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Tourist in mishap
A 21-year-old tourist driver rolled
a rental vehicle on the Coast Road,
just south of Wilsons Lead Road at
Addisons Flat on Friday after failing
to take a moderate right-hand bend.
The wheels of the Jucy Rentals vehicle
lost traction on shingle at the shoulder
of the road causing it to veer on to the
edge and roll on to its roof. None of
the three passengers was injured.
Westport police say they have
a strong line of inquiry with two
youths in their sights after the theft
of Samsung cellphones from the
reception area at the Art Hotel
Westport some time between
September 26 and October 6.
Cobden tyre fire
The Cobden Volunteer Fire
Brigade was called to a tyre fire about
11.30pm on Sunday. Police said the
fire was started near a car parked in
Ward Street, where an old tyre had
been placed between a tree and the
parked car, and then set alight.
Road closure approved
Closure of a section of road
reser ve at 448 Main South Road,
Greymouth, was formally approved
by the Grey District Council last
night. A staff report noted there had
been no comments or objections
to the proposed partial closure and
land swap, which related to property
owned by the estate of the late
Thelma Margaret MacAskill.
Waiuta advice sought
The Department of Conser vation
is keen to talk to anyone who
worked at the ball mill part of
the Prohibition Mine, at Waiuta.
Historian Jim Staton said as part of
the programme to clean up historic
mine contamination there, they
needed to know about settling ponds
on site, and how the material got
there. Anyone who worked at the
mill is asked to contact Mr Staton at
the Greymouth DOC office.
Mining permit sought
Gerard Fahey has applied for
a permit to mine for gold at
Barrytown. The small 3.46ha licence
area runs along the beachfront.
German film-makers have been
shooting a documentary called
Wild New Zealand, at the glaciers.
Filming has already occurred at
Chancellor Hut and Fox Glacier. For
more information see www.facebook.
Greymouth Bridge results were. —
Thursday: Brian Rowlands and Stuart
Oliver 77.55 1, Sue Glue and Ian
Anderson 72.5% 2, Ash Hamilton
and Michelle Gunn 60% 3.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
One Greymouth vessel. Departures:
Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine. In port:
21 Greymouth vessels. Expected
of the Hokitika Guardian
Bruce Bay is again gearing up for its annual
sports day, one of the biggest events on the
South Westland calendar, at Labour weekend.
The popular Bruce Bay Sports Day will see
a return of traditional sports events, centred
around wood chopping.
Ancillary stalls, competitions and a
masquerade ball, this year to be held with
a Gatsby theme, will provide a full day of
Co-ordinator John Birchfield said a strong
line-up of axemen had been confirmed for
the Sunday heats, including Hokitika’s world
champion Adam Lowe, West Coast and South
Island representative Kevin Mahuika, returning
to his hometown of Bruce Bay, and last year’s
standing champion, Bobby Brownlee.
The local runanga, Makaawhio, has again
taken charge of the children’s activities and has
planned a number of activities including foot
Nail-driving, hospitality, photography and
cake baking competitions as well as a range of
community stalls are also planned as part of
the sports day, which has been held every year
since 1990, having first started in the 1930s
with the opening of the Bruce Bay Hall.
Mr Birchfield said the original theme was
what kept the event unique and popular.
In recent years the masquerade ball has been
added, with buses put on from Franz Josef
Glacier and Fox Glacier. Q ueenstown band,
Mojo, has been booked for the evening dance.
Proceeds from the long weekend festivities
will go into general maintenance of the hall
and the Jacobs River church. An annual
$1000 scholarship towards study or sporting
opportunities for South Westland young
people was also suggested, Mr Birchfield said.
Bruce Bay Sports day set
Cannabis worth $100,000
found in raid, jury told
Tuesday October 13
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Phone 768 5942 first
Tragically on Sunday
October 11, 2015 as a
result of an accident.
sister-in-law and aunt of
Bede and Nyoli and
loved aunty of James,
Matthew and Elizabeth.
Messages to PO Box 1,
of the Hokitika Guardian
Air New Zealand has set a two-hour
reduction in flight times either side
of its current scheduled ser vice out of
Hokitika, from next year.
