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Mystery surrounds mum,
daughter deaths in Bali
Maimai fuel spill
A vehicle towing a mobile fuel
tanker crashed this morning at
Maimai, south of Reefton, spilling
fuel over the road. Constable Mark
Watson, of Reefton police, said no
one was seriously injured in the
accident. West Coast Regional
Council sta were sent to the area
to clean up the spill. Consents
and compliance manager Jackie
Adams said two sta had taken the
response trailer to deal with the
after girl, 8, left
alone at night
An eight-year-old girl was found
in a distressed state outside her
Dunollie home late on Saturday
night after her dad went out for 10
minutes, but had not returned two
hours later. A neighbour found the
child about 11.15pm and contacted
the police. e caller looked after
the upset youngster until she was
reunited with a caregiver. Police
intend to bring the incident to the
attention of support agencies.
Two women --- a 58-year-old
from Cobden and a 20-year-old
from Hokitika --- were caught
drink-driving in Hokitika at the
weekend. e Cobden woman
was stopped in Revell Street early
yesterday morning, blowing 675mg
in a roadside breath test but still
opted for a blood test. Her licence
was suspended in the meantime. e
younger woman was pulled over in
Park Street late on Saturday night,
Rain and possible thunder
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
A man who says he hunts
'Bigfoot' for a living claims to
have killed the mythical beast
and has apparently got pictures to
prove it, despite making similar
assertions in 2008 that turned out
to be false. 'Sasquatch hunter' Rick
Dyer apparently shot the elusive
creature in September 2012 but
has only recently decided to release
the images. One of the pictures
shows the hairy face of the apparent
Bigfoot. "It is the real deal. It's
Bigfoot and Bigfoot's here, and I
shot it and now I'm proving it to the
world." Doubts have been cast over
the recent 'discovery' with many
saying it is hard to believe Mr Dyer
as he has lied before. --- Metro
e business case for the $60 million
new Greymouth hospital has been
released, seven months after it was
submitted to the Government for
approval and it reveals a smaller hospital
with reduced secondary care.
After at least ve years of talking, the
Government approved the rebuild late
e Greymouth Star spent several
months waiting under the O cial
Information Act for a copy of the
detailed business case, which was
submitted to o cials in May 2013.
In nally releasing the document,
National Health Board acting national
director Michael Hundleby cautioned
"signi cant components of the business
case have been superseded following
a more detailed examination of the
current building stock on the hospital
"As a result, the ministry and the
West Coast District Health Board are
currently exploring an alternative option
for the delivery of the Greymouth
However, no updated details of that
e initial 120-page report shows
the new hospital would still have
obstetricians and anaesthetists for low
to moderate risk pregnancies, as well as
two operating theatres, the same as now.
e emergency department would be
led by rural doctor specialists, providing
acute care for medical, paediatric (child)
and mental health patients, with back
up support from Christchurch Hospital
and day visits from psychiatrists.
Elective (non-emergency) surgery
would cover low to moderate cases.
However, that would mean a "lower
level of secondary (hospital) ser vice",
and there would be more patient
transfers and telemedicine.
To get Christchurch doctors to work
on the Coast, they could be o ered a
travel bonus, the report said.
It said the shortlisted option was a
"signi cant departure from current
service level provision".
Implementing it would be "challenging"
and require "numerous changes".
It also says moving to a smaller
hospital at Greymouth would require
strong leadership, and an "appropriative"
governance structure would need to be
e preferred option --- modi ed
brown eld-green eld --- "will deliver a
smaller hospital than currently utilised".
e business case says that currently,
even routine health appointments
involve delays that result in more people
ending up in the hospital emergency
department and contribute to more
It also says that in 2011, 7.4% of people
(12 patients) who needed to be own to
Christchurch Hospital could not be, due
to bad weather, and a further 3% because
an aircraft was not available.
Under the original timeline,
construction of the new hospital was
due to begin this July.
Fine weather and a crowd of 1400
de ed the odds on Saturday for a
successful day's racing at Omoto.
Although betting was down,
the Greymouth Jockey Club was
pleased with the way the day
panned out after a wet weather
outlook and scratchings.
On-course betting declined from
$111,027 last year to $81,713,
and o -course from $703,707 to
President Jill Bennington said
the meeting set the scene for a
successful New Year circuit on the
"Despite a number of small elds
the day went really well, the racing
was good and the favourites tended
to be in the money. e weather
held o and the track stood up to
the day's racing really well," Ms
Northern stables dominated
results, winning six of the eight-
race programme, with Whanganui
trainer Kevin Myers picking
up three wins, including the
day's feature races the $20,000
Monteith's Brewing Company
Greymouth Cup with Our
Alchemist, and the $15,000
Greymouth Businesses Sprint with
his stable star Scapolo.
Next on the circuit is the
Reefton Jockey Club meeting
on Wednesday, followed by
the Kumara Gold Nuggets on
Saturday, and concluding in
Hokitika next Wednesday with
the annual Westland Racing Club
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Patrons enjoy the weather and a big day out at the Greymouth Jockey Club's summer meeting at Omoto.
Omoto success defies forecasts
Police nally have a lead into a
recent spate of illegal spotlighting in
the Grey Valley.
A witness yesterday morning noted
the registration number of a Toyota
Landcruiser after a passenger was
seen shooting from the roadside into
paddocks along the Ahaura-Kopara
Police said people living in the area
had been having ongoing problems
over the past few months with illegal
hunters shooting stock grazing in
West Coast police intelligence
super visor Rodney Beckett said they
were today contacting the owner of
the Landcruiser, which was registered
to a Westport address.
e owner would be required to
provide police with the name of the
driver of the Toyota at the time of the
"When the person is identi ed they
will also be interviewed as the suspect
for several other spotlight shooting
o ences," Mr Beckett said.
He praised the person who recorded
the registration number.
"Shooting from a vehicle on a public
road is illegal and it is also extremely
dangerous to residents in the vicinity
of the shooting."
In December, illegal hunters
slaughtered eight ewes and left others
to die a slow and painful death on a
property in the Grey Valley. Farmer
Warren Donaldson found a number
of his sheep with gunshot wounds to
the neck, ribs, rumps and shoulders.
Police tipped off in valley spotlighting case
"Smaller hospital than currently utilised."
Haast power scheme turns 40
e privately-owned Haast hydro
power scheme has had its 40th
anniversary and its owners are
currently renewing the consents for
a further 35 years.
Haast is totally isolated from the
national grid and the community
relies totally on generation from the
Turnbull River hydro scheme for its
Work on the scheme started in
1972. A small proportion of the
water from the river is diverted into
a settling basin located within the
Water is then conveyed 1.4km to
a surge tank located immediately
above the power station.
Excess water is spilled at this
point and re-enters the Turnbull
River adjacent to the powerhouse,
according to director David Inch.
e company is now in the process
of renewing a number of consents,
including water surface take, and
discharge to water.
Former Greymouth man George
Wallis, who formed Haast Transport
Ltd in 1965, was part of the original
steering committee for the hydro
He went on to create Warbirds
Over Wanaka with his brother, Sir
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