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2 - Friday, January 3, 2014
Greymouth New Year
Greymouth police were today
applauding New Year's Eve revellers
for their behaviour as the year came
to an end at midnight. Sergeant
Matthew Frost said there was a
hefty police presence on the streets
but the night was trouble free,
until about 1.30am when things
"got a little crazy" with two res
in Cobden and a man leaping in
the Grey River in a bid to escape
arrest. "Before then, though, it was
nice and quiet, behaviour was good
and, pleasingly we only made one
drink-driving arrest," Mr Frost
said. "We put a lot of e ort into
policing drink-driving, with several
checkpoints in place, and to only
charge one man ... we are very
happy with that. It appears
that the 'don't drink and drive'
message might be nally getting
Two Coast quakes felt
Two small earthquakes were
recorded on the West Coast over
the past few days. At 4.10am on
Wednesday, a 3.3 magnitude shake
was located 40km north-west of
Haast, and yesterday at 3.25am a
3.6 was recorded about 50km east
of Arthur's Pass.
In port: Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine,
18 other vessels. Expected arrivals:
Galatea II, Monday.
e NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter was in demand from early
on New Year's Day, when its searchlights
scanned the Grey River for a man who
had taken to the water in a futile bid to
escape from police.
Later in the day the helicopter
responded to a car crash near Murchison
and an equestrian accident at Haast.
Pilot Angus Taylor said the car crash
on the Shenandoah highway, south
of Murchison, resulted in ve injured
teenagers being ferried to Nelson
Hospital by the West Coast and Nelson
air ambulances after their car rolled
"We had just got back from that when
we were directed to Haast to pick up a
man who had been booted by a horse,"
Mr Taylor said.
e man, in his 50s, su ered internal
injuries and was own to Grey Base
(Opposite Dixon Park)
Phone 768 0370
for 24 Hour Service.
Dr Marjan Sprock
Chemist this week is:
Phone 768 7470 (shop)
736 9206 (after hours)
Friday open until
No Sunday hours
Happy 40th Wedding
Love all your family
Friday 6pm until
153 Tainui Street
Telephone: 769 9300
Quality care for
our community for
over 49 years
Ph 768 0250
Why have your
loved ones taken
away from the Coast
The only Greymouth
TEIKA, Glennis Greta
December 3, 2013.
Tommy, Sharon, Lloyd,
Raymond, Neil and
extended families wish
to convey our many
many thanks to all our
relatives and friends
after the passing of
our dearly loved wife,
mother and nana and
to all those wonderful,
sincere and very very
caring people who came
to both services in our
home and at the William
Chapel in Greymouth.
We also would like to
thank everyone for their
thoughtfulness and kind-
ness for all the flowers,
cards and donations, for
the cooking, baking and
servings of the many
cups of tea. Very special
thanks go out to Lynne
and Karen our most
dedicated rural nurses
for their constant help
and care of Glennis.
There are not enough
words to express to all
those concerned. Please
accept this message as
a personal acknowledg-
ment from us all.
--- January 3,
Loved and remembered
--- Ann, Myron, Karen,
Jessica, and Errin.
John. --- Passed away
two years ago today.
De GOLDI, Stephen
(Steve). --- Passed away
peacefully in Greymouth
on December 30, 2013,
in his 86th year. Dearly
loved and devoted
husband of Marjorie,
much loved dad and
father-in-law of Stephen
and Margaret, Alan and
Maria, Suzanne and
Kent Martin, and
Graeme and Linda,
loved granddad of Mark
and Bridget, Colin and
Erin, Craig and Sarah,
Wayne, Jade and Elena,
Sahrae and Troy, Paniah
and Jared, and the late
Brad, loved great-
granddad of Mylah,
Harper, Lucia, Kaia,
Brandon, and wee
Evelyn. Thanks to all
the staff of Morice and
Hannan Wards, Kowhai
Manor, and Marion, for
their care and kindness
towards Steve. Mess-
ages to 18 Reid Street,
7805. A private family
service has taken place.
Services Ltd. Phone
(03) 768 0250. FDANZ.
loving memory of Gus,
my Dad, who passed
away January 3, 2012.
