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Liquor ban arrest
A 21-year-old Runanga woman
wandering along Mackay Street early
on Sunday morning was arrested for
breaching Greymouth's liquor ban.
Police are reminding festive season
partygoers that they will not tolerate
anti-social behaviour which includes
drinking alcohol within liquor ban
A 21-year-old Cobden man was
arrested on Friday morning, 24 hours
after he stole a briefcase from the
back of the Bank of New Zealand.
e case was left unattended
momentarily and the thief grabbed it
and walked o .
Filippines Ambassador to New
Zealand, Her Excellency Virginia
H Benavidez, received a book about
the West Coast and a personal
donation of $500 toward relief
e orts following Typhoon Haiyan
from Grey District Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn during her courtesy call
to the mayor's o ce on Friday. Ms
Benavidez, along with rst secretary
and consul Arlene Gonzales-
Macaisa, were on the Coast over
the weekend, paying visits and
facilitating passport renewal and
other consular services.
Eel numbers stabilise
An independent panel of three
international experts has concluded
a review of the scienti c information
used to guide the management of New
Zealand's eel sheries, particularly
long n eels. ey found that although
long n eel numbers declined up to
the late 2000s, their numbers appear
to have stabilised in recent years.
One of their recommendations is
that a comprehensive assessment is
undertaken that includes sheries and
non- sheries risks to eels in order to
obtain a more complete picture of their
current status. e Ministry of Primary
Industry's Eel Science Working Group
will meet later this month to discuss
the review panel recommendations.
Coast schools urged to
join Waitangi initiative
West Coast schools have been
urged to take part in a nationwide
initiative aimed at seeing every child
visit Waitangi before leaving school,
in order to better understand New
Zealand's heritage. About 3000
school children --- just over 2.5%
of New Zealand's 762,400 students
--- currently make the trek north
each year. Our Nation's Children, an
initiative of the Waitangi National
Trust and supported by Westpac,
has been developed to promote the
175th anniversary of the Treaty
of Waitangi and encourage more
visitors to the historic location. One
of the rst projects is a school movie
competition aimed at intermediate
school age students, to be held
during the rst term of 2014. e
three best movies will each win a
class trip valued at $10,000 to visit
Waitangi and the Bay of Islands.
Fatal house re
One person has died in a house re
in the Wellington region overnight.
Police said emergency services were
called to the blaze in Trentham,
Upper Hutt shortly after 8pm.
"When services arrived the re
was well established. Unfortunately
one person has been con rmed
as deceased inside the address,"
police said. e cause of the re was
unknown. --- APNZ
In Port: Jay Elaine, 23 other
vessels. Expected arrivals: Galatea II,
Tawera, tomorrow; Cook Canyon,
Wednesday. Expected departures: Jay
No temporary fix for
Punakaiki water tanks
A man who caused a crash on
Greymouth's "mad mile" was convicted
in Westport District Court last week
for driving dangerously.
James Ronald McBride, 18, sherman,
of Blaketown, pleaded guilty to the
Police prosecutor Steven Greer said
McBride was following an associate
in an area known locally as the 'mad
mile' comprising Lydia, Geraldine and
Josephine streets on October 9. He was
on a learner's licence.
He cut a corner, causing another
motorist to swerve. He then took a
corner too widely and crossed the
centre line, colliding with an oncoming
His car's warrant of tness had expired
and it had a bald tyre.
Mr Greer said $172.50 in reparations
was being sought. Other costs would be
covered by insurance.
Defending, Ian Miller said McBride
did not recall cutting the rst corner
but accepted it had probably happened.
He had been travelling at 60kph at the
most but had been taking the corners
too fast. He should have given way at
the second corner and accepted that he
caused the accident.
Mr Miller asked that McBride receive
a ne. He lived 40 kilometres out of
town and getting in for community
work would be "virtually impossible"
without a licence.
Judge Noel Walsh said McBride's
behaviour had been foolish and could
have been tragic. At 18, McBride
thought he was bulletproof but he was
Judge Walsh convicted McBride,
ned him $800, and ordered him to
pay court costs and the reparations. He
disquali ed him from driving for six
months. --- Westport News
'Mad mile' crash
costly for driver
e Buller District Council says it is
looking to x the Punakaiki water tanks
that are continuously spilling water, but
will not put in a temporary x in the
Holes were drilled in the top of the seven
water tanks recently to act as an over o w,
but water had been continually spilling out
of them since last week.
