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2 - Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Greymouth Port. — Arrivals: Moon
Shadow II, Har vester, Q uo Vadis,
three Greymouth vessels. Departures:
Galatea II. In port: Moon Shadow II,
Har vester, Jay Penelope, Sovereign,
Quo Vadis, 23 Greymouth vessels.
Expected departures: Moon Shadow
II, tomorrow. Expected arrivals: Jay
Elaine, tomorrow; Cook Canyon,
Ocean Odyssey, Thursday.
Reefton community considers goldmine pit future
Consultation on the principle of
allowing sustainable har vesting of
native forests owned by the Grey
District Council has been extended a
further month because some people
were confused by what they were being
asked to comment on.
The council decided at the end of
2016 to start consulting on the ‘broad
principle’ of allowing selective logging
of indigenous forests on its land,
following an application from sawmiller
Submissions for that closed last Friday,
but the statement of the proposal has
now been updated and the submission
period extended until May 5.
Chief executive Paul Pretorius said
the council took “a strange decision” in
that its original proposal to consult did
not specify if the council would allow
sustainable logging or not allow it.
“That made consultation extremely
difficult because we got questions
from the public which were difficult to
answer,” Mr Pretorius said.
This included what indigenous forest
areas were being referred to under the
original proposal out for consultation.
Beefing up the policy proposal with
more detailed background would
hopefully assist submitters on the
principle of sustainable logging on
council land, although this was “still
very open,” he said.
Aside from three large forest areas
owned by the council — at Mount
Buckley, Mount Sewell and Cashmere
Bay at Lake Brunner — there were also
bush remnants on public land across
the district which might be covered by
“I would like to give people as much
information as I can, and it wasn’t (clear)
in this case.”
The council had received over 10
submissions by last Friday.
The original submitters now had the
option of revising their first submission,
which would other wise stand.
“There was interest but some people
said, listen, it ’s virtually impossible to
make a submission because we haven’t
got enough information,” he said.
The council has not yet determined
the original request which sparked the
process in the first place.
The revised proposal on the council
website says sustainability will be the
key focus and any policy will insist on
logging complying with Ministry of
Primary Industries requirements, along
with consent conditions required by the
district and regional councils and other
Other reasons the council might
consider allowing har vesting might be
if it was an economic stimulus measure
or an income generating venture, the
“At this stage we are requesting
feedback on the broad principle, rather
than a specific proposal,” the revised
The Reefton community is starting
to consider the future of the former
Globe Progress goldmine pit and its
Oceana Gold announced before
Christmas the permanent closure of the
mothballed open-cast mine.
At its peak, Globe Progress employed
about 300 staff. Th e first round of
redundancies was announced in 2014
as the mine started to wind down after
eight years of production.
Neylon met with Oceana Gold staff last
a community process. All those
with ideas can get them into the
(Inangahua) Community Board,” Cr
The board would sift through them
and present ideas to Oceana.
Cr Neylon said it came down to what
the community liked, and what would
The main pit is currently filling with
water, which will take some time.
He said the water quality was
improving, but would probably not
get to recreational quality. However,
bush regrowth around the pit was
visible due to ongoing rehabilitation
“ What they have done is looking quite
Buller Mayor Garry Howard has
written to Oceana Gold saying it is
important the company liaises with the
correct representative body.
The council would like a “world class
restoration of the mining site that may
include community projects that are
Oceana Gold is developing a
detailed plan with the Department of
Conser vation, West Coast Regional
Council and community stakeholders.
The land is administered by DOC and is
part of the Victoria Forest Park.
The current access arrangement with
DOC runs for another three years and
the mining permit runs out in March
St John will be shaking buckets
during the ‘Heart of Gold ’ annual
appeal on Friday, raising money
for command units and specialist
equipment to be used when
responding to major emergencies.
