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A man who clambered on to the
top of his four wheel drive vehicle
after it got stuck in the middle of
the ooded Taramakau River at
the Greenstone crossing on Cape
Terrace Road, was washed o
yesterday. Luckily the man managed
to swim to the river bank after he
oated downstream. Police were
called to the scene to assist. Police
said he attempted to cross the river,
which was rising, when his vehicle
became stuck. It then began to oat
down the river.
Tyres on on a van parked up a
driveway on the corner of Nelson
Street and Main South Road were
slashed yesterday. e incident
happened between 11am and noon
and police are seeking help in
identifying who was responsible.
e owner of the blue Toyota Hiace
van was at the address for a short
time and when they returned to the
vehicle, they noticed two at tyres.
A closer look revealed the tyres had
A four-wheel drive sideswiped
a car as the two vehicles were
travelling along the road to Carters
Beach last night. One vehicle was
heading towards Carters Beach
and the other back to Westport.
e Greymouth Star understands
the two women and a child in the
car which was hit were not injured,
but were badly shaken. According
to Westport chief re o cer Pat
O'Dea the women and young child
"got a hell of a fright". He said that
the four-wheel drive vehicle sped o
after the incident.
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
On-line sellers are marketing
positive pregnancy tests, ultrasounds
and even prosthetic bellies as
'pranks'. 'Joke' pregnancy tests
showing two lines or a plus
indicating 'pregnant' are being listed
on auction sites like eBay for as
little as £5, while an entire website
has popped up dedicated to faking
pregnancy --- from conception
to birth. On-line retailer Fake A
Baby --- who ship worldwide ---
feature an array of antenatal falsities
including positive pregnancy test,
fake DNA tests, fake pregnancy
prescription pills and fake pregnant
stomachs in various sizes. e site
claims to provide ' e best gag gifts
on Earth', including a fake 'Proof of
Pregnancy' document designed to
look just like the real thing.
--- Daily Mail
Dillmanstown man Brian
Andrew Robinson, will not have
to pay a power company the
$4482 it was seeking from him
because a district court judge
was unable yesterday to nd that
he was the driver of a vehicle
that slammed into a power pole,
at 9pm on August 5.
Robinson, 47, was the
registered owner of the
Mitsubishi Pajero which failed
to take a moderate bend at
Dillmanstown about 3km east of
Kumara, smashing a power pole
at the base and cutting power
to the region. e driver then
walked to a nearby house telling
the occupant, Michelle Spa ord,
that he had crashed the car but
Ms Spa ord, although she
knew Robinson, did not name
him to constable Paul Watson,
instead giving a description that
tted Robinson well.
Documents in the car showed
that it belonged to Robinson
and Ms Spa ord, a couple of
days later, picked him out of
a montage of eight photos.
e day after the crash, about
1.30pm, Robinson called the
Hokitika police station saying
that someone had stolen his
vehicle from Kumara overnight.
He had discovered the crashed
car at 7am that morning when
his host --- he had slept the
night at Kumara --- was driving
him home so that he could feed
e host, Peter Jenkins, said
that Robinson had arrived at
his place about 6pm on August
5 and did not leave until the
following morning. He went out
to get in his car about 7am but
came back in a panic because it
was not there.
Jenkins could not say why
Robinson did not immediately
report the vehicle stolen, but said
that he was concerned about his
animals and wanted to get home
and feed them.
Judge Stephen O'Driscoll
said that Jenkins' alibi evidence
gave Robinson the bene t of
reasonable doubt so he was
unable to convict him.
However, the judge warned the
power company could launch a
e Rail and Maritime Transport
Union says there are still issues that
need to be resolved regarding safety
procedures in the Otira Tunnel.
Last year the tunnel was closed
from July to November while re
suppression equipment was installed
on the engines after concerns were
raised over safety and emergency
en in November seven workers
were exposed to gas while in the
Union health and safety organiser
Karen Fletcher said they were not
satis ed with procedures and there
were still issues that needed to be
She acknowledged there had been
"signi cant improvements" since the
High Hazards Unit instructed Kiwi
Rail to improve passenger safety.
" e RMTU is pushing for improved
safety systems for the people who
work inside the tunnel including track
workers. Hazards include exposure to
fumes from petrol powered generators,
dust, temperature and noise."
In relation to last November's
"gassing incident", Ms Fletcher said
the RMTU was waiting for Kiwi Rail's
own internal investigation and Work
Safe's investigation to the released.
"In the interim we have reinforced
the message to track workers the
importance of refusing work likely to
cause serious harm."
Kiwi Rail acting chief executive
Deborah Hume said they had "well
established evacuation and emergency
management protocols" for the
Otira Tunnel which they tested
regularly through emergency
exercises. "Recently, as part of our
review of our emergency management
plan we have updated onboard
procedures, including sta placement
and emergency brie ngs."
Ms Hume said they had established
incident control points at both Otira
and Arthur's Pass stations.
Kiwi Rail had put "signi cant e ort"
into reducing the likelihood of an
incident occurring in the rst instance.
