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Church takes up
lodgings at pub
DOC invests in
The Department of Conser vation
is about to spend $15,000 upgrading
the old ghost town of Waiuta as a
visitor attraction. The mine closed
overnight in 1951, after which the
entire town was abandoned, but it
remains popular with visitors. In
August, DOC installed a vehicle
counter, which was last week up to
919. Senior ranger Gavin Collis said
a capital upgrade project would be
under way by the end of March. An
interpretation shelter would be built
at the old hotel site, right at the
junction upon arrival in the former
town. An interpretation panel
with a map of Waiuta and a brief
history of the township would also
be erected. “ This will enable visitors
to orient themselves when they
arrive at Waiuta,” Mr Collis said. A
new car park will be developed at
the interpretation shelter, and the
existing car park at the Blackwater
boilerhouse extended. Closer
to State highway 7, a direction
sign will be installed at the old
Blackwater School, at the bottom of
the Waiuta hill.
Long fine spells
Greymouth Star On-line
This fascinating picture shows the
hoard of nuts collected by a squirrel
which stole them from a bird table
before stashing them away under
the bonnet of a Honda Civic. The
animal helped itself to food left
out for the birds in the garden of
a Gloucestershire property before
crawling inside the engine of the
car and hiding them in the air filter.
The secret stash of nuts was only
discovered when the owner of the
Honda Civic 1.6 took her vehicle
to the garage because she could not
work out why it wouldn’t go above
40mph. — Daily Mail
West Coast anti-1080 protesters
say the infant formula poison threat is
“exactly” what they have been trying to
prevent, and a sign of frustration at the
continued widespread use of the toxin.
New Zealand’s eco-terrorism scare
has been reported around the world,
with many news outlets noting it could
have widespread economic fallout, and
reports today that Chinese orders of
baby milk formula from this country
have already plummeted by up to 75%
as a result.
Police Commissioner Mile Clement
said this morning they were encouraged
by the response from the public since the
announcement yesterday, and it would
“most likely be brought to a successful
Hari Hari protester Danny Lane
stressed that he did not condone the
threat: “Our aim is to get rid of that
“There’s a lot of mad bastards out
there,” Mr Lane said.
The toxin powder was in industrial
concentrate form and not pellets picked
up off the ground.
“ Was it someone from the inside?” Mr
Activists had been saying “from the
beginning (that) 1080 can affect our
“And here you go. This is what we have
been trying to prevent.”
The scare has prompted Fonterra and
Westland Milk Products to add 1080
tests to their testing regime, something
activists have been calling for over at
least the past decade.
“ I do welcome that they now have a
more meaningful test,” Hari Hari dairy
farmer Mary Molloy, from Farmers
Against Ten Eighty, said.
However, the meat market still tested
just 17 cattle a year, she said.
The milk scare was a sign of someone’s
frustration, Mrs Molloy said.
“It ’s extremely unfortunate it’s occurred
like this. It means the focus is on the
anti-1080 movement, and we are not all
Motueka man Bill Wallace, who
formed the Ban 1080 Party to contest
the general election last year, said
threatening people was “appalling”.
He had set up the party to debate
politically and in the media, the ongoing
use of the poison.
He initially assumed the milk powder
had been contaminated with pellets as
“they ’ve spread it on 750,000ha ... and
880 tonnes was in storage in warehouses
and sheds around the South Island”.
Learning now that it was industrial
grade “puts a different spin on the story”.
Buller 1080 protester Laurie Collins
said it was probably a hollow threat,
noting that activists did not have access
to the industrial concentrate powder
used in the scare. He questioned whether
someone inside the industry had done it
to “discredit the anti-1080 lobby”.
Prime Minister John Key had shown
contempt in his response to those
opposed to the poison, and that may have
prompted someone to “do something
that will attract his attention”.
Ban 1080 Party West Coast candidate
Peter Salter said that for the past 50
years the poison had been dropped on
people, and made them sick.
“There wasn’t a dicky-bird from
authorities. As soon as it affects the
money tree, all hell breaks loose.”
Mr Salter said he “really felt” for
farmers whose turnover may be affected
as a result.
Kumara woman Nicky Calcott said she
believed it was a “wind up”.
