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A Greymouth man was arrested
on Friday for twice contravening
a protection order after he made
attempts to contact his former
partner. Meanwhile, a Greymouth
man in his 30s was arrested for
disorderly behaviour on Friday
after he became abusive towards
police when he was stopped driving.
He was later released on a pre-
charge warning. Later on Friday, a
Greymouth man was arrested for
disorderly behaviour outside the
Railway Hotel. In Hokitika, police
issued a safety order to a Hokitika
man yesterday after a domestic
argument with his partner.
Fine with areas of morning frosts
Fatal crash at
A woman was killed in a vehicle
crash near Lake Moeraki this
morning. The crash was reported
shortly after 10am. The Fox Glacier
Volunteer Fire Brigade was called
to the crash site on State highway 6
near Mimi Creek, at the eastern end
of Lake Moeraki, but was turned
back when it became clear there
was nothing that could be done, fire
chief John Sullivan said. Police said
a man also travelling in the vehicle
was not seriously injured and had
been taken south to Haast late this
morning. “At this stage it is believed
to be a single vehicle crash, but
due to the remote location of the
incident all other details are yet to
be confirmed and a serious crash
investigation is under way,” Tasman
police media spokeswoman Barbara
Dunn said. Motorists were urged to
drive “with extreme care” in South
Westland due to the winter driving
conditions, she said.
In what must be the oddest new
weight loss trend, women in Hong
Kong are reportedly staring at
the sun in order to lose weight.
Hong Kong’s fitness-mad culture
means green juices and hyperbaric
chambers are no longer just the
reser ve of the most extreme health
fanatics. But the latest means of
staying in shape seems really bizarre.
Women have been spotted staring
directly at the sun before sunset
on a beach in Sam Ka Village.
According to dieters, looking into
the sun allows you to absorb solar
energy, which means you no longer
need calories from food. Right. “ We
practise sun-gazing as a substitute
for eating,” one dieter said. “Some
of us who have finished the therapy
now eat less, and others don’t have
to eat at all.” — Metro
Aimee van der Weyden
of the Westport News
The ‘Move to Westport’ campaign
has helped sell 13 houses in the Buller
district since it began in early June,
according to figures from Westport
real estate agents.
Property Brokers Westport branch
manager Charlie Elley said they had
sold seven houses as a result of the
The majority of buyers had come
from North Canterbury.
The campaign’s main driver is a 6m
by 3m billboard on Blenheim Road,
Mr Elley said about 30,000 people
drove past the billboard each day, so
many “well and truly” knew about the
campaign by now.
The campaign’s main aim was to
attract retirees, who, in selling their
home in Canterbury and buying one
in Westport would release locked-up
wealth, which they could use to enjoy
“ We are hoping to encourage people
to move and stay here and grow the
Some of the retirees had bought
the houses Westport families were
trying to sell, allowing those families
to move on in the wake of recent job
losses. That was a positive spin-off of
the campaign, he said.
“I’m 100% sure the campaign has
been a success and will continue to
produce benefits for years to come, as
long as the differential remains high
between our district and a lot of the
Ray White Westport branch
manager Graeme Walsh said they
had sold six Westport homes as a
direct result of the billboard.
“I still think we would have had
another six again being created just
by the awareness in the media, not
specifically from the billboard itself.
We’re still seeing people coming
from Canterbury every week.”
The campaign had given a few
Westport families the chance to sell
their house before moving out of the
area, but there were still a lot that
wanted to move, he said.
“There are still houses that need to
On the whole, he was happy with
the performance of the campaign
The billboard is due to be moved
from its current position on
Blenheim Road “very shortly”, but
Buller Mayor Garry Howard was not
yet sure where it would be moved to.
