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A 27-year-old Cobden man is
in custody after he was arrested in
an early morning raid at a Nelson
Quay property. At least a dozen
police were on scene including
members of the West Coast Armed
Offenders Squad to execute a search
warrant at the property. Greymouth
prevention sergeant Andrew Lyes
said charges pending included
for receiving stolen property. The
search went “without incident ” but
police had approached it “acting on
the side of caution” in regards to
possible firearms on the property.
Senior sergeant Brent Cook said the
man was “helping us with inquiries”.
Also of interest for police in the
search were drugs and firearms, he
said. Meanwhile, a Greymouth man
was arrested yesterday afternoon for
breach of bail.
The West Coast Regional Council is
looking for whoever dumped oil and
diesel into the Grey River yesterday.
Chief executive Mike Meehan, said
it had a few staff down by the river
trying to track it. The fuel should
naturally disperse over the next
few days, due to weather and tides.
However, they would be watching
the wetland, Mr Meehan said. The
spill could have come from the
port, or in town. He said in the
past, it took them a few weeks to
track the culprit and in this case,
they would “keep digging around”.
The spill shortly before 9am upset
whitebaiters. Soon after, a valve
malfunction also released sewage
into the river, adding to their woes.
A woman accused of pulling a
gun on a Cleveland barber because
he was taking too long to cut her
seven-year-old son’s hair has been
sentenced to six months behind
bars. Thirty-one -year-old Andrea
Smith was sentenced yesterday.
She previously pleaded guilty to
menacing, child endangering and
carrying a concealed weapon. The
barber finished the haircut, and then
Smith left with her children.
— ABC News
Fine then becoming cloudy
Take a break, for mental health
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Community and Public Health staff members marked Mental Health Awareness Week with a picnic on the old Greymouth wharf — Sarah Har vey
playing the guitar, Jenni Stephenson and Sarah Fawthrop with baby Bjorn. They enjoyed lunch and scones together, and a few songs in the sunshine.
The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week this year is ‘Nature is Key’. Spending time in nature makes people feel happier, reduces stress and
Rescuers spent several hours in a
“ bizarre” rescue yesterday evening
after two teenage girls became stuck
in quicksand up to their waists in the
Hokitika River bed at Woodstock.
Emergency services were called
out about 7.45pm, by which time the
parents of the girls had managed to free
But by then the ordeal had been
dragging on for several hours.
Hokitika fire chief Harry Collett said
the teenagers, who lived locally, had
gone for a walk in the riverbed above
the Kaniere Bridge on the Woodstock
side yesterday afternoon.
They got bogged down and stuck in
“solidified sand” in a backwash of the
“They were stuck for six hours. The
parents turned up and managed to
get one out after three hours. It was
bizarre,” Mr Collett said.
“They were well and truly stuck.”
point where the pair got bogged and
their ordeal only became known when a
local resident heard their yells for help
after two to three hours.
“They weren’t hurt — they were just
stuck, waist deep.”
Mr Collett said it was not clear
why emergency ser vices were not
immediately called when the parents
were notified and began to free them.
When the brigade arrived the task
did look deceptively straightforward,
“It looked so simple but it was so
bizarre and it took a long time ... you’d
think ‘this can’t be hard.”
When the brigade arrived portable
lighting was set up and fire volunteers
worked digging by hand for about 90
minutes until they freed the second girl,
“ We had to keep digging and digging
and digging... It was hard work. It was
pretty physically demanding “
Mr Collett said it counted as one of
the more unusual fire calls.
Some of his volunteers had commented
that it was a more physically daunting
task than a house fire.
The girls, who are known to live locally,
were other wise physically unharmed
following the ordeal.
A former West Coast District Health
Board chairman says there are too many
health boards and Primary Health
Organisations (PHOs) in the country.
Gregor Coster was chairman from 2003
He said a recent paper by Amy Downs,
the Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellow
in Public Policy, confirmed there was
duplication of ser vices and costs.
“For a small country, we should have
no more than six DHBs serving larger
DHBs were already in regional groups
and these could form the basis for
There were also 31 PHOs for a country
of 4.8 million, he wrote in The Press today.
