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Dancefit Greymouth team members Iris Reynolds, left, Amy-Rose Gray and Mia Prendergast
(Phoenix Smith absent) show off their routine. Dance teacher Debbie-Anne Johnson is looking for
some new talent to join her Top Five group, which has joined forces with Dancefit Springfield. “I’m after
two new dancers aged between 9 and 12 years, and I am going to hold auditions for the new members.”
Ms Johnson said she was after a dancer with ballet experience and also some gymnastic ability and jazz
training. “Auditions will be held next month and young dancers keen to get involved can contact me for
PICTURE: Viv L ogie
Looking for new talent
The NZ Transport Agency says
contractors have made good progress
clearing the last remaining slip on State
highway 73 near Otira, in an effort to
reopen the highway to traffic as soon as
Transport Agency journey manager Lee
Wright said contractors had been working
urgently since daybreak to clear the 20,000
cubic metre slip.
“ We’re dealing with a very large slip
and conditions remain difficult, but our
contractors are making great progress.
“Crews have been attacking the slip from
both sides, with 16 trucks, five excavators,
four dump trucks, a large bulldozer and
three wheel loaders all in action.
“They ’ve managed to clear about 6000
cubic metres today (Friday), on top
of around 3500 cubic metres cleared
yesterday, so we’re about half way there.
The crews will do everything possible to
get the slip cleared and the highway re-
opened before the end of the weekend, but
they will have their work cut out for them,
with more heavy rain forecast on Saturday
Ms Wright said a status update would be
provided by midday today.
Motorists could still get to Canterbury
via the Lewis Pass.
“This will add an extra hour and a half to
your journey, so please factor in the extra
time, be patient and drive carefully.”
Ms Wright also urged people to keep a
close eye on conditions over the weekend.
“ With Metser vice predicting more rain
there could be the possibility of further
slips along in areas already saturated from
the heavy rainfall earlier in the week.”
NZTA makes progress with slip
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Kiwi Rail is offering day trips
from Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass
while a slip prevents it from getting
trains through to Greymouth.
The Tranz Alpine ser vice
normally runs from Christchurch
to Greymouth, but a large slip that
happened during Wednesday ’s
“ weather bomb” has cut both the
road and the railway near Otira.
“ It ’s disappointing we have had
to curtail the internationally-
acclaimed ser vice because of the
impact of extraordinary weather
events,” Scenic Journeys head
Gavin Rutherford said.
“ Because the road is also closed
we cannot use buses to allow
passengers to complete the journey
to the West Coast,” he said.
The ser vice to Arthur’s Pass will
begin today and will reviewed early
next week. —
Tranz Alpine changed to day trips
Greymouth man caught drink
A 19-year-old Greymouth driver was arrested
overnight for drink driving and driving while
suspended. The under 20 driver who had previously
been suspended blew 250mg when stopped by
police. The alcohol limit for drivers 20 and under
is zero. Meanwhile the NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter was called to Westport yesterday evening
to transfer a medical patient from Buller Hospital to
Grey Base, about 5pm.
Another low will be hitting New Zealand, with the
whole country expected to be drenched. The low will
kick off on the West Coast, before travelling east, then
moving north. It follows a “ weather bomb” last week
that was damaging in many parts of the country. But
those in dry parts of Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke’s
Bay and Wairarapa are being told to make the most of
the substantial rain coming, as there may not be any
more in the upper North Island for the remainder of
Two dead in crash
Two people have died after a car hit a tree in
Pukekohe. Emergency ser vice were called to the
accident on Morgan Road about 7pm yesterday,
police said. Members of the serious crash unit were at
the scene last evening. Police earlier said the car was
A pedestrian has been killed in an accident between
Matamata and Waharoa. The 24-year-old was struck
by a car on State highway 27 just after midnight
and died at the scene. Serious crash unit officers are
More high-profile warbirds have been added to
the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s 80th anniversary
celebrations next month. The RNZAF has
announced two F-15SG Eagles from the Republice
of Singapore Air Force will join the Air Tattoo
celebrations at Ohakea on February 25 and 26. The
US Air Force is already sending F-16 Falcons and a
C-17 Globemaster III transporter, while a KC-135
Stratotanker from the US will on the ground as a
static display. The Royal Australian Air Force is also
sending three F-18 Hornets, a C-17 and a C-27
transporter. Other confirmed militaries attending are
the Royal Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force, New
Caledonia Armed Forces and Japan Air Self-Defense
A 14-year-old girl was left in a
locked inter view room at a Wellington
police station for more than six hours.
