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Woman found safe
An 82-year-old Westport woman
who failed to return home last
night was found safe and sound this
morning. West Coast police search
and rescue co-ordinator sergeant
Sean Judd said the woman had
wandered o from her home in a
dazed state. "Because she was lightly
clad, and the night was cooler, a
search was launched." She was found
about 7.30am, having taken refuge at
a local address.
Greymouth police elded a
number of reports of a three-year-
old child playing on their scooter
near the roadside about 7pm on
Saturday. Senior constable Mike
Tinnelly said the child could easily
have been hit by a passing vehicle.
He urged parents everywhere to be
vigilant when their children were
playing outside. Meanwhile, two
boys skateboarding around town
early yesterday morning were sent
home. Police had reports of the pair
skating on the road and almost being
hit by cars. e boys were wearing
dark clothing which was making it
di cult for motorists to spot them.
Port of Greymouth. --- Arrivals:
Galatea II, Quo Vadis, Tawera, one
Greymouth vessel. Departures:
One Greymouth vessel. In port:
Cook Canyon, Galatea II, Aquila,
Happy V, Louisa, Quo Vadis, Tainui,
Tawera, 17 other vessels. Expected
departures: Galatea II, today; Cook
Canyon, tomorrow. Expected
arrivals: Ocean Odyssey, tomorrow;
Jay Elaine, March 26; Moon Shadow
II, March 27.
Hollyford road court move
One of the most ood-prone
settlements on the West Coast is to get
its own ood warning system.
e West Coast Regional Council last
week agreed to spend up to $30,000 on
a warning system for the Mokihinui
River to warn Seddonville residents of
an approaching ood.
It will be about 17km from the
settlement, giving a warning time of 30
"It's a ' ashy' river that rises and falls
extremely quickly," Cr Terry Archer
said. "In my view Seddonville is under
probably a greater threat than most
other towns in the region. It has probably
ooded more times than any other place."
Cr Neil Clementson said the 2010
ood had struck at 3 o'clock in the
" ey were pretty much caught with
their pants down. ey were lucky there
was no loss of life. People did not have
time to lift anything."
Seddonville district has a population of
Further downstream, the Mokihinui
settlement at the river mouth could
also be at risk of ooding. Floodwaters
recently almost breached the riverbank
but the bar gave way and the water
to get warning
Regulator Work Safe NZ has refused
to release more correspondence between
it, and the lawyer for former Pike River
Coal chief executive Peter Whittall. e
Government last month denied that a
$3 million payout to Pike River families
was a "backroom deal" to ensure charges
against Mr Whittall were dropped.
However, a letter from Mr Whittall's
lawyer Stuart Grieve QC showed a deal
was o ered last October, nearly two
months before the charges were dropped.
Work Safe yesterday declined to release
any further correspondence.
Pike letters secret
of the Hokitika Guardian
Promoters of a Haast-Hollyford road
say they intend suing the Government
for delays to the project after the alleged
removal of the legal road line of part of the
route in 1976.
Haast Hollyford Highway Ltd owner
Durham Havill, a former chairman of
Westland Holdings Ltd and Westland
District mayor, is seeking a High Court
ruling against Land Information New
Zealand (LINZ) for costs, and to reinstate
the legal description of the road between
the Cascade and Pike rivers.
Mr Havill has been promoting the road
since the 1980s, most recently under the
guise of the private consortium Haast
Hollyford Highway Ltd after the council-
owned Westland District Property Ltd,
was cut loose from further promoting the
Mr Havill said on Friday the missing
piece of road line was owned by the former
Westland County Council as a result
of legislation to transfer it in the early
1970s, but in 1976 it had disappeared
o the maps "without any form of legal
Haast Hollyford Highway Ltd wants the
High Court to rule under what authority
the road was removed from the cadastre
(legal land register).
" e evidence shows" it was part of the
cadastre until then and vested in the former
county council, Mr Havill said.
Prior to its removal the Ministry of Works
and the then chief surveyor informed the
Westland County Council that the road
"was a legal road," he said.
e company was seeking "full recovery
of costs" from the Crown incurred to
investigate and retrieve the 'lost' section of
Costs already exceeded $300,000 and
"there will be more to come".
"LINZ has been deliberately obstructive
and provided misleading information on
the true position," Mr Havill said.
If LINZ advice was followed on the
Hollyford road then the legal status of
every section of unformed legal road in the
country would "be under question.
Land Information Minister Maurice
Williamson had been contacted "several
times" to clarify the question, but for
more than 24 months he had backed his
Mr Willamson and LINZ had gone
around "in circles" and refused to address
the question of why a "signi cant asset" that
belonged to the people of Westland had
"After seeking legal advice we nd
they have failed in their duty to provide
independence and credibility to cadastre,
the basis of all land information in New
Mr Havill said the LINZ interpretation
cast doubt on all so-called 'paper roads'
throughout New Zealand.
