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The Whanganui-based State-
owned company which imports 1080
poison and manufactures baits for
aerial drops said today it was pleased
it had been cleared of “any shadow
of doubt ” about its involvement in
the blackmail threat to contaminate
infant formula with the poison.
Animal Control Products (ACP)
today congratulated the police
on bringing charges against an
Auckland man who made the threat.
Chief executive William McCook
said the blackmail threat had cast a
shadow over the conser vation and
pest control sectors, and industry
participants were pleased to see
the matter being sorted. Although
anti-1080 lobbyists were interviewed
by police, they noted that the poison
used was in raw form, which they
said was only available from a source
close to the manufacturer. Mr
McCook said he looked for ward
to seeing the alleged blackmailer
named and dealt with. ACP was
pleased to assist the police in their
inquiry, particularly with some of the
technical and historical aspects of the
investigation and police had done
“an exemplary job”. The Ministry
for Primary Industries’ approach to
protecting consumers and ensuring
infant formula was safe was also
well-co -ordinated. “ They have
brought to justice the perpetrator
of a crime that has cost the country
millions of dollars and had the
potential to cause huge damage
both to our export dairy industry
and to our ability to protect our
environment from pests,” he said.
Morning cloud, few showers clearing
A British benefits cheat who
claimed he was too sick to work was
caught out after he was discovered
to be working as an erotic stripper.
Mark Hetherington said he was
too ill to get out of bed, however at
nights he would take to the stage
as ‘Ian Kognito’ the stripping ninja.
He also claimed that he needed
assistance cooking for himself and
cleaning his teeth and said leaving
his house caused him to have panic
attacks. Hetherington, 51, hoped
the mask he wore on stage would
protect him against being found
out, however investigators compiled
multiple videos of him stripping in
clubs, festivals and private parties
all over the United Kingdom. A
court ruled that Hetherington
broke the law by not informing the
Department of Work and Pensions
about the improvement to his
medical condition, and was therefore
overpaid £5018 in disability living
allowance. — Metro
A bid will be made to set
a Guinness world record in
Greymouth — and raise lots of
money for charity.
Kids, which makes up gift
packs for children in hospital, is
spearheading the biggest ‘high-five’
chain attempt on February 26.
Proceeds will also go to Blue
Light, Greymouth Parents Centre,
St John and Child Cancer.
One of the organisers, Maria
Swinburn, said the world record of
1647 people was currently held in
the United States.
All the local schools are backing
the Greymouth attempt, which
will be held at Rugby Park, with
participants assembled in rows of
A Justice of the Peace will
adjudicate, and to meet Guinness
record requirements, the event also
has to photographed and filmed;
Drew Talboys has offered to help
with a drone.
The idea arose when the husband
of Amanda Hopkins, who
co-founded Parfitt Kids, saw the
United States record bid on the
“ We wanted to do something
that involved kids,” Ms Swinburn
Children will be given
sponsorship forms, and businesses
can also sponsor one of the rows
The children will walk or be
driven to the event so all proceeds
can go to the charities.
The only cost will be the
wristbands the participants have
“ It’s all going back into the
Members of the community
are also invited to join in, with
entertainment to be organised.
Prize packages will be on offer,
including a trip to Q ueenstown,
with jetboat and luge rides, and
schools will be able to win prizes
A number of businesses are
already on board including the
ANZ, while Grey Ford has
sponsored a Parfitt Kids car.
People interested in participating
have been asked to ‘ like’ the Parfitt
Kids Charity page on Facebook.
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Lisa Casey, left, Tracey Anderson, Maria Swinburn and Amanda Hopkins get ready for their world record breaking attempt — the world’s longest
‘ high-five’ chain.
Greymouth to attempt world record
Fish and Game has joined the queue of
dissenting voices over a proposal to build
a road through the Kahurangi National
Park, linking Karamea with Nelson.
The Buller District Council this week
voted unanimously in favour of seeking
government support to investigate the
Regional Development Minister Steven
Joyce says the Government would not
be averse to building a road through
Kahurangi National Park, if the case for
a road stacked up.
The proposed road would run 56km
through the middle of the national park,
from Little Wanganui to Wangapeka.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard said
it would create closer links between
Westport, Nelson and Karamea, boosting
tourism and jobs.
