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n the 131st anniversary
of the Mount Tarawera
eruption a new research
paper claims to have
found the location of
the Pink and White
However a local kaumatua is sceptical,
saying he does not think anyone will find
Researchers Rex Bunn and Dr Sascha
Nolden are preparing a full archaeological
site investigation with hopes the terraces
might be returned to public view.
The terraces, an eighth wonder of the
world, were lost during the 1886 eruption
which killed about 120 people and buried
the village of Te Wairoa in mud.
Mr Bunn, who grew up on the East
Coast, spent his childhood summers
and Easters on the shores of Lake
For the past 20 years he has lived at
Lake Okareka with a view straight out
over Mount Tarawera.
“I pursue inter-disciplinary research
projects, where specialists either haven’t
ventured or where specialists for whatever
reasons haven’t succeeded,” he said.
“I began the terraces project in 2014
while researching the Pink and White
Terraces for an artist.”
In February 2016 Mr Bunn met his co-
author Dr Nolden and received the diary
of 19th century geologist Dr Ferdinand
Completed in 1859 the diary contained
sur vey bearings for Lake Rotomahana
and the terraces prior to the eruption.
Dr Nolden translated the diary and
enabled Mr Bunn to plot the lost terrace
“It took me until Easter that year,
working night and day, to analyse the
diary data and develop an algorithm
which could be used to reverse engineer
his records and enable us to resect his
compass sur vey data and fix the co-
ordinates of the lost Pink and White
Terraces,” Mr Bunn said.
“O ver 2016-2017, we worked through
four survey iterations before arriving at
the locations described in the new paper.”
The three terrace spring locations have
been plotted beneath land, and not under
Lake Rotomahana as imagined by 19th
The co-ordinates for the spring
platforms, Te Otukapuarangi, Te Tuhi’s
Spring and Te Tarata appear to lie 10m
to 15m underground, around the shores
of the lake.
The only sur viving part of the old lake is
the shoreline between the locations of the
Pink and White Terraces.
Having established what they believe
to be the lost terrace locations, Mr Bunn
and Dr Nolden are recommending a full
archaeological site investigation.
Final proof of the terraces’ sur vival may
be obtained via ground penetrating radar
Core samples of terrace material can
then be analysed to provide conclusive
evidence whether or not the terraces
sur vived the eruption.
The authors anticipate this will lead to
excavation of the sites with the ultimate
goal of returning the historical sites to
the New Zealand landscape.
“ With the help and involvement of the
traditional landowners, the next priorities
are archaeological,” Mr Bunn said.
“Perhaps then, the terraces might be
returned to public view.
“For example via a new walkway which
in my view would rival the Tongariro
Crossing in popularity.”
The authors propose the site
be listed on the New Zealand
Heritage List/Rarangi Korero
as an iconic New Zealand
cultural and heritage site.
kaumatua Anaru Rangiheuea
said this conversation had
been brought up a lot over
the years and he was sceptical
about the latest research
“They won’t find the
terraces,” he said.
“A few years back we worked
with geologists who thought
they could see remnants of
them, but to recover them is
Mr Rangiheuea said he
would like to harness the
energy created underground
to create a spa memorial to
those who lost their lives in
“For us it’s a history that’s
long gone,” he said.
“It is important for us to pass
on our history and to tell our
young people what happened
at Tarawera 131 years ago.”
He said as far as he knew, the
researchers had not yet spoken
to Tuhourangi representatives
about their plans.
The research paper Forensic
cartography with Hochstetter’s
1859 Pink and White Terraces
survey : Te Otukapuarangi and
Te Tarata was published this
week in the Journal of the
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1964 - Nelson Mandela, Walter
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uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Charles Kingsley, English author-social
reformer (1819-1875); George Bush, former
US president (1924-); Anne Frank, German-
born diarist (1929-1945); Jim
Nabors, US actor-singer (1930-);
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of The Troggs fame (1943- 2013);
Grandmaster Dee, US rapper
(1962-);Paula Marshall, US actress
(1964-); Frances O’Connor,
Australian actress (1967-); Robyn,
Swedish musician (1979-); Adriana Lima,
Brazilian supermodel (1981-).
“ Don’t use the conduct of a fool as a
precedent.” — The Jewish Talmud.
“ He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother
Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on
your way here, has sent me so that you may
regain your sight and be filled with the Holy
Spirit.” (Acts 9:17).
The number of
hardware shops in
shortly be reduced
again. The long-established Mackay Street firm
of Mr Tom McKay is to close its doors. In two
or three months Mr McKay intends to shut up
shop and retire. This is the result of a number
of unsuccessful attempts to sell the business.
“ We have been in this same store for 30 years
and with only my wife and me, it is becoming
too much to handle,” Mr McKay said today.
“I would like to have sold out to somebody
else, because there is a definite need for a third
hardware store in Greymouth,” he added.
Shot in the back of the head, a 14-year-old
Ross boy died moments before he reached
the Westland Hospital last night. He was
Ian Joseph Eckhoff, son of Mr and Mrs Vic
Eckhoff of the Railway Settlement Ross.
The boy was accidentally shot by one of his
brothers when out possum shooting on a farm
property near the Mikonui River at about
8pm. Three brothers, one holding a .22 rifle,
were attempting to cross a fence when the gun
accidentally discharged and Ian received a fatal
wound in the back of the head.
A spanking new suburban foodmarket
opens its doors tomorrow morning to give
Greymouth shoppers the most modern
facilities available, Proprietors Janet and Ron
Haddock have been in the grocery trade for
seven years, after taking over Ogilvies’ Tainui
Street store. Last year the Haddocks joined the
Four Square organisation and shortly after a
foodmarket was mooted. Now with the most
modern and convenient facilities the Haddocks
are intent on satisfying customers old and new.
