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Grocery thief wanted
Police want help to identify this
man, who walked out of the New
World Greymouth supermarket last
week with $78 of unpaid groceries.
e man entered the store at 4.10pm
last Monday, and when his eftpos
card declined at the self-scanning
checkout he ran out, taking the
groceries with him. e o ender is
described as an unshaven European
of thin build and approximately
183cm (6ft) tall. He was wearing
a grey and baby blue jacket, black
t-shirt, beige trousers and a beanie
with a dark stripe and was carrying a
to help with Cobden
e West Coast Whitebaiters'
Association has called on
whitebaiters who sh the Grey River
to lend a hand with the Cobden
Island restoration project. e project
aims to restore extensive whitebait
breeding sites. A working bee will
be held on Wednesday to clear some
gorse and broom that is competing
with all the planting that has already
been done. e working bee runs
from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. People
should meet at Cardwell Street
just over the oodwall. "Bring a
grubber, protective gloves etc. DOC
will supply loppers, secateurs, and
vigilant gel. Drinks and nibbles will
be there," whitebaiters' association
president Des McEnaney said.
Police discovered and uprooted 13
cannabis plants in the Inangahua
Junction area on ursday.
Te Kinga may get jetty
Recreational users of Lake Brunner
may nally get their jetty on the
Te Kinga foreshore. A contractor
was engaged for the work last year
but the project was then put on
hold. Grey District Council sta
have recently asked the contractor to
supply a new price and, if it remains
within budget, intend to have the
jetty built this nancial year.
Westport boy airlifted
A 14-year-old Westport boy was
own to Grey Base Hospital on
Saturday aboard the NZCC West
Coast Rescue Helicopter after a
A $1000 donation has helped
the Greymouth library expand its
collection. anks to the Greymouth
Branch Hearing Association
Charitable Trust, it has bought DVDs
with subtitles, children's books and
DVDs, and large print books.
Contract bridge results
Greymouth Bridge Club results---
Wednesday: Diana Fenson and
Cynthia El-Hinshere, 66%, 1; Alison
Dayne and Ian Anderson 50%, 2.
ursday: Allison Palmer and Judy
Parkinson, 71.4%, 1; Bruce Truman
and Stuart Oliver, 56.3%, 2; Sue
Holt and Tina Fernando, 51.6%, 3.
Fire damages gym
A Whangarei gym has been badly
damaged in a re overnight. e
Roundhouse Kickboxing Studio
on Bank St was "well ablaze" when
re ghters arrived shortly after
3.30am, Fire Service northern
communications shift manager
Jaron Phillips said. No injuries were
reported. --- APNZ
A man was caught by CCTV
cameras while lighting res on
a boardwalk in Tauranga, police
said. e man was observed during
the early hours of the morning
lighting res on the Daisy Hardwick
Boardwalk in the suburb of Judea.
Police were alerted and arrested
a man leaving the walkway. An
18-year-old is due to appear in
the Tauranga District Court on
ursday. --- APNZ
Arrivals: Galatea II, Jay Penelope,
Trident, Departures: Canopus,
one Greymouth vessel. In port:
Galatea II, Happy, June, Sovereign,
Tainui, Trident, Strike Force, Jay
Penelope, 15 other vessels. Expected
departures: Galatea II, today.
Expected arivals: Ocean Odyssey,
today; Jay Elaine, tomorrow; Cook
Canyon, Wednesday; Moon Shadow
An experienced caver trapped in
an underground cavern overnight on
Saturday says the experience was far
from an ordeal.
Lindsay Main, 62, was with his wife
Alice Shanks and 16 other cavers in the
Kahurangi National Park when he ran
into trouble yesterday evening.
e group were on their way out of the
Pillar Cave, near Salisbury Hut in the
Tableland area of Mount Arthur at the
Bruce Mutton, a close friend of
Mr Main and Ms Shanks and an
experienced caver, said Mr Main had
been unable to make it through a 15m
tight section, about 100m from the cave
Mr Main said the experience "wasn't
an ordeal" but left him cold and wet.
e con guration of the passage
prevented him from exiting the way he
entered, he said.
