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Two hurt in smash
A 60-year-old woman was taken
to Nelson Hospital yesterday
after a vehicle crash in the upper
Buller Gorge near Lyell, about
2.30pm. A NZCC Rescue
Helicopter spokesman said the
vehicle the woman was travelling
in was involved in a collision with a
motorcyclist, and she suffered neck,
chest, and back injuries. She was
taken by ambulance to Murchison
Hospital before being airlifted to
Nelson later in the afternoon. The
motorcyclist suffered serious injuries
and was airlifted directly from the
crash scene to Nelson Hospital.
A young man was arrested yesterday
for disorderly behaviour in Mackay
Street, Greymouth, after he was
observed by a police officer pushing
and grabbing another person.
Two tyres were slashed on a vehicle
in Westport last night, while at Fox
Glacier a screwdriver was used to
scratch the passenger side of a car.
A 3.9 earthquake was recorded
near Arthur’s Pass last night. It was
recorded at 8.44pm and was 25km
south-west of the township, and
Crash victim named
A woman who died in a head-on
collision in the Manawatu Gorge
on Wednesday has been named by
police. Mavis Anna McLean, 78, of
Woodville, died after being rushed to
hospital with serious injuries following
the crash, police said.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: Nil. In port: 25
Greymouth vessels. Expected
departures: Nil. Expected arrivals:
Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine, tomorrow.
Revival (CCR) and the Beatles
tribute shows as part of two
big bash Christmas evenings next
After the success of last year’s show,
organisers decided one show was not
enough so this year it will be happening
on Friday, November 20 with Queen
and CCR, and Queen and the Beatles
on Saturday, November 21.
Acting marketing manager Michelle
Fox-Bishop said they expected the
event to get “even larger” next year.
She believed the Friday night event
would be sold out by the end of the
week with the way ticket sales were
“ We’re really happy with the response
we’re getting. Although, a piece
of advice, if you’re thinking about
coming get into contact with us now
as we’ll be sold out by the end of the
Although businesses that missed
out last year had been approached
by organisers, it is not strictly for
corporates and members of the public
are also encouraged to attend.
Tickets will be sold in multiples of
5-10 and cost $55 for the show and
gourmet nibbles, or $65 for the show,
Tribute shows part of Shantytown Christmas evenings
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Andrew John. —
Unexpectedly at his
home, Riverview Estate,
on October 19, 2015,
aged 49 years. Loved
father and father-in-law
of Zac and Jessica,
loved grandad of Max,
Heath and Lincoln.
Loved brother of Allan
and uncle of Clifford,
Messages to 17A St
George Street, Watling-
ton, Timaru 7901. A
memorial service for
Brian will be held at the
Kumara Memorial Hall,
on Monday October 26,
commencing at 11am.
memory of our Dad who
sadly passed away a
year ago today.
David, Kathryn and
Old fire engines set for parade
of the Hokitika Guardian
One of the country’s largest collection of
vintage fire engines in working order will shine
this weekend in celebration of the Hokitika
Fire Brigade’s 150th jubilee.
Members of the Westland Industrial Heritage
Park have been working for the past year to get
its unique fleet of retired, relic engines dating
from the 1930s to the 1970s, humming for the
All will be part of the Saturday morning
street parade through Hokitika and will also
be on display at the heritage park over the long
Park secretary Ian Gilbertson said all
eight vehicles had had their original motors
refurbished for the outing.
“O ver the last 12 months we have spent a lot
of time and money getting them mobile and
safe in preparation.”
A permanent, dedicated fire display
incorporating the fleet as well as other
equipment, was also in the planning.
“It will be quite special because there are not
many places around New Zealand that have
such a collection.
“It’s the only place on the West Coast where
you can see a collection of fire engines like this
. . . in working order.”
The collection goes as far back as 1932, with
the old engine used by the Seaview Hospital
A 1949-built engine used by the Hokitika
Volunteer Fire Brigade is the next oldest,
followed by a 1952 ex-Reefton fire brigade
model, donated by a private collector.
A 1959 Bedford, known as the ‘green goddess’
in reference to its original use by the military,
is also in the mix, last in use in Otira.
Mr Gilbertson said a 1956 Dennis engine —
which last served Kumara — had undergone
some additional refurbishment with the front
chrome work re-done as well as its iconic Rolls
Royce engine re-conditioned.
A 1960 Landrover, which did time in Haast
with the rural fire party, its 1965 TK Bedford
truck, which is a regular at local events, and
a 1971 double-cab Ford, another rural fire
model, complete the line-up.
Mr Gilbertson said members would have
the engines parked up for display from
the Sewell Street end of Gibson Quay at
9.30am tomorrow, an hour before the
They will also feature as part of a “crank up”
at the heritage park from Saturday afternoon,
as well as Sunday and Monday.
All of the Ruston engines in its display room
will also be running.
The park, near the Hokitika Airport, will be
open 9am to 5pm each day.
