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Live updates of next weekend’s
Hokitika Wildfoods Festival will be
shared through Snapchat via state-of-
the-art Snapchat spectacles.
The glasses — which record point of
view video from a small video camera in
the frame of the specs — will be worn
by Dunedin-based Snapchat celebrity
Ryan Shaw at the festival.
The footage can then be quickly edited
and sent straight to the Wildfoods
“Think go pro but Snapchats version,
live updates from your own viewpoint,”
Festival event manager Ashley Cassin
As well as swallowing down some
of the festival offerings the spectacles
will also be worn on visits to local
attractions, including the Tree Top
Mike Mullins, of Snapchat analytics
and content management company,
Mish Guru, said spectacles were able to
produce unique content as they filmed
in circular video, meaning the camera
had a 115 degree lens to more closely
approximate how humans normally see.
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Nelson magician Steve Wilbury will
be bringing his magic to the West
Coast shortly as part of a nationwide
The Greatest Magic Show in your
Town will be staged in Greymouth and
It features predominately magic and
mentalism, but also highlights many of
Wilbury’s other skills including juggling
and stand-up comedy.
“Magic is a barely seen art form and
we want to take the show to places
that don’t normally see shows like this,”
He has travelled the world honing
his performances. In his early 20s he
worked in London’s only juggling store
for five years, before joining a Scottish
circus, and even performed with them
in front of the Q ueen.
A decade later, Wilbury is now settled
in Nelson with his wife and son.
He says while many people might
think that magic is only for children, he
has found that it is usually adults who
get the most out of his performances.
“Children love it, that ’s for sure, but
magic has a unique ability to make
grown-ups feel like kids again. It allows
you to escape the reality of the daily
The Greatest Magic Show will be
showing at the Regent Theatre in
Greymouth on Saturday, March 11, and
Hokitika the following day. Tickets are
$12 for a child, $18 for an adult or $50
for a family.
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 3
A $5000 reward offered to anyone
who can confirm the South Island
kokako is still alive, generated 40
reports of possible encounters, and
interest from around the world.
The South Island Kokako Charitable
Trust announced the reward last
The bird was considered extinct
until 2013, when credible sightings
prompted a reclassification.
Kokako trust spokeswoman Inger
Perkins said the response had been
phenomenal, and it had media
interest from at least three European
newspapers and news agencies.
“ We have received over 40 reports
of possible encounters, some recent
and others from longer ago, stretching
back a few decades for a few of them,”
Ms Perkins said.
“Since the trust ’s website was set up
a few years ago, a handful of possible
encounters are logged each year, so to
receive so many reports in the past
month is a fantastic result.”
Ms Perkins said they were busy
following them all up and were feeling
“pretty positive” about several of them,
which corroborated previous reports.
When the trust had analysed and
compiled all the information, it would
publish the most likely areas so that
enthusiastic searchers could head out
and find the evidence.
A Grey Valley expedition is already
in the pipeline.
“ We also think that some people may
be keeping their encounters under
their hats so that they can get that
evidence before sharing. Whichever
way brings us the evidence, we’re
happy and we’re eagerly awaiting the
opportunity to pay the reward.”
environmentalist, said last month he
heard the bird calling as recently as
“I have been up and down the West
Coast in and out the bush over the last
couple of years and have heard birds in
birds in multiple locations, some even
calling to each other.”
The Department of Conservation
said that when South Island kokako
were shifted from extinct to data
deficient a couple of years ago, it
was on the basis of a large number
of possible sightings presented in a
“Those sightings are likely to have
been all that were known about at
the time, but they had been collected
over many years, and there were less
than 100,” DOC spokeswoman Jose
“None of the sightings were
supported by evidence such as photos,
audio recordings, or feathers.”
The sightings DOC knew about had
been in a variety of locations.
The trust would prefer a verifiable
photograph or other physical evidence
of the bird over claims to have heard
Further information about the search
and the reward is available on the trust
40 possible reports of kokako
after $5000 reward offered
Viv Logie and the NZ Herald
Police say deteriorating weather means
it may be Monday before they can reach
the body which has turned up in an ice
crevasse high up on Fox Glacier.
