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Seems like only
Twenty-five years ago, high winds blew a disabled fishing boat across the
Blaketown Lagoon and up the entrance to Sawyers Creek, Federated Farmers
representative Paul Berry was condemning the proposed salaries for the
managers of the four newly formed councils, Haast Hotel was in receivership,
and a fishing expert was predicting the demise of the tuna industry. Read
more from the yellowing pages of the Greymouth Evening Star of March
March 28, 1989
Icy Waiho almost claimed
lives of US tourists
e icy Waiho River almost claimed the
lives of two American tourists on Friday
when they were swept o their feet while
crossing the glacier river on foot.
e Waiho issues from the Franz Josef
Whataroa policeman, Constable Ian
Price, said the men were on the Roberts
Point walking track and decided to try a
shortcut across the river rather than return
to the track.
Constable Price said they could not have
chosen a more dangerous shortcut by
attempting to walk across, near the glacier
when the river was in ood. Both men were
swept o their feet with one washed back
up on the bank and the other marooned
downstream on a small island. A helicopter
was sent to lift the tourist out.
March 28, 1989
High speeds on Coast worry
MOT o cers
High speeds by drivers on West Coast
roads over the Easter holiday weekend have
been viewed with grave concern by the
Ministry of Transport at Greymouth.
Senior tra c sergeant Albie Rose said
today that o cers had issued 106 speeding
notices over the weekend.
" e highest on the open road was
148kph while in the 50kph area, one driver
was clocked at 100kph," Mr Rose said.
"We view the matter with grave concern
that speeds of the nature are being
Mr Rose said, however, that most of the
o enders were visitors to the Coast for the
"Eleven drivers were breath-tested over
the weekend with eight being positive.
We are reasonably disappointed with that
number as it it creeping up a bit."
March 29, 1989
Vessel 'up the creek'
A Stewart Island shing boat was left
beached in an unusual spot at Greymouth
after last evening's high winds.
e steel hulled Owenga 8 was driven
up Sawyers Creek, almost underneath the
Preston Road Bridge in Blaketown after a
night of drama.
A Greymouth police constable obser ved
the boat at 11.20 last night in di culties
along the Blaketown Beach.
Senior sergeant Brock Price told the
Evening Star this morning that the boat
was in the breakers 200m south of the Grey
River having apparently lost its bearings
due to radar failure.
e crew managed to extricate the vessel
from the breakers and, by the e orts of
Brian Piner, guided it into the port through
Skipper Jerry Fairhall was unable to
comment on the incident, but it is believed
some ropes fouled the propeller and the
high winds blew the boat up the creek
where it was resting on the bank this
March 30, 1989
Coast cannot a ord top
salaries for local body
e West Coast cannot a ord salaries
between $80,000 and $100,000 for the
managers of the three district and one
regional council, says West Coast provincial
president of Federated Farmers, Mr Paul
Mr Berry said in a report to today's
quarterly meeting in Greymouth that an
area elsewhere with a population of around
35,000 would probably comprise a district,
not a region.
"It is evident that the Higher Salaries
Commission will have a major in uence on
the salaries set for the three district councils
and regional council.
" e rst saving would be to scrap the
commission themselves because they set
pay scales --- whether deserved or not ---
not just for local bodies," he said.
"Bearing in mind that if the Coast stays
as one region, a population of 35,000
cannot a ord, or tolerate already bandied
around salaries of $80,000 to $100,000 and,
I presume, a car and a secretary."
March 30, 1989
Receivers in Haast Hotel
e Westland Bank has called the
receivers in to protect its interests in the
Bank general manager, Mr Ken Beams,
con rmed today that former Westport
man, Mr John Drage of Peat Marwick,
Wellington had been appointed receiver.
Haast Hotel is run by an Auckland-
based company, Haast Hotel Holdings
Ltd. Neither of its principals, Mr John
Edmonds nor Mr John Denness, could be
contacted for comment.
e men are also understood to have
interests in Hokitika's Red Lion Tavern,
Westland Hotel, Totara Flat Hotel, e
Bell Block in New Plymouth and taverns at
Nelson and Timaru.
March 31, 1989
End of Coast's tuna industry
if "death wall" not outlawed
A MAF sh scientist, Mr Talbot Murray,
has predicted the death of the commercial
albacore tuna industry o the West Coast if
the 'wall of death' gill net method of shing
is not outlawed.
Currently on the West Coast lecturing
shermen on the potential hazard to their
livelihood, Mr Murray said the biggest
threat to the industry was the in ux of
" ese boats put down nets 35 to 55km
long from the ocean surface to about 15m
down and catch everything in their paths,"
he told the Greymouth Evening Star.
" at's enough netting to circle the globe,
it's just strip mining of the ocean."
April 1, 1989
West Coasters will attend
big tourism conference
A party of at least four people involved
in the West Coast tourism industry will
be attending a "Tourism 2000 --- New
Zealand Grow For It" conference at
Parliament Buildings on May 9-11.
e West Coast tourism council's
chairman, Mr Ralph Fegan, and marketing
o cer, Ms Monica Hulme, plus Mr Phillip
Groom, and Mrs Rhonda Levien, are
de nite starters for the conference at this
stage but Ms Hulme said she was sure
others from the region would be going.
Keynote speakers at the conference which
will be opened by Prime Minister David
Lange, are renowned conservationist.
Professor David Bellamy and Minister
of External Relationships and Trade, Mr
Ms Hulme said at she would be stressing
that each region be marketed for its own
"We should be marketing individual
destinations for their current facets, cultures
and distinctive characters," she said.
Aaron Barlow, of the Greymouth Scout Group, displays the Chief Scout award he received
at a function on March 21, 1989.
West Coast school students got the chance to try traditional Hawaiian canoe racing for themselves on Tuesday with the 'Waka Ama Day Out' on Lake Brunner. Seven schools entered
teams and the paddlers were in good spirits, despite consistent downpours during the day. NICHOLAS McBRIDE photographed the action from the shore.
e John Paul II High School team.
Everyone takes their spot in the waka before they paddle out.
Greymouth High School students have fun on the water.
Students board their waka.
Lake Brunner School pupils get into their waka.
Students get a lesson on how to use the hoe (paddles).
Students listen to a safety brie ng before hitting the water.
West Coast waka ama
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