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Police are investigating a fire in
Fox Street, Cobden, overnight
where tyres were apparently
deliberately set alight. Anyone
with information of any suspicious
behaviour in the Fox Street area
last night was urged to come
for ward and talk to the police. Also
in Cobden, a man in his 30s was
arrested on Tuesday night after a
cannabis ‘grow room’ was located
at his home. Police found about 75
plants at various stages of maturity,
while a shotgun and ammunition
was also found. The man made an
initial appearance in the Westport
District Court yesterday.
Grey district dog control officers
are investigating the probable
mauling of a sheep on a Rutherglen
property. Police said the incident
was reported yesterday and a council
officer had visited the address and
was following up with inquiries.
stolen off house
Police are treating the theft of
part of a satellite dish from a Firth
Street property, in Cobden, as
burglary. At this point the police
have no suspects and the occupant is
unsure when the dish actually went
missing. A Greymouth man was
arrested for disorderly behaviour
yesterday after he became angry and
abusive towards another man, in
Greymouth. The abuser was issued
with a pre-charge warning and
trespassed from the victim’s address.
Cloudy periods, light winds
A dog in Canada is lucky to be
alive after being attacked by a
porcupine and stabbed with barbs
all over, including the heart and
lungs. Mahalo was out playing with
two other dogs in Saskatchewan
when they encountered the spiky
animal and were attacked. The
animal punctured all three canines
with its quills, but Mahalo was hurt
the most. The dog had to undergo
surgery to remove the dangerous
barbs. — Daily Mail
In a coup for Runanga, former Labour
Prime Minister Helen Clark has agreed
to be patron of the Miners’ Hall and
has promised to be there to open the
restoration project next year.
spokeswoman Jo Hart said Miss Clark
had signalled her interest last year with a
message of support during the campaign
to save the historic building from
The hall (more particularly, its
predecessor, burned down by an arsonist
in 1937), is connected with the roots of
the trade union movement and the New
Zealand Labour Party, founded in 1916.
“ When we were threatened with
demolition last year, Helen Clark left
a message of support ... just saying she
hoped the wherewithal could be found,”
Ms Hart said today. “ We were very
encouraged by that. Somebody made
the off-the-cuff remark that it would
be really good to have a high-profile
As it turned out, Ms Hart got the
chance to pitch that to Miss Clark
herself, while on a trip to New York
earlier this year.
The former prime minister is domiciled
there in her role as administrator of
the United Nations development
Ms Hart was allowed a 15-minute
time slot, which turned into a 30-minute
“ It was very, very exciting. During
that meeting I asked her if she would
be willing to be the patron, and she
accepted. I said, ‘you’ll have to come
back and open it in 2016’. She said ‘give
me a date.’”
On the spot, Ms Hart suggested
November 2016, not really sure if that
might be realistic, and Miss Clark
“It’s going to be a very big ask to get
the hall done by next November, but
we’re going to give it our best shot,” Ms
Hall trust chairman Paul Thomas
described Miss Clark’s patronage as “a
big gift” to both Runanga and the West
“ I think it’s just extraordinary to have
the former Prime Minister of New
Zealand, and the third highest official
in the United Nations ... in her role of
development. There’s just a really good
alignment there,” Mr Thomas said.
November next year had “always been
the goal,” particularly in light of the
pending Labour Party centennial.
While the project appeared to be in a
lull at present, a “big splurge” of work
was planned for early next year, he said.
“There’s a whole lot of background
planning going on at the present time.”
This included detailed engineering
for new piles and flooring, followed by
earthquake strengthening, and then
internal and external restoration.
At this point the project has $400,000
of Lotteries Commission funding, plus
the same amount from an insurance
PICTURE: Paul McBride
CYB construction foreman Murray Atkinson checks the newly roofed Westland Recreation Centre. “ The first layer of roof is in place which will be
covered by a layer of insulation and then a top layer of iron will cover the roof — effectively 200mm of roofing material,” Mr Atkinson said. The sports
stadium, next to the Greymouth aquatic centre, is on target for completion in July.
