Home' Greymouth Star : June 6th 2017 Contents SINCE 1866
among NZ’s elite
TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2017
$1.20 (Home Delivery 90c)
Phone 769 7900
$1.20 (Home Delivery 90c)
$1..20 (Home DDelivive
The most read newspaper per capita in New Zealand
Readership of 11,000
64 contend O’Neill
West Coast police had a busy
weekend dealing with domestic
violence or ‘family harm’ incidents.
Senior sergeant Paul Watson said
they fielded a lot of calls to keep
the peace in domestic settings,
resulting in at least three arrests,
all in Greymouth. “Staff were
really busy with that,” Mr Watson
said. A 40-year-old Greymouth
man was charged with assaulting
a woman, while a 23-year-old
Greymouth man was charged with
wilful damage and possession of an
offensive weapon in relation to a
domestic incident. A 31-year-old
Greymouth man was also arrested
for breach of bail in relation to a
family harm incident.
kept on their toes
A stovetop fire in Cobden on
Friday night prompted a fire call
but the source, a burning pot had
been extinguished by the time the
Cobden Volunteer Fire Brigade
arrived at the Bright Street
property. The Hokitika Volunteer
Fire Brigade was called to West
Coast Vets in Hokitika on Sunday
afternoon, but it was a false alarm.
The Westport brigade helped St
John with a patient lift on Saturday
afternoon, and attended an alarm
activation at the Solid Energy
Centre on Sunday night. Both
the Kumara and Reefton brigades
were called to vehicle crashes at the
weekend, only to be turned back
because both were relatively minor.
A vet is facing the daunting task
of finding new homes for a family
of over 200 stick insects, after they
were abandoned on his doorstep.
Resident vet Michael Morrice
found the insects outside his
practice in North Cheam, south-
west London, along with a note
from their former owner. The note
read: “I ’m so sorry, but I’ve tried to
re-home the stick insects without
success. Please could you find a new
home for them as there are just
too many and it ’s not fair to them.
Thank you. ” Since the insects were
left at Maven Vets on May 22, the
practice has given away dozens of
the critters, but there are still over
100 left. — Metro
Fine after early frosts
Greymouth Star On-line
PICTURE: Christopher Stewart
A week after running aground, the Kutere is now in storage at the Coal Creek timber yard, while the wheelhouse is destined for use
as a smoko room.
After crashing through the high seas for
about 60 years, the doomed Kutere has
made its final voyage — to a scrapyard at
The Nelson-based vessel struck a sandbar
off the Cobden beach last Monday, leaving
the crew to abandon ship and take their
chances on a lifeboat.
After the owners and insurers decided it
was not worth re-floating and repairing,
it was progressively stripped last weekend
and on Friday it made its final journey,
navigating the streets of Cobden and State
highway 6 to Coal Creek, just 3.5km as
the crow flies to its final resting place on
the opposite side of the Twelve Apostles
It now rests, with a slight list to port side
in a Coal Creek timber yard.
A week on from its ordeal, the mast and
wheelhouse have already been removed as
the process of scrapping begins.
In time the hull will be stripped of its
kauri planking, and the Kutere its last trace
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Washed up on Cobden beach.
PICTURE: Stewart Nimmo
Loaded on to a flat-deck truck on Dommett Esplanade.
Win with West Coast sunsets
With three beautiful crisp
winter’s days forecast, the
Gremouth Star is running
its annual sunset photo
competition this week. To
voucher at the Ocean View
Restaurant in Hokitika, you
need be out taking photos this
week to capture a stunning
West Coast sunset, about
5pm each evening. Although
photos may be straightened
and cropped, they must not
be Photoshopped or run
through a filter. They should
be a minimum of 600KB and
must be submitted in a raw
jpeg file. E-mail your best
photo to email@example.com,
including your name, address
and daytime phone number,
as well as details of where and
when the photo was taken.
Entries close on Saturday —
by which time it will be raining
Thieves picking off parked cars
A spate of thefts from parked cars has been
reported at walking tracks up and down
the West Coast during Queen’s Birthday
From Friday to Sunday, police received
seven reports of vehicles being broken into
from the Rahu Saddle to Otira, Greymouth
and Bruce Bay.
Senior sergeant Paul Watson, of
Greymouth police, said by this morning a
number of people had reported returning
from outdoor pursuits to find their vehicles
looted after thieves had broken in and
taken personal items including cellphones,
sunglasses, backpacks, cameras, wallets and
even a radar detector.
“They ’ve had windows smashed and
property stolen from within them,”
Mr Watson said.
Two vehicles were targeted at the Carole
Hut car park at Kellys Creek on State
highway 73 near Otira.
A handbag and cellphone was taken from
a car parked behind the Union Hotel, in
Up to four vehicles fell victim to thieves
in the Rahu Saddle and Springs Junction
area — two at a car park at the entrance
to the Klondyke Track at the top of the
saddle and two others near the entrances to
other walking tracks in the same area.
Among the victims were campervan
tourists who had set up near Bruce Bay on
Friday night, only to have their picnic table
and chairs stolen — apparently before their
The tourists were a short distance away
from their van about 9pm when the
occupants of a ute pulled up, loaded the
outdoor furniture and drove off.
