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160 tyres deflated
Many tourists and bus drivers
returned to their vehicles in the
Scenic Circle Hotel, Franz Josef
Glacier car park this morning
to nd all their tyres at. A
spokeswoman for the Hokitika
police said that with least 40
vehicles involved, the o ender(s)
had been very busy overnight
de ating at least 160 tyres.
e NZCC rescue helicopter
service was in hot demand on
Saturday morning, ferrying three
people to Grey Base Hospital from
separate incidents. Pilot Martin
Shaw said that the rst call came
in at 1.30am after a Christchurch
man in his 20s injured his back in a
fall from the new Arahura Bridge.
at was followed by a trip to
Westport to pick up a man su ering
seizures. He had just been delivered
to hospital when the helicopter was
dispatched to Punakaiki to pick up
a motorcyclist who had injured his
back in a fall from his machine.
ere was some Lotto luck in
Greymouth at the weekend. One
$20,000 ticket was sold, and two
$10,000 tickets. A $10,000 ticket
was also sold in Westport. e
winning $1 million ticket was
bought from Mount Maunganui.
Some showers then partly sunny
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
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The Pope has many titles, such as
The Holy See, the Vicar of Jesus
Christ, the Pontiff and His Holiness,
but now it appears he has one more
--- style icon. The United States
edition of men's style and lifestyle
magazine Esquire has named Pope
Francis as its best dressed man
of 201. Mark-Evan Blackman,
assistant professor of menswear
design at FIT, told the magazine: "I
remember when John Paul II was
buried in those opulent bright red
shoes. When the current pope was
elected and chose not to wear the
red shoes I thought that was very
reflective of his approach to being a
person functioning in a role."
--- Daily Mail
Patrick Haussmann, left, James Crooks, Bailey Jack and Sincere Harraway sit in front of the new 'bowl' under development at the Greymouth skatepark. Patrick
and his friends cannot wait for the new section to be opened. "It will be real cool, we have been using the old part today but having the new skatepark will be just
awesome." e revamp of the facility is being done in stages with fundraising an important factor for the overall completion. "We are building the bowl at the
present and should have that completed by the end of January," spokesman Dave North said. "It will be open to the public around early February. We'll have a
break and do some more fundraising and then work on linking up to the existing park."
PICTURE: Paul McBride
e tourist season is hitting its
stride over the holidays, with visitors
to Punakaiki being sent elsewhere as
accommodation is fully booked.
e trend is welcome news after last
January, when a storm washed out
the Wanganui River bridge in South
Westland and disrupted tourist tra c
right at the start of the busy season.
Greymouth Top 10 Holiday Park
manager Steph Levien said things
were going well so far this year.
" e other night we had 465 guests.
We're getting the tent numbers back
up and the vans are really good."
Numbers were on track to be higher
than last year, though the camp was
big enough to never hit full capacity.
"We always have room for more."
In Punakaiki, Department of
Conservation ranger Marina Ryan
said the visitor centre was seeing up
to 1600 visitors a day as Kiwis and
international tourists alike visited the
Pancake Rocks and other attractions.
"It's a very good season so far. We're
doing very well here."
Accommodation had been sold out
every night since Christmas, and
visitors were being directed on to
Charleston and Greymouth.
"We're probably going to be better
than we were last year, number-wise,"
Kumara is enjoying a steady stream
of tourists as well following the o cial
opening of the West Coast Wilderness
Trail in November.
eatre Royal cafe manager Helen
Hughes said Kumara had been quite
busy since she got back from the
"Everyone who's been stopping has
bikes on their cars. I was up at the lake
the other night kayaking, and there
were people on the trail constantly."
In Franz Josef Glacier, sta at the
Rainforest Retreat said the resort
had been close to full every night
for the last several weeks, and other
accommodation providers in town
were seeing similar results.
No room at the inn as tourists flock to Coast
Grey district ratepayers will,
over the next ve years, have
about 2% added to the annual
rates bills to fund the rescue of
the debt laden port.
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn, said
today that it was time to face the
"tough decisions" because the
port debt was again in danger of
getting out of control.
"In 1996 the council of the day
resolved to discontinue ratepayer
contributions to the port which
was to be self-funded from the
coal trade, shing fees, land
sales and harbour board leases,
but this has not happened," Mr
"Since then the coal trade has
disappeared, a lot of the land has
been sold and the shing eet has
diminished and the revenue is
simply not there."
e port debt rose to a peak
of about $3 million about three
years ago but, mainly through
land sales, it was reduced to
$800,000 last year.
Mr Kokshoorn said that by
adding the $600,000 it cost to
ght some of the Blaketown
leaseholders in a prolonged (and
under appeal) court case, and the
cost of again dredging the lagoon,
the debt will have ballooned back
out to $1.8m next year
"We just can't a ord to let that
happen again," Mr Kokshoorn
" e port is extremely
important to the economy of
the district as attested to by
West eet's new $10m plant and
a Talleys upgrade, but it is losing
$200,000 a year and we can't let it
get away on us again.
"We want to get the debt to zero,
but to get the port to a neutral
position it will require input
from the ratepayers and sta
are looking at several scenarios
but the most popular one at this
stage will be a gradual increase
of 0.4% each year, starting next
year, until the port stands
It was expected, with the
ratepayer input, that the port
would reach 'stand alone' status in
e news is not so good for
the port's under-utilised slipway
which currently has two cradles
operating but is about to lose one
"We recognise that the shing
eet a big part of the economy
but the slips are seldom used so
we are going to do away with one
and give the shermen the 'use it
or lose it' message in regard to the
other one," Mr Kokshoorn said.
Reefton police have been busy
attending car crashes and domestic
incidents over the past week.
Yesterday, they were summoned to the
upper Buller Gorge where a Landrover
towing a caravan was travelling too fast
to pull up safely behind a bus that had
stopped at a one-way bridge.
Mr Watson said that the driver, taking
evasive action to avoid hitting the rear
of the bus, lost control of the Landrover
which crossed the highway and came to
rest in the water table of the east bound
ere were no injuries but the 61-year-
old driver has been charged with
travelling at a speed too great to stop
within the length of road available.
Constable Mark Watson also said that a
25-year-old Reefton man booked a court
appearance on charges of threatening to
do grievous bodily harm and resisting
police, after an incident on Broadway
and Christmas Day celebrations at one
house on Munson Street ended just
before midnight with a visit from police.
As a result and 29-year-old Motueka
man at the address was arrested on
outstanding arrest warrants.
At noon on December 21, Reefton
emergency services attended a two-
car crash on State highway 6 in the
lower Buller Gorge where a 31-year-
old German woman was found to be
su ering spinal injuries.
Mr Watson said inquiries into the
cause of the accident were continuing
with charges likely.
Caravan's wrong turn keeps police busy
A classic ice-cream truck is
back in business just in time for
summer, making the rounds at
events and through residential
areas around the West Coast.
Coastwide Flooring Xtra
manager Graeme Beckett restored
his "Xtreme Ice-Cream" truck as a
"It's been sitting here for over
two years in the shed, and I nally
just got time for everything," he
He bought the 1960s-era Mr
Whippy truck o Trade Me and
had it repainted and rebranded.
He previously owned and
operated two ice-cream trucks.
"I've run them for years, on and
o , so I know how they function."
e truck appeared at Christmas
in the Park and the Christmas
parades in Greymouth and
Hokitika, and is booked in for the
Kumara and Reefton races.
Mr Beckett plans to run the
business all year round.
"Now that we've got it back on
the road, it'll be here to stay."
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Mr Whippy's 'extreme' makeover
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