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e Cook River suspension bridge on State
highway 6, just south of Fox Glacier village, will
be closed to all tra c for two consecutive nights
next week for general maintenance work. It will
close between midnight on Tuesday, February 11,
and 5am Wednesday, and again the next night,
for work to be carried out on the deck and hanger
rods. e bridge will open every hour on the hour
for 10 minutes to clear any queued tra c.
e songs of a remote
tribe will be taught in
Greymouth next week.
Teacher and choir
leader Su Hart, also an
international singer with
the band Baka Beyond,
will conduct a workshop
at Karoro Learning on
February 12 presenting
the interlocking songs
and rhythms of the Baka
Pygmies, of Cameroon.
As rainforest hunter-
gatherer the Baka's
survival depends on
acute listening which has
led them to becoming
Hart has been visiting
the Baka tribe in South
East Cameroon for 20
years and as the result
of this long musical friendship, was
initiated into the Baka women's magical
singing called Yelli (forest yodelling).
e tribe asked her to teach the Baka
songs "beyond the forest".
" is collective forest music enchants
animals, brings unity, heals arguments
and illness, soothes the children, and is
great rhythmic fun," Hart said.
She will be at the Karoro Learning
Hall from 6.30pm to 9.30pm on
February 12. Tickets are $20 waged or
2 - Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Westport police investigating a report
of three gunshots on a Landcorp
farm on Saturday evening found a car
allegedly involved in the incident, but
not the weapon. A police spokesman
said the shots had been reported
coming from a blue Toyota Hilux,
which was seen exiting the farm, but
a search of a vehicle matching that
description shortly after failed to locate
Westport theatre o ence
Westport police are keen to discover
the identity of a man observed
pleasuring himself in the NBS
eatre yesterday. Senior constable
Paul Sampson said the o ender
apparently entered the theatre at 4pm,
masturbated, then left. Police were also
advised that an old orange Husqvarna
chainsaw was reported stolen from the
rear porch of a Peel Street property
over the weekend.
Port of Greymouth. --- Arrivals:
Ocean Odyssey, Happy VI, Sovereign,
Trident, Koru II, Quo Vadis, Oraki,
Nella, Garraway, Tigerzeye, Unity,
Calypso, two Greymouth vessels.
Departures: Galatea II, Electra, one
Greymouth vessel. In port: Ocean
Odyssey, Tui, Happy V, Numbus, June,
Happy VI, Sovereign, Trident, Koru
II, Quo Vadis, Oraki, Nella, Garraway,
Tigerzeye, Calypso, Unity, 21 other
vessels. Expected departures: Ocean
Odyssey, tomorrow. Expected arrivals:
Moon Shadow II, February 6; Jay
Elaine, February 7.
appeal falls on deaf ears
of the Hokitika Guardian
A heartfelt appeal to the Christchurch
Catholic diocese to reopen the mothballed
St Mary's Church has fallen on deaf ears.
Parishioners who were locked out of
the century-old Hokitika church almost
two years ago, without notice because of a
perceived earthquake risk, recently wrote
to Bishop Barry Jones appealing to him to
reconsider the closure.
However, correspondence obtained by the
Guardian shows that was never seriously
e diocese closed the church in June
2012 after the Christchurch earthquakes.
It has now been left it up to the parish to
choose between repair and replacement.
In December, the St Mary's Parish
Pastoral Council and the nance
committee both wrote to the bishop,
saying that while they had begun a series
of consultative meetings with parishioners,
they were struggling to move forward with
ey also expressed "frustration" at the
bishop's strong stand on not allowing them
to use their church, the letter says.
" e vast majority of our parishioners,
and many of the parish council, would be
happy to re-enter our church tomorrow,
understanding the potential risk if an
earthquake were to occur and would
willingly sign a waiver taking responsibility
for themselves in the building."
ey proposed using only the front
third of the church and suggested putting
potential risk signs in place to warn visitors,
similar to the Catholic churches of St
Canice's in Westport and Sacred Heart,
in Reefton, both of which were deemed
earthquake prone but are still in use at
parishioners' own risk.
"We are tired of holding our weekly
Masses in our school hall and we would
dearly love to be in a church again," the
parish wrote. "Our local Westland District
Council's policy on earthquake prone
buildings and the Building Act has nothing
that prevents the use of St Mary's Church."
However, in his short response, Bishop
Jones said St Mary's Church was in a
"di erent category of danger".
