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A Lord of the Rings display featuring
Gollum and Gandalf has found a new
home at the Otira Stagecoach Hotel after
it was no longer required for the Motueka
A figure of Gollum has been perched on
the hotel roof for about a month, and has
been joined by Gandalf in a small shelter
which is to be turned into an information
Hotel owner Lester Rowntree, a former
Motueka resident, said the display was no
longer allowed at the theatre, as far as he
knew, because of health and safety issues,
so he bought it.
“I ’ve got a Lord of the Rings collection
here and there’s a big following for it. It ’s
quite a quirky thing to have the display
out here and it pulls in the punters. We’re
in Lord of the Rings country around here,
Mr Rowntree said the summer season at
Otira had been slightly busier than usual
for this time of the year although demand
for accommodation was down.
Otira’s Lord of the Rings display
Gandalf in a new information shelter outside the hotel.
Gollum on the roof of the Otira Stagecoach Hotel.
Consent applications have been
lodged to reopen the historic Reefton
hydro-electric scheme — and put
power back into the local grid.
After years of work behind the scenes
the Reefton Powerhouse Charitable
Trust Incorporated has
for consent from the West Coast
Regional Council and Buller District
It hopes the rebuilt scheme will draw
tourists to the area, and create a visitor
The Reefton power scheme was
commissioned in August 1888 and
became the first public electricity
supply in New Zealand.
Reefton also became the first town
in the Southern Hemisphere to have a
street lighting system.
The intake, parts of the water race and
tailrace are largely intact, but significant
repairs are required to reinstate the
scheme to be able to generate electricity
The 1908 and 1935 powerhouses
will be rebuilt, replicating the original
appearance of these buildings as
closely as possible. The earliest
power station, from 1888, was lost
through development of the 1908
powerhouse but will be interpreted on
The scheme is on the south bank of
the Inangahua River above Rosstown.
A portion of the river flow was diverted
via an intake at Blacks Point into a
2km-long water race to a power station
opposite Reefton township, at which
point the water was returned to the
The scheme was decommissioned in
1961 when Reefton was connected to
the national grid.
Under the new scheme, flow in the
stream will be maintained within the
affected reach of the Inangahua River
given it is an important trout fishery,
the application says.
The rebuilt scheme is expected to
produce about 150KW. Electricity
generated will be injected into the
existing Westpower network.
The consents needed from the
district council include removing
1.5ha of indigenous vegetation,
disturbance within the riparian
margins of the Inangahua River,
installation of one power pole,
transformer and overhead transmission
line, forming sections of legal road,
modification to recorded historic sites
and temporary storage and use of
From the regional council, it needs
consent for earthworks and vegetation
disturbance within riparian margins, to
install a rock groyne and placement of
rock riprap, and to take up to 3.5 cubic
metres of water from the Inangahua
River at Blacks Point for hydro
Pair accused of robbing woman admit assault
PICTURE: Chris Tobin
Pike River Recovery Agency move under way
Plans are well in hand to get the new Pike River Recovery Agency up and
running before its opening in Greymouth at the end of the month. Official
signs were added yesterday to the front windows at the agency’s offices in
the former ANZ Bank premises in Tainui Street, next to the Post Shop. The
agency will be officially opened by the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on
Januar y 31. It will employ a staff of nine. Chief executive Dave Gawn will take
up his position that day but some positions still have to be filled.
A Blackball man was caught drink-
driving for the fifth time when he
crashed into a ditch.
Paul Martin Allum was being
sentenced in the Greymouth District
Court on charges of careless use and
driving with excess breath-alcohol
for the third or subsequent time.
Probation Ser vices had judged
Allum at low risk of reoffending, but
both the police and the judge took
issue with that.
Lawyer George Linder said Allum
had been through a difficult time.
“He has undergone some treatment
and is getting to be his old self
The drink-driving offence was
Allum’s fifth, with an extremely high
reading of 1006mg.
“ My client has shown genuine
remorse and according to the
probation report is at a low risk of
Allum had since reduced his
alcohol intake to a 15 pack of beer a
fortnight, he said.
“ With a supervision sentence he
may even reduce it more and I am
confident he won’t be before the
court again, if he has assistance
through supervision and community
detention,” Mr Linder said.
Henderson said Allum’s previous
readings had been 550mg, 600mg,
800mg and 1006mg.
“For the Probation Ser vice to say
he is low risk ... I just don’t get.
His risk is high and his history is
appalling,” Mr Henderson said.
Judge David Saunders suggested
to Probation that however the risk
assessment was applied, because of
his history Allum should have been
assessed at a high risk of reoffending.
