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The occupants of a car which left
State highway 6 near Hari Hari
yesterday walked away without
significant injury. Police said the
car slid on ice about 12.30pm with
one of the two occupants, from
Hokitika, suffering a minor hand
The Taramakau bridge will shut
overnight at the weekend for the
last time, to allow the completion
of safety work. The 12-hour closure
is from 8pm on Saturday to 8am
on Sunday. Workers are installating
rubber mats on the approaches to
improve safety for motorcyclists
and cyclists. Transport Agency
journey manager Lee Wright said
from midday on Saturday, Kiwi Rail
would carry out rail track work in
an area adjacent to the highway.
Tr a ffi c control would be in place
while the work was under way, but
motorists should not experience any
significant delays. Ms Wright said
the closures had been scheduled to
minimise disruptions, and detour
via local roads was available through
Jacksons, Stillwater and Moana.
Planning for a new combined
GP practice in Greymouth is
progressing. The West Coast
District Health Board said work on
the integrated family health centre
at Grey Base Hospital included
developing a business model for the
GP practices once they relocated, as
well as a ‘model’ for unplanned and
after hours care.
Rain, with some heavy falls
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
Identical English twin sisters
Karen Taylor and Clare Bradwick
have defied the odds and both had
children on their own birthday.
The twins, who turned 32 last
Thursday, were born to Christine
Bradwick, and her husband, Colin,
on June 18, 1983. The girls, who
were always dressed in matching
clothes when they were younger,
remember having big family parties
in the garden to celebrate the day
they were born — and they now
get to do the same with their own
children. Karen and Clare, from
Mountain Ash, have always been
close and live only one street apart,
with Karen living next door to their
They can now carry on their
tradition of spending their birthday
shopping and at the theatre,
followed by a meal in Cardiff with
their own daughters.
A draft West Coast Regional Council
policy statement advocating more
mining has drawn a raft of criticism
Drs Clare Backes and Clare Morfett,
of Hokitika said the draft regional policy
statement was “totally inadequate”.
“ It does nothing to recognise or
provide for the protection of indigenous
vegetation and significant habitats.
It does not cater for the council’s
responsibility to maintain biodiversity as
specified under section 30 of the RMA.”
Westport resident Frida Inta said
the document was “deficient and
short -sighted”, with “too much emphasis
on the development of the West Coast ’s
natural resources at the expense of the
natural environment ”.
Greymouth submitter John Caygill
labelled the proposed statement a
“substantially flawed document ”, which
should be revised.
“ It frequently gives the impression
of side-stepping, or turning away from
its primary environmental protection
Ross submitter Brian Anderson
accused the council of “failing to address
the sustainable use of air, land and
water” , which it instead “rather twists
these into some manifesto for economic
Brenda Kaye from Reefton slated
the statement for its “shallow and
pro- development tone”. “It presents an
apology for development at the expense
of the environment ”.
Hannah Yannai said the council
seemed to assume it could “pass off ”
responsibility for the region to the
Department of Conser vation.
The Westport submitter said that in
her view the extractive industries across
the region were “currently in decline”,
“ with no indication if, or when, they may
The council should therefore have a
strategic plan to promote alternatives to
all extraction industries”.
William Johnson from Rutherglen
said the council was seeking the power
to “override the RMA, to suit their own
interests”, while Waimangaroa submitter
William Burton said that the statement
“prioritises the use and development of
the region’s natural resources without
proper regard to the act ”.
Haast submitter Paul Elwell-Sutton
accused the councillors of having
“manifestly represented” the interests of
the region’s pastoral, mining and forestry
Blackball submitter Paul Maunder
suspected the motivation for council’s
pro-mining stance was the “difficulties
Escarpment Mine on the Denniston
Plateau, just outside Westport, was
subject to repeated appeals from
environmentalists to the Environment
Court, Appeals Court and the High
However Mr Maunder said that those
“difficulties ... in hindsight, actually
saved them from going bust ”.
Submissions in support were generally
from organisations including mining
companies, rather than individuals.
A newly-restored century-old
steam locomotive, which was at
the opening of the Otira Tunnel in
1923, is about to make its first visit
to the West Coast — and it may
be the last time it visits because of
new safety rules.
