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An adventurous three-legged
cat that was practically part of the
furniture at the Greymouth SPCA
has died of old age.
Volunteer committee member
Margaret Sadler said Mac would be
Mac had been the SPCA centre cat
for the past eight years, and was a
popular fixture with children visiting
The cat also did not let losing one of
its paws when just a few months old
keep it tied down. When Mac was re-
homed to Moana, after being picked
up in the Rotomanu area, it walked
for two or three days to get back
home. When the home’s new owners
then brought Mac to the SPCA, they
decided to keep it on as a centre cat.
Mac even had to contend with being
kidnapped in May 2012, although
the kidnappers were a well-meaning
father and daughter. Ms Sadler said
the pair had turned up at the centre
on a Thursday when it was closed, saw
the cat and took it home. However,
after seeing a story about Mac in the
Greymouth Star, they returned the
cat to the SPCA, which gave the pair
an adult cat instead.
Ms Sadler said Mac’s best friend
at the centre, another cat called
Sylvester, was really missing its
partner, even though the food was no
longer being pinched.
“Mac used to have his bowls (of
food), and Sylvester was a slow
eater, Mac would go over and push
Sylvester out of the way, and Sylvester
would just stand and watch,”
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Balloch and Gardyne
Glenn Balloch partnered with
Phil Gardyne won the 45s played
at the Hokitika Chartered Club
on Saturday. John O’Brien with
Chris Koh were second and Shirley
Kelly with Max Topp third. The
consolation plate was won by
Colleen Freitas and Peg McGee,
who beat John Rubbo and Alan
Coast schools would
benefit from solar power
With 1800 annual sunshine
hours, the Green Party said the 35
schools on the West Coast stood
to gain from its ‘Solar in Schools’
policy, if it formed part of a future
government. The Greens announced
last week it would help schools
install solar and save money on
their power bills by investing $20
million into solar PV systems in
schools. “Schools’ electricity bills
are too high,” energy spokesman
Gareth Hughes said. “Our Solar in
Schools policy will allow them to
save money on electricity — money
which can be invested directly
into teaching and learning
awards entries close
Entries for the Trustpower Buller
Community Awards close at 5pm on
Friday, August 1. Anyone can enter a
group or organisation, and voluntary
groups and organisations can even
enter themselves. The winners will
be presented at a function at Club
Buller on September 29.
The Department of Conser vation
is working with Te Papa researchers
to develop a long-term monitoring
programme for the Westland petrels,
which nest near Punakaiki. The latest
research suggests the population is
stable, despite some damage to the
colony during the April 17 Cyclone
In port: Cook Canyon, Galatea
II, Resolution II, Corsair, Lady
Sarah, 24 other vessels. Expected
departures: Galatea II today.
Expected arrivals: Ocean Odyssey
tomorrow; Jay Elaine Wednesday.
Hokitika liquor outlet hit in sting
of the Hokitika Guardian
Hokitika Super Liquor has had its off-
licence suspended for 48 hours after it was
caught selling alcohol to a teenager.
The Liquor Licensing Authority released
the decision to temporarily suspend the bottle
shop’s licence on Friday, after an inquiry into
the sale of alcohol by the duty manager to a
17-year-old, on February 14.
Tasman View Properties Ltd, trading
as Super Liquor Hokitika, will be unable
to trade for 48 hours from 7am on Friday,
The duty manager who sold the alcohol
to the minor will have their general
21 days from August 15.
The illegal sale took place during a combined
sting by the Westland District Council liquor
licensing inspector, Community and Public
Health and the police.
Senior constable Jon Armstrong, of
Hokitika police, said the sting was a
controlled purchase operation involving a
volunteer who was below the legal minimum
age to purchase alcohol.
The volunteer made the purchase at Super
Liquor while being observed by an adult
“It is hoped that this decision sends a clear
message to the hospitality industry that if
you are caught selling alcohol to a minor,
you will have your licence suspended,” Mr
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Richard and Jill are very
proud to announce the
engagement of their
daughter Kirsty to Josh,
son of Rangi and the late
Ngahuia. Love and
happiness from all your
family and friends xxx.
John (Bill). — On July
25, 2014, peacefully at
Waikato Hospital, aged
82. Son of the late
Imelda and Malcolm
Houston of Hokitika.
