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e Australian tramper who got
lost on the Croesus Track spent
a cold night in rugged bush near
Barrytown before police located
him about 1pm yesterday. e 62
year old tourist had been tramping
with four other people when he
became separated from the group.
When they could not nd him, they
noti ed police. West Coast police
search and rescue co-ordinator
sergeant Sean Judd said the
tramper was equipped with good
gear, including a sleeping bag. He
was spotted by searchers from the
NZCC rescue helicopter in Fagan
Creek yesterday, about 700m from
the track and about 500m vertically
below the track. He was winched to
safety and was showing early signs
of hypothermia but did not require
further medical treatment.
Coast on tv
A new six-part documentary on
Prime tv called Keeping It Pure is
about to air, showcasing many West
Coasters. e show looks at some
of the major problems facing the
environment and the things that
people are doing to protect it. It
includes Okarito, Denniston and
the glaciers. Forest and Bird West
Coast chairwoman Kathy Gilbert
lmed a piece at the lagoon beside
Paramata Lodge south of Ross. e
show begins this Sunday at 8.30pm.
Cloudy spells,dirzzle at night
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
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Hollywood may have the cult hit
Snakes on a Plane, but a Brisbane
animal welfare group is gaining
attention with its snake in a bag
video: a short clip showing a very
deadly, and very agitated, brown
snake trying to evade capture from
a very calm female reptile wrangler.
e minute-long clip features
footage of an Eastern Brown Snake
--- the second most venomous land
snake in the world --- continuously
raising itself from the oor in a
defensive pose after it was found
slithering around a lounger. In steps
snake-wrangler Steph Robinson,
who calmly uses her bare hands to
grab the snake, prod it with a snake
hook and then place it safely into a
big black bag. --- Daily Mail
Aggressive erosion has eaten away
53m of farmland at Coal Creek in just
three years, raising concerns whether
the nearby stopbank will hold out the
Grey River in a major ood.
e erosion has occurred nearly
opposite the old Snow ake ice-
cream factory, inching ever closer to
Taylor ville Road.
e Grey District Council and West
Coast Regional Council are both
monitoring the site, but the small
rating district can not a ord the large
scale protection works needed to
arrest the erosion.
Regional council planning and
environment manager Mike Meehan
said the river had "eaten away and
eaten away" at the land, moving
toward the road.
It was also pushing closer to the
stopbank and meant the bu er of a
large paddock was fast disappearing.
Mr Meehan said it was a "little bit
of an unknown" as to whether the rock
work would hold up in a big ood. e
stopbank was raised after water spilled
over in a recent ood, but that was
mostly funded by the Government.
" ere's a lot more pressure if the
paddock eroded," Mr Meehan said.
After oods, the regional council
checks the erosion lines. However,
the rating district at Coal Creek has
only 17 properties and is unable to
nance large-scale protection works.
ose local ratepayers already stump
up $10,000 a year before rates to
maintain the existing stopbank.
Mr Meehan said there were
concerns the oodwaters could reach
Taylorville Road, although there is
still some bu er land left.
e Grey District Council's
Greymouth water treatment plant is
also in the vicinity of the erosion.
Assets manager Mel Sutherland said
it was an "ongoing concern".
In 2012, National Institute of Water
and Atmospheric Research (Niwa)
expert Graeme Smart wrote a report
on the erosion. He said that in 1957
the riverbed was wider than at present.
An island of vegetation opposite the
present erosion site grew and by 1976
the vegetated island had grown to
cover a large part of the bar. By 1995
a stopbank had been constructed on
the south bank. e vegetation had
narrowed the active channel and
reduced the ood capacity of the river
at this location. Serious erosion was
evident by 2004, not helped by some
large oods, he said.
Spokesman for the Coal Creek
rating district Steve McGeady said
they were grateful for the council and
government nancial assistance.
However, he believed a large loan
could become necessary at some stage
if the river did not change course.
e local rating district thought the
road transport agencies should release
funding now to prevent it eating into
the road, rather than waiting until it
was an emergency, he said.
Grey River erodes 53m of land
A man charged with threatening his
atmate with a large knife had the
charge dismissed in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday because the
complainant said he was threatened
with a pair of scissors, not a knife.
Martin Raymond Hutchinson, 26,
was alleged to have told Andrew
McTaggart that he would slit his
throat if he tried to leave a Greymouth
address on October 10.
