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face clean-up order
A mortgagee auction at one of
Lake Brunner’s most prestigious
addresses netted one person a deal.
The three-bedroom home at Iveagh
Bay boasts some interior walls of
glass, allowing uninterrupted views
of the lake. With a capital value of
$540,000, it was sold by Harcourts
at the weekend for $462,000. Agent
Tristan Harcourt was unable to
comment further, other than to say
it was a “good sales figure”.
Blacks Point cinematographer
Alun Bollinger and Reefton nurse
Susan Barnett have been elected
to the Inangahua Community
Board in a by-election. They will
be sworn in at the next meeting on
October 6. The turnout of voters
was 47.3% of the total that were
eligible to vote. Five people stood
for the two vacancies, created by
the resignation of Kim Bolton
and Barrie Fowler due to personal
and family reasons. “ Reefton
and the Inangahua Community
Board will have plenty to work
on with Reefton Community
Centre, Historic Powerhouse
Walk and other challenges facing
the district. Councillors look
for ward to working with the new
representatives,” Buller Mayor
Garry Howard said today.
He claims to have the world’s
longest penis — but poor Roberto
Esquivel Cabrera is not happy about
it. Far from fighting off the women,
he claims his 18.9 inch member
is scaring them away. He also
thinks it stops him from holding
down a proper job, and wants to be
registered as disabled. But despite
the huge discomfort it causes him,
he wants the whole world to know
about it, and has called for his penis
to be recognised by the Guinness
Book of Records. Roberto, 52, got
it x-rayed to prove the doubters
wrong. — Daily Mail
Rain easing to showers
Hari Hari school back after fire
by Janna Sherman
Students and staff were back on
deck at South Westland Area School
today, five days after fire destroyed a
senior block at the Hari Hari school.
Principal Ross Brockbank said two
rooms smoke-damaged on Thursday
were ready to be re-occupied this
However, the home economics,
woodwork and metalwork rooms
gutted by fire would be out long-
The art room, senior common room
and library have been converted
into temporary classrooms to
accommodate the school’s 98
students, from Year 1 to Year 13.
“It was the senior end of the school
that got damaged, but everyone’s
been affected in some way ... but
it’s good to back to having things as
normal as possible,” Mr Brockbank
Staff had used the fire as a lesson
for students: “ We let them see the fire
damage to get rid of all the curiosity
and it has generated a lot of talk on
how to keep safe.”
Insurance assessors were on site
yesterday and had cleared the two
rooms for use. The other end that
had been badly burned remained
Board of trustees chairwoman
Maree Tuinier said community
members had rallied over the
weekend together with professional
cleaners to remove debris and dry
“That was a really big help, without
that I don’t think we would have
made the deadline and managed to
open today,” Ms Tuinier said.
Fire investigators believe the fire
was started by a drier in the home
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Shane Peipi braves the wintry conditions on the first day of spring, and opening day of the West Coast whitebait season, trying his luck scooping
from the Grey River’s coveted ‘big rock’ mid-tide this morning. Only the hardiest of whitebaiters were out today. With snow on the Southern Alps,
and more forecast for today, the wind and icy rain kept most off the riverbanks and initial checks indicate first-day catches were few and far between.
whitebaiters were told to beware the
king tides, as foul weather marred the
start of the whitebait season today.
With warnings of gale force winds,
a small taskforce was deployed last
night to Greymouth and Westport
including three extra fire engines and
crew from Christchurch.
By 11am, Westport was getting
gusts of 87kph, and Karamea was
Buller Mayor Garry Howard said
whitebaiters should take extreme
care and avoid the riverbanks where
possible. “King high tides combining
with this weather system can lead
to unpredictable circumstances,” Mr
Fire Service spokesman Brent
Dunn said 10 firefighters and three
trucks were sent to the Coast last
night, in case the storm got extreme.
“There was a potential there for it to
be as bad as last year, but it ’s okay so
far,” Mr Dunn said.
makes list for
Bids are now open to extend ultra-fast
broadband with Hokitika, Westport
urban, and Reefton on the ‘maybe’ list.
Greymouth already has ultra-fast
Adams yesterday released a ‘request for
“ New Zealanders are hungry for better
connectivity and the initiative has been
incredibly successful. That ’s why we
confirmed in March that we would
extend ultra-fast broadband (UFB) from
a target of 75% of New Zealanders to at
least 80%,” Ms Adams said.
More than 110 towns and communities
are listed as potential areas — but not all
will get fibre.
Tenderers are also invited to build fibre
to fringe areas of the first round of UFB
towns, and to suggest other candidate
areas for fibre.
Westport, grappling with a huge
downturn in the coalmining industry,
has been lobbying for UFB.
“ Faster, more reliable connectivity is
the single most important thing we can
do for regional economic development,”
Ms Adams said.
Bidders have until October 28 to
respond. The extension is being funded
by up to $210 million. Work could start
as early as next year, but is not scheduled
for completion until 2022.
rescue boat fund
Development West Coast has given
a $50,000 sponsorship to Coastguard
West Coast towards the $300,000 cost
of a replacement rescue vessel.
Based in Greymouth, the Coastguard
is responsible for the largest length
of coastline in New Zealand, from
Kahurangi Point to Milford Sound.
Last year, volunteers responded to 12
calls for help, bringing 18 people safely
However, their vessel the Ivan Talley
Rescue needs replacing.
“ Fishing is a major industry on the
Coast and Coastguard West Coast
provides a critical ser vice and support for
the fishing and maritime industry, as well
as recreational fishers,” Development
West Coast chairman John Sturgeon
“ We hope this sponsorship will
encourage others who use Coastguard’s
ser vices to make a contribution.” .
The 12m Ivan Talley was purchased in
2008 but its condition is deteriorating
rapidly, leading to higher running and
A $300,000 replacement suitable for
crossing the Grey River bar and designed
for search and rescue work, is available
from Coastguard Auckland.
Coastguard West Coast spokesman
Doug Griffin said having a reliable, fit-
for-purpose rescue vessel that would
meet the needs of the community and
in particular the challenging marine
environment was crucial.
Coastguard West Coast was working
hard on the project.
“This generous support from DWC
has been a real boost, and has given us
the encouragement and confidence to
launch our fundraising campaign,” he
The group was talking to other
potential sponsors and funders and with
the community’s support, hoped to bring
the new vessel into ser vice in 2016.
Whitebait season opens to wintry blast
Forecast windstorm fizzles, but Buller alert
Otira residents now have their
own radio station and are enjoying
music and DJs from the world over.
Resident Phillip Meiklejohn,
aka ‘DJ Twisted Blues’, began
broadcasting on 88FM a few days
“The population of Otira is 32, and
the first day we had 40 listening,”
Mr Meiklejohn said. “ They’re loving
The radio signal does not carry
far — about a 1km radius of Otira
but he hoped motorists passing
through would tune in, as they did
on opening day.
He had already been running an
on-line radio station and had now
extended that to FM. With the on-
line station, DJs from all around the
world can log in from their homes,
including the youngest in the world,
a six-year-old from Britain.
Mr Meiklejohn said he would
eventually like to extend it to small
towns around New Zealand and
As well as tuning in on FM radio
at Otira, people can visit on-line at
Otira radio station hits the airwaves
FLOATING SCREENS, REPLACEMENT BAGS & MORE
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