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Hollywood sex kitten still
purring at 76
Till stolen in
Runanga burglar y
The Grey District Council
Runanga Ser vice Centre was
burgled some time over the
weekend. Council chief executive
Paul Pretorius said the burglars
got in through a side window and
grabbed the empty till but had
probably dropped it in their hurry
to exit the building when the alarm
system went off. Greymouth police
urged members of the public who
might have seen anything suspicious
in the vicinity over the weekend to
contact police or anonymously via
the Crimestoppers phone line
0800 555 111.
in drug rape trial
The jury was still out early this
afternoon in the Christchurch
District Court trial of a man
accused of drugging and raping a
West Coast woman. The man, who
has name suppression, is accused
of raping the woman during a
methamphetamine (P) session in
Greymouth some time between
February and April 2014. The trial
began last week.
A small town in Gloucestershire
has been divided by a heated row.
Spare a thought for the poor souls
of Tewkesbury, because the town
council is currently locked in a
bitter dispute — about whether
or not they should keep the office
cat. Tewksebury Town Council is
considering setting up a special
panel with the sole purpose of
deciding the fate of contentious
cat Missy, which has been visiting
their office since last summer. Many
workers enjoy Missy ’s company,
but Mayor Karen Brennan has had
enough. Miss Brennan said: “An
office is somewhere for business
to be transacted and we don’t need
a cat around. There are issues of
health and safety, insurance, security.
There is also the prospect of visitors
to the offices being affected if they
are allergic to cats. ” Town clerk
Helen Railton-Price said Missy
had been good for morale, but
Miss Brennan said she could not
understand how the smell of cat
food and the job of cleaning her
bowl led to good morale. — Metro
Clear day with light winds
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Consents sought for new mine
After three years of planning, the
company behind a new coalmine
downtown Westport has applied for
resource consent, arguing that Buller
desperately needs the jobs.
However, the price for those jobs
could be the loss of great spotted kiwi
and an open-cast mine visible from
proposes developing a mine at
Te Kuha, 12km inland. Rangatira says
the mine would employ 64 people and
pump $20 million annually into the
It is also seeking Department of
Conser vation permission for access
to 12ha of the adjoining Mount
Rochfort conser vation area, and
says the Te Kuha open-cast cannot
proceed without it.
Legal action by Forest and Bird
last week prompted a U-turn from
the Buller District Council, which
has rescinded a preliminary decision
it made last September allowing
Rangitira Developments access to the
Westport water conser vation reser ve
for the mine.
Forest and Bird had asked the High
Court for a judicial review of the
The consent application, released
today by the West Coast Regional
Council, says the construction of the
mine alone would create 30 jobs.
When it was up and running, mine
wages and salaries for staff were
estimated at $5.8 million a year.
The application says that in 2012
the West Coast had 15,680 persons
employed, but by 2015 that had
dropped to 15,090, which is a loss of
590 jobs (3.8%) in three years.
The application concedes the mine
would result in the loss of great
spotted kiwi habitat.
“These effects could contribute
to the death of adult birds, eggs or
chicks, or lead to a decrease in sur vival
and/or productivity. It is considered
unlikely that mining at Te Kuha
would result in the loss of all of the
adult birds present, but management
of individual birds would reduce this
risk even further. ”
Two species in the mining area are
‘threatened’ and five species (western
weka, long-tailed cuckoo, rifleman,
New Zealand pipit and South Island
fernbird) are considered ‘at risk’.
The ridgeline at Te Kuha is
uncommon as it has its own very
moist climate along the ridge summit.
The mine would consist of two mine
pits (Brunner and Paparoa).
The mine would produce four
million tonnes of coal over a 16-year
period, with 10 years allowed for
rehabilitation and aftercare of the site.
Rangatira says the coal could be
used in specialised applications, such
as activated carbon.
Submissions close at 5pm on
Thursday, May 18.
DHB looks to
Five years after the West Coast District
Health Board shut the hospital laundry
in Greymouth, with the loss of 19 jobs,
a further reorganisation is on the cards.
All hospital laundry from Grey Base
Hospital and other facilities has since
been trucked to Christchurch for
cleaning. A handful of staff was left in
Greymouth to handle the incoming and
In a staff newsletter, DHB chief
executive David Meates outlined plans
for the Christchurch contractor to roll
the linen straight to the wards.