"You just have to be able to ex in a
certain way and the longer your legs
are the harder it is to get around tight
bends," he told APNZ.
e area of the cave where he got
stuck was a "very simple" area of the
cave, he said.
ey were in good spirits, Mr Mutton
said last evening. --- APNZ
e Australasian Hotel has been granted
an o -licence, allowing it to supply liquor in
bulk to sports clubs and make over-the-bar
takeaway wine sales.
e Grey District Licensing Committee
conducted a hearing into the application
on January 30 and announced its decision
on February 31. Although the application
drew several objections, no one had
appealed the decision by the deadline on
e initial application drew no objection
from the Grey District Council liquor
licensing inspector, police or the medical
o cer of health, but it was strenuously
opposed by four objectors --- Rosie McGrath,
Karen Hamilton, Barbara Holland and John
Caygill --- who were concerned that a new
'bottle store' would add to the proliferation of
liquor outlets in Greymouth.
Australasian publican Peter Low, however,
said he had no intention of opening a bottle
store, but needed the o -licence because
his business was losing out on sponsorship
deals, which involved the hotel giving cash
to sports clubs and in return getting an
undertaking that they would purchase their
liquor o him.
He also wanted the right to sell over the bar
to tourists from the nearby motorcamp who,
after consuming a meal at his restaurant,
wanted to buy a bottle of wine to take back
to their cabin.
Mr Low said the visitors, particularly those
from overseas, were usually abbergasted
when told that the law barred him from
providing the liquor.
e Greymouth licensing inspector had
submitted that Mr Lowe had held an o -
licence in the past without incident, and
recommended: "It is my opinion that the
issue of this licence will not reduce the
amenity and good order of this locality".
District Licensing Committee chairman
Neil Ellery said Mr Low's previous good
record stood him in good stead.
" e applicant's good record and
understanding of the (Liquor Licensing)
Act gives the committee con dence that the
objects of the Act can be met," Mr Ellery
said in his written decision.
e hours of the o -licence are from 11am
to 9pm. e hotel is banned from erecting
external signs advertising o -sales.
McINROE, Bernie. ---
10 years away but still
strong in our hearts, like
we just saw you today.
Miss you Dad/Bernie
--- Love Ben and Juliet.
Monday March 10
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 7493 first
5pm to 8pm
My life, my funeral
At some time in life
you will go through a
Make the decisions
around this difficult time
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Make them for yourself.
This FREE easy to
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Phone 768 0250
WALLACE, Alan. ---
Loved brother-in-law of
Vivienne and Keith
Goodwin, John and
Vivienne Walker, Faye
and Graham Cunning-
ham, Ken and Lorraine
Walker, Jenny Walker
and the late David, and
Edna Walker. Loved
uncle of all his nieces
James (Ginger). ---
Passed away peacefully
in the Kahurangi unit of
Grey Base Hospital on
March 8, 2014, in his
88th year. Dearly loved
husband of the late
Betty, much loved father
and father in-law of
Karen, Kenneth and
Lynley, Helen and
Lynlee and Stephen, and
Ross and Dale; much
loved grandad Ginger of
Ryan, Mitchell, and
Logan; James, Louise,
and Callum; Jad and
Joshua, and Lincoln;
loved brother and
brother in-law of Joyce,
Keith, Marie, Pat, and
Flora; and a loved uncle,
cousin, and friend of
many. A special thanks
to the staff at Kahurangi
dementia unit for their
loving care of Ginger.
Messages to 893
RD 1, Kumara 7875. A
funeral service to
celebrate Ginger's life
will be held at the
Kumara memorial hall,
Seddon Street, on
Thursday at 2pm.
Ginger will then be laid
to rest with Betty at the
Services Ltd, FDANZ.
Ph 768 0250.
OQUIST, Beth (Sarah
Passed away peacefully
at Kowhai Manor,
Greymouth, on March 7,
2014, in her 87th year.
Loved wife of the late
Henry, dearly loved
mother and mother in-
law of Anne-Marie and
Les Neilson, Lisa Oquist
and Glenda, beloved
grandma of Linda, Kirk,
Gilda, Leah, Dane, Kate,
Daniel, Andy, Daniel,
Sarah, Elizabeth, and
Sophie, special GG of
Grace, Bronah, Jake,
Elva, Riley, and Harlem.
