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e West Coast District
Health Board has a new general
manager. e board restructured
some management roles last year,
creating the position of general
manager, Grey and Westland. Mark
Newsome, who has been living in
Australia and previously worked in
Canterbury, starts the new role in
Greymouth on Monday. He will
report to DHB programme director
Tyres set alight
Old tyres were set alight last
night beneath a driveway bridge
o Bright Street, in Cobden. Police
want to hear from anyone who saw
people acting suspiciously in the
area about 10.30pm.
Contractors are currently installing
a new sewer main that will complete
the Cobden phase of the greater
Greymouth sewerage system. Once
operational, the pipe will help carry
Cobden's waste to the new sewerage
treatment plant in Preston Road.
Grey District Council spokesman
Kurtis Perrin-Smith said pipe
laying work would nish in Cobden
this week, and from Monday,
Westroads would be installing the
Greymouth connections, starting
in Richmond Quay. " ey will
be installing the pipework down
Mawhera Quay over the next two
weeks, with all reinstatement being
completed before the Christmas
break. Motorists should expect some
minor delays as the works progress
along the quay," he said.
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
Forget Christmas dinner ---
gamers who plan on spending the
entire festive period on their new
consoles can enjoy a Christmas
Tinner. e meal boasts nine layers
--- from a fry-up for breakfast
through to turkey and veg and
even mince pies for dessert --- all
in a tin, courtesy of retailer Game.
"Almost half of British gamers plan
to spend the majority of Christmas
Day testing out new games and
consoles," explained a spokesman
for the company. "It's the ultimate
innovation for gamers across the
nation who can't tear themselves
away from their new consoles and
games on Christmas Day --- the
rst all-in-one festive feast in a tin."
Impatient drivers tear down Haast safety barriers
Impatient motorists busted through
two sets of safety gates that have kept
the Haast Pass highway closed to night
tra c since a slip was brought down in
September, killing two tourists.
Constable Rob Manera, of the Haast
police, said the o enders attached a
vehicle to the double cyclone gates that
were blocking the highway either side of
the Diana Falls slip, tearing them apart.
Having rst wrecked the gates on the
Makarora side of the pass, they drove
through the slip and then repeated the
act on the Haast side.
Mr Manera said their actions had
placed other road users in danger.
" is unstable section of the highway
has then been left open for any
unsuspecting road user to travel through,"
he said. State highway 6 remains closed
at Diana Falls between 7pm and 8am
daily until the slip can be stabilised.
e 2014 Waitangi Day Picnic
will have a gold coin donation for
food as organisers try to keep the
event alive in the face of a funding
e organising committee
meeting last week realised they
would fall short of the budget
e picnic, held at Dixon Park,
has been run since 2000 and
typically draws up to 2000 people,
with the combination of free food,
entertainment and games.
Chairman Doug Gri n and
secretary Sarah Van Looy said
a gold coin donation would be
applied to both the barbecue and
hangi, but the rest of the park and
activities would still be free.
Mr Gri n said they wanted to
let people know now so that they
were not surprised on the day.
e picnic received funding
from the Lion Foundation, but
that had to be spent on speci c
items, not including food.
e Ministry of Cultural
Heritage funded $5000, which
could be used to buy food,
however last year's food bill was
" at's $4000 we have to make
up," Ms Van Looy said.
e picnic this year cost a total
"So we've got to nd all that
money from somewhere. We try
to nd it in the community, but
the community only has so much
capacity," Mr Gri n said.
"It's hard to nd someone who
is going to give you $3000."
He said times had changed
and although they did not want
to charge, without doing so the
event would be cancelled within
a few years.
Ms Van Looy said they still
hoped to nd more funding,
adding that donations would be
bene cial: "It all helps."
e cancellation of the 2011
picnic had depleted the nancial
reser ves the committee had built
up previously because they had
to return funding despite having
already paid for some items.
