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1080 consent awaited
Plans are still being finalised for
the Atarau 1080 poison drop, which
has Blackball residents concerned for
their drinking-water supply. Tb Free
NZ said this morning it did not have
consent from the health authorities
yet, although it does have consent
from the West Coast Regional
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Jay Elaine, two Greymouth vessels.
Departures: Cook Canyon. In port:
Jay Elaine, Remus, 21 other vessels.
Expected departures: Remus, today;
Jay Elaine, tomorrow. Expected
arrivals: Anatoki, Sunday.
The largest 1080 poisoning operation in New
Zealand conser vation history is about to get
under way in northern Buller and Tasman.
The Department of Conser vation is planning
to carry out aerial 1080 pest control over about
270,000ha of the Kahurangi National Park
this spring as part of its Battle for Our Birds
predator control programme to protect native
species from a plague of rats and stoats.
It was met with protests outside DOC’s
Takaka office this week.
The cost of the aerial drop was about
$4.3 million, DOC spokeswoman Fiona
It is the largest area in DOC’s Battle for Our
Birds predator control programme, and has
been broken up into six operational blocks of
between about 20,000 and 60,000ha.
The Kahurangi operation is one of 25
confirmed Battle for Our Birds operations
using aerially-applied 1080 poison over about
680,000ha of conser vation land to knock down
rising predator numbers fuelled by the unusually
heavy seeding in South Island beech forests.
Six operations have been completed. The
largest operational block completed to date is
30,000ha at Waitutu forest, in Southland.
DOC Motueka conser vation ser vices manager
Mark Townsend said it was estimated that
without pest control, rat tracking levels would
reach 100% in November in parts of Kahurangi
Rat tracking levels increased from 54% in May
to 90% in August in the Fyfe River area, from
31% to 51% in the Cobb Valley, from 43% to
78% in the Waingaro River area, and from 34%
to 63% in the Oparara Basin, at Karamea.
“ We are particularly concerned to safeguard
threatened populations of whio, great spotted
kiwi, kea, kaka, rock wren, long-tailed bats and
The drop includes the Wangapeka-Upper
Karamea. Aerial drops are planned over
45,000ha in the Fyfe, O wen, Wangapeka,
Crow and upper Karamea catchments in south-
eastern Kahurangi National Park. An aerial
operation was last carried out in the Wangapeka
catchment in 2011.
DOC said yesterday this was its largest poison
operation and it was checking to see if it was
larger than previous Animal Health Board
Massive 1080 drop
about to start
The Greymouth Motorcycle Street
Race committee will get a new spot to
store gear after being left in the lurch
with the demolition of the old railway
Street race chairman Dave McNoe said
in a letter to the Grey District Council
meeting this week the group had to
store equipment in an “unsecured and
non-weatherproof site, risking theft and
Sheets of plywood had already been
damaged by water.
Mr McNoe said the Labour Day
Weekend races had a $750,000 economic
benefit each year, and local community
groups earned about $12,000.
Addressing the council meeting, street
race safety officer Roger Devlin said
they needed to replace the plywood as it
would no longer be safe around corners
if someone ran into them.
Council staff noted that the loss of the
goods shed after Cyclone Ita meant the
group had to relocate its race equipment
at short notice.
Mr Devlin said they had been given a
site at Mawhera Park, formerly Victoria
Park, and at the old Mobil depot.
The committee asked for $5000 to
pay for storage containers, which would
be the most practical and cost-effective
option, and $2000 for new plywood and
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said it was a
“fair request ” for the event, which was
now into its 25th year.
“It’s been 25 years, it’s been one of our
success stories,” Mr Kokshoorn said.
His recommendation was to fund the
committee with money from the land
sales reser ve.
“This is something that is really gaining
traction. It has got a real reach right out
into the community. ”
Cr Allan Gibson said it was a “small
request ”, and Cr Kevin Brown said the
races had value to the town.
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Solid Energy would
be safe under a Labour-
led government, even if
there is a Green coalition,
the party’s State-owned
Clayton Cosgrove said in
Mr Cosgrove said he took
credit for the Oceana Gold
Mine at Reefton going
ahead more than a decade ago, when
he lobbied then conser vation minister
Sandra Lee with West Coast-Tasman
MP Damien O’Connor.
National has been warning that if
Labour goes into coalition with the
Greens, the Greens will not allow any
However, Green list MP Kevin
Hague said this week carbon fibre
coal production should be investigated
Mr Cosgrove told the Greymouth Star
he “guaranteed” Solid Energy would
have a future under Labour.
He also railed against National, saying
its own Treasury consultants warned
that the company was in trouble two
years ago when they scoped it for sale.
“Any village idiot ” could have seen
the coal price was going
down, and the Chinese
market was drying up, Mr
stemming the jobs losses,
tens of millions of dollars
were paid in bonuses to the
“collar and tie boys” rather
than the men in the pit.
He cited the large bonuses,
. . . no accountability . . . not ministerial
accountability . . . nearly 1000 guys out
in the street ”.
He questioned why SOE Minister
Tony Ryall had not changed the
statement of corporate intent to focus
the company back on mining, or sacked
the board. Subsequent attempts by
Labour for inquiries had been blocked,
That meant everyone was left
wondering where taxpayer money went,
how it could happen, and who was
“The only people that got sacked were
the workers,” Mr Cosgrove said.
It was hard to say if Solid Energy had
stabilised as the Government needed to
open the books. His objective would be
to return it to a “world class company ”.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
New Zealand’s newest citizens, after taking the oath at the Grey District Council this
A group of 10 people became new citizens
of New Zealand this morning in a special
ceremony at the Grey District Council.
Five members of the Burgess family and
four members of the D u Preez family,
alongside Samson Ziyambi, originally from
Zimbabwe, swore an oath of allegiance and
were presented with a plant and a flag by
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn.
Mr Ziyambi moved to New Zealand with
his father and sister nine years ago, and has
been living in Greymouth for the past four
years. The Greymouth High School student
said he “loved” Greymouth, which was a
“great wee town”.
Danie Du Preez, formerly an electrician at
the Spring Creek Mine, has been living in
Greymouth with his family since 2008, and
said they were all excited about becoming
New Zealand citizens.
Mr Kokshoorn said migrants always wanted
to prove themselves, and therefore tended to
be hard workers.
He said the West Coast economy was going
through some trying times at the moment,
but that would improve with time.
New citizens welcomed
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