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go-ahead for playground
The Gladstone community has been
given the go-ahead to draw $24,000
from the local area infrastructure fund.
Residents were polled by the Grey
District Council on whether they
wanted the funds used for a seat, tree
guards and fencing at the playground.
The council sent out 115 forms, of
which 50 were returned and 45 were
in favour of the upgrade. Feedback
from the poll noted the playground
was a good way to keep children
safe, although others suggested the
money could have been better spent
on linking the area to the Greymouth
Mokihinui River added to
flood warning network
The Mokihinui River has been
added to the West Coast Regional
Council’s flood warning network.
Planning and environment manager
Mike Meehan said a mid-catchment
rain gauge had been installed
on the northern Buller river,
complementing the flow recorder
site installed at the end of last
year. The two pieces of equipment
working together meant that the
river could now be added to the
monitoring network. Mr Meehan
told the council meeting this week
that as a result of the Mokihinui
being added to the network it was
now with civil defence colleagues to
set up with a flood protection action
plan for Seddonville township.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Galatea II. Departures: Nil. In port:
Galatea II, Cook Canyon, Corsair,
Claymore, Pursuit II, Lady Sarah, 28
other vessels. Expected departures:
Galatea II, Corsair, Cook Canyon,
Lady Sarah, today. Expected arrivals:
Jay Elaine, tomorrow.
1080 blackmail threat
manufactured, says activist
Aimee van der Weyden
of the Westport News
who threatened to
contaminate infant formula with 1080
poison does not exist, says Westport anti-
1080 activist Pete Lusk.
He believed the threat had been
manufactured, and the subsequent
investigation of anti-1080 activists was a
smear campaign designed to discredit the
In November, Fonterra and Federated
Farmers received anonymous letters
and milk packages contaminated with
1080. The letters said New Zealand
milk products, namely infant formula,
would be contaminated with 1080 if the
Government did not stop using the poison
for pest control.
The public was made aware of the threat
in March, nearly four months later.
Mr Lusk said the situation was a charade
turned PR stunt.
“It’s becoming clear to a lot of us in the
anti-1080 movement that the ‘blackmailer’
does not exist.
“ We were wary from the start when the
1080 in the blackmailer’s letter was shown
to be in pure form and such crystals are
only available to someone well up the
Many anti-1080 activists’ suspicions were
first raised when the detectives who visited
them did not seem to have their heart in
the investigation, he said.
“It’s just like they knew something was
amiss way up the food chain.”
Some of the people being investigated
were also old and had not said anything
against 1080 for years, he said. One was a
retired doctor from Otago who was over
Most people in the anti-1080 campaign
were just average citizens, Mr Lusk said.
“On the West Coast, we know of two
women who are vocal campaigners who
have not been questioned at all, yet their
“In Golden Bay a quiet old couple had 10
police arrive at their place and were hauled
off to separate police stations for hours of
The investigation into the contamination
threat, named Operation Concord, was all
about placing psychological pressure on
anti-1080 activists, he said.
“The aim of the Government is to set up
distrust and hopefully blow our movement
A police spokesperson said Operation
Concord was a significant ongoing
investigation into a serious threat of
The investigation team continued to
make steady progress, with over 120
people approached and interviewed, the
“The investigation team
very focused on finding the person or
persons responsible, and we are unable to
speculate on how long the inquiry may
Police were keeping an “open mind ”
on who may be responsible, and were
talking to a range of people who may
have information which could assist the
“ To date the majority of people we have
spoken to have been willing to assist us, and
we remain grateful for their co-operation.”
Police would not discuss any specific
individuals or areas of the country which
the inquiry team had focused on, the
According to One News, the Ministry
for Primary Industries (MPI) estimated
the threat had cost the country close to
$800,000. However, that figure did not
account for the significant amount of time
Government staff had spent dealing with
the issue, the ministry said.
Thursday July 16
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Grey Medical Centre
Love Yvonne, Kevin
PRICE, Ivy Ellen.
