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The latest Buller 1080 drop prompted
a protest by a handful of anti-1080
campaigners in Palmerston Street, Westport,
Organiser, Westport ’s Pete Lusk, said the
Department of Conservation had apparently
misled people when it announced it had
finished its 1080 drops in the Kahurangi
However, DOC said the latest 1080 drops
targeting possums were by Ospri for Tb
Free. “It is not a DOC operation and is
separate to our DOC pest control,” DOC
communications adviser Trish Grant said.
She did not believe the drops included
land in Kahurangi.
Mr Lusk said Conservation Minister
Maggie Barry had justified the drops by
citing a “rat plague of biblical proportions”
that had never happened.
He had seen few rats when he camped on
the south branch of the Mokihinui River
over the past few months.
“My food was never disturbed and there
were surprisingly few rats in the traps set
along the Old Ghost Road.
“There’s also very few deer, goats, possums
The latest drops would include a colony of
rock wren just south of the little Wanganui
Saddle, he said.
He believed 1080 drops were about making
“1080 has become a self-justifying industry
backed by clever PR that tells the public
there is a ‘predator’ crisis out there.”
A Greymouth developer says he
will lose a section valued at $130,000
if a subdivision at Paroa goes ahead
— but the Grey District Council is
only taking $60,000 off his bill.
The council this week agreed to
help the developer with plans for a
new 24-lot housing subdivision at
Paroa by allowing a $60,000 rebate.
However, some councillors were
not happy suggesting it was a “bit of
a handout ”.
The developer, who does not want
to be named before the sale and
purchase deadline on Monday, said
today he would pay the council
The council wanted him to put a
road through to Clough Road, for
their future development, which
would see him lose a section worth
$130,000 on the open market.
He disputed that he was being
given a “leg up” and saw it instead
as compensation for losing a section.
The council contributions are for
sewerage and water. Councillors
agreed to a rebate of up to $60,000
to be offset against the reserves
Cobden Aromahana Sanctuary
and Recreation Areas Inc is about to
go head-to-head with the country’s
best and brightest voluntary groups
and organisations at the Trustpower
National Community Awards.
The 2016 awards take place in the
Rotorua Lakes region from March
The sanctuary is representing Grey
district at the National Community
Awards. Rob Harrison and Henk
Stengs will attend, along with Grey
District Deputy Mayor Murray Hay
and his partner Gaylene Donaldson.
Trustpower spokeswoman Abbie
Siely says the group’s work had
preser ved an area of ecological
significance for future generations
“Cobden Aromahana Sanctuary
established when an ecological
assessment in 2011 concluded that
large areas between Cobden and
the lower reaches of the Grey River
were in need of restoration.”
Hokitika is being represented by
the Lions Club.
The national winner will win
$4000 in prizemoney.
Entries for this year’s community
awards close on May 12.
An explosion of hot pink, vintage chrome and live sound, The Rebel Pink by Footnote New Zealand
Dance, will be on stage at the Regent Theatre in Greymouth on March 30. Publicists say it provides three
emerging choreographers with an opportunity to create new works in a world conjured by New Zealand
dance luminary Malia Johnston, designer Marcus McShane and world class drummer-musician Tom Scrase
(ex-Strike). With the brand-new Footnote company members as their performers, Eliza Sanders, Holly
Newsome and Nancy Wijohn will bring their unique thought processes to life. The three individual works
are a colourful mosaic of ideas that explore the joys and pitfalls of human communication, and complex
relationships with movement that is nuanced, lively and playful. Tom Scrase will be providing a soundtrack
of live and recorded music to accompany each work. The dance show will be held on March 30 at 7pm.
Explosion of pink on stage in Greymouth
Sanctuary group up for award
Developer will lose section if
subdivision goes ahead
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Sarah Horner and Bob Wright attend an art class at the Holy Trinity Centre last evening as part of the month-long Art in the
Town, which has replaced Art in the Park this year. A photo safari, youth music night, sip and sketch night at Monteith's and grand
finale at the Left Bank Art Gallery are among the remaining events. Check out Art in the Park on Facebook for details.
Art in town
A one-person show with
a difference will play in
Greymouth later this month.
Rapanui — the Song of
Stone is a one-person theatre
show. It was created on Rapa
Nui on Easter Island, Chile
with a dawn visit to Rapanui
at Shag Rock, Christchurch,
by its creator Lisa Allan.
She says these two sites not
only bear the same name but
both have connections to
the Waitaha people of New
“This story brings to light a
piece of New Zealand history
that is not commonly known
and connects us to our star
ancestors,” she says. The show
premiered at the New Zealand
Fringe Festival in February
and has been touring the
South Island since then. It will
perform upstairs at the Regent
Theatre, Greymouth, at 8pm
on March 23.
One person show with a difference
PICTURE: Tony Ruru
Work is nearing completion on 50 car parks and a toilet block at the Cobden Aromahana Sanctuary — the former Greymouth
rubbish dump at the mouth of the Grey River. Kerbing and channelling has gone in at the nearby beachfront Jellyman Park car park.
The Grey District Council received $108,000 from the Government for the public toilets and $219,000 for the car park, capable of
accommodating self-contained campervans which are allowed to park there overnight.
Buller 1080 drop prompts protest
Jellyman Park kerbing finished
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West Coast mayors should
seek advice from Westland Milk
Products before they rush into
closer ties with China, West
Coast-Tasman MP Damien
A newly formed group, NZ
China Exchange Incorporated
(NZCE), met Coast mayors
last week to discuss business
opportunities and closer cultural
Buller Mayor Garry Howard
has pitched to NZCE three
businesses seeking venture capital
— Waste Energy WC and digital
companies Cerebral Fix and
Mr O’Connor said Westland
Milk had been badly burned
by its Chinese partners who
had not delivered on its UHT
The mayors should be wary, he
“S hortage of capital is not the
issue for the West Coast, given
that Development West Coast
(DWC) has capital available.
“The issue is ideas, initiatives
and a truly entrepreneurial spirit
among more West Coasters.”
Mr O’Connor said he could
not make any judgment on
the businesses pitched by Mr
Howard, but DWC was there to
fund sound proposals.
“ Why would the Chinese invest
if Development West Coast
won’t, would be the question.”
The Coast mayors have agreed
their councils will consider a
memorandum of understanding
on working with NZCE to
promote investment on the
They will also look at a possible
sister city relationship.
Mr Howard told the Westport
News on Monday that NZCE
also wanted to send a delegation
to the Coast and the Coast to
send a delegation to China.
Caution urged over
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