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caused by compost
combusting in heat
A garage fire in Hokitika
early yesterday afternoon was
caused by compost heating up
and spontaneously combusting.
Hokitika Volunteer Fire Brigade
fire chief Harry Collett said the
Jollie Street building suffered minor
damage but the cause ser ved as a
warning — particularly with the
ongoing hot summer weather:
“ Don’t use a building as a compost
wall.” The brigade was also called
to the Hokitika Primary School on
Saturday night after the fire alarm
system activated. Meanwhile, a large
fire at a Wickes Street, Cobden,
property on Friday night is not
being treated as suspicious. The
Cobden Volunteer Fire Brigade,
with back-up from Greymouth,
was called to deal with the fire
in a garage just after 10.30pm.
Police and Fire Emergency NZ
investigators concluded it was
probably caused by an electrical
fault. The shed was “well engulfed”
when the brigade arrived.
Periods of rain
Greymouth Star On-line
Most women spend their lives
trying to reduce the size of their
bottoms, toiling for hours in the
gym in pursuit of a perkier rear.
But since cur vy stars such as Kim
Kardashian sparked a trend for
derrieres designed to be noticed,
padded fitness leggings and pants
have hit the shelves to satisfy a
growing demand for plumper
posteriors. Fitstar, a Canadian brand
that sells gymwear across the United
Kingdom, has responded to the
trend by designing bum-boosting
leggings with elastic banding that
lifts the rear. Gabrielle Teare, a
stylist and personal shopper in
Chelsea, West London, said: “ There
are a lot of actresses and celebrities
who have made a career out of
having a bigger bum, such as Kim
Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez.
In South America, it is actually
considered to be your finest asset.”
— Daily Mail
Franz Josef Glacier township
is again on water watch after a
glitch in a warning system left the
town supply dangerously low over
The West Coast ’s main tourist
hot spot got a whole new water
treatment system in November
2013, which was supposed to
alleviate ongoing water shortages.
But in four out of five summers
since then it has been embarrassed
by a lack of treated water, with the
reticulated supply diminishing to
a trickle at the peak of the season,
when the population swells into
the thousands daily.
It is currently on the severest
water restriction level, with all
outdoor water use banned except
for firefighting purposes.
Franz Inc chairman Graeme
Berry was thankful that Westland
Milk Products had stepped into
the breach last night, trucking in
five milk tanker loads of water
into tanks behind the community
hall, so it could then be pumped
up the hill to the treatment plant
above the township.
Businesses and residents had
responded well to the restriction
put in place yesterday and that
had helped the supply catch up
after dropping dangerously low at
An electronic communications
malfunction on Friday between
the water plant and council
contractors in Hokitika was
apparently to blame — and not
for the first time.
The town “just about ran out
of water” by the time the council
realised, Mr Berry said.
“An alarm system failed to work
and it got down very low. Fingers
crossed, we should be over the
hardest part. To put it bluntly, we
were bloody close.”
Franz Josef tourist operator
Gerard Oudemans, who was
part of the group advising the
Westland District Council on the
upgrade of the water treatment
plant five years ago, was today
ropeable at the ongoing failure to
address the supply issue.
He lobbed the blame squarely
back at the council.
“ It ’s just a bloody joke,”
Mr Oudemans said.
“ We’re one of the major
attractions on the West Coast
and we’re on water restrictions.
It ’s ridiculous.”
Council staff had consistently
ignored advice from the town
committee Franz Inc on what was
needed to ensure a continuous
supply that met the high demands
placed upon it.
The committee had previously
made four recommendations —
backed up by an independent
commissioned by them.
“ For four years out of five
we’ve been on water restriction,”
Mr Oudemans said.
“As far as I’m concerned it’s
total incompetence on the part
of Westland District Council
If the local recommendations,
which were backed by an engineer,
were followed then it should be
an “easy fix”.
The restrictions were not for
lack of natural water in the area.