It could be moved to another spot
in Christchurch, or to another city
such as Nelson or even Wellington or
The council did not have to pay to
have the billboard in the Blenheim
Road spot — it had a ‘quid pro quo’
arrangement with the billboard
company, which also ran billboards
on the Coast Road and in the Buller
However, the arrangement was only
for a few months, which were nearly
The next location may not be ‘free’
like the Blenheim Road location, he
“ We have to have discussions about
the costs and who’s paying.”
Overall Mr Howard was “very
pleased ” with the Move to Westport
campaign, which he believed had
“stimulated” Westport’s real estate
“ None of the purchasers have
bought a handkerchief-sized two-
bedroom home. They’ve all been
buying three-bedroom homes with a
‘Move to Westport ’ campaign draws 13 buyers
Trustpower says it still hopes to build
the Arnold River power scheme some
day, and is looking to extend its options
to buy properties in the path of the
proposed hydro scheme.
After 11 years of work, plans were
consented five years ago — the week
after the Pike River Mine disaster.
From then, electricity demand fell on
the West Coast, worsened by the closure
of the Spring Creek Mine.
The proposed 46MW scheme involved
diverting the Arnold River through
a series of canals from the existing
powerhouse near Kamaka, on the Arnold
Valley Road, almost as far as Stillwater.
It would have generated enough power
for 27,000 homes, and was initially
estimated to cost $185 million.
“ We are looking to extend those
(property) deals, because we still hope
to build the scheme in the future,”
Trustpower spokesman Graeme Purches
said on Friday.
West Coast-Tasman MP Damien
O’Connor last week called for
Tauranga-based Trustpower to give the
opportunity to someone else, perhaps
the West Coast-owned Westpower, to
develop it, “if Trustpower are just going
to continue to sit on it”.
However, Mr Purches said the
proposed scheme formed part of its
existing scheme, “which we obviously
have no plans to sell”.
In an environment where gas and
coal stations were closing down, the
supply-demand balance was improving
and wholesale prices were likely to rise
a little, so the case for building it was
probably getting stronger.
However, uncertainly over transmission
charges was still getting in the way, he
Firefighters helped to burn a
house to the ground in Greymouth
yesterday, in a controlled burning
and training exercise.
Fire brigades from Greymouth,
Cobden, Runanga, Dobson
and Blackball sent a total of 45
firefighters to undertake specialised
training as the derelict Thompson
Street house went up in flames,
watched by a crowd of about 50
The house was razed under
super vision from New Zealand Fire
Ser vice trainers from Christchurch
to enable firefighters to experience
the reality of heat and smoke
conditions beyond what volunteers
experienced during their training in
Christchurch, Greymouth chief fire
officer Lee Swinburn said.
“It went really good — everything
went according to plan,” Mr
The old house, owned by
Greenfield Motors, was left with
each of its rooms fully furnished to
simulate what firefighters would
have to deal with in a real-life
“Each room was lit and
extinguished three to four times.
What that did was give them
exposure to live fire situations.”
Dog control officers will be
monitoring the cycle trail around
Greymouth after a pet kid was
attacked by two dogs yesterday
Franco Horridge said their four-
month-old goat was attacked in
a paddock on Pig Farm Road, at
“She’s sore, she has puncture
wounds on her back end and one on
her stomach,” Mr Horridge said.
He was also concerned for the
family horse in the paddock, as well
as sheep and lambs that belonged
Mr Horridge has since moved the
goat to the house and said it would
not be going back to the paddock.
A neighbour who witnessed the
attack said it was “very unpleasant ”
“I just looked out the window and
two brown short-haired dogs came
in off the track,” the woman said.
It was a “sheer fluke” that a man
was walking past at the time and
scared them off.
“ If the man wasn’t there the goat
would be gone.”
Mr Horridge was thankful to the
neighbours for helping and the man
for scaring off the dogs.
Grey District Council dog control
officer Paula Kerr said they would
be patrolling the Karoro-South
Beach area more often to see if the
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Franco Horridge with the family’s
four-month-old kid Jenny, which
was attacked by two dogs yesterday.
Pet kid mauled by dogs
Burning down the house
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
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