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A chimney fire attended in
Westport last night has highlighted
the danger of people taking
batteries out of smoke alarms to
be used in other gadgets. Westport
Volunteer Fire Brigade fire chief
Alan Kennedy said they were
called to a Mill Street house at
9.10pm after a passing police
patrol noted the occupant outside
and in difficulty. The chimney was
emitting the usual sparks and flames
from an unclean chimney and
was relatively straightfor ward to
contain. However, Mr Kennedy said
while the smoke-filled house had
plenty of smoke alarms, “typically”
the batteries had been robbed and
used for other things. Mr Kennedy
said the brigade encountered that
scenario all too frequently. Often
it was because families with small
children who had a plethora of
battery operated toys removed the
smoke alarm batteries for a quick
fix. “ You don’t have to be a rocket
scientist when you see the toys
about the place,” he said. Meanwhile
the brigade was called out twice
to Westport New World for false
alarm calls since early yesterday
morning, firstly at 6am yesterday
and again at 8.30am today for
what appeared to be an issue with
overheated lighting fixtures.
A 17-year-old Blackball girl was
nabbed drink-driving early today.
She was caught on State highway 7
near Ngahere at 12.30am, and blew
222mg. The drink-driving limit for
drivers under-20 is zero.
A horrified patient woke up
following a hysterectomy operation
to discover she was missing two
teeth. Clare Jones was shocked to
find a gaping hole in her mouth and
bleeding gums after undergoing the
routine keyhole procedure on July
15 at the Royal Stoke University
Hospital, in England. The 47-year-
old had signed a declaration before
surgery confirming she had one
denture, which was removed while
she was in theatre. The mother-of-
two said she was stunned when she
came round to find two additional
teeth missing. An investigation has
been launched at the hospital to try
to establish what happened.
— Daily Mail
Rain with heavy falls, easing in south
The clamour for garnets has
reached Greymouth, with an
American company seeking
permits for beaches from
near Point Elizabeth south to
In recent months, international
and New Zealand companies
have pegged out beaches and
rivers Coastwide, particularly
south of Hokitika, for the grain-
sized sand minerals.
Industry commentators say it
is too early to know if a garnet
industry is viable. However, as
more companies ban the use of
silica for abrasives because it can
cause silicosis (lung damage),
there is a growing demand
worldwide for garnets as the only
viable alternative. Consequently,
the price of garnets has been
Whitesails, which was only
registered in January, sent two
people from the United States
to the West Coast a few months
ago, focusing mainly south of
It is connected to the New
York-based Barton Group, one
of the largest garnet abrasives
businesses in the world.
Whitesails has recently applied
for two more prospecting
permits — the first from the
Greymouth aerodrome south
to Camerons, generally on both
sides of the highway, including
Karoro, South Beach and Paroa.
The other extends north from the
The applications are currently
being assessed by the Crown
agency New Zealand Petroleum
The other company interested is
New Zealand Garnets, previously
known as Frosty Creek.
NZ Petroleum and Minerals has
received close to 30 applications
for permits to prospect or
explore for garnets in the Coast ’s
mineral-rich sands this year.
“ While most of the prospecting
and exploration for garnets in
New Zealand is still in its infancy,
and it will take several years of
work to understand if there are
commercial viable quantities of
garnet for mining, this interest
is very promising for the West
Coast,” Energy and Resources
Minister Simon Bridges told the
Minerals West Coast forum at
Shantytown last week.
The former company owned by a
Christchurch businessman who has
promised two new goldmines and
60 jobs on the West Coast, also has
unsecured creditors who are owed more
than $1 million, according to the latest
Mike McDonald, a director of
collapsed mining company MCAM
Ltd, appears to be back in business on
the West Coast, with mines planned at
Greenstone and Awatuna.
He met recently with Grey District
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn and advised
that $20m was being invested.
Mr McDonald was the sole director
and shareholder of his now liquidated
company, MCAM Ltd.
