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Climate change may threaten the
native trapdoor spider on the West
Coast, according to Lincoln University
Trapdoor spiders spring out from
their concealed burrows to capture
While carrying out her PhD research
at Lincoln University, Dr Vikki Smith
found current models of future climate
change in New Zealand do not bode
well for trapdoor spider populations on
the West Coast, and in Tasman, Central
Otago, and Southland.
All those regions are predicted to see
increased rainfall, which makes an area
less suitable as a habitat for trapdoor
“The spiders were more likely to be
present where the rainfall was below
1000mm per year, and no populations
were found in areas with more than
3000mm per year,” Dr Smith said.
She could only speculate about why
the spiders do not like a lot of rain.
“They can cope with brief periods
of intense rainfall, but constant high
levels may cause harmful fungus to
grow quickly in their burrows, or it
may affect their ability to catch prey. I
have noticed that trapdoor spiders will
not catch prey on rainy nights,” she
The full extent of the impacts of
losing trapdoor spiders can not be
predicted, due to their many complex
and unknown interactions with the
They control insect populations,
provide food for birds and lizards, and
are hosts for at least three different
parasites (wasps, fungi, and worms).
However, invasive species and habitat
loss remain the greatest threats to
native New Zealand species in general,
Dr Smith said.
People could help trapdoor spiders by
checking clay banks for burrows before
landscaping, and putting any unwanted
spider visitors outside rather than
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Ann, Leanne and Ron
wish to thank relatives
and friends for their
expressions of sympathy
at the time of the funeral
of a much loved mother,
nanna and sister. Special
thanks to the staff at
Ziman House, Reefton
for their loving care of
Vel over the years. A
special thanks also to the
ladies of the RSA for
their loving catering.
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But you went so quickly
that it still doesn't seem
Mum, Sharon and
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50 years today.
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2017. She supported the
vulnerable and fostered
love and respect. She
will be deeply missed by
her daughters Johnella,
Judith and Kathryn,
daughter and son-in-law
Leela and Glenn and her
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held at her home on
Thursday June 15, 2017
at 12 noon followed by
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Juliette Henry is the chairwoman
of the Greymouth SPCA and
Murray Hay is vice-chairman, not
the chairman, as reported in the
Greymouth Star yesterday.
In port: Cook Canyon, Galatea
II, Jay Elaine, Ikawai, Claymore,
Har vester, Sovereign, 22 Greymouth
vessels. Expected departures: Galatea
II, Jay Elaine, tomorrow. Expected
arrivals: Ocean Odyssey, Moon
Shadow II, tomorrow.
Andrew Jason Ryan Webster, 25, of
Dunollie, incurred more community work
in the Greymouth District Court yesterday
when he admitted driving just a day after
he was disqualified.
Judge Smith found it incredible that
Webster had received his conviction and
then chose to ignore it the very next day.
Webster was sentenced to 70 hours of
community work and disqualified from
driving for six months.
Cameron Steve Radics, 19, of Kaiata,
admitted driving while disqualified on
May 20 — just 10 days after his licence had
Lawyer Doug Taffs said Radics thought
he was “10-foot tall and bulletproof ”.
“He took a punt and got caught,” Mr
Radics was fined $500 and further
disqualified from driving for six months.
A Blackball man admitted contravening
a protection order and assaulting a female.
Lawyer George Linder said Shawn
Karl Sully, 33, offered to walk the victim
home from Kells Hotel when they became
involved in a verbal argument.
“He punched her in the side of the
head, from behind, and she fell on to the
footpath,” Mr Linder said.
Sully was ordered to undertake restorative
justice and remanded for sentence on
Christchurch, admitted possession of
utensils and possession of class A drug
Police prosecutor Glenn Henderson
said Swete had a lengthy history and
one other person had been involved in the
Mr Henderson said a distinction had
been made between the two, because
Swete was more likely to be sentenced to
Swete had been dealing with the recent
illness and death of her mother.
She was remanded for sentence in
Christchurch on August 15.
A man who allegedly assaulted a child
had his trial rescheduled for case review
because he had no legal representation.
Lawyer Liz Bulger said Dylan Graeme
McLaren needed to be represented but had
been denied legal aid, “on false premises”.
“He would need to be reconsidered for
legal aid,” Ms Bulger said.
McLaren was remanded for case review
on August 1.
A garage attendant was given an
opportunity to make amends when he
appeared on charges of theft.
Craig Jason Taylor pleaded not guilty
to taking $20 from the Challenge service
station in Greymouth.
Police prosecutor Glenn Henderson said
there was video footage of the theft, and
testimony from the service station manager.
“This man took $20 from a transaction
and put it aside, before he put it in his
pocket,” Mr Henderson said.
“He knew what he was doing.”
Taylor said he never denied taking the
“It was a mistake, it was the end of the
shift and I just wanted to get out of there.
At the end of the day I thought it was
mine,” Taylor said.
