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2 - Tuesday, January 7, 2014
It might be camou aged by
greenery, but the Grey District
Council insists this tumbledown
house in Arney Street, Greymouth,
will be demolished. e house
was relocated from Shakespeare
Street several years ago and left on
temporary piles in Arney Street,
awaiting removal. However, work
ceased on the house and it has been
subject to council enforcement
action. In October, the temporary
piles were removed and the house
began to collapse on itself. Building
control team leader Phil Beck
said the council was pursuing the
"deconstruction" of the house. "We've
been advised that many of the
internal structural elements, xtures
and ttings, have already been
Heavy rain forecast
Heavy rain is expected to hit
Westland and Fiordland today. e
heaviest falls are expected about
southern Westland and northern
Fiordland, where 70 to 90mm of
rain could accumulate from early
morning until early afternoon.
Divers join search for
e police national dive squad
today joined the search for a
man who went missing while
swimming in a Wairarapa river
yesterday. Police hold grave fears
for the 19-year-old Masterton man
who had been swimming in the
Ruamahanga River near Opaki
with a group of friends when he
disappeared in a deep, turbulent
pool about 5pm, police said. e
search for the man involved the Life
Flight rescue helicopter, a jet boat,
family and friends of the man, land
Search and Rescue teams, police,
ambulance and re service sta . e
search would continue today with
the help of the police national dive
squad, police said.
Man crushed in
A North Canterbury farmer
has died after he was crushed by
a tractor. Police have named him
as Colin Henry Nairn, 63. e
Mandeville man died at the scene
of the accident, about 7.20pm on
Saturday. --- APNZ
A man who died when his
motorcycle and a car collided in
Waikato at the weekend was part
of a larger group returning to
Auckland from a tour of the South
Island. Police have identi ed him
as 24-year-old Chinese national
Shixun Jiang. He was travelling
north on State highway 1 at
Taupiri when the crash occurred
on Saturday at 9.30pm, police said.
"It appears members of the group
riding ahead of Mr Jiang and have
passed a northbound car, but as
he has gone to follow suit he has
collided with an oncoming Hyundai
4x4 in the southbound lane." e
car's occupants were treated for
Arrivals: Ocean Odyssey.
Departures: Galatea II. In port:
Ocean Odyssey, 18 other vessels.
Expected departures: Ocean
Odyssey, tomorrow. Expected
arrivals: Jay Elaine, Friday; Cook
Canyon, Saturday; Galatea II,
Punakaiki residents mull
further seawall funding
Conser vation Minister Dr Nick Smith was
in Karamea today to announce the permanent
approval of mountainbiking on the Heaphy
Track from May to September each year.
He also hinted that a further extension could
e change is expected to bring $2.3 million
to $3.4 million annually to the Golden Bay
and Karamea economies.
Dr Smith said a three-year trial had been
a success. He said he rst proposed the idea
in a letter to the New Zealand Conservation
Authority (NZCA) in 1998, when he was rst
the Minister of Conservation and the trial was
introduced on the Heaphy Track in 2010.
"It has been a long and painful process getting
the changes to the general rules for national
parks and the necessary amendments to the
park plan approved by the NZCA and the
Nelson-Marlborough Conservation Board,"
Dr Smith said.
" e reality is that the Heaphy Track and its
hut facilities had little use, with only about 500
users during these winter months. e feedback
from both bikers and trampers has been that
with goodwill and common sense, both can
use the track. e damage to the track and the
impact on species like powelliphanta snails was
found to be of little di erence between bikers
Dr Smith said Karamea had bene ted from
about 2000 people who had biked the track
each winter period over the past three years.
Extending it even further to eight months,
from March to November excluding the
Easter period, would be considered at the next
Kahurangi National Park management plan
review in 2014-15.
" is extension is estimated to increase the
number of bikers on the track to 4000 per year,
and the annual economic bene ts to Golden
Bay and Karamea from $2.3m to $3.4m. I am
con dent that if we invest in good facilities
and track improvements the infrastructure can
cope with these increased numbers."
e Department of Conser vation has
invested in a new hut at Heaphy and four new
major suspension bridges on the track. Further
track upgrades in the Mackay Hut area are
planned for next year.
It will also construct three new bridges at a
cost of $630,000 on the nal 5km of metal
access road to the Golden Bay end of the
Heaphy Track to improve all-weather access.
Year-round mountainbiking has also been
approved on two other Kahurangi National
Park tracks --- the Flora Saddle to Barron Flat
and Kill Devil tracks.
Permanent approval for
Heaphy Track mountainbiking
Punakaiki residents are weighing up
whether to fork out a further $140,000
to raise the seawall to prevent debris
regularly being washed on to a nearby
road and back gardens.
