Home' Greymouth Star : March 14th 2015 Contents www.greystar.co.nz
Kumara 1996 mystery — accident or murder?
$1 (Home Delivery 75c)
SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2015
Est. 1866 Phone 769 7900
New seal proposed
for Pike Mine
The Pike River families are looking
at a two-way chamber to go over
the portal of the underground mine.
With the site being handed to the
Department of Conservation and
a great walk ‘in the pipeline’, there
have been discussions over how to
seal the mine. Families spokesman
Bernie Monk said the retrievable
plug may be in the form of a two-
way chamber with gates on the front.
Gravel could be used as fill and, if a
re-entry was ever possible, it could be
taken out and filled with nitrogen.
Two crashes keep
A German motorcyclist was
involved in an accident near Fox
River about 6pm yesterday. The
tourist sustained a badly broken leg
and was airlifted to Christchurch
by the NZCC Rescue Helicopter.
Police are also investigating a
single car accident near Hari Hari
this morning. Details were not
immediately available, but the
driver is reported to be in serious
but stable condition and was
being transferred to Christchurch
Hospital this morning.
let alone Jurassic Park: Two raptors
enter the kitchen, stalking two
children — their human prey. But
as the raptors make their screeches
and calls, you might be surprised to
know these sounds actually come
from tortoises having sex. It turns
out that many of the dinosaur
sounds in the hit 1993 film were
made by recording modern animals
— including, bizarrely, tortoises
mating. The sound designer for the
1993 firm has revealed some secrets
of Jurassic Park — and it turns out
the velociraptor’s ‘barking’ noise was
made by tortoises having sex. Other
dinosaur sounds were ‘voiced ’ by
horses, donkeys, cattle and a dog for
the T-Rex. — Daily Mail
Fine with light winds
Greymouth Star On-line
Claim 1080 killed ‘million birds’
conser vationist claims that possibly
one million birds were killed in
recent Kahurangi 1080 poison drops.
The aerial drop, from Buller to
Tasman, was the largest in New
conser vation history,
covering 270,000ha of the Kahurangi
Westport conservationist Peter
Lusk — a strident opponent of 1080,
despite his long-time membership of
Forest and Bird — says his claim
that the toxin could have left a bykill
of one million native birds “is not an
However, the Department of
Conser vation flatly disputes his
Mr Lusk is undeterred, though.
“ Taking weka alone, they are
common in Kahurangi National Park
and a population density of at least
one bird per hectare is very likely,”
Mr Lusk said.
By his calculation, the Kahurangi
area is 450,000ha so that means
450,000 weka, and if 10% of them are
killed by 1080, that is 45,000 dead
His figure is based on a wider area,
incorporating 1080 drops prior to the
Battle for Our Birds.
“But it’s more likely that 40% are
killed, so the total weka deaths in
Kahurangi alone could easily be
“Other species like tomtit, robin,
fernbird and ruru/morepork are more
common than weka, so it’s easy to
arrive at a figure of one million birds
Mr Lusk said he could only
estimate because DOC “has no idea
how many native birds there are. So
someone has to make a guess”.
However, DOC says the figures of
10 to 40% of weka dying through
1080 poisoning does not tally with
its own findings.
DOC scientist Graeme Elliott said
the department had monitored 87
weka through four 1080 operations
in the past three years on the West
Coast and in the Marlborough
Sounds, three of which died of
1080 poisoning. That gave an overall
mortality rate of 3.45%.
He also disputed Mr Lusk’s
estimations of weka density.
“ Weka are territorial birds with
home-range sizes of 2 to 16ha, and
their territories are not necessarily
contiguous. Also, areas above
the treeline have very few weka.
While DOC doesn’t have a current
population estimate for weka in
Kahurangi National Park, it is
unlikely to be anything like 450,000.”
Of the 80 morepork/ruru monitored
through five 1080 operations in
different areas, none had died from
1080, he said.
All aerial 1080 operations used
“ best practice”, which meant non-
toxic pre-feed and low cereal bait
sowing rates of 1-2kg per hectare.
In general, research showed that
while there may be a “small risk” of
loss of individual birds, the improved
nesting success more than made up
for any losses.
