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was lifting deer
The Transport Accident
Investigation Commissions says
is too early to say what caused
the fatal helicopter crash in
remote bush near Reefton on
Monday. Investigators are still on
site, although the wreckage was
airlifted out yesterday and taken to
Wellington for detailed analysis. The
Greymouth Star understands the
pilot had a pig and a deer suspended
on a wire, and left a hunter behind
in the bush. Pilot Noel Edward
Wilson, 51, was killed in the crash.
He will be buried in Reefton
Patchy drizzle, rain in south
Cleveland police say an 18-year-old
serial carjacker was arrested after his
accomplice could not drive a manual
shift — even with some coaching
from the victim. Damari Wayne was
charged with robbery. Police say he
committed three armed carjackings
during February. Police say Wayne
and a 17-year-old boy attempted
to steal a man’s car on February 21.
The younger teen got in the driver’s
seat but was unable to operate the
vehicle. That is when police say the
duo turned the gun on their victim
while he tried to explain how to
use the gears. The duo eventually
got frustrated and ran off with the
man’s cellphone, which police used to
pinpoint their location. — NB C
$105m building boom
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
A platform has been built on the north bank of the Taramakau River for the
giant crane to be used for driving piles for the new State highway bridge.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
The town square under way on the corner of Tainui Street and Mawhera Quay,
in central Greymouth.
PICTURE: Laura Mills
The first section of steelwork for the new Greymouth Hospital is framed by the Cobden Gorge and Mount Davy. A white frame is being attached to the steel to
hold the cladding and windows.
A $105 million building boom is
under way in the Grey district, with
three major projects that will transform
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
said the Greymouth Hospital ($77.8m),
Taramakau Bridge ($25.8) and
Greymouth town square ($1.8 million)
was the biggest spend-up he could
Real estate agents have been reporting
a shortage of rental houses as a result,
with an influx of contractors in town.
The new hospital, which was touch
and go at one stage, would be the “jewel
in the crown” for the West Coast,
Mr Kokshoorn said.
Coast leaders had lobbied for years
for the new Taramakau road bridge. A
new State highway bridge at Ahaura
was also on the list, and at Arthur’s
Pass a two-year road realignment was
nearing completion on the Mingha
“These were the problem bridges and
areas. They really will make the trip to
Christchurch much safer.”
The town square followed three years
of consultation, he said.
It was the first sign of the Greymouth
town renewal, with more to come.
“It ’s vital we take advantage of the
huge increase in tourism.”
Mr Kokshoorn said Grey district
— hard hit by the mining downturn —
had turned the corner.
The Grey District Council had spent
$120m in recent years, mainly on
sewerage schemes in town and in the
This added to the $22m invested on
the world-class Westland Recreation
Centre and aquatic centre.
“ We are starting to make the Grey
district an attractive place to stay,”
Mr Kokshoorn said.
‘Business as usual’ as rest home owner in receivership
The receiver appointed to Granger
House and Kowhai Manor rest homes
in Greymouth says she plans to turn
the business around, and for now it is
business as usual for residents.
Kiwiannia Care Ltd was put into
receivership this week after months of
unrest. Kowhai Manor closes today when
the Ministry of Health certification ends.
Both homes were criticised in Ministry
of Health audits, and most Kowhai
patients have moved off the hill to
Granger House, in Shakespeare Street.
Receiver Victoria Toon said yesterday it
was business as usual — “ but better”.
She was keen to reassure patients and
staff, and not increase anxiety levels.
“It will be run in a more business-like
approach,” Ms Toon said.
She would continue to employ the staff,
and there may by some restructuring
around hours, but she assured that people
would not see huge changes.
Her experience was in turning around
“I’m not ripping in there selling beds.”
As a receiver she had an obligation to
put the business on the market. However,
that would not be to the detriment of
patients and employees.
Granger House was under a temporary
manager appointed by the West Coast
District Health Board and Ms Toon said
she would not be interfering with her
Ms Toon’s job was to manage the
business side “more appropriately”.
She said the business was put into
receivership at the request of a secured
Andra Holdings owns the buildings.
The 100% shareholder is listed as Andrey
Residents’ money held in a trust account
was safe and would not be touched.
The West Coast economy
increased just 1.1% in the five
years to March last year — well
below the national 23.8%.
The region has been struggling
with the collapse of the coal
industry together with depressed
Statistics NZ said yesterday
that from 2011 to 2016, the
West Coast economy lifted 1.1%,
while its contribution to GDP
fell 0.2% to 0.6% .
The result was affected by
significant falls in the agriculture,
electricity, gas, water, and waste
In 2014, the West Coast
GDP increased 7%, driven by
the agriculture industry, which
had more than offset the fall
in forestry, fishing, mining,
electricity, gas, water, and waste.
The following year it decreased
5.2%, due to a decrease in the
offset by an increase in the
In 2016, the GDP decreased
2.8%, due to continued falls
in the forestry, fishing, mining
electricity, gas, water, and waste
The West Coast remains the
smallest regional economy.
Minister Simon Bridges says
in the year to March 2016,
decreases were recorded in the
three regions most affected by the
dairy downturn and the drop off
in New Zealand ’s mining and oil
and gas industries — Taranaki,
West Coast and Southland.
“The Government will continue
to work intensively with regions
through the business growth
agenda and the regional growth
programme. We are working
actively with Southland,Taranaki
and the West Coast in particular
to help lift their growth rates
in the years ahead,” Mr Bridges
“ We are committed to helping
every region in New Zealand
achieve its potential by both
attracting new investors and
investing in the infrastructure for
growth, be it ultrafast broadband
to 150 more regional towns or
key regional roading projects up
and down the country.”
Rescue pilot bags
A South Canterbury couple
who set off their personal locator
beacon while tramping in the
Rolleston River area of Arthur’s
Pass last night because the woman
was not feeling well, have angered
West Coast rescue helicopter
“It was inappropriate use of the
personal locator beacon,” NZCC
Rescue Helicopter pilot Angus
He said the pair should expect
a call from police or even the
Rescue Co-ordination Centre for
wasting emergency ser vices’ time.
The pair had been due out last
evening anyway and Mr Taylor
said he believed they had set off
the beacon to get out a bit quicker.
The woman told the rescue
crew she had been suffering
from diarrhoea and was having
“ People need to realise that
they should only set off their
personal locator beacons if they
are in imminent danger, lost,
injured or seriously ill and are in a
situation where they cannot help
themselves,” Mr Taylor said.
The woman was not taken to
“They had the cheek to ask
to be dropped of at their car at
Klondyke Corner — we dropped
them at Otira.”
Mr Taylor questioned their
reasoning for setting off the
beacon, noting that it could have
delayed the response for a serious
call-out for the rescue helicopter.
in pig bucket
Two French tourists who stole
food that was past its ‘use by’ date
and dumped at the rear of the
Countdown supermarket for pig
food, were arrested yesterday and
released on a pre-charge warning.
Senior sergeant Brent Cook, of
Greymouth police, said cheese was
among the stolen goods — and the
“funny thing was they went into the
store to buy crackers to have with
the stolen cheese”. Mr Cook said
all the food had been recovered and
the pigs were happy.
A drunk Hokitika man was
caught yelling and screaming in the
Westland High School grounds in
Hokitika last night. The 21-year-
old was apprehended for disorder
and spent a few hours sobering up
in the Greymouth Police Station
cells before being released on a
pre-charge warning. Police said the
man was “very apologetic ” in the
light of day.
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