Mr Watson said police would like
information about the two occupants
of a dark coloured 4x4 wellside ute fitted
with a ‘snorkel’ life side breather, with big
tyres and mounted on high suspension.
Anyone in South Westland or further
afield who recognised that vehicle is urged
to get in touch with police at either Franz
Josef or Haast, or anonymously via
Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Mr Watson said the thefts were mainly
in remote locations and were obviously
“At this stage we’ve got no firm suspects.”
To lessen the risk, vehicle owners needed to
secure their vehicles and not leave anything
inside parked vehicle, he said.
At this point police were appealing to the
public, including passers-by in the areas
where the thefts occurred, to report any
sightings of suspicious vehicles or persons.
The occupants of a house in
Brittan Street, Hokitika, awoke
on Saturday morning to find
they had been the victims of a
A window in the two-storey
residence near Cass Square had
been smashed in an attempt to
Police said the thief had
succeeded in breaking into
a shed on the property,
stealing a number of items,
but it appeared they were
unsuccessful in getting into the
Senior sergeant Paul Watson,
of Greymouth police, said
inquiries were continuing
today but police staff had
visited the owners over the
weekend and forensic evidence
including fingerprints from the
scene had been obtained.
Police were unaware at this
stage of any other attempted
burglaries around Hokitika.
Meanwhile, police are happy
with the low incidence of
over the weekend.
A 76-year-old man blew
Greymouth, about 9 o’clock on
A 26-year-old Greymouth
woman was arrested for
disorderly behaviour following
an incident at an unnamed
Police said the woman was
drunk “and causing issues”.
Burglar strikes while occupants sleep
The Greymouth Star’s first
paper girl has come a long way
since delivering newspapers
after school in the 1970s —
Julie Christie (nee Molloy) was
made a dame in the Queen’s
Birthday Honours, announced
Greymouth born Dame Julie
becomes a Dame Companion
of the New Zealand Order of
Merit for ser vices to governance
and the television industry.
It is her second Queen’s
honour; in 2007 she was made
an officer of the New Zealand
Order of Merit for services to
film and television.
Speaking to the Greymouth
Star from her home in
Auckland, Dame Julie said
she was “very surprised and
humbled” by the damehood.
“It is such an honour and I’m
Today a high-profile board
director, she earned her
fortune and reputation as New
Zealand’s ‘reality tv queen’ with
her own television production
company Touchdown, which
launched the likes of The Block
and My House, My Castle.
Dame Julie’s foray into
media started as a 13-year-old
delivering newspapers around
the streets of Greymouth on
her gold Chopper push bike.
Educated in Greymouth
by the Sisters of Mercy at St
Patrick’s Primary School and
then St Mary’s High School,
she left to study at journalism
school in Wellington and spent
some of her school holidays
working as a reporter at the
She retains close ties to her
hometown, where she still has
family, and shares in the family
bach at Lake Kaniere, although
she says she enjoyed it more
when it did not have wifi.
“I still visit the West Coast
frequently — it’s my escape,”
Dame Julie said she had
worked hard to get where
she was today, by choosing to
take on things that were both
challenging and worthwhile.
Receiving the honour made
her reflect on her achievements.
“Over the years I have given
some talented tv people their
breaks, along with production
staff and directors. My own
company (Touchdown) is now
owned by Warner Bros, which
is run by the most influential
powerful tv people in the
She was founder and chief
executive of the international
television production company
Touchdown from 1991 until
2013, exporting programmes
property to 30 countries.
Dame Julie said New Zealand
was punching well above its
weight in the television world:
“It’s a global business and it’s
great to be a part of it.”
She was a member of the
organising board of the Rugby
World Cup 2011 and has been
a member of the New Zealand
Rugby Union commercial
committee since 2012. She
was a board member of New
Zealand Trade and Enterprise
from 2009 to 2015, and is a
current advisory board member
of The New Zealand Story
Group, which protects the
intellectual property of the
silver fern and assists exporters
to define their New Zealand
story through media assets.
She is also a current board
member of Mediaworks radio
and television, and was a
member of John Key’s New
Zealand Flag Consideration
Over the years Dame Julie
has also received a number of
various honours and awards,
including the Veuve Clicquot
Businesswoman of the Year
award in 2008, the Women
in Film and Television
Award in 2004, and was
inducted into the company of
Women Entrepreneurs Hall of
Fame in 2015.
Three years earlier she
was named West Coast
Businesswoman of the Year.
Dame Julie was one of seven
children. Her father, Kevin
Molloy, died 50 years ago
last month and her mother,
Maureen, died three years ago.
“I’m sure mum would have
been proud,” she said.
Dame Julie’s story, p4.
Two Coast honours, p2.
Dame Julie Christie
10 Boundary Street Greymouth
Ph 03 768 5720
fax 03 768 0907
• Gift Vouchers Available •
WESTLAND ENGINEERING SUPPLIES find us on
ONE STOP SHOP
We are more
Links Archive June 3rd 2017 June 7th 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page