Messages to 4 Felix
Greymouth 7805. A
funeral service for Beth
will be held in the
Memorial Chapel, 134
(Tuesday) at 2pm
followed by cremation
at the Westland Crema-
Funeral Services Ltd,
FDANZ, Ph 768 0250.
WALLACE, Alan. ---
On March 7, 2014
peacefully at Waikato
Hospital with family,
aged 77 years. Loved
and treasured husband
of Miriam (Mim) for
fifty years. Dearly loved
father and father-in-law
of Rob and Margaret
Mary Wallace, Gordon
and Helen Wallace,
Jeanette and Gary
Roberts, Neil and
Dearly loved Granddad
(G/Dad) of Sarah,
Dylan, Emma, Abigail,
Laura, Fergus, Angus,
Mikey and wee Sahra.
He will always be loved.
Our thanks to the
doctors and nursing staff
of Ward 12 for all their
special care and support.
A service for Alan will
be held at St Luke's
Anglican Church, St
Luke's Place on Wed-
nesday March 12, 2014
at 11.30am followed by
burial at Hamilton Park
Road, Newstead. All
communications to the
Wallace family, PO
Box 5523, Frankton,
Hamilton 3242. Seddon
Park Funeral Home.
West Coast residents will get a chance
to discover their authentic voice through
singing techniques during a workshop at
Karoro Learning next weekend.
Marie Dobson uses creative exercises
and classical scales and teaches people
how to freestyle in a harmonious group
"Take that song, or those written
words you have always wanted to
explore and extend your talent. If your
an experienced singer, or just like to
sing in the shower, then this is a great
opportunity for you," she said.
Dobson is a classically trained singer
and songwriter, with a background
as a rhythm drum teacher. Dobson
said she had carved her own path as
a vocal percussionist and had to work
hard to get the voice she has now. She
has performed at various events and
festivals including the opening for a
Rugby World Cup game in Taranaki,
and the Lights Festival in New
e workshop runs on March 15-
16 from 10am to 4.30pm at Karoro
Learning. Registrations close on March
12. Entry is $65 with some discounts
Singing techniques workshop
Railway historian and author Stephen Wright signs a copy of his latest book, Steam Inclined, at the o cial launch in the Kaiata
Hall, on Saturday. e new book follows the memories of the steam era and is Mr Wright's fourth book covering the history of West
Coast rail and the Midland Line. His previous titles are Journey to the Pass, West of the Divide, and Railway rough the Rata.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Book recalls West Coast steam era
New Development West Coast chief executive Joseph omas was o cially
welcomed to the organisation today before heading straight into his rst board
meeting. "I'm in the business of listening and learning today," Mr omas
said. DWC has been without a chief executive since John Chang resigned last
November. Chairman John Sturgeon, trustees, sta and members of Makaawhio
and Ngati Waewae were present for the welcome. Mr omas was previously the
Christchurch-based chief executive of New Zealand Institute of Management
Southern Inc, and before that he was a business consultant for Polson Higgs and
chief executive of the Chatham Islands Enterprise Trust. He also captained a
cray shing boat based in the Chathams before his tertiary studies.
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
New Development WC chief welcomed
An overhaul of adventure
tourism safety rules ordered by
Prime Minister John Key has
hit trouble, and the father of one
of nine victims of the 2010 Fox
Glacier skydiving plane crash is
Mr Key demanded a review
in 2009 but the solution ---
intensive safety audits for all
adventure tourism operators
--- has become bogged down
and more than half of the audits
could miss the deadline of
November this year.
British man Chris Coker,
whose son Bradley was killed
at Fox Glacier in 2010, told
the Herald on Sunday that the
situation re ected badly on the
" e very few promises they
made were false and there is no
greater disrespect," Mr Coker
When announcing his review,
Mr Key said he believed it was
essential for him as Minister of
Tourism and Prime Minister
"to protect New Zealand's
In response, up to 500
adventure tourism operators
were told to pass the stringent
new safety audit by November,
after which it would be an
o ence to operate without one.