Commander Inspector Clint Walker
confirmed the teenage girl was left in
an inter view room during the morning
of December 16 last year.
The incident was just a week after a
59-year-old man was left “cold, hungry
and terrified’’ when forgotten in a
holding cell for 48 hours at Masterton
District Court last weekend.
Left by police without food
or bedding, the man was finally
discovered on Monday morning after
being locked up on Saturday.
The Independent Police Conduct
Authority (IPCA) is investigating the
Walker said the teenage girl was
arrested at 4.20am and charged in
relation to an assault and robbery in
Wellington’s CBD earlier in the night.
A number of other youths were also
taken into custody at the same time.
“At 6.45am several of those youths
were transported by police to their
home addresses,’’ Walker said.
“The girl was not transported along
with those youths, but was meant to
be waiting for her mother to collect
her from the station. ‘’
Walker said sometime between 7am
and 8.30am police staff involved in
the arrest of the teen phoned her mum
to pick her up and placed the girl in an
inter view room until she arrived.
“At around 3pm police received a
call from the girl’s mother, asking if
we knew her whereabouts.
“The girl was still in the inter view
room, where she had fallen asleep.
When police confirmed the girl was
still in an inter view room, she was
immediately taken home,’’ Walker
said. Police Association president
Chris Cahill said “it simply isn’t good
enough’’ for a 14-year-old girl to be
kept in a locked room for a lengthy
period of time.
However, Cahill said the situation
highlighted a difficult scenario for
police staff if they were unable to
contact a young person’s parents.
“ We really have no other facility to
take them to. More often than not,
in many cases, it is nowhere near
appropriate to put them in police cells.
“Essentially we become babysitters
to a certain degree.’’
Teen left in police interview room for six hours
No-one envied a truck driver
performing a three-point-turn
with a 75-tonne gold dredge
in tow in Roxburgh yesterday
as the piece of machinery was
transported to Beaumont.
The dredge, owned by Cold
Gold Clutha, was shifted out
of the Clutha River at Three
Beaches, south of Roxburgh,
It was transported to Roxburgh
so it could be turned around in
the town, before it was moved
slowly south again to its new
location on the river in Beaumont.
Roxburgh residents gathered
and filmed the massive equipment
being moved, a highlight being
the three-point turn.
Cold Gold Clutha project
manager Peter Hall said that the
dredge was moved because it
had “exhausted the ground’’ in its
It took much effort to move the
equipment as it weighed between
75 and 80 tonnes, but “when
there’s a will there’s a way ’’, he
He was unsure how long it
would be in Beaumont.
Otago Daily Times
Large dredge moved
A New Yorker has purchased a
one-way ticket to New Zealand to
escape Trump’s America.
At the very moment Trump swore
his oath to become America’s 45th
President, Gary Belis, 64, was
flying through the sky to start a
new chapter in his life.
Belis told The Daily Beast he
chose New Zealand for its location
alone — 14,000km from his home
Donald Trump,’’ he said.
His departure date, the day before
the inauguration today in America,
was carefully choreographed.
“I do not want to be here for one
minute of his presidency,’’ Belis
said to The Daily Beast.
Bellis was to land today, meaning
he avoided the day of Trump’s
literally will have erased
January 20th from my life,’’ he said
to The Daily Beast.
Belis has had a personal run-in
with the new president himself.
Nearly 30 years ago, Belis
reviewed Trump’s book, The Art of
the Deal, for Fortune Magazinee
where he worked as a publicist.
