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Seems like only yesterday
January 10, 1989
High drama for trawler
A Greymouth trawler, e Buccaneer,
came close to being sunk in the Grey
River yesterday when its motor cut out
after crossing the bar.
"It s the first time we ve had the life-
jackets on," crew member, Mr Gary
Muir said this morning.
After safely negotiating a rough bar
the Buccaneer, with eight tonnes of
tuna aboard, had struggled for headway
against the seven knot run in the river.
e Buccaneer had almost reached the
safety of the fisherman s wharf when its
motor seized, and it was in danger of
being swept back out over the bar or on
to the rocks.
e anchor was let out but the
pull against it saw the chain break
and twice, Mr Muir and skipper Joe
Gillman managed to start the engine
but twice more it cut out and when
calling for assistance, the radio began
to cut out.
However, they managed to contact
the vessel Pandora which sailed out to
the Buccaneer and attached a tow rope
which promptly snapped. A second
rope however, held and the Buccaneer
was safely towed to port.
Mr Muir praised the actions of those
aboard the Pandora, a trawler from
" ose guys are heroes."
Sunday night s shooting which left
a 38-year-old woman dead and a
42-year-old man charged with murder,
also put a man in Grey Hospital with
"minor" gunshot wounds according to
A further charge of attempted murder
is pending against the 41-year-old
man who is to appear on remand in
the district court at Christchurch
tomorrow. Senior sergeant Neil Smith
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 action
A short time later the man gave
himself up at the Greymouth police
January 11, 1989
Scientists sceptical about
great hairy Moehau
Animal ecology scientists at the
Ministry of Forestry s Forest Research
Institute are sceptical about the chances
of success of Australian cryptozoologist
Rex Gilroy s planned search in
Fiordland for the "great hairy Moehau",
a New Zealand version of the yeti.
Mr Gilroy, 45, from Katoomba in
the Blue Mountains outside Sydney
believes the big-footed man-ape could
have existed beyond Maori mythology
and still live in shy groups somewhere
down in Fiordland.
He first came to New Zealand to
track down the mystery in 1983, but
although he found plenty of legend he
went home short of facts.
en, on his last trip to New Zealand
three years ago a tramper described
seeing one of the beasts near Mount
Ngauruhoe about 1980 encouraging
Mr Gilroy to organise another search
for the Kiwi yeti .
" ey are herbivorous and do not
seem dangerous but are rather shy,
gentle and retreating, Mr Gilroy said.
January 12, 1989
Canterbury cattle graze
on Coast s lush pastures
Farmers in drought-stricken North
Canterbury have shipped around 900
head of cattle to the West Coast for
grazing on the region s more lush
pastures over the past weeks.
Offers by the West Coast Province of
Federated Farmers and the individual
farmers in the Grey and Inangahua
districts, to graze stock from over the
hill, have been received gratefully by
their North Canterbury counterparts.
It is believed that 30 West Coast
farmers have taken in stock for
grazingwith more cattle still arriving.
January 13, 1989
Family evacuated from
flooded Ross campsite.
A family had to be evacuated from a
campsite north of Ross last night when
floodwaters pushed the Totara River
over its banks.
e Christchurch family, camped in
two tents beside the the flood-prone
Totara Lagoon, was rescued by Ross
policeman, constable Peter Bennett
when floodwaters lapped the site
Constable Bennett said he was alerted
to the campers predicament by a local
farmer who became concerned for
their safety after a localised downpour
caused the Totara River to rise rapidly.
e family of five was put up for the
night at the Ross police station.
Catholic church plans
Plans to build a new Catholic Church
in Greymouth are still on hold.
"We have really gone nowhere since
we purchased land in High Street two
years ago," parish priest, the Rev Father
Gerard Creagh said today.
"We have a building committee and
tentative plans drawn up but a lot of
things have to be worked through
before we will go any further with the
project. e major obstacle will be
raising the estimated $1 million it will
cost to build it, most of the money will
have to be raised locally."
January 14, 1989
Water buffalo at
Asiatic water buffalo are a rare sight
in New Zealand but an enthusiastic
Barrytown man who recently imported
four of the animals from Australia
hopes this will soon change.
Mr Darcy Craze, whose breeding
herd of three cows and a bull arrived
late last month, believes the animals
may be the answer to problems facing
farmers trying to make profits from
"Buffalo meat is lean, extremely
palatable, highly nutritious and
digestible," he said.
"It is halfway between venison and
Drama on the Grey River, more on the Cobden murder, a search for New Zealand s yeti , droughts in Canterbury,
floods in Ross, and Barrytown s water buffalo dominated the headlines 25 years ago this week.
New Year s Eve at the Hokitika Town Clock, 1989.
e old St Johns Presbyterian Church in Greymouth. Built in 1911, it was
being demolished when this picture was taken in 1996. Caltex then built a
ser vice station on the site.
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