"Buildings which are earthquake prone
can still be used, but those with a critical
structural weakness are in a di erent
category of danger. is applies to St
Mary's in Hokitika."
Parish priest Father Francis Jolly said
parishioners now needed to move forward
with other options.
"We need to do something, we can't just
wait and wait," Fr Jolly said.
"It is true we have an emotional
attachment to the church, but we need to
be sensible and reasonable in this present
situation and think of the future."
Hokitika-born priest Father Stephen
Lowe wrote a personal letter to St Mary's
parishioners on Sunday, hinting that it may
be time to let go.
"In making the decision it is a matter of
putting aside what we would like to do in
favour of what we can do," he said.
Fr Lowe said like many others, the church
had signi cance for him; it was where his
parents married, where he was baptised,
con rmed and ordained. Both his parents
were also buried from the church.
"It is because we have celebrated the joys
and sorrows of our families in the church
that it has such signi cance for us. It is why
it breaks my heart seeing the church closed.
"Yet, what we celebrated and received
in the church is so much bigger then the
building itself. A building, like each one of
us has a limited time span," he said.
"Many people have said that they would
be happy to go to Mass there and take their
own risk. But in these days of OSH and
litigation for negligence there are a lot of
things we would like to do, (but) we can't.
Churches up and down the country are in
the same position as our St Mary's."
However, the parish council also
questioned the condition of the building in
its letter to the bishop.
Some were concerned that the nal Opus
report was not complete as it recommended
further foundation testing. ey said a peer
review would put "some minds at rest".
Bishop Jones largely avoided the request
in his response, saying the Opus report had
already been peer reviewed by a structural
engineer, and Myiamoto Impact, structural
engineers from Wellington, were doing
another review in conjunction with Opus.
e bishop was unavailable for further
comment when contacted by the Guardian.
Christchurch Catholic diocese nancial
administrator Paddy Beban said the diocese
appreciated the interest in the matter,
however the bishop was on leave until
February 20 and only he could comment
on the situation.
Estimates to bring the church up to
earthquake standard have been put at $2
Fr Lowe said ongoing insurance and
upkeep costs also needed to be taken into
"Estimates tell us strengthening of St
Mary's would cost some $2.25 million
with ongoing insurance upkeep costing
an average $70,000 per annum. A new
church has been estimated to cost $1.5m
with $17,000 per annum for insurance and
e diocese has not set aside any funding
for the work and says a " rm indication
of nancial support and the level of that
support" is not expected back until the end
High tides and high spirits
prevailed for the ninth
running of the Greymouth
Fishing Club's King Kahawai
competition on the Grey
River, on Sunday.
It attracted 244 anglers, 199
of whom purchased 'early bird'
tickets and the rest registering
on the day.
e kahawai co-operated
for both shore-based and
boat anglers, with most
participants bringing a sh to
Strong support from the
sponsors meant a good prize
table, and club president
Vaughan Anderson said the
positive response from local
businesses would ensure
the event remained on the
calendar of community events.
" e club is grateful for
the interest shown by both
the commercial sector, media
outlets and the people who
take part," Mr Anderson said.
"It was really good to see the
number of juniors joining in
as the club wants to continue
to encourage families and
their youngsters to go shing."
People could only weigh in
one kahawai as a conservation
measure to protect stocks.
e aim was to nd the
sh nearest to the average
of all sh caught on the day,
to win the $400 senior and
$100 junior prize. ere were
also consolation prizes for
next nearest, and spot prizes
including a kayak and an
accommodation and charter
Best sh: adult, Mary
Fittock 2.18kg; junior, Mailey
Eniglis, 2.12kg. Consolation:
girls, Emma Ross; boys,
Reil Guthrie; senior women,
Glenys Byrne; senior men,
Rhys Devlin. Early bird prize
(Kiwi Sizzler barbecue),
Deputy mayor Doug Truman presents prizes to the top senior angler Mary Fittock and top junior Mailey Eniglis.
