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Even at the age of 105, Ida
Langley has a sharp eye.
She spotted the spelling mistake
on her card while celebrating her
birthday yesterday, the glitter gold
105 years coming out as "105
"You can't fool me," she quipped.
But asked if there was any
secret recipe to reaching 105, Mrs
Langley replied: "Not really, but
some of the family would have
had a t if they knew I would still
be alive (at 105)!" Mrs Langley is
still active, with a dry humour and
One of her loves was bowls,
which she played until she was
97. She won her fair share of
"If there was a green in front
of here," she said with a nod to
the front of Rendell on Reed rest
home in Oamaru, "I'd still be
playing." Not so with her second
love, tennis. Mrs Langley cannot
remember when she stopped
playing, but admitted it "got too
much because of all the running
Born in Oamaru as Ida Lee on
January 21, 1909, she has lived
in the town all her life. After she
married, she lived in the same
house in Don Street until she was
100, when she moved to Rendell
After leaving school, she cared
for her grandmother and aunt.
She married hairdresser and
tobacconist the late Jim Langley,
also a keen tennis player, in 1933.
His shop was on the west side of
ames Street, just north of Meek
Mrs Langley has one
daughter, Janet Caldwell, three
grandchildren and seven great-
--- Otago Daily Times
2 - Wednesday, January 22, 2014
A child's trike, pot plant holders
and a square terracotta pot were
stolen from the back doorstep
of a house in Frickleton Street,
Greymouth, overnight on Monday.
e items were taken some time
after midnight and before 7am.
Anyone who can help police nd the
gear should contact the Greymouth
police so they can return them to
their rightful owners.
Wheelie bins for Reefton
Wheelie bins and crates are being
delivered around Reefton for a
new rubbish collection starting
on Monday, February 3. Buller
District Council contractors will
collect refuse weekly and recycling
fortnightly. e bins will be delivered
over a two-week period.
Arrivals: Cook Canyon, elma
C, Electra, three Greymouth
vessels. Departures: Galatea II. In
port: Cook Canyon, elma C,
Electra, Ondine, Tenacity, 19 other
vessels. Expected departures: Cook
Canyon, Friday. Expected arrivals:
Moon Shadow , Friday; Jay Elaine,
Saturday; Ocean Odyssey, Sunday;
Galatea II, Monday.
Jetboat speedsters quiet after complaints
Frustrated holiday homeowners
at Mitchells, on the shore of Lake
Brunner, have called on the Grey
District Council to deal with an
infestation of rats caused by a large
rubbish skip that has not been
emptied for weeks.
Resident Marilyn Molloy, who
has owned a home on the Kumara-
Inchbonnie Road for about 17 years,
said ongoing issues with rubbish
collection came to a head over the
"I'm fed up with it. We're over
there every weekend, and it's just rat
city," Ms Molloy said.
As of yesterday, the large skip near
her holiday home had not been
emptied since before Christmas. It
was two-thirds full and people were
beginning to dump their rubbish on
the ground around it.
"It's a festering heap."
e build-up of rubbish, which at
one point included a sheep carcase,
had drawn rats which were now
invading the nearby houses.
Following Ms Molloy's complaints
the council added a second skip near
the lake and put lids on the existing
one, but the lids could not fully close
because the skip was too full.
Ms Molloy said the issue
started after the council switched
contractors, and the lack of ser vice
was "completely inappropriate".
"We pay really good rates up there,
and we don't get anything. I'd rather
go back to having no rubbish (skip)
than have this festering heap that is
just bringing in the rats."
e Greymouth Star has
attempted to reach the Grey
District Council since Monday, but
so far sta have not been available
Rats invade lakeside
Jetboaters who had been roaring up
small West Coast creeks have apparently
been behaving themselves after someone
had a quiet word with them.
In October, it was revealed as many as
12 boats had been spotted tearing up the
La Fontaine Creek at Hari Hari, and the
Poerua River, near Lake Brunner.
Jetboating New Zealand and Fish and
Game joined forces to warn that they
could be prosecuted. All freshwaters
have a speed restriction of 5 knots
within 200m of the shore, and the only
areas where higher speeds are permitted
is where a speed uplift has been granted.
"As far as I am aware Jetboating NZ
has had some luck with providing
advice to a group of boaters who were
interpreting the rules the wrong way,"
Fish and Game Coast manager Dean
"Since the last incident there have
been no more reports of near misses or
breaches of MSA rules."
Hari Hari farmer Mary Molloy said
when they roared past her place, it
sounded like a "taniwha" and scared the
horses and a herd of 30 calves.
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A large rubbish skip in Mitchells has not been
emptied since before Christmas, while a second skip
closer to the lake is already two-thirds full.
Electronet charge hand Matt Kerr helps install USB cables on power poles in Preston Road, Greymouth, this morning, in the latest
phase of the ultra-fast broadband internet rollout. So far, Electronet has covered the wharf, Arney Street, Boundary Street, Swainson
Street and Gresson Street. Cables are being attached to existing power poles in areas where it is cheaper, faster and less disruptive
than digging trenches.
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Ultra-fast broadband cables installed
Finlay Harris tries to keep as much water in his cup
as possible during some of the water games at the Sport
Canterbury West Coast 'active kids' school holiday
programme at Grey Main School yesterday. Children were
enjoying their last week of holidays before school returns
and will be kept active over the next few days with bush
walks, swimming and games.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Water games for 'active kids'
of the Hokitika Guardian
e New Zealand Transport Agency
(NZTA) has come to the party with a
$300,000 contribution toward the newly
completed Hokitika seawall.
