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6 - Saturday, March 8, 2014
Seems like only yesterday
Coast woman of the year
New West Coast Woman of the Year,
Mrs Gloria Campbell, won the title at a
function on Saturday night.
Mrs Campbell, who received the award
in recognition of her service to the
hospital and intellectually handicapped
Children's Society, was one of four
nominees of the award presented
annually by the Greymouth Business and
Professional Women's Club.
She is co-convenor of Meals on Wheels
in Greymouth, a driver for Friends of
the Hospital, president of the IHC and
district adviser for the IHC Trust as well
as being a personal visitor and special
friend to two intellectually handicapped
is is the rst year that club members
have provided nominations themselves
instead of calling them from outside
organisations. Guest speaker at the
function was Cynthia Roberts, head of
the department of special programmes at
the Christchurch Polytechnic.
Transfer to Iringatau
Hokitika's Westland Hospital will be
virtually deserted from this week with the
imminent closure of the last remaining
Wednesday's closure of Williams Ward
will bring to an end Westland Hospital's
110-year history on the site. e 15
geriatric patients will be transferred into
the refurbished Iringatau Villa in Seaview
Iringatau, a former psychiatric ward, is
to be re-named Westland Hospital. All
that will be left in use at the old hospital
complex will be the X-ray, physiotherapy
and outpatient departments with Ellis,
Manson, and Mandl Wards and the
kitchen and operating theatre all long-
Police seek unstable man
Greymouth police are seeking a man
considered unstable and dangerous in
connection with a stabbing at White
Horse Hill north of Punakaiki on Sunday
night. Detective Alister Smith of the
Greymouth CIB said that an 18-year-old
youth received facial and body injuries
from a knife in the assault. He was
treated at Buller Hospital but the injuries
were not serious.
e man being sought is a caucasian,
aged 26, with short brown hair, about
5ft 10in tall and has a red cross tatooed
between his eyes.
He is considered by police to be
unstable and dangerous and should not
be approached by members of the public.
"We believe he is in the bush
somewhere north of Barrytown. If he
is sighted, the police should be advised
immediately," Mr Smith said.
Police name 'unstable' man
sought on the Coast
e Greymouth CIB does not see
anything sinister in a Charles Manson
connection with a man being sought
in connection with a stabbing north of
Punakaiki last Sunday.
e man named by polce as Andre
Vernon, 26, was today described by
Detective Sergeant Alister Smith of
the Greymout CIB as unstable and
unpredictable when under the in uence
of alcohol and drugs.
Vernon was reported to be a Manson
devotee, but Mr Smith said that he
did not see anything sinister in the
He understood that Vernon, at other
times had been a follower of other cults.
Westport police, late this morning,
reported an uncon rmed sighting of
Vernon in the town.
Flames engulf a helicopter
after emergency landing
A Hughes 300 helicopter was engulfed
in ames after an emergency landing near
Kaniere yesterday afternoon.
Owner and pilot, Mr Colin Tuck, was
returning to Hokitika after lifting moss
when the engines began losing power
over Tucker's Flat shortly after 3pm.
He landed the machine in thick brush
and gorse and managed to free himself
Fire broke out on impact melting the
helicopter and igniting surrounding
Mr Tuck said this morning that the
cause of the mechanical failure would
never be known because there was
"nothing left to investigate". e machine
e scrub re was quickly brought
under control by two appliances from the
Hokitika Volunteer Fire Brigade, but had
it been left much longer could have
seriously threatened the Kaniere
Forest plantation, deputy chief
o cer, Mr Roger McLeod said.
is selling ilmenite
project 'changing the
Fletcher Titanium Products Ltd
has placed its Barrytown ilmenite
mining project on the market.
is was announced yesterday by
the company's chief executive Mr
Graham Ogilvie, who was keen to
emphasise this in no way signalled
the end of the project.
"We are simply changing the
jockey. It will be sold as a going
concern," he said. Fletcher
Titanium Products has brought
the Barrytown-based project to
the stage that the resource base has
been con rmed, the demand has
been ascertained, and the project's
viability established, Mr Ogilvie
said in Greymouth yesterday
Fletcher Challenge's interest in
Barrytown commenced in 1982, primarily
for the ilmenite in the deposit which is
used to make titanium dioxide,a high
quality white pigment. In recent years
demand and prices for ilmenite and also
for other minerals present in the deposit
have risen appreciably.
Track Trek delight for
by Frank Neate
Walking the Milford Track is no
"breeze" or "piece of cake" --- for those
in the 50-plus category at any rate. And
even younger trekkers invariably nd it
a physically demanding exercise where
stamina is imperative.
But it is a magni cent wilderness
journey and the reward is a glorious
sense of achievement, a wonder at the
age of the Fiordland scenery --- and a
handsome certi cate to prove that one
has "been there and done that".
In the ultimate it is de nitely no
leisurely stroll, and anyone who
suggests it is will be kidding you
Twenty- ve years ago this week, Gloria Campbell had just been named West Coast Woman of the Year and
Westland Hospital in Hokitika lost the last of its patients with the transfer of the geriatric ward to Seaview.
Greymouth police were seeking a dangerous and "unstable" man who had gone bush after a stabbing at
Punakaiki, Colin Tuck's helicopter burst into ames during a forced landing, and Fletchers put its Barrytown
ilmenite project on the market. Read more from the pages of the Greymouth Evening Star of March 1989.
West Coast axemen, front: Bill Evans, Rusty Stuart, Stu Cunningham, David Evans, Steve Jones, Kevin Kilkelly and Bill Liddell. Front: Dave Balderstone, Dennis McLaughlin and Nui omson.
Rusty Stuart in action at Victoria Park.
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