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Truck knocks out
power to 96 homes
A truck with its lifting hiab left
extended ripped down power lines
on the Woodstock-Rimu Road
last night, leaving 96 households
without electricity. Hokitika fire
chief Harry Collett said the truck,
apparently a logging vehicle with
lifting equipment on the back,
“ wiped out ” five power lines in
different places between Rimu
township and the Kaniere Bridge,
about 5pm. “He’s left his boom too
high and hooked the wires,” Mr
Collett said. “He was taking them
all down as he was going along. ”
Wires were down across the road
in more than one place when the
brigade arrived to keep traffic at
bay. Electronet workers arrived to
fix the damage and reconnected
the majority of households a few
hours later, but the work went on
into the night, Mr Collett said.
Electronet said most had their
supply restored by 9pm. However, a
dozen households in the area were
left without power overnight, chief
executive Rob Caldwell said.
Police land search and rescue, in
conjunction with Mines Rescue,
were conducting a rescue exercise
at Roa Mine at Blackball this
A 23-year-old Westport man was
arrested overnight for a number of
drug-related offences. He was due
to appear before a court registrar
Showers, becoming frequent
A woman received an unexpected
birthday surprise after her mother
came home with a celebratory cake
featuring a rather unconventional
topper. Marie Seggie, from
Lanarkshire in Scotland, had
ordered a cake to be topped with
an edible figurine, reflecting her
21-year-old daughter Laura’s
likeness. But after texting over
last minute changes, the family
were shocked when rather than
receiving a cake with a ‘blonde
girl’, they were instead presented
with a ‘blind’ brunette figurine —
complete with a white cane. The
phone’s inbuilt ‘autocorrect ’ function
had inadvertently been unable to
recognise the word ‘blonde’, instead
changing it to the similarly spelled
word, ‘blind.’ — Daily Mail
Nicholas McBride and Laura Mills
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
has been accused by some of his
councillors of “political manipulation”
after saying $1 million of Development
West Coast funds would go on the
Greymouth renewal project, before the
council had voted on it.
At the council meeting last week,
councillors unanimously agreed to the
central business district renewal plan —
including a town square — with $1m
set aside from reserve funds. The full
cost of the project was put at $3m.
Councillors have since told the
Greymouth Star that a workshop was
held prior to that meeting at which
they discussed a $1m grant that DWC
was due to give to each of the three
They were told there that the full
council would get to decide how the
money was spent.
Potential candidates for the new
funding include the port, where
Talley ’s and Westfleet have both made
announcement was made official on
Friday, Mr Kokshoorn said the Grey
District Council’s $1m would be put
towards financing the renewal project.
Cr Cliff Sandrey yesterday accused
the mayor of “political manipulation”.
“ I’m not having a bar of it,” Cr Sandrey
He had been told the full council
would get to decide how the DWC
money would be spent.
“ If we (councillors) are not allowed
input into decision making like that,
I’m not sure what we are doing there as
local council members.”
Cr Sandrey said he voted, for the first
time, to move ahead with the town
renewal, despite concerns over the fact
the council would be spending money
on leasehold land.
He voted ‘yes’ because he thought
the DWC money would be spent on
economic development for the town.
Another councillor also said his
recollection of the workshop was that
the full council would get to vote on
economic development opportunities.
Mr Kokshoorn today told the
Greymouth Star his comments on
Friday were only his personal preference.
“Everything is a council decision,
and they know that. It is a democratic
council, every councillor gets their vote.
“My personal opinion is why, when we
have worked with DWC, why wouldn’t
you give it to that project? Other wise
you have to rate for it, and in tough
times we want to keep rate rises to a
The ultimate decision would still go to
“Naturally, nothing happens without
council decision, everything goes to
“I said ‘probably’ ... I told council on
a number of occasions when we were
discussing it, we’re trying to get money
from DWC to do this project, we’re
trying to work with DWC. It is not
unusual to think (the money) would
probably go to that.”
Mr Kokshoorn said each councillor
had agreed to the town renewal project,
knowing it would cost $3m.
