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Greymouth police today appealed
for information after a break-in at
the Omoto Racecourse overnight
on Monday. Several buildings were
entered and some property was
removed, including four boxes of 7oz
glasses. Senior sergeant Dave Cross
said police were keen for information
about anyone who may have recently
acquired a large number of glasses.
A young man was taken to Grey
Base Hospital after a vehicle
crash at Kaiata, shortly after 4pm.
Brunner Volunteer Fire Brigade
chief Rob Lunn said the man’s
vehicle left the road on State
highway 7 at Kaiata Creek. The
driver was the sole occupant and
was apparently not injured but was
taken to hospital for obser vation.
Organisers expect between 12 and
20 people to join a climate change
protest march from Greymouth to
Hokitika this Sunday, with numbers
expected to steadily grow through
the day. “As we are walking along the
main road, we won’t be hard to find,”
one of the organisers Nikki Young
said. The hikoi will leave from the
Grey District Council fountain at
8am on Sunday and a rally will be
held on the Hokitika beachfront at
4pm. “ We agree with Naomi Klein,
when she points out the relationship
between the extended drought in
Syria and the beginnings of the
civil war there. Climate change and
violence walk hand in hand. This
weekend will see huge numbers of
people attending rallies all over the
world,” Ms Young said.
Cloudy, few showers
An English town’s Christmas
decorations have been mocked
because they look like giant green
pants. The £15,000 Christmas lights
in Tiverton, Devon, have added
some colour and cheer to the town
but some say one particular set of
lights resembles a washing line.
The string of lights that look like
briefs have been strung across the
main shopping street. But they have
provoked mirth among locals. —
The recovery operation for the
remaining three bodies left on Fox
Glacier after Saturday ’s helicopter
tragedy got under way shortly after
11am today when the weather opened
up, allowing three recovery teams to be
flown to the crash site high up on the
West Coast police area commander
Inspector John Canning said the
recovery teams had been on the
glacier since about 11.30am, including
personnel from the Aoraki-Mount
Cook and South Westland alpine cliff
rescue teams, along with specialist police
victim identification teams.
Mr Canning said they grabbed any
opportunity the ongoing misty weather
allowed over the crash site, although
the conditions were clearly variable,
including the 1m-a-day movement by
“ How big the window is, who knows,”
Mr Canning said. “ We’re using every
Earlier today Mr Canning said it
had looked possible for a while that
the teams might be able to get to the
crash scene, but then the conditions had
quickly closed in again.
Yesterday, Mr Canning noted that
recovery efforts would need a ‘window ’
of at least two hours in the weather to
get teams on the ground, after the crash
which killed all seven people on board
the Alpine Adventures helicopter.
were completed yesterday on the first
four bodies recovered on Sunday —
three women and a man. Positive
identification of those individuals was
Police have also initiated contact
with South Westland iwi Te Runanga
o Makaawhio to prepare for a blessing
of the site, once the recovery had been
Hokitika weather obser ver Mark
Crompton said today the light north-
westerly flow currently “socking” soupy
mist against the South Westland ranges
was highly likely to hamper the recovery
effort for a few more days, and with a
heavy rain band due to hit the area later
tomorrow he could not see the weather
lifting until Sunday.
Any fine spells before then were
likely to be very brief and the recovery
teams would have to make the best of
any break they might get before more
heavy rain arrives late tomorrow, Mr
“I would think that it ’s likely that
those conditions would persist today,” he
said. “ There could be some fine breaks
this afternoon, but more likely the fine
breaks will be out on the coast. Inland,
I’d be very surprised if it was a significant
clearance for them.”
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Grey Main School pupil Kaha Matenga gets a check over from dental therapist Sue Allen, left, and assistant Sonia Blackman from the West Coast
District Health Board Community Dental Service preventable mobile unit. The van was introduced to schools this year as part of the free dental
care service. Ms Allen said the aim was to have all school aged children enrolled with the Community Dental Service to have their oral check up in
the mobile unit. “ We not only check the children’s teeth but can also carry out x-rays and clean and apply protective treatments, if required. Once
checked they can then go on to the main hub or treatment mobile,” Ms Allen said.
