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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014
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Police sort out
Fighting teenagers were sent
home with a stern warning when
Greymouth police were called
to two separate incidents at the
weekend. Seven people were
reported ghting in High Street,
and only ve minutes later police
were called to Karoro to sort out a
group of 20 teenage girls and boys
who were ghting and yelling.
ieves plundered a piece of
Greymouth history yesterday. An
attempt was made to steal the old
plough outside History House, and
not satis ed with that they then
dislodged an old anchor from its
display. e plough was moved but
abandoned further down the road.
Meanwhile, alcohol was stolen
when thieves jemmied open the
french doors and laundry window
of a house on Lake Brunner Road.
e theft occurred between January
12 and 31.
Police were unable to track
down three drunk teenage girls
seen running in and out of tra c
in Mackay Street, Greymouth,
about 11.30pm on Friday. A police
spokesman said the trio, all aged
about 18, had been booted out of a
hotel because of their drunkenness.
Cloudy periods, south-west breezes
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
Britain's most tattooed man is
having trouble getting a passport
after changing his name to 'King
of Ink Land King Body Art e
Extreme Ink-Ite'. e 34-year-
old, previously known as Mathew
Whelan, was surprised when his
passport renewal was rejected on
the grounds his new name was not
appropriate. " is is a breach of
my human rights," he said. " ey
want to put my birth name on my
passport. But that is not my name
any more." e Passport O ce
denied the application by Body Art
(his short name), despite the fact
his unusual title already appears on
his driving licence. e government
agency told the Daily Mirror that a
policy section regarding "strings of
words or phrases" meant his name
was not permissible. Mr Art has
spent nearly £30,000 covering most
of his bodies in tattoos and was
hoping to work overseas when he
received his new passport.
Woman bashed in home
A woman was bashed about the head
with a lump of wood in a home invasion-
style assault in Runanga at the weekend.
Police said the 22-year-old victim was
assaulted when she answered a knock on
the door to be met by a man demanding
to know her name. e assailant then
punched her in the stomach with a piece
of driftwood and barged his way inside.
"Once the o ender was inside the house
he hit the victim around the head with
the piece of wood and then left," senior
constable Mike Tinnelly said. e woman
was terri ed by the experience and a
police scene guard was placed on the
property overnight to ensure her safety.
She was treated for her injuries at home
and was not admitted to hospital.
Area commander Inspector John
Canning said they had strong leads in
their inquiry and a prompt arrest was
"We are treating this as a very serious
assault. While we are not calling it a
home invasion, it is very close to being
just that," Mr Canning said.
by Nicholas McBride and Laura Mills
e producer of a hit BBC show sold
all over the world is preparing to turn
the Booker Award-winning novel e
Luminaries -- set in 1866 Hokitika --
into a tv mini-series.
Author Eleanor Catton, who is
due to visit Hokitika next month,
revealed yesterday she had insisted the
production be lmed in New Zealand.
She plans to bring screen producer
Andrew Woodhead to the West Coast,
and in particular Hokitika, where the
goldrush murder-mystery novel is set.
Mr Woodhead's on-line pro le
includes tv shows Law and Order (UK),
smash BBC hit Spooks, and Sinbad.
Spooks was broadcast around the world.
Ms Catton told the Greymouth Star
today she could not have foreseen how
far her book would go: "It has just
continued to be surprising."
She signed on to have her book turned
into a television series in August,
even before it was short-listed for the
international literary prize. She said the
deal was not dependent on her winning.
Ms Catton subsequently met with
Mr Woodhead and said they shared a
similar appreciation of art and literature.
"One of the reasons I was really excited
about working with Andrew was we
had met in London and it seemed like
his heart was in the right place."
She did not want to adapt the book
for a screenplay herself as she felt it
needed a fresh look.
Ms Catton said she was a fan of box
sets of television shows and that was
a drawcard, rather than a Hollywood
" at was one of the big attractions of
making a piece of television ... longer
story arcs and time to develop the
characters. I was really keen for that."
