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Speedway fire drill
A fire ‘call-out ’ to Greenstone Park
Speedway at Cobden last night was
in fact a training exercise. Cobden
Volunteer Fire Brigade fire chief
Gary Pollock said the Runanga and
Cobden brigades were conducting a
joint drill at the speedway.
West Coast police continue to
receive regular calls from concerned
motorists about bad driving.
Senior constable Mike Tinnelly,
of Greymouth police, said they
were receiving a number of *555
calls each day reporting incidents
of vehicles crossing the centre line,
or not following basic intersection
rules. “ We’re getting a lot of
crossing centre lines but it ’s not
all tourists, but our local people as
well,” Mr Tinnelly said. About 8
o’clock last night someone reported
seeing a rental vehicle drive through
a controlled intersection near
Rapahoe. Police were yet to catch
up with the vehicle involved but all
*555 reports were investigated, he
Tools locked in a vehicle on an
Inchbonnie property off Lake
Brunner Road were stolen in a
break-in overnight on Sunday.
The theft was reported yesterday
and police said few details were
yet available but inquiries were
continuing. In Hokitika, a fence
was broken down at a residential
property in Stafford Street. Police
said it looked as if someone had
come past some time overnight on
Sunday, possibly drunk, and pushed
Fine, areas of morning cloud
Burglars with a guilty conscience
saved the life of a family’s pet
goldfish after smashing its bowl
during a raid. Money and two
laptops, containing precious family
photos, were stolen by the criminals
when they forced their way into
the home of Monica and Lance
McGill, in Nottinghamshire. In
a brief moment of sympathy the
thieves picked up the couple’s pet
goldfish Freddie and placed him in
the kitchen sink, filling it with water
and allowing him to swim another
day. Mum-of-three Monica said
they were stunned to find Freddie
splashing around in the sink after
they returned home to find their
belongings missing. The family are
now appealing for their safe return
and have offered a £300 reward.
— Daily Mail
Good samaritan, 11, thanked
An unassuming Greymouth
boy has been hailed as a good
samaritan after he stopped to
help a senior citizen who fell and
bashed his head.
Joel Dash was walking past
Archie Campbell’s Marsden
Road home of 60 years on
September 25, when he caught
sight of the 85-year-old lying
on the ground at the steps of his
house, covered in blood from a
nasty head wound. Mr Campbell
had apparently tripped while
going out to collect his paper.
Joel, a St Patrick’s Primary
honoured at a special assembly
with a certificate acknowledging
his ‘kindness, compassion, caring
and respect ’ by the family of Mr
Campbell, who later died.
Mr Campbell’s daughter Leslie
Holland said that Joel had
been both “kind and brave” in a
remarkable way to her father in
his moment of desperate need.
“ We’re very impressed that
an 11-year-old went out of his
way to help someone he didn’t
even know,” Mrs Holland said
in an emotional address to Joel’s
school peers today.
Mr Campbell was covered in
blood and was unable to get to
his feet, but Joel did not think
He found a way to help the
injured man up and into his
house before going home and
telling his mother. They went
back together and assisted Mr
Campbell, alerting his family.
over whelmed by the attention.
“I just went up to help him.
When I had a closer look, there
was a big bruise bursting out
with blood,” he said.
The 11-year-old said he tried
to lift Mr Campbell without
success but he found a way.
“I got a chair from inside and
helped him on to the chair.”
From there he was able to
physically assist Mr Campbell
inside to clean up, before Joel ran
to his home nearby.
Mr Campbell never got to
thank the 11-year-old. He was
frail and unwell at the time of his
fall, and died two weeks later, on
However, his son Peter said he
was anxious that his rescuer be
given a proper thanks.
“He was so grateful,” Mr
Campbell said. “He wanted to
be able to acknowledge Joel and
thank him for what he had done,
and he wasn’t able to do that
What Joel did without a second
thought for himself was a “good
news story,” particularly in light
of negative reports these days
of young people not caring,
“He didn’t think — he didn’t do
a runner — he went and helped,
pretty amazing as far as we’re
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Joel Dash with his father Barry, Leslie Holland, centre, and mum, Rochelle, at St Patrick’s Primary School today.
New Blakie murder suspect
The father of a Timaru woman
murdered almost 16 years ago while
hitchhiking to Greymouth, has called for
the police to seriously investigate a new
Although Darfield man Timothy Taylor
was convicted and sentenced to life in
prison for the murder of Lisa Blakie, he
has always maintained his innocence.
On February 1, 2000 Ms Blakie, who
previously lived in Greymouth, had been
on the run from her Devil’s Henchman
boyfriend when she was picked up by Mr
Her body was found weighted down by
a boulder in the river near Arthur’s Pass a
few days later, on Waitangi Day.
