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Dixon House proposes selling
off flats it owns and expanding to
also provide hospital beds at the
Greymouth rest home. Board of
trustees chairman Tony Wood
said they wanted to consolidate on
the present site in Brunner Street,
opposite Dixon Park. As a result
the board has decided to sell five
flats it owns in Shakespeare Street
and eight others in Palmerston
Street. The present tenants would
not be inconvenienced in any way,
Mr Wood said. “ We’re not forcing
them to move and if they wish,
we’ ll possibly take them into Dixon
House. ” When the flats go on the
market has yet to be determined but
he expected it would happen “pretty
quickly”. He did not know what
the market value for the properties
would be. Meanwhile, the board
has received approval to provide up
to 20 hospital beds, although the
board has yet to decide how many it
will develop. “ We’ ll have to do our
pricing to see how many. ” Mr Wood
said that when all expenses were
covered the rest home hardly broke
even. The financial situation has
prompted the move into hospital
care, which would provide an
additional funding stream. Kowhai
Manor rest home closed in March,
and its sister home Granger House
has been run by a receiver since
then after running into financial
difficulties. It is currently for sale.
More than 100 men a month
have been making a pilgrimage to
a clinic in Thailand which offers
a penis whitening procedure.
The Lelux Hospital in Bangkok
began offering the unconventional
treatment six months ago, and now
has three to four clients per day.
“ We have to be careful because
it’s a sensitive part of the body,”
spokesman Bunthita Wattanasiri
said, adding most clients are
aged between 22 and 55, with
many from Thailand ’s LGBTQ
community. The whitening service
costs around £480 for five sessions.
Undergoing procedures to lighten
the skin of the genitals, anus or
groin area has become increasingly
popular in the past year. Laser
bleaching of private areas is carried
out by using a type of laser which
damages or kills the cells that
produce melanin — the pigment
that gives skin its colour. Most
clients have to undergo a few laser
sessions before achieving a desired
result, and each session usually
takes 10-15 minutes.
— Daily Mail
Fine, cloudy later
Over 160 submissions have poured
in on the future of traffic in the new
Greymouth town square, which reopens
to traffic temporarily from Monday.
Just days after officially opening the
$1.9 million square on December 8
the council decided to close the street
indefinitely, but then reversed that
decision 12 days later after a backlash
and in the face of threatened legal
On December 20 at another
extraordinary meeting the council
resolved to temporarily close the street
in the meantime, while it invited public
submissions. It reopens on Monday to
allow further public consultation and
public education, and liaison with the
two business owners in the street.
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
said yesterday the council had to change
to a temporary road closure “because of
“ It’s still legally a road so on Monday
we’re opening it to through traffic, but
no parking traffic,” Mr Kokshoorn said.
Traffic will be slowed to 10kph, as
Public submissions had been steady,
despite the Christmas break.
“ We encourage feedback from
everyone. This will be dealt with in the
second week of February and we will
take all the consultation into account
and council will make a decision on that
day, whether to close it permanently or
open it,” he said.
Submissions close on January 22.
“ We want huge feedback on this
because it’s important for the town.”
There were other issues to address and
not just the threat of legal action.
“ We are working our hardest to get
the best outcome for the town square.
We are also consulting on whether
the car parks should be in there or
not. That ’s happening in tandem,” Mr
“Naturally if it’s not a road you can’t
park in there.”
On December 11, health and safety
concerns had been cited among reasons
to close the street altogether.
That followed the formal opening and
the Christmas Carnival the previous
weekend, which attracted throngs of
people and raised concern about the
lack of clear delineation between the
square, shared street and Mawhera
Informal public feedback to
councillors and via social media leans
strongly towards pushing for the street
to be closed permanently.
Acting chief executive Ian Young said
yesterday the council had undertaken
public education on several fronts to
advise the rules of use on the reopened
shared Tainui Street.
This included various posts on
Facebook and information uploaded on
the council website.
Information had also been given to
local media and public notices placed
in the Greymouth Star and West Coast
Messenger outlining the conditions for
using the shared space and the process
needed to permanently close the road.
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Lower Tainui Street yesterday morning, with some of the flower planters installed in the past week in the shared street, which merges in with the town
Cobden now has a water tanker attached
to the fire brigade for use in support of
the wider Greymouth area.
The ex-rural fire tanker, formerly housed
at Moana, was transferred to Cobden last
month and has already been used four
times in supporting call-outs with the
“It’s proved its worth,”
Volunteer Fire Brigade fire chief Gary
The fire station in Newcastle Street
would probably be expanded to
permanently house the tanker, within
plans to seismically upgrade the building
at some stage, Mr Pollock said.
Water tanker for Cobden
DOC urges patience with Paparoa Track
The Department of Conser vation
says it is not far off allowing people
on the first sections of the new
Paparoa Track ‘great walk’.
The $10 million, 55km-long route
over the Paparoa Range, connecting
Blackball with Punakaiki, is taking
shape, with four separate teams at
In an update today, DOC said
significant progress had been made
since work began four and a half
Just under 8km of track has been
formed so far, with gravelling
completed over a good deal of that
“ We’ve also started work on the
two new huts being built and ...
the Pororari Hut has been made
weathertight with roof, cladding
and windows in place.”
One of the four large bridges on
the track has been completed.
Four teams of contractors are
currently working on the project:
one team is cutting a track uphill
from the Pike River Mine site,
and another team is working on
establishing a track in the Pororari
River Valley, with others devoted to
hut building and bridge building.
In January, a team of DOC staff
will join the Paparoa Track project
and start on continuing the track
across the Moonlight Tops.
The sections of track that have
been worked on are not yet open,
but the department says it hopes
to open sections as soon as they are
ready in 2018.
“Until then, we’re asking people
to be patient and push ‘pause’ on
plans to explore the new track,” the
Department of Conservation said.
The Paparoa Track is the first
‘great walk’ DOC has built with
mountainbiking in mind, so it has
engaged the services of Hamish
Seaton, who is well known in biking
circles as a track designer.
The Paparoa Track and Pike 29
Memorial Track are both due to
open in 2019.
The pit for the now closed Globe
Progress goldmine in the hills behind
Reefton is continuing to fill with water.
After 15 years stripping gold from the
area, Oceana Gold says it is working
towards leaving behind a “stable,
sustainable site”. It has started backfilling
the smaller Souvenir Pit, which will be
capped, while the main pit is now about
42% filled with water.
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