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An 11-year-old Whataroa girl
had to be own to Grey Base
Hospital by the NZCC Rescue
Helicopter after injuring herself
on a trampoline yesterday. e
girl hit her knee on the bar of
the trampoline and was own
to Greymouth at 7.30pm to be
A big contingent of Exclusive
Brethren is in Westport for the
opening of their new church. e
Westport News says it understands
several hundred Brethren will be
attending, arriving on chartered
ights, private planes and buses.
e new church, on land beside the
Westport Domain, is much larger
than the Brethren's existing church
in Haselden Street.
Mining debate on
Grey District Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn will go head to head
with conservationists tonight in a
debate on the future of mining, on
the TV3 show e Vote. Two teams,
led by political journalists Duncan
Garner and Guyon Espiner, will
argue the moot 'New Zealand needs
more mining'. e debate teams
also include Bathurst Resources
chief executive Hamish Bohannan
and Green Party co-leader Russel
Normal. It airs at 8.30pm.
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Greymouth Star On-line
Plans for the next stage in the
ght against terrorism could be in
the toilet --- quite literally. Swedish
scientists have developed sensors
that can be tted inside waste
tunnels and used to detect bomb
making chemicals in sewage. If
suspect chemicals are detected,
the sensor alerts the authorities
who can carry out infrared laser
'sweeps' above ground to locate
the precise location of the bomb-
making factory. If a bomb-maker
ushes chemicals down the toilet,
or the chemicals and gases from
bomb making are ingested into
the person's blood stream, they
ultimately enter their urine or
faeces. --- Daily Mail
e man who caused a shutdown of
central Greymouth and brought out
the armed o enders squad by pointing
an air ri e at school children, changed
his plea to guilty in Greymouth
District Court yesterday.
"In short, you could have been shot,"
Judge Noel Walsh told Matthew
Ryan Rex Mahuika, 22.
Mahuika was charged with
presenting a rearm during the
August 26 incident that put
two schools and a preschool in
About 11am that morning, he was
standing outside his Alexander Street
address on a hillside overlooking John
Paul II High School.
One of the students going between
classes called out to him, at which
point he got angry, fetched an air
ri e from inside and raised it to his
e students, unaware the weapon
was not deadly, hid behind a
classroom and informed the teachers,
who followed safety procedures and
locked down the school.
St Patrick's Primary School and the
nearby Barnardos preschool followed
suit, causing 300 students to be held
in safe locations.
Police cordoned o the area, the
armed o enders squad was called out
and parents were unable to pick up
their children for hours.
Mahuika initially pleaded not guilty,
saying he was only checking the air
ri e and pointing it at a bush near
his house, but he later admitted the
Judge Walsh said John Paul II High
School was "entirely responsible"
under the circumstances, and
Mahuika would need to be on his best
behaviour to avoid a prison sentence.
He was remanded on bail until
̌ District Court
School gunman in court
Laura Mills and Paul McBride
Development West Coast wants its
new chief executive to actually live on
the West Coast.
Former chief executive John Chang,
who nished at the Greymouth
headquarters this week, has spent the
past ve years commuting to the West
Coast, initially from Christchurch and
lately to Auckland each weekend. He
resigned to move closer to his family.
Dr Chang took over the role in 2009,
replacing Mike Trousselot who had
steered the trust for the rst eight years
of its life.
DWC chairman John Sturgeon said
today the new chief executive had to be
domiciled on the West Coast, although
they did not have to be from the Coast.
"We've got to get the best person for
the job," Mr Sturgeon said.
Trustees wanted their chief executive
to become part of the community;
events and o cial openings were often
at the weekend.
However, Mr Sturgeon noted: "Dr
Chang did it extremely well, nothing
Mr Sturgeon said they wanted to get
the right person for the job, and had
been recruiting through an agency.
So far about 25 people had inquired or
shown an interest in the vacancy.
In the meantime, next tier managers
were making decisions, with Mr
Sturgeon calling into the o ce several
times a week to keep oversight.
"It's operating pretty well."
Dr Chang announced his resignation
" e role has been challenging but I
have thoroughly enjoyed it. It has been
my privilege, I've learnt a lot and shared
a lot and managed to contribute," he
said today. "I will miss the people of the
West Coast, they are very special."
Mr Chang will join his family who
have been in Auckland since moving
north after the 2011 Christchurch
earthquake, while heading in a new
direction in employment.
"I acquired a biotechnology company
which needs a little bit of restructuring.
e company manufactures bovine
serum which is used in veterinary
vaccines which in turn are used as a
vaccine for foot and mouth disease.
"At present they export to a number of
countries including Turkey and China,
but we are also now looking at America,
Other chief executives who commute
to the West Coast include Rod Quin
at Westland Milk Products, Paul
Wylie at the Buller council, and joint
Canterbury-West Coast DHB chief
executive David Meates.
New DWC boss to live on the Coast
PICTURE: Paul McBride
A last-minute rush to push the
Greymouth leg of the cycleway
through to the Taramakau River
in time for the grand opening
on November 23 is under even
more pressure after a Camerons
leaseholder refused permission to
cross his land.
Council assets manager Mel
Sutherland said although a lessee
between Taramakau and Camerons
had objected, the council had the
consent of the two landowners.
A legal opinion obtained by the
council "says it's ne".
"We have obtained all necessary
approvals from landowners and
consents that we consider we
need, and have also taken legal and
planning advice that con rms this."
However, the lessee continued
to object to the location of the
"Council has and continues to
endeavour to reach a resolution
with this leaseholder," Mr
Just before reaching the
Taramakau Bridge the cycletrail
turns away from the State highway
and heads towards the river, going
on the seaside of the crusher
ey were still hoping to get the
Grey district leg completed in time
for the opening.
Contractors were working back
from the Taramakau end, and
would hopefully join up the two
ends when the lease issue was
e council had explored other
options, none of which were
viable for reasons including "safety,
landholder access approvals and
hits snag at
A heritage-listed pohutukawa tree
alongside the main highway through
Greymouth which had become a tra c
hazard, was to be removed today.
e NZ Transport Agency applied
for resource consent to remove the
tree at the corner of High Street and
Buccleugh Street because it obscuresd
the view of tra c queuing to get on to
the State highway.
West Coast senior asset manager
Mark Pinner said the tree had been
cut down some years ago, but the
stump was not removed and it was
now bushy and obstructing drivers'
"New young growth from the stump
has formed into a bush creating major
issues with visibility for drivers turning
out of Buccleugh Street.
" is has resulted in some near
misses, and a number of complaints,
as motorists have to pull out into
oncoming tra c along High Street to
see when turning at the intersection,"
Mr Pinner said.
e tree is listed on the Grey District
Council's historic tree register. It was to
be cut out and the tree stump and root
system completely removed.
" e Grey District Council is
supportive of the removal of the tree
because of the safety issues it is creating
at the intersection.
"All other pohutukawa trees along
this section of State highway 6 are
healthy, pose no safety risks and will
remain," Mr Pinner said.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Heritage tree gets the chop
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