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South Westland residents have
pleaded with Farmlands to keep its
Whataroa store open as disquiet mounts
at the co-operative’s announcement to
shut the doors.
A Facebook page ‘ We need our
Farmlands Store’ has been set up to
gather input from the wider South
Westland community in preparation
for an appeal to the board of Farmlands.
“The Farmlands store at Whataroa
can’t be replaced by an internet store,”
Whataroa Community Association
secretary Sherry Woodside said in a
It comes after
representative arrived in Whataroa a
fortnight ago to announce the planned
closure of the store, sending concern
throughout the South Westland
Community association chairman and
dairy farmer David Nolan said they
were writing to the board of directors
to ask them to reconsider the decision.
“ We ourselves are shareholders and
have been loyal customers ever since the
store was established here,” Mr Nolan
“If you look at a map of South
Westland, it’s clear why the store is
so important to everyone south of
Hokitika, spanning approximately four
hours’ driving time.”
Ms Woodside, a lifestyle block owner,
said almost all farmers from Hari Hari
to Haast did the majority of their
farming business at the Farmlands store
“They buy almost everything they
need for their farms — feed, fertiliser,
teat spray, fencing etc. Many famers
also bring their workers — especially
backpackers — to Farmlands in
Whataroa to outfit them for work. New
boots, socks and farm gear, pipe and
plumbing items, nails, staples, wire etc,
all are bought at Farmlands.”
Lifestyle block people like herself also
relied heavily on Farmlands.
“It is so easy to go quickly to Farmlands
and pick up what you need. If we lose
Farmlands here, the next location is
Hokitika, over an hour’s drive away.
People only go to town once a fortnight
or once a month.”
Adding the burden of procuring farm
supplies on infrequent trips to Hokitika
for other supplies including the stress
and cost was “just too much.”
The alternative of ordering on-line or
by phone brought with it the associated
problems of trans-shipping and other
“The people of South Westland have
supported Farmlands since the very
beginning and now they desert us. Not
right,” Ms Woodside said.
Farmlands is the largest farmer-
owned co-operative in New Zealand. It
was formed 50 years ago to help reduce
individual farmers’ input costs by using
the collective power of its shareholders
to negotiate better deals. Its current
network of 83 stores currently turns
over more than $2 billion a year.
Mr Nolan asked South Westland
residents to visit the Facebook page or
com to let them know how the closure
would affect them.
“If you’re from another part of New
Zealand, we’d appreciate your note of
support,” he said.
A fun scientist who tries to launch marshmallows out of a vacuum cleaner will
perform in Greymouth during the next school holidays. Dr Graham Walker
will deliver his show at the Greymouth High School hall. It is free and will
appeal to primary aged children, but all are welcome to attend. He also looks
at whether you can launch teddy bears using liquid nitrogen, and what makes
things go bubble, boom, bang — and catch fire. Walker has been performing at
schools for 15 years and is being brought across to New Zealanders by the Royal
Society Te Aparangi. Although free, people must book at www.royalscoeity.org.
Fun scientist to perform in Greymouth
PICTURE: Stu Drake
South wing of new hospital takes shape
The south wing of the Greymouth Hospital redevelopment is taking shape opposite Lake Karoro. Contractors are working closer towards the current hospital. Roofing iron will soon go on
the north wing.
of the Westport News
The housemaster of the Nelson
boarding house which came under
scrutiny after a serious bullying incident
has stepped down from his role at Fell
The serious bullying incident at the
boarding house of Nelson Boys College
involved at least four Buller boys, two of
whom were victims.
One Westport boy was expelled from
the college after ringleading a ‘c lub’ and
forcing Year 9 students to fight each
It is understood that one boy was
concussed in one of the fights.
The housemaster, Robert Jenkins,
stood down from the role on Friday.
Nelson Boys College headmaster Garry
O’Shea said that due to confidentiality
he was unable to comment on reasons
for Mr Jenkins stepping down.
“Mr Jenkins offered his resignation
from his role as housemaster and the
terms around his resignation were
mutually agreed upon,” Mr O’Shea said.
fights to save
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The Grey District Council spent
$945,805 on consultants and the
Westland District Council was not
far behind with $889,000 in the last
financial year, according to information
obtained under the Local Government
Official Information and Meetings Act.
