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Seems like only
The Greymouth Operatic Society show Ritzy Revue was on 25 years ago. Pictured are dancers Jill Ranger, left, Allison Sullivan and
July 22, 1989
Prime Minister claims Coast
Traditional Labour stronghold and
birthplace of the New Zealand Labour
Party, the West Coast, is under no threat of
falling to the New Labour Party at the next
election, the Prime Minister, Mr Lange, said
The NLP has targeted Speaker of the
House Mr Kerry Burke’s West Coast seat as
winnable in 1990.
Pausing in Greymouth during a whirlwind
seven-hour tour of the electorate yesterday,
Mr Lange said the new party had a “certain
novelty” which was already beginning to
While in Greymouth the Prime Minister
visited the site of the 1988 floods and was
shown around the partly finished eight
kilometres of flood protection wall.
He also spoke with 95-year-old Blaketown
resident and Labour stalwart, Mrs Irene
Jamieson, whose home was flooded twice
July 24, 1989
Hitched ride in wrong
Two Christchurch runaways hitched a ride
in the wrong vehicle last Friday.
The 14 and 15-year-old youths had run
away from a boy ’s home in Christchurch,
and Otira policeman, constable Niall
Shepherd, was notified they could be
headed his way.
He said the youths failed to recognise his
four-wheel-drive as a police vehicle when he
picked them up near Jacksons and he then
brought them into the Greymouth Police
July 25, 1989
A kid named Blanche
The thoughtfulness of Greymouth
locomotive driver, Mr Rick Apanui, saved
the life of this kid, now known as Blanche.
Its mother was struck by a train driven by
Mr Apanui between Greymouth and Otira.
Mr Apanui stopped to ensure the goat was
dead, and was attracted to Blanche by her
Mr Apanui took the kid home with him,
obtaining food and vitamins for it from a
After three or four days the Apanuis
handed the kid to the Greymouth SPCA. It
was taken over by committee member, Mrs
Leonie Uddsrom, and she and her family are
caring for it.
26 July, 1989
New drain key to easing
Hokitika flood problems
Flooding will continue to plague parts of
the Hokitika business area until a Tancred
Street drain is replaced.
Borough engineer Mr John Cross, believes
replacing the underground drain is the only
answer to the recurring surface flooding
because the present system is inadequate.
During the last downpour, flood waters
were kerb to kerb at the Tancred-Weld
Street intersection and up to three feet deep
Fire deliberately lit here
Three deliberately lit fires in Greymouth
last night have been described as a
The fires, all in derelict houses in the
Leonard and Williams Street area of
Greymouth, occurred about 3am.
“It is a dangerous trend to start, just
because somebody thinks they are an
eyesore,” Greymouth chief fire officer, Alan
McEnaney, said. “Next time they might not
stop at derelict buildings.”
Ted Gutberlet retires today
The West Coast Electric Power Board’s
chief electrical inspector, Mr Ted Gutberlet,
retires today after 40 years’ continuous
After completing his apprenticeship with
State Coal Mines at Wallsend, Mr Gutberlet
began working as an electrician for the West
Coast Power Board in 1950.
“ Ted has worked his was through the
grades to inspector and his present position
as senior inspector since then,” deputy
general manager of Westpower, Mr Bob
McQ uarrie, said today.
“He has had a wide and varied ser vice
and is experienced in all phases of power
board work and is currently our consumer
Twenty-five years ago Prime Minister David Lange was on a whirlwind tour
of Greymouth, the Arthur’s Pass cop got the last laugh, derelict houses were
set ablaze, and Ted Gutberlet retired from the West Coast Electric Power
Board. Read more from the yellowing pages of the Greymouth Evening Star
of July 1989.
The New Zealand
Breakers added another
piece to the roster
jigsaw for the 2014-15
Basketball L eague season
with the signing of
Rhys Carter on a one-year
The 30-year-old Carter
brings a vast array of
experience from leagues
around the world,
including stints in Europe,
the ANBL with the
South Dragons (winning
a championship alongside
Mika Vukona in 2009),
Perth Wildcats and at
the end of last season he
helped the Adelaide 36ers
in to the post-season .
Breakers head coach
Dean Vickerman had no
doubt he got the right
player for the right fit as
the club announced the
“ We were always
looking for a combo
back-up guard capable
of playing both the ‘1’
spot and with the players
we have lost this year a
player that is a threat from
the perimeter as well,”
Vickerman said. “Rhys
fits that description, he
is experienced and at 30
years old he has been a
pro for 10 years and has
been on very good teams.