“They (culprit) are making people
aware of what ’s going on. They are
hitting the most vulnerable — babies
and milk powder. It couldn’t get any
worse,” Ms Calcott said.
“Anyone could go out after a drop and
pick up pellets — they’re everywhere. ”
Chinese milk orders slump, p3.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
McMillan Drilling Ltd drilling super visor Darrel Keown, left, and driller Chris Nee at work on the old tennis courts site beside Grey Base
Hospital, on Water Walk Road. West Coast District Health Board programme director Michael Frampton said geotechnical engineers were
undertaking standard geotechnical investigations for the preliminary design phase of the new hospital and adjoining integrated family health centre.
Two boreholes were being drilled and the information gathered would help with the design of the new buildings, he said. The rigs will be on site for
about 10 more days.
Woman sells $12,000 of rental furniture
A 21-year-old Westport woman
who sold $12,000 of furniture from
the furnished house she was renting
was convicted and remanded for
sentencing, when she admitted the
offending in the Greymouth District
On April 29, Nikayla Grace
Gleeson entered into a rent to buy
agreement for bunk beds. However,
after paying only a small deposit she
then sold the beds for $325.
On June 30, Gleeson was living
in a fully furnished, tenanted flat.
She advertised one of the property’s
couches for sale on Trade Me, then
sold the fridge, freezer, outdoor
furniture and other items when the
person came to look at the sofa. The
total value of the property Gleeson
sold was about $12,000.
Gleeson also took a plasma
television, which she claimed she had
decided at the last minute to leave
behind, although it had not been
recovered by police.
She will be sentenced in the
Westport District Court on April 16.
New hospital site undergoes tests
Claim more families
set to flee Gloriavale
A Timaru couple say they are
preparing a store of supplies given
the possibility of more “ imminent
departures” from the Gloriavale
The Timaru Herald reported
yesterday that a family of two adults
and 12 children, known as the Ben
Canaans, had just left the isolated
Lake Haupiri community for a new
life in South Canterbury.
Timaru woman Liz Gregory and
her husband Graham are currently
looking after the family, who are in
the process of making the transition
from their time at Gloriavale to a
new life in Timaru.
Ms Gregory this morning declined
to comment on why the family had
chosen to leave, saying that they had
requested no publicity about their
new life. However a Facebook post
which circulated earlier in the week
about the family said they had come
to “ believe they were in a false system
and (had) left 500 of their family and
In the post the family were said to
be “very excited about starting life
A team of people is currently
helping the family with donations of
clothes, furniture and money.
Mrs Gregory was also quoted in the
Timaru Herald saying it was possible
more people from Gloriavale would
be “coming out, so if there is any
excess (supplies) we will store it for
Gloriavale spokesman Fer vent
Steadfast today declined to comment
on why the Ben Canaans had left the
community of about 500 people.
“ We never talk about any
individual’s private lives.”
The family of 14 are just the latest
people to leave the community,
which was beset by controversy when
its leader, Neville Cooper, known as
Hopeful Christian, was convicted of
sexual assault in 1994. Since then a
slow but steady flow of people had
drifted away from the community
for new lives elsewhere.
In July last year, when a TV2
documentary about the community
aired on television, one former
member came for ward and said
that since the last series of annual
community concerts two years ago,
two extended families had left,
along with eight of the young, single
“Also, a few others have left but
then gone back because husbands-
wives and children were still in
there,” the ex-member said.
Another former member, Phil
Cooper, Hopeful Christian’s son, said
at the time he thought that since the
early days, probably half as many had
left as were still there.
“ Two or three families have left this
year,” he told the Greymouth Star
The Christian community began
at Cust in North Canterbury in
1969 as the Springbank Christian
Community, and shifted to set up
at Lake Haupiri in the 1990s, going
under the new name of Gloriavale. It
now numbers about 520 members.
Westland Milk Products says its exports
are tested both in-house at the Hokitika
factory and externally for traces of 1080,
and there are tests at “every point in the
Westland Milk Products
executive Rod Quin said this morning
it already had in place an extensive
sampling and testing regime at every
point in the supply chain.
Infant formula makes up about 8% of
its product mix.
“The additional 1080 tests developed
have been worked into this process,” Mr
Westland was confident that its supply
chain, including while it was being railed
from Hokitika to Lyttelton, was secure.
Tampering would be very difficult and
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