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$9000 donated to
About $9000 has been raised so far
for the Greymouth Tongan family
left reeling after a mother and son
died in a car accident near Taylorville
in mid-December. e Langi Family
Relief Fund was set up the day after
the crash claimed the lives of Lavinia
(Manui) Langi and her teenage
son, Lesili. e pair drowned when
their van crashed down a bank on
Taylor ville Road, landing upside
down in a small creek on December
16. Friends of the family and other
members of the Greymouth Tongan
community took up a collection,
adding to the $1000 donated by the
Greymouth Star to open the fund.
e Greymouth branch of the ANZ
will continue to accept donations
for the family until next Friday. Mrs
Langi and Lesili have been buried in
Auckland, but the rest of the family
lives in Blaketown. e bank account
number is 01 0841 004153600.
A collection box is also at the
Greymouth Star o ce.
A man refuelled his car at the
Challenge service station in
Greymouth yesterday morning, then
drove o without paying. Police
want public help to track down the
vehicle, a green Subaru Legacy, and
the driver, a man in his 40s wearing
a blue shirt, cap, shorts and jandals.
e theft occurred about 10.15am.
A woman was airlifted to Grey
Base Hospital last night after
injuring her leg while tramping in
the mountains behind Kokatahi.
e NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter was called out to the
Crawford Junction Hut about
9 o'clock after she had badly cut
Fine with cloudy spells
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
At the time of his death in 1323
BC, the father of the teenage
Egyptian king Tutanhkhamun
was said to be leading a religious
revolution in the country. It is believed
Akhenaten wanted to destroy the
belief in the Egyptian gods and
instead worship a sun disc called the
Aten. Tutanhkhamun was trying to
tackle this revolution when he was
believed to have broken his leg and
died from an infection in the wound.
DNA analysis in 2010 also found
traces of malaria in his system. During
mummi cation a decision was made
to not only embalm the erect penis,
but also to cover the king's body in
black liquid --- similar in colour to
the skin of Osiris --- and remove his
heart. --- Daily Mail
Rows of tents and marquees are up,
the track is ready and waiting and the
scene is set for Kumara's big day of
racing and entertainment tomorrow.
Kumara Racing Club president
Patrick Meates said they were looking
for ward to another successful meeting,
with good overhead conditions
forecast. " e weather looks good for
tomorrow and so I am encouraging
people to come along dressed up
for the occasion and make a day
out of racing and enjoy a full day's
entertainment," Mr Meates said.
Food stalls will be around the course,
including the racing club's own
barbecue with whitebait, steak and
Free buses will run from Greymouth
at regular intervals from the Speight's
Ale House, and the Recreation,
Australasian and Paroa hotels in the
morning, and return in the afternoon.
̌ Fields, feature, p 6,7, 11.
Bed bugs are hitching a ride to
the West Coast in tourists' luggage,
but accommodation providers here
are keeping them in check.
e unwelcome pests made
national headlines last month,
when a Christchurch woman
su ered more than 300 bed bug
bites at an Auckland hotel and
experienced enough swelling to
cause her to miss her ight and
require medical treatment.
Murray Piner, of Piner Pest
Control in Greymouth, said that
while he dealt with the odd case
every month, accommodation
managers were "really switched
on to it" and did their best to keep
their rooms pest-free.
"Most moteliers and hoteliers, if
they nd anything, they're really
quick to call us in to do something
about it. ey know what they're
looking for," Mr Piner said.
Bed bugs enjoy moderately
warm temperatures and can be
found all over New Zealand. ey
can be inadvertently transported
by tourists, often from foreign
countries, where bed bugs are
treated "just like sand ies" and are
"What happens is (tourists) put
their bags down, and (bed bugs)
hitch a ride. ey hop on and get
a free ight to New Zealand, and
when they nd
place they hop
o ," he said.
at insects are twice the size of a
ea and are visible to the naked
eye, although they are nocturnal
and hide during the day. ey can
also be identi ed by telltale signs
like spots of blood on and around
problem for this area all the time,"
Mr Piner said. "It's when (people)
don't do anything about it or don't
know what they're looking for that
the problem can really get out of
Ashley Hotel general manager
Melanie Hibbs said hotel sta
were vigilant about bed bugs.
