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2 - Thursday, February 23, 2017
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter
transferred a patient from Grey Base
Hospital to Christchurch yesterday
afternoon as the West Coast
helicopter is having a maintenance
Arrivals: Har vester, one
Greymouth vessel. Departures:
Moon Shadow II, Ocean Odyssey,
Kathleen G, one Greymouth vessel.
In port: Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine,
Har vester, 17 Greymouth vessels.
Expected departures: Cook Canyon,
Jay Elaine, tomorrow. Expected
arrivals: Galatea II, today.
Biography on Coast author published
Several rare Okarito rowi kiwi have
been killed by swooping falcons, the
Department of Conser vation says.
Biodiversity ranger Tracey Dearlove
said that despite this, 38 rowi from the
2015-16 breeding season sur vived and
had been successfully released back
to north Okarito forest, and to the
predator-free Blumine Island.
The birds or eggs are removed from
the Okarito forest and allowed to reach
12 months away from predators.
However, this year there were seven
mortalities on Motuara Island — a safe
haven for the birds in the Marlborough
Sounds. Two carcases were found with
signs indicating falcon predation on the
“The falcon were obser ved to be active
around the island through the season
and were regularly seen,” Ms Dearlove
“Our feeling is that the island
was particularly dry, which meant
fewer invertebrates were available for
This may have forced the nocturnal
kiwi to come out to feed earlier or
later than normal, exposing them to
predation by falcons.
Tour operators noted they had seen
a kiwi out during the daytime on one
Transmitters are designed to go into
a mortality mode when a bird dies, but
DOC had missing birds with no signal
The team sur veyed nearby coastlines
and islands and picked up two
transmitters (but no carcase) — one on
Long Island and one on the adjacent
“ We plan to do some night calling
on the island at the end of this month
to determine if any of the missing
rowi remain there (a possibility if the
transmitters themselves have failed),”
Ms Dearlove said.
The kiwi that did sur vive and came
back to Okarito or Blumine were all in
good condition on release.
In the previous two years there were
about 50 juveniles.
DOC said it would continue to use
Motuara Island and last season secured
a second creche site for juvenile rowi
at Kaipupu Point, Picton, providing a
back-up location to use in case disease
or other issues arise on Motuara in the
Several rare kiwi
killed by falcons
A biography on writer
conser vationist Peter Hooper, who
grew up on the West Coast and
inspired many of today ’s leaders, has
For a number of years Hooper owned
and ran a bookshop called Walden
Books in Greymouth and also taught
at high schools in Hokitika and
The new book Notes from the Margins:
the West Coast ’s Peter Hooper, has
been written by Canterbury writer
Pat White, in which he writes of
Hooper’s childhood growing up on the
Hooper’s teaching career, in tandem
with his sustained determination to
become a poet and novelist, feature.
Hooper’s influence in the lives of
a number of leading writers and
environmentalists including Lou
Sanson, Brian Turner, Jeffrey Paparoa
Holman, David Young and Guy
Salmon are also brought to light.
The influence he had on poet White’s
own writing life forms another
narrative within the story of Peter
White is himself an ex-West Coast
dairy farmer, ex-Hokitika librarian,
and went to school at Ross for a couple
of years, as well as Greymouth High
School from 1958 to 1961. He knew
“The influence of Peter Hooper’s
work lives on in the students he
taught, the young environmentalists
he worked with, and those who read
with appreciation his award winning
writing,” White said.
His life story of Peter Hooper was
written in recognition of a valued
friendship over decades. Hooper died
It also becomes a story of the Coast.
Hooper’s love of nature and especially
the forests, mountains and lakes of the
Coast inspired class after class about
the exceptional environment many
took for granted.
The book’s foreword is from Lou Sanson, who is now director-general of
“From 1970 to 1975 Peter Hooper
was my English teacher at Westland
High School in Hokitika. In many
ways he helped me be the person that
leads the Department of Conser vation
today,” Mr Sanson said.
