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Power bill bonus
West Coasters can expect an early
Christmas present this year after
Westpower announced a
$2 million discount for customers.
Chief executive Rob Caldwell
said the discount would mean
roughly $90 o the next power
bill for an average household. " e
discount, which is allocated based
on electricity consumption over
the previous 12 months, should
be received by consumers in their
December 2013 power accounts."
e community-owned company
said it "has had a positive 2012-
13 year nancially" and customers
would bene t as a result. is
follows a $1m discount in 2012 and
a $2m discount in 2011.
Directions from a global
positioning system (GPS) this
morning, literally sent three Chinese
students from Australia o the
beaten track, near Hokitika. A
police spokesman said the visitors
should have been on State highway
6, but their GPS told them to drive
along Golf Links Road, Southside.
" ey got into trouble when they
were driving over some moss and
slid o the road, almost ending up
in a creek." However, they were
not the only ones to end up in the
wrong place. Greymouth police
were initially sent to Golf Links
Road, Kaiata, to investigate the
crash. When o cers failed to nd
it, they realised it was not in their
patch, but Hokitika's.
Burglars jemmied a padlock o
the door of a shed in Kaiata to steal
two 60W solar panels still in their
original packaging. e Clifton
Road shed is about 400m from
the roadside and police believe the
thieves drove a vehicle to the shed
to load the stolen gear.
Patchy cloud, strong easterly
A London beauty salon has
slapped curvier customers with a so-
called "fat tax," saying they use up
more materials. MM Bubbles --- a
salon in South Kensington o ering
manicures, pedicures, waxing and
body wraps --- has started charging
women from size 12 upwards a fee
of £5 (NZ$10) for a 45-minute
leg wax. Women that are a size 18
and over are being asked for £10
(NZ$20) more. An undercover
customer was sent to the salon by
e Sun newspaper. e size 22 to
24 woman was reportedly told by
beauty sta , "I know maybe for you
it is not very nice but I use more
stu ". --- New Zealand Herald
Heritage trust moves to save old wharf goods shed
Fresh from saving the two old wharf
cranes from the scrap metal dealer, the
Greymouth Heritage Trust has now set
its sights on the corrugated iron goods
Chairman Stewart Nimmo said the
trust regarded the shed as an integral
part of the wharf heritage precinct
incorporating the cranes, rail corridor,
wharf and harbour board buildings.
e old shed could have a multitude of
uses, he said.
Similar goods sheds in Auckland now
housed waterfront bars, and the location
of the Greymouth shed, right beside the
cycle trail, made it an ideal place for a
co ee shop-gallery.
It could also be used for vehicle storage
for visitors needing somewhere to park
their cars while out on the cycle trail.
"We are keen to see the shed retained.
It's a big building and needs to be tidied
up but it could become a commercial
hub of a vibrant area. It's part of our
history and deserves to be saved," Mr
e heritage trust discussed the future
of the goods shed at its annual meeting
last night, and will put the case to the
Grey District Council for its retention.
ree years ago the dilapidated shed
was saved from demolition only by the
casting vote of the mayor.
At that stage Cr Paul Berry's motion,
supported by Crs Ian Cummings,
Kevin Brown, Cli Sandrey and Doug
Truman, recommended the goods shed
be demolished. Cr Doug Truman said it
was a liability and it would cost more to
repair than replacement.
Cr Peter Haddock said the rusting
shed was "a bit of an eyesore" but was
also a potential earner: "Once a building
is gone, it's gone, I don't support
knocking it over, I don't see what the
bene ts are."
Laura Mills and Brendon McMahon
Prospective National Party candidate
Maureen Pugh's main rival says the
Westland ratepayers --- saddled with
$15.5 million of debt and the highest rate
rise in New Zealand --- would be the best
to judge her merits.
Mrs Pugh, who stepped down last month
as Westland mayor, is the only name in the
hat for the National Party nomination for
the West Coast-Tasman electorate.
e party's West Coast-Tasman division
chairman Andy ompson con rmed
late yesterday that Mrs Pugh's application
for nomination as a candidate --- with
the noti ed retirement of list MP Chris
Auchinvole --- had been accepted at a pre-
selection electorate committee meeting in
She would still have to undergo a
formal vote by eligible party members on
December 14, but as National's formal
candidate application and pre-selection
process had now closed, Mrs Pugh's
name was e ectively the only one on the
hustings, he said.
