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Rogue stoat evades
capture at kiwi sanctuary
West Coast children under-13 will
now get cheaper medical care, after
a nationwide subsidy scheme started
Throughout New Zealand, children will
not be charged for routine consultations
or prescriptions under the Government
scheme, with all regional GP practices
covered by it.
Organisation executive officer Helen
Reriti said zero fees had been introduced
to improve access to health care for
primary and intermediate schoolchildren.
“Introducing zero fees for under-
13s will ensure they can get the care
they need when they need it and avoid
possible complications and visits to the
hospital emergency department,” Mrs
of the Otago Daily Times
Haast tokoeka kiwi chicks evacuated from
Orokonui Ecosanctuary on Tuesday will not
be going back, and the invading stoat that
forced their evacuation remains to be found,
the ecosanctuary says.
“It ’s very disappointing; very upsetting,’’
ecosanctuary general manager Chris Baillie
The ecosanctuary went on high alert on
Thursday afternoon after stoat prints were
found inside the ecosanctuary’s fence, and
the Department of Conser vation decided
to evacuate the 12 kiwi chicks on Monday,
West Coast and Canterbury area manager Jo
Ecosanctuary conser vation manager Elton
Smith said DOC deliberated over the “risks’’
of evacuating the chicks before making the
Once the decision was made to evacuate,
a team of six DOC and ecosanctuary staff
members and one volunteer was assembled
to find and capture the chicks.
The mission took all day — about an hour
per chick — Ms Baillie said.
All the kiwi were recovered safely, and
taken to islands in Lakes Manapouri and
Yesterday, a trained dog had isolated the
stoat to the upper part of the ecosanctuary.
“ We’re hoping that we’re getting close to
catching it,’’ Ms Baillie said.
“Everyone’s doing what they can ... we can’t
think about anything else.’’
Ecosanctuary staff were looking at different
options to “fine tune’’ the fence so no other
predators could enter.
Staff were concerned about the safety of
other native animals that could be preyed
upon by the stoat, but could not be evacuated.
Among those were the first wild-hatched
tuatara in about 500 years, which are believed
to have been born at the beginning of this
year on ecosanctuary grounds.
Ecosanctuary staff had not yet found proof
that the stoat had killed any animals, but
that did not mean it had not happened, Ms
“ You wouldn’t always know ... unless (the
evidence) was on the paths, or something like
Even once the stoat was caught, the
evacuated kiwi chicks would not be brought
back to the ecosanctuary, she said, because
moving was just too stressful for the birds.
The first of the kiwi chicks had arrived
at the ecosanctuary in March, where they
were supposed to be raised until they were
big enough to fend for themselves against
predators like stoats.
In light of the stoat invasion, the chicks had
to be sent away ahead of schedule, Ms Baillie
Still, she hoped a new cohort of kiwi chicks
would arrive in October, as planned.
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HIBBS, Ron. —
You tried so hard to stay
But the struggle was in
God took you in His
And freed you from your
A loved brother-in-
law of Corinne and
Ellen. — In memory of
a much loved Mum and
Nana who left us two
years ago today.
May the winds of love
And whisper for you to
That we'll always love
and miss you,
And wish that you were
Love you Mum
Love ya Nana
Tammie, Kelsie and
Gone too soon,
Forever in our hearts
Loved friend of
Rose, Tyrell, Cole,
Layne, Royce, Cherish
and wee Bernard.
Passed away peacefully
at Kahurangi Unit,
Greymouth on June 30,
2015, aged 82. Dearly
loved husband of the
late Fae, father and
father-in-law of Irene
and Edward Savage
(England), loved brother
of Peg Galletly (Timaru)
and the late Cecil
(Nelson), and uncle of
Ana Krakosky. Bill was
a well respected harness
racing trainer at Victoria
Park during its heyday.
Messages to C/- PO Box
417, Greymouth 7840.
A funeral service to
celebrate Bill's life will
be held in the William
Chapel, 134 Tainui
Street, Greymouth on
Monday at 11am. Bill
will then be laid to rest
with his wife Fae at the
Karoro Lawn Cemetery.
