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The Grey District Aquatic Centre
was closed for a third day in a row
today due to heating issues. The
pool was closed on Saturday after
problems last week. Centre manager
Bruce Russell said contractors were
on site today. He was unsure this
morning if the problem was with
the electrics or the pumps.
The thieves who broke into the
Lake Brunner Ser vice Centre at
Moana over the weekend were
thwarted in their attempt to steal
cigarettes. Police said when the
thieves realised they could not get
to the cigarettes their second choice
was biscuits and chocolate bars.
Entry was gained by smashing the
glass front door. The ser vice centre
was also targeted by burglars earlier
Dump burglar y
Burglars trashed the McLeans
Pit refuse dump site late last week,
smashing their way into the office
and stealing personal items, meat
and copper wire. Senior constable
Mike Tinnelly, of Greymouth
police, said the thieves used a
warratah to smash open the office.
They also broke into a vehicle and
generally made a mess of the place,
Rain spreading north, heavy later
The Queen could receive millions
of pounds to soundproof Windsor
Castle from the noise of planes
from an expanded Heathrow. A
£1 billion compensation fund has
been promised for communities
under flight paths including help
to limit the impact of noise would
be set aside if Heathrow gets to
go ahead for a third runway. It is
suggested that the Q ueen could
be one of the main beneficiaries
to curb the noise of flights over
the 900-year-old castle where she
spends her weekends. Modelling
by the Department for Transport
in 2006 found a new runway at
Heathrow would create an ‘island
of noise’ around Windsor. A senior
Whitehall source told the Sunday
Times: “If they do need to insulate
the Windsors against noise it
will cost a fortune — potentially
millions. They will end up spending
more on compensation to the
Queen than they spent in the past
10 years on noise compensation.
Planes can fly pretty low over
Windsor.” — Daily Mail
A Cobden woman accused of
threatening behaviour, obstructing
police and two of assaulting police
after getting into an argument with
a taxi driver got a firm warning from
the judge in the Greymouth District
Court, on Friday.
Lawyer George Linder said Shanar
Ruiha Yorke, 36, of Cobden, had
“ issues” with one taxi driver and
when she booked a taxi she always
made an effort to ensure she avoided
that particular driver. However, last
Thursday someone else had booked
Mr Linder said Yorke denied
spitting at a police officer, saying she
could not have done so as she was on
the ground at the time.
Judge Tony Couch said he had
concerns about allowing Yorke bail
due to the risk of her re-offending.
Mr Linder said part of the previous
police objections to her being granted
bail — the fact that her half brother
Toa Tokomaru Marino had been
living with her — was no longer
an issue, as he had been bailed to
Earlier this year, Yorke was
sentenced in the Christchurch
District Court to community work
and intensive super vision on five
charges of assault. While on remand
for those offences she had spent some
time in custody.
Mr Linder said Yorke had not
enjoyed that experience in jail, and
the threat of it was enough of a
deterrent to ensure she behaved while
on bail this time.
A reluctant Judge Tony Couch
agreed to grant Yorke bail until
August 11, but on very strict terms
and a warning that “any breach of
your bail is very likely to result in a
remand in custody”.
Toa Tokomaru Marino was
remanded on bail to August 13 on a
charge of threatening behaviour.
Marino had been due to defend
the charge at a hearing on Friday
morning, however a police officer
involved in the case was on leave so
the case could not proceed.
Judge Couch said that Marino, who
was represented by Christchurch
lawyer Andrew Bailey, had managed
to get through the services of three
West Coast lawyers, all of whom had
chosen to withdraw their ser vices.
He was therefore prepared to “grant
the police the indulgence” of an
Marino was also remanded on bail
on charges of taking a vehicle, two
of animal cruelty charges, a third
charge of driving while suspended,
and assaulting his half-sister, Shanar
Ruiha Yorke. He was also remanded
on bail to August 10 to defend a
charge of intentional damage.
Marino objected to his mother and
sister being included as people he was
forbidden to see as a term of his bail.
Judge Couch said that was because
they were victims of some of his
“ I am not going to debate this with
you. I am going to set what the bail
terms are going to be,” the judge said.
