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A small scrub fire at the front
of the old Victoria Park racetrack
late last night is being treated
as suspicious. The Greymouth
Volunteer Fire Brigade was called
to the Preston Road frontage about
11.30pm and had the fire out in five
minutes. Sergeant Andrew Lyes,
of Greymouth, said police were
interested in speaking with two
youths seen running down nearby
Leonard Street so they could be
eliminated from police inquiries.
Mr Lyes said it was being treated
seriously in light of other suspicious
fires around the town. Police are
keen to speak to either of the
youths seen in the area, or anyone
else who might have information
about the fire. Information can
be passed on directly by calling
in to the Greymouth Police
Station or anonymously via the
Crimestoppers phone line 0800
555 111. Meanwhile, the fire
brigade was called twice to Granger
House yesterday. A burst water
pipe activated the alarm system
at 1.30pm, and five hours later a
false alarm sounded. Fire chief
Lee Swinburn said the burst water
main caused a partial evacuation of
residents while it was dealt with.
Missing man safe
A 76-year-old man suffering
dementia and reported missing
in Greymouth yesterday was later
found safe near the Greymouth
Skatepark, in Boundary Street.
Showers turning to rain
A Jack Sparrow impersonator has
married her dream man — a Haitian
pirate who died in the 18th century,
who she has never seen. Amanda
Teague, 45, from Downpatrick,
Northern Ireland, married the ghost
who is also named Jack — and the
two go on dates just like a regular
married couple. The unlikely pair
sailed a boat away from Ireland
into international waters so that the
marriage would be legal. A psychic
said ‘I do’ for Jack. Amanda said:
“He is my soulmate. I am so happy.
It is the perfect kind of relationship
for me.” Although Amanda cannot
see her husband, she believes he
looks like Captain Jack Sparrow
from Pirates of the Caribbean. He
has told her he is black with jet-
black hair. The mother-of-five, who
was married previously, says that
she has never felt a connection to
anyone like the one she has with her
husband, who was left at the altar
in his earlier life. The Haitian pirate
was put to death in his previous life
for his crimes. — Daily Mail
A Greymouth base has been
found to house the newly-created
Pike River Recovery Agency.
The agency will take up the top
floor of Poutini House, above the
BNZ, in Mackay Street, Grey
District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
“Ministers and possibly the
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
will be attending the opening,” he
Pike River Establishment Unit
general manager A J Millward, of
Wellington, confirmed the office
would be formally opened on
“ We are just working on getting
invitations out over the next day or
so,” Ms Millward said.
The office was expected to have a
staff of nine.
Last month Dave Gawn, then
a Major General in the NZ
Defence Force, was named as chief
The agency has been established
after the Labour-led coalition
Government promised a manned
re-entry of the mine drift to
look for evidence of what might
have caused the November 2010
explosion that killed 29 men, and
possibly any remains on the portal
side of the rockfall.
Most of the men were known to
be in the mine workings on the
other side of the rockfall and well
beyond the drift, or entry tunnel.
The agency will determine
whether a manned re-entry is
safe, with a ministerial decision
expected later this year.
If it is deemed safe then a
reconnaissance will be made by
After that the mine will be
sealed, the site rehabilitated and
transferred to the Department of
The agency has a budget of
$7.67 million a year, or up to
$23 million over three years of its
One of its first tasks will be
taking over Pike River assets from
Solid Energy by the time the failed
State-owned enterprise enters
liquidation in mid-March.
Last month, Ms Millward told
Mr Kokshoorn and a meeting of
the West Coast Regional Council
that the agency would gather all
“They will then sift it down with
the families and experts and start a
concept plan. It is a work in stages.”
She gave an assurance that
the process would be “open and
“If we don’t get the process right;
it ’s a fail.”
She said it was important that
the agency would be “outcome
focused,” and not “outcome
Crashed van left dangling over lake
A vanload of visitors taking the ‘scenic
route’ to Greymouth, driving around the
edge of Lake Brunner, crashed 5m down
the bank to end up dangling in trees
above the lake.
The crash occurred at Mitchells, 2km
east of the Lake Brunner Lodge about
1.30pm on Friday.
Kumara Volunteer Fire Brigade station
officer Russell Ilton said six people on
board were lucky as their vehicle was left
suspended in trees.
It looked as though the driver had
tried to dodge a fallen tree following the
bad weather in the previous 24 hours,
Mr Ilton said.
“They were very lucky that the van
didn’t roll down the bank.
“ It was only trees that were holding it
“It would have been 4-5m (down).”
No one was injured and everyone was
out when emergency ser vices arrived.
