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Reefton doctor petition
A Reefton woman has launched
a petition expressing concern about
the lack of a permanent doctor based
in the town for at least ve days a
week. "I believe that our community
needs to let the district health board
know that there is widespread
support for this service and that
we consider it a necessary part of
the basic health ser vices that they
should have been providing it," Tracy
Parkinson said. She said she had
the backing of Buller Mayor Garry
Howard and councillors. e petition
will be in shops later this week.
Police are investigating a stolen
mountain bike from a Cobden
address, the latest in a string of
similar events in the area. A light
blue woman's bike with a bent chain
guard and broken gears was left
at the rear of a Richmond Street
house at 7pm on Monday and when
the owner returned to it at 5pm
yesterday it was gone. Nobody was
seen on the property during that
time and police believe the bike
was stolen some time during the
night. In light of recent thefts on
nearby Bright Street within the past
week, police believe thieves could be
looking around properties at night
for items of value. Police are urging
people to make sure valuables are
locked away overnight.
e retirement of a general surgeon
from Grey Base Hospital will have
no e ect on the amount of surgery
performed at the hospital, says the
West Coast District Health Board.
American surgeon Terry Mixter has
been working for the West Coast
DHB since 2005. He announced
his retirement recently and has
some research work to complete
before leaving next month. DHB
spokeswoman Karalyn van Deursen
said the DHB was advertising for
a replacement for Mr Mixter. His
surgical lists would be covered by
current sta and locums until a
replacement was found. --- Westport
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Greymouth vessels. In port: Electra,
Christina, 18 other vessels. Expected
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tomorrow. Expected departures: Nil.
up near end
Ngahere Fire brigade is running its
annual reworks night this Saturday.
Chief re o cer Tom Daly said the
community event had been ongoing for
about 10 years.
It was initiated by the late Milton
Osborne, together with Mr Daly, for
Ngahere locals to safely enjoy the
reworks season in one safe place,
particularly local children who might
otherwise miss out.
e event was dependant on
donations and was run under the
banner of the re brigade's social club,
Mr Daly said.
It would begin a bout 7.30pm in the
Ngahere Domain depending on the
weather and would include a lolly
scramble and rides for children.
Other Grey Valley brigades had
previously run similar events but
Ngahere was on its own this year.
Whitebait catches have nally
started to pick up on the West
Coast, along with the weather,
but shermen are now against
the clock with only eight days
left in the season.
Until the weather took a turn
for the better at the weekend,
the season was being described as
"poor" to "erratic" along the West
Stewart, a veteran sher of over
50 years on the Grey River,
described the season as "poor"
and the worst he had ever known.
"To be honest, I've never known
a season like it ... this is the
poorest season I've ever had," Mr
Dirty weather was the biggest
factor. "It just seems to settle
down and we get another ood."
By early afternoon on Monday,
though, he was a little more
optimistic: "It's just starting to
pick up a bit," he said.
ere were also reports of some
big catches of 100 pound and
more on the Hokitika River since
Haast commercial whitebait
seller Moana Kerr of the Curly
Tree Whitebait Company, said
the season had been "quite
erratic" in South Westland.
It kicked o well but the initial
runs dissipated almost overnight.
It was "really fantastic ... then
the next thing it's all over," Mrs
However, the season needed to
be kept in perspective, she said.
Last year was called by many
as one of the "worst" seasons in
the past 40 years. at meant
many whitebaiters this season
had caught as much whitebait by
mid-October as they did for the
whole of last season.
"If you compare it to 2011 it
would be low because it was
another exceptional season," Mrs
Department of Conservation
senior ranger Brad Edwards said
more settled weather in the past
week had seen more activity on
" ere's obviously been a few
good catches since that rain let
up and the rivers ran clear," Mr
Some good "puddings" of
whitebait had been seen on the
Cobden side of the Grey River.
"It looks like the tables have
turned and the bait are on the
run as a result."
DOC sta had been
monitoring closely and catching
non-complaint shermen this
year, he said.
"A couple of weeks ago we
had a few issues, mainly people
shing with water behind their
screens or shing with more
than 3m of screen . . . word's got
around this year. Across the West
Coast there's been quite a few
compliance cases taken."
A fair bit of 'cucumber bait,'
or smelt, had been seen over
the past few days, including the
illegal dumping of a catch on the
Hokitika River bank on Monday.
DOC ranger partnerships Inger
Perkins said although about 80%
of shermen complied with the
West Coast Whitebait Fishing
Regulations, it had been "a
disappointing average" this year.
Yields had been minimal, with
some complaining of low catches
throughout the season. " is
may have driven a few to try
to get away with breaching the
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A steam train which used to haul coal and
timber around the West Coast has been
immortalised in a new children's book.
Trouble on the Track, inspired by steam
locomotive A428 on the Weka Pass
Railway, is written by Amberley children's
author Jane Buxton and illustrated with
watercolour paintings by Sefton artist
e locomotive currently pulls passenger
trains on the heritage railway in North
" e project has been a complete North
Canterbury e ort," Weka Pass Railway
chairman Peter Gibson said.
