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BLAIR. --- Marie and
Raymond Woollett are
pleased to announce the
engagement of Michelle
to Shane Blair, best
wishes for the future.
Yvonne and George
on 45 years of
From your loving family
Quali ed FD Since 1973
134 Tainui St
Ph 768 0250
Yvonne, Doug and
family would sincerely
like to thank all of you
family, friends, neigh-
bours and work
colleagues for your
expressions of kindness,
sympathy and support
during the recent pass-
ing of Richelle, our
loved daughter, sister,
mother and grand-
daughter, we are truly
grateful to you all at this
very sad time. Thank
you all for the lovely
food, cooking, baking,
the many beautiful
flowers and the many
cards we received, this
is truly memorable.
Thank you all who
travelled near and far to
attend Richelle's service.
A special thank you to
Viv Harber, Wayne,
Sylvia and Kris for your
respect and helpfulness
through this very diffi-
cult time. Thank you to
Dr Anna and the WMC
team, Hokitika St John
Ambulance and NZ
Police. Please accept
this as a personal
the Cochrane family to
John. --- Taken from us
on December 28, 2001.
Loved and remembered
--- Love from Auntie
Lynn, Uncle Garry and
Mary. --- 1958-1981.
Boats against the
away December 24,
2013, at St Allisa Rest
Loved wife of the late
Dinny. Loved mother
and mother-in-law of
Dianne and Des. Loved
grandmother of Dan and
Erena. Loved great-
g randmother of
Cameron, Eilish and
Reid. A private crema-
tion has taken place. A
graveside interment at
the Hokitika Cemetery
will take place at a later
e Hokitika seawall defences have been
completed on time and on budget.
After about 30m of foreshore disappeared to
the sea earlier this year, residents voted to pay
for a seawall extending from near the Hokitika
River mouth to the back of Sta ord Street..
It has been completed and already sand is
starting to build up behind it.
Only the grass remains to be sown on the
disturbed areas but it has unexpectedly become
something of a tourist attraction.
West Coast Regional Council planning and
environment manager Mike Meehan was
surprised to nd a busload of Asian tourists on
it recently, and other visitors walking along it.
e wall is 650m long, cost $1.8 million, and
although the height varies, the toe was dug in
All 40,000 tonnes of rock came from the
Camelback quarry, at Kowhitirangi.
e wall was completed by Westland
Contractors, which met the pre-Christmas
deadline despite the terrible October weather.
Mr Meehan said they expected the sand,
which was building up, to move to the north,
an area more recently a ected by erosion.
"In the meantime, we will keep an eye on it."
If the erosion got too bad north of Sta ord
Street, they would probably dump rubble along
the foreshore, he said.
PICTURE: West Coast Regional Council
Hokitika seawall complete
One of the operators of the Prime
Minister's $50 million cycleway will charge
mountain bikers for using public land to
pay for the maintenance of the network of
Bike Taupo will charge $40 for an annual
membership to ride the Craters of the
Moon tracks from January 1, using the
money raised to fund the upkeep of the
90km stretch of New Zealand Cycle Trail
it looks after.
e funding gap has emerged at other
parts of the cycle network across the
country after money was put forward to
build the trails --- but not to maintain it.
e Government is aware of the problem
and says money will be sought to cover the
gap in the budget this year.
e trail came out of Mr Key's jobs
summit in February 2010.
Originally devised as a Cape Reinga-
Blu track, it instead became a series of
'Great Rides' the length of the country.
Bike Taupo chairman Rowan Sapsford
said the organisation was among trail
operators under nancial pressure because
of the cost of maintenance.
"Some tracks just can't maintain the
level they are built at," he said. " e Prime
Minister's budget is for the establishment
of them but not the ongoing maintenance.
"It is a huge risk for a lot of the cycle
trails that if there is not ongoing support
they will fall over."
He said the group maintained a total of
250km of trails, which cost "six gures".
Now, money earned by charging for access
to the 80km-long Craters of the Moon
trails, run on public-owned land, will go
towards maintenance and upgrading the
e Commissioner of Crown Lands
granted the group a 14-year permit to run
the trails at $1 plus GST a year with extra
charges for events.
e Craters of the Moon trails are
popular, with track counters recording
about 30,000 people a year along some
Bike Taupo plans to close access to
all non-members from New Year's Day.
Memberships --- and the right to access
the trails --- will be sold from $10 for a
week up to $40 for an individual for a year.
Members will be identi ed on the trail by
tags showing they have paid.
Associate Tourism Minister Chris
Tremain said the need for maintenance
funding was understood and would be
" e $50m that was originally
appropriated was for the capital cost of
building the trail. We are conscious of the
fact there is going to need to be some form
of ongoing funding for maintenance. We
are considering that for part of budget
Mr Tremain, who cycled part of the
trail network with his son last week, said
it had proved a huge success in attracting
business to its route.
It is understood the patchwork way in
which the trail was constructed has created
patchy need for assistance.
