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Thieves were thwarted in an
attempt to break into the Mobil
Scenicland ser vice station in
Greymouth on Monday, police said
today. They tried smashing a side
window but were unsuccessful in
gaining entry to the retail shop area.
Nothing was taken and police are
following up with inquiries.
The Silver Fern railcar departs
Greymouth this morning, headed
for Westport as part of the train’s
first West Coast tour. It arrived in
Greymouth last night for the tour
run by Dunedin Railways. Today, 85
people rode the train up to Westport
and 94 will return. Tomorrow it will
head to Hokitika and on Friday it
will return to Ashburton. The name
Silver Fern came about because
the exterior is made of corrugated
Runanga taps dry
Runanga this morning had its
second water pipe break in as many
days, after a pipe burst in Inverness
Street, D unollie. Yesterday, a pipe
burst in Pitt Street, Runanga. Grey
District Council utilities engineer
Kurtis Perrin-Smith said the Pitt
Street pipe burst could be the result
of pressure changes due to work on
the local reser voir.
Rain, heavy falls possible
A woman told police of her
disbelief when she discovered that
her ‘boyfriend ’ of two years was a
female friend, a jury has heard. The
complainant said she thought she
was having sex with a man called
Kye Fortune, who was recovering
from a brain tumour and did not
want her to see his scars. But she
claims she eventually discovered
it was in fact her 25-year-old
friend Gayle Newland, who had
persuaded her to wear a blindfold
throughout their sexual encounters
in which a prosthetic was used.
The court heard the alleged victim
received a Facebook friend request
in 2011 from a Kye Fortune who
purported to be a half-Filipino,
half-Latino young man. Eventually,
the complainant and Kye decided to
finally meet in person at a Chester
hotel. Describing their last sexual
encounter, the victim said: “ When
I was having sex I grabbed for the
back of his head and my hand got
caught on something. It did not feel
right. ” — Daily Telegraph
Troubled hotel closed again
Greymouth’s once grandest hotel,
Revingtons, is closed for business
again — and this time the closure is
The latest closure is the third since the
pub was forced to shut after the liquor
licence was suspended for two weeks in
June for breaches of its alcohol licence.
Last month it was shut abruptly
for three days, the newly appointed
manager Tai Feast saying at the time
the shutdown was necessary to address
“ in-house issues”.
When it reopened on August 25, Ms
Feast said changes were afoot and she
wanted to restore the community’s
faith in the hotel.
However, Revingtons failed to open
the doors on Monday and this time Ms
Feast is not saying why.
The Greymouth Star understands
the hotel has had difficulty restocking
alcohol, but she could not comment on
“There is going to be an ownership
change and it is a local who will be
taking over — that is all I am able to
However, the Nelson-based owner
of the building, Dale Vercoe, said the
“carry-on” at the hotel had been a
circus since the lessee left the country
suddenly and returned to India.
“No one knew what was going on. The
Indian fellow just buggered off, and he
has left some real messes around,” Mr
Vercoe told the Greymouth Star.
He and his son Graham will be
in Greymouth next week to try to
organise something to keep the hotel
“ While the business really does not
have anything to do with us, we will be
inter viewing someone to take over the
hotel to enable it to be reopened,” Mr
“We are going to do our best and we
think it will work.”
Ms Feast said she had been appointed
general manager by Manav Soni, the
former lessee, and she believed she
would continue in the role when the
new owners were appointed, although
Mr Vercoe said today he had not heard
of Ms Feast.
She said all of the eight employees
bar staff, cleaners, and kitchen staff
— still had jobs, but she would not say
if they were still on the payroll.
Grey District Council alcohol
licensing inspector Paula Kerr said the
closure had nothing to do with the
hotel’s liquor licence.
“It (Revingtons) still has a licence for
the sale and supply of liquor in place.”
spokesman Trevor Henry confirmed
today they were investigating the pokie
machines at the hotel.
Internal Affairs was working with
the Lion Foundation after concerns
were raised about the late banking of
gaming machine proceeds, Mr Henry
PICTURE: Viv Logie
The main entrance to Revingtons Hotel, locked up with no sign of
life and the curtains draped across the main doors this morning.
It is crunch time in Reefton, where
Oceana Gold plans to lay off more than
100 workers this month.
Reefton will lose about 200 jobs by
March as Oceana Gold mothballs its
Globe Progress open-cast mine.
Mining would be completed by the
end of the month, manager Dale Oram
said on Monday.
