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Security footage has shown
two persons of interest in police
inquiries into the spate of tyre
stabbings in central Greymouth
early last month. Senior sergeant
Paul Watson said police were
checking all the information they
had gathered, including digital
security footage from private
premises in the CBD. They were
now trying to identify two people
who had been caught on camera
in the timeframe when over 50 car
tyres were punctured on May 9-10.
“ We’re quite keen to get more
information from people if they do
have it,” Mr Watson said.
A silver and black 2006 Ford
Courier ute (registration KPR982)
was stolen from outside a Runanga
address in Hall-Jones Street some
time between 8.30pm on Tuesday
and 8.30am yesterday. Police are
seeking any information including
sightings of suspicious activity in
the area on Tuesday night, which
can be passed to the Greymouth
police or anonymously via
Crimestoppers, 0800 555 111.
The residents of an apartment
complex in Georgia, United States,
were shocked this week when they
tried to leave home — only to find
they were stuck, as their stairs had
been removed. The emergency
ser vices were eventually summoned
to help free residents of Maple Walk
Apartments in Decatur who lived
above the ground floor. Tenants had
found notices on their doors saying
they would have no access to the
stairs until later this week. “ They
gave us no notice. No nothing.
They were already taking the stairs
down when we got the notice this
morning,” resident Shawnta Tiller
said. Some residents had received a
letter last week saying that the stairs
needed emergency repairs, and that
tenants would be reimbursed for
hotel costs for the time they would
be required to move out. However,
they say that the stairs were abruptly
removed on Monday morning,
with no prior warning having
been given. The stranded residents
were eventually freed when a local
reporter called in firefighters to help.
— The Telegraph
Showers spreading north
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The West Coast has been allocated
$1.27 million for a series of new toilets
and car parks dotted throughout the
Six new sets of public toilets are
confirmed for Bruce Bay, Okarito, Fox
Glacier, Kapitia Dam, Fox River and
Westport tiphead, while the old toilets at
Franz Josef Glacier will also be replaced.
Tourism Minister Paula Bennett today
announced $5.2m in co-funding for 16
councils around New Zealand, from the
second round of the regional mid-sized
tourism facilities grant fund.
The Grey District Council received
money in the first round.
“ Visitor spending in West Coast is
up 12% to an estimated $524m for the
year to April and these new facilities will
help the region respond to and benefit
from growth in the local tourism sector,”
Mrs Bennett said.
National Party list MP Maureen Pugh
said the funding boost would go a long
way to assisting the affected communities
cope with increasing tourism numbers.
“ Tourism growth is a great thing
for our region, but we owe it to the
communities who accommodate these
people to ensure they are equipped for
the challenges,” she said.
“The Government is committed to
ensuring tourism plays a significant role
in long-term economic growth on the
Coast and this round of funding grants,
on top of recent spending commitments
for facilities such as at the $497,289
grant to construct toilet and camping
facilities at the Cobden tip, reflects this
West Coast funding
Buller District Council gets
$153,600 for new toilets Fox River and
also $101,580 for toilets at North Beach,
Westport. This is to support the growing
number of visitors, including freedom
campers and users of the Kawatiri River
Westland District Council, glaciers:
$463,068 for new toilet facilities on
the main street in Franz Josef. These
will replace existing toilets, which are
no longer able to meet demand. Also
$136,125 for toilets and to upgrade
parking in Fox Glacier. Nearby Okarito
gets $204,435 for toilets and to upgrade
parking. $100,000 to build toilets and
upgrade parking at Kapitia Dam, and
$117,216 for toilets and parking at
Comedian gets serious
Mike King was ‘straight-up’ when
he shared his school day experiences
with students at Greymouth High
The former full-time stand-up
comedian now tours the country as
a strong advocate for mental health.
His ‘It ’s Cool to Korero’ three-day
visit to the West Coast concludes in
Yesterday he shared with his
Greymouth audience stories of his
own battle with alcoholism, drug
addiction and mental health, having
suffered from depression.
“It all started at school where I had
major self-esteem issues, I did not
like myself at all,” Mr King said.
He spoke of good and bad voices
that “talk in your head”.
‘”The angel is the good voice, but it
was competing with the devil — the
inner critic that undermines your
Key to Life Charitable Trust
communication adviser Dallas
Gopi said the purpose of the Cool
to Korero presentations was to
empower communities to solve
their own problems about mental
Mr Gopi said it was about people
changing their attitude about the
stigma of mental health and anxiety.
“About 20% of people have mental
health issues, and the underlying
message is to change their judgment
“The thoughts that kids have in
their head, to most kids they are
just thoughts. We have to teach our
people that these thoughts are just
normal,” Mr Gopi said.
Mr King has taken his roadshow to
Wesport, Reefton, Greymouth and
Hari Hari this week.
PICTURE: Christopher Stewart
Comedian turned mental health advocate Mike King shares some time with Greymouth High School students Zara Bourke, left, and Julia Kokiri
A North Island man died in a vehicle
crash near Karangarua early last evening.
The man was the sole occupant of the
vehicle when it crashed through the
wooden rails of the Mai Mai Creek
bridge shortly before 5pm. Mai Mai
Creek is located about 500m south of
the Karangarua River bridge on State
Senior sergeant Paul Watson, of
Greymouth, said the man’s vehicle had
crashed off the bridge and landed upside
down in the relatively shallow stream
“ It sounds like he’s left the bridge and
gone into the riverbed,” Mr Watson said.
There was nothing the emergency
ser vices attending the crash could do.
“ I understand the person was found
deceased on arrival,” he said.
The Serious Crash Unit was examining
the scene today.
Mr Watson said the motorist was
travelling south at the time, apparently
on his way to Wanaka.
Fox Glacier Volunteer Fire Brigade fire
chief John Sullivan told Stuff the spot
was “notorious” and was the third crash
on the bridge in the past 15 months. The
broken wooden side rails had still not
been replaced after the last crash there
six months ago.
“ It ’s a bad spot because (motorists)
come down a hill on to this one-lane
bridge and you’re looking straight into
the setting sun,” Mr Sullivan said.
New Zealand Transport Agency
regional performance manager Pete
Connors confirmed the rail was damaged
in a recent crash.
“The transport agency is currently
designing permanent side protection to
replace the wooden rails for this bridge,”
Mr Connors said.
“ In the meantime, the bridge’s speed
limit had already been reduced to 30kph
until this work is completed.”
NZTA would review the safety of the
bridge today to see if any additional
measures could be taken until the new
side protection was installed later this
year, he said.
Grey rubbish breakdown
Continual breakdowns by the
Greymouth rubbish contractor Subloos
could be at an end with the pending
sale of the New Zealand side of the
In the latest episode of the Subloos
truck breakdowns disrupting refuse
collection for the wider Greymouth
area, the Grey District Council issued
an apology today that “unfortunately
a truck mechanical breakdown” had
affected collections this week.
By today the contractor had caught up
with the delayed Cobden pick-up from
earlier in the week and was due to do
yesterday ’s collection today, and today ’s
Council chief executive Paul Pretorius
said the latest breakdown had been
rectified and the Subloos truck was due
to be back out collecting this afternoon.
“O bviously these ongoing breakdowns
are cause for great concern for us,”
Mr Pretorius said.
However, there was light at the end
of the tunnel which should see changes
to the operation of the refuse collection
“Council is in the process of
implementing changes. Those changes
will become effective on the first of
Mr Pretorius would not divulge
the details at this stage, however the
Greymouth Star understands that
Subloos has sold its New Zealand
business to an established waste
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Rubbish bins line Shakespeare
Street, Greymouth, this morning
awaiting the delayed collection by the
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