An extensive South Island tour
from mid-October until early
November will feature the restored
1915 vintage World War One
memorial steam locomotive Ab608
It will travel down the South
Island from Picton to Bluff,
including travelling on lines not
normally open to passengers, such
Built at the Christchurch
Addington Railway Workshops
in 1915, it began tours for Steam
Incorporated in July 2014 after an
extensive restoration project that
cost more than $500,000.
It emerged from the Addington
workshops a century ago and was
the first of the class of Ab Pacifics.
In 1925, Railways Minister
Gordon Coates agreed to a proposal
to name a steam locomotive ‘in
memory of those members of the
New Zealand Railways who fell
in the Great War’. Coates chose
the name Passchendaele, the battle
which claimed over 800 New
Zealand lives in the biggest single
tragedy in the country’s history.
As part of the South Island tour,
Ab 608 will revisit its birthplace
exactly 100 years later, in October
The train is due in Greymouth
on October 29, with a day trip to
Hokitika the next day. O vernight
on October 31 it will make an
overnight trip to Westport via
Reefton and the Buller Gorge.
The Steam Incorporated website
warns people that it may be the
engine’s last South Island tour.
“ With the changing environment
in NZ, the prospect of future tours
to the South Island looks bleak. By
the time this tour operates there
will only be one ferry capable of
carrying rail vehicles operating
between Wellington and Picton.
“Coupled with increasing safety
requirements and compliance costs,
restrictions on operating through
tunnels, crew shortages
and more stringent fire
contingencies, operating such a
tour in the future is looking very
Passengers travelling aboard
Ab608 will have to be bused from
Arthur’s Pass to Otira as the train
does not have fire suppression
Steam Incorporated spokesman
John Bovis said it was the official
train for both the opening of the
Otira Tunnel and the 1927 tour by
the Duke of York.
“On these occasions it would have
gone only as far at Arthur’s Pass,”
Mr Bovis said.
Newly-restored Ab608 will soon make its first visit to the West Coast. The closest it got before is Arthur’s Pass — for the official opening of the
tunnel in 1923.
Century-old steam train coming to town
An application to officially request
an investigation into whether the West
Coast should have one unitary council
was lodged yesterday.
Peter Salter, who ran for the Ban 1080
Party in the general election, is leading
He started collecting signatures before
It was prompted partly by the West
Coast Regional Council’s investment in
a 1080 poison bait plant, as well as huge
rate rises in the Westland district.
Commission spokeswoman Kathryn
said an application for
reorganisation, which could be made
by any individual person, a group or a
council, was required.
“A petition would certainly provide
supporting material to back up an
application. It would demonstrate there
was some sort of community support for
an application,” Ms Street said.
However, there was no threshold for
the number of names required on the
petition and it did not need to have
majority support, she said.
Mr Salter said today the application
was sent to he Local Government
He said it was for warded along with
the petition, which got 500 names.
“ Now it’s in their hands.”
The signatures would help, he said, but
were not necessary.
Unitary council bid lodged
More than 60 people who failed to
turn up for jury ser vice at Greymouth
District Court could be punished
with fines of up to $1000.
Court deputy registrar Elspie
Mitchell said that 67 jurors failed to
turn up at court this week, for a jury
to be chosen for the trial of South
Westland man Brian McBride, which
began late yesterday afternoon.
Ms Mitchell said that the judge
presiding over the trial, Alistair
Garland, had asked Ms Mitchell and
her staff to begin contacting those
had failed to meet their jury duties, to
find out why they had not attended.
“If you don’t get a big enough pool,
then you can’t actually run juries.”
The judge said the people ought
to be summonsed and explain their
absence, and go before the judge if
they did not have a reason.
“Had there been some challenges,
we could have ended up in a situation
where we couldn’t actually do
anything. And there is a huge cost to
running jury trials, we pay the jurors,
we have the prison guards here, it’s
Ms Mitchell said that it was also
necessary to have a pool of more
than double the 12 jurors required
for a trial, as defence and prosecution
counsel each had four challenges,
where they could object to four jurors
taking their seat on a jury.
Failing to turn up for jury ser vice
carried a potential penalty of $1000.
She said that it was spelled out in
the court summons that jurors were
required to attend.
Ms Mitchell said 75 people
confirmed they would be turning
up for ser vice for yesterday ’s trial.
However, the majority did not.
Unfortunately, the same thing had
“ West Coast juries are kind of
notorious for it,” Ms Mitchell said.
During the last jury trial week they
had been “very lucky” to get a jury
for a second trial, given the number
of people who had failed to turn up
67 jurors fail to show
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