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arrest after crash
One driver involved in a three
car pile-up outside the Greymouth
aquatic centre on Saturday night
failed a roadside breath-test
for drink-driving. Community
constable Mike Tinnelly said the
man drove into the rear of a vehicle
he was following up High Street,
shunting that car into the one in
front of him. The crash happened
Police were called to quell a party
in Thompson Street, Greymouth,
about midnight on Saturday when
one partygoer hit another on the
head with a kitchen pot. Police
spoke to both to calm the situation
but no one was arrested. Meanwhile,
earlier that night police read the riot
act to a group of partying youths in
Preston Road. The 16 to 20-year-
olds were drunk and setting off
fireworks on the road, causing havoc
Aussie to head
The former head of the Australian
Meat Processor Corporation,
Michelle Edge, is the new chief
executive of Ospri, or Tb Free
NZ (formerly the Animal Health
Board). She replaces William
McCook, who stepped down in
February after 12 years in the role.
Ospri is responsible for pest control
operations, including 1080 poison.
Our almost constant use of
cellphones and the decline of
working class jobs are contributing
to the erosion of the age-old whistle,
according to new research. Once
heard constantly on the streets,
in songs, on the stage and in the
workplace it has nearly disappeared.
Whistling aficionados are in
agreement, no one is whistling while
they work — or anywhere else for
that matter. However the rise of the
cellphone and music on the iPod
means young people are less likely
to whistle now. Cultural historian at
Syracuse University, L ondon, Chris
Cook, told the Sunday Times that
whistling has all but disappeared
over the last few decades. Half of
those asked said they believed the
decline was a result of the demise of
working class culture, while a third
said they were listening to iPods and
personal music players instead of
whistling. — Daily Mail
The South Westland iwi today
announced it was opposed to the
proposed Haast-Hollyford road
and vowed to fight to keep the
remote area car-free.
morning, following eight months
of consultation with the iwi
membership, caught the road’s
promoters by surprise.
Te Runanga o Makaawhio
said the proposed route from
the Arawhata River in the north
to near Wawahiwaka (Lake
Alabaster) in the south, cut right
through the heart of its ancestral
“As kaitiaki (guardians) of
this land we owe it to this and
future generations to ensure that
the southernmost part of our
rohe (territory) is not spoiled in
the name of commercial gain,”
tumuaki (general manager) Susan
Wallace said in a statement.
Ms Wallace said Makaawhio
recognised and understood the
importance of tourism to the
West Coast economy, as “this is
our home and livelihood, too”.
“However, some places are just
too special. We don’t need roads
everywhere. Roads do not only
bring tourists; they bring rubbish,
pollution and open up new
corridors for the spread of pests.”
Roads also brought extra
demands for infrastructure, and
over summer the West Coast was
bursting at the seams and lacking
in toilet and rubbish facilities to
service the number of tourists.
“The remoteness and the feeling
of being alone in countryside
that has scarcely known human
contact already draws visitors to
this area with the popular Ngai
Tahu-owned Hollyford Track
“It doesn’t need a highway
slashed through the middle of it,”
“This is the last bastion of South
Westland and as tangata whenua
we will fight to keep it that way.”
Haast-Hollyford Highway Ltd
chairman D urham Havill and
project manager Bruce Smith last
year met with Makaawhio to seek
Mr Havill said today he needed
time to digest the iwi’s statement.
Ms Wallace said the runanga
started consulting with members
about eight months go, when the
road ’s supporters began getting
Te Runanga o Makaawhio is the
legal representative of the Ngati
Mahaki ki Makaawhio hapu
(sub-tribe) of Ngai Tahu, based
at Mahitahi in South Westland.
Forest and Bird advocacy
manager Kevin Hackwell said
they, too, would fight the road
He said the iwi’s objections
had weight, as the Resource
Management Act required that
the views of local iwi be taken
“More significant is the fact
they are willing to fight it,” Mr
The project did not make any
economic sense, he said.
