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Grey Power marks
Greymouth police are seeking
information on a break-in reported
yesterday which occurred behind a
commercial premises on Gresson
Street over the weekend. The
padlocks on three sheds behind
Bannockbrae Signs were cut with
bolt cutters, Greymouth police said.
The sheds were locked at 4pm on
Saturday and by 8am the following
day, were open. Meanwhile, police
received a number of *555 calls
yesterday about bad driving. These
included rental cars crossing the
centre line in Franz Josef Glacier
and at Turiwhate.
A Greymouth miner working
in Papua New Guinea is making
headlines for buying giant turtles
from a local market, and releasing
them. Arron Culling, who works
for Anitua Mining Ser vices, said he
found the turtles at a marketplace,
TVNZ reported. “Got them for 50
bucks drove 5km up the road and
let them go,” he said. He has so far
released 11. His Facebook post and
photos of the turtles crawling back
to the Pacific has since been shared
nearly 50,000 times.
The acute inpatient mental
health unit at Grey Base Hospital
has been busy. The West Coast
District Health Board said it had
experienced another very busy
month with “full occupancy and
high levels of acuity evidenced
by the majority of clients being
under the Mental Health Act ”.
The mental health crisis team did
105 assessments between July and
September, compared to 64 the
same period last year. Of those, 21
were admitted to the inpatient unit.
The majority of assessments were
in Greymouth (59) and 55% were
out of hours. “ This sustained trend
of increased activity may be a result
of the teams’ concerted efforts to
apply the ‘any door is the right door’
approach to triage as part of the
strategy to provide easier access to
ser vices for the community.”
Rain early, easing later
British football chiefs have banned
local newspapers from publishing
match results of children’s games
in case it upsets the losing
teams. The Football Association has
ordered local papers in England to
stop publishing the youth football
results to make it more ‘child
centred and less results orientated.’
It applies to newspaper articles,
club and league websites and social
media channels. —
Marine mammal observers would be
put on the sur vey vessel if a massive
petroleum exploration permit is granted,
encircling the New Zealand coast.
Texan-based ION Geophysical has
applied to prospect 1.6 million square
kilometres offshore of New Zealand —
including off the West Coast — in the
biggest petroleum application yet seen by
New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals.
The application was lodged in late
ION told the Greymouth Star it had
worked in many other countries but this
was the first time it had proposed such a
programme in New Zealand.
“ But we have carried out similar studies
worldwide, amassing approximately
500,000km of seismic data around
solutions director Graeme Eastwood
While the permit area was large, the
actual sur vey lines were long and widely
spaced, Mr Eastwood said.
“ We intend to acquire around
20,000km of data within the permit area,
which means that once the vessel has
traversed an area once, it is unlikely to be
back. This is in contrast to the, in general,
much smaller areas sur veyed much
more intensely for routine hydrocarbon
exploration in New Zealand and
The type of sur vey, known as 2D
seismic, involved a single seismic vessel
towing an acoustic source and a cable, up
to 10km long.
The sur vey would take about five
months. It would recover data from the
surface down to up to 40km beneath the
seabed — in the region of the boundary
between the Earth’s crust and mantle.
The data could be used to rule areas in or
out for future work, reducing exploration
risk without the need for more intensive
sur veying, such as drilling, Mr Eastwood
The sur vey would follow the ‘2013 Code
of Conduct for Minimising Acoustic
Disturbance to Marine Mammals from
The director-general of the Department
of Conser vation is required to give
formal sign off before the survey can
Mr Eastwood said ION Geophysical
Corporation had a long history of
successfully and safely conducting
similar marine sur veys around the world,
including Africa, North and South
America, Europe, the Arctic, Australia
and the wider Asia-Pacific region.
Personal health, operational safety and
protection of the marine environment
were of the utmost importance during all
of their activities.
It would undertake passive acoustic
monitoring for marine fauna during the
sur vey and the vessel crew would include
marine mammal obser vers.