She did not expect the show to be
completed any time soon, as it still
needed a screen writer, then a director.
She was unsure what control she
would have over lm locations,
but said the West Coast would lend
" e thing about the West Coast is
there are so many stretches that are
untouched. To create a 19th century
location on the West Coast wouldn't be
Heritage Hokitika chairman Bernie
Preston said a tv series should really put
Hokitika on the map.
"It (book) throws a real spot of light
on our goldrush history. I hope it goes
ahead and is a success."
Hokitika Museum has already been
catering for increasing numbers of fans
of e Luminaries looking out features
mentioned in the 832-page book.
Museum director Julia Bradshaw said
that with all the historic buildings gone,
they were nding other ways to help
"We show them photographs, so they
can see what the town was like at the
time. at's what people want, help
with their imagination."
Although the buildings were gone, the
beach, river and mountains remained.
" ose things don't change," Ms
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Blaketown resident Jaymie Coleman, with her children Myha, Billy and Mason, in the buggy, are happy to see one side of the bollards at the
Blaketown entrances to the cycleway has been removed. e Grey District Council took some of the bollards out to allow for prams and cyclists to have
easier access. Cycleway goes pram-friendly
Denniston mine delay hinted
Bathurst Resources expects to start
work at its new Denniston mine this
month, but says it may delay the "ramp
up" to production after international
coal prices sank to a new low.
Final consent was granted before
Christmas after a long battle with
In its latest market update, the
former Australian-based company
said it expected site operations would
begin during February.
However, the export market for
metallurgical coal was still weak, with
hard coking coal prices hitting a new
low in recent weeks.
"Bathurst will continue to monitor
forecasts and has the opportunity to
delay its proposed ramp up to one
million tonnes per annum until the
market shows signs of improvement,"
the company said.
It said recruitment for site sta
was under way, and the contractor's
eet was ready to mobilise once the
management plans were certi ed.
" e key rst stage of the export
coal project at Buller is Escarpment
(Denniston), which is targeting an
initial output of 500,000 tonnes per
annum of coal for international steel
markets, increasing to around one
million tonnes per annum over the
life of the block."
Bathurst was talking with customers
in India, Japan and China and said
some change would be required
in response to the current market
conditions and the company's "desire
to contract directly with end users,
being the leading steel companies in
Direct China flights
buoy Coast tourism
e arrival today of the rst direct
passenger ight from mainland
China to Christchurch could herald a
new in ux of Chinese tourists to the
China Southern Airlines' Boeing
Dreamliner landed at Christchurch
Airport about 8am after a 12-hour
non-stop ight from Guangzhou,
bringing 228 passengers, including
Chinese consul general Madame Tan,
who said she hoped the ight would
become a regular ser vice between the
Tourism West Coast chief executive
Jim Little, who attended the arrival
and the o cial function at the airport
museum, said regular ights could
have great bene ts for the Coast.
"If it becomes a regular thing it
would have huge signi cance for us."
Mr Little said a steady stream of
Chinese tourists already travelled to
the West Coast from Christchurch
after arriving via Singapore. A couple
of busloads of tourists from today's
ight were heading for the Coast.
e addition of one or two ights
a week from China would provide
a signi cant boost to South Island
tourism tra c.
"What we're hoping will happen, if
this is a success, is it's starting to open
the door to China Southern," he said.
e growth of Chinese visitors to
the Coast had been "phenomenal" in
recent years, he said.
Based on credit card and eftpos
spending, Chinese tourists spent
$4.5 million on the Coast in 2011. A
year later that had risen to $7 million,
and by March 2013 it had gone up to
$15 million --- a 114% increase in a
Mr Little said spending could go up
another 75-80% if the direct ights
"I'd suggest to you if things keep
going the way they are, we would
continue to see signi cant growth."
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