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A passenger received minor injuries
when a vehicle crashed about 6m
down a bank on the Blackball-
Taylor ville Road about 9.30am
today. Police say the wet and slippery
road may have contributed to the
crash. The driver was not hurt.
Police speak to parents
The parents of a group of young
people aged between 15 and 25 years
caught drinking behind the Blackball
Community Centre last night
received a visit from the police. They
were found down a bank behind the
community centre about 5.45pm and
were all sent home.
Party music complaints
People partying at a Paroa house on
Friday night came to the attention
of the Grey District Council noise
control officer after police received
a number of complaints. Police said
the music was subsequently turned
down without further action.
The Blackball Museum has
received a grant of $21,800 from the
Lotteries environment and heritage
committee to extend the complex.
“ We were thrilled to receive this
grant,” secretary Paul Maunder
said. “ It means we can add a further
exhibition space devoted to Blackball
memorabilia. It also means we can
rationalise the visitor information
for the town and add some signage
to the mine entrance. It is also an
acknowledgement of the kaupapa of
the museum from a national body.”
The work will take place over the
next 12 months.
Cycle trail reopens
of the Hokitika Guardian
The West Coast Wildneress Trail is open
for business despite storm damage, although
one section requires “significant remedial
work” over at least two months, the Westland
District Council said yesterday.
The trail from the Milltown forestry track
to Cowboy Paradise is closed until further
notice but with a detour in place to allow
users full access.
Council operations manager Peter
Anderson said a large number of “significant
trees” were down on the closed section of
trail, due to the April 17 storm.
“This will require a carefully planned and
executed recovery and repair programme
that we anticipate will take up to two
months,” Mr Anderson said.
It particularly required a sensitive approach
to the environment with strong focus on
safety, “so this is not a task that can be
Work included clearing trees and track
surface repairs. The signposted detour would
remain until repair work was completed.
“ Trail ser vice providers are all back to
full operational delivery following the
interruption of the storm,” Mr Anderson
Hokitika-based cycle trail tour operator
Chris Steele said it was imperative the trail
stayed open, particularly to build a positive
“This trail is such an amazing thing for this
district. It shouldn’t be given anything but
Rolls Royce priority,” Mr Steele said.
“It is really important at the moment to
keep the momentum of this trail going.”
He had been out on the trail regularly since
the storm to update first-hand knowledge to
his clients. The trail was “in a new form” with
the detour for the closed Milltown section,
which he described as “impenetrable”.
Being able to reassure the 28 cyclists he
had booked this month was vital, Mr Steele
“They ’re wanting to know what ’s happening
and the way things are, I need to go out there
myself,” he said.
It was clear that good progress was being
made by council contractors clearing the
“The tree clearing guys are doing an
amazing job . . . we’ve got to be sort of
A locked gate on the detour had barred
some cyclists, forcing them to lug their bikes
over the gate. Four of his cycle clients last
week thought they had gone the wrong way.
“If we’re going to say the trail is open and
we have an alternative route, it shouldn’t
have a locked gate in the middle of it.”
confusion and waved them on, Mr Steele
Council chief executive Tanya Winter said
regular updates were being posted on the
cycle trail website.
The gate in question had several key
holders, which had created some confusion
about keeping it open.
“ We apologise. It’s just taking time to get
the message through to everyone who has
keys,” Ms Winter said.
Masterbuilders House of the Year judges Graham Anderson, left, and Guy Evans take notes as they inspect the home of
Greymouth builder Robert Caldana and his wife Linda, who have entered the builder’s own home category. Mr Anderson said the
judges had very clear guidelines on how to score the homes. For the builder’s own home category, 65% of the score was based on
workmanship and 35% on design, functionality and style. The judges would look at the whole property, quality of finish, degree of
difficulty to construct, how well products were installed and the innovative use of materials and the sustainability. The Karoro Beach
Estate home was one of two in that category for the Marlborough, Nelson, West Coast region. Mr and Mrs Caldana moved into
their new 349 square metre home last year and are also eligible for a number of other awards, such as interior design and outdoor
living. Mr Caldana said instead of getting other people in to do bits and pieces around the house, Robert Caldana Builder Ltd
completed all of the work themselves. Mrs Caldana designed the house the way she wanted it and they were proud of how it turned
out, he said.