The hospital laundry was closed
suddenly in 2012 after a report said the
building was an earthquake risk; it was
demolished the following year.
The contract went to the Canterbury
Services, in Christchurch.
Mr Meates said the DHB was now
looking to ‘disestablish’ the remaining
laundry service located in the transport
building at Grey Base Hospital, and “to
change the current laundry worker roles
within hospital laundry services”.
It was part of wider moves to get ready
for the new hospital, which is due to
open next year.
The new ser vice will be “roll-on, roll-
off ” in which linen trolleys will be
transported directly from Canterbury
Linen Service to the wards and other
clinical areas, pre-packed.
The board said that would improve
staff health and safety, and infection
“It is envisaged that this proposed
change, undertaken in a considered and
planned manner, would not negatively
impact on the laundry service delivery,”
the newsletter said.
It would not say how many staff were
potentially affected by the change, but
the Greymouth Star understands it is
fewer than six.
DHB director capability Mark
Newsome said the proposal was out for
consultation with affected staff and their
“After the consultation period, we will
analyse feedback and make any final
decisions about effects on our services,
including staffing,” Mr Newsome said.
They were still working through
consultation responses and expected to
be finalising decisions with any affected
staff as soon as possible, he said.
Closing the laundry five years ago
cost the DHB $152,000 in redundancy
payments. At the time it estimated it
would cost $450,000 to earthquake
strengthen the building and $704,000
to update the equipment, so it was
Fifty years ago today, 24-year-old
Dunollie printer Dave McKenzie
surprised the world by winning
the famous Boston Marathon.
Yesterday, he was invited back
to the start line to celebrate his
historic win, this time in the special
role of grand marshal.
Mr McKenzie, 74, and his wife
Adele travelled to Boston as VIP
guests of the Boston Athletic
Association to mark the 50th
anniversary of the 1967 race.
Mr McKenzie and Roberta
(Bobbi) Gibb — the first woman to
complete the marathon, the oldest
annual marathon in the world —
were co-grand marshals for the
121st running yesterday.
In 1967, the diminutive Coaster
won in a course record time of
2:15.45, beating the previous record
of 2:16.33, which had stood for two
In that famous win he battled
the elements, running in freezing
conditions to become the first and
only man from New Zealand to
win the Boston Marathon. Mr
McKenzie later represented New
Zealand at the 1968 Mexico City
and 1972 Munich Olympics.
At the start of the race yesterday,
Boston Athletic Association chief
executive Tom Grik said it was “a
true honour to have both Dave
McKenzie and Bobbi Gibb back
to Boston as grand marshals of the
121st Boston Marathon”.
“Five decades ago Dave ran his
way into the record books, and
Bobbi propelled the women’s
pioneer era for ward. Both have
truly cemented their place in
Boston Marathon history,”
Mr Grik said.
Coaster relives historic Boston win
PICTURE: Boston Magazine
West Coast Olympian and running legend Dave McKenzie serves as grand marshal alongside Bobbi Gibb, left, at the finish line for the 121st Bos-
ton Marathon yesterday. Mr McKenzie made New Zealand history in winning at Boston in 1967.
Crash hurts three
Three people remain in
hospital, one in a serious
condition, following a head-
on collision near Inangahua
Junction yesterday afternoon.
The crash happened shortly
before 3.30pm on State
highway 6, about 4km east
of the Inangahua Junction
settlement heading towards the
Reefton Volunteer Fire
Brigade station officer John
Bell said the brigade was
first on the scene and helped
retrieve three people from the
two vehicles involved.
The Westport brigade was
turned back once it emerged
both St John and three rescue
helicopters had also been
Mr Bell noted the accident
spot was a well known crash
area, while initial reports
yesterday were that it involved
a lot more victims.
The NZCC West Coast
Rescue Helicopter transported
a woman to Grey Base
A West Coast District
Health Board spokeswoman
said today the woman was in a
stable condition in Grey Base
The conditions of two men
also involved in the crash and
transferred to Christchurch
Hospital by helicopter from the
crash scene were listed as stable
and serious late this morning.
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