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It is rare to nd one morepork
chick, let alone photograph two, but
former Department of Conservation
ranger Iain Buckman managed just
that. DOC said his recent encounter
with the chicks near Reefton,
emphasised just how vulnerable
many of the country's native birds
were to predators --- this nest
was just 50cm above the ground.
Egg laying usually begins in early
October and continues through
November. Morepork chicks hatch
after an incubation period of 30 to
31 days, and it is another 34 days
before they edge.
Drinks turn nasty
A drink with a mate turned sour
last night when police were called
to quell an argument at a house
in Firth Street, Cobden. e two
friends, a man and a woman, were
drinking together at the woman's
house, but what started as friendly
banter turned into an argument
and the man was asked to leave.
Police were called and calmed the
situation, trespassing the pair from
each other's homes.
Fine and mostly sunny
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Doctors performed an emergency
C-section on a 'heavily pregnant'
woman who was 'in labour' --- only
to nd that her womb was empty.
e 37-year-old woman had been
accompanied by midwives from
Cabo Frio, south-east Brazil, since
the beginning of her pregnancy
and arrived at the hospital claiming
sharp pains. She reportedly arrived
at the town's women's hospital with
a large belly and proof of her pre-
natal treatment, which showed she
was 41 weeks' pregnant. --- Daily
Most members of Greymouth
Grey Power are taking a 'better
the devil you know' attitude to
further attempts by Pulse Energy
to woo them into changing
Pulse --- trading as Just Energy
--- in a partnership with Grey
Power has formed Grey Power
Electricity to o er low prices,
and price protection exclusively
to Grey Power members.
Just Energy sales representatives
were back door knocking in
Greymouth this week.
Westport accountant Frank
Dooley, a director of Pulse and
chairman of Buller Electricity
--- the major stakeholder in
the struggling company which
su ered a $3.4 million loss for the
six months ending September 30
and has accumulated total losses
of $43.4 million --- attended
the November meeting of Grey
Power Greymouth espousing
the bene ts of switching power
companies, which included ve
years of price protection.
However, Grey Power
spokesman Peter Frankpitt said
today most of the members eyed
the o er with suspicion.
" ere are people changing
(companies) but there are a lot
of people adamantly opposed
to them and who will never
change," Mr Frankpitt said.
One bene t of the o er was that
Trustpower was now o ering a
$50 discount as an enticement to
"Some members who are
Trustpower customers have
inquired about switching to
Pulse ( Just Energy) and have
been told that they will get $50
o their next bill if they don't,
so the competition is working in
one sense," Mr Frankpitt said.
Nationally, Pulse is growing
faster than any other electricity
e company gained 3600
new customers last month
alone to take its total number of
customers to 41,200, up 8700 on
Greymouth couple Gordon and Carol
Shrimpton celebrated 65 years of marriage
today, looking back on a happy life together
on the West Coast.
"We've had wonderful years," said Mrs
Shrimpton, who received a bouquet of
owers and a bracelet from her husband.
e pair met at Schaef 's dance hall when
they were 19.
"I knew the moment I saw her, I wanted
her," Mr Shrimpton said.
ey got engaged two years later.
A carpenter, he built houses in Greymouth,
including their own rst house in Tasman
Street. Later in life he built caskets for
funeral director Joe Pattinson, who was "the
best boss" and kept him on full pay after he
lost two ngers on the job.
Mrs Shrimpton was a tailor and spent
some time working at Ballantyne's in
Christchurch, but left 18 months before the
deadly re in 1947. Back in Greymouth, she
worked at Buchanan's Florists.
Over the course of their marriage they
raised two sons, lost a daughter, and lived
to enjoy their grandchildren and great-
After Mr Shrimpton retired, the couple got
a caravan and travelled throughout the South
Island, including holidays in Kaiteriteri,
Takaka and Carters Beach, Westport.
Mrs Shrimpton taught her husband to
sh, and usually caught two for every one of
his. "I think we caught sh out of just about
every river in the South Island," he said.
e couple moved into Kowhai Manor
earlier this year after they both su ered
"You've got to be cheerful," he said. "We've
had a happy life."
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Gordon and Carol Shrimpton celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary at Kowhai Manor
rest home today.
A service will be held in Greymouth tomorrow
for Lavinia Langi and her teenage son Lesili, who
both died when their car crashed into a creek o
Taylorville Road on Monday morning.
e service will be held at Greymouth High School,
starting at 2pm. e Greymouth Star understands
the bodies will after wards be own to Auckland for
A close family member said today the Langi family,
who moved to Greymouth about seven years ago,
had relations in Auckland and there was a possibility
the rest of the family may move there, where they
would get "plenty of support".
Meanwhile, members of the Greymouth Tongan
community were out and about this morning
collecting for the Langi Family Relief Fund, which
was opened at the ANZ bank in Greymouth
By 11.30am the group had banked $1300. Tai Feast,
one of the organisers, said they were "over whelmed
with the support".
e ANZ account number for people wishing
to make a donation directly to the relief fund is: 01
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Bridget Aihi, left, and Tina Singer were among the many supporters and members of the Greymouth Tongan community who were pounding the streets
today collecting for the Langi Family Relief Fund.
Greymouth couple's 'wonderful' 65 years
A Greymouth woman who
started nursing at Grey Base
Hospital in 1964 was fondly
farewelled yesterday, one month
short of the 50th anniversary of
Carol Reedy's 49 years at the
hospital was interrupted only
when she started a family. She said
she was leaving now, just before
reaching the 50-year milestone,
because her practising certi cate
was up for renewal.
e sta nurse spent 39 years
of her career in accident and
"I always wanted to be a nurse,"
she said at a farewell ceremony
yesterday. "I've worked in every
area of the hospital.
"I've met and worked with some
wonderful health professionals.
I've had a very happy, long and
She praised the sta at A and E,
which had been like a second home
"I'm pleased I chose nursing but
it's now time to retire and pursue
West Coast District Health
Board director of nursing Karyn
Kelly said she was not even born
when Mrs Reedy began nursing,
and then she went on to work
"She helped me on my journey,"
Ms Kelly said. Other sta described
her as a "dedicated and wonderful
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Carol Reedy during her last shift at Grey Base
Nurse farewelled after 49 years
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