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The Luminaries continues to
soar to new heights as it cracked
sales of 560,000 copies worldwide.
The Sunday Star Times this week
reported that 560,000 print and
digital copies of the book — set
entirely in goldrush Hokitika —
had been sold worldwide, excluding
Catton’s birth country of Canada.
Of that, 117,430 copies have been
sold so far in New Zealand.
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Police did a sweep of the Grey
River bank yesterday afternoon
after reports that a woman had not
returned from a midwinter dip. A
police spokesman said there was no
sign of the woman, who they now
believed was “just going for a walk”.
Fence thief strikes
at Nelson Creek
A thief looking to undertake
some fencing on the cheap, stole six
rolls of 2.5mm fencing wire from
cattle yards at Nelson Creek some
time over the weekend. A spinning
‘ jenny ’ wire dispenser and a red and
white Honda generator were also
Rain easing to showers
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The bells of St John’s Church have
been ringing since the first half of
the 18th century, when German
composer Handel donated them
in exchange for the church’s organ.
They have been a part of daily life
in Keynsham near Bristol, UK,
ever since, but they may be silenced
after almost 300 years, because one
person thinks they are too noisy. A
petition by local residents urging
the church to keep the bells playing
has prompted talks between the
frustrated resident and the vicar of
the 13th century Anglican church,
Rev Stephen McCaw. The church
was built in 1250 and had an organ
until Handel, a Baroque composer
famous for his operas and oratorios,
is said to have swapped it for a
peal of bells in the 18th century —
simply because he liked its mellow
tones. — Daily Mail
Shiny new camera van
Speedsters beware — a new
speed camera has been deployed
on the West Coast and the bright
red van could be parked anywhere,
any time to catch motorists with a
Sergeant Dave Cross, officer in
charge of road policing on the
West Coast, said the new camera
van arrived in Greymouth about
two weeks ago but they had not
announced the fact because they
did not want it targeted.
“The van is manned by a
civilian and we don’t want people
targeting it, as well as taking
the issue of surprise away from
speeding motorists — it is a safety
issue also,” Mr Cross said.
“ We don’t want people pulling
alongside it out of frustration
because they have driven by it too
fast and been snapped speeding.”
The new van could be parked up
roadside anywhere from Westport
to Hokitika or further south.
Mr Cross said while some speed
camera vans in larger centres
were marked, the West Coast one
would continue to be incognito.
Laura Mills and Brendon
Tb Free and the Department of
Conser vation deny objecting to
the registration of the ‘Ban 1080’
political party — but no one will
say who did.
The Electoral Commission
confirmed today it had received
six objections to registering the
new party, but due to privacy
reasons it was unable to release
Concerns appeared to centre
around intellectual property and/
or trademarks of the term ‘1080’.
The Hokitika Guardian has
now lodged a request under
the Official Information Act to
unmask the objecting parties.
DOC said today it did “not get
involved in the electoral process,”
while Tb Free (Animal Health
Board) said it had not objected
They are the only two
organisations that use the
The commission confirmed
yesterday it was seeking a legal
opinion after the objections were
received. With the September
election looming, Ban 1080 is
getting ner vous.
Party founder Bill Wallace said
they already had the requisite
500 members, but were waiting
to receive official recognition of
the name and logo, even though
it made the commission’s deadline
of June 19 for official registration
in time for the September 20
“The Electoral Commission’s
delay in its decision to officially
register the party’s logo and name
could result in the Ban 1080 Party
being prevented from contesting
the party vote at the upcoming
elections,” Mr Wallace said.
Of the six submissions, the
wording in five was “identical,”
raising the issue of intellectual
property rights and objection to
the use of 1080 as a registered
trade name in New Zealand.
Mr Wallace said 1080 was not
a registered trade name in New
Zealand, something his party
knew prior to seeking registration.
The party had responded to the
objections within the timeframe
given, but the commission came
back on Friday to say it would
now need to seek an “independent
“They ’ve waited for a legal
opinion until it ’s too late,” Mr
Wallace said. That potentially left
the party unable to register an
alternative logo and name in time
for the election if the objections
were upheld, he said.
The commission indicated it
would receive a legal opinion
tomorrow, with a finding expected
by Thursday, Mr Wallace said.
for the Electoral Commission,
Anastasia Turnbull said it was
currently considering whether
the term ‘1080’ infringed an
intellectual property right in New
Members of the West Coast
pioneering family of Mirfin gathered in
Wellington last evening to honour their
war veteran, Melville Mirfin, as the
world paused to remember the start of
World War One.
New Zealand Post has marked the
centennial of the start of the 1914-18
war with a five-year stamp and coin
programme starting with 1914 — For
King and Empire.
Head of stamps and coins Simon
Allison said the stamps would tell the
wider story of the war through the eyes
of an everyday New Zealander.
The first year’s stamp and coin issue,
launched just after 6pm yesterday at
Te Papa, tells the story of Ikamatua
man Melville Mirfin.
“Melville Mirfin, like thousands
of others, left his family behind and
answered the call to defend country,
King and Empire. But unlike so many
of them, he not only sur vived the war,
he survived action from one end of the
war to the other,” Mr Allison said.
“Until now his story has not been
Melville Mirfin’s son and other family
members were at the ceremony to read
some of Melville’s postcards written
during the war. He spent four years and
359 days overseas. Outside of the officer
corps, he must have been one of the
longest serving New Zealand soldiers
during World War One.
Melville Mirfin’s son John, left, and nephew Stuart Mirfin with the suitcase containing the veteran’s letters, postcards and diaries from World War One.
Coast WW1 soldier honoured
Roof tarpaulins ‘missing’ after cyclone
Tarpaulins used to cover roofs blown
off houses in Cobden during Cyclone
Ita at Easter Weekend are unaccounted
for and the Grey District Council wants
Civil defence emergency management
officer Allan Wilson said the council
had 10 tarpaulins before the cyclone, and
now it had none.
It regretted not having any covers
available at the weekend to help the
three households that had their roofs
torn off in the tornado.
Mr Wilson said he believed most of
the covers had been used on Cobden
properties, and he appealed for
homeowners who had since repaired
their roofs to return the covers to the
“ Two house-sized tarpaulins valued at
$5500 each were “somewhere out there,”
along with eight smaller ones measuring
7m by 5m.
“One of them has a large Pike River
logo on it and it was donated to council
by the Pike River Mine some years back.”
Mr Wilson said the council would not
be purchasing any more tarpaulins and he
would have thought once people’s roofs
had been repaired they would have been
returned, either to the local fire brigade
that installed them, or the council.
“ We would like them back, as soon as
More than 200 executives and managers
from a major trans-Tasman fruit drinks
manufacturer will be in Greymouth this
week for their national sales conference.
Soft drinks manufacturer Frucor is
holding its three-day conference, mostly
at the West Coast Events Centre in
Claire Lancaster said the conference
would bring together the sales, marketing
and executive teams.
Shantytown chief executive Andrea
Forrest said conferences were becoming
an increasingly important part of the
venue’s business. “For us in the last three
weeks we’ve had conferences end on end,
that ’s a good thing for the district in the
middle of winter, when perhaps tourism
is a bit less. It ’s a good bit of income
generation,” Ms Forrest said.
“It’s an important thing for the Grey
district and the West Coast generally.”
Shantytown was an ideal venue for
conferences as it had the biggest such
infrastructure in the region, she said.
200 due for fruit drink conference
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