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Man arrested after
series of incidents
Hokitika police have appealed
for witnesses or reports of other
incidents involving a 37-year-old
man who was arrested in Revell
Street after a series of incidents on
Tuesday. The man, who is being
kept in custody until he appears in
the Greymouth District Court on
April 28, currently faces five charges
of threatening behaviour, one of
unlawfully being in an enclosed yard,
and one of possession of cannabis.
Sergeant Andrew Lyes said inquiries
were continuing and further charges
could be laid if the public stepped
for ward. Mr Lyes said police
suspected other victims of the man
in Hokitika had yet to report run-ins
with him. “It’s a double edged sword
— I understand why some people
don’t want to come for ward,” he said.
Driver care urged
over Anzac weekend
The New Transport Agency today
urged drivers to take care on the
roads over the long Anzac weekend.
Journey manager Lee Wright said
Canterbury and West Coast roads
would be busy for the weekend.
“ While traffic won’t be as heavy
as it was during the Easter break,
lots of people are expected to head
out of Christchurch for the long
weekend, and motorists should be
prepared for possible queues and
delays. ” Ms Wright urged people to
be prepared. “ Planning your journey
before leaving home and being a
considerate driver will help everyone
to get to their destination safely. ” All
maintenance work in the Canterbury
and West Coast would be stopped
over the weekend but drivers were
asked to obser ve speed restrictions
and watch following distances
through work sites. Anzac memorial
ser vices on Saturday morning will
impact on State highway 67 in
Westport, and State highway 6 at
Greymouth; detours will be in place.
for Coast Schools
West Coast schools with a roll
under 300 have an opportunity to
win up to $20,000 in HP products.
HP are running the competition,
partnered with Rural Women New
Zealand, for the second year in a row.
Prizes might include HP notebooks,
chromebooks, slates, printers and
support to set up the devices for the
school. To enter schools must fill
out the entry form found on the HP
website. The winning schools will be
announced in August this year.
Trustpower, the power company
controlled by Infratil, had its shares
placed in a trading halt on the
New Zealand stock exchange today
pending an announcement by the
company. Shares in the Tauranga-
based utility company last traded at
$8.08 and have gained 2.3% so far
this year. — New Zealand Herald
Arrivals: Jay Elaine, Ocean
Odyssey, four Greymouth vessels.
Departures: Achernar, Christina,
Garraway, Sovereign. In port: Jay
Elaine, Ocean Odyssey, Borda, 25
other vessels. Expected departures:
Ocean Odyssey, today; Jay Elaine,
tomorrow. Expected arrivals: Moon
Shadow II, Sunday; Cook Canyon,
Shoe shop sale ends Oliver era
of the Westport News
Westport landmark Clocktower
Chambers would become council
headquarters again and the Carnegie
Library would be resurrected, under a
new plan for the town.
The $6.3 million proposal includes
a pedestrian-only area in the town
centre, and a river promenade. Most
of the work would be funded from
The proposal is revealed in the Buller
District Council’s draft long term plan,
which goes out for public consultation
The plan said the work — which
would be staged over the next six years
would only be done after water
upgrades had been completed district
Mayor Garry Howard told the
Westport News the urban renewal
would breathe new life into two
historic buildings — the Clocktower
Chambers and Carnegie Library. It
would connect Westport to the Buller
River, and possibly provide a hub for
several non-government organisations,
However, no commitments would be
made to the revamp until after the next
council elections in October next year.
“But it will be at a stage where they
can push the green button if they want
Stage one is the immediate
earthquake strengthening of the Buller
District Council’s current headquarters,
Brougham House. The draft plan
estimates it will cost $30,000 to bring
the building up to the minimum of
34% of the new building standard.
Stage two, scheduled for 2018-19,
is modernising and extending the
Clocktower Chambers to house the
council offices and meeting room.
The work is expected to cost $2.6m,
reducing to $1.5m if the council could
sell Brougham House.
Stage three (2019-20) involves
relocating the Sue Thomson Casey
Memorial Library to the modernised
Carnegie Library and the neighbouring
Buller Reap building. The cost is
estimated at $3m. It includes shutting
off part of a block of Lyndhurst Street
between Russell and Palmerston
streets to create a pedestrian-only area.
