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2 - Friday, October 2, 2015
Just 139.5mm of rain fell last
month in Greymouth. Retiring
weather obser ver Phil Forrest
released his final set of figures.
The second part of the month was
characterised by a long, fine spell.
It rained on 13 days, with the
heaviest fall on September 17, with
37.2mm. The total for the year so
far is 1995.1mm. The sunshine total
for the month was 153.7 hours,
recorded over 26 days. So far this
year there have been 1260 hours of
sunshine. The warmest temperature
for September was 19.4degC on
September 24, the coolest just
2.2degC on September 7.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: Nil. In port:
Canopus, 25 other vessels. Expected
departures: Nil. Expected arrivals:
Galatea II, Sunday.
of the Westport News
A former Westport Solid
Energy mine worker will be
returning to the area to take
over the Denniston Experience
coalmine tourist attraction.
Nigel Slonker said mining was
something he had always been
interested in. He began working
in coalmines in the United
Kingdom when he was 16.
He was very familiar with the
area, having been involved with
the West Coast for the past 25
While he did not go on the
Denniston Experience tour when
it was open, he had heard a lot
Mining in New Zealand was
almost a dying industry, and was
very much a part of the country’s
history, he said.
Mr Slonker said he would be
taking over on November 1, and
would hopefully be open by the
last weekend of November.
While he had no plans to make
any changes to the tour at this
stage, he was planning to lower
the cost of the tickets to open
it up to more people. “ Lowering
the cost is a big one,” he said.
Mr Slonker first moved to
Westport in 1990. He worked at
both Stockton Mine and Mount
Davy for eight years.
He then spent time in Dunedin
as the underground mine manager
at Oceana Gold’s Macraes Mine,
and up until 18 months ago was
the general manager at Oceana
Gold in Reefton.
He and his wife Jacqueline live
in Hamilton, but they will spend
the summer season in Westport
working at the Experience, before
returning to Hamilton, as activity
at the attraction tended to drop
off after summer, he said.
New manager for mine attraction
(Opposite Dixon Park)
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Lois, John and Alan
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friends of Judy to say
goodbye. Her interment
will be held at the
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Jo-Anne, Cheryl, Sam,
Aimee and Hamish,
Neal and Jessie would
like to sincerely thank
everyone for the cards,
flowers, contributions of
food and just random
acts of kindness since
David's death. It has all
been truly appreciated.
Thanks also to those
who travelled long dis-
tances to be with us.
Dave would have been
humbled by the number
of people who came.
Thanks also to the
St John team, the heli-
copter crew and the
personnel from Foote
Ward and Grey Hospital
on that fateful afternoon.
Please accept this as a
personal thank you from
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Shantytown eyes adventure tourism
Shantytown wants to add some sort of
adventure or thrill attraction, chairman
Dave McMillan says.
In the annual report, he said the
organisation wanted to appeal to a wider
range of tourists passing through the West
“ We have had a visit from one operator
who is considering our site as being
suitable,” Mr McMillan said.
Shantytown should be able to increase
visitor numbers in line with the expected
increases in tourist numbers, he said.
Mr McMillan also reported that they
managed to catch up on lots of maintenance
in the past year.
Thanks to donations of paint, and keeping
extra staff through winter, the hotel, fire
station, BNZ, Post Office, Greymouth
Star, Welshman’s and Miners Hall were all
The West Coast Historical and
Mechanical Society made a trading profit,
“ We are actively seeking funds to enable
the Ross hall and church to have any
maintenance issues attended to.”
Mr McMillan said he had received
many favourable comments on the
appearance of the heritage town, as well as
positive comments from the organisers of
He said the marketing team had done a
good job, particularly with the number of
tour groups now at Shantytown.
Substantial signs were now appearing
a key sites outside the area which would
encourage extra visitors, he said.
They still had to be ever vigilant regarding
costs, but under chief executive Andrea
Forrest ’s leadership, and a dedicated staff
and board, they were “positioned well for
The West Coast Historical and
Mechanical Society members are Mr
O’Sullivan, Vinay Chandra, Ray Thomas
and Debbie Collings.
West Coast Spark has been sold
and is moving to a more central
location at Network Photos, in
Greymouth, from Monday.
The business, currently located
in Tainui Street in the Electronet
building, has been sold to
Network Photos owner Drew
Mr Talboys said he was thrilled
about the change, saying the
staff would stay with the store so
customers would see the same faces
and it would be business as usual.
“The new central town location
will be a good thing for our
customers. The Spark business
co-operates well with Network
Photos and we are all excited by
the new possibilities.”
He said the changeover may
take a little while to finalise
everything: “Please bear with us
as we get the shop kitted out. The
intention is to be up and running
as quickly as possible. ”
They hoped to be up and
running on Monday afternoon.
Electronet chief executive Rob
Caldwell said the move to an
owner-operator model would be a
great fit for Spark.
Electronet has operated the
business for the past 14 years.
Spark on the move
PICTURE: Lisa Rangi
Spark Greymouth business sales representatives Tash Woolhouse, left, and Latasha Wonnacott load up
their vehicle in preparation for their move to Network Photos, in Mackay Street, on Monday.
Man told to ‘butt out ’ of ex’s life
A Westport man was told
yesterday to “butt out ” of the life
of his former partner and their
new baby, after he appeared in the
Greymouth District Court for
breaching a protection order.
Wayne Selwyn Rowe, 45, allegedly
breached an order at a Westport
residence on Tuesday.
He was remanded on bail, by a
“narrow margin,” to appear in the
Greymouth court again on October
27 to face the charge. Police
During bail submissions, Judge
David Saunders took issue with
Rowe’s justification for why he
kept contacting his former partner,
regardless of separate and ongoing
Family Court matters.
Judge Saunders told Rowe he had
made a “real rod” for his back by not
following earlier bail conditions,
and by continuing to try to engage
with the estranged mother of his
The judge twice noted the baby
would have no recollection of Rowe
until he reached the age of three.
“ I’m not going to debate with
you Mr Rowe. It ’s all very well you
saying ‘my son’. You might have
been there when the seeds were
sown but she has primary care; you
will have an uphill battle to get
contact . . . it’s all very well for you
to claim rights.”
The judge granted Rowe bail
by “a narrow margin” but it was a
final warning. The next time Rowe
breached he could contemplate
being a father while sitting in a
The baby’s mother was particularly
entitled to be left alone at this stage,
the judge said.
“S he is entitled to have a night’s
sleep with no fear of you walking
around the town.”
Rowe was ordered to comply with
a 12-hour curfew from 8pm daily.
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