Another of his companies, MCAM
Minerals — of which Mr McDonald
is also the sole director — said before
Christmas it expected to spend more
than $US70m ($NZ88.5m) developing
two open-cast platinum mines in
and three open-cast
goldmines on the Coast.
But on November 27, about the time
MCAM Ltd was put into liquidation
at a hearing in the High Court, the
company ’s Hokitika office closed.
The new company, Koura Mining
Ltd, lists Martin Davie from the
United Kingdom as director and
Mr McDonald as the ‘person authorised
to accept service in NZ ’.
The six-monthly liquidator’s report
into MCAM Ltd has just been
released and it shows that the
liquidators managed to sell two vehicles
at auction, as well as an excavator and
some plant and equipment.
They raised $119,775 and have given
out $101,634, the biggest share to
secured creditor Asset Finance Ltd.
The liquidators’ report says they
against the director-shareholder,
third parties. The
liquidators Rodgers Reidy NZ,
said they were aware of unsecured
creditors totalling $1,095,638.
It was not yet possible to advise if
they would receive any money, the
The Press reported earlier this year
that Mr McDonald and his father
Ken set up a company to make
airport equipment. Mactec Aerospace
International, was named as Trade
and Enterprise’s emerging exporter of
the year in 2004 and Mr McDonald
was a finalist in the Ernst and Young
Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in
However in March 2007, the ANZ
National Bank called in the receivers,
who eventually closed the business,
which then had debts exceeding assets
of about $4.5m and all unsecured
creditors were left out of pocket.
Student remembered with colour
Purple was the colour of choice at Greymouth High School today, as staff and students donned the colour to
raise money in memory of former John Paul II High School student Alex Thomas. Ms Thomas, who studied at
John Paul II before going to Villa Maria secondary school in Christchurch, died in Christchurch on November
23 last year after being diagnosed with a blood condition, haemophagocytic lymphohistiocystosis. Student leader
Nina van Rijnsoever said one of her friends at John Paul II was raising money for the unit where Ms Thomas was
treated, and so the Greymouth High student leaders decided to hold a mufti day, with people to wear purple to
raise money for the same cause.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
The Interislander ferry Arahura
has been decommissioned after
32 years’ ser vice plying Cook
Strait, with the pounamu boulder
on board to be returned to the
Kiwi Rail said the the ferry
was being retired due to the
$25 million bill to get it back up
to ser vice.
On Wednesday the ship, which
can carry up to 550 passengers,
made its last trips.
communications adviser Julie
Buchanan said the cost of getting
it “up to spec” was so high that it
was decided to retire the vessel.
Representatives of the Mawhera
to Wellington tonight for an
on-board ceremony to hand back
the pounamu boulder from the
Arahura River that was installed
when the ship was commissioned
The ferry, built in Denmark,
weighs 13,621 tonnes, is 148m
long, 20.5m wide and travels at a
speed of 20 knots.
It will now go up for sale with
Pounamu returns to
Arahura as ferry retired
Hunter tumbles 10m over waterfall
A 70-year-old pig hunter was knocked
unconscious after tumbling 10m down
a waterfall in the upper Buller Gorge
yesterday while in hot pursuit of his
The Nelson man, who was apparently
hunting with his two brothers, broke a
leg and suffered abrasions to his head
in the fall, about 1pm, in the Ariki Falls
area near the Buller swingbridge.
NZCC Rescue Helicopter pilot
Angus Taylor said the group’s dogs
were on the trail of a pig when it
disappeared through a mass of thick
scrub. The hunters were trying to keep
up when the man fell over “a bit of a
“They were trying to get through it
and he dropped eight to 10m to the
bottom,” Mr Taylor said.
While it was a long fall it was not a
steep vertical drop.
The dogs were nowhere to be seen at
this point and the man was knocked
out when the alarm was raised.
Mr Taylor said the man was injured in
a tight spot, although the waterfall area
itself was reasonably open.
When the helicopter arrived after
1.30pm it required a 30m lift to winch
The dogs had returned by this time —
minus the pig — and the injured man
was flown to Nelson Hospital.
Failed goldmine leaves $1m debt trail
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