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Ten Mile slip
A massive rock came down at 10
Mile along State highway 6 and
blocked the road for two hours
between 6.30pm and 8.20pm
yesterday. Heavy rain over the past
few days brought down about 100
cubic metres of material onto the
highway. About 50 cars were held
up. Contractors had the road cleared
by about 8.20pm. Steph Wyness-
Robinson captured the action.
Power Road residents had to forgo
their morning shower today after
a water main broke, cutting water
all along their street. Grey District
Council utilities engineer Kurtis
Perrin-Smith said an asbestos
cement pipe had failed, leaving
all residents without water. They
believed the break occurred about
3.30am, with the council notified
by a resident just before 5am. Mr
Perrin-Smith said the pipes were
laid during the 1970s. “So they
are getting up there in age. We are
working through to replace them as
we can.” He said it was a standard
repair with a piece of pvc pipe put
in to replace the broken section.
With shows like Britain’s
Got Talent and The X Factor
dominating Saturday night tv, you’d
be forgiven for thinking Britain
is a nation of crooners. But not in
Northampton — where a band
has axed carols from its Christmas
church show because people are ‘too
embarrassed to sing in public ’. The
50-piece Northampton Concert
Band scrapped the tunes after
audience members felt ‘press-
ganged’ last year into singing O
Come All Ye Faithfull and Hark!
The Herald Angels Sing.
— Daily Mail
Showers, with hail
Greymouth Star On-line
The Grey River has eaten away 60m
of farm land at Coal Creek in just three
years, and there are growing concerns
that it will take a bite out of Taylor ville
The erosion has occurred opposite
the old Snowflake ice-cream factory,
inching closer to the road.
The rating district met this week,
and a West Coast Regional Council
engineer was on site yesterday.
Tenders will be called to put more
rock in, but that is intended to protect
“Something needs to happen,” Coal
Creek rating district spokesman Steve
McGeady, said yesterday.
“ I’m paying rates on the water going
down the river.”
The rating district at Coal Creek has
only 17 properties and is unable to
finance large-scale protection works.
Those local ratepayers already stump up
$10,000 a year before rates to maintain
the existing stopbank.
Mr McGeady said although there
had been no major floods, a number of
freshes in the Grey River had taken a
“ We are in a unique situation. The
wall does actually protect the road from
“ It ’s a very dangerous situation,” he
said, asking what would happen if
people were on the road and the bank
West Coast Regional Council
planning and environment manager
Mike Meehan, said the council was
keeping an eye on the river.
“ We do have warnings in place.”
He said he was arranging for
councillors to view the erosion
themselves, after they were invited by
the rating district.
In 2012, National Institute of Water
and Atmospheric Research (Niwa)
expert Graeme Smart wrote a report
on the erosion.
He said that in 1957 the riverbed was
wider than at present.
An island of vegetation opposite the
current erosion area grew and by 1976
the vegetated island had grown to cover
a large part of the bar.
By 1995 a stopbank had been
constructed on the south bank.
The vegetation had narrowed the
active channel and reduced the flood
capacity of the river at this location.
Serious erosion was evident by 2004,
not helped by a number of large floods.
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Coal Creek rating district spokesman Steve McGeady sur veys land that has eroded, marked by a broken red line. Aggressive erosion has eaten away 60m of farm
land in just three years.
River eats into Coal Creek
$2m boost for polytechnic
Work is set to begin early next year
on a new $2 million purpose-built
trades training facility at Tai Poutini
Polytechnic in Greymouth.
The polytechnic council yesterday
approved the two storey Tainui Street
building at its monthly meeting,
with a floor area of about 875 square
The new facility will include a
three-bay workshop, offices and
c lassroom space. It will follow on from
construction of a new engineering
workshop at the polytechnic’s
Westport campus, which is due to
open after Christmas.
Polytechnic facilities manager Doug
Griffin, said that details around the
timeframes for construction were still
being finalised “but we expect work to
get under way early in the new year
and be completed later in 2015. This
means demolition of the existing
buildings and new construction will
not interrupt this year’s Summer
The tender for the build had been
awarded to Greymouth firm John
Griffin Builder. Doug Griffin said the
new facility would be a great boost for
trades tutors and students.