Children line up at the drinks and sweets counter set up for the King Kahawai
King Kahawai fishing competition proves popular
Left Bank Art Gallery director Marg Sexton with some of the artwork that will
be shown at the gallery's latest exhibition to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
It has been sponsored by the New Zealand Chinese Consulate and the Grey
District Council, and will see the Chinese deputy consul general Chu Yanli join
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn at the opening at 5.30pm on Friday. Mrs Sexton said the
exhibit had 60 photographs depicting life in China featuring people, animals,
festivals and farming.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Photographs celebrate Chinese New Year
Tuesday February 4
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SLUYS, Louise Jane
(Jane). --- Passed away
as the result of an
accident on February 1,
2014. Dearly loved wife
of Nick, beloved mother
and mother-in-law of
Shona, Carly, Kim and
Leighton, and Chanel,
loved Omie of Elsie, and
Jaxon, dearly loved
daughter of the late
Maureen and Maurie
Hughes, special sister
and sister-in-law of
Susan and Anne,
Gregory, Trevor, and the
late Steven, special
friend of Tessa, and a
loved aunty, cousin,
sister-in-law, and friend
of many. Messages to
Swamp Creek Road,
RD1, Reefton 7895. A
Service to celebrate
Jane's life will be held at
the Reefton Community
Centre on Friday at
11am, Jane will then be
laid to rest at Burke's
Creek Cemetery. West-
land Funeral Services
Ltd. Phone (03) 768
--- In his 78th
year. (October 14, 1936
- February 1, 2014). Rex
is peacefully resting
now after a short battle
with cancer. Alsion
would like to thank the
kind and generous
support of her family,
many friends, Cushla
(Oncology Nurse) and
staff of Jack Inglis
Rex has been cremated
after a private service on
Sunday February 2,
2014. All messages to
Alsion Tomlinson, PO
Box 252, Motueka.
NZIFH. Golden Bay
PICTURE: Janna Sherman
St Mary's parish priest Father Francis Jolly outside the Hokitika church.
PICTURE: New Zealand Transport Agency
Cook River Bridge maintenance
Cameroon rainforest songs
to be taught in Greymouth Plans for a 'Wonderful West Coast
Cleanup' are gaining momentum.
e March 10-16 cleanup is
an initiative of the 'Working
Together' forum, an informal group
that includes local government,
Department of Conser vation,
Conser vation Volunteers New
Zealand and Enviroschools.
Communities, schools and
individuals are encouraged to
participate during the week by
identifying a stretch of their local
beach, or area in their community,
that they can clean up.
In addition to the collection of
waste, the event will include a
strong positive message about the
value of the region's waterways and
coastline, and the role everyone
plays in protecting and preserving
e main cleanup events will take
place on Saturday, March 15 at
nominated sites along the Coast,
but schools, businesses and groups
are encouraged to identify their
own sites to clean up.
Help will be provided through
the provision of information packs,
plastic bags and gloves, and a
number of prizes will also be given
In the lead up to the event, an
advertisement competition is
running for children and youths
age ve and up. Creations need to
be made from recycled materials
and be displayed in the community
to rally support for the event.
A Facebook page ' e Wonderful
West Coast Cleanup' allows groups
and schools to register sites and for
individuals to get more information
and register for the event.
Wonderful West Coast cleanup
plans gaining momentum
Ninety-two additional West Coast
patients will get elective surgery this
year, the Government said.
As the result of an additional $10
million being made available, 1800
extra patients around New Zealand
will receive elective surgery in the
next ve months.
Health Minister Tony Ryall
announced that the Government
was investing extra funding to
provide more New Zealanders with
" is Government has lifted the
number of West Coasters receiving
elective surgery from 1383 in 2007-
08 to 1686 last year. is has been a
huge increase of 303 people --- but
we want even more West Coasters
to bene t from surgery," Mr Ryall
"We have identi ed specialties
where public hospitals can do even
better and every district health
board will receive extra funding to
provide even more patients with the
surgery they need."
e West Coast DHB will receive
over $530,000 in extra funding.
It will use the extra funding
for ear, nose and throat surgery,
general surgery, orthopaedics and
More Coast patients to get elective surgery
e weather gods were not smiling on
Greymouth last month, but they were in
Niwa's monthly weather wrap for
January noted the lower pressures than
normal to the west of the country. In
Greymouth, the result had everyone
asking where summer had gone.
Now we have the answer --- it was in
Niwa said the southern half of the
region recorded well above normal
sunshine, more than 125% of the normal
Research meteorologist Dr Richard
Turner said Greymouth was below
average, Hokitika was pretty average, and
south of Hokitika sunnier than normal.
Westport earned a mention, too, but
for its extreme wind gust of 124kph on
January 13. It was the strongest gust
since records began in Westport in 1973.
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