Even if she does win the party's con dence
as the National Party candidate, that
would not put her in Parliament unless she
beats Labour's Damien O'Connor, who
holds the West Coast-Tasman seat, or is
accepted and oats high on the party list
to become a list MP.
Mr O'Connor, now in his 20th year in
Parliament, said today he had faced a range
of opponents and candidates over the years,
and had respected them all.
Asked to rate Mrs Pugh as a rival
candidate, he said: " e best people to ask
are the ratepayers of Hokitika."
Green Party list MP Kevin Hague,
who chases the party vote, not the seat,
said rather than the person, it was more a
question of the National Party's record and
"Essentially, it's been terrible for New
Zealand. It doesn't matter who's on the
When asked about the Westland council
debt, Mr Hague said National represented
itself as the party that could handle
the economy, but in reality, that was a
"super cial image".
Mr ompson said Mrs Pugh was the
only candidate at the moment, but she
still had to be selected or voted on by the
She would now appear before three meet-
the-candidate meetings for the party to
be staged throughout the electorate --- in
Westland-Grey, Motueka and Murchison
--- before a secret ballot of members after
the Murchison meeting, on December 14.
"We are very, very pleased to have
Maureen put her name forward," he said.
" e committee was very pleased with
her nomination and very impressed with
her presentation and we had no hesitation
in sending her forward."
Mr ompson said the party's candidate
application and pre-selection process
was rigorous and conducted by a sub-
committee within the electorate, and
decided upon at its annual conference.
" ere is no outside interference --- the
members get to have the say."
Mrs Pugh herself said she could not
make any comment at this stage.
Mr ompson con rmed that the party
rules around selection prevented any
candidate from making public statements
until the nal vote was held.
Mr Auchinvole, who is retiring, also
could not comment but said he would
once the selection process was over.
e little Te Kinga railway station
is getting an overhaul to bring it
back to its former glory, and will be
dedicated to railway workers who
fought in World War Two.
Christchurch man Keith Norton,
who owns a house at Te Kinga,
and fellow Moana resident David
Ellerm embarked on the upgrade,
saying the station had become run
down after years of neglect.
" is little station was a bit run
down and nearly hidden by gorse
and other bush, so I thought I
would get permission to keep it
tidy," Mr Norton said.
e project had some personal
"After reading a book about the
railway operating group e orts
during World War Two, and also
because my dad was a member of
this group, I decided to dedicate
this restoration e ort in memory of
He said they had been working on
it for a number of years but lately
there had been a concerted e ort
to nish the upgrade. ey also
wanted to erect information panels
about the project for visitors to look
at, with the landscaping to be a
e project had so far cost $2000
for re-cladding, painting and
landscaping and was helped by
donations from the community,
Resene Greymouth and Gri en
and Smith Mitre 10 Mega.
He hoped to have it all nished
for an Anzac Day opening next
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Te Kinga residents Keith Norton, left, and David Ellerm outside the railway station they are restoring to its former glory.
DOC keeps ear on Franz air noise
e West Coast Conservation
Board says aircraft noise at the
glaciers will be monitored carefully
and action taken if it becomes a
problem, with concerns the ice
retreat is forcing more tourists to
take to the air.
Meeting at Franz Josef Glacier on
Friday, the board agreed with the
latest draft of the partial review of
the Westland Tai Poutini National
Park management plan, which now
rejects controversial plans to allow
Ngai Tahu-owned Franz Josef
Glacier Guides to build a private
four-wheel-drive road to take
tourists closer to the ice terminal.
e plan change also increases the
number of helicopter ights to get
tourists on to the ice.
at increase prompted West
Coast-Tasman MP Damien
O'Connor to express concern
recently that the lower Franz Josef
Glacier valley would be saturated
with helicopter noise.
Conservation board chairman
Stewart Robertson said the new
draft management plan provided for
noise, and the nuisance value, to be
monitored. If more than a quarter of
visitors felt it was a nuisance, action
would be taken.
However, he pointed out that the
economies of both Franz Josef and
Fox Glacier townships depended
upon people getting close to the
e draft plan has gone to the New
Zealand Conservation Authority,
with the recommendation that it be
Little railway station salvaged
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