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If the forecast weather bomb hits
the West Coast tomorrow police
say motorists should only undertake
essential travel. West Coast police
area prevention manager sergeant
Vicki Walker said today motorists
should take care if the predicted
amount of rain falls. “Drivers need to
drive to the conditions, be aware there
could be surface flooding and even
washouts,” she said. Ms Walker said
the forecast did not sound good and
it was not going to be “very much fun
Three women who spent the night
on the Ailsa Range in the Fiordland
National Park were rescued this
morning. The trio, all overseas visitors
in their late 20s, alerted authorities via
mountain radio about 10pm yesterday
when the weather deteriorated in the
Emily Pass area. A helicopter was
deployed but could not reach them
due to low cloud and strong winds.
A search and rescue team of two was
dropped in the area last night and
they walked the women to a sheltered
area and remained with them
overnight. The weather improved this
morning and they were airlifted from
the mountain range safe and well.
A tramper was airlifted out of the
lower Waitaha Valley on Saturday
morning after he was reported
overdue from his tramp. A spokesman
for the NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter said the man was fine: “He
had just been held up by the weather
when he was walking out from Kiwi
Hut and we gave him a ride out.”
Greymouth Port. — Arrivals:
Jay Elaine, Galatea II. Departures:
Nil. In port: Jay Elaine, Galatea II,
22 Greymouth vessels. Expected
departures: Galatea II , Jay Elaine,
today. Expected arrivals: Cook
Canyon, today; Ocean Odyssey,
tomorrow; Moon shadow II,
The man who designed and drove
the project for the Tambo shipwreck
memorial is ropeable he was not
consulted about alterations to the ship
replica following work to shore up the
Max Dowell yesterday disputed a plan
to create a new access point by cutting a
hole in the side of the structure.
“Put it this way, as I was designer
and builder, I think it ’s disgusting they
haven’t contacted me,” Mr Dowell said.
He was also astounded that the anchor
and chain from the paddle steamer the
Alliance, used in the British cotton
trade and the American Civil War and
wrecked at Hokitika, had been removed
from the site, along with the car ved
totara scroll nameplate mounts.
“ Why didn’t they consult? They don’t
want to. They want to claim all the
Westland Mayor Bruce Smith said
yesterday that while Mr Dowell had
not been consulted, his role as the
genesis of the Tambo project was being
acknowledged and council staff were
going to inform him via a letter.
“ We’ve written a letter to Max Dowell
and given him a copy of the plan. He was
a pretty important part of it at that stage
when it was built. Council staff will be
driving it,” Mr Smith said. Mr Smith
advised the Hokitika Guardian on
Thursday night that alterations would be
made to the Tambo to move the disabled
access, formerly on the sea frontage but
no longer accessible due to the need to
keep the rockwork on that side clear for
settling and maintenance.
“A plan has been agreed which will
reduce the risk to tourists and locals
climbing up the sides of the Tambo at
Sunset Point. The plan was prepared
by Paul Davidson from DOC and has
been given the tick by council staff,” Mr
Heritage Hokitika would complete
the modifications and the Lions would
complete the earthworks and planting.
Mr Smith said the alteration plan had
been agreed during an informal meeting
between himself and Heritage Hokitika
and Lions representatives at the Tambo
“ We had a meeting down there the
other night with (Heritage Hokitika
chairman) Rob Daniel and Anna from
the Lions Club,” Mr Smith said.
The mayor’s role was to help facilitate
material needed to continue improving
the surrounding area, namely soil to
be offloaded there by local contractors
during upgrade work of the town
He said there were good reasons to
alter the access point as people were
climbing up and over the sides to get
into the ship’s hull — something it was
not structurally designed to withstand
and something had to be done to
ensure it remained intact.
“(The access) will be swapped from one
A hole would be cut on the Hokitika
Bridge side and a new wheelchair
accessible ramp installed.
The change would be done sooner
rather than later, Mr Smith said.
