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Snail release plan
The Department of Conser vation
will progressively release back into
the wild, rare giant snails removed
from the Stockton open-cast
coalmine. They are being kept in
c limate chambers at Hokitika for
another five years. Just over 6000
Powelliphanta augustus snails were
moved from the summit of Mount
Augustus on the Stockton Plateau
in 2006 and 2007 so that Solid
Energy could mine the area. The
snail captivity programme cost about
$125,000 a year, paid for by Solid
Energy, with snails progressively
released over the past decade.
However, the programme is coming
to an end as Solid Energy is being
wound up and its assets sold. West
Coast Conser vation Board chairman
Mike Legge said today the snails
would be progressively released
by DOC, when habitat became
Results of last week’s Greymouth
Bridge Club’s competitions were.
— Wednesday: Ash Hamilton and
John Boyes 65% 1, Tina Fernando
and Nancy Prangnell 62% 2, Dave
Oldman and Vicki Robertson 58% 3.
Thursday: Pitibas and Bijaya Mishra
61.9% 1, Brian Rowlands and Naomi
Kir wan 59.5% 2, Michelle Gunn
and Ash Hamilton 56.3% 3, Glenn
Balloch and Stuart Oliver 55.6% 4.
Southlander Leon Samuels has
broken the solo eight-hour strong
wool ewe shearing world record.
Samuels reached sheep No 605 at
the end of four two-hour runs in a
wool shed at Argyle Station, north
of Gore. He beat by two the mark
set by Te Kuiti’s Stacey Te Huia in
December 2010. Samuels is also
joint holder of a four-stand world
lamb shearing record achieved in
2013. — NZN
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Moon Shadow II, Jay Penelope,
three Greymouth vessels.
Departures: Galatea II, Happy V,
two Greymouth vessels. In port:
Moon Shadow II, Jay Penelope,
18 Greymouth vessels. Expected
departures: Moon Shadow II, today.
Expected arrivals: Cook Canyon,
today; Jay Elaine, tomorrow.
Minister to decide on mine
West Coast-Tasman MP
Damien O’Connor has criticised
the Westland Milk Product move
The company is currently
reviewing staff numbers and
redundancies are expected.
In his own newsletter, the Argus,
Mr O’Connor said the expansion
into Canterbury several years
ago, and building a plant to
produce high value products, was
expensive and untimely given the
current market challenges facing
the dairy industry.
The company ’s people were its
greatest asset and he felt many
corporates and co-operatives in
New Zealand did not value their
He hoped that this is not the
case as Westland Milk looked
at more competitive strategies,
including reviewing its staff
“ I hope the losses are not on
the West Coast where we need
every job. The division of the
company between Westland
and Canterbury, in my view was
always the wrong one and it
presents challenges operationally
Westland Milk was a great
company, and “we desperately
need it to succeed on the West
“I offer my support to them in
any way I can.”
Mr O’Connor said he had
always supported Westland Milk,
and that West Coast farmers had
made the right decision to set up
their own company.
Westland Milk push
Conser vation Minister Maggie Barry
will help decide whether an open-cast
coalmine can go ahead in the low hills
Rangitira Developments Ltd proposes
developing a mine at Te Kuha, 12km
inland and potentially visible from
downtown Westport. It would employ
64 people and pump $20 million
annually in the Buller economy.
Forest and Bird announced last week
it had filed court papers for a judicial
review of the Buller District Council
decision to allow the mine on 100ha of
public water conser vation reser ve.
Rangitira is also seeking Department
of Conser vation permission for access to
12ha of the adjoining Mount Rochfort
conser vation area. The mine cannot
proceed without the 12ha. Rangitira
has offered to swap 8.5ha in return for
1.6ha, with the 8.5ha to be added to a
scenic reser ve in the same area.
DOC received 82 submissions — 71 in
support and 11 against. Five opponents
all from outside the West Coast —
were the only submitters at a public
hearing in Westport last April.
DOC papers released last week to
the West Coast Conservation Board
indicate staff approved the land
exchange subject to information on the
DOC said the minister was
considering the application for an access
“A decision will be made in due course.”
It is not the first mine decision left
to the discretion of a Conser vation
2001 — Sandra Lee says ‘no’ to
an expansion of Macraes goldmine at
Reefton; it goes ahead anyway, initially
on a smaller scale.
2004 — Chris Carter approves in
principle an application for an access
arrangement from the Pike River Coal
Tuesday February 21
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 768 5942 first
COX, Shirley Helen.
Valerie, Doug, Ian and
families sincerely thank
those who attended
Thanks to Rev Kingston
and Marge for their
service, special thanks to
Dr G Wood for his care
of Shirley and keeping
her pain free during her
thanks to Kowhai
Manor, the residents
for their friendship to
Shirley, and the care-
givers for their great
care over the last 41⁄2
years. The cards, baking,
lovely flowers and home
visits were much appre-
ciated and helped us
through this sad and
difficult time. The guid-
ance, planning and help
by Denise of Westland
Funeral was exemplary,
thank you Denise and
staff. Please accept this
as a personal acknow-
The bulk cargo vessel Anatoki called into
Greymouth at the weekend to load up with
800 tonnes of washed gravel destined for
the North Island.