West Coast Regional Council chief
executive Chris Ingle said yesterday the
allocation recognised the protection the
$1.8 million rockwall o ered to part of
the road network.
e 650m-long wall, from Beach Street
to Sta ord Street, was completed last
Mr Ingle said the $300,000 from NZTA
equated to about 17% of the total capital
cost and was a welcome contribution.
" is is great news for the Hokitika
ratepayers as it means that the predicted
annual rating costs per property will be
su cient to meet the capital cost of the
e regional council rating district is
broken down in four groups . . . those
who bene t directly from the wall pay
the most, while the wider community
also pay for the bene t of having the
town remaining operational and the use
of the reclaimed beachfront.
A council report shows that people in
the top rated group will pay $133 on top
of their normal regional council rates,
while those in the central business district
area --- which has a greater chance of sea
water washing in without the seawall ---
will pay $100.
e report shows seaward Revell Street
residents "who do not receive bene t
from the new seawall but do bene t from
the maintenance of the groynes" pay $80
towards the annual repayment costs,
while those in the wider community
within a 10km radius of Hokitika pay
between $13.30 and $9.30.
Mr Ingle said future additional
rockworks, such as building up the
Hampden and Weld street groynes,
would also be met by the seawall rating
Rockwork at the river mouth could also
be needed from time to time and would
have to be rate funded.
e report says the council had also
sought advice on the 230m section
between the end of the wall currently,
and the Hampden Street groyne.
However, at this stage extending the
seawall is not an option.
" ere is a plan to address any erosion
north of the end of the wall should it start
getting too close to the private properties
in that location," Mr Ingle said.
"If needed, rockworks will commence
in the a ected areas. However, recently
the beach sands seem to be building up
across the entire length of the beach quite
nicely and further work and expense is
not required at this time."
NZTA acting southern regional
planning and investment manager Ian
McCabe said future requests to part-fund
a possible extension of the seawall could
be assessed on the merits of providing
transport bene ts.
NZTA contributes $300,000
to Hokitika seawall
of the Hokitika Guardian
St Mary's parishioners will be among
the stallholders at the next Wildfoods
Festival as they work to meet high cost
demands to either repair or rebuild their
Parish council chair woman Sandra
Pfahlert said the 'Holy Smoke Cafe'
would serve up spit-roasted pig.
It was the church's rst involvement
with the festival, and the rst of a
number of fundraising avenues that had
been discussed to generate funds.
e Guardian understands the parish
has also talked about buying a Lotto
ticket each week in the face of at least a
$1 million works schedule.
e cost of bringing the 100-year-old
church up to earthquake safety standards
has been put at about $2m; rebuilding a
new church is about half that.
e Christchurch Catholic diocese,
which closed the church suddenly almost
two years ago, has left it to parishioners
to decide what to do with the church ---
and how to pay for it.
Mrs Pfahlert said while the three
parish meetings held so far had been
informative, no nal decision had been
"We do know whichever way we go
there is going to be a lot of money
Short-term, the parish has been
negotiating for the continued use of the
nearby St Mary's Hall, or taking up an
o er to use the Seaview Chapel.
e next meeting of parishioners has
been set for mid-February.
A " rm indication of nancial support
and the level of that support" is not
expected back from the diocese until the
end of October.
St Mary's joins Wildfoods stallholders
to fundraise for Hokitika church
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Ida Langley celebrates her 105th birthday yesterday at Rendell on
Reed, with family and friends.
Not much escapes Ida at 105
A Christchurch 5-year-old
got his hand stuck in an electric
beater this morning, in a painful
baking mix-up involving his older
Marshal Forrester was going
to bake a cake with his brother
Carson and sister Sadie when the
Marshal was putting the beaters
into the machine when his older
brother, Carson, turned it on. His
hands were pulled through the
beater attachments, and stuck.
His mother, Kirsty Forrester,
turned the machine o and tried
to free his hand.
"I panicked. I couldn't move it,
so I called 111. It looked pretty
horri c. I thought it would come
out in two pieces," she said.
Soon Mrs Forrester found herself
surrounded in the kitchen by three
re ghters, the paramedics and
her mother, who was there to look
after the kids if Marshal needed to
go to hospital.
Mike Bowden, the Wainoni Fire
Station manager, was there.
"We got all this ash gear out,
then another re ghter and myself
actually pulled the beaters apart
and freed his hand manually," he
Anthony Earl was the other
re ghter who helped in the rescue
of the boy's hand.
" e mother had three wee
kiddies there, she was very
distressed to see her boy in pain. It
de nitely wasn't her fault. e wee
boy was very stoic, he didn't cry,"
said Mr Bowden.
Once Marshal's hand was free he
was checked out by the paramedics
and his GP.
" ey were happy that his hand
was okay," said Mrs Forrester. "He
was pretty upset, he's usually quite
chatty but I think he's in shock."
--- APNZ- e Star
Boy's hand caught in electric beater
councillor Michael Laws
has taken a three-month
leave of absence from
Mr Laws con rmed last
night that he had asked
Mayor Annette Main for
a leave of absence and
that had been granted.
He told the Wanganui
Chronicle he had a
contract and the three-
month period would
But he would not
say what the contract
involved or where he
would be working.
"But, contrary to
current rumours, I am not
shifting to Dunedin," he
--- Wanganui Chronicle
e killer of Lower
Hutt school girl has been
Paul Joseph Dally
was seen yesterday for
consideration, but was
declined parole because
he remained an undue
risk to the safety of the
community, the Parole
e board's full report
on the decision will be
released at a later date.
Dally has spent almost
25 years in jail for the
1989 murder of 13-year-
old Karla. --- APNZ
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