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Quad bikes feature in
Quad bikes came to the rescue at
the weekend when a woman fell and
injured her knee at the face of the
Franz Josef Glacier. Constable Bill
Parker, of the Franz Josef police, said
that the 39-year-old was carried a
little way down the valley by friends,
and was then transferred to the
medical centre by quad bike. "A local
company, Across Country Quad
Bikes, supplied three machines and
two drivers, constable Guy Bradley
drove the other, which took police
and St John personnel to the woman
who had her injuries treated before
she was taken out on on of the bikes
... one of our more unusual rescues,"
Mr Parker said.
Westport re callout
e Westport Volunteer Fire
Brigade rushed to a house re
yesterday evening only to nd that
the smoke that prompted the 111
call was billowing from a backyard
incinerator. Fire chief Pat O'Dea said
it was the fth time the brigade had
been called out on an insigni cant
matter within two days.
e New Zealand Motorcaravan
Association will roll into Blackball
on Waitangi Day, departing on the
Sunday, February 9. Entertainment
will include the Kokatahi Band and
Reefton Bearded Miners. ere
will also be CPR and de brillator
demonstrations with a St John
paramedic. e Blackball Summer
Festival gets under way on the
Saturday, with a re brigade and
ambulance display, and lawnmower
Arrivals: Galatea II, Tenacity, one
Greymouth vessel. Departures:
Ocean Odyssey. In port: Galatea II,
Tenacity, Ondine, 16 other vessels.
Expected departures: Galatea II,
tomorrow. Expected arrivals: Cook
Canyon, tomorrow; Moon Shadow,
Friday; Jay Elaine, Saturday; Ocean
Westport needs more
than tourism, say locals
Canterbury SPCA welfare
investigators are run o their feet trying
to catch up after a record month for
complaints in December.
e charity usually gets 40 to 50
welfare complaints from the public
a month, Newstalk ZB reported
But they received a record 106 over
Chief executive Barry Helem said this
month has been quieter so far, which
has been welcome as inspectors are
still working through cases from last
"December created a lot of work for the
inspectors and they need time to catch
up particularly with le preparation for
the prosecution we take.
"We're not at a point of ling charges
yet, but some prosecutions will come
out of those investigations." --- NZN
of the Westport News
Buller locals have mixed views on how the
Westport tourist season is going but agree
the town can not survive on tourism alone
when mining is eventually phased out.
Chelsea Gateway Motor Lodge co-owner
Roger Elvins said the lodge had a good
Christmas but business had been slow this
"Everybody keeps talking around how
they're optimistic and things are good but I
don't know around the Coast."
He thought the slow period was a
result of the worldwide economy, the
Canterbury earthquakes and Queenstown's
international airport. People no longer
ew into Christchurch to complete a loop
including the West Coast, as they used to.
Travellers saw Westport as a stopover
destination for one or two nights and it
would be nice to be able to keep them for
Mr Elvin said "so-called environmentalists"
claimed the coal industry could be replaced
with tourism but he said Westport would
not be there if it was not for the coal.
" is town could not survive on tourism."
Besides, the majority of tourism was low-
wage, he said.
Green groups touted tourism as a
replacement for the Coast's minerals
industry throughout the disputes over
Bathurst's Denniston mine.
Subway owner Robert Elley said the
tourist season was on par with last year, in
It was surprising how many Germans were
coming through; they outnumbered other
visitors about two to one.
However, he thought Westport was
missing a lot of tourists who were turning
o at the Crossroads on State highway 6
because there was nothing to entice them in.
He had been through Punakaiki recently
and said the number of people there was
phenomenal. Punakaiki was recognised
worldwide and Westport should take
advantage of that.
"Yes, we're getting our fair share of tourists,
but to me we're missing a royal opportunity
to entice a hell of a lot of others into town."
He did not believe tourism was a realistic
alternative to mining.
Westport did not have a major attraction,
whereas other areas had activities such as
tobogganing and skydiving to attract young
"Yes, we've got green bush but it's not
everyone's cup of tea."