Buller was well behind with $397,539,
while the West Coast Regional Council
Grey ’s spending included $626,742
relating to capital projects such as the
Westland Recreation Centre, sewerage
upgrades and central business district
renewal, corporate ser vices manager Ian
The council recovered about $10,000
of the consultancy costs from consent
applicants, Mr Young said.
Westland’s spending on consultants
included $280,000 to develop asset
management plans, $150,000 on
advice for wastewater design and build
contracts, $52,000 on human resource
advice and $30,000 on recruitment
Westland did not respond when asked
how much of its consultants’ costs it had
Buller’s biggest cost was legal fees
of $105,250. It spent $84,337 on
consultants for rates issues, treasury, tax
advice and staff recruitment.
A further $70,964 went on regulatory,
environmental health, noise and stock
control and liquor licensing advice.
Title search fees, valuations and
property advice cost $66,861.
The other costs were for resource
consent processing, including the district
plan review, ($19,075) and stormwater
Corporate ser vices manager Dean
Phibbs said the Buller council was able
to recoup $36,127 — including all of its
resource consent fees — reducing the
cost to ratepayers.
Regional council chief executive Mike
Meehan said most of its consultants’
costs and legal spending was recovered
through resource consent charges,
targeted rates and the like.
“The things that we are unable to
recover are things like complaints,
work outside a rating district (Buller
consultation) and defending decisions
Grey District Council spends $945,805 on consultants’ fees
Nelson College housemaster steps down
of the Hokitika Guardian
Westland’s $1 million share of
the Development West Coast
economic stimulus fund package
has now been distributed.
However, the trust has withheld
details of four of the six recipients
because the “clients” did not
want their details disclosed publicly.
The only confirmed benefactors
are the West Coast Wilderness
Trail and the Regent Theatre in
DWC chief executive Chris
Mackenzie said it would not be
publishing the full list of recipients
as not all clients wanted their
of distributions to businesses
was acknowledged by trustees
and Development West Coast ’s
settlor (Minister of Finance) some
years ago, and the requirement
to publish the names of clients,
and the amounts they received,
was removed from our trust deed
to recognise this sensitivity,” Mr
In a statement yesterday, the
trust confirmed only that six
businesses and organisations had
been allocated varying amounts
of funding from Westland ’s $1m
share of the district economic
stimulus fund in a combination of
grants and loans over the past six
Funds for the Regent were tagged
for updating the digital cinema
Westland Community Centre
chairman Bruce Watson said it
would enable better use of the
facility, in particular making the
Reynolds Room more flexible in
“It means we can run more art
house films, which there is a lot of
demand for in town, as well as the
blockbusters. So it will enable us
to give everyone the kind of movie
experience they want to enjoy, and
that ’s great for both the locals and
visitors to the town,” Mr Watson
The West Coast Wilderness
Trail Trust will use its funding to
help pay for a trail manager over
the next three years. DWC said
the key role would ensure the
cycleway had a dedicated manager,
as well as the funding to extend
its marketing and publicity —
which had the important spin-off
of bringing more tourists to the
West Coast to spend money in the
hospitality and retail sectors.
Mr Mackenzie said the benefits
of the stimulus fund — set up in
2015 specifically to help boost
development and growth of West
Coast businesses — went much
wider than just the organisations
that received the loans or grants.
“The recent allocations to
Westland businesses is an excellent
example of how the funding is
used to create more opportunities.
There are several new jobs on the
cards and an opportunity to draw
even more visitors to the West
Coast — that ’s really a win-win
The Westland District Council’s
share of the $3m stimulus fund
was the last to be divvied up.
Regionally, 22 grants and business
loans were made from the fund in
the past two years.
DWC silent on Westland
fisherman says people from outside
the West Coast are plundering eel
stocks, with a 200% increase in the
number of fishermen.
However, the Government says
eel stocks in the region have been
growing and it is monitoring the
Trevor McCauley warned in
November that with a reduction
in quota around the South Island,
and buyers keen to fill orders,
new people were fishing on the
West Coast using quota that was
previously not caught.
He says there has since been a
200% increase in commercial eel
fisherman on the Coast.
The quota cut outside the Coast
left fishermen with no work and
not enough eels to fill their orders
“So they all come to the Coast. ”
Some in jetboats were running
between 50 to 100 nets a day, with
others in the Buller, Inangahua,
Grey, Ahaura and Taramakau rivers.
