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Axe falls on Hokitika RSA building
of the Hokitika Guardian
e axe has fallen on the Hokitika RSA
building, with its members agreeing that it
should be demolished --- as soon as possible.
RSA president Lyall Delore said
knocking down the building would allow
the next stage toward rebuilding on the site
"We plan to rebuild a multi-purpose
building on the site and we are in the
process of fundraising towards that now.
Demolition of the current building is the
obvious next step," Mr Delore said.
While the design and costs for a new
memorial building had not yet been drawn
up, the price tag would be far short of the
$800,000 replacement building originally
drafted by the Westland District Council.
e council closed the 57-year-old
building last June due to safety concerns,
e ectively leaving RSA members homeless.
In December it released a second damning
report, which suggested demolition was the
best, and least expensive, option.
Knocking down the building was rst
estimated to cost about $60,000, which
could be paid for out of the reserves
development fund. However, revised gures
yesterday put the cost at $25,000. at was
one of three options alongside structurally
strengthening or repairing the building, at
upwards of $250,000, or replacing like for
like at an estimate of $800,000.
Mr Delore said the RSA's target was a
smaller replacement building that would
still meet the needs of members, and keep
the war memorial status of the land.
Westland Mayor Mike Havill yesterday
said there was now a unanimous view that
demolishing the building was the best next
step. "Given the structural report and the
support of the RSA for demolishing the
building I am con dent council has all
of the necessary information to make a
decision this week," Mr Havill said.
" e council working party will continue
to work with the RSA to consider longer-
term options for the land that the building
is on, which is designated war memorial,
and an appropriate home for the RSA."
e recommendation to demolish will
be put before the council for sign o at a
meeting tomorrow, with the option of
either re-grassing the area, with ongoing
maintenance costs of $1500 a year, or a one-
o cost of $38,500 to seal the vacant land.
e council-owned property company
has previously shown an interest in the land
to help with a major redevelopment of the
Hokitika Centennial Pool complex, to the
rear of the RSA building. A new entrance
is proposed from the Sewell Street section,
which will also include a car park.
by Janna Sherman
of the Hokitika Guardian
e Hokitika Pioneer Statue looks
set to be restored and relocated out
of the way of vandals, away from the
Fitzherbert Street site it has occupied
for 100 years.
e Hokitika Goldrush 150
committee recently refreshed e orts
to move the life-size sculpture,
currently missing an arm, to a safer
location directly outside the museum,
in Hamilton Street. It will be used as
part of the town's 150th celebrations,
starting in December.
e proposal is on the agenda for the
Westland District Council meeting
tomorrow, along with an in-house
report that suggests $10,000 be made
available for the project. A report
carried out two years ago by heritage
conser vationist Emily Fryer put the
total cost of restoration at $12,300.
e statue is also missing its pick,
has green pen marks in the eyes and
a chipped nose. Parts of the granite
plinth are dirty and covered in algae
and rust, the report says.
A summary report to the council, by
operations manager Peter Anderson,
recommends making available an
already budgeted $10,000 to undertake
However, he also suggests that both
the total funding and community
support be in place before any work
" e statue is of signi cance to the
history of Hokitika and its environs
and is a public reminder today of the
early history of this area," Mr Anderson
"Over the years there have been a
number of requests to relocate this
statue, usually because it is subject to
vandalism and the fact the statue is not
prominent in its current location. Every
time the statue is repaired it only lasts
a few months before it is vandalised
He agreed with the Goldrush 150
committee that moving it would allow
for its long term security and public
"History to date has indicated little or
no damage is done to existing assets in
this area of the town (Hamilton Street),
plus the statue will be lit up at night as
it will t within the area that lights up
the Carnegie Building presently."
Five options have been included in
the report for consideration by the
Carrying out the renovation works
but leaving the statue where it is
Carrying out the renovation works
and installing a security fence around
the statue and improving lighting in its
current position ($19,500).
