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A Reefton man crashed his car
while attempting to read a text
message. Police were called out
on Friday after a vehicle rolled in
the Maimai area. The 19-year-old
driver had been attempting to read a
text message while driving home, a
police spokesman said.
Power box explodes
The Greymouth Volunteer Fire
Brigade was called to an exploding
power box in High Street, near the
Recreation Hotel, late last night.
The fire was extinguished with
powder once the electricity supply
to the box had been cut.
Bathurst loses $16m
Coalmining company Bathurst
has reported a net loss for the year
of $16.4 million, adding to a $189.9
million loss the previous year. The
result included positive cash flow
of $1m. Chairman Toko Kapea
said the result was a “significant
turnaround” and a result of the
company’s focus on its domestic
business, and cost efficiencies.
Bathurst has the consents for an
open-cast mine at Denniston, but
has postponed the development.
Mainly fine, showers near ranges
Seat vandal nabbed
PICTURE: Jean Nodwell
A Greymouth teenager, aged
16, is being spoken to by police
for damaging a seat at the Karoro
Domain. It is one of several installed
recently along the cycle trail, as part
of a Lions Club initiative.
A man with an apparent case of
arachnophobia caused a fire at a
suburban Detroit fuel pump by
putting a lighter to what he says
was a spider near his fuel door.
He escaped injury and his vehicle
suffered little damage, but the
fuel pump was destroyed. A clerk
shut off the pump from indoors
and called the fire department.
The motorist can be heard on the
sur veillance video at the Centre
Line station asking: “Is that a spider
in there?” The video then shows
flames erupting along the car’s side,
the pump and the pavement. The
man darts to safety and later uses
a fire extinguisher to put out the
flames. A spider is not seen. — AP
Tourists land, crash
Five tourists from Asia, only in
the country for a matter of hours
after flying into Christchurch,
crashed on State highway
73 at Turiwhate on Saturday
Kumara Volunteer Fire Brigade
fire chief Gary Lindbom said
the west-bound vehicle clipped
a culvert and tipped on its side,
possibly after the driver became
blinded by the sun. None of the
occupants was seriously injured,
save for seatbelt bruising.
“I’d say they were lucky people,
obviously,” Mr Lindbom said.
A doctor and nurse from
Christchurch and a member of
Mines Rescue were already on
the scene when the fire brigade
All five occupants
transported to Grey Base
Hospital for assessment. One
was transferred to Christchurch
Hospital with suspected broken
ribs. Police are following up with
Greymouth firefighters had
little time to rest at the weekend,
fielding nine calls from Friday
afternoon until early today.
The brigade was called to
rescue a child snagged in a tree
at the Barnardos Early Learning
Centre in Alexander Street, about
1.45pm on Friday. A couple of
hours later the brigade was out
again, this time to Boddytown to
an out of control and unpermitted
burn at Ridgeway Drive.
About 3.30pm on Saturday,
firefighters were on the way to
a car crash at Turiwhate when
they came across another out
of control scrub burn at the
Kumara Tram, where the West
Coast Wilderness Trail exits
State highway 6, just past the
Deputy fire chief Graeme
O’Dea said that fire, extending
over about 50 square metres,
was not permitted and was “just
dumb” given the dry conditions
of the past week.
“It was quite a large scrub fire
and was causing quite a few
problems, with traffic and smoke
going across the road,” Mr O’Dea
They spent about an hour
fighting that one, while about the
same time the Hokitika Volunteer
Fire Brigade was dealing to a
permitted burn which had spread
into scrub, on a lifestyle property
at Three Mile.
Greymouth volunteers were
out again very early yesterday
morning, this time to extinguish a
small fire on the deck of a Tasman
Street property, apparently started
by a burning cigarette butt.
About 4pm yesterday the
brigade had to use a chainsaw to
get access to a small fire found
burning under a house in Chapel
Street. Mr O’Dea said the cause
of that fire was not yet known but
was being investigated.
The brigade was called to
Blaketown beach off the end of
Robinson Street a few hours later,
about 8.45pm, to extinguish a
fire left burning amid driftwood.
When the brigade arrived the fire
They later dealt with an
electrical fire in High Street.
After a restless weekend, the
volunteers had an early morning
wake-up call at 3.30am today
for what turned out to be a false
alarm at the Granger House rest
Roof lift milestone for stadium
PICTURE: Laura Mills
CYB operations manager Steve Gibson watches as the largest truss for the new Greymouth sports stadium is carefully lowered into place this morning. The
10-tonne steel beam was made by Gray Brothers Engineering, and Liddells staff were on hand to do the heavy lift. “It will be three weeks before the roof structure
is complete and ready for the roofers to come in. Then we can start to close the building in,” Mr Gibson said. CYB is the main contractor.
Railway Hotel reopening close
The Railway Hotel liquidators hope to
see the doors reopen this weekend, but
say a sale will take longer.
AGO Investments, trading as the
Railway Hotel, was put into liquidation
in the High Court on September 15. It
has been shut ever since.
Liquidator David Vance said this
morning said they were in “serious
discussions” with one party.
“The first thing is getting it open and
running. The second is the sale process.
There’s a few conditions which we have
to go through, a process to get sign off by
stakeholders,” Mr Vance said.
Reopening was simpler than a sale,
and something the liquidators and the
interested party could negotiate between
Although there were no guarantees he
hoped it could be sorted this week.
“I would expect to have an agreement in
place (this week),” Mr Vance said, though
he pointed out the other party would
also have a process to follow before it
Mr Vance said the Railway had
made money for a long time and with
enthusiasm and new ideas, there was
every chance it could be successful.
The party and potential sale price
According to Grey District Council
records, it has a capital value of $636,000
and land value of $188,000.
Mr Vance said the sale price would be
revealed in later liquidators’ reports.
The first report, due one month after
they had been appointed, would reveal
the state they found the business in, while
the second report would cover the first six
months of the liquidation.
Plea for mental health smokers
If Grey Base Hospital staff take
mental health patients off the hospital
grounds to smoke, some will escape, the
West Coast District Health Board was
warned on Friday.
Board member Michelle Lomax
raised concerns at the board meeting
over compulsorily preventing people
from smoking in a crisis.
Clinical nurse manager Karen
Bousfield said there were two competing
priorities — keeping the hospital
smokefree, and managing mental
health patients with an addiction.
All patients were offered a smoking
inter vention, Ms Bousfield said.
A nurse may take a patient who
wanted to smoke off the grounds, she
“These are people who are particularly
unwell. What ’s the right thing for the
person? What ’s the right thing for the
Ms Lomax said people in the in-
patient mental health unit were there
compulsorily, and it would not be safe
for them to leave the grounds.
However, not allowing people in
a crisis to smoke was “not helpful”
She suggested providing a secure place
for smokers outside the in-patient unit.
“If you are taking people off the
grounds to smoke, you’ ll get some
people escaping,” she warned.
“It’s finding the balance,”
Bousfield said. Nicotine replacement
Board member Peter Neame, who has
a long background in mental health
on the West Coast and Australia, said
it was a matter of finding what was
Smoking was a mood stabiliser, Mr
The preferred main contractor
Hospital will be announced
shortly. West Coast District
Health Board programme
said at the board meeting on
Friday they had moved into
the detailed design phase. “ We
expect the partnership group to
be in a position to announce the
preferred contractor for the main
build in the coming short period
of time,” Mr Frampton said.
Hospital contract imminent
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