" e Crown is essentially saying unless
there is some formation then the paper road
is not a legal road," he said.
e proposed Haast-Hollyford route
runs alongside four rivers in an almost
continuous path --- the Jackson, Cascade,
Pyke, and Hollyford rivers.
It was rst mooted in the 1870s and
has been surveyed many times. e actual
distance between already formed sections
from the ends of the MacKenzie track and
the Jackson River road, as the crow ies, is
Surveyors Cowan and Holmes, in a report
for the Westland County Council in July
1978, outlined two legal precedents for the
e rst was the Public Works Act 1882,
which declared the Haast-Hollyford route
as a legal 'highway'.
e second was the 1966 surveyor-
general's declaration that any routes drawn
in the colour sienna on survey record maps
were deemed to be legal roads.
However the most recent Public Works
Act 1981 states that the road must be
approved by the Government, both the
Southland and Westland district councils,
both regional councils, the Minister of
Conser vation, the New Zealand Transport
Agency and "all other persons who have
registered interest in the land".
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David (Bill). --- March
Doris (Doris). ---March
Some may forget,
Now that you're gone.
But we will remember,
No matter how long.
--- Boyd, Ross and
Justine, and Dorothy.
Robert (Mick). --- On
March 22, 2014, peace-
fully at Wesley Care,
aged 78 years. Dearly
loved husband of
Doreen for 55 years.
Dearly loved father and
father-in-law of Don and
Sharon, Sandra and John
Agnew, and Alan and
Angela. Much loved
grandad of Charmaine,
Joel, Kirsten, and Haley;
Katrina, and Blair;
Christopher, and Shane.
Much loved great-
grandad of his nine
Gone from home,
But not our hearts.
Messages to 6 Te Maru
Place, Redwood, Christ-
church. Special thanks
to all the staff at Wesley
Care for the wonderful
love, care, and support
shown to us all. A
Service to celebrate
Mick's life will be held
in the Harewood Crema-
torium, 507 Johns Road,
Wednesday March 26 at
3.30pm. Hall & Co.
MITCHELL, Bill. ---
Ten years have now
Happy memories will
--- Billy and Lyrian.
away peacefully at Grey
Base Hospital, Grey-
mouth on March 24,
2014, aged 88. Dearly
loved wife of Bill for 62
years, greatly treasured
mum and mother-in-law
of Janice and Cyril
Kathleen and Steve
Maitland (Ross), Terry
and Jeanette (Australia),
and the late Rosie, loved
grandma of Kelly, and
Tracy and Jason, loved
great-grandma of Faith,
and Jacob, loved sister
of Marjie Wilson, and a
loved aunty, cousin and
friend. Messages to 23
St James Street, Ross
7812. A Funeral Mass
for Lily will be cele-
brated in Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, Reef-
ton on Thursday at
11am, Lily will then be
laid to rest at Burkes'
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e Old Ghost Road cycle trail, under
construction in Buller, has bene ted form
an "unprecedented volunteer campaign".
Almost 5500 volunteer hours were amassed
in progressing the trail and boardwalk
sections more than 3km beyond the Ghost
Lake Hut. Early this year the trust building
the track completed a large suspension
bridge over the Mokihinui River south
branch and is currently extending it south
from Goat Creek and north from Ghost
Lake to close the gap in the middle.
Volunteers push ahead on Old Ghost Road
Volunteers on the deck of the Ghost Lake Hut.
Grubbing around in the long grass and
dirt catching spiders, poking through prickly
shrubbery in the dark after lizards and
braving chill mountain streams for sh and
insects were all part of the scienti c fun for
170 students participating in the Nina Valley
Ecoblitz, near Lewis Pass recently.
Schools from throughout Canterbury,
and John Paul II High School in
Greymouth, participated in the three-day
science education project organised by
Hurunui College, Lincoln University, the
Department of Conservation, Environment
Canterbury and the Hurunui District
e Ecoblitz was an opportunity to
combine scienti c study with an educational
opportunity for school students who might
not normally get exposed to university level
Science and fun for students
Some of the students in front of a Westland Milk Products water tanker. e company
supplied drinking-water for the 170 students.
Abba impersonators head to Coast
After more than 3200
performances worldwide e
Abba Show is returning to New
Zealand for a national tour
in April, including a one-o
concert in Greymouth on April
Performed by internationally
Abbasolutely Fabbaulous, the
show invites the audience on a
musical journey into the "magic,
talent and history that is the
legacy of Abba".
e revival of the show also
unveils a new international cast.
With a discography spanning
eight albums, 42 singles and
an industry longevity that has
captured fans around the world,
Abba is regarded as a modern
e Abba Show is a musical
biography that "captures the
essence of the Swedish pop
phenomenon with awless
musicianship and breathtaking
e show is presented by
the company that produced
international hit shows
Michael Jackson HIStory II,
Beatlemania --- On Tour, and
e Greatest Love of All ---
e Whitney Houston Show.
