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P5The Beckers of Ahaura
Getting a trailer load of coal could
become even more expensive if
motorists are caught with uncovered
loads, after Greymouth police
elded a number of complaints of
coal ying o the back of trailers,
cracking the windscreens and
chipping paint o following cars.
Police issued a reminder today that
failure to cover a trailer laden with
coal would bring a $150 ne.
Arm broken in crash
A motorcyclist broke his arm
when his machine was clipped by a
campervan that pulled out in front
of him on the Coast Road, near
Rapahoe, about 6.30pm yesterday.
e injured rider was ferried to
Grey Base Hospital in the NZCC
West Coast Rescue Helicopter.
e NZ Transport Agency says
it hopes to have a design for the
Taramakau Bridge cycleway clip-on
completed by the middle of the year.
e clip-on was proposed in early
2012 as a way of preventing cyclists
on the West Coast cycle trail from
having to navigate across the single
lane bridge. NZTA senior network
manager Mark Pinner said design
options were being reviewed, along
with continuing consultation with
Kiwi Rail, local authorities, Historic
Places Trust and the National
Cycleway design team. at was
expected to take a few months to
complete. "It is proposed the design
will be completed by the middle of
this year, pending the outcome of
the above consultation," Mr Pinner
said. Funding for the project will
come from the NZTA national land
transport programme, but that will
not happen in this nancial year.
e clip-on is being considered
as part of the programme for the
2014-15 nancial year.
Drizzly rain clearing later
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
Aside from the time travelling
Delorean and coveted hoverboard,
the Back to the Future franchise
featured another simpler, yet equally
futuristic design --- self-tying laces.
During Back to the Future II,
Marty McFly, played by Michael
J Fox, puts on a pair of Nike High
Tops that automatically tighten
and adjust to t his feet --- using
so-called power laces. Nike released
a limited range of McFly's Nike
MAGs with manual laces in 2011,
and now designer Tinker Hat eld
has revealed the power laces will
arrive in 2015. --- Daily Mail
Rescue delayed in drowning
e Coastguard was unable to launch
its in atable rescue craft in a bid to
rescue three men from the Grey River
when the shing boat Lady Anna
rolled on the bar, because two members
of the lifesaving club were unavailable
and two others were unavailable due to
work commitments, a coroner's court
in Greymouth heard this morning.
Dunedin coroner David Crerar today
began the inquest into the death of the
skipper, Nicholas Brett Ecklund, 36,
who drowned when the Lady Anna
foundered while entering the river at
low tide about 7.30am on April 16 last
His two crew made it ashore but Mr
Ecklund had been unable to reach
the oatation aids being thrown to
him from the riverbank, and drowned
within metres of the rocks.
Detective constable William Tailby
said Mr Ecklund was on his rst trip
on the vessel but he had 19 years in
the industry, 90% of it shing out of
Greymouth. Of the crew members,
Jethro Carson was an experienced
deckhand but it was Joseph Campbell's
rst trip on a shing boat.
Mr Campbell, who police could not
locate to give direct evidence to the
inquest, told police that Mr Ecklund
began making preparations to cross
the bar at 7am. No one was wearing a
lifejacket and there was no indication
that the skipper was unhappy about
crossing the bar. It was his decision to
ey were in the act of crossing when
a large wave from the rear rolled the
vessel and all three men ended up on
the upturned hull. Another wave swept
them o but they made the safety of
the hull again before they were swept
o again. e two crew shared a life
ring, while Mr Ecklund was swimming
some metres from them. He was unable
to get closer to them and as they were
at the mercy of the river current, they
were being swept away from him.
Rescuers tried to throw oatation
devices to Mr Ecklund but these were
swept away before he could grab them.
At 7.50pm a succession of three large
waves forced him under, and when he
resurfaced he was face down in the
Troy Smith, owner of the Lady Anna,
said Mr Ecklund had expressed a
desire to enter the port and unload the
next day, Tuesday, April 17, but he was
advised by Talleys that they had sta
and trucks ready so it would have to be
Mr Ecklund told him they had
"missed the tide" and would not be in
until 10am or 11am, to which a Talleys
spokesman said: "If that's how it's got
to be, that's how it's got to be".
Mr Smith was therefore unsure why
Mr Ecklund had tried to cross the bar
at low tide earlier in the morning.