He said the council continued
to exacerbate the problem by
allowing new developments,
adding pressure to the current
limited water (and sewerage)
“The problem is we don’t have
enough intake supply. We need
“They have continued to rubber-
stamp new development. It’s
not rocket science. It’s common
He suggested tapping into
existing tunnels from the old
Tatare River scheme as one
If Westland spent just 10% of
the existing rates take from the
area then they would not be in
such a desperate situation, he
Sunday races pay off
A lazy hot Sunday drew a big crowd
to the Omoto Racecourse for the
Greymouth Jockey Club New Year
The course was a picture of colour
with tents, picnic tables and sun
Turnover was well up on last year,
both on and off-course.
Punters on the course ensured the
tote ticked over steadily, pushing
$100,101 through the windows,
compared with $76,122 at last year’s
meeting, while TAB investors spent
Greymouth Jockey Club president
Jill Bennington said it was a fantastic
day for the club.
“It was a great crowd and everyone
was enjoying themselves, so good to see
lots of families out at Omoto.
“ We were lucky with the weather and
I hope the weather holds for the other
clubs and we all get a good crowd and
Hokitika is next on the circuit with
the Westland Racing Club meeting
on Wednesday, followed by the
Kumara Gold Nuggets meeting on
Saturday and finishing next Tuesday
with the Reefton Jockey Club
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Kumara residents have been warned
not to drink from their taps with e-coli
levels in the town water supply again
above acceptable levels.
Test results undertaken by the
Westland District Council yesterday
tested positive for e-coli.
The Westland District Council told
the Greymouth Star this morning it had
advised residents by way of Facebook
and asked people to “spread the word”.
Strategy and communication adviser
Michelle Bunt said the situation would
be updated about midday.
Some Kumara residents and the two
eateries in town, the Kumara Store and
the Theatre Royal Hotel, were all in the
dark about it this morning.
A number of older residents contacted
by the Star this morning said they had
no idea they should be boiling their
water for their safety.
The Kumara Store said it was not the
first time there had been a delay in the
council physically advising residents
they needed to boil their water.
“ No one has told us. We didn’t actually
get told last time, when it happened,” a
It was some time later that a council
contractor arrived delivering notices.
A Theatre Royal Hotel staff member
said all they had was some vague
information from a customer this
She then contacted the council, which
confirmed the ‘boil water’ notice and
that it would be a least three days before
a clearance might be given.
Council staff also told the hotel
the information had been posted on
“Facebook is a bit silly ... a lot of people
in Kumara don’t have Facebook, or
computers,” the staff member said.
Kumara has about 350 residents, many
of them elderly.
Earlier yesterday the administrators
of the council Facebook page posted a
thanks to Westland residents for helping
it reach “over 600 page likes recently”.
“ We know that not everyone is on
Facebook and that other communication
Facebook remains one of our priority
communication tools due to the speed at
which we can get messages out and the
cost effectiveness (free) of this platform. ”
‘Boil water’ notice surprise for Kumara folk
A food warehouse in Greymouth was
burgled at the weekend, along with a
vacant house in Arney Street being used
as a doss house.
Police today urged residents to be
vigilant and report any suspicious
Fox Distributors was burgled between
Friday evening and 7am on Saturday. A
2005 red Mitsubishi Lancer, registration
CSF 133, parked in the yard was stolen,
along with a quantity of food goods
from the premises.
Senior sergeant Paul Watson said
thieves had broken in some time after
the close of business at 4.30pm on
He appealed to residents in the
Alexander Street area who may have
seen anything suspicious, and in
particular the Mitsubishi being driven
Mr Watson said a locked vacant house
in Arney Street appeared to have been
used as a doss house after a forced entry
some time between December 20 and
The property owner had left the empty
house locked and secure, but someone
had forced entry through a window.
“Sometime in that period a person or
persons has entered the property and
has been camping in there for a period
A foam rubber mattress and rubbish
suggested a number of people had been
coming and going over a period of days
and using the property like a doss house
— possibly youths.
People who lived or worked in the
vicinity of Arney Street may have
noticed unusual activity around the
property, which was usually quiet.
“ It should stand out to anyone in the
area who lives locally,” Mr Watson said.
Information on either burglary can be
passed on by calling the Greymouth
Police Station or anonymously via
the Crimestoppers free calling line
0800 555 111.
Burglary warning issued in Greymouth
Milk tankers deliver water
to Franz Josef Glacier
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