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WEST COAST FEATURE
Cockatiel Chippy with one of the
goodies the SPCA will be selling
to raise money for the organisation
as part of its annual Cupcake Day
on Monday. Event co-ordinator Joy
Dense said Chippy was found in
Blaketown six weeks ago and was
now being cared for by her. She said
the cupcakes would be available to
buy from the Greymouth SPCA on
Preston Road and the Grey District
Library on Monday.
Apology for slur?
Internet-Mana Party candidate
and former MP Georgina Beyer,
who is standing for Te Tai Tonga,
says someone needs to apologise to
the people of the West Coast. She
told tv show Back Benches this
week that she expected there should
be an apology after Cameron Slater
allegedly called West Coasters
“feral” and Cantabrians “scum”. Ms
Beyer said Mr Slater or possibly
Prime Minister John Key, who
author Nicky Hager alleges called
Mr Slater when he was in the firing
line, should say ‘sorry’.
Question of the Day
As par t of a plan to regenerate the
Greymouth central business district,
the Grey District Council is encouraging
the public to par ticipate by answering a
‘question of the day’. Answers should be
e-mailed to email@example.com.
nz. Today’s question: ‘What would you keep
the same in the Greymouth CBD? What
would you change in the Greymouth CBD?’
Fine, light winds
A teenage boxing champion has
been visited by police following
claims he was scaring horses
by skipping in the street. James
Wignall said he was left “staggered”
after officers accused him of
frightening his neighbour’s horses
as he trained in the country lane
outside his home in Croston, near
Chorley, Lancashire. “ I thought it
was a joke at first. Two officers came
out — just for that. ” The visit came
on a Saturday evening — the busiest
night of the week for Lancashire’s
police force. — Daily Mail
National Party candidate Maureen
Pugh, who took a high profile stance
against the poison 1080 when she was
mayor of Westland, says she has not
changed her position.
The use of the poison under the
increased dramatically, in response to
Conservation Minister Nick Smith’s
Battle for Our Birds campaign.
supporters, often back the use of the
In 2010, a Westland District Council
resolution stated “a strong desire to
have Westland 1080-free, and would
advocate with interest groups for that
That same year Mrs Pugh fronted a
parliamentary select committee, and
also delivered a petition signed by
1669 Westland residents to Wellington
The council has had a ‘ridgeline to
ridgeline’ exclusion zone for the toxin
around water catchment areas since
This week, Mrs Pugh said there
would be “much more opportunity by
sitting around the table to influence the
decisions that get made” if she got into
She still believed the position taken
by her former council was the right one,
and that the poison should be kept out
of drinking-water supplies.
There had already been problems in
Tasman this year with the water supply,
despite reassurances things were fine,
At the same time, the dairy industry
was too valuable to slip back to the days
when bovine Tb was more prevalent,
she said, noting that her stance was “no
Dr Smith said last month he had
not ruled out using yet more 1080
poison as some environmentalists called
for the entire forested conser vation
estate to be poisoned on a three-year
Dr Smith said the poison was
being used on a record scale this year.
The drops had to be done well, and
monitored after wards.
They could then explore whether
further expansion of 1080 use was
Almost a decade after the first
meeting, five marine reserves off the
West Coast are about to come into
Conservation Minister Nick Smith
will officially open the reserves with a
representative ceremony at Punakaiki
on September 7. The reserves will be
activated from that date.
The opening is the culmination of
work that began in 2005 with the
formation of the West Coast Marine
Protection Forum. The first meeting
opposed groups — fishermen,
conservationists, iwi, Department of
Conservation and the Ministry of
Two years later, the forum had
completed a large report and by 2009
it had received over 1000 public
In 2011 the Government named
the reser ves, drawing a further 166
“It ’s taken a while, but we knew
that would happen,” marine forum
chairman Bruce Hamilton said.
Despite the diverse views around
the table, they were unanimous on the
four main reser ves, he said.
DOC spokeswoman Cornelia
Ver voorn said the marine forum
was an excellent example of the
collaborative process at work.
The Punakaiki opening was
generating a lot of enthusiasm and
excitement, as the five marine reser ves
were the first to be created on the
West Coast, she said.
They will bring the total number
of reserves in New Zealand to 44,
covering 9.5% of the territorial
sea and include the second largest
reser ve associated with mainland
New Zealand, Kahurangi at 84 square
kilometres. Together, the five reserves
Kahurangi, Punakaiki, Waiau
Glacier Coast, Tauparikaka (Ship
Creek, north of Haast) and Hautai
(Gorge River, south of Jackson Bay)
— c ov er 174 square kilometres.
The marine reserves represent the
marine habitats of the West Coast,
and adjoin three national parks —
Kahurangi, Paparoa, Westland Tai
Poutini — and the World Heritage
“These reserves help to improve the
protection of a range of ecosystems,
from the mountains right out to sea,”
Ms Ver voorn said.
Marine reserves opening set
Blaketown armed robber y
The Blaketown dairy was cordoned
off this morning as police conducted
investigations following a robbery at
gunpoint last night.
The dairy, on the corner of
Robinson Street and Blake Street,
carrying a pistol.
Speculation quickly spread on social
media, prompting worried residents
to lock their doors and check friends
and family were safe.
Officers swarmed into the seaside
suburb, setting up checkpoints.
However, residents were allowed to
Greymouth police Criminal
Investigations Branch detective
Michel Bloom, said this morning
they were still looking for the
“At 7pm a male wearing black
clothing walked into the Blaketown
dairy, has presented a firearm — a
pistol — has demanded money, and
subsequently taken off with a sum of
money in coins.”
Mr Bloom said $100 in coins and
four packs of cigarettes were taken.
After leaving the dairy, the man,
who was not wearing a mask, ran off
in the direction of Blaketown School.
“He ran down Blake Street and
from there the direction is unknown,”
Mr Bloom said.
Police released details about the
suspect, who has been described as
being male, possibly Maori, 167cm
tall (5ft 6in) of medium build and
wearing a black hoodie with black
track pants and dark shoes. He also
has a beard of short length.
This morning police were still in
the process of conducting a scene
investigation which would involve
checking for fingerprints.
He could not confirm if there was
any security footage of the suspect.
Asked if dogs had been used at the
scene, Mr Bloom said he would not
go into what had been done so far.
Mr Bloom said they had spoken
to witnesses and were interested in
hearing from anyone who might have
seen something at the time.
The dairy was cordoned off while
police were investigating and there
was no answer when the Greymouth
Star rang this morning.
A neighbour said he did not hear
anything and was unaware of what
had gone on until the police knocked
on his door.
He said the
night to ask if
residents had seen
or heard anything.
The man, who
has lived in
Blaketown for the
past 16 years, said
he had heard of
anything like this happening before.
Anyone with information is
encouraged to call the Greymouth
Police or Crime stoppers 0800 555
A man had to be cut out of his truck after it crashed just outside of Runanga this morning, injuring both his legs. Runanga chief fire officer Gavin
Gibbens said the truck crashed at the memorial just before Runanga on State highway 6 at 5am. “ W hen we arrived on the scene we found the driver
was still trapped. One leg was in the cab and one leg was out a gap in the door.” Mr Gibbens said the man’s left leg was pinned by the steering column
which had to be spread out in order to free him. He said they received a 111 call to the scene and was unsure what had caused the crash. Mr Gibbens
said the man had remained in good spirits and had been very co-operative, despite being trapped.
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