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PEGLEY, Alma Hazel.
—Passed away July 5,
2014. A Memorial Serv-
ice will be held to
celebrate Alma's life at
All Saints Church, Staf-
ford Street, Hokitika on
Thursday July 24, at 12
noon. A private crema-
tion has been held.
Donations to the Hoki-
tika SPCA can be made
at the service.
de BREUK, Jaycen. —
Died July 21, 2012
Two years on. So sad
you are not here Jayce.
So young and now you
The pain will not go
away. Words cannot
express my feelings of
Love you always. Every
day you are in my
BODDY, Jean. —
July 21, 1996.
BODDY, Bob. —
January 21, 1987.
Rest In Peace
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AULD, Edna Celia. —
In memory of my
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Time slips away,
But memories of you will
Alison and families.
Paroa car crash
A Greymouth woman suspected of
drink-driving opted for a blood test
after she was involved in a car crash
outside the Paroa Hotel, on Friday
night. Police said the woman was not
injured in the 11.15pm crash.
The tyres were slashed on a car
parked outside a Fitzgerald Street
address in Cobden about 6pm on
Wanted woman sighted
A woman wanted by police for
not paying for accommodation in
Denniston last week was spotted
walking across the Cobden Bridge
on Saturday afternoon. By the time
police arrived at the scene she had
A 46-year-old Greymouth
woman who failed to appear in the
Greymouth District Court last week
was arrested on Saturday. She spent
the weekend locked up in the police
A driver clocked at 141kph in
a 70kph zone in Ngakawau early
yesterday had more than just
speeding to explain to the police.
The 49-year-old Westport man was
arrested for refusing to accompany
a police officer for a breath test,
speeding and was charged with
refusing to supply a blood sample for
suspected drink-driving. His licence
was suspended on the spot.
The Croesus Track, badly damaged
in the April 17 cyclone, has
reopened. The windfall was cleared
last week by the Department of
Conser vation, using explosives. It
cautions that care is needed as there
are still a few windfall trees on the
track, but these should be cleared in
the next couple of weeks.
A Westport man who had been
forbidden to drive was found back
behind the wheel early yesterday
morning. The 54-year-old doubled
his trouble by not having the correct
licence. Meanwhile, a 45-year-old
Westport man was let off with a
pre-charge warning for behaving in
a threatening manner towards his
brother yesterday morning, and on
Saturday night a 46-year-old woman
was arrested on a warrant for failing
to appear in court.
Westport fire call-outs
The Westport Volunteer Fire
Brigade was turned out twice over
the weekend, but had no fires to
douse. Chief fire officer Pat O’Dea
said the first call was to reports of
fire on the beach on Saturday night.
Firefighters did not find anything
and believed the smoke may have
come from a drum fire in a nearby
yard. “It was put out by those who
lit it when they heard the sirens,”
Mr O’Dea said. The second call was
yesterday to the Solid Energy Centre
and it was a false alarm.
Port of Greymouth.
One Greymouth vessel. Departures:
Galatea II. In port: 24 vessels.
Expected departures: Nil. Expected
arrivals: Jay Elaine, Ocean
Odyssey, today; Moon Shadow
II, Wednesday; Galatea II, Cook
Job losses at Solid Energy’s
Stockton mine were cited in
two drink-driving cases in the
Westport District Court, on
Police prosecutor Steven Greer
said Roger John Roberts, driver,
of Westport, blew 673mg when
police stopped him in Palmerston
Street on June 26.
He told police he had had four
quarts of alcohol.
Defending, Alan Heward said
the offending came the day before
redundancies at Stockton mine,
where Roberts worked, were to
be announced. He expected to
be made redundant and that was
confirmed the next day.
He was entitled to a month’s
redundancy pay but few other
benefits as he had only been
working there for four years.
Roberts had just completed a
block course at Stockton before
Because of that, and stress, he
had not eaten for some time.
Mr Heward said that, at 63, it
was Roberts’ first appearance in
court. He asked that Roberts be
given credit for his years of safe
Judge Noel Walsh acknowledged
that Roberts had no previous
convictions and had entered an
early guilty plea.
He said Roberts was a good
man who had made a mistake
after a very stressful day. He
convicted him and, because of his
redundancy, ordered him to pay
only court costs.
Roberts was disqualified from
driving for six months.
