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Pike River disaster
burglar in home
A Greymouth woman awoke
early this morning to find a burglar
in her home. The Joyce Crescent
resident was woken by a noise at
3am and as she went to investigate
she saw a man running from the
house. Community constable Mike
Tinnelly said the burglar dropped a
set of keys belonging to the woman
as he ran off, leaving the external
door open. A police tracker dog was
brought it but lost the scent in the
vicinity of Greymouth High School.
Mr Tinnelly said the man might
have had a car parked nearby. Police
were keen to hear from anyone else
in the Joyce Crescent area who might
have heard an unusual noise early
this morning. It appeared the only
thing the man took were keys. Given
it was dark, the homeowner was
unable to give a clear description of
Star Trek and The X-Files were
among science-fiction tv shows
monitored by Scotland Yard over
fears they posed a potential threat
to national security, it was revealed
yesterday. Nineties tv shows Dark
Skies, Roswell, Millennium and
the film Lawnmower Man were
also watched by the Metropolitan
Police Special Branch, according
to newly-released files. Police were
concerned British fans of the US
shows would kill themselves or turn
against society, while they also kept
tabs on the shows to protect the
country from rioting and cyber-
attacks. The report, compiled in 1997,
said that viewers obsessed with the
programmes could go into a frenzy
triggered by the millennium, leading
to anarchy and “an act of extreme
violence”. It read: “Fuel is added to
the fire by television dramas and
feature films mostly produced in
America. These draw together the
various strands of religion, UFOs,
conspiracies, and mystic events
and put them in an entertaining
storyline.” — Daily Mail
Cloud increasing to rain
A Grey District Council gamble on
the Kaiata water scheme has backfired,
leaving Greymouth ratepayers to pick up
the $132,000 bill.
The council last year extended the
water pipeline out to Kaiata, but it is
now unlikely to be used.
“Greymouth ratepayers took that on
the chin, not the Kaiata ratepayers,”
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn admitted
during the long-term plan meeting on
In September, the council made the
call to lay a water pipe at the same time
as a sewerage pipe was laid along State
highway 7, between Greymouth and
By doing that they had hoped to save
up to $80,000 by laying two pipes at the
same time and also avoid digging up the
“ We had to make a call (putting
down the pipe), that is what the public
would expect us to do,” Mr Kokshoorn
explained to the Greymouth Star.
At the time, a staff report warned of
the risk that if Kaiata residents did not
opt to join, the council would end up
with “a pipe to nowhere”.
The council said it was forced to make
the hasty decision because the sewerage
pipeline was being laid and it did not
have time to poll residents.
However, when Kaiata ratepayers were
finally polled, last month, they voted
against hooking up to the town supply,
baulking at the prospect of having an
extra $495 added to their rates. Twenty-
nine of 67 households responded to the
consultation, 17 of which did not want
to connect to the Greymouth supply,
and 12 which opted for it.
The full water upgrade would have cost
$1.25 million, although a Ministry of
Health subsidy would have met 85% of
However, Kaiata residents are still
reeling from the cost of upgrading their
sewerage scheme, which added $1100 to
their annual rates bill.
Assets manager Mel Sutherland said
last year it would be a high density pipe
and not at risk if not used until the water
supply was completely hooked up.
At the long-term plan meeting last
week Cr Cliff Sandrey said it would be
unfortunate to miss such a large subsidy.
“An 85% subsidy will never happen
again,” Cr Sandrey said.
Cr Peter Haddock said it was an
important issue and 56% of the Kaiata
residents had not even voted.
Cr Tony Coll said the rate increases
may have been too much.
“ It shows how tough it is out there for
them,” Cr Coll said.
Mr Kokshoorn said leaving the upgrade
for later could be more expensive: “ The
old adage is never put something off till
tomorrow that you can do today.”
owners say they fear the town will
become derelict and an eyesore after
a council ruling yesterday preventing
development in a swathe through the
middle of the towns, closest to the
“It ’s not about driving people out of
town,” Westland Mayor Mike Havill
said this morning, referring to the
‘fault rupture avoidance zone (FRAZ)
proposed by the Westland District
Council and authorised yesterday by
That will severely restrict development
on either side of the faultline, which
runs through the middle of the main
street and business area — including
the forecourt of the service station and
straight beneath the police station.
Business owners and homeowners
within the zone, up to 200m wide, will
be allowed to stay but will not be able
to extend or change their buildings.
Rangi Tinirau has lived in the same
house in Cron Street, parallel to the
State highway, since 1964.
A former long-time mountain guide,
he questions where exactly the faultline
lies and believes the nearby Waiho
(Waiau) River poses a great risk to the
“Our home here needs to be
redecorated but we can’t do a damn
thing about it,” Mr Tinirau said today.