"You've seen the movie,
you may have been lucky
enough to see the musical,
but nothing compares to the
concert experience and musical
biography that is e Abba
Show," Showtime Management
ey say e Abba Show
has received praise from critics
around the world.
South African marketing
and media website Biz
Community said: " is
show pulls out all the
stops. Showtime has always
presented shows that are
precisely like an actual live
performance of our favourite
band; they want you to feel
like you are watching the
actual Abba perform. And the
best part is that you do."
UK music magazine Q
Magazine said: "I have never
seen an audience react to a
show like this one. e whole
theatre was dancing all night."
Closer to home, the
Christchurch Star called the
show "Abbasolutely brilliant",
while the Courier Mail of
Australia said it was " a time
warp of fun".
Win free tickets!
e Greymouth Star has three
double passes for e Abba
Show at the Regent eatre,
Greymouth, on April 12.
To enter the draw e-mail
your entry with name,
address and phone number to
with the subject line Abba, or
C/o Greymouth Star
One entry per household.
Entries close on April 3.
A chance to take part in tramping,
rock climbing, caving and rafting will
soon be a reality for Paroa School
pupils who take part in the William
Pike Challenge Award this year.
Mr Pike was one of two young
climbers caught in a volcanic eruption
on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu,
on the evening of September 25,
2007. He su ered numerous life-
threatening injuries, and as a result,
his right leg was amputated below the
knee, needing extensive recovery and
Over the year, students will be
participating in eight outdoor
activities, 20 hours of community
service and personally develop a new
sport or hobby in order to gain the
e challenge is a 'gateway' to new
experiences, opportunities and a
means of developing a positive youth
culture for the nation. It provides
intermediate and full primary
schools with support, resources and
motivation to facilitate education
outside of the classroom.
"I'm really excited to be working
with students from Paroa School,
this is a rst for the Grey district. e
William Pike Challenge Award will
be giving these students a huge range
of opportunities to connect with local
people and places in their community,
to grow and develop as individuals,
and to experience the beauty of the
New Zealand outdoors," Mr Pike said.
Outdoor oppor tunity for Paroa pupils
Director, author and amputee William Pike will launch the William Pike
Challenge Award for Paroa School tonight.
Council 'not promoting mining'
People who want nancial help to insulate their
homes will have to wait to see if another West
Coast group will come forward and stump up the
So far almost 600 Coast households have
received help, in some cases heavily-subsidised.
However, the West Coast Regional Council
decided last week to stop its scheme, with the
exception of Reefton, which has to reduce air
pollution from coal res.
It acted after forecasts that the number of
people borrowing the insulation money, and
repaying it with their rates, would soon pass the
300 mark. is would have driven the council
into greater debt.
Last year the West Coast District Health
Board stopped its insulation scheme after about
300 homes had been done.
e Energy E ciency and Conservation
Authority, which provides subsidies, said
yesterday no one else was o ering the 'Warm
Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes' programme
on the West Coast.
However, next month it would issue a new
request for proposals for the delivery of regional
"It's important to note regional projects are
dependent on service providers organising third-
party funding to top up the government funding,
ensuring the programme is free for eligible
households (low-income households at high
health risk)," spokeswoman Penny St John said.
Waiting game for insulation project
West Coast regional councillors say anti-
mining people who want the region's economy
to diversify need to tell them how.
e council also said last week it was not
'pro-mining', but it would be moving ahead
with proposed changes to a key policy. e
council received 233 responses to its discussion
document on changes to the Regional Policy
Statement, with 75% in support of the council
proposal to actively promote opportunities for
jobs and economic growth.
Sta have to consider the Regional Policy
Statement when processing resource consents.
Planning and environment manager Mike
Meehan said some people were not happy and had
a perception the council was promoting mining.
" e environmental bottom lines won't
change," Mr Meehan said.
Cr Allan Birch eld, a goldminer, said some
submitters talked about the need for economic
diversi cation but did not say how.
" ey keep telling us what we shouldn't do."
Cr Neil Clementson, a coalminer, said the 'no'
comments had the "same old rhetoric".
"We are not promoting mining," Cr Terry
Archer said. Instead, the change was better
aligning policy with the Resource Management
Cr Birch eld did a poll of all councillors to
ensure they were on the same page.
e only dissenting voice was Te Runanga o
Makaawhio representative Jackie Douglas, who
said the runanga was concerned about "ever
increasing applications for mining".
"We are not against mining, but . . . we don't
want mining in certain areas," she said, citing
the back of the Hokitika Gorge as an example.
"So we do have a lot of concerns there."
Councillors will now attend workshops to
draft the new statement.
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