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Heavy rain warning
Heavy rain is headed to Buller
and northern Westland overnight.
In the 15 hours from 7pm today,
Buller and the Grey district north of
Otira could receive 100-130mm of
rain about the ranges, and 40-60mm
closer to the coast, the Metser vice
Man found safe
A Christchurch man reported
missing, possibly on the West Coast,
over the weekend, was located safe
on Sunday. Police appealed for
sightings of Matthew Adams, who
had been reported missing since
early Saturday when he was last seen
at Arthur’s Pass.
Garden awards deadline
There is only one week to go before
entries close for the Buller District
Council’s annual garden awards.
Entries close on January 13, with
judging to take place the following
week. So far, entry numbers are very
low. Entries can come not only from
property owners, but members of the
public who feel a garden deser ves
an entry. Judging is done from the
street only, as the awards are about
recognising what residents and
visitors can see as they pass by. Entry
forms are available from the council
offices in Westport and Reefton.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Moon Shadow II. Departures:
Galatea II, two Greymouth vessels.
In port: Moon Shadow II, 14
Greymouth vessels. Expected
departures: Moon Shadow II, today.
Expected arrivals: Anatoki, Jay
Overall rainfall was below average in Reefton
in 2015 — although it was a wet winter.
Weather obser ver Tony Fortune said the usual
spring deluge did not happen.
The number of mornings with fog were also
Temperatures were pretty normal, though
the warmest day was in January when it got to
This was only 1.5degC away from the highest
temperature of 34degC in 2005.
The rainfall for the year was 1978mm,
compared to 2030.5 in 2014 and an average
There were 166 days of rain, compared to 183
The heaviest fall was 95mm on June 19.
There were 61 frosts, four less than in 2014,
and 75 morning fogs, down on 92. There was
one all day fog.
Thunder was heard on 15 days, and there were
snow showers on August 8. The windiest day
was November 27 and there were three days
when hail was recorded.
Reefton drier in 2015
of the Westport News
Buller Electricity Ltd’s (BEL’s) takeover of its
subsidiary Pulse Energy can now proceed.
Four of Pulse’s six directors have accepted
BEL’s share offer, giving BEL more than 90% of
Pulse and the right to compulsorily buy the rest.
BEL, in partnership with Otago-based
Pioneer Generation, launched the takeover bid
Last Thursday, Pulse deputy chairman Trevor
Janes and directors James Hoseason and and
Joseph van Wijk agreed to sell their shares.
Mr Janes’s trust, Selenium Corporation, had
0.4% of Pulse and Mr Hoseason held 5.3% .
Mr van Wijk’s interests were not among
Pulse’s top 20 shareholders.
The family trust of another director, Peter
Young, also indicated it would accept the offer.
The Young trust was not among Pulse’s top
The acceptances are a turnaround from
November, when a committee of the Pulse
board’s independent directors — Mr Janes,
Mr Hoseason, Mr Young and Mr van Wijk
could not agree on whether to recommend
shareholders accept BEL’s offer.
Mr Janes, Mr Hoseason and Mr Young
also advised their associated interests did not
currently intend to accept Buller’s offer.
They are now recommending Pulse
mandatory convertible note (MCN) holders
accept the offer for all their MCNs, as
it appears inevitable Buller will enforce
compulsory acquisition. They said accepting
the offer as soon as possible would facilitate a
more timely payment.
Mr Hoseason has announced his resignation
as a director, effective from January 1. Mr Janes
announced he intended to resign no later than
Westport accountant Frank Dooley, who chairs
both Pulse and BEL, is Pulse’s fourth biggest
shareholder. His company, Yelood Properties
Ltd, holds 2.9% of Pulse shares. Yelood holds
10 million shares and 100,000 MCNs.
BEL held about 56% of Pulse before the
takeover bid. It held just under 91% of Pulse on
Sunday. Its offer is 11c per share, 5c per option
and $1.10 for each MCN.
BEL plans to delist Pulse from the NZX
and work with Pioneer to win more customers
BEL takeover to proceed
ANISY FUNERAL HOME
KERR, Rowan. —
One year on ....
Words are few,
Thoughts are deep,
Memories of you,
Are ours to keep.
Love Vicki and
SKATES, Hazel May.
Des, Ailsa, Colin,
Denis and their families
thank everyone for their
support in the sad loss of
our much loved “Mum”
and “Nana Hazel”. The
flowers, visits, food,
baking, cards, phone
calls, e-mails, donations
to St John and to those
service were very much
appreciated. Your sup-
port was a great comfort
to us at this sad time.
Special thanks to the
staff of Barclay Ward,
Wards 18 and 19 at
for the wonderful care
they gave our Mum. We
appreciated also the
help, kindness and
by Lawrence and his
staff at Anisy Funeral
Home, and also our
thanks to Alison for the
way in which she con-
ducted the service.
Please accept this as a
Greymouth 21-year-old Mike Gunter
had just started planning a career as a
helicopter pilot — but then his life was
turned upside down in November when
he was diagnosed with a malignant
and aggressive brain tumour. Now he
and his family — who are still reeling
from the sudden death of their 15-year-
old son Matt during routine surgery —
are facing a new challenge — a fight
for Mike’s life. Although the tumour has
been removed, the cancer cells remain
in his blood and so after Christmas
he will begin chemotherapy and
radiation. But doctors have been frank:
without immediate intervention, Mike
will die. In February, the family will
take Mike to Germany for alternative
immunotherapy, at a cost of $150,000.