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Dr Ferdinand von Hochstetter in his cabin on the frigate Novara, painted by Josef Selleny in 1857.
Pink and White Terraces found?
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Charles Heaphy painting , Te Tarata at Rotomahana, 1859.
In defence of
Your correspondent Tammie Sandrey
(Greymouth Star, June 9) bemoans the
appointment of . . . ‘another Aucklander
telling us Coasters what to do’ in regards
the mayors’ offer of the DWC position to
Dame Julie Christie.
By way of disclosure, Julie Christie is, of
course, my sister.
I agree that John Sturgeon has been
treated shabbily in all of this — he is a
true Coaster, a wonderful ambassador and
a friend of Julie’s — but the suggestion
that Julie has some ulterior motive in
seeking this role is outrageous. I myself
asked her why the hell she would want
it, given the dysfunctional and comedic
way in which that trust has run. The
reality is, she does not need the money
or to seek any glory but merely wishes to
put back into the region which she loves
As many know, Julie still has property
interests on the West Coast. Julie elects
to continue to have her accounting and
taxation work completed here and has
West Coast financial advisers managing
significant amounts of her funds. There
have been many, many West Coast
tradesmen, contractors, supermarkets,
retailers and hospitality outlets that
benefit from the money she has spent
in the region over the years. I would
estimate Julie’s spending on the West
Coast in that period at in excess of
Julie Christie may be a lot of things but
she is not . . . another Aucklander telling
us West Coasters what to do’.
Ironically, I can also think of the
multiple times Julie has hired buses for
social trips out of Lake Kaniere from Mrs
Sandrey’s husband’s firm.
Now, readers may well say that she
can afford it and that is quite correct,
but equally Julie could have spent that
money in the Coromandel, Hawke’s Bay
or Queenstown but she elected to come
back to her roots and spend it here.
Julie Christie has a vision to benefit the
West Coast in a major way, if she elects
to take the position. She also has an
imagination, a persuasive nature, a history
of achievement and contacts in places
of influence in New Zealand that just
might help turn the trust around from
the laughing stock it currently represents.
That is not without assistance from fellow
trustees, of course.
I can only hope her vision comes to
fruition but the suggestion she is in it for
personal gain is ludicrous. To be fair, she
has vastly more profitable things to do if
she so desired.
As an aside, I know I speak for Julie
in thanking the many Coasters who
have expressed congratulations on her
recent honour. One would hope that this
appointment, should she decide to take
it up, will see her return the favour in a
positive way to the province she loves so
We endorse Cliff Sandrey ’s comments
in appreciation to John Sturgeon for
his time as Development West Coast
chairman (Greymouth Star, June 6).
Our mayors and chairman need a
continual prompt to ensure fairness
and transparency to work appropriately.
We have suffered from the Westland
District Council undertaking several
projects whereby the public have not
been consulted as a council responsibility
under section 82-87 of the Local
Government. Act. To name a few where
past councils have failed hugely: 1.
Giving preference to certain community
groups. 2 . Establishment of Westland
District Property Ltd and transfer of
responsibilities and funds. 3 . Franz Josef
Waiau sewerage and flood issues. 4 .
Releasing of Kumara endowment funds
of $172,000. 5. Poor asset management,
there being no proper planning or
sensibility at all.
The present council under Mayor Smith
is seen to be bullying through without
respect as well, at our cost.
We now have certain people gaining
awards at honours ceremonies. Who
has made the recommendation for such,
especially when so many people out there
do great volunteer work for our region
and neighbourhoods? Bless those people
who do deser ve recognition — our thanks
to them, rather than those who have been
paid well for their work (costing our rate/
Sir John Key receiving a knighthood
when he spent $26 million to remove our
flag of sovereignty is questioned.
But now on the Coast we have Dame
Julie (bless her too for her great
achievements), but also paid well — $600
a day on the alternative flag consideration
Now the mayors and chairmen
with crocodile grins are ready to
give her responsibility to our DWC
(compensation) panel. This is questioned.
Is there conflict of interest? Where is the
transparency and fairness?
We West Coasters must ensure there is
trust in recognition in protection of our
history, our sovereignty and the Local
Government Act. D ue diligence, fairness
and consultative process with our people,
Let’s grow hemp . . .
Oxygen levels in the atmosphere are
dropping faster than CO2 levels are
rising (Peter Tatchell, The Guardian).
Atmospheric oxygen is produced by
plants and by phytoplankton. More than
80% of the world’s forests have already
been destroyed and there has been a 30%
reduction in plankton since 1950.
At the same time we are burning oxygen
at an unprecedented rate in factories,
vehicles, steel production, fighter jets,
warships, container ships, bombs etc. We
are now nearly 8 billion people plus our
livestock, breathing it.
We cannot afford to lose any more of
our oxygen supply and we have to slow
down on our waste of it.
It is time to stop prospecting for more
oil and clearing forests to mine more
coal; and now is not a good time to build
a factory to burn rubbish.
Let ’s begin to turn the tide — plant
more trees and protect the ones we still
Developing an industrial hemp industry
would provide sustainable jobs (which
coal does not). Hemp, which grows very
fast without the need for pesticides or
herbicides, produces oxygen as it grows
and locks up carbon — permanently, as
the fibre is used in building products.
Hempcrete is a superior product to
concrete and much more environmentally
This industry would accrue carbon
credits, create jobs and can also soak up
the excess nitrogen produced by dairying.
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