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In memory of the Pike River 29
Coast cycle trail
A souvenir supplement marking
the opening of the Greymouth-
Hokitika leg of the West Coast
Wilderness Trail will be delivered to
every letterbox on the West Coast
over the next two days, together
with the West Coast Messenger.
e 16-page special includes details
of the cycle trail, and a timetable of
events on Saturday, when Kumara
will be centre stage for the opening
celebrations. It also includes some
stunning photographs of the more
remote parts of the trail.
Newly-elected Freemasons district
grand master for Westland, Dick
Scadden of Granity, with Terrie
Inder, right, and Diana Litton, at the
Freemasons NZ triennial gathering
in Wellington at the weekend. Mr
Scadden, retired after a 31-year
army career, was elected to the post,
and Ms Litton, of Waikanae, was
installed as the organisation's 77th
grand master at the Freemasons
grand installation dinner. Professor
Inder, awarded a Freemason's
paediatric fellowship in 1992, is
now involved in groundbreaking
paediatric research improving the
neurological outcomes of infants
through neonatal brain imaging.
One of nine new stadiums being
built in Qatar ahead of the 2022
World Cup has been likened to a
vagina, after plans were unveiled.
According to architects Zaha Hadid
and Aecom, the design of the Al
Wakrah stadium was inspired by the
owing shape of a dhow, a traditional
sailing vessel used by pearl divers and
shermen in the region for centuries.
But the reaction has been much
more prosaic, with blogs immediately
saying the 40,000 capacity stadium
in fact resembled a vagina. Holly
Baxter, co-founder and editor of the
Vagenda blog, applauded the design,
unintentional or not. "In a world
where sport and vaginas very rarely
come together with such prominence
(see every UK female footballer's
salary versus every UK male
footballer's salary), this can only be
a good thing. And after all, why not
have 45,000 people crammed inside
a woman's reproductive system?
It's not like they haven't been there
before." --- Metro
Clouding over, risk of late shower Mine tragedy 'still raw'
ree years to the day from the Pike
River Mine anniversary, a widow from the
Strongman Mine disaster 46 years ago has
o ered words of comfort to the families
of the 29 victims who still lie under the
mountain at Pike River.
Greymouth was quiet and re ective this
morning as most families observed the
anniversary in private.
Alice Noble, who lost her husband in
the 1967 Strongman disaster, said the hurt
was still there.
"Life still has to be lived. But it never
completely goes away," Mrs Noble said.
Some families were visiting the mine site
today, and a public community memorial
ser vice will be held this evening at the
Blackball Museum, where family members
in attendance will be given white roses
to pin on each of the 29 names on the
e Grey District Council was to observe
one minute's silence at 3.44pm, the time of
the explosion on November 19, 2010.
At the mine site, 40km north of
Greymouth, preparations were continuing
today for an attempted re-entry next year.
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
said the hurt of the mining disaster was
"You hear everywhere that people do
want to move on, but it's not that simple.
e men are still up there."
e families also face yet another year of
litigation. Former mine manager and chief
executive Peter Whittall is expected to go
on trial early next year, in Wellington.
Some families are also still considering a
Each day, at the mine, preparations
progress for a possible re-entry, with the
hope eventually to get deep into the mine
to retrieve the bodies and perhaps establish
what caused the fatalities.
Mr Kokshoorn said he felt the ongoing
impact of the tragedy had "bottomed out".
Greymouth not only lost 29 men three
years ago, it also lost 150 jobs, followed by
400 more jobs with the subsequent closure
of the Spring Creek Mine.
In Australia, the Pike River disaster
has not been forgotten either, and the
Australian miners' union, the CFMEU,
was sending two representatives to the
Blackball commemoration this evening.
Manufacturing Union assistant national
secretary Ged O'Connell said they had
come a long way since the disaster.
"E orts are now under way to re-enter
the mine, and the Government is fully
implementing the recommendations of
the Royal Commission to make miners
safer. It is, however, a sad day of mourning
for the families of the men who never
Flowers bloom today at the High Street memorial.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
e red Post Shop portable container o ce was swapped this morning for a yellow ASB portable o ce, on the same site on the corner of Mawhera Quay and
Werita Street. e bank will soon vacate its traditional premises in Mackay Street, which have seismic issues. e portable o ce is owned by ASB and was carted
over the Lewis Pass from Christchurch this morning. e Post Shop and Kiwi Bank ran their branch o ce out of a container for about 10 months while their
Mawhera House premises were earthquake strengthened. ASB did not return calls today.
ordered to pay
A Greymouth man who was
ung from his vehicle when it
smashed into a concrete bridge
while drunk, was today ordered in
the Greymouth District Court to
pay $13,226 to repair the bridge.