A tramper spotted the body, with a
backpack, near the Chancellor Hut
yesterday morning, however sergeant
Matt Tailby, of Greymouth police, said
the weather had closed in when police
teams arrived in Fox Glacier, hindering
any opportunity to get on to the ice.
“There is not another window of
opportunity until Monday, that ’s just the
nature of the weather,” Mr Tailby said.
It was not safe to fly while the cloud
was so low.
“ It might have been a nice day up here
in Greymouth, but the cloud was low in
He said police had “a few suspicions”
who the victim might be, but first needed
to recover the body and any evidence.
“ Until then we will be playing our
cards pretty close to our chests and even
when we do discover the identity we will
not be releasing any details until the next
of kin have been notified. ”
He would not speculate as to how long
the body may have been in the glacier.
Sergeant Paul Watson said yesterday
police would be reviewing missing
person files from as far back as 30 years
ago or longer.
Mackintosh said he believed it was more
likely the body had only been there
about five years.
The fact the body was found in a
crevasse led him to believe it might have
only been there a relatively short time.
“ When something like a body or, I
don’t know, an aircraft falls into the top
part of the glacier, it goes on a journey
into the ice and reveals itself down
near the bottom some time later,” Mr
Items moved through the ice in some
glaciers faster than in others, so a body
moving through the ice at Fox Glacier
would likely only take one or two
decades to emerge, he said.
Tasman Glacier might move an item
through the ice over several hundred
Mackintosh said crevasses, on the other
hand, usually opened up for a few years
at a time and then closed, so he did not
believe the body would have been there
for 30 years or more.
“ If a body turns up in a crevasse, my
guess would be that it’s actually relatively
recent,” he said.
“ My gut feeling would be that it’s just
sort of been in the last five years.”
If that was the case, he said the body
was likely fairly decomposed. The person
probably fell into the crevasse, he said.
Human remains expert John Dennison
said the body could be in any condition,
from perfectly preser ved to deformed
from the pressure of the ice.
Mr Dennison once examined a single
bone discovered at Fox Glacier, and
said although the bone could have been
there for up to 10 years, he was able to
find residual hair and tissue on it and
determine the bone was from a young,
Mr Dennison said investigators would
need to cast “a very wide net ” to discover
when the victim went missing, “and then
narrow it down from there”.
The ice and any lack of oxygen could
preser ve the body “in the state in which
it had gone down there, but the body
also might not have been preser ved”.
When Greymouth 10-year-old
Theo Struve went to the library
on Wednesday he thought he
would be reading to Waldo, the
library’s reading dog.
Instead, he was gently
ambushed, and announced as
the overall winner of the Grey
District Summer Reading
A record 365 children entered
this year’s challenge, but Theo
is thought to be the first home
schooled pupil to win.
Theo reads for up to four hours
a day, including to his younger
brother Friedman. Currently he
is powering through the Harry
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn told
him he normally went to school
to present the prizes.
“This is the first home schooler.
Keep reading, it improves
All children who participated
in the challenge — to read daily
over the summer holidays —
receive a book.
Library staff are currently
visiting schools throughout the
district to present the other
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Summer reading challenge winner Theo Struve, left, brother Friedman and Waldo the dog,
Summer Reading Challenge winner
Magic show for Coast
The Karoro School playing field is getting a makeover to address drainage issues which have dogged the
ground in recent years. “ The field has been very boggy and water just won’t drain off,” principal Maureen
Truman said. “Contractors are busy at work but once the project is completed it will give us a well drained
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Karoro School field gets makeover
of the Westport News
What may be the biggest mining
excavator bucket made in New Zealand
set off from Westport to its new home
in Waikato yesterday.
The 12-tonne steel bucket, with a
carrying capacity of 13.5 cubic metres,
was designed and built by Westport
company West-Trak for Solid Energy.
The mining company will use it at
its Maramarua coalfields, north of
West-Trak marketing director Brad
French said the project involved six staff
members and took four months from
design to completion.