However, Fish and Game Nelson-
Marlborough regional manager Rhys
Barrier said the proposed new route would
harm the “pristine” natural environment.
“Building a road through rugged
mountain ranges and pristine native forest
will jeopardise the existing environment
and its associated remote experience that
is already attracting many overseas and
New Zealand visitors,” Mr Barrier said.
“Kahurangi is one of New Zealand’s
largest national parks and its isolation is
part of the charm which currently draws
New Zealanders and foreign tourists here
to enjoy this wilderness.”
Fish and Game West Coast regional
manager Dean Kelly said the Karamea
River was an internationally significant
trout fishery, prized for the remote back-
country fishing experience it offered.
“Any road proposal will need to take
this into account, and as such West Coast
Fish and Game support the approach
of Buller District Council to assess the
“These issues may not be insurmountable
but at this stage the council will have to
be aware that encroaching on Kahurangi’s
remoteness risks killing the golden goose
for the sake of a few eggs,” Mr Kelly said.
Mr Joyce told the Westport News he
doubted whether putting a road through
national park would require a law change.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard wants the
proposed 56km Wangapeka link road
included in the Government-funded
West Coast regional growth study.
Mr Joyce said he expected 40 or 50
projects to come up in the study and saw
no reason why the road would not be
He acknowledged the road would
require major analysis and could suck
resources from other projects.
“That ’s the risk and we literally don’t
know, genuinely, how much it would
cost, whether it ’s viable, whether the
route’s viable, whether there’s any
insurmountable obstacles along the way
— I’m not just talking the geography.
“At this stage it’s open mind on
everything ... But certainly in terms of all
the things we’d be looking at, it ’s at the
expensive end of the spectrum.”
The Grey District Council has been
awarded $150,000 in financial settlement
after problems with lifting tiles in the
spa pool, showers and changing areas at
the Greymouth aquatic centre.
An audit report before the council
meeting this week noted that a
mediation agreement was reached on
October 1 between the council and the
seven parties involved in the design and
construction of the complex.
“The total settlement to the district
council was $150,000 from the parties
involved,” the report said.
The council identified the issue during
the 2012-13 financial year, with initial
repair costs estimated at $80,000.
The issue remained outstanding last
year and the council launched legal
proceedings, “as no parties wanted to
voluntarily resolve the issue,” the audit
The spa pool was closed for 15 months
until the issue was resolved, finally
reopening in August.
The aquatic centre was built in 2008 at
a cost of $11 million.
Earlier this year the council reached a
$770,000 settlement over sagging beams
in the building.
Council chief executive Paul Pretorius
said this week he could not directly
comment on the settlement related to
the spa pool and changing area.
“In fairness, with regards to the spa
pool, what we have now and what we
had then, it’s a much better facility. If we
had to replace what we had we would
have spent less,” Mr Pretorius said.
The council annual report, released in
early October, put total repair costs of
the spa and changing rooms at $350,000.
It had previously stated that the final
cost of all work on the spa was $187,000.
$150,000 settles spa row
Greymouth residents dug deep into their
pantries last night to support the annual
emergency ser vices food drive for the Salvation
Sirens wailed as police, fire and ambulance
vehicles went street by street around greater
Greymouth to collect non-perishable food
items to bolster the foodbank in time for
St John Greymouth station officer Diane
McLachlan said the drive was “a very
“ We had great support from the community
.. . v ery, very supportive.”
Greymouth Volunteer Fire Brigade deputy
chief Graeme O’Dea said it was a reminder of
just how generous people could be.
“We find the people who have the least give
the most. It’s really nice to see,” Mr O’Dea
Sallies community worker Stephenie
MacKenna said people had been generous in
donating 168 banana boxes of non-perishable
food items and household goods — a big
increase on last year.
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Kenzie Logan, five, her little brother James, three, and fellow Alexander Street residents Ahlia
Eden-Calcott, nine, and her five-year-old sister Rosa were on hand last night to donate food items to
St John volunteer Riley Coleman as the annual the emergency ser vices food drive for the Greymouth
Salvation Army foodbank passed through their neighbourhood.
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