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The spirit of Christmas has gone from Waipu.
It is not that the town has had enough of the
festive season, just that some mindless thief
or thieves have stolen Mary, Joseph and baby
Jesus — the reason for the season — from
a nativity scene set-up as part of the town’s
Christmas celebrations. The figures lying in
a simple wooden feeding trough have gone
missing, swiped on Boxing Day three days after
they were set up in a belfry outside St Peter’s
Anglican Church in Waipu.
The Anglican community of Bream Bay hope
the figures will find their way back home so
they can be a part of Christmas celebrations
Church representative Steve Goldthorpe and
his wife Elaine transformed the belfry into
a nativity scene two days before Christmas
using bales of straw, sacking and two old shop
dummies that represented Mary and Joseph.
Pieces of fabric on a child’s doll represented
baby Jesus. It was the first time in the church’s
nearly 60-year history that the scene was set
outdoors. Mr Goldthorpe said the old dummies
were given to the church years ago but they were
too big for use inside the church.
“There was just a simple image of that very first
Christmas present from God to all people — to
remind the Waipu community of the reason for
the season,” Mr Goldthorpe said.
On Saturday morning, a church member
discovered the figures missing from their stable
setting. “ The figures have no monetary value. It
was probably somebody who had a few drinks,
but possibly someone who was offended by the
symbolism,” Mr Goldthorpe said.
He joked that the missing figures must have
gone to spread the message of peace on Earth
and goodwill to all men out into the wider
community. “ Without the figures . . . the scene
under the little belfry looked a bit like Jesus’
tomb on Easter morning.”
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Blue Bins Rubbish and Recycling operator Les Gill scoops up just some of the Christmas influx of boxes collected from around
Greymouth. Mr Gill and wife Brenda said they had processed 12 tonnes of cardboard since December 23. Yesterday they made
three trips to The Warehouse when normally they would make only one. Mrs Gill was pleased to see only one box had been left
outside their Preston Road depot after Christmas Day. “ That is the first time — usually you can’t get in the door.” New World and
The Warehouse were the biggest contributors of boxes, but they expected more to come from individuals later in the holiday period.
“There’s more chocolate boxes than beer boxes,” Mrs Gill noted. However among all the cardboard they found a stray bag with a
nappy, broken glass and cigarettes.
Christmas boxes keep recyclers busy
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Three stricken boaties spent up to
two hours treading water after their
5m vessel was swamped by a freak wave
while crossing the treacherous Manukau
Harbour bar, killing two other crew
Police say the three sur vivors could
easily have died had they not been
rescued by a passing vessel, whose crew
pulled them to safety and also hoisted
the two lifeless bodies on board.
The tragedy happened yesterday in
other wise calm conditions. While the
five men are all believed to have been
wearing lifejackets, it has emerged that
the boat had not lodged a call with the
Coastguard notifying the marine rescue
ser vice that it was about to navigate the
dangerous harbour entrance.
It is not a legal requirement to notify
the coastguard, but a spokeswoman said
it was standard practice for many.
Those involved were not named last
night because next of kin had yet to be
informed of the deaths.
Two of the three sur vivors, a 41-year-
old and 49-year-old, were flown to
hospital while an ambulance took the
third to hospital. The boat had not been
found last night.
“It could be at the bottom of the
ocean,” Inspector Andrew Brill said.
“ We just don’t know yet. ”
Auckland rescue helicopter doctor
Cameron Rosie said the rescue chopper
landed at Whatipu Beach, on the outside
of the bar, where he assessed the three
“They were shattered physically, really
exhausted and really cold,” Dr Rosie
He said it appeared the boat had
encountered difficulties while attempting
to re-enter the harbour.
The bodies of the two men who died
were taken to Little Huia Bay. The men
involved in yesterday ’s tragedy were in
the water for up to two hours.
Had the coastguard been notified,
it would have begun a search after
30 minutes in the absence of a call
confirming the bar had been safely
crossed, coastguard northern region duty
officer Carolyn Caukwell said.
An Auckland Council regulation
introduced this year made the wearing
of lifejackets compulsory on boats under
6m unless the skipper had granted
permission to remove them.
It followed a string of tragedies,
including the 2012 drowning of So’saia
Paasi and his seven-year-old son, Tio,
after their dinghy capsized at Mangere
Mangere Boating Club Commodore
Keith Hedges said conditions at the bar
over recent days had been “flat as”.
Notifying the coastguard of a pending
bar crossing attempt was mandatory for
all members, Mr Hedges said.
In 2010, a 50-year-old fisherman died
and three others spent almost eight
hours clinging to their upturned boat
after it capsized during an attempt to
cross the bar.
The harbour entrance is also the scene
of the worst shipwreck in New Zealand
history, when 189 people drowned after
the HMS Orpheus sank in 1863.
Five people have died in water-related
incidents this holiday period, while a
teenager who was swept out to sea in
the Far North on Saturday remains
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
A bulk fertiliser store in Greymouth which
was supposed to be largely kept stocked via
ship, is still yet to receive a single waterborne
$1.3 million, 1100 square metre bulk store
in Charles O’Connor Street, near the wharf,
on September 12. It was supposed to be kept
stocked by sea, through regular visits from the
cargo vessel, the Anatoki, as well as truckloads
The first delivery of fertiliser, which had been
expected on September 18, had to be diverted to
Westport and then trucked down to Greymouth
It now looks like the first shipment into
Greymouth will be next year.
