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LATE NIGHT CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
Monday - Friday: 7.30am - 5.00pm
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 8.30am - 5.00pm
51 Waterwalk Road
Phone: 769 9036
Rim or coupe.
Pizza Oven Box
Converts your gas BBQ into a gourmet
pizza oven. Compatible with most BBQs.
H: 159mm, W: 418mm, D: 585mm.
All Mitre 10 MEGA stores open till 9pm Friday 19th, Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd December 2014
Available from Friday 19th - Wednesday 24th December 2014,
while stocks last. DC1600
If you find a lower price on an identical stocked product locally
we will beat it by 15%.
If you find the same product cheaper from another Mitre 10
store or Mitre 10 website we’ll match that price. Excludes trade
and special quotes, stock liquidations and commercial quantities.
The in-store price may be lower than that advertised.
100 Piece Multi-Function Tool Kit
Total Car Care Pack
Includes Tough Wash, Wet Look, Liquid
Armour, carpet cleaner and glass cleaner.
The Big Lagoon
Extra-wide side walls. Includes heavy-duty repair patch.
H: 460mm, W: 1570mm, L: 2620mm.
Healthy Dessert Maker
Yonanas can be made from 100% fruit
so it’s full of fibre, vitamins and minerals.
#AU910A 189020 3
165 Piece Rotary Tool Kit
For drilling, grinding and polishing.
2 year warranty.
Valued at $69.44
Pools are required by law to meet the
requirements of the Fencing of Swimming Pools
Act 1987. Check your local Council for details.
Outdoor Bean Bags
Available in red, orange, grey,
black or aqua. Water resistant.
(Beans not included.)
Bean Bag Refill 100L $30.65 each
Black + Decker
18 Volt Cordless Drill
2 speed. 2 batteries. 4 year warranty.
*Conditions apply. See in-store for details.
with any outdoor furniture
setting over $1,000*
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FREE ROTISSERIE &
with selected BBQs over $699**
** Offer excludes Weber BBQs. Conditions apply. See in-store for details.
COMPLIANT WITH CURRENT
03 768 5421
(Opposite Dixon Park)
Phone 768 0370
for 24 Hour Service.
Dr Megan Hero
Chemist this week is:
Phone 768 7470 (shop)
022 411 9358
Friday open until
No Sunday hours
Friday 6pm until
153 Tainui Street
Telephone: 769 9300
Peter and Josie
Married 50 years ago today
December 19, 1964
With love and best wishes
from all your family and
FDANZ Funeral Home
Ph 768 0250
Formally NZ qualified
National Dip. Embalming
Dedicated to the
maintenance of the highest
standards of professtional
conduct and ability
Ensuring you get Expertise
and Qualified Funeral
Busy Healthline summer
Hundreds of West Coast families
are expected to call Healthline over
the summer. General manager Andrea
Pettett said the phone ser vice was
available 24 hours a day. “From the
start of January to the end of March
2014, over 550 people from the West
Coast DHB region called Healthline,
and demand is expected to be similar
this holiday period.” People now have
the added choice of using Healthline’s
on-line app that provides expert health
advice and information. Alternatively,
phone Healthline on 0800 611 116.
Arrivals: Nil. Departures: Nil. In port:
Cook Canyon, Galatea II, Jay Elaine,
Moon Shadow II, Ocean Odyssey,
Tainui, Tawera, 24 other vessels.
Expected departures: Nil. Expected
About 50 West Coast District Health Board staff and family members went carolling at
Grey Base Hospital on Wednesday night, bringing cheer to the wards, including here at
McBrearty maternity ward. They were accompanied by two violins and an accordion —
and Santa Claus even made an appearance.
PICTURE: West Coast District Health Board
Hospital decks the halls
A Haupiri man had a charge of careless
use of a motor vehicle dismissed in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday.
On September 29, Vincent Parker was
driving along Bell Hill Road, a gravel
road near Moana, on his way home from
having dinner at a friend’s house, when
he crashed into a deer fence. The impact
broke two fence posts and shred a length
of fence wiring.
