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Police out in force
West Coast police will be out in
force over Easter weekend as part
of the trans-Tasman Operation
Unite and the national Easter road
policing operation Crossroads.
Both operations aim to reduce the
number of victims from alcohol-
related crime and road trauma.
Senior constable Mike Tinnelly,
of Greymouth police, said that
extra sta would be on duty over
the weekend policing everything
from drink-driving to speeding.
Driver behaviour would also be
closely monitored and the 4kph
speed tolerance would be
Police break up
A man and two women who were
drunk and squabbling in Westport
Tuesday afternoon had to be split
up by police. O cers were called
to a fracas at a Brougham Street
address. " e parties were separated
and no charges were laid," constable
Paul Sampson said.
In port: Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine,
Tainui, Happy V, Tawera, Aquila,
Moata, Sovereign, Christina,
Remus, Garraway, Altair III, 25
other vessels. Expected arrivals:
Galatea II, Monday; Ocean
Odyssey, Tuesday; Moon Shadow
Hunters f lock
to Coast for
Hunters from around the
country are camped in the
West Coast backcountry for
the annual deer roar, although
unusually it has so far proved
too warm for some in South
pilot James Scott said he had
own lots of hunters into
the roar 'blocks', which were
tendered by the Department of
e hunters were having a
great time, but it was too warm.
" ey haven't roared that
well," Mr Scott said.
" e season seems to get
later; the last few weeks have
been really nice weather. ey
(hunters) are still enjoying
their trips and there are
plenty of animals --- they're
just not hearing a lot of stags
Further north, the stags have
been roaring well.
"It's been a good roar," said
Ahaura-based pilot Simon
Lawn, who had also own lots
of hunters into the hills.
He said the best time was the
last week of March and the rst
week of April.
Hunters were seeing plenty of
animals and had shot the odd
stag, he said.
" ey are roaring well."
DOC spokeswoman Cornelia
Vervoorn, of Franz Josef
Glacier, said some hunters were
getting reasonably sized heads.
e Haast roar ballot blocks
had attracted 572 bids for 125
permits, with hunters coming
from throughout New Zealand.
Generally, behaviour had
been good, though some had
encroached on other blocks, Ms
DOC had also received
reports of campsites left in a
poor condition, with rubbish,
carcases and human excrement.
"Some have been taking down
trees to make a (camp) site."
Senior constable Mike
Tinnelly, of Greymouth police,
said with the annual Ahaura
hunting and shing contest
this weekend, police would be
looking for people spotlighting
on private property.
"If you haven't got permission,
we will look to revoke your
licence. It means you are not a
t and proper person."
Mr Tinnelly also warned that
alcohol and hunting did not
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ago today you quietly
Always thinking of you
--- Love Betty, Pauline
and Andrew, Amanda
and Shannon, Jamie and
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Passed away peacefully
at her home in Nelson
on April 14, 2014, aged
63 years. Much loved
mother and mother-in-
law of Zana and Alan
Jae and Rob (Nelson),
and Kim (Nelson).
Treasured Gran of
Taylor, Zeb, Emily,
Kurt, and Quinn.
Admired and much
loved, as she loved us.
In lieu of flowers dona-
tions to the Waimarama
Sanctuary, PO Box 744,
Nelson would be appre-
ciated. The friends of
Mardi are respectfully
informed that her
funeral service will be
held at the Victory
Totara Street (off Van-
guard Street), Nelson on
Wednesday April 23,
2014 commencing at
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PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Greymouth RSA members were out a day earlier than normal selling
poppies today. Armed with poppies, collection buckets and warm jackets,
members hit the streets in the blustery conditions. Collectors normally head
out on the Friday before Anzac Day, but as tomorrow is Good Friday they
were on the streets today.
e Grey District Council will again
canvas Gladstone ratepayers about
tapping into the area infrastructure fund
to help pay for unexpected costs in the
installation of two 25,000-litre water
tanks for re ghting purposes.
Last July the council agreed to advance
the $10,500 sought for the tanks after
Gladstone resident Graham Farmer
told a council meeting that too many
houses had been lost to re in the 38
years he had lived there.
"By the time they're ( re brigade) out
there, the re is well under way. ey do
their best but it takes about 45 minutes
for the re engine to run out of water,"
Mr Farmer said at the time.
Gladstone had about $129,000 of
infrastructure money in the fund and
it was expected the installation of two
tanks on the corner of Hebbard and
Ogilvie roads (the hoses stretch from
there to Trickies Road), would only cost
In response to Mr Farmer's application
the council sent out 119 letters to local
residents to gauge opinion and, while
only 41 of them were returned, 39
(95%) favoured use of the fund.
However, it has since transpired that
the purchase of the tanks alone will
costs $10,400 and the plumbing and
cost of erecting a roof over the tanks to
collect the rainwater will add an an extra
$8000 to the bill.
e council meeting this week was
told it would only cost about $200 to
again canvass the Gladstone residents
by letter, and decided to get their
permission before agreeing to allocate
the extra money.
When Mr Farmer rst made his
submission to the council it was backed
up by Fire Ser vice area commander
Mark Boere, who said a garage re in
the area in 2012 highlighted problems
with water supply. Most res in the
Gladstone area needed additional re
trucks solely for water supply.
e Department of Conser vation
says Bathurst Resources will not
have to pay $22 million up front
before it mines the Denniston
Almost a year after the
Government announced the record-
setting conservation compensation
package with Bathurst, the details
are still being worked out.
Bathurst announced this week
it had raised $8 million from
institutional investors to help
fund development of the proposed
Escarpment open-cast coalmine.
It said some of that sum was for
the multi-million dollar bonds
required by DOC.
DOC told the Greymouth Star
it was still working through the
details with of the initial work
programme with the company,
including the bond and schedule
of compensation payments, which
would be staggered.
e rst payments would not be
scheduled until the process had
Bathurst Resources managing
director Hamish Bohannan said
the fundraising was necessary in
order to have the multimillion-
dollar DOC bonds available when
Denniston became operational.
"We want to have the cash at
hand and be ready to go,'' Mr
Bohannan said, adding that a
"signi cant part'' of the money was
for DOC bonds regarding mine
Bathurst payments to DOC to be staggered
Gladstone ratepayers consulted over water tanks
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