PICTURE: Janna Sherman
Westland Industrial Heritage Park members, from left, Ray Schmanski, Ian Gilbertson, Neil Beecroft, Murray Bain,
Mer v Johnson and Keith Houston, stand with the vintage fire engine fleet in its collection, in fire fighting attire through
West Coast police will be imposing
a lower speed tolerance threshold for
people speeding on the open road this
Police will be enforcing a reduced
4kph speed threshold for speeds above
the open road speed limit, throughout
the official weekend holiday period,
which begins at 4pm today and runs
until 6am on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, police have urged West
Coast drivers to keep their “head in the
game” on what promises to be a busy few
days, with several events throughout the
region and the weekend coinciding with
the Rugby World Cup semi-final round.
National road policing manager
Superintendent Steve Greally said in
addition to receiving an infringement
notice this weekend drivers who commit
offences that carry demerit points will
also get a visual reminder — a yellow
card reminding them of the potential
consequences of risk-taking on the
The yellow card was a reminder that if
drivers incurred 100 demerit points over
a two-year period, they will have their
licence suspended for three months.
“ With the Rugby World Cup in full
swing, most people understand what a
yellow card means,” Mr Greally said.
Hokitika flats demolished
PICTURE: Janna Sherman
Demolition of the block of Hokitika flats destroyed in a suspicious blaze on Tuesday morning, began today on the
order of the Westland District Council. Planning community and environment group manager Jim Ebenhoh said the
charred site, including loose roofing iron, posed a risk to pedestrians and motorists on the State highway thoroughfare,
Fitzherbert Street. The rundown accommodation units, formerly the Hokitika Motels, were gutted by fire started by a
suspected arsonist. Fire Service West Coast fire risk management officer Dan Greene said it was being treated as arson
until proven otherwise. Further inquiries by the police were awaited before determining the cause of the fire, he said.
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Wayne Alcorn operates the digger, while
Andrew Gill checks the depth for a new sewer
line at the Pitt Street culvert in Runanga, part
of preliminary work for a bigger project to
divert part of Raleigh Creek, which has caused
flooding in the township over the past century.
Grey District Council contractor Tru-line
has been working for the past week to relocate
underground services. Council assets manager
Mel Sutherland said the $500,000 job consisted
of re-laying existing sewer, stormwater, and
water supply pipes, sewerage reticulation before
the installation of new box culverts, and the
straightening of a section of Raleigh Creek. The
preliminary work is expected to be completed in
a few days, while council was this week finalising
the next stage of the contract.
The Grey District Library
started new workshops
schoolchildren how to make
GIFs (animated pictures).
The students will also enter
the GIF It Up challenge,
which runs until November 21.
Co-ordinated by Digital NZ
and the Digital Public Library
of America, it focuses on the
creation of an animated GIF.
The library’s next workshop
is on Thursday, October 29,
from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. It
helps participants to search for
openly licensed images, and
teaches how to make a simple
GIF using free in-browser
Those who enter the
challenge have a chance to win
a variety of prizes and Creative
Commons Aotearoa New
Zealand is sponsoring a range
of additional prizes for New
Zealand school students.
Anyone who would like to
book for next week’s workshop
can phone the library.
Students learn computer picture skills
Hannah Hsieh, Kyle Hsieh and Will Taylor learn about GIFs.
St Patrick’s Primary School in
Greymouth has fared well in its latest
report from the Education Review Office
ERO noted that a significant
improvement had taken place since the
last report in 2012.
“The school’s curriculum is successfully
promoting student achievement in
reading, writing and mathematics,” the
St Patrick’s had good links with other
local schools, which extended learning
opportunities for pupils and also for
staff through shared professional
Since the 2012 review, the school board
of trustees, leaders and teachers had been
successfully retained and had built on the
strengths evident at that time. They had
made good progress towards addressing
the identified area for improvement.
The school was well led and managed,
the report said.
However, it said the board and school
leaders should “consider further ways of
increasing the scope and robustness of
St Patrick’s staff provided a “positive,
family-like” environment for children to
learn in, and emphasised the necessity
of the special character in their everyday
School leaders were praised on their
abilities to create a strong sense of
partnership between staff and the board,
while managing the school efficiently.
It will next be reviewed in three years’
St Patrick’s fares well in ERO report
A teenager who
denies murdering a
can today be named for
the first time.
Waitokio was 16 when he
was charged with killing
Richardson at his Owens
Terrace home in Upper
Riccarton in August.
At his first appearance
at Youth Court in
Christchurch a judge
made a suppression order
which banned publication
of his name and gender.
Today at a pre-trial
callover at the High
Court in Christchurch,
the suppression order
lapsed unopposed by
defence counsel Jonathan
Eaton, QC. Waitokia has
earlier pleaded not guilty.
Since then, he has
turned 17 which means
he is remanded at a youth
wing at Christchurch
Prison before another
callover on December 11.
Teenager accused of
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