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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2014
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English rain worst
broadband inches closer
ink it felt like a boiler yesterday?
ink again. e o cial Metservice
temperature reading taken at the
Greymouth aerodrome, was just
20.4degC, while Hokitika managed
20.7degC. However, Reefton
topped the country yesterday with
27.2degC. Nelson Weather Service
forecaster John Mathieson said the
TV3 weather showed Greymouth
at 27degC, but he questioned where
that reading came from. "Hokitika
was 21degC and Westport 22
degrees --- but I would have
expected Grey to be warmer than
both given the easterly fresh, which
is most de ned in your town (and
does warm the air more so)".
Mike Pero Moana
auction called off
A mortgagee auction for a prime
waterfront subdivision at Moana
has been called o at the last
minute. Sections in the Beechwater
Estates subdivision were due to be
auctioned this week, but E V Arthur
Property Brokers agent Frank
O'Donnell said they were now
"really looking to sell these sections"
and decided to revert to tender last
week. "A couple of complications
came up," Mr O'Donnell said.
Tenders now close on February
14. Beechwater Estates was set for
large-scale development in 2006
by real estate guru Mike Pero, but
he sold it and pulled out of the
development in 2011 due to the
Builder Paul Lawton spent ve
years building his dream home ---
but only ve hours demolishing
it to prevent a former lover
winning a bitter money wrangle.
Mr Lawton said attening the
imposing six-bedroom house on a
remote Scots isle was preferable to
seeing his former partner Valerie
Keith pro t from his hard work.
ree-times married Mr Lawton,
66, from Eday, Orkney, took the
bizarre revenge after Miss Keith
launched legal action to repossess
the property and evict him over his
failure to repay a six- gure loan
after their relationship broke down.
He said: "I built the house to last
forever and I had spent ve years
putting it up and strengthening it.
I was upset (knocking it down) but
I felt I was losing it anyway and I
didn't like being dictated to in that
way. It is sad my dream has ended
this way." --- Daily Mail
Mostly fine, easterly breezes
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
At least 30 vehicles had their tyres
punctured by spikes maliciously
hammered into sections of road on State
highway 73, near Otira since Saturday.
Road contractors were kept busy
rescuing stricken motorists, and police
have been called in to investigate.
A source who had seen the spikes said
they were made of bolts that had been
sharpened at both ends, with a washer
welded in the middle. He said a pipe
would have been required to push them
into the road, leaving about 25mm
Lake Brunner Service Centre owner
David Larkin said the punctures had
started as early as Saturday night.
"On Saturday night there was
something on one of the bridges. ere
were 11 cars that got two tyres punctured,
front and back, both on the left."
He was called out on Monday after a
further rash of punctures.
"When I got called there were 15."
Mr Larkin said the cars were all at e
Avenue scenic reserve, near Jacksons.
"I got a call through the AA for a
rental car, and went to pick it up. On the
way, there were all these cars on the side
of the road with two at tyres. When I
was coming back there were even more
So far there had been only "a few
stu ed tyres" but Mr Larkin said the
punctures were dangerous and there was
potential for serious accidents.
He suspected that some motorists
could have been stuck there for hours,
with no cellphone reception in the area.
Adding to the State highway incidents,
four more vehicles su ered punctures
this week while travelling between
Rotomanu and Moana. None of those
motorists, including a motorcyclist,
knew exactly where they had picked up
the punctures, which Mr Larkin said
were indicative of spikes.
However, he had driven the
Inchbonnie-Rotomanu Road himself
and not had any punctures or found any
Acting senior sergeant Gavin Nichols,
of Greymouth police, said they were
looking into the incidents and wanted to
get to the bottom of it before there were
any serious accidents.
He urged anyone with information
about the culprits to contact the police.
New Zealand Transport Agency senior
network manager Mark Pinner said the
highway from Kumara to Arthur's Pass
had been inspected by contractors and "a
number of items found on the highway
at various locations".
" ese were removed and the matter
has been referred to the police, who are
" ere is always a risk to the safety of
motorists when they encounter hazards
that are not ordinarily on the road. at
is why we respond immediately to any
hazards identi ed by the public."
Mr Pinner said it was a criminal matter
and was now in the hands of the police.
