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Midweek Lotto win
A West Coast Lotto punter
collected $29,226 in the Lotto
draw last night. The ticket was
sold on-line through My Lotto. It
shared second division with four
others from Auckland, Whitianga,
Christchurch and Timaru.
Dobson fuel theft
Police are looking for the driver
of a white Ford Explorer which
drove off with a tank full of stolen
fuel from the Dobson All But One
ser vice station at 7.50am yesterday.
The registration plate is DDJ 776.
Police suspect the vehicle may have
left the West Coast now but they
are actively seeking any sightings.
The NZ Transport Agency has
issued a reminder to drivers heading
to Canterbury that heavy rain is
forecast over the next two days.
“ Because of the end of school
holidays, there will be more cars on
the roads and the possibility of slips
and surface flooding with the heavy
rain. Please slow down in these
conditions and adhere to the posted
temporary speed restrictions,”
journey manager Lee Wright said.
The Metser vice warned of a ‘severe’
rain event with 120 to 160mm of
rain expected between 6am Friday
and 2am on Saturday about the
Canterbury foothills and ranges,
and 80 to 100mm towards the coast,
with peak intensities of 15 to 20mm
an hour. From tomorrow evening
rain will turn to snow above 800m.
Rain, strong southerlies afternoon
A council has ordered an elderly
United Kingdom gardener to
remove his two garden gnomes
under health and safety rules —
because they moon at passers-by.
Laurence Perry, 77, erected the two
cheeky ornaments of gnomes baring
their backsides on a grass verge
outside his home in a bid to cheer
up his neighbourhood. But he got
a letter from officials claiming the
gnomes could cause a ‘distraction’ to
motorists as they light up at night
and warned they would cause an
accident. — The Mirror
f loodwall art
Last-minute haggling by the
mayor to “adorn” the Greymouth
floodwall with 359 painted blocks
of blue and green, costing at least
$10,000, scraped through at the
last Grey District Council meeting.
However, the decision was far
from unanimous and was only
carried on the mayor’s vote, with
two councillors absent.
A staff report noted that artist
Mark Haldane’s had made the
offer to the mayor. An attached
quote included two coats of paint
and two coats of polyurethane to
359 blocks on the floodwall, to
keep the colours true for about 10
The vote came down to a
recommendation to spend $10,021
as “over-expenditure” backed by
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn.
Other recommendations included
delaying the work until floodwall
repairs were done, and deferring it
to the 2018-19 annual plan.
Crs Tania Gibson, Allan Gibson
and Anton Becker voted against
the new project. Crs Murray Hay
and Cliff Sandrey were absent.
Crs Patrick McBride, Tony Coll
and Peter Haddock backed the
mayor, who carried the vote.
The staff report noted three
The long-term commitment
for the council to ‘re-do’ the panels
at regular intervals once paint had
been applied to the floodwall.
The painting project was
not budgeted, which meant over
spending the 2017-18 budget in its
The $10,000 cost meant all
local artists/painting companies
had to be given an opportunity to
submit a price, according to the
“Such a step will be patently
unfair on Mr Haldane as he has
developed the concept,” the report
However, staff accepted the
artwork would “liven up the
Mr Kokshoorn said the project
could go ahead by avoiding the top
lip of the floodwall, which was due
He justified pushing ahead on the
basis of the central business district
remodel under way, plus $100,000
already set aside in 2017-18 for
floodwall “enhancement ”.
The Haldane project was “not
a big item” and the council could
draw on the now defunct rural
fire reserve money — freed up
following the transfer of assets
to the new fire service structure
(FENZ) — to spend “on anything
we want,” Mr Kokshoorn said.
Cr Peter Haddock, backing the
recommendation, wanted to amend
the amount to $9,999, which drew
a “why” from Mr Kokshoorn.
“Because otherwise it has to go
out for tender,” Cr Haddock said.
Assets and engineering manager
Mel Sutherland noted that the
tender threshold could be waived
Cr Anton Becker then weighed
in, noting some existing street art
around Greymouth “already looks
Much of it had faded almost
immediately and how it was
maintained into the future and
who paid was questionable,
Cr Becker said.
The idea needed wider canvassing.
