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Arthur’s Pass gets snow
Arthur’s Pass had a sprinkling
of snow yesterday morning. A
Department of Conser vation
spokeswoman said it started falling
about 8am and became heavier by
11am. Snow was not quite settling
on the ground and would have been
only about 1cm just before midday.
documentar y airs
The television documentary
examining love and marriage in the
Gloriavale Christian Community on
the West Coast will air at 9.30pm
today on TV2. It follows Paul Valor,
who is about to marry a girl he
hardly knows. Meanwhile, Radio
NZ show Insight will on Sunday
examine whether the West Coast is
prepared for life after coal. That show
airs at 8am.
Kent Exploration has been granted
a large minerals exploration permit
from Moonlight right through
almost to Barrytown, over the
Paparoa Range. Kent ’s registered
office is in Waikanae, on the Kapiti
Coast. The permit covers 9184ha.
Meanwhile, Greid Mining has
applied for an exploration permit for
1882ha around Tayor ville.
Arrivals: Lady Sarah. Departures:
Moon Shadow II, one Greymouth
vessel. In port: Cook Canyon,
Galatea II, Lady Sarah, 21 other
vessels. Expected departures:
Galatea II today. Expected arrivals:
Resolution II today; Ocean Odyssey
tomorrow; Jay Elaine Sunday; Moon
Shadow II Monday.
Hokitika music lovers will be in for
a treat with a lot of country coming to
town this month.
The musical show ‘The Two Men in
Black’ will hit the Regent Theatre stage
on July 26, playing tribute to Johnny
Cash and Roy Orbison.
Theatre manager Kyle Scott said the
show was an outstanding offering for
“ We are thrilled to be able to host this
show for the Cash and Orbison fans on
the West Coast,” Mr Scott said.
New Zealand country music legend
Brendan Dugan will perform as Johnny
Cash, coupled with Stars in Your
Eyes finalist Tony Wellington, who is
described as the country’s premier Roy
Orbison tribute singer.
West Coast singer Dean Hetherington
from the Coal Rangers and Sou-Westers
will open the show, supported by 13-year-
old Hokitika singer Meg Theron.
Mr Scott said encouraging local talent
and giving them a venue to play at was
imperative for young artists to succeed
and progress to playing on bigger musical
The two and a half hour show would
be as close as you could get to actually
seeing Cash or Orbison in person, he
“ With Brendan and Tony singing
all the hits this show has been a huge
success in the North Island. ”
Tickets can be booked the theatre or
on-line at www.hokitikaregent.com .
Two Men in
Tenders to start building the
Westland Recreation Centre will go
out within the next six weeks, although
it could be back to the drawing board
if quotes come in over budget.
Grey District Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn said he hoped to have
quotes back in 10 weeks.
“ We’ve pushed the ‘all go’ button,” Mr
However, the late withdrawal of
one of the key sponsors has left
an awkward funding shortfall of
Mr Kokshoorn said the council had
to call tenders so they could get some
If it came back too expensive it would
be “back to the drawing board” and
more fundraising would be done to
ensure there would be no ratepayer
input into the $10 million construction
Together, the adjoining aquatic centre
and the proposed recreation centre
will have cost Greymouth $20m, only
$1.5m from the aquatic centre of
which had been rated, resulting in a
$20 rate rise on all properties.
The Mayor said the four years of
fundraising had been an “enormous
The council was planning for
a completion date of early 2016,
coinciding with the expiry of the
Mawhera Incorporation lease on the
Civic Centre land, at the end of 2015.
“The old Civic Centre is starting to
age; this (recreation centre) will serve
the Grey district and wider Westland
region for the next 50 years-plus. It
will be a great asset for the town,” Mr
On Monday night, councillors voted
to keep the option for a gym on the
top floor, while negotiations continue
to buy out Fat Max’s Gym, in Preston
The council noted that they
needed a break-even point of 818
members, which would not be
achievable with two gyms operating in
If they could not complete
negotiations they would pull the gym
from the plans, he said.
Provision was also allowed for a
restaurant to be put at the High Street
end of the aquatic centre, replacing the
Final plans for the stadium show
two courts that could be used
for all existing users of the Civic
Centre, including basketball, netball,
badminton and volleyball.
The entrance of the centre will be
through the aquatic centre entrance
and then left through the foyer.
Regional tournaments will be
accommodated, especially with seating
for 120 and with capacity to add extra
hired seating for up to 800 people.
The building will be up to civil
defence requirements and able to
function as a disaster centre. The
earthquake strength would be only a
step down from the highest grade.
Initial plans are for a foundation with
screw piles, however the foundation
will now be dug out
and backfilled, digging down
4m to excavate the previous
rubbish dump site.
The public are invited to view the
full plans at the Grey District Council
chambers on Tuesday at 5pm.
Westland Recreation Centre tenders
ready to go
Thursday July 17
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Grey Medical Centre
CRISP, Allison. —
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never far from our
Your loving family.
A Reefton woman is fearful about
the eventual release from custody of
her husband, horse trainer Geoffrey
Raymond Collis, who held a rifle
to her temple in a domestic dispute
four months ago, the Christchurch
Court News reports.
