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Preparations are under way for
the 12th annual Waitangi Day
Community Picnic. It will again
feature a traditional hangi and
barbecue lunch, and entertainment
at Dixon Park. The picnic will run
from 11am to 5pm on Saturday,
Paymark’s initial data shows
spending growth on the eftpos
network on the West Coast
throughout December. Spending
in the region was up 2.6% for
the month, and the value of
sales up 0.4%. The Bay of Plenty,
Marlborough, Auckland and
Northland and Southland saw the
strongest growth in the country,
with Bay of Plenty breaking into
double-figure growth at 10.1% over
the same month in 2014. Lower
petrol prices to were offset by strong
Hospital memories call
The West Coast District Health
Board wants to hear from people
with memories or stories about
Greymouth Hospital, as the board
prepares to build a replacement.
The Grey Base Hospital Historical
Advisory Committee has invited
people to share hospital stories and
histories, including photographs,
for possible inclusion in a record of
the current hospital, which will be
demolished. Staff or members of the
public who can help are asked to
contact Karen Robb.
MPs quiz DHB
The Canterbury and West
Coast district health boards have
been asked to appear before
the parliamentary health select
committee in February. Joint chief
executive David Meates said the
MPs were curious to know more
about how the collaboration
between the two boards was
Assault victim in hospital
A man was rushed to hospital
after an assault on Queen Street,
Auckland, this morning. Police were
called to the scene, outside the St
James Theatre, at 5.30am. A
St John spokeswoman said the man,
in his 30s, was taken by ambulance
to Auckland City Hospital. A
witness at the scene said a cordon
was in place. A man in his 30s
was to appear in the Auckland
District Court today on a charge
of wounding with intent to cause
grievous bodily harm.
Port of Greymouth.
Nil. Departures: Cook Canyon,
one Greymo uth vessel. In port:
Galatea II, 16 Greymouth vessels.
Expected departures: Galatea II,
today. Expected arrivals: Jay Elaine,
of the Hokitika Guardian
Owners of the Theatre Royal Hotel in
Kumara have been granted approval to
add six new accommodation units to the
The consent also allows Kumara
Holdings Ltd to formalise the dining
and bar area at the refurbished 1876-era
pub for public use.
The Westland District Council signed
off on the consent on the condition that
one car park be provided for each of the
six new accommodation units.
A 1am curfew was also written in for
the bar and restaurant.
Council resource management planner
Alex Dunne said the accommodation
units would complement the existing
hotel activity and be of economic
benefit to the area, especially with the
West Coast Wilderness Trail running
past the hotel.
Plans show the units will be
standalone, with veranda covered decks.
The Seddon Street hotel was reopened
three years ago after a $2 million
rebuild to recreate the Kumara goldrush
Owners Mark and Kerrie Fitzgibbons
and their wider family have also restored
the old Bank of New Zealand building,
the old undertaker’s residence and a
19th century cottage, which has its
own history as the scene of a murder,
on the outskirts of the village as
accommodation for the cycle trail.
George (Bill). — Passed
away January 3, 2015.
Tenderly we will
treasure the past,
With memories that will
Though absent, you are
Still loved, still missed,
still very dear.
From his loving
Ian (Ray Ray). — Died
suddenly as the result of
a tragic accident in
London on Saturday,
December 12, 2015;
aged 30. Cherished hus-
band of Sally Coleman,
beloved son of Ian and
Kay (Greymouth), dear-
ly loved brother of
Lauren (London), loved
son-in-law of Kaye and
the late Greg Coleman,
loved bother-in-law of
Sam Coleman, and Anna
and Kayne Henderson,
loved uncle of Zoe, and
loved cousin of Todd,
Kim, Daniel, and Lara
Boustridge, Elliot, and
Bryar Clayton, and Finn,
and Tara Clarke, much
loved nephew of Brian
and Roya, Noel and
Jane, Anne and Bill
Sissons, Jane and Pat
Wendy Clarke, and Sue
Clarke, beloved grand-
son of the late Ace and
and Henry and Kathleen
Clarke, and an adored
and respected friend of
many. Messages to
Ian and Kay to 25
Coates Street, Grey-
mouth 7805. A Memori-
al Service for Clark will
be held in Holy Trinity
Anglican Church, Tainui
Street, Greymouth on
Monday, January 11, at
Funeral Services Ltd,
FDANZ, Phone (03)
Lawrence (Laurie). —
Peacefully with family
on January 2, 2016.
Loved husband of the
late Marilyn. Dearly
loved father and father-
in-law of Di and Jeff
Hamilton and Vern and
Helen McVicar. Loved
Hamish, Brittany, Willy
Harry. Loved brother
and brother-in-law of
Pauline and Patrick,
Helen and the late Vin.
Kathleen and Fred,
Wilson (deceased) and
Lesley, and Lynaire. A
loved uncle of all his
nieces and nephews and
special friend of Peter
Martin. Messages to 337
Main Road, Hope 7020.
The friends of Laurie are
that his funeral service
will be held at Holy
Church, 27 Dorset
Street, Richmond on
Saturday, January 9,
2016 commencing at
1pm. His interment will
follow at the Richmond
cowboy at rest.' Fellow
cowboys are invited to
don their boots and jeans
for Laurie's service.
mond Funeral Directors,
NZIFH. www .wrfs.co.nz.
Zara Eathorne, left, and Simone Shinnamon, both three, enjoy storytelling at the Grey District Library today as part of the library’s
school holiday activities.
