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Westport police are investigating
the unusual theft of a pioneering
style horse-drawn wagon. It was
taken from a storage container in
a burglary at Carters Beach within
the past 10 days. At the time the
wagon did not have the canvas cover
on it. Sergeant Malcolm Lamont
said police were making inquiries
but were also interested to receive
any information about the wagon’s
whereabouts. “It ’s quite distinctive
and hopefully someone will have
seen it passing through,” Mr Lamont
said. Given the shape and size of
the wagon it would probably have
been transported on the back of
a large trailer or truck. Anyone
with information can contact
the Westport police directly or
anonymously pass on information via
the Crimestoppers phoneline, 0800
Police abandoned a high-speed
pursuit through Westport about
3.30pm yesterday but later tracked
down the offending driver. Sergeant
Malcolm Lamont, of Westport
police, said the pursuit unfolded at
the North Beach end of Westport,
near the Sunset Speedway. The
chase was abandoned as the vehicle
was heading back towards the main
part of town. Subsequent inquiries
and help from the public meant
police were able to track down a
19-year-old man a short while later.
The man, who had previously been
disqualified from driving, was facing
charges of failing to stop for police
and driving while disqualified,
Mr Lamont said.
Partly cloudy, few showers maybe
An inmate at one of Britain’s
most notorious prisons is reported
to have sliced off his penis with
a makeshift knife while high
on the illegal drug Spice. The
unknown prisoner nearly bled to
death after self-harming at the
jail in Wakefield, West Yorkshire,
which has been dubbed ‘Monster
Mansion’. The inmate, who was said
to be in his early 30s, had to spend
weeks having surgery in hospital
after cutting off his genitals.
— Daily Mail
The new Labour-led
Government ’s pledge to boost the
regions could face a major internal
challenge over the proposed Te Kuha
open-cast coalmine behind Westport.
Yesterday, the Department
Conser vation asked to join the Forest
and Bird appeal in the Environment
Court against Stevenson Mining Ltd’s
plan for Te Kuha.
The mine would employ 58 full-time
jobs in an area that has lost hundreds
of mining jobs at Stockton, and more
than 100 with the closure of the Holcim
cement plant at Cape Foulwind.
However, environmentalists say it will
affect rare species and be an ugly scar on
the landscape, visible from downtown
Both Labour and its coalition partner,
New Zealand First, pledged in last year’s
election campaign to revive regions and
provide more jobs in them.
Deputy Prime Minister Winston
Peters travelled throughout New
Zealand, as well as the West Coast, on
a ‘Campaign for the Regions’ bus tour,
while New Zealand First list MP Shane
Jones is the new Regional Development
On the other hand, Labour’s other
coalition partner, the Green Party and
present Conser vation Minister Eugenie
Sage has signalled there would be no
new mines on conser vation land.
The proposed Te Kuha mine would
cover 144ha, 12ha of which is on the
conser vation estate and also needs
permission from Ms Sage for access
across conser vation land.
Stevenson Mining is awaiting her
decision on access.
In welcoming DOC’s announcement,
Forest and Bird chief executive Kevin
Hague said today the Government was
“ united in working for the environment ”.
“The new Government vowed to
restore DOC’s statutory function to
advocate for the environment. Here is
the evidence of that shift in direction.”
Two months ago, after receiving
744 submissions and holding a nine-
day hearing, the West Coast Regional
Council and Buller District Council
granted resource consent for the
coalmine, subject to conditions.
In granting consent regional council
chief executive Mike Meehan said while
Te Kuha would not fill the gap left by
jobs lost, it would offset some of the
“At the end of the day, the vegetation
and habitats ... and landscape would
retain the necessary characteristics
to ensure their significant status is
protected,” Mr Meehan said.
In December, Forest and Bird
announced it would appeal the decision
to the Environment Court.
Mr Hague said the proposed mine
site was home to great spotted kiwi and
other species threatened with extinction,
including South Island fernbird, West
Coast green gecko and the largest
known population of the rare forest
“ Part of the proposed mine is also
within the Buller Gorge outstanding
Ministry of Business Innovation and
Employment geologist Alan Sher wood
said in a submission the area had a
valuable 4.2m tonnes of coal in a seam
7m to 10m thick.
