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Another scam doing the rounds
almost caught out one Greymouth
woman. A letter arrived last week
declaring that she had won $33,600
and the cheque had already been
sent. However, in the ne print, it
stated that a cheque, cash or a credit
card payment of $70 or $75 had to
be for warded to the Netherlands
company to enable the cash to be
sent. e woman stopped short of
lling out the form to claim the
'prize' and contacted the Greymouth
Star to alert others of the scam.
Referendum papers out
Voting papers for the State-asset
sale referendum have now been
posted to voters, and replacement
voting papers are available for
eligible voters who need them. "If
you are on the electoral roll and have
not received your voting papers, or if
you spoiled, destroyed or lost them
you can request replacement papers,"
chief electoral o cer Robert Peden
said. Voting closes on December 13,
and voters should post their voting
papers back no later than December
Port of Greymouth. --- Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: One Greymouth
vessel. In port: Cook Canyon,
Tawera, Jay Penelope, 19 other
vessels. Expected arrivals: Galatea II,
tomorrow; Jay Elaine, December 8.
Expected departures: Cook Canyon,
tomorrow; Jay Penelope, December
Buller mayor spurns car
of the Westport News
Buller Mayor Garry Howard has refused
the o er of a mayoral car, in contrast to
his opposite number at the cash-strapped
Westland District Council.
e Greymouth Star reported last week
that the Westland council would have to
borrow $50,000 so its mayor Mike Havill,
a resident of Grey district, could have a
Council then voted against a mayoral car.
Mr Howard said that on his rst day in
o ce, a mayoral car was among the o ers
the chief executive had been duty bound to
He never had any intention of taking it up.
"I do use, on occasions, the pool car
that council sta have. at's generally
where I've got other council sta going to
say, a meeting in Reefton or a meeting in
He did not think it was appropriate for a
council the size of Buller's to have a mayoral
He was not sure what the nancial terms
of the o er were, but thought he might have
been required to contribute about 10 to 15%
of his salary.
"I was a bit bemused by the o er quite
frankly, but it was just a procedural thing
that they have to go through and say 'do
you want this?' I decided a mayoral car was
de nitely not me. It would be a situation I
would avoid, certainly given the nancial
aspect to it."
Mr Havill's decision to have a mayoral car
was his choice to make, he said.
"He'll have reasons for it and maybe
when you look at the overall expense it may
actually be an economic option."
Mr Havill was a commercially savvy
person, he said.
"I'm aware of how many kilometres he's
doing so I would have thought he's done the
economics and actually would have made
the best decision for the council."
e Greymouth Star reported that Mr
Havill had asked council to purchase a small
economical vehicle for him to use.
Council chief executive Tanya Winter
said that Westland was a vast district
stretching 350km from Kumara to
Jackson Bay, and considerable mileage was
Tuesday December 3
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passed away on
December 1, 2013.
Dearly loved mother of
Emmaleen and the late
Annabella. Dearly loved
daughter of Doug and
Loved sister and sister-
in-law of Melanie and
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Kade and Kane and a
much loved grand-
daughter, niece and
cousin of all her
whanau. Best mate of
Jax, her dog. Messages
to 14 Alpine View,
Hokitika 7810. A private
family service for
Richelle is to be held.
FDANZ, Ph 755 7993.
BANKS, Sylvia Jean.
November 30, 2013.
Passed away, peacefully
at Wairau Hospital
by her loving family.
Dearly loved wife of the
late Maitland Charles
John (Bill), dearly loved
mother and mother-in-
law of Pauline and
Robert, Lorretta and
partner Allan, Gloria
and Grant, and Richard
and partner Lanie.
Loved and precious
Nana of all her grand-
children and great-
to the Banks Family, C/-
PO Box 110, Blenheim
7240. By request, cut
flowers only please. A
graveside service for
Sylvia will be held at the
Reefton Cemetery, 1pm
December 4. Geoffrey T
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FDANZ. Phone (03) 578
Two motorcyclists from Hawera were
ferried to Grey Base and Nelson hospitals
at the weekend after a motorbike crash
on Atarau Road. A 57-year-old woman
with rib and lower leg lacerations, was
transported in the NZCC Rescue
Helicopter to Greymouth, while her
companion got a trip in the Nelson
Rescue helicopter with a broken leg.
