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2 - Friday, April 4, 2014
Police had no luck last night
nding the culprits who set re to
a letterbox in Firth Street, Cobden.
e rebug also placed an aerosol
can on top, causing an explosion.
Pieces of newspaper found
alongside a driftwood re
deliberately lit on Cobden beach
last night have been taken by
police for forensic examination.
e Greymouth Volunteer Fire
Brigade was called about 9.30pm
to extinguish the re near Domett
Esplanade to prevent it spreading.
Woman hurt in fall
An 87-year-old Kokatahi woman
was own to Grey Base Hospital
about 4.30pm in the NZCC West
Coast Rescue Helicopter after she
fell over in her bathroom and hurt
e West Coast rain got
progressively heavier from north to
south this year. Metservice gures
show that Westport had 23.4mm
of rain during March, Greymouth
54.9mm, Hokitika 102mm and
Haast 106mm. e year-to-date
totals follow the same pattern, with
Westport closing the rst quarter
with 233mm of rain, Greymouth
299mm, Hokitika 488mm and
Haast 756mm. Hokitika has had
more sun than Greymouth, though,
with 173 hours for the month and
547 hours for the year, compared to
Greymouth's respective gures of
172 hours and 517 hours.
Health centre visits
West Coast health sta working on
plans for integrated health centres in
Westport and Greymouth, are due to
visit similar out ts in Christchurch
and Hamilton. e Greymouth
building is expected to be sited at
Grey Base Hospital and include
many services, such as GPs.
Emergency services responded to
a report of a man seriously injured
after a tractor rolled on top of him
in Tauranga. e incident was
reported to police about 7.45am. e
70-year-old man is understood to
have su ered seriously head injuries
in the incident, which happened on
a Welcome Bay property. No further
details were available.
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Greymouth Bridge Club results.
--- Wednesday: Diana Fenson
and Cynthia Hinsheri, 56% 1
equal with Allison Palmer and
Sue Holt. ursday: Sue Holt and
John Hamilton 59%, 1; Michelle
Gunn and Ash Hamilton, 57.6% 2
equal with Gerard Bardel and Ian
Anderson; Brian Rowlands and
Stuart Oliver, 50%, 4.
e winner takes it all in the
Greymouth Star Abba giveaway,
with three lucky readers receiving
tickets to the Abba Show at the
Greymouth Regent eatre, on April
12. F Hassan of Reefton, J Syron
of Hokitika and C Hinsheri of
Greymouth each win a double pass
to the show.
Port of Greymouth. --- Arrivals:
Moon Shadow II, Moata, Strike
Force, elma C, two Greymouth
vessels. Departures: Aquila. In
port: Jay Elaine, Moon Shadow II,
Tainui, Happy V, Moata, Strike
Force,, elma C, 19 other vessels.
Expected departures: Jay Elaine,
Moon Shadow II, tomorrow.
Expected arrivals: Galatea II,
Sunday; Cook Canyon, Monday;
Ocean Odyssey, Tuesday.
Market marks anniversary
e Greymouth Community Sunday
Market has celebrated its rst birthday, but
whether it lasts another year will depend
on the amount of support it gets from the
e food, arts and crafts market started
out at the Grey District Council fountain
before relocating to the current site in the
Tai Poutini Polytechnic car park, or in the
polytechnic atrium if it rains.
Organiser Ali Grooby said it had been
tough, but she was glad to see the market
last a year.
She was proud that it had helped some of
"We've had some wonderful success stories
in the market," Ms Grooby said.
e ai food cart was one, and jewellery
maker Jules Bell and her caravan was
Ms Grooby said the market was a social
community event and had become a
meeting place for regulars to come down
and catch up.
With winter looming, she is looking
at dropping the weekly market to once a
month, and is hoping it can last another
Tim Birch eld, a regular visitor to the
market, encouraged more people to attend.
"I come down every week. You have to
support this, it needs to grow. Come on
Greymouth, get down here."
Antiques stallholder Coe Coe Rene said
she looked forward to each market as it was
a chance to socialise with people. However,
she believed it needed more stalls
ai Food cart owner Kiki Saengharat said
the market had had its "ups and downs", but
she was happy to be a part of it.
e market runs from 9am to 1pm every
this weekend is
Phone 768 4075 (Shop)
768 4535 or 768 4930
Friday until 5.30pm
No Sunday Hours
Friday 6pm until
Grey Base Hospital
Saturday and Sunday
9am - 11am
Telephone 769 7493
Quality care for
our community for
over 50 years
Ph 768 0250
Why have your
loved ones taken
away from the Coast
The only Greymouth
(Opposite Dixon Park)
Phone 768 0370
for 24 Hour Service.