Both men had been smoking
cannabis and drinking alcohol during
the night, while a third atmate had
been taken away by police before they
McTaggart said that Hutchinson
accused him of calling the police. He
pushed him down in a chair and held a
large sh lleting knife he threatened
to slit his throat.
Terri ed, McTaggart seized the
opportunity when Hutchinson put
the knife down, to push him over and
run from the house, with Hutchinson
chasing after him.
He ran to a house about 100m away,
knocked on the door and called for
Lawyer George Linder put it to
McTaggart that the knife in question
had been lodged in a door jamb to
keep the door closed because the lock
did not work and had been dislodged
and fallen to the oor when he ed, so
Hutchinson could not have used it as
When McTaggart accepted that he
might have been wrong about the
knife, and that he had actually been
threatened with a pair of scissors,
Judge Stephen O'Driscoll dismissed
"He has been consistent all the way
through that it was a knife, but now
he says 'scissors'.
"I'm not prepared to amend the
charge, it is dismissed," the judge said.
̌ District Court
Charge dismissed over knife-scissors confusion
In a rst for the West
Coast region, and possibly
New Zealand, Greymouth
District Court judge Stephen
O'Driscoll yesterday imposed a
revolving-door home detention
Jordyn Ross Coppell, 20, of
Greymouth, was appearing
on three charges of driving
while disquali ed and one of
breaching a community work
He had breached his driving
ban twice in Greymouth and
once in Nelson late last year.
Judge O'Driscoll said that
Coppell was deserving of a jail
sentence, but he was prepared
to reduce it to a two months'
home detention sentence which
he said would serve the interests
of justice, and also ensure that
Coppell retained his job as a
involves spending alternate
weeks on the boat and at home.
e sentence is to be suspended
while he is at sea and resumed
at the end of each voyage.
e skipper of the boat,
Coppell's father, is to monitor
his behaviour while he is at
sea and ensure he goes straight
home after the boat docks.
Rosss Coppell agreed in court
to act as his son's sponsor, but
also asked the judge to impose
an extra sanction.
"Jordyn's problems all relate to
vehicles. Is there any way that
you can order that he is not to
own one," he asked.
Judge O'Driscoll said that
suggestion had merit and
ordered that Coppell (junior)
not have an interest in a motor
vehicle for 12 months.
"You went pretty close to
going to jail today you are now
at the crossroads of your life and
have to decide which path you
will take --- the path to prison or
the path to being a contributing
member of society," the judge
"If you mess up now you will
be letting a lot of people down.
I hope you understand what I
have done for you today, and
you have your father to thank
for a large part of that ... don't
let him down."
e Barrytown Hall is
proving more popular than ever,
attracting an eclec tic range of
musicians this summer.
Hall chairman Roger Ewer
said the time of year meant more
bands were eager to travel. e
turnout is often higher too, as
many people are still on holiday.
" e month of January has
always been well supported."
e hall has proved so popular
this summer its committee has
been at risk of overbooking
"We've had to knock a couple
of bands back."
A recent performance by
Newtown Rocksteady saw over
100 people packed in, with one
of the best attendances in recent
Four more bands are booked in
before the end of February.
"We do get regular bands. A
few keep coming back," Mr
e shows attract a few regular
patrons, with others from
Westport and Hokitika for big
e hall has developed
somewhat of a cult status around
New Zealand and even as far
a eld as the United Kingdom.
About three years ago, a
London band scheduled to play
Auckland and Christchurch
surprised organisers by
requesting to play at Barrytown
" ere's been a few bands like
that, they all know about the
Barrytown Hall. It's like a notch
on the belt. It's just one of the
places you've got to play."
It has hosted bands that have
gone on to big things including
the Mint Chicks and the Dance
Built in 1929, the hall has
had a lot of maintenance over
the years, including repiling,
painting, a new roof, replumbing
and its own lighting system.
It is regularly used for
community events with
everything from yoga to
It all started after Mr Ewer
and a friend wanted to use the
hall for their birthdays.
"We'd never seen it being used,
so we asked around and found a
farmer who had the key.
" ey only used it once a year.
We had a great time, we played
"We started to use it more
and more... We put on Saturday
e rest, as they say, is history.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Barrytown Hall committee members Leon Dalziel, left, Reda Bennett and Roger Ewer
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