Ex-Coasters lead bike tour
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Former Greymouth couple Ken and Sue McGeady with members of the Waikato Classic Motorcycle Club, in Greymouth at the
Ken and Sue McGeady stopped o in
their former hometown of Greymouth
during the West Coast leg of the Waikato
Classic Motor Cycle Southern tour at the
Eighteen British bikes and a solitary
Japanese machine made the trip on what
has been a two-yearly excursion to the
"Doctors, nurses, business people as
well as retired couples make the trip and
the average age is 65 years of age," Mr
"A good selection of British bikes ---
Triumphs, Ariels, Nortons. We have been
travelling every two years for the past 22
years. Everybody has really enjoyed the
West Coast and the hospitality, it's been
e visiting bikers enjoyed the Denniston
Experience, Nile River rail trip at
Charleston, did a return trip on the Tranz
Alpine train, as well as visiting Kumara, the
Hokitika Treetop Walkway and Blackball
e Greymouth Youth Choir will be performing tomorrow night as part of the Combined Churches
Community carol ser vice, at the Regent eatre. e choir started in July 2012 under the direction of
Carolyn Williams and accompanied by Liz Ewan. It is open to youths aged 10 to 25. It currently has a
core of 25 singers, from a roll of about 40, with most schools represented. e choir has performed at
numerous school galas, carol ser vices, Probus and Art in the Park. e carol ser vice starts tomorrow at
Youth choir tuning up for carol ser vice
Scientists were today trying to
eradicate a pest weed that has invaded
Lake Ianthe, between Ross and Hari
Lagarosiphon was discovered by chance
earlier this year by National Institute
of Water and Atmospheric Research
(Niwa) scientists checking West Coast
lakes for another weed, hornwort.
While Lake Ianthe was clear of that
weed, they spotted lagarosiphon at the
northern access, near the car park.
Department of Conser vation weed
expert Tom Belton said Niwa had been
contracted to clean it up.
ree sta were here this week to do
a dive sur vey and herbicide application.
e work should take until about
e herbicide would be applied under
the surface via a hose, trailing from a
"Most of the work is survey and
marking of infestations, then the
herbicide application should only take a
few hours," Mr Belton said.
e herbicide should reduce the bulk
of the weed, and then about February
next year another contractor will remove
the remaining weed by diving with a
Mr Belton said Niwa believed the
chances of eradication were good.
e weed was found only six months
after the voracious pest sh rudd, which
there is no hope of eradicating.
People cannot swim in the lake, or
take water from it, for 24 hours after the
herbicide is applied. It is not toxic to sh
when used at recommended rates.
e standard of blooms at the
Westland Rose Society annual show
at the weekend was impressive.
Gri en and Smith Challenge
Cup: M and S Hyde. Sutherland
Challenge Cup: Flora Daglish.
Tennent Cup: M and S Hyde.
Woolworths Rose Bowl, open
Exhibition bloom: M and S Hyde
1, L Anisy 2, M Jellyman 3. ree
decorative blooms: M and S Hyde
1. One decorative bloom: L Anisy
3. Rose in three stages: M amd S
Hyde 1, S Almond 2. One small
stem rose: L Anisy 1, M Jellyman
2, S Almond 3.
One large stem rose: S Almond
1, L Anisy 2, M. Jellyman 3. Small
stem rose: M and S Hyde 1, L Anisy
2. ree large stems roses: L Anisy 1,
M and S Hyde 2. Bi-colour bloom:
fully open bloom: M and S Hyde 1,
A McEnaney 2, L Anisy 3. One vase
stems: L Anisy 1, N Hopkinson 2.
One vase mixed roses: L Anisy 1, N
Hopkinson 2, M Jellyman 3. David
Austin rose: J Marsh 1, M and S
Hyde. 2, K and P Haussman 3. ree
stems David Austin roses: M and S
Hyde 2. One stem old fashion roses:
stems old fashion roses: J Marsh 1,
One exhibition bloom: J Ritchie
1, A and P Lambert 2, F Daglish
3. One decorative bloom: A
McEnaney 1, J Ritchie 2, F Daglish
3. One decorative bloom, (side
buds allowed): R McKnight 1, A
McEnaney 2. Roses in three stages:
A McEnaney 1, S Whelan 2. One
fully open bloom: A McEnaney
1, Kowhai Manor 2, J Ritchie 3.
ree small stems: J Ritchie 1, N
Hopkinson 2, A and P Lambert 3.
One large stem: Kowhai Manor 1,
R McKnight 2 and 3. One David
Austin rose: J Ritchie 1, A and P
Lambert 2. ree stems David
Austin roses: N Hopkinson 1. One
stem old fashioned roses: C Helm
1, R McKnight 2, A and P Lambert
3.Shirley Bell Cup for miniature
ree small stems: L Anisy 1, L
McAllister 2, J Ritchie 3. ree
large stems: L Anisy 1, M and S
Hyde 2. One dec, one ex, one small
Decorative blooms: L Anisy 1. Box
of mini blooms: M and S Hyde 1, P
Hodgson 2, S Almond 3. Bowl of
mini blooms: L Anisy 1, J Ritchie
Floral art section
Rose in a brandy glass: P Hodgson
1, A McEnaney 2, S Almond 3.
