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Karamea road link
The chairman of Development
West Coast has revealed he
personally supports building a road
between Karamea and Tapawera.
John Sturgeon told the DWC
annual meeting in Westport this
week that Buller would benefit
“100-fold” if the road went
through. Mr Sturgeon decided not
to elaborate after he realised media
were at the meeting. DWC staff
later said the trust had received no
approaches for funding or support
for the road. — Westport News
Man in custody
for threat to kill
A Hokitika man arrested in
Hokitika on Wednesday night for
allegedly threatening to kill and
threatening to injure with intent to
frighten a family member, appeared
in Westport District Court on
Thursday. Reece William Janetins
Skipper, 37, also appeared on two
charges of dealing cannabis. Police
opposed Skipper’s bail, although no
application for bail was made. He
was remanded in custody without
plea, to appear in the Christchurch
District Court on August 31.
Senior sergeant David Cross, of
Greymouth police, said before
Skipper’s court appearance that he
might have had access to a shotgun
and a machete at the time of the
— Westport News
Forget expensive gadgets and
futuristic technology — all you
need to keep up with the latest
trend is some good old-fashioned
colouring pens. Colouring books
for grown-ups are taking the world
by storm, selling millions of copies
and racing up bookstores’ bestseller
lists. Fans say setting aside a few
hours for colouring is relaxing and
a good antidote to so-called ‘tech
stress’. Sainsbury’s reveals today
that more than one million of the
books have been snapped up since
April, bringing in over
$2.5 million in sales, while
Waterstones and W H Smith say
the books have stormed on to their
lists of bestsellers. Hobbycraft, the
UK’s largest craft retailer, said its
sales of the books are up by 374%
on last year. — Daily Mail
Noise from the growing number
of flights to Fox Glacier is
annoying international tourists,
but they find the longer walk
to reach the retreating ice more
irritating, a Department of
Conser vation sur vey shows.
The collapse of the front 70m
of the Franz Josef Glacier three
years ago made foot access on
to the ice unsafe, so the number
of short helicopter flights were
A year later the same happened
at Fox Glacier.
Signs pre-warn visitors of the
aircraft activity in the two valleys.
Last summer DOC sur veyed
1600 people at both sites.
helicopters was not the most
common ‘dislike’ mentioned.
Instead, there was disappointment
about access to the glacier, the
difficulty of the walk to the
glacier, and the presence of too
About two-thirds of respondents
at both valleys were ‘neutral’ in
terms of how aircraft had affected
their visits, a small increase on the
2013 and 2014 sur vey figures.
At Franz Josef Glacier valley,
24.5% of respondents this year
reported being annoyed by aircraft
a small decrease compared to
2013 (26.2%) and 2014 (25.7%).
At Fox Glacier valley, 22.2% of
visitors said they were annoyed by
aircraft, a marked increase since
2013 (16.8%) and in keeping
with the increase in flights there.
International visitors were more
likely than New Zealanders to be
annoyed by aircraft noise.
DOC conser vation ser vices
manager Wayne Costello, of
Franz Josef, said staff tried to
ensure that expectations about
the glacier visit were set at the
right level before people arrived.
However, with so many people
promoting the glaciers that could
be quite a challenge.
“Even if they were not
receding, this has always been an
important part of maintaining
high satisfaction levels with
tourists visits — if they get
what they expected to get from
their experience in the glacier
valley, they will be satisfied,” Mr
But if tourists arrived expecting
to touch the glacier, for example,
they were less likely to stay behind
the safety rope barriers.
The report also found a common
dislike was the weather, with rain
noted 77 times, the weather more
generally 37 times, and cloud
13 times, while three people
complained about the heat.
Sandflies were reported 77
Other dislikes were falling rocks,
dirty river water, crowds and lack
of activity options on wet days.
The old-time pub trail between
Greymouth and Reefton will soon
lose a couple more watering holes,
with the Mawheraiti and Ngahere
hotels both set to close the doors.
After more than 15 years behind the
bar, Mawheraiti Hotel owner Veda
Cuff plans to shut when her current
liquor licence runs out next April.
She said she was too old to continue
running the bar on her own.
“If I was employing a lot of staff
I probably wouldn’t be able to keep
ahead, because of dropping trade now.
That ’s just the times, that ’s the way it
is at the moment.”
Mrs Cuff said it was the rural
lifestyle that had attracted her to
Mawheraiti in the first place.
