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Seems like only yesterday
Monday, November 14, 1988
Cannabis seedlings found
e discovery of 130 cannabis
seedlings near Moana was reported to
the Greymouth police on Saturday.
Senior sergeant Brock Price said the
plants have been destroyed.
Tuesday, November 15
Charleston pub history
goes up in ames
e European Hotel at Charleston
was destroyed by re this morning.
Locals watched with sadness as
Westport volunteer re ghters tried to
save the historic pub.
Bottles could be heard shattering in
the bar and beer was blasted out of the
windows in the intense heat.
Children on the way to school were
the rst to notice the re.
e lessee of the hotel, Larry Paul,
was seeing his children o on the bus
in front of the hotel shortly before
8am and the rst re engine arrived 20
Westport re chief Pat O'Dea said
when they reached it, the hotel was
an inferno. e photos which lined
the wall of the bar were all lost.
ey showed a complete history of
Charleston and the European Hotel.
e hotel had been remodelled in
Public say on police
Public opinion may determine
whether or not West Coast Police plans
to relocate their headquarters on the
site of the present Greymouth Croquet
Club are successful.
At last night's meeting of the
Greymouth Borough Council, Cr Des
Hinch successfully moved to have the
relocation question discussed in public.
"I don't like throwing old ladies o
the croquet lawn without talking to
them, without doing my homework
rst," Cr Mick O'Donnell said.
Wednesday, November 16
Grey River gold dredge
testing is to begin
Grey River Gold is about to begin
testing its $28 million dredge in
e company has reached the
commissioning stage of the suction
cutter system which will remove the
top two thirds of the gravel material
extracted by the dredge and tests of the
system are expected to begin this week.
"We will be testing all the systems
that are linked to the suction cutter
system," Mr Rob Harrison said today.
Work on the construction of the
dredge began last October and 70
people are currently employed on the
ursday, November 17
Arthur King honoured
More than half a century of service
to West Coast Rugby was honoured at
the West Coast Rugby Football Union's
annual general meeting in Greymouth
e meeting unanimously voted
to bestow a life membership on Mr
Arthur King, of Greymouth.
King started playing rugby in Reefton
and later moved to Greymouth and
played for Cobden.
He was a Coast representative from
1933 to 1940 before injury forced his
Friday, November 18
Start of the rot
Department of Conservation refusal
to renew a grazing licence in
South Westland could be the "start of
the rot", it was claimed
e Shaw brothers, of Gillespies
Beach, lost their licence over ground
towards the mouth of the Cook River
when it expired recently.
e West Coast National Parks and
Reserves Board decided not to renew
it, apparently because the grazing
was damaging the environment, but
Westland County councillor Mrs
Margaret Moir said the decision was of
"I think this could be the start of the
County chairman Cr Durham Havill
said the area in question was gorse-
infested anyway, and the continuation
of grazing leases was vital to South
Sparkling facilities to
greet Omoto racegoers
A new 1200 seat ve-storey high
stand and sparkling new facilities
will greet racegoers at Omoto on the
opening day of the Greymouth Jockey
Club's two-day meeting.
e new stand is the third on site
with the rst being burned down in
1936 and the second lasting 52 years
until it was deliberately burned, as the
cheapest way of demolishing it, this
West Coast Times ends
e 124-year old Hokitika-based
West Coast Times newspaper
published for the nal time yesterday
with the loss of 21 jobs.
e closure is seen as a further
crumbling of the Como Holdings
Ltd empire, which was placed in
receivership in September.
e European Hotel at Charleston burned down 25 years ago,
testing began on the Grey River dredge, there was talk of moving
the Greymouth Police Station, and there were more problems for
Hokitika-based Como Holdings faced more problems.
Greymouth from the air, 1970s.
West Coast MP Kerry Burke, middle, and former Department of Conser vation West Coast conser vator Bruce Watson.
From our pages: the European Hotel re at Charleston, November 15, 1988.
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