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Heavy snow is forecast for as
low as 400m tomorrow from
Hari Hari south.
The Metser vice
it could affect trees and
powerlines, and may cause
stress for livestock.
Between 25-30cm of snow
could accumulate to about
500m, with lesser amounts
down to 400m.
The Lewis Pass could get up
to 5cm more snow through to
late on Saturday evening.
Arthur’s Pass could get some
snow tonight, then up to
5cm between 1am and 3pm
There is also a heavy rain
warning for south of Otira
from 9pm today to 9pm
The Lewis Pass was again
closed last night, but reopened
before 9am only to close a few
hours later after a truck crash
on the eastern side. It reopened
again at midday.
“This route and Arthur’s Pass
both require extreme care from
“The snow is forecast to
continue through the weekend
so people need to check our
traffic and travel pages for
updates before they leave,”
New Zealand Transport
Tresca Forrester said.
The world’s cleverest parrot was
at it again yesterday. West Coast
Shuttle owner Cedric Trounson
spotted one making a snowball near
Otira. He could see the track left as
it pushed the growing ball. “ By the
time I came along was almost as big
as the young kea itself. ”
A Cobden man and a Ross man
were both arrested late last night
following disorder outside a party in
Baillie Place in Cobden just before
midnight. Senior sergeant Paul
Watson of Greymouth said police
were called at about 11.45pm after
a fight broke out on the street when
several people spilled out of a party.
“A number of intoxicated persons
aged 19 to 27 were present. ” Of
those a 19-year-old Ross man was
arrested for disorderly behaviour
and a 27-year-old Cobden man was
charged with unlawfully interfering
with a motor vehicle. “ They were
given pre-charge warnings and
released this morning once they ’d
sobered up,” Mr Watson said.
Rain heavy, snow to 300m
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A Pennsylvania police department
is asking a “ local prankster” to stop
tying red, helium-filled balloons to
storm grates, with the eerie sight
easily drumming up comparisons to
the upcoming horror movie, ‘It’. The
Lititz Borough Police Department
posted photos of the frightening
display on Facebook on Tuesday,
suggesting that it was the work of
an amateur “promoting” the fil m’s
remake. In the scream-inducing
horror story by famed author
Stephen King, a killer clown named
Pennywise lures children to storm
drains with floating red balloons
before attacking them. (A red
balloon has even been spotted near
the Regent Theatre, Greymouth).
Kea has a
A new alcohol use sur vey of West
Coast teens has found three-quarters of
16 and 17-year-olds drink, and they are
generally getting alcohol from parents,
older friends and siblings.
Community and Public Health
sur veyed 920 young people aged 12 to
18 attending West Coast secondary
Overall, half the young people sur veyed
did not drink.
However, alcohol use was more
common in older aged groups and three
quarters of 16 and 17 year olds were
Of those who did drink, one-third
reported they sometimes drank too
Young people are accessing alcohol
from a range of sources including
parents, older friends, siblings or other
This is called ‘social supply’, and means
the alcohol comes from their social
circle, rather than directly from retail
West Coast medical officer of health
Dr Cheryl Brunton said drinking was
common and the report showed the
social supply of alcohol to young people
was common too.
“ We know that alcohol damages
developing brains and that our young
people are vulnerable.
“Their behaviour is a reflection of their
“So we need to think about the
messages we’re sending our young
people, rather than blaming them for
the way they drink. ”
The sur vey findings suggest young
Coasters are not too different from
young people elsewhere in New Zealand.
Community and Public Health is now
sharing the results with participating
schools and discussing potential follow-
up actions with students.
West Coasters aged 15 to 24 have
almost two and a half times the rate
compared to New Zealand as a whole.
The Coast has higher than average rates
of alcohol-involved road crashes.
Sur vey results:
Why do West Coast young West Coast
people drink alcohol? They enjoy it
(80%), to get drunk (72%), their friends
do (66%) and to fit in (48%).