The judge suggested the probation
report officer be spoken to about
how the assessment was made.
Judge Saunders said the report
touched on issues which had affected
the defendant, including the Pike
River Mine disaster.
“It was good luck you were not
at work that day and it is time you
started repaying the community.”
The judge said Allum would
normally have been sentenced to
“However, it would be of no use to
him as he is already reclusive and it
would be counterproductive.”
Allum was sentenced to four
months’ community detention with
a curfew from 7pm to 7am, nine
months’ supervision and disqualified
from driving for one year and one
“ You are a risk to yourself on the
road and other road users. As I told
others in court this week, people
who drink and drive are 11 times
more likely to kill on the roads than
a sober driver. You can not afford to
take the risk,” Judge Saunders said.
Judge questions recidivist drink-driver’s probation report
Tuesday January 23
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Death leaves a heart-
ache no one can heal,
Love leaves a memory
no one can steal.
From Sue and family.
James (Ken). — Passed
away peacefully on
Saturday January 20,
2018 at Buller Hospital,
respected Scout Leader,
Ministry of Works man
and founding builder for
Cowper Street Youth
Hostel. Dearly loved
father of Christopher
and Dianna, loved poppa
of Carey, and Mum's
poppa of Kairi and
Lucious, loved special
Loved husband of the
Shirley, loved stepfather
of Rodney, Rebecca and
Sandra, loved brother
and brother-in-law of
George and Phyllis,
Dawn and the late Syd,
and Annabelle and the
late Jeffrey. In his 73rd
year. Family messages
to 70c Shakespeare
Street, Greymouth 7805.
Service will be held
at the Anisy Funeral
Chapel, 77 Shakespeare
at 1.30pm, followed by
interment at Gladstone
Cemetery. Resting in
the care of Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
mouth. Phone (03) 768
Ellen. — Passed away
peacefully on Monday
January 22, 2018 at
Grey Hospital. Dearly
loved wife of the late
mother and mother-in-
law of Christine, Tony
and Helena, Karen and
Vanessa, Stacey and
George, and the late
Shane, and a much
loved grandma, great-
grandma, and great-
great-grandma. Aged 81
years. Sadly missed.
Messages to 131A
Waikawa Road, Picton.
Barbara's life will be
held in the Holy Trinity
Anglican Church, Picton
on Saturday at 2pm,
followed by interment at
the Picton Cemetery.
Resting in the care of
Anisy Funeral Home,
Passed away peacefully
on Saturday January 20,
2018. Dearly loved
husband of the late
Rose, much loved father
and father-in-law of
Mike and Emma, and
Paula, granddad of
Lachlan, Zara, Tate and
Rosie, loved brother of
Noel and the late
and Marlene Pinnock.
Treasured uncle and
special friend. Heartfelt
thanks to the district
nurses and the staff at
Allen Bryant Life Care,
Hokitika, Morice Ward
staff, Greymouth and Dr
Art Hori. Messages
to 21 Davie Street,
Hokitika 7810. The
Funeral Service for
Robin will be held at the
Anisy Funeral Home
Chapel, 77 Shakespeare
Street, Greymouth on
Friday January 26, 2018,
at 12 noon, followed by
private family interment
Cemetery. Resting in
the care of Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
mouth. Phone (03) 768
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Sarda, Brid Voyager.
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In port: Cook Canyon,
Norman McLeod, Brid
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departures: Sarda, Brid
The West Coast Cancer
Society’s popular fundraiser
Gardens Galore is set for
Saturday, January 27, visiting
some of the best gardens on the
It will start from the Trinity
Centre, in Greymouth, where
participants can pick up their
tickets, programme and maps,
while also having the opportunity
to buy plants, produce, baking or
“ We will be the home base
with the food and afternoon tea
available all day, as well as being
the central ‘comfort stop’ as you
pass on your travels,” co-ordinator
Jenny Kenning said.
“ We have 10 gardens again this
year, with a variety of town and
country. We are visiting each
garden to chat to all the fabulous
gardeners who are sharing their
passion for all things horticultural.
We know that last year everyone
was amazed with the differences
in the gardens, and we have found
another 10 gardeners this year
who all prove West Coasters can
grow everything. ”
Tickets are $15 each and are
available from the Cancer Society
Centre and at Carpet Court in
“ We have the order in for
the same sun-filled day as last
year — but the event will be on
wet or fine. Most West Coasters
own gumboots and brollies. The
gardeners I know say they love
gardening in the rain.”