He thought it might be the largest
bucket in New Zealand to be built from
the ground up. More than 500kg of
welding wire had gone into the bucket,
Mr French said.
“ It was a good challenge for us and
a huge thanks to our team of expert
engineers who made it happen.”
The bucket is designed for use on a
200-tonne mining excavator. It has
been lined with special non-stick plastic
to deal with the muddy conditions at
A low-bed truck from Avery Brothers
will take the bucket on its road trip.
It is scheduled to be operational on
site early next week.
Established in 1993, West-Trak
employs 32 people in Westport.
Wildfoods updates through Snapchat
PICTURE: Westport News
Some of West-Trak’s staff members with Buller Mayor Garry Howard and the bucket before it set off on the journey to
Maramarua — Daniel Moloney, back rear, Mike Watts, Antonio Baatjies, Neil Amies, Brent Gilbert, Martin Calizaya,
Zach Walsh, Riccardo Veradio, Brian Thomas, Avi Walia; Shannon Hiddleston, front left, Rick Hayman, Garry Howard,
Brad French, Satwinder Singh.
Westpor t firm makes largest excavator bucket in NZ
The old ilmenite site north of
Barrytown — which has been
transformed with 132,455 tree
plantings — is to be opened up with
a track and wetland boardwalk.
The site was declared a nature
reser ve in 2010 after it was
relinquished and donated by
mining giant Rio Tinto.
Stage one of the project will see
the creation of an interpretive
boardwalk that will showcase the
ecology and the social history
of the site, reflecting changing
community values, Conser vation
Volunteers NZ regional manager
James Washer says.
“The Living Lab Master Plan
is essentially a concept plan and
includes a range of elements whose
inclusion will be dependent upon
community support, funding and
of course, consents,” Mr Washer
The aim was to bring social and
economic benefits in addition to
the already significant conser vation
The project this week received a
$60,000 boost with a Department
of Conser vation grant to go towards
weed control and more planting, as
well as transitioning the site.
Wetland boardwork for old
Barrytown ilmenite site
Separate incidents in which two
motorists were stopped by West Coast
police yesterday might have been simple
ticketing matters but both now have a
date in court.
Area prevention manager senior
sergeant Paul Watson said both traffic
incidents underlined the importance
of people taking seriously directives by
the Land Transport Safety Authority
(LTSA) and the police — other wise
matters could quickly escalate to
In the first incident, a young
Greymouth man previously suspended
from driving due to demerit points was
caught driving on State highway 6, at
He has been summonsed to appear in
court for driving while suspended and
if convicted could face a much longer
period not being able to drive than the
three months his licence was suspended
“It’s a bit of a reminder for people that
do unfortunately lose their licence for
excess demerits. They probably do need
to ride out that three-month suspension
and not risk it,” Mr Watson said.
In Westport, a 36-year-old man was
arrested for driving in a dangerous
manner after police clocked him at
133kph on his motorbike on the
Fairdown Straight, north of Westport.
The motorcyclist was charged with
failing to stop but police were later able
to track him down in Westport due to
Mr Watson said if the man had simply
stopped when police first indicated for
him to do so the matter would have
only resulted in a fine.
“It would have been an infringement
notice for speed fine — now he’s got a
Police often found that drivers did not
really take seriously LTSA suspension
notices yet they were as serious as a
criminal driving matter, he said.
“I just think there’s a bit of a blase
attitude to demerit points and they
don’t regard it as a serious matter.”
Unfortunately that meant people
were risking much longer driving
disqualification along with a conviction
and a record.
Routine traffic stops
lead to court dates
The Department of Conservation
has launched a new interactive map
to provide up to date information
about where pesticides have been laid
or are planned to be laid on land it
This replaces the previous reports
which were published every four
months on the DOC website.
Technical adviser threats Tom Belton
said it would enable people to view
information, which was regularly
“This will benefit commercial hunters
who are required to provide pesticide
summaries when selling wild game
to show that the land was acceptable
for hunting at the time of the hunt,
as well as providing more up to date
information to recreational hunters and
other users of public conser vation land,”
The new system can be accessed on
the DOC website at the following link:
DOC launches pesticide interactive map
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