Westport needed to look at alternatives
for when mining was phased out and one
option might be becoming an events town.
"People love coming here. But we've got to
get them to come here and stay."
Coaltown Museum and i-Site manager
Chris Hartigan said numbers through the
museum were "soft" this tourist season.
Numbers through the door at the i-Site
were on par with the same time last year.
Mr Hartigan thought the weather forecast
was scaring a few people o , although
forecasts had been worse than what had
At least a couple of people had told him
they were heading away from the Coast
for Christmas because of the forecast and
would return after the New Year.
Anecdotally he thought domestic tourism
was down this season.
He thought tourism was a fantastic " ller"
on the Coast but it would always need other
industries after mining was phased out.
"Tourism is going to be one of those
industries but I don't think it is going to ll
Tourism West Coast chief executive Jim
Little said the Coast tourist season was
going well and accommodation providers'
occupancy levels were higher than they had
been for a while. Bookings through to the
end of April were looking good.
While the damp weather might put a
few domestic visitors o , the international
visitors were still coming through and there
had been ne weather as well as the rain.
e glaciers had been booming and there
seemed to be more people travelling the
Mr Little agreed that tourism alone would
not replace mining on the Coast.
He did not want to think about what
would happen after mining was phased out
" ere's still a lot of mining in our lifetime.
ere's a lot of other minerals apart from
coal around the place too."
He said dairy was the biggest industry on
the Coast, mining was "right up there" and
tourism was a "very healthy No 3".
According to the latest Ministry of
Business, Innovation and Employment
gures, tourism contributed $290 million a
year to the Coast and was responsible for
about 2600 full-time equivalent jobs.
Tuesday January 21
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Phone 768 5942 first
away 15 years ago on
January 21, 1999.
Time has flown by but
we will never forget you.
Lots of love.
--- Sue, Brian and girls.
Will be in Greymouth
on February 1-5, 2014
Phone or text
027 411 2921
to book an appointment
November 12, 1939 to
January 21, 2013. In
memory of a loving
husband, father, father-
in-law, grandad and
Always in our thoughts.
--- Your loving family.
Passed away one year
ago on January 21,
Sadly missed, never for-
Lots of love.
--- Sue, Brian, Nicole,
Pete, Mason, Caitlin,
Sean and Melissa.
De GOLDI, Stephen.
--- Steve's family would
sincerely like to thank
everyone for their mes-
sages of suppport, love,
flowers, phone calls,
cards and baking. Spe-
cial thanks to the staff of
Morice and Hannan
Wards, Kowhai Manor,
David, Janette and Jack
from Westland Funeral
Services and Marion
Molloy. Please accept
this as a personal ac-
Laid to rest in Grey-
mouth on this day in
2004. In loving memory
and so sadly missed by
IN MEMORIAM APPRECIATION
Pete France, left, Bruce French, Mike Booth, Debbie Penney, Greg Ward
and Ron Coleman will bring the music of Glenn Miller to the Regent
eatre stage later this month. e Life and Music of Glenn Miller on
January 28 will showcase the life and music of the American big band
musician, arranger, composer, and band leader of the swing era. He was one
of the best-selling recording artists from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the
best known big bands. Award winning entertainer Greg Ward is joined by
singer Debbie Penney and a brass ensemble to showcase Miller's greatest
Glenn Miller music comes to Regent
Work will begin next week on a
project that will nally deliver clean
drinking water to Stillwater residents
e current supply from a bore in
the Grey River has for several years
been tainted by excess iron causing
discolouration, although the Grey
District Council says it is not at
dangerous levels for health.
Residents were canvassed in 2012
about joining up to the Brunner-
Greymouth water supply or going it
alone; they voted for a stand-alone
system, but the council application
for funding for that model was turned
down by the Ministry of Health.
e ministry suggested that other
options should be considered,
particularly joining the nearby Brunner
A second application in line with
that was successful, the Government
approving payment of $344,673 to
connect to the Dobson-Taylor ville
water supply. e subsidy includes
funding for a trunk main, monitoring
equipment, pumps, resource consents
and design work, and equates to 85% of
the total cost.