Marino said his ill son lived with
“ I am going to make allowance for
that ... but I don’t like your tone,” the
judge replied, agreeing to amend the
bail conditions so Marino could have
contact with his mother to allow him
to see his son.
Brother and sister test judge’s patience
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Brothers Denis, Des and Colin Skeats settle in for the railways reunion held at the Greymouth Workingmen’s Club yesterday. Former train drivers, shunters,
track gangs, office and workshop staff got together to talk about the railway days, including the Skeats brothers, who can claim long service for the department.
“Our father Harry (Pete) had 40 years’ ser vice and was a signalman before compulsory retirement, and I worked on the signalling side, too,” Des Skeats said.
“I started in 1964 and all up had 47 years’ ser vice.” Colin Skeats started there in 1976 before being made redundant in 1992, working in the building and mainte-
nance section. “I started when I was 16 years old as a carpenter and worked from the top yard, from the signals depot.” Denis Skeats was an apprentice
electrician, starting in 1968 and staying for 34 years. “I came straight from school to the workshops, doing a range of work servicing electrics, lighting and
The New Zealand Transport
Agency says local councils could
upgrade their roads less often
to compensate for the loss of
NZTA last year announced
changes to its funding assistance
rates (FAR), slashing funding in
both Grey and Westland districts.
The Grey District Council will
end up with an annual $321,000
Currently it receives a 62%
subsidy from the NZTA, but
from 2016-17 that will drop 1%
a year until levelling out at 57%.
NZTA chief executive Geoff
regional director Jim Harland
were in Greymouth on Friday
to discuss the land transport
Speaking to the Greymouth Star,
Mr Harland said $69 million was
spent on State highway general
maintenance over a three-year
period, while $41 million was
spent on local road maintenance
funded by councils.
Mr Dangerfield said councils
would have to make some minor
“That does require local
authorities here to make sure that
they cut their cloth accordingly.
It doesn’t necessarily imply
an increase in (local) rates if
everything is done appropriately.”
He said councils could “sweat
the asset a bit more” and make
roads last longer by “being smarter
about the asset management ”.
Mr Harland used the example of
the Queenstown Lakes District
Council which would lose about
“ When they had a good hard
look at it and looked at the level
of ser vice and the standard, they
were getting in too early to do
reseals and renewals. Getting that
timing right and that specification
right can save a lot of money, and
the network will still be fit for
“It’s like painting your house too
soon, it still looks good but maybe
you lost your cashflow for three
years too early,” Mr Harland said.
Mr Dangerfield said councils
should be “less formulaic” and
do the work according to when it
needed to be done.
“Just by being less formulaic and
more based on the evidence, you
get a better result, which is good
Mr Harland said councils and
their contractors had become
accustomed to the frequency
and amount of resealing and
rehabilitation work on roads.
“The contractors got used to
that spend, everyone got used
to spending that, but it’s not
necessarily the best thing to do.”
At least 10 minor crashes were reported
on icy roads throughout the West Coast
at the weekend.
Senior constable Mike Tinnelly, of
Greymouth police, said all the crashes
had been caused by black ice.
Crashes were reported on the
Taylor ville-Blackball Road, two on the
Rahu Saddle, and others at Ngahere,
Ikamatua, Coal Creek, Hari Hari, Bruce
Bay and Haast. Mr Tinnelly said it was
just lucky that no one was seriously
injured in any of the crashes.
Two German tourists who crashed at
Bruce Bay about 11.15am yesterday were
checked over by ambulance staff but did
not require hospital treatment.
With the plummeting temperatures
over the past week ice had built up on
the roads, especially in shaded areas, and
he cautioned all motorists to drive to the
However, relief is on the way in the
form of a heavy rain warning for the
West Coast tomorrow, especially in
Icy Coast roads claim 10 crashes
Railways family looks back
Revingtons Hotel reopened for
business today after a two-week
enforced closure for liquor licence
Newly appointed manager Roy
Vhardwaj said today the pub was
back in business. “All our staff are
back at work and none have been
laid off or told to find new jobs,
because we are struggling,” he said.
Pub reopens after shutdown
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