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Seems like only yesterday
Interest in building a
ree developers, one from o shore,
have expressed interest in building a
shopping complex in a ood-free part of
Town clerk Mr Peter Moreton said the
companies, which he declined to name,
were eyeing land between High Street
and Cowper Street currently zoned as
residential, for development.
None had come forward with a rm
proposal at this stage, but when it did
the council could advertise for a change
of use for the land to enable commercial
e companies, one overseas, one
based in Christchurch and one local,
were interested in developing the land
to avoid ooding and Maori leases, Mr
Biggest, best Mardi Gras?
Hokitika's annual New Year's Day
Mardi Gras promises to be the biggest
and best yet, according to the organisers.
e eight-hour carnival of sideshows,
music, demonstrations, wacky contests
and more is being organised jointly by
the Hokitika Lions and Rotary clubs.
Hokitika has heralded in the new
year with a Mardi Gras for the past 20
years and chairman of the clubs' joint
committee believes Sunday's event at
the Hokitika Racecourse will eclipse
previous ones for entertainment and
Proceeds from last year's event netted
the two clubs $6000 for distribution
to the community and spokesman
Jim Keenan said that he would be
disappointed if there was not at least as
much this year.
Rapahoe project is
exciting, says David
e Minister of Energy, Mr David
Butcher, today predicted that 1989
will be an extremely active year for
New Zealand's energy sector and he
speci cally mentioned the proposed
Rapahoe coal development.
"In the coal industry the most exciting
prospect in terms of employment is
the possible establishment of a large
underground mine at Rapahoe outside
Greymouth," Mr Butcher said.
He said that there were strong
indications petroleum exploration in the
o shore Taranaki region would reach
new heights with record activity being
Queen's Service Order
for Hokitika man in New
A 40-year immersion in West Coast
community a airs has earned Hokitika's
James Francis ( Jim) Keenan recognition
in the Queen's New Year's honours.
Mr Keenan has received the Queen's
Service Order and is the only West
Coaster named in the honours list.
Born of pioneer West Coast stock
he has been involved in an exhaustive
number of local organisations and is
eminent in horse racing and local body
a airs. "I'm certainly delighted with
the honour but I also feel a bit humble
about it because I've had an awful lot of
help over the years from a lot of good
people," Mr Keenan said.
"So I've tended to get the spotlight but
there are others who have done a lot of
hard work in the background."
Fred Tibbles synonymous
with West Coast racing
Resplendent in his red and black
riding gear astride his trusty charge,
Tassie, Fred Tibbles has become
synonymous with the the West Coast
For over 50 years the slightly-built
octogenarian has graced the region's
racecourses, originally at both trotting
and galloping events but con ned only
now to gallops.
Away from the excitement and
formality of the racecourse, Fred can
be found pottering about his modest
property amidst the gold tailings at
Dunganville, the area in which he has
spent most of his life.
Fred's parents ran McKechnie's New
River Hotel, one of two pubs in the area
during its heyyhday when goldmining
was intensive and the timber industry
was beginning to boom.
In the last week of 1988, Hokitika's Mardi Gras was promising to be the best ever, the prospect of the Spring Creek Mine was exciting the Minister
of Energy and developers were queuing up for an "up-town" shopping complex at Greymouth. Hokitika's Jim Keenan was recognised in the New
Year's Honours list and the Greymouth Star paid tribute to racing identity Fred Tibbles.
Greymouth High School sta in the 1970s.
Humane Society awards, date and names unknown.
Back row: Dennis Smith, left, Damer Farrell, Malcolm Deverson, Mr McGinley, Mr Simpson, ?, Brian Rowlands, ?, Mr McKenzie, Doug Lyon, elma Eakin.
ird row: ?, Grant Hinchli e, ?, Les Holmes, Je Jolli e, Matt Lysaght, ?, Robert Roney, ?, Fiona Green, Susan Battye, Anne Hinch.
Second row: Keith Sauer, ?, Ms Mowat, ?, ?, Heather Kelly, Trish Roney, ?, Marianne (Belcher) Kelly, ?, ?, Anne orn, ?.
Front row: Max Jones, Lloyd Faulk, Robert Dayne, Jack Flood, Brian Wood, principal Des Hinch, Yvonne Davison, Wayne Chapman, Shirley Winn, Mr Greer, Mary Trayes.
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