Signs showing the distance and
direction to the nearest tunnel portal
were tted on both sides of the tunnel.
" e Otira tunnel remains under
constant review and the safety aspects
are reviewed every three months."
Kiwi Rail did not answer questions
regarding emergency lighting in the
tunnel, but said sta carried torches.
Chief mines inspector Tony Forster
said in a recent memorandum that
during a re that rail employees
"supplied only with torches would need
to cope with marshalling hundreds of
panicking passengers along the tunnel
in complete darkness".
Track workers told to refuse work that could cause serious harm
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Richard Atkinson of the Westland Car Club and his four-year-old son Jari get behind the
wheel of their 1957 Chevrolet Cor vette, which will be on display next to their white 59
Cor vette at the Big Boys' Toys car show on Sunday in Greymouth. Greymouth Riders
president Pete Davy said the organisers hoped to expand on the biennial event and bring in
more vintage vehicles from around the West Coast. "It's an invitation to (car) clubs to put in
boys' toys --- we'll have trucks, a microlight, classic cars, hot rods, motorbikes, tractors and
models. e Coastguard will be there, and the re brigade will cut up a car for a
demonstration. We're hoping it will be quite a big event." is year Aratuna Freighters has
provided its new building and yard on Gresson Street for the show. Vehicles will be on display
indoors and out. Adult entry is $5 and children aged 13 or younger get in free.
Searchers scouring the Croesus
Track between Blackball and
Barrytown today in an attempt
to nd a 63-year-old tourist who
went missing while tramping
yesterday are understood to have
located their man.
e tramper, from Australia,
was with four other people.
West Coast police search and
rescue co-ordinator sergeant
Sean Judd, said search teams
went into the area late yesterday
Some of the searchers stayed in
the area overnight, but Mr Judd
said initially there was no sign of
"We are sending the NZCC
Rescue Helicopter in to help
out as well," he said earlier this
Mr Judd said that man was
well equipped with good gear,
including a sleeping bag.
Search teams investigated a
number of scenarios as to what
might have happened.
"It is most likely that he has
strayed o the track."
Mr Judd also said that it was
not an ideal time to get lost as
the weather overnight was "quite
West Coast police area
commander Inspector John
Canning, said that he believed
the man was "dragging the chain
a bit" on the walk.
When the other members of
the group checked on him he
" ey went back to look for
him and when that was not
successful they alerted police,"
Mr Canning said.
e Greymouth Star
understands he was located
about 1pm today. No details
were available from police.
e Croesus Track is a popular
tramp for tourists, crossing
the Paparoa Range between
Blackball in the Grey Valley and
Barrytown on the coast.
e Mountain Man multi-
sport event is due to be held on
the track tomorrow.
Australian tourist missing
on track day before race
Scientists may release a
tiny species of wasp south of
Greymouth to combat the
spread of a clover-munching
Clover root weevil, discovered
in New Zealand in 1996, is now
found on the West Coast, with
the spread being closely tracked
by AgResearch entomologists
Dr Scott Hardwick and Mark
e scientists are zeroing in on
where to release an Irish wasp, a
tiny parasitic wasp rst released
in 2006 and considered a highly
e ective biocontrol agent for the
Dr Hardwick said there
were potentially damaging
populations of the weevil from
Greymouth north through
to Karamea, but in spite of
extensive sampling south
of Greymouth, they only
discovered a single infested site
" e good news is that clover
root weevil has brought its own
destruction with it."
e Irish wasp has been
con rmed at many localities
including Little Wanganui,
the outskirts of Westport,
Cronadun, and Greymouth.
"However, we're concerned
that the weevil may be getting a
jump start on the wasp further
south on the West Coast. In
wetter areas, clover root weevil
may not y as readily as it does
in summer dry areas such as
"We're now considering
carrying out releases of the Irish
wasp south of Greymouth when
new populations of the weevil
are found, rather than relying on
it making its own way."
Weevil gets jump on wasp
A week from their deadline, only two
nominations have been received for the
West Coast Electric Power Trust election on
March 15, both of them from Hokitika.
"We haven't had any interest from the Grey
district at all yet," deputy electoral o cer
Kathryn Ruddle said.
e power trust, formed in 1992, holds
the shares of Westpower and associated
companies on behalf of consumers. Elections
are held every two years, with three of the six
trustees retiring in rotation prior to the event.
Retiring trustees can be re-elected.
So far, only current chairman Ian Hustwick
and Frances Stapleton have been nominated.
ree trustees are required.
Ms Ruddle said they usually received
enough nominations for the election, but
interest seemed to be down this year.
"I wonder if it's because we just had a local
Mr Hustwick called on Coasters to
participate, saying trustees were needed to
represent consumers and make sure quality
services were provided at a reasonable cost.
"If you believe you have the appropriate
interests and quali cations and can contribute
to the West Coast Electric Power Trust,
please seek nomination for the upcoming
Trustee Frank Wall died leaving a vacancy.
e other trustees whose terms have expired
are David Robertson and Mr Hustwick.
Nominations close on January 24 at 5pm.
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