Council chief executive Paul Pretorius
said today the tender had been let prior
to Christmas and work was about to
" ey will be starting next week and,
all going well, the work should be
complete and Stillwater linked up with
the other system by April."
Clean drinking water
on way for Stillwater
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Tuna in shor t supply
West eet wharf hand Matt Sears grades a tub of tuna freshly unloaded from the West
Coast shing co-operative's new boat Marylee Mac at the Greymouth wharf this morn-
ing. With tuna in short supply o the West Coast lately, the Marylee Mac made the long
trip from Cape Reinga with its load of about a tonne of sh aboard to return to its home
Former policeman and two-time
Napier City Council candidate
Stuart McLachlan has been
described as a "bully" by a Lotto
McLachlan, 68, appeared in the
Hastings District Court yesterday
for a judge-alone hearing in relation
to a charge of assault laid last March.
Police allege McLachlan went to
a Havelock North Lotto shop on
March 9 and refused to pay $1.30 he
owed on a Lotto ticket.
e court heard he attempted to
leave the store with the Lotto ticket
and the female employee he had
been dealing with tried to stop him.
Police said McLachlan then
pushed and swore at the woman as
she attempted to get the ticket back.
e woman gave evidence in court
yesterday. She said McLachlan shoved
her with two hands from outside the
Lotto store towards the nearby New
World, swearing at her as he did so.
"He was angry, really, really angry.
When he was swearing at me spit
was coming out of his mouth, I had
to wipe my glasses o after wards," she
"All I could think about was not
falling on the ground because I didn't
want him to put the boot in."
McLachlan's lawyer said his client
was trying to get to the New World
to get the $1.30 needed to pay for the
ticket. is was not accepted by the
shop employee who said McLachlan
told her he knew the owner and would
get credit from him for the ticket.
She said she told him she did not
have the authority to do that.
A witness told the court she ran
over to McLachlan and the woman
outside the Lotto shop after noticing
McLachlan was raising his sts and
"It was more than an argument. He
was clearly drunk, angry, violent. He
was stumbling back and forth."
e witness said McLachlan was
charging towards the woman with
two open hands towards her chest
and she saw him push the woman up
to 30 times.
e incident allegedly ended when
McLachlan grabbed the victim by
her shirt and shoved the Lotto ticket
down it, lodging it in her bra.
In an inter view with police on
March 28, McLachlan said he was
trying to get to the New World to
get the $1.30 for the Lotto shop
employee when she got in his way.
"If I did push her it was just trying
to get her out of my way, she was right
up in my face."
He said he did not want to give the
Lotto ticket back before going to the
supermarket because he was scared
she would cancel it and he would
"miss out on millions".
When asked about shoving the
ticket down the woman's top,
McLachlan said: "I can't recall now,
I gave it back to her. I would have
gently put it down her top.
"I had no intention to hurt the lady.
I never swore but I did use some
insulting words which I unreservedly
e judge has reserved his decision
on the assault charge.
McLachlan rst appeared in court
last August and twice turned down
He applied to have his name
suppressed during campaigning
for the Napier City Council last
September but the application was
declined by Judge Tony Adeane.
McLachlan was not elected to the
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Former candidate a bully, court told
e Department of Conser vation is
cautiously optimistic that most of the 46
pilot whales that were re oated yesterday
morning will not be seen back on the beach.
Rangers have checked more than half of
the Farewell Spit beaches where whales have
repeatedly stranded themselves over the
weekend, DOC Takaka conservation services
manager John Mason said this morning.
One whale has been found dead, but there
is no sign so far of the remaining 45 whales
that were re oated yesterday by experts and
more than 100 volunteers. Four other whales
"I'm 60% quietly optimistic because we've
checked 60% of the beach," Mr Mason said.
e whales are thought to be from a pod of
about 70 which stranded at Farewell Spit at
Some have died and, despite the best e orts
of rescuers, the rest kept restranding.
Last week eight whales were euthanised
after stranding themselves twice at Farewell
Spit. A ninth whale, which had not been seen
at the beach, also had to be put down after it
Last week 27 pilot whales had to be put
down after becoming beached at the spit.
