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2 - Friday, October 20, 2017
Seven lucky Greymouth Star
readers have won tickets to watch
the Lochore Cup rugby semi-final
between West Coast and North
Otago, in Greymouth tomorrow.
The winners were: Bern Friend
(Whataroa), Ngaio Roberts, Adam
Williams, Sarah Walklin, John
Ramsay and John Watson.
Punakaiki seawall work
to start soon
Work on the Punakaiki seawall to
protect the holiday park will start in
the next three weeks. Camp manager
Craig Findlay said he received
confirmation today from the West
Coast Regional Council. Q uarrying
will start even sooner. The rockwall
will be funded by the local rating
district and cost about $468,000.
A temporary wall installed by the
New Zealand Transport Agency had
helped erosion, but Punakaiki had
also had a good run with mother
nature while awaiting work, Mr
Petrol station assault
Greymouth police will be speaking
to a man who allegedly struck another
man in the forecourt of the Z Energy
fuel station yesterday afternoon.
Bail breach arrest
A Westport man was arrested
yesterday after he was found to be
breaching his electronic bail. He has
since been released on continued bail.
Conser vation budget
A letter leaked to Green Party
supporters that has been leaked
on Twitter shows the Greens have
negotiated a “significant increase”
in the conser vation budget. The
Department of Conser vation is a
large employer on the West Coast,
with offices from Haast right
through into Buller.
Results of this week’s Greymouth
Bridge Club’s competitions were.
— Wednesday: Ash Hamilton and
John Boyes 74% 1, Ian Anderson
and Bijaya Mishra 63% 2, Tina
Fernando and Nancy Prangnell 55%
3. Thursday: Sue Glue and Stuart
Oliver 61.9% 1, Tina Fernando and
Colleen Freitas 59.4% 2, Marcus
Walker and Brian Rowlands 56.3% 3,
Ash Hamilton and John Boyes 55.6%
4, Colleen Thorpe and Glenn Balloch
Arrivals: Te Aroha. Departures:
Mako. In port: Te Aroha, 12
Greymouth vessels. Expected
arrivals: Moon Shadow, Cook
Canyon. Expected departures: None.
Hokitika hosts forestry
The Theatre Royal Hotel, Kumara,
was again named best country hotel at
Hospitality New Zealand’s 20th annual
Awards for Excellence gala dinner last night.
Over 400 people from the hospitality
sector came from all corners of the country
to celebrate the diversity of New Zealand’s
food and beverage, and accommodation
The 2017 Supreme Award winner was the
luxurious Whangaparaoa Lodge, which also
took out the ‘best motel’ category.
Now in its 20th year, the Hospitality
New Zealand Awards for Excellence
honour achievements in the hospitality and
of the Hokitika Guardian
At least 50 former Forest Ser vice workers
from the West Coast will be back in
Hokitika this weekend, 30 years after the
government department was disbanded.
The New Zealand Forest Ser vice was
created in 1919 to control the cutting of
indigenous forests and establish forest
plantation as an alternative source of
timber. It would be a major employer on
the West Coast until it ended in 1987.
The Forest Ser vice conser vancy building,
on the corner of Sewell Street and
Gibson Q uay, subsequently became the
Department of Conservation headquarters,
although it has been closed in recent years
due to earthquake concerns.
The building will be the meeting point
for ex-staff on Saturday before a revised
interpretation panel with additional
information provided by former
conser vator of forests Ed Kearns will be
The panel — erected on Gibson Quay
and opposite the old conservancy office and
forestry compound — gives a short history
of the department which for 68 years was
responsible for administering the Forest
Act, Forests and Rural Fires Act, Mining
Act, Wild Animal Control Act, Timber
preser vation Act and other government
Former forestry worker Rex Keenan, who
worked for the Forest Ser vice for 14 years
and was a field super visor when it was
wound up, said the closure was a huge blow
for the region at the time.
Some people found work with the newly-
formed Department of Conser vation or
Timberlands, which were formed out
of the restructure, but a large number
were put out of work and left the West
Reunion co-organiser Anthea Keenan
said hundreds of jobs were also lost
from the Railways, Ministry of Works,
Post Office and coalmines at the same
Thirty years on, ex-workers from as far
away as Hamilton and Nelson will be
returning for a weekend of reminiscing
over the next three days.
“Jim Staton with be acting compere
for the weekend programme starting
(this) evening, where both he and Cam
Barrowman will open the weekend of
reminiscing,” Mrs Keenan said.