“It is time to reduce the number of
PHOs and map these to new DHB
Professor Coster also talked about
subsidies which were currently paid to
GP practices based on how many patients
were enrolled, and whether they had high
numbers of disadvantaged people.
This meant some wealthy people
received subsidies they did not need,
while some disadvantaged people did not
receive higher subsidies.
Both major political parties were
proposing to lower the cost of GP
visits by increasing the subsidy. Before
this happened, there should be more
information on how they prevented
hospitalisations, for example.
The case of a “missing’’ trailer
reported stolen in broad daylight in
Greymouth has been solved.
An older Motueka man and his
wife who parked up in Mackay
became agitated when they returned
after about 30 minutes to discover
their trailer gone, about 4.15pm.
The Greymouth Star spoke to the
couple outside the Greymouth police
station about 45 minutes later as they
reported the apparent theft via the
external telephone at the station.
They were clear that the trailer was
behind their vehicle when they parked
up outside the ASB and astounded
someone might have stolen their
trailer in broad daylight in a town like
However, police now say a
momentary lapse of memory was
at the root of the mystery and it all
“Somebody reminded the man
that he had left it somewhere,”
senior sergeant Brent Cook said this
That somewhere was R and N
Trading on Preston Road, where
the couple had been earlier in the
afternoon. The trailer was parked with
a bed on the back.
“His wife gave him a bit of gyp over
that one. It was very embarrassing,”
Mr Cook said.
Stolen trailer report leaves owner red faced
Too many DHBs, says former chair
Commission has contracted a sur vey
on public support on the West Coast
for existing and potential new local
government arrangements in the
The Commission has been
considering whether the West Coast
has too many councils, prompted by
a petition from Anthea Keenan and
The sur vey, to be conducted by a
leading market research company,
will help the Commission assess the
“reasonably practicable options’’ and
arrive at its preferred option for local
government on the West Coast.
Local Government Commissioner
Janie Annear said while the
Commission had carried out
extensive public engagement on the
West Coast in 2016, it wanted to get
up-to-date information on public
support for possible options before
making its decision.
“ It has been more than a year since
we last engaged with the community
on these matters.
“Officials have done considerable
work on other factors in the
meantime, but West Coasters will
have had more time to consider
possible change and we now wish
to see how they might feel about
different options. ’’
Among the options on which the
Commission will be seeking feedback
through the sur vey are: no change,
which by law must be included for
consideration; two or more of the
councils are merged; creating a full
unitary authority combining district
and regional council functions; or the
existing councils remain as they are
but with some ser vices — resource
management planning, for example
— transferred between councils.
As part of looking at change options,
the Commission is considering
how to ensure communities could
have a full voice in local affairs
through, for example, local boards
under a unitary authority option,
with legislated powers to represent
those communities; or community
boards with delegated powers for any
proposed district council mergers.
The research is being done through
a UMR telephone sur vey and will
She said the Commission hoped
to be able to announce its preferred
option by the end of the year.
If the preferred option is the
status quo, the process ends and
the councils on the West Coast
remain unchanged. If a change
option is preferred, the Commission
will prepare a draft proposal and
consult further with the West Coast
community before deciding whether
or not to issue a final proposal.
Planned work to replace a section
of the main water trunk of the
Greymouth town water supply
overnight went to plan, however
a burst water pipe elsewhere this
morning has affected water pressure.
A short section of the main trunk
was replaced at Coal Creek overnight
in conjunction with a stock underpass
being built under Taylor ville Road.
Meanwhile a water pipe broke in
the Byron Street area about 8am.
That was fixed but some Greymouth
residents will notice intermittent
variation in water pressure today.
Grey District Council assets
and engineering manager Mel
Sutherland said that work overnight
went according to plan.
However, residents were advised
to conser ve water until tomorrow to
allow time for the water reser voirs to
recover. The council issued a 48 hour
advice to restrict use this morning.
Greymouth asked to conserve water
Phone survey of Coast residents begins
‘They were just stuck, waist deep’
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