A further 12 had already died from natural
causes after being stranded.
Whale strandings are common on the
24km-long sandspit, at the top of the South
Island. e topography is believed to confuse
the whales and they often beach themselves
again after being re oated. --- APNZ-NZN
DOC 'quietly optimistic' whales safe
Sta who worked
at the Macraes Gold
Mine in Otago have
been shocked to learn
how quickly proposed
redundancies have been
Mine owner Oceana
Gold told sta on
January 8 that, because
of the present price of
gold, the area of the
pit which is mined has
to be reduced, Radio
New Zealand reported
Union says the company
has con rmed 76 more
jobs have gone, meaning
more than 150 people
who worked at the|
open-cast mine have
lost their jobs since
Union secretary Calvin
Fisher said the workers
had hoped that the cost-
cutting measures and
redundancies made in
September would have
gone far enough to save
He says those given
their termination notices
on Friday were shocked.
Otago mine staff
shocked at quick
A 14-year old girl led
police on a 19km pursuit
through Tauranga last
night, police say.
Acting senior sergeant
Tristan Murray said the
the girl failed to stop for
police sparking a pursuit
through Welcome Bay to
Mount Maunganui and
back to Papamoa.
e chase ended when
the teenager drove over
road spikes laid by police.
New Zealand in ation
unexpectedly edged higher in
the nal three months of 2013,
led by more expensive airfares,
housing and dairy prices.
e consumers price index
increased 0.1% in the three
months ended December 31,
slowing from a quarterly increase
of 0.9%, according to Statistics
New Zealand. at was against
a forecast decline of 0.1% in a
Reuters survey of economists and
the Reserve Bank's expectation
of a 0.2% fall. e annual pace
of in ation was 1.6%, its fastest
pace since March 2012 and
slightly ahead of forecasts.
e increase was underpinned
by a 12% rise in the price of
international airfares, the biggest
quarterly gain in four years, and a
6.7% increase in domestic ights.
"International airfares usually
rise in December quarters,"
prices manager Chris Pike said
in a statement. " is quarter's
rise re ects seasonally higher air
fares to Asia and Europe."
Prices for housing and
household utilities rose 0.5%
with a 1.1% rise in the cost of
new housing and a 1.6% increase
in property maintenance services.
Prices for milk cheese and eggs
advanced 4.2% in the quarter.
ose were o set by a 20%
drop in the price of vegetables
and a 3.5% decline in the price
Investors were awaiting the
release of today's data with the
Reser ve Bank scheduled to review
monetary policy next week.
Governor Graeme Wheeler had
previously indicated he will start
hiking the 2.5% o cial cash rate
this year to head o the threat of
future in ation as the Auckland
and Christchurch property
markets continue to bubble
and as the Canterbury rebuild
Before the release, traders were
betting the Reser ve Bank will
hike interest rates by 109 basis
points over the coming year,
according to the Overnight Index
Swap curve, and economists had
been pencilling in March as the
likely date for Wheeler to start
Tradable in ation, which
includes goods and services
facing international competition,
shrank 0.5% for an annual
decline of 0.3%. Non-tradable
in ation rose a quarterly 0.5% for
an annual pace of 2.9%, its fastest
pace since September 2011.
e annual pace of in ation,
which stayed in the Reserve
Bank's target band of between
1% and 3%, was driven by a
3.2% increase in housing and
household utilities, with a
4.7% increase in new housing
prices, a 2.1% rise in rental
prices, 4.3% increase in property
maintenance, and a 3% rise in
electricity prices. Petrol prices
for an annual 0.9%.
Prices for clothing and
footwear fell an annual 1.4%,
led by cheaper women's clothing,
clothing accessories and men's
footwear, and 2.8% decline in the
annual price of communications
was led by a 21% slide in
prices for telecommunication
e level of discounting in the
quarter was unchanged at 15%
of prices discounted from the
September period. --- APNZ
Teen sparks police chase
Airfares, housing, dairy prices
edge inflation higher
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