“The command units cost
$180,000 each and contain
satellite, radio and cellular
technology. They operate as
mobile command and control
centre and ensure we can
maintain communications and
data capability to manage a major
“The command units give us
robust communications platforms
that help us provide more
effective ambulance responses
during a major emergency.
“As a charity, we thank New
Zealanders for their support and
generosity during our annual
appeal,” St John chief executive
Peter Bradley said.
Donations can be made on-line
at www.heartofgold.org.nz or to
St John collectors throughout
New Zealand during the appeal
week and at any ASB branch.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Greymouth St John staff members Cheryl Gurden, left, and Anita Calder are all set for the annual
appeal on Friday.
St John appeal to boost command units
Seventeen West Coast businesses will
be presenting their projects at a new
event this Thursday.
‘The Pitch’ gives people three minutes
to promote their business or project, a
networking event that is a fast, fun way
to find out what the business community
is up to.
It will be hosted by Ashley Cassin, from
Left Coast Events.
The Greymouth Star has donated $300
in advertising for the best presentation as
voted by the audience.
So far 17 businesses are confirmed.
All pitching spots have been allocated
but there will be plenty of networking
opportunities, and people are encouraged
to bring along businesses cards, fliers etc.
The Pitch will be held this Thursday
at Monteith’s Brewery; it is free but
registrations with Development West
Coast are essential.
Seventeen businesses confirmed
for networking event
Shantytown has introduced a new
archaeology course at its school, complete
with a dig.
The first week in April marks the inaugural
National Archaeology Week and across
the country various organisations have
been encouraged by the New Zealand
Archaeological Association to design and
Shantytown and the Marsden Valley
Education Centre are doing their part by
introducing a LEOTC (learning experiences
outside the classroom) programme themed
around Chinese archaeology.
In the lead up, staff searched the extensive
museum collection to find items that can be
used for display purposes during the week or
for use by the Education Centre for school
They have created a new display called
‘Drawers of Discovery’ using a re-purposed
sideboard that will be located in the
exhibition room. For Archaeology Week this
will be filled with a variety of items from the
Shantytown collection that have been found
through digs over the past century.
Visitors and students will be able to view
items and discover their provenance.
Later the drawers will be re-purposed
once again with curiosities from the
museum which are not often on view to the
The Chinese archaeology programme is a
full day of hands-on activities including a
‘dig’ at Shantytown’s Chinatown.
The programme can easily be adapted
to the level of the students be it juniors,
seniors or secondary groups and is on offer
throughout the school year.
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Eli Eagle, Mairin Fryer and Rylee Fearn were part of a St Mary’s Primary School Year 2 and 3 visit to Shantytown yesterday, where
they got to do an archaeological dig.
Shantytown introduces new archaeology course
The Green Party says it is irresponsible
of Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett
to dismiss a tourist levy to help pay for
infrastructure and conser vation.
“The whole country benefits from
tourism, but it is ratepayers in areas like
the Mackenzie Country, West Coast,
and the Q ueenstown-Lakes District
who foot the bill for the infrastructure
that supports the industry. A tourist levy
would fix that,” Green Party co-leader
James Shaw said in a statement today.
“A tourist levy would not be a deterrent
to visitors. Even with a $14 to $18 levy
for international visitors only, as the
Green Party proposed last year, New
Zealand border fees would still be lower
than our closest competitor Australia,
and places like the United Kingdom.
“ We’re hearing of a chronic shortage
of basic infrastructure like wastewater
ser vices, public toilets, rubbish collection
and car parks in tourist hot spots around
the county. ”
The levy would add an additional
$20 million to the regional tourism
fund every year to pay for this type of
infrastructure. It would also raise $46m a
year to properly fund predator-free New
Zealand, Mr Shaw said.
Bennett irresponsible to dismiss
tourist levy — Green Party
New Zealand First
Government has to cough up to help
with tourist infrastructure, after Franz
Josef Glacier saw a 44% jump in visitor
numbers last month.
Punakaiki also recorded strong
increases, despite the Tranz Alpine
tourist train not operating for most of
the month due to a fire in Canterbury.