Mr Dowell said the Tambo project
had been a joint one with the council,
Heritage Hokitika and community
groups at the time pitching in to help
“The Lions claim they built it. They
didn’t put one dollar into it. They did
assist with the labour of it.”
Mr Dowell said it was “a bit rich” to
now revise historical fact and for the
vision for the original project to be
“They ’re blocking it off. Th e whole
point was to make it a visual point from
the Hokitika Bridge. Now they ’re trying
to hide it with flax and rocks.”
Tuesday January 17
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 768 5942 first
HOPE, Kevin Louis
(JP) (MBE). — Passed
away suddenly at his
home on Monday Janu-
ary 16, 2017 dearly
loved husband of Elaine,
loved father and father-
in-law of Brian and
North), Christine and
Brian Case (Kaikoura)
and Lynn Low (Grey-
mouth), loved grandad
of Nathan, Jasmine,
Lisa, Kelly, Vaughan
and Brennan, loved
great-grandad of his
Maurice and Irene, Ross
and Joyce (deceased)
and Margie, and the late
Bernard and Margaret,
brother-in-law of Albert
and Joan Brennan (de-
ceased), Ted and the late
Ola, John (deceased),
Bill (deceased) and
Mary, Erin Butler and
Brennan and a loved
uncle. Aged 88 years.
Messages to 8 Keith
Road, Paroa, Grey-
mouth. Flowers respect-
fully declined but dona-
tions to St John would
be appreciated and could
be made at the service.
A celebration of Kevin's
life will be held in the
Anisy Ceremony Centre,
77 Shakespeare Street,
Greymouth on Thursday
at 1.30pm followed by
interment at the Glad-
stone Memorial Park
Cemetery. Resting in
the care of Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
loving memory of a
much loved husband,
father, poppa, brother
and friend who passed
away 17 years ago.
“Deep are the memories
Special they stay
No length of time will
take them away.”
of the Westport News
Westport ’s dredge Kawatiri is doing its
first-ever stint in Wellington.
The Kawatiri began dredging at Aotea
Quay — the cruise ship berth — on
Saturday to repair damage from the
November 14 Kaikoura earthquake. On
board are six Westport crew.
Westport harbourmaster Mike Graham
said the work should finish within a few
days, depending on shipping movements.
The Kawatiri had to work around ships in
port, including the huge Royal Caribbean
cruiseliner Ovation of the Seas, which was
due in Wellington today.
The Kawatiri had to dredge out about
13,000 cubic metres — the equivalent of
about 20 full loads, Mr Graham said.
Wellington harbour had a designated area
for dumping the spoil.
He said the Kawatiri won the work partly
because of its availability.
In the past, when Westport harbour
required dredging for Holcim cement
ships, the Kawatiri’s out-port dredging was
“But we don’t have that issue now, so if
somebody wants us to dredge we’re able to
go and do it.”
He hoped Wellington might have more
work for the dredge in future.
“If we do a good job there — which I’m
sure we will do — they may use us again.”
When the Kawatiri finished in Wellington
it would head to Gisborne, hopefully for
about a month’s work, Mr Graham said.
Until now the Kawatiri has had only one
out-port dredging contract, in Nelson.
Mr Graham said there was more Nelson
work scheduled about November.
The Kawatiri alongside Queen’s Wharf in Wellington prior to starting dredging at Aotea Quay.
Westpor t dredge begins work in Wellington
Fox River will be the scene for a
family friendly event this weekend
with live bands, food stalls, and
children’s entertainment — all part of
the Fox River Beachfest, a music and
Leading South Island bands
Chasing Rabbits, Sunbird, Tiller Man
and the Deep South Audio will be
attending along with local bands Fox
River Blues Boys and Kirky and the
The event is streamlined for the two
days with gates opening at 3pm this
Saturday, co-ordinator Miro Smith
“There is a top DJ from the UK,
the bands and plenty of food stalls
available offering all types of food
including Asian, Thai, Indian and
good old Kiwi,” Mr Smith said.
