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Looking back on
More heavy rain
Heavy rain is headed west. The
Metser vice said this morning that
rain was forecast to become heavy
tonight. In the nine hours from
midnight to 9am tomorrow, expect
100 to 140mm of rain to accumulate
about the ranges, with 30-50mm
about the coast.
Nelly O’Neill is the lucky winner
of Grey District Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn’s book the Golden Grey
after spotting the modern inclusion
in the Greymouth Star’s historic
mural. Pictured just down from the
1899 Opera House is a KFC store.
Heavy rain, strong winds easing
Greymouth Star On-line
Scientists have developed lab-
grown penises to help men who
have congenital abnormalities or
suffered a traumatic injury. The
engineered penises were developed
by researchers at the Wake Forest
Institute for Regenerative Medicine
in North Carolina, USA, and are
currently awaiting approval to be
tested on humans. The work is
funded by the US Armed Forces
Institute of Regenerative Medicine,
which hopes to use the technology
to help soldiers with battlefield
injuries. Professor Anthony Atala,
director of the institute, said the
target was to get the organs onto
patients with injuries or congenital
abnormalities. The penises would
be grown using a patient ’s own cells
to avoid the risk of immunological
rejection after organ transplantation.
The Obser ver
Blustery winds yesterday sent debris
flying with emergency ser vices called
out in Cobden, Hokitika and Ross to
deal with the aftermath.
Cobden Volunteer Fire Brigade
chief fire officer Gary Pollock said
firefighters secured the roof of a garage
at a Bright Street address in early
The roof had “flipped” onto the
ground just before 5pm. Thankfully
the wind died down about 45 minutes
later which was a relief as it seemed
for a time it was set to escalate, Mr
In Ross, high winds sent a
trampoline flying through the air at an
unoccupied holiday house in Tramway
Street shortly before 2.30pm.
The trampoline brought down
a telephone wire, with the Ross
Volunteer Fire Brigade securing
other loose debris blowing around
the property, chief fire officer Charlie
The Hokitika Volunteer Fire Brigade
had a busy day with four callouts due
to the weather, chief fire officer Harry
The brigade was called to Como
House on Tancred Street shortly
before 8am after heavy rain seeped
into the building and activated the
Early in the afternoon Hokitika
firefighters were called to Hamilton
Street to clean up twisted roofing
iron from the former Cafe de Paris
The brigade then went to an Airport
Drive address after a fence went flying.
Shortly before 4pm loose roofing iron
on the former Sockworld premises on
Revell Street was sent flying.
All callouts were “simple easy fixes”,
Mr Collett said.
The Grey District Council and
its contractor Subloos are looking
to salvage soggy paper from
McLeans Pit and send it to pulp
mills in the North Island.
A $200,000 new storage shed
for paper is also on the cards.
Last month the council released
figures that showed a substantial
drop in the amount of paper and
cardboard being recycled in the
past year, compared to 2012-13 .
The amount dropped 79% from
185 tonnes to 38 tonnes. The drop
was blamed on the paper getting
wet because there was nowhere to
store it at McLeans Pit.
Recyclers would not accept
the product if it was wet or not
Council utilities engineer Kurtis
Perrin-Smith said it had been
working with Subloos, which runs
McLeans Pit, to find a solution.
“ We have been working with
Subloos on a possible solution.
We are looking at options to send
it up north to pulp mills where
moisture is not too much of a
The dry product would continue
to be sent to Christchurch.
Mr Perrin-Smith said the
nearest mill would be in the
North Island and Subloos would
cover the cost of having to ship
the product further.
A royalty was paid to the council
from the money Subloos received
for the recycling and that would
be unchanged, he said.
Meanwhile Mr Perrin-Smith
assured people that they should
continue to recycle.
“ Definitely keep recycling, we
are doing everything we can in the
short term to make sure recycling
“ Keep up the good work, it has
been great how everyone has got
The council’s long-term solution
was to build a dry storage facility
to keep the paper out of the wet.
Mr Perrin-Smith said they were
at the early stage of investigation
and design, and were coming
The council had set aside
$200,000 in the annual plan for a
building, which would likely be a
kitset shed rather than a purpose
“Wedohave a sizein mindbut
it depends on what is available
through the market,” he said.
They hoped to have the building
in place by early next year and
coming into summer would
coincide with better weather.