Dr Marieka Verra
Goldie and Jack Mackay
would like to thank
everybody for their
phone calls, cards and
flowers after the sad loss
of Terry. Please accept
this as a personal
Passed away peacefully
at his home with his
beloved wife on March
30, 2014. Cherished and
adored husband of Nola,
dearly loved father and
father-in-law of Sherry
and David Whyte,
Sandra and Doug
Prentice, and Debbie
and Morgan Fuller,
m uch loved and
respected poppa of
S ahra-ji, Reyhan,
H annah, Jonathon,
Chelsea, and Anja,
loved great-granddad of
Makayla, and Charlotte,
loved uncle of Mary,
and a loved brother,
friend of many.
Dearly loved and
Messages to 2010
Kumara Junction High-
way, Hokitika RD 2
7882. At Mick's request
a private family service
has been held.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
e Mitchell family --- Melinda, left, Elspie and Les --- check out Dawn Gurden's
Rawleigh products stall at the weekly Greymouth Community Sunday Market, which
turned one at the weekend.
to Hokitika celebrations
of the Hokitika Guardian
Governor-General Sir Jerry
Mateparae has been revealed
as the leading dignitary invited
to the town's sesquicentennial
celebrations at the end of the
Organisers were trying to keep
the identity of the VIP guest
under wraps until the December
visit was con rmed.
However, a councillor let the cat
out of the bag at a recent Westland
District Council meeting in Haast.
Hokitika 150 Goldrush committee
chairwoman Sonja Barker, said yesterday they
were still liasing with the Governor-General's
o ce to o ciate the visit, but interest in the
o er had been expressed.
ey were expecting to have con rmation
If he does come it will be Sir Jerry's rst visit
to Hokitika since becoming Governor-General
Former Governor-General Anand Satyanand
visited the region in 2009 where
he met the Arahura community
and was the guest of honour at the
Hokitika Wildfoods Festival.
Governor-General Dame Sylvia
Cartwright also visited in 2002,
and part of her itinerary included
the opening of the Gibson Quay
building to house the re-stored
Hokitika Countess --- which
will be a major feature of the
e 128-year-old boat, which
served the local port from 1886,
will be returned to the water to
re-enact the landing of William H Revell at
the end of Revell Street. e town was then
founded on December 20, 1864.
A large part of the anniversary day celebrations
are planned for around the Hokitika River and
Gibson Quay, including the unveiling of a
commemorative plaque and o cial welcome,
hopefully by Sir Mateparae.
e Guardian understands Sir Mark Solomon,
the head of Ngai Tahu, is also on the list of
possible dignitaries from outside of the West
Coast to attend.
̌ District Court
Kumara School pupils were lit up in blue this week as they marked World
Autism Day --- marked by the colour blue --- by dressing in mufti, making
posters and talking about autism. e school will also act as the start point for
the Light it Up Blue walk and run, in Kumara tomorrow; it will be the rst
autism awareness event held on the West Coast. e return run to Dillmans
Dam starts at 10am, with registrations on the day between 9am and 9.45am.
Pupils go blue for autism
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
A Westport man who tried to pervert
the course of justice by threatening
two witnesses was sentenced in the
Greymouth District Court on Tuesday
to nine months' supervision and 140
hours of community work.
Hayden James Douglas, 21, admitted
threatening two men who were due to
give evidence against him in a Westport
District Court hearing, telling one of
them, 'If you testify I will rip you a new
Lawyer Doug Ta s said Douglas never
intended to carry out his threats, which
proved to be in vain anyway because
police later withdrew the charge that
Douglas was to face.
Douglas was a "larrikin" who had run
with the wrong crowd but was moving
to Nelson to remove himself from bad
Judge David Saunders said Douglas's
prior o ending smacked of self-
entitlement and sel shness and it was
time that he stopped drawing attention
to himself by engaging in "stupid
As a condition of bail Douglas is to
undergo any courses or training that the
Probation Service believes will reduce
his risk of reo ending.
Hunters will be out pegging their stand on
Sunday in preparation for the start of the
Over the past two months Fish and Game
has been facilitating junior clay target
shooting at the Grey and Kokatahi gun clubs.
Junior hunters from as far as Hari Hari have
been turning up each fortnight to get their
'eye-in' before the upcoming gamebird season,
which starts on the rst weekend in May.
