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Bridge honours shared
Visiting teams from Greymouth
and Westport added excitement to
the competition at the Hokitika
Bridge Club this week, with five
tables and local honours at stake.
After 20 rounds, bragging rights
were shared between Greymouth
and Hokitika. North-South results:
Stan Naylor and David Waugh 66%,
1; Ash Hamilton and John Boyce
62%, 2; Brian Rowlands and Stuart
Oliver 60%, 3. East-west results:
Sue Glue and Ian Anderson 58%, 1;
Ray Curnow and Wayne Smith, and
Colleen Freitas and Areta Gugich
86%, 2 equal.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Galatea II, Jay Elaine, Ikawai,
Claymore, Robert H, Tanea.
Departures: Nil. In port: Cook
Canyon, Galatea II, Jay Elaine,
Ikawai, Claymore, Corsair, Har vester,
18 Greymouth vessels. Expected
arrivals: Nil. Expected departures:
Galatea II, Corsair, Ikawai.
‘Slack’ youth admits breaches
Department of Conser vation Lou
Sanson today warned poachers and others
acting illegally on public conser vation
land that they now had more chance of
DOC has unveiled a new national
Mr Sanson said it would be
undertaking more investigations and
significantly stepping up the monitoring
of concessionaires in the next three years
in response to DOC permitted tourism
operators who had seen and reported an
increasing number of tourism operators
working in New Zealand without
Poaching in marine reser ves and
remained the most common form of
offending, he said.
“But we also see
regular wilful killing of protected species,
illegal land encroachment, timber theft
and the organised smuggling of wildlife
and endangered species.
“ We will also be looking for any under
reporting of activity for those operating
on public conser vation land who are not
paying their fair share,” Mr Sanson said.
A teenager who moved to Greymouth
from Invercargill recently after being
released from prison, received a dressing
down from the judge in the Greymouth
District Court on Tuesday.
Bailey Allan Houliston, 18, admitted
breaching both his community work and
Houliston had been sentenced to
community work after he was convicted
of theft in the Greymouth court in April,
and then failed to attend on July 6 and
numerous other occasions.
Probation officer Kerry Aston said
Houliston had not reported since he was
inducted on April 5.
“He has completed half an hour and has
99.5 hours outstanding,” Mr Aston said.
Houliston was released from prison after
he was convicted of various drugs-related
offences, wilful damage, theft and burglary.
He was supposed to undertake a drug
abuse programme but failed to attend.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Houliston’s
offending often occurred because he was
hanging around with older people.
Judge Jane McMeeken asked him why
he had not complied, to which Houliston
replied he had no excuses. The judge then
asked him if he had such a good time in jail
last time that he wanted to go back.
He had been given second chances to
undertake the drug counselling but had not
taken advantage of the opportunity.
“ You need to understand that judges do
not want to send you to jail, but you give
them every reason to be sent to jail.
“ It is your life. You have had choices. You
are young and stupid and say you have been
led astray. ”
Houliston said he had just been “slack.”
Mr Bodle said he had a hectic life.
“ He had been on call at work and believed
he would jeopardise his employment if he
went to community work and not his job.
He has all the excuses, but it a little naive
and does not appreciate the importance of
completing his sentence. ”
He was now “keen” to engage and had
moved from Invercargill and relocated to
the West Coast to divorce himself from his
friends and associates.
Judge McMeeken remanded Houliston
for sentencing on December 5 to give him
the chance to complete his sentences.
“ You need to do everything you are
supposed to do. It is your life and how it
goes depends on the decisions you make.
I have given you a chance. You’re lucky I
didn’t send you back to jail.”
Thursday August 3
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Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
1991 (26 years).
Still missing you
Eileen and family.
Neame) Susan Kay. —
Late of Roa and
Sharleen and John, Rhys
children Sharn and Jess,
“The Twin Boys” would
like to express their
sincere thanks to every-
one who attended the
ceremony to celebrate
Sue's life, especially
those who travelled the
distance to be with us.
