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A 28-year-old Greymouth man
who got into a dispute with bar staff
at a licensed premises on Saturday
night turned on the police when
they arrived to sort the matter out.
A police spokesman said the man
got into “an altercation” with staff
before the police were called. He
now faces charges of resisting arrest
and assaulting police.
Driver refuses test
An alleged drink-driver was found
in his vehicle after it struck a bridge
at Coal Creek late on Saturday.
However, police said the man had
refused to comply with alcohol
tests, including breath-testing at the
scene. He was charged with refusing
to comply with a requirement to
undergo testing for alcohol. The
man was alone at the time and no
other vehicles were involved in the
Three Hokitika youths were
apprehended yesterday in
connection with two historic
burglaries, resulting in the return
of most of the stolen property to
the rightful owners. Sergeant Brent
Cook, of Greymouth police, said
search warrants were executed
at a number of addresses within
Hokitika yesterday afternoon, the
result of “good work” by local police
to resolve the burglaries. The trio
has been referred to the police youth
Fine spells, isolated showers
For some, it can be a once-in-
a-lifetime chance to turn back
the clock and restore their former
good looks. For others, it seems,
cosmetic surgery — particularly
Botox — can turn into a lifetime
obsession. Indeed, according to a
new study, women in America are
suffering from a ‘crack-like’ addiction
to the cosmetic treatment. The
research by the American Society
for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery found
that there has been a 41% increase
in women between the ages of 19
and 34 having Botox since 2011. It
is not just women who are boosting
numbers, men have increasingly
been turning to the treatment. Men
account for 10% of all Botox users —
and the term ‘Brotox’ has even been
coined. Botulinum toxin is a natural,
purified protein used to temporarily
relax facial muscles that cause
wrinkles. Originally used to treat
debilitating neurological diseases
such as post-stroke spasticity, and
foot spasticity associated with
cerebral palsy, Botox is classed as a
prescription drug. — Daily Mail
Motorists travelling between
the West Coast and Canterbury
today were urged to go through
Lewis Pass after a scrub fire
at Mount Horrible kept State
highway 73 closed until late
morning, when it reopened to
About five helicopters were
being used to tackle the fire on
the hillside and close to the road.
The fire was in the vicinity of
Coralyn, on the high bluff section
of the road as it winds high above
the Waimakariri River, between
the Bealey Hotel and Cass.
The fire was burning across
about 100ha on Mount Horrible
but Department of Conser vation
spokesman Bruce James said it
was likely to be under control by
early afternoon before a weather
change was expected to bring
gale force winds.
The blaze is believed to have
broken out very early this
morning, with the first fire crews
on the ground shortly after 2am.
Mr James said the fire was on
conser vation land and did not
pose a threat to people or private
property. However, some stock
in the path of the fire had been
moved out of harm’s way.
A staff member from the Bealey
Hotel, several kilometres from
the fire, told the Greymouth Star
late this morning that smoke was
“There’s still a lot of smoke up
in the gullies,” he said.
The highway was “really quiet ”
today although that was not
unexpected due to the end of the
Christmas-New Year holiday.
“ We’d expect it to be quiet
today for the first time since the
end of the silly season.”
DOC Arthur’s Pass senior
ranger Chris Stewart said the
village was “pretty quiet ” this
morning after what had been the
busiest recorded period through
the visitor centre since 2003, in
the past few days.
Traffic wasbacked up a little in
the village this morning, but it
was nothing significant given the
distance to the fire.
“Businesses are quieter than
normal but it seems to be easing
back up now,” Mr Stewart said.
The New Zealand Transport
Agency has reopened the section
of State highway 73 affected by
the fire to one-way traffic, with
stop-go controllers to let lines of
traffic through one at a time.
NZTA media manager Andy
Knackstedt said travellers should
consider changing their plans,
“As an alternative route to
the West Coast, we’re urging
motorists to consider using State
highway 7 through the Lewis
Omoto Races wrapped up
Conditions were not ideal and
turnover was down but the consistent
drizzle and cold wind could not keep
1500 people away from the Greymouth
Jockey Club’s 150th anniversary
meeting at Omoto, on Saturday.