Now, a 3D investigation, aired on
television last night, has revealed another
man who may have played a part could be
living in Australia.
It claimed a stray pubic hair found
on Ms Blakie’s body that was never
identified could have belonged to him.
Ms Blakie’s father, Doug Taylor, told
the current affairs programme he had
always had his doubts.
“I believe he (Taylor) was involved and
he had a part to play, but I always had
doubts that he was the one who killed
His suspicions were also echoed
by a former police officer, Bridget
McMenamin, who had worked on the
She told 3D, police at the time ignored
key evidence in the case.
“A lot of people on that case worked
damn hard, but I think the people in
charge of that case decided they wanted
to get an arrest and Taylor was going
to be the easiest person to arrest for the
murder of Lisa Blakie,” Ms McMenamin
She remained convinced there was one
piece of evidence that held the key — a
white Bedford van seen by 10 people in
the area. It was never searched by police.
The van, which was owned by the
Devil’s Henchmen, was never searched
Taylor, who knew the gang and was
always thought to have known more than
he let on, admitted earlier this year in a
meeting with Ms Blakie’s father that he
had seen the van that day.
He named three people inside, two of
whom Ms McMenamin said had been
ruled out of the investigation.
“They were a boyfriend she was trying
to break up with and was very scared of,
and his best friend.”
She said the pair were DNA tested and
eliminated from the inquiry, but the third
person, who is now believed to be living
in Australia, never was.
Ms McMenamin said the stray pubic
hair could prove the missing link.
The 3D team tracked the third mystery
man to Q ueensland, but he appeared to
have moved on by the time they arrived
at his work.
Police have told 3D investigations into
the new suspect were “ongoing”.
However, Ms Blakie’s father was not
“It ’s very, very difficult believing in
your heart that there are others out
there walking on the street that could be
involved.” — NZME
The West Coast once again has
three MPs with the appointment
of former Westland mayor
Maureen Pugh on to the National
The party yesterday confirmed
she will enter Parliament in
February, coming off the bottom
of the party list to fill the gap
expected with the retirement of
cabinet minister Tim Groser.
Ranked at No 51 on the list,
Mrs Pugh had a short stay in
Wellington immediately after the
2014 election, just missing out on
a seat once special votes had been
Mrs Pugh today declined to
comment to the local papers when
asked what her priorities were as
an MP, but in a statement put out
by the party she said her particular
passion was for the regions,
encouraging a diverse and resilient
“I have a lot of catching up to do
entering Parliament mid-term, but
I’m up for the challenge.”
Westland Mayor Mike Havill,
who has previously talked publicly
of a “missing” $8.7 million and
criticised debt levels of the
previous council under Mrs Pugh’s
leadership — today welcomed her
appointment to Parliament.
Having another MP for the West
Coast had to be “good news for the
“It ’s all more representation, the
stronger the better,” Mr Havill
Commenting on the performance
of the previous council, he said it
was “definitely time to move on”.
“ You can’t hold her responsible
for everything that went on.”
Green Party list MP Kevin
Hague said a third MP would
“ When Chris
(Auchinvole, National list) was an
MP, I actually liked the fact that
almost regardless of what people’s
views were, there was someone in
Parliament who was reasonably
matched,” Mr Hague said.
“There are people on the West
Coast who are National Party
supporters. I believe in democracy.
It ’s good to have someone
representing their views.”
Damien O’Connor, who soundly
defeated Mrs Pugh for the
electorate seat in the 2014 election,
said having another list MP meant
that in the end the representation
for the Coast would be stronger.
“But ultimately the policies of the
government in power determined
the fortunes of our region,” he said
referring to infrastructure, funding
and economic development.
Mrs Pugh was born and
educated in Greymouth. She lives
with husband John on their farm
in Turiwhate, in the Taramakau
Valley. She has three adult
children and six grandchildren.
Pugh welcomed as MP
Longstanding Greymouth building company
A J Mooney and Co Ltd is calling it a day after
67 years in business.
Started by the late Andy Mooney in 1948,
the business became best known for the
Lockwood Homes building franchise. Mr
Mooney ’s sons Greg and Craig ensured the
company ’s established profile continued after
“Dad was a life member of the New Zealand
Master Builders Association and I have been
on the executive of the West Coast Master
Builders for the past 18 years,” Craig Mooney
“ We decided to make a business decision and
the time is now right for both Greg and I to
sur vey new interests. Things are getting more
complicated in the building industry in regards
to rules and regulations and we want to step
back now — (but) it is the end of an era.”
Building firm folds
Craig and Greg Mooney, holding a photo of their late father Andy,
are calling it a day for the family business.
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