A Givealittle page has been set up for
on-line donations, and the Greymouth
Star has opened a bank trust account
for public donations in Greymouth.
Every few days the family will update
the fundraising barometer here, toting
up all donations from Givealittle, the
trust account, and collection boxes at
Olsen’s Pharmacy and The Warehouse.
fight for life
The ASB account number is:
12 3168 0056845 00 and include
reference: Mike Gunter Appeal
Crash horror recalled
Yasmine Lees watched helplessly
from a car as a packed tour bus careered
downhill, picking up speed and skidding
round sharp corners, before rolling and
coming to a halt just a metre from a cliff
The 18-year-old was travelling behind
the 40-seater bus carrying Asian tourists,
which collided with another vehicle in
Otira, near Arthur’s Pass, on New Year’s
A total of 36 people were in the
two vehicles, and many were rushed
to hospital, including two with life
When Ms Lees and her friend began
following the bus downhill, from
Arthur’s Pass towards the West Coast, it
was going about 20kph, she guessed. But
the young cafe worker from Temuka said
it suddenly picked up speed and began
taking corners with a recommended
limit of between 25kph and 35kph at 50
“It started taking the corners very
quick, to the point where the driver
wasn’t able to control it. It was leaving
skid marks on the road, and it got to
the point where it was doing very sharp
turns just to try and get round the
corners. It was tipping, and hitting the
inner and outer barriers on both sides of
the road,” she said.
Finally, a barrier blew out from the
impact of the bus, which skidded to a
halt on its side, 1.5m from the cliff edge.
“I heard this loud bang and (saw) the
bus tip and almost slide off the edge.”
Then Ms Lees saw that a second car was
involved in the crash.
Adrenalin and instincts took over
and she ran to the vehicle to help its
“ We saw a woman in the passenger
seat screaming. We rushed to get her out.
She was covered in blood.”
The woman’s father — the driver —
was trapped behind the wheel.
“Half his face was torn off.”
A third passenger — the woman’s
mother — was in the back seat with her
“I thought she was gone. She was
obviously unconscious. I started speaking
to her, saying, ‘Can you hear me, you’re
going to be okay ’ and she opened her
eyes. Once I saw that, it took a weight
off my shoulders.”
Ms Lees then looked around and saw
the “total carnage” of the scene: a woman
trapped under the bus, blood and glass
everywhere, injured passengers who
were screaming and crying, and traffic
building up along the busy road on
either side of the crash.
As traffic began to build up she ran
back up the hill to warn motorists that
there had been a crash, and they needed
to slow down.
No cellphone coverage in the area
meant that when a person offered
to drive back to Arthur’s Pass to call
emergency ser vices, Ms Lees accepted
With little more than a basic first aid
certificate, she said she felt helpless:
“There were people whose injuries I
couldn’t help with, who were in severe
“ Everyone was covered in blood, down
their backs and their faces. It reminded
me of Frankenstein. There were some
hands . . . just kind of hanging off arms.
“ It was hard because I could smell the
rubber. The smell just wouldn’t leave.
Even after we left and carried on to the
West Coast, I still felt like I could smell
it. I didn’t want to eat, I couldn’t sleep
that night. It just shocked me.
“ It was crazy. I’ve never seen something
so brutal. It was scary for me. I have
never witnessed a huge tragedy, I wanted
to help, but it was so hard.
“ I’ve never been in that situation —
it did hit me back home. I’ve had a car
accident in the past, and seeing that
bus lose traction, it really hit me, and I
knew it wasn’t going to end okay. I broke
down, I started crying, I was scared.”
Though she said she was still
traumatised by the incident, Ms Lees
was amazed with the way many of the
people at the scene acted.
“ It was amazing, the amount of people
there, coming together and wanting to
help. We worked like a big family. We
had no clue who anyone was, but we
worked together so well.” But it ’s the
sound of terrified people screaming that
still keeps her up at night.
“That ’s something I won’t forget.”
— New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: Yasmine L ees
into what caused the
tourist bus to crash at
Windy Point in the Otira
Gorge on New Year’s
Eve will “get the full
picture” before any formal
outcome is made public,
West Coast acting
Inspector Dave Gibson
said yesterday the
police serious crash
unit investigation was
endeavouring to speak to
all 36 people involved in
the crash, plus witnesses
on the ground at the time
to get “the full story”.
that meantime there
had been speculation in
the community about
what led to the crash
but at this point all the
circumstances had to be
Mr Gibson said that
as with any police
investigation there would
be “a whole lot of aspects
to it” and until those had
been covered and the
serious crash unit made
a finding it was difficult
to say what the outcome
Both the Travlon bus
— which was carrying
most of those who were
seriously injured —
and the rental vehicle
involved in the collision
with the bus, had been
taken to Greymouth.
They were being held in
a secure place while they
were examined by police
experts as part of the
investigation, he said.
yesterday nine people
remained in hospital —
one in a serious condition
— five days after the bus
tipped over at the bottom
of the steep grade above
Windy Point and below
the rock shelter.
of bus crash
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