The cost could reduce by $570,000 if
the current library building sold.
Stage four (2020-21) would be the
river walk, estimated to cost $570,000.
Mr Howard said he was anxious
about the affordability of the plans, but
staging the work meant it would have
minimal impact on rates. He realised
it was a big step in Westport’s current
economic situation, but said the town
needed to upgrade.
Westport currently had a “scrap yard
as our shopfront ” he said, referring to
the railway yards between the town
and river. He said the Buller River was
Westport ’s greatest asset.
“ If we fail to do anything, and our
urban design continues to look as it
is at the present stage, we are really
not getting a ‘beautiful town attracts
beautiful people’ scenario.
“Connecting the river and having
a promenade on the river is part of
making Westport feel good and it’s
attractive for people to want to be
of the Hokitika Guardian
After 110 years in business, Hokitika
shoe store Oliver’s is leaving the hands
of the Oliver family.
Owners Jean and Ian Oliver —
the third generation at the helm
— are selling both the Hokitika and
Greymouth outlets as they look to retire.
It will end a 53-year era, though the
ties go back even further. The family
started selling and manufacturing shoes
in Hokitika in 1905.
In 1876, at the age of 10, Mr Oliver’s
grandfather Frederick Oliver became an
apprentice in bootmaking.
Thirty years later he opened his
own bespoke boot importing and
manufacturing business, Oliver and
Duff, in partnership with Thomas D uff,
on Revell Street
The large store was split in two with
one side for sales and the other for
bootmaking and repairs.
When the Oliver and Duff partnership
ended in 1936 Mr Oliver’s father,
Gordon, took over the business.
At that time there were six shoe shops
“A good quality pair of shoes cost a
man a week’s wages. Shoes often had
leather soles which regularly needed
repairing,” Mr Oliver said. In the early
1950s, when it was relocated to the
current Weld Street premises, the shop
employed three full-time shoe repairers.
“Later the work was outsourced to a
shoe repair shop in Greymouth run by
“Fred asked if he could have a few
shoes and gumboots to sell to his mates
and from that start our Greymouth
business commenced. The Greymouth
shop continued as part of the shoe repair
business until 1972 when the repair
business closed and we opened our own
store,” Mr Oliver said.
While they were setting up the
Greymouth shop, Gordon died
unexpectedly and Ian became the third
generation to manage the business, Mrs
The two have worked together in store
for the past nine years since Mrs Oliver
retired from teaching at Westland High
The couple say it has been a great
“Its like any business ... it ’s had its good
years and bad years. At one stage we
were close to closing when the town was
going through some tough economical
changes, we went from two supermarkets
to one, and two pharmacies to one,
but then three years later we had a
really good business again,” Mr Oliver
“It is still a very viable business today.”
Mrs Oliver said they had been lucky to
employ long ser ving staff over the years
and enjoy a large customer base — many
who they knew by name and shoe size.
“The town’s-folk over the years have
been very loyal and so have our staff. We
would love to see the business continue
in both towns.”
The Olivers plan to spend more time
with their grandchildren and sailing in
the Marlborough Sounds on the yacht
Mr Oliver built 25 years ago.
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PICTURE: Janna Sherman
Oliver’s Shoe Store owners Ian and Jean Oliver outside the long running family business, on Weld Street
Poppies, Anzac biscuits and white crosses are
featuring prominently as Greymouth’s school
pupils learn about Anzac history this week.
All schools will hold services and have
dedicated the week to learning about the
subject ahead of the centenary of the Gallipoli
Schools have been provided with white
crosses by the Ministry of Education and
many will have these out as part of their
Grey Main School will hold a service close
to their former school gates at Dixon Park.
“On Friday we will walk down to Dixon
Park, all 350 kids, and teachers, we will have
an assembly right by the gates, we will do
the National Anthem and a roll of honour,”
principal Mandy O’Sullivan said.
Every pupil would have a poppy which they
would put on the gate. The oldest and youngest
pupils would place wreaths, including one
made of flax for the Maori soldiers.
Karoro School pupils were making paper
poppies and doves, as well as Anzac biscuits
which would all be given out at their service.
Principal Maureen Truman said children
were learning about the subject at a level they
could relate to.