Ms Van Looy said they would
also look to reduce some food
items, such as some of the
vegetables in the hangi, to lower
Despite the changes they assured
the February 6 picnic would still
be a fun day out for families.
"It's not all doom and gloom,"
Mr Gri n said.
"A $2 lunch is still pretty good,"
Ms Van Looy said.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Regular users of Milton Road, Greymouth, will have welcomed the sight of contractors today nally adding a layer of tarseal to the depressions left behind
after pipes were laid for the new sewerage line. e Grey District Council has been inundated with complaints about the state of the road, which Cr Kevin Brown
described at one meeting as a "mine eld" for drivers.
Okarito --- population 30
--- already boasts a Booker-
award winning author, Keri
Hulme. Now an international
photographer is at the helm of the
local community association.
Andris Apse has lived in the
coastal South Westland village
for 13 years and now chairs the
Okarito Community Association.
His photographs have featured in
the New York Times, Newsweek
and a book about the world's
top landscape photographers.
His gallery features in the
Lonely Planet tourist guide as an
In his new role, he has a mission
--- to bring faster broadband to
the remote village.
"It's slow, there are so many
people using it," he told the
Mr Apse, who hails from
Canterbury, said Okarito was a
"little self-contained community".
e community association
already runs its own water supply,
library and campground.
e goldmining township
sprang up in 1865, but the
population rapidly declined as the
beach gold ran out.
In the 1970s residents and
supporters formed the Okarito
Improvement Society to save the
historic wharf from demolition.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Crown
land seaward of the main street,
e Strand, was sold by ballot
and the resident population
increased, including the arrival of
Ms Hulme, who wrote e Bone
People there. It won the Booker
Prize in 1984 and has since sold
one million copies worldwide,
making it the biggest selling New
Greymouth Christmas Parade organising
committee members Sharon Pugh, left, Jules Bell
and Shoshy Perchig-Gibli with Xtreme Ice-Cream
operator Garry Pring are making the nal
preparations for the parade tomorrow. e
carnival starts at 10am in Albert Street with 30 stalls,
a bouncy castle, gymnastics display, free gift wrap-
ping table, and vintage cars on display. e parade
itself, starting at 1pm, features 50 oats from a
variety of schools, organisations and businesses.
With showers forecast, Mrs Pugh said they would
review the parade on the hour if necessary.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Scene set for
Plans are afoot for the town of
Greymouth to celebrate its 150th
birthday on July 22 next year --- six
months ahead of Hokitika celebrations.
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said that was
the date that the steamer Nelson crossed
the Grey River bar in 1864, and pioneer
storekeeper Reuben Waite disembarked
to set up a store on the riverbank, now
the site of Cafe DP1 on the corner of
Mawhera Quay and Waite Street.
Seventy gold diggers disembarked at
the same time, including the Watson
brothers, who did not have to go far to
strike it rich. At what is now known as
Watson's Creek, about 4km south of the
Grey River, the two Watsons and two
friends found over the next nine months
enough gold to bring in £7830 ---
$3.4 million in today's currency.
Hokitika was founded on October 1
that year, when pioneer storekeepers
John Hudson and James Price set up
their store on what is now the corner
of Revell Street and Gibson Quay.
Hokitika is planning a whole year of
celebrations, however these do not start
until December 20 to coincide with the
rst crossing of the Hokitika River bar,
again by the steamer Nelson.
Greymouth resident Peter Kerr
suggested in a submission to the Grey
District Council 2013-14 annual
plan that the 150th anniversary was
approaching and should also be
commemorated. Mr Kokshoorn agreed.
"It's an important part of our history,
the beginning of the town and it should
be marked with a special celebration,"
Mr Kokshoorn said.
e council meeting on Monday will
discuss the formation of an anniversary
committee, chaired by the Mayor, to
draft a programme of activities to mark
In 2010, the West Coast celebrated the
150th year of its foundation, following
the signing of the Deed of Purchase
with Poutini Ngai Tahu on May 21,
Greymouth looks to 150th
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