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January 4, 1989
collided with squid vessel
A Greymouth trawler, the Moata, was
in danger of sinking after a collision
with a Japanese squid boat o the West
Coast early on Monday morning.
e Moata, skippered by Larry
Johnson with crew Tony Oates, collided
with the 30m-long Choko Maru.
e Moata received damage that will
run into "a few thousand dollars", owner
Basil Piner said today.
Mr Piner was unwilling to comment
on the accident but did say his boat lost
its mast, front bulwarks and tuna poles
in the collision. It is understood the
Japanese put pumps and men on board
the Moata to keep it a oat.
Move to make Grey bar
crossings safer now
A recommendation to improve the
safety of crossings of the Grey River bar
involves appointing a sort of honorary
A retired sherman may guide skippers
across the treacherous bar.
is recommendation was made in a
report prepared for the marine division
on a accident at the bar in October in
which two shermen drowned after
their vessel capsized.
e Marina May, returning from a
shing trip, was sunk by a freak wave on
October 6 with the loss of her skipper
36 year-old Raymond omas Henham
and a crewman, 28 year-old Alan
e harbour board's administration
o cer Mr Ray Lucas was sceptical of
" is honorary thing is nonsense.
Fishermen have di erent ideas about the
conditions for crossing the bar. I don't
think it will work. It will cause a lot of
friction and what retired sherman is
going to get up at 1am to guide boats
over the bar?"
January 5, 1989
Tuna bonanza continuing
e good tuna catches o the West
Coast before the New Year appeared to
Talley's Westport factory has so far
processed 100 tonnes of albacore, almost
four times the 28 tonnes it processed last
"We have about 40 boats shing out of
Westport at the moment and new boats
are arriving every day," the manager of
Westport's factory, Mr Neil Walker said
"We have processed over 100 tonnes
in other seasons but never at this early
stage and we are just hoping the tuna
January 6, 1989
Oil exploration near
New Zealand oil company Striker
Petroleum will begin drilling for oil
north of Murchison next month. Striker
director Daniel Lux, said it would
start drilling about the third week of
February. e wildcat exploration will be
in the Nuggety Creek area, a tributary
of the Buller River between Murchison
and the Owen River Junction.
e site was not far from Murchison
itself, Mr Lux said.
January 7, 1989
Expatriate Hokitika priest
tells of hope in Pakistan
Squalor, disease, and oppression
daily come before the eyes of Hokitika
missionary priest, the Rev Father Dan
O'Connor during his pastoral work in
the Punjab province of Pakistan.
Yet even among tragedy he also
witnesses a cheerfulness on poor faces,
and lately a burning hope in a woman
called Benazir Bhutto.
Fr O'Connor was ordained into the
Columban Missionary Society at St
Mary's Church in Hokitika two years
ago, and has since been stationed in
Pakistan. In a recent letter home he
writes of Pakistan's political turmoil,
life in the midst of base poverty and a
Christmas of hope.
January 9, 1989
Woman shot and killed in
A 41 year-old man has been charged
with murder following the shooting
death of a woman in Cobden last night.
Police at Greymouth this morning had
not named the dead woman or the man
subsequently charged with her murder
pending a formal court appearance.
However, the man was formally
charged with the murder late this
morning before Justices of the Peace
in the District Court at Greymouth
and remanded in custody to appear in
the District Court at Christchurch on
His name, and that of the dead woman
were suppressed in the interim by the
Senior sergeant Neil Smith of the
Greymouth police said the shooting was
believed to have occurred shortly after
10pm when a 41-year-old man entered
a Cobden house armed with a pump
"While in the house shots were red
resulting in the death of a 38-year-old
With a tuna boat colliding with a Japanese squid catcher, a recommendation that an honorary harbourmaster guide boats
across the Grey River bar, and sh factories reporting a bumper tuna season, the shing industry dominated the front pages of
the Greymouth Evening Star in the rst week of January, 25 years ago.
Richard Taylor and Phillip Newman whitebaiting on the Grey River in the 1980s.
West Coast MP Margaret Moir, centre, celebrates Red Nose Day at the former daycare based at the old Greymouth High School Hostel.
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