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Waiuta group o cers
e Friends of Waiuta re-elected
the same o cers at its annual general
meeting at the weekend. Frances
Hunter is president, Graeme Farrant
the secretary and newsletter writer,
and Tracey Hampton the treasurer.
e annual event was also attended
by two of the oldest former residents
Relatives of a 70-year-old woman
who has been missing from
Papatoetoe since midday on Monday
are concerned about her welfare.
e woman failed to return to her
Esperanto Road home after going
for a walk around midday. She is not
familiar with the area and su ers
from memory lapses, police said. She
is described as a Polynesian woman
of medium build with white hair.
Fire ban imposed
A total re ban has been declared
across the Whanganui district and
into parts of south Taranaki as dry
conditions show no signs of easing.
e ban came into force at midnight
last night, three days after south
Taranaki re authorities announced a
similar ban. A re at Lismore Forest,
north of the city o State highway
4, on Saturday triggered the re
authorities to act. e re destroyed
2ha of standing trees. --- APNZ-
Fog disrupts flights
Fog has disrupted some ights in
and out of Auckland Airport today.
An airport spokesman said one ight
to Sydney had been cancelled and
two arriving ights had been delayed,
Radio New Zealand reported. A
handful of domestic ights had also
been delayed or cancelled. --- APNZ
Port of Greymouth. --- Arrivals:
Corsair, Ocean Odyssey, Tawera.
Departures: Cook Canyon, Galatea
II, Christina. In port: Corsair, Ocean
Odyssey, Tawera, Happy V, Tainui, 17
other vessels. Expected departures:
Ocean Odyssey, tomorrow. Expected
arrivals: Jay Elaine, Moon Shadow II,
ursday; Galatea II, April 6; Cook
Canyon, April 7.
Tourists backpacking around
the beauty spots of the West
Coast have been shocked by
the brutal attack on two young
But opinion is divided on
whether they should continue
hitchhiking, with some vowing
to give up the risky practice
and others saying they are not
deterred by the one-o event.
A 28-year-old German woman
and a 27-year-old Japanese
woman were attacked after
hitching a ride near Franz Josef
Glacier on Sunday.
One woman was stabbed and
the other was badly injured after
being dumped from the moving
vehicle like "a bag of rubbish",
according to eye-witnesses.
e attack has shocked the
Annika Kroll, from Germany,
has been travelling around New
Zealand since December.
e 18-year-old had planned
to hitchhike from Greymouth
to Te Anau in the next few days
to attempt the Milford Track in
Fiordland National Park. But she
had been shaken up by Sunday's
"You hear lovely stories about
people hitchhiking in New
Zealand and meeting amazing
people, and how it's such a safe
place," she said, speaking at the
Duke Hostel in Greymouth.
" is is unexpected and very
shocking, and I don't think I can
hitchhike any more. And I won't
be telling my mother (back in
Germany) about this. She will
worry too much."
Last year, a coroner highlighted
the risks involved in hitchhiking
after Czech tourist Dagmar
Pytlickova, 31, was picked up by
convicted kidnapper Jason Frandi
before he sexually assaulted and
During the hearing, police
revealed there was no o cial
police policy on hitchhiking, but
they warned against doing it.
Some tourists are putting
Sunday's attack down as a tragic,
one-o event and have vowed to
continue thumbing rides.
Ann Scott, manager of Ivory
Towers lodge and backpackers
at Fox Glacier, said plenty of
tourists were on the road hitching
yesterday. " ey were all pretty
nonplussed about it," she said.
"As dreadful as it is for the
two girls and their families, it's
the risk you take when you're
Hitchhiking is a popular way
of getting up and down the West
Jan Hartlieb, an 18-year-old
German, said he would still
hitchhike alone but would be
Even a 22-year-old Israeli
woman, who did not want to be
named, said she had hitchhiked
from Franz Josef to Greymouth
on Sunday --- the same day as the
attack --- but vowed to continue
thumbing for lifts.