Services Ltd. FDANZ.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
Loved and respected
member of Runanga
Rugby League Club.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Westroads worker, Bradley Costello, levels asphalt on Tainui Street. Contractors have been carrying out improvements to the road
surface along Tainui Street, Greymouth, in recent days. The surfaces surrounding the valve and hydrant boxes along the main thor-
oughfare have been raised and levelled, making the road more user friendly for motorists. “ We’re bringing the level up with the road,
which will make for a smoother surface for motorists and cyclists,” Westroads utility overseer Mike Keating said.
Contractors work on roading improvements
Contractors work on roading improvements
Willow Tauwhare, of Greymouth, was
convicted in the Greymouth Distrct
Court on Tuesday, of three charges of
wilful damage and one of dangerous
She was sentenced to 100 hours of
community work, banned from driving
for six months and ordered to pay $619
Tauwhare had been at a house of a
former partner on New Year’s Day, and
while heavily intoxicated she damaged
the house and then took his car.
A 17-year-old from Greymouth was
discharged without conviction for
injuring with intent to injure.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said there
were longstanding family issues with
the teenager, who was a transfer from
the Youth Court. He therefore asked for
name suppression, which was granted.
Malcolm Ray Hackett, 23, of Runanga,
was convicted of driving while disqualified
and sentenced to 80 hours of community
On September 16, Hackett was
indefinitely banned from driving.
However, on May 8 he was stopped by
police driving along Mawhera Q uay in
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Hackett had
been “confused ” about what an indefinite
ban meant, but he now understood.
Hamish War wick Hinz, 20, of Karoro,
was given a 12-month suspended
sentence for fighting in a public place on
On June 7, Hinz was drunk outside the
Railway Hotel when he was involved in
a fist fight, which carried on after the
police arrived. Hinz told police he was
protecting his friend.
Lawyer George Linder said Hinz had
been involved in trouble in the pub and
had left with his friends, but they had
Hinz was knocked down but he got
his friend, punching him. He pushed the
man away and shoved him, but denied
Hamish Charles Nigel James, 53, of
Barrytown, was convicted and fined $600,
and banned from driving for six months
for excess breath-alcohol of 574mg on
Troy Arron Furness, 21, of Karoro, was
remanded on bail to July 21 without plea
on his third charge of excess breath-
alcohol of 812mg.
Ricky Jason Switalla, 24, of Rangiora,
was convicted of possession of a weapon
and failing to attend court on June 16.
methamphetamine and possession of
methamphetamine utensils were earlier
withdrawn by police.
On March 14, the car Switalla was
travelling in was stopped by police, and
he was found in the boot, next to a metal
A Greymouth man who drove
while suspended to get to a hospital
appointment in Christchurch was
convicted of the offence and banned from
driving for six months.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said that a year
ago, Jason L ord, 35, had been involved in
a serious truck crash and was lucky to be
The day after the crash, L ord had been
due to head to Christchurch and his sister
was expected to pick him up in her car,
however she had been delayed at work. As
the sister had no money to fill the car up
with fuel, Lord drove the short distance
to the service station to fill it up.
Andrew Robert Crestani, 25, of Arnold
Valley, was fined $200 for possession of
cannabis on May 23.
On May 23, police were called to a
house where a search of the property
found 1.2kg of cannabis. Crestani said he
had been given the drugs by a friend, and
they were not his.
Lawyer George Linder said that
although it was “quite a large amount ” of
cannabis, it had been given to Crestani to
dispose of by burning it.
Kyle Mer vyn Ashman, 26, of Cobden,
had a warrant for his arrest issued after he
failed to turn up at court to face charges
of assaulting a female, driving while
suspended for the third time, and assault.
Jason David Gibbons, 30, of Hurunui,
had a warrant issued for his arrest after he
failed to attend court to face four charges
of assault on January 5, threatening to kill
and grievous bodily harm.
Toa Tokomaru Marino, 29, of
Greymouth, was remanded on bail to July
21 to enable him to hire a new lawyer
after his counsel withdrew.
Marino was facing a charge of common
assault, two animal cruelty charges,
driving while suspended and unlawfully
taking a motor vehicle.
Benjamin Farrell, 19, of Christchurch,
and Joshua Craig Murray, also of
Christchurch, were remanded on bail to
appear at the Christchurch District Court
on July 29 on a charge of unlawfully
taking a motor vehicle, on June 29.
Robyn Jane Gregg had her sentence
of community work sentence cancelled.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Gregg had
a two-month-old baby to look after, and
had pressing medical issues coming up.