"You were the man"
--- Yvonne, Australia.
is double rainbow was photographed over Greymouth on New Year's Day. e quick passing storm, just before teatime, dumped
rain and hail, before clearing to this spectacular sight, framed above History House as viewed from Arney Street.
PICTURE: Charlie Johnson
Double rainbow follows storm
e last sunset of 2013 drew hundreds of people to beaches from Blaketown to Paroa. An orange sunset faded to pink as tourists and
locals took photographs, hugged and started camp res. As darkness fell, reworks were set o throughout Greymouth.
PICTURE: Dwayne Detlaff
Last sunset of 2013 draws crowds
West Coast-Tasman MP Damien
O'Connor says he hopes his private
member's bill on mining will keep safety
to the forefront of debate this year.
e Underground Coal Mining
Safety Bill was drafted after the Royal
Commission report on the Pike River
mining disaster identi ed failures in
the regulatory framework to protect
the safety of miners working
It was pulled from the ballot last year.
Mr O'Connor said the bill would
come up this year.
"While the Government has moved
to make changes and improvements, it
will provide an opportunity to debate
the health and safety issues in mining."
e bill guarantees New Zealand
miners the same protection provided to
those in Queensland.
Mr O'Connor said it would provide
an additional opportunity to scrutinise
the progress made so far and, if
necessary, to introduce the already
proven Queensland mining regulations.
bill will keep mine
safety to forefront
Mild, muggy December mornings
brought an early showing of mushrooms
in some areas of Reefton.
e town's weather recorder Tony
Fortune said rainfall of 167.5mm was
below average for the month and light
rain fell regularly.
e warmest temperature of 29degC
was recorded on December 28, while
the lowest, 4degC was on the rst day
of the month. e average maximum
Greymouth nished 2013 with less
rainfall than the previous year but also
fewer hours of sunshine.
Weather observer Phil Forrest
logged 1902mm of rain for the year
(2198mm in 2012) and 1754 hours of
sunshine (1847 hours).
December produced 135mm of
rain (203mm) and 177 hours of
sunshine (182 hours), and the warmest
temperature recorded, 25.4degC, was
three degrees warmer than a year ago.
e lowest reading of the month was
December was warmer in Hokitika,
with daily average maximum
temperatures of 19.2degC, a degree
Weather observer Mark Crompton
said the rainfall gure of 297mm was
75mm above the December average,
but still within the range of normal
variability. e 202 hours of sunshine
was about normal.
patchy during December
Former Christchurch Council boss Tony
Marryatt says he is not leaving Christchurch
despite his turbulent relationship with the
city following his pay rise controversy.
Mr Marryatt has spoken publicly for the
rst time since his controversial departure
from the city council in November last year.
He did not dodge any topic --- except
the con dential $400,000-plus resignation
package deal he made with city councillors
in September. He would be breaching his
agreement if he discussed it.
Mr Marryatt, who spent six years at the
helm of the the council, said he may not
have a future in local government and early
retirement was a possibility.
"I'm having a break --- making life a bit
simpler at the moment. I'll decide whether
I'm going to permanently retire or look for
In spite of the turbulent relationship
he has had with the city, he is not leaving
Christchurch and contrary to popular
opinion he has not been hiding out of town
--- and his golf handicap has not improved.
e city's tumultuous relationship with the
chief executive came to a head in December
2011 when the city council voted for Mr
Marryatt to receive a $68,129 pay rise,
taking his salary from $470,400 to $538,529
It caused outrage among residents with
thousands protesting outside civic o ces in
He said he could have handled the pay rise,
which he later rejected, a lot better.
"I should have rejected it straight away . . .
it was a dumb decision by me."
Mr Marryatt said he understood the
"It was the mood in the city at that time,
everyone was frustrated and very tired."
He said the pay rise became a "political
football" for the city councillors, forcing him
to launch a personal grievance case against
councillors who joined the protest.
"Enough was enough. I just had to draw
that line about what councillors were saying
about me and the sta . at line was about
professionalism, about what is acceptable
and what was not as an employer."
e grievance was settled, with the city
council paying for his legal costs.