White is an author and painter who
lives with his wife Catherine Day,
in Fairlie. He has published several
volumes of poetry, most recently
Fracking and Hawk, and has exhibited
artwork in various New Zealand
The book costs $35 and can be ordered
by e-mailing email@example.com It
is also expected to be on sale from West
Coast bookshops in the near future.
Thursday February 23
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Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
COWAN, Jim (Boots).
Passed away peace-
fully at Granger House
in Greymouth on
February 18, 2017 in his
87th year. Dearly loved
husband of the late
Stella, much loved dad
and father-in-law of
Gary and Kay, Brian
and Glenda, and John,
loved grandad of Donna
and Carla, Paul and
Leanne, Brendan and
Dana, Kaylee, Alyce,
great-grandad of Kyia,
brother and brother-in-
law of Fred and Kath,
and Trevor and Heidi, a
loved brother-in-law of
the late Connie and
Adelaide, Molly and
Bill, and Bert, a cherish-
ed uncle, cousin and
friend of many. Mess-
ages to 32 MacDougall
Avenue, Dunollie 7803.
A private family service
has been held. A
memorial service for
Jim will be held at a
later date, details to
Funeral Services Ltd.
FDANZ. Phone (03)
Department of Conservation
community ranger Lauren Kelley with
volunteers Reece Whyte, left, Samual
Radics and Lochlan Adams at the
Rapahoe beach clean-up yesterday.
“The beach clean-up was requested by
Rapahoe and Runanga residents, who
regularly pick up rubbish when they
walk the beach. However, they were
finding so much washed up that they
needed a helping hand, especially with
large items like tyres and whiteware,”
co-ordinator Lauren Kelley said.
The 15 participants who took part
picked up a trailer load plus two
truck decks full of rubbish in just two
hours. That included plastic pieces,
drink bottles, fish crates, bale wrap,
polystyrene, old whiteware and 10 tyres.
“Removing these items from the
beach, especially the plastic, protects
our marine life and birds from
ingesting it or getting tangled up. It
also leaves our beaches beautiful and
The clean-up is a lead up to Seaweek,
which is New Zealand’s annual
national week about the sea, running
from February 25 to March 5.
“ We decided to make our clean-up at
Rapahoe a Seaweek event,” Ms Kelley
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Rapahoe beach clean-up
Police graduates Josh Furze
and Zac Munro are the latest
additions to the Greymouth
police ranks, fresh from the Royal
New Zealand Police College, in
Mr Furze grew up on the Kapiti
Coast, near Wellington, while Mr
Munro is from D unedin.
“The training at the RNZ Police
College was for 18 weeks. We
both had no preference to where
we might go once we completed
it,” Mr Furze said.
Mr Munro said he had heard it
was wet on the West Coast prior
to taking up his appointment.
“ We had heard it was wet but
the weather has been great. It ’s
beautiful, everyone is great —
accommodating and friendly
— it ’s a great place.”
New police recruits star t in Greymouth
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Greymouth police new recruits constables Josh Furze, left, and Zac Munro at the station yesterday
ready for duty.
The Department of Conser vation
says the halt in sealing the Pike
River Mine is not affecting the
proposed Pike 29 ‘great walk’.
The 65km-long track will be a two
to three-day walk, or an advanced
level one to two-day mountainbike
ride linking Blackball
Punakaiki. It will include a side
track to the mine site, where an
information centre will be built.
It will cost $10 million and is
estimated to generate $1.4 million
annually, creating 15 full-time jobs
and 17 indirect jobs.
The mine site was meant to have
been handed over to DOC around
Christmas time. Instead, the sealing
has been halted by Prime Minister
Bill English as work continues on
whether a robot can explore the
stone drift leading into the mine.
DOC western South Island
operations director Mark Davies
said the halt in sealing was not
affecting its work programme
in preparing for construction of
the walk, and it was not expected
to affect the track construction
“ It is also not affecting our current
planning for the information centre
at the mine site,” Mr Davies said.
