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2 - Monday, January 9, 2017
Nothing for tourists to do at night
Hundreds of tourists are milling around
downtown Greymouth at weekends and
evenings looking for something to do.
The handful of retailers who stay open say
it is well worthwhile and they have urged
others to follow suit.
The Greymouth Star checked town on
December 30, when it was sunny, and again
on New Year’s Day, when it was overcast,
between 7.30pm and 8.30pm.
Tourists were walking aimlessly around
the clocktower and miners’ memorial. A
couple of cafes that opened were busy, but
retail shops — with the exception of The
Warehouse — were closed.
Millennium and Copthorne Hotels
managing director B K Chiu said he would
like to see a cluster of shops open around the
new town square being developed.
Millennium has committed to upgrading
the Kingsgate Hotel and already had the
budget in place.
Even during weekends, when the Tranz
Alpine train arrived only a handful of shops
were open — The Warehouse, Postie, Noel
Leeming and Shades of Jade, Mr Chiu said.
“The idea is to have a cluster, where people
can see more things without having to walk
Outside the central business district,
Monteith’s Brewery is one business that
does stay open, right up till 9pm in summer.
Monteith’s spokesman Nick Rogers said
tourism was growing every month, “there’s
no doubt about it” and tourists did not care
what day of the week it was.
“ We are open every night. They are on
“ We do have to change our ways a little.”
He had heard the comment there was not
enough to do in Greymouth at night.
“There is definitely demand,” Mr Rodgers
People often arrived in Greymouth later
during the longer summer nights, often
from Nelson via the Buller Gorge and
Punakaiki, staying overnight on their way to
“ We’ve got to be accommodating.”
The Regent Theatre is another business
which is looking to cater for the increasing
number of Asian tourists in town.
Manager Patrick McBride said he had
looked into screening Asian movies at night
in the smaller theatre, specifically for the
“ We have looked into catering for them.”
The theatre got a lot of tourists in every
day, particularly Australians.
Tourism West Coast chief executive Jim
Little said that while a lot of Greymouth
businesses would not pick up additional
sales by staying open, cafes, jade and gift
“A lot of people are Chinese tour groups.
They have an early tea and are on the road
(the next morning) pretty early. They are not
the people to go to pubs or bars. They are on
a pretty tight schedule,” Mr Little said.
Currently there was not a lot for them to
do if they did not have transport, other than
some good walks.
Some were looking for high-end shopping
experiences with designer brands, he said.
Stewart Nimmo Gallery often stays
open late and owner Stewart Nimmo said
if a group of shops agreed to do the same,
and it proved economic, he would be
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PICTURE: Laura Mills
Tourists mill around downtown Greymouth with nothing to do, on the
evening of December 30.
A Westport man who died when his
van smashed into a Canterbury bridge
and sank in irrigation water has been
The body of 42-year-old Shane
William Forsyth was found inside a
brown van submerged in water in an
irrigation race around 8am on Saturday.
He died after the van he was travelling
in left Arundel Rakaia Gorge Road, near
Mount Somers in Mid-Canterbury, and
crashed into the Rangitata diversion
Mr Forsyth was travelling south
when his van crashed and became fully
Police said his body was located in the
Police said their thoughts are with
Mr Forsyth’s family and friends at this
The circumstances surrounding the
crash continue to be investigated by
the Police Serious Crash Unit, and the
death will be referred to the coroner.
Westport victim of fatal
Canterbury crash named
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Trading as Harcourt’s West Coast
New Zealand, Greymouth’s Kevin
O’Donnell and Hokitika’s Graeme
King from NZ Real Estate West Coast,
have taken over Harcourt’s Greymouth
Both Mr O’Donnell and Mr King are
both experienced in real estate and bring
a new dimension to local real estate, with
established offices in Greymouth and
“ We cover the entire West Coast and
bring a large database of clients in the
residential and commercial sector,” Mr
“Graeme (King) brings a huge a
database and has a background in banking
and management. Our focus is providing
the very best in customer ser vice and
a wide range of residential,
commercial and rural properties for our
Harcourt’s West Coast has recently
recruited a new property person, Trish
Smith, former Ray White sales consultant
Lindsay Sinnott, and new front desk
administration officer Angie Haymes.
“ We have three existing agents in
Hokitika and one in Reefton as well,
plus we also cover Westport as well,” Mr
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Harcourt’s West Coast Real Estate’s new partnership Kevin O’Donnell, left, and Graeme King outside the Greymouth office.
