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The Coast Road — a hotbed of anti-
1080 sentiment — is earmarked for an
aerial poison drop this winter.
Ospri Tb Free has just released
details of all its planned operations;
the Department of Conser vation is
still planning its poison programme.
The total number of Tb-infected
herds currently under management on
the West Coast is 20, three more than
Ospri northern South Island
programme manager Josh King said:
“The goal of freedom from disease
in possums in these areas is three to
five years away, and aerial operations
to control possum populations are
a necessary and essential part of the
In areas frequented by hunters,
Tb Free consulted closely with
deerstalkers, timed their operations
for after the roar, and considered the
use of deer repellent to minimise bykill
during possum control operations.
A new approach to Tb management
areas focused aerial 1080 possum
control operations on regions of
mostly rugged mountainous terrain,
where ground control was impractical,
Mr King said.
The four proposed West Coast
operations cover about 83,000ha:
Southern Paparoa aerial (Coast
Road from Punakaiki to Runanga),
about 22,000ha, proposed for May-
Karamea Bluffs aerial, about
13,000ha, July 1 onwards.
Stormy Ridge (back of Karamea)
aerial, about 18,000ha, July 1 onwards.
Nancy and Upper Ahaura aerials,
30,000ha, July 1 onwards.
The budgeted cost is $25 a hectare.
DOC said it was planning its
‘Battle for our Birds’ predator control
programme for 2017-18.
Coast Road among winter 1080 drops
The Greymouth Uniting Church Op Shop says some of the used
goods donated for sale are “unsalable”. “ The majority of goods
donated are really good, but every so often we are presented with
completely unsalable articles,” secretary Graham Schaef said.
PICTURES: Graham Schaef
Benjamin McRae, 33, of Golden Bay,
admitted drink-driving in Greymouth on
He blew 923mg when stopped in
Marlborough Street at 2.55am.
McRae was disqualified from driving for
seven months and fined $900.
Judge Ddavid Saunders said the alcohol
level was “dangerously high” while McRae,
who had no previous record and represented
himself, said it was a “stupid decision” on his
A book full of fascinating recollections of
early life on the West Coast is bring prepared,
after the discovery of recordings made on old
The recordings were made by former radio
man and Coast Road historian Les Wright,
who died in 2013.
Largely conducted in the 1980s, the tapes
were found among Mr Wright ’s extensive
Friends of Waiuta had them put on
memory sticks, then had them transcribed in
the North Island. From these it is producing
a book, which it hopes to have on sale before
Friends of Waiuta president Margaret
Sadler said they had 40-odd inter views. She is
now looking for pictures of the inter viewees,
and those mentioned.
The recordings include 33 minutes with
Bill Fisher, who moved to ghost town
Brighton in 1908 as a child, and recalls life at
He in turn mentions Jack McCarthy, Billy
Robertson, Harry Richards and the Price
Jim Kerr talks for 27 minutes about the
Croesus Track and Blackball identities,
Stuart, Dick and Rob Clark, Bob Mountford,
Joe McIvor, Dan McKinley, Jimmy Gorleys
and Tom Docherty.
A number of Waiuta and Big River
miners feature, including Alf MacGee (who
mentions Tommy Hazeldean, Bill Northy,
Martin Vodevich and Paddy Downs), Frank
Marshall, Ron Reeve and Jack Crossman, who
also talks about Globe Hill and Boatmans.
Sports journalist Arthur Karman is also
part of it — he compiled rugby almanacs and
talks about West Coast rugby players Ken
Beams and Gavin Cook, as well as Coast All
Blacks Ron King and Jack Steel.
A Mr and Mrs Marshall mention a Jack
McMahon junior, Cracker Lewis, Albie
Wright and George Black.
Other names are David Pankhurst, Alf
Lullan and Herbert Lee.
Ms Sadler said they were now looking for
appropriate photos to run in the book.
She can be contacted on their website www.
waiuta.org.nz or on Facebook, Friends of
Old Coast interviews
feature in new book
Truck takes out Murchison
power pole — again
The explosion in traffic volumes through
Murchison has had one unexpected
consequence — more trucks are running into
The town lost power overnight last Monday,
when a truck driver reportedly turned into a
private driveway after mistaking it for the
new truck stop next door.
An extra 2650 vehicles a day are going
through Murchison, traffic that would
normally have travelled through Kaikoura.
Network Tasman operations manager
Robert Derks said he had been told that in
the latest case, the pole had been snapped off
at ground level. Crews worked through the
night to get it replaced.
Mr Derks said of the six truck and power
pole crashes since 2003, four had occurred in
the past five months.
Network Tasman has a depot in Murchison
but for pole replacements, a crew has to travel
from Hope, near Nelson.
Police say they will be stepping up their
presence on the alternative highway through
Murchison and Springs Junction, during the
Lions rugby tour, in early June.
Police have been patrolling the road in
increased numbers since the Picton ferry
traffic was diverted after the Kaikoura
earthquake closed State highway 1.