In some areas, council partnerships cover
maintenance costs while in others the
Department of Conser vation does the
Green Party cycling spokesman Kevin
Hague --- who has been closely involved in
developing the trail --- said operators were
meant to have considered maintenance
when pitching for the contracts.
--- New Zealand Herald
Charge to use cycleway
An injured man
crawled 200m to a hut
before calling for help
near the Arahura River
yesterday. e NZCC
Rescue Helicopter was
called to a site near the
bridge about 1.30am.
e man had fallen down
a bank and injured his
shoulder. However, he
had managed to crawl
to the hut. Earlier,
the helicopter made
a lunchtime ight to
Bruce Bay after a man
had suspected cardiac
problems. It turned out
he had actually pulled a
muscle in his back.
Greymouth re ghters
spent over two hours
ghting a midnight
blaze in Blaketown.
Chief re o cer Alan
McEnaney said scrub
caught alight at the back
of Arthur Fong Park.
Two appliances were
there until 2.30pm, with
the blaze in a hard spot
Man crawls 200m after
Blaketown blaze takes
hours to control
A woman su ered a painful allergic
reaction after being bitten 300 times by
bed bugs at an Auckland motel.
Debbie Roome, 44, ew to the city
for a friend's graduation on December
15 and checked into the Auckland
Airport Kiwi Motel in Mangere for
e next morning her face and body
were covered in bites, which became
increasingly painful and itchy.
She was due to return to her
Christchurch home that night,
but while in the Koru Lounge she
started to feel extremely unwell and
approached sta for help.
" ey called in medics, they weren't
prepared to y me like that," Mrs
Roome told the Weekend Herald. "I
could feel my face swelling, my lips
were tingling and I was covered in
these big red welts."
She saw a doctor who diagnosed an
allergic reaction to bed bug bites and
gave her a prescription to ease her
"Itwas scary,Iwas on myown andI
didn't know if it was going to get worse
... I went to a di erent place to stay. I
was in pain the whole night, not just
itching but very sharp pain in each of
Mrs Roome ew home on December
17, but the bites began to are up again
on Christmas Eve, forcing her back to
"My own doctor was quite horri ed.
He said it looked like I'd only been
bitten the day before. He gave me
antibiotics for 16 days and cream for
So far, Mrs Roome has spent about
$304 on medical appointments,
prescriptions and taxis to and from
Auckland Airport. Motel sta
refunded her night's accommodation
and paid $130 towards her initial
medical costs, but she wants them to
foot the entire bill. "If the room had
been free of bugs, I wouldn't have had
to pay out any of the extra $304.30 that
it has cost me to date."
In an e-mail to Mrs Roome, the
motel's general manager, Shalend
Prasad, said sta had given a refund for
the room "in order to compensate to
your expenses related to the incident".
He added: "Nevertheless, I will
refund the amount of which the receipt
is attached in your e-mail. Your illness
while staying with us is a concern to
me after spending such a huge money
on housekeeping and pest control."
Yesterday, Mr Prasad said the
safety and health of his guests was
"paramount". e motel was regularly
checked by pest control experts to
prevent such incidents. He believed
the bugs might have been introduced
by the guests in the room before Mrs
Roome, a group of European tourists
who stayed seven nights and checked
out the day she arrived.
"It should not have happened, but
I can't stop it. ey come from the
outside," Mr Prasad said.
He was on leave but would contact
Mrs Roome when back at work to
discuss her additional medical costs.
--- New Zealand Herald
Motel bed bugs bite
woman 300 times
A Chinese icebreaker is expected a
reach a Russian ship trapped in thick
Antarctic ice with 74 people on board
today, Russia said.
e Snow Dragon was one of three
icebreakers dispatched to free the MV
Akademik Shokalskiy, which became
stranded far south of Tasmania on
Tuesday in ice driven by strong winds.
" e rst, a Chinese icebreaker, is
expected to arrive at the scene of the
accident on December 28," the Russian
Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
"Great news: Icebreaker Snow
Dragon on Horizon with penguins!
Everyone very happy!" Chris Turney,
an Australian professor who helped
organise the voyage on the Russian
ship, said on Twitter.
He posted a photograph apparently
showing the Chinese vessel, a speck on
the horizon beyond an expanse of ice.
e Akademik Shokalskiy departed
New Zealand on November 28 on
a privately funded expedition which
commemorates the 100th anniversary
of an Antarctic journey led by famed
Australian explorer Douglas Mawson.
e ship's passengers include
scientists, West Coast woman Kerry-
Jayne Wilson and tourists, many of
them Australian, and what the Russian
Foreign Ministry said were 22 Russian
e Russian embassy in Australia
has been in constant contact with the
captain and everyone on board is in
good health, it said. " ere is no threat
to their lives or safety".
e ship is trapped some 100 nautical
miles (185km) east of French Antarctic
station Dumont D'Urville and about
2800km south of Hobart, Tasmania.
Icebreaker within sight
of trapped boat
Police say they are con dent the body recovered
from Nelson Lakes National Park yesterday
afternoon is that of missing British tramper
Andrew Ian Wyatt.
