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Greymouth residents have a unique
opportunity to see a bit of industrial steam
heritage on the roads from tomorrow.
A 1925 Foden C type steam wagon and
a Showman’s traction engine — once
used as a fairground attraction — will
venture into Greymouth tomorrow and
again on Saturday.
Both engines are
Christchurch man Alan Familton.
They have been in the Grey district
since Labour Weekend when the vintage
steam engines were brought over from
Canterbury for a trip from Jacksons via
Moana and Nelson Creek to Stillwater.
Mr Familton said the truck and
traction engine had been based at Crofts
Stillwater yard since but they would
be fired up early tomorrow and should
venture out on the roads about 9.30am.
It is possible they would go to Blackball
tomorrow morning in time for lunch.
Both steam engines will be passing
afternoon, heading to Paroa Hotel for
the night via Marsden Road, Boddytown
The vehicles will head back through
Greymouth and on to Runanga and
possibly Rapahoe on Saturday before
returning towards to Kumara and then
to Jacksons via Mitchells.
Shantytown locomotive driver and
steam heritage author Ian Tibbles said
the visit by Mr Familton’s vehicles was
a unique opportunity for West Coast
residents to see a bit of heritage on the
roads, in particular, the Foden steam
wagon with its three-way tip deck.
Only a few of these road steam vehicles
ever worked on the West Coast.
Back in the day the Fodens were
deployed to jobs such as road making
but they were not a success on the West
Coast because they were too heavy for
the local conditions, Mr Tibbles said.
Steam machiner y set
to hit Coast roads
Thursday November 12
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Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
Glad someone made it
Mary. — 1950 ~ 2015.
Died peacefully at her
home, Admartha Lodge,
loved daughter of the
late Tom and Alicia
Wallace, loved sister
and sister-in-law of
Michael (deceased) and
Marian and Murray
(Melbourne) and Teresa
(Hokitika). Dearly loved
aunty of all her nieces
Special Angel at Peace.
Messages to 355
Arahura Valley, RD 2,
Hokitika 7882. A
service for Helen will be
held at Thompson's
Riverview Chapel, 88
Gibson Quay, Hokitika,
on Saturday November
14, commencing at 2pm.
Following the service
Helen will be laid to rest
with her parents in the
Lawn Section of the
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In Loving Memory of
Died November 12,
It was one year today,
At four fifty-eight.
That you slipped away,
And arrived at God's
We wiped your last tear,
And said our goodbyes.
We all held you dear,
You were our lives.
You were such a special
A loving Mum of four.
Gave your grandkids all
A wonderful mum-in-
Our lives have changed
Now that you have gone.
We think of you so
Your memories still live
As you live within our
You help us with our
We are never far apart,
One day we'll see you
We miss you so much
Love always Danny,
Nigeal, Sandy, Brian,
Dean and families xo.
And all your family in
12, 2012. Cherished
Mum, Nana and friend.
You are always in our
Love Robin, Deb and
(Coal Face miner for 31
years). Passed away
peacefully at Kowhai
Manor, Greymouth on
November 10, 2015, in
his 92nd year. Dearly
loved husband of the
late Connie, much loved
dad and father-in-law of
Janet and Evan Cole
(Sydney), Heather and
Sam (Porirua), Marie
(Greymouth), James and
and Stephen (Grey-
mouth), and a loved
friend. Messages to 14
Firth Street, Cobden
7802. A service to
celebrate Harold's life
will be held in the
Memorial Chapel, 134
Tainui Street, Grey-
mouth on Saturday at
11am, Harold will then
be laid to rest with his
wife at the Karoro Lawn
Funeral Services Ltd.
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Solving the cellphone black hole along
much of State highway 73 should be seen
as an opportunity for both the Grey and
Westland district councils to collaborate,
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn says.
“ I’m not going to let boundaries stand in
the way,” Mr Kokshoorn said today.
He was commenting on the work
currently under way to come up with
solutions to the challenge of plugging the
West Coast ’s digital coverage gaps, in light
of seed funding provided by Development
West Coast (DWC) to help the region gain
some of the $200 million of Government
funds for such projects.
“ We’ve got to figure how we can get the
maximum from that $200m, which is New
Zealand wide,” Mr Kokshoorn said.
Regardless, plugging black spots “should
be a priority” for the Government, he said.
DWC is making $1 million available
through its digital enablement fund to
the three West Coast councils — for both
ultrafast broadband and cellular black spots
— to assist them to gain some of the $200m
contestable funding through the Ministry
of Business, Innovation and Employment.
The councils have come up with common
objectives in their West Coast digital
Fibre connection of 100 mega bits per
second (Mbps) in all areas of 300 people
100 Mbps in other areas within
reasonable reach of main trunk ser vices.
Installation of 4G, wireless, or
broadband via the copper lines to areas
where fibre installation cost is prohibitive.
Provision of cellphone coverage across
the State highway network and special
The individual councils have also
identified district-wide aims within the
For Grey, the aim is to plug the existing
cellphone black spots and extend ultrafast
broadband to the outlying smaller towns
and rural areas from that already in
“Currently, 65% of the district is
connected to the internet,” Mr Kokshoorn
Broadband needed to be rolled out
to South Beach, Camerons, Gladstone,
Runanga, Rapahoe, Blackball, Ahaura,
Grey and Arnold valleys, Kaiata Park and
He said the DWC $1m was to help gain
“ leverage” for the region to compete with
the rest of the country for money put up
by the Government to plug black spots
and improve broadband in low population
“We will use the million to try to get
a larger portion from the Government,
because we need to get more skin in the
An obvious immediate project was
plugging the cellphone black spot along
State highway 73 beyond Kumara to
The area was part of Westland district but
that should not stand in the way of Grey
District Council advocating a solution
given that its residents “ benefit as well”.