On Tuesday, Cobden School pupils visited
various sites including the Greymouth RSA,
cenotaph, Dixon Park, Karoro Cemetery and
Aquatic Centre memorial. They too will have
a ser vice on Friday.
Paroa School teacher Andrew Sinton-White
said their pupils were learning “how the great
war changed New Zealand forever”. Their
ser vice would include the National Anthem,
a minute silence, last post and the song Lest
St Patrick’s Primary School will hold an
Anzac Day Liturgy to cap off their week.
Runanga School wrote Anzac haikus and
were holding a ceremony on Friday.
“I believe that it is very important for the
children of today, to remember and understand
these events from the past. The Anzacs helped
form the society that we live in today. We will
remember them,” principal Philip Graydon
Blaketown School had a week looking at
the topic and was preparing for a ser vice on
Awahono School was researching local
Anzacs, doing artwork and would be making
Anzac biscuits on Friday.
Paparoa Range School pupils were doing
own research and developing their own
Out at Moana, Lake Brunner School pupils
will be participating in a ser vice at their local
church on Saturday.
Barrytown School pupils have been spending
the week making poppies and poems in
remembrance of the soldiers.
In Kumara, children were writing letters to
the RSA based on the story Stefania’s Dancing
Slippers and would have a full ceremony
Coast schools learn
about Anzac history
Indiah Priestley-Hall, left, and sister Haamiahly listen intently to storyteller Andy Wright at the Grey
District Library yesterday. Wright, who has previously told stories at schools for the summer reading
challenge, gave an eccentric telling of A Tale of Two Wars, Strength and Horrie the Wog Dog.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
The Grey District Council has
refused to weigh in to a public
debate over the proposed closure of
Heaphy Road near the Gloriavale
Christian Community, as the issue
heads to the Environment Court.
In a statement today, West Coast
Fish and Game manager Dean
Kelly said the road provided crucial
public access to the Haupiri River
and hot pools.
The road ends on Gloriavale-
owned land, which the public must
cross in order to continue.
In May last year, Gloriavale and
the Department of Conser vation
understanding granting access
through the private property.
However, in November, the council
agreed to close a section of the
road, despite nine public objections,
leaving the issue to be settled in
Mr Kelly said today the council
could “save all involved significant
funds as both sides are set to
fight the road stopping in the
Environment Court ”.
The council’s legal costs will be
covered by Gloriavale.
Council chief executive Paul
Pretorius said the principles of the
dispute had already been disclosed
and were public knowledge.
“The court will decide these
matters and this effort to a public
‘debate’ is irresponsible,”
Mr Kelly said the existing road
was formed with public funds
in 1906, however a council staff
report in November said it was not
“ We believe that the Grey District
Council and Land Information
New Zealand have been badly
advised that the road is not used
by the public, and effectively ‘goes
nowhere,’” Mr Kelly said.
The report also noted a 1933
sur vey plan for the road was
prepared but not registered.
Mr Kelly said alternative access
to the valley runs through an
impassable white pine swamp and
the council had given no indication
of plans to put a road through that
On Tuesday, Gloriavale Christian
Community leader Fer vent Stedfast
told the Greymouth Star that
“genuine members of the public are
Mr Stedfast said it was incorrect
that hunters had been denied
“ Hunters (were) shooting in the
area at that time, and these two
people were advised that for safety
reasons it would be better at that
particular time to find another
route, but that the decision was up
to them. We don’t want anyone
getting shot on our area.
“The previous owners of this
property told us that they always
gave this same advice. ”
Mr Stedfast said Gloriavale had
many visitors, including some from
“ We want them all to feel safe and
welcome, and many come back time
and time again, and say they really
enjoyed coming here. We must
ensure their safety while they are
here. Surely this is only a reasonable
and sensible requirement,” he said.
Council refuses to be drawn
on Gloriavale road debate
The Runanga Miners’ Hall Trust has
invited people to explore a different side
of history with them during a walk up the
Rewanui Incline this Sunday.
The walk will be led by local resident
Shane Dalton, who said it would be a
chance for locals to explore a beautiful
and historic area with an informal guided
“I’ll explain about the history and
geology of the area as we go along. And at
the end we’ ll stop for a billy tea and some
home baking,” Mr Dalton said.
