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A 20-year-old man from Cobden
reportedly “out of control” was
arrested at 7 o’clock last night after
he was reported punching a car at
a Baillie Place address. Police said
the man had been drinking. He
was charged with wilful damage,
assaulting a police officer and
Passengers from a rental car which
left State highway 73 near Otira
township late yesterday afternoon did
not require major medical attention.
The car received a ‘slight ding’ in the
crash shortly before 4pm, but the four
passengers, all Asian tourists, escaped
without serious injury. The NZCC
Rescue Helicopter was called from
Greymouth as a precaution due to
the distance of Otira from ambulance
A Canterbury hunter who
slipped near Franz Josef Glacier
late yesterday was airlifted by the
NZCC Rescue Helicopter to Grey
Base Hospital with head injuries.
The 51-year-old man had apparently
slipped down a steep rocky slope
while out hunting in the backcountry
behind the glacier township.
Coast residents spend
almost $3000 on
West Coast residents spend almost
$3000 every year on domestic travel,
double that of Aucklanders. AA
Traveller research shows that Coast
residents spend the most nights
away from home while travelling
domestically, about 21 nights on
average, beating the national average
of about two weeks. AA general
manager travel and tourism Grant
Lilly said a probable reason was
because Aucklanders travelled mostly
to places within a few hours’ drive of
the city, which kept costs down, while
travellers from the West Coast were
more likely to drive longer distances
or fly and ferry across the Cook Strait.
Domestic overnight tourism is the
largest component of New Zealand ’s
tourism industry. Domestic travel
and tourism is worth $13.8 billion to
the New Zealand economy, which is
around 30% larger thean the value of
Greymouth Bridge Club results
from this week were. — Wednesday:
Mary Whitehead and Alison Dayne
59% 1, Allison Palmer and Ian
Anderson 53% 2. Thursday: Sue
Glue and Ash Hamilton 68.7% 1,
Joy Williamson and Allison Palmer
Arrivals: Three Greymouth vessels.
Departures: Jay Elaine. In port:
Tainui, Tawera, Sovereign, Happy
V, Expatriate, Louisa, Borda, Strike
Force, 20 other vessels. Expected
arrivals: Cook Canyon, Sunday.
(Opposite Dixon Park)
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And our beautiful Talia
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by Janna Sherman
of the Hokitika Guardian
A long-term sponsor is needed if the
Wildfoods Festival is to survive, the Westland
District Council says.
The council revealed yesterday that ticket sales
to the March 14 festival had fallen well below the
7500 needed to break even, with a total crowd of
6242 -- although only 5345 paid to get in.
Complementary tickets for stallholders,
entertainers and support crews accounted for an
additional 897 free entries.
Council chief executive Tanya Winter said
while feedback from those attending and
key stakeholders had been great, the turnout
continued a recent trend of declining festival
With ticketing revenue down on budget, it was
likely the festival would run at a financial deficit
for the year, Ms Winter said yesterday.
A full financial report will be tabled with the
council next month.
“The festival is judged in two parts: the first at
the end of the festival day, and the second on
the financial result. I attended the festival and
I know that people who were there had a great
time. The financial result is disappointing, but it
is what it is. Council has nothing to hide: the
numbers speak for themselves,” she said.
“The need for commercial sponsorship is
now paramount for the festival’s long-term
sustainability, and a re-think of the format could
also breathe some new life into one of New
Zealand ’s most iconic events.”
Westland Mayor Mike Havill has said while
the council had no plans to “suddenly scuttle”
Wildfoods, it would be looking at its future as
part of the long-term plan.
Changing the way it was hosted, either by
selling the brand or holding it every second year
had both been signalled, Mr Havill said.
“Council has reduced the budget in the events
area. This was a conscious decision and we either
make the best of the situation, or try something
“The community will have a chance to tell
council what they want us to do with the
Wildfoods Festival when we consult on the
long-term plan in April.”
