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A bushman from Ross is about to go
global, with his new tv show to screen on
the Discovery Channel next week.
Kings of the Wild with Josh James
Marcotte has aired or is scheduled to
air in Asia, South America, Britain and
Europe, the channel said yesterday.
It premieres on Discovery Channel
Australia on Tuesday night.
The show came after his videos, shot
with a Go Pro camera, became an
internet sensation on his You Tube
For the new show, the New Zealand
bushman teams up with British chef
Matt Tebbutt, who lives for fine dining
and loves foraging for wild food.
Their goal is to prove that they can eat
like kings in some of the most remote
places on earth.
“They are determined to take on
this challenge with only the most
basic equipment and without the
conveniences of 21st century life. Josh is
familiar with rifle hunting for food and
Matt usually has a kitchen stocked with
fine ingredients, but they have left all
that behind and will attempt to ser ve up
restaurant-quality food in the wild,” the
Discovery Channel said.
James’s first foray into film came when
he took a camera along when he was
working as a possum trapper so he could
show his friends and family what he got
up to all day.
He demonstrated how to trap the pests
before giving them “a little pat on the
head with my Whispering Stick” — a
He went on to make dozens of videos
of his missions in the bush. Alone or with
his mates, he demonstrates everything
from tracking, hunting and fishing to
identifying edible native plants.
Born in Napier, he settled in Ross and
runs Eco Rafting Adventures.
Co-star Tebbutt guest presented
Saturday Kitchen on BBC One, and co-
hosted Market Kitchen: Big Adventure.
He has also been a contributor to
Saturday Kitchen and appeared on the
Great British Menu.
James could not be reached for
comment, but announced on his
Facebook page yesterday it would soon
“I’ve been given the go ahead to tell
everyone what the deal is.
“I don’t have a tv so let me know what
you reckon when it airs.”
Tourist injured in
An injured Israeli tourist was
rescued from Goat Pass by dusk
yesterday following a search and
rescue operation. The man suffered
moderate head injuries and a broken
leg after slipping about 30m while
climbing with two other Israeli
men. Police yesterday described
the group as “not well prepared”
for the environment they were in.
West Coast police search and rescue
co-ordinator sergeant Sean Judd
said the men had spent the night in
Goat Pass hut and were attempting
to traverse an area of steep ice and
snow when another member of
the party fell, breaking his femur.
One of the party was able to make
it back to Goat Pass hut and radio
for help by 8.30am yesterday and a
rescue was launched which included
the use of helicopter rescue staff
and the Christchurch Alpine
Cliff Rescue team. Meanwhile a
Westport woman reported missing
yesterday, Samantha Gale, has been
located in Christchurch.
A motorcyclist who crashed at
Blacks Point near Reefton yesterday
afternoon was flown by rescue
helicopter from the scene. The
Greymouth Star understands the
injured man, an overseas tourist,
suffered a broken leg.
Police in Buller yesterday
uncovered a hydroponic cannabis
growing operation in Westport,
in the course of executing search
warrants throughout the district.
The hydroponic cannabis growing
operation discovered in Westport
had 16 mature cannabis plants. A
56-year-old Westport man has been
charged with cultivating cannabis.
Police said further inquiries were
continuing after a search warrant
was executed at a Mokihinui
Rain becoming heavy
A Canadian adrenaline junkie
got a tattoo on her wrist while
freefalling during a skydive. Nadine
Elaine, from Edmonton in Alberta,
jumped out of a plane and held
still while her friend scratched the
word ‘AHHH’ into her wrist. The
pair clung together while tattoo
artist Shannon Claydon whipped
out a batter-powered machine to
make the inscription, which he had
sketched out in advance. Elaine had
volunteered for the freefall tattoo
stunt after hearing that Claydon
needed a guinea pig for the stunt.
— Daily Mail
Fundraising for a new $300,000
Coastguard rescue boat for the
West Coast is on track for arrival
at the Greymouth port next
It will replace the Ivan Talley,
which has been based in
Greymouth for the past five years
and was a leisure craft which had
been adapted as a rescue boat. The
new one will be purpose-built,
designed by a naval architect.
replacement vessel is currently
on track and we are hopeful we
will reach our goal, though we are
still waiting to here from some
funders,” Coastguard president
Franco Horridge said.
“Assuming everything goes to
plan we hope to collect the vessel
in January, arriving in Greymouth
over the weekend of January 23,”
Mr Horridge said.
The new vessel
offer Coastguard far greater
capabilities than the current boat.
“The most notable are that it
has a towing capability and there
is a dedicated sick bay, where
injured or sick people can be
transported to shore in the warm
and dry. On the current vessel the
only comfortable place for such a
transport is in the open.
“The electronics are the same
as on the current vessel, so crew
familiarisation will be relatively
short. Also, the engines can be
serviced locally, whereas at the
moment we have to either travel
to Nelson or pay for an agent to
drive down from Nelson with all
the associated expenses.”
Mr Horridge said the new
vessel was still not fully funded
and fundraising continued.