The floral tributes,
cards, etc. showed the
esteem in which Sue
was held. Please accept
this as a personal
HUTANA, Ben. —
My memories are my
Think of you and miss
you every day.
Love you Darl
Passed away suddenly
but peacefully on Tues-
day August 1, 2017, at
Dearly loved wife of the
late Bob, much loved
mother and mother-in-
(deceased) and Graham
(Harry) Holcroft, Judith
and Martin Parata, Ron
(deceased) and Sara
Scott, and Dianne and
Ellis Scott. Special
grandma and great-
grandma, loved sister
and sister-in-law of
Arnold (deceased) and
Helen Green, loved
sister-in-law of Nancy
and special friend and
sister-in-law of Betty
Leis and family. Aged
86 years. Messages
to 99 Preston Road,
Greymouth 7805. A
celebration of Eileen's
life will be held in the
Anisy Ceremony Centre,
77 Shakespeare Street,
(Friday) at 2pm
followed by interment at
the Karoro Lawn Ceme-
tery. Resting in the care
of Anisy Funeral
GRIGGS, Rex Edward
away peacefully on
Wednesday August 2,
2017 at Grey Base
Hospital. Dearly loved
father and father-in-law
of Mark Griggs and
Kate Hawes, and Shane
Griggs of Reefton.
Camilla's husband of 35
years. In his 75th year.
Rex's service will be
held at Reefton Ceme-
tery on Saturday at 2pm.
Resting in the care of
Anisy Funeral Home,
Passed away peacefully
at Grey Base Hospital
surrounded by his loving
family on July 29, 2017,
aged 79. Dearly loved
husband of Dale, and the
late Clarice, treasured
and cherished dad and
dad-in-law of Jo and
Daryl Wright, Evan and
Lenka, and Warren and
Anne, loved step-dad of
Karen Mackie, and the
late Grant Mackie, pre-
cious 'gandy' of Paul,
Jas, Kortney, Bevan,
Katie, Nathan, Regan,
and Johanna, much
brother-in-law of the
Smith, Mackie and
McDonagh families, a
loved uncle, cousin and
a friend of all. In lieu of
flowers donations to the
Greymouth St John
Ambulance would be
appreciated and can be
made at the service or
posted to PO Box 508,
Messages to 3/128
Greymouth 7805. A
funeral service to cele-
brate Ron's life will be
held in the William
Chapel, Tainui Street,
(Friday) at 2pm
followed by burial at the
Memorial Park Ceme-
Phone (03) 768 0250
GRIGGS, Rex Edward
(Jiggs). — Dearly loved
brother of Chrissy,
brother-in-law of David,
uncle and friend to
Murray and Lee, and
great-uncle to Aaron and
Jiggs gave it his best
But paid the ultimate
Go in Peace
With much sorrow, we
mourn the passing of a
much respected brother.
Not to be forgotten, you
will forever be with us.
L and R Prospects
81, South Auckland.
Lest we Forget
Greymouth Countdown store manager Christine Kitto, left, and West Coast District Health Board staff nurse Miriam Kispa with
the neonatal equipment donated to Parfitt children’s ward at Grey Base Hospital from the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal. Since
it began in 2008, the appeal has benefited the maternity and paediatrics wards to the tune of $460,000. Ms Kitto says the appeal
provides a great opportunity to give back to he community. “Every year our stores look for ward to fundraising for the Kids Hospital
Appeal and it’s a pleasure to be able to help.” The 2017 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal was launched today and is run nationally
through the supermarket chain from August until October to fundraise and support New Zealand children and their families
through paediatric and neonatal health care.
Countdown appeal helps hospital
PICTURE: Paul McBride
The man who triggered a five-hour
stand-off with armed police in Hector
when he allegedly threatened to kill a
police constable, pleaded not guilty
in the Greymouth District Court on
Colin Earl Read, 59, was charged
with threatening to kill and assaulting a
female. He was remanded in custody for
a case review hearing on October 2.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said he could
not apply for bail at this stage because
an address in Karamea needed to be
A bail application would be made at a
An Ahaura man who has been in
custody since last week when he was
arrested on alleged assault charges, was
yesterday released on bail, with strict
conditions, to reappear on September
Vincent Hoffman, 23, was charged
with assault with intent to injure,
assaulting a police officer, wilful damage,
reckless driving and resisting police. He
did not plead yesterday to any of the
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Hoffman
had been in custody for eight days and
had a time cooling off.