Search coordinator constable Dave Cogger said
Mr Wyatt had an "unsurvivable fall'' from Lake
Constance Blu .
Police were now trying to arrange a formal
identi cation of the body.
Mr Wyatt's family in Britain had been advised,
Mr Cogger said.
Police said they would like to acknowledge
the e orts of search and rescue volunteers from
Nelson, Golden Bay and Marlborough who
worked alongside police during the operation.
Mr Wyatt arrived in New Zealand on
November 21 with the intention of walking the
Te Araroa Trail, which linked tramping routes
from Cape Reinga to Blu .
e last known sighting of him was on
December 15. --- APNZ
Tramper's fall 'unsurvivable'
Radio Live host Duncan
Garner has launched into an
expletive-laden public rant
against rival Newstalk ZB
presenter Leighton Smith.
e former TV3 political editor
made his comments in theJanuary
edition of Metromagazine in an
article titled 'Getting drunk with
After a dinner that included
ve bottles of red wine, Garner
said to Metro journalist Steve
Braunias: "I'll tell you a story".
He then revealed details of a
conversation he had with Smith
shortly after it was revealed
Garner would take up the
hosting chair for Radio Live's
Garner was on his way to get
sushi with 3rd Degree host and
close mate Guyon Espiner.
"It was about two or three
weeks before my show was due
to start ... We ran into Leighton
Smith and he says, 'Garner, what
have you done?"' he recalled.
"He said, 'You've gone to some
backwater radio station and
you'll never be heard of again.'
ere are some moments
in life that remain with
you. I've been waiting to
tell someone this.
an arrogant prick,
saying that to me.'
guy telling me I would
never be heard of again.
Every day I get up in the
morning now I think of
Leighton. And I work
harder because of it, if
that's possible. I think,
'F*** you. F*** you, you
Using even stronger
language, Garner said
Smith had had a great
career and was very
successful, so he did not
need to treat him so
"I was never brought up to be
a p**** like that for no reason ...
I'll never forget it. He just treated
me like this piece of dirt, that
Radio Live was nothing. at's
really a ected me."
Neither Garner --- described
by Metro as being "incandescent
with rage" at the time of the
inter view --- or Smith responded
to requests for comment.
A spokesman for Newstalk
ZB con rmed that Smith had
received the message --- and
was considering a response ---
but he did not want to make any
comment on the talkback host's
"Probably turf wars are best
left," the spokesman said.
Garner told the magazine he
was committed to making his
afternoon show a success. "I
want to have the most listened-
to afternoon drive programme in
New Zealand. It's miles away. I
might not get there."
--- New Zealand Herald
Garner's rant against ZB veteran
It is one of the universe's most
spectacular sights --- the Earth passing
between the moon and the sun, casting
a mystical red glow on the moon.
e rare lunar light extravaganza will
be experienced twice next year, with
two total eclipses set to grace the skies.
As the last lunar eclipse visible from
New Zealand was in 2011, large
crowds were expected to gather to gaze
skywards in 2014.
"I've seen many total lunar eclipses
over the years, and I still very much
enjoy them," Dr Grant Christie,
honorary astronomer at Stardome
Observatory at Auckland's One Tree
e rst total lunar eclipse will be in
the late afternoon and early evening of
April 15, 2014.
Astronomers say it will be a
particularly special event because it
starts soon after the sun sets.
e second eclipse will start late on
October 8. --- APNZ
Night sky extravaganza
GREYMOUTH HIGH SCHOOL
Te Kura Tuarua O Mawhera
Term 4 Principal's Report
The end of the 2013 school year
was tragic for one of our school
families, the Langis, and our Year 11
student Lesili Langi will be sadly
missed by all of the Greymouth
High School community.
Term 4 ew by with our senior
exam students starting straight
into practice exams, followed by a
period of intense preparation for
real exams in November. Students
were really focused on getting
endorsements and teachers went
the extra mile with tutorials so
they will be excited to see how well
their students have done when the
NZQA sends out results in January
2014. Many of our senior students
already know of exciting futures on
university courses throughout the
The West Coast Trades Academy
and Mawhera Services Academy
both had successful years. A
highlight for WCTA was the
number of students achieving
Level 2 certi cates. The MSA won
the service academies Coast
to Coast and the best academy
award from the NZ Defence Force
residential. Both academies had
great success in seeing students
transition into trades or the
The Greymouth High School
senior prizegiving event was well
attended by parents and whanau,
with some amazing new prizes
from our community and the
Year 9 and 10 students worked
really well in Term 4 and
participated in a range of activities.
Around school, a new sound was
heard as the students developed
their own radio station with the
help of Phil Lemon of Classic Hits.
The Town vs Country League series
was a highlight with memorable
games played in front of a growing
group of supporters. Junior Prize-
giving really showed the amazing
talent in this group of students and
the commitment from our families.
Orientation day, when Year 8
students are welcomed, saw 100%
of our 135 new entrants attend
and excitedly meet their new
classmates. We look forward to
meeting all of you again as Year 9s
on January 30, 2014
Happy New Year and best wishes
to all of our community for the
Andy England --- Principal
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