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family at league final
The Metser vice has warned the
West Coast to expect strong winds
— possibly reaching gale force —
from tomorrow afternoon until early
on Thursday morning. The winds will
hit ahead of a wet front that has been
building off the Tasman Sea.
over bus damage
Police were called to an incident
on a school bus outside Greymouth
High School this morning after
a complaint to police about seats
having been slashed. Principal Andy
England said police attended after a
complaint by a Ritchies driver, who
had voiced “concerns of damage
to bus seats”. “Police attended and
couldn’t find substantial evidence to
warrant any action,” Mr England
said. There was nothing to suggest
any wrongdoing by students, with
some historic damage. Sergeant
Mark Kirkwood said police had
followed up a complaint about
damage to the seats, with mention
of a knife. However, police were not
able to ascertain when the damage
was done and were not making
Eye injur y
A Westport man suffered a serious
eye injury in a workplace accident in
the town last Thursday. The accident
happened at West-Trak, a Westport-
based business with several branches
around the country supplying heavy
machinery components. The injured
man, who apparently almost lost
an eye, was flown to Christchurch
Hospital for medical care. Work
Safe is investigating.
Rain, heavy from afternoon
A charity bookshop has asked
people to stop donating copies of
the Da Vinci Code after it was
over whelmed with copies of the
book. Oxfam in Swansea, United
Kingdom, said they are struggling to
sell copies of the novel and are asking
people to offer other books or vinyl
records instead. They said they have
received multiple copies on a weekly
basis for months. A sign in the shop
says: “You could give us another
Da Vinci Code ... but we would
rather have your vinyl! We urgently
need more records to help keep our
customers happy ... and make more
money for Oxfam.” S hop manager
Phil Broadhurst said: “It ’s funny
because with the Dan Brown sign
people laugh and take a picture. We
normally don’t leave the displays up
that long but have with this. I would
say that we get one copy of the book
every day.” — Metro
Squatters move into Revvies
Squatters have taken over the once
grand Greymouth hotel where Queen
Elizabeth and Prince Phillip stayed.
Revingtons Hotel, built in the 1930s,
was plagued with problems after it was
sold to an Indian businessman in 2013
and was subsequently closed.
It has since deteriorated quickly and
the building ’s owner Dale Vercoe, of
Motueka, is keen to demolish it.
Mr Vercoe told the Greymouth
Star last week an engineer’s report
confirmed what he already knew — it
was now beyond repair.
He said the place was a “hell of a mess”
and they had to call police on a couple
of occasions because of squatters.
sergeant Brent Cook,
of Greymouth police, confirmed
today hat people had been
entering the building illegally.
“ We’ve been called to the building a
number of times over the past few
months,” Mr Cook said.
Ironically, young people and some
others had been partying up and
drinking at the former hotel.
On one occasion police had to return
a young person who was found inside
the premises, to their parents.
Mr Cook said the building was unsafe
and was now known as a place to hide
out “from us and others”.
“ We’re lucky we don’t have too many
derelict buildings around the place.”
The Greymouth Star understands the
police were contacted anonymously
today by someone complaining about
the squatters and the smell of cannabis
smoke coming from the building.
In March last year the building was
stripped of its chattels, and ever since
the winds of uncertainty have battered
the property, which has been leaking
and has collapsed ceilings and rotting
PICTURE: Paul McBride
The run-down back premises at Revingtons Hotel.
A dog used by its owner to
attack the bar manager and
patrons at the Railway Hotel in
Greymouth, was today described
as “a very dangerous dog that will
attack on command”.
The Grey District Council is
now awaiting a court order for its
The dog’s owner, William James
Andrews, 25, a recent arrival on
the West Coast, is currently in
custody in Christchurch Men’s
Prison after he appeared in
the Greymouth District Court
yesterday charged with assault
and using a dog as a weapon. He
is due to reappear in court again
on May 23.
Animal control officer Paula
Kerr, who was called to remove
the dog from the hotel after the
attack on Friday night, said the
future of the animal depended on
either the police or the council
seeking a court order to destroy
She believed police would lead
that charge but if not the council
would do it.