PICTURE: Lisa Rangi
House of the Year judging commences
Tuesday May 6
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May 6, 2009. Five
years ago today.
Time slips away,
But memories of you will
Loved and remembered
Deb, Garry, Colleen,
Noel and families.
— Five years today.
There's not a day goes
by I don't think of you.
Love Ken (Chippie).
Like falling leaves the
years go by,
memories never die.
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in life are many,
But losing you Dad was
the greatest of any.
With silent thoughts and
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only a dream.
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words can say,
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Thursday May 1, 2014
at his home, 51 Herd
Street, Dunollie, West-
land, son of the late
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loved brother of Eric,
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Chrystal, Thorin, Wyatt,
Issac, Clara, and Leith,
uncle to Barry, Susan,
Julie, Malcolm and
Mathew, and a beloved
friend. Aged 67 years.
Forever with us
A farewell to Scotty will
take place at the Barry-
town Community Hall
at 2pm, followed by
Funeral Home, Grey-
Greymouth teenagers Cameron Radics, left, Stevie Rae Kanara, D’Leino
Stone, Shavaun Butters, Aiden Schlager-Stewart, Tye Hibbs and constable
Jess Galbraith, of Greymouth police, recently spent five days at the Burnham
Army Camp taking part in a ‘Blue Light ’ life skills course. Ms Galbraith said
the teens were selected to take part in the course that included teamwork,
daily life skills, and trust activities. “ They were pushed to their limits and
all of the Greymouth teens pushed themselves and did really well.” She
said there would be another two courses this year and schools and other
organisations could nominate teenagers from 14-17 years to take part by
contacting the Greymouth Police Station.
of the Westport News
Cyclone Ita’s tail whipped Westport ’s
wind record for the month of April and
clocked the third highest wind gusts on
record for the town.
Wind gusts in Westport last month
were Westport’s highest on record for
the month of April and the third highest
on record for the town.
The highest gust clocked at Westport
Airport was 126kph on April 17,
said National Institute of Water and
Atmospheric Research (Niwa) climate
scientist Gregor Macara.
That was the highest wind gust
measured in the month of April in
Westport since records began in 1973.
It was the third-highest wind gust ever
recorded for Westport.
However, the Westport News’ weather
station recorded a top wind gust of
146kph on April 17 and Buller’s
Landcorp farms clocked gusts above
According to Niwa’s data, the highest
gust on record was 135.4kph on July 16,
1976. The second highest was 131.4kph
on June 22, 2007.
Unlike previous high winds, last
month’s were sustained throughout the
day. The wind damage was the worst
many locals have seen.
Metser vice meteorologist John Law
said that although the strongest gust
at the airport was recorded between
2pm and 3pm, a gust speed in excess of
100kph was recorded each hour between
midday and 8pm. — APNZ
The Buller District Council has
decided to park the draft local
alcohol policy (LAP) pending the
outcome of legal appeals against
a number of policies at councils
around New Zealand
Six district councils which
recently adopted provisional LAPs
have had them appealed by top
industry players such as Progressive
Enterprises, Foodstuffs, Super
Liquor and Independent Liquor.
Tasman District Council’s LAP,
upon which Buller’s draft policy
was based, is one of the councils
District Council is also facing an
appeal to its policy.
A report from Buller District
Council senior policy planner
Rachel Townrow to the monthly
council meeting last
recommended delaying hearing
public submissions to its LAP,
and to defer making any further
the result of the Tasman and
Buller Mayor Garry Howard said
this morning his council had voted
unanimously to delay the hearing
Since the submission process
closed on January 31, the
Buller council had received 319
submissions and 50 of them said
they wanted to be heard at public
Mr Howard said there was a
legal aspect to the decision to
delay. There was also the issue
that the outcome of the appeals
may actually have an effect on the
process of forming a policy.
