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Old shop to be
occupied by Flair
has been sold
to a property
developer. A Grey
District Council environmental
ser vices report said staff had met
with the developer, who intended
demolishing the building and
replacing it with modern premises.
A 71-year-old “ill-prepared”
tramper from Taranaki, overdue by
several days in the Arahura River
headwaters, was found walking out
as police began a search and rescue
operation yesterday. The man set out
on a walk of up to five days after
going into the upper Arahura Valley
above Lake Kaniere on March 3.
He was due out on Sunday. Police
mounted an eight-man search,
including a helicopter, yesterday
after a local person reported the
tramper’s vehicle had been parked in
the area for eight days. Family had
also expressed concern to police. The
man was found during the initial
helicopter search. Constable Paul
Watson, of Hokitika police, said the
man was fatigued from lack of food
but otherwise well. Bad weather and
unfamiliarity with the terrain had
delayed his return and he was “pretty
well ill-prepared”. He had taken little
food with him and had been “quite
frugal” with food over several days.
He also changed his intended route
after setting off heading towards the
Taipo River before realising he was
out of his depth.
A bungling Romanian government
staffer has been sacked after a
minister mistakenly handed a gift to
his German counterpart with a map
of France, not Germany, inscribed on
it. Officials were left red-faced after
Germany ’s foreign minister Frank-
Walter Steinmeier received the gift
from Romania’s Bogdan Aurescu
at the end of a news conference
marking 135 years of diplomatic
relations. But what was immediately
apparent was that the map on the
brochure, filled with the colours of
the German flag, was that of France,
not Germany. Pictures show the two
ministers grinning and posing for
photos as Mr Steinmeier receives
the gift unaware the obvious error is
being displayed to the world.
Showers; rain south of glaciers
1080 investigation on Coast
Auckland police are on the West
Coast inter viewing 1080 activists, and
say they have not ruled out a link with
a 2007 poison letter drop.
Deputy Police Commissioner
Mike Clement said this morning
just because they were talking to
people “does not make them a suspect
Police have not ruled out the chances
that a blackmailer collected dropped
1080 pellets and managed to refine
them back to white powder.
But that theory sparked a sceptical
response from Massey University
food safety specialist Dr Steve Flint.
“That ’s highly unlikely. They’d have
to have a knowledge of chemistry and
facilities to do that.”
Laboratories or suppliers were the
most likely source, Dr Flint said.
Hari Hari activist Danny Lane was
inter viewed by two policemen from
Auckland yesterday. He said they were
“They asked do I know who did it,
anyone who would have done it, and
did I do it.”
Mr Lane said he and fellow activists
Phil Paterson and Mary Molloy were
fighting 1080 drops through the
“ We are doing it legally, but people
can see it’s not working.”
Farmers Against Ten Eighty
spokeswoman Mary Molloy had not
been inter viewed but stressed the
anti-1080 lobby did not want the
poison used anywhere.
She questioned where a protester
could have got the poison: “clearly
it’s easier to get the powder out of the
system than people thought”.
“They’ve spent years saying it ’s
harmless, now people are cavalier.”
Ban 1080 Coast candidate Peter
Salter had also not been inter viewed.
“They are starting with the troops, and
not got to the officers yet.”
“ I hate the stuff, but I’m not going
to cripple the economy (to get rid of
it),” he said.
The West Coast has a long history of
civic unrest and ‘poison’ letters:
January 24, 2007: 100kg of 1080
poison was stolen in a break-in at a
contracting yard, Westport.
2007: Barrytown man Emille
Leaf pleaded not guilty to depositing
1080 baits on the steps of Parliament.
June 21-22, 2007: A council shed
in Westport was broken into and bags
of pre-feed slashed.
July 1, 2007: Letters containing
1080 poison mailed to the Westport
Department of Conser vation office
and the West Coast Regional Council
offices, in Greymouth, some of 16
sent nationwide; two parcels arrived
in Wellington the following month.
October 2009: Philip Paterson, of
Hari Hari, found guilty of assaulting
an Animal Health Board worker.
June 2010: Five anti-1080
protesters arrested after a skirmish
near Ross. Fritz Fehling went on a
September 2010: Ross man
Daniel Dick discharged without
conviction for threatening DOC’s
Ban 1080 Party founder Bill Wallace
was visited by police yesterday, as was
film-maker Clyde Graf.
Westland Milk Products chief
executive Rod Quin said today
no orders had been cancelled or
Shantytown chief executive Andrea
Forrest, left, and collections manager
Sherri Murphy have called on people
to pull out their hidden treasures and
antiques to be valued and restored
as part of an ‘antiques roadshow ’ at
the heritage park next month as a
fundraiser to help restore the Ross
Coronation Hall, behind them.