“Is it fair on the other people in
the town who have ideas what they
could do, not to call for expressions
Cr Tania Gibson agreed and
wondered if the council should
take a more considered approach.
Addressing current signs at the
floodwall and rubbish bins were
“I just think there’s more
important things we can do,”
Cr Gibson said.
“ We need a proper plan what we
need the town to look like. This
does not look good. Is this the way
for ward, or is it one idea put out
Mr Kokshoorn said the idea was
Haldane’s but it would “top off ”
the town square and shared street
work, and made sense “for a lousy
Cr Allan Gibson agreed with
Cr Tania Gibson that signs were
among higher priorities, and not
just in town.
The moss covered Grey district
sign at the Jacksons turn-off was
Cr Tony Coll agreed about the
durability of painted street art:
“Five years down the track they
fade. With our weather on the
West Coast they don’t last forever.”
Trustpower lifts West Coast power prices
Trustpower says its residential
customers will pay an average of an
extra $50 a year from next month.
The Tauranga-based energy retailer
said in a statement today prices were
set based on input costs such as energy
lines, retail costs and metering costs,
and balancing market competition with
achieving a reasonable return.
About 40% of the increase in power
prices for a typical residential customer
was due to an increase in transmission
and distribution charges (lines costs)
with the balance being a result of energy,
metering and retail cost changes.
The last retail price rise was last July,
when power went up by an average
2.75% for typical residential customers.
In an advert in today ’s Greymouth
Star, Trustpower says the increase will
cost a typical home 14c more each day.
Trustpower said last week it expected
its earning to be at the top end of a
$215 million to $235 million range in
the year ending March 31, 2018.
Designer with Wow factor
Self-confessed nerd and sci-fi fan
Craig McMillan has had his entry
accepted for the internationally
acclaimed World of Wearable Arts
However, his entry in the science
fiction category will remain under
wraps until the show opens in
Wellington in September.
Mr McMillan has worked on the
design since December and said all he
could reveal was that it was colourful
and could move.
When he earlier made his demon-like
monster suit, someone suggested he
should enter WOW, so he decided he
would give it a go.
“Being accepted has been pretty
Each category winner bags $3000 and
the overall winner takes $30,000 and
an internship with Weta Workshop.
The Greymouth artist is also adept at
knife making and for about a year he
produced some “pretty extravagant kids’
WOW runs from September 21
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Greymouth man Craig McMillan is dwarfed by his science fiction creation, which inspired him to design another one
which has been accepted for the World of Wearable Arts (WOW ) competition later this year.
More drugs search warrants in Kumara
and Greymouth yesterday resulted in
the arrest of three people on a variety
of charges, including the supply of
Senior sergeant Paul Watson, of
Greymouth police, said staff conducted
a number of warrants in Kumara and
Nelson Street, Greymouth.
A 45-year-old Greymouth man was
arrested and charged with possession
of cannabis and methamphetamine,
selling and supplying cannabis and
A 33-year-old Greymouth woman was
charged with unlawful possession of a
firearm, supply of methamphetamine
A 25-year-old Greymouth woman was
charged with possession and supply of
methamphetamine, and possession of
Three P arrests in Greymouth
The owner of a wad of cash that
was dropped at the entrance to the
Countdown supermarket last week was
surprised to see herself on the front
page of the Greymouth Star yesterday as
police tried to track down the woman.
The pensioner, who asked not to be
named because she would “get hell”
from her friends, was not even aware the
money was missing, until she read the
“I quickly checked my purse and
discovered it was in fact mine,” the
She had been at The Warehouse to buy
her brother a birthday gift and put the
change in her purse. Then she popped
over to Countdown to do some grocery
shopping and says she believes the money
fell out when she pulled the grocery list
from her purse. It was handed in to the
supermarket, which contacted the police.
The woman said she was “over the
moon” to have it returned to her. “ It ’s
put my trust back into people and I am
The money had been wrapped in the
receipt from The Warehouse and she was
able to prove to police that it belonged
to her by identifying exactly what was on
Pensioner claims lost cash
A computer generated image of the floodwall after street artist Mark Haldane paints 359 joining blocks
“ with var ying shades of blue and green to mirror the river on the other side”. “ It will tastefully add colour to
a plain concrete structure and help take the grey out of Greymouth,” he said.
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