Clay target shooting has been a great way to
get the skill level up before the real hunt.
e most common deterrent for getting new
hunters into the sport is frustration at missing
birds on their rst outing, Fish and Game
West Coast manager Dean Kelly says.
However, from the improvement seen in the
keen group of hunters "there should be some
pretty nervous ducks out there this season,"
Mr Kelly said.
"It has also been very refreshing to see
juniors shooting real guns and learning about
rearm safety rather than blazing away on
their games console without consequence."
is Sunday is 'pegging day,' where those
who have not already reclaimed a stand used
last year will get the opportunity to mark an
unclaimed stand for the forthcoming season.
Shooters get set for opening day
Catarina McDonnell gets some tuition from Peter Bayliss.
Sir Jerry Mataparae
Hokitika shop closures
hit town centre
of the Hokitika Guardian
A spike in empty Hokitika shops worsened at
the weekend with two more closures.
Video Ezy, in Revell Street, and Millies Cafe,
in Weld Street, became the latest casualties
in what business operators describe as "tough
Ten shop premises are currently empty in the
Central Business Retail Group chairman
Barry Wilson said the number of vacant shops
downtown was high and re ected tough years
with the economy.
"People are struggling out there. If you look
around some of the shops most of the business
owners are manning them themselves," Mr
"What we are trying to do is support the
(businesses) in town and get people shopping
in town again because if we lose a shop then
normally it is gone forever."
Businesses that have closed completely
downtown include Ruby Rock and second-
hand bookshop All ings Natural, while others
have relocated, including Momentoes, Heritage
Jade, Sock World, Annah S, and shortly, Red
A numbers of others, including the National
Kiwi Centre, Cafe de Paris and Village Bakers
are for sale, while more, such as the former
National Bank and soon NZ Post, have been
However, Mr Wilson said on the other hand
there were some new and developing businesses.
A new ai restaurant has recently opened in
the Railway Hotel, and Red Streetwear will be
moving to Revell Street, lling the vacant shop
left by Annah S, which was moved next door.
Mr Wilson said Revell Street was experiencing
resurgence, with newer or renovated buildings
and the growth was promising for the town.
"Revell Street used to be the main street and
it would be nice to see it happen again. If we
can create more business downtown then things
He said trade had improved with promotion
initiatives and marketing, such as the 'Love
Hokitika' campaign and retail street markets.
He estimated about 20 businesses were already
taking part, but the initiative needed the backing
of more, and ideally all, downtown businesses to
really take o .
Enterprise Hokitika chairwoman Jenny
Keogan said new tourism opportunities, such
as e Luminaries phenomenon and planned
Kumara and Ross Chinese gardens, together
with recent developments such as the West
Coast Wilderness Trail and Treetop Walkway,
were good news for Hokitika.
" ere is so much happening in Hokitika at
the moment. Now would be an opportune time
to ll these empty shops up." Super vision,
One year after the West
Coast and Buller su ered
drought, Westport has
also recorded its driest
March on record.
Institute of Water and
(Niwa) said yesterday
Westport had just 25mm
of rain for the month,
slightly down on the
32mm recorded in March
e West Coast,
Fiordland and Stewart
Island all recorded below
normal rainfall (50-79%
of March normal).
e Westport rainfall
gure was the lowest
since records began in
1944. Rainfall was just
18% of normal.
It also recorded a
summery 27.2degC on
March 16 --- the third
highest March day since
ings were also dry in
Hokitika, which recorded
its third lowest rain total
for the month since 1866,
with just 84mm for the
month. Greymouth had
68mm, its fourth lowest
since 1947. Haast had
106mm, its third lowest
e sunshine hours for
Greymouth were also
strong at 223, the fourth
highest since 1947.
National Party list MP Chris
Auchinvole has encouraged young West
Coast residents aged 12 to 24 to apply
for the Ministry of Youth Development's
Youth Week 2014 awards.
e awards recognise outstanding
young people across the four categories
of: the Leadership Award, Change
Maker Award, Giving Back Award, and
Working for Young People Award.
" ese awards are an opportunity to
recognise and celebrate outstanding
young people in West Coast-Tasman
who are valued as active members of our
community," Mr Auchinvole said.
"By volunteering and leading
signi cant projects in our community,
young people are not only making a
positive contribution, they are building
essential skills and attributes for
e winners will be announced during
Youth Week, which runs from May 17
to 25. Nominations close at 9am on
For more information go to: http://
Coasters urged to enter youth awards
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