Judge Smith gave him the opportunity to
make reparation, and he returned to court
with $20 yesterday afternoon. As a result
he was discharged without conviction.
John Leslie Chandler Newman admitted
driving carelessly and causing injury, at
Reefton on March 17.
Newman was remanded for sentencing
on August 1, to include a restorative justice
McKinnon admitted driving with excess
breath-alcohol level and was disqualified
from driving for six months.
McKinnon blew 499mg when she was
tested in Westport on April 7.
Lawyer Doug Taffs said she was deeply
embarrassed and had let herself down.
“S he thought she was under the limit, but
clearly she was not,” Mr Taffs said.
Jonty Charles Pickett, 23, of Kaiata,
admitted his third drink-driving offence,
and driving while disqualified for the third
time. He was remanded for sentencing on
Scott Nathan McNae, of Greymouth,
admitted driving without a licence.
Lawyer Doug Taffs said McNae had
never held a licence because he suffered
from a slight medical condition, however
he was now able to apply for one.
If he can re-appear with a licence then
he might be in a better position to be
discharged, Mr Taffs said.
McNae told Judge Smith he had never
been able to drive because of his medical
“ Wouldn’t be fantastic if you could get a
licence?” the judge said. “ I am going to give
you an opportunity, and if you come with it
you may be discharged.”
Jason Peter Macioce denied four charges
of motor vehicle theft, and was remanded
Macioce admitted two charges of theft
under $500 including a petrol drive-off,
and one of shoplifting.
His trial was adjourned until tomorrow.
Horiana Jay Reriti sought a discharge
without conviction and was remanded
to August 1, to re-appear on a charge of
Judge Smith said Reriti would be given a
chance. She was ordered to attend a course
of anger management.
Driver ignored disqualification
Pat Murtha enjoys a song as he waits, along with a good turnout of other Greymouth Grey Power members, at a get-together lunch
held at the Recreation Hotel yesterday.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Grey Power get-together lunch
Woolly West Coasters secretary Marie Lucas, left, birthday girl Cath
Roberts, treasurer Lorraine Hilton and vice-president Jean Culling about to
cut the celebration cake yesterday. Mrs Roberts celebrated her 90th birthday
with members of the group at the Greymouth RSA clubrooms yesterday. She
has been a member of the Woolly West Coasters since 1988 and was secretar y
from 1989 to 1998. “Cath is a valued member of the group and is a lovely
spinner,” Mrs Culling said. “She has kept all our records through the years so
we presented her with a cake and flowers.”
Greymouth man Allan Wilson was in Wellington
last week to receive his 20-year and 30-year long
ser vice awards for his work in civil defence. Mr
Wilson left his post at the Grey District Council
before Christmas and is now semi-retired, with a
small consultancy business. He was presented with
the awards by Civil Defence Minister Nathan Guy
at the national conference dinner and combined
awards ceremony. West Coast Regional Council chief
executive Mike Meehan said it was an achievement
that showed “huge dedication to the community
dating back to before the 1988 Greymouth floods”.
PICTURE: Ricky Situ
Greymouth man honoured
for civil defence ser vice
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Woolly West Coaster celebrates 90th
Members of the New Coasters
knitting group gathered at
the Grey District Library on
Saturday to celebrate World
Knitting Day by knitting items
Volunteer Maureen Simpson
said the knitted items such as
little jackets, hats and scarves
would go to Two Little Dickie
Birds, a community organisation
that would give the items to
those going into care.
Mrs Simpson said they usually
knitted for themselves when
they got together but this time
wanted to do something for
World Knitting Day that would
benefit the wider community.
The group was set up to help
new people coming into the area
integrate a little easier. They meet
once a week on a Monday 10am
at Ali’s and 6pm at the Bonzai.
“The groups are half made up of
established Coasters and the rest
are new. It’s a good mix,” Mrs
Knitting is a big part of it but
some also stitch, embroidery and
Being part of the group also
gave those who did not speak
English as a first language, access
to people who can interpret a
pattern, she said.
PICTURE: Lisa Rangi
New Coasters celebrate World Knitting Day
Climate change may threaten
Coast trapdoor spiders
The new West Coast tourism brand
‘Untamed Natural Wilderness’, which
has boosted tourist numbers and comes
with a special Mandarin translation,
has propelled the West Coast Regional
Council into the finals of the Local
Government New Zealand (LGNZ)
Council chairman Andrew Robb said
the previous brand, ‘West Coast of the
Southern Alps’, was not resonating with
visitors and the region was experiencing
a decline in tourism.
Untamed Natural Wilderness was
adopted after consultation with tourism
operators from Haast to Karamea.
Since being launched in May 2016, the
impact on tourism on the West Coast
had been dramatic, he said.
“ West Coast tourism expenditure is
up 13.1% ($61 million), compared to
9.1% for the South Island. Bed nights
have increased 85,170 between February
2016 and February 2017. The 0.4%
increase in tourism market share, from
5.1 to 5.5%, reversed six years of losses
in less than a year.”
