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ieves have been helping
themselves to second-hand clothing
dropped o at the Salvation Army
shop in Tainui Street, Greymouth.
Senior constable Mike Tinnelly said
sta became aware of the thefts after
people who had dropped o boxes
of clothing after hours, found when
checking with the Sallies the next
day that they had not seen them.
Police planned to visit the store today
to devise a plan to stop the thefts.
Boat, trailer stolen
A $14,000 Stabicraft boat was
stolen from a Fox River property on
the Coast Road some time between
Sunday and yesterday. e thieves
cut through a padlock, reversed up
and drove o with the boat and
trailer. Lifejackets and cray sh pots
were also on board the aluminium
boat, registration number Y8263,
as well as a 40 horsepower Yamaha
Coal price freefall
e spot (daily) price of coal is
still falling. e hard coking price
yesterday was $US107 a tonne, down
$2.50 since last ursday, when
Solid Energy announced Stockton
Mine jobs were in the ring line
because of plummeting prices.
Bathurst Resources has also said it
will not ramp up production from
its planned Denniston Escarpment
Mine until prices improve. Solid
Energy communications manager
Bryn Somerville said the price fall
had slowed in recent days after
dropping by about $2 a day for
almost 10 days. Rumours that 150 to
200 jobs could go at Stockton were
"just speculation", he said. "I have no
idea and I don't think anybody does.
We don't have a plan and when we
do they (workers) will be the rst to
know." --- Westport News
Drizzle patches clear later
An angry Gumtree user has got
his revenge on an unscrupulous
seller who conned him out of £80
by sending the man the entire works
of William Shakespeare --- via
29,000 text messages. Edd Joseph, a
24-year-old from Bristol, was furious
when the Sony PS3 console he
bought on Gumtree failed to arrive,
so decided to get back at the seller
by bombarding him with messages.
e graphic designer wanted to send
the conman as many texts as possible,
so started by copying and pasting
Macbeth into 600 messages, All's
Well at Ends Well into 861, and
Hamlet into an irritating 1143.
--- Daily Mail
Insulation scheme canned
e West Coast Regional Council
has gone cold on its home insulation
scheme subsidies amid concerns
its popularity has been driving the
council into ever increasing debt.
e 'Warm West Coast' scheme
started in July 2012 and so far 265
homes have been insulated as a result.
Property owners 'borrow' the money
from the council, and repay it as part
of their rates over 10 years. If the
house is sold, the debt stays with the
So far the council has advanced
homeowners $824,000, and $40,000
has been voluntarily repaid.
Robert Mallinson said yesterday the
borrowing was "open-ended".
" is has the potential to drive up
council debt levels to higher than
expected levels, even though the
repayments are totally funded by the
targeted rate," Mr Mallinson said at
the monthly council meeting.
Soon, it would have more than
300 loans carrying a debt of over
Although the sta were coping with
the workload, in a few years they may
need specialist loan management
software, as well as some additional
sta just to handle the insulation
He suggested scaling the scheme
back from July 1, so it would now be
available only to those in Reefton.
Cr Terry Archer noted that Reefton
residents were being forced to reduce
air pollution from coal res.
Initially, the Energy E ciency
and Conser vation Authority was
subsidising the scheme but that
funding is now targeted at people on
low incomes or with health issues.
As a result, some approvals to the
council have involved just council
Last year, the West Coast District
Health Board abandoned its own
home insulation scheme, 'Warm Up
West Coast', after completing almost
300 homes over a 14-month period at
little or no cost to the homeowner.
It was stopped after the insulation
company and its contractor decided
to discontinue due to nancial
A careful search of the coastline from
Blaketown to Rapahoe yesterday turned
up no further signs of Christchurch man
Kurt Green, who was last seen heading
toward the beach 10 days ago.
Yesterday, Greymouth police search
and rescue co-ordinator Mike Tinnelly
suggested that the 30-year-old, described
as having a "diminished mental capacity"
may have gone for a swim and got into
A bag, shoes and socks and wallet
belonging to Mr Green were found on
the beach last week, near the Rigg Street
However, o cer-in-charge of the
investigation, detective sergeant Sarah
Illingworth, of Christchurch police, said
today his disappearance was still being
treated as that of a missing person.
Police were eager to hear from anyone
who may have seen Mr Green in
Greymouth, especially in the Robinson-
Rigg streets area of Blaketown.
