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Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
One Greymouth vessel. Departures:
Three Greymouth vessels. In port:
Cook Canyon, Galatea II, Jay Elaine,
Moon Shadow II, Ocean Odyssey,
Tainui, Tawera, 22 other vessels.
Expected departures: Nil. Expected
Wildfood threat played down
of the Westport News
Boundaries of an aerial 1080-
drop in northern Buller will
be pushed back further from
people’s houses, after concerned
locals fought against the initial
announced yesterday that it was
amending its plans for the Buller
north aerial 1080 possum control
operation, which would now be
delayed until February-March
2015. The drop was initially
planned between October 15 and
Locals worried that the
only 200m from a number of
properties had written to Tb Free
and to the West Coast medical
officer of health, asking that the
boundaries be pushed back 2km.
Tb Free New Zealand northern
manager Matthew Hickson said
some boundaries for the planned
operation would be changed in
response to community concerns
about proximity to water supplies
and residential areas. He did not
say how far back the boundaries
“ We have listened to the
community and as a result we are
planning to push the boundaries
of the operation further away
from the Hector, Granity and
Millerton areas, in particular.”
Millerton resident Chrissi
Douglashill said she was pleased
to hear that some boundaries
would be pushed back, but
was eager to find out whether
it would be the full 2km, as
many locals had requested. She
believed 2km was the minimum
distance away from 1080 pellets
that people needed to be to be
She hoped due consideration
had been given to Granity
School, which had concerns that
the original drop boundary was
too close to both its grounds and
its water supply.
of the Hokitika Guardian
A ‘Southern Wild Food Festival’
with striking similarities to Hokitika’s
homegrown Wildfoods Festival has been set
down for next year, but news of the copycat
event has barely raised an eyebrow on the
The Invercargill-based event will be
held just two weekends before the real
Wildfoods, on Cass Square, but it is also
advertising a menu of frog legs and snails,
huhu grubs, whitebait patties and colostrum
smoothies — all synonymous with the
The entertainment line-up for the ILT
Stadium event is also familiar, with live
music and cooking demonstrations.
However, organisers say the southern
event — almost half the cost of the Hokitika
festival at $20 to $25, and free for children
— is no threat.
Hokitika Wildfoods Festival co-ordinator
Ashley Cassin said yesterday numerous
events were held every weekend throughout
the summer season in various locations
around the country.
“They are all targeting the disposable
income, spare time and interest of a vast
and varied range of people. Southern Wild
Food is yet another one that adds another
alternative for people to choose from,” Mr
“ With that said, the (Westland District)
Council does not believe this particular
event is a direct threat to our festival. ”
Planning is well under way for the 26th
Wildfoods, on March 14.
The festival website is promoting
demonstrations from “famous chefs”,
interactive seminars and “competitions
galore”, as well as a range of returning
daredevil foods including huhu grubs,
grasshoppers, horse-semen shots and
mountain oysters (sheep testicles).
Local ticket prices, at $35, can now be
purchased up to, but not on the day, for
$35 from the Hokitika i-Site. Early bird
tickets at the same rate are also on sale
through Ticket Direct until the end of
After that tickets will be $40 up until the
day, when gate sales are set at $45.
Entry for children over five years will be
Tuesday December 23
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Passed away on Monday
December 22, 2014 at
Grey Hospital, beloved
wife and friend of the
late Dick Ashby, loved
mother and mother-in-
law of Richard and
Dawn, James and Carol,
Augustine and Graham
Dunbar, George and
Rawyn, Pauline and
Murray Piner, Simon,
and Leslie and Lenny
and a loved grandmoth-
to 43 Shakespeare
Eliza's Memorial Serv-
ice will be held at the
Jehovah's Witnesses 13
Sturge Street, Cobden
on Saturday at 1.30pm.
Resting in the care of
Anisy Funeral Home,
Rachelle, Stephen, big
brother Reed are thrilled
with the arrival of Nate
Lee Amtman. Born De-
cember 15, 2014. We
would like to say a big
thank you to the staff of
theatre, McBrearty and
Shy Hokitika five-year-old Robbie Weston got the opportunity to chat with Santa Claus yesterday,
as the big man in red took time out of his busy schedule at the North Pole to chat via the Grey Base
Hospital telemed unit. Robbie and the other children in Parfitt Ward got the chance to chat with Santa,
telling him that he had been good and all he wanted for Christmas was a pet mouse. Mr Claus said he
should be able to do something like that for him. Santa also told Robbie that he often visited the West
Coast and had also been to a Christmas party at the Kumara Hall, before concluding with a ho, ho ho
that he was “very busy and needed to get back to work in my toy factory”.
Young patient’s high-tech chat with Santa
PICTURE: Viv Logie
PICTURE: NZ Transport Agency
and even mistletoe are
flowering on the West
Coast, putting on a
colourful red show just in
time for Christmas.
of Conser vation says
northern and southern
rata are putting on
a pretty show in the
Karamea region, as well
as Paparoa National Park.
There are also reports
of native mistletoe
starting to flower in the
Murchison to Lewis Pass
In Greymouth, the
pohutukawa — plantings
from the North Island —
has just burst into bloom,
leaving the footpaths
covered in red.
adviser ecology Jane
Marshall, of Hokitika,
said plants like rata
were usually influenced
by temperature or the
change in temperature
in the years preceding
Ms Marshall said
there usually many years
between the really good
“Those years are a bonus
for the native birds like
tui and kaka and no
doubt for many native
invertebrates as well, as
the pollen and nectar
of these flowers are rich
high energy plant food.
“Lost among the cry of
Battle for Our Birds is
the fact that the 1080 is
also killing the possums
that devastate the plants
like rata and mistletoe,
and as a botanist I think
of that programme as
‘battle for the bird food’.”
in Coast bush
Haast Pass slip
site back to
After 15 months, the Diana Falls slip
site on State highway 6 has been restored
to two lanes through Haast Pass.
New Zealand Transport Agency
regional performance manager Pete
Connors said today he was pleased
to have the work completed before
“A 50kph speed restriction will be in
place because of the temporary surface.
This will be removed once the highway is
re-sealed in the New Year.”
Mr Connors thanked the local
community and West Coast tour
operators and businesses for their
support during the past 15 months.
“This has been a mammoth job for
everyone involved which has been made
easier by the support, patience and
goodwill of everyone — this has been
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