Comments from teens:
“Adults in my life tend to drink a
lot more and more often than the
“People laugh at me when I say I feel
uncomfortable around drunk people and
tell me ‘why, it’s funny as hell’. ”
Comments from adults:
“It is worrying how many young kids
(so 16 or younger) are out at parties till
two, three, four in the morning. Why do
parents not know where their kids are?”
“Sports culture has a big thing to do
with it, for example, from a young age
they see their parents playing rugby and
then spend hours and hours drinking
and think this is a normal attitude and
The report will go on the West Coast
DHB website http://www.westcoastdhb.
org.nz/ and on the Community and
Public Health website www.cph.co.nz/
PICTURE: Neville Roberts
The Silver Fern railcar meanders through Dobson following a brief visit to Greymouth this week. Tourists from around the North Island arrived
in Greymouth on Tuesday. The popular Silver Fern will be back on the West Coast on September 26 on a West Coast excursion. They will follow the
track from Dunedin up the east coast to Greymouth. Visitors will also enjoy day trips to Westport and Hokitika before making the return trip on
With Westport and Carters Beach
running out of water due to a collapsed
tunnel, the fire brigade is organising
an alternative supply in case things get
Westport fire chief Alan Kennedy,
said he could not comment on the
onus of responsibility. However it
meant the brigade had to put in
contingencies in the event of a big fire.
“It is a worry, yes,” Mr Kennedy said
Buller District Council announced
on Wednesday evening a tunnel in
the raw water supply to the town’s
treatment plant and reservoir had
It is urging everyone to conserve
water with the reservoir just days from
Mr Kennedy said there was irony
that in an area with high rainfall,
it was facing the possibility of not
having sufficient water.
With one of the largest rivers in New
Zealand passing just by the town, the
brigade relied on reticulated water for
any major fires.
“Anything close to Palmerston
Street, we’d be able to use the river for
a supply,” he said.
Contingencies were being organised
today. The brigade had extra tankers
coming from Greymouth and from
road contractor Fulton Hogan.
“The amount of rain we had in the
last two days, it’s just a pity it’s not
going in the right places.”
A Greymouth man who walked away
from the Labour Party after half a century
has now returned to the fold, impressed
by new leader Jacinda Ardern.
Stan Gladstone parted ways with the
party in 1999, during the native logging
When deputy party leader Michael
Cullen arrived in Greymouth a bleak
day in 1999, he was there with his, and
his father’s, Labour Party membership —
each had 50 years.
“Michael Cullen said, ‘Hello Stan’,” Mr
Gladstone recalls of the meeting. But a
defiant Mr Gladstone says he would not
shake hands with a traitor.
“Don’t call me a traitor,” he recalls Dr
“ You’re traitors to the West Coast,”
he replied. And he handed back his
membership and “told him what to do
with it ”. He also met with Helen Clark at
the RSA in Greymouth.
“ Your greenies wouldn’t know the
difference between a pine tree and
a lavatory,” he quipped to the Prime
Mr Gladstone said he was now back in
the fold, thanks to Ms Ardern.
“I like her freshness. She’s the best thing
that has happened to the Labour Party
for many, many years.” He will meet her
in Greymouth next week at the Regent
Theatre, and has prepared a gift for her.
She will host a public session from
10.30am to 11.30am next Thursday.
Water shortage worries Westport fire chief
Calves have been reported stolen
in the Kokatahi-Kowhitirangi Valley,
with residents there being urged
to report any suspicious activity to
Senior sergeant Paul Watson of
Greymouth said four calves were
stolen from a locked pen in a calf
shed on a dairy farm on Kaniere-
Kowhitirangi Road, last weekend.
The farmer reported the theft to
police in Hokitika only yesterday.
Mr Watson said the young bobby
calves, which the farmer was keeping
to raise for beef, went missing
sometime last Friday night. Police
were interested in sightings of a
red Toyota Hiace-type 4x4 vehicle,
towing a trailer, seen in the area about
the time the calves went missing. The
vehicle was “potentially” connected to
Mr Watson said residents in the area
should also be mindful there were
people about who would steal young
stock, and should contact police
when any incident or something
Calves go missing from locked pen
More spring snow coming
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