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WEST COAST FEATURE
West Coast’s most famous sporting moment
Mice have reinvaded Klondyke
Corner near Arthur’s Pass,
camping out alongside tourists.
The Department of Conser vation
has posted a notice at the popular
campsite making visitors aware
of the mice problem and advising
campers to store all food off the
ground and not in tents. There have
also been reports of mice climbing
into parked vehicles. Department
of Conservation senior ranger
Chris Stewart said the explosion in
mice numbers was due to extensive
seeding of the beech forest and
the amount of long grass around
this year. Toxins could not be used
to control them because kea were
actively hunting the mice, Mr
Stewart said. Rodent numbers
were not as bad as experienced in
Arthur’s Pass village two years ago
when there was a full-on plague. Mr
Stewart said he had not heard of
anyone in the village having a mouse
problem this time. “ They appear to
be only in the Klondyke Corner area,
maybe because it is a little warmer
there and there is a lot more grass
than there has been in previous
years.” They had not caused too
many issues and were not stopping
people from enjoying their camping
trips, he said. In January 2015 the
Arthur’s Pass mouse problem was so
bad that motorists travelling along
State highway 73 had reported
seeing hundreds of mice scurrying
across the road, while in the village
residents resorted to putting up
gauze netting to keep the mice out
of their homes. A lot of residents
were catching 30-40 every day, and
one resident trapped 1509 mice in
This Easter, one Sydney doctor
is suggesting people ditch the hot
cross buns as the gluten they contain
is “setting us up for dementia”.
Dr Michael Elstein who runs the
Eternal Health Medical Centre
and specialises in anti-ageing, said
gluten is a “non-digestible substance
with no nutritional value, so it ’s
pretty much bad for us”. “If we are
constantly consuming something
that can set off inflammation, this
could be setting us up to developing
brain disorders and possibly even
dementia,” he said. — Daily Mail
Wet and lousy of course
The Greymouth Star will take a
break on Easter Monday, a public
holiday. Publication resumes as
normal on Tuesday.
Court list choked with whitebait fishing breaches
The Greymouth District Court
list this week was choked up with
fishermen charged with breaching
the whitebait regulations last season.
Of the 30 people on the list for
whitebait breaches, only five were
dealt with on Tuesday.
A warrant was issued for the
arrest of one whitebaiter, Andrew
John Braddock, who was facing
two charges of contravening the
regulations and one of obstructing a
The court heard that the obstruction
offence was a serious one and was
punishable by imprisonment.
Kevin John Barber and Rex Alan
Cameron, both pleaded guilty by
letter. Formal proof hearings will be
held on May 2.
Shane Mark Minhinnick also
pleaded guilty by letter to two charges.
Department of Conservation lawyer
Victoria Tumai told Judge Jane Farish
that Minhinnick had been offered
diversion, but chose to plead to the
One offence was for placing a wing
duffel in the water to divert the
whitebait, and another of diverting
On the first charge, Minhinnick
was convicted and fined $300, and he
was convicted and discharged on the
Ms Tumai later told the Greymouth
Star the majority of other offenders
had been offered diversion and would
not appear in court.
“Generally with diversion the
offenders are asked to give an apology,
make a donation to the department
and cover prosecution costs.”
If their gear had been seized it
would have to be forfeited to DOC.
Ms Tumai said the majority of the
offending whitebaiters had been
visiting the West Coast.
Some central Greymouth
parking is under-utilised and
the space for rental car and
camper van parking needs to be
addressed, according to a draft
strategy commissioned by the
Grey District Council.
The council this week approved
the draft Greymouth parking
strategy from Opus, and will
now begin public consultation.
Wednesday and a Saturday in
The report says the area is
currently experiencing “high
utilisation” of on-street parking
in the central and eastern streets.
“This is in part due to all-day
illegal parking. Contrastingly,
on-street parking in the western
CBD was under utilised, as were
most off-street parking areas,
especially on the Saturday,”
For the foreseeable future,
parking demand from local
residents and workers was likely
to remain stable, while visitor
demand was likely to grow,
hence the need for campervan
and rental parking spaces to be
Existing projects, including
the town square, will also reduce
existing parks by about 72
spaces, the report says.
Opus has proposed
combination of seven options
An additional off-street
public parking facility.