"Our housekeepers as part of
their training are to check every
bed change for any signs at all.
We've been lucky enough that
we haven't had an issue with it in
She was not aware of the Ashley
Hotel ever having a serious
incident with bed bugs.
"From all the reading we do
on it, it's certainly a big issue for
some people. But we have pretty
stringent guidelines in place for
house sta when doing the beds.
We have a great sta that keep a
great eye on that."
A year after Spring Creek miners
received their last pay cheque,
Government gures show rather
than a stampede to Australia, many
Within months of the Greymouth
coalmine closing in September 2012,
there were widespread fears that it
would lead to a mass exodus of young
men and families to Australia and
However, o cial gures going back
to 2009 show that has not eventuated.
e gures also show that the Pike
River Mine tragedy and the two
mine closures did not deter others
from moving to the West Coast from
Minerals West Coast says an
increase in alluvial goldmining, just
as coal prices slumped, helped create
jobs on the Coast.
Jason Brown was among those
recruited from England by Solid
Energy, initially contracted to work
at Spring Creek for two years, but he
had only been in Greymouth for 18
months when the mine closed.
Post-Spring Creek he secured
other work in Greymouth, got New
Zealand residency and is more than
happy to stay on the Coast.
"I love it here," Mr Brown said.
Runanga re chief Gavin Gibbens
said four of their volunteers had
worked at the mine and had found
After Pike River, one volunteer left,
and they lost another after Spring
Mr Gibbens said the Australian
coal industry was facing a similar
downturn, and a downturn in the
housing market on the Coast had
made it hard to sell, so many of the
ex-miners had taken a pay cut to stay
here, close to family.
"Some who went to Australia had
to come back."
Spring Creek workers had a strong
employment record, and most he was
aware of had managed to pick up
Some had moved to Christchurch,
or were commuting to and from the
Runanga School, in the heart of
coalmining territory, lost just four
families out of the district as a result
of the mine closures.
"From that, we lost six children
from the school roll and three
potential preschoolers from two of
those families," retiring principal Joy
"Otherwise our roll stayed relatively
stable as there is always general
movement around locally so as
children leave for other schools, it is
counterbalanced by children coming
to Runanga from other schools
locally," Mrs Baker said.
Mines Rescue also came through
the closures intact.
Manager Trevor Watts said one of
its two foreign-born volunteers had
stayed on, while the other had been
leaving anyway for other reasons.
"All our Mines Rescue team are
employed," he said, when asked if
they had found work locally, or were
e Statistics NZ gures show the
best month was June 2009, when
only 11 people left the West Coast
Four months later the Pike River
Mine exploded and closed down, and
the gure jumped to 48 the following
January, and 56 in May.
However, within 11 months of the
mine disaster the net migration had
settled back down to 20.
e next increase came after
Spring Creek closed, rising to 44 in
December and 49 in January.
By last September the net migration
was down to 18 --- the lowest gure
since the mining boom.
Ex-miners stick with Coast post-Spring Creek
e Grey District Council has been
encouraged to light up the Cobden
Bridge, the latest in a series of ideas
from out of left eld for the area.
e current bridge opened in August
1975. It sits alongside the piles from the
old rail bridge, and the new concrete rail
Since Mayor Tony Kokshoorn asked
for creative ideas about six years ago
as part of his 'Clean-up Greymouth'
campaign, the suggestions have kept
Just last week, he was approached about
feature lighting the bridge; changing
technology meant it could be done far
more cheaply than in the past.
Other ideas over the years include:
ºA model of chief Tainui's head,
illuminated at night.
º Shooting jets of water, pumped
from the Grey River, over the old bridge
piles, creating rainbows.
º A statue of 1952 Melbourne Cup
winner Del Ray, raced by Greymouth
businessman Cyril Neville.
Lights, water, action for Cobden Bridge ...
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Kumara Racing Club president Patrick Meates, right, and committee member Pat Fitzgerald pause for a break this afternoon after the team of volunteers got
everything ship-shape for the annual race day tomorrow.
Kumara ready to roll
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