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Statue loses arm again
of the Hokitika Guardian
A petition objecting to the proposed pipeline
for the Jackson Bay water export facility passing
through the Haast kiwi sanctuary is headed for
Okuru Enterprises Ltd has been granted the
right to take and export 800,000 tonnes of water
from the alpine Tuning Fork Creek, a tributary
of the lower Arawhata River, and pump it to
a mono-buoy anchored offshore from Jackson
Bay where it will be loaded on to waiting ships
The water export proposal was first consented
25 years ago and has not progressed; consents
have recently been renewed after expiring.
commissioner Don Turley also recently granted
consents for an extended pipeline and bulk
water storage facility on a 14ha property at
A number of conditions were imposed,
including kiwi management in the nearby kiwi
A water and conser vation lobby group has
protested the development now with an on-
line petition to stop the laying of the pipeline
through kiwi habitat in the Mount Aspiring
Overnight, the ‘Take Action Station’ campaign
drew more than 1000 signatures.
“ We call on you to urgently withdraw
permission for a pipeline to be laid through a
sanctuary that is home to New Zealand’s rarest
kiwi, the Haast tokoeka, at Mount Aspiring
National Park. There’s just over 400 Haast
tokoeka left in Aotearoa. The Department
of Conser vation says its status is ‘nationally
critical’, and 33 of them are believed to live near
where the pipeline is to be laid,” Take Action
“The use of DOC land costs the company
just $5000 year, and the consent, which expires
in 2027 costs nothing, except for minor
administration and processing fees. It’s bad
enough we’re selling off our water for private
profit at next to nothing. It’s worse we’re willing
to put our native kiwi at risk.”
Ashburton-based water lobby group Bung the
Bore has also backed the petition.
Founder Jen Branje claimed the water export
development had been pushed through to meet
“ It’s going to cost more than $50 million
to build the infrastructure, which requires
investment. Okuru have stated publicly that
‘there have been people waiting for the consents
to be granted’. They have a company to market
the water. The consents were expedited and
granted within three weeks of submissions
being heard. We believe these consents have
been fast-tracked, not only to meet a proposal
by a ‘buyer’, but to avoid further scrutiny,” Ms
One final application, to renew a coastal
permit for the 5km undersea pipeline extending
into Jackson Bay, is still pending with the West
Coast Regional Council, although it has not
been publicly notified.
Haast water protest
taken to Parliament
of the Hokitika Guardian
Vandals have again struck the Pioneer
Statue, in Hokitika smashing off the
pointing arm — despite the fact the
controversial downtown relocation was
meant to deter vandalism.
Located in Fitzherbert Street for 102
years, the statue had been a target for
vandals in recent years, and was without a
hand since 2008.
At that time, the marble arm was
reportedly smashed off with a brick by two
youths who had climbed up the plinth.
After a storm of controversy — and a
petition signed by 600 Hokitika residents
to leave it in Fitzherbert Street — the
monument was last year moved into a
traffic roundabout in the Weld-Tancred
Street intersection, in a $30,000 relocation
approved by the Westland District Council.
The latest vandalism has been reported
to the police, and the council said it hoped
security footage would help identify the
Mayor Bruce Smith said the arm had
either been smashed off by people atop the
statue, or it was “yanked down” with the aid
of a vehicle and rope.
“Are we talking young fellas who have
climbed up there, or has somebody hooked
a rope up there and tugged it down?” Mr
Footage from street cameras, including one
directly opposite and outside the Westland
Pharmacy, would be reviewed.
“ I’m just so gutted. This is not the Westland
we know,” Mr Smith said. “ It is absolutely
About 100 people had donated to the
shift and repairs, led by Sock World owner
A replica marble hand was the last piece
to be fitted. It was noticed missing about
midday on Sunday and reported to the
police soon after.
Mr Smith said the statue was insured and
the council would immediately start the
process to have the arm replaced.
Security options would also be discussed,
including a camera and lighting.
A ceremony to unveil the monument on
its new site would now be delayed, he said.
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- April 18, 2016.
A year ago today on
Brad Ah Sam's birthday,
you were sick and tired
and we all knew that
God would soon come to
You fought so hard, so
but through the pain,
you stayed strong.
We all knew there would
come a day,
when God would come
to carry you away.
It doesn't make it easier
to say goodbye,
I can't help but feel
or even maybe a little
But how very selfish
would I be,
to hope and pray you
could stay with me.
So as you lay there,
I had to tell you “it's
okay to go”.
Say “Hi” to Bobby and
loved ones waiting on
the other side.
I know some day, you'll
be there when I take that
Love Mary, Kate and
SMITH, Alma Betty.
— Passed away on April
13, 2017 at Grey Base
Hospital; in her 91st
year. Dearly loved wife
of the late Stewart
'Duke' Smith, a loved
mother and mother-in-
law of Rodney and
Norma Perrin-Smith and
Graham and Marion
Smith, a loved sister of
Aileen Martin and the
late Shirley Ireland,
Doreen Cowie, Don
loved Nana to Kurtis
and Emma, Janara and
Adrian, Lauren and
Peter, Katie and the late
Adam, and a much
loved great grandmoth-
er. A special friend of
Bill Blair (Rakaia).