The airline confirmed in April it would
be reducing the frequency of flights but
operating bigger planes out of Hokitika
Big users of the ser vice fought to keep
flights scheduled around the business day.
However, that appears to have been
ignored, with Air NZ’s departing flights
from May next year changing from
a 7am or 7.40am departure, to only
The latest returning flight has been
scheduled for 5.15pm, replacing the
current 7.40pm landing.
The scheduling changes were picked
up by WestREAP staff while booking
However, Westland Mayor Mike
Havill says it is a default timetable,
because bookings are so far ahead.
Maureen Simpson has written to Air
NZ chief executive Christopher Luxon
to highlight their concerns, saying
the new advertised schedule severely
restricted same-day return visits to
The new schedule would allow only
four effective hours in the city, Mrs
It also made same-day return visits to
Wellington “useless”, with under three
hours available and only one and half
hours in Auckland.
Air New Zealand’s ser vice from
Hokitika was the usual means of
travel for WestREAP staff, but that
would become unviable in future, with
staff having to depart the day before
and return the day after. Additional
accommodation and meal costs would
also need to be factored.
“For a not-for-profit organisation
such as WestREAP, travel by air from
Hokitika will become unviable, with
driving to Christchurch/Christchurch
Airport becoming the inconvenient,
“Rather than increasing use of the
extra seat capacity Air New Zealand is
providing, the advertised new schedule
will result in a reduction of use and
viability and probably further reductions
infrequency. It may well completely
destroy what is now an excellent ser vice.
Reinstatement of an early morning
departure, mid-evening ser vice is
essential,” Mrs Simpson said.
WestREAP was one of several
stakeholders identified earlier this year
as ‘mainstays’ of the ser vice, alongside the
Westland District Council, Department
of Conser vation, Westland Milk Products
and West Coast District Health Board.
At the time, Westland Mayor Mike
Havill said a large part of the timetable
being lobbied for was underpinned by
the hospital, which needed the ability
to fly in specialists early in the morning.
From May 2016, return flights between
Hokitika and Christchurch are expected
to drop from 24 a week to 13, with
the replacement of the 19-seat Beech
aircraft with 50-seater Q300 aircraft.
Air NZ has forecast that air fares will
drop by up to 15% on the larger capacity
Hokitika flight changes drawing flak
A Greymouth woman is packing
up her life and setting her sights
on warmer climes as she heads to
the Solomon Islands as a volunteer
Daphne Smithers, a librarian at the
Tai Poutini Polytechnic, has joined
Volunteer Ser vices Abroad (VSA)
and will be heading to Honiara in the
Solomon Islands to help develop the
VSA helps development in
communities in the wider Pacific by
New Zealand volunteers sharing their
skills with local people.
Miss Smithers said she had always
wanted to do some sort of aid work
but never imagined she could do it in
her chosen field as a librarian.
“In 2011, I read an article in the
NZ Library journal by Jill Best, who
did a scoping visit in Honiara on the
situation in the library and what was
needed. I was really interested from
that point on.”
She joined VSA as a supporter and
spent the next four years checking the
available positions, and was excited
when one popped up in May.
“It’s amazing to think I can do aid
work in my library field,” she said.
Miss Smithers has enjoyed her 11
years at the polytechnic, especially her
colleagues and how she was supported
as she worked towards her library
degree, but said she had been feeling
“itchy” and found it was time for a new
“ It is definitely going to be a
challenge. It will be right from the
ground up. They are still on the old
handwritten card system.”
Miss Smithers’ job will be to revamp
the library from scratch, by working
with the existing staff to build the staff
“ My biggest challenge will be not to
go in there and do it myself. On long-
term projects it is important to build
relationships and get to know people
This is only the second time that
a librarian position has arisen with
Miss Smithers is also ner vous about
how she will cope with regular 27degC
heat and high humidity, but is looking
for ward to it regardless.
The library is a lot smaller than
the Greymouth one, although the
population of Honiara is close to
Born and bred in Greymouth and
with a daughter still living here, it will
be hard to leave but she will be back
for Christmas next year.
Miss Smithers said it had been hard
work packing up all her belongings
for storage and condensing what she
would need in Honiara.