Just over 20 households fund the
$600,000 wall and its maintenance.
Currently, they share costs of $45,000
a year, before normal rates.
When the rating district last met,
residents were concerned the seawall
had been overtopped several times,
leaving Dickinson Parade and some
gardens littered in rocks.
Cleaning the area up can cost up to
$7500 a time, mainly due to digger
West Coast Regional Council
engineer Wayne Moen said that when
the wall was designed it was intended
to raise it by about a 1m in years to
come. However, the rating district was
still paying o the original loan.
Raising the wall could cost between
$120,000 and $140,000, assuming the
rock was reasonably cheap.
Chief executive Chris Ingle said that
after the meeting, the council looked
into whether there was Envirolink
funding for investigative work into
raising the wall, but none was available.
e council would apply for the next
funding round, he said.
As at June, the Punakaiki rating
district account balance was $30,647
in de cit, and that is forecast to be
$15,000 by the start of the 2014-15
to be demolished
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Tuesday January 7
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Phone 768 5942 first
FRASER, Eva Kelly.---
Chris (Fritter) and
R ebekah (Bex)
welcomed their little 7lb
1oz Fritlet to the world
at 6.53pm, December
28, 2013. Thanks to all
at Grey Base Hospital
involved in our care,
St Patrick's Primary School pupil Jexylah-Mae Garcia delves into a book as part of the Grey District Library and Schools Summer
Reading Challenge, which is currently under way. Children have been encouraged to keep their nose in a book during the school
holidays, going in the draw for prizes including Samsung tablets, books and a Grey District Aquatic Centre family pass.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Summer Reading Challenge under way
A gold dredge on the Clutha River
has been granted retrospective resource
Cold Gold Clutha Ltd's dredge has been
operating o and on for almost two years
with consents from the Otago Regional
Council, a mining permit and access
agreement from Land Information New
After a query about noise limits last year, it
was discovered the dredge would also need
consent from the Central Otago District
At a hearing in December, Millers Flat
resident and river neighbour Irene Brown
said the dredge created "intolerable'' noise,
despite company-initiated noise tests
returning results of 43dB, 12dB under the
regional council consented limit of 55dB.
District council noise limits are also 55dB
in the area.
Mrs Brown and husband Ernie had sought
a reduction in consented operating hours
of the dredge, or for it to be moved further
from their property.
ey suggested the regional council
consented operating hours of 7am to 10pm,
seven days a week, be restricted to 9am to
5pm, Monday to Friday, or that the dredge
be moved 500m upstream.
Cold Gold Clutha project manager Peter
Hall told the district council's hearings
panel restricting operating hours was "not
e panel's decision, released yesterday,
said it appeared the company had "taken
all practicable steps, in the design and
construction of the dredge, to mitigate noise
e company had also applied for the
construction of temporary slipways. Under
Maritime New Zealand rules, the vessel
must be "slipped'' for survey, any repairs and-
or alterations. It was taken o the river near
Ettrick in October 2012 for alterations.
e district council granted conditional
consent for both activities. Conditions
include notifying the Browns at least 30
days before the company starts working near
their property, if it chooses to do so.
e council also included a review clause
in its conditions which would allow it to
review the consent conditions.
Other conditions were in keeping with
those imposed by the regional council.
--- Otago Daily Times
of the Hokitika Guardian
A historic book detailing
of the West Coast's
pioneering gold diggers
will be republished later
this year as a key project
of Hokitika's 150th
e Diggers' Story was
published in 1914 to mark
the 50th anniversary of
the goldrushes, bringing
together stories of dozens
of the rst miners on the
director Julia Bradshaw
said a new and expanded
edition of the book would
be published in December
e original was unique
because it gave a rst-
hand voice to the many miners
who were on the gold elds,
rather than being a dry account
of history, Ms Bradshaw said.
"It's a really lovely account of
the goldrush --- it's quite rare
to get accounts of the goldrush
diggers who were actually
e key di erence in the new
edition would be a new cover
design and inclusion of many
photographs and illustrations,
plus it would add a female
Ms Bradshaw said the
original book was a good
snapshot of the early West
Coast and its miners.