“One of our main fundraisers
is the Summer Lottery ticket
sales, which are now going on
sale. For every ticket Coastguard
West Coast sell we receive $7.
Every ticket sold via the postal
mailer earns us $3 only. We will
be selling at various locations in
Greymouth around the weekend
of the January 16-17, but tickets
will be available from all crew
McNaughton, who is cycling
around New Zealand with her
dog Indy, will reach Greymouth
on December 19 as a fundraiser
for 13 charities, including
Coastguard West Coast.
A ‘photoshopped’ picture of
the replacement West Coast
Coastguard vessel with its new
name and logo.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Hospital first sod turned
“ We are under way,” West Coast
District Health Board chairman Peter
Ballantyne said this morning, shortly
after the first sod was turned and the
site of the new Greymouth hospital
Local iwi, Anglican Minister
Reverend Tim Mora, hospital staff and
board members gathered on site to the
north of the current hospital at 9.30am.
“ Today was an auspicious occasion,”
Mr Ballantyne said shortly after.
Board chief executive David Meates,
said it had been a long journey for the
“I’d like to acknowledge the
contribution from so many.”
Closer health ties with Canterbury
had helped support and stabilise health
“ We’ve come a long way, and have a
long way to go,” he said, referring to
health services previously held together
by “band aids”.
Mr Ballantyne said this morning’s
celebration was the first time he had
eaten mushrooms cut up by a surgeon,
referring to the barbecue also held on
Ground work for the $67 million
facility are expected to get under way
early next year.
Driver points finger at mum
A judge in the Greymouth District
Court rejected the “uncompelling
evidence” of a D unollie woman defending
a charge of driving while suspended.
Holly Rose May was charged with
driving while suspended on June 11,
despite her licence having been suspended
for excess demerit points. The charge
had been brought by constable Francis
(Franco) Horridge, who had seen May
driving along Tainui Street at 12.15pm
on the day in question.
Lawyer George Linder challenged the
admissibility of the police evidence, as the
prosecution case rested on the evidence
of just one police offic e r.
Mr Linder said Mr Horridge had
not been through a formal recognition
procedure, using a photo montage, after
he saw May driving.
The lawyer said the police officer also
did not talk to May after the alleged
offence had been committed, and only
saw her again when he summonsed her
on July 13.
In his evidence, Mr Horridge said that
he saw the defendant driving northbound
on Tainui Street, close to the roundabout,
while he was driving southbound.
He said he “identified the driver as soon
as I saw her ... as soon as I saw the driver,
I knew who the driver was”.
Mr Horridge told the court he had
dealt with the defendant a number of
times since she had been at school, and in
recent years he had “not needed a driving
licence to know who she is”.
Mr Linder said May was wearing
sunglasses at the time of the alleged
offence, as she always did.
He also said that, given there was a
central reservation with a grass verge, and
trees between the two lanes, the police
officer would have had only a “fleeting
glance” of the defendant.
“I have no doubt whatsoever it was her
driving that day,” Mr Horridge said.
In her evidence May reaffirmed she
had been wearing sunglasses, “as I always
did”. May also told the court that wearing
sunglasses, and with long hair, she
looked just like the other female family
members. She also said that with a two
and half-year-old daughter, “who needs
me to drive her to places ... I would not
put myself in that predicament ”.
In her evidence, May ’s mother, Joanne
Ross, said the chances of her (Ross)
driving the car that day were “pretty
much on to it”. However, she said the car
which May was alleged to have driven
would have been stored at the defendant ’s
house, despite her not being able to drive
Judge Gary MacAskill said the
“essential issue” was whether or not the
identification evidence “has proved to be
He said he was “satisfied the officer
had not made any error” with the
identification, and he rejected the
defendant, and the evidence of her
mother. The judge also said the police
had “sufficient reason” not to follow the
formal recognition procedure”.
Mr Linder asked for the judge to
impose a minimum disqualification on
the defendant as she had no previous
driving convictions. He also told the
judge that he might consider appealing
May was fined $500 and banned from
driving for six months.
Ross bushman’s tv show to go global
PICTURE: Discovery Channel
Opus has moved to reassure the
public after staff were spotted
writing down car registration
numbers — including those at
the Greymouth courthouse.
Opus was recording numbers
as part of a parking survey,
commissioned by the Grey
They were only writing down
the last digits, so they could come
back later and see if the cars were
transportation planning team
leader John Denney, released by
the council, said courthouse staff
approached one of its sur veyors,
expressing concern about him
vehicles parked in the courthouse
car park, and a desire that he stop.
“After discussions with staff
it was clarified that the main
concern was that staff members’
vehicle registrations were being
recorded and could be published,
or fall into the wrong hands.”
Mr Denney said the reason was
to determine parking occupancy.
“I can reassure staff that
only the last three digits of
number-plates were recorded
and registration details cannot
be identified from the recorded
information. I can also reassure
staff that once demand and
occupancy is confirmed the
recorded information will be
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