Relocating the statue in its
existing condition without renovations
Relocating the statue to the
Hokitika Museum and renovating as
per the conser vation plan ($25,000,
$12,000 to relocate and $13,000 for
Allocating the current 2013-14
annual plan budget of $10,000 for the
relocation to help raise the balance
of the project costs and give time for
public consultation (recommended
Mr Anderson said that given the
historic importance of the statue, plans
to move it would probably generate
signi cant public interest.
e Goldrush 150 committee has
already said it would rst seek public
feedback to the project, which has been
supported by the museum and Heritage
e move was hoped to be timed to
coincide with the centennial of the
statue unveiling, on July 8, 1914, and
restored in time for the town 150-year
celebrations at the end of the year.
e Pioneer Statue is a monument
to West Coast pioneers, with its north
facing position re ecting the direction
of the rst discovery of payable gold,
at the Greenstone diggings near
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Shirley Winn, left, Marg Becker, Pat Cogger, Colleen Charlton and Joy Dense get to smell the roses while preparing for the
Kaiata Community Flower and Craft Show, to be held at the Kaiata Community Centre, on Saturday. Ms Becker said they were
hoping for another good turnout for the annual event, which had been running in Kaiata since the 1990s. "We're always looking
for more people to join." e show will feature competitions for all ages including gardening, cooking, photography, painting
and handcrafts, and a separate children's category with a prize for every child. ere will also be a Blackball sausage sizzle, drinks,
baking and sewing, a ra e, and a white elephant stall and garage sale. Entries will be accepted from 3pm to 4pm on Friday, or from
8.30am to 9.30am on Saturday. e show will run from 11am to about 2pm.
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Kaiata blooming for f lower show
Fish and Game says a special West
Coast game bird season will open on
Saturday, giving hunters a chance to
get paradise shelduck and pukeko.
e birds tend to congregate in large
numbers at this time of year, causing
damage to farm crops and pasture.
"By giving the hunters a go at the
birds, not only do the hunters get to
harvest birds for the dinner table but
they do farmers a favour by dispersing
the birds into smaller groups and
moving them on to other areas," Fish
and Game eld o cer Rhys Adams
Surveys of paradise shelduck from
Karamea to Fox Glacier last month
revealed the overall paradise shelduck
population was healthy, with localised
areas with high numbers of birds.
e special shooting season will run
only on the West Coast until March
PICTURE: Fish and Game
Paradise shelduck congregate at an old dredge pond in the Grey Valley.
Game bird season opens on Saturday
SGS New Zealand Ltd Ngakawau manager Wil Nicholl, top left, Sam Southon, Karyn O'Hagan,
Joanna McDonald, Brad Scott, Tai Poutini Polytechnic West Coast co-ordinator Marja Kneepkens,
SGS minerals business manager Hugh McMillan, Greig Corlett, tutor Laura Redmond, Krishena
Crickett, Lynda Ferguson, Lynaire Barry and tutor Steve Dorey, attended a graduation in Westport
last night, celebrating the students' completion of the national certi cate in science level 4. e course
is a collaborative venture between the polytechnic, SGS New Zealand Ltd and Buller High School.
e science course was developed when SGS identi ed a need for high-level science training for their
Science graduates celebrate
A Hokitika man who walked
from a Four Square store with a
$19 bottle of Oyster Bay merlot
down his trousers later gave police
$20 to pay for it, the Greymouth
District Court heard this week.
Kelvin James Gibbs, 46, was
sentenced to 100 hours of
community work after he admitted
the theft charge.
e court heard that shop sta
had watched Gibbs place the
bottle down his trousers and then
re-position it so it was less visible,
before walking to the counter
where he paid for items in his hand
but not the wine.
Police were called after he left the
store, but the wine was gone by the
time they contacted Gibbs so he
gave them $20 to pay for it.
"You are not unfamiliar to this
type of o ending, but are at an age
where you should be giving it up,"
Judge John Strettell told Gibbs.
A Hokitika man claimed that
police had "lifted a monkey o
his back" by discovering a stolen
motorbike in his house.
Riki David Robertson, 43,
admitted receiving the machine,
valued at $4000, knowing it was
e court heard that the machine
had disappeared from locked
commercial premises in September
2013. Acting on information
received about a fortnight later,
police searched Robertson's
address and found the bike in a
He told the court that he had lost
his job at the time of the o ending
and saw the bike as a way to make
some quick money. He purchased
it for $1500 and was hoping to sell
it for a pro t, but then got cold feet.
"I was broke and made a silly
mistake," Robertson told the court.
"I was glad the police came and
took it actually, it lifted a monkey
o my back."
and sentenced to 150 hours of
Judge Strettell noted that
Robertson had a criminal history
but his o ending had tapered o
in recent years.
