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Revingtons Hotel in Greymouth
was trashed in a burglary at the
weekend. Police today described the
burglary as large, leaving the place
“a right mess”. A forensic scene
examination was under way today.
Senior sergeant Allyson Ealam
said the offenders had entered the
building — which has been closed
for the past month — via a second-
storey window. The burglars had
smashed open slot machines and
stolen coins. F lat screen televisions
were stolen, and the freezers were
raided of food, including fries. At
this point police had no suspects
but inquiries were continuing today
with the scene examination. “ They
have kicked holes in doors and walls
when inside and made a right mess
of the place,” Mrs Ealam said.
charges in Reefton
A 21-year-old Inangahua man
is in custody after being arrested
yesterday in relation to a stolen
firearm. The man was arrested after
police executed a search warrant
near Reefton. Senior sergeant
Allyson Ealam, of Greymouth
police, said the firearm at the centre
of the search had been stolen from a
Racecourse Road address in Reefton
three days earlier. The man will face
drug, burglary and firearms charges
when he appears in court.
A New York woman is suing
her 12-year-old nephew who
accidentally broke her wrist while
greeting her at his eighth birthday
party. Jennifer Connell is seeking
$127,000 from Sean Tarala of
Westport, Connecticut, after the
youngster jumped into her arms
whens she arrived at his party on
March 18, 2011. Connell — a
54-year-old human resources
manager — described her nephew in
court as “very loving” and “sensitive”
towards her, but told Judge Edward
Stodolink that the youngster
should be held accountable for his
behaviour. The boy ’s mother died
last year. The court heard that Sean
had just received a red bicycle for
his birthday and was riding it when
Connell arrived at the home. Sean
got excited when he saw her and
shouted: ‘Auntie Jen, Auntie Jen’. “All
of a sudden he was there in the air,
I had to catch him and we tumbled
on to the ground, I remember him
shouting, ‘Auntie Jen I love you,’ and
there he was flying at me.” She said
the injury had had a massive impact
on her life. — Daily Mail
Cloudy periods, isolated showers
Sharing a harbourmaster between
Westport and Greymouth would be
dangerous, says a former Westport
“As far as I’m concerned, the
harbourmaster has to be at the
harbour,” David Barnes said.
The Grey District Council has to
employ a harbourmaster because of
pending new health and safety laws.
Chief executive Paul Pretorius told
the Greymouth Star the council was
working on a joint arrangement with
Westport port, which currently has a
“ We can’t afford to have two sets of
things on the Coast any more. We
need to share services where we can,”
Mr Pretorius said.
He expected a decision to be made on
the shared position by mid-November.
Mr Barnes, who was Westport’s
harbourmaster for a decade until
2005 and wrote nationwide guidelines
for crossing river bars, said a shared
harbourmaster would not work.
He and his successor, John Taylor, had
always vehemently refused requests
to take responsibility for Greymouth
port, he said.
A decision on whether to cross a
harbour bar could not be made by
the skipper alone — there must be a
harbourmaster advising from shore,
Mr Barnes said. Westport harbour
successfully operated its cement ship
trade that way.
Mr Barnes said that when the fishing
boat Lady Anna capsized on the
Greymouth bar in April 2013, killing
skipper Nicholas Eklund, there was no
harbourmaster to warn the boat not to
cross the bar.
“How can a person in Westport
control that sort of thing? You can’t ...
You’ve got to live the bar. I used to go
down to the bar three or four times a
Greymouth had a “cowboy attitude” to
“It stems from the age-old myth that
‘I’ve got a good bar boat. I ’ve got years
of experience’. Eventually you have to
do things by the book and cut the risk.
“Running a bar when it ’s rough isn’t
cutting the risk, it ’s putting yourself in a
position whereby you could get killed.”
If someone died, a harbourmaster
could face manslaughter charges and
ratepayers would have to foot the bill
for any court case, he said.
He said the folly of a joint
harbourmaster was exemplified by the
grounding of the Jody F Millennium at
Gisborne in 2002.
“At the time Napier and Gisborne
‘shared’ the Napier harbourmaster. He
was unaware that the ship was aground
and that a disaster was happening until
three hours after the event.”
Mr Barnes believes Greymouth
should be able to pay for its own
harbourmaster, given it has a multi-
million dollar new fish factory.
Buller Holdings Ltd chairman Brian
Wood said whether Westport could
retain a full-time harbourmaster would
depend on what trade the port could
attract to replace cement ships after
Holcim left next year.
Westport cools Greymouth plans for joint harbourmaster
Prince Charles and his wife
Camilla will spend half a day
in Westport on their upcoming
New Zealand tour next month,
their visit to coincide with a
military exercise that will bring
2000 military personnel to
“ We’ve been working on it
for ages,” Buller Mayor Garry
Howard said today. “ They even
flew in an investigative trip
with 25 people, checking out
the whole place.”
The royals will conduct an
inspection of the troops during
Operation Southern Katipo, in
Westport on November 7.
