Home' Greymouth Star : January 11th 2019 Contents Extra police called
in for Kumara
With the Kumara Races
tomorrow extra police staff will be
on the ground and police warn that
motorists everywhere can expect
to be stopped and breath-tested.
West Coast police will be bolstered
by extras from the Tasman police
district for the weekend, including
the booze bus and road patrol staff
undertaking checkpoints. Acting
senior sergeant Paul Watson, of
Greymouth, said police would also
have a friendly presence at the
races, “encouraging people to be
safe and feel safe”. The focus would
be on everyone enjoying the races
and at the same time working with
the organisers to ensure people
were making sensible decisions
around their alcohol intake
particularly as a hot sunny day was
forecast. Particular focus would be
on drink-driving and “associated
behaviour” in the wider area all
weekend. “ People should expect to
be stopped anywhere, any time.”
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Kumara Races special lift-out
Tourists have been cancelling their
trips to the West Coast based on
continual rainy forecasts, most of which
have not eventuated.
It has prompted calls for the Metser vice
to stop blanket forecasting for the West
Coast, and break it into smaller areas.
“They go from Haast to Karamea,”
Reefton weather obser ver Tony Fortune
said of the national forecasts.
“ It’s like going from Auckland to
Instead of the forecast rain, the Coast
had been enjoying a mostly hot and fine
“ Every single time it rains they ’ve been
putting (weather) warnings across. It
puts people off from Canterbury. They
should break it down more,” Mr Fortune
At the Punakaiki campground, Sue
Beecroft Findlay said people would look
10 days out and see rain was forecast.
“ In the end it never does (rain). Some
are put off, (though) we try to encourage
them not to cancel. One came (after all)
and had a fantastic time.”
The challenge was getting visitors to
believe them that the forecasts were not
accurate, she said.
“ It’s been a great summer.”
In Westport, campground owner
Margaret Montgomery — speaking
under sunny skies this morning — said
people would see the forecast and then
say they were considering cancelling.
“ People rely on what they see on tv. But
it ’s not what we are getting, (which is)
blue skies. It’s been mostly sunshine for
the past month.”
Westland Mayor Bruce Smith said
national forecasters treated the West
Coast as the ‘west coast of the South
Island’, from Milford Sound north.
“They try and pick the weather on
the West Coast with one line, which is
impossible to do. On any given day there
will be rain somewhere on the West
Coast,” Mr Smith said.
“ It’s a very negative message.”
Tourist trade could drop as much as
40% in the wet.
To promote the region as a world
class tourist experience, the weather
forecasting had to be done in a different
way, he said.
He wondered if it might be better for
a team of local weather obser vers to
contribute to a single website.
Greymouth iSITE manager Gina
Ashworth agreed the forecasts were way
off the mark.
“The forecasts of rain and thunder/
lightning are so off what we are
experiencing — the weather has been
fantastic since November. ”
The Greymouth Seaside Top 10 took
to social media yesterday, using a photo
to counteract reports of rain.
“Staff here were wearing sunscreen
in our ‘heavy rain’ and ‘thunder and
lightning’, ” they wrote.
One weather expert, who declined to
be named, said people needed to take
the time to read weather warnings in
detail, which often specified ‘south of the
glaciers’ or that the rainfall was about the
ranges, not coastal areas.
He also said there were numerous
micro climates on the West Coast and
breaking things down could be hard —
from Karamea to the upper Grey Valley,
which was again different from the lower
valley, which was different to Punakaiki
and different again to South Westland.
meteorologist Lisa Murray
currently severe weather information
was delivered in text format.
Metser vice was working on a way to
communicate weather warnings and
watches through a graphical format
which would show the exact areas on
a map where the severe weather was
“ We hope this will help visualise
the warning areas. For example, heavy
rain confined to the ranges, or when a
strong wind forecast area is confined to
a specific area.
“ Hopefully this will clarify where in
Westland the severe weather is expected. ”
The cicadas are making a racket in
parts of the West Coast, prompting
speculation of a long, hot and dry
Some species of cicada can reach a
volume of 120 decibels — about as
loud as an ambulance siren.
Reefton weather obser ver Tony
Fortune said as he drove through
Tayloville yesterday he could hear
them through the car windows, over
the sound of the car engine.
“They were going for it,”
Mr Fortune said, while noting that
they were absent around Reefton.
Hokitika weather observer Mark
Crompton said he thought it was
pretty normal for this time of year.
New Zealand has 42 known
species of cicadas, and their familiar
click is sung by the male of the
species to attract females to mate.
Whether its call means anything in
terms of weather or not, Niwa said
this week sea surface temperatures
were currently much warmer than
average around New Zealand, and
warmer conditions were forecast to
While patterns in the tropical
Pacific currently reflected weak
El Nino conditions, the atmosphere
still had not coupled with the ocean.
“If this coupling does not eventuate,
ocean anomalies in the equatorial
Pacific will have little relevance to
New Zealand ’s climate,” Niwa said
Cicadas’ noisy summer song on Coast
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
With everything taking shape for a big crowd tomorrow for the Gold Nuggets meeting, Kumara Racing Club committee member Paul Comber
checks over the track at noon today in the final countdown. The home of the Kumara races since 1887 was a hive of activity today as the final touches
were put in place. Hokitika weather watcher Mark Crompton predicted a clear sunny day tomorrow with just the odd shower today, which should only
benefit track conditions which have been judged among the best at Kumara for years.
The fillies are not the only ones
getting a pampering in the build-
up to the first Kumara Races in
Greymouth beauty salons and
fashion outlets have been kept
busy over the past week with
racegoers indulging in a new
outfit and beauty treatments.
Some beauty parlours have
been booked out for most of the
week as women preen themselves
for the race day or the popular
Fashion in the Field.
Beauty Clinic Greymouth
owner Andrea Tucker said her
salon had been busy in the
build-up to the races with people
wanting a new look for Kumara.
“ It ’s good for business and we
have been offering a number of
treatments to clients heading to
Kumara,” Ms Tucker said.
Pure Beauty in Greymouth was
also “very busy”.
“ We are chocka and will be
working tomorrow morning as
well,” owner Carla Fahey said.
Clients were getting gel nails,
spray tans, waxings and the “very
popular” eyelash extensions.
Into Jeans owner Emma
Cornish said this week had not
been so busy with women buying
new outfits for the races as a lot
did their buying about a month
However, men had been
shopping this week for their race
day get-ups, she said.
At Victoria’s, fashion sales
have been good in the lead up to
“ We also have a half-price sale
throughout the whole store, and
racegoers have definitely been in
getting their new outfits,” owner
Vicki Molloy said.
“Ladies have been buying nice
summery, colourful, sleeveless
dresses for the races tomorrow. ”
A number of younger people
had been getting their dresses for
the races, too.
While Victoria’s does not stock
fascinators, Mrs Molloy said
she had a few on hand, which
she would give away for anyone
looking for one to add to their
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Beauty Clinic owner Andrea Tucker touches up Krystal Dietrich’s eyebrows
as she gets ready for the Kumara Races.
Kumara primed for races
‘People rely on what they see on tv.
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