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Raymond Horton, of Greymouth, under the railway bridge on the town side.
Family Day on the Point Elizabeth Track.
January 16, 1989
No decision yet about Post
O ce buildings
New Zealand Post has yet to make
a decision about the future of the
Greymouth Post O ce building in Tainui
Early last year, New Zealand Post was
engaged in talks with the Mawhera
Incorporation, which owns the land on
which the building stands, about the
possibility of demolishing it to make way
for a new complex.
However, following last year's oods, all
plans are put on hold.
"We are thinking about moving so we
can get somewhere high and dry but we
are waiting for the town's businessmen to
make their decision rst," spokesman, Mr
Matt Sinclair, said.
"We will wait until we see which way
they are going to jump so we can go along
January 17, 1989
Two years to sell Coal
It could take up to two years for
Coalcorp to be sold, a Treasury o cial
involved in the sale, said yesterday.
e Government had earlier said the
corporation would be sold by March this
year. e o cial, who did not want to be
named, said the sale would go through
as soon as possible, "hopefully some time
this year but at least within two years".
He could not say who was interested
in buying the corporation but said there
were a number.
January 18, 1989
'Hold mode' on shing
Des Routhan, manager of Westland
Processors Ltd, one of the region's major
sh packing and exporting rms, is
praying common sense will prevail in the
In the wake of major changes to the
quota system in recent years and with the
e ects of Maori shing claims yet to be
determined, Mr Routhan said today that
he had put his business "into hold mode"
until the position was clari ed.
West Coast shermen, he said, had
faced considerable nancial di culty
competing with larger operators for
quota and were now confronted with the
possibility of further problems should the
Maori claims to the shery be upheld by
the Waitangi Tribunal.
"If the claims are upheld I see them
as the beginning of real racism in this
country --- native against non-native."
January 19, 1989
Another South Westland
mill is forced to close
Market problems have forced another
South Westland sawmill to close down.
Waiho Sawmills Ltd of Franz Josef was
not among the Westland mills to start
cutting again this week and managing
director, Mr Derek Banks, said the mill
has been temporarily mothballed.
South Westland last year lost the Haast
sawmill and Pukekura the year before.
Only Paynter sawmill at Whataroa and
Carter Holt Harvey at Hari Hari, remain
south of Hokitika.
Mr Banks said the decision to close
Waiho had been taken at the end of last
year because of mounting stockpiles of
kahikatea timber on the Christchurch
market. Two members of the Franz Josef
bush gang retired at the end of last year
and one of the two contractors at the
mill left the district so it was considered
opportune to close down until the market
revives, he said.
January 19, 1989
Noise may force action
against milk factory
Complaints over excessive night-
time noise are threatening to close the
Hokitika milk powder factory.
e Westland Co-operative Dairy
Company is the second biggest employer
in town but production could be stalled
next season if a High Court injunction is
forced by the nearby Hokitika Holiday
Camping ground owners, Ron and
Murray Heward, have been in a dispute
with the dairy company for nearly four
years, claiming the unreasonable factory
noise is chasing away tourist custom.
e quarrel has now reached the
point where the Heward brothers are
understood to be exploring the option
of ling for an injunction to bring the
factory to a standstill until noise can be
January 20, 1989
Round-the-clock work on
tuna bonanza here
is year's West Coast tuna season
continues to shape up as the best on
record with factories working 24 hours a
day to handle sh.
More than 160 boats from throughout
New Zealand are trolling o the Coast
and returning to the port with full loads
every four or ve days.
At about $1500-$1700 a tonne the
shery is providing a real bonus for
West Coast shermen in particular, their
income over the past year having been
restricted by both quotas and weather.
"We are up to out knees in sh,"
West eet manager Mr Damian Briggs
said this morning.
"Fortunately most boats are coming in at
four or ve day intervals.
"If they all came at once we would have
a hell of a job handling it."
January 20, 1989
Best-ever summer has
boosted Coast spirits
e best summer on record is boosting
the spirits of West Coasters who endured
months of rain and two major oods over
winter and autumn.
A spokesman for the Hokitika
Meteorological O ce said record
temperatures and sunshine hours,
combined with the occasional heavy
"tropical" rain shower and high humidity
provided the region with an ideal climate
"It is the best summer on record and
it appears that we are having the best
weather in the country," he said.
"Generally the West Coast has been
the most favourable for outside summer
January 21, 1989
Biblical names popular in
Greymouth parents last year chose a
great variety of names for their newborn
babies with many tending towards the
Biblical names seemed popular with six
parents naming their children
e next most popular boy's name was
Nicholas, four, closely followed by Joshua,
Sarah and Ashleigh were the most
popular girl's name in Greymouth last
year with four babies being named with
Some of the more unusual girl's names
last year were Stella, Skylah, Gesine,
Tanique, Nerissa and Jaunessa.
Some of the unusual boy's names were
Cheyenne, Royce, Trent and Fallon.
Twenty- ve years ago New Zealand Post was unsure where
to locate its new Post O ce, the government was trying to
sell o Coal Corp (Solid Energy), the Franz Josef sawmill
was mothballed, a neighbour was threatening to close down
Hokitika's milk factory, the tuna season and West Coast
summer were declared the "best ever", and biblical names
proved popular for newborns.
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