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2 - Thursday, March 26, 2015
Cobden residents in
Newcastle Street were
awoken last night to
yelling from a group of
teens rolling car tyres
along the road.
When police attended
shortly after 10.40pm
they found the tyres
had been taken from
Ser vices, on the corner
of Newcastle and Bright
streets. The tyres were
left on the side of the
road and the teens
A 23-year-old man
and two teenage girls
spoken to by police soon
afterwards claimed to
have no knowledge of
A Westport man was
late last night after
smashing windows at
a Mill Street property
during a domestic
was charged with
intentional damage and
being in possession of
instruments for cannabis
A few hours later, at
2am, police arrested
another Westport man
as a result of another
domestic incident, this
time in Derby Street.
The 53-year-old man
was charged with assault
and threatening to
damage property. Both
men were due to appear
in court today.
PICTURE: Department of Conser vation
Bank staff help in kiwi creche spruce up
Five staff members from the ANZ Greymouth branch and three Department of Conservation partner-
ships rangers spent Tuesday painting a 170m-long section of the Bois Gentil Kiwi Creche fence, at
Moonlight. The entire fence is 1.6km long and is used to house young great spotted kiwi before they are
released into the wild. Other volunteer opportunities will become available to help complete the fence
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Scientists are already planning their visit
to the West Coast in the inevitability that
the Alpine Fault ruptures, and say it is
important to talk about it now.
A public presentation at Franz Josef
Glacier on Tuesday, involving four earth
scientists talking about their work, was
the first of three talks to update South
Island audiences on the latest research.
Geologist Rob Langridge, from GNS
Science, said all evidence pointed to an
instantaneous horizontal movement of
7m to 8m along the fault and vertical
movement of 1m to 2m.
Immediately after an Alpine Fault
rupture, scientists would visit the Coast to
make obser vations and collect data before
signs of the rupture deteriorated through
erosion and weathering.
For scientists that would be a once in
a lifetime opportunity to collect valuable
information that would have global
implications, Dr Langridge said.
He believed it was important to start
talking about it now so the scientific
response could be planned with local
communities and co-ordinated with the
Ursula Cochran said the Alpine Fault
had ruptured five times in the past
1100 years, each time producing large
earthquakes of magnitude 7 to 8. The
most recent rupture was in 1717.
Dr Cochran and her colleagues had
found evidence of 24 Alpine Fault
earthquakes going back 8000 years at
Hokuri Creek, in South Westland.
There was a 30% chance of a large
earthquake occurring on the southern
section of the Alpine Fault in the next 50
Geologist Jamie Howarth, also from
GNS Science, said scientists had found
evidence of a sharp increase in the amount
of erosion material flowing in to lakes and
rivers following a large earthquake.
That could be seen as a “considerable
delayed hazard” and could have
infrastructure such as road and rail links.
Kumara will honour its soldiers and
nurses who lost their lives during
World War One with the placement
of a memorial stone at the gateway
of the Kumara Cemetery on Anzac
The bowenite rock headstone was
sourced from the Griffin Range,
near Turiwhate, and was donated by
Michael Meates and Gerard Fahey.
It will be inscribed with the names
of the war victims.
“There’s not a town in the country
which did not lose young lives
during that war,” Dillmanstown
resident John Acker said.
“Laurie Anisy and the late Robin
Hill have had the stone slab cut,
sandblasted and engraved by Decra
Art in Christchurch at no charge,
and there are still possible names of
Kumara World War One vets to be
added,” Mr Acker said.
The memorial stone will feature
the names of soldiers and nurses
from well-known Kumara families
who lost their lives in the war. Three
Rudkin brothers, L Ziegler, whose
family owned the Empire Hotel,
nurses who died on the hospital
ship torpedoed by a German U boat
and Henry Johnsen, who returned
to Kumara badly wounded but died
soon after and was buried by his
father Henry Johnsen snr, who was
the town’s undertaker at the time,
are just some of the names on the
“There are still possible names to
be engraved and then hopefully we’ ll
look at mounting it just inside the
Kumara Cemetery gate,” Mr Acker
Kumara memorial to honour war dead
A fundraising British motorcycle ride
will be held in New Zealand, including
Greymouth, for the first time this year.
