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Young moto-cross rider
A young Cobden moto-cross
rider is seeking help to get to the
Mini Moto-cross Nationals, in
Invercargill, in October. Clark
Fountain, 10, who has been riding
motorbikes competitively since
he was just five, has taken part in
numerous events around the South
Island. He is seeking sponsorship to
enable him to attend his last mini
nationals before progressing to an
older age group.
Rock hurled through
Aquatic Centre window
A rock was hurled through a
double-glazed window at the Grey
District Aquatic Centre overnight.
Police have appealed for information
about the incident.
to keep left
Greymouth police yesterday
stopped the driver of a van that was
reported being all over the road and
cutting corners as it headed towards
Greymouth from Kaiata. The
offending motorist was ticketed for
failing to keep left.
Man bottles mate
An argument between two mates
last night got out of control when
one hit the other over the head with
a full bottle of beer. The attacker, a
21-year-old Greymouth man, was
arrested and charged with assault
with a weapon. He was also charged
with wilful damage after smashing
the windscreen on the other man’s
car. Police said the victim was not
A month of
A gold treasure hunt, fireworks
display, a mile run and an old-time
dance have been confirmed as part of
Greymouth 150th celebrations later
A month of celebrations is planned
in September-October, although the
actual anniversary is on July 26-27,
which marks 150 years since pioneer
storekeeper Reuben Waite stepped
ashore and set up shop on the site
now occupied by Cafe DP1, on
Mawhera Q uay.
It was decided to move the
celebrations out of winter and to give
more time to organise the festival of
The ‘Big Dig’ gold treasure hunt
will launch the celebrations on
September 26, with a fireworks
display from Cobden Island the
At an organising committee
meeting yesterday, Ali Grooby said
the fireworks were estimated to cost
between $5000 and $9000 of the
$30,000 budget set aside for the
The committee was also looking
at the possibility of including local
fishing boats and Coastguard flares
in the display.
People taking part in the treasure
hunt, to be held on the beach
between Watsons Creek and the
Suburbs Rugby League ground, will
be looking for small, plastic medicine
bottles, some with consolation prizes
while those painted gold will be
redeemed for real gold.
Committee member Phil Lemon
suggested a specific area be set aside
for children under-five to prevent
them being “trampled” by adults and
older children, and Grey District
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn suggested
asking McDonald’s to sponsor a
children-only dig area.
Mr Lemon said local sports teams
would be encouraged to put for ward
their fastest runner to take part in the
mile run, which would cover a mile
section of the town centre, with the
finish line outside the Greymouth
Star newspaper office in Mackay
This year also marks the centennial
of the Greymouth Competition
Society Festival of Dance, to be
staged at the Regent Theatre.
Ms Grooby said the Tai Poutini
Polytechnic band, and the Brewery
Hill Band could play at the dance
festival this year.
The committee also discussed
holding a short memorial ser vice
at the Blaketown boat ramp, to
remember those who had been lost
at sea through the years.
She also suggested a beard growing
competition, which would include
one of the town’s pubs.
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Saturday and Sunday
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TAYLOR, Doug. —
As another year rolls
And memories come to
It's hard to believe its
Since you left us all that
We still miss you
And we'll always love
As there'll never be
Quite as loved as you.
Steve, and family x.
this weekend is
Phone 768 4075 (Shop)
768 4535 or 768 4930
Friday until 5.30pm
No Sunday Hours
Sadly passed away five
years ago today.
Things have never been
We are still all hurting
But we smile whenever
we hear your name,
And are so proud to
remember our Dad.
Loved and missed every
Jane, Lee, Courtney
and Kane xx.
(Opposite Dixon Park)
Phone 768 0370
for 24 Hour Service.
Dr Marieke Verra
Henry. — Passed away
July 11, 2009.
Deep in my heart you
will always stay,
Loved and remembered
Your loving wife,
BECK, Rod. — August
17, 1949 to July 11,
2013. One year has
passed and we still miss
your smile and zany
humour every day.
Love Ange and Jock.
It's been one whole year
since we lost you, Dad,
And not a day goes by
when I don't think of
We miss you so much.
