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‘No’ to murals
The Grey District Council has
turned down a proposal to have
all the bus shelters in Greymouth
painted with murals. Mark Haldane,
who has previously painted the
wall outside DP1 Cafe and the
Greymouth RSA, made the
suggestion to the long term plan
with an anticipated cost of $3960.
The council thanked Mr Haldane
but turned down the idea. Chief
executive Paul Pretorius said the
proposal did not gel with the
council signage strategy which
was to focus on areas that came
out of public consultation, such as
the centre of town. Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn acknowledged that Mr
Haldane was trying to help, but said
they had spent a lot of time on their
signage strategy and should stick
The Tranz Alpine has been
included in a Huffington Post blog
about the ‘15 Most Gorgeous Train
Rides in the World’. The blog notes
the train leaves from “the garden-
loving city of Christchurch to the
rugged wilds of Greymouth”. It
states that from Greymouth visitors
can climb the nearby Franz Josef
Glacier. In 2013 the Huffington
Post website had 46 million
monthly United States unique
visitors and 78 million monthly
global unique visitors.
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The university equality officer at
the centre of a racism and sexism
row could lose her job after she
allegedly tweeted a hashtag ‘kill
all white men’. Bahar Mustafa,
27, student union wlfare and
diversity oficer at Goldsmiths
University in London, was
accused of discrimination after
she told white people and men
‘not to come’ to a meeting she was
organising to discuss ‘diversifying
the curriculum’. Now students have
launched a petition calling for her
to be removed from the post and
claim she used hashtags including
#killallwhitemen on Twitter.
Paroa School pupils Jayden Richardson, left, Kohen Thompson, front, and Mia Prendergast enter the Cosmodome mobile planetarium which visited the school
on Monday. With a 360-degree projector, the Cosmodome gives schoolchildren an over view of the constellations.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Paroa pupils seeing stars
A Runanga man who falsely told
the Ministry of Justice call centre
there was a bomb at the Greymouth
Courthouse was yesterday convicted and
sentenced to 100 hours of community
The Greymouth District Court heard
that on April 29, Shane Tristin Capstick
rang the call centre in Wellington as he
was having issues with a Family Court
During the conversation he asked the
operator, “if I threaten you in a phone
call, will you call the police?”.
He then told the operator “there’s
a bomb in the Greymouth Courthouse”.
Capstick was later arrested by police at
the courthouse, and after a search of the
building, no bomb was found.
He also told police that there was
no bomb and he had made the threat
because he was angry. He did not mean
it to sound the way it did.
Lawyer George Linder said Capstick
had had problems over a Family Court
case in which his partner had repeatedly
failed to turn up, and then when he
missed a court date, a judgment had
He said he had been told to call the
ministry hotline to verify why he could
not attend the case, but was told he
could not do so.
Mr Linder said Capstick claimed he
said, if there was a bomb in Greymouth
Court, would this call be verified?
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said that it
did not matter how Capstick had made
the statement, it had still been a bomb
threat, which had caused a great deal of
upset and distress.
“ Everyone gets frustrated, that doesn’t
mean you cause upset to others,” Judge
Bomb threat caused ‘upset and distress’ — judge
Building and Housing Minister Nick
Smith told Parliament yesterday the
issues faced by Franz Josef Glacier were
no different than Nelson.
On Monday, a Westland District
Council rule preventing development
in a swathe through the middle of the
town, c losest to the Alpine Fault, came
It will severely restrict development on
either side of the faultline, which runs
through the middle of the main street
and business area.
Business owners and homeowners
within the zone, up to 200m wide, will
be allowed to stay but will not be able to
extend or change their buildings.
West Coast-Tasman MP Damien
O’Connor asked in Parliament: “ What
support will the Government offer the
business owners in Franz Josef who
have been told by the Westland District
Council that they can no longer develop
their businesses and must, over time,
shift away because of the earthquake
Dr Smith replied that the community
of Franz Josef was “not different from
areas in my own constituency of Nelson,
where there are landslip and earthquake
risks, or from the risks in Napier and all
over the country”.
Mr O’Connor again asked what
support Government would offer.
“The issues faced by the community of
Franz Josef are not different from those
faced all over New Zealand, where those
risks are being better identified,” Dr
“ What I can promise the member
is that this Government will give
those businesses in Franz Josef a
better hearing than they got under
the previous Government, when
representations were made and were
Franz Josef quake risk ‘no different than Nelson’
Two Blackball men are facing a
number of charges after two dead
birds — and a kiwi’s foot —
were found in traps surrounding
a cannabis plot.
