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Fire call to
The Hokitika Volunteer Fire
Brigade was called to the former
Seaview Hospital site about midday
on Saturday after the fire alarm
system in one of the abandoned
villas was activated. Just after
midnight today the brigade was
called to secure a marquee at a
Fitzherbert Street address that came
adrift in the wind overnight. The
large tent had been erected for a
West Coast police had to deal with
four drink-drivers over the weekend.
An 18-year-old Greymouth man
was stopped on Main South
Road, Karoro, in the early hours
of Saturday morning and had his
driver’s licence suspended for 28
days. The young driver blew 747mg,
when the limit for drivers under 20
is zero. A 29-year-old Waimangaroa
man was caught drink-driving
in Peel Street, Westport, at 3am
yesterday. He was charged with
driving with excess breath-alcohol
for the third or subsequent time after
blowing 854mg. He was also charged
with driving while suspended,
for the third time. A 22-year-old
Christchurch man stopped in
Westport at 2.05am yesterday blew
661mg. The driver of a vehicle found
parked on the side of the road in
Hokitika early today with its lights
on and the driver’s door open, was
found asleep by police. The man, in
his mid 50s, blew 912mg — more
than twice the legal limit. He had
previously been forbidden to drive.
NHS boob job scrounger Josie
Cunningham has revealed she
aborted her baby so she could have
a £7000 nose job. The 25-year-old,
who already has three children, said
she wants to have the surgery so she
can achieve her ‘dream’ of being a
porn and glamour model. She made
the decision after several doctors
told her they would not carry out
the nose job while she was pregnant.
Miss Cunningham said: “I’d had the
boobs done, I had the body, but I
realised that to be really successful
in the adult industry I needed the
face too. People can hate me — but
the pregnancy was going to ruin my
chance of finally making it. Next
year I’ll be posing for glamour shots
instead of nine months pregnant
lying on the sofa with fat ankles.”
Miss Cunningham was branded the
most hated woman in Britain after
shamelessly bragging about having
£4800 breast implants on the NHS.
— Daily Mail
Hotel saved from late-night fire
A fire at the Greymouth Railway
Hotel on Saturday night has been
described as a “good save” but the fire
brigade says it also ser ves as a warning
to those who cold wash tea towels and
then dry them in commercial driers.
The fire in the laundry area set
off the hotel alarm system at 11pm
on Saturday night — the Railway ’s
first weekend back trading after
the previous owner was put into
liquidation — and prompted the
evacuation of several guests staying in
the upper floor.
Greymouth Volunteer Fire Brigade
fire chief Lee Swinburn said it was
lucky those who discovered the seat
of the fire had the presence of mind
to shut off that part of the building
before the brigade arrived.
Two fire appliances took 10 minutes
to get the fire under control.
Most of the fire damage was confined
to two commercial driers, which were
alight, with some minor water and
minimal structural damage to the
“All credit to the occupants of the
hotel,” Mr Swinburn said. “ They
discovered the fire and closed the
doors and that certainly slowed down
the travel of the fire.”
Railway Hotel guest Steve Cuttance,
a regular visitor at the hotel from
Christchurch, was in bed upstairs
when the alarm went off.
After rousing another couple of
guests and telling them to get out, he
left the building through a rear fire
exit. Once on the ground he found
a staff member trying to open an
Mr Cuttance succeeded in getting
the door open, only to be confronted
by “thick, billowing smoke”.
At that point the ground was “on fire”
in the laundry area near the burning
driers, he said.
“As soon as I saw it I swung the door
closed,” Mr Cuttance said today.
Fire Ser vice risk management
officer Dan Greene said the fire was
being investigated but it appeared to
have been caused by the spontaneous
combustion of tea towels being dried
in one of the driers.
Actions by those at the scene before
the brigade arrived resulted in a “really
Mr Greene said tea towels which,
through use, had become infused
with cooking oil or fats, and then put
through a cold wash and into the drier,
could become susceptible to “heating”
at the end of the cycle.
