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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2013
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WEST COAST FEATURE
Webster's paint shop
25 YEARS AGO
Charleston history lost in re
e NZCC Rescue Helicopter
responded to two separate car
accidents on State highway 7 last
night. e rst occurred at 9pm,
with a male driver who had been
taken by ambulance to the Reefton
racecourse then own to Grey Base
Hospital with moderate injuries.
Later, at 2am, the helicopter ew
to a spot between Atarau and
Ikamatua where a ute rolled into
a paddock. e male driver in his
twenties, was own to the hospital
with spinal injuries.
After some debate over native
shrubs versus owers, the
Greymouth ower beds are now
abloom again. Wendy Swinburn
from Westroads was making the
most of the ne weather this
week replanting along the main
road, and Dixon Park. e Grey
District Council had delayed its
spring planting after one councillor
suggested moving to native plants.
It is your ve-year anniversary
and what better way to celebrate
that milestone than by fooling your
girlfriend into thinking you have
cheated on her ... However, Roman
Atwood's joke went spectacularly
wrong when girlfriend Britney
admitted she had also been
unfaithful. e prankster hid a
camera in their hotel room and
lmed the practical joke for his You
Tube channel. With a smirk on his
face, he says to the camera: "I'm
in Aruba celebrating my ve-year
anniversary with my girlfriend.
I'm going to prank her tonight by
telling her that I cheated on her." A
minute later the smile is wiped o
his face when his sobbing girlfriend
tells him: "I cheated too." She
decided to prank him after seeing
him setting up the hidden camera.
Fine, some high cloudiness
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
e West Coast Regional Council has
thrown down the gauntlet with a proposal
to rewrite its regional policy document to
make it easier for mining companies.
It wants the policy --- which sta
issuing resource consents will be bound
to consider --- to actively promote
opportunities for jobs and economic
Minerals West Coast has welcomed the
review, saying it would make it harder
for extreme groups to make the Coast a
" e Bathurst debacle showed the
West Coast became the battleground for
crusades not based with the people on
the West Coast," chief executive Peter
e council, which is about to embark
on a roadshow to encourage public
submissions on the review, says too often
projects which are regionally signi cant
for the Coast are dominated by people
and organisations from elsewhere, a
thinly veiled criticism of groups such as
Forest and Bird.
However, Forest and Bird says the
Coast is "not just there for the people of
the West Coast".
Mr O'Sullivan said legislation to protect
the environment was used by extreme
groups to hold up the consent process.
"I can't emphasise enough how
important it is for the people of the West
Coast to become involved. Otherwise
extreme organisations will promote their
interests over the people of the West
Even with a change to the regional
policy statement the environmental
protections would remain, but he noted
the bad message the "Bathurst debacle"
had sent to industry looking to invest in
Forest and Bird eld o cer Debs
Martin said the "Coast is not just there
for the people on the West Coast ... it's
part of New Zealand".
"Some of the bene ts the Coast receives
are from being part of a wider world,"
she said, referring to the sale of minerals
On the face of it the new document
looked good, but the "crunch" for some
of its members was that they did not
necessarily see coalmining as part of the
future, she said.
e document had failed to address
climate change seriously, she said.
Many tourists came to the Coast to
visit the glaciers, and they were the key
to getting them to stay longer. However,
climate change would impact seriously on
the future of the glaciers, Ms Martin said.
She said the council's swipe at Forest
and Bird was "disingenuous", as it had
only started looking at the Bathurst case
after members living on the West Coast
e council roadshow will begin
in Hokitika next ursday, and in
Greymouth later that day at Development
West Coast. Details are on the regional
Cyclists set o in the direction of Kumara under clear, blue skies for the o cial opening of the Greymouth to Hokitika leg of the West Coast
Wilderness Trail today. A starting pistol red by Development West Coast chairman John Sturgeon and Classic Hits announcer Philip Lemon
marked the start of a day of festivities. Cyclists also set o from Hokitika earlier in the morning. e o cial opening is just after noon at Kumara,
where the riders will converge.
Discharge sought after
cattle 'ride from hell'
e stock agent who organised a
hellish road trip from South Westland to
Christchurch for 25 cows bound for the
meatworks, is seeking a discharge without
Farmers Daniel John Dennehy, 38, of
Whataroa, and Zane Wyatt, 39, of Hari
Hari, have already been discharged for
their part in the rst prosecution by the
Ministry for Primary Industries under
the Animal Welfare Transport Code.
In the Greymouth District Court,
Christchurch this week, stock agent
Trevor Ross Fairbrother, 52, sought
a remand so he too could apply for a
At the heart of the case was a cattle
shipment from Whataroa and Hari Hari
to the Silver Fern Farms meatworks in
Hokitika, on October 25 last year, which
was then diverted to a freezing works at
Belfast, near Christchurch. Five of the 25
beasts did not make it; one drowned in
e uent in the truck, two had to be put
out of their misery along the way, and two
others were euthanised on arrival.
e trucking company, Trans West
Freighters, was also charged, but is yet
to appear, along with two managers. e
truck driver was issued with a warning.
Multi-agency groups have come up
with a potentially 'game-changing'
way to control pests such as possums
--- 'Trojan females'.
Researchers from the University
of Otago, University of Western
Australia, Ministry for Primary
Industries and Landcare Research
have recently published the results of
e technique harnesses naturally
occurring mutations that reduce
'Trojan Females' and their female
descendants carrying the mutation
could potentially produce sterile
males over multiple generations,
leading to dramatic and lasting
Study lead author Professor Neil
Gemmell, of the University of Otago,
said it could be a game-changer in
reducing the global impact of pests.
"Conventional approaches to pest
management usually involve lethal
control, but such approaches are
costly, of varying e ciency, and often
have ethical issues," Prof Gemmell
A $1 million research project
funded by the Ministry for Business
Innovation and Employment is
putting the researchers' theory into
Project leader Dr Dan Tompkins,
of Landcare Research, said that once
it had achieved proof of concept in
the laboratory, "we will be looking
to rapidly apply this new technology
platform to the bene t of agriculture,
human health and biodiversity both
within New Zealand and globally".
Genetic solution to possum control
Blackball church history displayed
A newly mounted exhibition
in Blackball tells the stories of
the village churches, although it
took some might to bring it to
e font from the last church
was hauled into place at the
town's museum last week.
Curator Jo Edgar said
Blackball once had Presbyterian,
Anglican and Catholic
When the Catholic church
tumbled to the ground in high
winds in 1965, the congregation
struggled with crossing the
Grey River to attend Mass at
Ngahere. Later, the Anglican
Church tumbled into disrepair,
and in 1982 all denominations
shared the former Presbyterian
church as a community church,
administered by the Uniting
parish in Greymouth.
In 1999 it was sold to the
Anglican diocese of Nelson.
"Life went on. e church
was still home to those three
denominations. And then:
'For Sale' ... the last church in
Blackball," Ms Edgar said.
e building was eventually
sold to an old Blackball family.
As well as the baptismal font,
the church exhibition includes
e old Blackball Anglican Church,
which was deconsecrated in 1982 and
It took three men to shift, push and
pull the heavy font from the 'last'
church, into the exhibition space at the
Kumara, here we come
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Coast Road fires
Fire ghters in Westport and their
rural re colleagues responded to
several small res south of town
along the Coast Road yesterday,
between 9 and 10pm. Fire chief
Pat O'Dea said they appeared to be
intentionally lit but were not large
and no people were put in danger.
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