DOC was at an early stage in
working with the Pike River
Families Committee in developing
plans for the information centre
and expected construction would
start next year.
Mr Davies said they were working
through the procurement process
for appointing suitable contractors
for the track and hut construction.
He expected track construction
would start in late autumn and
construction of the two huts next
summer to take advantage of better
summer weather conditions.
“One limiting factor at this point
in time has been the poor summer
weather we have experienced on
the West Coast over the last few
They would have a clear picture of
when track construction work would
start, where it would commence
and the numbers of people involved
once it had appointed contractors
and confirmed details of the
construction work programme with
them, he said.
Mine sealing halt not affecting
proposed Pike 29 ‘great walk’
Groups doing good for people or the
environment in Greymouth can apply
now to be part of Z Energy’s 2017 Good
in the Hood at the Z station.
Applications are now open and the
four groups selected will all get a piece
of the $4000 the station will be giving
away during Good in the Hood voting
month in May.
Since 2012 more than $4 million
has gone to community groups and
projects doing amazing work to make
neighbourhoods around the country
The Z station in Greymouth is looking
for groups helping address a need in
the local neighbourhood. This year it is
being expanded to environment groups.
The team at Z station in Greymouth
will choose which groups they will get
behind, rather than people at head office.
Customers will determine what
percentage of the funding goes to each
group by voting with an orange token
every time they shop at Z this May.
Groups can enter on-line at z.co.nz/
goodinthehood and are invited to pop
in and introduce themselves to staff at
the local station. Applications close on
Groups encouraged to apply for
Good in the Hood giveaway
The Buller District Council has
admitted it does not own the land
the Punakaiki water supply reservoir
However, it “hopes” to have a
resolution with the landowner in the
The Greymouth Star asked for details
after a Punakaiki resident suggested it
was not council land.
Chief executive Andy Gowland-
Douglas said the old Buller County
Council had always been aware that it
did not own the land where the water
intake structure was sited. The scheme
dates back to 1985.
However, at that time there was
no access guarantee required by the
Negotiations were ongoing with the
“ We do hope to have a resolution with
the current landowner in the coming
weeks,” Ms Gowland-Douglas said.
She also confirmed a suspected
sabotage incident last year when a pipe
“Council staff became aware of an act
of vandalism on January 31, 2016, and
Westreef Ser vices staff were on site on
Monday, February 1, 2016 to re-attach
the disconnected pipework.”
Punakaiki water reservoir land
solution sought by Buller council
Fonterra has kept its forecast farm gate
payout at $6 per kg of milk solids, citing
the rebalancing of demand and supply
which led to a slump in dairy prices year.
The co-operative owned by about
10,000 farmers this morning affirmed the
forecast farm gate milk price announced
in November, and combined with
projected 50-to-60c earnings per share
would deliver a total payout to farmers of
$6.50 to $6.60 before retentions, it said in
Fonterra also raised its advance rate for
February, paid in March, to $4.85/kgMS
from a November projection of $4.30/
“Since November, the global market for
commodity dairy products has remained
relatively balanced and we expect global
prices to continue to hold or gradually
increase over the back half of this season
— a view shared by most global analysts,”
chairman John Wilson said.
“Our confidence in the global dairy
market at this stage in the season,
combined with the strength of our co-
operative, has enabled us to increase the
monthly advance rates more than we
normally would at this time of year.”
Dairy prices fell 3.2% at the latest
Global Dairy Trade auction this week,
with prices for whole milk powder down
3.7% to $US3189 a tonne.
AgriHQ trimmed its forecast payout
for the 2017 season 5c to $6.33/kgMS
today due to recent weakness in global
dairy markets while acknowledging it ’s
still higher than what the milk processors
are forecasting. — Scoop
A New Zealander was refused entry to a
Melbourne nightclub 10 times for being
too drunk before he stole a car and killed
a pedestrian while speeding through the
city centre during “10 minutes of utter
Tanami Nayler had been in Melbourne
for less than three hours when she was
killed instantly in July last year when the
car driven by Nicholas Michael Davison
at 150kph struck and hurled her 84m
through the air.
