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China to build full-size
A Greymouth Lotto punter is
$40,000 richer after winning a share
of second division in the draw on
Saturday night. Greymouth On
e Spot, in Mackay Street, sold
the winning second division Lotto
and second division Powerball
ticket. Sta were today unaware
if the winnings had been claimed
yet. ere were 17 second division
winners and two second division
Powerball winners nationwide.
A week after two motorcyclists
came to grief on the Taramakau
road-rail bridge, another crashed his
Harley Davidson yesterday when
the tyre slipped while crossing the
wet rail tracks. He su ered bruising
and discomfort when the machine
slipped from underneath him. Police
today repeated their warnings to
motorcyclists to take extra care on
the only road-rail bridge left in New
Truck yard raided
ieves went to a lot of trouble
to steal a truck battery from the
Cable Price yard in Preston Road,
Greymouth, between Friday night
and yesterday morning. e culprits
climbed over a security fence and
removed the heavy duty commercial
battery from a truck parked beside
the workshop. Anyone who may
have spotted people carrying a
heavy object in the vicinity is asked
to contact the police.
Sun and cloudy spells
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
A growing cult of Hindu
worshippers in India claim that
drinking fresh cow urine will
help cure them of all diseases
--- including cancer. e Hindu
believers regard the cow as a
holy animal and say its urine has
divine healing properties. Jairam
Singhal, 42, has been drinking
cow pee for over a decade and
was keen to testify to its health
bene ts. "I had diabetes, but ever
since I have started drinking cow
urine, my diabetes levels have
been under control," Jairam said.
In the north Indian city of Agra,
dozens gather at the cow shelter of
D D Singhal to have a fresh glass
of cow urine. " ere are cancer
patients sometimes --- they want
to see the bene ts of cow urine,"
Singhal said. Followers of the cult
claim cow urine can successfully
be used to combat cancer, diabetes,
tumours, tuberculosis, stomach
problems and much more. ey also
claim that drinking cow pee is the
only e ective solution for treating
baldness. --- e Daily Mail
While the Kumara Gold Nuggets
race meeting on Saturday had its
most successful day yet with a
record breaking crowd of 10,000
and on-course turnover at an all-
time high of $401,259, business
was also brisk at the Kids Tote.
"Takings were very good
throughout the day and we were a
lot busier than other years, really
steady," the tote's enterprising
manager, nine-year-old Mick
"Everyone has been more than
happy with their prizes, if they
were lucky enough to back a
winner. We've been paying out a lot
of soft drinks, hot food, sandwiches
and lollies, which were well
e Barrytown schoolboy has
been running the Kids Tote at
Kumara for the past three years,
including arranging his own prizes.
"I went to Countdown
(supermarket) and got a trolley
full of goods and sponsorship for
the big day to ensure all the small
punters would be happy," he smiled.
"I'm a real fan of the Kumara
Gold Nuggets meeting and this
year I hope to join and become a
member of the Kumara Racing
Club. Dad (Gerard) was born in
Kumara, Fahey is a household
name here and I'm proud to be
ying the family ag at this year's
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Kids Tote manager Mick Fahey, nine, with assistant Summer Tye ser ve 'punters' Kate and Claire McCann and Kate Stanbridge-Hammond at the
Kumara Races, on Saturday. Mick's on to a winner
Questions are being asked after the
Christchurch Highway Patrol detained
the bus carrying tote operators to the
Kumara Races for about 45 minutes.
It is the second year in a row the TAB
bus has been stopped while tra c police
checked and weighed the vehicle, at
A TAB spokeswoman said while the
compulsory stop was inconvenient, the
45 tote sta on board arrived in time for
the rst race, but Kumara Racing Club
committee member Les Guenole wants
answers from the police, saying the
hold up could have cost the club up to
$50,000 in lost turnover because so few
windows were open.
e Gold Nuggets meeting was the
most successful on record, with a record
on-course turnover of $401,259 and a
crowd of 10,000.
