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House for $1
This old Greymouth house is for
sale for as little as $1. Real estate
agent Deedee Daly said the vendors
— who can not be identified — were
motivated to sell and had only asked
for offers above $1. She checked the
legality of the listing before going
ahead. The two-bedroom house is on
Mawhera Incorporation leasehold
land in Turumaha Street and has a
rateable value of $120,000. The only
catch is the new owner must take
over the lease on a standard quarter-
acre section. It is a sale by deadline,
so people have until December 1
to get their offers in. Mrs Daly said
she had already received “quite a
bit of interest ” since listing it over a
week ago. The house was in liveable
condition and until recently was
Tourist poked in
eye with tent peg
A French tourist was flown to
Christchurch Hospital last night
after a run in with a tent peg or
pole at Fox Glacier. A spokesman
for the NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter said the man was poked
in the eye while setting up his tent
for the night. The 27-year-old was
walking around with a bandage
around his head when the rescue
helicopter arrived. The helicopter
was called down from Greymouth
about 7.30pm and flew the patient
directly to Christchurch.
A young man detained by police
during a drunken argument in
Germany was found to be carrying
a baby python in his pants. Police
in Darmstadt said the 19-year-old
was detained on Tuesday night
after a loud argument with another
man disturbed residents. He was
searched and officers noticed “a
significant bulge in his trousers”.
The man told police that he had
a snake in his pants, and pulled
out a 35cm baby king python. He
was taken to a police cell to sober
up, and the snake put in a box.
Police said they were looking for
the reptile’s owner and examining
whether “the non-species-
appropriate transport ” violated
animal protection laws. — AP
Just 13 days after being sworn in,
new Conservation Minister Eugenie
Sage has ruled out any new mining on
Her announcement yesterday was met
with widespread dismay on the West
Coast, catching many off-guard.
“It ’s an enormous decision to come
out of the blue,” Minerals West Coast
manager Peter O’Sullivan said this
morning, noting there had been no
It had not been signalled during the
coalition agreements, he said.
The announcement was made as part
of the Speech from the Throne given
to Parliament, outlining the coalition
Government ’s policy and legislative
West Coast mayors said they were
withholding judgment until they
had seen the detail, including the
ramifications for the proposed Te Kuha
coalmine near Westport. While that
would not involve mining conser vation
land, access across DOC land was
Ms Sage said the Government
would strengthen the protection for
public conservation land by making it
off-limits for new mining.
The Green MP and former Forest and
Bird staff member said tourism on the
West Coast was now responsible for
more jobs than the mining sector.
“This Government is committed to
helping workers in these regions make a
just transition from mining.”
Mr O’Sullivan said goldmining
currently employed about 175 on the
West Coast, domestic coalmining 110
and export coalmining 600.
The mining sector was an “enormous”
contributor to the region’s economy.
Cheap West Coast coal also fired the
boilers at dairy factories and meatworks
around the country.
Although the new policy would not
affect existing mines, miners were always
on the move looking for new land.
“The effect will be felt quickly,” he said.
The West Coast mining industry had
met high environment standards. When
miners worked on conservation land,
DOC received payment which had been
used for the likes of pest control, but
that would now be lost.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard said it
was “too early to make rash statements”.
“If there is to be no more mining on
conservation estate, we’ve got to get a
really good transition,” Mr Howard said.
He asked if New Zealand was being
two-faced by not wanting any new
mines but still wanting steel made by
other countries that burned coal.
The economic action plan released
just before the election by the former
National government proposed that
DOC divest itself of low quality
West Coast Regional Council
chairman Andrew Robb said they would
work with the new Government the best
“But if the policy starts having an
impact on our region I don’t think we’ ll
While the Government relied on the
Greens for support, the coalition was
with NZ First, which was pushing
economic development in the regions.
“There is some tension in that,” he said,
of the Greens-NZ First deal.
In a statement late yesterday, Ms Sage
said it was crucial to protect the very
thing that drew visitors — beech and
rimu forests, river valleys and a network
of huts and tracks.
“Coalmining adds to the climate
crisis and new mines generally have
a 15-year lifespan. Once the coal is
gone, the jobs are gone and so is the
unique environment of places like the
West Coast — which is the basis of a
sustainable economy and long-term
“P laces like the West Coast and
Coromandel have diversified their
economies on the back of their stunning
natural beauty and landscapes, and the
warmth of local communities.”
The Green Party’s confidence and
supply agreement with Labour included
a goal of significantly increasing the
funding for DOC.
