Home' Greymouth Star : March 9th 2017 Contents The most read newspaper per capita in New Zealand
Readership of 11,000
roll drops 30% P2
to Coast Kiwi P12
150 YEARS SINCE 1866
THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017
$1.20 (Home Delivery 90c)
Phone 769 7900
for the Hokitika Guardian
Tourist van crashes
near Haast Pass
Two helicopters were sent towards
the Haast Pass this morning when
a tourist mini van crashed into
a culvert. The van left the road
between Pleasant Flat and Clarke
Bluff about 8am. The Greymouth
Star understands the occupants were
Polish. “ They went off the road and
into the mouth of a culvert,” Haast
fire volunteer Eamonnd Johnston
said. Police said two helicopters
were sent to the remote accident
scene. One person was trapped and
a number of people injured when
the vehicle went down a bank.
Two of the victims were airlifted to
hospital in D unedin and a third was
taken to hospital in Queenstown.
State highway 6 was down to one
lane for a time and was expected
to reopen fully about midday after
contractors had cleaned up the
Police say they are still
investigating a brawl that erupted
at the Greymouth Workingmen’s
Club and spilled on to the street,
on Saturday night. Acting sergeant
prevention Jayne Bretherton said
the fighting started inside and
in the process a large plate glass
window was smashed. Police had
some names and were making
further inquiries. The Greymouth
Star understands skinheads were
involved in the melee.
Cloud in north, rain developing
Residents from a Central
American village suffered violent
convulsions that are being blamed
on a bewitching voodoo doll. The
‘possessed’ locals near Waspan,
in Nicaragua, reportedly became
violent and saw visions of the devil,
as well as eerily naming the next
victim. Other symptoms include
headaches, nausea and anxiety. As
local officials scoured the area for
c lues, a doll was found stuffed in a
bag with crosses on its face, which
is a sign of the presence of dark
spirits. The locals were too scared
to touch it with their own skin, so
had to move it with planks of wood.
A video shows several residents
— who have had their hands and
legs bound together and are being
treated with wet towels — spinning
— Daily Mail
Central Greymouth set to get traffic lights
Tr a ffi c lights at Greymouth’s busiest
intersection are among the projects
signalled in the Grey District Council
draft annual plan for the next year.
The lights are proposed for the
intersection of Mackay and Tainui
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said council
staff had submitted the idea, backed
by a consultant ’s report that found the
intersection was “extremely unsafe” and
With a forecast boom in tourism,
traffic volumes through the middle of
town were expected to keep increasing,
Staff had considered a roundabout,
but that would not work when the
annual motorcycle street races were on.
The lights are estimated to cost
Transit NZ had proposed traffic
lights in Greymouth some years ago,
but instead settled for the roundabout
outside McDonald’s. The idea was
debated again two years ago when talk
first began for the Greymouth central
business district renewal.
Travel guides used to tout the West
Coast as a region without traffic lights.
However, in 2009 solar-powered lights
went in at both Fern Arch and Iron
Bridge on State highway 6, in the
A new rubbish dump pit, redeveloping
part of the Greymouth floodwall and
money to market the district are all
included in the Grey District Council
draft annual plan.
The draft was released yesterday and
will soon go out for submissions. It
carries an overall increase of 3.75% in
the total rate take.
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn described it as
a “steady as she goes” budget.
One of the new ideas is to revamp
the section of floodwall opposite the
new town square, at the foot of Tainui
Street, with wide steps immediately
downstream of the clocktower. That
project would cost $100,000.
Although traffic will still go along
Mawhera Q uay it will be slowed, similar
to outside Robert Harris Cafe, so
pedestrians can cross in safety. During
major events, the quay will be closed to
Tr a ffi c lights are envisaged for the
corner of Tainui and Mackay streets, due
to the forecast surge in tourist traffic,
and an additional $50,000 has been set
aside for marketing Greymouth.
“ We need to start emphasising all
the things there are in the district,”
Mr Kokshoorn said.
“ We can get a lot of economic
development through more visitors to
People would see the tangible results
of the town redevelopment over the
next year. The ‘Discovery Centre’ idea,
first mooted several years ago, was still
being worked through, but no money
had been set aside in the draft plan.
However, it does allow $4.5 million for
a new waste cell at the council-owned
McLeans Pit landfill.
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said the
council was still working with the
neighbouring councils in Westland and
Buller about alternatives.
Westport has been looking into a waste
to energy plant at the former Holcim
cement site, while Westland has offered
the use of extra capacity at its Butlers
landfill, between Ruatapu and Ross.
Blackball is earmarked for two projects,
as the town prepares for the new Pike
29 ‘great walk’ being developed by the
Drains will be piped, and $100,000
has been set aside for public toilets.
Mr Kokshoorn said more than a
decade of major capital spending was
coming to an end, with the completion
of sewerage, stormwater and water
Over 12 years, the Grey council had
spent about $110m. Debt was now
$34.5m, including $2.5m of port debt,
and it had $9m in reserves.
The council was now moving towards
annual surpluses, he said.
It was keeping debt levels within
policy limits, leaving it able to borrow if
there was an unforeseen event.
