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access to glacier
It is one of New Zealand s wonders,
but the ice at Franz Josef Glacier
is frustratingly hard to reach at the
moment. e glacier is currently
in retreat, leaving behind a big
block of ice at the front, covered
in moraine debris, disguising the
ice. e South Westland glaciers
typically experience periods of
advance and retreat. Department
of Conservation ser vices manager
Wayne Costello, of Franz Josef, said
the shrinking ice was making access
tricky. Although the vast majority of
people greatly enjoyed visiting the
glaciers, when DOC did get negative
feedback that tended to be that
people could not actually touch the
ice. As a result, DOC has allowed
an increase in short-flight helicopter
lifts on to the ice.Neighbouring
Fox Glacier has a good viewpoint
at the moment, but the track to the
Franz Josef viewpoint has slipped
out and can not be rebuilt just yet.
Currently, it is about a 3km walk
from the car park at the road end to
reach the glacier, while Fox Glacier
is 2km. Mr Costello said tourists
at Franz Josef were still enjoying
views of the icefall, which was "quite
spectacular". Franz Josef Glacier has
retreated 500m in the past four years.
Between 1893 and the end of its last
big retreat 90 years later, in 1983,
it receded about 3km. e latest
retreat began in 2008.
Squally showers, hail and
A Chinese toddler who was
allowed to tear old books by his
parents ripped up the family s entire
life savings when he found the
money under a bed. e four-year-
old was left alone by his mother Liu
Fan, 28, in the bedroom of their
home in Xi an, Shaanxi province,
West China. e curious boy found
the cash --- thought to be worth
about $7000 --- in a box under the
bed and proceeded to rip it to shreds
while his parents were none-the-
wiser in a room next door. Liu Fan,
28, said: "We don t have much time
for reading here. We didn t really care
when he ripped up the old books
we had lying around, and it was easy
to buy very cheap old books down
the market which he happily ripped
into small pieces. I thought if I left
him alone with a book for an hour it
would be no problem and we could
hear the ripping sounds from the
kitchen but didn t think anything
of it." ankfully, the family found
a generous bank willing to match
the value of the notes and exchange
them for new ones.
--- Daily Mail
Pike families share $4m in ACC
ACC has paid out more than
$4 million in the wake of the Pike
River Mine disaster.
e Greymouth Star asked for
details after Finance Minister Bill
English said about $5m had been
paid so far by ACC to the families
of the 29 victims, and that the full
support from ACC would eventually
amount to $20m when paid.
A spokesman for some of the
families, Bernie Monk, questioned
that amount and said some families
were struggling to get by.
e breakdown for what each family
has received to date is confidential,
however ACC said that by November
15 a total of $4,091,040 had been
paid as part of accidental death claims
for those who lost their lives in the
disaster. at included one-off grants
and ongoing payments. "Because of
the ongoing payments involved, the
total amount paid will continue to
increase over time," ACC said.
One-off grants included a set
amount to help the spouse pay
for memorial costs. Ongoing
entitlements included weekly
compensation paid as a percentage
of the deceased person s earnings.
Both the spouse and dependant
children were entitled to weekly
ey could receive a set weekly
amount for child care. Weekly
compensation paid to a spouse could
continue for five years, or if there
were children, until the youngest
child/dependant turned 18, or turns
21 if they attended further study.
Just before Christmas, the Pike
River families each received a
$110,000 payout as part of the
$3.4m insurance offer from former
chief executive Peter Whittall after
charges against him were dropped.
e families earlier received about
$210,000 each, from the millions of
dollars of donations that poured in
from around New Zealand in the
immediate aftermath of the tragedy.
Avant garde Greymouth jeweller
Jules Bell has opened a new business,
specially styled in her refitted, retro
She has been designing and making
her own jewellery for a few years
now and decided it was time to take
the next step and open a shop, but
something "a little different".
An old caravan fitted the bill and
now it has been totally refitted and
decorated artfully, she has opened
for business in the driveway of her
Winnie Street home.
Her distinct mobile business will
also be towed around markets and
A and P shows, and is already a
regular sight at the Sunday markets
outside the Tai Poutini Polytechnic
selling a mixture of custom made
goods and other items she has bought.