Greymouth company Weststone exports
the gravel for landscaping and feature walls
The 35.5m Anatoki was captained by
former Greymouth man Karl Haussmann,
and the ship’s engineer Denis Crozier, is
also from Greymouth.
With a loaded draft of 4.2m the ship is
able to negotiate shallow river ports such
as Whanganui, Westport and Greymouth,
harbour super visor Ian Haussmann said.
“The vessel normally makes three to
four trips a year to the port and has
been coming here four to five years,” Mr
“The port is a great avenue for transport
when you see how our region has been
affected by earthquakes in Canterbury, slips
and the fires affecting our rail system. It is
certainly a good mode of transport for the
“ We could have boats here on a weekly
basis bringing cargo in or sending cargo out
from the Greymouth wharf. ”
Greymouth pair among freighter’s crew
PICTURE: Paul McBride
The Anatoki made a quick stopover in Greymouth’s port at the weekend.
of the Hokitika Guardian
Hokitika has lost its last World War
Two veteran, Ken Ward, who died on
Wednesday aged 98.
A prisoner of war during the war, Mr
Ward enlisted to join the armed ser vices
in 1940, leaving from Canterbury
where he worked on the railways in the
In recent years he recalled that he
thought he knew what he was getting
himself into when he entered training
camp for 90 days, and then sent off
to Egypt as a member of the 5th
Reinforcements. But that expectation
was far from reality and he ended up
being away from his homeland for four
years and 104 days, eventually returning
to New Zealand to be discharged
medically unfit on October 24, 1945.
He was among the Allied soldiers from
the depleted battalion who were captured
in November 1941 and ended up in a
prisoner of war camp called Stalag 344
on the Polish border on the eastern side
The winter of 1944 was one of the
harshest on record and with the Russians
advancing through Poland, the Germans
soon had the POWs marching through
thick snow towards the Western Front.
Mr Ward marched for months through
the winter snow and saw the horrors of
war and the effects it had on so many
innocent people. He sur vived, while
many others perished from disease,
exhaustion, and lack of food in the
He was among the prisoners of war
nursed back to health after being
handed over to the Americans and upon
eventually arriving back in New Zealand
he was discharged from the army as
medically unfit, later settling in Hokitika.
Mr Ward was honoured with a
certificate of merit from the Ex-
Prisoners of War Association and is on
the special honours list of the National
Ser vices Association.
Two vet dies
Rally heads to Coast
A 140-strong rally with a
difference — and a rude name —
will head to the West Coast this
Sh..box Rally was founded in
Australia in 2016. It is not a race,
but a 100% a challenge to test
cars worth no more than $1700
over vast distances.
It raises money for the Cancer
Council (Australia) and Cancer
Society (NZ). Each team needs
to raise a minimum of $4000
to participate in the rally. A
thousand dollars is then allocated
to their team towards the
purchase of their car.
The teams themselves will also
have to contribute $A600 from
their own pocket.
Co-ordinator Deb Forbes said
they would be in Blackball on
the night of Sunday, February
26 from about 4pm, staying
overnight there and leaving the
next morning for Otago.
Sixty-one teams are entered
with two drivers a team, as well
as seven support teams with
teams of two. Most are from
Australia, with New Zealanders
in the mix.
Although the Midland Line remains closed due to fire damage in Canterbury, a ballast
train has been busy fixing the railway line between Greymouth and the Grey Valley. As well
as repairing the fire damage to bridges and other infrastructure at Broken River, Kiwi Rail
staff have been catching up on maintenance on the West Coast.
Midland Line closure opportunity for maintenance
PICTURE: Laura Mills
International cycling tour group Backroads
is having a strong summer season on the West
Coast, though they are not travelling the
Last week, the group was in Greymouth with
21 cyclists, mainly from the United States and
Canada. Backroads has been visiting the Coast
for decades, but says this season is particularly
They do an on-road anti-clockwise circuit,
from Christchurch to the Coast, over the
Haast Pass to Wanaka.
Cycling tours popular
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Shay Butler and Dirk Badenhorst with three minivans full of cycling tourists.
Meybille Bay slip work put on hold
Work on a landslip at Meybille Bay, on the
Coast Road, has been put on hold until after the
current tourist season.
The slip came down in September, closing the
State highway, which later reopened to one lane.
New Zealand Transport Agency regional
performance manager Pete Connors said work
was scheduled to start again after the peak of
the tourist season, probably in April.
“O ur scaling and blasting work last year at
Meybille Bay identified some additional areas
for treatment and this will delay returning the
highway to two lanes for some months,” Mr
“The next stage of investigation won’t occur
until after the peak visitor period. Any delays
or closures will be well advertised in advance to
The ban on taking
shellfish from the
Kaikoura coast has been
extended for nine months.
Scampi and rock lobster
are not affected by the
ban, but paua and other
shellfish have been hit
hard by the November
Nathan Guy said.
Mr Guy said he believed
people understood the
need to rebuild the fishery
for the long term. — NZN
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