Punakaiki resident Richard Arlidge said
the water was endlessly running out of the
top, eroding the shingle below the tanks
and owing on to the main highway.
He thought it was indicative of an ongoing
problem with the water supply system.
" e pressure is so great that it's pushing
the water out the caps," Mr Arlidge said.
Before the holes were drilled the tanks had
all run out of water, leaving the township
Buller District Council operations
manager Stephen Gri n said the electronic
level sensor had stopped working. It was
designed to detect when the water level
e solution would involve installing an
aluminium diode, which would turn the
ow o once the water hit it.
Mr Gri n said it was a new system and
they expected there might be a few glitches
e solution was straightforward and
they would not install a temporary solution
preferring to focus on a permanent one.
"It's not doing any harm."
He said the holes were necessary to allow
air out, because if the holes were not there
during a sudden draw of water the tanks
Mr Gri n said the council had not been
noti ed that the township had run out of
Monday December 9
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BLAIR, (nee Eklund)
Susan. --- On December
7, 2013, passed away
peacefully with family
in Christchurch, aged 66
years. Much loved wife
of Bill Blair, loved
mother and mother-in-
law of Nicky and
Timmi, and Lincoln and
Megan, dearly cherished
Granma of Olivia,
Rhiannon, Georgia, and
Caitlin; Elliot, and
Pippa, and loved great-
Granma of Jakey, loved
daughter of the late Jack
and Shirley Eklund
(Reefton), dearly loved
sister and sister-in-law
of Ann and Dennis, Jill
and Graham, Michael
and Maureen, Lynn, Pat
and Peter, David (de-
ceased) and Mary, and
Julie and Wayne, and
a loved and respected
auntie of all her
nephews and nieces;
Sarah, Rachel, Jayne,
Johnnie, Susan, Simon,
Andrew, Max, Nick (de-
ceased), and Desiree
(deceased), Gair, and
Rebecca. Our thanks to
the Oncology Depart-
m ent Christchurch
Hospital, Nurse Maude,
and Helen and Claire
from Normans Road
Medical Centre. Mess-
ages may be addressed
to The Family of the late
Sue Blair, C/- PO Box
8545. In lieu of flowers,
donations to the St Giles
Restoration Fund would
be appreciated and may
be made at the service.
The Service to remem-
ber Sue's life will be
held in our Westpark
Chapel, 467 Wairakei
Road, Burnside, Christ-
church, on Thursday
December 12, at 2pm,
private cremation there-
after. Lamb & Hayward
Ltd. FDANZ. Phone
(03) 359 9018.
New Zealand formally
Reg. FD (FDANZ)
Ph 768 0250
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Premises and facilities
A bit of rain could not stop Santa from getting to the Ahaura Gala yesterday. A large
marquee provided shelter for most of the event, with lots of hot food to warm people up.
Santa arrived on a re truck, which kept him dry en route.
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Rain fails to deter Santa
Engaged in the Heritage
Highlights tour of Hokitika,
Heritage West Coast
Chairperson Jackie Gurden
and vice-chairman Rob Daniel
study the images of early
Revell Street and compare it
with today. e tour, led by
David Verrall in his Richard
Seddon attire, was undertaken
alongside the organisation's
annual meeting heritage forum.
"While I had seen most
of the photos before, it is
fascinating seeing them in
situ against today's frontages.
David's commentaries also
highlight features that most
of us wouldn't normally
think about and are very
entertaining," Mrs Gurden
A tour of the restored Regent
eatre was also held, led by
In her annual report, Mrs
Gurden paid a special tribute
to heritage champion Les
Wright who lost his life in the
bush in May.
She also praised the work
being undertaken throughout
the region highlighting
accomplishments of many
heritage organisations this year,
including Westport's Coaltown
Reefton's restoration of the
Mawheraiti Railway House,
Greymouth's port precinct
development and Hokitika's
Regent eatre restoration.
"Next year is likely to be a
very busy one with Heritage
West Coast celebrating 10
years and launching the revised
heritage strategy and the
Grey and Westland districts
both celebrating 150 years.
It is encouraging seeing the
recognition and investment
being made in preserving,
promoting and valuing our
tour feature of
A meeting may be held in Reefton this week
to try to shape the future of health ser vices in
Reefton Hospital has not been accepting new
patients and there are concerns over a lack of
GPs, and the future of the hospital.
