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A man was caught riding out of
Greymouth on the top of a freight
train on Saturday. At 8.30pm, police
received a call from a member of
the public who spotted the man
lying on top of a railway wagon as
it travelled east from Greymouth.
Train control were alerted and the
train was promptly brought to a
stop near Dobson. e man was
removed from the train by police
and is likely to face charges.
e Buller District Council will
go over thousands of pages as they
review the nal recommendations
from its expert panel on the 27
management plans submitted
by Bathurst Resources on the
Denniston Escarpment mine.
e management plans explain
how Bathurst will give e ect to
the numerous conditions tagged
on to the controversial consent to
extract high quality coal from the
Denniston Plateau. e council will
be responsible for monitoring the
management plans and sought the
opinions of a four person panel of
experts before giving the all clear
to Bathurst. Buller District Mayor
Garry Howard said the council
expected to take no more than
two weeks to complete its nal
assessment of the plans and the
expert panel advice.
Earlier in the month, burglars took
advantage of boarded-up windows
at a Fox Street, Cobden house and
broke in and stole $2000 worth of
carpentry and mechanical tools. A
board was prised o the patched-up
window some time between March
3-13. Police warned that boarded-
up windows and doors awaiting
repair can provide easy access for
Morning showers, clearing later
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
A model is suing Playboy
magazine after a golfer whacked her
while trying to hit a golf ball on a
tee wedged between her buttocks
for a photoshoot. Elizabeth Dickson
is suing the magazine and radio host
Kevin Klein, who made the shot,
during the Playboy Golf Finals in
California. e 28-year-old model
was told to lie on her stomach,
but when he took the shot Klein
managed to get more of the model
than the ball. --- e Sun.
A wallet and a pair of shoes
and socks believed to belong to a
missing Christchurch man have
been found on the Blaketown
Kurt Green, 30, who has a
diminished mental capacity, was
reported missing at the weekend.
He was last seen in the Sydenham
area in Christchurch on March
8. However, today police stated
that Mr Green had travelled to
Greymouth that day.
According to Greymouth police
detective sergeant Gavin Nichols,
Mr Green travelled to Greymouth
with friends on Saturday March 8
and stayed the night with friends
"He was last seen walking away
from the address towards the
Mr Nichols said that last
Tuesday, during a beach clean-
up some of Mr Green's personal
property, including his wallet and
shoes and socks were found.
" e people doing the clean up
handed them in to police.
Mr Nichols said that members
of Mr Green's family had raised
concerns about him as they
had not heard from him for
over a week, "which was out of
"We are now in the process of
trying to nd out whether Mr
Green made it beyond the tiphead
and we need to hear from anyone
who has information about where
Mr Green might be."
He said that the last con rmed
sighting of Mr Green was well
over a week ago and on the
Blaketown beach --- "so we are
very concerned about him".
Mr Nichols urged anyone who
had information about Mr Green
to contact their local police station
"We are also speaking with the
person who discovered the items
belonging to Mr Green. ey will
be showing us where they were
found and it is likely we will be
co-ordinating a beach search."
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Visitors walk to the o cial opening of the new Arthur's Pass walking track on Saturday.
e small town of Arthur's Pass ticked
o a big milestone at the weekend,
celebrating 150 years since the area was
discovered by Europeans.
e town was named in honour of
explorer Arthur Dudley Dobson, who
discovered the area on March 12, 1864,
after he was told about the pass by a
West Coast Maori chief.
e three days of celebrations,
which started on Friday, included kiwi
listening, a gathering of vintage cars,
a guided walk, a celebration bu et at
Arthurs Chalet and a church service at
the Arthur's Pass chapel.
A new walking track, which will link
up various other routes, was opened on
Saturday to a crowd of over 150.
Various dignitaries attended to help
mark the day, including mayors of the
Selwyn, Westland and Grey districts,
Department of Conservation o cials
and Ngai Tahu kaumatua Sir Tipene
Dobson's great great great grandson
Zeb Paterson, originally born on
the West Coast and now living and
working in Canterbury, was honoured
to take part in the celebrations.
Mr Paterson said it was an exciting
"I'm really happy to be here, it's great
to be a representative of the Dobson
Mr Paterson said he was following in
Dobson's footsteps to a degree, working
as a geologist.
