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Police had to call on a Blake
Street, Blaketown, property at 4am
on Sunday to tell the occupants to
quieten down. About 20 people were
partying at the house and neighbours
had become sick of their voices and
music, police said
Bird sign stolen
e owner of large yellow sign
with a black bird painted on it
wants it back. e sign, advertising
the Westland black petrel colony
at Punakaiki, was stolen from the
gateway of a property at State
highway 6 near Barrytown over the
weekend. Greymouth police want to
to hear from anyone who knows the
whereabouts of the sign
Festive touch for
Letterboxes around Blackball have
been given a festive touch for the
community's decoration competition.
e competition to decorate the
township's letterboxes is back for a
second time after last year's success,
when more than 50 houses got
e annual Classic Hits
Community Christmas Tree Festival
opens in Greymouth tomorrow at
6.30pm. It will be open daily from
10am to 5pm, and evenings from
6.30pm to 10pm, closing on the
evening of Sunday, December 22.
Entry is by gold coin donation.
Westport re callouts
e Westport Volunteer Fire
Brigade attended two "minor"
incidents at North Beach on the
weekend. Fire chief Pat O'Dea said
the rst call was in relation to a
burned out car and the second was to
douse a driftwood bon re.
DHB working on
patient ights proposal
e West Coast District Health
Board is doing further work on the
proposal to supply chartered ights
for patients and sta between
Greymouth and Christchurch.
It decided to explore the option
further after considering the value
for money as part of the overall
Arrivals: Cook canyon, two
Greymouth vessels. In port: Cook
Canyon, Galatea II, Jay Elaine, 22
Reefton Hospital is again
accepting patients, after sta
shortages forced it to stop, and
the town is about to get an
e resignation of three
nurses forced the small hos-
pital in October to close the
doors to new admissions.
However, things have im-
proved and West Coast
District Health Board pro-
gramme director Michael
Frampton said at the West
Coast District Health Board
meeting on Friday the hospi-
tal was now taking admissions
He also said the GP roster
was stable "well into 2014".
In a statement today, acting
general manager of primary
care Karyn Kelly said that
from now until mid-April
there would be a GP on site
for most days.
"We fully appreciate the
community's desire to have
a full-time GP in Reefton
and we are working with
our partner Better Health
to recruit a permanent GP
from April 2014. In addition,
Reefton Hospital is almost
fully sta ed with experienced
registered nurses and by the
middle of February we expect
to be back to full sta ng," Ms
From mid-January the com-
munity would be able to access
a late, appointment-only clinic
at the medical centre run by
rural nurse specialists, which
would help those unable to at-
tend during normal working
Reefton will also have a
new graduate nurse next year
for 12 months, who will do a
six-month placement with the
district nursing team followed
by a six-month placement
working in the medical centre
as a practice nurse.
Reefton residents held their
own meeting on Saturday and
decided the community coun-
cil would liaise with the DHB
over future health ser vices in
West Coast-Tasman MP
Damien O'Connor said: " e
DHB should genuinely en-
gage with them."
He said some Reefton resi-
dents were wary of proposals
and plans, and noted the board
was having trouble recruiting
and retaining sta .
e board was also grappling
with ageing buildings that
were un t for purpose, he said.
An additional challenge was
the fact key sta members and
capital spend decisions were
being made by people not liv-
ing on the Coast.
However, Mr O'Connor
praised the DHB sta mem-
bers present at the meeting for
A baby boom has been credited for
buoyant numbers in Greymouth primary
schools next year.
Grey Main School will see 53 Year 8
pupils move on to high school, while so
far there are 40 new entrants expected on
day one, with further additions likely.
"We will have more than the beginning
of this year," principal Mandy O'Sullivan
e roll of 380 had been expected to
drop, but that had not occurred.
"Demographics tell us our roll is to de-
crease," Mrs O'Sullivan said.
Cobden School principal Noula
Kazakos-Tomczyk said the roll was
"looking very healthy."
Twenty-two of the 158 pupils on the
roll will head to high school and the same
number come in next year.
She suggested that a "baby boom" had
" ere seems to be more new entrants
coming in ... Getting the junior kids in
means the school is able to secure its sta
Paparoa Range School principal Mary
Pupich said their roll of 103 would drop
10, although ve new entrants were due
"We have 12 students who will be mov-
ing o to high school. We also have two
students moving to Christchurch," Mrs
Tuesday December 17
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WOOD. --- Stephen and
Cherie Wood would like
to announce the safe
arrival of Fergus
William Wood on Sun-
day December 15, 2013,
weighing 8lb 61G2oz.
Mum and baby both
happy and doing well.