Keith, Lois and families
wish to express their
sincere thanks to all
and friends for the
baking, flowers and to
those who attended the
service, following the
loss of a much loved
mother, grandma and
thanks to the staff of
Dixon House for the
wonderful care given to
Ivy during her short
stay. We also extend our
appreciation to Tim
Mora, Laurie Anisy,
those who forwarded
donations to St John and
the Cobden Bowling
Club for their guard of
honour. Also to Stu,
Elizabeth and Val who
spoke at the service.
Please accept this as
a personal acknowledg-
ment of our thanks and
Louisa May (Kitty). —
July 16, 2007.
It's been eight years but
it feels like yesterday
since you closed your
eyes and went away.
Not a day goes past that
we don't think of you.
We miss your hugs and
Those open arms for all
you met, family, friends
and anyone new.
No one missed out on
your love that's true.
Until we meet again
Love and miss you
Hugh, Joyce, Tony
and the late Shirley
Watson, Kathleen and
the late Jim Anderson,
Jim and Beryl Cate,
Levick, their families
A special mum and nana
whom we lost too soon
20 years ago.
A gentle, kind, respect-
ful, special lady whom
we will always deeply
love and miss.
You live on in our
hearts and souls
Elizabeth, Dale and
March 15, 1979 - July
If tears could build a
And memories a lane.
We'd walk right up to
And bring you home
Love and miss you
From all your family.
20 years have passed
Loved and remembered
within our hearts always
Deidre, Steve, Rachel
July 16, 2010 .
We miss you Dad
Love Tegan, Jordon
and Bonnie xxx.
A Ban 1080 Party member says it is ironic
those opposed to the party name should fear
for their lives.
Pukekura businessman Peter Salter, the
party’s 2014 West Coast-Tasman candidate,
yesterday described as “paranoid” comments
by submitters who had opposed the
registration of the party name and logo, and
had then asked the Electoral Commission
not to release their names.
The six submitters told the Chief
Ombudsman Dame Beverley Wakem that
they feared for their personal safety if their
personal details were to be made public,
after the Guardian objected to a decision by
the Electoral Commission to withhold the
“ Who’s the paranoid ones here,” Mr Salter
asked. “ Who are the ones spreading the
poison — spreading it everywhere — and
they’re saying they fear for their lives?”
However, Mr Salter said it was no
surprise the commission would help keep
the names secret — given the amount of
“misinformation” and “conspiracy theories”
about the anti-1080 lobby.
Another party member, Hari Hari dairy
farmer Mary Molloy, said the objections had
meant the party was hindered coming into
the 2014 election.
“ What it did was hold up the party to
the point where it wasn’t eligible for party
funding. I think it was malicious,” Mrs
The subsequent milk powder scare and
what was really behind that had yet to
emerge, despite widespread questioning by
police and finger-pointing, whereas it was
clear to her that the threat did not come
from the New Zealand anti-1080 lobby.
Mrs Molloy said she would not be surprised
if those against the anti-1080 lobby were
behind that scare. Those kind of anonymous
tactics were “vicious and nasty” and
more dangerous than those who were
“courageous enough” to stand up for what
“I do know I have had my own car damaged
by the other side — just where it was parked
— an ‘accident ’ of course, four times.”
Irony in submitters personal safety fear
For decades, Moonlight in the Grey
Valley has been renowned for its barn
However, since previous band leader
and dance caller Phil Garland moved
away just over two years ago the
community has had to look at other
dance options, giving rise to a new
band ‘The Moonshiners’, who will
play for a Moonlight 150 celebration
barn dance at the Moonlight Hall
this Saturday night.
Event organiser Gail Johnson said
the group, comprising a vocalist-
guitarist, drummer and guitarist,
came together for the first time for
the Moonlight 150th celebrations
earlier this year. It was so popular
that they are returning for a
repeat performance this Saturday
Tickets for the dance are limited.
The band will play a range of music
from the 1960s and 1970s.
PICTURE: Lynne Berry
The previous dance at Moonlight, held at Easter.
New band to play at Moonlight barn dance
Just two infringement notices and
one formal warning were issued by
the West Coast Regional Council
between May 28 and July 1, out
of 47 site visits by compliance and
Consents and compliance manager
Jackie Adams reported to the council
meeting this week that 37 of the sites
visited were found to be compliant,
and seven non-compliant.