“Saturday night is the big night
of the festival with the bands and
lightshow with laser lighting, it is a
family friendly event. Plenty for the
kids to do with entertainment, games
and sporting events. We have seaside
camping available with a camping
manager and plenty of dry space.”
On Sunday, there will be a large
market and acoustic music with a
number of West Coast bands and local
“The last time we ran a festival as
big as this one was back in 1997 when
1000 people attended. This weekend’s
event will be well staffed, a good stage,
food stalls and large marquee.
“ We want to make it an annual event
so I urge people to come out and camp
this weekend, go fishing, eat some
food and listen to some great music.”
A Rotomanu farmer has been slapped
with an abatement notice by the West
Coast Regional Council after being
caught taking gravel from the wet bed
of Slaty Creek.
Consents and compliance manager
Gerard McCormack said council
compliance officers had spotted the
gravel being taken without consent, in
the tributary of the Crooked River in
the Lake Brunner catchment.
Mr McCormack declined to name the
The farmer involved did not have
a consent and was in breach of two
sections of the Land and Water Plan.
Even if taking the gravel at the site
was consented it still paid for those
undertaking it to be in contact with
council beforehand, he said.
“ When people are extracting gravel,
even if they are doing so under one of
our permitted activity rules, they are
required to inform the council before
undertaking the work,” he said.
“I would also encourage people
who feel they are working within the
permitted activity rules of our plans to
check the conditions that apply to the
rule before carrying out work.”
Conditions and controls were there
“for good reasons” and failure to comply
or to even obtain necessary consents
could lead to “adverse effects” on the
Mr McCormack said they understood
extraction of gravel at the site had
begun the day it was observed by
No infringement notice was issued
with the abatement simply requiring
the unconsented gravel extraction to
This had happened.
“The creek has also been suitably
remediated,” he said.
Abatement notice issued after
gravel removed from Slaty Creek
Aimee van der Weyden
of the Westport News
The West Coast Regional Council
has finally put for ward its flood
protection options for Westport, and
has invited local ratepayers to have
In 2015, the council commissioned
Christchurch-based Land River Sea
Consulting to determine the flood
risk and the potential damage to
Westport should the Buller River
burst its banks.
The Buller River has the highest
flood flow of any river in New
Zealand, but Westport currently has
limited protection structures.
A report, dated August 2015, was
compiled by Matthew Gardner
of Land River Sea Consulting. It
focused on two scenarios — a one-in-
50-year flood event, and a more severe
one-in-100 -year event.
The report identified six flood
protection options and their
estimated construction costs. They
Do nothing (status quo) at no
floodwalls costing $6.8 million (based
on protection against a 50-year event,
and $9.4 million (based on protection
against the 100-year event).
Partial stopbanks and floodwalls
costing $2.3m (50-year event), and
$3m (100-year event).
A flood relief cut costing $4.2m
for both events.
floodwalls combined with a flood
relief cut costing $10.5m (50-year
event), and $13m (100-year event).
Partial stopbanks and floodwalls
combined with a flood relief cut
costing $6.5m (50-year event) and
$7.3m (100-year event).
The regional council said it would
require a loan to carry out any
protection work. For example, a loan
of $10m would cost ratepayers $132
per $100,000 of capital value annually.
In his report, Mr Gardner said
and floodwalls involved essentially
“ringbanking” the main town area of
Westport. The measure would also
protect land adjacent to Snodgrass
Road as well as the Carters Beach
‘Partial’ stopbanks and floodwall
involved building stopbanks down the
banks of the Buller River as well as at
the top end of the Orowaiti overflow
path. Protection for Carters Beach
was also included in that option, he
A flood relief cut involved making a
cut through the dune system from the
Orowaiti Lagoon in order to allow
water to exit to the sea more quickly.
