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Half-price tickets will be offered to
West Coast residents in a bid to lure
locals back to the Wildfoods Festival.
At $20, the discounted adult
admission is half of what it normally
costs at the gate.
A local family pass for two adults
and two children will cost $40, while
children over the age of five can get in
for just $5.
In a statement on Friday, the
Westland District Council said the
ticket adjustments came following
a recommendation from the festival
advisory group chaired by Mike Keenan,
former Wildfoods frontman for over 20
years, as a way to “re-engage” locals with
the event, which turns 29 in March.
After attending the last Wildfoods
as a festival-goer for the first time, Mr
Keenan later said a reduction in ticket
prices was one of the changes needed
to bring the community back to the
“A Westland resident family pass for,
say, $20 would reward the community at
large as the owners of the event. Tickets
are far too dear if we want to get back to
having 10,000 to 12,000 festival-goers
at the event. Bigger numbers mean a
bigger impact all round, especially for
fundraisers in the community.”
He also argued that the council-owned
festival should be handed over to one
of the council subsidiaries: “ That would
give it more of a commercial focus and
major sponsors would be more easily
In another suggestion, he flagged that
stallholder numbers should be revisited
and measured against the number of
“ Reduce them down so that they all
have a successful day.”
Newly-appointed Wildfoods Festival
event manager Sarah Brown said the
festival was still an important fundraising
event for local charities and community
“ We want the public to get behind us,
and offering a Coasters’ discount is our
way of demonstrating that we consider
this festival to be by locals, for locals,”
Ms Brown said.
Four months out from the 2018
festival, it is already shaping up to
be a fun, family-friendly day out and
organisers are looking for ward to seeing
a high turnout of local residents.
Discounted tickets for locals will be
available for purchase in a few weeks’
time at West Coast i-Sites, with proof of
address and photo identification.
Monday November 13
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Passed away suddenly
Saturday November 11,
2017 at Christchurch
Public Hospital. In his
husband, father and best
friend of Shirley, Elspie
and Les, and Wayne and
Shirley, son of Anzac
and Inez, loved brother
of Cam and Jose, and
Lee and Kaye, brother-
in-law of Ray, Bob,
Calvin, David and Noel
Thompson. In lieu of
flowers donations to St
John Greymouth would
be appreciated and could
be made at the service.
Messages to PO Box
434, Greymouth 7840.
The funeral service for
Athole will be held at
the Anisy Funeral Home
Chapel, 77 Shakespeare
Street, Greymouth this
Wednesday at 2pm
followed by cremation.
Cared for by Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
Kenneth. — Our loving
grandfather and great-
grandfather who will
never be forgotten.
We will always treasure
our memories with you
Forever in our hearts
James, Jade, Harlem,
Indie, Jaxon and Riah.
away peacefully at the
Grey Base Hospital on
November 12, 2017,
aged 65. Dearly loved
son of Betty and the late
brother and brother-in-
law of Jill, Robin and
Bev, Doug and Marion,
Terry and Deirdre, and
Chris and Christine,
dearly loved father of
Kelly, Kim, and Kylie.
Donations to The New
Army, C/- PO Box
417, Greymouth 7840.
Messages to 28 Victory
Street, Reefton 7830. A
private family service
will be held.
Phone (03) 768 0250
November 11, 2017 at
Words cannot express
the hole that you
Forever in our hearts
Cherished dad and best
friend of Elspie and Les.
Granddad of Jared and
Erin, Kieran and Paula,
Hayley and Travis and
dad of Cain, Jade, Liam,
Tyler, and Aurora.
PICTURE: Bob McAuliffe
Visiting military personnel joined with the public in commemorating the 99th Armistice Day, marking the end of the First World
War, with wreath laying at the Greymouth cenotaph on Saturday.
At Kotuku, Armistice Day was marked
with the unveiling of a new pounamu
plaque set into the war memorial gates
at the historic Jacks Mill School and
World War One
Terry Kennedy speaks after receiving an award during Mass in Timaru
Award for former Greymouth man
Former Greymouth man and
accomplished musician Terry
Kennedy yesterday received an award
from the Catholic church in Timaru
in recognition of his 50 years playing
the organ at all three churches in the
The award was presented at Mass
yesterday at Holy Family Church,
which now combines Sacred Heart
Basilica, St Thomas and now closed St
After leaving the Greymouth toll
exchange in the 1960s, Mr Kennedy
transferred from Gore to Timaru in
1967 and initially commenced playing
at St Joseph’s before moving to St
Thomas’s and continuing on with the
pipe organ at the basilica.
A capacity crowd at Mass yesterday
gave Mr Kennedy a standing ovation
after he was presented with a gift
of a crucifix made from wood from
the altar of the now demolished St
Joseph’s Church, in which he first
played the organ.
While in Greymouth, Mr Kennedy
conducted a well-known dance band.
PICTURE: Peter Ewen
Chamois found on Rapahoe beach
A chamois, a ver y long way from its normal alpine range, startled onlookers
when it was seen sprinting along Rapahoe beach on Saturday. It headed towards
Point Elizabeth and then disappeared from view. If it was looking for the snow it
had a long run ahead of it.