Both the crowd and the hangi
servings were smaller at the
Waitangi Day community picnic
yesterday, but an estimated 1500
people still enjoyed the laid-back
atmosphere on a warm sunny day
at Dixon Park.
e day included performances
from the Kokatahi Band,
Gloriavale Christian Community
and the Tai Poutini Polytechnic
music course, plus a barbecue
lunch and hangi.
Picnic committee secretary Sarah
Van Looy said the crowd was a bit
smaller than usual.
"Going o other years,
sometimes if (Waitangi Day) is at
the beginning or end of the week,
people see it as an opportunity for
a long weekend and head out of
the Coast," Ms Van Looy said.
e weather may have also
caused people to leave early to get
out of the heat and avoid sunburn,
ose who stayed until the hangi
was pulled up would have noticed
the plate sizes were signi cantly
smaller than in the past, despite
the introduction of a gold coin
donation this year because of rising
"Before, we had a really big-sized
dinner plate and basically we were
seeing a lot of wastage at the end
of the day," she said.
"( e hangi) is more for people
to get the culture of the food and
have a tasting. It's not really there
for people to ll up and have a
lunch and dinner."
However, she said the plates were
smaller than they had expected
and they would get a bigger size
for next year.
"It's all a learning curve."
ere was still plenty of food for
everyone including free frosted
buns and ice-cream, she said.
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Taui Hanna, of Greymouth, collects meals from the hangi to take back to his whanau across the park.
Hangi for Waitangi
Plans are well in hand for a bene t
concert in Runanga on February 22
to raise money for the family of Judd
Hall, a backseat passenger who died in a
high speed car crash in Greymouth two
Organiser Annie Hetherington, a
family friend, hopes to see at least
100 people at the Runanga Rugby
League clubrooms concert, featuring
e Hetheringtons, Nekta, a band
formed last year through the Tai Poutini
Polytechnic, and local DJ Alan Wisdom.
"All going well we will get ne weather
and the musicians will play outside," Mrs
Hetherington said. Musician friends of
Mr Hall will also take to the stage.
To keep costs down for the fundraiser,
concert-goers will be asked to bring
their own food. "If people intend to
drink they also have to supply their own
alcohol, but we are urging them to camp
overnight to avoid drink-driving."
e relief fund currently totals $2000.
e account to make donations through
the ANZ Greymouth branch is the Judd
Hall Relief Fund 06 0845 0100193 00.
Meanwhile, acting senior sergeant
Grant Nichols, of Greymouth police,
said today the front seat passenger was
now convalescing at home.
"We will be speaking to him, but he
needs to be well enough in the rst
instance," Mr Nichols said.
e driver, who was impaled through
the abdomen with a large splinter when
the car smashed into the house, remains
Benefit concert for crash family
Schools ring changes
e pupils were not the only ones in
new surroundings this week, as three new
principals enjoyed their rst day of school in
Philip Graydon takes over at Runanga
School from the long-serving Joy Baker.
e move to the West Coast also marks his
return to the mainland after a time as principal
and sole teacher at Pitt Island School, in the
Chatham Islands. e entire island has only 36
inhabitants, no shop and each household has
to generate its own electricity.
e West Coast is familiar territory, though,
having previously taught at Cobden, Hokitika
and St Patrick's schools.
Mr Graydon said he and his family had
always intended to return to the Coast and he
was pleased to be in Runanga.
"I really enjoy the family atmosphere. I'm
looking forward to 2014."
Taking the reins at Paparoa Range School is
Leonie Weavers, who is new to the Coast.
"Everyone is really welcoming. I feel like I'm
part of the sta and part of the community
already," Mrs Weavers said.
She previously taught around the upper
North Island. Paparoa Range is slightly
larger than her last posting at Otewa School,
in Otorohanga, where she was a teaching
Mrs Weavers said she moved to the Coast to
be closer to family in Christchurch.
She replaces Mary Pupich, who has relocated
after 12 years at the Dobson school to take up
the principal's role at Paroa School.
Mrs Pupich said she had adjusted to her
new surroundings and was looking for ward to
working with a whole new school.
PICTURES: Nicholas McBride
New principals on the job --- Philip Graydon
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