The Ride of Respect is a motorcycle ride
that takes place in the United Kingdom
every year to raise money for veterans.
Proceeds will go to the RSA.
This year will be the first time it has
taken place outside the United Kingdom
and will be held in New Zealand.
New Zealand organiser Jackie Adams,
of Greymouth, said so far three rides had
been arranged in the South Island to
mark the event on May 17.
The West Coast ride will start from
the Greymouth RSA, and others are on
the east coast starting from the Papanui
RSA, and the third will start on May 15
in Q ueenstown, through to Dunedin and
finishing in Invercargill.
Anyone who wants to take part should
meet at the Greymouth RSA at 10am on
May 17 with a $10 donation to the RSA.
Tea and coffee will be provided.
‘Monsters’ made of
a quarter of a million
feathers will be on
display at the Regent
Theatre next week.
Known as ‘the beasties’,
the ‘Mokihinui monsters’,
or the ‘feathered
freaks’, the creations of
Christchruch artist the
late Joe Chidgey are a
The creatures are an
assemblage of about
horns, bones and teeth.
The piece King Bear,
which won first prize in
the novice class at the
NZ Teddy Bear Show in
1999, is seated upon
a throne crafted from
the pelvis of a cattle
Chidgey would scour
beaches for frames and
create the monsters in
his garage. The monsters
combined his love of
hunting, shooting and
After discussions with
Chidgey ’s family, the
decision was made to
give the beasties a final
outing. They will go on
display during the first
week of the April school
holidays from April 7-12.
The theatre is also
encouraging children to
create and bring along a
monster of their own for
Adding to the monsters,
the Limelight dance
juniors will perform
a short adaptation of
Where the Wild Things
Are, on April 9-10.
The Grey District Council has identified
the groups it will work with to install
local artworks and signs arising from the
‘Real Stories’ project.
Corporate planning and community
manager Quecha Horning said they
were working with such groups as the
Lake Brunner/Lakes District Promotion
Group, Greymouth Business and
Promotions Association, Greymouth
Heritage Trust, Greymouth i-Site,
Cobden Aromahana Sanctuary and
Recreation Areas, Blue Penguin Trust,
Kahuna Boardriders Club, Dispatch and
Garlick and the Blackball community.
Ms Horning said the council
would work with the groups to
roll out the signs, interpretation
and public art that tells the ‘real stories’ of
The council has allowed $80,000 this
year of the project — though the groups
will have to match whatever funding
they receive. The maximum a group will
receive is $10,000.
Ms Horning said groups were currently
putting together their plans and funds.
They were mainly working on signs and
interpretation at this stage.
She was unable to say when artworks
might start appearing as the council was
still working with the groups.
The council will make $10,000 available
each year from 2016 to continue the work.
Greymouth public art project
motorcycle ride to
come to Greymouth
Private funding to help the Department
of Conser vation save ‘charismatic’
species can significantly benefit other
species, according to the authors of a
DOC allows companies to sponsor
an individual ‘flagship’ species such as
the kiwi, kakapo or takahe. Some have
criticised that type of programme as
being subjective and inefficient.
Australian and New Zealand
researchers — including Department of
Conser vation staff — have picked apart
the species sponsorship funding model,
using New Zealand data to show how
this conser vation funding can be spent
to benefit multiple threatened species.
They found that if money earmarked
for an individual flagship species
prioritised towards projects
that would benefit other threatened
species simultaneously, the expected
conser vation gains could be more than
Senior biodiversity lecturer Dr
James Russell, from the University of
Auckland, said DOC recently went
through its largest restructure since it
was formed in 1988.
“ It is no longer just the responsibility
of the Department of Conser vation to
do conser vation,” Dr Russell said.
Dr Wayne Linklater, the director of the
Centre for Biodiversity and Restoration
Ecology at Victoria University, said
private conser vation funding in New
Zealand was growing rapidly.
“Thank goodness for it, because we
need it. Public funding for conser vation
is not enough to halt further species
declines and extinctions, let alone
recover those species already in trouble. ”
However, he cautioned that in time,
conser vationists would be challenged
to structure funding and discriminate
among private funders to ensure that
conser vation was not prejudiced “by a
Private DOC funding can benefit multiple threatened species
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