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Tobacco stolen in
dairy robber y
A quantity of tobacco was stolen
in an early morning burglary of
the Tainui Discounter Dairy, in
Greymouth. Police said the Tainui
Street premises were entered some
time between 4am and 4.50am.
At this stage it was not clear how
much tobacco had gone or if
anything else was missing. Sergeant
Phil Ealam, of Greymouth police,
said they were keen to receive any
eyewitness accounts or information
that might help track down the
thieves. A stocktake of the shop
was being conducted this morning
to determine what had been stolen,
but the dairy was open for business
The first cold snap of autumn is
forecast for the West Coast. After
heavy rain on Sunday, the Metser vice
forecasts the overnight temperature
will fall to just 4degC. The daytime
temperature on Monday may
struggle to reach 12degC. The front
may also bring the first real snowfall
to the mountains.
Thieves walk off
with old bath
A cast-iron clawfoot bath and 30m
of copper pipe was stolen from the
carport of a Lydia Street house, in
Greymouth. The theft happened
some time between Easter Sunday
and yesterday. “At least two people
would have been required to lift the
heavy cast-iron bath, and it is likely
the stolen items would have been
taken from the address on a truck or
trailer,” a police spokesman said.
Showers clearing by evening
Greymouth Star On-line
China will keep records of
“ uncivilised” behaviour by its tourists
for up to two years, the country’s
tourism agency said yesterday,
to combat a spate of incidents
overseas in recent years which it
said reflected badly on the country’s
image. Bad behaviour included
violating customs, destroying
public infrastructure and historic
sites, causing disturbances on
public transport and participating
in gambling and prostitution, the
agency said. — Reuters
Stranded boaties in river rescue
Two incidents of boaties being
caught out on swollen West Coast
rivers in the past 48 hours showed how
“ lethal” conditions can be for the ill-
prepared, police say.
West Coast police area commander
Inspector John Canning said those
incidents — including the rescue of
three men stranded overnight on the
Taramakau River — highlighted the
need for boaties to check weather
conditions before heading out.
“ Rivers on the Coast can rise quickly
and with logs and other debris being
washed down they become a lethal
place to be,” Mr Canning said today.
The police land search and rescue of
the three men from the banks of the
Taramakau River, a few kilometres
upstream of the Kumara power station,
was mounted first thing this morning.
Police were first contacted by the
boaties just before 7 o’clock last night
after the trio’s jetboat broke down
and the three men found their efforts
to walk out were hampered by dense
vegetation and darkness.
The boaties had no option but to stay
put. Police said the rescue this morning
was relatively straightfor ward.
Constable Peter Jefferies said the
flooded Taramakau had prevented
rescuers getting to the men by boat
“Conditions at the time also meant
a helicopter could not fly. Th e men
had attempted to walk out but their
location made that impossible,” Mr
There was concern over one of the
men, who had a health condition.
While the stranded boaties had
some food and lifejackets, conditions
yesterday made their decision to travel
up the river “questionable”.
“They had beached the boat on the
riverbank. They were cold and wet, but
other wise unharmed,” Mr Jefferies
Meanwhile, on Monday night Haast
police were called to rescue two men
whose four-wheel drive vehicle got
stuck in a flooded stream near the
The pair had been on a hunting trip
and had parked near the stream. Rising
floodwaters then surrounded their
vehicle and they found themselves
Mr Jefferies said the hunters
had activated a locator beacon but
visibility and weather conditions
again prevented a helicopter mounted
A team of land search and rescue
volunteers from Haast was dispatched
to walk in and find the stranded
“They were unable to reach the
vehicle immediately but the men were
able to remain where they were until
the water receded.”
Mr Canning today acknowledged
the help they received from land search
and rescue and community volunteers
during both rescue efforts.
Development West Coast has
decided not to refurbish the art deco
style former Watersiders Union
building in Richmond Quay, and
is instead looking elsewhere in
Greymouth for new premises.
It means the freehold block it
owns in Richmond Quay, between
Boundary and Johnston streets, is now
open for development.
Currently based above Work
and Income in Mackay Street,
Development West Coast ’s lease runs
out in June.
At a board meeting on Tuesday,
trustees decided not to go ahead with
a refurbishment of the Richmond
Chairman John Sturgeon said it did
not appear to be cost-effective.
“ We have explored the option
of refurbishment but the numbers
didn’t stack up. DWC will now look
to lease other premises, and have
three potential locations in mind.
Management will open negotiations
with those landlords shortly,” he said.
In 2014, DWC purchased the
former R and N Traders, Housing
New Zealand (ex Watersiders) and
Richmond Hotel sites, after all three
buildings suffered damage in Cyclone
Ita one year ago.
Mr Sturgeon said the decision not
to go ahead with refurbishing the
premises left a lot of opportunity for
“ We hope the site will become part
of the revitalisation of the Greymouth
CBD and we will continue talking to
interested parties who have a vision for
the development of Richmond Quay.”