There is an x-factor about
him, he has the ability to
make a defensive play or
hit a big shot.”
Carter is currently
in Australia and said
the decision to join the
Breakers was easy.
“From the outside, it
seems like a really well-
run and professional club,
and the team looks to be
a real contender I think,”
“I wrote to Dean a week
ago to gauge interest, and
when he called to discuss
the role it sounded perfect
for me and I jumped at
the opportunity. I was
signing with a club in
Europe, but I’m glad I got
the call in time.”
Carter’s signing means
there are nine players on
the Breakers’ roster for
next year, joining Cedric
Jackson, Corey Webster,
Reuben Te Rangi, Mika
Vukona, D uane Bailey, Tai
Wesley and Alex Pledger
with development players
yet to be determined.
Manly moved a step closer to their
first minor premiership since 1997, and
a vital top spot, with a 16-4 win over
Brisbane at Brookvale O val last night.
A stubborn Brisbane did their best
to stay with an out-of-sorts Sea Eagles
for much of the contest before a Brett
Stewart try, his 76th in 82 games at the
venue, sealed the win for the home side
in the 69th minute.
Man of the match, Manly playmaker
Kieran Foran, who had lifted himself
out of his sick bed to play, had
threatened to break the Broncos’ line all
night and finally did before handing off
inside to the ever-present Stewart.
Justin Hodges left the field with a
hamstring injury in the 28th minute
and did not return in a worrying sign
for the remainder of the Broncos’
After the sides went to the break
at 4-4, Manly — looking more like
Parramatta in a Wolverine/Mar vel-
inspired concept jersey — threw the
ball through countless sets of hands in
the 56th minute before captain Jamie
Lyon kicked astutely for Peta Hiku to
edge the Sea Eagles ahead.
The victory puts Manly two wins
clear of second-placed Penrith, who
beat Canterbury across town, with five
rounds to play and near certain to play
at home in the opening week of the
South Sydney can leapfrog Penrith
with a win over Newcastle on
Sunday but Manly, who have set the
premiership pace for much of the
season, could wrap up the minor
premiership before the final round.
Before 12,873 fans, the Sea Eagles
opened the scoring in the 12th minute
when Lyon raced over outside poor
defence from Dale Copley.
Manly had blown a number of sides
away early at Brookvale Oval this year
but a gritty Brisbane managed to hold
their own in the opening stanza, even if
both sides lacked polish in attack.
Jack Reed tied things up when he
scored out wide in the 32nd minute
after Daniel Vidot dished off a Ben
With a gusty wind against them,
Manly should have gone into the break
ahead after bombing three first-half
Daly Cherry-Evans dropped the ball
over the line just 66 seconds into the
match after Brisbane began by putting
the kick-off out on the full.
Lyon kneed the Steeden dead in the
23rd minute after he had won the race
to a ball he could have easily picked
up and Anthony Watmough dropped
a Cherry-Evans pass three minutes
before the break.
Broncos for ward Matt Gillett was
put on report for a 26th-minute hit on
Back-rower Watmough left the
game late with a knee injury, while
Stewart missed the final minutes due to
Manly coach Geoff Toovey, who was
Sea Eagles captain in 1997, praised the
toughness of his troops.
“It was a great effort,” he said.
“The fans didn’t realise how much
last week took out of us. We probably
missed a couple of opportunities in that
first 20 minutes.
“ For 65 minutes, it could have gone
Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin said
his side still held their finals destiny in
their own hands.
“ I thought we did a pretty good job all
night,” he said.
“ We just didn’t take our chances. We
made some bad decisions that released
all the pressure.
“ We have to win three games of
football (to make the finals).
“ We still have our chance to do that.”
Penrith’s fortunes swung both ways last
night when they scored a 22-16 win over
luckless Canterbury in a physical affair at
The Panthers kept their top-four hopes
alive, but were the beneficiaries of the video
referee denying two tries to the Bulldogs
while their injury crisis deepened even
Backrowers Bryce Cartwright and Elijah
Taylor both left the field with leg injuries in
a victory which lifted the Panthers to second
on the ladder and broke a two-game losing
Taylor suffered a likely season-ending
torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left
knee midway through the first half while
Cartwright was helped from the field in the
second stanza with what appeared to be an
It compounded the Panthers’ injury woes
having already lost playmakers Peter Wallace
(knee), Tyrone Peachey (pectoral) and Isaac
John (achilles) for the rest of the year.
