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Rescue copter busy
The West Coast NZCC rescue
helicopter fielded two calls over the
weekend. The first call was yesterday,
to the Carroll Hut near Otira, to
pick up an overdue tramper who
had activated his personal locator
beacon. The second was early today,
to the Maruia Saddle to pick up
a hunter who also activated his
personal locator beacon at 4am after
being overcome by the extreme
weather overnight. The man was
safely winched out of the bush and
evacuated about 7am.
Police inquiries into the theft of a
vehicle from Cobden on Saturday
are ongoing. The Nissan Terrano
was unlawfully taken overnight on
Saturday from an address in Peel
Street and was found yesterday in
Kumara. Greymouth police said
they are seeking two youths from
Greymouth in relation to the theft.
Arrest at hotel
An abusive man was arrested at the
Australasian Hotel, in Greymouth
on Saturday. Police were called after
the man, in his 20s, refused to leave
More for quake drill
Grey district is leading the way
with the New Zealand earthquake
drill, Shake Up, on October 15. So
far, 4637 people have signed up to
drop, cover and hold — an increase
of more than 1000 on last time the
drill was held. Westland is sitting
at 1449 and Buller 1483. For more
information or to sign up go to
Exhaust consent sought
The West Coast District Health
Board has applied to the West Coast
Regional Council to discharge fumes
from a diesel generator at Grey
Base Hospital. The 400kVA diesel
generator will be used as standby
for the existing hospital, and remain
after redevelopment. It will be stored
in the basement of the mental health
building, with a vent and exhaust.
The board has already applied for
consent for a new chimney, which
will be part of its coal boiler system.
Armed robber y arrest
A 14-year-old girl has been
arrested over the armed robbery of a
Rotorua ser vice station. Police said
an offender, armed with a weapon,
walked into the Caltex station on
Amohau Street and demanded cash
from the sole attendant about 9pm
on Friday. A Rotorua teenager was
arrested arrested last night after a
person fitting the description of the
Caltex offender threatened staff at
a Rotorua liquor store. The teen left
the liquor store empty-handed and
she was arrested nearby a short time
later. Police today said a 14-year-old
girl had been charged in relation
to the Caltex robbery. She was also
charged with making demands with
menace in relation to the liquor store
incident. The girl would appear in
Youth Court today. A 15-year-old
girl has been charged with being
a party to making demands with
menace. She would appear in Youth
Court at a later date. — NZME
Hokitika landmark doomed
More than five years after the Upper Big
Branch coalmine disaster, which left 29
American men dead and foreshadowed
the Pike River Mine explosion, the
former mine chief executive is on trial.
Donald Leon Blankenship is being
tried before a judge in Charleston, West
Virginia. The New York Times has called
the case ‘the people versus the coal baron’.
Blankenship was the chief executive
of the now-defunct Massey Energy
Company for a decade.
He stands accused of shunning
coalmine safety rules, conspiring to
conceal safety violations, and lying to the
United States Securities and Exchange
Commission and company shareholders.
He faces 30 years in prison if convicted.
Four Massey managers have been
convicted previously of crimes relating
to the Upper Big Branch explosion
and other events, website theslate.com
The Pike River disaster occurred six
months after Big Branch. No individual
has been brought to trial in New Zealand.
US mine boss on
trial after disaster
of the Hokitika Guardian
The former Renton Hardware
building and surrounding land has
been sold to Griffen and Smith
Ltd, which plans to extend the
Hokitika Mitre 10 — but the
106-year-old landmark will be
Rentons closed down in March
after 141 years in Hokitika.
Directors of both companies
released statements on Friday
concerning the sale.
Renton Hardware Co Ltd
director Jack Renton said a sale
and purchase agreement was in
place with Griffen and Smith for
the land and buildings bordered by
Hamilton and Tancred streets and
“The sale is conditional on
Renton Hardware removing for
demolition the two-storey brick
and concrete structure, providing
a cleared site for a proposed new
development,” Mr Renton said.
