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WEST COAST FEATURE
West Coast MPs
Veteran Labour Party MP
Damien O’Connor “still has some
energy left,” according to the
annual political rankings. The Trans
Tasman Roll call has just rated him
4.5 out of 10, down from 5.5 last
year. Green Party list MP Kevin
Hague, who missed out on the
Greens’ co-leadership, also slipped
from 6.5 to 5. “ Hasn’t managed
to get the traction he did in 2014.
Losing the deputy leadership race
hurt,” the report said. Te Tai Tonga
Labour MP Rino Tirikatene did
even worse, scoring just 2. “Another
MP going nowhere fast. No
prospect of advancement. Should
look to his future.”
Iron ore company
The company that wants to
prospect for iron ore in the
seabed off the West Coast,
has also reapplied to mine the
south Taranaki seabed. Trans-
Tasman Resources is preparing
a new consent application for
the Environmental Protection
Authority, which denied its previous
attempts. RNZ said that since its
failed attempt the company had
spent $60 million in scientific
and environmental studies to
understand the effects of the project
on the South Taranaki Bight. It
has prepared videos and is stressing
the economic benefit to the area,
and New Zealand. Its application
for a prospecting permit for the
West Coast, lodged mid-year, is still
being processed by New Zealand
Petroleum and Minerals.
Scores of parents have been lining
up in the tiny village of Betul
in Madhya Pradesh to roll their
youngsters in cow pats. People in the
small village believe that smearing
the dung on their young sons and
daughters helps to give them a
healthy life free from ailments. They
also say that the ‘purity’ of the cow
dung will bring the children good
luck. The practice is followed a day
after Diwali — the biggest Indian
celebration, also known as the festival
of lights. — Daily Mail
Rain eases, showers die out
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The West Coast Regional Council has
extracted rock from the Waiho L oop — an
ancient glacial moraine studied by geologists
— but says it is not in the Westland National
Park, and it is not blasting.
In March, a proposal was revealed to
quarry rock from the Waiho Loop — a
distinctive, bush covered rocky moraine left
behind by the Franz Josef Glacier.
The geological feature is of high
international scientific interest.
The council had proposed quarrying rock
to build a stopbank for the lower Waiho
(Waiau) River rating district.
Planning and environment manager Mike
Meehan said the council had since extracted
rock from there a couple of times.
However, it was “pretty minor”. The rock
was used to top up nearby stopbanks.
The Department of Conser vation granted
a concession for the rock extraction for a
couple of months.
“ We are not taking rock from the national
park,” Mr Meehan said. “ That ’s a complete
The rock was actually on road reser ve
around the top of the loop and was being
taken from the riverbed.
He said the council was not taking any
rock that was exposed.
The Waiho L oop is a semi-circle of
moraine or rocky debris about 80m high. It
is known as a terminal moraine — a ridge
that forms at the front of a glacier and
remains after the glacier retreats.
The Franz Josef one features in many
DOC did not respond to questions.
Rock extracted from glacial moraine
The Department of Conser-
vation says the public will have
a say on what happens with
the Globe Progress open-cast
goldmine near Reefton, when it is
mothballed early next year.
Mining has already stopped
at the Oceana Gold pit after 12
years of continuous mining. The
mine sits within the Victoria
Plans are still being finalised
for when the site is put into ‘care
and maintenance’, but include
flooding the pit with a 25ha lake
about the size of 25 rugby
Oceana’s 66-page rehabilitation
report, released by the West
Coast Regional Council, outlines
a number of challenges including
67ha of open pits, 102ha of waste
rock stack and embankments,
silt ponds, processing plants, and
access and haul roads.
DOC permissions manager Judi
Brennan said the department
was considering closure options
for the site. In the next couple of
years a final closure plan would be
agreed to for the long-term future
of the site.
“Deciding on this plan will
involve consultation with the
community,” Ms Brennan said.
Oceana had so far met the
department ’s expectations for
the environmental management
of the site, and already a large
amount of rehabilitation and
planting had occurred in areas
where mining had finished, she
Oceana Gold spokeswoman
Andrea Attell said it was
currently developing plans for the
lake, which would take about four
years to fill.
