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An on-line Lotto purchase netted
one lucky winner from the West
Coast $50,000 in Strike in the
Saturday night draw. Strike was
split with a second ticket sold in
Papakura, Auckland. However,
the Mother’s Day 50 extra prizes
of cars, cash, travel and shopping
packages all eluded the West Coast.
Smoke clears pub
Smoke from an oven at the
Theatre Royal Hotel towards
midday yesterday resulted in the
hotel being evacuated while the
Kumara Volunteer Fire Brigade
attended. Deputy fire chief Leslie
Neame said that particular oven
was not ordinarily used but had
been turned on, causing a large
amount of smoke. The hotel was
ventilated before staff could return.
Meanwhile, fire and St John were in
Hari Hari on Saturday evening for a
stove fire. St John said a patient was
flown to Grey Base Hospital with
moderate injuries, and taken by road
to Christchurch the following day.
Stolen car crashed
A vehicle stolen from D unollie
late on Friday night was later found
abandoned, upside down on the
edge of Rutherglen Road, near
Maori Creek Road. Police said the
vehicle was found at 5.30am on
Saturday and was later recovered.
Cloud increasing, isolated showers
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A grandmother has revealed how
she floored Northern Irish political
heavyweight Mike Nesbitt with a
single punch. Marie Hyland, 72,
hit the former broadcaster who
quit last month as leader of the
Ulster Unionist Party when he
jokingly challenged her to a fight.
The pair had been chatting about
her grandson, pro boxer Paul
Hyland, 32, before the incident. “I
just clipped him with a quick right.
He went down like a sack of spuds
and he couldn’t get up,” she said.
She was at a family wedding at The
Stormont Hotel, Belfast, and Mr
Nesbitt was enjoying drink with
pals after a round of golf. Marie
had been saying how proud she was
of her grandson, the Irish super
bantamweight boxing champ Paul
Hyland. “He challenged me to a
boxing match. I knew he was only
messing. He said, ‘I ’ll box you’. I
knew he was joking, but he picked
on the wrong girl.” — Daily Mail
Serious bite injuries as dog set on Greymouth bar manager
A Greymouth bar manager suffered
bites to his head, face and arms when
a dog was set on him on Friday night
after he asked the owner to take the
Police later arrested and charged a
25-year-old man for the assault at the
Railway Hotel on Friday night. The
Greymouth Star understands the man
is a recent import to the West Coast,
living in Runanga.
Senior sergeant Brent Cook, of
Greymouth police, said the man,
accompanied by his dog, was drinking
in the bar about 9.30pm.
“ When he was asked by the bar
manager to take his dog outside, the
man assaulted the manager and set his
dog on him, resulting in the manager
sustaining numerous bites to the head,
face and arms,” Mr Cook said.
Members of the public who tried to
inter vene were also assaulted by the
man, and he set his dog on them too.
The bar manager was taken to
Grey Base Hospital with serious bite
wounds; he is now recovering from his
The dog owner appeared in the
Greymouth District Court on Saturday
morning on several counts of serious
assault. He was remanded in custody.
The dog, a staffordshire bull terrier,
is in the custody of the Grey District
Council animal control unit.
Animal control officer Murray
Malloch said they took custody of
the dog after the attack and staff were
now awaiting further advice as to how
police intended to proceed, including
The dog had not previously come to
the attention of the council.
“The partner of the man is
co-operating with the dog’s care,”
Mr Malloch said.
Rambling around Greymouth
Plans to draw tourists to Karamea by
creating a ‘lost world ‘of giant moa and
eagles in the limestone Oparara Basin,
have been slammed for turning the
spectacular environment into a ‘theme
The proposal emerged as part of the
West Coast regional growth study, which
was launched in response to mass job
The Greymouth Star reported in March
on the bold proposal, which was aimed at
drawing tourists past Punakaiki.
Silver wood, who is also NZ Speleological
Society member, told RNZ the proposal
now included a cantilevered walkway
through the largest cave, with ‘eagles’
flying through the air and a 4m-high
plastic moa or silhouette.
A light show in a cavern which is home
to an at-risk species of spider was also
“People don’t want to go there
and see a creepy crawly light show,”
Mr Silverwood said. Tourists would
prefer to see the real thing.
However, DOC Buller operations
manager Bob Dickson said the Oparara
becoming a more popular site by word of
mouth through social media, “which is
why it has been identified as a potential
icon site for the future”.
Increased tourist numbers were affecting
the existing infrastructure, which could
not adequately cater.