“The Renton Hardware building
is often considered and is indeed
a landmark building in the town.
However, bringing the building
up to the current seismic standard,
coupled with the refurbishing costs
and extremely high maintenance
cost, make any retention of
the building not feasible and
prohibitive,” he said.
The family-owned company
did not want to see the building
deteriorate and become a derelict
Dave and Brett Smith, of Griffen
and Smith, said the deconstruction
of the two-storey retail building
would provide the company with
a property that was suitable for the
future of Mitre 10 in the town.
However, a Mitre 10 Mega
complex was not on the cards.
Instead, they were looking to
bring an extension to the current
Mitre 10 store, in Weld Street.
“ While the company understand
the historic relevance of this
building, the significant seismic
strengthening costs required would
make it unviable and therefore
unattractive to purchase,” Dave
and Brett Smith said.
The corner block, which includes
hardware store, drive-through
timber store, jade store on the
quayside, and the chainsaw retail
outlet in Hamilton Street, was last
listed for sale for $650,000.
Greymouth, said the price was
“realistic” reflecting the potential
requirement for future earthquake
The distinctive building, listed
as a category two heritage
building with Heritage New
Zealand, was identified by the
Westland District Council in
2012 as a possible ‘at risk’ building
during a review of dangerous
and earthquake-prone buildings,
as a result of the Canterbury
The Renton family has owned
and Tancred streets site for
generations. The current store was
built in 1906 on the same site as
the original store, opened by James
Renton in 1874.
Monday October 5
Urgent cases only
Phone 769 7493 first
5pm - 8pm
— Passed away October
Your life was a blessing,
Your memory a treasure.
You are loved beyond
And missed beyond
Rest in peace Dad
Marie, Trish, Mary,
Tony and families.
BLACK, Daniel John.
— Tragically killed.
Still missing you
Love you eternally
Lois, John and Alan
Worthington would like
to invite family and
friends of Judy to say
goodbye. Her interment
will be held at the
October 10, 2015 at
Ph 768 0250
Why have your loved
ones taken away
from the Coast for
The only funeral home
in Greymouth offering
services on site
Ensuring you get Expertise
and Qualified Funeral
The 106-year-old Renton Hardware building, to be demolished.
The new $1 million Wilderness Cycle Trail clip-on to the Taramakau Bridge
is well under way with galvanised piping, aluminium railing and decking
already spanning the sea side of the bridge. When the new road bridge is built
in three years’ time, the clip-on will be moved elsewhere.
Cycle trail set to span river
PICTURE: Paul McBride
PICTURE: Paul McBride
St John ambulance officer Naomi Kir wan checks the blood pressure of Brian Aitken at
Greymouth New World on Saturday as part of the Stroke Foundations Health Awareness
Keeping check on blood pressure
An award-winning landscape designer
has been invited to Kumara to look at its
proposed Chinese garden.
The Kumara community is split over
controversial plans to spend $398,000 of
the Kumara borough endowment fund on a
Chinese memorial garden, culminating in a
walk-out from a residents’ meeting last week.
A presentation released last week by the
Kumara Residents Trust, which organised
the meeting, says $50,000 of the endowment
fund would be left for other reser ve projects.
“ We are inviting a young woman called Diao
Shiyu (Erin), Lincoln University landscape
and design student (silver medallist, Ellerslie
International Flower Show) to Kumara,” the
A decision on whether or not to engage her
will occur after the site visit on November
The presentation also revealed funding
options for the Chinese gardens — which
could cost up to $1.5 million — including
the Department of Internal Affairs, which
has a fund for Chinese heritage projects,
the Westland District Council’s major
initiatives fund, Lotteries, fundraising
locally, the Chinese community, business
and corporate sponsorship and donations if
the reser ve is used as a venue for events in
The trust said the aim was to design a low-
maintenance reser ve, with no impact on the
ratepayers or Westland District Council.
The trust would assume all responsibility for
the development, maintenance and general
upkeep of the reser ve.