The New Zealander pleaded guilty in
the Victorian County Court yesterday
to five charges, including culpable
driving causing death, reckless conduct
endangering life, and failing to stop after
a fatal accident.
Davison, 23, has also pleaded guilty
to breaking into a car rental office and
stealing the car he was driving.
Ms Nayler, 24, had flown in from
Sydney that Friday night to spend the
weekend with a friend and celebrate a job
Less than an hour after sending her
mother a text at 1.35am, Ms Nayler was
struck as she and her friend crossed an
intersection at the corner of King Street
and Hawke Street in the city centre.
“She attempted to run . . . but there was
no time to avoid being struck,” prosecutor
Jeremy McWilliams said.
Ms Nayler’s friend said she had been
walking in front of him.
“The car hit her and didn’t slow down.
I couldn’t see where she went, she just
wasn’t there any more,” he told police.
Her mother, Vivian, told the court she
had lost her only child, who was born
after an earlier miscarriage.
“ Tani was our rainbow baby and very
special,” she said in her victim impact
Her father, Don, said: “ To say
I am heartbroken would be an
Mr McWilliams said Ms Nayler’s body
was thrown about 84m through the air.
Davison lost control of the car, hit a pole
and he ran from the scene, past her body.
He disposed of his clothes before he
was arrested 45 minutes later.
It is estimated his blood alcohol reading
at the time of the crash was between two
and a half and four and a half times the
Davison had been drinking with friends
that night before going to the central city,
where he stole the rental car after being
refused entry to the nightclub.
The then-22-year-old had recently
moved to Melbourne from Christchurch.
His defence lawyer said Davison’s “10
minutes of utter madness” were at odds
with his usual behaviour.
“It is 10 minutes that has left him
ashamed of himself and deeply
remorseful,” Ian Hill, QC, said.
“He is very much aware of the suffering
and misery that he has caused others.”
Culpable driving causing death
carries a maximum penalty of 20 years’
Judge Christopher Ryan said Davison
will probably be deported after ser ving
He will be sentenced on March 17.
Drunk NZer stole car and killed pedestrian
The latest estimated figures from the
Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment (MBIE) today show that
tourism expenditure on the West Coast
grew 13% to $495 million in January.
The earthquake last November
made a significant impact on the total
spend locally in North Canterbury,
which includes Kaikoura and Hurunui
Districts. Marlborough and Wellington,
two other regions affected by the
earthquake, had a slight drop in tourism
spending in the month of January.
Other regions in the South Island
have recovered from the impact, with
international and domestic tourism
spending higher in Canterbury, Tasman
and the West Coast.
Coast tourism expenditure up 13%
$6 farm gate payout
Bathurst Resources today reported a
net loss after tax of $1.1 million for the
six months to December 31.
It said its underlying profit after tax
was $200,000, despite a 29% drop in
coal sales revenue.
Bathurst is in the process of taking
over Stockton coalmine from Solid
Energy, in a joint venture with
It blamed the loss on the due diligence
process and holding costs of committed
The mothballing of the Cascade and
Escarpment mines in Buller, due to the
closure of the Holcim cement plant at
Westport, saw a significant reduction in
sales revenue, it said.
Production was 34% down and the
coal price remained volatile.
Bathurst reports $1.1m net loss after tax
A motorcyclist was
killed when he crashed his
bike into a fence on the
Shenandoah highway near
Maruia this morning.
St John South Island
Ian Henderson said they
were alerted at 8.05am
and sent an ambulance
and a response vehicle, but
the man was deceased at
The New Zealand
Transport Agency said
State highway 65 was
likely to stay closed for a
number of hours.
Tr a ffi c was redirected
on State highway 69 via
Inangahua and Reefton
and the NZTA said
motorists should allow
for an extra 1.5 hours in
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