The car parks have been full at both
resorts most days, and at times queues
have formed for the toilets.
“The Government has to cough up
immediately with some big money to
help with tourism infrastructure on the
West Coast,” NZ First leader Winston
“The problems at Punakaiki and Franz
Josef are just getting worse. At Franz
Josef tourist numbers were up 44% in
“The village has a small ratepayer base;
they ’ve had massive problems with
their inadequate sewerage system and
it’s obvious urgent help from central
government is needed.”
said it seemed
incomprehensible that the Government
could not help, given it took $1.5 billion
in GST from international tourists in
the year to March 2016.
All the council had was access to a
tourism infrastructure fund worth $12m
last year and a recently announced
“This is for the whole country and
falls a long way short of the $1.4 billion
Local Government New Zealand
says is desperately needed for tourism
“ It ’s totally wrong that the West Coast
is missing out,” Mr Peters said.
National Party list MP Maureen Pugh
said she took Deputy Prime Minister
Paula Bennett down the Coast a few
weeks ago and she heard first-hand
about the pressure the region was under.
As a result, Mrs Bennett returned to
Wellington and released more funding.
Mrs Pugh said councils were in the best
position to identify where investment
was needed, but she cautioned the assets
then went on the council books and
needed to be maintained.
A longer term view was needed, and a
way for councils to generate income to
pay for maintenance.
“Some businesses are doing particularly
well out of tourism. It may be looking
at a more targeted way of having them
(help) that infrastructure.”
She said there may also be some
potential for parking fees in places like
Government has to
cough up for tourist
infrastructure, say NZ First
Former West Coaster Boyd Becker has
been elected the new West Coast-Tasman
electorate chairman for the National Party,
and Greymouth man Rory Paterson to the
same position with the Labour Party.
The National Party held its electorate annual
general meeting in Murchison at the weekend.
Greymouth woman Anne Chapman stepped
down as chairwoman, and electorate secretary;
Mr Becker took her place.
National candidate for West Coast-Tasman,
Maureen Pugh, currently a list MP, thanked
Mrs Chapman for her continuous and tireless
support of the party, and her leadership over
the past three years.
“Anne has been a tremendous chair, building
up our membership and providing me with
an enormous amount of support. She is
as passionate and enthusiastic about Bill
English and the National Party as ever, and
her dedication and encouragement has been a
great source of drive for me. I know she will
continue to play a very active role here on the
Coast,” Mrs Pugh said.
Meanwhile, the Labour Party picked Mr
Paterson to chair the electorate committee,
taking over from Michelle Lomax-Sawyers, of
Mr Paterson is also chairman of the
Greymouth branch of the Labour Party.
Suzanne Win, of Kaiteriteri, has been
appointed campaign manager for the 2017
Former Coaster new National Party electorate chairman
West Coast community
leaders are being updated
on future work being done
at Tai Poutini Polytechnic.
The polytechnic is
seeking direct community
feedback about the
possible future direction it
Alex Cabrera said the
polytechnic had been
working to find ways
to create a viable and
model to ensure access
to tertiary education and
vocational training on
the West Coast, since the
appointment of Crown
manager Murray Strong
at the end of last year.
“ We want to make
sure that the community
knows what we’re
proposing, why we’re
proposing it and how our
work will progress,” Mr
The series of discussions
leaders including local
schools and industry
“After this initial series
of discussions, (Tai
plans to host further
over the coming months
to help keep everyone
updated and to seek
feedback on the path
Mr Cabrera said the first
series of discussions were
about getting in touch
to signal the emerging
would “lay the
foundations for a plan”
to address the challenges
and ensure a financially
sustainable model for
tertiary education here.
“ We’ ll be coming
back to the community
again later this year to
talk about more specific
options for the future and
seek feedback and ideas.”
