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2 - Wednesday, April 1, 2015
near Arthur’s Pass
A small 3.4 earthquake was
recorded near Arthur’s Pass this
morning. It was centred 20km east of
the township and was felt at 1.38am.
Nine new homes
Nine new homes were consented
on the West Coast last month,
according to Statistics NZ figures.
That is fairly in line with the past
year. Nationally, the number of new
dwellings consented was 0.6% lower
in February 2015 than a year ago.
Arrivals: Jay Elaine. Departures:
Latitude, Ki Lin, Tui, Towai,
Expatriate, Brid Voyager, Stella
Marie, Coaster, Tenacity, Moata,
three Greymouth vessels. In port:
Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine, Achernar,
Calypso, Happy V, Iveagh Bay,
Joy Maree, Okarito, Sovereign,
Tantramar, 24 other vessels.
Expected departures: Cook Canyon,
today; Jay Elaine, tomorrow.
Queen’s 1986 World Tour concert
will be re-created on stage at the
Regent Theatre next month.
The ‘Queen — It’s a Kinda Magic’
tour will arrive in Greymouth on May
2, performing all the band’s greatest
hits including We Will Rock You,
Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are the
Champions and Fat-Bottomed Girls.
The live show is dubbed ‘as close as
you’ ll ever get to the real thing’ with
performers in authentic costume,
replicating the voice of Freddie
Mercury, and the guitar solos of Brian
May. In the role of Mercury is Giles
Taylor, who understood the enormity
of his task.
“ Freddie was known for his powerful
voice and vocal range, and had a
very distinct character in general, so
emulating him is quite a challenge, but
those details need to be just right for a
show of this magnitude. True Q ueen
fans will appreciate the attention to
detail,” Taylor said.
Taylor will be joined on stage by
Australians Richie Baker as Brian
May on guitar, and Kyle Thompson as
Roger Taylor on drums, with South
Africa’s Steven Dennett as John
Deacon on bass.
The show has the endorsement of
Mercury’s personal assistant for 12
years and best friend, Peter Freestone.
“I have not seen another show in
the world do it better. Their name is
well deser ved. They truly are ‘a kinda
Queen tribute band for Greymouth
Nancy Love, right, chats with Ruth Oliver and Jean Hamilton over their baking stand at the
Greymouth Uniting Church Fair, on Saturday. A mixture of wares, baking and more were on
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Baking galore at church fair
Greymouth children will
have the chance to make
their own action figure
during a Techspace school
The technology hub
opened on the top floor
of the Regent Theatre
and plans to run a school
holiday programme on the
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and
Thursdays of the holidays.
Martini said the
‘Adventures in Technology’
holiday programme begins
with a series of workshops
around 3D technology.
“3D technology is used
across industries, from
gaming to industrial
design to prototyping and
these workshops are a fun
way to get a glimpse of
how this technology can
be used,” Mr Martini said.
Three workshops will
run, including getting
started in 3D modelling
on April 7 and 14, 3D
printing on April 8 and 15,
and become an action
hero figurine on April 9
The programmes will
range from learning the
basics of 3D modelling
used in gaming and
prototyping, 3D scanning,
creating a unique action
hero figurine, and learning
how to use a 3D printer.
The workshops are
open to children 7yrs and
A Kumara man’s birthday celebrations took a
turn for the worse when he made the decision to
flee from police after driving drunk.
Joshua Ur win, 23, was in Christchurch drinking
with a group of friends and family on February
28 before he got behind the wheel and was seen
driving erratically by an off-duty police officer.
He pleaded guilty in the Westport District
Court last week to drink-driving.
Police prosecutor Christopher Stringer said
the off-duty police officer spoke to Urwin at a
BP ser vice station Urwin had pulled into. Urwin
then panicked and fled on foot.
Defending, Doug Taffs said police found
Ur win hiding in nearby bushes. He was hunted
down with the help of an “over-enthusiastic”
police dog, which bit him, despite the fact he did
not resist, Mr Taffs said. Urwin required eight
In a subsequent breath test Urwin blew 804mg
— m ore than three times the legal limit.
Urwin only decided to drive as a result of a
“nasty” incident that occurred earlier in the day,
Mr Taffs said. Earlier that day the group he was
with was approached by another group looking
to start a fight. That incident had left the group’s
sober driver too shaken up to drive, Mr Taffs
Urwin’s birthday had gone to custard and he
never meant for what was supposed to be a happy
occasion to become such a disaster, Mr Taffs said.
He asked the court to deal with Urwin by way
of a fine as opposed to community ser vice.
Judge Rob Murfitt said Urwin’s 23rd birthday
was a “sorry tale”. He convicted him, disqualified
him from driving for six months and fined him
$600, plus $130 court costs.
— Westport News
take a turn for the worse
A Buller rugby player who punched
a man on behalf of his friend last year
was convicted of assault in the Westport
District Court last week.
Logan Matthew Mundy, 33, who
had pleaded guilty at a previous court
appearance, was out with a friend in
Westport on November 30 last year
when he came across the complainant.
Defending, Marcus Zintl said it was
quite clear the complainant was the
aggressor and instigated the situation.
However, Mundy took things too far.
The complainant was much larger than
Mundy’s friend, so Mundy felt the need
to defend him, Mr Zintl said.
“Mr Mundy’s culpability lies in his
overreaction to the need to protect his
He said Mundy had not premeditated
his actions, and deeply regretted them.
It was essentially a “fall from grace” for
him, Mr Zintl said.
Judge Rob Murfitt said Mundy’s
reaction to the situation was
inappropriate and over the top.
He was confident Mundy would be
able to live his conviction down, despite
being a well-known person in the
He convicted Mundy and ordered him
to pay $300 in reparations and $130
court costs. He also ordered Mundy to
come up for sentencing if called upon
within nine months.
