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The Resilient Farmer book tour,
Regent Theatre, Hokitika, 6.30pm.
Westport health protest march.
Starting from Victoria Square,
West Coast football club finals,
Arthur Fong Park from 12.30pm.
West Coast netball finals
Westland Recreation Centre from
Moana health clinic opening.
Helena Dense Park, 1pm.
New Zealand 45s
Workingmen’s Club, 1pm.
West Coast Chargers v Otago
Whalers rugby league, Wingham
Star for a Night, Shantytown
Junk 2 Funk fashion show, Old
Lodge Theatre, Hokitika, 7pm.
Polar Plunge, Karoro Domain,
NZ vintage car rally, Anzac Park,
Greymouth Gymnastics Club
annual competition, Civic Centre,
Purse stolen from
car at tiphead
A purse was stolen from a vehicle
parked at the Cobden tiphead
yesterday. The purse contained
medication. Police said the vehicle
owner believed she had locked her
car but found it unlocked when she
returned from a walk.
Westport firefighters who raced
to the scene of a pylon fire near
Westport on Wednesday morning
found the ‘flames’ were workers clad
in orange high-visibility clothing.
Fire chief Alan Kennedy said a
motorist driving down the Fairdown
Straight had called 111 and reported
one of the big power pylons ablaze.
Firefighters who arrived on the
scene shortly after 11am found the
‘flames’ were two workers in high-
visibility vests cleaning the top of the
pylon. The ‘smoke’ was spray from
their waterblasters. “It was a bit of
a strange one,” Mr Kennedy said.
“The pylons are about 500m from
the road. The distance created the
confusion.” — Westport News
Rain, heavy south of Hokitika
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The $1.7 million Greymouth town
square and shared street project will be
ready to enjoy for summer, the Grey
District Council says.
Councillors held a closed special
meeting about the delayed project
yesterday, and today announced that
it would be “substantially complete”
in early November. It was originally
projected to be finished by mid-June.
The council said today that works
for the project, as part of the overall
central business district renewal, “are
progressing well” after it was delayed
several months following the discovery
of a small amount of toxic coal tar.
The delay and the related disposal
costs of the contamination had added
about $95,620 to the original project
budget — which includes a $30,000
“ Now that this material has been safely
removed and appropriately disposed
of, the remainder of the contract is
proceeding full steam ahead,” council
corporate planning and community
manager Quecha Horning said.
The civil works aspect of the project
was originally awarded at $1.18m
for underground reticulated ser vices,
lowering the existing road surface level,
installing paving stones, creating a raised
platform area and putting in the pillars
for the rain shelter.
Ms Horning said the fenced off areas
would be progressively removed as
work proceeded and all going well, the
substantial works were expected to be
completed by November 6.
“Contractors will then be able to move
on to the second and third stages of the
project. Stage two involves the supply
and installation of bespoke (uniquely
designed) street furniture, and the third
phase will be the completion of the
architecturally designed rain shelter in
the town square.”
That would be followed by further
landscaping and the planting of
additional trees and shrubs.
“Council has every expectation that
the street furniture and the shelter roof
will be installed by the end of November
2017, in time for the busy summer
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said he had
no doubt the finished project would do
the district proud and thanked adjacent
affected businesses for their patience.
“The town square and Tainui shared
street spaces will be the central focus of
the 2017 Christmas Parade. ”
Entries to NZ 45s Champs slump to 32
Entries for the New Zealand 45s
Championships in Greymouth
tomorrow have only trickled in, with
just 32 pairs entered by lunchtime
On Tuesday entries stood at 21 pairs.
Even with the slight rally in the
past three days it is still a far cry from
the 200 pairs who competed in the
competition’s heyday of the 1970s.
Greymouth Workingmen’s Club
organiser Marie Lightfoot said
although entries closed yesterday
evening, they hoped to pick up a few
latecomers before the first hands were
dealt at 1pm tomorrow.
Last year they scraped through with
“ We just about broke even then and
it was a brilliant effort, so it would be
good to get a similar response this
year,” Mrs Lightfoot said.