Loved husband of the
late June. Loved father
of Karina, Amanda
and Chris. Cherished
granpop of Rosemary,
Camelah, Isaac and
Requiem Mass will
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Wednesday July 30 at
11am. Rosary at St
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July 29 at 7pm. Mess-
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Concession applications have been lodged
for a new open-cast coalmine at the back of
Westport, with the promise of 40 jobs in the
pipeline at a time of mass lay-offs.
The well-established Stevenson Group said
this week it was progressing with the Te Kuha
mine, for which it already holds mining permits.
Te Kuha, east of Westport towards the Buller
Gorge, has been held under mining permit for
a number of years.
It will be a joint venture with Stevenson
and Rangitira Developments, a Wi Pere Trust
The mine will operate during weekdays, have
a lifespan of 10-25 years and employ 40, or
possibly closer to 50, staff.
It will be operated by Stevenson and the mine
footprint will be 70ha, with most of the coal in
the Buller District Council water conser vation
land. The total mining lease area covers 860ha.
After extensive drilling, the company says it
has estimated the underground resource at 4.4
million tonnes. It is composed of Brunner coal,
similar to Stockton, as well as Paparoa coal,
similar to Strongman or Roa. It is mostly low
ash, coking coal, suitable for export coking coal
to specialist metallurgical process.
The coal is in the Paparoa Range, 12km south-
east of Westport. Between 1998 and 2002, the
previous owners of the mine went through
access and consent negotiations.
In 2010, Stevenson started negotiations
with those owners and in 2011 and
In written information supplied to the
Greymouth Star, Stevenson said it was a New
Zealand family-owned company which had
been operating for 100 years. Its core activities
were quarrying, mining, engineering, concrete
The Stevenson family has also had a charitable
trust since 1961, and sponsors a number of
projects including the Stevenson Discovery
Centre at the Auckland Museum. In November
it sponsored the Source to Sea cycle race “to give
something back to the West Coast community”.
A Department of Conser vation report to
the West Coast Conser vation Board meeting
in Hokitika on Friday says it has received two
concession applications for about 14ha of
stewardship land, and also a 1.59km haul road,
also on stewardship land.
Both applications are in the preliminary
assessment stage. Stewardship land has low
The Te Kuha mine, just upstream from Westport township.
lodged for new
Kerry Lacey, left, Cliff Sandrey and Quintin Gardiner take a break from a round of poker during the Julez Outram Memorial poker
tournament, played at the Runanga Workingmen’s Club on Saturday. Results: Shane Linton 1, Quintin Gardiner 2, Karen Johnson 3,
Ian Nish 4, Brad Scott 5, Trevor O’Neill 6.
PICTURE: Lisa Rangi
Memorial poker tournament at Runanga
Scenicland Laundry Ltd owners Michelle and Owen Matheson outside
their relocated business in Turumaha Street, Greymouth. They have added
a large extension on to the new premises, formerly the Radiator Shop and
motor repairs. The laundry operated from the corner of Guiness and William
streets for the past 17 years, but the decision to move was influenced by a
number of circumstances. “D ue to the Christchurch earthquake and the state
of our previous building our insurance went up 400%,” Mr Matheson said.
“ We were on Maori lease but are now freehold, so we were always looking to
relocate and found this place. We have made the extension, and it is brighter.
We are retaining all staff and will look at taking on more in the summer
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Laundry relocates to new premises
Mac the cat, which had been the
Greymouth SPCA centre cat for the
past eight years.
Popular SPCA cat dies
Conser vative Party leader Colin
Craig had his make-up and hair done
before the Westport News took his
photo last week. One of his staff
attended to his make-up, did his hair
and suggested he remove his coat,
which he did. He took a few minutes
to get ready for the photo with the
party’s West Coast-Tasman candidate,
Claire Holley, who did not require any
PICTURE: Westport News
Colin Craig gets
make-up before photo
The Buller District council went behind
closed doors at its monthly meeting in
Karamea last week to discuss replacing
Reefton’s pensioner housing units.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard said the
discussion was in committee because the
council received commercially sensitive
information from Tai Poutini Polytechnic.
He declined to reveal the outcome, but
said it would be made public at a later
The council in May set aside $10,000
to investigate replacing two outdated
pensioner housing units at Reefton. It
decided to talk to the polytechnic about
whether its building course students
could design and build the units.
