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Leg up for two
Coast racing clubs
Two West Coast racing clubs
have received Government grants
aimed at boosting racecourse
safety. The Kumara Racing Club
gets $16,800 for a track upgrade
and the Reefton Trotting Club
just over $12,000 for tote building
reconstruction. “ Racecourses are
an integral part of both urban and
rural New Zealand communities.
The Government is doing its bit
by investing in safety,” Racing
Minister David Bennett said today.
The fund, managed by Internal
Affairs, provides $1 million
annually to racecourse safety over
two funding rounds.
West Coast police dealt with
several family harm incidents
overnight and yesterday. Senior
sergeant Paul Watson said
disturbances were mainly in
the Westport area. Police were
conducting follow up inquiries
following incidents earlier in the
week, leading to arrests for domestic
violence related matters.
A tiny clipping from a New
Zealand newspaper more than
100 years ago predicts the effects
of global warming ‘may be
considerable in a few centuries’. The
author links the burning of coal
and warming of the atmosphere —
describing it as a ‘ blanket ’ for the
Earth. The snippet is only 10 lines
long and was probably just a ‘filler’
for a newspaper — but it suggests
people understood the effects of
burning coal earlier than thought.
The clipping from August 14, 1912
was published in the Rodney and
Otamatea Times and found on-line
at the National Library of New
Zealand. The four-sentence article
was sandwiched between an article
on a skipping machine and another
about a proposed Russian tunnel
that would connect the Black and
Caspian seas. The ‘greenhouse’
effect was officially first discovered
in 1824 by a French mathematician
and physicist, Joseph Fourier.
— Daily Mail
Greymouth Star On-line
A man was arrested at a
Kaniere Forks property inland
Armed police swooped on a
property near the Kaniere River
power station early last evening
and remained there overnight
with a scene guard.
Senior sergeant Paul Watson, of
Greymouth, said a 33-year-old
man living at the property was
The drugs bust was an organised
police operation following
information about a suspected P
lab operating there, Mr Watson
“As a result of that, a number
of staff from Hokitika and
Greymouth CIB and the armed
offenders squad were involved.”
Although police involved in the
operation were armed there was
“no suggestion” of firearms at the
“A Hokitika male was arrested
as a result. He appeared in court
this morning and was released on
Mr Watson said the arrested
man was the only occupant of the
“At this stage we’re not looking
for anyone else in connection with
it, however there will be ongoing
A scene guard was placed on
the property overnight pending
further examination of the
The ESR and staff from the
testing agency Clan Lab were this
morning on their way to Hokitika
to help police with the scene
Adam Desmond Breeze, 33,
appeared before a registrar in
the Greymouth District Court
this morning charged with
possession of a class A drug,
namely methamphetamine (P)
and possessing equipment for
manufacturing the drug.
PICTURE: Janna Sherman
Armed police stake out the Kaniere Forks property, on Lake Kaniere Road, early last evening.
Ross-Greymouth bike race planned
A new mountainbike event covering
the entire length of the West Coast
Wilderness Trail — starting in Ross
and finishing in Greymouth — has just
Ride the Wilderness will be staged
on November 18 by Ashburton-based
CJM Events Ltd, which runs outdoor
events including the Around Brunner
CJM owner and Ride the Wilderness
race director John Moore said the
inaugural event had been launched this
week with the blessing of the wilderness
trail trust, the Westland and Grey
district councils and the Department
of Conser vation, all of which have an
interest in the cycle trail.
The 131km race encompasses four
events, all running from south to north.
The main race will start at Ross at 8am
on November 18, with an expected
finish in Greymouth about midday.
Separate events catering for various
fitness and age levels will leave every
hour, with a 100km race to Greymouth
starting from Hokitika at 9am,
Cowboys Paradise (Milltown) for a
64km race, and from Kumara for a
Categories include individual and
teams, cancer survivors and e-bike
riders, as well as 100kg-plus for men
and 75kg-plus for women.
Ultimately the organisers want 1000
participants for the race.
Mr Moore said given interest already
shown, things bode well.
“ We need basically 600 or more to
make it work. Fingers crossed that it
gets to those numbers and develops to
1000 people a year.”
The grade 2 mountainbike ride should
become an event “on everyone’s bucket
list ”, as a great opportunity to showcase
the beauty of the West Coast and the
CJM became involved following an
approach from the wilderness trail trust.
“The trust asked us if we could see an
event on there and this is what we’ve
come up with,” Mr Moore said.
Trust chairman Chris Steel, of
Hokitika, said the new race was exactly
what the trust wanted to achieve for
the cycle trail, optimising economic
benefits from it.
“It’s absolutely what we set out for
the trust in our goals and objectives, to
market and promote it. An event was
something we were always going to
look at,” Mr Steel said.
For the cycle trail to succeed and
provide a return to the region events
centred on it were an obvious avenue.
“The reality is everyone gets to ride it
for free. Somehow we’ve got to make
more money for the region.”
Blue Bin Recycling was helping
Grey District Council rubbish
contractor Subloos play catch-up
in Greymouth this morning.
An announcement on the sale
of the New Zealand side of the
Australian-owned Subloos is
imminent and the council was
meeting with some of those
involved this morning.
Assets manager Mel Sutherland
said Blue Bin, based in Preston
Road, was brought in to help
after Subloos suffered another
mechanical breakdown this week,
putting the town wheelie bin
The Subloos truck had since
been fixed and they “should clear
the backlog today ”.
The council hoped to make an
announcement shortly on the
change of ownership.
Subloos was awarded the waste
management contract in 2012,
when Greymouth first moved to
recycling and wheelie bins, but it
has been fraught with problems
over the past five years.
Early last year the Australian
parent of Subloos was put into
financial administration, and 20
workers lost their jobs.
“Council chose the cheaper
option to tender out the work. Pay,
safety and maintenance concerns
were raised,” Transport Workers’
Union NSW south coast and
southern branch secretary Robert
Pirc said at the time.
Blue Bin helps clear
Focus on Kaniere Forks
A number of West Coast businesses
have gone to the wall with the downturn
in the dairy and mining industries, some
owing more than $1 million.
Although the dairy price has started to
track up again, that has come too late for
A Buller Road company was put into
liquidation by its sole shareholder after
“multiple bad seasons with poor milk
solid production,” according to the newly
released first report from the liquidator.
The company was unable to meet its
high debt ser vicing. As a result it owed
over $7000 in wages and $300,000 to
A dairy farm in the Lake Brunner area
also went into receivership.
“As at the date of our appointment, the
amount owing ... was $4,731,560,” the
receivers said. The troubled farm was sold
prior to the appointment of the receivers.
The receivers uplifted items of plant and
equipment, which were due to be sold.
Liquidators have also issued their first,
combined report on four Grey Valley
mining and engineering firms.
Able Engineering had a heavy
engineering workshop at Stillwater
which ceased trading in December 2005.
Three associated goldmining companies
have also ceased operation.
The joint report says they expect the
Inland Revenue claim for unpaid GST
and PAYE to total about $1 million
across all four companies.
A West Coast cartage company hit by
the downturn owed $35,000 in tax, as of
One of the most high profile failed
businesses was Kiwiannia, which owned
the Granger House and Kowhai Manor
rest homes in Greymouth but was
placed in receivership in March. The first
receiver’s report has not been released
Downturn claims Coast farms, businesses
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