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2 - Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Burglars broke in to an unoccupied
house in Puketahi Street, Greymouth,
some time between last ursday and
yesterday, stealing copper piping and
a hot water cylinder. Police believe
the thieves entered through the back
door, taking the door key on their way
out. Meanwhile, thieves made a failed
attempt to break into a shed in Main
Road, Dobson, over the weekend.
Police said the thieves were foiled by
the strong padlock.
A motorcyclist su ered a sprained
ankle when he fell o his bike while
negotiating the Taramakau road-rail
bridge, on Saturday. Senior constable
Mike Tinnelly, of Greymouth police,
motorcyclists to take extreme care
when riding across the bridge, which
had caught out a number of riders
A man died in Grey Base Hospital
on Saturday after he collapsed
outside Mac's Store and Takeaways
in McGowan Street, Runanga on
Saturday afternoon. e man in his 60s
was rushed to Grey Base Hospital by
St John. A spokeswoman said the man
Kea signs erected in
New signs have been erected at
Death Corner, in the Otira Gorge, and
Klondyke Corner, near Arthur's Pass
village, to help educate people and
protect endangered kea along State
highway 73. e Kea Conservation
Trust signs include tips for protecting
the native parrots, such as not feeding
Arrivals: Ocean Odyssey. Departures:
Galatea II, Electra, Sovereign, Tenacity,
Oraki, four Greymouth vessels.
Expected departures: Ocean Odyssey,
tomorrow. Expected arrivals: Cook
Canyon, tomorrow; Jay Elaine, Moon
Woman punched holes in
ranchslider during argument
Crystal Anne Graham-Hayes, 22, of Paroa,
was convicted in the Greymouth District
Court this morning and ordered to come up
for sentence if called within 12 months for
intentionally damaging three windows in
a Greymouth property, at 6.20am on New
e court heard that while arguing with
her partner, Graham-Hayes punched holes
in a ranchslider door and windows.
She told police that she would rather
punch windows than her partner.
Tamati Tauwhare, 20, of Greymouth, was
sentenced to 60 hours' community work
and ordered to pay $250 reparation for
intentionally damaging a window in an
O'Donnell Street house, on December 26.
Tauwhare said he had punched a window
because he was angry with his sister.
Anthony Geo rey William Jones, 28, of
Greymouth, was ned $200 and disquali ed
from driving for six months for breaching a
Brendon James ian, 21, of Cobden,
was sentenced to 60 hours' community
work and ordered to pay $90 reparation for
intentionally damaging a motor vehicle.
e court heard that at 11.30am on
January 6, ian pulled the passenger side
wing mirror o his partner's car during an
ain told the judge: "I was having
a bad day and she kept harping on at me."
Tuesday January 28
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 768 5942 first
HALL, Judd Shane. ---
Taken tragically as the
result of an accident in
Greymouth on January
24, 2014, aged 26.
Dearly loved son and
baby boy of Jo and
Rowdy, loved brother of
Sarah, Shiloh, Lex, and
the late Dan, Brett and
Jessop, special friend of
Munta, and a loved
uncle, grandson, cousin,
godfather, and great
friend of many. RIP.
Messages to 43a Seven
Mile Road, Runanga
7803. A Service to
celebrate Judd's life will
be held in Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, Mills
Street, Runanga on Sat-
urday at 2pm followed
by cremation at the
Services Ltd. Phone
(03) 768 0250. FDANZ.
Lawrence Joseph. ---
Time passes quickly,
But missing you stays
--- Love Sue and John
Westroads workers Bradley Costello, front, and Kurt Wilson take advantage of sunny weather to add a fresh coat of paint to
the paddling pool at Dixon Park. e Greymouth children's pool has undergone a general cleanup over the past week, including
waterblasting and treatment for algae. A second coat of paint was to be applied today.
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Paddling pool gets paint job
Young Greymouth tap dancer, Breegan Waihi
proudly displays the medals and trophies she won
at the Showcase Australian dance championships,
held on the Gold Coast last week. Breegan won
four gold medals when she gained between 180-189
points for her dances and received the two trophies
when she placed rst in one dance and third in
another. She was the only West Coast dancer at
this year's event. Breegan learns tap from teacher
Jan Ruardy, in Christchurch, and travels to the city
between eight and 10 times a term for lessons.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Australian success for
Greymouth tap dancer
Liddell Contracting, which last year
scaled back its Greymouth operation,
is advertising for three additional
employees after months of slow but
e engineering company downsized
its civil department last April due to an
economic slump on the West Coast.
Operations manager Anna Liddell
said the new jobs were due to a shift
in the company's focus and a better
"We have a good workload out front
for the next six months."
Last April, ve workers were made
redundant and other full-time sta
were given reduced hours.
Mrs Liddell said at the time they
would sell o their surplus civil materials
and focus more on engineering work,
blasting and painting.
Since then, the demand for contractors
in those areas had picked up, giving the
company a welcome boost.
"It's not a huge step up, as we had
some sta move on (to) other o ers.
But it has stabilised a lot in the last six
Now the challenge was to nd
quali ed workers.
" ere's always been a skills shortage
on the West Coast. We had an ad
campaign before Christmas, but there
were no applicants. e Christchurch
rebuild is sucking all the trained sta
out of the pool."
