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The Department of Conser vation will
be sur veying whitebait habitat on the
West Coast this summer with plans to
start enhancement work in spring.
The previous government ’s West
Coast economic action plan identified
whitebait as a niche area.
DOC statutory manager Joy Comrie is
leading the whitebait project, involving
The budget is $125,000 over two years,
half funded by the Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment, and half
by the Ministry of Primary Industries.
DOC Greymouth ranger Henk
Stengs, who has spearheaded the
transformation of Cobden Island to a
whitebait spawning site in recent years,
has been engaged part-time to visit a
number of previously recorded whitebait
spawning sites to assess what might be
required for enhancement work such as
fencing, weed control and replanting.
He plans to undertake that sur vey
work over summer, with priority sites
identified throughout the region.
The plan is to get some enhancement
work under way in spring and summer
A student or intern will also help by
identifying and mapping barriers to
migrating juvenile and adult whitebait,
such as overhanging culverts.
According to the economic report, the
West Coast has a strong reputation and
capability in recreational fishing and
whitebaiting but only a few commercial
“There is . . . interest in realising
the potential of whitebaiting and
Whitebaiting on the West Coast was
not only commercially important but
also had cultural, recreational and social
However, the significance and
potential of whitebaiting may be under
threat because of changes to water ways
and spawning sites.
The report says there is a widely-held
belief that declining catches in some
rivers is due to a combination of erosion,
expanded coastal towns, and the impact
of dairy farming on water ways.
PICTURE: Tony Ruru
West Coast summer sunsets — get snapping
An artist’s palette can not compare to nature’s paintbrush, seen here in a fiery sunset emblazoned across the sky above Lake Brunner last evening. Send us your best photos of sunsets
photographed so far in 2018, with proof they were taken between Monday and this Sunday ( January 1 to 7), and on the West Coast. All photos must be raw jpeg files, not photoshopped,and
at least 1MB in size. E-mail your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday, January 8. Prizes for the best shots.
Reefton had a dry and warm
December, with 21.5mm of rain for the
month (2016: 19mm) recorded over
The heaviest fall of 13mm was on
December 13. The December average is
The highest temperature was 31degC
on December 6. The average maximum
was 24degC. The lowest temperature
was 5degC on December 14, with an
average minimum of 9.6degC.
Dry December in Reefton
West Coast-Tasman MP Damien
O’Connor hopes a re-launched Forest
Service will have a presence on the
A previous Labour government
abolished the New Zealand Forest
Service in 1987. It had bases in
Reefton, Hari Hari and Totara Flat
and a conser vancy office in Hokitika.
Now the newly-elected Labour-led
Government is bringing it back, with
ambitious plans to plant 100 million
trees a year over the next decade.
This Forest Service will be based in
Rotorua. Preference will be given to
using wood in new building projects,
including 100,000 affordable homes.
Mr O’Connor said a lot of work was
going on behind the scenes.
He believed there was land on the
West Coast that could be suitable for
more plantation, noting that different
species of timber must be considered.
He expected a resurgence in the use
of timber, “and not just radiata”.
There was some experimental
planting in the 1980s but the different
tree types were planted in the wrong
place, he said.
Speaking more generally about
economic development, he said
regions that adapted with the most
enthusiasm would be the ones to
In early December, Forestry
Minister Shane Jones said parts of
the conser vation estate would be
available for certain types of tree
planting from the Government ’s
billion tree strategy.
Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage
told the Greymouth Star stewardship
land could be used for planting trees.
O’Connor hopes new Forest Service
will have West Coast presence
On Yer bike a fully family affair
Successful Greymouth tourist business On Yer Bike has just become a fully family operated business for the Ropers having
celebrated the 20th anniversar y of the business two months ago. Petra Roper, 20, is now the graphic designer and photographer of the
business, having recently produced the latest brochure. Older brother Ben is a tour guide, while abother brother Phil is learning the
ropes as operations manager. Mother Sue Roper manages the office and quilt shop, and father Mike takes care of track development
and maintenance of the fleet. The business has attracted visitors from all over the world and is rated the No 1 activity on the West
Coast, on Trip Advisor.
The NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter was called out twice
yesterday. The crew flew to Fox
Glacier at 11am to retrieve a medical
patient for admission to Grey Base
Hospital, and about 7pm were called
to Charleston after a young woman
injured her back while jumping off
a rock into the popular Nile River
swimming spot. The swimmer was
moderately injured and taken to
Grey Base Hospital.
Hokitika burglar y arrest
A Hokitika youth was arrested
yesterday in relation to a burglary in
the town, on December 27. Police
said the youth had been granted bail
and would appear in the Youth Court
in Greymouth later this month.
More than 600 kina and
50 crayfish were taken from
a marine reser ve north of
Gisborne in an illegal haul,
which will see 16 people likely
to face court over the crime.
The Ministry for Primary
Industries and Department
of Conser vation warn they
will continue to take a zero
tolerance approach towards
people poaching from the
Te Tapuwae o Rongokako
The operation in December
saw an illegal haul of 621 kina
and 55 crayfish, and saw a
number of vehicles that were
used in the alleged offence
“There are absolutely no
exceptions to the rules around
taking sea life from marine
reserves which are a protected
environment for a very good
reason,” says MPI spokesman
“The Te Tapuwae
Rongokako Marine Reser ve
protects over 2400ha of
coastline and its marine
life from any threats to its
existence and when people
intentionally disturb that,
and take marine life from this
area, they are destroying this
very special habitat,” he said.
The marine reserve, which is
16km north of Gisborne, was
established in 1999 after years
of hard work by Ngati Konohi
DOC’s east coast district
manager, John Lucas, says
the taking of marine life by
some people is extremely
“ We will continue to work
with MPI to closely monitor
activity around the reser ve to
ensure those who act illegally
will wear the consequences.
We take a zero tolerance
approach to all offending,”
Mr Lucas said.
Sixteen likely to face court
over marine reserve poaching
Solution published in tomorrow’s Grey Star
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