“This option requires approximately
415,000 cubic metres of material to
be excavated and is approximately
The report also included the likely
cost of flood damage for each option.
measures in place would likely result
in $38m worth of damage in a 50-
year flood event. A 100-year event
would likely result in damage to the
tune of $114m, Mr Gardner said.
The two most expensive protection
measures — extensive stopbanks and
floodwalls, and extensive stopbanks
and floodwalls together with relief
cuts — would likely result in
damage worth just $6m in a 50-year
flood event, and $8m in a 100-year
Over the past 18 months, Mr
Gardner’s report has been reviewed
by the Buller Flood Working Group,
and the council says it is now ready to
hear what the public has to say.
A summary of the six options
will be posted to every Westport
Regional council deputy chairman
Neil Clementson said once council
had an idea as to the community’s
preferences, it could look at the
options in greater detail and come
back with more thorough costings
The council is also planning nine
drop-in sessions at the NBS Theatre,
Westport, starting on January
25. Feedback forms can also be
downloaded from the council website
and are available at the Buller District
Feedback closes on February 17.
Westport flood protection options put forward
Fox River festival
swimming at the Makarora River
with friends yesterday when he got
into difficulty about 4pm and they
were unable to pull him out, a police
The surf lifesaver then jumped in
and pulled him out and a nurse, who
was already at the scene, performed
The man, believed to be an
Australian tourist, was successfully
resuscitated and flown by a
Queenstown rescue helicopter to
Dunedin Hospital about 6pm.
He had hypothermia but was in a
stable condition today.
It was a fantastic result for what
was initially reported as a drowning,
the police spokeswoman said.
The Blue Pools on the Haast Pass-
Makarora Road are a popular tourist
stop on State highway 6.
— Otago Daily Times
Tourist rescued from Makarora River
The record is winding down
for Hokitika-based band Big
Wheelie and the Hubcaps
after entertaining West Coast
audiences for more than 30 years.
It will give its last official gig
Big Wheelie and the Hubcaps
started out at the Kaniere Hotel
in 1985 playing its trademark
mix of R and B, blues, classic
1960s and rock ‘n’ roll.
The membership has changed
over the years and has included
Martyn Scott from day one,
as well as his sons Simon and
Mattie, Des Hetherington and
Kyle Scott said everyone had
spent a bit of time with the band
in its 32-year history.
He remembers it has played to
packed venues almost everywhere
it has played on the West Coast
The band opened the Stewart
Island National Park before
a large group of VIPs and
dignitaries including Prime
Minister Helen Clark 10 years
ago, and has played at various
festivals including Wildfoods,
headlining at the Brightstone
Blues Brews and Barbecues
annual beer, wine and music-
fest in Nelson, and the Havelock
Mussel Mardi Gras.
However, after a long and
enjoyable time together the band
had decided it was time to wind
“The audience has changed. It
used to be we played more venues
and had a younger audience. A
lot of people have got older and
not as many come out any more. ”
As a result the band did not
play or travel as often now.
“ We had a wonderful time
travelling all over together. We
really enjoyed playing on the
West Coast. We had a wonderful
vibrant group of musos and
people have been very loyal.”
Big Wheelie and the Hubcaps
had introduced a different style
of music than was previously
played on the Coast: “ We pretty
much brought blues to the
Coast,” he said.
But they were not the Rolling
Stones and could not play
forever, he said.
“ We would rather fade away
gracefully. There’s a lot of talent
out there and we like to encourage
young bands. I wouldn’t really
have done it differently.”
The final performance on
Friday night will be followed by
an unofficial get-together from
4pm on Sunday at the Royal
Mail Tavern, Woodstock.
“ We wanted to get together
with family and past members. It
will be a bit of a jam session. ”
Mr Scott said it had been a
great few years but it was time to
finish on a high note as they all
agreed it was time and they had
new paths to travel.
He had particularly enjoyed the
camaraderie and friendship with
Last gig for popular
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