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Telecom in ring line
Telecom was in the ring line
at the Grey Power meeting, in
Greymouth yesterday. e company
has decided to charge broadband and
mobile customers $1.50 to receive
a paper bill each month, but not
for those who bought a landline o
Telecom. e move was greeted with
'tuts' of disapproval at the meeting.
Consent sought to
dump tomato vines
e Buller District Council has
applied for an unusual resource
consent --- to dump tomato vines at
its Karamea land ll. e application
to the West Coast Regional
Council says that in the past the
vines were disposed of on private
land. However, the land had eroded
and nylon strings and plastic clips
had been found washed up on the
coastline 20km away. e district
council wants to allow the discarded
vines to be dumped at the land ll for
six weeks of the year.
Reefton coal ban mulled
of the Hokitika Guardian
A new visitor centre is expected to be completed
at Franz Josef Glacier before the next summer
season, in a joint venture between the Department
of Conser vation and Ngai Tahu Tourism.
e Cron Street development also signals a
migration out of the village centre, part of which
straddles the Alpine Fault.
Ngai Tahu Tourism West Coast regional general
manager Dean Lawrie said yesterday the rst sod
of the joint venture --- providing a new base for
the Ngai Tahu-owned Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Ltd and DOC --- was expected to be turned next
e new building will merge with Ngai Tahu's
existing $8 million Glacier Hot Pools complex, also
in Cron Street, on the northern outskirts of the
township, on a 6ha property.
Mr Lawrie said the new 500 square metre portal-
frame building would be "quite impressive", with a
high front and visibility from the main road.
e reception area for the hot pools would be
incorporated into the new Glacier Guides building,
with two intermediate top storeys to be built for
o ce space.
While the actual outlook and layout for the
building had been completed, a consent application
for the o ce phase had only been completed.
However, the two would ultimately be completed
together, with an opening planned for early 2015.
DOC has welcomed the merger. e department
last year sought expressions of interest for a
private partner to rebuild the 41-year-old DOC
headquarters and visitor centre, which was deemed
an earthquake risk and is located just metres from
DOC Franz Josef and South Westland area
manager Wayne Costello said the new t-for-
purpose building, which DOC would lease from
Ngai Tahu, had been met with enthusiasm by
"We are kicking o to a new way of working for
the Department of Conser vation. e team is up
for that and are motivated," Mr Costello said.
e new visitor centre also ensured the
department's longevity in the glacier township and
would potentially set the momentum for other
businesses to follow to the growing subdivision to
the north of the existing village, he said.
e Westland District Council declared a fault
rupture avoidance zone over much of the township
three years ago, preventing property owners
from erecting new buildings, extending existing
properties or developing new subdivisions within
the quake zone.
Shortly after, Ngai Tahu released concept plans
for a new northern village in Cron Street, with plots
for a supermarket, school, library and backpackers
also marked out.
Mr Lawrie said the move of its guiding business
was twofold as it gave them more space and took
them out of the "area of question".
"For us, Franz Josef is a really important place and
I guess this (development) signi es that."
e District Plan change formalising the
avoidance zone is still to be nalised and is yet to go
to a hearing. If it goes ahead, two new zones along
the length of the Alpine Fault could be created
--- one for the district and a more speci c one for
Franz Josef Glacier village. It would involve an area
of land between 20m and 200m either side of the
Until then, owners and operators in the
a ected area were e ectively in "limbo," he said.
Joint venture for
new Franz Josef
Residents of Reefton --- a town built right
alongside a coalmine --- could be banned
from burning hot bituminous coal as part of
e orts to reduce winter smog.
A local committee set up to look at
possible solutions has been considering a
device that can be attached to chimneys
and which causes the particles from a re
to cluster together and attach to the side of
West Coast Regional Council planning
and environment manager Mike Meehan
said when a re was rst lit, the device
reduced pollution by 90 to 97%, and overall
it reduced emissions by 58% during a four-
e report, released this week to
councillors, suggested that bituminous coal
should also be prohibited in the township.
Mr Meehan said the chimney 'tube'
seemed to work best with sub-bituminous
(slower burning) coal.
Cr Terry Archer said a number of people
burned coal because they received it as part
of their employment contract.
"It needs to be looked at, whether it's
bituminous or sub-bituminous."
However, he thought most coal used at the
moment was suitable, and not the type that
should be prohibited.
Mr Meehan said he thought about
80% of coal burned in Reefton was sub-
Cr Neil Clementson, who works in the
coal industry, said people burned coal
because it was available and relatively cheap.
Non-bituminous coal was mostly exported.
If people tried to burn it, it would be too hot
and could pop the glass in their burner.
e local committee will make
recommendations to the April meeting of
the regional council.
Fishing boat the Wendy J is towed in to the Greymouth port by the Moon Shadow
II yesterday after the Wendy J had broken down further down the coast and needed
assistance to return.
PICTURE: Bob McAuliffe
Fishing boat under tow
Arrivals: Two Greymouth vessels. Departures:
Jay Elaine, Quo Vadis, Jay Penelope, Altair III,
one Greymouth vessel.
In port: Happy V, June, Sovereign, Tainui, 20
Expected arrivals: Cook Canyon, tomorrow;
Galatea II, Sunday; Ocean Odyssey, Tuesday;
Jay Elaine, Wednesday; Moon Shadow,
A 40-year-old Dunedin
woman slapped, punched
and kicked her six-year-
old daughter in the head
because the girl had cut
her clothes, the Dunedin
District Court heard
e woman, appeared in
court before Judge Kevin
Phillips and admitted a
charge of injuring with
intent, in relation to an
incident at her home on
Judge Phillips said
although the woman had
no previous convictions, a
full-time custodial sentence
was "more than likely".
He granted her bail.
e woman was
convicted and remanded
for sentencing on May 9.
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Why have your
loved ones taken
away from the Coast
The only Greymouth
SMITH, Athol Ross. ---
March 25, 1924 - March
19, 2014, passed away
peacefully six days
before his 90th birthday,
dearly loved husband
of Rose, loved and
respected father and
father-in-law of Eileen
and Tony Croft, Trish
and David Clarke,
Gordon and Sheryl
Smith, Anne and Kevin
Wratt, Rose and Tony
Greer, Diane and
Matthew Coll, and Judy
and Gavin Fisher, and
loved grandad of his 21
grandchildren and 16
Rest. Messages to 11A
Franklin Street, Grey-
mouth. Flowers respect-
fully declined but
donations to St John
would be appreciated
and could be made at the
service. A service for
Athol will be held in St
P atrick's Catholic
Church, High Street,
(Saturday) at 11am
followed by interment at
the Gladstone Memorial
Park Cemetery. Anisy
Funeral Home Grey-
BELTON. --- Tom and
Gillian (nee Maguire)
are delighted to
announce the safe
arrival of Samuel
Belton on Tuesday
March 18, 2014 at
2.06pm, weighing 11lbs
12ozs. Many thanks to
our midwife Ruth
Davison, and all the
wonderful staff at
NBS GREYMOUTH. 74 MACKAY STREET. 03 768 9016.
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