Roof goes on stadium
Medals are being polished, beer
cooled and gardens planted as a mild
dose of Royal fever hits Westport.
The Prince of Wales, Prince
Charles, will spend two hours and 20
minutes in the town late on Saturday
afternoon, his visit coinciding with the
2000-strong military exercise under
way in Buller.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard has his
Royal protocol list, and said that after
weeks of preparation, especially with
security, everything was falling into
He hopes the public will turn out
in numbers between 4.30pm and
6pm outside the Clocktower, in
Palmerston Street, for the public
welcome. Complicating preparations,
Mr Howard is busy acting in the role
of ‘president ’ of the fictitious Bekara
region, in the scenario for the military
The privately-owned West Coast
Brewery, just around the corner from
the Clocktower, is the only business on
Brewery chief operating officer
Grant Burnett said they were surprised
and delighted to learn of the Royal
Mr Burnett said he believed the
Palace had picked their brewery
because they served a Green Fern
organic lager, given Prince Charles’s
interest in organics.
“ We are hopeful he will sample the
Green Fern lager,” he said. They also
plan to ser ve whitebait patties.
“They asked us to keep it rustic —
he wants to see the West Coast,” Mr
A few Buller High School senior
students will also get to meet the Royal
Principal Andrew Basher said the
students had worked with the Buller
District Council to develop gardens
and mobile planters to beautify the
town, and they would get to explain
their project to Prince Charles.
Mr Basher, who is also a councillor,
said councillors had been invited to the
official reception and he was brushing
off his suit.
To his amusement this would be the
first time his wife, who was from the
United Kingdom, had met royalty.
Kapa haka groups from Buller,
Greymouth and Westland high schools
will take part in a combined powhiri.
Westport Airport manager Sonia
Cresswell said she did not personally
expect to meet him.
“Everyone’s excited, it’s good for
The event is especially significant for
Westport man Peter Roselli, who was
the first person in Buller to receive the
Queen’s Ser vice Order. Prince Charles
holds the same honour, conferred upon
him by the Q ueen.
“It’s never going to happen again,”
Mr Roselli said of the meeting.
During the last Royal visit to
Westport, in 1954, he did not have a
Queen’s honour so he had no reason to
go along. This time, he will get to meet
Prince Charles and is eager to see if he
will be wearing his medal.
3.35pm: Prince Charles arrives in
Westport to visit army exercise.
5.15pm: Arrives in Westport town
centre for a public walk and visit to
West Coast Brewery.
5.55pm: Departs Westport for
Excitement building in Westport for Royal visit
Struggling Bathurst stems losses to $16m
Bathurst has cleaned out most
of its board and eased the losses,
finishing the year to June with a net
loss of $16.4 million compared to
$188.9 million last year.
The annual report, out on Friday,
shows that 20 staff earn over
$100,001, and the top earner,
presumably the chief executive,
collected between $470,000 and
The annual report notes a virtually
whole new board and reduced staff
Bohannan resigned in March, and
Richard Tacon took over.
The report notes that Mr
Bohannan received no termination
benefit, although money owed was
Mr Bohannan was the top earning
director with remuneration of
$1.7m for the year, followed by
Mr Tacon with $614, 450.
The company reported positive
cash flow of $1m. It said it had also
de-listed from the stock exchange
“to save money ”.
It said coal recovered from
development of the proposed
Escarpment Mine at Denniston
was being blended with coal from
the small Cascade Mine nearby.
In its quarterly report, also released
on Friday, the company says it has
disposed of surplus land in Buller,
including land earmarked for export
when its Escarpment mine ramps
The sale had helped reduce debt.
Coal currently sold to Holcim for
the Cape Foulwind cement works,
which is due to close next year, could
be redirected to other markets.
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