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urged to enrol
People in the Reefton area have
been urged to take action now to
enrol to vote or check that their
enrolment details are correct, with a
Buller District Council by-election
announced for August 25. “A by-
election for Inangahua ward takes
place in just 12 weeks time. All
eligible people will need to enrol or
update their enrolment details by
June 30 to vote in the by-election,”
registrar of electors for the West
Coast-Tasman electorate Sue Gage
said “Have you moved house or
changed your name or other details?
Then you will need to update your
enrolment details to make sure these
are correct.” The by-election will
be held by postal ballot. People can
update their details by filling in a
new enrolment form, going on-line
to www.elections.org.nz or filling in
a change of address form at any Post
More fine days in May
Greymouth had more fine days
than wet ones during May, according
to weather recorder Phil Forrest.
Rain fell on 17 days for a total of
133.7mm. The heaviest fall was
31.3mm, on May 7. The total rainfall
for the year to date is 644mm.
Sunshine was recorded on 24 days
but for a total of only 78.2 hours.
So far this year there has been 808.1
hours of sunshine. The maximum
temperature was 17.8degC, on May
6, and the coolest 0.5degC on May
Arrivals: Strike Force. Departures:
Resolution II. In port: Strike Force,
Pursuit II, Sovereign, 26 other
vessels. Expected arrivals: Moon
Shadow II, today; Jay Elaine,
Child Youth and Family has yet to
confirm if it has had any engagement with
the Gloriavale Christian Community in
the past, in light of recent allegations of
Police paid a ‘courtesy call’ to the Lake
Haupiri commune on April 29 after
allegations about Gloriavale were aired
on national television.
The Greymouth Star contacted CYF
on May 1 and again four days later,
in light of continuing allegations on
television, seeking information about
its involvement with the community,
and whether it had any past cause to
investigate child or family welfare at
However, southern regional director
Theresa Perham deferred, saying police
were the lead agency and CYF was
working with them “as appropriate”.
The Star subsequently formally
requested CYF answer its questions
under the Official Information Act.
The department then wrote back on
May 11 saying part of that request
around accusations that metal pipes,
willow canes, and 2x4 wood planks were
used at Gloriavale as punishment — had
been transferred to the police.
Police described the situation at
Gloriavale as an “ongoing investigation”
and declined to answer the questions.
Tasman area police set up an 0800
number on May 1 so the public could
directly talk with staff about Gloriavale.
The Greymouth Star understands the
majority of calls received so far relate to
A Blaketown man was further remanded in
custody in the Greymouth District Court on
Tuesday after the judge told him he was not
prepared to “put the community at risk” by
letting him out.
Jessie Thomas Fisher, also known as Jessie
Radford, 20, appeared on charges of using
threatening language and receiving a tv on
He had been set to apply for bail, however
the police opposed the application.
Judge Noel Walsh said while there was
no evidence Fisher posed a risk of skipping
court, there was a problem with where he
could be bailed to.
“ You can not rely on family. Police are also
trying to find a stolen shotgun and they
believe you have it in your possession and if
you were bailed it may be disposed of,” Judge
Lawyer Richard Bodle said that while
Fisher did not have an address to be bailed to,
he was prepared to report to the police daily.
But the judge said he found “just cause” to
have Fisher in continued detention.
“If you are let out you may interfere with
the gun and possibly dispose of it. The police
also say that you have offended previously
when on bail. ”
Fisher was remanded in custody until June
Brett James Drake, 35, of Christchurch, was
convicted and remanded in custody until July
7 for sentencing after he admitted charges of
possession of cannabis, possession of a class
A drug, MDA, plus three charges of wilful
damage, theft of petrol, receiving stolen
property and breach of leave conditions.
Graeme Robert Mace, of Greymouth, was
convicted and ordered to appear in court if
called upon within 12 months when he was
sentenced on an assault charge.
The court heard the Mace, who had become
reliant on painkillers, assaulted his now
former partner of seven years.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Mace and
his former partner were both under a
considerable amount of stress and the assault
was out of character .
“ He is not a violent person,” Mr Bradley
Judge Walsh accepted the explanation: “My
hunch is that alcohol was the catalyst for this
Alan John Martin, 48, of Runanga, was
sentenced to 12 months’ super vision and
ordered to undertake alcohol counselling
and a ‘stop violence’ programme when he was
convicted of using threatening language.
Police said Martin became annoyed with
neighbours who were having a noisy party.
He said in hindsight he should have
stayed home instead of going over to the
party house. He had very little memory of
the incident because he had been drinking
and was also beaten up during the incident,
suffering lacerations to the head.
