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Driver drank at wheel
A Granity man, 55, blew a massive
1462mg of breath-alcohol yesterday
afternoon after he was stopped by
police while driving on the Coast
Road towards Westport. It emerged
the man had been travelling from
Kumara and had been drinking
as he drove. Greymouth senior
sergeant Allyson Ealam said it was
the man’s seventh excess breath-
alcohol driving offence. “Police are
appalled at this blatant disregard for
road safety, his own safety and the
safety of others on the road. Some
folk will just never learn,” Mrs
Hokitika police have a lead on
two men who shoplifted at the
Hokitika Challenge Ser vice Station
late last night. The men were
spotted placing items under their
shirts and in their pockets before
leaving without paying. Hokitika
police are following a good line of
Police arrested a Greymouth
woman in her 20s yesterday for
disorderly conduct, following an
incident with her ex-partner. She
was later released and issued with a
five-day police safety order to keep
away from her ex.
Skatepark lights up
The Reefton skatepark will be lit on
Thursday and Friday evenings over
the holiday, the local community
board says. There are also ongoing
discussions about the community
about the Reefton iSite and Reefton
Inc taking over the day-to-day
running of the park.
Dance pass winners
Three lucky Greymouth Star
readers will be spending the next
four days being entertained at the
Greymouth Competition Society’s
101st annual Festival of Dance after
winning season passes. The winners
were Gloria Stewart, Nancye
Mahuika and Melva Crampton. The
competitons start tomorrow morning
and run until Tuesday night at the
Regent Theatre in Greymouth.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Two Greymouth vessels. Departures:
Nil. In port: 19 Greymouth vessels.
Expected departures: Nil. Expected
arrivals: Jay Elaine, Monday.
No more pokies for Westport
of the Hokitika Guardian
River scum has again been clogging
whitebaiter’s nets on the north bank of the
Hokitika River, downstream of Westland Milk
The dairy company released a statement
yesterday admitting that issues around
commissioning new plant equipment had
contributed to a “c loudier than usual” discharge
being released to the river.
However, “despite appearances”, it was unlikely
to be breaching resource consent conditions.
Environment manager Chris Pullen said
the company was aware of complaints from
whitebaiters about a white discharge into the
river originating from Westland’s permitted
“The discharge is cloudier than usual but
at this stage we don’t believe it is having any
adverse effect, and is not in breach of our water
quality consent conditions.
“An unusual combination of circumstances
has combined to make the discharge look a lot
worse than it is.”
Mr Pullen said during the past two weeks
the Hokitika factory had been commissioning
a new biological wastewater treatment system.
It had increased demand on the equipment
normally separating milk solids from the liquid
discharge, and temporarily produced a cloudier
than normal discharge to the river.
“The visual impact of the discharge has been
compounded by the river being very clear and
having medium to low flows, so the impact of
any wastewater is much more noticeable”
Mike Goodhew, who has fished the north
bank for two years, said the amount of
discharge seemed to be twice as much as last
On Wednesday morning he had cleaned away
three build ups of a brown, greasy substance in
the space of two hours.
‘Cloudier’ WMP discharge
clogs whitebait nets
By Lee Scanlon
of the Westport News
After a conscience-wrestle that culminated
in a tied vote, Buller district councillors on
Wednesday night quashed an application
for more pokie machines in Westport.
The Southern Trust (TST) had applied to
install up to nine machines in the Westport
Motor Hotel, which currently has no pokies.
If the application had succeeded, Westport
would have had six pokie venues and up to
The application attracted nine submitters,
eight of whom opposed it.
TST operations compliance manager,
Campbell Wilson, told the council hearing
the motor hotel’s new owner had made a
significant investment in the business and
now wanted to offer more entertainment
The new machines would effectively replace
six that had been withdrawn from the nearby
Melbourne Hotel, Mr Wilson said.
There was no evidence more machines
would increase gambling harm and little
evidence of problem gambling in Buller.
Only one of the nine submitters, Alan
Corbett, attended the hearing. He said more
machines would not benefit Buller, where
there were a number of problem gamblers.
“There’s a group in Westport that travels
from pub to pub. They have an underground
thing — they know when the jackpot is
going to go off and they turn up and play
Mayor Garry Howard said local
organisations reliant on pokie funds were
already getting funding from existing pokie
“ Fundamentally, I feel it’s a mistake New
Zealand ever having the machines in the
country, and yet I’m a gambler,” Mr Howard
The vote tied at five all. Under council
rules there is no casting vote and a tied vote
means the status quo (no machines at the
motor hotel) remains.
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St Patrick’s Primary School principal Caron Olivier and teacher Kylie Bellis
stand before some of the St Patrick’s school art, which was on show yesterday.
“All children have been working on having their art on show on the walls
and throughout the school for parents and everyone to see,” Ms Olivier said.
“Some very talented young artists.”
Pupils’ ar t on show
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Kumara papers go on-line
of the Hokitika Guardian
Copies of one of the last goldfields
newspapers, the Kumara Times, will be on-
line next year.
Kumara Times project leader and Heritage
Hokitika vice-president David Verrall said a
contract was signed on Wednesday to begin
the digitisation process of 13,722 pages of
the historic newspaper for New Zealand on-
line newspaper network, Papers Past, which
already makes about 90 newspapers from the
19th and 20th centuries freely available for
It follows six months of fundraising to raise
a community share of $10,500 — matched by
programme partners, the National Library of
The campaign was bolstered last month by
a $5500 contribution from the New Zealand
Society of Genealogists, which supported the
project for its research and historical value.
Mr Verrall said the Hokitika Museum held
the last known copies of the old paper from the
last 20 years of publication.
By June next year it was expected to be added
to the Paper’s Past collection.
Whitebait fishery on
conservation boards’ agenda
The whitebait fishery was on the agenda
when conser vation board chairmen met
“It’s a very hot topic,” West Coast
Conser vation Board chairman Mike
Legge said prior to the meeting.
Other conser vation boards, including
Waikato, were considering the fishery.
The West Coast season is shorter than
Former conser vation minister Nick
Smith announced a review before the
last election but that “came to nothing”,
Dr Legge said.
On the West Coast, a meeting had
been held recently and 20 farmers were
interested in creating riparian strips to
Dr Legge said conser vation board
chairmen met yesterday.
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