Love Mel and Chris
We're having a gather-
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Cemetery at 11am,
Saturday July 12, for
anyone who wants to
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Greymouth St John ambulance officers Jackie Krammer and Kelvin Ritchie model their
new-look uniforms — the first uniform upgrade the organisation has seen in 12 years.
West Coast-based personnel are the second in line to wear the new green uniform, which will
be rolled out nationwide over the next three months. The green strip is a departure from the
traditional white shirt, black pants and green jacket. The changes were made in the interests of
functionality, comfort and cost; green is the internationally recognised colour associated with
medical care. The new uniform consists of a dark green shirt, white under-shirt and dark green
PICTURE: Viv Logie
New-look St John uniforms
of the Westport News
Solid Energy says it can not yet reveal
how many of the Stockton mineworkers
losing their jobs are being made to go,
how many have volunteered to go, and
how many of those offers have been
Union members received preliminary
advice yesterday on who has jobs and
who does not.
Stakeholder relations manager Vicki
Blyth declined to answer questions today
about how many of the 135 were being
laid off and how many were seeking
voluntary redundancy. She said definitive
numbers would not be available until the
restructure was finalised.
Only those workers
the collective agreement
with the Engineering, Printing and
Manufacturing Union received their
preliminary advice today, Ms Blyth said.
Workers would have a week to appeal the
Solid Energy was still working through
the selection process for contestable roles
with other employees.
It was also still finalising approvals for
“An information day for affected
Stockton workers will be held at
Westport’s NBS Theatre tomorrow.
of the Hokitika Guardian
Part of the current Ross Cemetery has
quietly slipped out of Westland District
A flurry of debate about the cemetery
footprint not being entirely in public
ownership was posted on social media.
However, some commentators had been
confusing the current cemetery with the
historic cemetery on the terrace behind
The current cemetery, on Cemetery Hill
just north of the township, has been in use
since the early 20th century, replacing the
pioneer cemetery on the terrace.
Ross residents working on a goldmining
Chinese heritage project were clearing gorse
on the edge of the cemetery three weeks ago
when they heard that someone claiming
to be the landowner was “ upset ” scrub was
being cleared without authority.
Biddy Manera, who has been leading
the project, said she alerted the council
straight away after checking public records
and finding part of the graveyard indeed
appeared to be on a private title.
She had previously sought council
permission to search that part of the
cemetery as it was thought to contain
the remains of a Chinese burial. The area
was clearly part of the cemetery with old
gravestones smothered by scrub.
Ms Manera said the private title also took
in lawn currently mowed by the council
contractor, and she believed it contained
The council had assured her it would fully
investigate the anomaly.
A search of public records revealed the
land in question was owned by Mary-
Anne Potae, of Whataroa. She could not
be reached for comment yesterday. The
land title also names Allen John Bates as a
The cemetery itself is divided across four
titles, with the main part of the cemetery
and access from State highway 6 under
council ownership on two titles.
Title of the western fringe is listed under a
Council chief executive Tanya Winter said
her staff were fully aware of the situation at
“At this stage, we cannot confirm how a
section of the cemetery ended up being in
private ownership. This is being currently
investigated,” Ms Winter said.
The initial investigation revealed that “it
appears likely” the part now privately owned
could be the result of “a sur vey error”.
Ms Winter said council staff have
been in touch with the adjacent
landowners to discuss options to sort the
“This matter is being treated as a high
PICTURE: New Zealand Walking Access Commission
An aerial view of the Ross Cemetery. The bottom left corner of the red shaded area
encroaches into the cemetery and is privately owned.
Ross Cemetery anomaly sparks debate
The West Coast District Health Board
has again offered its 2014 West Coast
Health Scholarship and Studentship
Awards to health tertiary students.
Award facilitator Marion Davis said
they were offered to any New Zealand
tertiary students who were studying in
undergraduate health-related careers
and had at some stage lived on the West
The ‘scholarships’ are 20 grants of $500
each towards health-related educational
material. Five of the 20 scholarships will
be available to students with Maori or
Pacific Island heritage.
In addition, there are four ‘studentships’
each comprising a six-week super vised
project-based work placement with the
West Coast DHB, from November 17
to December 24 this year, earning the
student $5000 gross. One of the four
studentships will be available to students
with Maori or Pacific Island heritage.
