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$12m factory goes
up in Greymouth
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bill cut by $23,000
e West Coast District Health
Board expects to save $23,000 over
three years after changing power
provider. Chief executive David
Meates said that after last year's
government tender for electricity, it
was arranging for the major sites to
become part of the existing Genesis
contract for electricity supply. "On
present and forecast throughputs
this should realise savings of around
$23,000 over the contract term of
three years," Mr Meates said.
helping clear Chch
Grey District Council sta have
been processing some Christchurch
City Council resource consent
applications to help clear a backlog
as the city rebuild takes o . A sta
report said the extra work was taken
on only when the Grey council's
workload and resources allowed it.
A Murchison woman, 66, was
airlifted to Grey Base Hospital
after dislocating her arti cial hip
while on a day tramp in the Victoria
Forest Park between Reefton and
Springs Junction yesterday. e
incident occurred about midday in
the right branch of the Rahu River.
e woman, her husband and two
companions were climbing to link
up with the Klondyke Spur Track
when the incident occurred on
steep, rocky terrain. e woman's
husband walked back to his car and
drove to Springs Junction to alert
emergency services. e NZCC
Rescue Helicopter located the
party shortly after 1pm. A St John
paramedic was lowered from the
hovering helicopter near the scene.
e woman was loaded on to a
stretcher and winched aboard.
Morning showers clearing
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
A Saudi man who admitted
knocking a tooth out of his mother's
mouth after punching her has been
told he will have the same tooth
broken as punishment. e unnamed
man was also sentenced to ve years
in jail and 2400 lashes to be given
a local marketplace. e ruling is
based on a verse from the Koran
which reads: "And we ordained
therein for them: A life for a life, an
eye for an eye, a nose for a nose, an
ear for an ear, a tooth for a tooth".
--- Daily Mail
Lake cleanup costing farmers
Individual farmers are spending
hundreds of thousands of dollars
in a bid to clean up Lake Brunner,
described by the Greens two years
ago as "just mud".
Green Party MP Eugenie Sage
made headlines in 2012 when she
kayaked Lake Brunner and later
blogged about the muddy coloured
However, the West Coast Regional
Council is in the process of imposing
tough new rules and is currently
processing a raft of resource consents
Consents and compliance manager
Jackie Adams said it would be a couple
of years before the environmental
bene ts of those e orts were seen.
Currently, some farmers had ponds
and treated e uent went into creeks.
In future, they would have to apply
the e uent to land.
" at's a far better system," Mr
" ey can spread it on the land,
and use it as fertiliser. ey are not
allowed to discharge to water."
One farmer alone had spent
$300,000, and many others had, or
would, spend hundreds of thousands
of dollars, he said.
e council was receiving about 10
consent applications a week. It had
given farmers a time extension, to
allow them to spread the cost over a
Fish and Game West Coast manager
Dean Kelly said it was "refreshing" to
see the regional council enforce the
new land and water plan rules in the
Lake Brunner catchment.
"It means that Fish and Game
can focus on its own core functions
in relation to the shery as the
protection of the habitat for trout
and salmon is prescribed under the
(Resource Management Act) and a
function of regional councils," Mr
e implementation of the new
rules, designed to keep unwanted
pollution from cattle out of the lake,
should go a long way to making both
farming and tourism truly sustainable
in the catchment, he said.
A lot of good work was being done
by landowners in the catchment to
get farming systems up to speed.
" ere are always a few that let
the side down but between the
industry itself, and enforcement by
the authorities, these individuals are
becoming a rarity."
Archaeology eyes on tram
Archaeologists hope work on
the Kumara Tram leg of the West
Coast Wilderness Trail will shed
light on the old horse-drawn
e cycle trail will partly
follow the route of the tram,
which operated in a straight
line between Kumara and the
Taramakau River from 1877 until
the Taramakau bridge opened in
Parts of the tramline are still
visible but there is little left
as the sleepers were buried in
the ground and the rails were
e New Zealand Historic
Places Trust last month granted
its consent for the cycleway to
follow the historic route.
Regional archaeologist Frank
van der Heijden said they knew
very little about how the tramline
was constructed, other than that
the rails had a 2ft 6in gauge.
e trust hoped the earthworks
for the cycle trail would uncover
something from the tram days.
" at's what we're after," Mr
van der Heijden said.
e Westland District Council
had engaged its own consultant
archaeologist to oversee the work.
A tram operated between
Greymouth and Saltwater Creek,
Paroa, from the 1860s and was
extended to the Taramakau when
gold was struck at Kumara in
1876, using a steam-driven cage
to cross the river until the bridge
and railway line opened.
e tram was used to bring
material to the Greymouth port
for export, and people to Kumara.
" ey (trams) used to be really
common and were the means
of transport, especially on the
West Coast. Most of them have
disappeared. We are hoping to
learn more about them," Mr van
der Heijden said.
Work on the Kumara Tram
section is expected to start in the
next month. Further south, work
has started on the nal leg of the
cycleway, from Ruatapu to Ross.
Top: e horse-drawn
Kumara tram. Below: e
Taramakau River cage, which
connected with the Kumara
Tram and carried goods and
passengers across before the
opening of the road-rail bridge
alongside. e photographer,
F Bradley and Co, wrote:
"Travellers between (Kumara
and Greymouth) are conveyed
from Kumara and Taramakau, a
distance of six miles, by a horse
tram car, then entering the 'cage'
they are drawn by a steam
engine to the opposite side
of the river in half-a-minute,
where another horse tram car
awaits them, to complete the
journey to Greymouth, a
distance of eight miles."
PICTURES: Hokitika Museum
PICTURE: Daniel Lowe
Daniel Lowe captured the Aurora Australis on Wednesday night at Kumara. "It was amazing, you could see it moving around at the start (about 10pm), I've never seen anything like it. It lasted for about 15 to 20 minutes like that, and then
Reefton pinup model Zeina Miller
has been chosen as a nalist in the
Miss Pinup New Zealand 2014 contest
based on retro 1940s wartime fashions.
Ten nalists have been chosen, with
voting under way to decide the winners
of the people's choice award.
Miss Picture Perfect, Miss Vixen and
Miss Pinup will be decided by judges
at the 'Very Vintage Day Out', in
Auckland on April 5.
Ms Miller, whose Pinup alter ego is
'Peggy Lancaster', said she always had
a fascination with the wartime era of
"In fact, if I could go back in time,
that is the era I would choose. I love
the fashions, the hairstyles and the
women who showed they could be
both curvy, classy and beautiful. My
favourite model from back then is Rita
In her early teens Ms Miller began
watching old movies from the 1940s.
"I would talk about the stars like
Rita Hayworth, Veronica Lake and
Marilyn Monroe. ey appeared to be
the whole package. Famous not just
for their curves and beauty but also for
New Zealand fashion photographer
Talia Stephens of Miss T Pinups
started the photographic part of the
contest three years ago after seeing the
popularity of the competition in the
United States and Australia.
Ms Miller said: "To win the contest
would be a fairytale come true."
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