Most of the original
accounts were of young men
in their 20s who, by 1914, had
been gone from the district
"It's a nice indication of the
strength of the hold the West
Coast had on people --- many
of them travelled back for the
e original book of 150
pages was mainly text
with a few photographs.
e hunt was on to nd
as many photographs as
possible of the diggers
featured in the rst
edition nearly 100
years ago, for the 2014
So far an appeal
through the New Zealand
Genealogist magazine had
netted a good response,
e museum was also
searching widely for
photos with assistance
from Greymouth's History
House and the Westport
Ms Bradshaw said
production work for the
new edition needed to be
completed by March in
time for the new publisher,
"Because of the way book
production works, we've got
quite a tight timeframe before
it goes to print."
e original publication had
been "quite male focused", she
Updating the new edition
to give voice to some of the
women who were there at
the time was planned, such as
the many bar girls who often
became "very respectable"
Historic gold diggers
book to be republished Clutha River gold dredge granted resource consent
Tabitha May is pleading for
dognappers to return the puppy she
bought for Christmas after it was
stolen from outside an inner-Auckland
e 24-year-old hospitality student
said she popped into Countdown in
Grey Lynn "for all of two minutes" to get
some dog food and milk about 6.30pm
However, when she came out, her
cross Misty was gone.
"It was two young boys apparently," she
"Apparently they came out of the
supermarket while somebody was
patting Misty and they said, 'Oh, what
are you doing, that's my dog'.
"Apparently they just took her o
the lead and walked her up
Coleridge Street towards Williamson
Ms May said she and her partner Karl
bought Misty on Christmas Day.
"She was actually quite sick when we
got her so we've spent the past week
nursing her back to health and she's just
got better and now these people have
"I'm kind of freaking out, mainly
because I don't think they'll be able to
look after her properly.
"I think these kids are stupid. ey've
just gone and picked up a puppy, a puppy
that hasn't even had its u shots."
Ms May said she had lived in Grey
Lynn her entire life and used to tie
her previous dog outside the same
supermarket without problem.
"I made the mistake of trusting the
suburb that I live in really. I want my
Kimberley Mathews said police had
received an initial description of the
suspects and would be making inquiries
in the area in an attempt to track them
"We also hope to receive CCTV
footage from Countdown to assist with
this. While these types of incidents
do happen from time to time, we are
not experiencing anything we would
consider to be a 'dognapping epidemic'."
Auckland SPCA executive director Bob
Kerridge said reports late last year about
dogs being stolen to be used as "bait" in
dog ghting rings were unfounded.
"We obviously did some investigating
and we could see no proof of what was
suggested in that report.
"We haven't had a report of a dog ght
situation for over two years."
Reports of dognapping were more
common in south Auckland, Mr
Pedigree dogs were often stolen for
money and some were stolen to order;
however, that was less likely with mixed-
breed dogs, he said. --- APNZ
Owner pleads for dognappers
to return puppy
A woman and a toddler were lucky to escape
serious injury after their car sideswiped a milk
tanker and nearly went under the truck in
e crash happened just before 3pm on a
straight stretch of State highway 2 near the
intersection of Pukehina Station Road.
e driver of the car, a woman in her 20s,
and a child about two who was in a car seat in
the car, were taken to Tauranga Hospital with
moderate injuries, a St John spokesman said.
Pukehina senior station o cer Ivan
Burgener said the empty tanker was heading
to Edgecumbe when the driver of a Mazda
sedan crossed the centre line and hit the side
of the truck.
Four of the tanker's wheel rims were badly
damaged, with pieces scattered on the road.
Tauranga police senior constable Chris Hills
said the white car was in the front of a line of
tra c and was travelling under the speed limit
when she crashed into the truck.
"She appears to have drifted over the centre
line into the path of the oncoming truck."
While he could not say what caused the
crash until investigations had been completed,
Mr Hills said fatigue was one of the biggest
issues drivers had to battle at this time of year.
Emergency sta said the driver had barely
escaped going under the truck after hitting it.
e driver of the tanker was a longtime
employee of Omanu transport company
B R and S L Porter. A sta member said
she was "a bit shaken" from the ordeal.
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Driver and toddler injured in
crash with milk tanker
A police car and an Audi collided on
a busy rural road in Waikato yesterday,
leaving the occupants of both vehicles
with minor injuries.
Waikato police describe the incident
as "deeply regrettable".
e crash happened shortly before
2.30pm on State highway 26 at
Eureka, near the intersection of State
highway 1B, district deployment
manager Inspector Je Penno said.
"Initial indications are the crash
occurred while an o cer was carrying
out tra c enforcement and has
manoeuvred his car to try to stop a
" e driver of the Audi A4 involved
in the crash was taken to Waikato
Hospital by ambulance as a precaution
after he stated he had soreness in his
chest. e police o cer was shaken
Mr Penno said police are crediting
the modern safety standards in both
late model cars for the occupants of
both vehicles escaping with minor
injuries. --- APNZ
involved in crash
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