Decorated letterbox: J Marsh 1,
M Hyde 2, L McAllister 3. Wine
and cheese hamper: S Whelan 1,
J Marsh 2, L McAllister 3. Rose
in large porta frame: L Anisy 1, L
McAllister 2, A and P Lambert
3. Rose in small porta frame: F
Daglish 1, S Almond 2, L Anisy
3. Arrangement in a gift bag: L
McAllister 1, N Hopkinson 2, A
Kelly 3. Pigeon pair arrangement:
L McAllister 1, A Kelly 2, P
Hodgson 3. 50th anniversary
composition: J Marsh 1, M Hyde
2, L McAllister 3. Arrangement
in a candlestick: P Hodgson 1, C
Muir 2, S Whelan 3. Flax, fern and
ower arrangement: C Muir 1, P
Hodgson 2, L McAllister 3. Light
fantasy: L McAllister 1, S Whelan
Open: M and S Hyde (29 points)
1, L Anisy (22) 2, S Almond (10) 3.
Novice: A McEnaney (11) 1, A and
P Lambert (6) 2, N Hopkinson (3)
3. Shirley Bell Cup, (mini roses): L
Anisy (12) 1, M amd S Hyde (8)
2, P Hodgson and L McAllister
(2) 3 equal. Floral Art Cup: L
McAllister (17) 1, P Hodgson (9)
2, J Marsh (8) 3.
Premier ribbons for champion of
Premier stem: L Anisy. Premier
bloom: M and S Hyde. Premier
oral art (50th anniversary
composition): J Marsh.
Impressive standards at
West Coast rose show
Drunk at wheel
A 20-year-old Hokitika man was
caught drink-driving on Sta ord-Loop
Road about 9.50pm yesterday, blowing
912mg. e limit for drivers over-20 is
400mg. Hokitika police were also kept
busy over the long weekend investigating
a number of reports of vandalism,
including two car windows smashed.
Bathurst Resources says
it may be able to expand
into the Greymouth area.
e company expects
to produce the rst coal
from its Escarpment
Mine at Denniston
next March, after a
lengthy court process
was resolved earlier this
It is looking to rail coal
from Westport, saving on
port development costs.
It said in a presentation
this week there were
opportunities in the
Greymouth coal eld, as
well as in south and north
e Wareatea West
sites were considered a
"natural extension" to
the Escarpment Mine. It
did not elaborate on its
As well as hard coking
coal, Bathurst sells coal
domestically, to industrial
By 2015, it wants to be
producing one million
tonnes a year, rising to
two million by 2017.
e presentation also
revealed it has to pay a $6
million bond on signing
the management plans
for the new Denniston
mine. It expects to spend
up to $4 million on a
rail siding, $8 million on
a wastewater treatment
plant, and $7 million
on a coal handling and
Total funding required
to produce the rst coal
was estimated at $28m.
of the Westport News
Westport is in danger of massive
ooding, says a former Buller Mayor.
Pat O'Dea said the Buller River bed
had built up and its safety valve, the
Orowaiti River over ow, had not been
Since the 1982 and 1988 earthquakes,
a mass of gravel had slowly moved down
the Buller River, he said in a letter to the
Buller District Council.
e impact was clearly visible in the
build-up of gravel banks and of the
e removal of the gravel dredge line
at the Buller Bridge had made things
worse. Since the harbour breakwaters
were extended to stop beach sand
building up on the Westport bar, the
river had lost some of its gradient and
consequently some of its average speed,
which helped keep river levels safe.
e dredge, as it was now being used,
was basically ine ective in maintaining
safe levels, Mr O'Dea said.
Some design factors of the port had
disappeared. ey included the man-
made estuary around the Marrs Beach
area, the depth of the oating basin, and
the gut behind Tredennicks Point, which
had been man-made to ush water along
Most importantly, the Orowaiti
over ow, which had been designed as
a safety valve for Westport by diverting
high oods through the Orowaiti, had
not been maintained properly for years.
It would be ine ective.
"All in all, given these factors and
others, I consider Westport is in real
danger of massive ooding with danger
to life and property.
"I believe immediate priority should
be given to investigate these issues
and work to protect our town and
Mr O'Dea said he had raised his
concerns to previous councillors, with no
Mayor Garry Howard told the council
meeting last week the West Coast
Regional Council had done an extensive
amount of research and would brief the
district council in the New Year.
high flood risk
Scientists tackle pest weed
Just 77.8mm of rain fell in Greymouth
during a warm November.
Weather observer Phil Forrest said
the warmest temperature of 24degC
was almost ve degrees better than last
November, while the lowest, 5.5degC,
was slightly warmer.
e sunshine total of 196 hours was
below the 205 hours logged in November
2012, and the year to date sun total of
1576 hours lags behind the 1665 hours
logged at this stage of last year.
e rainfall tally, 1766mm, is 228mm
under the 1994mm a year ago.
Reefton experienced a dry month with
well below average rainfall and above
Just 71mm of rain fell, while the
average minimum temperature of 7.4
degC, and maximum of 21.6degC were
at least two degrees warmer than a year
ago. e lowest recording of 2degC
and the warmest, 26.5degC, were three
Little rain in warm November
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