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Work due to start on South Westland cycleway
of the Hokitika Guardian
Drivers of the new South Westland
cycleway, Te Ara Pounamu, are about to
start work on the first section of trail, from
Ross to Hari Hari.
The trust was formed four years ago
to build an extension to the West Coast
Wilderness Trail, which terminates
at Ross, to link the South Westland
communities right through to Fox
Glacier using a mixture of mostly existing
It has now received its first grant, finally
giving traction for the cycle and walkway
Secretary Karol London said they had
secured just over $10,000 from the New
Zealand Walking Access Commission,
which would enable the design and scoping
studies needed prior to construction.
They also hoped to form a working party
shortly to provide manpower to clear
existing tracks and create new ones.
“ We also need people with management
and marketing skills to work with the
trust,” Dr London said. “Also with
experience, we would love to hear from
A map and brochure has been developed
and a website is also under construction
for the trail, which has recently been
named with the support of local iwi
Te Runanga o Makaawhio as ‘ Te Ara
Pounamu’, meaning The Greenstone Way.
Te Ara Pounamu will start in Ross and
eventually end in Fox Glacier at the Lake
“The planned route takes in the Ianthe
Forest and national park, between Hari
Hari and Fox Glacier, taking walkers and
cyclists off the busy State highway 6.”
Dr London said the New Zealand
Transport Agency was on board with the
project and had been investigating ways
to provide safe bridging options at the
bigger rivers along the route, such as the
Mikonui, Waitaha, and Wanganui.
Conser vation’s Westland Tai Poutini
National Park management plan review
will determine the future planning for
the future legs of the cycle trail from Hari
Hari as it passes through the Saltwater
and Okarito forests.
The trust hopes to open the first
section — about 100km of tracks
— within two years.
PICTURE: Stu Drake
Summer time in Greymouth
Greymouth looks postcard perfect in this New Year’s Day photograph from the NZCC West Coast Rescue Helicopter.
PICTURE: Chris Tobin
Museum assistant Stuart Mackett, right, shows Swiss visitors Nicola Lose and Guillaume Digier some of the local Chinese
history as they browse through the Histor y House set up in Mackay Street.
Museum visitor numbers building up
Chris Tobin and Brendon McMahon
Numbers are starting to build at
Greymouth’s ‘pop up’ History House
museum, which opened near the railway
station just before Christmas.
Grey District Council library and
museum ser vices manager Liz Burke said
58 people passed through the door on the
first day — a contrast to an average of only
five a day at the old site in Gresson Street
— a nd had been steadily climbing since
Donations in the first week totalled $124.
“ Previously it would have been a couple
of dollars a week,” Ms Burke said.
The previous admission charge, which
was “a huge barrier” to visitors, had been
removed at the new site in Mackay Street.
Ms Burke said the council was finalising
some publicity flyers to promote the new
“ We had a soft launch but are planning a
formal launch with blessing. ”
One obvious gap was the pre-European
story of the Greymouth area but this was
now being addressed in conjunction with
local iwi, she said.
Museum assistant Stuart Mackett said
66 visitors went through the museum last
Thursday and they had been averaging 40
to 60 most days.
“This is a lot more than what we had in
the other location.”
The new location will be used for three
months, with an option to continue for a
further three months.
The council expects to decide on the
permanent location for the museum in July.
The cost of fitting out former retail
premises in the Greymouth town centre
for the History House shop front is
expected to be about $40,000, the Grey
District Council says.
The museum’s permanent home in the
former Grey County Council chambers
in Gresson Street has been closed
since last year due to seismic issues. A
temporary museum display site opened
in Mackay Street, near the Greymouth
Railway Station, on December 20.
Library and museum ser vices manager
Liz Burke confirmed to the Greymouth
Star the budget for the fit-out was
The project got the green light from
councillors in October, with the intention
of opening by December 9 to coincide
with the formal opening of the town
Ms Burke said the project was initially
conceived as setting up a display in a
building that was ‘fit for purpose’ but the
council subsequently found it had to do
a lot of internal repair and relining work.
The project was led by corporate and
community manager Quecha Horning
until her resignation before Christmas.
Ms Burke said they should have made
the December 9 deadline to have it set up
but on taking possession of the premises
found “an absolute mess”.
“ We were anticipating a clean retail
space we could move into.”
Instead there were gaping holes in the
walls, with electrical fittings and cabling
Finding tradespeople at a time when
the prolonged fine spell meant they were
busy with outside building projects had
compounded the delay.
“The time of year was horrendous,” Ms
Council management invited 16 local
builders to a meeting at the site but only
two turned up prepared to give quotes.
“There wasn’t a tender for the entire
project because there was no individual
big chunk,” she said.
Local contractors were used for
individual aspects of the fit-out with
individual costs, including about $6000
for graphic design and $7000 for signs.
“There’s been no single individual
component worth more than $10,000 ...
but it will come in on budget.”
Overall, the budget was being covered
through savings in the existing operational
budget from reduced staff and operating
costs through having History House
closed over the past year, she said.
for ‘pop up’
and Shane are pleased to
announce the birth of
their beautiful baby boy,
Hunter Ray. Grand-
parents are thrilled.
Thanks to midwife Mary
McGrane, and Doctor
Ensuring you get
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Joelian. — October 19,
1968 - January 7, 2018.
It is with great sadness
Murray has lost his
courageous battle with a
brain tumour and passed
Australia. Much loved
son of Natalie and Cyril
Win, big brother to
Nathan and Cecileah,
brother-in-law to Kris
and Steve, uncle to Jade,
Grace, Anahera, Maika
and Tiaki. Son of
Raymond Silver, and
loved nephew of Alvyn
Silver, grandson of
(deceased) and loved
special grandson of June
Fly free and may your
heart and soul find
peace and comfort
A couple of Westport
men were arrested
a 35-year-old man
arrested for breach of
bail, who then damaged
a police car as he was
being transported from
Westport to the police
cells in Greymouth. A
man was taken into
custody shortly after
midnight after a domestic
incident. He was charged
with domestic assault and
The Westport Volunteer
Fire Brigade was recalled
at the weekend to the
scene of a scrub fire
behind Carters Beach
last week, on Bradshaws
Road. Fire chief Alan
Kennedy said some
material which had been
heaped up in a fire break
on an area of pakihi
reignited late yesterday
morning, probably fanned
by the wind. The West
Coast rural fire officer
was investigating last
week’s fire, which had not
been permitted, but this
time there was nothing
untoward, Mr Kennedy
The NZCC West
Coast Rescue Helicopter
fielded four calls over the
weekend. It flew to Fox
Glacier on Friday evening
to uplift a man who
suffered a medical event
on the glacier access
track and flew him back
to Grey Base Hospital.
The helicopter flew to
Westport on Saturday
to transfer a patient to
and then yesterday
was back to Haast to
collect a woman from
Hannahs Clearing after
she suffered a medical
complaint. Just after
midnight last night it
was back to Fox Glacier
to pick up a medical
Two Westport arrests
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