“If we carried on we may actually
find ourselves having to redo the
process that we are currently going
through,” he said.
In the interim the council would
look at how people might add to
their written submissions.
The council also voted in favour
of adopting a draft economic
out strategic 15-year targets
for the region, to be reviewed
every three years. The plan
included a number of “aspirational
targets” for the Coast, including
increasing job numbers by 25%
by 2030, increasing GDP by 35%
by 2030, and the population of
the region increasing by 15% by
councillors felt the targets were
“ very ambitious”.
However, he said that without
Buller District Council
decides to park alcohol policy
This year’s May Day celebrations,
shared between Runanga and
Blackball, were judged successful,
with calls for a ‘grassroots coalition’
to take the West Coast in a
The celebrations started last week
with the opening of Les Holmes’s
public art display in Runanga,
based on rugby league heroes from
the town. It was followed by an
inaugural schools debate.
Friday evening saw the second
Runanga versus Blackball debate,
on the topic ‘ You can’t vote for
Labour because it means the
bloody greenies might be in
government ’. A full house at the
Blackball Workingmen’s Club saw
Blackball, which took the negative,
win the debate.
Four MPs were in attendance.
Saturday saw the opening by
West Coast-Tasman MP Damien
O’Connor of the new exhibition,
‘ You and the boss — employment
relations and the coming election’,
at the Blackball Museum.
That was followed by a full house
at the community centre for a
performance of The Judgment
of Ben Alder, the play on the
Spring Creek Mine closure by
Kiwi-Possum Productions. At the
dinner which followed, Green
list MP Kevin Hague gave an
important after dinner speech on
A Just Transition to a Sustainable
In his opinion, coalmining is
becoming less and less feasible as a
core business. Increased recycling,
new technologies and the need to
halt global warming means fossil
fuels are an energy of the past.
He acknowledged the need for
assistance to help workers transit
to equally well paid jobs.
But now, research has begun to
reveal the possibilities available
to the Coast, which include
manufacturing, high quality
tourism, high tech jobs and the use
of coal to make carbon fibre.
This required making the Coast
‘a place to be’ for a diverse range
Unfortunately, vision was often
lacking in the official bodies, and
he called for a grassroots coalition
of unionists, community groups,
justice campaigners, to lead the
celebrations have led to a critical
examination of the status quo
from a workers’ perspective,
and continued the tradition of
activism on the Coast,” one of the
organisers, Paul Maunder, said in a
May Day celebrations bring
calls for a ‘grassroots coalition’
A Cobden man successfully fought
a Greymouth District Court charge
yesterday of breaching a protection order.
Police alleged that Hilsley John Short,
61, deliberately entered a Greymouth
store on Christmas Eve because he knew
that the woman protected by the order
was inside, her distinctive gold car having
been parked right outside the front door.
Short, who left the store when told to
by the owner, said he had not seen the
car and only noticed the complainant
when he was turning to leave the shop.
He did not approach her or attempt to
communicate with her.
Judge Gary MacAskill said he had
his suspicions but had to give Short the
benefit of the doubt.
The Buller District Council has rejected an
objection from Greymouth man Matthew
Morgan to prevent the council from stopping
a legal road at Fox River so a group of 10
bach owners can gain freehold ownership of
Mr Morgan had called on the council to
halt its process of stopping the unformed
road. That process had been started to give
the bach owners the option of buying the
freehold title from the council.
The Westport News reported that Mr
Morgan had said the land should remain in
public ownership, and he urged the council
to begin the process of removing the baches
He said the land on which the baches
sat had “exceptionally high” landscape and
recreational values for members of the public
to enjoy and visit.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard said the
council meeting on Wednesday voted to
continue the process of stopping the road.