However, Mr Guenole says things
could have been better still, if not for the
Highway Patrol's actions at Spring eld.
All buses travelling to Kumara on
Saturday morning were held up for up
to an hour while they were checked over.
Totalisator sta co-ordinator Julia
Golding said that in the end it did not
prevent them getting sta on-course in
"It seems the police do target the buses
going across to Kumara, they seem to
wait for us and went over the bus with a
ne tooth comb," Mrs Golding said.
"Every bus was stopped, but all
operators were on-course in plenty of
time --- all were clocked in by 11.35am."
Mr Guenole begged to di er: " e
'God Squad' a ected our turnover as
45 windows which should have been
opened were not open until minutes
before the rst race --- lines of people
were shut out.
"No one could get a bet and we had
people lined up trying to, behind the
limited windows that we had open. We
were basically chasing our tails from
there on in, and were behind on last
year's gures right up until the sixth race.
"Our nal on-course gure would have
had to have been up close to another
$50,000. ey (God Squad) knew the
operators were on the bus, they knew
when the races were starting --- what
was their motive? eir actions may have
cost the Kumara club a lot of money," he
Grey District Council e orts to speed
up the removal of unsightly and unsafe
buildings in central Greymouth has
attracted just one building owner so far.
"Some of these old buildings are not
doing the (central business district)
any favours, aesthetically or otherwise,"
chief executive Paul Pretorius said.
In September, the council set up a
$10,000 earthquake assistance fund,
from which it will pay the $675
demolition permit fees for owners of
buildings that need to be demolished.
It is also looking for ways to help with
the expense of disposing of building
material, such as collaborating with
local contractors, rather than forcing
building owners to pay $170 a tonne to
dump it at the land ll.
Mr Pretorius said the council was
currently in discussion with one
building owner, who wished to remain
anonymous, but they hoped others
would take up the o er.
"If they are dangerous or unsanitary,
we have other ways to get rid of the
"Others are simply earthquake prone
but on the face of it look reasonably
decent; but the fact that they're empty
makes them targets for all kinds of
di erent things," he said.
"We try to be proactive and avoid
issues before they become an issue."
While the council hoped demolitions
would move at a faster pace, it was
working within the deadlines imposed
by the current earthquake safety policy.
"With the policy as it is, the council
is looking at seven years (to either
strengthen or demolish a building),
and (pending) the Government when
they bring their changes through, it will
probably be 10 years."
Mike Pero's lakefront subdivision
faces mortgagee sale
subdivision on the shores
of Lake Brunner is up for
mortgagee auction, with only
three new houses built there in
Real estate guru Mike Pero
bought the Beechwater Estate
subdivision, just west of
Moana township, in 2006 at
a time when there were plans
for a new golf course and big
developments at the Lake
As late as 2010 sections were
selling for up to $165,000 and
architectural plans were drawn
up for a waterfront lodge on the
site, but development stalled in
the wake of the global recession.
Mr Pero put the subdivision
on the market in November
Mike Pero Real Estate agent
Mike Goatley said Mr Pero
needed to get the money
back from Moana for another
opportunity, but he expected to
take a "heavy hit" with the sale.
Greymouth real estate
agent Frank O'Donnell, of
E V Arthur Property Brokers,
told the Greymouth Star
the company behind the
subdivision development had
gone under and the mortgagee
was "very, very keen" to quit the
" is is the perfect
opportunity for people to get
into the Moana market at a
cheap price," Mr O'Donnell
gradually improve and expand."
It includes 16 sections varying
in size from 2686 square metres
to 1.22ha, with rateable values
from $135,000 to $275,000.
If not sold prior, the sections
will be auctioned on February
probably be sold by tender at a
Mr O'Donnell said there was a
lot of interest in the subdivision
as it was an opportunity to buy
at a very cheap price.
"It's going to be a buyer's
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