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THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014
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A trio was arrested yesterday
after a spend-up on electronic
goods in Greymouth using an
allegedly stolen debit card. e
trio --- a 52-year-old woman, 22
year-old man and a 24-year-old
woman --- purchased two tv sets,
a gold Samsung S5 cellphone and
an Electus mini remote helicopter
from a Mackay Street store. Police
said they were identi ed from the
store's surveillance camera footage.
However, they have not been charged
with any theft o ences as none of
the stolen items was located in a
search of two Greymouth addresses.
Cannabis was found growing at one
of the properties and all three were
charged with cultivating the drug,
obstruction and resisting police.
Constable Peter Je eries urged
anyone who had been o ered any of
the stolen property to contact police.
Vandals add to
e storm-damaged Greymouth
Coastguard building at Blaketown
was hit again overnight, this time by
vandals. Spokesman Doug Gri n
said some of the last remaining
windows in the building were
smashed by stone throwing. Mr
Gri n said the voluntary group
had enough to deal with after
the windstorm a week ago ripped
through the building, leaving a trail
Rain clearing to showers
e Greymouth Star will not be
published tomorrow, Anzac Day but
will be back as usual on Saturday.
Revingtons Hotel was visited
by the Greymouth Volunteer Fire
Brigade three times yesterday after
a fault in the re alarm system.
Deputy chief re o cer Graeme
O'Dea said remen were roused
from their beds at 4.30am, followed
by another call-out at 6.43am and a
third at 1pm.
After 58 years the Ikamatua Golf
Club has pulled the pin due to a lack
of people teeing o .
Secretary Norman McLennan
said the annual general meeting
in December decided to give the
club another six months to see if
However, with no improvement
over that period, a special general
meeting decided it was time to close.
"We have 25 nancial members, but
they're not playing members ... On a
really good day we might have eight
people play," Mr McLennan said.
ey had no young members joining
the club and the older members were
playing less and less.
" e young ones aren't coming
through to ll the gap."
He put that down to people
working more and having family
commitments. "People work six days
a week now and they can't give up the
time to play golf."
With the impending closure, some
Ikamatua golfers had opted to join
the Reefton Golf Club.
Mr McLennan said the Ikamatua
course has some quirks -- the
nine holes had two sets of tees to
make a full 18 -- and there was the
occasional obstacle to play through:
"You have to put up with sheep
e original course was turned into
a dairy farm, so in the 1980s the
club moved across the road to land
granted by the O'Malley family.
With the land provided free of
charge and volunteers helping look
after the grounds, the life of the club
had been extended.
"If that hadn't been the case, we'd
have been gone a long time ago," Mr
Club patron Maureen O'Malley
said she had some good memories
from the club over the years.
" ere have been some great
e 36-hole Currie Club
competition with current and past
members was a regular highlight.
However, she recognised that the
club should close.
"It's time. It's a sign of the times,"
Mrs O'Malley said.
e nal round will be the annual
Cocky's Golf Competition on May
15, with all proceeds going to a
selected local cause.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Ikamatua Golf Club secretary Norman McLennan and patron
Maureen O'Malley outside the clubrooms.
Ikamatua Golf Club pulls the pin
A puppy managed to crash its
owner's Lada into a gleaming
Mercedes in a crowded car park in
Russia. e Siberian husky had been
left alone in the parked car while its
owner went to a nearby repair shop
in Barnaul in southern Siberia. A
bystander said the puppy 'went mad'
and while rampaging around the car,
connected the wiring in a way that
started the ignition. Police had no
idea who to make responsible for the
crash and the Lada owner blamed
the puppy for damage to the other
vehicles. --- Daily Mail
e landscape of parts of the
West Coast has been drastically
altered, with whole forests
attened, shelter belts collapsed
and all the popular tramping
tracks rendered impassable by the
massive windstorm a week ago.
Whataroa people say the
landscape has changed forever
and will never be the same in their
"A lot of it can just stay and rot
or some of it can be milled," Dan
Dennehy told Radio NZ.
"Hopefully farmers will try and
let it re-grow ... 10, 20, 30 years
before there's any size to it," he
Malcolm MacRae is also
adjusting to an altered landscape
"Until you see it, you wouldn't
believe it," Mr MacRae said.