One local fisherman had received
numerous phone calls from farmers
wanting to know why they were on
their farm without safety gear, and
that a man from Southland wanting
to go eeling and was claiming the
Coast fishermen had retired.
Mr McCauley said the three long-
term fisherman on the West Coast
generally only fished each water way
once a year.
However, now others would “fish
it over and over again until every
last one is gone”.
“And the stupid part about it is
the price is the lowest it ’s been in
15 years, they don’t even make any
money out of it. ”
Ministry of Primary Industries
director fisheries management
Dave Turner said the number of
eels taken by commercial fishermen
within a quota management area
(QMA) was strictly controlled by
the total allowable commercial
catch (TACC) under the quota
The total allowable commercial
catch limit for the West Coast eel
fishery — from Milford Sound up
to the Kahurangi Point lighthouse
— wa s for 25 tonnes of longfin eels
and 30 tonnes of shortfin eels.
“This limit applies irrespective of
the number of active fishers. MPI
has also regulated maximum and
minimum size limits to further
protect the adult migrating eels and
the newly recruited juveniles.”
Stocks were reviewed last year
and longfin and shortfin eels in
the West Coast fishery were well
above the sustainability limits and
increasing in number.
In addition, 70% of the longfin
eel habitat on the West Coast was
unfished as it is either within a
conser vation estate or inaccessible
MPI monitored catches and
landings, and regular compliance.
“MPI will continue to closely
monitor the West Coast, and
New Zealand’s other eel fisheries,
to ensure they continue to be
sustainable, and the numbers of
longfin eel continue to rebuild.”
Outsiders plundering Coast
eel stocks, says local fisherman
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May brought the first frosts of the
year to Reefton.
Weather obser ver Tony Fortune
said the grass temperature fell
to -6degC on May 22, when
the daytime temperature got no
warmer than 4degC.
“A cooler May than in 2016,” Mr
The town had 251mm of rain
(439.5mm last year), which was
up on the average of 208mm. The
heaviest fall was 52mm on May 18.
temperature was 10.9degC, down
a degree on last year. However, it
reached 17degC on the May 12,
though this again was cooler than
18.5degC last year.
There were seven frosts and eight
May brings frosts to Reefton
Westport fisherman Jessie James
Climo-Ryan denied breaching a
protection order and intentionally
damaging a window, when he appeared
in the Greymouth District Court this
“The victim was making up stories
and trying to get back at him. He is in
a new relationship and had no reason to
commit the offence,’’ Mr Bodle said.
Justice of the Peace Mark Gardner
said the matter needed to go before a
Climo-Ryan was remanded in custody
to appear in the Christchurch District
A Greymouth man was told he would
have to do better, after he failed to make
his last court appearance.
James Robert Castlehouse had
e-mailed the court to say he was unwell,
but was told today, “you will have to do
better than that ’’.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Castlehouse
had since shown proof of his illness.
Castlehouse was remanded on bail to
Westport fisherman denies
breaching protection order
A Greymouth man in his 20s was
arrested last night on warrant for
failing to appear in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday. Police also
issued a police safety order to another
man after a family violence incident
they attended in the Greymouth area
Early today a Westport a man in
his 30s was arrested for breaching a
protection order and breach of bail,
following a domestic incident. Police
said they would be opposing bail when
the man appeared in court today.
Greymouth man arrested
Whio (blue duck) numbers are
showing good gains in Northern Buller.
Conser vation Minister Maggie Barry
said a $4.5 million partnership with
Genesis Energy dating back to 2011 was
now paying off.
“In the Kahurangi National Park the
number of whio has increased by 48%
from 29 pairs, when the last full sur vey
was carried out five years ago, to 43 pairs
today,” Ms Barry said.
The ‘Battle for our Birds’ 1080 poison
operations in 2014 and 2016 resulted
in high duckling numbers of 65 and 40
respectively in Kahurangi, compared
with less than 25 in years where
there was no predator control, she
Whio numbers showing good gains
Arrivals: Nil. Departures: Ocean
Odyssey. In port: Cook Canyon,
Har vester, Sovereign, 20 Greymouth
Expected departures: Nil. Expected
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