“The likes of John Ward and Lindsay
Arthur are teed up to speak Saturday
evening and no doubt a few yarns will be
spun,” she said.
“Just over 50 people have confirmed,
some travelling from afar to meet up again,
30 years since the government restructured
The reunion is an encore from a larger one
held five years ago on the 25th anniversary,
when about 200 people got back together.
(Opposite Dixon Park)
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Chemist this week is:
Phone 768 7470 (shop)
731 1857 or
021 250 8504
Friday open until
No Sunday hours
or Monday hours
Friday 6pm until
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10am - 12 noon
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Telephone: 769 9300
(Josie). — October 20,
Love Mum, Dad and
ANDERSON, Dave. —
Passed away five years
May the winds of
Heaven blow softly,
And whisper in your ear.
How much we love and
And wish that you were
Miss you Dad
Love Barry, Caralee,
Ensuring you get
Ph 768 0250
died peacefully at his
home in Reefton on
Wednesday October 18,
2017, in his 88th year.
Dearly loved husband of
the late Frances, adored
father and father-in-law
of Lynette and Peter
Havill (Nelson), Bruce
and Nadine (Nelson),
and Angela and Darrin
Graham” of Jared and
Janelle Havill, Ollie,
Hunter, and Brock and
Cade Ranger, loved
brother and brother-in-
law of Marj and the late
Trevor Kelly, and John
and Colleen, and a loved
and respected uncle and
friend to many, and an
honoured Gold Star
Member of Reefton Fire
The road was long and
varied, travelled to the
fullest, to know him is to
love him, time was not
on our side to kiss you
goodbye, you will live
on in our hearts and
memories, the gates of
memories will never
close. Those we love
don't go away, they walk
beside us every day,
time may pass and fade
away, but memories of
you will always stay.
The world is a little
sadder with your pass-
ing, this day will be
remembered and quietly
kept, no words are
needed, we'll never
forget. The things we
feel so deeply are the
hardest things to say,
you will always be
remembered in a very
Messages to 10 Stedyl
7020. A service to
celebrate Graham's life
will be held in the Union
Church, Shiel Street,
(Saturday) at 2pm after
which Graham will be
reunited with Frances at
the Reefton Cemetery,
Burkes Creek. Dona-
tions to the Power
House Charitable Trust
would be appreciated
and can be made at
the service. ANISY
PICTURE: Janna Sherman
Ex-Forest Service field supervisor Rex Keenan, and his wife Anthea, who have been
co-ordinating the 30-year reunion of the New Zealand Forest Service in Hokitika this
weekend. They are looking over the revised interpretation panel, with the old Hokitika
conservancy office in the background.
It was grandparents day at the Karoro and the Grey Main schools this morning as children took time to display their work and
art to their nanas and granddads. At top At Grey Main School, Molly Beaver reads a book to her grandmother Jennie Hasson
and great-grandmother Ruth Oliver. Bottom: At Karoro School, Margaret Swinburn is shown with grandson Harry, and Mari-
lyn Smith with granddaughter Bailee Caddle.
Cloud 9 Lifestyle Park owners Sharon and Murray Jordan, with son Reece, left,
have diversified their Hokitika business with a mobile simulator — transporting
people to about 100 themed rides with special effects. The 5D Fun Rides venture
operates out of a modified truck with six motion seats, and is believed to be the only
one of its kind in New Zealand. Movie themes include under water adventures,
rollercoasters, space exploration and racing all with special effects such as bubbles,
rain, snow, smoke and fog. Following a refurbishment, the family will launch the
new business at the Kaihinu camp this Sunday among invited businesses. Mrs
Jordan said while it was another offering for camp guests, it would also be available
for hire in the community for events including fundraisers and birthday parties.
PICTURE: Janna Sherman
Police are gearing up for the annual
Greymouth motorbike street races, with
extra staff rostered on for the West Coast
throughout the long weekend.
“The roads will be congested as people
converge on the event and so we urge
people to remain patient and drive to the
conditions,” prevention sergeant Andrew
“O ur aim for the public is to ‘be safe,
feel safe’, and to achieve that police will
be taking a hard line on speeding drivers
with the lower tolerance of 4kph above
any posted speed limit.”
This was being enforced from 4pm today
until 6am on Tuesday.
“It goes without saying that if you drink
and dive you’re an idiot because we will be
waiting for you,” Mr Lyes said.
