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treated as arson
Police are treating as attempted
arson a fireworks prank in the
Greymouth High School woodwork
room. The incident, shortly before
2.30pm on Friday, was found in the
nick of time when the caretaker
smelled smoke. Police said billowing
smoke revealed a fire cracker
smouldering in rags under some
cardboard. The smouldering firework
was promptly extinguished before it
ignited the rags.
A Greymouth man will appear in
court for disorder and wilful damage
after a drunken incident with a taxi,
in Cobden on Friday night. Police
found the man heavily intoxicated
and staggering down the middle of
Bright Street after damaging a taxi.
Crash in hail
A vehicle lost traction during a
heavy hailstorm near Charleston
on Friday. The car lost control on
a right-hand downhill bend and
skidded off the road and down a
bank. Neither the driver nor their
passenger was injured. Meanwhile, a
North American tourist will appear
in court for careless driving after
two vehicles were written off near
the Truman Track, at Punakaiki. A
tourist from Oregon driving a rental
van had pulled to the left-hand
shoulder of the road to let a vehicle
pass by, but did not realise a second
vehicle was behind it, and the two
Fine, morning frosts
William Shakespeare could
have written his plays under the
influence of drugs, according to
researchers who have identified
traces of cannabis in pipes found in
the author’s garden. South African
scientists carried out a chemical
analysis on broken pieces of pipe
found in Shakespeare’s garden in
Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as
in the grounds of his neighbours’
homes. They discovered that four
of the pipes from the playwright’s
house had traces of cannabis on
them — implying that Shakespeare
himself may have enjoyed the
drug. Two pipes found nearby had
apparently been used to smoke coca
leaves, but the researchers suggest
that the great writer deliberately
rejected the more potent narcotic.
Francis Thackeray, of the
University of the Witwatersrand
in Johannesburg, says that both
cannabis and coca were considered
variants of ‘tobacco’ during the
Elizabethan period. — Dail Mail
A new documentary on Gloriavale
has revealed more about what it ’s like
to live in the isolated West Coast
community — and how its residents
react when someone walks out.
Gloriavale — A World Apart on
TV2 last night returned to check in
on the marriage of Paul Valor and
Pearl Hope, a young couple who have
grown up in the conser vative Christian
The couple now have a daughter
named Esther and were shown during
the show having a son named Josiah.
Paul and Pearl, like all married
couples in the community, were chosen
by the leaders of Gloriavale.
The show ’s narrator explained that
the senior men decide everything,
arranging all the relationships through
a mix of planning and prayer.
Mr Valor provided further insight
into the process.
“The leaders — they have got lists of
all bloodlines and so when you come
and ask them to get married, they can
get you a list of, you know, five or six
girls who you can marry without any
problems and they ’ll all be within your
age bracket ... that ’s what we call the
One of the leaders can be heard
telling him: “God has got somebody
specially prepared for you”.
The 22-year-old said it was the Lord’s
will for him to marry Pearl.
“I want to marry a godly wife, the only
really godly women that I personally
know are here.”
Mrs Hope, also aged in her early
20s, said she chose to love whoever
God wanted her to marry. “And that ’s
a decision you make and it ’s not hard,
it ’s easy.”
For her, work each day is based on the
community roster of cooking, cleaning
Mr Valor works in a managerial role
at the community’s meat meal factory,
which involves drying offal for the pet
food industry in New Zealand and
abroad. Both come from very large
families — Mr Valor is the eldest of 11
children and Mrs Hope is the second
youngest of 10.
Within a week of Mrs Hope giving
birth to Josiah, Mr Valor’s mother,
Purity, gives birth to her 12th child.
There are about 30 or 40 babies born
in Gloriavale every year, sometimes
Purity’s baby Daniel is rushed
to Greymouth Hospital when he
contracts an infection.
Mr Valor explained the protocol
surrounding troubled births such as
“If something did go wrong, it would
be the father’s decision on whether or
not we had to go in to hospital ...”
The documentary, produced by
television production company Pacific
Screens, also looked at other members
of the 530-strong community.
It introduced one of the oldest
couples living there, Rose and Steady
Standtrue, who have 57 great-
When Mr Standtrue dies during
the show, viewers are shown how the
conservative population of Gloriavale
grieve and mourn a cherished member.
The 82-year-old was one of their
The show also talked to Harmony
Helpful, one of two midwives in
Gloriavale. Ms Helpful delivered Mrs
“I’ve done a degree course and I’ve
had 12 children of my own. So you can
say I have some experience,” she said.
Mr Valor also revealed how the
community reacts when a member
“There’s actually two ways to leave
here. There’s the way that Steady left us
— when he went to glory ... the other
way that people can leave is when they
He said when people decide that
Gloriavale is not the place for them
and leave, to the community that was
“a much more permanent loss”.
“They ’ve left something behind ... we
grieve for them, too, but it’s a different
type of grief because we’ ll probably
never see them again. That ’s the end
of it as far as we’re concerned, they can
live their life and we will just live our
life, that ’s the way things are.
“I believe that the truth is here.
When people leave here, they
are leaving the truth behind.”
— New Zealand Herald
Gloriavale ‘secrets’ revealed in tv documentary
Motorists were forced to sleep
in their cars or abandon them in
the snow on Friday night as heavy
snowfall created chaos on both the
Arthur’s and Lewis passes.