District manager road policing Inspector
Iain McKenzie said motorists should be
aware that between June 8 and 15 they
expected an influx of camper vans travelling
on the alternate route as Lions rugby fans
head between games in Christchurch and
“There will be an increased police presence
on the route over this time,” Mr McKenzie
Asked if trucks had been travelling in
convoy on the route, he said many of the
vehicles travelling that road had come
from, or were going to, the ferry so they
had the same intended departure or arrival
“Given this fact, vehicles may be seen
to be travelling together when that is not
necessarily the case.”
With the increased traffic on the alternate
route since the earthquake, police appreciated
the responsible driving behaviour of road
users, including heavy vehicles, he said.
All drivers were reminded to drive with
care, particularly with the winter driving
conditions yet to come.
Lions tour headed for Murchison
Westimber Ltd is being monitored
by the West Coast Regional Council
following a complaint about the
sawmill burning treated waste timber
in the open at its Ngahere operation.
Regional council consents and
McCormack said a member of the
public complained to the council
about three weeks ago after spotting
plumes of smoke from an outdoor fire.
The complainant had told the
council they could tell from the type
of smoke that it was treated timber.
A council compliance officer visited
the mill at the time and Westimber
was subsequently issued with an
“It wasn’t a great deal they were
burning but it does put toxins into
the air . . . it was an open fire basically
but it’s on a commercial premises,”
Mr McCormack said.
It was the first incident of that type
he had encountered in the year he had
been in the role on the West Coast.
“The burning of treated timber is a
prohibited activity under the regional
air quality plan and can result in
significant adverse effects to both
human health and the environment.
For that reason, it is something that
we take very seriously.”
Ordinarily, waste treated timber
would be disposed of in a burner
with appropriate mechanical smoke
receptors to deal with the toxins, and
the appropriate resource consent in
place, Mr McCormack said.
“They ’re aware of that now — I’m
not envisaging a repeat.”
Meanwhile, a person caught
extracting gravel from Coal Creek,
near Te Kuha inland from Westport,
has been given an infringement
notice for operating without resource
Mr McCormack said it ser ved as a
reminder to those working in river or
creek beds to always ensure relevant
consents were in place.
“ Making assumptions or leaving
it to chance may result in a breach
of planning control and subsequent
enforcement action. We would,
however, also like to thank the
member of public for reporting this to
us and would encourage others to do
the same if they are concerned about
adverse effects on the environment.”
Infringement notice after mill burns treated timber
A Hokitika man who stole a bottle of
alcohol from the Brews liquor store in
December was labelled in the Greymouth
District Court last week as a “recidivist
Judge David Saunders said Richard John
Mann had been consistently offending since
2002, with 26 convictions, all of them for
Judge Saunders said he had ignored the
burglary and receiving convictions.
“ You have had a long history of fines,
community work and prison for theft
offences — it is ingrained behaviour.”
Mann told the judge he had been trying
“really hard” to behave.
He was ordered to pay reparation of $80
for the stolen alcohol.
Judge Saunders said the maximum penalty
he could hand out was three months’
“ However, I am going to sentence you to a
reasonable number of hours of community
work. If you continue to offend it will show
you have learned nothing and you will go
Mann was sentenced to 100 hours of
April was mostly mild in Reefton, apart
from a particularly wet spell in the second
week due to the path of the former tropical
cyclone travelling down through the
country, weather obser ver Tony Fortune
“Anzac Day seemed to be the time when
the cooler weather started in earnest.”
Mr Fortune measured 206.5mm of rain,
more than double the 100.5mm last April
and up on the average 162.6mm.
It rained on 14 days, four more than the
The lowest temperature hovered just above
freezing — 0.21degC — and the warmest
was 20degC on April 7 and 9. Reefton had
one frost and six fogs.
A Greymouth man was told in the
Greymouth District Court last week that
unless he could resist breaking the law
around motor vehicles he would be doing
community ser vice “for a very long time”.
Kevin McKinley appeared with a request
to have outstanding fines revoked in
exchange for community work. McKinley
had $6140 in fines outstanding.
Judge David Saunders remitted $3000
of the fines in exchange for 150 hours of
He also told McKinley that if, by the end of
October, he had completed the community
work without any breaches and had not
racked up more fines, the court could look
at remitting the remaining $3000.
“That is going to be hard to do,” McKinley
muttered to the judge, who told him that
if he could not resist and continued to get
driving-related fines and did not behave he
would be doing community work for a long
Regan Murphy told the judge he had
grown up and realised he needed to be
sensible when he appeared before the court
to have his fines remitted.
Murphy told the judge he was heading to
Australia in September and wanted to get
everything cleared up before he left. His
fines were remitted in exchange for 120
hours of community work.
Motorist told hard
latest in long
history of crimes
April weather mild
The Grey District Council and Tai Poutini
Polytechnic have joined forces for a sur vey of
business owners and managers.
Inspired by initial feedback from businesses,
the sur vey focuses on how connected local
businesses are, what skills are required in the
workplace and how the internet is currently
used in business.
The sur vey will identify trends that specific
sectors may be experiencing and will provide
an informed view of business in the region,
with the aim to support current and future
economic development projects.