“ Wherever possible and practical,
we will utilise local personnel for these
ION had been conducting local
stakeholder engagement programmes
for some months and would continue to
“ We take all feedback on board and
have actually adjusted the sur vey design
in some areas to take into account local
stakeholder concerns — moving some
lines away from sensitive areas. ”
The sur vey had been designed to
minimise the amount of time spent close
to shore, with only a small number of
minor incursions into New Zealand’s 12
nautical mile territorial waters.
Nelson Creek resident Brian
Melrose is offering people the
chance to experience a show
of Christmas lights at his
Nelson Creek Road home with
donations going to the Cancer
“There are at present 338,000
lights and the majority are
on ‘an enchanted forest’ walk
and there are lights also at
the front of the house,” Mr
Melrose said yesterday.
“The walk takes five to 15
minutes depending how
fast you walk and there is
wheelchair access as well.
There is a donation bucket
and the collection will go to
the Cancer Society as I was
looking for a good cause.
“My mum died of cancer
when I was four-years-old
and I’ve also lost a number of
friends to cancer — at the
moment I have raised $340.”
Local logging contractor Craig
Thomas, who operates as Thomas
Logging Ltd, has been busy
retrieving selected rimu logs from
the Aorangi Reser ve toppled by
Cyclone Ita in April last year.
Working with the Department
of Conservation, Mr Thomas
said the logs were airlifted out by
helicopter over the weekend.
“I’ve been cutting up the selected
fallen trees in the past couple of
weeks with my brother Brian and
“All up there were 16 trees
which were cut up and airlifted by
“Most of the logs came off DOC
land but two were on my property
which backs on to the Aorangi.
I remember at the time of the
cyclone hearing the trees crashing
to the ground.
“I suppose Cyclone Ita has
been good for me and other
Mr Thomas’s logs are already
destined for Auckland where
they will be used in the building
“I’ve got my own portable mill
and I will process the logs into 6
by 2 timber.
“The buyer wants them as
floorboards as well as decorative
timber for apartments.”
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Craig Thomas and his French bulldog Dudley, with some of the rimu logs which will be milled.
Work lands on logger’s doorstep
A Cobden woman who failed
to maintain a clean and healthy
18 months of intensive super vision,
after a judge decided not to impose a
In 2011 an inspection of her home by
Housing New Zealand, found soiled
mattresses on the floor of her lounge,
and rubbish, which had attracted flies,
all over the kitchen.
A further Housing NZ inspection on
July 6 again found mattresses strewn
across the lounge, boxes piled up on
beds and rubbish around the kitchen.
A bedroom and bathroom window
had also both been smashed, and the
kitchen door was blocked with dirty
Judge Gary MacAskill said a report
on her sentencing had recommended
one of intensive super vision and
He said “super vision might be an
appropriate response to her offending,
due to a number of issues in her life”.
However, he chose not to impose
community work, as he wanted to avoid
a “punitive sentence”, due to the issues
she was suffering from.
Some Pulse power customers did
not receive their Christmas discount
at the start of this month.
September that households would
receive $100 to $150 off their
December power bill.
Westpower, which owns and runs
the power lines on the Coast said
the discount would total $3 million
and was a way to share the success of
Westpower with consumers.
Grey district councillor Kevin
Brown said he was contacted by
several Pulse customers who had not
seen the rebate come through, and
contacted Pulse as a result.
He was disappointed not everyone
had received it.
“ I’m concerned some haven’t got it,
when we were told we were getting
“ People do rely on it, it ’s a big thing
at this time.”
Pulse said today there was a “short
interruption to our billing process
which handles the rebate”.
All rebates were applied earlier
this week and would appear on the
account immediately, the company
Westpower chief executive Rob
Caldwell, said all electricity retailers
operating on Westpower’s network
had been advised of the discount for
“ I understand that some have
already seen the discount appear on
Trustpower spokesman Graeme
Purches said it was applied to its
bills sent after November 18.
“ We can afford to pass the rebate
on to suit our bill cycle even
although we might not have received
the actual credit ...” he said.
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Christmas lights in
suppor t of cancer
Filthy house lands
woman in court
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Brian Melrose with daughters Taya and Shakira outside their Nelson Creek
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