If numbers did not improve there
was a chance that might result in
Most of the entries so far were from
the likes of Westport and Whataroa,
with only a smattering from Hokitika
Numbers were also light at the
South Island 45s Tournament held in
Moana last weekend, and organisers
there raised fears that it might be in
its last year of competition.
Volunteers dig in for hospital gardens
A West Coast group raising
funds for the gardens and
landscaping at the new Greymouth
hospital is planning some major
The Kowhai Project is a
collaboration of West Coast
community organisations and aims
to raise $350,000 for gardens
“to support the recovery and well-
being of patients”.
The $77.8 million budget for
the hospital and the adjoining
integrated family health centre
is so tight there is no money for
gardens or landscaping.
Kowhai Project chairwoman
Elinor Stratford said today
they were starting to get cash
donations, and donations of native
plants such as nikau palms and
As well as cash donations, the
group has a list of acceptable
plants and hopes to add this to
their Facebook page shortly.
Anyone wanting to donate can
do so through Givealittle (www.
or deposit money to the Westpac
bank account number
03 1700 0303533 03.
PICTURE: Laura Mills
The Kowhai Trust met in Greymouth yesterday — Catherine Moffitt, front, Olga Dodd, Margaret Crawford, Elinor Stratford, Nicki Davy, Trish
Roney, Greville Wood and Brent Woolhouse. Absent: Christine Robertson, Russ Aiton, Helen Gillespie, Pip Mueli and Pat Beck.
Two kea have been killed in the past
two days by vehicles near Arthur’s
Pass, prompting pleas for motorists
to slow down.
West Coast Shuttle owner Cedric
Trounson was driving the bus to
Christchurch yesterday morning
when he found an injured kea on the
road, with five others around trying
to help it, after the bird was struck
by a vehicle.
the Department of Conser vation at
Arthur’s Pass, who in turn took it to
Christchurch for treatment.
DOC ranger Helen Nugteren said
the bird later had to be put down.
Although its wings were working,
they found it had a broken spine.
She found another dead kea on the
road this morning.
In at least some cases, drivers were
going too fast, she said.
“(Kea) are inquisitive and not in a
hurry to get out of the way.”
She suggested New Zealand
Transport Agency signs warning
that kea were in the area, and some
way of slowing traffic through the
DOC field centre super visor Chris
Stewart said he was aware of four
or five bird deaths in the past few
Mr Trounson also appealed for
anyone travelling through Arthur’s
Pass to take more care.
“There are currently a lot of juvenile
kea, just fresh out of the nest, but
they are still learning and have been
playing on the road. ”
Last week, a kea was hit by a
4WD and remained stuck in the
grille — still alive — all the way to
Christchurch, where it later died due
to its injuries, Mr Trounson said.
“Kea are inquisitive and often
come into conflict with humans, but
the world will be much worse off
‘Slow down’ call after kea killed
Redundancies as Grey
Redundancies are on the cards for
the Greymouth Equipment Centre,
but owner Peter Haddock said a
“consolidation” with his other company
Westland Engineering Supplies was
Mr Haddock said someone was looking
at the Greymouth Equipment Centre
building, in Tainui Street next to KFC,
although nothing had been signed.
He had started discussions with staff,
“as there could be some redundancies”.
The general economic downturn was
impacting, he said.
Mr Haddock stressed it was not
a closure, but a consolidation. The
company would retain its major agencies,
including Caltex, the tools and welders.
“ Business is not closing — it ’s a potential
If it did happen, some positions would
be available at Westland Engineering,
Police abandoned their pursuit of a
vehicle spotted travelling at high speed
through suburban Greymouth early
Sergeant Steve Aitken said the Nissan
Cefiro was spotted about 12.30am
travelling “very fast ” along Shakespeare
Police followed it south towards Paroa
but called off the chase reasonably
Inquiries were continuing today about
the vehicle involved.
While police were in the Paroa area
early today, they spotted another Nissan
leaving the car park area by the cycle
trail and beach. That car was stopped
on Rutherglen Road about 1am and
the driver blew 627mg and was charged
High-speed chase abandoned
November 6 completion date
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