It is open to all types of industries and
enterprises operating in the Grey district;
home-based businesses are especially
encouraged as their voice is often under-
It will support development of the
New business network/potential
Chamber of Commerce which reflects the
needs of local businesses.
A digital economy event and the launch
of the region’s ultrafast broadband investment.
Suite of new digital learning programmes
provided by the Tai Poutini Polytechnic.
“This is a great opportunity to help our
businesses push for ward with their ‘digital
enablement ’ and get them to make the most
of the huge opportunities that UFB can
bring,” Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said.
“It ’s also an opportunity to connect and
build our business community.”
The sur vey takes as little as 15 minutes to
complete and can be done in person or over
If the council has not already made contact
with your business, please contact innovation
officer Jiveen MacGillivray at the council.
to survey businesses
Kidsfirst Kindergarten in Greymouth is well
placed to provide positive learning outcomes
for children, according to the Education
Review Office (ERO).
During the most recent review, the
kindergarten was temporarily based in the
Baptist Church premises due to the need
to strengthen and upgrade the permanent
kindergarten building, in Shakespeare Street.
The report noted there had been some
changes to leadership over the past two years
with the impact of this minimised by the
permanent, skilled teachers providing quality
leadership during times of change.
Since the 2012 review, the manager and
teaching team have continued to sustain and
build on best practices and share these with
the wider kindergarten community.
The report says children, parents and whanau
were warmly welcomed and well supported to
make a positive transition into kindergarten
and on to school.
“The teaching team place an important
emphasis on developing positive, reciprocal
relationships with tamariki, parents and
whanau. Teachers value children’s home
languages, cultures and identities. They
make meaningful connections with families
and foster a good sense of well-being and
belonging at the kindergarten.”
The teachers had developed a reflective team
culture that was innovative in their approach
“They demonstrate a ‘can do’ attitude as they
adapt teaching practices and create purposeful
learning spaces for children. Teachers promote
a deep appreciation for the local area and
To continue to develop the kindergarten
ERO and teaching staff identified the next step
includes the way teachers evaluate practices
that engage and extend children’s learning,
the use of te reo Maori and the consolidation
and embedding of new initiatives, including
The kindergarten will also continue its long-
term property improvements and ensure the
enhancement of the building reflects the
changing needs of the communities.
The next review will be in four years.
Kidsfirst Kindergarten in Karoro has a good
report card from the Education Review Office
The latest report says education ser vices
manager, teachers and ERO agree that the
key next steps to improve outcomes for
children enrolled there are to continue to
strengthen bicultural practices in the learning
programme, strengthen assessment, planning
and evaluation processes, and embedding the
updated appraisal processes.
It said Kidsfirst Karoro was well placed
to promote positive learning outcomes for
Karoro is one of 71 early learning ser vices
governed and managed by Canterbury
Westland Free Kindergarten Association
ERO said teachers had addressed the
recommendations outlined in the 2012 report
and continued to build on good practice.
Children were happy and settled. They
worked well together as they explored the
interesting play areas in the spacious, well-
resourced natural environment.
“Children experience positive, respectful
relationships with each other and their
teachers. They are effectively supported
to develop social skills, self-help and
independence skills. ”
ERO said teachers provided a welcoming
and inclusive environment for children,
parents and whanau, while parents were well
informed about their children’s participation
and learning through assessment, extensive
wall displays and digital technology.
Karoro will next be reviewed in three years.
Kidsfirst Greymouth has a ‘can do’ attitude
‘Positive relationships’ at Kidsfirst Karoro
A humorous flavour with the twisted plot of
Death and Taxes is the latest offering by the
Greymouth Operatic Society.
“The plot has many twists and turns but
the narration is entertaining,” director Cary
It is written by April Phillips, who also
penned last year’s show, Stiff. Th e story
revolves around an insurance agency and a
couple having an affair.
“ It will remind the audience of Kiwi-style
shenanigan comedy from the 80s but as the
title suggests, there will be death on stage,” Mr
Lancaster said. While the audience will see an
“extraordinary” performance from experienced
artists, there will be some new faces, too.
The show will run from June 1 to 3 and June
8 to 10 at the Union Hotel. Tickets cost $45
and include a two-course smorgasbord meal.
Rehearsals under way for Operatic show
‘It ’s about whanau’ is the message for World
Smokefree Day this year.
“Research indicates that children with
parents who smoke are three times more likely
to become smokers,” West Coast Tobacco
Free Coalition chairwoman Anne Hines said.
Celebrated globally on May 31, World
Smokefree Day is about encouraging and
supporting friends, families and whanau across
New Zealand to quit, creating environments
where children are free from exposure to
“ Parents, whanau and caregivers can make
positive changes to the environment children
are growing up in, even if they smoke.
Talking to their children about smoking and
establishing smokefree rules like not smoking
around children, keeping the house and car
smokefree is a fantastic start and a step in the
right direction to protecting their children,”
Ms Hines said. The day promotes taking
control to quit now and supporting each other
to take the steps to become smokefree.
“ Join with smokers and non-smokers alike,
all around the world, and be a role model for
the well-being of your family in 2017 — it ’s
about whanau,” Ms Hines said.
Family focus for Smokefree Day
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