Haast-Hollyford Highway Ltd
says it has the backing of Chinese
investors JCP Partners, who are
finance partners with Blakely
JCP Partners have signed a
memorandum of understanding
allowing $250 million to design,
build, finance and maintain a toll
road for a period of 30 years from
the opening date.
Last year, the Westland District
Council took just 10 minutes
at an extraordinary meeting on
Christmas Eve to confirm its
support for the legal status of a
disputed section of the proposed
The project is now before the
Southland District Council.
Coal flies at Runanga
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Lance Harper, left, and Tony Ewen race the clock during a heat of the doubles coal shovelling event held during the Runanga Workingmen’s Club open day, on
Saturday afternoon. Coal shovellers challenged for the Laurie Coghlan Memorial Trophy, in honour of the 1967 Strongman Mine victim. It was won again by his
son and world champion shoveller, Brian Coghlan pairing with Royce Green. The open day also featured displays of local hot rods and motorbikes, stalls and an
Hokitika pair hurt by exploding fire
Glass and hot embers blasted out
of an enclosed fireplace at a Hokitika
home last night when a can accidentally
thrown on the fire exploded.
The two occupants of the Rolleston
Street home were taken to Grey
Base Hospital for obser vation after
receiving minor cuts and bruises in
Hokitika Volunteer Fire Brigade chief
fire officer Harry Collett said it was “an
honest mistake” that the can ended up
in the fire.
The explosion happened about
8.30pm and caused moderate damage
to the house.
The glass door blew out, along with
hot embers which were strewn around
It was the exploding glass and embers
that caused the injuries.
Mr Collett was not sure what type of
can had been “inadvertently” placed in
Police, fire and St John ambulance
responded to the emergency.
Cannabis supply admitted in court
A Greymouth man was convicted and
remanded on bail for sentencing when
he appeared in the Greymouth District
Court this morning on a charge of
possession of cannabis for supply.
On August 13, police searched Steven
James Ross’ address and found a plastic
bag containing 18g of dried cannabis,
alongside six rectangular sections of foil,
with the sides turned upwards, ready to
be turned into ‘tinnies’ of the drug.
Police also found half a gram of cannabis
in tinfoil, two $20 notes and a square of
tinfoil, and a notebook containing eight
names with amounts in multiples of $10
and $20 next to their names. Police also
found a metal tin containing $258.10 in
cash and coins, three pre-cut sections of
tinfoil, and cannabis plant stalks.
When questioned by police Ross said
the drug was all for his own personal use.
Lawyer George Linder said the amount
of the drugs found was below that for a
charge of supply, however Judge Tony
Couch said “all the other indications
inevitably inferred” the drug was for
Ross will be sentenced on June 29.
It was a golden summer for West Coast
tourism, with February guest nights
wrapping up a booming peak season.
Statistics NZ figures for February show
that the last month of summer continued
the trend of months of increasing guest
nights, with 170,000 guest nights
recorded compared with 153,000 last
Only Northland and Southland
(Milford Sound) had higher percentage
Guest nights have increased every
month since July 2014. However,
February was down on January figures,
which peaked with 178,000 guest nights.
Tourism West Coast chief executive Jim
Little said today guest nights on the West
Coast for the year to the end of February
were up 10.8% to 1,236,572.
The national average increase for the
same period was 5.3%.
“A combination of more international
visitors arriving, more rooms available in
Christchurch, plus the recovery and the
combined work of the West Coast visitor
industry (and Tourism West Coast) in
marketing the Coast have all contributed
to these results,” Mr Little said.
The West Coast Wilderness Trail was
also attracting a lot of domestic visitors,
Looking forward to the off-peak season,
he remained optimistic.
“ Winter will see a drop from these
figures, however I am confident we’ ll
continue to see some percentage increases
over last year.”
Tourism guest nights top 1.23 million
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