Mr Ilton said the van was apparently
on its way to Greymouth at the time.
The tree was cleared off the road by
members of the supporting Greymouth
Volunteer Fire Brigade, “so it wouldn’t
The Moana brigade was also called out
from the opposite side of the lake but
was turned back while on the way to
Meanwhile, the Kumara brigade
was called to the backyard of a private
property near the Jacksons hotel, retreat,
and campground on Saturday following
reports of a fire.
The call involving an outdoor hot
tub turned out to be false but the
circumstances were under investigation,
deputy fire chief Leslie Neame said.
Cobden’s vulnerability with a single
water pipeline servicing the northern
suburb was highlighted by a water
break at the weekend.
The Grey District Council advised
Cobden residents on Saturday a leak
had been discovered on the main
water line from Taylor ville Road, with
repairs scheduled for early yesterday
Supply was restored shortly after
In a social media post warning of a
shutdown to repair the leak council
staff confirmed that only one water
pipeline ser vices Cobden.
This followed concern raised about
the area’s vulnerability and the
potential for the suburb to be cut off
for a long period if things went wrong.
“ Yes, there is only one main pipe
in to Cobden and staff do share your
concerns,” council staff replied.
“Their wish would be for Cobden to
have a water reser voir to provide back-
up short-term supply in the event of
shutdowns but obviously this requires
Council utilities engineer Kurtis
Perrin-Smith said today the leak was
found at a junction on the main trunk
water line into Cobden.
It was a standard repair but required
the entire line to be shut down given
that Cobden did not have its own
Greymouth also has only one water
line ser vicing the town, with the line
diverging at the Cobden Bridge to
ser ve the town and Cobden.
But the town side also had reser voirs
as back-up, Mr Perrin-Smith said.
Ideally, Cobden should have a
reser voir to strengthen the local supply.
“The long-term plan is to provide
a reser voir for the Cobden area and
we’re actively talking with council
around funding that,” he said.
Meanwhile, a water break on the
main water line near Paroa emerged
on Thursday morning in the midst of
the flood event.
Mr Perrin-Smith said it was hard
to identify at first due to flooding
but was pinpointed to a site near the
Mill Creek bridge at South Beach and
repaired towards the end of that day.
Grey District Mayor
Kokshoorn said the need to renew
the Greymouth town water supply
reservoir at Omoto and look at future
options had been part of a council
“ lifelines exercise” to examine the
resilience of the entire supply across
“There is a plan to have more than
one reser voir, other than the one at
Omoto,” he said.
“ We’ ll be definitely including
something in this year’s budget. The
draft budget will go out shortly for
Mr Kokshoorn noted the Omoto
reser voir had “been there forever”
and was no longer filled to its former
capacity in light of stability of the
“The problem now is making sure we
have enough supply in situations when
there is a break or unforeseen events
come along, so we need good storage
Water break exposes Cobden’s vulnerability
Hannahs Shoes, which started on the
West Coast and has grown into one of New
Zealand’s biggest shoe retailers,will mark its
150th year with a promotion in Greymouth at
the end of the month.
National retail manager Daniel Faughey said
Greymouth had been chosen as the only one of
its 50 stores to hold a special 150th celebration
because the company had started on the West
“The founder of the company Robert Hannah
opened a shop in Charleston in 1868,”
Mr Faughey said.
Hannah, an Irishman, arrived in New
Zealand in 1866 on the steamship Claude
Hamilton and settled in Charleston, then a
bustling goldmining town, selling boots to the
Six years later, as the goldrush faded, he left
Charleston and set off to try his luck in the
United States. While on the way, he thought
opportunities existed in Wellington so instead
of continuing to the United States, he opened a
store on Lambton Q uay.
From there he prospered and eventually
opened a factory in Cuba Street, Wellington, as
well as shops around the country.
Mr Faughey said Shantytown had been a
great help in providing photos and furniture
from the old Greymouth store to help with
displays in the store.
On Monday, January 29 the Greymouth store
will have a late trading night until 7pm with
light refreshments from 4pm. It will open early
the next day, at 8am, with refreshments again
Mr Faughey said the late finish and early
start were to mark how Robert Hannah had
slept overnight in his Charleston store before
opening for business for the first time in 1868.
“ He wrote about it in his diary,” Mr Faughey
PICTURE: Chris Tobin
Hannahs Shoes national retail manager
Daniel Faughey, Greymouth manager Sue
Beaufort and saleswoman Rhiannha Galey
with a photo of the original Hannahs store in
Hannahs plans Greymouth 150th
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