The Inangahua Community Board
wants two units replaced with units
suitable for accommodating couples. Its
submission to the council draft annual
plan said 16 pensioner housing units
were occupied and 12 people were on the
None of the existing units was suitable
for couples. Two were old and scheduled
for replacement in 2015-16, the board
said. — Westport News
Reefton pensioner housing
replacement talks kept quiet
The Greymouth Competition Society will
be celebrating its 100th Festival of Dance
from September 27-30, at the Regent Theatre.
“ With it being the centenary we are hoping
to make this a special festival, starting with
a get-together on the Friday night, at the
theatre for anyone who has been involved in
any way with the Greymouth Competitions
over the past 100 years,” vice-president
Marlene Trounson said.
“Also, we are printing a special
commemorative programme, and
competitors will receive a commemorative
ribbon,” Mrs Trounson said.
Dancing will start on the Saturday morning
and finish on the Tuesday night.
This year the adjudicators are Jill Ranger
of Timaru, for the ballet and modern dance
classes, and Neeka Aitken of Invercargill for
the tap sections.
Mrs Trounson said both adjudicators
had an association with the Greymouth
Competitions for some years.
Anyone wishing to enter and who has not
got an entry form may contact president
“ We welcome the public to come, watch
and support the dancers and enjoy some
extremely polished dance routines and
entertainment,” Mrs Trounson said.
Night sessions include team events as
well as six championships, while Saturday
morning will start with the novice classes
for children who have never won a section
before. All section winners receive medals
and a trophy to hold for one year.
Greymouth Competition Society to
celebrate 100th Festival of Dance
A building crisis in Canterbury
could be as widespread as the leaky
home issue, lawyers say.
More evidence of shoddy repair
jobs is making its way into court,
with home owners suing insurers
and building companies over
earthquake repair jobs which have
left their homes in a worse state than
Home repairs were being signed off
with documentation showing they
had zero defects, although lawyers
representing owners said the repairs
were defective or substandard, and
had been given codes of compliance
when they should not have.
Insurance litigator Duncan Webb
told Radio New Zealand this issue
could be as big as the leaky buildings
“There is an enormous number of
repairs and many of them are not
being consented, they ’re not having
an independent oversight of council
inspections and they ’re being project
managed by project managers who
are getting directives which are cost
focused not quality focused.”
Home owner Melanie Tobeck told
Radio NZ her home was given its
practical completion certification
from Corbell Construction without
any input or sign-off from herself or
Corbell also created a quality
assurance document retrospectively.
The company admitted in a
meeting with a number of others
that it had been created a week or
two before, which was nine months
after practical completion, she said.
Ms Tobeck said she complained
to her insurance company, Southern
Response, and demanded the case
be brought into its internal disputes
The claim was still being processed.
Corbell’s managing director Craig
Jones said he was not happy with the
situation Ms Tobeck was left in, but
could not comment on the specifics.
Corbell was committed to resolving
any issues homeowners have with
the quality of its work, Mr Jones said.
Building crisis hits Canterbury
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was photographed
in action yesterday by Stu Drake, who was aboard
the Greymouth-based NZ CC Rescue Helicopter
which was returning from Christchurch at the time.
Mr Drake said Westpac machine had been called to
rescue four tourists who found themselves stranded
on the western face of Mount Cassidy, in the
Arthur’s Pass National Park.
PICTURE: Stu Drake, NZCC Rescue Helicopter
Tourists rescued by helicopter
The first call for applications from
sawmillers keen to har vest wind-throw
native trees from conser vation land
on the West Coast has generated 12
requests so far, but the Department of
Conser vation cannot say how many are
from off the Coast.
The West Coast Wind-blown Timber
(Conser vation Lands) Bill was passed
by Parliament on June 26, giving the rare
opportunity for commercial harvesting
of trees downed during Cyclone Ita.
Authorisations to retrieve the
timber will only be issued where
DOC is satisfied it will be safe for
workers and the public, and minimises
DOC said today it had received 12
requests by the Friday deadline, but may
yet accept late applications.
None had been assessed yet so the
department was unable to say how
many of the interested parties were
from the Coast or where they wanted
They will be assessed in the next few
weeks by a panel made up of DOC,
Ministry for Primary Industries and iwi
Cyclone Ita caused the worst windfall
damage in generations, felling an
estimated 20,000ha of forest throughout
the West Coast and causing significant
damage to a further 200,000ha of forest.
The recovery of timber is limited
until July 1, 2019, when the bill expires.
All revenue from royalties will go to
Twelve wind-throw harvest requests
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