Fundraiser showcases Greymouth gardens
Two Greymouth women accused
of robbing another woman of her
cellphone changed their pleas to
admit the offending, part-way
through their jury trial in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday.
Shanae Stark and Ashley van
der Krogt were jointly charged
with robbery on October 30, 2016,
and assaulting the complainant to
prevent or overcome resistance to
the theft of the cellphone.
Both had denied the charge.
complainant ’s evidence to the court,
and discussions between the lawyers,
they vacated their not guilty pleas
and admitted a lesser charge of
assault with intent to injure. They
will be sentenced in April.
In opening the case for the Crown,
lawyer Don Matthews said van der
Krogt, Stark and the complainant
were all at the same address on the
night of the robbery.
The complainant left initially
about 8pm, but on her way home
she argued with her boyfriend and
got out of the vehicle and returned
to the house.
Mr Matthews said van der
Krogt and Stark, along with the
complainant, then drove in to
Greymouth to get more alcohol.
They stopped at a petrol station
and when the complainant returned
from the toilet the others had left,
along with all her belongings.
The complainant returned to the
address for a second time, gathered
her belongings and began walking
home about 9.30pm. She then
decided to ring the police to talk
about things her partner had said to
her during their argument.
While she was on the phone a car
pulled up behind her.
“She thought it was someone going
to give her a ride. In fact, it was the
two defendants,” Mr Matthews said.
Van der Krogt got out of the vehicle
and punched the complainant in
the face, causing her to fall to the
ground. Stark then kicked her in the
stomach and took her cellphone.
“The complainant was on her
phone talking to police at the time.
Ten minutes later the police arrived
and found the victim, who told the
police who the offenders were.”
When they were arrested they both
denied any involvement in the theft.
Mr Matthews said 10 witnesses
would be called, including the
Stark’s lawyer Marcus Zintl said
she was not present at the time of
the alleged theft, “if, in fact, there
was a robbery,” as Stark was at a
Dobson address with her boyfriend.
Van der Krogt’s lawyer Colin
Eason said she did not know who
committed the robbery.
“It wasn’t her because she wasn’t
Tourists in a van who failed to
give way in the centre of Westport
yesterday came off second best when
their vehicle was ‘t-boned ’ at the
intersection of Russell and Lyndhurst
Westport Volunteer Fire Brigade fire
chief Alan Kennedy said the van was
north-bound on Lyndhurst Street,
just adjacent to the NBS Theatre car
park, and was supposed to give way at
Russell Street but was hit side on by a
four-wheel-drive travelling through the
The accident happened about 1pm.
The van’s occupants were checked at
the scene by St John and while shaken
they were unharmed.
Meanwhile, the Westport brigade
was called out to the Fresh Choice
supermarket in Fonblanque Street just
Mr Kennedy said the fire alarm system
was activated and there was a whiff of
smoke around the building.
The brigade spent about an hour
trying to gain access to the building and
attempting to track down the owner.
The smoke was possibly hanging
around from a rubbish fire somewhere
nearby, but the building’s alarm system
was found to be faulty, he said.
Van t-boned in central
Responding to reports of an increase of up
to 600% in parking tickets, the Grey District
Council says traffic movement around
downtown Greymouth has improved and
the purpose of the parking officer is to
“generate circulation” within the central
The council responded to a report in the
Greymouth Star about the huge jump in
parking tickets issued in the town.
Council statistics for the five months from
July to November 2017 show comparative
figures for 2016, with increases of between
234% and 602% in the number of
The statistics showed for example that last
September 274 tickets were issued in central
Greymouth, representing a 602% increase
on the 39 issued the same month in 2016.
In October, the council parking officer
issued 459 tickets — a 595% increase on the
same month in 2016 — while 361 tickets
were issued in November, a 234% increase
on that of November 2016.
The jump in tickets issued did cause some
comment at the council table late last year —
mainly around the fact a new staff member
must be on the job.
In a statement yesterday the council said it
wanted to clarify that it currently employs
one parking enforcement officer.
“The purpose of the role (as set by council)
is to generate circulation within the town’s
CBD area and only infringe when vehicles
have contravened the posted time limits
(among other potential offences), and even
then there is a grace period.”
The council said traffic movement within
the town “has improved and we continue to
enjoy free parking within time limits”.
Those limits could be changed pending
approval by a council meeting.
“The officer mentioned has received
various positive feedback, continues to do a
sterling job and has exceeded expectations,”
the council statement said.
Council defends 600% increase
in parking tickets
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Jenny Kenning from the Greymouth Cancer Society, pictured in a ‘secret garden’, is excited about the
Gardens Galore fundraiser this Saturday.
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