Turnover was down both on and off-
course, the combination of running one
less race, adverse conditions overhead
and reduced fields from scratchings.
On-course betting was $76,122
compared with $84,704 a year ago,
while off-course TAB investors outlaid
$727,424, well down on the $987,759
invested at the 2016 meeting.
Club secretary Colin Stevenson said
while the turnover was disappointing
he was happy with the day ’s racing,
considering all factors.
“The turnover was disappointing but
we did have one less race so really it was
pretty good,” Mr Stevenson said.
“The weather wasn’t good for families
and picnics, but those on-course enjoyed
themselves. We look forward to the
(Hokitika) meeting on Wednesday.”
PICTURE: Paul McBride
The picnic blankets came in handy for another purpose at Omoto on Saturday as racegoers made the most of the overcast and cool conditions — Anna Fahey,
left, Breegan Waihi, Melissa, Kolton and Cooper McLean. Results, more photos p 5, 9, 12.
Wettest record safe ...
The West Coast has held on to
its dubious record as the wettest
place in New Zealand, albeit in
the Southern Alps.
Niwa’s annual climate summary,
out today, confirms the Cropp
River, near the Hokitika Gorge,
had 11921mm of rain — 11
metres — followed closely by the
nearby Tuke River, behind Ross,
with 11,373mm, and in third place
the Doon River with 9892mm.
At lower altitudes, Milford
Sound was wettest at 9259mm,
followed by Franz Josef Glacier
5235mm and Haast 4131mm.
Murchison cashes in on traffic boom
Murchison businesses are still rushed
off their feet trying to cope with the
huge increase in travellers through
Rivers Cafe owner Jude Alfeld said
everyone was doing their best but it
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for us
but by crikey it’s tiring,” she said.
Since the Kaikoura quake of
November 14, and the closure of State
highway 1 north of the town, motorists
heading south have had to divert via
Murchison and the Lewis Pass.
Ms Alfeld said there were queues
everywhere at peak times.
“ We have queues right out the door.
You say to people there could be a
40-minute wait but everyone hits
town at the same time. It ’s not a steady
stream, there’s a bulk bang when a ferry
has come in. ”
She said she realised just how busy
things were when she went to bring
in the cafe’s signboard from the main
“I had to wait to cross the road —
that just doesn’t happen in Murchison.”
Her cafe now had 10 staff on during
the day up from seven, Ms Alfeld said.
However, it just wasn’t possible to open
during the evening as well and there
were some issues regarding demand for
evening meals in town.
Ms Alfeld said local food suppliers
were doing an amazing job to keep
“ Town is really pulling together well.
Everybody is supporting each other
and doing what they can for each other.
“Murchison has always worked that
way, businesses support each other.”
She said while most travellers coming
through have been very patient there
had also been one or two whingers
“ but you just have to keep your sense of
Meanwhile, a new bakery, coffee cart,
and vegetarian food caravan have all
sprung up in Murchison to help cater
for the increase in visitors.
Westport businessman Peter Jones has
also established a pop-up store selling
outdoor clothing and footwear in what
was previously an empty building in the
Business had been very brisk since
the doors opened the week before
Christmas. On the first day of trading
no sooner did staff put something on a
stand than a customer took it off to buy
it, Mr Jones said.
Sixty-four cartons of stock had sold so
far and he did not anticipate business
slowing down any time soon with
the number of tourists and domestic
visitors continuing to come through.
A Murchison visitor centre staff
member said the town was coping well
and businesses had good systems in
place to deal with the influx.
PICTURE: Laura Mills
A rare break in the traffic in Murchison yesterday.
Another wet week ahead
After a rotten start to summer
the Metser vice says the West
Coast can expect at least another
week of unsettled weather.
“It has been an especially cool
first week of January compared to
the historic average,” Metser vice
meteorologist Ciaran Doolin said.
“It was a similar story this
weekend with periods of wet for
many places, especially in the
South Island, as a series of fronts
moved up the country.
“ Unfortunately, another week
of unsettled weather awaits, as
the ridge of high pressure in the
Tasman loses its battle with a
series of fronts.”
A front will move up the South
Island tomorrow, bringing periods
of rain to the West Coast and
scattered falls to the east.
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