With a hobby background in cake
decorating she planned to take some
icing nozzles with her as well as taking
her crochet needles, and as an avid
guitar player she hopes to pick up an
instrument over there.
Miss Smithers has set up a
fundraising page as there is a lot of
support needed in the Solomons. She
stressed the money was not for her trip
but to benefit agency work in Honiara.
She also hoped to get book donations
for the library there as there were very
few books available and sadly none in
the native tongue, Solomon Islands
She leaves in four weeks’ time.
“It’s incredibly exciting and
To donate, visit www.
Greymouth librarian volunteers for stint in Solomon Islands
PICTURE: Lisa Rangi
Daphne Smithers points out her upcoming new home for the next two years
— Honiara, in the Solomon Islands.
A Hokitika man
charged with attempted
arson, damaging cars and
intentional damage was
remanded without plea in
the Greymouth District
Court yesterday in order
for his lawyer to review
James Thomas Wyness,
29, was charged with
six motel unit windows,
two cars, and trying to set a
motel unit on fire. He was
remanded to November 3.
Robinson, 43, of Jackson
Bay, was remanded to
the same date after he
opted to defend a charge
of assault, committed on
The jury trial of a Buller man charged after
cannabis with a street value of $100,000 was
found on his property, opened in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday.
Twelve mature cannabis plants, which would
have yielded 1.7kg of the drug when dried, were
found during a police search of Ross McIntosh’s
property on May 14, in a shipping container,
while a further 10kg of cannabis material was
found in plastic drums spray painted black.
McIntosh faces three charges of possession
of a class C drug for supply, one of cannabis
cultivation and one of possession of equipment
used for cannabis cultivation. He has denied
those charges, but admitted at the start of his
trial to possession of a firearm.
Crown prosecutor Anselm Williams said the
quantity of the drugs found was valued between
$90,000 and $100,000, and would have
been enough for 14,000 individual cannabis
At that rate, a heavy user of the drug would
smoke five or six cigarettes of per day.
Mr Williams said that alongside the drug there
were also a number of photographs that showed
cannabis laid out on a tarpaulin, being grown
in the back of a truck, and being cultivated
outdoors. There were also photographs of
McIntosh and an associate using a jetboat, used
to transport them to locations, where they were
McIntosh could be identified from jewellery
he was wearing in the photographs, which was
the same as he was wearing on the day police
searched his property, Mr Williams said.
Police also found fertiliser and peat moss,
which the Crown alleged was used to cultivate
the cannabis. Mr Williams said there was
no evidence of any other cultivated plants or
garden at the property, therefore the equipment
was not there for any other purpose.
Black spray paint, of the same colour as the
drums in which the cannabis was stored, and
blue insulation tape, of the same kind used to
seal the drums was also found.
Ammunition was found in a bucket, alongside
a disassembled sawn-off shotgun, and more
guns and ammunition were found in a plastic
Lawyer Philip Hall said some charges dated
back to 2009, when some of the photographs
were taken, and some related to the time of the
Mr Hall said there was “no evidence” that
McIntosh had cultivated cannabis between the
dates in question.
He also told the jury that it was “simply wrong
to infer the 12 plants were his — he didn’t grow
them, he may have been given them, he might
have stolen them”.
There was “no evidence of who took the photos
over earlier years”.
Mr Hall said McIntosh admitted the cannabis
found by police was his, but he denied that it
was for sale, as McIntosh was a “ long-time”
user of the drug, which he “self-medicated” as
treatment for arthritis and depression.
The trial is expected to last until Thursday.
Crane preservation hinges on trust funds
An application for funding to preser ve the
old port cranes will depend on confirmation
by the Greymouth Heritage Trust that it will
use existing funds to back an application for
Lotteries heritage funding, the Grey District
Council heard last night.
A staff report said the council was waiting
for feedback and a progress report from the
informal group set up to look into the future
of the cranes after the council agreed in April
2012 to allow the trust time to move the cranes
off the wharf.
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said for a funding
application to go ahead the heritage group
would need to have “a clear plan”. The heritage
trust had $35,000 of its own funds available but
the group needed to confirm if it was willing to
spend that as part of a funding application.
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