About 106 workers would go over the
next couple of weeks, leaving just six
workers in the mining operation and
another eight in maintenance. Three of
the 14 would go next month and the
remaining 11 by January. There would
be a staged reduction of the other jobs,
Mr Oram said.
“ We don’t finish processing until
probably about March ... It will all
pretty much be over by the end of
A crew of about six would remain on-
site during the care and maintenance
phase. The goldmine employs about 184
workers and about 20 contractors.
It is a big contributor to the regional
economy, paying just over $17 million
a year in wages and spending over
$12 million on operations.
Of the mine employees, about 85
live in Reefton, 40 in Greymouth, 12
in Westport and 13 in other Coast
settlements. Another 34 commute from
as far afield as D unedin.
Mr Oram said some of the workers
would be leaving the Coast. A couple
of them had jobs at Oceana’s Macraes
Mine in Otago.
He would return to his hometown of
Melbourne. He has been in Reefton
just over two years.
There was always a chance of Globe
Progress reopening, he said.
“The resource is still there ... There
would need to be quite a bit of work
done geotechnically and also on a
resource level. There’s still option for
The workings of the original Globe
Progress mine were about 200m below
the current pit floor, he said.
“There’s still an ore body there. But
how much and where it is needs more
drilling ... No way we’ve got enough
information now to say what we could
do underground, but there is potential.”
There was also potential for a larger
cutback on the existing pit, he said.
“But that depends on economics.”
Mining began at Globe Progress in
2006 and was originally supposed to
finish about two years ago. The final
mine plan, which Oceana Gold was
still discussing with the Department
of Conservation, was for the pit to
become a lake, Mr Oram said. The shell
would take four to six years to fill with
freshwater and would then overflow
down a valley into Devil’s Creek.
Buller has also lost 166 jobs at
Stockton Mine this year — stripping
about $10m in wages from the local
economy — and will lose another 120
when Holcim closes its Cape Foulwind
works next year.
PICTURE: Dwayne Detlaff
As Oceana Gold begins to wind down its Globe Progress open-cast mine, 118 Reefton people took the opportunity on Saturday of a guided bus tour
of the site. Mine manager Dale Oram said they put on tours to let the community, and workers’ friends and families, have a look. Mining will stop at
the end of this month, and processing on site will finish about March. The huge pit — currently 245m deep and 700m wide — will be flooded to become
Pulse Energy, the small-scale
electricity retailer controlled by lines
company Buller Electricity, has called
a halt to trading of its shares on the
NZAX small cap board pending an
The Auckland-based company
reported a $2.9 million loss in the
year ended March 31, from $2.8
million the year before. There was a
turnaround in the second half of the
year to a $1.7 million Ebitdaf (earnings
before interest, tax, depreciation,
amortisation, and changes in the
value of financial instruments) profit
and the company said it expected to
be profitable at the Ebitdaf line in the
2016 financial year.
The result included a 27% increase
in revenue to $101.8m, compared
with $74.1m the previous year and
customer numbers grew by 7317 to
The company, started in 2004, is one
of 24 on the NZX’s alternative market
which will be eventually closed in
favour of the new NXT market.
— New Zealand Herald
Buller-owned Pulse calls halt to share trading
A West Coast man who admitted
charges of importing and exporting
objectionable publications was
yesterday remanded on bail for
sentencing in November.
He was granted interim name
suppression in the Greymouth
The man had faced 16 separate
charges for the same offence, to
which the man initially pleaded not
guilty. However, he later admited
three representative charges, while
the rest were withdrawn.
The three charges he admitted were
the importation of objectionable
publications between December 20,
2012 and January 16, 2013, exporting
an objectionable publication, and
importing a Samsung cellphone
Lawyer George Linder applied for
interim name suppression on the
grounds that the offender’s mother
and his sister, who was currently
being treated for a number of health
issues, would be caused extreme
hardship in the small community in
which they lived if he was named.
However, Marcus Zintl, acting
on agency instructions, said such
“serious and deplorable” offending
meant that there was a public interest
in him being named.
Mr Zintl said that there was no
medical evidence of the sister’s
health conditions, which were “pure
Judge Brian Callaghan said there
was no evidence from the offender
that he would suffer hardship by
being named. However, he was
satisfied that naming him would
cause extreme hardship to his sister.
The name suppression will be
reviewed when he is sentenced on
Man admits pornography charges
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