Hall trust chairman Paul Thomas
said the walk was the first in a planned
series of explorations around the wider
Runanga area, designed to “get locals out
into their own backyard”, and to highlight
the hidden treasures of the district.
“One of the goals of the Runanga
Miners’ Hall Trust is for people to
appreciate the unique environment
we have on our doorstep. If we don’t
experience the magic for ourselves, how
can we convince others of the value of our
district?” Mr Thomas said.
“There are opportunities for community
development and economic development
if people let themselves become inspired
by the richness of our history and our
The Rewanui Incline is a medium grade
walk and takes about three hours return.
Those interested in doing the walk should
meet outside the Runanga Miners’ Hall
at 10am. The walk will head to the
Spring Creek Mine entrance at 10.15am.
Walkers should have warm clothes,
sturdy footwear, a water bottle and a rain
jacket just in case.
A Grey district man who
“abused the process of the
court ” has been ordered
to pay $6000 to the West
Coast Regional Council.
Gordon Graham had
claimed that he did not
need resource consents
to mine and process
aggregate on a piece of
land he owned on the
Road. However, that
assertion was challenged
by the regional council.
judge Jane Borthwick, said
Mr Graham represented
himself and the pleadings
Most of the information
was irrelevant and he did
not respond to the council
which sought to explore a
The judge also said Mr
Graham was bankrupt and
no longer the owner of the
estate in fee simple “and
yet he continues to seek
orders concerning this
“I add that Mr Graham
has abused the process of
to pay $6000
Public invited to join Rewanui Incline walk
The roar of motorbikes will echo
around the West Coast next month was
part of a national fundraiser for the RSA.
The Ride of Respect, which began
five years ago in the United Kingdom
as an event to show respect to military
veterans, will be held in New Zealand on
National organiser Jackie Adams, of
Greymouth, said one of those who set
up the event had asked if he could bring
the ride to New Zealand. Mr Adams had
previously ser ved in the British Army.
On May 17, simultaneous rides will
be held in Greymouth, Auckland,
Wellington, Rotorua, Tauranga, Napier,
Hastings, Christchurch, Queenstown,
Dunedin and Invercargill.
“Each ride must start or finish at an
RSA and each rider pays $10 to take
part. That money will then be given to
those RSAs who are supporting the
ride so that the money stays local,” Mr
The Widows Sons Masonic, Patriots
Defence Force, Brothers in Arms
Military, Ulysses and the BRONZ
motorcycle clubs had all come on board.
“The ride could be the largest of its
kind in New Zealand if we keep growing
at the present rate,” Mr Adams said.
Greymouth man leads Ride of Respect
A century after New Zealand
soldiers landed on the beaches
of Gallipoli, seedlings from the
lone pine on the hill above Anzac
Cove are to be planted around
However, Greymouth already
has one, planted at Dixon Park.
Lesta Smithson’s father, former
Greymouth mayor Fred Ballie,
served in the Medical Corps
in World War One. In the late
1950s his wife, Myrtle brought
back a seed from the lone pine
at Canberra, which itself was
descended from the Anzac Cove
“Dad took it to the Totara Flat
forestry and they raised it,” Mrs
Smithson said today.
It was planted in Dixon Park
where it remains, on the north
side of Sawyers Creek, with a
The new seeds being given
out around New Zealand were
reared in Rotorua by the forestry
research institute Scion. They
were collected from the Paeroa
golf course, where there is another
descendant of the lone pine.
The trees are all red pines —
pinus brutia. Scion found others
in the North Island which
claimed to be from the lone
pine were in fact the wrong
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Greymouth’s lone pine tree
Sounds Air will treat the people
of Westport to a bird’s eye view of
their town, on Tuesday.
Picton-based Sounds Air will
make a special flight on Tuesday,
as part of a celebration of the
airline taking over from Air New
Zealand, which is scrapping its
flights from Westport.
Westport Airport chief executive
residents to come along to the
opening celebration and show
their support for the new service.
Ms Cresswell said that there
would be a lucky dip for people to
have a ride, leaving at 4.30pm, in
one of the planes which would be
operating the ser vice.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard
said he was “so excited” to welcome
Sounds Air to the district.
“They have been wonderful
to deal with and I look forward
to Buller developing a long and
Sounds Air launch in Westport
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