Stevenson Mining said much of the
coal would be exported for steel making.
A date for the Environment Court
appeal has not been set.
Already in 2018 the West Coast
has been blessed with some
enchanting sunsets as the dying sun
colours the horizon to remind us of
the majesty of nature.
But the saying a picture is worth a
thousand words has never been truer
than with West Coast sunsets, and
so Greymouth Star readers have let
their cameras do the talking in our
summer sunset photo competition.
About 200 people submitted
hundreds of photos, from Westport
to the Coast Road, the Grey Valley
to Lake Brunner, Greymouth to
Hokitika and right down to Bruce
Bay. The only stipulation was that
they not be ‘photoshopped’ or
enhanced, leaving the photos to
convey nature’s raw beauty.
Every entry was stunning, and
some were breathtaking.
The winner was Runanga
woman Kelly Webster, with her
view of the sun setting around
Motukiekie Rocks near Rapahoe.
Claire O’Connell from Hokitika
was second, Danice Hamilton
from Marsden third, and Rem
Markland from Greymouth was
highly commended for a remarkable
photo that captures both a little blue
penguin and the sunset.
Lead judge for the competition,
photographer Stewart Nimmo,
said the competition had been very
popular and it was no easy task to
select the winning photos.
“All of the photos that are being
published over the next few days
have been selected as ones of special
mention. A couple show panoramic
images of the unusual sunset
showing a full rainbow as part of the
sunset on January 4. The stitching
programme on modern cameras
and phones is amazing but often
doesn’t handle the large exposure
differences from end to end.
“Some of the sunset photos
would have scored higher if the
colours appeared more natural. It
is so easy to crank up the vibrancy
or saturation to ‘make them look
better’. This often has the opposite
effect and can spoil an already great
image. The general rule of ‘does it
look natural?’ is a good guide.
“ It is great to include an
interesting foreground or subject
as well. The winning photo does
this well with the cliff, rocks and
sea reflections. We are all attracted
to water and reflections make
great sunset subjects. Even a small
amount of water can be used to
good effect, as in one taken at Anzac
Park with the image reflected in a
“ Images don’t always require water,
as is seen with one from Marsden
that looks like a forest fire.
“ Let ’s hope that the summer
continues and we get a lot more
great sunsets. Go out and enjoy
them — you may even be able to
‘capture’ a great image to help you
remember the occasion as well,”
Mr Nimmo said.
PICTURE: Kelly Webster
Kelly Webster’s winning photo, taken at Motukiekie Rocks on the Coast Road using a Canon 6D camera and tripod.
A man who has allegedly exposed
himself to girls in the Greymouth
urban area in at least two incidents
early this week has been caught.
Police announced this morning
they arrested a 26-year-old man last
night and charged him with two
counts of indecent exposure as a
result of recent reports of a flasher at
work in the town.
The man will be appearing in court
“ It is particularly concerning to
have a person in our community
carrying out acts of this nature,
so I am very pleased to be able to
provide our local community with
the reassurance that this male has
now been apprehended,” West Coast
police area commander Inspector
Mel Aitken said today in a statement.
Good public feedback as a result of
publicity about the alleged incidents
had been a real help to police in
tracking down the alleged flasher.
“Police are extremely grateful for
the help of the public in coming
and reporting these
incidents, enabling a very quick
response and resolution.”
However, inquiries were ongoing
and further information which might
be relevant could still be reported to
police, Mrs Aitken said.
“ If anybody has any further
information or is aware of incidents
that have yet to be reported, I would
encourage you to speak with the
The flag was raised on Monday
following an incident where a man,
described by police as dark skinned
and driving a silver car, approached
girls and exposed his genitals. A
separate but similar incident was
reported on Tuesday.
Man arrested after f lasher reports
Photo competition draws 200-plus entries
DOC joins Forest and Bird in
appealing coalmine decision
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