Aratuna Freighters director Durham Havill,
who helped set up the bulk store and helped
run it, said last month that it had looked like a
load, which would be taken on board at Bluff on
December 7, would be unloaded at Greymouth
two days later. However, the schedule for the
Anatoki had been diverted and it did not make
“They had some urgent work somewhere else,
now it’s been put back to early January, mid-
January . . . we’re trucking it in at the moment
and have been quite busy with it.”
Mr Havill said initially they had been looking
to let the levels of fertiliser at the bulk store
drop, in readiness for a delivery from the
Anatoki. However, since there would be no
seaborne delivery until after New Year, they had
kept the stocks of fertiliser high to keep up with
the growing demand.
The Anatoki can carry about 800 tonnes —
equivalent to about 28 truckloads.
Mean thieves pinch
Two councils in the North
Island are looking at whether to
continue funding Tb eradication,
with a wider review of the Tb pest
control programme under way.
The West Coast Regional
Council contributes more than
$700,000 annually, mostly from
general rates towards poison pest
Since it was revealed that the
council had secretly invested in a
1080 poison factory in Rolleston,
Canterbury, some ratepayers have
been withholding their regional
rates in protest.
The larger Tb Free NZ
programme, and how it is funded,
is now under review and some
councils have already indicated
they may stop their financial
contribution, which averages out
to about 10%; the rest comes from
the Crown and industry.
In May, the Waikato Regional
Council agreed to fund the
programme for one more year.
Councillors felt rates were the
wrong mechanism for funding the
Anti-1080 activist Clyde Graf is
an elected member of that council.
Horizons Council, based in
Palmerston North, is also mulling
whether to make provision in its
long-term plan for Tb eradication.
“ Decisions on inclusions for the
draft document will be made in
the new year,” communications
adviser Ally Koehler said.
A staff report to Horizons
councillors said Ospri (Tb Free
NZ) had been notified by the
local government sector that “no
funding has been set aside as a
regional share by the councils”.
Ospri could look at increased
funding from central government,
or raising the slaughter levies, the
Much of the debate seems to go
back to a 2012 report on the council
funding share, commissioned
by Local Government NZ and
conducted by Harris Consulting.
It found “there is poor
justification for charging for wider
regional economic benefits”.
It also said benefits were
“primarily an industry concern
rather than a council concern”.
“Consideration should be given
to introducing a differential
industry levy as the best way
to target regional economic
Ospri group manager new
business Peter Alsop said a review
of how it should be funded had
been paused, and it was looking at
the wider Tb Free programme.
Mr Alsop said they wanted to
have changes in place by July 2016.
They were looking at transitional
funding arrangements for 2015-
16 and were talking to parties
about that, including the West
Coast Regional Council.
Bulk fertiliser store
first ship delivery
Councils review Tb eradication funding
Port of Greymouth. —
Arrivals: Southern Cross.
Departures: Nil. In port:
Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine,
Ocean Odyssey, Tainui,
Tawera, Remus, Southern
Cross, 21 other vessels.
Expected departures: Nil.
Expected arrivals: Nil.
The public will get a say
on a proposal to create
a special flight path
‘corridor’ for the Westland
black petrel, the Grey
District Council says.
The native Westland
petrel only breeds along
about 8km of coastline
between Barrytown and
The council initially
proposed creating a
protected corridor under
its significant natural
areas (SNA) policy.
Environmental ser vices
manager Steven May
said the council had now
decided to push ahead
first with its SNA policy.
After that, it would look
specifically at petrels.
“There’s such a unique
activity there (near
Barrytown),” Mr May
said. “ That needs to be
When the council
petrels, it would consult
with the public just on
The Westland petrel was
identified as a separate
species in 1945, when
pupils at Barrytown
School were conducting a
Plenty of choice in
New Year celebrations
New Year’s Eve celebrations on the West
Coast tomorrow will involve masquerades
at Kumara, sounds of Ireland in Greymouth
and rocking the night away at Barrytown and
The last day of the year will be celebrated with
plenty of entertainment.
Greymouth Irish band Da Banjaxed will play
at the Australasian Hotel from 8.30pm. At
the Lake Brunner Hotel, Moana, Pete Keenan
will play from 6pm followed by Joey and The
In Hokitika, the Railway Hotel will host band
TW36 for the evening’s entertainment.
The Theatre Royal Hotel in Kumara will host a
masquerade ball for a night of dining, costumes
and music; bookings are essential.
Christchurch post-rock group No Broadcast
will perform at Barrytown, with supporting
act Iron Mammoth. The band was established
in Christchurch in 2007 with Josh Braden on
vocals and guitar, Sam Hood on bass, and Chris
Self on drums.
The Barrytown show is $15 on the door and
BYO food and drinks.
No Broadcast and Iron Mammoth will follow
that up with a show at the Blue Ice Cafe, in
Franz Josef Glacier, on January 1.
With more children and visitors on the
farm during the festive season, Federated
Farmers is warning farmers about the
dangers of children and inexperienced
riders on farm bikes.
The warning comes after the Child and
Youth Mortality Review Committee
released a report on child deaths
involving agricultural vehicles, including
quad and farm bikes. On average every
year three children aged under 15 die in
off-road vehicle accidents.
Wairarapa Federated Farmers’ dairy
president Jamie Falloon said farmers
needed to be aware of the risks with
more children and visitors on farm
during the holidays. He advised farmers
not to let inexperienced children drive
While he did not agree with the rules
around farmers taking visitors on a tour
of their farm, rules around quad bikes
needed to be adhered to, he said.
“Be sensible,” he said.
— NZ ME-Wairarapa Times-Age
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