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April 3, 1989
Farewell to Bob Hughes
Retiring vicar of the Holy Trinity
Church, Greymouth, Archdeacon Bob
Hughes, attended a farewell function last
e parishioners of the church held a
shared tea, followed by a anksgiving
Evensong to farewell the couple who are
retiring to Nelson. Archdeacon Hughes
has been vicar of the Holy Trinity Church
for the past 12 years.
e new vicar, the Rev Robin Kingston
will be instituted into his new position by
the Bishop of Nelson, the Rt Reverend
Peter Sutton, on April 27.
Mr Kingston, until recently, was
assistant priest at Holy Trinity.
April 4, 1989
No sta redundancies in
creation of district
council, says transition
Sta employed by the local authorities
that will become the Grey District
Council from November 1 were last night
given an assurance no redundancies will
result from the amalgamation. ey were
also informed that all positions within the
new structure will be advertised internally.
A motion to that e ect was passed
without dissent at the regular meeting of
the Grey District Transition Committee
which comprises representatives of
the Greymouth Harbour Board, the
Greymouth and Runanga Borough
Councils and the Grey County Council.
Last night's motion was put by
transitional manager, Peter Moreton and
seconded by the New Zealand Council
of Trade Unions representative, Peter
April 5, 1989
Optimistic about potential
of hotel in Hokitika
e relieving managers who have been
appointed to the Westland Hotel in
Hokitika are optimistic about pulling
the hotel out of its nancial strife.
e Westland's owner, Frank Fleming
Hotels Ltd of Auckland, was placed in
receivership on ursday.
Ewan (Ding) and Pam Bell took over
the management at the request of the
receivers, Peat Mar wick Accountants,
Wellington and they are enthusiastic
about the hotel's potential.
"It's going to take several months to sort
things out and get the hotel back on its
feet," Mr Bell said yesterday.
Mr Bell said he was unable to
understand the hotel's recent decline
because the accommodation, bars and
dining room were all upgraded and
well-appointed. e Bells were trying to
restore the hotel its place as one of the
leading hotels in Hokitika.
April 6, 1989
Government should pay
rates on Crown land, says
e Government should pay rates on
Crown land if it wants "to make a show
of competitive neutrality" says opposition
spokeswoman for nance, Ruth
During a visit to Greymouth yesterday,
Ms Richardson told the Greymouth
Evening Star that she believed it was
hypocritical of the Government to allow
the State into business against the private
sector and not pay rates on Crown land.
Noting that the Department of
Conservation was "custodian" to about
70% of the land on the West Coast, she
said it had the responsibility to create as
many economic opportunities as possible.
She said it was clear that the West Coast
was an area that had been victimised
by the present (Labour) Government's
policies and National wanted to make
policies that were attractive to the West
April 7, 1989
Boards of trustees role
is explained to Coast
e role of boards of trustees under the
new education regime was outlined to a
lunchtime meeting in Whataroa yesterday
by the director general of education
Dr Russell Ballard.
Each of South Westand's seven schools
from Haast to the Waitaha Valley was
represented at the meeting attended by
about 50 people, with further meetings
held in Hokitika and Greymouth.
From next month schools will be run
by boards of trustees, superseding the
existing school committees or boards of
Dr Ballard was careful to distinguish
between the roles of the trustees and
principal, stressing that it was over to
the trustees to set policy and the school
charter, and for the principal to carry
them out. As an employer, the board will
be empowered to hire and re sta but
the trustees' only direct involvement in
hiring or disciplining sta will be through
the principal, he said.
April 8, 1989
Franz Josef Hotel is now
on the market
e Tourist Hotel Corporation is
putting its Franz Josef Hotel up for
sale. e sale, along with the Wanaka
THC was announced today by the chief
executive, Mr Mike Hoy.
Both hotels were built 23 years ago to
coincide with the opening of the Haast
Pass highway and, for a number of
years, they have been subsidised by the
corporation, he said. He was optimistic of
a sale. "But there will be no re sale --- it
will be fair price or nothing."
Because of the impending sales, neither
hotel will close down for the winter o -
season as they did last year, meaning jobs
will remain safe.
Twenty- ve years ago this week, the West Coast was farewelling retiring vicar of the Holy Trinity Church, Archdeacon Bob
Hughes, and council workers were being assured that their jobs would be safe with the creation of a district council. e
stop-gap managers were con dent of saving Hokitika's Westland Hotel, and the Tourist Hotel Corporation was putting its
Franz Josef and Wanaka hotels on the market 23 years after they were opened to coincide with the opening of the Haast Pass.
Read more from the yellowing pages of the Greymouth Evening Star of April 1989.
e opening of the Cancer Society o ce in 1994, with area co-ordinators Pat Douglas from Westport, Ruth
Dawson from Hokitika and Betty Stone from Greymouth. In the back are Norman Schultz and Kevin Brown.
Why Noah's Ark could have floated
in the world packed inside,
scientists have calculated.
Although researchers are
unsure if all the creatures could
have squeezed into the huge
vessel, they are con dent it
would have handled the weight
of 70,000 animals without
A group of master's students
from the department of physics
and astronomy at Leicester
University studied the exact
dimensions of the ark, set out in
According to e Bible, God
instructed Noah to build a boat
that was 300 cubits long 50
cubits wide and 30 cubits high
--- recommending that it be
constructed from gopher wood.
e students averaged out the
Egyptian and Hebrew cubit,
making the ark about 143m long
--- about 99m shorter than the
Royal Navy's recently-scrapped
aircraft carrier Ark Royal.