Mr Marryatt said he had no option but
to resign after the council's ability to issue
building consents was revoked last July.
He was put on special leave while an
investigation was carried out. He said the
investigation report vindicated him, but there
was no other option.
"At the end of the day I always said when
the majority of the council didn't want me
then I would resign."
He has a few regrets but wishes the
controversy and media attention was
something his children did not have to go
"You do expect it in the public sector but it
did a ect my family. It was tough for them
because they saw me as their dad and it was
hard for them to go through it all."
Mr Marryatt said he was still proud of the
Sir Bob Parker-led city council and what they
achieved in the aftermath of the earthquakes.
Although he shies away from calling Sir
Bob a friend, he said they shared the same
vision for the city.
"We respected each other and shared that
same vision. I know like me he is very proud
of what we accomplished."
Mr Marryatt said Sir Bob's knighthood was
" e community has a lot to thank him for."
--- APNZ- e Star
All 52 passengers, including six New
Zealanders, from a ship trapped in thick
Antarctic ice, have been helicoptered o .
e rescue mission was completed just
before 1am NZT, the Australian Maritime
Safety Authority said.
e passengers on board the Akademik
Shokalskiy, which became stuck in Antarctic
ice about 3000km south-west of Blu on
Christmas Day, were own to the nearby ice
breaker Aurora Australis after harsh weather
e six New Zealanders aboard include
Charleston ornithologist Kerry-Jayne Wilson,
University of Auckland doctoral student Colin
Tan, historians John and Barbara Tucker, and
e Australian Maritime Safety Authority,
which co-ordinated the rescue, said ve
ights transported the passengers 14
nautical miles (25.9km) to an ice oat
next to the Aurora Australis.
It is understood passengers were then loaded
on to the ship using a rescue boat.
All the passengers were on board by about
midnight, however the helicopter continued
to items from the Akademik Shokalskiy for
another 45 minutes, the authority said.
e Aurora Australis, which had to abandon
a previous e ort to reach the stricken
Akademik Shokalskiy after striking thick ice,
would take the passengers back to Australia,
the authority said.
" e Aurora Australis will now start heading
towards open water. e ship is currently
travelling at a quarter knot in heavy ice towards
open water. It will take until late evening to
reach open water.
" e Aurora Australis will then head towards
the Casey base to complete a resupply before
heading to Australia. e Aurora Australis is
not expected to arrive in Australia until mid-
January," the authority said.
International media reports show passengers
were originally supposed to be own to the
Chinese Xue Long --- which had also tried to
unsuccessfully hack its way to the Akademik
Shokalskiy --- then be transported by barge to
the Aurora Australis. However, this plan was
abandoned after sea ice prevented the barge
from reaching the Xue Long.
Meanwhile, the 22-strong Russian crew
of Akademik Shokalskiy have remained on
board the vessel, determined to wait out the
ey have enough supplies to last for several
e scienti c team which were on board
the vessel were led by scientists from
the University of New South Wales and
had been recreating Australian explorer
Douglas Mawson's 1911 to 1913 voyage to
Antarctica when they became stuck. ey
had set out from Blu on November 28.
All passengers from
stranded ship rescued
Masterton police shot dead a pair of
marauding dogs yesterday morning after
several sheep were savaged in paddock on the
outskirts of the town.
Masterton rewood contractor David
Colville said he had visited land he was
leasing on Te Ore Ore Road shortly before
9am yesterday and saw two large dogs hiding
in long grass, not far from the carcases of
three sheep that had been attacked.
He said the dogs were large and aggressive
and had growled when approached.
"I wasn't going anywhere near those dogs.
" ey were aggressive and the sheep had
been torn up really badly."
Mr Colville said police and Masterton
District Council dog rangers arrived at the
site soon afterward.
He said police o cers shot dead the two
dogs after con rming the pair had attacked
A dog ranger at the scene recognised the
two dogs, Mr Colville said, and later in the
morning had contacted the owner, who said
he had been searching for his dogs overnight.
e owner agreed to pay $400 reparation
for the loss of the four sheep, which belonged
to the Master Roads and Services social club.
--- APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
Police shoot dogs after sheep 'torn up' in attack
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