“I knew I was never going to be a
millionaire coming here, but it was a
lifestyle. There was only me to keep,
running costs were cheap, all I needed
was a barperson.”
She recognised that times had
changed, liquor licences were
becoming more expensive and tougher
drink-driving laws had affected rural
“It’s not just this one area.”
This winter was quieter than
previous years, and she thought rural
areas were only really starting to feel
the recession now.
She also noticed that the local
patrons were getting older, while
younger farm workers headed to
Further down the highway, the
Ngahere Hotel will shut for good at
the end of the month.
Operator Donald Roberts said it was
symptomatic of rural areas.
“That’s the way it’s going. It’s a
general theme all around the place.”
On the one hand the cost of liquor
licences had gone up “astronomically”,
while on the other hand, cheaper beer
was readily available at supermarkets.
“The costs are going up and you’re
not getting the turnover. You have to
sell a lot of beer,” Mr Roberts said.
“The big problem is we’ve never
been able to buy beer at what the
supermarkets can. Supermarkets can
buy it cheap. What is the advantage to
The new low tolerance drink-driving
laws had “certainly had an effect ”.
Stillwater Hotel owner Sandy
Burgess has owned the pub for
six years and has a similar story to
her fellow Grey Valley publicans.
Stillwater will remain open, though
she says the thought of closing had
crossed her mind.
“It is hard times for us, but we’re
She agreed they could not compete
with supermarket prices.
“There is no point paying for an
off-licence. You just give your product
away for nothing.”
Ms Burgess said she thought there
was still a place for the traditional
“People still like to get out and
socialise, pubs do still have a place.”
Darts and pool were staples to get
people in over the winter months,
though she obser ved that they were
not as big a pull as when more pubs
“ When everyone was going we were
getting quite good numbers.”
Old landmark pub to go
A contractor has been engaged
by the Grey District Council to
conduct a sur vey of 350 residents
to ask just what they think of the
council, and the wider district.
The sur vey is conducted annually
to measure public satisfaction
with the council’s performance,
ser vices and facilities.
The council uses public opinion
sur veys to gauge how well the
community supports what it is
doing, as well as its direction and
The resident satisfaction sur vey
also asks about perceptions of the
district, including whether people
take pride in how it looks and
feels, and if they think the Grey
district is a great place to live,
the council said in a statement
The sur vey will be carried out
by an independent contractor,
Opinions Market Research Ltd,
and consists of phone inter views
with residents randomly selected
to ensure most interests in the
community are represented —
young people, families and older
residents and people from all over
Sur vey results will be included
in the annual plan performance
measures, and help the council
prioritise its future planning.
The 2015 sur vey will be carried
out over two weeks, starting on
Tuesday. It will take about 20
minutes to complete.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Mawheraiti Hotel mine host Veda Cuff is preparing to close the old Grey Valley pub.
Railcar heading to West Coast
The Silver Fern railcar will make what
is believed to be its first visit to the
West Coast, in 10 days’ time.
Dunedin Railways, which operates
the Taieri Gorge Railway, will tour the
train from Hokitika to Westport.
The Silver Fern railcar (RM 24) was
lent to Dunedin Railways in October
2012, to be used as charter ser vices on
the line north of D unedin.
Renamed the D unedin Silver Fern
it was used on trips between D unedin
and Waitati and charter trains between
Dunedin and Christchurch, D unedin
and Invercargill and also Christchurch
to Arthur’s Pass.
Built by Kawasaki and Toshiba,
originally three Silver Ferns were
introduced in 1972 to encourage
passengers back to rail transport due
to competition from air and road
The class was named the ‘Silver Ferns’
because their exterior was made of
corrugated stainless steel.
The railcars are most famous for their
ser vice on the North Island Main
Trunk daylight passenger train between
Wellington and Auckland from 1972
“ We have always believed there is
a market for this sort of trip out of
Dunedin so we bit the bullet and went
for it,” D unedin Railways spokeswoman
Barbara Reid said.
“ With 87 passengers the trip is near
A highlight of
the West Coast
tour was travelling
on the Greymouth
to Westport line,
which some local
had also booked
on, but it had
sold out. The
was a trip from
September 7: Depart Dunedin
Tuesday: to Greymouth.
Wednesday : to Westport
Thursday: Greymouth to Hokitika.
Friday: to Ashburton.
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