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TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2014
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clocked at 196kph
A motorcyclist was clocked at
196kph racing along the Rapahoe
straight on State highway 6, about
7 o'clock last night. Senior constable
Mike Tinnelly, of Greymouth
police, appealed for help to identify
the rider, who was on a green racing
motorbike and wearing shorts and
a shirt. e police patrol did not
pursue the speedster.
A truckie reported missing from
Westport yesterday was found safe
and sound asleep in his truck, just
north of Punakaiki. e truck had a
at tyre and the driver did not have
cellphone reception to call for help
so he kipped down and waited for
A Hokitika man who caused a
ruckus last night by shouting at
his neighbours and accusing them
of poisoning his dog, settled down
after a visit from the police. O cers
restored quiet to the Spencer Street
neighbourhood after they warned
the man he would be arrested if
the abuse continued. Meanwhile, a
suspended driver who was in denial
about his disquali cation was caught
behind the wheel in Hokitika last
night. Police said he was obviously
trying to avoid being spotted as he
was driving around town with no
lights on, about 10.30pm.
Lightly cloudy at times
A woman who developed a fear
of newspapers after watching her
mother hit her father over the head
with one has told how her unusual
phobia a ects her life every day.
Diane Freelove, 49, cannot bear
the smell of newspapers, hates to
touch them, and cannot even look
at them. e mother-of-three from
Rochester, Kent, has su ered from a
rare condition known as chloephobia
for the past 25 years. It means even a
visit to the shops is an ordeal for the
care home kitchen assistant. "When
can from the newsstand. I can't go
anywhere near someone who has got
a newspaper, and if they approach
me, I freak out. I don't like the feel
of them --- if I touch a newspaper it
feels like my skin is crawling, and I
can't stand the smell, which I think is
quite strong and distinctive. If I see
a newspaper ash up on tv, I have to
physically turn away." --- Daly Mail
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
St Patrick's Primary School new entrants Jack Goodman, front, Sam Bryan and Diana Chizuni were excited taking in their new surroundings today on their
rst day at school. Two more new entrants are expected in the coming days, joining the class of seven. St Patrick's was one of the rst West Coast schools back in
the classroom today, with most waiting until next Monday. Teacher Carmel Kelly said the children spent the day making postcards recapping their holidays, and
would be going over some of their new rules and routines.
A health advocate says some
medical records are still being
withheld from a West Coast
woman injured in surgery at
Grey Base Hospital two years ago
--- because of privacy issues.
Jo Partridge went in for
gynaecological day surgery and
came out so badly burned that she
spent seven weeks in the burns
unit of Christchurch Hospital.
e West Coast District Health
Board subsequently apologised
for a "catastrophic equipment
failure". A formal complaint is
Former board member David
Tranter, now of Australia, has
been helping Mrs Partridge with
her complaint and says that after
20 months they are still trying to
obtain her complete patient's les
from the hospital.
Mr Tranter said he understood
letters on le from the doctor
concerned were causing the delay,
and the matter was before the
A bigger problem was that
patients were being denied access
to their own medical les, at
a time when more were being
digitised to make them easier to
access, he said.
People's rights campaigner
Graeme Axford, of Greymouth,
said he used to think the Privacy
Act was there to protect client-
"I now have to concede it's not,
but is quite the opposite. e
Privacy Act has been used to deny
many people the right to access
information held about them."
He claimed people were being
refused access to their own les
to cover up possible errors.
"We should be increasingly
concerned with the way
communications technology can
spread information about a person
among those with privileged
access to it while, ironically, the
person it is about is denied that
access," Mr Axford said.
Mr Tranter said inquiries
for access to medical les
appeared to be the province
of the Privacy Commissioner,
but under the Health and
Disability Commissioner's Code
of Consumer (Patient) Rights,
people had the right to be fully
informed. Buller shipwreck mystery
Archaeologists and historians want to
excavate near the Westport pumping
station to help unravel a New Zealand
A year ago a local dig of the Carters
Beach site unearthed a section of ship
thought to be between 150 and 200 years
old. It was rst discovered in the 1960s.
A sail clew was found further north, and
a yard (spar on a mast) was found north
of that, on the edge of the current Carters
Beach settlement. Archaeologists want to
try to nd the rest of the yard, but have
hit a problem --- it is located almost right
under the pumping station.
Part of the yard was discovered when
the hole for the pumping station was
dug and workers came across what they
thought was an old tree. In the end it
would not lift out, and they had to snap it.
Archaeologists and historians now want to
see what is left in the ground.
Underwater cameraman and shipwreck
author Lynton Diggle said recovery of the
section "could add another important clue
to the identity of this vessel".
Westport man Steve Wilkinson, who
convened the professional excavation of
a large section of the
looking into a new
dig but the Buller
District Council was
concerned that it
was too close to its
"(But) It would
now appear that this
section is closer to
the road from the
and its excavation
would not interfere
with the integrity
of the station," Mr
While the council's
reluctance was understandable, he said
they would only put in small drill holes,
Mr Wilkinson is also arranging for
someone to search the seabed area around
e Steeples with a magnetometer to
detect metal. e alternative, a radar,
would probably not work as the salt water
would have caused any remaining timber
He believes the vessel was possibly
wrecked at e Steeples.
" e tide goes north. It would have
broken up (and wreckage carried north)."
Mr Diggle said identifying this wreck
would add considerable knowledge not
just to Westport, but to West Coast
"It may be the wreckage discovered
by Brunner and Heaphy during their
exploration of the West Coast in 1846, or
even the Mountain Maid wrecked in 1867
at the mouth of the Buller River."
is map shows where di erent parts of the ship have been found at Carters Beach.
A sail clew found in another
site at Carters Beach.
e Spring Creek Mine closure
has claimed another Greymouth
business, as the Amici clothing
outlet in Tainui Street prepares to
shut down for good.
" ere are just no sales in this
town," owner Lisa McInroe said.
" ere's been a massive
e clothing shop last year
shifted from its previous location
near the railway station, but it was
not enough to stay in business.
"Moving the store even to here
for a start was on the hope it would
make a huge di erence (but) it
hasn't increased sales at all."
Earthquake safety issues also
played a role in the decision to
close, as Ms McInroe would
eventually need to move again
while her current building
undergoes seismic strengthening.
She said she did not want to get
stuck with a lease in a new building
while the economy in Greymouth
was so uncertain.
" e store is not doing what
it needs to do. It's really sad. You
don't know what you've got until
e mine closure had also
a ected her husband's job at
"It was a double whammy. It cut
his wages by 70%," she said.
Amici will stay open until the
end of March, provided there is
enough stock. Items are currently
selling at 20% discount.
Aside from considering the
option of selling clothes on-line,
Ms McInroe did not have plans
for the future, but she said it was
the right time to move on.
"I want to go out on my terms."
Slow economy claims
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