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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2014
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walk goes awry
A Scottish woman's moonlight
walk on a rocky and remote West
Coast beach ended in a ve-hour
ordeal after she fell 5m and broke
her leg, on Sunday night. e
woman had been with a partner for
a walk on Murphys Beach, north
of Knights Point, Haast, about
9.30pm, when she fell on the rocks.
Her partner had to leave her and
walk out to call for help. With the
NZCC Rescue Helicopter busy on
a job in Westport, a Queenstown
helicopter had to be called in,
landing on the beach and nally
airlifting the woman out at 2am.
She was own to Dunedin for
A truck and trailer smashed into
the back of a utility parked at a
pedestrian crossing in High Street,
Greymouth, yesterday afternoon.
Police said the driver of the ute was
allowing a pedestrian to cross the
road, near the intersection of Nelson
Street, when the truck rear ended
his vehicle. ere were no injuries.
walk out to safety
Two trampers were reported
missing yesterday --- one in the
Kahurangi National Park and the
other on a walk to Sewell Peak,
behind Taylorville. However, search
and rescue teams were not needed
as both walked out under their own
Cloudy spells, odd shower
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
Crocodiles and alligators have
been found to have an unexpected
talent for tree climbing. Researchers
discovered the reptiles, more usually
found in the water, could climb as
high as 5m. ey claim the animals
are "spectacularly agile" on land.
Vladimir Dinets, a research assistant
professor in the department of
psychology at the University of
Tennessee, observed crocodile
species on three continents ---
Australia, Africa and North
America --- and examined previous
studies and anecdotal observations.
Some species were observed
climbing as far as 4m high in a tree
and 5m down a branch. e team
believe they use climbing to regulate
their heat, and to get a better view.
--- Daily Mail
Police are not laughing that the
worldwide neknominate craze, in which
youngsters dare each other to down
alcohol while videoed on Facebook and
then nominate their peers to take up
the challenge, has made an ugly debut
on the West Coast.
In Greymouth at the weekend a man
was lmed outside a bottle store, where
he stripped down to a g-string, walked
into the chiller, downed a bottle of beer
and left. e next part of the footage
shows the same man standing outside
the Greymouth Police Station, swilling
down another bottle of beer before
driving o .
e video was shot by a laughing mate,
and at the end of it another couple of
people are nominated to join the dare.
Neknominate, which has been dubbed
'the social drinking game for social
media', started as a chain-mail game in
the United Kingdom in January 2013.
Just this week a Scottish man sparked
outrage on the internet after he appeared
to swallow a live gold sh on camera in
a sick twist on the neknominate craze,
and Welsh police are investigating
after a 29-year-old man collapsed and
died after taking part in a neknominate
In early January, All Black Steven
Luatua apologised for his appearance
in a video involving the social media-
fuelled drinking game in which he is
seen pouring beer down the throat of an
unidenti ed man.
West Coast police alcohol harm
reduction o cer, sergeant Sean Judd,
urged people to ignore the on-line dares.
"Alcohol is a poison and a drug and if
people abuse it they risk being harmed
or even death," Mr Judd said.
"It is hopefully just a small number of
clowns doing it, who think it is funny,
when it's really not."
He hoped it was a passing fad that
would "dry up and blow away, sooner
rather than later".
Community and Public Health, health
promoter Karen Hamilton, agreed it
was a problem, but not just locally.
"I certainly do not condone what they
are up to, and it appears that people are
doing sillier and sillier things as the
game plays along," Mrs Hamilton said.
" e other concern is that it is not
going away. Sometimes these kind of
things just do the rounds and disappear,
this one hasn't (yet)."
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
A 33-tonne, 9.3m-wide coal bin took up the entire road as it was being transported down Tainui Street, Greymouth, yesterday on the rst leg of a
trip to the Hokitika dairy factory --- going the long way around. In order to avoid di cult bridges, the truck took a slow journey north to Atarau to
cross the Grey River at Ikamatua, then crawling back down the Grey Valley before heading inland to Nelson Creek and Bell Hill and Rotomanu,
reaching Jacksons about midday today. e hopper was built at Gray Brothers Engineering, in South Beach, for the Westland Milk Products new
boiler. A spokesman said it could not make it over to Stillwater from Taylor ville because a sign was too close to the road. Making its way through
Greymouth yesterday, the bin attracted a lot of attention from pedestrians and motorists, who were diverted down side streets where possible, while
the heavy cargo was lifted up over parked cars.