In evidence, Parker said he thought the
crash had been caused by a combination
of a flat tyre on his car, fatigue caused by
a long day spent on the farm, and a late
night at a friend’s place, where he drank
two stubbies of beer with his dinner.
He was also seen by the farm owner,
Bronwyn Perkins, at the Nelson Creek
Hotel earlier that evening.
Parker told the court he had driven
some way up the road, changed the tyre
and then driven home. He decided not to
wake up Ms Perkins, as he was not going
to try to run from what he had done.
However, later that morning, when
Ms Perkins found the number plate
of Parker’s car in the field, next to the
broken fence, and rang it through to
police, Parker was questioned about the
Parker admitted in court that he would
probably have been better off telling Ms
Perkins what had happened just after the
Judge Brian Callaghan said he could
not be sure beyond reasonable doubt if
the crash had been caused by fatigue,
the state of the gravel road, or some
other factor, therefore the charge was
Careless driving charge
from rural crash dismissed
Fish and Game has been releasing
thousands of tiny salmon into
tributaries of both the Hokitika
and Taramakau rivers to further
enhance the fishery.
The latest releases, a week
ago, are part of an ongoing
programme to release 150,000
fish to commemorate 150 years of
acclimatisation in New Zealand,
West Coast Fish and Game
manager Dean Kelly said.
Fish and Game had now
exceeded the 150,000 target and
over the past five years about
200,000 sports fish had been
released to existing fisheries on the
About 3000 salmon fingerlings
were released at Doctors Creek, in
the Hokitika River catchment, last
Wednesday. A further 5000 were
released into the Taramakau River
the same day, and 110,000 sports
fish into Westland lakes south of
The current releases were focused
on enhancing existing Westland
salmon fisheries, Mr Kelly
“These smolt that are being
released return in three to four
years and by that stage range
between three to 10kg.”
Young salmon released in Taramakau
The Department of Conser vation says
the figure of 800,000 rats killed by a 1080
poison drop at Maruia is an estimate, and
equates to about 10 rats for every hectare.
However, it has not attempted to work
out mice numbers at Arthur’s Pass, where
residents are dealing with a plague.
On Monday, DOC estimated that
800,000 out of a million rats were killed
as a result of its recent ‘Battle for Our
Birds’ aerial poison drop at Maruia, in
response to heavy fruiting in the beech
The Greymouth Star asked DOC to
clarify how it worked out the estimate.
Spokeswoman Trish Grant said bait
was used to lure rats inside tunnels, where
their footprints were tracked using ink
“The rat tracking figure is the percentage
of tunnels showing evidence of rats over
one night within a monitoring site,” Ms
When rats walked through tracking
tunnels staff were unable to tell
how many had been there — even if
there was only one rat, it might walk
back and forth through the tunnel
several times, and when there are
lots of rats all the footprints blurred
together, making them too hard to
As a result, she said field staff only
recorded the presence or absence of rat
footprints in the tunnels.
When rats were at low densities the
detection of rat footprints in a tunnel
probably meant there had been only
one rat, but when rats were at higher
densities, the presence of rat footprints
probably meant there have been several
rats, she said.
The predicted 90% rat tracking at the
time of the operation was borne out by
rat tracking at that level in November
in a nearby comparison site in the
Shenandoah Saddle area, where no pest
control took place.
Field staff believed there were 12 rats to
a hectare, which equated to close to one
million across the operational area, Ms
The estimate of 80% of the estimated
one million rats being killed was
on the post-operation
rat tracking figure of 37%, equating
to an estimated 10 rats to a hectare
DOC staff at Arthur’s Pass said that
because mice did not kill birds, the
department did not have systems in place
for counting them.
DOC says rat death toll ‘an estimate’
History House will open
its door for seven days a
week over the summer
months to cater for
museum currently opens
from Monday to Saturday
and will add Sundays
for the January period,
opening from 10am
to 4pm on weekdays
and 10am to 2pm on
weekends. The monthly
report to the Grey District
Council says the museum
has been stocking up on
essentials and making
improvements for the
History House open
all week over summer
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