Of the 19 alluvial goldmining
consent visits during the month,
and seven coalmining consent visits,
no enforcement action was taken.
Three farm effluent systems were
also inspected, and no enforcement
action was taken.
One infringement notice was
issued for coal sediment discharge
in Blackball after a complaint
that a creek had been discoloured
with sediment, while the other
related to dairy effluent discharge at
The formal warning was issued
after the operator of aerial spraying
at Barrytown was found to be in
breach of the rules.
Of the 18 complaints received, one
related to a dead cow which washed
up on the beach in Cobden, and had
to be disposed of by a contractor.
Another was in regard to two dead
cows which washed up on the beach
at Hokitika and were also disposed
of by a contractor.
Council chairman Andrew Robb
asked if the cows had died during
flooding and heavy rain on June 19.
Mr Adams said they did not know,
however the carcases had washed up
on the beaches during the storm.
Hot off their recent tour of the
West Coast, The Warratahs have
released their first album in nine
Runaway Days is the
Wellington band ’s first studio
album in over nine years and
was launched in the capital city
Recorded in Auckland, the
album features 10 new songs
by Barry Saunders and has
been attracting positive reviews
from Grant Smithies and Nick
With founding member Nik
Brown on fiddle, the line-
up is completed by Michael
(Snapper) Knapp on drums
and Nick Theobald on bass and
In its second week of
release Runaway Days, from
Southbound Records, entered
both the NZ Charts and
Country charts in the
The Warratahs played in
Hokitika and Westport in
March as part of ‘The Drivin’
Wheel Tour’ with The Eastern
and Katie Thompson.
Warratahs release first album
in nine years
Fiddle player Marian
Burns leads the line-up
in Operatunity’s latest
Three Mad Fiddlers and
the Odd Singer.
Burns will warm up
the audience from the
cold winter with her
energy in a concert full of
variety — from furiously
fast fiddle playing to
Burns, who holds a
Award from the
Australian Golden Fiddle
Awards, will be burning
up the strings along
with two young fiddle
players Vanessa Har vey
and Michaela Roy, both
originally from Gore.
Har vey and Roy started
lessons with the same
violin teacher when they
were five-years-old and
later began having lessons
They have been entering
together over the past
four years and this
year their duo, Tangled
Strings, won the senior
instrumental section of
the New Zealand Gold
They will be joined by
the two “odd singers”
Susan Boland and
John Cameron singing
melodies including The
Red Red Robin, Pack Up
Your Troubles and She’ll
be Coming Round the
The show will be held at
the Greymouth Regent
Theatre on August 5.
Fiddler leads Operatunity concer t
Only two regional council infringement notices issued
A 22-year-old man has
been charged with the
murder of a Christchurch
who died two weeks ago
in what police have called
a violent assault.
Ihaka Paora Braxton
Stokes suffered blunt
force injuries including
broken bones, a post-
investigation has led to a
man known to the victim
being arrested today,”
detective senior sergeant
Michael Ford said
“For legal reasons we
cannot confirm the
identity of this man.”
The man will appear
at Christchurch District
Court today charged with
ongoing, Mr Ford said,
and would “focus on the
events which led to Ihaka
being taken to hospital”.
“ We have seven
detectives working full
time on Operation
Truman and they
will continue to work
tirelessly to ascertain why
a ‘typical’ day ended so
tragically for Ihaka,” he
said. — NZ ME
Man charged with
An experienced police officer was strangled by
a motorist he pulled over in an Auckland suburb
on Tuesday, prompting calls for all officers to
The officer, a senior constable on motorcycle
patrol, was “strangled nearly to point of
unconsciousness” by an offender who tried to
flee in Manukau about 3pm, Police Association
president Greg O’Connor said.
It was also concerning that police had not
notified the public of the serious event, that
required the officer to receive medical attention,
Mr O’Connor said.
The officer was not admitted to hospital.
Superintendent Bill Searle said police were
commending the actions of the officer.
“The officer has sustained minor injuries and
is now taking a few well-deser ved days off work.
