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West Coast community groups are
rallying to help the threatened banded
dotterel, after a nest was accidentally
run over at the Cobden Aromahana
The accident left just one viable nest in
the sanctuary, at the mouth of the Grey
Ailsa Harrison, from the Cobden
Aromohana Sanctuary and Recreation
Areas Trust, said the chicks in the
remaining nest had since hatched.
“They were seen for two days then
disappeared. We don’t know what
The birds had begun nesting in a
cleared area of land the council was to
“There’s no protection, we didn’t expect
“They’re a beautiful bird.
“ We will wait to see what council is
doing regarding development, if there’s
an area for them we can look at ways of
Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge
owner Gerry McSweeney, a former head
of Forest and Bird, said dotterels nested
in many coastal areas up and down the
West Coast and in the high country.
“ I know the Okarito community are
putting a lot of effort into discouraging
people from driving on the old
airstrip, near where the dotterels nest.
They are also really concerned about
uncontrolled dogs attaching the nests,”
Mr McSweeney said.
At his Arthur’s Pass Wilderness
Lodge, they had made a big effort on
and around the property to control
weeds and pests in the braided riverbeds
to protect the rare insects (endemic
Brachaspis grasshopper only found
there), and endangered plants that
would be smothered by lupins, thereby
helping endangered birds such as
wrybill plover, black-fronted tern and
black-billed gull and the threatened
dotterels to breed successfully.
Department of Conser vation senior
ranger community Tim Shaw said
banded dotterels were scattered in
low numbers, especially around river
mouths. They were also widespread on
most of the large open riverbeds.
“They also use well grazed pasture
and airstrips, and very occasionally are
reported from the open alpine. “ They are
not a colony nester on the West Coast
and seldom do you find more than a
handful of pairs in any stretch of beach.”
At some sites, DOC had placed signs
indicating that care should be taken
because of the presence of nesting birds.
“ We urge people to take note of any
wildlife they see and give them space —
20m is a minimum
but a good rule of
thumb is if they are
moving around you
are too close,” Mr
“It is also helpful
if you see wildlife
to give others in
the area a heads up
so they are aware
and can be extra
careful. We need
to share space with
on the ground in
coastal areas and
riverbeds, they were
to disturbance, he
As with penguins and other coastal
birds, nests and the birds themselves
were seriously threatened by the
presence of dogs at nesting. Other
threats included cats and the ever-
increasing use of 4x4s, quads and
motorbikes on beaches.
“Add to this the inevitable presence
of mustelid species, rats and hedgehogs,
gulls who target their eggs, and poor
weather, flooding and big tides that
wash their nests away, they face an
uphill battle to get chicks fledged
“They deal with this by being able
to have several attempts in any given
season — but only ever run one to
completion. There are plenty of nesting
birds around at the moment, so people
should take extra care.”
The West Coast dotterel population
is not known, but they are classified as
nationally vulnerable with a population
estimated between 5000 and 20,000.
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February 18, 1999.
Quietly and lovingly
by all the families
Westland ratepayers may foot the bill
for Deputy Mayor Latham Martin’s
recent trip to China.
Cr Martin spent four days in China
before Christmas, together
Destination Westland chief executive
‘ambassador’ to the Chinese community
Mike Keenan, to explore a possible sister
city relationship with Huanggang City.
The bulk of the costs for the trip,
facilitated by the New Zealand China
Exchange Incorporation following an
invitation by the Governor of the Hubei
Province in China, were to be covered.
However, almost $1900 is now being
sought to pay for Cr Martin’s travel costs.
In a report to the council meeting today,
Mayor Bruce Smith recommended
the “unbudgeted expense” of $1895 be
funded from general reserves.
“The travel costs to China are
reasonable in value, the outcome of the
trip was a success, and if confirmed will
be of benefit to the Westland region,” Mr
If not approved the cost would fall on
Cr Martin personally.
“However, the reason for the trip is to
benefit the Westland region on behalf
of council, and does not benefit Deputy
Mayor Martin personally.”
During the visit the trio met city
dignitaries and visited a number
of businesses, schools and tourist
attractions, including Yi’ai Lake Park
and Dabie Mountain Geopark Museum,
Huanggang Middle School and Wen
Yiduo Middle School. The delegation
was also invited to the Wuhan Racing
Club and a Chinese opera performance.
Mr Willcock said direct results of
the trip included a letter of intent to
progress a sister city relationship, a
return visit to Westland by six officials
of Huanggang City proposed for March
to coincide with the Wildfoods Festival,
a newly established relationship with
the Bureau of Commerce allowing for
trade and investment opportunities, and
newly established relationships with
the city museums to exchange cultural
information and museum processes.
Both middle schools, one of them
among the top 10 in China, had also
agreed to send short-stay students to
Westland High School in future, with
return exchanges proposed.
Mayor Smith said the relationship
could result in significant benefits to
Westland in education, commerce,
culture and tourism.
“The value of the travel costs is deemed
In 2015, former Westland mayor
Maureen Pugh travelled to Thailand
in an all-expenses paid $10,000 trip to
explore waste-to-energy options.
The Westland and the Grey district
councils each contributed $2000 towards
the trip, which was also funded by
corporate sponsorship and a donation
from Waste Minz New Zealand.