Ideally, though, she wants to be
selling all her own work, she says.
As well as jewellery from her
Jewelz Belle range, she has her own
Decoupage is the art of decorating
an object by gluing coloured paper
cutouts on to it in combination with
special paint effects.
She also has her own bunting ---
colourful triangular flags, strung
together --- all made from recycled
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Jewellery maker Jules Bell is open up for business in her vintage caravan, aptly named Belle.
Ar t on wheels
e rollout of an ultra-
fast broadband network in
Greymouth will be fully under
way next month.
Chorus carried out a test run
in mid-December to deploy fibre
cables, working with West Coast
lines company Westpower to
hang cables off existing power
e rollout, which will happen
over a three-year period, will
pass about 3500 households and
other premises, and eight schools,
connected directly to fibre.
Chorus general manager for
infrastructure Ed Beattie said the
initial work was about putting
theory into practice.
"It s a pilot to understand ...
what resources it would take and
what the cost would actually be."
A "couple of dozen" workers
from Chorus, Electronet and
Downer would be involved in the
rollout, beginning with people
already employed but possibly
requiring more when the work
started in earnest next month.
"I expect in the long term they ll
have to do new hires."
Mr Beattie said Chorus had a
good relationship with Electronet
and the project was going well so
engagement and working for the
local community, and keeping
money where it should be."
Chorus was conscious that
had drawn complaints from
communities in the past, due to
large, unsightly cables.
" e preference is always to go
in the ground first."
However, the speed and budget
of the UFB rollout required
a faster, cheaper option with
minimal disruption for the
Mr Beattie said the fibre cables
would have the smallest visual
"People will be hard pressed to
pick it out."
A West Coast anti-1080 group has
joined calls for a Royal Commission of
Inquiry on the use of the poison 1080.
Upper Coromandel Landcare
Association has written to Prime
Minister John Key, noting the toxin is
banned in almost every other country in
e letter also claimed an
"overwhelming majority" of New
Zealanders opposed the use of the toxin.
" e issue requires complete
impartiality and neutrality of panel
members. It requires the best available
experts who are themselves disinterested
in whether the findings are for or
against, but who are deeply concerned
that the findings be correct," the group
e Environmental Protection Agency
recently indicated it did not intend to
carry out a five-year reassessment of the
use of 1080, but that has not impressed
the anti-1080 groups.
"We believe a Royal Commission
is required to provide an unbiased,
thorough, and scientifically based study
of 1080 toxin and its further use, if any,
in New Zealand," the Coromandel
Farmers Against Ten Eighty said it
supported the application to the Prime
"1080 is not good for our environment,
does not cure Tb and is responsible
for reducing to near extinction kea,"
spokeswoman Mary Molloy, a dairy
farmer of Hari Hari, said.
"Similarly, no epidemiological study
has never been done in New Zealand,
even though there is no antidote for this
Coast voice joins calls for 1080 inquiry
A Reefton community group
hopes to be under way this year
with plans to recreate and reopen
the town s historic water race and
powerhouse, together with a new
small hydro scheme.
e $3.5 million project got
another boost before Christmas,
when the Buller District Council
agreed to stump up $100,000.
In 1888, Reefton became
the first town in the Southern
Hemisphere to have a public
supply of electricity.
infrastructure has long since
disappeared, the Reefton
Powerhouse Trust wants to
reconstruct the water race and
powerhouse on the edge of town.
Chairman Greg Topp said
yesterday they had the 1935
turbine, which would be rebuilt,
and had located a generator to
work it. e water race was still
there, but needed to be cleaned
out and repaired in parts.
Mr Topp said the foundations
for the powerhouse building
were also still there, and the trust
planned to rebuild the shell as
an exact replica.
architects had drawn up plans,
based on photographs of the
For now, the committee was
still working through the consent
process but hoped work would
start some time this year, he said.
Alongside the historic scheme,
they planned to install a modern
plant and generator, which would
create income and make the
ey hoped much of the work
could be done over a 12-month
"It will be amazing to see," Mr
e Reefton power scheme
was abandoned in 1946, when
electricity was supplied from
outside the town via powerlines.
Powerhouse project advances
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