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Coasters shine in Coast
West Coasters gured prominently in
the two-day Coast to Coast endurance
event over the weekend.
Greymouth's Coleman Creagh teamed
up with Christchurch's Pete Cox to
win the men's team event in 11 hours
34 minutes. e pair led from start to
nish heading o another Greymouth
competitor, Eddie Gray who teamed up
with Darryl Simmonds (Christchurch).
Australian John Jacoby smashed the
record in the one-day Coast to Coast
World Championship, crossing the
nish line just 11.27.19 after leaving
Serpentine beach 240km away.
Jacoby, who missed breaking the 12-
hour barrier when winning last year,
nished ahead of Christchurch's Steve
Gurney and Russell Prince.
Gurney and Prince also broke the
magical 12-hour barrier.
Double fatality near
Two West Coast men died instantly
when their motorcycles collided just
south of Hokitika early this morning.
e accident happened just after 6am
on State highway 6, about 50m south of
the Kaniere Bridge across the Hokitika
e dead men were Murray Ian Win,
24, of Ross and John Allan Coyle,
aged 36 of Rimu. Hokitika police said
that the motorcyclists were travelling
in opposite directions and collided
head-on on a sharp corner. e collision
involved a Suzuki trail bike and a
Katana road bike.ººº
Regional council should
collect all Coast rates,
claims catchment board
e new West Coast Regional
Council should be the authority for
collecting rates for all the constituent
authorities according to the Westland
In a submission on the draft West
Coast local and regional government
reorganisation scheme, board chairman
Mr George Ferguson says the collection
of rates is one practical example of
how local and regional government on
the West Coast should co-operate to
"Otherwise ratepayers will be faced
with the expense of three district
councils merging eight separate rating
systems, upgrading (or purchasing)
three computer systems, maintaining
three data processing systems and so
forth," he said.
" e board's (catchment) computer
system was already able to cope with
such tasks and already possessed the
necessary sta skills in-house," he said.
e West Coast is now faced with the
costs of setting up four independent
units of local and regional government,
e Buller area has already stated
that its rates may go up 10% and it is
not unreasonable to expect the same to
happen in Grey and Westland.
Grey's house prices have
risen 7.7% in six-month
Greymouth house prices have shown
the second biggest price jump in New
Zealand in the last six months, gures
released today show.
e 7.7% rise is the highest in the
South Island and second only to 8.9%
in Pukekohe. Figures are based on
house sales in the Greymouth borough
only and show that sales for the six
months totalled 79 compared with 80 in
the previous six months.
e average price was $49,732.
Greymouth is now not the lowest-
priced place in New Zealand to buy
at honour goes to Oamaru which
had an average price of $49, 322.
Volunteers sought to man
e West Coast Area Health Board
has begun to call for volunteers to help
man its hospitals during next week's
strike by health sector unions.
About 200 volunteers are now being
sought for Seaview Hospital alone
following yesterday's con rmation by
the Public Service Association
sub group that members would be
involved in a full strike.
As many volunteers as possible are
also required for other hospitals.
e board is leaving it up to individual
hospitals to arrange for volunteers but
acting manager, patient ser vices, Mr
Russell Clifton said as many as possible
would be sought.
It has advertised through the media
for volunteers to assist with domestic
and catering services for the 48-hour
strike by that sector from just after
midnight on Sunday.
People with, and without, nursing
experience are being sought.
John Paul II renovations
Extensive renovations are under way at
Greymouth's John Paul II High School.
e St Mary's block, opened in 1954
and later added to in 1960 is presently
undergoing a $450,000 transformation
in two stages.
e bottom oor of the block and
administration area has been opened up
to make way for new o ces.
"Everything will be centrally
administered," the school's
principal, Brother Brian Sklenars said
" e big bonus for teachers will be a
bigger and better sta room."
In mid-February 1989, locals were starring in the Coast to Coast, two Westland men were killed when
their motorbikes collided, the newly formed regional council was being tipped as a one-stop rates shop,
Greymouth passed the dubious honour of having the cheapest houses in the country to Oamaru, hospitals
were calling for volunteers to replace striking sta and John Paul II High School was under renovation.
Young Greymouth basketballers Johnny Wilson, Adam Moen, Mishae Atkinson, ? McMaster and Rowena Robinson.
Kevin Rodden, right, from the Greymouth Harriers runs alongside visiting harriers.
Seems like only
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