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Severe weather warning
A severe weather warning has
been issued for south of Otira as a
front brings heavy north-westerly
rain to the West Coast, and possibly
thunderstorms. The front moves in today
and tomorrow morning. The heaviest
rain is expected about Fiordland and the
Westland ranges south of Otira, where
100 to 120mm could accumulate in an
Greymouth police dealt with a
couple of domestic or family harm type
incidents over the weekend. Acting
sergeant Jayne Bretherton said they
were dealt with as keeping the peace in
verbal arguments and were of the type
of disturbance often reported to police
from parties other than those involved.
A Westport woman was arrested on
Saturday night after she allegedly
assaulted a constable while police were
dealing with a domestic incident.
A drink-driver received an
infringement notice for exceeding the
250mg alcohol limit after they were
stopped on the Taylorville-Blackball
Road on Friday night. They blew
396mg — just 4mg short of the 400mg
threshold for court proceedings.
St Mary’s completion
date Easter 2019
of the Hokitika Guardian
A plan to strengthen and complete all
restoration work for St Mary’s Church —
including dismantling the bell tower and
rebuilding it — should see the entire project
completed by Easter 2019.
Parishioners were advised at Mass at the
weekend of a new outline for a one-stage
re-entry programme for their category
1 Heritage NZ classified building. This
replaces an earlier staged re-entry plan,
which would have seen the earthquake
strengthening spread out over five years.
The earlier idea of removing the problem
structural elements such as the bell tower
so the church could be used immediately
with the rest of the strengthening and
rebuilding work then to be done over time
while the church was in use — was found to
be less cost-effective.
In a statement to parishioners St Mary’s
parish finance committee spokesman Mark
Lockington said the Catholic diocese
of Christchurch had committed to the
one-stage plan that would see the church
completed and reoccupied within the next
24 months, “and save significant capital
“The completed church will have a bell
tower. Because the diocese has committed
to a one-stage re-entry process this has
shortened the timeframe by up to five
years, as originally communicated,” Mr
As a consequence, more engineering
design work for the whole structure needed
to be completed in the short-term which
had partly delayed commencement of any
work on the church at this stage.
At this stage formal fundraising would be
held over until next April, when the contract
was to be awarded so a detailed cost and
plan could be presented to parishioners and
The timetable provided by the diocese for
the revised plan is that all work be completed
within the next 24 months:
Engineering concept plan to be
completed this September.
Engineering design to be 100% complete
Tenders for construction to be called in
Contract to be awarded in April.
Construction to commence by May
Works 100% completed by April 2019.
Mr Lockington said everyone had been
patient given the way the strategy to reopen
the church had evolved but having a firm
plan now in place by the diocese on behalf
of the parish was good news.
“ We would like to extend our appreciation
to everyone who is working on this project.
“ Together we will make it a success. We
look for ward to celebrating Easter Mass in
2019 in our place of worship at St Mary’s
Delaying further formal fundraising until
the final contract figure was announced next
April was a sign of faith in the goodwill
of parishioners, the wider community and
donors who, along the way, had had to try
to understand the complexities of what St
Mary’s and the diocese faced in trying to
find the best way for ward.
“That way was now clear thanks to the
efforts of diocesan property staff, who had
been juggling multiple building projects in
Canterbury and Westland, he said.
“The diocese are doing their best as they
put a timeline in the ground.”
However, people needed to see tangible
progress in the form of work ‘on the ground ’
with a clear overarching plan they could
grasp to understand what was needed for
funds, he said.
“ We wish to show parishioners tangible
work is occurring and then start fundraising
when people can see the bus is under way.”
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LYES Arthur Kevin
Sgt. No 802112. CMT.
2nd intake 12-13
NMWC. Called time on
a life well lived on
Saturday June 10, 2017,
after a full-on innings of
85 years, with his loving
family right there beside
him. Loved husband and
companion of Emma,
adored dad and great
mate of Kay, David,
Vaughan Bradley. Best
ever grandad of Tessa,
Lucas, Timothy, Amy,
great-grandad of Devon,
and Max. Loved brother
of Jean, Nova, the late
Violet, and Shirley and a
loved uncle and friend.
Messages to 89 Brittan
Street, Hokitika 7810. A
service to celebrate
Shorty's life will be
held at The Seaview
Hokitika on Wednesday
June 14, commencing at
3pm. Following the
service Shorty will be
laid to rest in the Lawn
Section of the Hokitika
Funeral Directors Ltd
Phone 03 755 7993
The most beautiful
Gran ever. I will love
you and miss you
Sadly passed away
suddenly on June 6,
2017, aged 84. Much
loved wife of the late
Colin (Brownie) for 62
mother of Murray and
Di; Christine Steans;
Dianne Butler; and
Davidge. Adored Nan
of Jared and Nicole;
Emma; Lisa and
Richard; Lachie and
Sam, and great-nanna to
Georgia and Casey;
Maia and Laylah; Mila,
Ayla and Isabel.