Outdoors New Zealand,
the sole provider of the safety
audits, has told operators it
cannot accept new applications.
It is struggling to deal with
the "hundreds" of applications
Deputy chairwoman Josie
Ogden Schroeder said up to
60% of operators could fail to
pass the requirements in time
unless there was more money
from the Government.
Auditors need training and
more administrative sta
brought in to deal with the
backlog, she said.
"We have people working
between 60 and 70 hours a week
on the audits but we just cannot
handle any more at this time
and have had to put a pause on
things," she said.
"Last year we were left as the
only audit provider after other
companies pulled out. Many of
our sta need training for the
new systems and that would cost
about $500,000. At present, we
are running at a loss."
About 130 operators had
been certi ed since the audits
were introduced in 2011, Ms
--- Herald on Sunday
An organiser of a classic car race in
Waikato said the death of a 68-year-old
man on Saturday was the rst fatality
to occur during the race in more than
Six people died in accidents involving
motor vehicles over the weekend,
including the 68-year-old driver.
He was driving an 1100cc 1961
Formula Junior Cooper at a classic car
event at Hampton Downs when he
was believed to have su ered a medical
event which led to the crash.
e rest of the day's racing was
cancelled as a result.
e race's speed steward, Tony
Haycock, said the driver had
considerable experience in vintage,
classic and historical racing events.
"We had a single car incident involving
a very experienced driver in the car
he knew well, which basically failed
to take the last sweeping corner at
Hampton Downs and went into the
Police had impounded the car and
an investigation was under way, Mr
"Obviously it was a bit of a tragedy
for us all. e Vintage Car Club's been
running motor racing events since their
formation in 1946 and it's our rst ever
"Motor racing has its risks, but
everything's been done to mitigate
them and we've had a perfect record
so far. Unfortunately something's
happened this weekend and we're
doing everything we can to nd out
what happened." ree motorcyclists
were also killed over the weekend.
Ross Howard Blair, 45, of Te Aroha,
su ered fatal injuries on Saturday when
his machine and a truck collided at the
intersection of Wardville Road and
Tower Road near Waharoa, police said.
He was riding with two other men at
were killed in separate crashes, the
rst at the annual Cli hanger
Hillclimb event in Carterton.
e road was closed to the public for
the event in which riders take part in
staggered time trials up the 6.9km hill
e 59-year-old rider crashed o his
motorcycle about 2km up Te Wharau
Road yesterday morning and was
pronounced dead at the scene.
e man is not the rst to die
in the event. In 2012, Malcolm
Foster, 59, of Tawa, was killed when
he lost control of his Ducati 999
motorcycle while cornering, and hit a
e second motorcyclist died in
a collision with a vehicle north of
Hamilton yesterday afternoon. e
crash occurred on State highway 39
just south of Ngaruawahia. e cause of
the accident was yet to be established,
police said last night.
National road policing manager
Superintendent Carey Gri ths,
himself a motorcyclist, said while he
saw some crashes that were caused by
motorcyclists going too fast, others
were caused by motorists not looking
properly at intersections.
" ey are pulling out in front of other
cars, trucks, trains and motorcycles.
Unfortunately, if someone pulls out in
front of a motorcyclist, the outcome is
almost inevitably fatal, or serious injury
at open road speeds.
"Look, look and look again," Mr
Gri ths said.
A motorist was also killed yesterday,
in a head-on crash near Te Puke.
Emergency ser vices were called to the
collision, on State highway 2 about
3km north of Te Puke, shortly after
Seven-year-old Brodie Jacob Molloy
died on Saturday after being run over
in the driveway of his Southland home
about 1pm. Sergeant Ian Temple
said it appeared Brodie was struck
by a reversing vehicle driven by a
family member on a rural property
in Wallacetown, near Invercargill.
Six die in
on NZ roads
A woman was taken to
hospital after tripping
over a wasp nest,
fracturing her ankle and
going into anaphylactic
shock due to the stings.
e woman, in her
20s, was walking on a
track at Bethells Beach
near Auckland when she
stumbled on the nest
yesterday about 1pm,.
She was winched out of
the location and taken by
helicopter to North Shore
Hospital. --- APNZ
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