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March 13, 1989
West Coasters pay
tribute to Helen Paske
who died at the weekend
West Coasters have paid tribute to
Helen Paske, well known journalist
and wife of Coast MP, Mr Kerry
Burke, ho died on Saturday following
a long battle with cancer.
Ms Paske's journalistic career,
which began on the Dominion in
1968, spanned radio and television as
well as print. Ms Paske, 40, married
Mr Burke, who is now Parliament's
Speaker, in 1984 and the couple had a
son, Tom, now aged three.
West Coast United Council
chairman Margaret Moir, said today
Ms Paske put up a courageous ght
in the face of her illness.
"She was a woman I had great
admiration for. She really had a lot of
courage in the face of something she
possibly knew she was going to lose
the battle against."
March 14, 1989
Brown runs for o ce
Greymouth Borough works
manager Kevin Brown is adamant
that he intends standing for election
to the Grey District Council. is is
in spite of the fact that the council's
transitional committee has declared
employees will be ineligible to hold
o ce under their conditions of
A motion to this e ect was passed
at the rst o cial meeting of the
transitional committee last month.
"Before I heard this I was 60% sure
I would stand for council. Now I'm
100% sure," Mr Brown, who is deputy
chairman of the Greymouth Harbour
Board said this morning.
Mr Brown said he had sought
a legal opinion of the transitional
committee's motion and had been
informed that it was outside the law.
e committee chairman, Mr Tom
Teasdale, said it too would seek a
legal opinion on the matter.
March 15, 1989
Seventy- ve per cent
of Grey businesses are
denied flood insurance
More than 75% of downtown
Greymouth business people surveyed
on the question of insurance
cover against oods have been
declined cover. e president of the
Greymouth Business Association,
Mr Joe Buckley said the survey was
conducted because there had been
a lot of dissatisfaction among the
business people and the association
had a duty to ascertain the situation.
He said the need for the sur vey
had been alleviated to some extent
by an outside insurance company
stepping in and o ering cover at a
"Okay, that's only 75% cover but it's
75% better than nothing," he said.
Of the 80 businesses surveyed, 61
had been declined further cover, 18
had not and two were not sure. Only
39 had been settled in full from the
September ood, 35 had received
interim or progress payments and
three had received no payments at all.
March 16, 1989
Draft conser vation
order covers Blue Grey,
Two parts of the Grey River
catchment are to be protected by a
draft national water conservation
order announced by the Minister
for the Environment, Mr Geo rey
Mr Palmer declined, however,
to grant an order over the entire
catchment as sought by the West
Coast Acclimatisation Society
and the Council of South Island
" e tribunal has decided to
preserve the waters of the Blue Grey
River catchment, including Lake
Cristabel, in their natural state and
to protect the waters of the Ahaura
Gorge downstream of Hamers's Flat,"
Mr Palmer said.
e preser vation order on the
Blue Grey catchment meant that no
water rights could be granted on this
catchment. For the Ahaura Gorge,
the order meant that no dams would
be permitted in the gorge. Nor would
any dams downstream be allowed to
alter the level or rate of ow in the
e construction of dams upstream
of the gorge and alluvial mining
in the loose gravels of the gorge
was allowed, however decisions on
these matters would be left to the
discretion of the Westland Regional
March 17, 1989
Retiring Stan recalls
Senior constable Stan Dawson
belongs to a bygone era of policing.
e days when the policeman knew
everyone in town and the whole town
knew the policeman by name died
out in most parts of New Zealand
ey ended on the Coast today with
constable Dawson's retirement.
For 28 of his 31 police years he
was stationed at Hokitika and has
become a familiar face to a couple of
generations of locals. Hokitika was a
typically small-town policing a air.
Before the arrival of the rst patrol
car 15 years ago, o cers had to get
around their duties on foot and push
ey each received a daily allowance
of 6d for the use of their own bicycles
and mileage for attending incidents
out in the country in their private
March 18, 1989
Otira quietly dying
Otira, town that grew from the
commencement of drilling of
the railway tunnel in 1908 to a
population of more than 600 in the
1960s, is dying.
Since its heyday the population
has dwindled away as the major
employers, the Railways Corporation,
and to a lesser extent, the Ministry
of Works and Electricorp, centralise
their operations choosing to ser vice
towns like Otira from other areas.
Early in 1980 the population had
dropped to 250 but over the last eight
years this gure has eroded to just 64.
Schoolchildren make up 20 of the
current population, the highest roll
the school has had for several years.
e completion of the new police
station in Arthur's Pass will see the
population drop by another four
when constable Niall Shepherd
transfers with his wife and two
Twenty- ve years ago this week saw the West Coast mourning the death of journalist Helen Paske, while
a Greymouth Borough Council worker decided to buck the establishment and stand for election. Seventy-
ve per cent of downtown Greymouth businesses were struggling to get insurance cover, and long-serving
Hokitika cop Stan Dawson handed in his badge.
Greymouth Rotary Club's Tony Lowe, left, and Chips Robinson at the
changeover of o ce.
Arthur's Pass 150 years after Dobson
will be on
Arthur's Pass today
as the gateway
town marks 150
years since the
alpine route was
Dobson was told
about the pass by
an old West Coast
Maori chief, and
made a successful
crossing on March
12, 1864. He was
only 23 years old
at the time.
e village and
the pass were
named in honour
of the explorer,
though at the
time the area was
referred to as
daily by hundreds
of vehicles on State
150th commemorations today
will be the o cial opening
of a new walking track, a
gathering of vintage cars,
guided walk and a celebration
bu et at Arthur's Chalet.
Several direct descendants
of Dobson are expected
for the opening of the
Department of Conservation
track, as well as various
o cials from both sides of the
alps. e commemorations
are a combined e ort
between DOC and the village
e road to Arthur's Pass, then known as
Bealey Flat, prior to any settlement or even
the railway line --- pictured here pre-1907.
Coaches make their way up the Otira Gorge in the early 1900s.
Arthur's Pass, or Bealey Flat village, after work started on the Otira Tunnel.
e route of the new walkway in Arthur's Pass, looking west towards Otira.
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