Collis, 63, was jailed for 13 months
in the Christchurch District Court
yesterday after he admitted charges
of threatening to kill his wife and
unlawfully presenting a firearm.
The charges arose from an incident
at the couple’s Reefton home in
March, when Collis’ wife told him
she considered the marriage was
When she declined to move
some horses from a paddock as he
demanded, Collis went to another
room and got a bolt action rifle,
which he then held to his wife’s
“This is how it will work. I’ll show
you,” he said.
Defence lawyer Craig Fletcher
told the court the weapon was not
loaded, but the wife did not know
that and feared for her safety, the
Court News said.
Collis said he hoped she would
call police and they might shoot
The woman left the house and
called the police. They arrested
Collis who has been in custody or
in Hillmorton Hospital ever since.
He is diagnosed as having a major
depressive disorder, but was found to
be well enough to plead if the case
had gone to trial. He pleaded guilty.
Mr Fletcher told the sentencing
judge that Collis remained in mental
health care and was unlikely to be
released before Christmas at the
That timeframe is about in line with
the 13-month jail term imposed by
Judge David Saunders.
Collis must not contact the woman
without prior written approval. He
must live at an approved address,
and not go to Reefton without prior
approval. With his consent, he must
continue taking medication for his
depression, and consult with the
mental health services about his
treatment for depression and anxiety.
He must take assessment, treatment,
or counselling as required.
The judge said a temporary
protection order taken out by Collis’
wife should be made permanent.
He ordered the destruction of the
Reefton woman fearful of husband’s release
Bookworms Ray Robinson and grandson Josh Brears were just some of many checking out the
Greymouth Rotary Bookarama, which opened to a queue of keen buyers this morning. “ We had a
steady stream through the doors, probably 100 or more at present. It’s popular and we always get a good
turnout,” Rotary spokesman Lee Gibson said.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Bookworms descend on Bookarama
A man now living in Hokitika
who was found semi-conscious in
his car with a nearly empty bottle of
whisky next to him was remanded
in the Greymouth District Court
this week for sentencing on July
Philip Vernon Spicer was
charged with driving while
disqualified, driving in a dangerous
manner, driving with excess
On March 25, Spicer was
convicted of drink-driving, and
banned for six months.
However, he drove in Hokitika
on May 9 and again the very next
day, when he was seen speeding
at 80kph in a 50kph zone. Police
found him semi-conscious in his
car with a nearly empty bottle of
whisky next to him.
A blood test showed 300mcg of
alcohol. It was his third drink-
driving conviction in the last two
On May 12, Spicer entered a
Greymouth backpackers trying
to get a room. When he was told
they could not accommodate him
he smashed up the phone in the
Man found semi-conscious in car
with nearly empty whisky bottle
Christchurch Airport hopes to inject
$1 billion into the South Island and
says the West Coast can cash in on that
Christchurch Airport chief executive
Malcolm Johns addressed the Tourism
West Coast annual general meeting in
Greymouth this week, noting that the
international the airport had a direct
impact on West Coast businesses.
“The journey Christchurch Airport
goes on directly impacts the journey the
West Coast will go on,” Mr Johns said.
They had been through some “tough
times” and passenger numbers were
down from an expected 6 million to 5.7
He said 70% of all international
visitors went on to tour the rest of the
Mr Johns stressed the importance of
the ‘golden triangle’ from Christchurch
to Greymouth and then down
south, before returning to fly out of
“The earthquake knocked Christ-
church out, we need to reclaim that
position as a start or end point.”
The outer regions had borne the brunt
of the downturn from the earthquake —
Christchurch had fewer hotels, whereas
the regions still had the same amount of
accommodation but with fewer visitors.
The airport targeted 8.5 million
passengers by 2025, which would bring
and extra $1 billion to the South Island
and in turn create 10,000 new jobs
around the island.
“At any trade show, 70-80% of the
imagery is from the South Island ...
we need to use it to our advantage,”
It planned to focus on the Australian,
United States and Chinese markets.
Of the 230,000 passenger shortfall,
200,000 of those were from Australia,
and 70% of them would come to the
West Coast, Mr Johns said.
“That ’s 140,000 Australians missing
from your businesses because they are
missing from our airport.”
The US markets had truncated their
itineraries after the earthquake, cutting
out the West Coast. Mr Johns said
they needed to “reintroduce” the South
“China is a no-brainer. China is the
fastest growing thing on the planet.
We just have to be part of that
Tourism West Coast chairman
Richard Benton agreed: “If we don’t get
our share of that then we are going to
Chch airport hopes to
boost Coast tourism
The annual breast-
feeding promotion, Big
Latch On, is about to
turn 10, and as well as
gathering on the West
Coast, mums can post a
selfie photograph on-line.
can gather in the Paroa
or Reefton playcentres
on August 1, or the
Kawatiri birthing unit in
Westport, or on August 2
at the Greymouth aquatic
For the first time,
women can also take
part by posting a
Big Latch On
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