Trump responded with a letter
describing Belis’ “stupidity’’ and
“deep seated prejudice’’ in great
He even demanded Belis be
“The letter has been on my
wall for 30 years, it is a badge of
honour,’’ Belis said.
On election night, Google
searches in the United State
spiked for “move to New Zealand’’
among other countries including
Anti-Trump Americans also
searched for property on our shores
ahead of and after the election.
New Zealand’s biggest real estate
listing web site — realestate.co.nz
had recorded a 141% rise in
Americans searching for property
in the lead up to last year’s
Trump due in NZ
A landmark court ruling which
allows councils to place restrictions
on fishing is being challenged by
The Environment Court ruled
in December that councils were
able to impose fishing rules in
their regions for the purpose of
protecting native species.
It was hailed at the time as a
“ very important ’’ decision by
environmental group Forest and
Bird, who said it could be applied
by councils across the country.
The Ministry for Primary
Industries (MPI) confirmed
yesterday that Crown law had
appealed the court’s decision this
week, but would not comment
“The case is now before the
High Court therefore we cannot
Forest and Bird and the Motiti
Rohe Moana Trust took the
matter to the Environment
Court in a bid to prevent fishing
around Astrolabe Reef, where the
ecosystem had suffered after being
struck by the container vessel MV
Rena in 2011 — New Zealand’s
worst environmental disaster at sea.
since begun recovering, but the
applicants wanted limits on fishing
to allow marine life to return to
pre-shipwreck levels. The Bay of
Plenty Regional Council said it
did not have power to prevent
fishing around the reef, but the
Environment Court ruled that it
spokeswoman Eugenie Sage
said the ministry itself should
be protecting the reef and other
maritime areas. Instead, it was
blocking local communities from
protecting their own backyards.
“ If MPI won’t use its powers to
protect the Otaiti (Astrolabe) Reef
or other significant marine areas
from fishing pressure then hapu,
iwi and community organisations
should be able to ask their regional
councils to use the RMA and
regional coastal plans for help.
“ Now having failed the local
community, MPI wants to block
off that option too.’’
Forest and Bird spokesman Geoff
Keey accused the Government
of “road-blocking’’ councils from
protecting the marine environment.
landmark fishing ruling
A North Shore woman missing
for four days is likely to be very
dehydrated and more confused and
disoriented than usual, police say.
Patricia Wearn, known as Pat, left
her Torbay home for a regular walk
about midday on Monday after
shopping with her husband.
“She may be critically unwell and
we are extremely concerned for her
wellbeing,” search and rescue medic
Sara Gordon said in a statement
The 73-year-old may be curled up
and hidden from view, and may not
respond to voice or her name.
Police are urging locals to check
their sheds, garages, and places
where she could have gone to seek
shelter or rest.
Mrs Wearn, who has Alzheimer’s,
takes a regular route along
Caversham Drive to Lingham
Crescent, Glamorgan Drive, Kate
Sheppard Avenue and back to
volunteers are scaling the bush
areas around Torbay.
On Thursday night, police
received a report of a woman of a
similar description in the Torbay
area, but that lead was unsucessful.
The public has flooded the
Browns Bay police station with
offers to help. —
Missing North Shore woman may be ‘curled up’ and hidden
Four people were hurt
when a light plane crashed
off the runway on landing
at a remote rural airstrip
in southern Marlborough.
A Cessna 185 aircraft left
the Kekerengu airstrip,
plunging over the edge and
coming to rest about 40m
further down the hillside, the
Nelson Marlborough Rescue
It was called to help about
Two passengers had
freed themselves from the
wreckage and the pilot and
one passenger were still in
the aircraft when the rescue
The Fire Ser vice, police
and the rescue helicopter
crews triaged and treated
the patients before they were
stretchered up the hillside.
They were flown to
Christchurch Hospital with
serious spinal and abdominal
Three suffered serious injuries
and the fourth’s injuries were
moderate, police say.
Emergency ser vices needed
to use quad bikes to get to the
Four hurt in remote crash
PICTURE: Nelson-Marlborough Rescue Helicopter
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