Outrage brewed in Greymouth this morning when it was
discovered that someone had defecated inside a new miners'
The large structure is still being installed on Mawhera Quay,
and chronicles the 398 men who lost their lives in coalmining
accidents on the West Coast over the past 145 years,
including Pike River.
It is due to be officially opened on January 19, the
anniversary of the 1967 Strongman Mine disaster.
But this morning, a concerned member of the public called the
Grey District Council to report that someone had toileted
inside the concrete structure. Contractors had to clean up
the mess before the stonemasons could continue work.
The offender squatted in the water trough part of the
memorial, which will eventually be entirely enclosed.
"It's a despicable act," council assets manager Mel
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn was disgusted with the
"I hope they move out of town because we don't need them
Whoever was responsible would have been aware it was a
special memorial, he said.
- By Laura Mills of the Greymouth Star