“Even if we want to put in a shed,
they won’t let us.”
But only 400m or 500m down the
road, outside the zone, new buildings
were going up.
“It ’s just humbug. It won’t be the
faultline but the river that takes people
out, and it (Waiho River) will go where
the new buildings are.”
The police station is also affected but
West Coast area commander Inspector
John Canning said nothing would
change there for now.
“ We are down there very close to the
fault. We would get resources there
pretty quickly if something happened,”
Mr Canning said.
As town plans progressed, police may
take action, he said.
Other businesses were quick to assure
it was business as usual this morning,
but many managers were reluctant to
comment. The petrol station referred
inquiries to Craig Ranking, chairman
of the business group Franz Inc.
Mr Rankin said they were concerned
businesses along the zone would stop
maintaining their buildings, and others
would close or move, leaving a strip
that could become an eyesore.
“As businesses move, that will leave
Tourism numbers were up and
businesses should be talking about
growing, “not this”.
It was going to be tough for people
to watch the value of their homes and
business go down by a huge amount,
Asked if the council would go to
Wellington to discuss compensation
for the 32 affected landowners, for
properties with a collective value of
$22.8 million, Mr Havill it would
definitely be talking to people.
It was also setting up a working group
with the West Coast Regional Council
and Franz residents.
However, people could “certainly stay
there and continue their businesses. It ’s
not about driving people out of town.
We need a plan for the future.”
For too long, people did not know
where they stood with the uncertainty
over the FRAZ. Now, when it was time
for a business to expand or upgrade,
they could look at moving.
However, the council could not
consent buildings on top of the
faultline, he said, backing an “orderly
Commissioners recommended to
the council that it “actively pursue
the strategic planning for the Franz
Josef settlement, including matters
of possible relocation and financial
assistance, in consultation with the
community, so can be clearly seen to
be the first necessary step in a package
of measures to manage the risk of fault
rupture in the affected areas.”
The proposed zone crosses properties
owned by 32 private landowners. The
total capital value of the privately-
owned properties impacted in some
way have until June 30 to appeal the
decision to the Environment Court.
Fears Franz quake zone will create eyesore
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Karoro Kidsfirst Kindergarten pupils proudly show the sand saucers they made for their gala on Saturday. The gala will be held at the kindergarten
in Loris Place at 3pm and will feature pony rides, raffles, a bottle-o and craft stalls.
1080 protest spying denied
by Brendon McMahon
Ospri (Tb Free) has denied it uses
hidden cameras and microphones to
covertly gauge anti-1080 sentiment
at public meetings on the West
Hokitika anti-1080 campaigner
Jackie Douglas said yesterday that
while Ospri — formerly the Animal
Health Board and Tb Free NZ
had changed its name, it was
employing more “inventive ways and
means” to try to tidy up its image.
“ We are concerned about the
sur veillance tools that Ospri and their
close associates use at these meetings
microphones and mini cameras,” Mrs
Douglas and Farmers Against Ten
Eighty spokeswoman Mary Molloy
said in a joint statement yesterday.
“ While I’m not too bothered
at being recorded myself, I do
understand how others would be
intimidated. Maybe that is the name
of the game — to shut people down,”
Mrs Douglas said.
However, in a statement today
Ospri denied it was being “covert ”
or using underhand means to sur vey
those who attended its meetings.
“No ‘sur veillance tools’ were used,”
a spokesman for the agency said.
A public meeting held in Kumara
last week was used by Ospri to
present a proposed operational plan
and to answer questions about the
Tb Free programme and the use of
1080 poison to control possums.
It was not Ospri’s intention to be
covert, “nor were we ‘covert,’” the
Mrs Douglas said that as a result of
the Kumara Ospri meeting last week,
West Coast anti-1080 lobbyists
were planning a protest meeting in
Hokitika this Sunday afternoon.
“This meeting will be centred on
a response to Ospri’s ‘open day’
meeting at Kumara.”
Farmers Against Ten Eighty
spokeswoman Mary Molloy, a
Hari Hari dairy farmer, said: “I am
disgusted and embarrassed that 1080
poison is still being used in the name
Greymouth police mounted a
drugs raid in Blackball this morning.
Inspector John Canning confirmed
that police had led a drug operation
in the township but was unable to
provide specific details. A number
of local residents spoken to by the
Greymouth Star late this morning
were unaware of any major police
presence there this morning,
however social media posts reported
between five and 10 police vehicles
and police dogs, with at least three
properties being “raided”.
Greymouth pays $132,000 for Kaiata water
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