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Two Reefton people are facing
numerous drugs related charges
including dealing after a search
was executed at a house in the
town yesterday. Greymouth police
sergeant Paul Watson said today
that a quantity of packaged cannabis
and a cannabis grow room were
uncovered during the search. Two
people have been charged with
cannabis cultivation, possession for
supply, and dealing.
State highway 73 was temporarily
closed this morning after a truck
and trailer got stuck on the Otira
side. The road was closed for about
half an hour. Although the road
reopened, snow was continuing to
fall and chains were essential. “ We
apologise for any inconvenience this
may have caused,” NZ Transport
Agency journey manager Lee
Wright said. By noon today, chains
were essential on the Haast Pass,
and between Franz Josef and Fox
glaciers. It was snowing in Franz
An Australian woman in her
60s had to be stretchered to safety
yesterday after she dislocated her
ankle. Kumara chief fire officer Les
Neame said the woman slipped
on some greasy stones near the
Londonderry Rock, close to
Kumara, about midday yesterday.
Her husband then called the
emergency ser vices. Mr Neame said
the Kumara Fire Brigade walked
in to rescue the woman, with some
specialist equipment provided by the
Greymouth Fire Brigade. She was
them transferred to the ambulance
Showers clearing, becoming fine
He may have agreed to take her
for better and for worse, but for one
Algerian groom, seeing his new wife
without make-up was a step too far.
The husband was so shocked after
seeing his bride’s face the morning
after their wedding that he failed to
even recognise her. He even accused
her of being a thief that had broken
into his house. After realising it was
in fact the woman he had married
only yesterday, he decided to take
her to court — accusing her
inflicting ‘psychological suffering’
by ‘cheating’ him with her make-up.
The groom is now seeking $20,000
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Book week at Paroa School inspired the pupils when they all dressed up as their favourite book characters yesterday — eight-year-old Holly Ellis, back left,
was grand high witch, Bridget Fowler (the Cat in the Hat), Kade Johnson (New York cop), Ellie Brown (the Mad Hatter), Georgia Milne (Minnie Mouse), Eli
Brown (Big Bad Wolf ), front left, Addison Richardson (Little Red Riding Hood) and Carter Aitken (penguin).
Beware the wolf at book day
The Grey District Council has
spent $192,000 on buying an
Australian dredge, and is now
awaiting shipping space to bring
it to the Blaketown lagoon.
At an extraordinary meeting,
the council resolved to purchase
the Launceston dredge from
The council has also set aside an
additional $50,000 for shipping
and transport costs.
It is now waiting for space on
a ship out of Australia, but is
hopeful it will be here in the next
In a statement, the council
said the dredge had been fully
inspected on behalf of the council
and was found to be in very
good condition and ideal for its
It will shortly be transported
to Greymouth, through the
Even though it has the capability
for limited self-manoeuvrability,
the council will use the dredge as
a non-self-propelled vessel so it
can be put into operation as soon
Rather than using a bucket to
scoop out the lagoon, it uses a
rotary hoe on an arm to disturb
the riverbed. That mud and water
is then sucked through piping
which is capable of extending
1.3km, and deposited elsewhere.
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said
the council had paid $135,000
already, with the rest to be paid as
targets are met.
The vendor is coming to
Greymouth — the council
is paying for his travel and
accommodation — but he will
donate his time for a week, to
train Greymouth staff. It will
need only one operator.
Mr Kokshoorn said the council’s
engineer, Nick Barber, happened
to be in Australia and noticed
the dredge for sale and made an
That report shows it could
operate in at least 8m of water and
has been working in river deposits
similar to those in Greymouth.
The purchase price included
an outboard motor, the 1.3km
of piping, the rotary hoe cutter
and an older cutter, and a booster
pump on the trailer.
Mr Kokshoorn said the proof
of the pudding was in the eating,
but it appeared to be well suited
The council considered seven
possible options for the future
dredging of the port. Details
released today show some of them
would have required adaptation,
or else the purchase price was as
high as $350,000.
In April, the council began
investigating options for doing its
own dredging of the lagoon.
It had found a dredge and was
considering buying it, but in May
chief executive Paul Pretorius
revealed that it may require
an extra person to operate it,
throwing off their budget.
The lagoon was last dredged
about five years ago at a cost of
A new draft transport report shows
the Ahaura bridge, which is more than
80 years old, is set to be replaced in the
next five years.
The bridge is a vital part of State
highway 7 — if it ever closed, cars
would have to go all the way through
Moonlight on the other side of the
The new draft South Island freight
plan indicates the bridge is set to be
replaced in the next five years. The
indicative cost is given as between $0
and $5 million.
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
has been lobbying for a replacement
“I think what helped was getting the
other mayors on board. I think that
lends a lot of weight — a regional
“I ’d like to thank the other two mayors
and West Coast Regional Council
chairman for coming on board.”
He said the bridge was important
for people up the Grey Valley. The
alternative was a long detour through
Atarau, on Grey District Council roads.
The timber bridge would not be
tolerated “on any other highway in New
Zealand”, he said.
The Taramakau bridge is also due to
be replaced, and consent for exploratory
drill holes in the riverbed has been
The cost of that road bridge is put at
$10 to $15m. The old bridge will be
retained, but used exclusively by trains.
Proposal to replace old Ahaura bridge
The case of a Hokitika resident who
received an unsolicited new cellphone in
the mail from South-east Asia recently
ser ves as a warning, police said today.
The man received the phone in a parcel
from Malaysia about a week ago.
Hokitika community constable Jon
Armstrong, said the man who received
the parcel popped into the police station
last week somewhat puzzled.
It came with his full name and address
in a plain cardboard box with the phone
and charger in bubble wrap.
Mr Armstrong said the phone was
obviously new but a pre-smartphone
model — not the latest.
The recipient was suspicious and had
done some checking after hearing of
scams where pre-programmed phones
were sent to people.
People had been caught out after using
the phones and entering their personal
details — including account details
and personal identification numbers —
thereby enabling someone in Malaysia
to rip them off by reading all their
information. At this point the police had
not yet heard of other similair incidents
around Hokitika, Mr Armstrong said.
However it was the usual story: if it
seemed “too good to be true”, it probably
was. The phone scam sounded similar to
another rort operating out of Malaysia
which had been heard of on the West
Coast. People were sent scratch cards
with the recipients ‘winning’ prize money.
They are then asked to send their banking
details in order to claim the prize.
Police warning over strange case of the cellphone
The Government said today over 3200
Greymouth properties now had access
to ultra-fast broadband (UFB).
But a tandem announcement at the
same time about the rural broadband
initiative (RBI) for West Coast and
Tasman says nothing about the
cellphone black hole in South Westland.
Adams said more than 3200 homes,
schools and businesses in Greymouth
could now choose to connect to ultra-
As of June 30, under phase one of
the UFB scheme, 83% of the work in
Greymouth was complete, with 3255
properties connected. The roll out is due
to be completed by next year.
“ With the build completion on track,
the Government is now focused on the
extension of UFB to at least 80% of
New Zealanders,” Ms Adams said.
Meanwhile under the rural broadband
initiative, 10 West Coast cellphone
towers have either been replaced or
upgraded recently: Lake Brunner,
Kumara, Ross, Camerons, Dobson,
Blackball, Barrytown, Kaniere, Karamea
and Gladstone, with another proposed
for Hector in northern Buller.
Ultra-fast broadband roll-out passes 3000 mark
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