Westland council asked
to pay for China trip
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Large agave plant soars
Joe Edwards celebrates the lofty
asparagus-like shoot that has grown up
several metres from a cactus plant at his
Masters Street property, in Greymouth.
He says the shoot has drawn a lot of
public interest in the past eight weeks.
Mr Edwards planted the cactus more
than 20 years ago. It did nothing for
years, and then about eight weeks ago
it began shooting up at a rate of about
15cm a day. A neighbour rigged up a
way of monitoring its growth rate and
it quickly reached beyond the height of
the house and the power-lines into the
property. “ When I saw it, I thought, eh
what ’s going to happen when it flowers,
fall down on the house or wires?”
Earlier, it started bending towards the
sunlight and moving around during
the day, but now it was in bud it was
as “solid as a tree — for the moment ...
maybe the best of its flowering is yet to
The large plant appears to belong to
the agave family, a large genus of plants
from the Americas which are known
to flower only once a lifetime before
Community groups rally to help banded dotterel
PICTURE: Gerry McSweeney
Dotterel nests in Bruce Stream near Arthur’s Pass. The
nests can be well hidden — spot the chicks in front of the
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The Arthur’s Pass highway reopened at 8.30am
after a short, sharp storm last night brought
down slips at Kellys Creek about 1.5km west of
Otira township, and at Candys Creek in the Otira
Gorge. Rock and gravel partially smothered the
road at both points. State highway 73 between
Jacksons and Arthur’s Pass was closed at 6.30pm
as a result. NZ Transport Agency highway
maintenance contractor Fulton Hogan reported
the road was opened long enough last night to
clear the traffic stuck by the slip at Candys Bend.
The slip at that point remained active after the
road was closed. At Kellys Creek the road was
closed due to water running over the one-lane
First responders from an Auckland fire
brigade were among those who rushed to
the aid of five people injured when a large,
ageing willow tree snapped on the banks
of the Shotover River on Tuesday.
Delwen George, five, of Wellington
sustained internal injuries and remains in
intensive care in Dunedin Hospital. His
baby sister was also injured.
Their mother, Selma George, had a
fractured femur and dislocated hip which
required surgery and another male,
understood to be the children’s father, was
He and an unrelated male were both
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: NZ Transport Agency
Roads reopen after Otira slips
A car parked outside
Hokitika Automotive in
Fitzherbert Street was
unlawfully entered some time
between Tuesday evening and
Nothing appeared to have
been taken but police say
they would like to hear
from anyone who may
have spotted any suspicious
activity in the area.
Police say a petrol drive-off
reported at the Mobil ser vice
station in Greymouth
yesterday may have been
through a “misunderstanding”.
Acting senior sergeant
Paul Watson said the driver
of a rental car left without
It was now being followed
up with the rental company.
In response to the speculation about
Supato, Westland Milk Products
shareholders attending Westland’s annual
general meeting in December were given
as much information on the capital
structure review process as possible
“within the confidentiality constraints
applicable to the process”.
This included confirmation more
than 25 interested parties had engaged
with the capital structure review
“All information given to the AGM on
the capital structure review was led by
me, including the questions and answer
However, he declined to say how many
of those registered interested parties
were now engaged with Westland Milk
around options for the future ownership
of the company.
“That is confidential.”
Mr Morrison said the board had always
been clear it would consider “all options”
including the status quo, a cornerstone
investor or a full sale.
“As stipulated from the beginning ... the
board intends to bring an option back
to shareholders for their consideration
and approval, if it believes it meets their
“Any option other than status quo
will require a 75% approval vote by
The board would discuss updates on
the review with its shareholders before
releasing it publicly, he said.
comprehensive information and given
time before a meeting was called for any
Mr Morrison said the Government was
“aware” of the capital structure review at
the time the provincial growth fund loan
for $9.9 million was negotiated.
Westland Milk chairman responds to Supato speculation
Petrol drive-of f
Future West Coast aged care facility
options may apply to the Government ’s
provincial growth fund for help.
Mayors, aged care providers and
representatives from the West Coast
District Health Board and the Ministry
of Business Innovation and Employment
(MBIE) met on Tuesday to look at aged
care ser vices across the region, plus new
proposals mooted for the West Coast.
Spokesman for the meeting, Buller
Mayor Garry Howard, said the objective
was to develop a strategy to fill gaps and
There were two distinct sectors in aged
care ser vice — those providing levels of
residential, hospital and dementia care
such as Dixon House, Granger House,
O’Conor Home; and a gap in the market
for independent living facilities such as
“The outcome from the meeting was
that given the geographic low population
spread of the West Coast, there will be
developments required for independent
living facilities up and down the Coast,”
Mr Howard said.
This was to allow residents “the choice
and option” of living out their years on
the West Coast.
“These development proposals may go
for ward to provincial growth fund on the
basis of commercial loan applications. ”
Not-for-profit organisations owned
by community trusts providing aged
care ser vices would be supported with
applications on the basis of a grant, he
Further work to develop a regional
aged care strategy would be undertaken
by a smaller group of “industry players”
in coming weeks.
West Coast aged-care
future strategy discussed
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