Wine theft from
A Blaketown man who breached a
driving suspension to drive to work
because it was raining, was told in the
Greymouth District Court this week to
buy himself an umbrella.
Ziyarat Azim Ali, 21, gave a false
name and address when police found
him at the wheel at 7.10am on February
e o cers believed him and allowed
him to drive o , but later learned the
truth and arrested him.
Ali said he knew he should not be
driving but had to because otherwise he
would get wet walking to work.
Judge John Strettell ned Ali $350
and added a further six months to his
e judge o ered some sound words
of advice: "Buy yourself an umbrella,
because if there is one thing that you
can be assured of it is that it will rain
in Greymouth within the next six
Haupiri man, Bruce omas Pointon,
was sentenced to 150 hours of
community work and disquali ed from
driving for a further nine months for
driving while disquali ed.
Pointon said his sober driver had let
him down and he was forced to attempt
to drive home from Greymouth because
he had work in the morning.
Arrest warrants were issued for
Christchurch man, Renata Geo rey
Brown, who is wanted for breaching
a community work sentence, and Jake
Anderson, who told the Probation
Service that he wanted his community
work order changed to one of
imprisonment, but then failed to turn
up in court to allow a judge to grant his
Probation o cer Kerry Aston said
Anderson was believed to be in the
Napier region now.
Suspended driver told
to buy an umbrella
Railways historian and author Stephen
Wright has chronicled a new book of
memories from the steam era, to be
launched on March 8 at Kaiata.
Steam Inclined: Memories of Ex-
Coaster Bryon Marinan has been written
and compiled by Mr Wright, who has
previously penned three histories of
West Coast rail.
"It started with a phone call from
Bryon back in late 2010 wanting to get
a copy of our second book, West of the
Divide: More Memories of the Midland
Line," Mr Wright, of Christchurch, told
the Greymouth Star.
"When Bryon rang I was instantly
taken with his vivid recall for detail
and his natural ability to tell interesting
sounding stories from the past."
e idea of turning his memories
into a book went on hold after the
Christchurch earthquake, and then Mr
Wright became preoccupied with his
third book, about the Otira railways.
He got back into the book a year and
a half ago.
"It hasn't been continuous since then,
but it certainly turned into a much
bigger job than I thought."
Mr Marinan, who now lives in
Canterbury, was born in Blackball in
1932 and said he began working around
steam trains as a 16-year-old cleaner.
" e story actually came about because
one of the books I read by Stephen had
Jim Dillon in it --- he was the principal
man who got me into rail," Mr Marinan
Mr Dillon was another engine driver
who featured in Mr Wright's rst book,
Journey to the Pass: Memories of the
During his time on the railways, Mr
Marinan worked in Ross, Otira and
Reefton. He left the West Coast in 1970.
Mr Marinan said Mr Wright had
managed to track down everyone in his
story of West Coast rail --- even an ex-
"He found some people I haven't seen
in 50 years."
e book will be launched on
March 8 at a private function in the
Steam rail book penned
National Party candidate for
West Coast-Tasman, Maureen
Pugh, responding to Bathurst
Resources delaying its Denniston
mine proposal, said left-wing and
environmental groups were putting
hard won jobs and opportunities
on the Coast at risk.
" e reality is that if the
Escarpment Mine had been up and
running after it was rst proposed,
the mine would be operational
and the company would be in a
far better shape today," Mrs Pugh
Environmentalists putting Coast jobs at risk --- Pugh
e West Coast District
Health is more or less on
result for December
2013 showed a de cit
of $27,000, meaning
that the year to date
position is now $35,000
Coast DHB close to budget
Judge Alastair Garland
today called a halt
to a rape trial in the
Court before the Crown
had concluded its
e judge suppressed his
reasons for discharging
the jurors and abandoning
the jury trial.
e accused, a 47-year-
old Hokitika man, was
defending three charges of
indecent assault and seven
e victim was aged
between 12 and 17
years when the alleged
o ending was committed
between 2007 and 2012.
e Crown claimed
that in most cases the
acts occurred in Hokitika,
but Invercargill and
Taupo were also given
as locations for the
e accused had said
through his lawyer,
Richard Bodle, that the
girl had made up the
allegations to get back at
him after they argued.
A date for a new trial
has not yet been set.
Rape trial abandoned
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