and
district plans which contain the
rules around how people, business
and industry use, develop and
protect the resources of the West
Coast. What you do on your
property may eventually be affected
by the words in the proposed RPS.”
Mr Robb said that ensuring the
“well-being” of the region was
about much more than having a
“It ’s also about ensuring we
have people and communities
who have access to reliable jobs
and a decent household income,
enabling our economy, welcoming
new and diversified businesses and
supporting robust infrastructure
Council chief executive Chris
Ingle said that council would
expect around the same number
of submissions this time, possibly
He said the council wanted the
document to be easy for people to
digest and have the population of
the region at its heart.
“ We just wanted it to be easy to
read and people to engage with it ...
it ’s really about people at the centre
of it, we want it to be that rather
than about other things ... we want
to make sure the RMA works for
us and the community.”
The document covers biodiversity,
land and water, the coastal
environment and air quality.
Mr Ingle cited the issue of air
quality as one which “could be
contentious for the people of
At a regional or district level, the
plan would fit in alongside regional
coastal plans, regional and district
plans and resource consents.
Pro-mining proposal released
Keys taken from
Another tourist driver had their
keys taken from them on Friday
evening for driving erratically in
the Fox hills. Constable Bill Parker
of the Franz Josef Glacier police
said today that a motorcyclist from
Wellington stopped a rental car and
took the keys. The driver from India
was forbidden to drive after police
were contacted, and a passenger
in thecar took over the driving.
Mr Parker said police followed
the replacement driver to make
sure he could drive within his lane.
“ Everyone was getting quite heated
at this latest incident,” Mr Parker
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