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A stormwater pipe which
leads from Arnott Heights,
that was damaged in the
April 17 cyclone prompting
flooding, will soon be fixed,
the Grey District Council
A temporary fix was in place
but sandbags have been put on
Byron Street, below Arnott
Heights, to help prevent
flooding in the area.
Grey District Council assets
manager Mel Sutherland said
it had been difficult to fix the
pipe before now because the
correct one was “hard to come
Mr Sutherland said they
needed a pipe that was strong
and light enough for the job,
but the steepness of the terrain
was also an issue.
He confirmed that
replacement pipe fit for the
job had now been found.
Mr Sutherland said that
the delay was also due
to geotechnical specialists
assessing the area to make sure
the solution would hold up
under another extreme event.
That geotechnical report,
which was due out soon,
would dictate the siting of
the drainage pipes up the hill
as well as the quantity of pipe
PICTURE: Grey District Council
Show will go on
Operatunity has gone into
liquidation but the show will
go on for its upcoming daytime
concerts, which have been coming
to Greymouth for several years. The
company was put into liquidation
on July 1. Rodgers Reidy liquidator
Paul Vlasic said Operatunity
Entertainment Limited had gone
into voluntary liquidation with
the Inland Revenue Department
as the sole creditor. Mr Vlasic
said they had a commitment from
the directors to pay back the tax
owed. He said Operatunity would
continue with all shows under
another entity. Their next concert
will be on August 26 at the Regent
Trio evacuated in
Three people were evacuated
when a vacant flat in an apartment
block caught fire in Palmerston
Street, Westport early this morning.
Westport deputy chief fire officer
Alan Kennedy, said the blaze,
which took “about an hour” to get
under control, was being treated as
suspicious. The Greymouth CIB
and fire safety had been called in
to investigate the fire. Mr Kennedy
said that three fire trucks and 15
firemen were at the fire, which was
well involved when the brigade
arrived just after 1.30am. He said
that three people inside other flats
managed to get themselves to safety.
The owner of a car parked in Hall
Street, Cobden yesterday could not
understand why his vehicle would
not start. A peek under the bonnet
answered the motorist ’s question
his car battery had been stolen.
Senior constable Mike Tinnelly of
the Greymouth police said that the
theft was discovered about 5pm
yesterday, but the battery could have
been swiped overnight.
High cloud increasing, light wind
A Russian Orthodox priest has
found a novel way of overcoming his
nation’s pain at their early exit from
the World Cup. Alexander Shumsky
has denounced the tournament
as a ‘homosexual abomination’,
because players’ brightly coloured
boots lined up bear a resemblance
to the ‘gay rainbow ’. “ Wearing pink
or blue shoes, (the players) might
as well wear women’s panties or
a bra,” wrote Father Shumsky in
his column on Christian website
Russian People’s Line. The Moscow
Times reports that Father Shumsky
was also cross with the ‘unthinkable’
hairstyles worn by some of the
players in Brazil. — Daily Mail
Nearly three months on from the April
17 wind storm that devastated homes
and business to the tune of $46 million,
some groups are in limbo as they wait for
Damage to houses and contents
totalled more than $25m, while damage
to commercial property was close to
$16m. Motor vehicle damage was $2.7m.
The stage and facade were the only
parts of the Greymouth Municipal
Band Hall still standing after the tail
of Cyclone Ita lashed the Packers Quay
Just short of three months on, secretary
Helen Russell said they were still sorting
out their insurance.
She admitted it was slow going, but
they had a date in mind for when they
wanted to be back in their own premises.
“We hope to be back in there by the
end of the year.”
Engineers had tested the ground and
Ms Russell was confident they would be
able to rebuild at the same site.
“ We’re definitely going to build there.”
The Greymouth Aerodrome was also
hit hard by the winds, with the end
hangar lifted and strewn across the road,
and several planes damaged.
Microlight Club member Evan Grooby
said they too were waiting for insurance
before they made their next move. Until
then he was not sure what the cost of a
rebuild might be.
“ I’m hoping to get insurance sorted
out, one thing at a time... You don’t know
how much insurance will cover until
you’ve got money in your hand.”
Mr Grooby said they also needed to
consider what type of building they
“ We are looking at other options. It ’s
a matter of working out what our best
option is to put back there.”
He said the wind storm was supposed
to be a one in 100-year event and it
might never happen again, but that was
not to say that a similar event could not
Three planes had been written off, o u t
of nine in the hangar at the time, while
Mr Grooby had two planes which were
due to be repaired.
“At the end of the day, nobody was
hurt, things could have been a lot worse.
But I’m not saying it doesn’t hurt.”
R and N Trading Post lost most of its
roof in the wind and the business has
since moved its operations to Leonard
Part owner Peter Henry said they
were slowly getting sorted with their
“There’s not a lot you can do about that
sort of thing. You are at their discretion. ”
Business had changed as they adjusted
to a slightly smaller building, but Mr
Henry said they had retained a similar
amount of stock.
“ We are getting there. People are
gradually finding out where we are.”
He described the business as a
“community identity” and said they were
trying to “hang in there”.
“ It would be a shame for it to disappear. ”
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Microlight Club member Evan Grooby at the hangar that was destroyed by the April 17 windstorm.
Artists needed to shape
Greymouth’s real stories
With the Real Stories of the Grey
district already being collected, the
council is now appealing for people
who can help share, shape and even
sculpt those stories, with another
6500 postcards coming to a mail box
Launched in mid-June, the Real
Stories campaign is designed to
encourage residents to share their
own experiences of living here.
It opened with a mass mail out
asking for people to share their
favourite place in the district.
Project manager Sonya Matthews
said the campaign would now ask the
community for their creative talents
to help interpret, shape and tell the
Another mass mail out gets under
way this week.
“A ‘Calling All Artists’ postcard
will be landing in the district ’s
6500 letterboxes, and encourages
anyone who is interested in doing
what they do best be it singing,
engineering, writing, welding or any
other form or artistic expression
and innovation to get in touch and
Ms Matthews said the real power
of the stories would be in the telling.
The campaign had been positively
received so far.
“ We’ve been blown away by how
readily and happily people have been
in sharing their favourite places and
the reasons they love them.
People really are interested, and my
sense is they appreciate being asked
“I think they appreciate council
taking the time to ask for their input,
and knowing that their input will
ultimately help shape the look and
feel of the urban and rural landscapes
of the Grey district.”
A strong theme to emerge was an
appreciation of a “ life less crowded”.
“ People definitely seem to
appreciate the lifestyle and living in a
community where small town values
“They love the fact you can walk
the beach and be the only person
about; that you don’t have to deal
with traffic lights and the congestion
of city living and that you can go
fishing and be the only living soul
Stormwater pipe will be repaired shortly
The Charleston Argus is now on the
Papers Past website for all to read.
Charleston and its newspaper appeared
as the direct and immediate result of a
major gold discovery in 1867.
The 1867 census showed that the
fields at Charleston and Brighton had
a combined population of about 11,000.
There were also 53 hotels at Brighton
or nearby and a further 37 at Charleston.
Twelve issues can now be read on the
website, from March 1867 to May 1867.
The paper was owned by John Tyrrell
of the Westport Times. The Brighton
Times and Pakihi Reporter had
appeared earlier but was absorbed into
the stand-alone Charleston Argus.
It ended up in the hands of Patrick
Kittson. When he died in 1893 his
widow and children continued the
business, and it limped on until 1911.
By this time the population had
dwindled to 264.
The Lyell Times is also now on-line.
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