Barry William John McLachlan admitted
When pulled over in Bright Street, Cobden,
on April 5 he had a breath-alcohol level of
McLachlan was convicted and fined
$2000, disqualified for 18 months, placed on
super vision for nine months and ordered to
undertake alcohol counselling.
Shannon Ian Fisher, 31, of Blackball,
admitted changing the vehicle identification
number (VIN) on his vehicle, and sustained
loss of traction, on April 21.
Fisher was convicted and fined $500 and
disqualified from driving for six months.
For the VIN offence he was convicted and
Guthrie Joseph Deck, 23, of Greymouth,
admitted drink-driving on May 16, on Main
South Road, Greymouth.
Deck was convicted and fined $400, and
disqualified from driving for six months.
Judge ‘not prepared to
put community at risk’
John Paul II High School Year 10 students Guy Manger, left, Levi Kanara, and Carrie Vaughan plant daffodils yesterday above the
Turumaha Street bank in Greymouth, as a part of a Cancer Society project to cover the slope at the rear of Karoro Learning in a field
of yellow for spring. Yesterday, 1000 daffodils, mostly paid for by the Cancer Society, were planted along a 40m stretch. Greymouth
branch spokesman Pavel Bares said the planting would be ongoing along the rest of the bank and hopefully a few daffodils would
be blooming in time for Daffodil Day at the end of August. “ We want the daffodils to bring brightness and happiness into people’s
lives,” Mr Bares said.
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Planting for Daffodil Day
A review of the New Zealand
Tb programme is under way,
and farmers will be asked
whether they want to ramp up
the programme to eliminate the
A review of the bovine
tuberculosis pest management
plan is under way, as required by
The aim is to provide a proposal,
including any proposed changes
to funding arrangements, to the
Minister for Primary Industries
by September 30.
Since the start of 2000, New
Zealand has spent more than
$1.2 billion fighting bovine
Tb and controlling the pests
(especially possums) that spread
The West Coast Regional
Council share currently is about
$700,000, but that is expected to
end next year.
(PGG) chairman Chris Kelly
said: “ To protect the health
of farmed cattle and deer and
our good international trade
products, it is critical we
continue to build on this large
investment and maintain the
low Tb rates we see today.
“This year, we need to decide
how we continue to deliver this
work. To ensure we get it right, I
urge dairy, beef and deer farmers
and other interested parties
to get involved in the review
consultation process. We want
to hear people’s views on what
the future plan should include.”
During June and July, review
workshops will be held in about
30 locations throughout New
Zealand where proposals can be
discussed and feedback noted
for later analysis.
The consultation process will
start towards the end of June
with the release of a public
discussion document. Some
limited farmer sur veys will also
be undertaken to help capture
the full range of ‘farm-gate’
views. Submissions will close on
The discussion document will
be seeking feedback on whether
the programme to eradicate Tb
should be faster or slower or
kept the same. Views will also
be sought on containing the
disease at current or lower levels.
For more information visit
Tb programme review to survey farmers
An upgrade of the Runanga effluent
pond is back on the agenda after a five-
The process began in 2010 but has
been on hold until now, when it came up
last month as a carry-over item for the
Grey District Council budgets.
Assets manager Mel Sutherland said
the project had been on hold for “a
number of years” because the council
had other priorities.
“The council has asked us to focus on
carry-over projects,” Mr Sutherland said
The sewerage pond is located near
O’Brien Park, at Dunollie.
Mr Sutherland said he had asked
the West Coast Regional Council to
reactivate the consent process.
Utilities engineer Kurtis Perrin-Smith
said when submissions were first received
in 2010, some people had objected, and
so that could possibly lead to a hearing.
The council had been simultaneously
working on issues with the Runanga
reticulation and with a failure in the
network emergency overflow.
Mr Perrin-Smith said the system
had overflowed when it was not an
emergency. That resulted in aesthetic
issues, he said.
The council was pushing for ward with
a design but may yet need to incorporate
some changes as a result of the consent.
Work on the pond was estimated to
cost about $200,000, although that was
still to go through the procurement
process. The project would be funded by
council and funds were already available.
Mr Sutherland said the upgrade of the
pond itself would see an improvement of
effluent quality, increasing the capacity
and work to improve the wave band
around the pool to protect the edge from
A Southland district councillor has
questioned whether money should be
set aside for dealing with the Haast-
Hollyford road proposal, the Southland
Times reports. At a meeting yesterday,
Cr Lyall Bailey asked whether the
council had put aside any money for
the project. The council is currently
waiting for Haast-Hollyford Highway
Ltd to provide more information and
clarification on the project before
making a decision on whether to
support it. Council chief executive
Steve Ruru said no money had been put
aside, but evaluation of the project and
consultation with government agencies
as well as the public could cost $1 million
or more. However, more information
was needed before any decisions could
be made, he said.
