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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013
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A group of partygoers who were
having a blast letting o reworks
in Karoro until the early hours
of yesterday morning, were the
only ones having a good time
as their antics kept the entire
neighbourhood awake. Police
received a number of complaints
about the rowdy party. Police said
today anyone who planned to let o
reworks in the middle of the night
should rst seek the approval of
their neighbours before things got
out of hand.
Beer thief caught
A Cobden boy was caught red-
handed early yesterday morning
stealing a box of beer from a
fenced o area at the back of
the Countdown supermarket,
in Greymouth. e 17-year-old
crawled underneath a wire netting
boundary fence, ran into a storage
area, grabbed the beer and crawled
back under the fence --- straight
into the waiting arms of police.
He has been charged with two
burglaries of the same supermarket.
ieves broke into a Seven Mile
Road, Runanga, house under
renovation, stealing tools and
household items. e theft occurred
some time between Friday night
and Saturday afternoon. A door at
the back of the unoccupied building
was forced open. Police today urged
Runanga people to step up their
Rain clearing, gusty easterly
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has
admitted to smoking crack cocaine
and being a raging alcoholic,
ranted about killing someone
on tape and knocked down an
elderly councilwoman --- and yet
he has a higher approval rating
than the president of the United
States. According to the latest poll
carried out by Forum Research,
the foul-mouthed, irascible
Toronto mayor continues to enjoy
a 42% job performance rating.
e results of the survey of more
than 1000 respondents were made
public on Wednesday --- two
days after Toronto City Council
overwhelmingly voted to strip Ford
of most of his mayoral powers.
Mayor Ford's job performance
rating is also ve times higher than
the US Congress, which on average
currently stands at a paltry 7.5%. ---
Soft landing for plane
e veteran pilot of a light plane that
tipped on to its nose yesterday while
landing on the ree Mile beach, north
of Hokitika, today described it as a
Murray Bowes was ying solo in the
Maule aircraft but during the planned
beach landing about 4.30pm he ran into
some soft sand, which "upset things".
e experienced pilot, who until
recently owned the Hokitika-based
scenic ight company Wilderness
Wings, walked away without a scratch
and the plane was barely damaged,
apart from a bent propeller.
"I came in on some soft sand and
the aircraft ended up on its nose," Mr
Local residents helped tip the plane
back on its wheels, and it was then
moved above the high tide mark
awaiting a road journey back to the
e Civil Aviation Authority has
been advised and says it will discuss the
incident with him.
Hokitika Museum is trying to develop
a database to record every Westland
resident who ser ved in World War
One, as part of the war centennial
commemorations starting next year.
It is looking for information on
everyone who ser ved in the war, and to
re-tell their stories.
e Greymouth Star is also looking
for diaries or letters from anyone on the
frontline who was from the West Coast,
whether soldiers or nurses.
Hokitika Museum director Julia
Bradshaw said there was no de nitive
account of West Coasters who went o
to the war.
A Northland man, Kevin Lewis, had
compiled details of the men whose
names appeared on memorials around
Westland, and the museum also had the
Hokitika RSA list of those who signed
up in Hokitika, as well as photographs,
medals, postcards, soldiers' pay books
and certi cates.
"In addition, it is likely that a large
amount of important material is still
held locally. Memorials to those who
fell are found throughout Westland, but
many know little about the experiences
of those who fought, of the lives of
those left behind and of their own
personal connections to the stories," Ms
e museum plans to facilitate the
development of the database, which
will be publicly available so those
personal connections can be made, and
e database project aims to collate
known information, add new material
and make connections between
names and memorials and real stories,
photographs and medals.
It will become a source for stories
about Westland's involvement in
the ghting, biographies of those
who ser ved --- especially those who
made the ultimate sacri ce --- and
for understanding Westland's role in
the war e ort, including the e ect on
people at home.
"It is hoped that sharing these personal
stories will 'grow ' the community's
understanding and emotional
connection to this important time in
Westland and New Zealand's history."
e museum will be inviting
community members to contribute by
bringing in photographs, which will be
copied, of relatives who were connected
to World War One, including loved
ones left at home. People can also
volunteer to research individuals.
Hokitika Museum will be working
with Westland District Library
and other community groups and
contributing the information found
to the cenotaph database (Auckland
War Memorial Museum), which is
attempting to list every New Zealand
service person in World War One.
History House, in Greymouth, has
recently compiled its list of those who
served, with over 700 names collated
so far. It says it will collect other
information as it comes in.
e Government's national
network of cycle trails grew by
110km on Saturday, with the
o cial opening of the Greymouth-
Hokitika section of the West Coast
Mayors and MPs were among
more than 1000 people who
converged on Kumara for
ceremonies and celebrations that
lasted throughout the day.
e $7.9 million, 136km trail,
the latest in the Nga Haerenga
New Zealand Cycle Trail network,
stretches from Greymouth, through
Kumara, Milltown and Lake
Kaniere, to Hokitika and will
eventually end in Ross. e rst
three days of the four-day trail are
now open, and the nal stage from
Hokitika to Ross will be developed
early in 2014.
On Saturday, hundreds of cyclists
rode sections of the trail to meet in
Kumara, with about 120 departing
from Greymouth at 9am and 40
leaving from Hokitika at 6am.
Associate Tourism Minister Chris
Tremain declared the trail o cially
open, cutting the ribbon with the
help of Green Party list MP Kevin
Hague and Olympic cycling gold
medallist Sarah Ulmer.
" e local community have totally
got behind the construction of this
trail," Mr Tremain said. "It's a joint
e ort between the Government and
local councils and o ers exciting
opportunities for tourism on the
Grey District Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn said collaboration was
the key to the success of the trail.
" ey say build it and they will
come. We've built it, and you've
come," Mr Kokshoorn told the large
Mr Hague praised the completion
of the trail, saying he and his family
moved to the West Coast because
they loved cycling.
" at same pull will bring tourists
to the Coast."
Development West Coast
chairman John Sturgeon said the
opening was "a day in history for the
"I've always said if you don't get o
the tarseal roads on the Coast and
get on a bit of gravel road, you don't
see the Coast."
e event drew residents and local
businesses to a market day complete
with period costumes.
Visitors enjoyed performances
from the Kokatahi Band, Westport
RSA Highland Pipe Band, and
the Cool Chicks Can Can-
Can vintage dance group, while
inside the rebuilt eatre Royal
Hotel, singer-songwriter Racheal
Dawick performed throughout the
afternoon. Later, Dillmanstown
musician John Acker played piano,
Ellen Barry sang old and new jazz,
and e Johnnys and Cutty Wren
played their sets on the central stage.
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Associate Tourism Minister Chris Tremain, right, Olympic gold medallist Sarah
Ulmer and Green Party list MP Kevin Hague share the ribbon-cutting duties.
PICTURES: Christine Linnell
An antique bike race down the Kumara main street followed
the opening ceremony for the West Coast Wilderness Trail.
Remembering your loved ones at Christmas...
Thursday 5th December, 7.30pm
"A time to re ect and light a candle"
Christmas refreshments at the conclusion of the evening
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