“Any development in the basin
would aim to safeguard the environment
and better cater for existing visitors,
while aiming to attract more people
so that the community of Karamea
benefits. In doing so, we need to consider
what visitors want when they visit,
and things like photo opportunities are
one of those things,” Mr Dickson said.
The interpretation concepts were
ideas only, and would be developed
in consultation with the community
and with regard to the local environment,
if the project went ahead.
Forest and Bird regional conser vation
manager Jen Miller told RNZ it would
appear that public conser vation land was
only useful to the Government when it
could extract economic gain.
“ Whether or not it’s good for
that environment seems irrelevant,”
Ms Miller said.
Federated Mountain Clubs is
also worried that DOC was being
pressured to make financial gain
from the conservation estate, such
as with more helicopter landings on
glaciers in Fiordland.
About 175 people took the
chance to poke around a mixture
of new and renovated homes from
Greymouth to Paroa yesterday,
showcased in the inaugural
Participants set off from the
Coxon Hall, taking it in turns to
visit the 12 homes, as a fundraiser
for the Greymouth High School
Parent Teacher Association
“The idea is to provide inspiration
and a fun afternoon out for
participants, and in the end we
raised over $3000,” PTA
co-ordinator Linda Calder said.
“ It was a fantastic weekend, an
absolute success and people were
delighted with the quality of the
renovations, which ranged from 150
years to brand new.”
At Diane and Paul Emery’s
Paroa home, participants not only
got to tour the impressive home
but were also treated to a taste
of Americana, with hamburgers
and hotdogs ser ved from their
Americana-themed display room.
“ We ser ved up 72 meat burgers
and 84 hotdogs,” Mrs Emery said.
“It was a great day and everyone
Funds raised from the Renovators
Ramble will support activities at the
school, including a revamp of the
foyer beside Coxon Hall.
PICTURE: Stewart Nimmo
Participants assemble in the Greymouth High School hall to hear instructions for the Renovators Ramble, a tour of 12 homes showcased from
Greymouth to Paroa.
Police are investigating a suspicious
house fire in Westport yesterday.
The older wooden villa, at the north
end of Peel Street, was fully involved
in flames when the brigade arrived
about 6.45am, Westport Volunteer Fire
Brigade deputy fire chief Trevor O’Dea
The house was unoccupied and had
recently been cleared out ready for a
Mr O’Dea said it took a good hour to
bring the fire under control and then
a further 90 minutes to dampen down
The Waimangaroa brigade was also
called to assist.
There was no obvious cause for
the fire, which was being treated as
A fire safety officer from Nelson and
detective from the West Coast police
CIB examined the scene yesterday.
Alcohol, disorder and assault all
featured in weekend arrests on the
A 27-year-old Greymouth man
stopped in Tainui Street early
yesterday turned out to be not
only a disqualified driver, but was
breaching his bail and was over the
alcohol limit after he blew 658mg.
He was taken into custody.
Senior sergeant Brent Cook said
the man already had other driving
charges pending. He was locked up
and his car impounded by police.
The man subsequently appeared
in the Greymouth District Court
this morning and was remanded
in custody to Christchurch Men’s
A group of visitors from Nelson
caused a disturbance in the middle
of Reefton on Saturday night,
resulting in one man being arrested
and a woman being given a formal
Mr Cook said police had received
a report of a vehicle being a nuisance
on Broadway and the driver was
subsequently arrested. The woman
had tried to inter vene while police
were speaking to the driver.
They were accompanied by three
others from Nelson.
A 22-year-old Hokitika woman
was taken into police custody on
Saturday night and later referred
to mental health ser vices after she
caused concern in the town.
A 16-year-old Westport girl will
be spoken to by police today after
she was caught by video sur veillance
shoplifting from a retailer in the
Police were unable to identify
the premises targeted but the girl
was seen at the store on Friday
On Friday night a 27-year-old
man was arrested for breaching bail
A 50-year-old man was arrested
for assault following a disturbance in
Bright Street, Cobden on Saturday
evening. He was later released on
bail for the alleged assault against
A 44-year-man, drunk and
exposing himself to passing vehicles
on Main South Road near Stanton
Crescent late on Saturday, was taken
into police custody to sober up.
The man was “drunk and being an
idiot,” police said. He was released
yesterday with a warning.
A male driver stopped and
breathalysed on State highway 6 in
the Camerons area early yesterday
blew 538mg. He was charged with
Booze, disorder behind weekend arrests
Westport fire suspicious
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