Trust chairwoman Fiona Pollard said while
23 people had walked out of the meeting,
most chose to remain to receive the full
It had been advertised as a meeting for
‘ information only’ and no voting or decision
making took place, or was advertised to take
place, Ms Pollard said.
“ It was encouraging that the majority
who attended the meeting received the
full information and can now make fully
informed decisions moving for ward. ”
of the Hokitika Guardian
Haast will have a permanent police presence
again from next month with the appointment
of former Whataroa constable Paul Gurney to
the sole-charge position.
West Coast police area commander Inspector
John Canning said Mr Gurney, currently
working out of the Greymouth Police Station,
had a strong background in rural policing and
search and rescue.
He spent four years working in South
Westland, based out of the Franz Josef Glacier
station, before transferring to the Chatham
Islands in 2012.
Mr Gurney had a young family and was
community orientated, but in particular he was
experienced in rural policing and the challenges
that could bring, Mr Canning said.
“(Haast) is very isolated and that doesn’t suit
everybody in the modern world but ... we have
got a good man for the job. ”
Mr Gurney will take up the position at the
beginning of November.
The Haast vacancy was left with the early
retirement of long-ser ving constable Rob
Manera, who spent 18 of his 28-year police
Relieving officers have been manning the
Haast station in the interim.
Meanwhile, the future of the Ross Police
Station has still to be decided, in line with a
review of West Coast police numbers announced
in June by Superintendent Karyn Malthus.
The previous resident policeman, constable
John Woodward, left in April.
Mr Canning said that review, which was being
conducted independently, was expected to be
completed within the next two months.
In the meantime, Ross and district would be
ser ved from Hokitika.
named for Haast
Landscape designer to
review Kumara garden plan
governance group has
backed a proposal to try
to eradicate bovine Tb
in New Zealand, a plan
which could see more
pest control in some areas.
The West Coast has
the highest rate of Tb
infection in cattle in New
Zealand, though it has
dropped to 19 herds, down
from 36 five years ago.
The Plan Governance
Group made up of
representatives of funding
and wider stakeholder
the National Pest
Management Plan (Tb
Its final advice on the
proposed changes were
yesterday given to the
Minister for Primary
Industries Nathan Guy.
They found that the
eradication of Tb from
New Zealand was both
feasible and economically
Chris Kelly said most
the proposal to focus
on eradicating bovine
tuberculosis from the
country, with farmed
cattle and deer being
clear of the disease within
around a decade.
It would take longer to
clear Tb from possums
and other vectors in
remote backcountry, “ but
it is important that our
farming sector can be rid
of this serious disease as
fast as possible”.
If the minister agrees,
the amended Tb plan is
expected to come into
effect next July. The
proposed changes to the
Tb plan were consulted
on with farmers, local
communities, and other
stakeholders in June and
July this year.
Over 400 quality
a wide range of issues,
were received on the draft
proposal, and Mr Kelly
said the Plan Governance
Group took them into
account as it prepared
its final proposal to the
Tb plan backed
Having been in business on
the Coast for over 28 years, I
“a real wake
with the response generated
from my recent daily
advertising in the Greymouth
I have done a fair bit of
advertising over the years,
but recently started a regular
advert in the Greymouth Star.
I admit the response
generated has been a real
eye-opener. You tend to
become a bit complacent
and get into the mindset that
because it's the Coast, and
I have been around for a
number of years, everybody
knows who we are and
where we are. But this is no
longer the case, with the
Coast having such a transient
population, you really do
need to have that regular
presence. I also found that
locals who did know of my
business had forgotten about
me, so I am now seeing not
only new customers, but old
clientele as well.
It is hard sometimes to gauge
if your advertising spend is
working, but I credit having
an advert that created a
talking point – mentioning I
was open until 11pm – as a
fantastic way of proving to
me that I was getting the best
return from any advertising I
had ever done.
Newspaper advertising works!
No other media on the
West Coast gets
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