In addition, police would be enforcing
the liquor ban areas in all West Coast
towns and any inkling of disorder would
be dealt with.
Mr Lyes noted the holiday weekend was
a great event and police wanted people to
feel safe and enjoy the break.
West Coast police response manager
senior sergeant Brent Cook said the
Greymouth street races in the past couple
of years had been a good example of the
organisers, public and the police working
together to ensure a safe family-style
“ We’re policing and staffing it exactly
Enforcing the liquor ban in the street
race area had kept it “a family sports event ”
and alcohol had not been a significant
factor in the past two years, Mr Cook said.
Throughout the West Coast, police
would be focusing on the roads which
were always busy at Labour Weekend,
and that would include the booze bus, he
of the Westport News
Westport will be swarming this
Hopefully the rivers will swarm
with whitebait and the streets
with whitebaiters and whitebait
Westport Retailers Association
representative Rachelle Hicks said it
was going to be a huge weekend for
The Westport Whitebait Festival
begins tonight with an event new to
the festival — Taste Kawatiri.
People can buy tickets to try
whitebait four ways at four venues.
Westport restaurants will be ser ving
up special whitebait dishes and
ticket holders will get a dish and a
drink. They will then be able to cast
a vote for their favourite dish.
A winner from the four competing
restaurants — Westport Motor
Hotel, Johnny ’s, Denniston Dog and
The Q uarry — will be named later
Westport Motor Hotel manager
Dave Watson said he was excited
to be one of the host restaurants of
His kitchen staff had already
created the hotel’s competition dish:
a delicate whitebait chowder with a
glass of wine to complement.
Over the past weeks he had been
busy helping organise the whitebait
cook-off, but was pleased he would
not have to compere.
Daryl Crimp would do a great job
of that, Mr Watson said.
His hotel was already “jam-packed”
with bookings for the weekend.
“It will be a great ... Something
Ms Hicks said the community had
been working hard to ensure the
weekend was a success.
She said there would be something
“It ’s called the Whitebait Festival,
but it ’s not all about the whitebait,
it ’s more about the community,” she
stallholders would be serving
whitebait. Some would serve the
traditional whitebait sandwich, but
Ms Hicks believed there would be
“It (whitebait) sells pretty quick ...
If you miss out at the festival, check
out our restaurants or bars in town,
they will all have whitebait on the
Tomorrow the street festivities
will begin at 3pm. There will be live
music, a parade and stalls. About
70 stallholders have signed up for a
spot at the festival — the most it has
coming from Christchurch and
Marlborough way as well,” she said.
On Sunday, The Floating Basin
Big Splash will include the official
opening of the Kawatiri River Trail.
The family event will be held at the
Westport Yacht Club and near the
People could bike or walk the trails,
kayak or yacht in the lagoon, watch
whitebaiters haul in their catch,
or just enjoy a coffee, ice-cream or
sausage sizzle, Ms Hicks said.
At 11.15am the Kawatiri River
Trail will be officially opened.
After wards, The Great Harbour
Loop Treasure Hunt will be held for
children eight-years-old and under.
At noon the Buller Cycle Club will
lead a ‘Bicycle Train’ from the yacht
club to North Beach and back again.
Westport Harriers have invited
people of all ages to take an
‘informative walk’ around the trail
network at 12.15pm.
Ms Hicks said she was grateful
that organisers of the Westport
North School reunion had included
the festival in its itinerary.
“It ’s shaping up to be a real big
event. There’s been a lot of hard
work over the past few months.”
Westport gears up for whitebait festival
5D movies come to Hokitika
Extra police on Coast
over long weekend
will open up the doors
tomorrow during the
Club president Les
Thomas said the Sunday
opening was a one-off
in response to the crowd
expected for the races.
“ We opened last Sunday
as well as we had a darts
tournament,” Mr Thomas
The club cut out Sunday
trading four months ago
as a cost-cutting measure
that almost forced the
club to close down.
It would continue to
open on Sundays only
if there were special
events on. “ We will
be supporting the
and we hope they will
Greymouth WMC open
for motorcycle races
Well over 100 people
are expected at a reunion
marking the 75th jubilee
of Westport North
School this weekend.
Phipps said over 100
former and current pupils
were expected at the
reunion, starting tonight.
Various activities were
planned for the reunion
which had been timed
to coincide with the
Festival this weekend,
Mrs Phipps said.
Westport North School reunion
PICTURES: Paul McBride
Grandparents Day at Greymouth schools
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