“The Department of Conser vation has
been under-resourced for the last nine
years. We need to scale up its capacity,”
the minister said.
Forest and Bird today claimed a
huge victory for nature following the
“ We are delighted that the Government
recognises that protected conservation
land means just that. It ’s protected,”
chief executive Kevin Hague said.
The Government gave a commitment
that ecologically rich landscapes such as
the Denniston Plateau — which Forest
and Bird has been campaigning to save
for nearly a decade — would be safe
“All coalmining contributes to climate
disruption, so we will be continuing to
oppose new coalmining in other areas,”
Mr Hague said.
Robbery, murder 100 years today
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Today marks 100 years since the Runanga payroll robbery, when a masked highwayman armed with a
revolver held up a mines pay-car, and shot three men, killing two.
Frederick William Eggers took to the bush with £3659 16s 8d after the hold-up at the southern entrance
to Runanga. He came prepared for the robbery, building a roadblock on the then-hump in the road so that
the car carrying the State mines payroll crashed into the obstruction. Eggers fired seven pistol shots at
paymaster William Hall, mine manager Isaac James and driver John Coulthard. Only James sur vived.
In the following days the coal pits were closed down and about 150 miners scoured the countryside
looking for the killer. Eggers was arrested in Christchurch seven days later, and hanged at Lyttelton Jail on
March 5, 1918, still protesting his innocence three seconds before the trapdoor fell. Yet in his trunk, police
had found 200 new £5 notes.
For years the monument on site at Runanga was known as the Eggers Memorial but in more recent years
it was renamed to honour his victims, Coulthard and Hall.
Greymouth will be overrun with
military personnel this weekend
as Exercise Southern Katipo hits
Lieutenant Colonel Tim Tuatini
said they were planning today for
the move into urban Greymouth,
having so far come as close as
Stillwater and D unollie.
Troops are also stationed in
Westport and Reefton.
“ Today we are planning for the
forces to start moving closer to
Greymouth,” Mr Tuatini said.
Soldiers and armoured vehicles
should arrive this weekend at
Omoto, where there will also be
blank firing. Patrols of Greymouth
streets will start over the weekend.
a glimpse of a large military
helicopter heading up the West
Coast last night, though it did not
After the exercise winds down
late next week, a public open
day will be held next Saturday,
November 18, at the Greymouth
Meanwhile in Westport, the army
has agreed to do some remediation
after the Carters Beach Domain
where they have been camped was
damaged by a combination of wet
weather and heavy vehicles.
The Buller District Council said
the damage had concerned some
“As part of the agreement to use
this area, the New Zealand Defence
Force has committed to remediate
any areas that are damaged at their
own cost,” the council said.
View video footage of the army
exercise at www.greystar.co.nz
Army plotting Greymouth invasion
Years of secret talks to carve up parts of
the Denniston Plateau for mining and
conser vation may be terminated, with
new Conservation Minister Eugenie
Sage strongly hinting the area needs to
be protected, not mined.
Greymouth Star shows representatives
of the Department of the Prime
Minister and Cabinet had also been
attending some of the meetings about
The talks, which mainly involved
the Department of Conservation and
Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment, were focused on how to
protect parts of the plateau and smooth
the way for mining other areas.
More than 50 meetings were held over
about the past 18 months.
Requests for minutes were repeatedly
However, with Ms Sage at the helm,
that might be about to change.
“I will be seeking advice from the
department on how to best protect the
outstanding landscapes and habitats of
the Denniston Plateau,” Ms Sage told
the Greymouth Star this week.
“The sandstone pavements and
distinctive stunted vegetation of the
West Coast ’s coal plateaux are not well
represented in the conser vation estate
and they deser ve better protection.”
Denniston was becoming increasingly
recognised and visited for its history
and mountainbiking opportunities.
“My vision for the Denniston Plateau
conser vation estate — places where
nature thrives and that New Zealanders
and visitors can enjoy,” Ms Sage said.
A thriving West Coast tourism
industry relied on protecting the natural
heritage and historic places that tourists
came to see.
“Government needs to ensure that
workers in the coalmining industry
can make the transition from a dying
industry to similarly skilled jobs in
Forest and Bird chief executive Kevin
Hague — a former Green MP — said
one of the “disgusting” things about the
National-led government ’s plans was
that they were developed in secret.
“The government was trying to avoid
Mr Hague said he was “blue in the
face from saying, you open-cast, you
destroy it forever”.
Denniston carve-up in doubt
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