He gave examples of successes
for robins in the Mount Stanley
area of the Marlborough Sounds in
2013, where preliminary research
results showed robin nesting success
increased from 22% before the
operation, to 78% after it.
Robin nesting success at a nearby
comparison site with no pest control
remained at 22%. In both areas in
2012, with no pest control, robin
nesting success was just 21%, Mr
DOC said in January that none of
the 26 rock wren it was monitoring
in Kahurangi National Park had been
seen again since the recent aerial
1080 poison operation there.
It said heavy snow was one
disappearance, though Mr Lusk
and others severely criticised the
department for allegedly poisoning
whole colonies of the bird.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
RSA Greymouth president John Morel with the new inscribed concrete block which has been installed alongside the Greymouth cenotaph. It was found by
CYB Construction in Canterbury and donated to the Greymouth RSA. Mr Morel said they were pleased to have the addition in time for the centennial of the
Gallipoli landings next month. “It is a special occasion, 100 years, and it is good for the community to have something like this.” A contingent from the
NZHMS Hawea is expected to take part in the Greymouth Anzac Day parade.
War memorial welcomed
$2m bill for
sewerage system is in for a
$2 million upgrade in the Grey
District Council long-term plan.
ratepayers will be asked if they
want to add an extra $495 in rates
for a water upgrade, only a year
after they added $1100 for their
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said the
Runanga sewerage system was
installed in the 1970s and needed
to be replaced.
“ We’ve got to do it because
we’re starting to get failures,” Mr
Targeted rates from Runanga
and Dunollie residents will need
to cover $210,000 each year for
10 years to pay for the upgrade —
working out to $88 per ratepayer.
However, some respite is on
offer as the council will ask
residents if they want to use the
$570,000 that remains in the
Runanga infrastructure fund.
If residents choose to use the
infrastructure fund the $88 figure
will drop, but the infrastructure
fund will have been exhausted.
Runanga previously dipped into
its infrastructure fund to pay for
the new water main.
Mr Kokshoorn said the entire
sewerage system needed to be
“A lot of it is still in good
condition, but a lot of it is not.
We will start in the worst areas
and move for ward.”
Greymouth residents had opted
to use their entire infrastructure
fund when the town had been
faced with the choice, he said.
Kaiata residents will also be
consulted on yet another rates
increase to cover an upgrade of
their drinking-water supply.
The entire scheme is set to cost
$1.25m, but the council has a
subsidy from the Ministry of
Health to cover 85% of the cost.
That will leave residents to cover
$495 a year each, out of their own
Mr Kokshoorn said the council
recognised that may be a difficult
proposition given that residents
only last year had $1100 added to
pay for their sewerage scheme.
Mr Kokshoorn said both
systems would be paid for over
Unplugged Haupiri residents appeal for internet help
Residents of the broader Haupiri
district have appealed to the Grey
District Council to address their
loss of broadband internet services
after the withdrawal of the service
previously provided courtesy of the
Gloriavale Christian Community.
The wider district — 14 households
and three separate business offices
previously connected to the
Gloriavale wireless service.
However, Haupiri resident Gaye
Coates said that since Gloriavale
had hooked up to the Government ’s
rural broadband scheme with a fibre
optic connection to the school, the
Christian Community no longer
needed to keep the wireless service,
which was unplugged in December.
In the meantime, residents had
travelled to Greymouth to use the
Grey District Library internet to
do bill payments and other essential
work, she said.
Haupiri’s own line was unable to
support broadband and the area had
no cellphone coverage.
Residents searched for alternative
broadband, such as the satellite
ser vice Farmside, however that would
not work due to the poor quality, Mrs
She said residents had invested
“hundreds of thousands of dollars in
leading edge technology ” to support
their businesses “which could not
previously be supported by the dial
Last month, Haupiri residents had
used West Coast company Zelan
Wireless to partly upgrade the
existing system, but they had to pay
a line rental and user charges at their
own cost. As a result, residents who
could not afford it were still without
Mrs Coates said residents at a
Moana Health Centre meeting
became aware of the council’s
Haupiri area infrastructure reser ve,
She said they now asked the council
to release $40,000 to fully fund an
The council agreed to consult the
full Haupiri community and make
its decision based on a majority of at
• Sore throat
• Runny Nose
Links Archive March 13th 2015 March 16th 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page