It meant oil or fat permeating the
fabric and not washed out by cold
water self-combusted, and he said that
was what appeared to have happened.
The incident at the Railway Hotel
was one of four similar fires on the
West Coast investigated in the past
year. In all cases the fires had started in
These included the fire which
extensively damaged the South
Westland Area School, at Hari Hari,
in August. In that case the cause had
been traced to the technology block
and had resulted from tea towels left
in a drier, self-combusting.
The other two fires were at two
commercial hospitality premises at
Franz Josef Glacier.
In all instances, tea towels had been
cold washed and then left in the drier
after the end of the cycle.
Mr Greene said the best advice was
for tea towels to be washed with hot
water and then hung out to dry.
“ If they have to be put in the drier,
don’t leave the drier unattended. Once
it has finished, take them out and
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
The burned out driers at the rear of the Railway Hotel this morning. Inset: Steve Cuttance, who was staying at
the hotel at the time and helped isolate the fire.
Police are seeking public assistance
following the theft of about $50,000
of mining equipment from a Ross
Specialised equipment used to test
soil was among the missing gear,
believed to have been stolen from the
McLeods Road site, at Mikonui, some
time last week. The theft was reported
Greymouth senior sergeant Allyson
Ealam said there are no suspects at this
The equipment included a Gemini
gold shaking table with a green steel
frame, 1200mm wide and about 2m
long. A trailer-mounted test screen
and an RP4 shaking table were also
missing. The trailer was blue and has
distinctive knobbly off-road tyres.
Anyone with any information that
might lead to the identification of
suspects and the return of the stolen
property is urged to come for ward.
Meanwhile, police are investigating
the theft of a trail bike from the
Stafford Loop Road area, near
Awatuna, between Thursday and
Mrs Ealam said someone had cut
a padlock on a gate to access the
property, taking the two-wheeler
Honda CRF 250 dirt bike from an
open bay shed.
The bike has a silver frame, red
mudguards and has racing numbers
787 written in black and white.
Goldmining gear stolen
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Wayne Russell, Graeme Sara and Megan Cambus help set up the new Greymouth Municipal Band Hall, in
Blaketown, for the band’s first official practice in their new facility last night. The new hall replaces the old one blown
apart by Cyclone Ita in April 2014. The interior of the new hall is finished but the ground works have yet to be
completed before planning the official opening.
Band on the run
Te Puni Kokiri spent $100,000 to
help develop 20 whanau plans on the
West Coast, papers released under the
Official Information Act show.
The Maori Party’s flagship Whanau
Ora policy was established in 2010 as
a holistic approach to providing health
and social ser vices to families under
stress, with the aim of helping them to
take control of their lives.
Nationally, $138 million has been
spent on Whanau Ora since 2010.
Papers released to the Greymouth
Star show that two initiatives were
delivered on the Coast.
The first, to the former Hokitika-
based Rata te Awhina Trust, totalled
$100,000 to ‘develop 20 whanau plans
to achieve whanau operations’.
The papers said only that all 20 plans
had been developed, without giving
The second initiative, valued
at $39,780, was paid to Poutini
Waiora, which took over from Rata
te Awhina, to implement things in
the whanau plans including financial
literacy, training and education,
healthy lifestyles, parenting, stress
management and home ownership.
A second Official Information
Act request revealed some of the
aspirations in the plans:
connections — geological links,
whanau connectedness etc.
Healthy lifestyles — part of this
was gaining a driver’s licence.
Building whanau leadership.
Strengthening cultural identity —
language and customary knowledge.
Whanau wealth creation —
including financial literacy and job
security and creation.
Te Puni Kokiri chief executive
Michelle Hippolite said most of
the money was spent on hui, venue
and equipment hire, design and
production of whanau resources, and
report writing and administration.
In May, Auditor-General Lyn
Provost released an often heavily-
critical report on Whanau Ora, which
stated that Te Puni Kokiri could have
spent a greater proportion of funds on
families and not administration.
$100, 000 spent on Whanau Ora
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