“The family members are
working co-operatively with us,”
Ms Kerr said.
The dog was not registered in
the Grey district and was “very
new to the area” after its owner
had moved here from Wellington.
It had since been registered and
was seized under section 71a of
the Dog Control Act, with its
destruction requiring a District
Ms Kerr said that in her
assessment the dog was not
aggressive by nature.
“I have assessed it as aggressive
on command. By training it is
a very dangerous dog that will
attack on demand.”
From a statutory point of view,
public safety and securing the
dog was paramount, Ms Kerr
“I entirely believe had I not
got control of that dog in that
situation there could have quite
easily been a lot more victims.”
The dog had settled when she
arrived after police called animal
control after the attack, and was
caught with a catchpole in a
matter of about 30 seconds.
“It had calmed down but when I
got there though I knew to direct
the dog away from the owner ...
the dog was scared.”
Conser vation Minister Maggie
Barry today announced $21 million
for another ‘Battle for our Birds’ 1080
poison drop, the third in four years.
However, an anti-1080 campaigner
says she is stunned the Department of
Conser vation has justified it with yet
another beech mast or forest fruiting.
“I can confirm there will be a
widespread forest seeding, or mast,
once again this year that will trigger a
big increase in vermin,” Ms Barry said
in a statement this morning.
Poison will be dropped over more
“The mast event will affect much of
the North Island, the northern South
Island and parts of western Otago.”
According to the DOC website, a
mast happens every two to six years.
They are triggered by a summer that is
warmer than the previous one.
The last beech mast and ‘Battle for
our Birds’ was only last year.
DOC said: “ This autumn around
a million tonnes of beech seed will
drop to the forest floor, providing a
bonanza of food for rats and causing
their population to boom.”
Prior to that, 2014 was also described
as a very heavy mast year with another
‘Battle for our Birds’.
Farmers Against Ten Eighty
spokeswoman Mary Molloy, a Hari
Hari dairy farmer, said she was
“absolutely stunned” there was another
“They don’t happen over the whole
of the country every year,” Mrs Molloy
said. “ They ’re weather dependent.”
She said she would have thought the
extremely wet year on the West Coast
would have rotted away most of any
Mrs Barry said trapping and
poisoning would start in July and
run through to 2018, with most work
planned before Christmas.
“ We’ll use a mix of ground-based
trapping and poison bait stations,
depending on local conditions at each
site, and DOC will monitor predator
levels to determine where best to drop
1080 in hard to reach landscapes.”
Significant beech masts previously
occurred in 2014 and last year and in
clusters of mega masts in the 1970s,
It was unusual to have two masts in
successive years — 2016 and 2017 —
but over the last 30 years there had
been other clusters of mast events.
The Green Party said the $21.3m
was not enough.
Dismay at another ‘Battle for our Birds’ poison plan
A cat has not stopped purring
since being reunited with its
owner in Greymouth — two and
a half years after it went missing.
In a remarkable story of
sur vival, Tyke the tabby cat
is back home with its thrilled
owner Chantelle Scott.
went loopy, started purring and
meowing. He started dribbling
out of pure happiness and was
rubbing his head against my
shoulder,” Ms Scott said.
“He’s settling in but is a little
flighty and won’t let me out of
Tyke went missing when
Chantelle moved to Blackball
to stay with her parents, but
as soon as a door was left open
on the first night the cat made
a dash for it, and was not seen
again until a few days ago when
its owner followed up a chance
discover y on Facebook.
“I looked for him everywhere,
put fliers out and checked with
the SPCA and the vets, but he
was gone. I thought I will never
see him again, but then I
noticed a post on Facebook
where a cat had been found on a
farm just out of Taylorville, and
when I saw it I thought ‘that’s
Tyke!’ He had been eating out
of the rubbish and it took the
people some weeks to catch him.
“It ’s just amazing Tyke is in
good condition — and it is so
good to have him back,”
Ms Scott said.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Chantelle Scott and Tyke reunited.
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