He was in radio contact with him
and the skipper said that he was on the
phone to "a guy in a white ute" on the
tiphead, who said it was okay to cross.
at was the last he heard from him.
Greymouth Coastguard spokesman
Franco Horridge said he rst received
a phone call --- his pager was not
working --- at 7.45am, some eight
minutes after the boat rolled.
He got to the base at the same time as
two others, but the option of launching
the in atable was lost because the four
designated drivers either could not be
contacted or could not respond.
Eventually, Coastguard got the bigger
Ivan Talley boat out into the river at
8.14am, but by then it was too late to
e ect a rescue.
Helicopter pilot Christopher
Wilding said his response was as swift
as it could be.
He did not take a scoop net because
he had been told the crew were close to
the rocks, making the net useless, so it
was decided to take a rescue swimmer
By the time they got to the scene, Mr
Ecklund was being pulled from the
Police have caught up with a gang of
youths who have been terrorising elderly
Hokitika residents, forcing some to
move out of fear.
A number of people reported being
roused from their sleep by stones or
eggs being hurled at the house, or loud
banging on the doors and windows.
Police said some of the victims were
elderly and invalids, and the stress had
forced them to move out of their homes
to escape the continual harassment.
e o enders have since been identi ed
and will be referred to the police Youth
Police today expressed concern at
the number of adolescents aimlessly
wandering the streets of Hokitika late
at night, and appealed to parents to take
a more active interest in their children's
night-time activities, and be alert to
them sneaking out of the house.
ose found wandering around at
night would be picked up by police
and taken to the police station to await
collection by their parents.
Pint-sized Daniel Huggins had no trouble keeping a rm grip when he had a go in the sheep rides at the Reefton Rodeo, on Saturday. e rides
ended in tears for some youngsters, but Daniel, who opted to go feet rst on his sheep, was all smiles as he rode the entire length of the rodeo arena at
the Reefton Racecourse, before calmly dismounting.Got ewe!
Road spikes stump police
West Coast police have drawn a
blank in their inquiries after a series
of sharpened spikes were deliberately
driven into the road around Moana
and Jacksons earlier this month.
Spikes were forced into the
carriageway of State highway 73 in the
vicinity of e Avenue scenic reserve,
just west of Jacksons, puncturing the
tyres on at least 25 vehicles over three
days at the start of February.
Contractors scoured the highway
to nd the spikes --- small bolts
sharpened at both ends with a washer
welded in the middle --- which they
suspected must have been banged into
the road with a pipe.
Five more vehicles were caught out
by punctures along the Inchbonnie-
Rotomanu Road during in the same
Talking to the Greymouth Star
yesterday, Lake Brunner Service
Centre owner David Larkin said
they had one more car come in with
punctures to front and rear wheels
about Wednesday last week.
Mr Larkin said the number
of punctures had dropped since
the spikes were rst discovered.
" ere haven't been any for a few
He believed a nal spike had been
found at the Crooked River Bridge,
near Te Kinga. " at's the last place
we were still getting them. Hopefully,
now it has all stopped ... there have
been none since."
Police said they did not have any
leads into the identity of the culprits
at this stage but the case remained
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride Bylaw to tackle
e Grey District Council says it has
no means to enforce a new bylaw in
place to patrol the origin of waste being
taken to the McLeans Pit land ll.
e bylaw has been designed to prevent
contractors from Hokitika taking their
waste to Greymouth, where the fees are
At McLeans Pit it costs $229 a tonne
for commercial waste, while the Hokitika
transfer station charges $475 a tonne.
Assets and engineering manager Mel
Sutherland said the bylaw had been
formally adopted by the council, however
no enforcement had yet been arranged.
"We are still to put in place procedures
based on the bylaw to deal with
dumping from outside the district," Mr
"We anticipate a simple system
whereby all commercial customers would
sign an agreement con rming that they
will dump refuse that is created only
within the Grey district at McLeans
It was too early to con rm what a
regulatory system would be like, but
the council envisaged a process whereby
operators who did not comply would be
educated, followed by an enforcement
process. It would also depend on the
scale of the non-compliance, he said.
Repeat non-compliance or signi cant
non-compliance could mean losing the
right to use the land ll.
Mr Sutherland said the bylaw was
needed because the land ll was a nite
resource. "Once lled up it is gone, which
means a new one needs to be created and
the cost of doing so is signi cant. ese
costs are borne by the Grey district
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