Smoking on the West Coast is a dying
habit, with data from Statistics NZ
showing that the number of smokers has
dropped by 18% in seven years.
" is is great news as far as we're
concerned," West Coast Tobacco Free
Coalition chairwoman Anne Hines said.
"It shows that the measures we have
been advocating for are working," Ms
"Over the past few years, we have seen
more support for those wanting to quit,
tax increased on tobacco, a ban on retail
displays and our councils promoting
smokefree parks and outdoor areas."
She said the move toward introducing
plain packaging in line with Australia
was another positive move.
According to numbers released this
week from the 2013 census, there are
now 4797 adult smokers on the West
Coast, a drop of 18% from 5826 at the
last census. at means that today 20%
(or one in ve) of the adult population
on the West Coast smokes.
"We are really pleased to hear there
are now over 6000 people on the Coast
who are describing themselves as former
smokers," Ms Hines said.
Meanwhile, the Smokefree Coalition
says the plain packaging legislation for
tobacco products will help protect more
than 4500 West Coast children from
tobacco advertising in the home.
It says 4519 children on the Coast live
with an adult who smokes regularly.
Coalition director Dr Prudence Stone
said it was unacceptable that so many
children saw the "insidious glamourising
of tobacco on cigarette packs every day".
18% fewer Coast smokers
River jumper unrepentant
e Cobden man who sparked a
frantic search and rescue operation
by diving into the swiftly owing
Grey River in a bid to evade arrest
told police he had taken acid and
thought he was Superman.
Andrew James Brooks, 34, recanted
that statement in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday, saying
through lawyer Eymard Bradley
that he had never taken drugs and
was only a moderate drinker.
Brooks was remanded on bail for
sentencing on March 4 on charges
of assault and escaping from police
in the early hours of New Year's Day.
Police prosecutor Steven Greer
said Brooks and two women had
misbehaved in the Railway Hotel
and were being escorted out by
the diminutive 50kg female bar
manager, when Brooks struck the
woman once in the face with an
Police were called to the incident
and spoke to Brooks at the nearby
railway station, but he then ed to
the oodwall and was hiding among
rocks by the water's edge when he
was spied by police.
Warned to come up or a police
dog would be sent down to get him,
Brooks yelled: " row the f...g dog
He repeated that several times,
along with the taunt, "Come and
f...g get me, it's a nice night for a
swim," before jumping in the river,
oating on his back and kicking
towards the opposite bank.
About 15m from the rocks on
the other side Brooks's bravado
deserted him as he started going
under the water and yelling for help,
eventually disappearing from view,
resulting in the Coastguard and
rescue helicopter sweeping the river
looking for him for over 40 minutes.
After the search was unsuccessful,
his family was told that he was
missing in the river, but Brooks
was later located hiding on Cobden
Mr Greer said Brooks showed
no remorse for the searchers or
his family, who had been told that
he had drowned, saying: "Oh well
they'll get over it".
Mr Bradley said Brooks had no
reason for his actions.
Ordering a probation report,
Judge Gary MacAskill replied: "No
reason? Well, let's see if we can nd
A stretch of Milton Road,
Greymouth, that was described as
resembling a "bomb site" last year
needs to be dug up again to x faulty
sewerage pipes, the Grey District
Council announced today.
" ere are repairs to be done to
the new sewerage pipework, which
will unfortunately mean more
excavation," utilities engineer Kurtis
e pipework was laid under
the road in the past 12 months by
contractor Skye Construction as
part of a Greymouth-wide 10-year
By May 2013, residents on Milton
Road were complaining to the
council about ongoing disruptions
and Cr Kevin Brown said the
footpaths resembled a "bomb site".
Nine months later, the council
is waiting for feedback from Skye
Construction before committing
to a timeline for the required repair
work, sewage separation works and
smoothing of roads.
Mr Perrin-Smith said a full reseal
of the street would need to be done
in the next two months, before the
warm weather ended.
"We've given the contractor some
feedback around when we need that
People were generally being patient
with the council, he said.
"Although we appreciate the current
situation has gone on for an extended
period of time, and we realise that
the situation is perhaps unacceptable
at this stage, we are trying to move
the situation for ward."
A lot of work had been done to
make Milton Road safer for residents
since last May.
e council said only a few more
streets across town needed to be
done to complete the separation
works, and it apologised for the
'Bomb site' street to be dug up again
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