Runanga effluent pond upgrade
Diggers are back at
the old ghost town of
Waiuta but this time
they are looking for
arsenic, not gold.
The clean-up of
contaminated land is
progressing with the
cost, including the
nearby Alexander River
site, expected to be about
The levels of arsenic
at the Waiuta sites are
among the highest
recorded anywhere in
the world at 400,000
parts per million on land,
or 500 times the safe
level, and in water at 300
parts per million,
or 33,000 times the
safe limit for drinking-
At the Prohibition
Mine site, building
been built and the
encapsulation pit is
manager Tony Preston
said the encapsulation
pit would be lined with
a heavy duty plastic
The Prohibition Mine
site was contaminated
from the operation of a
roasting plant from 1935
to 1951, when arsenic-
bearing ore was roasted
to release gold. The sites
also have high levels
of naturally occurring
mercury and cyanide.
Southland holds support for road
Last year, 9838 possums were killed
throughout New Zealand and then checked
None had the disease.
These and other figures, New Zealand First
MP Richard Prosser says, raise questions over
the need for Tb Free New Zealand’s aerial
possum control programmes.
The latest round of possum poisoning —
using aerial drops of 1080 — is due to be
carried out in the mountains around Wanaka
as soon as the weather is suitable.
An opponent of the aerial use of 1080, Mr
Prosser asked Primary Industries Minister
Nathan Guy for the figures on Tb detection
over the past 10 years.
“It would appear . . . the prevalence of bovine
tuberculosis in possums is very much less —
many orders of magnitude less, in fact — than
the public, and even the farming sector, have
come to believe,” Mr Prosser said yesterday.
“I would contend that this misinformed
perception has been allowed to proliferate both
through the repetition of misinformation, and
the failure of the relevant authorities to alert
either the media or the public as to the truth
of the matter,” Mr Prosser said.
Fifty-four possums testing positive for
Tb from 124,213 autopsies over nine years
suggested possums were not a significant
vector “let alone the single most-important
vector as official channels are fond of
repeating”, he said.
Mr Prosser repeated New Zealand First ’s
call for a moratorium on the use of aerial 1080
programmes, with a commitment to finding
alternative methods of pest control “such as
trapping and bait stations”.
“The revelation that the Tb problem in
possums may be nowhere near as serious as
has been the public and official perception for
many years is a new one, and only adds weight
to that call.”
Mr Prosser was concerned 1080 killed
insects, native birds, bats, lizards and trout,
and considered there was also “absolutely” no
justification for aerial drops, he said.
Tb Free New Zealand was unable to
respond to Mr Prosser’s comments yesterday.
— Otago Daily Times
Possum control need queried
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Passed away five years
Every day in some small
way memories of you
come our way,
Though absent, you are
Still missed, still loved
and very much treas-
Chris, Lyn, Jeynelle
May (nee Case). — On
June 3, 2015 after a long
and courageous battle at
Dearly loved wife of the
late Cyril (Stumpy).
Loved mother of John
(Tully, Australia), Vicky
and Jenny (Christ-
church). Loved gran to
her five grandchildren
eldest daughter of the
late Sam and Betty Case
(Kumara). Loved sister
of Ron Case, Elaine
Cynthia Patterson and
Merl Case. A special
and sincere thank you to
all the nursing, medical
and hospital staff for
their compassionate care
of Viv's needs. Mess-
ages C/- PO Box 7244,
Christchurch 8240. As
per Vivienne's wishes a
private cremation has
been held. In the care of
Heritage Funeral Serv-
BECK, Zona Clarice
away peacefully two
years ago today.
Your life is not over,
But in a different place.
You tried your best to
I know you wanted to,
But it was not to be.
You were the only one
who cared for me.
“Rest In Peace”
Your fight is over, mine
Air quality monitoring
should be extended to
Hokitika, Westport and
Greymouth, the West
Coast Regional Council
has been told.
In a submission to
the council’s long-term
plan, Community and
Public Health asks
for monitoring to be
extended beyond Reefton
“As coal burning is
prevalent across the
region, it would be good
to see some limited
monitoring of air quality
occurring in other main
towns on the West
Public Health said it was
also concerned that air
standard limits kept being
breached in Reefton.
Air quality monitoring for
other Coast towns urged
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