"I felt very upset and shocked
that it happened the same day I
was hitchhiking but I will still do
it. ere are not many options."
Tuesday April 1
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 768 5942 first
April 1, 2013.
Your life was a blessing,
Your memory a treasure.
You are loved beyond
And missed beyond
Forever in our hearts
--- Kathryn, Jayme,
Tara, Syrah and Flynn.
April 1, 2013.
We cannot bring the old
Your smile we cannot
We can only treasure the
Of days that used to be.
--- Jenny and family. WOOLLETT, Gemma
19, 1988 to April 1,
Forever missed and
All our love
--- Mum and Dad xxx.
Giant Pumpkin and Vegetable Competition judge and avid gardener Hank Hynes looks
over the entries at the Blackball Club Hotel on Saturday. While no giant pumpkins were
entered, there was no lack of creativity or vegetables entered across the range of categories.
Creative effor ts from gardeners
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Former Granger House owner Dermot Martin, left, facility nurse manager Dawn Tatham and Kiwi
Annia Care executive director Anne Hook hosted an afternoon tea for Granger House sta to celebrate
Kiwi Annia taking over management of the home on Monday. Mr Martin thanked sta for their loyalty
over the 14 years Granger House was under his care. "It's been fun," he said. "We've had our ups and
Granger House changes hands
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Grey District Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn says there is "nothing
stopping" someone organising a
protest against legal highs this
weekend, to coincide with 22 others
planned around the country.
Tokoroa woman Julie King
said this week that she was on a
"mission" to help young people who
have taken legal highs.
Her crusade began with a lone
protest outside a Tokaroa dairy that
was selling synthetic cannabis. Since
then she has taken her campaign
nationwide, orchestrating protests
in 22 towns from Whangarei to
Invercargill through a Facebook
event page called 'Aotearoa bans
the sale and distribution of legal
highs in our country'.
Mr Kokshoorn wants legal highs
banned in New Zealand and has
already canvassed parliament.
"Good on this group on organising
the protests," he said.
Mr Kokshoorn said that while
he was unaware of any protests
being held in Greymouth, "we have
already done that here, but there
was nothing stopping someone
from organising one again".
"I have got 60% of New Zealand
mayors supporting my call to have
legal high banned, and the more
organisations and people call for
an overall stop to all sales, the
He also said it was "ironic" in New
Zealand how businesses selling
tobacco products had to hide them
away "but outlets selling legal drugs
could set up all the neon lights,
saying 'buy me'."
Mayor backs legal
highs protest group
New fire trucks
e last of three rst response
appliances for the volunteer Rural Fire
Forces in Buller has been delivered, with
Seddonville Rural Fire Force receiving
its new medium-sized appliance at a
celebration on Sunday.
e Buller District Council has
purchased the trucks in partnership
with New Zealand Rural Fire Authority
over a three year period. Seddonville,
Inangahua Junction and Charleston all
now have response vehicles that meet the
National Standard in Rural Fire.
Cr Lynn Brooks thanked the work that
volunteers do in their communities, and
highlighted the importance of being
able to respond to emergencies in a safe
ere was also a presentation to Jill
Stowell, for her volunteer input as
secretary of the re force at Seddonville
over the past 10 years, and her
involvement in relocation of the station,
which is almost complete.
Goldminer Oceana Gold has updated
its estimated resource and reserves of
gold and copper in New Zealand and the
Philippines, with no change to guidance
for the calendar year.
Estimated proven and probable
reserves of gold and copper have declined
slightly in both New Zealand and the
Philippines, and using a guideline of
$US1250 ($NZ1453) per ounce of gold
and $US3.25c per pound of copper,
Oceana reported reserves estimates of
3.14 million oz of gold and 210,000
tonnes of copper.
Oceana expects to produce between
275,000 and 305,000 ounces of gold and
between 21,000 and 24,000 tonnes of
copper, for its calendar year production;
compared with last year's record 325,732
oz.Oceana, in its 24th year of operation,
has been restructuring for about a year
in the face of rising production costs and
an earlier slump in global gold prices.