Using those dimensions,
the Archimedes principle of
buoyancy and the approximate
weight of various animals, they
were surprised to discover that
the ark could have oated.
Benjamin Jordan, 21, a student
from Bury St Edmunds, Su olk,
said: "Using the dimensions of
the ark and the density of the
water, we were able to calculate
its buoyancy force, which,
according to Archimedes's
principle, is equal to the weight
of the volume of uid the object
displaces. is meant we were
then able to estimate the total
mass the ark could support
before the gravitational weight
would overcome the buoyancy
force, causing the ark to sink."
Previous research has
suggested that there were
approximately 35,000 species
that would have needed to
be saved from oodwaters,
enabling the students to make
the calculations. e students
had to swap gopher wood for
cypress wood, as biblical experts
continue to speculate as to what
gopher wood might be. Some
think it may just mean prepared
omas Morris, 22, from
Chelmsford, Essex, said:
"You don't think of the Bible
necessarily as a scienti cally
accurate source of information,
so I guess we were quite
surprised when we discovered it
would work. We're not proving
that it's true, but the concept
would de nitely work."
e students presented their
ndings in a paper for the
Journal of Physics Special
Topics, a peer-reviewed student
journal run by the university's
department of physics and
Dr Mervyn Roy, the course
tutor, said: " e students are
encouraged to be imaginative
with their topics, and nd ways
to apply basic physics to the
weird, the wonderful and the
everyday." --- New Zealand
e Noah's Ark theme park in
Ark strong enough for
Wasn't this was meant to be a
disaster of a disaster ick about the
original apocalypse? Yet another case
of overstu ng what was a slight text
into a long movie?
Wasn't this going to be the watered-
down result of a studio unnerved by
the reaction of God-fearing American
test audiences at what a visionary
director had done to their favourite
Old Testament bedtime story?
At the very least, couldn't we
poke fun at our Rusty: so did those
Rabbitohs of yours get to the ark
on time, oh ancient master and
Even damning it with faint
praise would have been fun --- but
something about Noah is appealing
to New Zealand audiences because
it's the best movie about boat building
and livestock export you are likely to
see this year.
But as overwrought as Noah is,
it's still exciting and fascinating.
It manages to be part pre-historic
disaster ick, part ecological parable,
part contemplation of devotion to
God, when religious faith turns to
zealotry, death and love.
Maybe trying to make all those parts
t is its undoing --- they don't quite.
But it's certainly an experience to
watch it try, especially with the crazy
hands of director Darren Aronofsky
on the tiller.
Noah does dazzling big screen
spectacle and marries them to the
stylistic ourishes of Aronofsky, who
arrives here after the crossover success
of his ballerina-madness lm Black
at one was after his last foray back
to Genesis on the confounding e
His latest is a movie that has epic,
But also swings to intimate scenes
that feel they could be from a
contemporary stage production.
It's a Biblical movie that doesn't look
anything like how Biblical movies are
supposed to look --- the costumes and
technology suggest a period more
medieval than antediluvian.
at said, its intricate interpretation
is certainly inspiring enough to have
some of us blowing the dust o the
family Bible, Torah or Koran to
see just where Aronofsky got his ideas.
ough in a couple of scenes the
answer to that might be: e Lord of
ere's a scene that strongly recalls
the ooding of Isengard involving
giant troll-like creatures --- here
called 'the Watchers' and described
as fallen angels and apparently based
on the biblical Nephilim (and not e
Hobbit's stone giants).
And as Noah's cave-dwelling ancient
and withered grandpa Methuselah,
Anthony Hopkins seems more
Gollum than golem.
He's just as scene-stealing too.
Filming against the volcanic
landscapes of Iceland, this is certainly
more Middle-earth than Middle
at's until the man upstairs turns
on the sprinklers ... .
Of course, this is Crowe's big gig.
He might have done a few mythic
gures in his time and he does get to
throw his weight around --- mainly in
confrontations with Ray Winstone's
Tubal-cain, a king of the hordes
whose wicked ways has brought on
Crowe's Noah isn't just an Old
Testament Mad Max.
His presence gives this unwieldly
storm-battered lm a solid
But doing what Noah's's divine
visions tell him has to be done takes
its toll and Crowe's performance
certainly captures that of a man ---
not a fantasy gure --- who has been
through the psychological wringer.
By the end, so have we. After all
we've seen the beginning of creation
--- Aronofsky's cosmic montage does
the Big Bang but skips dinosaurs ---
and spent quite a long time holed up
in a ship built to the giant co n-like
dimensions described in the Bible
with all those animals.
It's okay though. Noah's wife
Naameh comes up with a clever way to
avoid unfortunate shipboard Life of Pi
incidents, the animal kingdom having
arrived in a couple of impressive CGI
Visually, this is certainly a big-screen
lm, whether those wicked hordes are
laying siege to the ark or clambering
to the last high ground as the waters
Sonically, it's just as much of a
head-trip, care of its cavernous sound
design and a rampant soundtrack by
Aronofksy's regular composer Clint
But story-wise it hits some snags.
Its nal half hour, when the subplots
involving Noah's adopted daughter Ila
(Emma Watson --- miscast) and an
unwanted stowaway converge, all that
melodrama has your hoping that dove
would sure hurry up with its olive
But on the whole, Noah is a mad
And yes, it's the best movie about
boat building and livestock export you
are likely to see for a very long time.
--- Time Out-New Zealand Herald
Noah the movie: a 'mad, captivating' trip
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