The great spotted kiwi had to be
put down after losing its leg in the
illegal gin trap near the town.
It was found emaciated,
hobbling around on one leg while
trying to feed. The trap was
located nearby with the lower leg
and foot still in it.
The police investigation started
in April after the kiwi was found,
along with the cannabis plot, in
Several gin traps were located
two contained dead and
decomposing weka and a third
contained the severed foot of the
identified two men thought to be
responsible for the cannabis plot
and the trapping of the wildlife.
The investigation also located
evidence of a large commercial
cannabis growing, drying and
During yesterday ’s police search
a significant quantity of cannabis
material was recovered.
Eric Peter Vegneris and Barry
Reece William Alexander, both
of Blackball, appeared in the
Greymouth District Court this
Both men face separate charges
of possession of cannabis and
cultivation of cannabis.
Alexander entered pleas when
they appeared before Judge
They were remanded on bail
to separate Blackball addresses
and ordered to reappear in the
Greymouth District Court again
on June 16.
A 51-year-old woman has
been charged with possession of
cannabis. She will appear in court
on June 16, police said.
The two-year old juvenile kiwi
was part of the Paparoa Wildlife
Trust programme to boost kiwi
Kiwi handler Jo Halley said the
injured bird had to be put down.
In areas with kiwi or weka, traps
had to be placed on raised sets at
least 70cm off the ground, and
“ We are working hard out there
to protect native species, and
finding this kiwi and the ongoing
vandalism to stoat traps along the
Croesus and Moonlight trap lines
has been extremely frustrating
for volunteers, who put in many
hours of work monitoring the
traps,” Ms Halley said.
The trust, which receives
funding from the Department
of Conser vation, is currently
embarking on a major stoat
trapping programme in the
Roaring Meg ecological area,
which will see over 50km of trap
lines from the tussock tops to the
valley floor around the Blackball
DOC ranger Glen Newton said
“thoughtless” trapping could undo
years of work by volunteers. People
who were trapping on private
land needed permission, and on
conser vation land a permit to trap
from DOC was required.
Leg hold traps have been
restricted since 2008.
Failure to comply with the
regulations is an offence under
the Animal Welfare Act and
punishable by up to 12 months’
imprisonment and-or a fine of up
to $50,000 for an individual.
The West Coast Wilderness Trail
will soon have its own merchandise,
as promoters work out how to get
tourists to say longer and spend more.
Tourism West Coast chief executive
Jim Little said he had been working
with the region’s i-Sites to develop
The trail is being promoted at
TRENZ, which attracts more than
1100 international and New Zealand
delegates, in Rotorua this week.
Mr Little said merchandise was still
in the concept phase at the moment.
Possible items included t-shirts, camel
backs (backpacks), tea towels, mugs,
wet weather jackets, key rings, drink
bottles, and fridge magnets.
Even hand sanitiser and sunscreen
had been suggested, though Mr Little
did not expect them to follow through
on those options.
Mr Little said they were also
looking to add cultural history points.
These would first be checked over
by Hokitika Museum curator Julia
Bradshaw and Ngati Waewae.
It was also looking into a heritage
book which doubled as a brochure
that visitors could consult while they
Mr Little said they were using
a ‘spin your own story’ campaign
through social media, while a series
of catchphrases were being used to
promote the trail in the media.
These included: ‘I got lost and I
loved it’, ‘ Views you won’t have to die
for’, ‘All glory no gory’, ‘I got lost and
found my wild side’ and ‘The bush
was so dense the city felt 1000 miles
Mr Little expected the Hokitika to
Ross leg would be complete “more or
less” by Labour Weekend.
However, one operator says a lot of
people currently cycling the trail are
not spending much money in the
region. Wild West Adventures owner
Paul Schramm addressed the Grey
District Council during its Long
Term Plan meeting last week.
He said that most cyclists were
capable of doing the trail in two days
and did not spend a lot of money.
Mr Schramm said they needed the
Hokitika to Ross leg to be finished
before they would see the numbers of
people they hoped for.
“O ur challenge is to get older people
to come here to cycle the trail.
“These people want lots of ser vices,
they want to be looked after, they
want quality accommodation.”
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