Messages to 17a Eliza-
beth Street, Richmond,
Nelson 7020 or
A service to celebrate
be held at Hope
Ranzau Road, Hope on
Friday June 16, 2017
commencing at 1pm.
away peacefully on June
10, 2017 at the Chats-
wood Rest Home in her
78th year. Dearly loved
wife of John, much
mother-in-law of Chris,
Stephen and Karen,
Tony and Tina, and
Rodney and Karen.
Beloved nana of Alice,
Gabriel, Joel and Logan.
A loved sister and
sister-in-law of Rob (de-
ceased and Mary, and
the late Kathleen. A
much loved aunt to
Sally. A special thanks
to Dr Michael Glen and
the staff at Chatswood
Rest Home for their care
shown towards Barbara
and her family. Mess-
ages C/- The Bird
Family, PO Box 35046,
Christchurch 8640. In
lieu of flowers donations
to the Kidney
Foundation would be
appreciated and may be
made at the service. A
celebration of Barbara's
life will be held at
the Canterbury Cremato-
rium Chapel, Linwood
Avenue, on Thursday
June 15 at 11am.
Dignity with Sincerity
Passed away peace-
fully on Saturday June
10, 2017 at Granger
House Resthome, Grey-
mouth, reunited with her
beloved husband Cam
after 36 years, dearly
loved and cherished
Mum and mother-in-law
of Gail and Trevor
Johnston, Eleanor, and
Carol, precious gran of
Jason and Virginia,
Kirsty and Lee, Amy
and Raymond, Andrew
and Bridget, and Dylan
and Caleb, precious
great-gran Mary of
Faith, Seleste, Jessica,
Cameron, Timothy and
Declyn, much loved
sister and sister-in-law
of Frank and Jean
Aynsley, Emma and the
late Stan Naylor, and the
late John and Ruth
Aynsley, Michael and
Joy Aynsley, Charles
Buchanan, Rob and
Clarice Aynsley, Bob
and Annie Buchanan,
Kenneth and Dawn
Buchanan, Jean and
George Keown, and Inez
and Anzac Keown, and
a much loved aunt and
friend. In her 89th year.
At Rest. Messages to 51
Shellback Road, Atarau
7871, RD 1, Blackball.
declined but donations
to the Blackball Ambu-
lance Shed would be
appreciated and could be
made at the service. A
celebration of Mary's
life will be held in
the Moonlight Hall
tomorrow (Tuesday) at
2pm followed by crema-
tion. Resting in the care
of Anisy Funeral
The Shed youth group members Drayden Grant, left, Catherine Flannagan, Bethany Seifert, Haamiahly Hall and Grace Burges-
Short adjust to living out of a backpack, like a Syrian refugee, for 40 hours as part of the Greymouth effort for the 40-hour Famine.
The Shed youth group organiser Nicki Mora said they chose to do the Syrian refugee crisis again as it was still a big issue in the world.
Participants were tasked with creating a child friendly environment and were required to pack a backpack within 10 minutes, of
important things to them, much like a fleeing refugee would have to do. Some teenagers brought books, drawing equipment, games,
mementos and only a few held on to their technology. “It ’s about experiencing what it is like to be in a refugee camp,” Mrs Mora said.
PICTURE: Lisa Rangi
Greymouth youths ‘refugees for 40 hours
A South Fuels tanker carrying about
16,000 litres of diesel crashed about
7.30am yesterday, blocking half of State
highway 6 near Pleasant Flat. It appeared
the tanker driver veered to the side of the
highway and the road gave way under the
weight of the vehicle, senior constable
Paul Gurney, of Haast, said.
The driver was uninjured and the diesel
stayed in the tanker, but moving the
massive truck proved impossible.
A salvage crew was sent up from
Invercargill with a crane and a trailer, but
when they arrived it became clear the
crane would not be enough.
A police spokeswoman said the truck
would remain in place for at least another
day while specialist equipment was
brought from D unedin.
A 200m section of the road was reduced
to one lane for most the day but had to be
closed while the tanker was emptied by a
specialist recovery team from D unedin.
The road would stay one lane until the
tanker was removed.
Emergency ser vices from Lake Hawea,
Makarora, Haast and Wanaka all attended
Mr Gurney said the situation could have
been a lot worse if the driver had been
injured or the tanker had ruptured.