The restoration is estimated to cost
$100,000. The antiques heritage day
on April 18 will involve Portobello
Antiques dealer Deric Blackler giving
valuations to the public for $2 per
item, while well-known furniture
restoration expert William Cottrell
will run a workshop. The day will be
a step back in time, with horse and
buggy rides, blacksmithing and steam
engines on display.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Dust off the antiques
Yummy frittata from food scraps: council
The Grey District Council has suggested
people could turn leftover vegetables into
a frittata as one way to reduce food waste.
A recent study shows the average New
Zealand family throws away more than
$563 of edible food each year.
The Greymouth council took part in
a nationwide project which sur veyed
1365 people and investigated 1402
rubbish bins, to find out why food was
being wasted and what could be done
Utilities engineer Kurtis Perrin-Smith
said food made up a high proportion of
“This audit has revealed a staggering
amount of edible food is thrown away
every week. This comes as no surprise.
We have known for some time that over
30% of the rubbish placed into kerbside
collections is food waste,” Mr Perrin-
“ What did come as a surprise was the
amount of food that ’s being thrown away
which is still edible. Whole loaves of
bread, unopened yoghurts, uneaten apples
are just some of the foods that have been
found in audits across the country.”
The sur vey found that 27% of
households admitted to being large
food wasters and threw out more than
$21 a week of edible food, while 38% of
households admitted to wasting $8 of
food each week.
“Surprisingly, only 10% of households
declared they waste nothing at all,” Mr
The council offered some suggestions
for ways to reduce food waste and “keep
hold of those dollars longer”:
Storing bread in the freezer instead
of on the counter to stop it going mouldy
or drying out.
Stewing up any excess fruit that
might be going soft or blending it into
Checking the fridge before going
Turning leftover vegetables into a
frittata, or making fried rice.
West Coast-Tasman MP
Damien O’Connor has suggested
the West Coast Regional
Council’s “stupid” 1080 factory
investment had made keeping
1080 supplies secure more
He said New Zealand now
had two 1080 importers
“I’m hoping the development of
an alternative supplier has not in
any way contributed to this idiotic
situation,” Mr O’Connor told the
Westport News yesterday.
The regional council’s $1.9m
investment in the 1080 venture
was only revealed last October,
following inquiries by the
Greymouth Star. Council chief
executive Chris Ingle said
yesterday the factory had yet to
start manufacturing 1080. He
did not answer when asked when
manufacture would begin and
where the plant sourced its 1080.
Nor did he respond to Mr
O’Connor’s claims the factory
would make controlling poison
supplies more difficult.
MP bags 1080 factory
The 1080 baby formula
contamination scare is not the
first to leave New Zealand
exports in limbo.
In 1999, according to Clyde
Graf ’s documentary Poisoning
Paradise, 1080 poison was
confirmed in two deer.
Then in 2002, the Ministry of
Agriculture ordered the recall
of wild venison in April after
poaching charges were laid
against some hunters in the
central North Island, including
one who took deer from an area
where 1080 had been laid.
The meat, valued at $800,000,
was left sitting in cool stores.
Venison processors put a halt
to wild venison sales after the
meat was recalled, worried
that MAF could place restrictions
on exports at any time, leaving
them with meat they could not
West Coast-Tasman MP
Damien O’Connor said as he
recalled, some venison had been
moved on the back of a ute with
1080 on it and the deer had not
ingested the poison.
In time, exports resumed.
Venison scare recalled
Hokitika-based dairy company
Westland Milk Products was
told only a few weeks ago of the
November threat to contaminate
produce — even though the
West Coast is a hotbed of 1080
Damien O’Connor said he was
not familiar with all the timings
of the notifications, but there
were a lot of questions that would
have to be answered in the review
and in the mopping-up.
“At the moment the idiot or
idiots who have done this should
be the primary focus. But people
have concerns about its (1080)
widespread use. That ’s a discussion
that should continue on. ”
In an unattributed statement,
MPI did not directly answer a
question on why Westland Milk
was not told sooner. By the time it
was told, Fonterra had already put
extra 1080 tests in place.
It said: “In recent weeks we
informed manufacturers, global
infant formula companies, grocery
retailers (including supermarkets)
of the threat.
“ Westland Milk was advised
at the same time as these
manufacturers. We have advised
all of them so that they could
put in place additional measures,
including extra security ... ”
The Greymouth Star also asked
the two users of 1080 on the Coast
if they were upping security.
“ Because it is a hazardous
substance there are already
strict protocols and regulations
covering how we store 1080, and
we will continue to maintain these
storage and security standards on
the West Coast,” the Department
of Conser vation said.
West Coast Regional Council
chief executive Chris Ingle said
all toxins were safely stored in
accordance with all relevant
WMP out of the loop
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