Tai Poutini Polytechnic
needed to hear directly
from the community
access to ensure continued
access here to quality
tertiary education and
vocational training which
is relevant and leads to
real jobs, Mr Cabrera
“ We want to ensure
we’re listening to what
local people consider is
important for the region.”
discussions would be
A Cuban ambassador
will return to Blackball
for May Day celebrations,
which will also see the
launch of a new co-
The annual event will
start on Friday, April
28 with a debate at the
Club with the topic
‘S hoot the rich’.
On Saturday the topic
is the coming election
and environmentalism on
the West Coast. It starts
at 10am with a forum on:
‘The problem for Labour
on the Coast is the
Greens’. Responses will
be given by West Coast-
Tasman MP Damien
O’Connor and a Green
At 11am the debate
changes to a panel
discussion on ‘ Widening
the Scope: The role of
environmentalism on the
The political parties will
also be asked their stance
on 1080 poison.
After lunch it moves
to ‘think global, act
local’. Local success
stories will be looked at:
Cobden Lagoon (Mayor
Atarau Kiwi Sanctuary
(Paul Berry); mine
of Conser vation),
planting ( James Washer).
At 2.15pm, the
mayor will open a new
exhibition titled ‘Who
are you voting for?’
curated by Blackball
Museum and Paparoa
Range Blackball site
The day ends at 3pm
with the launch of Te
Society Ltd, an incubator
for sustainable co-
operatives for the regions
but particularly the West
The Cuban Ambassador
Mario Alzugaray will
speak on the role of
co-operatives in Cuba
and Mr O’Connor will
officially launch the
for membership and
shareholding will be
Registration for the
weekend costs $10 to
Community leaders updated
on polytechnic future work
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Cuban ambassador for
Blackball May Day
It was a warm March
in Reefton, with
the mid-20s at times.
Weather obser ver Tony
Fortune said generally it
was a quiet month with
little rain or wind.
“The weather seemed
to warm up as the month
The warmest day was
March 29, when it
However, the town
also had three frosts and
three fogs. Rain fell on
12 days, the heaviest
fall was 16mm on March
The average minimum
8.2degC compared with
9.8degC last year. It got
to -1degC on March 15.
The average maximum
was 21.2degC, compared
to 21.5degC a year ago.
The Grey District Council will again
look at whether it should allow out-of-
town retailers to hold one-off sales in
Greymouth, partly in a bid to allow stalls
to set up around the new town square.
A year ago, the council adopted the
trading in public places bylaw amid
concerns companies such as Nissan-Kia
and also Audi, held weekend expos and
car sales in Greymouth, mostly on the
road-rail reser ves in front of the Ashley
Hotel. Har vey Norman sets up for one
weekend a year to offer end-of-line
stock at discounted prices.
The bylaw brings in a 50m exclusion
zone from an existing business selling
similar products. However, the council
is now concerned its bylaw is anti-
“Frankly, the question is being asked
whether it is the role of local authorities
to use its bylaw making powers to
inter vene in the free market,” council
chief executive Paul Pretorius said.
On the other hand, Greymouth
retailers were in fixed premises and had
loyalty to the central business district.
Locals shops had lost sales in an
economy where each sale was important,
Mr Pretorius said.
Cr Patrick McBride said he had
received a letter from a tour bus which
had wanted to stop and let its passengers
buy waffles from the restored mobile
boat at the tiphead. However, there was
no place to turn the bus safely.
At the moment, the boat cannot come
into town due to the bylaw.
“It only sells waffles and coffees, it ’s not
harming anyone,” Mr McBride said.
Mayor Tony Kokshoiorn said shop
owners had rights.
“It’s a tricky one.”
competition. There needs to be a free
market,” Cr Allan Gibson said.
Mr Pretorius also cautioned that while
they wanted to bring life to the town
square, they did not want to clutter it.
The meeting agreed for the mayor and
Crs Anton Becker and Murray Hayes,
with council staff, enter into discussions
with the business community about the
Grey council to
look at one-off
sales by out-of-town
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