"Trees uprooted are probably a
couple of hundred years old. e
roots are so large. I've been here
55 years and I've seen nothing like
He said totara, which had
been left standing during farm
clearance because of their
aesthetic value, had tumbled and
the landscape on the ats now
looked like a "bomb site".
At Hari Hari, Lindsay Molloy
said pretty well anyone with
substantial trees on their property
had lost some.
He still had some shelter belt
left, but generally it was the
willows, not totara, that were still
standing, he said.
e storm has also closed most
popular walking tracks over a
400km length of the West Coast.
e Point Elizabeth Track near
Greymouth, and Coal Creek at
Runanga, are both closed due to
extensive damage. South of Fox
Glacier, the trans-alpine Copland
Track is also closed. In Buller, the
Inland Pack Track from Fox River
to Punakaiki is closed.
DOC is also advising people to
keep o the Heaphy Track --- one
of New Zealand's 'great walks'
--- as well as the Oparara Basin
tracks and the Wangapeka Track.
DOC partnerships ranger
Trevor Johnston said Greymouth
sta were still checking other
e Carew Falls at Mitchells
was closed, and the Croesus Track
was closed on the Barrytown side,
but open on the Blackball side.
At Franz Josef, partnerships
ranger Cornelia Ver voorn said the
access tracks to the glaciers were
open, however the Copland was
closed due to excessive windfall
damage along the rst few
" e car park toilet was blown
Ex-forester Ian James, of
Okarito, said the forests would
He said winds and strong
earthquakes brought about a cycle
of "natural renewal".
"Trees can't keep growing
--- eventually they get big and
unstable (and blow over), or die."
DOC conser vation services
manager southern region Wayne
Costello, agreed: "It's a natural
cycle. e forests will recover."
PICTURE: P F Olsen Ltd
A small stand of trees, left, is all that remains of this forestry block at Butlers Block, between Rimu and Ross, after it was attened by the gale force winds last
week. e Westland District Council land ll is at top right.
e Grey District Council has identi ed
about 200 homes, mostly in Cobden and
Blaketown, needing repairs as a result of
the storm last ursday.
Civil defence controller Stephen May
said about 20% of those had su ered
extreme damage, but at this stage it was
not known how many would need to be
" at will depend on negotiations
between the owners and their insurance
companies. We (the council) could
say 'that needs to come down' but the
insurance company might say 'no, we
can x it', so we will have wait and see,"
Mr May said. Where it was obvious that
demolition or major restoration projects
would be required, council sta had been
meeting with the homeowners concerned
and advising them of the processes
involved and what would be required of
them from the council.
Almost a full year's harvest of West
Coast exotic timber was attened in
a few violent hours when the tail of
Cylcone Ita lashed across the region
P F Olsen Ltd West Coast manager
Chris Calder said about 500ha of
forests had been attened by the winds,
most of that south of Hokitika.
With an annual West Coast harvest of
about 600ha, mother nature had saved
logging crews the job of bowling the
trees over but the rush was now on to
harvest them before rot set in, he said.
"We will be relocating our logging
crews from the north and concentrating
on the wind thrown timber in the
south. As we are heading into the
colder winter weather we shouldn't lose
many trees," Mr Calder said.
"Existing sta should be able to
handle the work but we might have to
put on one more small crew.
" e immediate task is identifying
the timber and matching it up with
P F Olsen sta mapped the damage
from the air yesterday.
e biggest impact of the winds was
visible on the at pakahi terrace sites
in forests close to Greymouth, and at
Butlers Block, between Rimu and Ross,
both sites that had su ered damage in
previous high wind events.
P F Olsen land information o cer
Chris Dunn today reminded rewood
gatherers that forest access permits
were required before they could enter
and cut rewood from the forests,
and that great care was needed when
cutting wind thrown trees.
"It is dangerous to cut windblown
trees as they are a hazard, generally
in a tangled mess, may be under tension
and spring back, causing injury or
worse," Mr Dunn said.
200 Greymouth homes damaged: council tally
Whole forest f lattened near Ross
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