It has laid o about 100 sta and
contractors at its Macraes mine open
pit in east Otago, while the future of
about 260 sta at its Reefton open-cast
mine is under threat of mothballing
Chief executive Mick Wilkes said
in a statement yesterday Oceana was
focusing on satellite projects adjacent to
existing tenements, looking for resources
that were complementary and added
low production cost gold reserves to its
''We will continue to develop new
reserves and resources at our existing
mines from in-pit and near-mine
exploration,'' he said.
In the Philippines, the decrease was
mainly due to depletion from open pit
mining, as a result of starting commercial
production during 2013, and the lifting
of the open pit cut-o grade from
0.50g of gold per tonne of ore to 0.55g,
including translation of copper to gold
e New Zealand decline in estimated
reserves was due to mining depletion
and a lower assumed New Zealand
dollar gold price, compared with 2012,
but partly o set by positive drilling
results in two areas at Macraes.
--- Otago Daily Times
West Coasters are
being urged to apply
for funding from the
It provides funding
conservation groups for
natural heritage and
recreation projects in
New Zealand on public
and private land and
It replaces the old
Conser vation Board
Robertson said he would
like Coasters to apply to
access the funding.
e old fund had
$3.6 million available,
while the new one will
release between $6 and
$7 million a year.
"We got 1.5%, but
we should probably be
getting one-eighth based
on land --- $800,000 is a
"It would be good to see
Coasters say, how can we
use this for conservation?"
Nick Smith said the
funding was part of the
for the Department of
Conservation to be more
outward-looking and to
engage in partnerships
with the community and
" e criteria for the
Advice and Condition
Fund has been broadened
to support recreation as
well as conservation, to
allow projects on public
as well as private land,
to prioritise funding for
projects that collaborate
with other organisations
and which help New
Zealanders get more
involved in protecting our
Applications have to be
Oceana revises reserves
Call for Coasters to
From April 14, the Ministry of Social
Development (MSD) will be responsible
for assessing people who want to apply
for Housing NZ houses
e assessments are currently done by
Housing New Zealand.
At the same time, the government will
extend payment of an income-related
rent subsidy to approved community
housing providers for new eligible
e Ministry of Social Development
will also be responsible for reviewable
tenancies, which commence from July 1.
Tenants will be reviewed by MSD to
assess if they still have a need for a State
house. If not, a plan will be developed
to help them move, but only if there is a
suitable property available.
e changes are driven by the same
idea that has led to similar changes in
the welfare system --- that just giving
people money and a 'house for life'.
without conditions and wraparound
support, is a huge waste of human lives
and taxpayers' money.
Change for State house
Total crime in the
Tasman police district
is at its lowest point
since 1996, according to
gures released today by
Statistics New Zealand.
Statistics to December
31, 2013, show that crime
in the district, which
includes Nelson Bays,
Marlborough and the
West Coast, has declined
since a peak in 2009 when
a total of 18,804 o ences
were recorded. In 2013 a
total of 14,634 o ences
Chambers said the results
were no surprise.
Serious assaults declined
from last year and on
a population basis (per
10,000 people) were at
the lowest level since
Public place assaults
were at their lowest level
since 1999 and public
order o ences decreased
o ences remained the
biggest driver of police
work, accounting for
26.51% of all o ences
recorded, though this was
down from the previous
Overall robbery gures
remained the same as last
Unlawful entry with
intent to burgle was up
from 1280 o ences in
2012 to 1505 o ences in
2013, a rise of 17.6%.
Sexual o ences
continued to increase, but
could be attributed to a
smaller group of o enders
being brought to account
for multiple crimes.
ere were 198 o ences
in 2013, up from 127 in
Overall drug o ending
was down 9.8%, though
cultivation was up 10.9%.
Police said this was a
result of increased e orts
to locate cannabis plots
and growing rooms.
e district's crime
resolution rate was at
Since 1996 the
population in the district
has increased by 21,870
Crime level down
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