At a meeting in October with Labour health
spokeswoman Annette King, the idea arose of
forming a steering committee or working group.
West Coast-Tasman MP Damien O'Connor
said they wanted to "co-ordinate our
expectations to the DHB".
"We think it is important to agree on what are
the reasonable bottom lines in terms of services
in Reefton that we expect to be delivered," Mr
Buller Deputy Mayor Graeme Neylon said the
meeting, tentatively set down for December 14,
would look at important stakeholders and from
there, the idea was to create a working group.
" en we'll see if the DHB would work with
the working group."
Reefton has 12 beds for hospital-level,
rest-home and palliative care. e board has
previously said people should not be alarmed by
the review of Reefton health services.
Reefton meeting to
try and shape future
of health services
e Department of
Conservation says it has
no plans to undertake
new projects at the
historic Blackball Mine
after the collapse of
one historic brick
e smaller chimney,
dating from about 1908,
collapsed in recent
weeks, but DOC says
the remaining larger
chimney is sound.
Paul Maunder asked
last week what DOC
was doing to protect
that historic structure.
Lizzy Sutcli e said the
mine was an actively-
managed historic site. A
2011 management plan
for the site noted the
latest inspection of the
tall chimney found
it to be structurally
" e department
currently has funds for
general maintenance of
the site but there are no
plans for new projects to
be undertaken there," Ms
Sutcli e said.
e only chimney
similar to the remaining
18m-tall Blackball one is
at the Brunner Mine site.
DOC thinks the
small, now collapsed,
chimney serviced three
early boilers, but became
redundant and was
capped of when the
tall chimney was built
to accommodate the
installation a new boiler
Ms Sutcli e said
DOC would welcome
in looking after the site
and those interested were
encouraged to get in
touch with partnership
ranger Trevor Johnston
at the Greymouth
No money for Blackball
Anyone hosting Christmas or end of
year functions after December 18 needs
to be aware of the changes to the law
around the supply of alcohol to under-
18s, West Coast medical o cer of health
Dr Cheryl Brunton said today.
"On 18 December 2013 new legislation
for supplying alcohol to under-18s
comes into e ect," she said.
"Under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol
Act 2012, it will be illegal to supply
alcohol to someone under the age of
18 unless you are their parent or legal
guardian or you have express consent
from their parent or legal guardian. You
are also required by law to supply alcohol
in a responsible manner."
Express consent from a parent or legal
guardian might come in the form of a
personal conversation, an e-mail or a
"As the supplier of the alcohol, you will
also need to have good reason to believe
that the express consent you've been
given is genuine."
e new legislation also states that in
order to supply alcohol in a responsible
manner, you will need to supervise the
consumption of alcohol, provide food
and low-alcohol and/or non-alcoholic
drinks and ensure safe transport options
are in place.
In addition you will need to consider
the nature of the occasion, the time
period over when the alcohol is supplied,
the strength and amount of alcohol
supplied and the age of the minor.
" e law changes won't just a ect
parents and guardians of under-18s.
Young adults supplying alcohol to
friends or family members who aren't
yet 18 will need to follow the same rules.
Choosing to ignore the law could cost
you a $2000 ne."
Dr Brunton said: "the safest option
for children and young people under 18
years was to not drink alcohol at all.
Young people's brains were still
developing and may be a ected by
Research also shows that the younger
teenagers start drinking, the more
likely it was they would go on to drink
harmfully in later life.
A defended Greymouth
District Court hearing was
unable to go ahead this morning
because the defendant, Jaydon
Galland, was in custody in
Galland, 19, was to defend a
driving charge but Judge Brian
Callaghan was told that he had
been arrested on other matters
in Christchurch at the weekend
and would not be making an
appearance. e judge issued a
warrant for Galland's arrest.
A former Greymouth man was
ned $200 in the Greymouth
District Court this morning
after admitting receiving a
stolen hot water cylinder.
Brian Morris Kerr, now of
Nelson, was to defend the
charge but accepted that he had
been "reckless as to whether the
cylinder had been stolen".
e court heard that two
cylinders had been stolen during
the burglary of a Greymouth
house in June.
Several days later Kerr
discovered one of the cylinders
on his property (a atmate had
stolen them) and, being out of
work and broke, sold it to a scrap
Judge Brian Callaghan ordered
Kerr to pay $63 reparation to
the scrap metal merchant.
to go ahead
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