Youngsters enjoy library tales
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Emergency ser vices had radio coverage
at the scene of the bus crash in the Otira
Gorge on Thursday morning, despite the
lack of cellphone coverage in the area —
although 50m beyond the crash scene
there is no coverage at all.
Greymouth fire chief Lee Swinburn
described what happened in the
aftermath as “a good multi-agency
response” which was well run, after those
first on the scene helped raise the alarm
and assisted the injured.
“The initial people on site who
came across it did a fantastic job,” Mr
Eight Greymouth-based firefighters
were among the first to arrive on the
scene, where over about 30 minutes
they extricated the trapped driver of the
rental car, which collided with the bus,
and another person trapped under the
Six volunteer firefighters from Hokitika
and the Kumara brigade also turned out.
Fire Ser vice cutting gear was also flown
from Nelson to supplement gear carried
by the local brigades at the scene.
Mr Swinburn said conditions were
“trying” for the victims, made worse
by the heat in the gorge caused by the
sunny weather that day.
The brigade had radio communication
on the way after it responded shortly
after 11am, although the crash scene was
only just within radio range in the Otira
Gorge. The brigade also had a satellite
“ We’ve got good communications up
there ... around the corner, another 50m,
we’ve got none,” Mr Swinburn said.
An off-duty St John first responder and
the Greymouth-based inter-hospital
transfer ambulance were also among the
first on the scene.
St John communications manager Ian
Henderson said the first bystanders on
scene had to go back to Arthur’s Pass
to dial 111 due to lack of cellphone
“ While they were doing this, an off-
duty St John first responder arrived on
scene, as did our inter-hospital transfer
ambulance. This was on its way to
Christchurch to collect a patient — it
did not have any patients on board, but
did have the patient transfer officer,
who was driving the ambulance, and a
nurse from Greymouth Hospital,” Mr
That vehicle did have a radio — as did
all St John ambulances. This was used
by the off-duty first responder to give
the first update from the scene to the St
John clinical control centre.
“This report gave us the first true
indication of what we were dealing with
and allowed us to mobilise our resources
appropriately. These first St John people
on scene did an excellent job,” Mr
Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band.
1970s group for Greymouth gig
New Zealand 1970s act the Bulldogs Allstar
Goodtime Band, which started out when
members were trainee teachers, will be in
Greymouth this Friday.
After winning the television talent show
New Faces with original songs Miss
September and Everyone Knows, the band
went full-time professional in December 1973
and played pretty much six nights a week
through to January 1975.
They played a succession of ‘brewery
hotel’ tours, local artist tours (with the likes
of Shona Laing, Steve Allen, Ebony, The
Yandell Sisters, Rob Guest) and a few tours
When faced with heading for Australia
or calling it a day, they said they ‘called it a
day ’ while the memories were good and the
friendships (and brains) intact.
They got together for a couple of reunions
during the 1990s, playing a few gigs and
having a lot of fun. During that time they also
recorded a number of songs at the old NZBC
studios in Wellington.
In 2014 they put together a Very Best of
Bulldogs album, using the LP and the 45s
recorded in the 1970s and including the
tracks recorded in the 1990s.
The Top of the South tour was organised by
the band to celebrate the new album.
They will be playing at the Regent Theatre
at 8pm on Friday. Tickets are $20.
The Greymouth Star, in conjunction with
the Regent Theatre, has a double pass to give
away to the classic New Zealand act Bulldog
Allstars Goodtime Band, who will perform
at 8pm this Friday. Tickets are $20. Graeme
Rogerson, a horse racing personality, is also
hosting a fundraiser from 6pm where he will
speak and play images on the massive screen
relating to his life in the racing game.
Tickets can be purchased to this event
for $30, which includes entry to the band
To win the double pass to the Bulldog
Allstars, e-mail competitions@greystar.
co.nz or drop your entry into the Greymouth
Star office, in Werita Street. One entry per
household. Entries close on Thursday.
A Christchurch woman who travelled to Auckland
just before New Year is missing and police say there
are concerns for her safety. Sharon Helen Cross, 57,
was last seen in Auckland city at 1.30am on December
30. She was reported missing the next day. Police say
there is a possibility Ms Cross has travelled to Dunedin,
and could be using her maiden name Kara. She is a
European, about 174cm tall. “She is of skinny build
with long black hair which she usually wears down.
Police have been advised that she may have cut her
hair,” a spokesman said. “Anyone sighting Sharon
should immediately contact police on 111.”
A sunny end to December helped push up
sunshine hour totals on the West Coast for
December had lower than average rainfall,
but several cloudy days and cool night-time
temperatures in Reefton.
The fierce heat of summer arrived late in
the month, bringing fine and settled weather,
weather obser ver Tony Fortune said.
The township had 97.5mm of rain, compared
to 144.5mm last December, and just 11 days of
rain compared to 16 a year ago. The heaviest fall
was 25mm on December 13.
The temperature rose to 30degC on December
28, but fell to just 1degC two days before
Christmas. The average maximum in Reefton
was 21.3degC, compared to 23.4degC last year.
Greymouth had 197.2mm of rain and
215.4 hours of sunshine for the month, while
Hokitika had 211.6mm of rain, and 281 hours
of sunshine. Haast had 186mm of rain and
That meant Greymouth had 2618.8mm of
rain for the year, Hokitika 3201.5mm, Haast
3143.69mm, while Westport was the driest of
the main West Coast centres, with 2142.4mm.
Westport driest, Hokitika wettest
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