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
described Arthur's Pass as a "jewel in
the crown" and stressed the importance
that the area had to the West Coast.
"It is also a lifeline for us Coasters."
Mr Kokshoorn praised the
Department of Conservation for their
" e tracks we have got are second to
none anywhere in New Zealand."
DOC director-general Lou Sanson,
who grew up in Westland, reminisced
about visiting Arthur's Pass on school
" is was our alpine experience."
Westland District Mayor Mike Havill
also highlighted the importance of the
township along State highway 73 and
said the new track would be "something
for future generations to enjoy".
Selwyn District Mayor Kelvin Coe
said the town and road had changed
signi cantly over the years.
"It really has gone from being a link
to the West Coast, which was really
fragile at the time, to the main link."
e new track would add to the
attractions that the town had to o er,
Ar thur's Pass caps off 150 years
Kaiata Park developer
forced to rethink plans
designwindow's decision to shift
operations to Kaiata Park has changed the
plans of the business park's lead developer
Geo Ball, who was intending to set up a
branch of his own aluminium factory.
Designwindows West Coast managing
director Gradon Conroy announced to his
employees last Friday that the company
was relocating to a purpose-built factory
in Kaiata Park due to "an ever increasing
workload and limited factory capacity".
e move will bring 18 employees
currently working in Hokitika up to the
Grey Valley, and Mr Conroy said it was
likely he would hire additional sta for
the larger, new facility.
"I don't know how many we will have,
but we could have quite a few more than
that," he said today.
e decision caused Kaiata Park
developer Geo Ball to change course
for his own Christchurch-based joinery
company, Hagley Aluminium.
Last August, Mr Ball said he wanted
to build a new Greymouth factory for
the company and hire about 20 local
"I'm reviewing what we are doing," he
"What I want is businesses (in Kaiata
Park) that will thrive and be successful."
Rather than having two windows
manufacturers in the park "trying to
knock each other o the perch", Mr Ball
was considering a facility for the kitchens
manufacturing side of his company
He said the potential for new hires at
the kitchens facility would likely be less
than the 20 he planned for the aluminium
factory, but it was too early to say by how
Meanwhile, pipes manufacturing
company Hynds Pipes was doing the
groundwork for a new facility next to the
Grey District mayor Tony Kokshoorn
said it was all good news for the Grey
"Economic development here on the
West Coast has been slow over the last
three years, and this is a great boost for
It's really starting to pick up momentum
He said the new developments
would open up opportunities for the
"We can only look forward to really
good things coming from this."
Results are in for the West Coast
Electric Power Trust, with chairman
Ian Hustwick returning for another
term and two new people elected.
e incoming board for the next
two years includes Ian Hustwick,
Kevin Brown, Maureen Pugh, Greg
Topp and Doug Gri n and Bernard
Lee both newly elected.
Chairman Ian Hustwick said he
appreciated the support he received
in being returned to the trust. e
power trust, which has held shares
of Westpower and associated
companies on behalf of consumers
since 1994, holds elections every
eir rotational policy requires
three of the six trustees to retire
every four years, although they are
eligible to stand for re-election.
About 4200 people voted.
of the Hokitika Guardian
Five new marine reserves on the
West Coast --- three of them in
South Westland --- will ensure
the protection of some of the
world's most spectacular coastlines,
Conservation Minister Nick Smith
Kahurangi, Punakaiki, Okarito,
Tauparikaka (Ships Creek) and
Hautai (Gorge River) passed their
nal hurdle on Saturday, with
"concurrence" being granted by the
Minister for Primary Industries.
" e strength of these West
Coast marine reserves is that they
have been recommended by the
West Coast Marine Protection
Forum involving Ngai Tahu,
commercial and recreational shers,
conser vationists, tourism operators
and councils," Primary Industries
Minister Nathan Guy said.
e marine reserve package was
part of a "balanced" programme
to economically develop some
ocean areas and set aside others for
permanent protection, Dr Smith
said. Species that would bene t
included marine mammals like the
Hector's dolphin and New Zealand
fur seals, sh like sharks, cod and
long- nned eels, and seabirds like
the Westland petrel, white-fronted
terns and blue and Fiordland crested
" ese ve new marine reserves
on the West Coast will protect some
of the most spectacular coastlines in
the world," he said.
Two new trustees elected
Five new marine reserves on Coast
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