Alma's family welcome
messages and friends to
Graham and Marion's
home at 55 Camerons
where Alma rests in the
care of her loving
family. Alma's family
wish to extend their
appreciation to Morice
Ward, PHO and Access
staff for the diligent,
professional care exten-
ded to Alma. In accord-
wishes, friends and
loved ones are invited to
attend her graveside
ashes interment at Glad-
stone Memorial Park
Cemetery, on Wednes-
day at 2pm, as we lay
Alma to rest with her
beloved Stewart. Anisy
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In memory of our
brother who died April
Time slips away,
But memories of you will
remembered every day.
Your sisters, Alison
Naismith (Ken). —
Passed away on Friday
April 14, 2017 (as
a result of a tragic
accident) dearly loved
son of the late Annie
and Robert (Bob), much
loved brother of Eris and
Elaine (both of Grey-
mouth). Loved uncle of
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cousin and special friend
of Wayne, Cheryl, Jean
and family. In his 65th
year. Messages to 6
Geraldine Street, Grey-
mouth 7805. Flowers
respectfully declined but
donations to the Air
Ambulance would be
appreciated and could be
made at the service. A
celebration of Ken's life
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PICTURE: Janna Sherman
The relocated Pioneer Statue — once
again minus an arm.
West Coast residents have the
chance to be far more visible with
their support for the RSA Poppy
Appeal this year, by attaching an
oversized poppy to their vehicle.
Motorists can get a car poppy from
any Z Energy ser vice station until
Anzac Day, next Tuesday.
RSA Greymouth president John
Morel said the money raised from
the appeal would be used to support
veterans and their families.
The fund was not only for old
veterans but the younger as well, he
RSA national president B J Clark
said: “ This is a great way for Kiwis to
show support for our soldiers, sailors,
and aircrew, and directly help those
who have ser ved, some of whom are in
need of assistance.”
Along with Z Energy, the Fire
Ser vice and New Zealand Defence
Force are also supporting the
campaign with poppies on their
Poppies hit the road
PICTURE: Ami Dhabuwala
Greymouth Z Energy manager Shantelle Griggs-Reeve demonstrates a car
Legal action sparks council reversal
of the Westport News
Legal action by Forest and Bird has prompted
a u-turn from the Buller District Council over
the proposed Te Kuha coalmine.
The council decided last week to rescind a
preliminary decision it made last September,
allowing Rangitira Developments Ltd (RDL)
access to Westport’s water conser vation reser ve
for the mine.
The proposed mine, 12km from Westport,
would disturb about 104ha of council land,
mostly within Westport’s water reser ve. A
7.2km access road would disturb another
Forest and Bird had asked the High Court
in Christchurch for a judicial review of the
council’s decision. The conser vation group said
the council had violated the Reser ves Act 1977
requiring administration of the reser ve “in a
manner consistent with its purposes”.
Wednesday night ’s extraordinary council
meeting was closed to the public.
The council issued a media release, saying it had
changed its mind because of legal uncertainty
over the correct approach to deciding access
arrangements on reser ve land.
“ Rather than spending resources defending
the council’s earlier decision before the High
Court when the correct legal position is unclear,
the council decided it is more efficient to
rescind its earlier decision and wait until the
legal position is clarified before reconsidering
Rangitira’s application,” the statement said.
RDL subsidiary Stevenson Mining, which
would operate the mine, said it understood the
Forest and Bird’s judicial review had raised a
legal issue that should be sorted out, Stevenson’s
chief operating officer Anne Brewster said.
Stevenson would be seeking a declaratory
judgment from the High Court, to clarify the
“grey ” area, and would then reapply to the
council for access.
“ We don’t think there’s a real problem with
the law — it’s Forest and Bird’s concern. The
legal advice we have obtained is quite clear,
but Forest and Bird has a different view,” Ms
There would be no impact on the project, apart
from the time and money required to obtain a
Most of the mine was on council’s water
reser ve, so the mine could not proceed without
access to the reser ve.
“ However, we are confident that we will
eventually get the access we require to go
mining,” Ms Brewster said.
The project also needs access to 12ha of
Department of Conser vation land. Ms Brewster
said RDL-Stevenson hoped that decision was
imminent, given they had made the application
three years ago.
It was now a joint decision between the
Ministers of Conser vation and Energy and
The mine is also seeking resource consent from
the Buller district and West Coast regional
councils. The consent applications should be
publicly notified soon and hearings were likely
in July/August this year, Ms Brewster said.
Asked how much the project had cost so far,
she replied: “A significant amount of money.
However, as we are a family-owned company
we prefer not to say the dollar amount.
“ We have been working on this project for six
Asked if they were tempted to give up, she
said: “Absolutely not, we are fully committed to
this project. We have invested too much effort,
time and money, but more importantly the
West Coast needs this mine for the benefit of
A Greymouth man critically injured in
a two-car collision near Taylor ville last
Thursday morning has died.