The army hierarchy on the West Coast for
Exercise Southern Katipo 2017 say Reefton
is one of the best places they have stayed at
Military men and women have been
based at the Reefton Racecourse since last
weekend, although they started setting up
over a month ago.
Yesterday, Reefton residents were treated
to the sight and sound of some live
After speaking to troops on the ground,
Lieutenant Colonel Tim Tuatini today
singled out Reefton for praise.
“ Taking to the soldiers there, they are
really enjoying Reefton and the hospitality
from the locals — one of the best little
towns they been in.”
Soldiers had been moving around the town
most days, he said.
Murray Rennie, who chairs the Reefton
sports park which has been hosting the
soldiers at the raceway, said it had been a
win-win for the town, boosting the fuel
shop, grocers and takeways.
“They all got a piece of the action.”
At its peak 200 or 300 troops were
stationed in Reefton, Mr Rennie said.
As well as the live firing yesterday, they
also had some in the early hours of Tuesday,
making the exercise “very realistic”.
“It was on people’s front lawns, people
were asked to lie down and not move.”
Overall, the exercise had been great for
“Any exposure is good exposure. That ’s
what we need.”
High praise for Reefton from army
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Heads down for NCEA exams
Forty Year 11 students at John Paul II High School in Greymouth wait for the word from the supervisor to turn over their exam
papers and start the NCEA level 1 English exam this morning. The level one English paper has the largest number of entries, with
47,000 students nationwide taking the test today.
Smokefree advocates from Canterbury and
the West Coast are urging the Government
to push ahead with what they say is a stalled
objective of a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025.
The chairmen of Smokefree Canterbury,
Smokefree Mid Canterbury, and the West
Coast Tobacco Free Coalition have written a
letter to Health Minister David Clark after a
seminar in Christchurch last week which was
attended by University of Otago researchers
and smokefree groups.
“Progress towards the Smokefree Aotearoa
goal has stalled in recent years but it’s still very
achievable,” Professor Richard Edwards from
the University of Otago Wellington said.
“There is a clear set of actions that need to be
put in place to achieve the goal, but the main
thing we need is the political courage to tackle
one of the biggest killers in New Zealand,” he
The actions are outlined in the letter to the
minister include proceeding with the plans
to introduce standardised packaging and
enhanced pictorial warnings, making nicotine-
containing e-cigarettes more widely available,
and implementing a range of other measures
to make cigarettes less available, less affordable
and less appealing.
“ What ’s needed now, more than anything, is
leadership,” Prof Edwards said.
“ We’re encouraged by the minister’s previous
comments supporting the goal, and look
forward to working with him to make it a
Dramatically reducing the number of
retail outlets that sell tobacco.
Continuing to increase tobacco tax
and introducing a minimum retail price for
Removing additives that make tobacco
products more palatable and appealing to
Greatly intensifying media campaigns
encouraging and supporting smokers to quit
and discouraging young people from starting.
legislation to include specific outdoor areas
and vehicles carrying children.
Better targeting of smoking cessation
advice and support to reach priority groups,
particularly Maori and Pacific smokers.
Advocates urge minister to push
smokefree 2025 target
A Franz Josef Glacier ticket shared
in the second division prize pool in
The winning ticket was sold at the Franz
Josef Four Square.
It was one of 24 second division winners,
each collecting $18,652.
Two lucky players from Upper Hutt and
Wellington also won Powerball second
division, taking their total winnings to
Franz Josef ticket shares in Lotto second division prize pool
A man who hacked
off his partner’s hair
after an argument has
been sentenced to nine
months’ super vision.
Bay Aperahama Junior
Haika, 32, appeared in
the Westport District
Court for sentencing last
At an earlier court
had been convicted of
assaulting his partner.
Judge Robert Murfitt
said the hair cutting had
“shamed and humiliated”
He said a report before
the court showed Haika’s
partner to have been
involved in “manipulative,
trying to “hook you into
the relationship and keep
This did not condone
Haika’s behaviour, the
A restorative justice
conference had led to
the two agreeing to
separate “ which is a good
Judge Murfitt sentenced
Haika to super vision for
nine months to help him
learn constructive ways of
resolving problems. The
super vision is to include
courses should they be
recommended by the
Probation Ser vice.
— Westport News
Man hacked off
partner’s hair in
A capacity field of
47 pairs will greet the
director in the NBS
Westport Open Pairs
in contract bridge this
The popular event,
known as the ‘whitebait
tournament ’ by visitors,
has attracted bridge
players from throughout
the top of the south and
Top seeds are
John and Jane Skipper.
The Skippers, both
previous winners of the
event with combined
rating points of 1376.
Second seeds are Nelson
pair Lindsey Guy and
Steve Gray with 1008.
The field at Westport
will be divided into
four divisions, with
cash prizes on offer to
the placegetters in
An interesting feature
of this year’s tournament
is the entry of four
Greymouth pairs playing
under the banner of
the Westport club. The
Greymouth Bridge Club
is not currently affiliated
to the national body.
Some of the Greymouth
players have opted to
join the Westport club
in order to gain access to
tournaments run under
the auspices of New
Capacity f ield at
Westport Bridge Open
PICTURE: Phil Barnett
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