Home' Greymouth Star : September 15th 2017 Contents SINCE 1866
The most read newspaper per capita in New Zealand
Readership of 11,000
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
$1.20 (Home Delivery 90c)
join Jacinda throng P7
Name a tuatara and
win weekend away
The weekend listings of what ’s
happening on the West Coast have
moved to p13.
to come down
The owner of the derelict
Revingtons Hotel faces another
hurdle before he can bulldoze
it. Grey District Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn said the Motueka-
based owner Dale Vercoe could
not demolish the hotel without a
resource consent because it was
a listed heritage building. “ That ’s
why they have to consult with the
public,” Mr Kokshoorn said. In the
short-term, however, he said the
balcony which Queen Elizabeth
II stood on during her coronation
visit to Greymouth in 1953, along
with the veranda below, would be
removed due to immediate safety
The West Coast District Health
Board is making contingency plans
for Buller Hospital as Westport
deals with a water crisis. General
manager Phil Wheble said the
reduced quantity of water was a
public health issue even when, as
in this case, water quality was not
currently a problem. “ The public
health priorities for water use are
water for drinking, food preparation,
hygiene and sanitation.” The council
said late this morning there had
been a slight improvement and the
town now had eight days’ storage,
the reser voir sitting at 50%.
Showers easing, rain at night
Police in Jacksonville, F lorida,
have arrested two men for allegedly
trying to steal a gigantic power pole
in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
Blake Lee Waller, 42, and Victor
Walter Apeler, 46, each now face a
charge of grand theft after they were
reportedly caught strapping the
$2500-value JEA utility pipe to an
SUV on Wednesday. Apeler initially
told police he was just moving the
downed pole away from traffic.
— Huffington Post
Picton-Christchurch trains resume
The first Picton-Christchurch freight
train since the Kaikoura earthquake ran
up the east coast this morning, easing
congestion on the Murchison and
Lewis Pass ‘alternative’ inland route by
up to 2000 trucks a month.
residents will barely have time to catch
their breath before the tourist season
Tasman district Cr Stuart Bryant,
from near Murchison, said it would
result in an immediate reduction in
truck traffic on the route.
“ It will perhaps not be so lucrative for
the businesses in Murchison and Lake
Rotoiti, but with tourism starting to
come up it will not make much impact.
What they lose in trucks, they will
make up with tourists,” Cr Bryant said.
Taking the convoys of trucks off the
inland route should also improve travel
times, he said.
NZTA earthquake recovery manager
Tim Crow said the resumption of rail
would divert about 65 trucks a day off
the Picton to Christchurch alternative
route. That number may rise as the
months go on.
“ Prior to the Kaikoura earthquake,
Kiwi Rail’s freight service lightened
the load on these upper South Island
highways by 4000 trucks per month.”
Murchison is seeing an extra 3796
traffic movements a day, up from 2002
before the quake.
Tourism West Coast manager Jim
Little said they estimated that about
15% of the huge tourism spending
increase on the West Coast had come
from diverted traffic post-earthquake.
Tour companies that had been forced
to change their itineraries to include the
West Coast after the Picton highway
closed might now stay, Mr Little said.
However, he said it was important to
get Kaikoura strong again, as the whale
watching was a major international
drawcard to the South Island.
The first freight train to travel on the
Picton-Christchurch rail line since the
earthquake arrived in Kaikoura this
Support had “helped us get freight
trains running ahead of schedule, and
that in turn will help take pressure off
the alternative route,” Kiwi Rail chief
executive Peter Reidy said.
Even with the limited services it will
be running while the rebuild continues,
it expects up to 2000 trucks a month
will be taken off the alternative highway.
Today ’s freight ser vice operated
during the day, however after today
Kiwi Rail will be running a limited,
low-frequency freight service at night.
This is so work to rebuild the road and
further repair the rail line can continue.
Coast careers expo set
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Fabriko technology adviser Carl Pavletich instructs Paroa School pupils Briget Fowler, Jack Langdon, Sammi Fahey and Liam Gurden on the
use of virtual reality technology at the Tai Poutini Polytechnic this morning. The Paroa children had the opportunity to get a sneak preview of the
polytechnic with an educational tour of the Greymouth campus prior to the West Coast Careers Expo tomorrow, between 11am and 2pm. More than
30 local businesses, tertiary providers and support agencies will be on campus to provide job-starters and career-changers with information on what
jobs are available on the West Coast and what training they can do to help them get started.
Drunk crash driver captured
A drunk driver who had just rolled
his vehicle near Otira last night
scarpered from St John staff but was
later escorted away by a sole police
officer, with help from a member of
The incident unfolded shortly
after 6pm when the man’s vehicle
travelling towards Otira missed a
slight right-hand bend on State
highway 73 and hit a tree before
tipping over the bank.