The Stockton theme continued
when Mark-Gregory Murray,
50, mineworker, of Westport,
appeared in court and pleaded
guilty to a drink-driving charge.
Mr Greer said Murray blew
921mg when police stopped him
in Brougham Street on June 27.
Defending, Alan Heward said
Murray had managed to retain
employment at the mine but the
restructuring had been playing
on his mind at the time of the
He had four children at home
and the family had one income,
as his wife was a full-time mother.
Murray was drinking because
he had been concerned about
possible redundancies at the mine
or reductions in hours.
Like Roberts, Murray had not
eaten prior to the offending and
did not put any thought towards
what he was doing.
He apologised to the court,
his employer and his family for
the cost in money and time his
offending would have.
Heward said Murray ’s last
offending was 30 years ago.
Judge Noel Walsh said Murray
had pleaded guilty at the first
opportunity and acknowledged he
had just one previous conviction
30 years ago.
He fined him $800 and
disqualified him from driving for
Drink-drivers blame Stockton
Westroads staff dug deep this morning after the High Street water main burst, directly across from the
Recreation Hotel, in Greymouth. “ We bypassed the (affected) section temporarily to ensure residents
south had water pressure, but some residents higher up in the South Beach area may notice a difference
in water pressure,” operations manager Mike Keating said. The repairs were expected to be completed by
of the Westport News
Holcim New Zealand’s departure
from Westport will strip more than
$2 million from Westport harbour,
Buller Holdings Ltd chairman Brian
Holcim plans to wind down its
Westport operations in the second
half of 2016 and import cement to
Timaru and Auckland.
This meant Westport port faced
“major strategic challenges,”
“ Unless there’s a major cargo that can
either be imported or exported out of
Westport, it’s going to be a struggle.
The obvious two were cement and
coal. Cement ’s gone.
“ Whether someone else has an
interest in that (Holcim) site, and
would do something similar, I don’t
know. That ’s something that ’s being
looked into. ”
Buller Holdings governs Westport
Harbour Ltd on behalf of the Buller
“ We’ve got to find someone, or some
reason, for Westport harbour to be
used and that ’s not easy,” Mr Wood
The most obvious money-earner was
contracting out Westport’s dredge to
“ We’ve got to decide what the long-
term future is and if we decide there is
a long-term future — in other words
Bathurst will come to potentially load
coal — one of the strategies is how
do you actually keep the port viable in
the interim until that happens?”
Contracted dredging, mostly in
Nelson, earned Westport harbour
about $400,000 last financial year, he
Timber exports were unlikely, given
the state of the West Coast ’s timber
industry. Dairy products were exported
mainly through Lyttelton. The size of
ships that could use Westport harbour
was another constraint. Coal ships
could load only about 10,000 tonnes.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard told
the Westport News that unless the
harbour could attract new trade, or
earn enough from contract dredging,
Westport would become a river port
like Greymouth catering only for
fishing and funded by ratepayers.
“The trifecta is to have an industry
replace Holcim that also uses the
absolutely saying they’ve got the
answer to that.”
Meanwhile, Buller Holdings has yet
to sign a joint venture agreement with
Bathurst Resources over shipping coal
Mr Wood told The News last
December that the issue would
probably be resolved early this year.
Since then Bathurst has delayed
ramping up production at its
Denniston Escarpment Mine because
of low international coal prices.
Mr Wood said last December he was
confident Bathurst would ship coal
“All the indications we’ve been given
are only the first 500,000 tonnes goes
to Lyttelton, the rest of it is supposed
to be shipped out of Westport,” Mr
“The whole ground is moving ... I
suspect Solid Energy and Bathurst are
probably having discussions — who
knows. It all comes down to the price
of coal and the markets.”
Asked if the $5m shed Bathurst
built on the Westport wharf was a
white elephant, he said it could be
from Bathurst ’s perspective, but had
cost Buller ratepayers nothing.
Under the draft joint venture
agreement the shed would eventually
revert to the ownership of Westport
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Burst main causes problems
Moana Anglican parishioners
have urged residents to attend a
meeting in the lakeside township
tomorrow to discuss the future
of the only remaining church in
Revered Di Griffin, of Reefton,
said the Nelson Anglican diocese
was looking at what it could do
to maintain ministry in the Lake
Ms Griffin said Moana had
few permanent residents and
most of the congregation came
from dairy farms, some up to
half an hour away.