It would eventually contain
about 8.7 billion litres of water,
and when at capacity, would be
410m above sea level.
maintenance period the team
environmental monitoring to
evaluate water quality as the lake
develops,” Ms Attell said.
The company had completed
18ha of restoration on the Union
Creek and Devils Creek waste
rock stacks and around the Globe
That involved planting about
106,000 beech and manuka
seedlings, and next year they
expected to plant a further 50,000
to 60,000 seedlings.
The report says restoration work
will initially require intensive
human input, but longer term
the need for post-planting
maintenance should be avoided.
The restoration should speed up
nature, it says.
Establishing vegetation cover
over all disturbed areas dominated
by indigenous species.
after completion of restoration.
Restoring all disturbed
watercourses, including their
banks and beds, to a natural and
Returning water quality in
all static water bodies and other
water, leaving the Globe Progress
Mine site in a condition suitable
for aquatic life and contact
Leaving the existing
buildings and roads only if DOC
Once mining has ceased, the
restoration stockpile areas and
all access roads not required by
DOC will be restored.
A Greymouth Marist Brothers school
reunion has been suggested for 2017
to mark the 125th anniversary of the
brothers’ foundation in the town.
Brother Osmund Macnamara, who
taught in Greymouth in 1963 and
1969-70, said the Marist Brothers were
keen to get in touch with as many of their
former West Coast pupils as possible with
a view to marking the 125th anniversary
of their Greymouth foundation.
Br Osmond, back in Greymouth for
the St Patrick’s Catholic Parish 150th
recently, said it would be good if some
old boys living locally would take up the
baton to mark the 125th anniversary in
“ We would hope the old boys will
facilitate some form of celebration in
2017. We would like to get as many old
boys who live in Greymouth, together.”
The Marist Brothers had a continuous
presence in Greymouth from 1892 until
2004, when the last of their fraternity left
Br Osmond said 2017 also coincided
with the 200th anniversary of the
foundation of the Marist Brothers.
The order was founded in 1817 in
France by Marcellin Champagnat, a
newly-ordained priest whose upbringing
at the time of the French Revolution
profoundly formed his world view.
Marcellin and his first two recruits
obser ved and fought against the spiritual
and educational devastation the French
Revolution inflicted on young people,
and impetus for the order grew out of
trying to fill that void.
The brothers began teaching in
Greymouth on August 1, 1892.
Catholic education had ebbed and
flowed in the town up to that time,
after the first parish school for all
denominations opened in Greymouth in
1866 with 75 pupils.
A new and bigger Catholic school was
later opened in Alexander Street and
after the Sisters of Mercy arrived in 1882
it became St Joseph’s Boys School.
Attempts over about five years to get the
Marist Brothers to come to Greymouth
ultimately succeeded with the arrival of
Brothers Charles, Colman and Basil on
the SS Mawhera on July 29, 1892. They
took over St Joseph’s just three days later.
The Dean Carew Memorial School
replaced the original school in 1923 with
intermediate and secondary sections.
By 1958 the chief inspector of primary
schools was warning that overcrowding
with 220 primary and 110 secondary
pupils — needed to be addressed or the
school could be de-registered.
The town and parishioners rallied
and by 1960 extra classrooms had been
The Marist Brothers and Sisters of
Mercy secondary schools operated
separately until 1976, when they began
sharing staff, and the schools combined
in 1978 to become John Paul II High
Those interested in helping to pull
together names for a 125th celebration
can contact Br Osmund by e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone
03 358 5351.
Marist 125th reunion mooted
Labour leader Andrew Little said his skydive from 19,000ft over Franz Josef Glacier yesterday was an “indescribable buzz, and what better reason to do it than
to help out the amazing bunch of people at the Kea Conser vation Trust?”. The jump was a publicity stunt to launch a new conser vation initiative with Skydive
Franz and the Kea Conser vation Trust.
PICTURE: Skydive Franz
Labour leader in freefall
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