Mr Morgan may yet take up the case with
the Environment Court.
Mr Howard said the issue had been going
for more than 20 years, and had previously
been through a number of council debates. It
had also been examined by the Department
of Conser vation. At this late stage in the
process, the objection from Mr Morgan was
The issue first came to the fore in 1997 when
the council agreed in principle to stop the
road, to give the bach owners the chance to
buy the freeholds on the sites they occupied.
In 2001 the council kicked off the process by
revoking the State highway status of the land
occupied by the baches. In 2005 it decreed
that the baches had to enter non-renewable
licences to occupy, which gave them until
the licences ran out in 2020 to purchase the
freehold title to the land.
Buller council rejects Fox River road stoppage objection
The Department of Conservation
says severe windstorm damage means
it has to clear trees to even reach and
inspect some bridges, which may also
have been damaged by Cyclone Ita
two and a half weeks ago.
However, it says it has made
considerable progress in clearing fallen
trees and other storm damage, with a
number of tracks now open again.
Although heavy rain and strong
winds this week may delay progress,
it hoped the popular trans-alpine
tourist route, the Copland Track in
South Westland, would open later
“ We are still determining the costs
of repairs from the storm but expect
it to be in the tens of thousands of
dollars,” spokeswoman Trish Grant
“In places, we need to clear trees first
to see what other damage there may
be, including to structures. Also with
a big backcountry track network we
haven’t immediately been able to get
into all areas to find out what damage
may have occurred.”
The costs for repairs will be met
within existing DOC funding; the
department does not have insurance
for structures. Some planned work
may need to be deferred to help cover
the costs of repairs, she said.
Deploying staff to clear trees and
other storm damage meant some
other work would be delayed, such as
Staff with chainsaw skills had been
deployed to clear trees, with extra staff
with chainsaw skills brought in from
Southland and Marlborough.
Greymouth partnership ranger Deb
Hogan said they were prioritising
clearing the front country tracks
and most well-used tracks first. Staff
were working on clearing Coal Creek
“ We are still assessing the damage to
structures and the track so are unable
to say when it will be reopened.”
On the Croesus Track, only the
Barrytown to tops section is closed.
The tops section and the Smoke-ho
car park (near Blackball) to Ces Clark
Hut section are both open.
Around Punakaiki, the Pororari loop
is now open but the Inland Pack Track
is “totally inaccessible and requires
extensive work to clear”. Cave Creek
has reopened but Fox River is closed.
At Lake Brunner, Mt French and
Carew Falls remain closed, and at
Lake Kaniere, the Kahikatea Walk
is closed. At the glaciers, the Lake
Wombat, Alex Knob and Canvans
Knob tracks are all closed and may
not reopen until late May. The
Moraine Walk and Te Weheka Walk
and Cycleway could be closed until at
least late May.
The DOC website is being regularly
DOC faces huge task clearing walking tracks
The Civil Aviation
investigation into the
helicopter crash that
killed two West Coast
men on April 11 has so
far not identified anything
that poses an immediate
threat to flight safety.
CAA manager corporate
Richards said the
investigation into the
Haast Pass crash that
killed Hokitika mechanic
Neale Gray, 54, and his
passenger, Bruce Bay
farmer Daryl Condon, 51,
“The CAA will
continue to work on
identifying any lessons
that can be taken from
this tragic event to
safeguard or improve
flight safety, and will
ensure any lessons
that are identified
disseminated to the
in New Zealand,” Mr
Mr Gray ’s Hokitika-
based Hughes 300
crashed into the Fish
River, close to the Gates
of Haast, while the pair
were flying back from
Coast teens take par t in ‘Blue Light’ course
was granted a discharge
without conviction in
the Greymouth District
Court yesterday after an
assault on February 17.
Judge Gary MacAskill
said the assault of
another woman was at
the bottom end of the
The judge said it
had happened under
stress and as a result of
and such behaviour was
on assault charges
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