Separately, veteran Wildfoods Festival co-
ordinator Mike Keenan — who was made
redundant by the council last year — has
publicly called for the festival to be taken out of
the council’s hands.
“In my opinion, the Wildfoods Festival
brand and name is the best marketing tool that
Hokitika has,” Mr Keenan said in his Soapbox
commentary this week.
However, it needed some fine tuning, he said.
“First of all, the district council needs to
hand it over to one of its council controlled
organisations (CCOs). That would give it more
of a commercial focus and major sponsors would
be more easily gained.”
He also promoted the return of Saturday night
entertainment and reduced ticket prices to get
back the larger, manageable crowds of between
10,000 and 12,000 previously.
“Bigger numbers mean a bigger impact all
round, especially for community fundraising.”
Ms Winter said yesterday that with 43 stalls
and numerous other fundraising opportunities,
Wildfoods was still a significant contributor to
the local fundraising calendar.
Many community groups had alluded to the
significance of the festival for their fundraising,
with some raising in excess of 90% of their annual
budgets in either one day or one weekend.
“Community groups have told us that they
raise between $500 and $20,000 on the day
of the festival. You can imagine how many
sausage sizzles it would take to raise this sort of
Greymouth High School technology head of department Shelly Chapman,
in front of her own artwork, holds student Rhian Calder’s portfolio for a
new exhibition which showcases teacher and student artwork. The exhibition
opens at the Left Bank Art Gallery at 6.30pm today and runs until April 25.
The exhibition features works from nine teachers throughout the West Coast
as well as students from Greymouth, John Paul II, Buller and Barrytown
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Schools ar t exhibition
Representatives from Westland, Grey
and Buller districts will converge on
Wellington this weekend for the annual
Representing the West Coast are the
Kumara Resident ’s Trust, the Buller
High School kapa haka group and the
West Coast Volunteer Fire Brigades.
The Coast fire brigades staged a huge
clean-up operation in tandem with their
local communities after Cyclone Ita last
The Kumara Resident ’s Trust beautified
their village and the Buller High School
kapa haka group have increased Maori
tikanga participation in the Westport
Each group will present for eight
minutes on their achievements, also
outlining why they deser ve to win the
top prize of $2500.
Along with the two representatives
from each of the groups, Buller district
councillor Lynn Brooks, Westland
Mayor Mike Havill and Grey District
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn will be in
Coast groups off to community awards
Conser vation has
three people taking tours on
conser vation land without a
The illegal guides were found
on the Milford Road, Punakaiki
and Fox Glacier at the tail end
DOC account manager Cher
Knights said checks were
randomly conducted around
New Zealand at various tourist
On the West Coast, that
included Punakaiki, Cape
Foulwind and the glaciers.
The initiative was to ensure
that tour operators had the
necessary concessions to guide
and/or park on conservation
“Our aim is to educate those
operators who may be unaware
of the legal requirements and
enforce the legislation for those
who are clearly aware of the
requirements but choose to
ignore them,” Ms Knights said.
The rate of non-compliance
had been relatively low.
Those found to be operating
on conser vation land without
concession had been
contacted and provided with
information on why they
needed a concession, the various
concessions types available to
them and how to apply. Further
follow up had shown some of
the operators had since applied
for a concession.
“ Where this has not occurred
these matters are referred to our
national compliance team for
further investigation,” she said.
DOC catches people taking tours without concessions
Department of Corrections regional commissioner Ian Bourke, second from right, West
Coast acting service manager Kaye Andrews, second left, and administration officers
Helen Brennan and Gill Dowie, right, in the newly refurbished Community Corrections
office, in Johnston Street, Greymouth. The facility was officially reopened this morning
at the completion of a $830,000 makeover. Seventy per cent of the 150 Community
Corrections offices nationwide have been upgraded with closed circuit television, glazed
inter view rooms to increase visibility when offenders meet with their probation officer,
and duress alarms, which staff can use in an emergency.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Corrections $830,000 makeover
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