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Seems like only
Twenty-five years ago, the Hokitika dairy company was supplying all South
Island packaged butter, the first Sand Dunes Golf Classic was planned for
Hokitika, distinctive West Coast wild food ideas were flowing, and native
timber supplies proved less than estimated. Read more from the yellowing pages
of the Greymouth Evening Star of January 1990.
West Coast from above
PICTURE: John Bisse
A September 2014 drone view of Rutherglen Road, showing a new subdivision, and at bottom right the Paroa Tennis Club courts.
January 11, 1990
All packaged butter from Hokitika
factor y now
The Hokitika butter factory is now supplying all
packaged butter for the South Island market.
Westland Co-operative Dairy Company began making
packaged butter for the domestic market in December
and has recently taken on production for the whole of
the island from Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin
factories. Previously, the Hokitika factory — the largest
in the South Island — has produced only 25kg blocks
General manager, Mr Gordon Bloomfield, said the
company was continuing to supply for New Zealand
Dairy Board markets, with production now divided
between the domestic and export markets.
January 11, 1990
Sand Dunes Golf Classic
Golfers and those aspiring to such lofty status will no
doubt have mastered the basics of bunker play at the
conclusion of the Southland Hotel Sand D unes Classic
in Hokitika later this month.
Thought to be a first for New Zealand, the one-hole
tournament commences at the sewerage ponds and ends
in a man-made crater outside the Southland Hotel.
The organiser, Mr Ian McMillan, said 30 teams of four
have ensured a capacity field and would enable the chief
beneficiaries of the day, the Foundation for the Blind and
the Hokitika Volunteer Fire Brigade, to be recipients of
the proceeds — a talking book for the former and radio
communications for the latter.
The match gets under way at 8.30am on Saturday,
January 20, regardless of weather conditions.
January 12, 1990
Distinctive West Coast cuisine
Some interesting ideas on the theme of distinctive
West Coast cuisine are being received by organisers of
the Wild Foods Festival.
Many people will be surprised at the amount of
delicious recipes to be had out of West Coast products
which have all too often been taken for granted in the
An innovative idea registered is a stall to be run
by Margaret Sullivan and Karen McNee which will
specialise in a tempting smoked eel pate. This is expected
to be very popular on the big day.
So far, 10 stalls have been registered for the festival,
said Claire Bryant, Hokitika Heritage spokesperson.
Some very novel ideas have been put for ward.
Heritage Hokitika is impressed with what it has had
registered so far and looks for ward to more ideas from
those creative West Coast cooks.
January 16, 1990
Supply of native timber less than
The Government may not be able to honour promises
made in the Blakeley accord on West Coast forests, the
Minister of Forests Dr Peter Tapsell warned in Hokitika
Estimates of the native timber reser ves available for
production are not believed to be “optimistic ” and not
enough to sustain the region’s sawmills. And on top of
that, he said, the advice to him was that the Tasmanian
blackwood and pine plantation in South Westland would
not mature in time to keep the mills running.
“ In Wellington, we have grossly overestimated the
Tasmanian blackwood forest as a resource,” Dr Tapsell
said to the the gathering of about 20 forestry and
conser vation interests.
“ I think that it is becoming clear that, without some
modifications, you will not be able to carry on with
the mills that you have — neither the three big ones
(Ruatapu, Hari Hari and Whataroa) nor the small ones.
“ My understanding is that the report allowed for a
greater amount of timber than is available. Some of the
figures are optimistic; that is a fact that you have all told
Sue Edwards, left, Sandy Walker and Dave Bryan of Aratika enjoy the Kumara Races.
The ‘Nelson Street Boys’ reunion. The men were also involved in the Kotuku Surf Lifesavers.
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