He sought bail, with conditions.
Judge Jane McMeeken said that
reading the police summary of facts
the alleged offending was “absolutely
As well as strict conditions a curfew
also needed to be put in place, the judge
Hoffman was remanded without plea
on bail to reappear on September 19.
His bail conditions included that he
must live at a Christchurch address,
have no contact with the complainant,
have a curfew from 10pm until 6am, and
must not enter the West Coast unless he
is attending court or meeting with his
lawyer. The police must be advised prior
to a pre-arranged appointment.
of the Hokitika Guardian
After two weeks of investigations,
the Westland District Council has
confirmed that higher than normal
levels of a chemical used to treat river
water was behind the greasy water
issue in Hokitika.
Residents began ringing in with
concerns about waxy or greasy water
on July 18. Last week the council
flew in an expert familiar with the
plant mechanisms to conduct on-
site investigations to help unravel the
Aluminium chlorohydrate (ACH)
used in the normal process for
treating river water — was suspected
to be affecting the water quality, and
has now been confirmed.
However, how it got in to the
system is still unclear.
“ We can’t state categorically what
happened at the Hokitika water
treatment plant except that a chemical
that is used in the normal process
for treating river water somehow
got into the system at a higher than
normal level,” council group manager
of district assets David Inwood said
“One theory is that a pump process
had erroneously been giving small
normal pump doses, but there was
no river water to treat for many
“This may have then been released
on the day of the incident as river
water was automatically drawn on for
a short period, and may have received
the cumulative product.
“The ACH is only used when the
river water is drawn on and this
automatic process has now been
disabled and is a manual process until
such time as we need to draw on the
river continuously once Westland
Milk Product production increases,”
Mr Inwood said.
A proposed new permanent river
intake will be constructed in the next
few months and that should also
greatly reduce the need for ACH to
be used in the future. In a statement
yesterday, the council said since
becoming aware that ACH could be
a factor in the reported water quality
incidents cited by residents, the river
intake was not used to supply water
to the Hokitika town supply.
The water reticulation system had
since been flushed and latest tests
showed that ACH levels were well
within guideline levels.
“ We are now back to normal
The cost of fixing the problem —
including bringing in a specialist
— has not been disclosed.
Mr Inwood said the consultant used
was based in Invercargill and he had
programmed parts of the system in
conjunction with the Australian-
based company PALL.
“This is funded from normal
operating budget with the consultant
on site to assist with the audit process
and also make other minor changes
in the system at the same time.”
Hokitika water puzzle solved
New owners for Westport paper
The Westport News is changing hands.
Its chief reporter, Lee Scanlon, and her
husband, Kevin, have bought the newspaper
from editor-at-large Colin Warren and his
wife, Mary. The Warrens have owned the
newspaper for 39 years.
The Scanlons, both in their 60s, said they
had never contemplated owning The News.
“ We put up our hands only because we’re
convinced The News is worth saving,” Lee
Scanlon said. “Colin and Mary have made a
huge effort to keep the paper going, but The
News can’t rely on their goodwill forever.”
The Scanlons said they believed the
newspaper’s future was more at risk than at
any time in its 146-year history. They were
acutely aware of the tough times facing Buller
and the challenges confronting newspapers
“ We want to ensure The News sur vives.
Whether we succeed will depend on how
much local people value having a local paper,”
Lee Scanlon said.
The News was grateful to its loyal readers
and advertisers. “ We know many of them are
also struggling, but we hope they ’ll stay with
us and others will come on board,” she said.
Kevin Scanlon said the community would
be much poorer without its daily paper.