With a lot of West Coast families
heading across to a series of Disney
on Ice shows in Christchurch,
they had to navigate snow and ice
themselves, and many were stuck
and did not make it at all.
“ Everyone we talked to at the
roadblock, that was what they
were heading over for,” Megan
They first tried to head over on
Friday but were stopped at Otira
and told it would be up to a six-
hour wait due to the number of cars
They tried again on Saturday,
when the road was declared open
as ‘chains essential’ and followed a
4WD through the snow.
“There was nothing — the road
was white. I ’ve never seen anything
like it. It was like that all the way,”
Ms Prendergast said.
She passed about 30 vehicles still
on the road, stranded from the
night before — including both the
Atomic Shuttle and the West Coast
“ It wasn’t snowing on Saturday, it
was the chaos from the snow that
fell overnight. We had to wind
through all the abandoned cars.”
After their travel ordeal they
missed their show, but managed to
see a later one.
Aratuna Freighters operations
manager Jamie McGeady said they
had a few trucks delayed but most
deliveries got through on time.
“O verall, we had some delays,
some stayed at Culverden, a couple
were delayed but got home that
night,” Mr McGeady said.
It was after midday on Friday that
“ it all went to custard”.
Drivers had to contend with trees
down over the road on the Lewis
Pass, and ice on Arthur’s Pass.
He said it was the worst snowfall
of the year and he praised the
workers clearing the roads.
“It’s winter, it is what it is ...
you just deal with it as it comes.
Unfortunately, mother nature is not
very nice at times.”
A Department of Conser vation
Arthur’s Pass spokesman said about
30cm of snow fell in the village over
Arthur’s Pass Cafe and Store
kitchen hand Roger Mortlock
said he had passed several cars
abandoned at Porters Pass as he
drove to work this morning.
A lot of people had slept in their
cars on the Friday night and he said
it had been “pretty chaotic” on the
roads that night.
Dozens of cars were abandoned in deep snow in the Otira Gorge and Arthur’s Pass areas on Friday and Saturday.
Police peeved with drink-drivers
Drink-drivers tested police patience
throughout the West Coast at the
A Greymouth man involved in a
vehicle collision late on Friday had been
drinking and subsequently blew 373mg.
West Coast police prevention manager,
senior sergeant Allyson Ealam, said the
crash, at the intersection of Albert and
Lord streets, was the result of one car
failing to give way.
A 42-year-old Granity man stopped
by police while he was driving on The
Esplanade in Westport at 1.40am on
Saturday blew 599mg.
At Franz Josef Glacier, a driver seen
hopping into his car after leaving a bar
at 12.30am on Saturday subsequently
blew 705mg when police caught up
Police were called after the man was
allegedly seen leaving the local bar
“apparently quite intoxicated ” and he
was stopped outside the Franz Josef
Glacier School, Mrs Ealam said.
The driver elected to undergo a
Meanwhile, at the same time early
yesterday morning Westport police
caught a 19-year-old local man
massively over the adult limit of 400mg,
let alone the zero tolerance for drivers
The young driver, who was also driving
without the correct licence, blew 872mg
when stopped at 12.30am.
That driver also opted for a
blood-alcohol test, and in the meantime
was forbidden to drive until he obtained
an appropriate licence.
A Kumara man who missed his
driveway yesterday and ended up
parking his car in a ditch, will appear in
court for drink-driving.
The 39-year-old was found “staggering
around” nearby with the driver’s door of
his car left open and the keys still in the
ignition. He blew 633mg and his licence
was immediately suspended for 28 days.
IRD pursues $267,000 debt
A Greymouth business has been
given until September 14 to sort
out a $267,000 bill owed to Inland
AGO Investments Ltd appeared
in the High Court at Greymouth
today for a liquidation hearing
instigated by Inland Revenue.
Lawyer Maxine Mallinson said
she had spoken to a case manager
at the department this morning
about an amended proposal for the
payment of debt. She asked Justice
John Matthews for the case to be
remanded to a later date in order for
the proposal to be considered.
Lawyer Peter Wetherall, appearing
on behalf of IRD, said his orders
were for the case to proceed.
Mr Wetherall said $267,000 was a
“significant debt ” due to unpaid tax,
Kiwisaver contributions and student
loans. The demand dated from
March this year.
Justice Matthews said because the
case was appearing for the first time
he would grant an adjournment as
he was confident the business would
not deteriorate to the point where
the debt could not be recovered.
He said the company was “right up
against the wall — they need to get
things sorted immediately”.
The new Buller Taxis operation
will be a taxi by name only and could
temporarily operate as a private car
hire service under a new ownership.
Buller Taxis recently changed
ownership but did not apply to
be approved as an ‘approved taxi
organisation’, a requirement under
the Land Transport Rule for
Operator Licensing 2007.
The NZ Transport Agency and
the West Coast Regional Council
are working with the new owner to
ensure that Westport maintains a
ser vice while legal requirements are
“A potential solution, whereby
the company will operate as a
private hire service in the interim
until the current owner decides on
her long-term options, is the best
way to ensure the service will be
transport manager Dermot Harris
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