When feedback from China indicated
some concern about the meaning of
“ untamed” — that it might mean tourists
may be bitten by snakes — specific
Mandarin translations were developed
to explain the brand wording.
The LGNZ awards recognise and
celebrate the key leadership role that
local government plays in communities
around the country.
The West Coast entry is in the best
practice contribution to local economic
The judges said the four West Coast
councils realised they needed to come
together to develop a brand for the
region to make sure it was best placed
to capitalise on the burgeoning tourism
The judges include former Wellington
Mayor Kerry Prendergast.
New West Coast tourism
brand reaches award finals
A Greymouth chef lost her licence for
six months after she pleaded guilty in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday to
drink-driving in Timaru.
Kirstyn Melina Clark was stopped by police
on April 28 because of her erratic driving.
Police prosecutor Glenn Henderson said
Clark blew 612mg after telling police she
had consumed three cans of bourbon and
coke at home and was driving to a bar in
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Clark did not
fully accept the police statement of facts.
She was surprised her driving had drawn
attention of police, and she had been at a bar
in town and was driving home, not the other
Clark thought driving may have been a risk
but she did not want to leave her car in town.
Judge Emma Smith said Clarke made a
serious error of judgment in choosing to
As well as being disqualified from driving
Clark was fined $600.
Reefton fisherman Anthony De Malmanche
admitted drink-driving, in Reefton on May
De Malmanche was stopped by police about
11.30pm. He failed a breath test, blowing
Judge Smith said the alcohol level was
“ incredibly high” and he must have known
he would have been over the limit before
deciding to get behind the wheel.
De Malmanche was convicted and ordered
to do 70 hours of community work and was
disqualified from driving for six months.
A woman was granted interim name
suppression when she appeared on a charge
of assaulting her partner.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said the defendant
had been undertaking counselling and had
been alcohol-free since the offence. He
suggested that diversion could be an option.
Judge Smith remanded the defendant on
bail, telling her that if she continued her
counselling police may consider going ahead
A warrant was issued for the arrest of Robert
Bennetto, who failed to appear on charges of
breaching his community work, giving false
details, driving while disqualified and failing
to answer bail.
Hamish Stuart Macdonald, of Greymouth,
admitted breaching his community work and
denied two other charges — causing harm
by posting a digital communication, and
The court heard that Macdonald was
attempting to complete his hours as he had
been working out of town.
He was convicted and remanded for
sentencing on the breach and was also
remanded on his not guilty pleas for a case
review hearing on July 24.
New Zealand band The Warratahs have
donated $100 to the Barrytown Hall, to
help towards the cost of noise proofing
the popular music venue.
So far the hall committee has raised
just under $1800 via the crowdfunding
Entertainment has also donated $50.
The hall committee says it has had
many messages of support in their efforts
to raise about $5000.
The hall needs thick fireproof baffle
curtains in the ceiling and on some of the
walls, it also needs better insulation on
the window shutters and the main door.
Without a consent the hall can no
longer host any functions after 9pm.
Waratahs donate to
Barrytown Hall fund
Drink-driver loses licence for six months
A Hokitika man who hid a bottle of
Jack Daniels down his pants and then
walked out of Super Liquor in Hokitika
without paying for it on February 23 was
told he would be off to jail if he failed to
complete his community work sentence.
Nathan Stanley Campbell, 25, admitted
Campbell and an associate entered
the shop and while the associate was at
the counter paying for some alcohol,
Campbell put his down his pants and left.
Judge Emma Smith said Campbell was
already doing community work and was
not doing very well with it.
Campbell said he had an injured hand
and was to have surgery.
The judge was unsympathetic. He was
convicted and ordered to undertake 40
hours of community work and told if he
A public forum will be held in Hokitika
later this month to bring those involved
with the West Coast Wilderness Trail
up to date with the latest developments
and market research.
A feature of the event will be
a presentation by Alps to Ocean
development manager Jason Menard
sharing their trail’s experiences.
West Coast Wilderness Trail Trust
chairman Chris Steel said it was
opportunity to get operators together to
discuss what was happening and plan for
the significant growth expected in the
“Bouquets and brick bats is what we
are wanting to hear, what ’s working well
and where things can be improved,” Mr
The Alps to Ocean trail, running from
Aoraki-Mount Cook to Oamaru, has
had a trail manager for several years and
has seen many businesses expand and
new companies emerge as a result of
“Jason will have lots of good advice for
our trail and the businesses operating
from it. We are working more and
more with him and Alps to Ocean so it
will be an excellent opportunity for
businesses to hear from him,” Mr Steel
Most of the tour companies that bring
riders over are also expected to attending,
providing an excellent opportunity for
The forum will be held on June 27 at
the Hokitika RSA and those attending
are asked to register by e-mailing
Man hid bottle of Jack Daniels down pants
Forum to update wilderness trail developments
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