Co-ordinate shared off-
street private parking.
Target parking enforcement.
Directional signs to public
Improve pedestrian and
Review the existing rules
under the District Plan.
It has also recommended
mobility spaces from Mawhera
Quay and Guinness Street,
which had no use recorded in
the sur vey.
Limited cycle parking in the
CBD was also flagged, and the
feasibility of relocating rental car
parking from the railway station
needed further consultation.
The strategy emerged from
the urban design framework
adopted by the council in
A parking strategy as part of
the wider central business area
renewal project was seen as
necessary, in conjunction with a
review of the traffic and parking
“Throughout the stages of
consultation on the CBD
renewal, including consultation
with the potentially affected
parties of the proposed transport
options, parking has always
been an issue identified by the
community,” the report says.
It had also been previously
identified in the long-term plan
process as a key performance
action but was put on hold until
the CBD framework project was
The 96-page draft parking
strategy includes extensive data
on existing parking patterns and
In moving the recommendation
to begin public consultation, Cr
Peter Haddock noted that the
strategy and report represented
“a changing target ”.
Cr Murray Hay highlighted
the prospect of losing 72 existing
parking spaces in town.
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said
those decisions were open at
“It’s going to be a slow process
of taking some away and putting
some back,” the mayor said.
Firefighters step up
Five firefighters from the West Coast
are steeling themselves for the gruelling
Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge ,on
Natalie Leranth, Quin Blanchfield and
Lance Harper are putting in some serious
training to achieve their targets to raise $1000
each for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New
This is the first year of competition for the
Greymouth volunteers, who will be joining
Hokitika volunteers Kevin Collett and John
Reed in climbing 1103 stairs while carrying
full firefighting kits weighing 25kg. Hokitika
firemen have competed in the past seven
challenges, raising $20,000.
Mr Harper, a Runanga firefighter, has set a
personal target of raising $1 for each stair in
the Sky Tower.
“ It ’s not about me, it’s about the cause,” he
Ms Leranth, of Greymouth, said she was
inspired by her close friend, who was suffering
from blood cancer.
Mr Blanchfield, also of Greymouth, said they
had been training every week to get ready for
Donation boxes will be placed in local shops
to help with the fundraiser.
As the Greymouth Volunteer Fire Brigade
approaches its 150th jubilee some members,
including Ms Leranth and Mr Blanchfield,
will get further training in the West Coast
Firefighting Competition in Runanga and the
Fire Combat Challenge in Wellington.
Almost 900 firefighters will be taking part
in the stair challenge with the aim of raising
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Ellery’s retail expanding
One of the best known
businesses on the West Coast
is dividing into two separate
companies for its expanding
Ellery’s has retail outlets in
Greymouth, Westport and
Hokitika, and recently relocated
its roofing iron operation to
South Beach, preparing the
way for the new entities of the
“ We’ve set up two companies
now to remove the complexity
of the existing company,”
director Clark Ellery said.
“It was getting confusing with
the same staff selling phones,
electrical goods — and iron,”
Mr Ellery said.
His focus now will be on
the roofing division with the
South Beach operation known
as Ellery’s Roofing Direct Ltd,
while his brother Tony and sister
Adele will run the retail division,
retaining the trading name
“I’ll own the new company
Ellery’s Roofing Direct, and
both Tony and Adele have taken
ownership of the shops,” Clark
“The family is fully committed
to both entities.”
The most recent arm of
the business, bedding retail,
has moved from the former
bookshop premises in
Mackay Street to Mawhera
Quay, taking up the vacant
space left by the roofing
Tony Ellery said
the Ellery’s shop was
expanding and so the
separation was the natural
thing to do.
“It frees us up in our
building and provides much
needed space for retail in
what was previously the
roofing section. O ur large
stock holding upstairs will
now be downstairs, and once
renovations are complete it will
provide a bigger, brighter and
expansive retail area for our
“Adele and I are excited.
We have a great team and it ’s
all about Coasters ser vicing
Coasters,” Tony Ellery said.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Adele Ellery and Tony Ellery
outside the Greymouth store.
PICTURE: Ami Dhabuwala
Greymouth firefighters Lance Harper, left, Natalie Leranth and Quin Blanchfield are
gearing up for the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge.
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