Levi Mark Preston, 17, of Greymouth,
was remanded without plea to July 21 on
charges of sustained loss of traction and
driving while disqualified for the third
time, on February 11.
The 18th South Westland bull breeders
sale held in the Mahitahi Valley recently
achieved a good result, with 32 polled and
horned hereford and angus bulls being sold
at the fall of the hammer.
PGG Wrightson livestock auctioneer
Jim Findlay said the May 23 sale was well
supported by local cattlemen, with 23 of
the bulls sold being retained on West Coast
farms between Haast and the Grey Valley —
a result that pleased the three local breeders
at the sale.
“Support from away is growing in
momentum, with new faces appearing each
year,” Mr Findlay said.
Overall, breeders and buyers were
“Here, the weather was brilliant and the
hospitality equally good, a pleasing result.”
Glacier Horned Herefords at Fox Glacier
sold nine rising two-year-old bulls averaging
$8400 each. A feature was the sale of two
bulls to other studs — one to Lochaburn
Herefords at Cromwell for $14,000 and the
other to Richon Hereford Stud, Canterbury
Other sale results were.—
Hunter Valley Station $4000. Lake Station
$7200. M and K Nolan $7500. Cattle Flat
Station $12,000. Excelsior Farms Owaka
$5500. L J and B R Manera $9000. Arawhata
Cattle Company $6000.
Thomas Condon and family of Flagstaff
Hereford Stud sold 15 rising two-year-olds.
David and Robert Scott of Bannockburn
Angus Stud sold eight rising two-year-old
bulls with polled and horned hereford bulls
averaging $4300 per head.
The sale featured a great line-up of sound
bulls: K J and N M Williams $6000, $4500,
$5000. Hill Bros $6500. M A Stewart Family
Trust $4000. Fox Cattle Company $3500,
$3500. P D Fitzgerald $4500, $6000. The
Hossick Station $4500. Arthur Thomson
$3500. A and N Gray Farms $3500. Vessa
Holdings $3500. Wingletang Farms $3200.
Birchfield Holdings $3500.
Overall, a good result for some good
quality, meaty bulls, prices, and buyers with
an average price $4700. Arawhata Cattle
Company $4000. G Dennehy $4000. Lake
Station Hawarden $5800, $5800. E M
and M G Sullivan $6000. Minehan Farms
$5000. Wingletang Farms $3500.
Good result at South Westland
bull breeders sale
then took car
The focus of the
postponed aerial 1080
around Makarora, east
of Haast, appears to have
shifted, from rats and
mice to possums.
In e-mailed responses
to questions this
of Conser vation
Grieve said the operation
would primarily target
possums “as rodent
populations are likely to
have crashed naturally
Asked for further
explanation, Ms Grieve
said no one was available
at short notice to answer
While possums are
predators of native birds,
publicity at the launch of
DOC’s ‘Battle for Our
Birds’ programme, in
January 2014, was heavily
focused on the effects of
rodents and stoats.
Nick Smith said the beech
seed crop would “trigger
a plague of an additional
30 million rats and tens of
thousands of stoats”.
The Makarora part
of the programme was
initially scheduled for late
In May, in preparation
for an aerial drop of toxic
cereal bait, non-toxic bait
was spread over 23,000ha
However, on Monday
DOC announced it was
postponing the drop of
toxic bait until spring or
early summer, because of
That led anti-1080
campaigner Carol Sawyer
to suggest the pre-feed
had been a waste of
Ms Grieve said
costs, including the
pre-feed, amounted to
$182,795 so far.
DOC would, she said,
assess the need for an
additional pre-feed when
a decision was made about
timing for the pest control
operation in spring.
“However, because the
aerial 1080 operation will
primarily target possums,
as rodent populations
are likely to have crashed
naturally through winter,
pre-feed is not as critical
to ensure the success of
the operation as possums
are not as inherently bait
shy as rodents.”
Ms Sawyer also claimed
toxic cereal bait prepared
for the operation would
have to be dumped
because it would be past
its “use by” date by
She quoted from
National Pest Control
stating cereal baits could
become rancid and should
be stored for “not longer
than three months”.
Ms Grieve said any bait
that aged significantly
“ beyond the expected
time period” was tested
for toxicity before being
used to ensure it remained
effective to control pests.
She did not provide an
explanation of what would
be done with toxic bait
not fit for purpose.
— Otago Daily Times
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