Dental ser vice hits the road
The number of tourists using tablets
and smartphones to research the West
Coast is one reason the Department
of Conservation has dropped the iSite
Buller manager Bob Dickson said
the Punakaiki and Franz Josef Glacier
DOC visitor centres had both been run
under the iSite brand.
Speaking for the Punakaiki centre, he
said they had stopped using the brand
as it was “just not cost-effective”.
“ Now the majority coming and
visiting, have all the information
through their iPad or phone or other
means,” Mr Dickson said.
The iSite brand meant staff had to
book accommodation for people, which
took an “awful lot of time, for very little
Dropping the brand would allow
DOC to make a “few dollars saving”.
“The visitor centre stays open for
Punakaiki is the busiest single tourist
attraction on the West Coast and sees
even more visitors than the glaciers.
The iSite brand is owned by Tourism
There are over 80 iSites around
New Zealand, including the Hokitika
one, owned by the Westland District
Council and another privately owned
two Coast iSites
Union steps in over late pay
Workers for Greymouth rubbish
contractor Subloos were paid days
late, their union says, a week after
mechanical problems delayed
collections around town.
The First Union was due to meet
with the affected workers today.
Organiser Rachel Boyack said
they were meant to be paid last
Wednesday; it did not come through
Ms Boyack said she began making
inquiries last week and on Friday
was told they would be paid, but no
explanation was given.
About eight staff were affected, she
Grey District Council assets
manager Mel Sutherland said the
contract with Australian-owned
Subloos would be reviewed this year,
as scheduled in the original contract.
Mr Sutherland said the council
became aware on Monday that the
workers had not been paid on time.
That was a matter between the
contractor and its staff.
Mr Sutherland said the council’s
contract payment to Subloos was
made at the scheduled time.
Two weeks ago, mechanical
problems grounded both rubbish
trucks belonging to Subloos.
Council utilities engineer Kurtis
Perrin-Smith said last week the
contractor had to use a trailer loaded
with wheelie bins to empty rubbish
bins around the town and pick up
some refuse bags.
The council had asked Subloos for
an investigation into the cause of the
Subloos was selected in 2012 when
Greymouth began recycling.
At the time, it was reported it had
won a $6 million, six-year contract
over West Coast-owned company
Westroads, which previously ran the
McLeans Pit landfill.
Subloos owner Darryl Subloo,
speaking from Australia yesterday,
said he was not allowed to comment
on the payment issues due to his
The council, in response to a query
from the Greymouth Star, then said
he was free to comment but Mr
Subloo did not respond.
Arsonists target Cobden business again
Cobden businessman Allan Giles
does not believe there is a vendetta
against him but more likely
someone with a serious problem
after a spate of tyre fires at his
Newcastle Street premises.
The North Shore Oil and Tyres
building, a division of Westland
Lawnmowing Ser vices, was
minutes away from going up in
flames after tyres were set alight
in the yard about midnight on
“It’s the third time in the past
three years there has been a fire.
Tyres were set alight around 18
months ago and previous to that
it was on Guy Fawkes night but
police and the fire department on
that occasion didn’t think it was
related to fireworks,” Mr Giles
“ Monday night was serious. The
building paper in the roof had
burnt and a section of the wall
covering was damaged. With oil
and chemicals in the building, the
fire brigade said one more minute
and it would have all gone up. ”
On police advice he had been
storing the tyres in a protected
secure cage near the depot but an
oversupply meant some tyres were
also stacked alongside the cage.
“ Everyone is experiencing tough
times at the moment and I know
I am resilient but after Monday ’s
fire, for the first time since I’ve
been in business I thought ‘why do
PICTURE: Paul McBride
North Shore Oil and Tyres owner Allan Giles assesses the latest fire damage
to his Cobden premises.
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