Hooker James Segeyaro was a standout for
the Panthers, scoring twice, making one line
break, seven tackle breaks and 37 tackles.
It was the Bulldogs’ third straight loss
and brings into question their premiership
In front of 11,832 fans, Canterbury were
the dominant side in the first half but trailed
6-0 going into break.
The Panthers were granted good early field
position via some ill discipline from the
Bulldogs and capitalised via Segeyaro in the
The Dogs crossed the stripe four times in
the space of 10 minutes but were denied in
each instance by the referees.
Josh Jackson crossed but the last pass was
ruled for ward.
Chase Stanley, Corey Thompson and Tim
Lafai all went over but were turned down by
the video referees.
Lafai’s effort was particularly controversial
with the outside back ruled to have knocked
on despite there being only the slightest hint
of separation, the decision earning the ire of
the Bulldogs faithful.
Stanley injured his shoulder putting the
ball down in his first game back from a two-
month lay-off because of a knee injury.
The second half started almost identical to
the first with Segeyaro crossing six minutes
after the resumption of play.
Six minutes later winger Josh Mansour
scored to make it 16-0 .
Cartwright limped from the field in the
63rd minute but the Panthers scored two
plays later through fullback Matt Moylan to
put the result beyond doubt.
The Bulldogs scored three late tries through
Lafai, Sam Kasiano and Trent Hodkinson.
Panthers coach Ivan Cleary revealed after
the match that Brent Kite had also suffered
a pectoral muscle injury, while Cartwright
had suffered ankle syndesmosis.
He said Kite and Cartwright’s injuries
were long term but he could not provide a
definite time period.
Cleary said the win was important in the
context of their season.
“It was won by a team that just really
wanted to play for each other,” he said.
“After last week, that was really important
that they play together and enjoy it. A
little bit of that allowed us to force errors,
with the way that they play.
“In the second half, we really controlled
field position and possession.”
Bulldogs coach Des Hasler said they were
the victims of poor discipline and a bad
He described the referees as poor but said
they were not responsible for the result.
“If you have no ball, you don’t build any
pressure and you have no field position,” he
“ You just tackle and come off your line.
(Referee Matt) Cecchin and his team were
poor but that was not the reason why we
didn’t win the game.”
Panthers get home over luckless Bulldogs
PICTURE: Getty Images
Manly’s man of the match Kieran Foran is tackled by Broncos Josh McGuire
and Sam Thaiday in last night’s game at Brookvale Oval in Sydney.
closer to minor
After knocking on
the door of first grade
selection all season,
Warriors young gun
Tuimoala Lolohea finally
made his debut off the
bench in last weekend’s
defeat to Manly and is
set to play a bigger role
in tomorrow ’s away clash
against the Canberra
With halfback Shaun
Johnson missing a second
after breaking down at
Thursday ’s team run with
a nagging groin injury,
Lolohea is expected to
get more game time as
an impact player, with
veteran Thomas Leuluai
again set to start in the
No 7 jersey against the
The 19-year-old rookie
is looking for ward to
getting another taste of
the big time but admitted
his shock elevation saw
him battling a case of the
jitters in the lead-up to his
first on-field stint against
the Sea Eagles.
“I’m not too sure what ’s
happening with Shaun
at the moment but if I
get the opportunity I’m
willing to take it with
two hands,” Lolohea said
after Thursday ’s session.
“It was good to get out
there for my first game
last weekend. I played
20 minutes and it ’s 20
minutes I’ll never forget. I
didn’t know I was playing
first grade until the day
before the game.
“I was 50-50 so my
preparation was the same
but playing in the NRL is
different if you’re playing
your first game. When I
was sitting on the bench I
was quite nervous. I kept
getting up but as soon as I
got on I got into the game
which was a good thing.”
The Kelston Boys’
High School product is
comfortable playing at
five-eighth or fullback,
with his silky skills, speed
and ability to step off
either foot complimented
by a solid physique that
allows him to threaten the
line and break tackles.
A 2013 Junior Kiwis
representative, L olohea
set last year’s NYC
competition alight with
22 tries in 28 games to see
him named the Warriors
Young Player of the Year.
His rapid rise saw him
included in the club’s
Auckland Nines squad
and retained for trial
outings against the Gold
Coast and Brisbane,
scoring two tries against
the Titans. The club are
well aware of his long-
term potential as a halves
partner to Johnson, and
earlier this year locked
him in with a contract
extension to the end of
2017. — APNZ
Young gun set to
fire for Warriors
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