“Just think of what we’d never know. We’d
know little about the current threats to
our health ser vices until it was too late to
do anything. We’d be pretty much in the
dark about local crime and court news. We
wouldn’t know what our local councils were
doing. We’d lose local human interest stories,
local sport reports, letters to the editor
columns and opinion pieces, the photos The
News runs almost daily of local kids, local
“ We probably wouldn’t realise how much
we’d lost, until it was gone — and we’ll never
get it back.”
The couple said the newspaper would not
have sur vived until now without the Warrens.
“Colin and Mary have made a huge
commitment to this community,” Lee
Scanlon said. “ The annual Buller Civic and
Sporting Awards were instigated by them.
They supported many local organisations,
both with time and money. They kept the
Westport News afloat when many owners
would have walked away, and turned down
opportunities to sell the business because
they had no guarantee the newspaper would
continue in anything like its current form.
“They saw themselves as caretakers of a
local treasure. We hope we can live up to their
Colin Warren has a 50-year history with
The News. He began working there as a
photo-journalist in 1966. He and Mary
bought the paper from Nelson Evening Mail
owners, the Lucas family, in 1978 and set up
a local press so the paper could be printed in
Westport. Before that, copy was transmitted
to Nelson and the Westport News was flown
to Westport daily.
Lee Scanlon said Colin had always had
Buller’s best interests at heart. He was a fair
and supportive boss, who had trusted his staff
to get on with the job, she said.
“ He and Mary moved to Christchurch a
few years ago, but he’s stayed closely involved
with The News and has made a mercy dash
across the alps more than once when we’ve
had production problems. ”
He also visited Westport at least once a
month to process the monthly accounts and
sometimes to relieve staff taking time off.
The News employs 14 staff, plus runners.
The Scanlons said the staff were the backbone
of the business.
“They put out a newspaper five days a week
in what can only be described as a shoestring
operation,” Lee Scanlon said. “ They fill in for
and back up each other. They ’re committed
and loyal and we really value that.”
The Scanlons also own Westport hardware
store Martins Mitre 10, which is undergoing
a major expansion. They said their investment
in the shop and now the newspaper reflected
their faith in Buller’s future.
PICTURE: Westport News
Kevin and Lee Scanlon with general
manager Vanessa Neighbours.
Hari Hari butchery brings home the bacon
Hari Hari-based meat retailer, Thomson’s
Butchery, won gold at the recent New
Zealand Pork’s annual pork, bacon and ham
awards for their prized manuka smoked and
honey cured shoulder bacon.
Owners and founders Neville and Lynley
Thomson say after having won silver
and bronze in previous years, they were
“extremely happy and surprised” with this
“The awards are a great opportunity for
smaller retailers like ourselves to showcase
our skills in the trade.
“And it certainly puts you on the map. We
get more people through the door, because
they want to try our prized bacon. ”
After participating in the competition for
the past four years, Thomson’s Butchery has
won gold for their shoulder bacon (2017),
silver for their streaky (2016), and bronze for
their middle bacon with cloves (2016).
Mr Thomson, a former logger and fourth
generation butcher, says winning gold has
reaffirmed his passion for what he does.
“My wife and I built our butchery from
scratch about 11 years ago, and now we
employ two other staff. It ’s a small business,
but we love what we do, and we’re proud of
It is a process of trial and error when it
comes to developing new products and
flavours. The butchery uses only born and
raised in New Zealand pork.
“ You’ve got to keep things local, because it
keeps the engine going.”
Thomson’s Butchery now sells their award-
winning bacon products in supermarkets
across the South Island, including stores in
Christchurch, Greymouth and Hokitika.
To order tickets phone 03 769 8623 or 027 717 7714
Saturday, October 14, 2017
PETER LESTER will be at this
year’s West Coast Sports Awards
as guest speaker to talk about
his experience at this year’s
triumphant Team NZ Victory.
MC WILL BE MILES DAVIS
3 Course Meal, Drinks, Auction, Band
and transport to and from Greymouth
Tickets are only $70 each
or $700 for a Table of 10.
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