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Dry month in Reefton
Reefton had 86.5mm of rain last
month, well below the September
rainfall average of 202mm, and about
40% less than the same month last
year (141mm). Reefton weather
recorder Tony Fortune noted 14
frosts, which brought the average
temperatures down for the month.
The warmest temperature for the
month was 19.5degC, on September
24, with the average daily maximum
being 13.4degC (2014: 18degC and
14.1degC). The lowest minimum was
-4degC, on September 27.
The Greymouth church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints has
extended an invitation to the
public to view a delayed telecast
of its biennial worldwide general
conference, this Sunday at their
centre on Main South Road, Karoro.
Church spokesman Elder Snow said
the six-monthly conference included
addresses by the Morman church
leaders and apostles, and was open
to the public. The sessions will be
between 10am and 12pm and 2pm
and 4pm on Sunday. “It’s free and
excellent in terms of how we can find
peace and happiness in life,” Elder
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: Nil. In port:
Canopus, 25 other vessels. Expected
departures: Nil. Expected arrivals:
Galatea II, Jay Elaine, tomorrow.
Quake repairs test Church
An ambulance crashed on to its side
with a shattered windshield in a smash
at a South Auckland intersection this
Police, ambulance and firefighters were
called to the crash on the corner of Wiri
Station Road and Druces Road just after
A car and ambulance had collided at
It was not yet known whether the
ambulance had been transporting a
patient at the time or if anyone has been
operations manager Eric Smith said
no one was trapped in either vehicle.
However, the car involved was leaking
fuel and firefighters had to apply
absorbent on the road as a result.
A journalist at the scene said the
ambulance was on its side and authorities
put it back upright.
The police serious crash unit was on the
scene. — N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
on to its
The need to strengthen the historic St
Patrick’s Catholic Church at Kumara
has yet to be finalised and needs to
be seen in the context of the bigger
Christchurch diocese rebuild, the parish
Fr Peter Costello, of Greymouth, said
the Greymouth-Kumara parish had
received some advice from the Westland
District Council in the past few months,
around what might be required in
relation to possible future strengthening
of the 1876-era Kumara church.
That advice had been for warded to
the diocese to be considered under its
‘ bigger picture plan’ under its insurance
repair and rebuild programme, Fr
Things were in train for St Patrick’s
Kumara but there appeared to be no
“Things are moving slowly. I think the
diocese will be focused on those (closed)
churches so they can get back in.”
The Kumara church is open and in use,
with Mass held there on the second and
fourth Sundays of the month.
Engineering consultants Opus had
investigated and given a good bill of
health to the newer Greymouth and
Cobden Catholic church buildings.
Fr Costello said although the Runanga
church was safe, a question mark over
its future remained. It has only been
occasionally used since 2011.
The Ngahere church needed some
He said the parish planned to put a
building case to the diocese soon to
plan for any ongoing work required on
all of its churches, including repairs at
Bishop Barry Jones issued an open
pastoral letter last month which
underlined that the recovery plan for
the diocese post-earthquake “ is a single
plan” and the need to stage repairs to
make best use of the available money.
“A significant proportion of our costs
is for strengthening buildings for which
no insurance money was provided,”
Bishop Jones said.
The diocese received $73 million in
insurance for damaged churches in the
greater Christchurch area but some
estimates put the actual cost of repair at
over $200 million.
The insurance money received
has been pooled to help leverage
parishes such as St Mary’s Hokitika,
not covered by the claim, to pay for
extensive strengthening work in light
of the Canterbury earthquakes. This is
needed to bring churches up to the 34%
minimum required under the Building
Bishop Jones said plans to reopen
three closed heritage churches in the
diocese, including Hokitika, were well
Repair on several other churches
in greater Christchurch which were
currently closed had been staged and
“At the moment we are looking at
building five new churches,” he said.
These were at New Brighton,
Lincoln, Pleasant Point, Papanui and
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Jamie Christie, front left, Niah Reweti and Kaley Christie were among the World Cup flag designers during a school holiday programme at Grey Main School
this morning. Other activities during the week range from swimming and cooking to building huts on the beach.
Youngsters reveal flag designs
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Old printing plate found on beach
A Greymouth man has found a reason to smile, buried on Cobden beach.
Matt Berry was using his metal detector when he stumbled upon this old
copper printing plate. It would have been used to print advertisements for
McLean’s toothpaste. All in reverse, it reads ‘did you McLean your teeth
today’, then responds: ‘rather’. Mr Berry wondered if it dated from the 1930s.
It is more than 10cm long. He plans to keep it for now.
The Grey District Council is sending a memorial stone to Waihi, to help commemorate the 130 men
who ser ved in the New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company a century ago, during World War One.