“ We have modelled the facility on
an actual working environment, so
students will be learning in real-life
“ It will really raise the bar in
terms of modern, spacious facilities
for our students.”
Allan Sargison, said the new
building would vastly improve its
automotive training facilities and
create a great learning environment
for trades students.
“The new trades facility is an
investment in the West Coast, as
well as an investment in our training
“ We are committed to delivering
opportunities to the people of the
West Coast. ”
If you have a tame alpaca and
can get to Otira, you could have
it broadcast throughout Asia as
part of a car advertisement to be
filmed next month.
Media Network Corporation
production co-ordinator Aly
Cook said they would be
|shooting the commercial
throughout the South Island, and
among one of their requirements
was a tame alpaca.
“ We need a tame one that two
children can pat,” Ms Cook said.
It needed to be at Otira, where
they wanted to film the section.
They had settled on the
mountain village because new
Otira Hotel owner Lester
Rowntree had an extensive
collection of old farm machinery
to ser ve as the backdrop. The
unusual combination of alpacas
and Otira came through the
“The alpaca was in the script.
We follow the picture story
boards, which have an alpaca in
front of a piece of machinery. ”
She could not reveal which
company the commercial was
for but said it would screen next
year in Asia.
They would also be filming
around Wanaka and Tekapo,
before heading to Otira for one
“(Viewers) will be able to see
some of Otira and some West
She hoped it would be a good
plug for tourism: “It is fairly
obvious the advert is filmed in
the South Island.”
Anyone with a suitable alpaca
will need to be available for
filming and to get it to Otira
about December 16-18. Ms
Cook can be contacted on
027 556 6113.
One of 21 monitored kea
has died from 1080 poisoning
in South Westland, the
Department of Conser vation
In 2011, 1080 killed seven kea
near Franz Josef Glacier and
Okarito. Then in 2013, five out
of 39 being monitored at Otira
Conser vation ser vices manager
Jo Macpherson said yesterday
that one out of 21 birds tracked
through the 15,000ha Battle
for our Birds operation in early
November at Abbey Rocks, near
Lake Paringa, had died from
1080 poisoning. The remaining
20 birds had all been accounted
“It’s unfortunate to lose a
kea but this loss will easily be
made up for through one good
breeding season with reduced
threat of predation from stoats
Research showed significant
benefits to kea from increased
nesting success after well-timed
aerial pest control — for example
kea in a forest treated with aerial
1080 in 2011 at Okarito raised
four times the number of young
compared to a similar forest
south of Fox Glacier with no
predator control, she said.
The kea population at Abbey
Rocks was in good shape after
a decade of regular pest control
including three aerial 1080
DOC would continue to
monitor nesting success for
kea at Abbey Rocks over the
Farmers Against Ten Eighty
spokeswoman Mary Molloy said
DOC had “systematically killed
off huge numbers of adult kea”.
“There will be a level of kea
under which they will not be
able to bounce back but will
continue to die off until none are
left in the wild.”
At the turn of the century there
were over 100,000 kea, she said,
with current estimates now just
1000 to 5000.
“ How can kea sur vive?”
Abbey Rock lies between
Paringa and Moeraki. It is a
mixed forest of silver beech, rata
and podocarp, featuring fuchsia,
Hall’s totara and wineberry.
The area is a stronghold for
kaka and kea, and supports a
population of riflemen, kakariki
and other common forest birds.
DOC completed the operation
in early November.
Aerial 1080 was used over
1080 kills kea
Wanted: tame alpaca
Farmer shareholders voted for the
status quo by re-electing two long
standing directors to the Westland Milk
Products board at the co-operative’s
annual general meeting yesterday.
Interest in the Westland Milk Products
board election was intense this year on
the back of challenging global dairy
trading conditions, further expansion
into Canterbury, and ongoing capital
investment projects aimed at remaining
competitive in the international market.
All up, seven candidates stood for
the two four-year terms. Shareholders
returned incumbents Inangahua farmer
Matt O’Regan and Westport accountant
Hugh Little was elected as a director
for one year to fill the casual vacancy left
by the resignation of Mike Havill, three
years into his four year term.
Mr Little is a former deputy chief
executive of WMP, and retired from the
company four years ago after 47 years.
appointments of two independent
directors on the board, one of which is a
new position, at the co-operative’s annual
meeting at Shantytown yesterday.
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