Engineering f irm
Federated Farmers expects there will be at
least a 40% drop in honey production due to
windy and cool weather this season.
ere would be a lot of beekeepers that
probably would not break even this year,
said Federated Farmers' Bee Industry Group
chairman John Hartnell.
" ey're going to nd that their costs of
production probably exceeds the actual crop
that they'll reap after they harvest," he told
Radio New Zealand.
He said the unseasonal weather meant the
bees were less eager to leave the hives to forage,
and he predicted there would be at least a 40%
drop in honey production from last year.
National Bee Keepers Association president
Ricki Leahy told Radio New Zealand the
weather so far this summer had been exactly
what the bees did not thrive in.
"We have hives down the West Coast and it
has certainly been a miserable summer down
" e main problem we have with unsettled
weather is the bees need to build up
a momentum to get a good honey ow
"You also need that constant heat to get the
nectar in the owers . . . so everything depends
on a nice, long stretch of ne weather."
Unsettled weather sees
honey production drop
Man Booker Prize-winning New
Zealand author Eleanor Catton is to
be awarded an honorary degree from
Catton, whose 832-page novel e
Luminaries scooped the literary world's
most prestigious prize last year, will
receive an honorary degree of Doctor
of Literature at the university's May
"We are extremely proud to count
Eleanor among our illustrious alumni, and
look forward to formally acknowledging
her achievements with an honorary
doctorate," Victoria University Vice-
Chancellor Professor Pat Walsh said.
Catton's remarkable success so early on
in her writing career was clear evidence
of her outstanding talent, he said.
"As the youngest ever author to win
the 2013 Man Booker Prize for e
Luminaries --- only her second novel
--- Eleanor has been catapulted to the
forefront of New Zealand literature, and
can claim a signi cant place internationally
among authors writing in English."
Catton has a master of arts in creative
writing from Victoria University,
conferred with distinction in 2008 and a
bachelor of arts, conferred with rst class
honours in 2009.
Catton wrote her rst novel e
Rehearsal as her master's thesis at
Victoria's International Institute of
Modern Letters, receiving Victoria's
annual Adam Foundation Prize in
Creative Writing for the best portfolio
submitted in the Master's programme.
Her novel was subsequently published,
in 2008, by Victoria University Press and
won the 2009 United Kingdom Society
of Authors' Betty Trask Award, the 2009
New Zealand Society of Authors Hubert
Church Best First Book Award for
Fiction and the Amazon.ca First Novel
It was also shortlisted for the Guardian
First Book Award, the Prix Femina
literature award, the abroad category of
the Prix Medicis, the University of Wales
Dylan omas Prize 2010, and longlisted
for the Orange Prize 2010.
In 2008, Catton was awarded a
fellowship to the Iowa Writers'Workshop,
widely regarded as one of the world's
premier writing schools.
Other accolades include being awarded
the 2008 Louis Johnson New Writers'
Bursary, being named one of Amazon's
Rising Stars in 2009 and receiving the
New Zealand Arts Foundation New
Generation Award in 2010.
She was awarded the Ursula Bethell
Residency at the University of Canterbury
In 2013, as well as winning the
prestigious Man Booker Prize for e
Luminaries, Catton was awarded the
Canadian Governor General's Literary
Award for ction and was made a
Member of the New Zealand Order of
Honorary degree for Catton
e Green Party says its 'school hub'
proposal would have a signi cant impact
on the West Coast and could bene t 15
schools and 1812 children from having
dedicated school hub co-ordinators, on site
school nurses, lunch and free after school and
Party co-leader Metiria Turei announced
the Schools at the Heart hubs proposal at the
weekend, which would establish community
hubs in all decile 1 to 4 schools throughout
"Schools at the Heart is a signi cant
proposal that will tackle the increasingly
negative impact of inequality on our kids'
education outcomes," Green Party list MP
Kevin Hague said.
" e recent OECD PISA education report
showed why school hubs are needed. It
showed that not only has National overseen
a fall in our international rankings, but that
poorer kids have slipped even further behind.
"Our school hubs proposal will ensure that
a healthy lunch, health care, social services,
early childhood education and out of school
sporting and cultural opportunities are
available to kids who might otherwise miss
out. And it will ensure their families have
opportunities to thrive, too."
e decile 1 - 4 schools that will bene t
from this policy are: Awahono, Paparoa
Range, Granity, Sacred Heart, St Canices,
Westport North and South, Barrytown,
Blaketown, Cobden, Haast, Hokitika,
Runanga, South Westland Area and Reefton
'School hub' proposal would benefit Coast schools, say Greens
A man charged over a
recracker incident at an
All Whites game that left
a fan with third-degree
burns has appeared in
Ilyas Bharuchi su ered
burns to his left leg
and buttock after a lit
recracker was thrown
into the crowd during the
All Whites' World Cup
playo against Mexico
at Westpac Stadium in
Wellington in November.
Sytse Jan Tacoma, a
23-year-old, appeared at
Blenheim District Court
this morning charged
with wounding with
reckless disregard for
the safety of others in
relation to the incident.
Police allege he threw
the lit rework from the
back row of the stand,
setting re to the victim
and causing serious burns
which required hospital
Tacoma was remanded
without plea on bail until
he is due back in court
next month.--- APNZ
thrower in court
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