He was Kenneth Naismith Buchanan,
Mr Buchanan died in Christchurch
Hospital later on Thursday after being
flown there directly from the crash scene.
A serious crash investigation opened by
the police on Thursday is ongoing.
Meanwhile, a Christchurch man died
in the Taipo River gorge late on Saturday
night after he apparently went for a dip
in the river to cool off after bathing in
natural hot pools nearby, and was swept
Ben Gourdie, 29, had been with a
group staying at the Julia Hut. Police
were alerted when his companions
activated a personal locator beacon just
before midnight on Saturday,
Senior sergeant Stu Koefoed said the
man had been bathing in the hot pools
before going to cool off.
The NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter was called and helped locate
Mr Gourdie’s body, which had been
swept down the gorge, after daylight on
A number of saddles valued at about
$2000 were stolen from a Punakaiki
horse trekking business at the weekend.
Punakaiki Horse Treks owner Neil
Mouat said someone had jemmied open
a building overnight on Good Friday
or early the next morning, taking four
They were two children’s western-style
saddles and two general purpose saddles,
one being a brown Wintec.
Mr Mouat said a separate tack room,
which stored the bulk of equipment
used for the trekking business, was left
untouched in the burglary.
Police examined the burglary scene on
Saturday and took fingerprints.
Acting sergeant Jayne Bretherton, of
Greymouth police, said people should be
on the lookout for saddles being sold in
unusual circumstances and to report any
information to the police.
The burglary was also a reminder about
checking locks, ensuring alarms were set
and resetting alarm codes from time to
time, she said.
Meanwhile, police are investigating a
burglary at the former Holcim cement
works at Cape Foulwind after a small
fire was lit inside the now closed building
over the weekend.
Closed circuit tv footage from the site
will be viewed as part of the investigation.
The occupants of a car which flipped
off State highway 6 at Twelve Mile on
Good Friday afternoon were unharmed.
Runanga Volunteer Fire Brigade fire
chief Gavin Gibbens said the car had
flipped on to its side. The brigade was
at the scene for some time to clean
up after the initial call shortly before
3.45pm. The Hokitika brigade was called
to the Westland Milk Products factory
on Easter Sunday afternoon after a
sprinkler system was activated in the old
boiler room. Meanwhile, the Westport
brigade was called to extinguish a fire in
an abandoned car at Westport’s North
Beach on Easter Sunday afternoon.
Fire chief Alan Kennedy said the
abandoned vehicle had been stripped
before being set alight. The brigade
deployed a 4x4 vehicle shortly after
3pm to get to the car as access for a fire
appliance was too difficult.
Port of Greymouth.
Sarda, Q uo Vadis, Cook Canyon, Moon
Shadow II. Departures: Galatea II, Stella
Marie, Tawera, one Greymouth vessel. In
port: Cook Canyon, Moon Shadow II,
Blue Seas, Ki Lin, Sovereign, Sarda, Q uo
Vadis, 22 Greymouth vessels. Expected
departures: Moon Shadow II, today;
Cook Canyon, tomorrow. Expected
arrivals: Jay Elaine, Thursday; Ocean
Rescue helicopter busy
The NZCC West Coast Rescue Helicopter was up a
lot over the long weekend.
On Good Friday it was dispatched to Lake Moeraki
about 2.30pm to transfer an unwell person to Grey Base
Hospital. The next day a medical patient from Buller
Hospital was ferried to Greymouth, and early on Easter
Sunday about 1am the helicopter went to Fox Glacier to
collect a medically unwell person to Grey Base Hospital.
Later that morning it was called back to Westport to
transfer a patient to Christchurch Hospital.
About 8pm yesterday a medical patient was transferred
from the Franz Josef Glacier Medical Centre and it was
back there today at 7.30am for another patient transfer
Kaiata Community Centre
included in liquor ban
The Kaiata Community Centre will be
included in the Grey District Council
The community centre committee told
the council they aimed for a smoke,
drug and alcohol-free zone, including
the hall grounds and the new children’s
President Marg Becker said they were
actively trying to make it a family and
community zone — ”somewhere safe
After many years of hard work,
fundraising and volunteer hours for the
hall, they had just raised $80,000 to buy
and install the playground.
“ We do not want to see it destroyed
or damaged, that would be a waste
of time and effort. It would be really
heartbreaking to see it ruined,” Ms
Becker said. “ It ’s a family and community
place and we want to keep it that way.”
In agreeing to extend the liquor ban, the
council congratulated the community
centre on its success in developing a
community playground at the hall.
It said a liquor ban would ensure a
greater safety and enjoyment for children
frequenting the playground. However, it
could also act as a disincentive for some
parents, and the ban was full-time and
could not be relaxed or manipulated.
The committee was also advised to
work with the police to ensure the
playground remained drug-free and
to work with health and anti-smoking
lobbies to make it smokefree.
Once the bylaw is changed, the
consumption of alcohol outside the hall
will become a punishable offence.
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