“ We all use State highways . . . we should
all get the benefit.”
The councils needed to be collaborative
about the DWC money and they were
already looking at ways to get “best value”.
“ We’ve only got $300,000 (each). We’ve
got to figure out now how we spend that
$300,000 out there and we’ve got to
leverage that by collectively applying . . .
because the Government don’t want to deal
with each council.”
The leaders of the four West Councils,
including the regional council, were on the
way to formulating a strategy.
“ We’ve got a broad plan ... it ’s progressing
really well,” Mr Kokshoorn said.
Greymouth was already benefiting as
one of the smallest towns to have received
ultrafast broadband under the current
rollout, bearing out the old adage “the
squeaky wheel gets the oil”.
Other small townships in the Grey district
should be benefiting as well and regionally
the West Coast needed to broaden its
digital base to give it an economic leg up
for the future, Mr Kokshoorn said.
“ It will take the isolation out of the West
Coast, it totally will. ”
Councils plan UFB boost
The big military operation in Westport has now extended into Murchison. Troops have started patrolling the streets in the sleepy
farming town. The troops are from the Combined Arms Task Group.
Troops patrol Murchison streets
PICTURE: New Zealand Defence Force
Priya Indian Restaurant co-owner Rama Alla, right, and her daughter
Sathvika clasping celebratory lights, to mark the Indian festival of Diwali,
in Greymouth last night. Dozens of West Coast-based Indians attended a
special buffet dinner at the restaurant yesterday to honour the Hindu festival,
which celebrates when the monkey-god, Hanuman, rescued Sita, the wife of a
warrior, named Lord Rama, from a demon king Ravana. Indians adorn their
homes and business with lights to celebrate the triumph of light over dark.
Greymouth Indians celebrate Diwali
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
The team at ANZ
West Coast has
hidden money boxes in
shops and is offering
prize packs for the
running in Westport,
Hokitika as a way to
encourage people to
ANZ branch manager
Sharyn Rose and
Bridget Kavanagh said
local retailers were
always looking for
new ideas to attract
larger department stores
out of town and the
growing popularity of
on-line shopping, with
the added benefit of
GST free purchases,
have contributed to the
decline of foot traffic in
our main streets,” Ms
There are varying
numbers of ANZ
money boxes hidden
in local shops in
and Hokitika, and
children and their
parents are encouraged
to search for these in
said the money box
promotion was a local
initiative aimed at
encouraging people to
As well as being
designed to encourage
buying locally, the
promotion was also
designed to be fun.
Entry forms have
to schools and are
also available from
retailers and the ANZ
runs from now until
December 4 with prizes
drawn on December
7 at the local ANZ
Hidden money boxes in competition
ANZ Greymouth branch manager Sharyn Rose,
left, and business manager Bridget Kavanagh.
of the Westport News
The huge military operation
in Westport has disrupted some
internet ser vices.
Exercise Southern Katipo —
which involves more than 2000
defence personnel — has increased
the use of Vodafone’s Westport
rural broadband initiative tower,
slowing the internet ser vice for
Westport woman Alison Gygax-
Mather said she had broadband
issues all last week.
She had contacted Farmside, a
rural internet provider, which uses
the Vodafone network. Farmside
then contacted Vodafone, and
reported back to Ms Gygax-
Mather that the tower was under
pressure last week.
She said Farmside was working to
fix her problem and was providing
her with a better aerial.
Downey said the company was
aware of the problem.
“Our team has recently made
some adjustments to the tower’s
settings which has improved the
She said Vodafone planned a 4G
upgrade for the tower in February.
More than 100 people
reported feeling a 4.5
within 10 minutes of
it striking near Haast
at 9.03am today. It was
pinpointed at 15km
deep and 45km east of
The Greymouth Star
spoke to a number of
Haast residents who did
not feel it; many of those
who reported it on the
Geonet website were
from Otago, and even as
far away as Dunedin.
Okuru resident Fay
Eggeling said they
had heard a number of
earthquakes lately, but
had not felt any of them.
“A few nights ago,
about quarter to nine,
there was a big noise,
but no shaking. Kerry
(husband) looked it up
and it was at Barn Bay.
We keep hearing loud
noises like an explosion,
for a couple of years now,
but no shaking.”
GNS classified this
morning’s quake as
It was followed by a
magnitude 4 earthquake
at 9.49am, in the same
location and also 15km
deep. Again, initial ‘felt’
reports were based in
The cycling and walking clip-on takes shape on the downstream side of
the Taramakau River road-rail bridge. The New Zealand Transport Agency
said today it should be completed in just over a month, ready for the summer
holiday cyclists. The clip-on is designed to fill the gap until a new road bridge
with a dedicated cycle and pedestrian lane is built, just downstream of the
existing rail bridge.
Bridge clip-on work advancing
Strong quake felt
Big military exercise in Buller
slows internet speed
The New Zealand
Transport Agency now has
authority status under the
Act, so it can apply to
local authorities to set
aside land specifically
for cycleways and shared
paths in the same way as
it is already able to do for
roads and motorways.
“ It also enables NZTA
to designate cycleway
routes. The decision
will better enable the
Government to deliver on
its ambitious plans of both
safer and more convenient
urban and rural
Minister Nick Smith said.
“The significance of this
decision is the Government
affirming cycleways, just
like motor ways, railways
or transmissions lines
cables are critical modern
infrastructure in the 21st
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