Firefighters from Arthur’s Pass
were called but when they arrived,
ambulance staff returning to
Greymouth from Christchurch and
some Fire Service staff who had
been driving through the area, were
already extracting the driver from
Peter Neal, from the Arthur’s
Pass Rural Fire Party, paid tribute
to those who helped the relatively
uninjured man from the crashed
Mr Neal said the driver was
“drunk as a skunk” but also became
aggressive and tried to walk away in
a location essentially “in the middle
“The guy thought he was
bulletproof,” he said.
A police patrol from Greymouth
later arrived on the scene, but with
lack of back-up available he called
on a member of the public who
backed up the sole police officer
accompanying the driver away.
The neighbouring policeman
from Arthur’s Pass was deployed
elsewhere at the time.
Just before the crash, staff in the
St John ambulance patient transfer
vehicle had met the man’s vehicle
careering in the other direction and
they immediately turned around.
The driver was lucky because just
20m further and his vehicle would
have gone over a steep drop.
Mr Neal said the incident had
been instructive for the Fire Ser vice
staff at the crash scene, as it showed
up the Arthur’s Pass Fire Party’s lack
of radios and other equipment.
Polling booth move decried
After at least 70 years, Kumara’s
traditional polling booth at the
Memorial Hall has been switched
to the school.
Writing to the Greymouth
Star, Dillmanstown resident Joan
McGrath wanted to know why the
change had been made.
Her mother Doreen, 94, had lived
in Kumara for 72 years and in that
time votes had always been cast at
The move was a real loss given the
hall had been the central meeting
point for the community on election
“People took the opportunity to
mix and mingle in this public space
before and after casting their vote,”
Ms McGrath said.
“My mother refuses to vote at the
school and instead is having to be
taken to vote in Greymouth and I
know at least one other elder of
our community who feels the same.
We can only assume there’s some
pretty strong rationale behind this
latest erosion of Kumara’s long and
The West Coast returning officer
decides where polling places will
be at various points, with criteria
including public buildings meeting
national building standard seismic
West Coast returning officer Huia
Taumata, of Westport, would not
say today why she had decided to
move Kumara’s polling booth.
Instead, Electoral Commission
media spokeswoman Claire Paisley
said the main reason was that the
school had “full access for people in
Ms Paisley could not say who in
Kumara might have been consulted
before that decision was made,
however the decision was “purely
based ” on voter access criteria.
The Kumara Memorial Hall which
was built in 1952 to replace the
earlier building burned down in
1945, currently has wheelchair ramp
access and is compliant with public
building requirements, including
being over the 34% minimum
requirement of the national building
Grey to host iSites 2018
Greymouth will host the national iSite
conference next year.
The hosting rights were announced at
the annual conference held this week at
The conference brings together the
managers and owners of the iSite
network, with about 130 delegates
expected for the 2018 conference, in
Greymouth next September.
The net worth to the region for this
event is about $100,000.
Greymouth-Mawhera iSite general
manager Gina Ashworth was excited
with the successful bid and said she
looked for ward to the exposure the
district and region would get.
“ It’s just a golden opportunity. At the
awards dinner where the hosting rights
were announced the positive feedback
from the delegates travelling to our place
next year was fabulous. ”
Greymouth-Mawhera iSite owner
Phillip Barnett was elected to the iSite
board at the conference.
Hosting the event was further
recognition for the West Coast, he said.
“As the New Zealand tourism industry
continues to increase and the economic
benefits are more recognised, the
competition from the regions to attract
the visitor and accompanying spending
becomes more fierce,” Mr Barnett said.
“The hosting of this event next year
will continue to feed the terrific image
of the whole of the West Coast.”
The Tourism NZ iSite network consists
of 86 offices throughout the country.
12 Herbert St, Greymouth
Phone: 03 768 0822
Sales A/H: Alastair Hamilton 768 7300
2006 Toyota Hilux SR5
Doublecab, 4x4, 3.0 litre, turbo diesel, auto
transmission, alloy bullbar, canopy,
tuff deck, towbar
2014 Toyota Hilux SR5
4x4, doublecab, 3.0 litre, turbo diesel, one local
owner from new
2008 Toyota Hilux SR5
4x4, doublecab, 4.0 litre, V6, 5 speed, auto,
hard lid, very tidy,
2016 Toyota Hilux SR5
2.8 litre, turbo diesel, 6 speed manual, canopy,
tuff deck, towbar, great saving on new
E: adam.edwards@A1homes.co .nz
Links Archive September 14th 2017 September 16th 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page