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Hundreds of wallabies will meet their
end next month as the Department of
Conser vation continues a mass cull of
the pests in the Hakataramea Valley.
DOC, in conjunction with three
private landowners, began a three-year
plan to reduce numbers of the pest in the
area in March.
A front line in the battle is the eastern
face of the Kirkliston Range, bordering
the Hakataramea Valley, where DOC
and other landowners have been issued
a compliance notice by Environment
Canterbury requiring them to reduce
DOC animal threats biodiversity
ranger Scott Theobald, of Twizel, said
that during the first helicopter shoot in
March, 1200 wallabies were killed in a
weekend over a “massive” 5000ha block.
“There’s many more there,” he said.
A 1080 poison operation conducted in
conjunction with farmers and covering
roughly 3000ha in three blocks along the
eastern face of the Kirkliston Range had
knocked numbers back significantly in July.
September’s shoot will be the next
major assault on the pests, which are
starting to cross the river and migrate
south into Otago.
Environment Canterbury has a defined
wallaby containment area that stretches
from Otematata to the co ast along the
north bank of the Waitaki River and
runs roughly 100km north.
The Kirkliston Range Conser vation
Area, one of DOC’s highest-value
conser vation areas, is in the south-west
corner of the containment area and
sits above farms that run down to the
Hakataramea Valley, immediately on the
north side of the Waitaki River.
Mr Theobald said the helicopter shoot
was expected to slow down the wallabies’
“re-invasion” of that area.
Environment Canterbury biosecurity
team leader Brent Glentworth said the
advice to landowners was poison was the
best way to control wallabies, because
they were often in difficult-to-access
areas and could become gun shy.
In total, 4500ha was poisoned this year.
Outside of the Kirkliston Range, DOC
had conducted aerial shooting operations
at Mount Studholme Conser vation Area
in the southern part of The Hunters Hills
in June, where 973 wallabies were shot;
at Hunter Hills Conser vation Area near
Mount Nimroda in the northern part
of the Hunters Hills in June, where 575
wallabies were shot; and at the Chetwynd
Conser vation Area near Fairlie this
month, where about 400 wallabies were
shot. — Otago Daily Times
Landrover toys for all ages
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Abby Hayes and her father, Ross, are showing their pedal-powered Landrover and the more grown-up 1954 Landrover Series 1 at the
North Otago Vintage Car Club 2017 Daffodil Rally.
She can still fit in her Landrover,
but if Abby Hayes, nine, of
Reidston, tries to put her feet
down, her knees bump up against
the steering wheel.
Her pedal-powered ride is a
replica of her father, Ross Hayes’,
1954 Landrover Series 1.
Mr Hayes built both off-road
vehicles from the ground up, and
when she was four years old Abby
drove hers in Oamaru’s Christmas
parade, her father said.
He started building his own
Landrover from a bare chassis
when he was 18 years old and
6000 hours, or five years and three
months “to the day”, later he
A teddy bear, Adventure Ted,
was behind the wheel of Abby’s
Landrover yesterday, but she still
enjoyed riding in the back of her
father’s on the drive into Oamaru
for the North Otago Vintage
Car Club’s 2017 Daffodil Rally
The vehicles were side by side on
“ You’ve got to have your toys,” Mr
North Otago Vintage Car Club
member and organiser on the day,
Wayne Abernethy, of Oamaru,
said 120 cars and motorcycles were
shined up and entered and about
400 people came through the gates
at the Awamoa Road site yesterday.
Through entry fees and gold
coin donations, the 55-year-old,
140-member club raised $1500
for the local branch of the Cancer
Society. — Otago Daily Times
As New Zealand’s suicide rates
continue to rise for the third year in
a row, the chief coroner says more
discussion around the topic is needed.
The latest annual provisional suicide
statistics show a 606 people died by
suicide in the 2016-17 year, up from 579
in 2015-16 year, according to the Chief
This year’s figure is the highest number
of suicide deaths since the provisional
statistics were first recorded for the
Chief Coroner Judge Deborah
Marshall said New Zealand had much
to do to turn around its stubbornly high
rate of suicide.
“In the last year we’ve seen a lot
of discussion about suicide and the
incredible emotional toll it takes on
those who are left behind,” she said.
“ While acknowledging that people
are taking their own lives is important,
it is only part of the conversation about
suicide in the community.
“ What is equally important is our
discussion around how we can prevent
suicides and how everyone, family,
friends and colleague, is able to recognise
someone at risk and ensure they get the
professional help they need.”
New Zealand has the second-worst
suicide rate among people aged 25 and
under in the OECD.
The teen suicide rate — officially those
aged 15 to 19 — is the worst.
20-24 year-old age recorded 70
25-29 year-old age recorded 64
40-44 year-old age recorded 64
Maori have the highest suicide rate
of all ethnic groups. — NZ N
One-punch attacker deported from Aust to NZ
The man who started the fight that
killed Brisbane teenager Cole Miller
has been deported to New Zealand.
Daniel Maxwell, 21, walked free
from the Brisbane Supreme Court in
August, after being given an 18-month
jail sentence which was suspended
based on time already ser ved.
Australian Border Force officers
then took him into custody after
his visa was cancelled. Under
Australian law, foreigners convicted
of a crime who then ser ve more
than 12 months’ jail have their visa
Yesterday the Department of
Corrections confirmed Maxwell had
returned from Australia.
Acting national commissioner
Rachel Leota said he would be
managed in the same way as if he were
released from jail in New Zealand.
Corrections had received a range
of information about him from
complete a full induction into the
returning offender order and ensure
the offender understands their
obligations and the consequences of
failing to comply,” she said.
Maxwell will be visited by a
probation officer regularly and can
be referred to alcohol or violence
Mr Miller and his friend Nick
Pace were heading home when
they crossed paths with Maxwell in
Fortitude Valley ’s Chinatown mall on
January 3, 2016. Maxwell had been
out celebrating his 21st birthday. He
asked his friends if they wanted to see
“something funny ” before challenging
Mr Miller and punching the 18-year-
old elite water polo player in the chest.
Mr Miller was then punched
from behind by Armstrong Renata,
causing him to fall to the ground. He
never regained consciousness and
died two days later. Renata, 22, has
pleading guilty to unlawful striking,
causing death. — N Z N
Man fires nail gun into skull
A man who accidentally shot a 90mm
nail into his head was “extremely lucky”
to sur vive.
The man, in his 60s, was using a nail
gun on a bench at his home in rural
Brunswick, near Whanganui, when the
accident happened earlier this month.
“He was just nailing a piece of wood
and the gun misfired, shot through the
wood and into his head,” a Palmerston
North rescue helicopter crewman said.
“S hall we say the man was extremely
lucky — the nail was fully embedded in
Despite the injury, the man was able to
call for help himself.
An ambulance crew first arrived to
treat him, before calling in the rescue
helicopter for an urgent airlift to
“He was well packaged up by the
ambulance crew that attended him, so
we just picked him up from the scene
and transported him as we received
him,” the crewman said.
The man was conscious and talking
throughout the flight — something that
surprised the crew given the “precarious
position” of the nail. — NZ ME
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