Dylan John Smith was also
ned $1500 and disquali ed
from driving inde nitely after he
admitted charges of driving with
excess blood-alcohol and driving
carelessly, arising from the crash
on the Cobden Hill bridge about
11pm on August 27.
Prosecutor Steven Greer said
Smith was driving on State
highway 6 when he lost control of
his car, which slid into the bridge
rail and spun several times.
Smith was tossed out and
landed on the road 10m from the
vehicle, which was written o . He
su ered serious head injuries and
spent time in hospital.
Judge Alastair Garland told
Smith that he was lucky he was
"You are indeed a fortunate
young man to be here today to
answer to these charges," Judge
e judge noted that Smith's
blood-alcohol level was two and a
half times the legal limit.
Lawyer George Linder said
Smith had little recall of the
incident but accepted that he was
Smith had a previous drink-
driving conviction from 2009 but
he denied having a problem with
"If you don't have a problem
with alcohol, you have a bad
attitude towards drinking and
driving," Judge Garland said.
Smith must pay the reparation
at $200 a week. Paroa pub burglar jailed on same day
Court documents show that one of
the men accused of staging an early
morning smash and grab on the Paroa
Hotel bottle store on September 24
was sent to jail for 15 months on other
matters later that day.
e 20-year-old, currently an inmate
of Christchurch Men's Prison, was
charged with the burglary, plus other
charges of cultivating and possessing
cannabis, plus possessing cannabis
pipes and bongs for smoking the drug.
He can not be named because of the
new charges he is facing, but records
show that he was sentenced on the
afternoon of September 24 to 15
months' jail for burglary and drink-
He was allegedly one of three men
who smashed their way into the bottle
A rock was thrown through the glass
front door before the trio rushed inside
to steal a mixture of spirits and beer
from the shelves.
West Coast police area commander
Inspector John Canning said today no
one else had been arrested for the hotel
burglary, but "that is not to say they
would not be".
He con rmed that at least one other
person had been inter viewed.
Greymouth singing sensation Jackie
omas yesterday met the singer whose
song propelled her to the top of New
omas performed Birdy's version of
the Bon Iver song Skinny Love at her
audition, and yesterday she met 17-year-
old Birdy in person, when the singer
omas, who will be 23 in a week's
time, wrote on her Facebook page: "Got
to meet Birdy today (yesterday). One of
the coolest birthday presents one could
ask for. Such a sweet girl."
Since winning X-Factor, omas has
proved to be hot property, performing
with Split Enz recently as well as
opening for British pop star Olly Murs
earlier this month.
She will perform at the Otago Food
and Wine Festival this weekend,
followed by Christmas in the Park
events before audiences of thousands in
both Auckland and Christchurch, and
will be home on December 21 for the
omas dominated the New Zealand
music charts recently and still enjoys
a strong following, including 30,000
'friends' on Facebook.
Fish and Game West Coast has
had to postpone its junior angler
day in Greymouth --- because it
is too dry.
So far only 11mm of rain has
fallen in Hokitika this month. e
November average is 271mm.
e driest November on record
was 36mm, in 1917, according
to Mark Crompton from West
e lack of rain prompted the
postponement of the annual
junior angler day, near Taylorville
" ere's not been enough rain
on the wet West Coast," Fish and
Game o cer Rhys Adams said.
e three weeks of dry weather
meant rivers and lakes Coastwide
were low and clear. Even the
Taramakau River, which was
often silty, was "crystal clear",
creating perfect conditions for
With river temperatures
between 16degC and 18degC,
trout were "feeding like mad".
Nelson Weather forecaster John
Mathieson is expecting only brief,
light falls tomorrow night north
"Buller looks driest, as does the
He said the days ahead looked
mostly sunny, aside from inland
heat showers on Friday and
Saturday, with thunder well
Arthur's Pass has received
only 5.4mm of rain this month,
Hokitika 11mm and Greymouth
14.5mm. Last month, Greymouth
Too dry to fish ...
Jackie omas meets Skinny Love singer
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