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January 23, 1989
Otira reunion marks
some 80 years of
Between 150 and 200 people attended
a reunion in Otira over the weekend to
mark more than 80 years of settlement in
e idea for a reunion came from
Lorraine Williams in the wake of
the dispersal of people following
It attracted people from as far a eld as
Auckland and Invercargill. On Saturday
morning, former residents were given
the opportunity to take a train ride to
Arthur's Pass and return, with a stop-o
at the site of Tunnel Town where many
workers lived during the construction of
Guests were entertained by the
Kokatahi Band and Sol Solomon, from
January 24, 1989
A battle on to keep mining
from Ross Gold elds
e Maruia Society is willing to ght to
keep alluvial gold miners out of the Ross
Gold elds walkway.
Regenerating bush country behind Ross
has been mined for about three years in
the face of constant opposition from the
Ross Community Council and Friends of
e Maruia Society was asked to step
in late last year and the director, Mr Guy
Salmon, said today his organisation was
committed to taking the issue to the High
Court if need be.
An appeal had been lodged with the
Minister of Energy Mr David Butcher to
revoke the mining works programme that
the society claims threatens to destroy
part of the Jones Flat track.
"We are trying to stop the walkway from
being breached, and although the initial
breaching may be not be a major one,
we feel it's an important precedent if the
minister agrees to it," Mr Salmon said.
January 25, 1989
Unemployment gures on
Coast up sharply
Unemployment on the West Coast
has risen 220 in the month to the end
of December according to Labour
Department statistics released yesterday.
Registered unemployed in the
Greymouth district totalled 1118 ---
828 males and 290 females --- while in
Westport it was made up of 544 males
and 179 females.
New Zealand Employment Service
manager in Greymouth, Mr Rob
Cornelius, said the Coast increase was
due to the great number enrolling after
completing ACCESS schemes and to
school leavers registering as unemployed.
About 110 ACCESS workers had
enrolled along with about 20 made
redundant at Coalcorp, with the rest being
January 27, 1989
Rainforest protection topic
of capital rally
Logging arguments should not even
enter the debate over nally protecting
South Westland's pristine rainforests, a
West Coast conser vationist told a rally of
500 people outside parliament yesterday.
e rally was organised by the Royal
Forest and Bird Protection Society as the
government comes within three weeks of
announcing the future of 311,000ha of
native forests below Fox Glacier.
An impassioned address was made
by internationally-known botanist Dr
David Bellamy and by the West Coast
chairman of Royal Forest and Bird, Mr
e conservationists were concerned
that Cabinet might yet heed calls from
the West Coast United Council and
Forestry Corporation to set aside 40%
(20,000ha) of lowland forest for logging
"Unfortunately some West Coasters still
demand the right to run sawmills which
are in fact uneconomic because they
depend on virtually free timber from State
forests," Mr Gilbertson said.
" is is a luxury we cannot a ord.
Enough is enough."
January 28, 1989
Research reveals Brunner
Empire Day. May 25, 1904 will always
be remembered as a black one in West
Coast history, the day seven Cosgrove
children lost their lives in a landslide
which tore through their Brunner home.
A descendant of the family, Gerald
Cosgrove of Balclutha was in Greymouth
on holiday this week, researching the
tragedy which struck his family 84 years
Newspaper reports of the time described
how Mrs Ellen Cosgrove was found alive
buried up to her neck in mud clutching
two dead children.
"A watery dawn broke over the
settlement. e last of the children's
bodies were recovered by 11am.
" e scene at the courthouse was a
terribly sad one, as the miners brought
one little body after another into the
building the tension was terrible yet it
was noticeable how cool and collected a
number of the women were as they took
the sad load from the men and proceeded
to clear the mud, undress and wash the
"It was a picture t to touch a heart
of stone to see the seven, all of one
family, who but yesterday, were in full
employment of health, laid side by side,
" e expression on some faces was calm
and peaceful showing that they had not
su ered," an Evening Star report at the
Late in January 1989, Otira was celebrating its 80th anniversary, Ross residents were opposing a goldminer's plans
to encroach on the Gold elds Walkway, unemployment was rising and environmentalists were demanding that the
government lock up South Westland rainforests. Also, a poignant story, repeating the colourful prose of the early 1900s,
described the 84-year-old Brunner slip tragedy that claimed seven young lives.
A golf pro gives a lesson to Greymouth golfers Donna Casserly and Jan McAra,
at the Kaiata links in April 1994.
e Country Women's Institute celebrates its 75th anniversary at the Mahinapua Hotel, in 1996.
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