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Heavy rain, snow
Heavy rain and a good dumping of
snow is forecast for the West Coast.
Between 130 and 180mm of rain
is forecast in the Westland ranges
south of Otira from today until
noon tomorrow. The Metser vice
said between 70 and 100mm could
fall nearer the coast, with possible
thunderstorms. Porters Pass could
get 15 to 20cm of snow from noon
tomorrow until 5am on Friday, with
10 to 15cm on Arthur’s Pass and
4 to 8cm on Lewis Pass.
arrested for theft
A 60-year-old Granity man was
arrested yesterday following a search
of his property in relation to alleged
shoplifting at the Westport Mitre
10 store. Police recovered a number
of items belonging to Mitre 10. The
alleged thief had recently returned
to the store and staff, who already
had their suspicions, were able to
identify him. The man is due to
appear in the Westport District
Court charged with shoplifting.
A shift worker walking past a
Westport house at 3.30am today
reported a blaring smoke alarm.
The Westport Volunteer Fire
Brigade was roused but fire chief
Alan Kennedy said the call to the
Romilly Street address was a false
alarm as the home was vacant.
Yesterday morning, the Hokitika
Volunteer Brigade was called to
Cafe 39 in Tancred Street to deal
with smoke which was linked to a
faulty light fitting.
Rain, heavy falls easing
A wooden sculpture of a naked
man outside a German primary
school has been covered up so it
does not distract local pupils. The
statue, entitled Sun Worshipper by
sculptor Walter Busch, is part of
a special exhibition by a local art
club in the city of Hof, Bavaria.
But its clearly visible penis and
backside drew a little too much
attention from giggling children at
the nearby Evangelical School Hof.
An emergency meeting between the
art club and the primary school was
brokered to discuss the naked statue.
Eventually both parties agreed to
a compromise: The statue would
be covered up on school days with
tarpaulin and uncovered again over
the weekend. — Daily Mail
Gloriavale lands in the red
The Gloriavale Christian
Community reported a six-figure
deficit last year, according to
the annual report to July 2016
filed with Charities Ser vices and
released this week.
The 500-strong community,
based on the shores of Lake
Haupiri, is run by a tax-exempt
charity operating as the Christian
Trustees are listed as Mark
Christian, Samuel Valor, Enoch
Upright, Fer vent Stedfast and
Gloriavale owns a number
of businesses, including one of
the largest dairy farms on the
West Coast, a sphagnum moss
exporter and aircraft maintenance
Companies include Air West
Coast, Canaan Farms, Forest
Gold Honey, Caring Midwives,
Haupiri Net, and Value Proteins,
petroleum exploration company
Ocean Har vest.
In the 2015-16 year the
Christian Church Community
Trust reported a net surplus of
understands the poor result last
year is a direct result of the dairy
The annual report says the trust
has no employees, but an average
of 49 volunteers working 1205
hours a week.
The various Gloriavale-owned
companies employ most of the
able-bodied men at the Haupiri
Revenue last year was $11.899
million. Donations, grants and
fundraising brought in a further
$4.5 million, bringing total
revenue to $16.54 million.
It spent over $2m on education
and had total expenses of $16.8m,
leaving a deficit of $272,106.
On the other side of the ledger,
Gloriavale also has non-current
assets of over $29m and cash (and
cash equivalents) of $2m.
Total assets are valued at $39.5m
and total equity $36.37m.
Dairy downturn hits hard
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
The Gloriavale Christian Community, viewed from across Lake Haupriri.
Sword attack remand
A man accused of robbing the
Greymouth BP ser vice station
while waving a Samurai sword
at the attendant, made no plea
yesterday when he appeared in the
Greymouth District Court for a
Fane Christopher Dudley, 37,
has been in custody since he was
arrested for the July 8 armed
robbery in which he is alleged to
have stolen $1400 cash.
He was further remanded in
Dudley gave his address as
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said he
was only assigned to Dudley ’s case
last week and had not received full
He would be applying for
electronically monitored bail at
Dudley ’s next appearance.
Judge Tom Gilbert told D udley
that he must enter a plea at that
appearance, on August 22.
No plea on burglaries
A Greymouth teenager was
remanded without plea on
charges related to a recent spate
of burglaries in town.
Jordan Lee Doyle 18, is
cannabis, receiving a garden
box valued at $100 knowing
it had been stolen, receiving a
Bauer mountainbike valued at
$600, receiving a leaf blower,
a Black and Decker weedeater
valued at $450, possession of
three methamphetamine pipes,
possession of cannabis, cultivation
of cannabis and entering a
building in Chapel Street with
the intent to commit a crime.
Doyle was bailed to August
22 and placed on a curfew from
7pm to 7am, ordered to stay at a
Whall Street address and banned
from consuming alcohol or illicit
Apology for Winz threat
A man who “lost his rag” at the
Greymouth Work and Income
office, yesterday pleaded guilty to
a charge of speaking threateningly.
The Greymouth District Court
heard that Michael Francis Shaw
subsequently wrote a letter of
apology to the complainant and
now understood that Winz staff
had a zero tolerance to people
behaving the way he did.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said
Shaw was in a difficult position
financially. He had rent to pay
and had not received the benefit
he should have got.
He was upset and used words
to the effect that he “may have
to rob your place,” towards the
complainant. Security guards
took offence and involved the
“He is apologetic he missed
restorative justice, and would like
the matter dealt with today. He is
trying to put this behind him and
is looking for work.”
Judge Tom Gilbert told Shaw
his actions had had an impact on
“I accept that your stress levels
were high, but in any event your
behaviour is unacceptable.”
Shaw was convicted and
sentenced to 150 hours of
for bikes on
Heritage New Zealand has granted authority to the
Department of Conser vation to re-route part of the
1866 Inland Pack Track — despite local objections —
allowing the new Paparoa Track to go ahead as planned.
Heritage NZ has also congratulated DOC for its
preser vation work in the area.
Built by gold diggers heading to and from the
Brighton and Charleston goldrushes, the pack track
was later used to move stock.
Local residents want to see the historic track preser ved,
and suggested mountainbikers on the Paparoa Track
instead use an logging track for the section nearest to
DOC put the cost of using the Inland Pack Track at
$210,000, against more than $720,000 for the logging
road, although opponents disputed those figures.
Heritage NZ regional archaeologist Matthew
Schmidt said the proposed work on the Paparoa Track
would affect some of the original fabric of the Inland
Pack Track, but in turn it would ensure significant
archaeological features would be managed and
interpreted in the long term.
Without such projects, once commonly used transport
routes would eventually be lost to encroaching forest
and bush in New Zealand, Dr Schmidt said.
“Heritage New Zealand commends you for the efforts
you have made to conser ve this track.”
DOC will need to work closely with a Heritage NZ
archaeologist, who must be present for the site works.
It must also undertake an assessment of effects sur vey.
The Heritage NZ decision is subject to a 15-day
Boris meets Coaster
West Coaster and New Zealand Federated Farmers president Katie Milne, meets British Foreign
Secretary Boris Johnson, in Wellington yesterday. The Rotomanu dairy farmer and other dignitaries were
invited to a function with the British politician. “Mr Johnson absolutely loved the whitebait he had and
I told him all about the West Coast — he was very interested,” Ms Milne said. “It ’s the first time he had
been to New Zealand and he told me he can’t imagine what he was thinking that he had never been here
earlier. He thought the place was stunning.”
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