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History Rocks, Grey Main School
History Rocks matinee, Grey
Main School Hall, 1pm.
Downtown Showdown boxing,
Aratuna Freighters warehouse,
M J Dance Show, Regent Theatre
A trailer belonging to Paparoa
Range School at Dobson went
missing overnight. Greymouth
police said the trailer may have been
stolen. Further inquiries into its
whereabouts were ongoing today.
Meanwhile, police were undertaking
an initial investigation after a report
of a gold theft from a mine in the
Maori Creek area, near Dunganville.
The theft was reported anonymously
via the Crimestoppers phone line.
Police were today making inquiries
into reports of a young person
missing in Westport yesterday
evening. The missing person was
believed to be in the township and
police were following various lines
of inquiry this morning to ascertain
Periods of rain, some heavy falls
Three decades after it abandoned
vinyl production, Sony says it will
start making records again on
the back of surging demand for
the retro music format. A factory
south-west of Tokyo will be
churning out freshly pressed records
by March next year, Sony Music
Entertainment said. The Japanese
firm stopped making vinyl records
in 1989, a company spokesman said,
as consumers flocked to compact
discs and other emerging music
technology. In April, official figures
revealed that more than 3.2 million
LPs were sold last year in the UK —
driving up revenues from vinyl by
two-thirds. Traditional LPs are now
so popular that they account for
15% of the record industry’s income
from physical album sales. It is a
dramatic turnaround from a decade
ago, when just 200,000 LPs were
sold and record labels had resigned
themselves to the idea that vinyl
would die out. The same crackles
and scratches that drove music fans
to CDs are now driving today’s
music fans back to LPs.
— Daily Mail
Arena plans upset aero club
Plans to develop an events arena
at the Greymouth aerodrome have
upset the aero club.
The West Coast Aero Club has fired
off a request to the Grey District
Council for further information
about the idea after it was surprised
to first read in the newspaper of the
council’s plans for a large outdoor
events area on the airport reserve.
The large event which has driven
the planning in the past eight weeks
has been revealed as Ag Fest West
Coast, although organisers have
not yet confirmed whether it will
continue with the Hokitika venue or
move to Greymouth.
Anderson said there was talk that
the operation of the airstrip might
be compromised for up to nine days
during the event due to how it would
be placed in relation to the requisite
distance from the runway centre line.
The club was of the view the area
was “an aerodrome reserve for
aerodrome purposes” and it was
concerned that any possible change
of use would compromise its aviation
“They haven’t considered the
mere fact that people won’t be
able to extend the hangars there.
“ We’re not very impressed at all,”
Mr Anderson said.
It was possible a District Plan
change was needed to use the area.
It also seemed people were being
“ hoodwinked” that the aerodrome
land was the only option when other
sites were available.
Mr Anderson said the event
organiser had given the aero club
some information before they heard
anything official from the council.
Even developing the area for a one-
off event would set a precedent.
“ We thought it was going to be
a one-off while they get Hokitika
sorted out,” he said.
“If you let one on there everyone
would want to be there. It’s bloody
Club secretary Peter McIntosh said
they had approached the council
after hearing about the proposal and
were now awaiting clarification on a
number of points.
“ We hadn’t heard anything to that
point ... the first we knew about it
was what we read in the Grey Star.
I think the timeframe that has been
adopted is probably not conducive to
consulting with all parties that need
to be,” Mr McIntosh said.
The club understood that at this
stage the events arena was a proposal.
After outlining “a range of concerns
and considerations” the club was
waiting to hear back from the council.
In the end they wanted to have an
informed view to consider it fairly
and were working with the council,
The West Coast District Health
Board apparently also has concerns
the events area might compromise
ordinary operation of the aerodrome
for medical and emergency flights.
According to council documents,
work on the events area began on
April 28, although Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn floating the idea first in
the media had upset some councillors.
Mr Kokshoorn said today that
while the idea was initially his, it had
now progressed to a formal resolution
adopted by the full council during
the 2017-18 annual plan process
early this month.
“ We passed it through the annual
plan, and part of it was consulting
with the users,” he said.
“I don’t see any problems there so
far — it ’s progressing.
“ We’re doing it on the basis of this
large event happening. If the large
event doesn’t happen — and we
haven’t heard anything back from
them currently — we’ ll probably
continue to look for a place to have
“ Victoria Park’s
robbed Greymouth of events that
are really large economic spinners,”
Mr Kokshoorn said.
New name on rubbish run
PICTURE: Christopher Stewart
Smart Environmental driver trainer Ashley Tongariro with the truck delivered to commence refuse collection in the Greymouth area from Monday.
A new operator will take over
the Grey District Council rubbish
collection from Monday, with the
departure of Australian-based
Subloos’ contract with the council
has been sold to one of the largest
New Zealand-owned refuse
operators, Smart Environmental.
The new business has offered
all existing employers of Subloos
positions, council assets and
engineering manager Mel
Smart Environmental delivers
contract ser vices to 12 territorial
authorities in waste management
and parks and reser ves activities.
Mr Sutherland said the only
change residents would notice
was the arrival of new Smart
Environmental collection trucks,
complete with the Grey District
Refuse and recycling collection
and the operation of the McLeans
Landfill and recycling centre, will
continue as normal.
Runanga is next on the West Coast
to get ultrafast broadband, with work
scheduled to start early next year.
The Government announced in
January that Hokitika, Westport,
Runanga and Reefton would all be
getting faster broadband, following on
from the rollout in Greymouth.
A total of $8.5 million was allocated
to bring fibre to the region in the next
rollout. Hokitika is first cab off the
rank, with the $2.5 million project
there now well under way.
Contractors will start in Runanga in
early 2018, followed by Reefton and
urban Westport in late 2018.
Work in each area should take no
more than 12 months to complete, the
Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Hokitika would be completed early
next year. More than 4300 households
and businesses in Greymouth already
have access to fibre broadband under
the first phase of the ultrafast rollout.
By the end of 2019, 53% of the West
Coast population will have access to
faster, more reliable broadband.
Runanga next in line for ultrafast broadband rollout
business to rebuild
Greymouth on purpose-built premises
has expanded with booming sales
throughout New Zealand.
The company hopes to relocate from
the current premises in High Street,
opposite Greymouth High School, to a
new building on the corner of Cowper
and Raleigh streets early next year.
Westland Workgear director Louis
Simpkin said they had been working on
the concept for a number of years, with
slow progress until now.
“The extra room is needed to
accommodate the growth of the
business, which is centred on the
Westpeak brand and is supplying
work clothing and safety products to
businesses throughout New Zealand,
with over 70% of sales outside the West
Coast,” Mr Simpkin said.
“The staff are eagerly awaiting this
move as they are working in very
cramped conditions, with staff numbers
having increased by seven in the last
The new building would provide
modern facilities for the shop, offices
and warehouse, he said.
A digital drawing of the proposed new Westland Workgear building, on the
corner of Raleigh and Cowper streets, Greymouth. Mitre 10 is on the right.
Raleigh Street elevation.
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