He said DWC wanted to undertake
a collaborative approach to the
redevelopment of the three sites on
At this stage options range
from DWC being the landowner
with a project developer or group
undertaking the redevelopment,
to DWC being involved in the
PICTURE: Laura Mills
The Richmond Quay block now owned by Development West Coast is ripe for commercial redevelopment, from the former Richmond Hotel, foreground, to
the R and N Traders site, on Boundary Street.
DWC abandons quay move
Greymouth rest homes get tick
Greymouth’s two biggest rest homes,
both under new ownership, have made
significant progress, according to
Ministry of Health auditors.
Concerns about unnamed rest homes
were raised at the West Coast District
Health Board meeting recently.
The three Greymouth homes were
audited late last year, the reports of
which have gone on-line.
Kowhai Manor and Granger House
are both owned by Kiwiannia Care Ltd,
which took over last April.
At Granger House, the ministry
said significant progress had been
made towards addressing the required
improvements identified during the
Improvement was still required in
medicine management and aspects of
the physical environment.
The largest of the Greymouth
rest homes, Granger House can
accommodate up to 68 residents who
require rest home and hospital level care.
The new executive director is an
experienced registered nurse.
Residents and family inter viewed were
positive about the new ser vice provider
and the care provided.
accommodate 43 residents, also made
Improvements still required at the
time of the audit included adverse event
reporting and medicine management.
inter viewed were positive about the new
ser vice provider and the care provided.
Dixon House, with 40 residents, was
given mostly low risk jobs to follow up
on, including more practice fire alarms.
Other actions included ensuring
all residents had activities care plans
completed in their clinical file.
The owners were also told to ensure that
all medication orders were completed
appropriately after the audit found
correct procedure was not followed
when administering medication to two
Residents and families inter viewed
were supportive of the care and support
Punga saves tourists
from bluff plunge
Tourists had a lucky escape
yesterday when their rental vehicle
skidded off the Coast Road north
of Punakaiki and was only saved
by a punga from plunging over
the bluff into the sea.
Police said the car, driven by
a United Kingdom tourist, lost
traction on the wet road at Te
Miko about 12.30pm and went
into a slide, coming to rest against
the punga, high above the sea.
None of the occupants was
The Runanga, Cobden, and
brigades and the NZCC Rescue
Helicopter were called to the
scene but when they arrived the
vehicle occupants were nowhere
to be seen.
A spokesman for the rescue
helicopter said “soupy mist ” in
the area at the time obscured the
crash scene and the helicopter
had to hover at a low level before
it was turned back.
Meanwhile, the Greymouth
brigade attended a non-injury
accident on Taylor ville Road after
a car slid on a downhill cur ve into
a clay bank, about 2km west of
Taylor ville township yesterday.
Police staff today said both
accidents were a timely reminder
for motorists to take extra care on
“Due to the long spell of fine
weather we have had, the recent
rain has brought out the oils and
greases in the road surface,” a
Firemen answer cat call
The Runanga Volunteer Fire
Brigade came to the party last
night to a feline in distress.
The ‘cat call’ at 8.30pm to a
mogg y stuck up a palm tree in
MacDougal Avenue, in D unollie,
came after the owners had
exhausted their efforts to entice
the cat down.
Fire chief Gavin Gibbens said
the cat had been in the phoenix
palm for a few days.
The cat ’s owners had tried
everything to encourage the cat
down but the scared feline kept
running away along the large
fronds of the palm.
“It’d been distressed, crying out
all the time,” Mr Gibbens said.
“They didn’t know what to do,
so they gave us a call and it went
The brigade spread a large
tarpaulin underneath the tree at
a point close enough to entice
the cat — with some gentle
persuasion — to jump, Mr
“It took off down the road after
The Department of Cons-
er vation says early indications
suggest a big 1080 poison drop in
South Westland last year wiped
out rats and stoats from every
nook and cranny of the bush.
The ‘Battle for Our Birds’ was
launched in response to a heavy
fruiting, or mast, in the beech
forests raising fears of a plague of
In Arthur’s Pass township,
an area not treated with 1080,
residents were inundated with
mice and were catching them in
double figure amounts in traps
daily for a time.
DOC spokeswoman Fi
Oliphant, of Wellington, said the
February monitoring results for
the Abbey Rocks Battle for Our
Birds site, between Lake Paringa
and Lake Moeraki, were 0% for
rats and mice.
The February stoat monitoring
result was still being collated and
checked. In August last year, rats
and mice were tracking at 27%
and 10%, respectively in the same
area. After the 1080 operation in
November, that dropped to 0%
“The January-February rodent
and stoat monitoring results for
other West Coast Battle for Our
Birds sites are still being collated.”
Although the beech mast is over,
the Battle for Our Birds is set
to continue, and DOC said last
week it was working out which
areas would be targeted over the
DOC hails 1080 hit
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