Miners from throughout New Zealand served underground in France and on construction of the largest
single span bridge on the Western Front. The New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company was the
first unit on the Western Front and the last off. They also recorded the first death in the New Zealand
Expeditionary Force on the Western Front. Waihi Heritage Vision member Sue Baker Wilson started
the project and is now looking for rocks to remember Coasters at a Miners’ Reflective Area there. The
Blacks Point Museum has sent one, Greymouth’s is about to go up and Hokitika is also preparing to send
one. For more information visit www.facebook.com/NZTunnellingCompany
Council suppor ts tunnellers’ memorial
Track cutting on the
Island has exposed links
to Greymouth’s early
past — a bachelor’s hut,
and what is thought to
be the remains of the old
railway track right on the
Volunteers have been
cutting a bike track
on the island. Close to
the Grey River, nearly
opposite the cranes, they
came across old bridge
piles, crossing a waterway
parallel to the main river
Mary Trayes, who has
been researching the
history of the Cobden
quarry and Greymouth
Harbour Board, said
the piles were probably
part of the old rail track
installed by the harbour
board in the 1880s to
allow rock to be taken to
the riverside and tiphead,
as part of early protection
works and training walls.
A second rail line,
which ran along the
road and was closer to
the houses, is within
living memory. In the
1930s people had their
own rail wagon on the
line and would push it
to the tiphead to collect
The line close to the
river was washed away in
one of the great floods
in the first decades of
The Grey River also has
piles from much later,
when jetties were built
into the river to dump
rock for protection work.
“There are more by the
speedway and also the
wave trap,” Ms Trayes
The track cutting has
also again cleared a path
to ‘Barney ’s hut ’.
Cobden residents told
the Greymouth Star that
Barney Shepherd worked
for the harbour board
and would row across the
river to work.
“Sometimes in a flood
when he rowed across he
was almost swept out to
sea,” one person recalled.
Mr Shepherd lived in
the hut about 70 years
The Grey District Council has
approved over $4.5 million in financial
carryovers from the budget for the last
Much of this was for work budgeted
for in the past financial year, but for
one reason or another did not gain the
necessary consent or was not prioritised
during the year, council assets manager
Mel Sutherland said.
The total carryover of $4.79m worth
of work to the next financial year was
approved by council at its monthly
meeting, on September 14.
Among the major individual items
within the total carryovers is $639,000
for the Dobson-Taylor ville water
treatment upgrade and a total of
$962,562 for ongoing sewage repair or
replacement work at different locations
within the district.
Mr Sutherland said the total carryovers
needed to be kept in context with over
$22m worth of work completed by
council in the past financial year.
Much of this reflected major work on
the Greymouth sewage scheme upgrade
during the year.
Some of the budget carry overs were
caused by unexpected events council had
to deal with during the year or through
delays caused by consent processes, Mr
“ Emergencies get in the way of day
to day business. Other things are the
resource consent process may take
longer than originally anticipated.”
In the past year some planned projects
had been delayed to allow council to
focus on particular projects, such as
sewage and water, to take advantage of
subsidies which had become available.
The amount of coal mined on the West
Coast peaked in 2010, and has been
declining ever since.
New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals
recently released the figures for 2014,
when 2.185 million tonnes of coal was
mined. The year before, it was 2.5m.
In the 1970s, only about half a million
tonnes a year was being mined. By 1990
it was up to 735,001 and by 1995 it had
lept to 1.65m tonnes.
On it climbed until 2010, as prices rose,
peaking at 2.7m. That same year Pike
River closed and in 2012 Spring Creek
went into care and maintenance.
Since then Strongman and the Terrace
have also closed as the coking coal price
The figures per year: 2000 (1.8m), 2005
(2.65m), 2010 (2.7m), 2011 (2.48m),
2012 (2.5m), 2013 (2.5m) and 2014
Council approves $4.5 million in financial carryovers
There are indications of another beech
mast in some South Island forests next
year, the Department of Conser vation
Last year’s mast prompted the Battle
for Our Birds campaign, which resulted
in the biggest 1080 drop in West Coast
The masts can happen every two to
six years. They are triggered when a
summer is warmer than the previous
one. The beech seed provides good food
for rats and mice, which are in turn good
food for stoats.
Last year, Arthur’s Pass was almost
overrun with mice.
DOC scientist Graeme Elliott, said
climate prediction models indicated that
there would be a beech mast in at least
some South Island beech forests next
year. The models varied and predictions
ranged from patchy to widespread beech
“ We won’t know whether the
predictions are correct until beech
forests flower this spring and then set
seed in summer,” Mr Elliott said.
“Currently it’s too early to see evidence
of flowering, which should start next
month for beech forests in mountain
DOC would be monitoring flowering
and seed set in beech forests on public
conser vation land.
Mr Elliott said on average, beech trees
in any particular area would seed or
mast once every three to four years.
However, this was just an average, and
masting or partial masting could occur
in beech forests two years in a row.
DOC reports sign
beech mast in
South Island forests
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