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After nine years and 26,000 volunteer
hours, the Old Ghost Road cycle and
tramping track will soon be officially opened,
breathing new life into a 150-year old dray
road through the Buller goldfields.
The track runs from the historic mining
settlement of Lyell in the south, to Seddonville
in the north. It features 16 new bridges and
four new hut complexes to complement two
existing Department of Conser vation huts.
The track started in the 1860s as a county
dray road. It passes by the long forgotten
settlements of Zalatown, Gibbstown and
More than half of the proposed track
already exists, thanks to goldminers who
hand-picked and blasted access up the
Mokihinui Gorge and Lyell Creek.
Backcountry Trust was formed to explore the
concept of reviving the road as a track.
Nine years on, it will be officially opened on
December 12, in Westport.
At 85km long, it will be New Zealand’s
longest continuous single track, designed for
mountainbikers and trampers alike.
The project has benefited from a
monumental 26,000 hours of volunteer input,
underpinned by more than 100,000 hours of
“ Joining the trail and having it fully open
will be a massive moment and hopefully a
building block in a new future for the Buller
district,” Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust
chairman Phil Rossiter said.
“ It is a testament to the tenacity, skill and
dedication of the construction personnel, our
wonderful project sponsors, key partners such
as the Department of Conser vation and our
army of volunteers that we have been able to
pull this off,” Rossiter said.
The Old Ghost Road is one of 23 ‘great
rides’ in the New Zealand Cycle Trail. It is
a grade 4 mountainbike track suitable for
skilled and experienced backcountry riders
Sections will remain closed up until the
grand opening date to enable completion of
The public grand opening will be at the
NBS Theatre in Westport at 2pm on
Old Ghost Road cycle
track opening set
Kane Bentley, 19, has his KDMC 390 bike primed and ready for his first entry in the Greymouth Motorcycle Street Racing, on
Sunday. The Rutherglen rider is looking for ward to the competition but admits to ner ves at the same time. “It ’s pretty exciting but
nerve racking, too, as it ’s the first time competing around the streets of Greymouth. The crowd are right there, which is different to
Ruapuna. You have to compete at three events before you can race on a street circuit,” Bentley said. “I’ll be right though once I’m out
there, and I’m looking for ward to it.” Pre-race practice starts at 8.30am on Sunday, with the first official on the programme set down
for 9am. Racing will continue through to 4.30pm. Feature, p9.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Primed and ready for Greymouth street races
Steve Hansen has the luxury
of replacing injured prop Wyatt
Crockett with an in-form Joe
Moody for the All Blacks’
semi-final against South Africa
at Twickenham on Sunday
Moody put in a stunning
performance when replacing
Crockett after only 28 minutes of
the 62-13 quarter-final thrashing
of France at the Millennium
Stadium. Crockett, who had
left the field with a groin injury,
always looked a doubtful starter
to play the Springboks.
Moody, meanwhile, did his
core set piece roles well but it
was his running and handling
deep into the second half which
really caught the eye, efforts
which belied the long-haul
travel from New Zealand he had
undertaken earlier in the week
when replacing Tony Woodcock.
Moody faces the biggest
challenge of his career when
coming up against a front row
of Frans Malherbe, Bismarck du
Plessis and Tendai ‘The Beast ’
Mtawarira, but he and coach
Hansen will be confident that he
will again conduct himself well
in his 10th test.
Ben Franks comes on to the
reser ves bench as prop cover —
the pair the only changes to the
team which demolished France
Right wing Nehe Milner-
Skudder has been passed fit after
suffering a knock to a shoulder
which forced him from the
field at half-time in that match
and will mark speedster Bryan
The All Blacks have had an
extra edge to them this week at
their base in Weybridge, south-
west London. Rather than
being excited about their last
performance they appear to have
taken on a ruthless air. There is
a sense now that they want to
finish the job they started in
earnest last weekend.
“ We’ve had a great preparation
so far this week,” Hansen said.
“ We’ve put a full stop on last
weekend’s performance and have
been slowly building throughout
the week to produce another
game we can all be proud of.
“Though we’ve met South
Africa many times over the years,
we’ve only played three times at
the Rugby World Cup (the 1995
final, the 1999 bronze match
and the 2003 quarter-final in
Australia) and these cup finals
matches are totally different.
They have a live or die nature
to them and both teams will be
desperate to advance.
“As a group we’re really looking
for ward to this challenge. It
will require a massive amount
of intensity and composure and
accurate skill execution. This
team has high expectations
of itself and enjoys the big
All Blacks team to play South
Africa at Twickenham on Sunday,
kick-off 4am, is: Ben Smith,
Nehe Milner-Skudder, Conrad
Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Julian Savea,
Daniel Carter, Aaron Smith,
Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (c),
Jerome Kaino, Sam Whitelock,
Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks,
Dane Coles, Joe Moody.
Reser ves: Keven Mealamu,
Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina,
Victor Vito, Sam Cane, Tawera
Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett,
Sonny Bill Williams. — N Z ME
RUGBY WORLD CUP
Moody only change for All Blacks
Australia won the early skirmish, but New
Zealand’s eyes are on the main event at
hockey’s Oceania Cup.
The world No 1 Australians beat the Black
Sticks 3-1 in their men’s round robin clash in
Stratford yesterday but there was not much
The teams will meet again on Sunday
afternoon in a match the world No 7 New
Zealand must win to advance to next year’s
Rio Olympic Games.
Lose, and it will be the first Olympics they
have missed since 2000, and likely cost a large
chunk of funding too.
There was little separating the sides in
yesterday ’s match.
Australia got off to a rollicking start with a
goal inside the first minute by veteran striker
Jamie D wyer.
It not until nine minutes from the end
that Tom Craig increased the lead with an
Striker Hugo Inglis closed the gap with a
goal from a sharp angle five minutes from the
end before Glenn Turner’s late goal regained
the two-goal margin.
Nick Wilson and Ryan Archibald both
went close for the Black Sticks, who felt it
had been a good hit-out.
New Zealand certainly held some cards
up their sleeve ahead of Sunday’s match but
believed they had gained much from the
“ We wanted to test ourselves, a lot of things
went well for us tonight,” New Zealand coach
Colin Batch said.
But he knows New Zealand must settle into
“For whatever reason we don’t always seem
to do that. Starts are something we need to
Fiji thumped Samoa 20-0 in the other
men’s game, while Australia’s women belted
their Samoan opponents 25-0.
The women’s Black Sticks, ranked fourth,
had a day off yesterday as they prepare for
back-to-back games against world No 2
Australia tomorrow and Sunday. Both those
sides have qualified for Rio, so their clashes
will be mostly about pride.
— N ZM E-New Zealand Herald
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