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control on bridge
Within a 30 minute period
between 4pm and 5pm on Saturday,
two motorcyclists travelling north
with a group of riders came to grief
while negotiating the Taramakau
road-rail bridge. e rst rider
lost control of his bike on the wet
road while crossing the bridge and
crashed o breaking his collar bone.
Soon after the rst rider was taken
to hospital for treatment another
man riding across the bridge lost
control and fell o his bike, grazing
Police have arrested the two
people caught on camera stealing
wine from the Countdown
supermaket on ursday. eir
photographs were published in the
Greymouth Star on Friday and
police said the pair were identi ed
after being recognised by members
of the public. A 24-year-old woman
from Greymouth has been charged
with burglary and her co-o ender,
a 13-year-old girl from Runanga,
has been referred to Greymouth
Youth Aid section for Youth Justice
Fatigue is thought to have played
a part in a crash that occurred at
midday yesterday on State highway
73 at Dillmanstown, according to
police. e driver, the sole occupant
of the vehicle, had arrived back in
New Zealand from overseas the
day before and was driving towards
Greymouth when his car drifted
over the centre line. Realising he
was in the wrong lane the driver
veered back too far and lost control.
e car struck a clay bank and
rolled on to its roof. e condition
of the driver was not available this
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
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e under wear contains hidden
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--- Daily Mail
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Riders wait outside the Blackball Hilton at the start of the Tribute 29 Pike River Memorial motorcycle run in Blackball on Saturday. About 150 riders from
around the country took the trip in memory of the men who died in the Pike River Mine disaster, three years ago tomorrow. Riders visited the memorial near the
mine site at Atarau, on the way to Westport where they had lunch before returning to Blackball later in the day.
Former Westland mayor
Maureen Pugh con rmed
today she was trying for a
seat in Parliament, but there
is no word yet on who else
might be hoping to take the
place of retiring list MP Chris
"All I've done is put my
name forward for the
selection process," she told
the Greymouth Star. She did
not expect the National Party
board of directors to announce
a decision until mid-December.
Mrs Pugh had been vague
about her future plans
since September, when Mr
Auchinvole announced he
would be retiring after nine
years in Parliament; however
she had not ruled out the
Today, National Party West
chairman Andy ompson said
he was not in a position to
announce who was standing until
the board held their pre-selection
meeting with the potential
candidates in Nelson next Monday,
after which party delegates would
make their selection.
Nominations closed last week.
In October, Mr ompson
said he had some "preliminary
discussions" with Mrs Pugh about
standing for Parliament, but also
talked with some other candidates.
He said there had been some "very
positive interest from very high
"I'm very con dent with the
quality of people that we can give
(Labour electorate MP) Damien
(O'Connor) a really good run for
Mr Auchinvole, who will turn
70 shortly after the 2014 general
election, said another three-year
term would be "quite a lump
of my life" and he could not do
parliamentary work "half-pie".
During his term, he "broke
the Labour stranglehold" on the
electorate, winning the seat from
Mr O'Connor in 2008 before
losing it again at the next election.
National had won the majority of
the party vote for three elections.
In September, Mrs Pugh
was recognised as one of New
Zealand's most in uential women
when she was named as one of 10
nalists in the Westpac Women of
In uence awards.
Tourism West Coast says the region
will shrug o the e ects of the Diana
Falls slip, with campervans already
beginning to appear en masse up and
down the region's roads.
Spring tourism on the Coast did not
get o to the best start, with gures
from Statistics NZ backing up what
operators noticed in the aftermath of
the Diana Falls slip near Haast.
Figures released last week show
West Coast guest nights for
September dropped 4.6%, falling
from 59,000 last year to 57,000 this
e slip occurred on September 10,
forcing the closure of State highway
6 for the majority of the rest of the
Tourism West Coast chief executive
Jim Little, said con dence had
since been restored to the tour bus
companies, several of whom had
changed their itineraries to avoid
the West Coast during the uncertain
aftermath of the slip.
From discussions with operators,
Mr Little said anecdotal evidence
pointed towards a more positive
summer on the horizon.
"We're looking forward to a pretty
strong season ... forward bookings are
stronger than they have been in the
Mr Little said the German and
American markets were starting to
increase, while gures released from
the Ministry of Business Innovation
and Employment last week showed
the Chinese market expenditure on
the West Coast had doubled from
$7 million in the year ending March
2012 to $15 million in the year
ending March 2013.
"So it's more then double. It's huge."
He was looking upbeat about this
"I'm pretty bullish about it."
Mr Little said the MBIE's regional
tourism estimates showed that
tourism was worth $290 million a
year to the West Coast. He believed
that the tourism sector was starting to
bounce back after some tough times.
"It's been three very hard years,
earthquakes and global nancial crisis
and everything they can throw at us."
e only potential disruption was
the Interislander's largest passenger
ferry, which was expected to be down
for six months after losing one of its
propellers. However Mr Little was
con dent it would only be a "minor
Strong summer tourism season predicted for West Coast
No word on other nominations
An anonymous donation of $5000 to
the Blaketown Rugby Club's Pike River
Memorial Scholarship has doubled the
capital sum for distribution.
e donation was made at the function
to launch Rebecca Mac e's book on
the tragedy at their clubrooms in
Greymouth on Friday evening.
e initial Scholarship Award for
2013 was made to Joel Botica, formerly
of Greymouth who is studying for a
design degree at Massey University in
It was accepted by his grandfather,
Brian McEnaney of Blaketown who
thanked all concerned and said "Joel will
be thrilled to gain the award in honour
of Michael Monk, Rikki Keane and
Kath Monk and Lynn Sims presented
the cheque to Brian.
e book launch was attended by
about 150 people and more than 130
copies were sold on the night, all being
autographed by Mac e. A further
function in Hokitika on Saturday
featured a presentation on the tragedy
by former mines inspector Harry Bell
and the author, attended by about 50
people at the Carnegie Building.
Following widespread coverage in
national media over the weekend of
the book's launch in Greymouth, e
Warehouse has the "out of stock" sign on
its website and publisher Awa Press is
considering a reprint prior to Christmas.
A Stillwater man who was part of an
angry mob that turned up at a Cobden
property on February 13 was ned $500
in the Greymouth District Court.
Andrew Laurie Drew, 56, had admitted
to a charge of being part of an unlawful
e court heard that Drew had gone to
the property out of concern for his son
who was engaged in a verbal altercation
with occupants of the property. One of
Drew 's party was carrying a steel pipe.
When police arrived Drew was angry
and confrontational and made it clear to
police that he would be sorting out the
problem in his own way.
Judge Raoul Neave said that Drew's
action was inappropriate but it had been
a case of "lots of hu ng and pu ng and
not a lot of action".
Anonymous benefactor tops up
Pike scholarship fund
̌ District Court
Angry father fined for unlawful assembly
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