Mr Green was last seen heading toward
the tiphead and beach on Sunday, March
9, the day after the Hokitika Wildfoods
A large police search team yesterday
scoured the beaches and scrub from
Blaketown, and north of the Grey River
mouth as far as Rapahoe.
Ms Illingworth said that police knew that
Mr Green travelled from Christchurch to
the West Coast on March 8, and stayed
the night with friends in Blaketown.
"We remain concerned for Mr Green
as he has not been in contact with family
or friends since that time, which is out of
character for him."
Mr Green was last seen wearing a grey
hooded sweatshirt. Police have released a
photograph of him taken in Blaketown
the night before his disappearance.
Ms Illingworth said they had received
calls from people with possible sightings,
but so far they had been unable to con rm
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Eleanor Catton after receiving the NZ Order of Merit at the investiture ceremony at Government House, Wellington, yesterday.
For sale: hexagonal house in quiet
position near top whitebaiting
lagoon at Okarito. One careful lady
owner: New Zealand's rst Booker
Prize-winner, Keri Hulme.
e announcement Hulme is
leaving the West Coast came the
same day as fellow Booker Prize-
winner Eleanor Catton received
a New Zealand Order of Merit
at an investiture ceremony at
Government House, in Wellington,
Ms Hulme, 67, has put the
Okarito home she built herself, on
the market so she can move back
to her hometown of Moeraki, on
the east coast. She has lived in
Okarito for more than 40 years but
described the small settlement a
couple of years ago as being ruined
by "ugly (holiday) McMansions".
Her house, she reckons, is a
"If anyone wants to buy a self-
built house full of borer, regularly
visited by possums and rats, I have
got just the property," she says on
the phone from Oamaru where she
has been staying with her mother.
Ms Hulme, whose rst (and only)
novel e Bone People won the
Booker in 1985 and has gone on to
sell more than three million copies
worldwide, is making another
journey, travelling by Jeep and train
from her South Westland home to
Auckland in May.
She will make a rare public
appearance at the Auckland
Writers Festival, where her novel
has been nominated as the rst
annual Great Kiwi Classic. She will
read from the book at the May 18
event, followed by a "giant book
club" discussion between a panel
and the audience.
"I was astonished to hear e
Bone People had been chosen
for the Great Kiwi Classic," she
said. " ere have been a lot of
really good books written in New
Zealand over the past few decades.
I consider it a real honour for the
Ms Hulme agrees that winning
the literary prize, which was
taken by Eleanor Catton's e
Luminaries last year, can be a
"It certainly was an important
moment in my life ... and it's been
very good for me and the family.
But it's quite an uncomfortable
public position in as much as
you feel obliged to satisfy media
Living in Okarito, population
30, has given her some privacy ---
"except people came to Okarito,
people just turned up. On my back
gate (on the roadside), there's a
sign that says, 'Unless you know
me, or have contacted me rst, do
not come in.' at may seem rude,
but the earlier one was even ruder:
'Unknown visitors will be shot on
She is still working on her long-
awaited novel Bait.
"But it has turned into three
books. I am going to have to work
seriously on it this year because it is
this vast, shambling, sprawling set
of novels. I think I can su ciently
trim it. On Shadowside (the
second book) is fantasy and I have
invented a nice race of people
for it. It was fun and I have been
quietly working on that, too. e
third one is a collection of short
Meanwhile, Ms Catton --- who
was last week feted in Hokitika,
the setting for her goldrush novel
e Luminaries --- said she still
felt her youth at the ceremony
yesterday but she also felt thrilled
and "like a proud New Zealander".
Hulme closes book on West Coast
Kurt Green, photographed the night
before he went missing in Blaketown.
Bone People 'best'
Okarito author Keri Hulme's 1985
Booker Prize-winning novel e Bone
People has beaten recent winner Eleanor
Catton's Hokitika novel e Luminaries to
claim the title of 'Great Kiwi Classic' at the
Auckland Writers Festival.
NZ Book Council chief executive
Catriona Ferguson said a panel had selected
e Bone People based on nominations,
and a lot of people saw e Bone People as
their own personal classic.
e Luminaries also received a few
nominations but the panel decided that for
2014 they wanted to recognise e Bone
People, she said.
As part of the selection process for
deciding the 2014 winner, hundreds of
New Zealanders from around the country
engaged in Facebook conversations about
their favourite New Zealand books.
Chch man missing for 10 days
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