New par tnership takes over real estate firm
A new way of managing land
restoration could revolutionise
rehabilitation of old West Coast
mine sites following a trial near
the open-cast Stockton Mine,
Findings from researchers at
Unitec Institute of Technology, in
Auckland, says the process known
as ‘ecosystem-scale translocation’
was trialled over 75ha on the
Denniston Plateau near Stockton
and gives promise of immediate
recovery for the animal and
plant life, better environmental
outcomes and virtually no long-
term management costs.
Unitec environmental science
senior lecturer Stephane Boyer
said the most common approach
to mine restoration involved
replanting areas in the same plant
species found in at the original
site, along with creating top soil
seed banks and reintroducing key
“Unfortunately, reclamation can
take decades and result in only
partial success,” Dr Boyer said.
topsoil, vegetation and all
the animal communities they
contain are carefully collected
and immediately transferred
to a reception site the results
are astonishingly better than
methods currently used around
By using this type of
“translocation method” the
research found there was faster
recovery of a functioning
opportunities for invasion by
unwanted species — a recurrent
and costly problem in land
Dr Boyer said translocation
presents an immediate and
practical way to recover disused
mining sites and could be used by
open-cast mining companies and
land developers when building
new roads or infrastructure on
areas covered by native habitat.
However, more research was
needed to understand how soil
depth, subsoil substrate and
hydrology could affect long-
term success, and how ecosystem
function may be affected by the
process, he said.
Old mine site rehabilitation
process hailed by researcher
Greymouth man was
arrested last night for
possession. He was
released on bail today and
is expected to appear in
the Greymouth District
Greymuth man was
arrested on Friday
afternoon for breach of
Police said the man
was arrested after he
contacted a person he
was explicity told not to
as part of this bail for
He appeared in the
Court on Saturday
morning and was
remanded and released
Meanwhile, a 45-year-
old Greymouth woman
was formally warned
about offensive behaviour
after police were called
to a Greymouth address
on Friday, following a
dispute with a neighbour.
Most people would take a few days off if a
gunman stormed into their shop and fired a
bullet into the ceiling, but not Bharati Gandhi.
The owner of Devyish Superette in Kilbirnie,
Wellington fought off an armed robber with
a broom, and was back at work the very next
The robber entered the store on Friday
afternoon, demanding money. He fired a shot
into the roof of the shop, before fleeing with
about $100 cash about 1.20pm.
She was unscathed after the incident, and
said she was up for another shift behind the
“I’m all right to stay,” she said.
She was able to smack the robber over the
head with a broom before he made off with
about $100 cash, she said.
“If I stayed here behind the till, he will kill
me. So I just let him take the money.” Her
daughter Divya was also in the shop when the
It was a late start at the shop for Bharati the
next day as she was unable to sleep for much
of the night.
“Last night I didn’t sleep. I woke up at 11
o’clock in the night, and at 1 o’clock and at
“I was still a little bit scared that he might
come in again.” Gandhi said she has been
praised for her courageous broom-wielding
“So many people have said, ‘Good idea’.” A
police spokeswoman said “inquiries were still
ongoing” into the incident.
Detective senior sergeant War wick McKee
said a man entered the superette and
threatened the woman with a handgun.
“The offender pointed a firearm at a female
shop employee and demanded money from
her, and fired a shot towards the ceiling,” he
As he was running off with the cash, the
woman hit the offender over the head with a
“The offender may have an injury to his head
or require medical attention,” Mr McKee said.
The man was last seen running across
Kilbirnie Park, between the Kilbirnie Aquatic
Centre and the Poneke Rugby Clubrooms,
“Police would like to hear from any person
who may have witnessed this incident or
knows the identity of the offender.” Police are
providing support to the woman.
“The unlawful use of firearms, particularly of
a threatening nature, is of serious concern to
police,” Mr McKee said.
“It is important that anyone with
any information on the identity
of this offender speaks to police.”
— NZM E -New Zealand Herald
The NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter had a busy time over the
weekend, with four calls on Friday and
two the following day.
On Friday it was called up to Westport
to transfer a medical patient back to
Grey Base Hospital about midday.
A short while later it was called to
assist with a crash on Bell Hill Road,
near Nelson Creek. An injured person
was transferred from the scene and taken
to Grey Base Hospital about 2pm.
At 3.30pm the helicopter was called
back to Westport to retrieve a medical
patient to Grey Base Hospital.
Later in the afternoon, about 5pm,
the helicopter was flying to Franz Josef
Glacier to retrieve an injured person
involved in a vehicle crash at the Cook
Saddle earlier in the afternoon. The
injured person was taken to Grey Base
On Saturday the helicopter was called
to Westport to transfer a patient to
Christchurch Hospital, and at 4pm
it was in Fox Glacier to pick up a
medically unwell person for transfer to
West Coast rescue helicopter
has busy weekend
Robber feels the wrath of
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