The itinerary announced
today also includes an official
welcome outside the Westport
“All flags will be flying,” Mr
Every minute of the three
and a half hour visit had been
“They’ve got a lot to fit in.”
The mayor has met with a
representative of Clarence
House: “ There was a discussion
about what, where and when.”
This is believed to be Prince
Charles’s first visit to Westport.
“I ’m 99.9% sure he has
not been before,” Westport
octogenarian and JP Peter
He recalls the Q ueen’s
coronation tour of 1954, which
included a trip to Westport
where she met with many
The Prince of Wales and
Duchess of Cornwall will also
visit Wellington, D unedin,
Nelson, Ngaruawahia, New
Plymouth and Auckland from
November 4 to 10.
“It will be the Prince’s ninth
visit to New Zealand and the
Minister John Key said.
“ During their time here they
will visit a number of locations
together and separately so there
will be plenty of opportunities
for New Zealanders to get to
Prince Charles last visited
the West Coast on February 9,
1994, with a day in Hokitika.
He did the Sunny Bight
walk at Lake Kaniere, where
it was so wet royal watchers
had to cover their home-made
flags with plastic, and visited
Coastpak for an insight to the
sphagnum moss industry.
There was a 300-strong
reception outside the Westland
District Council offices, where
Prince Charles dined on
scallops and an orange juice,
provided by local French chef
PICTURE: Greymouth Star files
Hokitika Primary School pupils Jeremy
Dwyer, Miranda Levett and Jamienne Atkinson
meet Prince Charles at Hokitika Airport on
February 9, 1994.
A newly-restored steam train that was
present at the opening of the Otira Tunnel
in 1923, has landed in the South Island for
its first visit to the West Coast at the end of
The 1915 vintage World War One
memorial steam locomotive Ab608, named
‘Passchendaele’, will travel from Picton to
Bluff, including on lines not normally open
to passengers, such as Hokitika.
Built at the Christchurch Addington
Railway Workshops in 1915, it has been
extensively restored at a cost of more than
$500,000. Owner Steam Incorporated
began touring the train in July 2014.
Steam Incorporated spokesman John
Bovis said the train crossed Cook Strait on
the ferry Aratere on Sunday afternoon and
would be stored in Picton for a few days
before heading south.
The tours will have up to 175 travellers
each day, half of them from overseas,
especially Australia. Most trips are full.
Steam Incorporated has just released
tickets for a short excursion on Friday,
October 30, from Greymouth to Stillwater
and return. Tickets, available from the
Greymouth iSite, are $45 for adults and $30
In 1925, Railways Minister Gordon
Coates agreed to a proposal to name a
steam locomotive ‘in memory of those
members of the New Zealand Railways who
fell in the Great War’. He chose the name
Passchendaele, the battle which claimed
over 800 New Zealand lives in the biggest
single tragedy in the country’s history.
Passchendaele was the official train for
both the opening of the Otira Tunnel, and
the 1927 tour by the future King George VI.
October 29, 6.20pm: Arrives in
October 30: To Hokitika, departing
Greymouth 8.30am. Excursion from
Greymouth to Stillwater, departing 2pm.
October 31: To Westport, departing
November 1: Westport to Ngakawau,
departing 8am. Returns to Christchurch via
Otira veteran steams to Coast
The Reefton Community Centre and
cinema looks set to be reconfigured,
however not along the lines that 90% of the
community had requested.
The future of the old building came up for
debate when the Buller District Council
revealed it needed earthquake strengthening.
Reefton businessman Paul Thomas
said that out of 114 residents who were
consulted, 90% had asked for the existing
theatre to be redeveloped to incorporate
a separate, 55-seat cinema, alongside the
existing community centre.
But at its meeting last night the Inangahua
Community Board plumped for a combined
theatre and cinema, with 30 tiered seats
being added at the back of the existing
theatre, primarily for cinema use. It would
also be reduced in size by about a third, Mr
“This option had been clearly rejected by
the community in the public submission
process held in May. This combination was
perceived to give the greater flexibility of
theatre use, better theatre attendance levels
and the stronger possibility of better income
“There remains as a consequence of
the outcome a big disconnect between
the community and the position of the
community board and the Buller District
“ We have been duped, I would suggest,”
Mr Thomas said.
Board chairwoman Jenette Hawes, and
Inangahua councillor Graeme Neylon, could
not be reached for comment this morning.
Reefton theatre decision surprises
Ab608 — West Coast-bound.
West Coast royal visits
1920: Prince of Wales (later King
Edward VIII) — Westport, Greymouth and
1927: D uke of York (later King George
VI) — Greymouth and Hokitika.
1954: Newly-crowned Queen Elizabeth
II — Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika.
Queen Elizabeth is the first reigning monarch
to visit the West Coast, staying at Revingtons
1970: Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip,
Prince Charles and Princess Anne —
Greymouth and Hokitika.
1977: Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip
— Greymouth and Hokitika.
1990: Prince Phillip — Whataroa (white
heron colony) and Bruce Bay.
1994: Prince Charles — Hokitika.
2011: Prince William — Greymouth.
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