Any decision on the future of
the church would not happen
in a hurry, and after initial
discussions things could take
two or three years, she said.
Parishioner Adrienne Ruesink
encouraged people to attend the
meeting at the church tomorrow
at 1pm. Two representatives of
the Nelson Anglican Diocese
would be in attendance.
“It would be sad to see it go,”
Mrs Ruesink said today. “ We are
strongly encouraging locals to go
The church was initially sited at
Ruru and opened on December
15, 1935, as St John the Baptist
Church. By 1968, with more
people living in Moana, it was
shifted to a site donated by the
late Mary Williams, overlooking
the lake and was renamed
It currently hosts Union and
Anglican church ser vices.
future in doubt
Holcim closure leaves Westport harbour facing a ‘struggle’
Farmlands Greymouth staff Alistair Murray (in the truck)
and Dave Long (forklift) load up the last of the stock from the
old CRT building site to a new site for Farmlands, directly
across the road in Herbert Street, Greymouth. District
manager Peter Ross said most of the stock was moved on
Friday and the rest was expected to be moved and sorted by
this morning. He said the new building — formerly Trans-
west Freighters — would allow all staff to work from the one
location and also give field staff an office when they were in
town. Farmlands has four branches on the West Coast and the
new Greymouth store and offices will be the flagship.
PICTURE: Lisa Rangi
From CRT to Farmlands
of the Hokitika Guardian
neurosurgeon Sarah Olson, based
in Brisbane, has been nominated
for a Pride of Australia medal.
outstanding Australians in their
The Brisbane Courier Mail
reported that in nominating Dr
Olson, Brisbane health provider
Metro Health South commended
the 42-year-old’s work in brain
tumour research and helping to
find a cure by establishing a brain
“ I realised that every time a brain
tumour goes in the bin, it should
be going to people who should be
making a difference,’’ Dr Olson
told the paper.
“ We managed to get all
neurosurgeons on board in
Queensland, we found a place and
we secured ongoing funding. ’’
The mother of three had offered
to pay the maintenance of the
tumour bank from her own money
if enough funds could not be raised,
the Mail reported.
Dr Olson is a daughter of well-
known Hokitika couple Rayleine
and Jon Olson. Mr Olson was the
former Westland District Council
general manager and previously
headed the Westland County
Council for many years.
Coast-born neurosurgeon honoured
Ultrafast broadband is now available in central
Greymouth. Crown Fibre Holdings made the
announcement on Twitter saying “UFB is now
available in the first @ChorusNZ stages in
Greymouth”, attaching a map showing the central
business district and Blaketown. The project has
been under way for months, with cables hung off
power poles. In December, when work started,
Chorus said about 3500 premises would be passed
by the UFB roll-out in Greymouth and eight
schools connected directly to fibre. Greymouth
was the first area where Chorus deployed its fibre
network overhead, rather than underground. UFB
is available now in the dark blue areas shown on the
Ultrafast broadband arrives
A Hawke’s Bay woman has died
after a car crash left her fighting for
her life in a coma for 10 days.
Pam McGar va, 55, died yesterday
morning. She had been in a critical
condition in Hawke’s Bay Hospital
following a collision on July 9.
A Facebook page, called Prayers
for Pam, and set up while Ms
McGar va was in a coma, was
inundated with messages and had
garnered about 1300 likes.
The page’s description said Ms
McGar va had been on her way to a
quiz night before the crash.
Ms McGar va was a teacher at
Carlyle Kindergarten in Napier.
A post made by the page’s
administrator yesterday read: “It
is with much sadness that we
announce our beautiful Pam passed
away peacefully at 11:30 this
“S he was surrounded by her
loving family, and the sounds of her
“The walls of her room in the ICU
were festooned with the cards and
messages of love and prayers sent
in by her many friends and adoring
APNZ-Hawke’s Bay Today
One person was taken to hospital in a critical
condition after a crash on Auckland’s Tamaki Drive on
Saturday. Police, fire and ambulance were at the scene
of the crash about 3am. An ambulance clinical control
centre spokeswoman said one person was taken to
Auckland Hospital in a critical condition.
Late night crash
Crash woman dies after 10 days in coma
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