PICTURE: Grey District Council
An impression of the proposed wide steps to the Greymouth floodwall.
200 effigies join health protest
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Anna Osborne, right, was joined by mental health advocate Tracey Stark, middle, and Maxine Morgan during a picket outside Grey Base Hospital
yesterday as part of a nationwide push for more health funding. The picket included 200 effigies, each representing 100 missing health care workers
— an idea that came from Pike River Mine protests. Mrs Osborne, who is undergoing cancer treatment and has muscular dystrophy, has had to travel
to Christchurch six or seven times in the past four weeks. The protest yesterday was organised by YesWeCare.nz, a new community-health workforce
coalition pushing for better health funding. A sur vey of 6000 health workers found that 90% believed the health system did not have the staff and
resources required. The Council of Trade Unions put the figure at $1.85 billion.
Westland District Council chief
executive Tanya Winter has taken a
personal grievance claim against the
Last month, the council announced
that Ms Winter’s contract was not
being renewed and councillors had
decided instead to publicly advertise
Ms Winter will stay on until
September, when her five-year
contract expires; she is able to
reapply for the job.
Mayor Bruce Smith said yesterday :
“ We don’t discuss staff matters as
Asked if Ms Winter was in the job,
he said: “ Yes, she’s in the building
and doing her job”.
Ms Winter did not respond to
In November, the council clipped
Ms Winter’s wings, capping
management expenditure at just
$5000 — down from $250,000.
Mr Smith was also vocal during
his election campaign last year that
change was needed at the top of the
Previously, he said Ms Winter’s
reign had resulted in the “collapse
of the link between our community
as owners and the council staff as
servants of the ratepayer, and that is
“The reason for this council’s
disgraceful performance starts with
the direction at the top, and that is
also where the changes must occur,”
Mr Smith said during the election
In 2014 in an inter view for the
Local Government magazine, Ms
Winter said that after four weeks
of combing through council’s
books after her appointment, an
external consultant confirmed the
“He provided me with a 14-page
report that basically said we had
spent all our reser ves,” Ms Winter
“ We’d spent what council thought
was there in their investment fund,
we were keeping rates artificially
low, we were using debt to fund
operating expenditure, we were
providing services to the community
that we couldn’t afford, and if
we kept going that way we were
heading for the rocks.”
Meanwhile, a Serious Fraud Office
inquiry continues into council assets
manager Vivek Goel, who remains
on leave from his job.
Coast man scammed out of thousands
A West Coast man lost “several
thousand dollars” to scam artists after
giving out his passwords and bank
details over the phone.
Acting prevention sergeant Jayne
Bretherton said the man was
contacted yesterday by a computer
support company called True Blue
Software Support, and when they
asked for his password and bank
account details, he gave them.
“ He lost some money because of
that,” Ms Bretherton said.
It was an expensive reminder
for people to never give out their
personal details over the phone.
Other common scams include:
Get rich quick schemes. These
offer opportunities to earn thousands
of dollars a week, but your earnings
may be dependent on selling the
scheme to others.
Nigerian fee scam: This long-
running scam offers you a percentage
of millions of dollars in exchange for
an up-front fee and letting the sender
use your bank account to transfer the
funds from where they are currently
Prize notifications: These tell
you that you have won a prize in a
lottery you have not entered.
Westland CEO sues council
AT LOW COST.
P: 03 769 7929
Design, Docket books, Invoice books,
Business card, Letterheads, Books,
Rack cards, Brochures, Photocopying,
Perfect binding, Large format printing
GREYMOUTH CAR CENTRE
Compare our cars – Compare our prices – We finance – We trade NZ new — Fresh imports
56 Herbert Street, Greymouth – Next to Monteiths Brewery
Open: Monday to Friday 8.30am 5.30pm, Saturday 10am - 1.30pm
Phone 03 768 5729 After-hours: 021 768 572 (Phil Campbell)
NEW STOCK JUST ARRIVED
Highway Star, luxury 8 seater
coach, auto, 3500cc, V6,
magnificent condition, in black,
2005 NISSAN EL-GRAND
Auto, sought after 1800cc
hatch, in black, 45,000kms,
2007 TOYOTA AURIS 180GS
2WD, SUV, auto, 2 litre, in red,
2006 NISSAN X-TRAIL
Liftback, 5 door, 2300cc, auto,
a stunner in aqua blue, very
popular, 88,000kms, $12,999
2006 MAZDA ATENZA 23S
2WD, wellside utility, 2500cc
petrol, 6 speed manual, towbar,
Tu ffdeck, Tonneau cover,
2015 NISSAN NAVARA DX
ALL ON ROAD COSTS ARE INCLUDED IN OUR PRICES | DISCOUNTS FOR CASH DEALS | TRADES ACCEPTED | WANT TO CASH UP YOUR CAR? | WE BUY USED CARS. CALL US NOW.
Get finance and
get on the road
Terms, conditions and lending criteria apply.
Whether you’re buying from us, privately
or online, Greymouth Car Centre can help.
You can also get a personal loan, using
your vehicle as security.
SSTOCK JUST ARR
2015 NISSAN NAVARA DX
2006 MAZDA ATENZA 23S
Links Archive March 8th 2017 March 10th 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page