“This is a great work experience
opportunity for students,” West Coast
DHB chief medical officer of health
Carol Atmore said.
“They get to put into practice the skills
they ’ve been learning and as is often the
case, the type of projects they might be
working on in a rural area like the West
Coast is hugely varied,” Dr Atmore said.
Applications close on August 31.
Coast DHB offers scholarship
to tertiary students
Children at a Greymouth
primary school have been
building their confidence in
the great outdoors as part of a
programme run in conjunction
with the Tai Poutini Polytechnic.
Paroa School pupils recently
spent a day kayaking on Lake
Brunner, one of eight outdoor
challenges they will complete
as part of the William Pike
The award is designed to help
young people develop their
confidence and skills through
experiences in the outdoors and
They will also spend 20 hours
in their community and develop
a new sport, skill or hobby.
Teacher Andrew Sinton-White
said 22 Year 8 pupils would
complete the year-long outdoor
Paroa was one of two West
Coast schools to take on the
challenge this year, and the
polytechnic had been enrolled to
help deliver the programme.
Polytechnic outdoor education
tutor Zak Shaw said the
challenge award was a great
opportunity for the polytechnic
to get involved in the local
“Education outside the
classroom is extremely valuable
for all children. We want to
help deliver these opportunities
in safe conditions, overseen
by highly qualified outdoor
professionals,” Mr Shaw
“This has been a win-win for
our community, the school is
getting access to top instructors
and trainees and our students
are experiencing the reality
of guiding outdoor classes in
kayaking, rock climbing and a
range of other pursuits.”
Polytechnic student Reece Keys
said client working with schools
was among the most valuable
parts of the programme.
PICTURE: Zak Shaw
Tai Poutini Polytechnic student Nathaniel Sage helps Paroa School pupils with their kayaking on Lake
Brunner, as part of the William Pike Challenge Award programme.
Polytechnic students help pupils build confidence
Two teenagers died
in South Wairarapa
yesterday afternoon after
their utility vehicle left
the road and collided
with a tree.
The two males, aged 15
and 19, from Greytown,
crashed about 200m
south of the intersection
of the East-West Access
Road, about 2.30pm.
One was found dead at
the scene, while the other
died while paramedics
attended to him.
The vehicle had been
travelling south when
the crash occurred, said
Masterton traffic sergeant
“ It’s a single vehicle
involved, lost control,
gone off the road,
sideways into a tree,
on the passenger side. ”
Passersby who witnessed
the accident called
emergency ser vices.
Mr Megaw said the
weather at the time of
the crash was fine. —
Teens die in crash
Donaldson has endured the most
harrowing 24 hours of his mission to-
date, spending the night holed up in his
cabin of the coast of Taranaki “like a dice
in a cup”.
The 44-year-old adventurer has been
at sea since April and will be the first
person to kayak solo across the Tasman
Sea when he reaches New Zealand.
He was currently about 90km west of
Pungarehu adjacent to the west coast of
Taupo rescue pilot John Funnell, who
has been assisting Donaldson on his
mission despite never meeting him, said
the intrepid kayaker suffered the worst
night of his adventure so far, rolling
three times throughout the night.
“Scott has reported this morning he
has rolled three times and is spending
a lot of time on his side in the kayak.”
It was by far the worst ride of his trip
across the Tasman, Mr Funnell said.
Donaldson had been drifting south-
west at a speed in excess of 1kph due to
the combination of a strong current and
gale force winds.
“He’s getting a hell of a thrashing out
there, so much so that it’s actually broken
one of his harnesses inside that restrain
him.” However the rough night had not
put him off his mission, Mr Funnell said.
“He’s going to keep going. ” — APNZ
Kayaker endures harrowing night
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One of the TPP tutors came to school and did a presentation, I thought
it looked interesting so put my hand up to give it a go.
Although the course itself was really short, it packed in a lot of
information. I learned so much – from how to make good coffee and
how to prepare and store food safely, through to the correct way
of setting a table and plating food and the importance of excellent
I now work at the Moana Hotel and I absolutely love it. With hospitality
training and experience, I’m sure I’ll always be able to find a job.
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