Once a storage facility was built
they would be looking to increase
the amount of paper that was
Wild winds keep emergency services busy
$200,000 for shed
to store paper
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Boxing on in school holidays
Jasmine Grigg, left, and Porsha Mears in the cardboard huts they made during the Sport Canterbury West Coast active kids holiday programme onyesterday.
The second week of the school holidays is under way and children at the programme will enjoy visits to the Grey District Aquatic Centre, Westurf stadium and
Joinery factory move to Greymouth under way
The move by Hokitika joinery factory
Design Windows to Greymouth should
be completed by Monday.
Design Windows West Coast
managing director Gradon Conroy, said
the switch from its cramped Hokitika
premises, at Seaview, to a new purpose
built commercial building at the Kaiata
Park subdivision would be a bit “hectic”
but the transition would be complete by
the beginning of next week.
Normal manufacturing would cease
at Hokitika at the end of tomorrow
with the rest of the week to dismantle
and transfer equipment to Kaiata. The
move would be tight, given the logistics
around completing the new building and
showroom, Mr Conroy said.
“The factory is complete. The
showroom’s just getting painted out now.
We just had to pick a date early on and
move whether it was done or not.”
Design Windows, which employs 18
mainly Hokitika people, announced its
move to Grey early this year, with the
company committing to shuttle its entire
Hokitika staff to Kaiata each day.
Mr Conroy said the move “shouldn’t
change” its ser vice to builders and
associated trades around Westland, with
two project representatives still based in
Hokitika. However, continued growth,
the need for new premises, and better
freight logistics out of Greymouth were
among several factors which prompted
the shift. Finding a “cost effective and
suitable” place to build a bigger factory
in Hokitika was also a primary reason, he
said. The company had a loyal Westland
customer base, but the majority of its
work was now generated in Greymouth,
Westport, and Christchurch.
Greymouth also had certain advantages
over Hokitika around facilitating freight
for the company, given its geographical
A Battle for our Birds 1080 drop in
South Westland will not go ahead now,
as there are not enough rats.
The battle, to combat a pest plague
triggered by a beech forest fruiting,
means the largest ever pest control
programme is looming over a million
conser vation estate,
including swathes of the West Coast.
In South Westland, the Abbey Rocks
and Landsborough drops are still
proceeding. But DOC has postponed
the Haast drop this year.
Science advisor Josh Kemp said the
Haast Range was further west than
the Landsborough site and the climate
triggers for a mast to occur did not
happen. “ This operation has been
postponed to another year because of the
absence of rodents at higher altitudes.
“Although possum numbers are high
we would prefer to control them in a
mast year so that rat and stoat eruptions
can be simultaneously controlled.”
At the Abbey Rocks site, rat numbers
were higher in the higher altitude parts
of the block.
DOC scientist Graeme Elliot, said
that was not surprising as it was “in
the higher altitude forest with the most
beech trees that we expect to see the
most rats during a beech mast ”.
If uncontrolled, the rats, and the mice
would enable a stoat plague to develop
over summer. They in turn threatened
hole nesting birds such as kaka and kea.
Rats in the higher altitude parts of the
block were tracking at 35%, rats in the
lower parts 27%.
That means footprints were found in
35 out of 100 tunnels set out for one
night, with ink.
Mr Kemp said the Landsborough site
contained a range of vulnerable plants
Rats there were currently tracking at
5%, and it expected this number to grow
to 17% by November. Mice numbers
were tracking at 26%.
“This level of mice is expected to
trigger a stoat plague. Stoats will also be
killed after feeding on poisoned rats and
mice and possums. ”
Anti-1080 activist Danny Lane said
the Battle for our Birds was cementing
opposition to poison, pointing to
the more than 2000 votes anti-1080
candidate Peter Salter got in the
Mr Lane said he was not surprised to
hear Haast had been called off this year.
He said 1080 drops interfered with the
natural rodent cycle.
“ Trees have been masting for years.
Then they target those rodents, they die,
but they never get everything. They will
be doing it (pest control) for the rest of
our lives. ”
Fellow activist Mary Molloy, welcomed
DOC’s decision to postpone the Haast
drop. She predicted some months ago
the mast would be patchy, especially
after Cylone Ita.
“I’m very pleased they ’re recognising
there hasn’t been a masting. It ’s been
Prefeeding is likely to start in the next
month for the Abbey Rocks operation.
Not enough rats for 1080 drop
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