Seven years today.
--- Love Aunty Lil and
December 17, 2006.
Remembered with love
Miss you heaps
--- Maurice, Suez, Allan,
Jimmy, Stace, and Mike.
Member of the NZ Deer
Cullers Association Inc.
On December 16, 2013,
peacefully at Christ-
church Hospital, aged 83
years. Dearly loved and
treasured husband of the
late Ann, much loved
Dad of Shane and
Melanie, Sandra and
Eugene, and Kerry and
Irene, and adored
Granddad and Great-
Granddad. A special
thank you to Iris.
Messages to the Wilder-
moth family, C/- PO
Box 111-01, Christ-
church 8443. In lieu of
flowers donations to
Child Cancer would be
appreciated, and can be
made at the service. A
Funeral for Jack will be
held in the Academy
Funeral Services Chap-
el, 65 Main South Road,
Upper Riccarton, on
18, at 10.30am. Private
interment to follow.
A cademy Funeral
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--- December 1, 1983 -
December 17, 2006.
You left us seven years
We miss your warmth,
your humour, your
We remember you every
day, with love.
You will always be in
--- Love Mum, Dad,
Shayne, and Angie xxx.
Reefton to get after-hours clinic
Hokitika man, Tyrone Tainui, claimed in
the Greymouth District Court on Friday
that his high breath-alcohol level of 1008mg
was achieved in the 20 minutes between him
committing a dangerous driving incident and
police arriving to investigate it.
At the conclusion of a defended hearing
Judge Brian Callaghan said it would have been
impossible for any person to reach that level in
such a short time.
Tainui, 39, was convicted on charges of
dangerous driving and driving with excess-
breath alcohol, and was remanded on bail for
sentencing on February 17.
His aunty said that Tainiu had been helping
her tidy her yard on November 28. About 5pm
she asked him to move her car up the driveway
so she could mow the berm. When she next
looked, Tainui and the car had gone but he
returned in it soon after.
ey spent a further 10 minutes tidying up
then went inside, where Tainui consumed about
three-quarters of a bottle of bourbon in a very
short time. He had not been drinking earlier in
Tracy Weaver, who is married to Tainui's
cousin, was at the intersection of Livingstone
and Sta ord streets when a red car coming from
her right cut the corner, getting dangerously
close to the Camp Store, and then overtook
another vehicle as it moved up the hill toward
She was angry because any children leaving
the store would have been hit by the car, so she
followed it to the aunty's address, obtained the
registration number and called police.
Constable Nerida Manson arrived at the
address about 20 minutes later. She said Tainui
was clearly drunk and denied that he had driven
the car. He kept up that denial all through the
breath-testing procedure, but admitted in court
that he had been the driver.
He said he had not driven dangerously ---
"everyone cuts that corner, I have done it
thousands of times" --- and was not guilty of
drink-driving because he had not consumed
alcohol before driving.
He had about "15 shots" in quick succession
before police arrived.
Judge Callaghan did not believe him.
"In all my years in this job I have never had
a situation where someone could have reached
such a high level in a short timespan. It is
completely unrealistic. ere must have been
alcohol consumed earlier in the day for him to
have reached that extent," the judge said.
challenge to end
An event described as "the world's
toughest scooter challenge" is set to
bring a group of tired, mud-spattered
scooter riders into Greymouth at the
end of January, raising money toward a
e Sur vivor Scooter Challenge will
begin in Westport on January 22 and
end in Greymouth on January 25.
Organiser Jason Monopoli said the
challenge was "a serious test of mental
and physical stamina, a unique adven-
ture, a chance to raise funds for charity",
all while exploring some of the West
Coast's best scenery featuring goldmines,
ghost towns, caves and rainforests, all on
Part of the riders' entry fees will go to-
ward the Nelson Ark, a charitable trust
that rescues unwanted and abused dogs
and pairs them with troubled young
people for animal-assisted therapy.
About a dozen riders will attempt to
get their scooters through terrain more
suited to four-wheel drive vehicles, driv-
ing over hills, across rivers and through
e event is supported by the Nelson
4WD Club, but there is no specialist
help for the riders.
"Entrants are expected to make it to
the end in one piece, through their sheer
determination and the e orts of work-
ing as a like-minded team."
Along the way, they will face daily
challenges and games such as scooter
soccer, jousting, and an Evel Knievel
A truck and trailer unit fell o the side of
Taylor ville Road this morning, landing on its
side. No one was injured. e Greymouth Star
understands it happened when the truck driver
pulled to the side of the road after a following
police patrol car indicated for the driver to pull
over, when the roadside suddenly gave way.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Truck falls on to side
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