A428 was built at ames in 1909. It
started out pulling the Rotorua Express but
as larger steam locomotives were built, was
relegated to secondary and rural branch line
e story starts with A428 pulling coal
and timber trains around Greymouth, near
the end of its 100-year career. With the
increasing 'dieselisation' of the railways and
showing the e ects of old age, A428 was
shunted away and left to be cut up and sold
It was rescued and towed across the
Southern Alps to a workshop on the Weka
Pass Railway. Over several years it was
pulled apart and rebuilt and restored to
e book is being sold as a fundraiser
to help keep the A428 "steaming on", Mr
e book will be launched in Amberley
on November 28.
Old Coast loco inspires new book PICTURE: Peter Gibson
Steam locomotive A428, which previously operated on the West Coast, is the subject of a new children's book.
of the Westport News
Two people on the West Coast are
among about 100 people nationwide
who will be prosecuted for failing to
complete their 2013 census forms.
Statistics New Zealand 2013 census
general manager Sarah Minson said
it contacted 450 people in July, asking
them to complete their census forms or
face prosecution. Following this, about
100 prosecution cases were identi ed.
Statistics NZ took into consideration
the type of o ence, the personal
circumstances of the person, and the
likelihood of success when deciding
whether to prosecute.
In 2006, after the last census, it
prosecuted 72 people, resulting in 41
Statistics NZ con rmed two West
Coast residents would be prosecuted this
time, but was unable to specify where
they lived. It was also unable to provide
data on 2006 West Coast prosecutions.
Ms Minson said everyone in New
Zealand on census night was legally
required to complete their form or have
it completed for them.
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Filling up first
Allied Petroleum driver Roger Buick was the rst to ll up at the new truck stop in South
Beach this morning. Allied Petroleum will be o cially opening the site this afternoon,
providing 24-hour card access, an 80,000-litre tank, a high ow rate and a prominent,
accessible location at the edge of town. Mr Buick, who is based in Christchurch and
regularly travels to the West Coast to ser vice farms and coalmining facilities, said the exit
to the side road and the unobstructed view of tra c were important factors for entering and
exiting the truck stop. "It seems to be ne for that."
A McMaster Builders workers Dave Rooney, right, and Stephen Stepkowski clear up the
empty concrete slab left behind after the temporary Greymouth Post Shop was lifted o
the site at 6am today and taken back to Christchurch. e portable premises, on the corner
of Werita Street and Mawhera Quay, ser ved as the post o ce from February, when NZ
Post vacated its Tainui Street premises due to earthquake concerns. e Post Shop this
week moved back into the strengthened building. Workers were this morning clearing any
remaining hazards. e steps and ramp will be left on site for future buildings.
Portable Post Shop site cleaned up
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
A Franz Josef Glacier man was sitting in his
lounge smoking cannabis when police came
calling on another matter, the Greymouth
District Court heard yesterday.
Robert George Scott, 30, of Waiho,
pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and
possession of a rearm without a licence, on
He was smoking cannabis when police
arrived to chase up unpaid nes. As they
searched the house, they found a small
amount of cannabis. A 12-gauge shotgun and
ammunition was found under his bed, and he
did not have a rearms licence.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Scott was a
casual hunter and borrowed the gun to deal
with a goose problem.
He was convicted on both charges.
On the drugs charge he was ordered to
come up for sentencing if called and to pay
$300 in costs. An order was made for the
destruction of the shotgun.
Tessa Catelyn Wallace, 20, of Hokitika,
pleaded guilty to intentionally damaging a car
and clothing on September 12, in Hokitika.
e court heard that Wallace was in a
relationship with the victim and learned
something about her partner that angered
her. She wrote an o ensive slogan across his
car in paint and kicked in several panels.
Lawyer Liz Bulger said Wallace wanted to
put the "toxic" relationship behind her, and the
victim had e ectively abandoned the vehicle
on her front lawn and was now making a
cynical attempt to get money from her.
Ms Bulger requested a discharge without
conviction as Wallace did not want to face
her ex-partner in a restorative justice session
and was not eligible for diversion.
e victim was facing an assault charge
against Wallace, arising from the same
Judge Noel Walsh said Wallace had just
turned 20, had a small criminal record and
"just lost the plot".
She was discharged without conviction and
ordered to pay $250 in compensation.
Dope smoker caught in act A 17-year-old Ahaura
man was arrested
yesterday afternoon, after
reworks were shot out of
a car by Greymouth High
School. Fireworks were
seen being red out the
window of a red Mazda
hatchback on High Street
at 4pm. Police located the
vehicle a short time later
on Cowper Street and as
a the result of speaking
with the occupants, the
man was arrested. He
has been charged with
possession of cannabis,
possession of drug
utensils and breach of
the liquor ban. He will
appear in the Greymouth
District Court next
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