“I think we can say in this instance we
are very lucky — lucky the driver was
uninjured, lucky no fuel leaked and lucky
someone was able to raise the alarm.”
The tanker narrowly missed a large
concrete culvert. which could have caused
a rupture if hit.
A member of the public had to drive
from the crash site to Haast about 45km
away to report the incident, because of a
lack of cellphone coverage.
Ice on the road meant the trip took 10 to
15 minutes longer than usual, Mr Gurney
said. — Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
A crashed tanker proved impossible to move from the Haast Pass highway yesterday. It was still there today.
Crashed tanker proving impossible to move
Buller will not get a single extra police
officer out of the 178 new positions going in
around the country over the next 12 months.
Overall the Coast will get just one extra
— in Greymouth — focusing on ‘emergency
response, tactical and youth’.
Details of the Government ’s four-year,
$388 million ‘Safer Communities Package’
were announced on Thursday.
Police commissioner Mike Bush said all
12 districts would get new staff. A further
42 officers would be assigned to training
recruits, and to organised crime policing.
The Coast is part of Tasman district which
gets five new postions in total. Along with
the Greymouth officer, Nelson Bays will get
three positions and Blenheim one.
West Coast-Tasman MP Damien
O’Connor said the announcement was
“ hype” and there was no real delivery for the
There was a vast amount of resource going
into cities, he said.
The Coast had had to fight hard to keep
police in Karamea and Ross.
He would keep battling to ensure the
Coast got “a fair suck of the sav ”.
In April, area commander Inspector Mel
Aitken said the departure of a Westport
officer did not mean the station was down
Westport had 10 officers — a response
sergeant who oversaw Karamea, Granity
and Westport, a prevention constable, two
detectives and a five-member public safety
team (PST) which provided emergency
Granity and Karamea stations have one
constable each. Reefton station, which
reports to Greymouth, has three PST
constables and road policing constable.
— Westport News
One extra police position for Coast
of the Westport News
The review document for the West
Coast police restructure last year cost
$52,038 to write.
The Westport News requested the
costs of conducting the review under the
Official Information Act.
Superintendent Mike Johnson said
this was the cost of the ‘ West Coast
Area ser vice delivery review ’ written by
Inspector Jeff Penno.
This included 107 days’ work, travel
The review began in August 2015, with
results announced in May 2016.
An initial proposal to disestablish
the sole constable position at Karamea
provoked a huge outcry in Buller, which
resulted in the position being saved.
Coast police review cost $52,038
Two helicopters were
sent out responding to
a mayday on Saturday
Four fishermen have
been rescued from a
life raft north of
Two helicopters were
sent out responding
to a mayday yesterday
for the vessel named
By the time they
arrived, it had sunk in
50m of water.
But the group were
in luck — a nearby
took them aboard
and returned to shore
Centre NZ senior search
and rescue officer John
Ashby said the fishermen
both sent out a mayday
call and triggered their
“Carrying two forms of
communication is really
important and having a
beacon really takes the
search out of search and
A book launch of poetry entitled Two
Lagoons, penned by Trevor Hayes will
be held tomorrow evening in Punakaiki.
Hayes grew up in Queenstown and
gained a masters in creative writing from
the International Institute of Modern
Letters, in Wellington, in 2010,
The 46-year-old says he was first
drawn to the West Coast 25 years ago
and has been returning “on and off ” ever
since. The natural environment of the
region has been a major influence on his
“ I fell in love with the West Coast
when I was a teenager and have been
coming back ever since,” Hayes said.
“ I have owned my place at Punakaiki
for 25 years and have lived here off and
Two Lagoons, a small book of a dozen
poems, is published by Seraph Press in
Trevor Hayes with his book of poetry.
Poet launches book
A kea-proof kea shelter is being
installed at Arthur’s Pass to raise
awareness of the mischievous native
parrots, and allow people to track
It is being installed by volunteers
and, even though the panels are not up
yet, it is already drawing crowds.
Dr Laura Young said birds were
fitted with unique coloured bands.
People entering the shelter would
learn how to log their sighting to a
website. They would in turn learn more
about the particular kea, including
where it had been and the name it had
“This will give people a more
meaningful way to interact with them.”
Dr Young said four keas had died
lately from cars; other deaths were
from lead and electrocution.
The toxin 1080 has also killed kea in
the area, in the past.
The shelter also features a statue of a
kea, moved from the campground to
the shelter, which is near the public
toilets and opposite the Department of
Conser vation office.
The shelter is due to open on
Kea shelter at
Ar thur’s Pass
after vessel sinks
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