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Dog poo smeared
on car in Hokitika
A late model Holden Commodore
parked on the street outside a
Hokitika home was vandalised
on Monday night. Police said the
number plates were broken off,
wipers snapped and dog excrement
smeared over the vehicle, which was
parked in lower Jollie Street. It was
targeted between 11pm on Monday
and 10.30am on Tuesday. “I believe
it’s a bit of a payback, retribution,”
senior sergeant Paul Watson, of
Greymouth police, said. Sightings of
suspicious behaviour or information
on the offender can be passed on to
the Hokitika police or anonymously
via Crimestoppers, 0800 555 111.
The hydroslides at the Westland
Recreation Centre aquatic pool are
out of action until the weekend —
in the middle of the school holidays
— after an electrical breakdown. A
replacement part has been ordered
from the North Island but that has
been delayed with snow closing the
alpine passes. Pool staff say they
hope it will arrive by the weekend.
Meanwhile, the giant inflatable is
out daily from midday this week
through to Friday.
A leather-clad great-grandmother
has led a motorbike gang through
the streets of Liverpool to celebrate
her 101st birthday. Maud Cartlidge,
who has fond memories of riding on
the back of her father’s motorbike
when she was a child, was surprised
when the convoy turned up at
her Autumn Lodge care home
on Sunday. The event, organised
by biker Paul Green, drew riders
from hundreds of miles away. The
centenarian rode pillion on the back
of a trike and was over whelmed by
the turnout. — Daily Mail
Fine, gusty winds easing
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An ill-equipped Welshman who went
on a solo tramp above the snowline near
Fox Glacier yesterday wearing sneakers
and jeans, is lucky to be alive after he
called police from Mount Fox concerned
about his position.
Police said today the 24-year-old’s
expedition was a classic example of
somebody who did everything wrong,
with no idea of the volatility of New
Zealand backcountry conditions.
“ It could have been a totally different
story had the weather packed up,” senior
sergeant Paul Watson, of Greymouth,
“O verseas visitors underestimate our
conditions because things change so
The overseas tramper was “totally
He set out without
indicating his intentions to anyone
and was poorly dressed, without even a
The fact he was able call police to
say he was in trouble was pure luck,
Mr Watson said.
“ It was purely by chance he had a
cellphone with him and had coverage.”
The tourist had set out late yesterday
morning for what is supposed to be a
four-hour walk up Mount Fox, but by
early afternoon he was in trouble.
He was fortunately able to call police
from the mountainside at 2.20pm
saying he was stuck in snow due to
the deteriorating weather and he was
worried about his situation.
After police checked with local search
and rescue volunteers on the state of the
weather — which was clearing at the
time — the man was advised to start
trying to return down the route he had
used to get up the mountain.
Meanwhile, the sole Ross policeman
was dispatched south to Fox Glacier and
walked in towards Mount Fox.
He met the tramper on the track about
20 minutes’ walk from the road end
about 3.5 hours later, at 5.40pm.
“ He was wearing jeans and fabric
sneakers which is totally the incorrect
type of clothing when trekking in an
alpine area,” Mr Watson said.
The man also had no map, compass or
torch and was only carrying a light day
pack with no real food supply.
Rescued from above snowline
A group of Chinese tourists waited an
hour in freezing temperatures after their
bus lost control in snow and ploughed
into a bank near Makarora, on the Haast
Pass highway last night.
Lake Hawea Volunteer Brigade chief
fire officer Brent Arthur said he arrived
at the crash site to find the stricken
tour group huddled together in the cold
outside the 20-seater bus.
No one was injured but the tourists
were shaken by the ordeal.
“The vehicle was still on its wheels
but precariously wedged up a bank on a
45-degree angle,” Mr Arthur said.
“They were probably looking at an
hour for help to arrive. I think they were
cold enough by the time the first crews
The bus was travelling on State
highway 6 from Queenstown to Fox
Glacier when it skidded off the road,
which was covered in 5cm of snow.
Ten people, including a driver, were
on board. Mr Arthur said the stranded
passengers were thankful to be rescued
in such awful conditions.
“They were a bit frightened but very
pleased to see us. They were also quite
apologetic. They kept commenting on
how helpful and friendly we were.”
The tour party was bundled into a fire
and emergency van, a police car and
ambulance and taken to Lake Hawea.
“ We took them back to the Lake
Hawea Fire Station and managed to
keep them warm and gave them coffee
and something to eat.”
They managed to find a small bus and
ferried the tour party to Wanaka, where
they spent the night at a local hotel.
The Haast Pass highway was closed to
traffic soon after the crash. This morning
the bus and trailer remained on the side
of the road wedged on the bank awaiting
recovery. — New Zealand Herald
Tourists huddle in snow
after bus slides off road
Ice adds to snow closures
West Coast Shuttle cancelled
today ’s ser vice to Christchurch
because of the snow but expects to
be back on the road tomorrow —
provided State highway 73 is open.
Co-owner Marlene Trounson said
they made the right call to cancel
today ’s bus.
“ We made the decision on Monday
not to travel today and it was the
correct call,” Mrs Trounson said.
They no longer had the option
of travelling via the Lewis Pass if
Arthur’s Pass was affected by snow,
as it was either open or closed,
without a chains option.
State highway 73 was closed
Springfield overnight, and was still
closed at midday, and chains were
essential from Otira to Arthur’s Pass.
Mrs Trounson said the phone
was running hot this morning with
people wanting to catch the bus
A Department of Conser vation
spokesman at Arthur’s Pass said
about 3-4cm of snow had fallen
overnight and snow flurries were still
falling about 9 o’clock this morning.
“Because the road was closed
relatively early there was not a build-
up of traffic.”
A spokeswoman from
Springfield Challenge Ser vice
Centre said they awoke to about
20cm of snow, which had settled on
PICTURE: NZ Transport Agency
A snow plough clears the Lewis Pass road, which reopened late this morning.
Coast Shuttle back on road tomorrow
About 30 trucks were stranded at Springs
Junction overnight after the first snow of
winter closed the Lewis Pass highway.
Police praised driver behaviour, and it
seems many commercial vehicles had
delayed travel ahead of the cold snap.
All passes — Lewis, Arthur’s and Haast
— were closed overnight. The Lewis
reopened late morning, followed by Haast.
However, further snow is forecast for
tomorrow. The Metser vice says the Lewis
Pass could get 15 to 25cm of snow on the
Canterbury side to 3pm tomorrow, Arthur’s
Pass could get further showers to midnight,
and Porters Pass is in for a further 20 to
30cm of snow.
New Zealand Transport Agency journey
manager Lee Wright said 30 trucks were
parked at Springs Junction this morning,
with the road more icy than snowy.
It was quiet in Murchison, where only a
few truckies were parked up this morning
as many had stayed in Picton and others
had continued on to Springs Junction.
Steve Templeton from the Springs Junction
Ser vice Centre GAS Lewis, said the motels were
full and a number of truck drivers had slept in
There was no snow on the ground at Springs
Interislander ferry sailings are cancelled from
tonight because of predicted severe weather in
Cook Strait, with up to 7m-high waves forecast
through to Friday morning.
With more snow forecast drivers were advised
to be alert if attempting the alpine routes.
“ If you are able to, postpone your journey,”
Ms Wright said.
“ In many places snow is lying on top of ice,
making driving extremely dangerous.”
Tasman district road policing manager
Inspector Iain McKenzie said the main issue was
ice on the Canterbury side, not snow.
Porters Pass remained closed this morning, due to heavy snow between Springfield and Arthur’s Pass.
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