Chief executive Paul Pretorius said
the item had not been ‘workshopped’
and the full council had not met yet to
make a decision on how it would spend
‘Every councillor gets their vote.’
Thieves steal .... r ubbish
One person’s trash is another’s treasure
so much so that both the Blackball
and Nelson Creek resource centres have
been broken into by scavengers.
Grey District Council assets manager
Mel Sutherland said the perpetrators
did not appear to have broken in to steal
anything or dump rubbish, rather to
scavenge through the rubbish.
“One person’s trash is another person’s
treasure,” Mr Sutherland said.
The McLeans Pit landfill office had
also been broken into.
Staff were monitoring the situation
and considering putting CCTV cameras
in place. It appeared that people were
jumping the fence in order to get in.
At McLeans Pit, the thieves had rifled
through the office and taken some items.
CCTV footage had been provided to the
police and cash was no longer stored at
the site overnight.
Mr Sutherland did not think the
incidents were connected.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Jeanette O’Malley, left, Natasha Van Wyk, Melva Crampton, Jill Gillman, Lona Ashby and Sandra Skates relax in the pool with a ‘mocktail’ at the
Greymouth aquatic centre, as part of a Ladies Night promotion today, involving about 65 women. The women’s only night will be held on August 29,
with a health spin to it, aquatic centre co-ordinator Lynnette O’Connor said. “ Women of all ages have been taking part. We’ve even had 80-year-olds
enjoying the hydroslide,” Mrs O’Connor said. Community Public Health are providing mocktails as part of their promotion of non-alcoholic drinks
and healthy snacks. “ The day is all about healthy lifestyle and women’s well-being,” she said. The pool will be closed for the evening, but women can
turn up on the night.
Mocktails in the pool
Herbs to play Blackball
Blackball will get a blast from
the past next month, when New
Zealand’s classic reggae band
Herbs performs at the Blackball
Community Centre. The group
is booked for September 19.
Herbs rose to prominence in the
1980s with a string of iconic hits
including Sensitive to a Smile
and Parihaka with Tim Finn.
The group is best known for the
hit song Slice of Heaven which
they sang with Dave Dobbyn for
the New Zealand animated film
Footrot Flats: The Dog’s Tale.
Tickets for Blackball are $25 and
go on sale tomorrow at Cafe DP1,
Fat Pippis Pizza in Hokitika,
Denniston Dog Cafe in Wesptort,
and the Broadway Tearooms in
Taramakau Bridge clip-on
confirmed by Christmas
The Taramakau Bridge cycle
clip-on will be installed before the
end of the year and the resource
consent shows the options of
putting it on top or underneath the
bridge were rejected.
Cyclists will be able to cross the
road-rail bridge in safety via the
new clip-on before the end of the
year, according to New Zealand
Transport Agency targets.
NZTA says in the resource
consent application it expects work
will begin shortly once the tender
is awarded, and scheduled for
completion by December. Tenders
closed on August 4.
The clip-on will be bolted to the
bridge and cantilevered off the
The application shows that
alternatives were investigated — an
angled cycleway crossing over the
top of the bridge, running along
the top, underneath, and even using
traffic signals instead.
NZTA dismissed the option to put
the clip-on above the bridge because
it would require ramps, which would
reduce visibility for traffic and could
result in people dropping items on
to the road below.
Going underneath the bridge
would potentially put it in the path
of floodwaters., and traffic signals
would cause disruption to motorists
and train movements.
The consent says the bridge is
well known locally as a cyclist crash
Crashes are caused by cyclists
slipping as they cross the rail lines,
or wheels getting caught in the gaps
between the tracks and the deck
seal, or in cracks that form in the
seal along the beam joints.
The clip-on will have five passing
bays evenly spaced along the full
length to allow users to take in the
views and not impede others.
Each passing bay will be
cantilevered from the bridge about
2.5m, while the rest of the clip-
on will be about 1.5m wide. A
balustrade will be 1.4m high.
The Taramakau Bridge is one of
only three remaining single lane
road-rail bridges in the country.
Once the new road bridge is
constructed — proposed to go just
downstream of the existing bridge
— the clip-on will be removed.
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