— Westport News
Buller rugby player
who stuck up for friend
convicted of assault
Cyclone Pam has
kick-started an El Nino,
a weather event greeted
with trepidation on the
In the 1997-98 El Nino,
cows sank up to their
bellies in mud, wool rotted
and the government had
to send in aid to the Coast.
been warning of one since
last spring, and now it
has finally eventuated. It
brings the prospect of a
Griffiths said El Nino
conditions were now
present in the tropical
“Cyclone Pam produced
one of the strongest
reversals of the tropical
trade winds seen in recent
years. Known as ‘westerly
wind bursts’, these can
kick-start El Nino, since
they allow warmer waters
to push towards South
Over the past few weeks,
waters in the eastern
equatorial Pacific, the El
Nino breeding ground,
had warmed, to the point
that El Nino thresholds
had now been crossed.
El Nino conditions
were forecast to continue
through the southern
winter, with a 60% chance
of continuing El Nino
The Metservice outlook
for April indicates above
average temperatures right
across the country.
Highs are expected
for the start of April,
producing generally drier
and warmer conditions
than usual for the first
week of the month.
“But for the remainder
of April, lows are forecast
to move into the New
Zealand region, bringing
unsettled, and often wet
weather to the country,”
Ms Griffiths said.
Above normal April
rainfall for the north and
west of the South Island
is now forecast.
Cyclone kick-starts El Nino
Wednesday April 1
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huge hole in our hearts.
We love you and miss
you little sis.
Kiri, Trudi, Heath
19, 1988 - April 1, 2005.
It's been 10 long years
since we saw your face.
People say time eases
But not a day has gone
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pectedly on Friday
Jessica, Tarvia and
Skye, and Jacob and
Isaak. Dearly loved
Beloved son of June and
Clarrie, loved brother of
Paulette, Shane and
Matthew and Campbell.
Loved uncle of Sophie,
Livia, Nicole, Jesse and
Billy, and Jackson. A
private farewell has
been held on Sunday
March 29, 2015.
RIP Bro, you earned it
Lewis. — Passed away
peacefully on March 26,
2015 at Huntleigh,
Karori. Aged 70 years.
Loved son of Wallace
George (deceased) and
Dora Alice (deceased).
Much loved ex-husband
of Bessie and father of
Nina. As per Wally's
wishes, a private service
Henry (Bob). — Passed
away peacefully on
Monday March 30, 2015
at home with his family
and friends, loved by his
wife Georgie, loved
father and father-in-law
of Brent and Megan
and Nicky (Christ-
church), and Nicky and
Rhonda, and loved
grandfather of Ryan,
Messages to 134 Main
Road, Blackball 7804.
declined but donations
to the West Coast
Cancer Support Group,
PO Box 81, Greymouth
7840 would be appreci-
ated and could be made
at the service. A cele-
bration of Bob's life will
be held in the Anisy
Ceremony Centre, 77
(Thursday) at 2pm
followed by cremation.
Resting in the care of
Anisy Funeral Home,
Air New Zealand’s decision to
pull direct flights from Japan to
Christchurch will have a direct effect on
the entire South Island, Christchurch
International Airport says.
The airline has confirmed its seasonal
Japan flights will cease from next
Christchurch International Airport
chief executive Malcolm Johns said it
was disappointing to see a profitable
air ser vice leave the South Island.
“This decision will have an undeniable
impact on the economy of the South
Island. The Japanese market has always
been important to the South Island
and is growing at the moment, so the
timing of this is a major blow for an
industry that ’s still on a recovery path
after the earthquakes,” Mr Johns said.
“Government statistics clearly show
South Island regional economic
benefit is maximised when the island is
connected directly to an international
market. For Japan, this is especially so
for smaller regions like the West Coast
and Mackenzie country. Those statistics
consistently show visitors arriving
internationally into Christchurch
spend more and stay longer than if
they arrive anywhere else, so there is no
doubt the airline’s decision will impact
the whole South Island.”
Tourism West Coast chief executive
Jim Little suggested the issue of long-
haul flights heading to Auckland could
have a bigger impact.
“The West Coast does not see a lot of
visitors from Japan or South Korea, the
impact is not going to be very great,”
Mr Little said.
“ But most long-haul flights are
ending up in Auckland.”
Queenstown Airport and would bypass
the rest of the South Island, he said.
“ You can stand outside and see the
vapour trails between Auckland and
Christchurch Airport has previously
said that 70% of people who flew into
Christchurch would travel around
other regions, whereas only 7%
would leave after they flew into the
organisations in the South Island have
written to Minister of Transport Simon
Bridges because he announced extra
links from China to Auckland but did
Mr Little said Japanese visitors
tended to “stay on the other side of the
Though the Japan flights had been
lost, Christchurch still had flights
from Singapore, which was a hub for
Asia, and from Bangkok and Taipei via
f lights end
Two people were taken to hospital
after a motorist drove through an
intersection and collided with a logging
truck near Whangarei, police say.
Sergeant Christian Stainton said it
appeared the driver of the car travelling
down Kokopu Road toward Whatitiri
Road did not see the Mangakahia Road
The car collided with the empty logging
truck just after 11.30am yesterday, Mr
“It appears she (the car driver) failed to
recognise the intersection here,” he said.
A St John spokeswoman said the driver
and occupant of the car were taken to
Whangarei Hospital, one with serious
injuries and the other with moderate
injuries. The large silver vehicle ended
up upside down in the ditch in the
opposite side of the road.
The driver of the logging truck was
shaken but uninjured, Mr Stainton said.
No decision had been made on
whether to lay charges against the car
— N ZM E -Northern Advocate
crash injures two
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