“He has shown real courage and commitment
in apprehending this offender to prevent
further risk to others, and his actions should be
The officer pursued the fleeing driver in an
allegedly stolen vehicle which had failed to stop
in Manukau, he said.
The vehicle was subsequently abandoned in
Otara, and the man fled on foot.
“He was then chased by the officer and a
physical struggle followed, during which it’s
alleged the man attempted to strangle then
“After a brief further chase on foot, the officer
was able to apprehend and restrain the man
until help arrived.”
Mr O’Connor said the officer chased the
offender to a property, where a confrontation
“ Had this been more serious, had the officer
been killed there would have been all sorts of
questions around if the officer was well enough
“ If the officer had had a taser, he would have
been able to avoid the need to enter into a
physical struggle with the offender.”
The association has consistently demanded
that all police officers be equipped with a taser
while on front-line duty.
“ Violent incidents arise before officers can
return to their vehicle to retrieve the taser, so
they need to be carrying them. ”
Mr Searle said while the officer’s injuries were
minor, “no assault on our staff is ever acceptable”.
A review would take place, he said.
A 41-year-old man was arrested and charged
with aggravated injury, unlawfully using a motor
vehicle, failing to stop and dangerous driving.
Police response and operations national
manager Superintendent Chris Scahill said the
number of assaults on police staff was steadily
“ Police do not however release information
about every assault on police staff, just as we
don’t for every member of the public. ”
NZME-New Zealand Herald
Motorist tries to
strangle police officer
A new $50 million dome-shaped silo for
storing cement is due to spring up at Ports of
Auckland next week or the week after.
The 28m high silo for Holcim cement is
similar to a 33m silo at Timaru’s port.
The silo will be located on the corner of
Plumer and Quay Streets opposite Vector
Arena and alongside the existing Golden Bay
“ horizontal silo” .
The port company said the outer skin of the
dome was made of a membrane similar to that
used to build the Cloud on Queens Wharf.
Once inflated, all remaining work on the
dome structure happens inside.
Holcim now ships cement to Onehunga
from its Westport manufacturing plant. That
plant will close in mid-2016 once the new
Auckland silo is built.
— N ZM E -New Zealand Herald
New Holcim silo due for Auckland port
of the Hokitika Guardian
A Hokitika school teacher has taken over the
reins of the global women’s group Soroptimist
International, after being sworn in during the
20th annual conference in Istanbul, on Sunday.
Among the large audience present for
Yvonne Simpson’s induction were eight fellow
Soroptimist of Westland members — Annette
Copping, Leonie Renton, Sue Peterson,
Christine Stet, Jill Mitchell, Chris Tozer,
Catherine Van Paassen and Raelene McMullan.
Soroptimist International of Westland
spokeswoman Cheryl Smeaton said yesterday it
was a proud moment for New Zealand women
and members who were able to be there to
support Mrs Simpson and fly the flag for New
Mrs Simpson, who heads international
studies at Westland High School, was recently
recognised for her ser vice to women’s affairs
with a Q ueen’s Ser vice Medal in the Queen’s
Before her induction on Sunday evening, Mrs
Simpson was president-elect for two years.
Soroptomist International is described as a
voice for business and professional women who
work in the ser vice and support of women and
girls both locally and globally.
Ms Smeaton said locally, the Westland branch
had a group of young women leaders, nurtured
largely by the work of Mrs Simpson and local
president Raelene McMullan.
“ Local Soroptomists are also actively engaged
in a South Pacific project to educate women
in developing countries about renewable
energy and provide solar ovens and lanterns.
In Fiji, ‘See Solar, Cook Solar’ delivers solar
cookers to women in remote rural and island
locations providing a safer more economical
and environmentally sustainable alternative to
traditional kerosene stoves,” Ms Smeaton said.
“Other recent international projects that our
women have supported include: the training
of midwives in Papua New Guinea, the
development of the Federation of South West
Pacific Clubs in support of women from 13
Its 30 members, from Greymouth and
Hokitika, hold an annual ‘Walk the Talk’
campaign against domestic violence and have
most recently rallied for relief for earthquake
victims in Nepal.
Hokitika school teacher sworn in
as Soroptimist International head
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