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e Department of Conservation has begun the
mass vaccination of Haast and Okarito kiwi chicks
after seven young birds --- some of the rarest kiwis
in the country --- died suddenly on a predator-free
island in Lake Manapouri.
All remaining kiwi have since been evacuated from
e deaths come only six months after eight
Okarito kiwi died at Wellington Zoo from
respiratory tract infections.
DOC said yesterday seven young Haast kiwi
had died on Rona Island, in Lake Manapouri. Ten
chicks were transferred to the island in January and
Over the past weeks, seven birds have been found
dead and pathology results from Massey University
have shown that for one bird an infection known as
erysipelas was the probable cause of death.
Tests for erysipelas came back negative for the six
others, with parasites and emaciation the probable
cause of death. Despite extensive testing, it is not
clear what killed the four others.
DOC vet Kate McInnes said the risk of erysipelas
in birds was usually low.
Healthy birds appeared resilient, but it could prove
fatal to young or stressed individuals.
DOC said it decided to take a precautionary
approach using antibiotics and vaccinations, which
were e ective in treating and preventing erysipelas.
"Even though the bacterium has only been found in
one bird, this is a preventable infection and we want
to give every kiwi chick the best start in life. e
occurrence of erysipelas appears restricted to Rona
Island but we have decided to vaccinate all Haast
tokoeka and rowi BNZ operation nest egg chicks as
Seventeen Haast tokoeka and 44 Okarito rowi have
received the rst of two vaccinations with the help of
the West Coast Wildlife Centre and Paci c Vet Ltd
e remaining two live chicks from Rona Island
have been sent to Wellington Zoo for precautionary
treatment and monitoring and are doing well. e
10th bird was unable to be located.
DOC senior ranger James Livingstone, of Franz
Josef Glacier, said the deaths highlight the challenges
in trying to protect young Haast tokoeka kiwi, but
that overall the intensive management programme
was bene ting the species.
"It's always very disappointing to lose chicks and
we will be considering new procedures such as
preventive vaccination to limit the risk of erysipelas
to our young birds in the future."
"But overall this season we still have a 60%
sur vival rate through the BNZ operation nest egg
programme. Without active management this would
be less than 5% due to predation in the wild."
e department would assess Rona Island as a safe
place for kiwi before birds were returned there, Mr
e creche is run by the Pomona Island Charitable
2 - Wednesday, March 19, 2014
SCF director also a
Pike River Coal Ltd
A South Canterbury Finance
director who took the stand as a
witness yesterday in the High Court
in Timaru will be known to some on
the West Coast. Stuart Nattrass was
a director from 2002 until when the
nance company failed in 2010. Mr
Nattrass was also a director of Pike
River Coal Ltd.
Tick of approval for
Grey District consents
e Grey District Council
building consents authority
recently got the tick of approval
from its assessors. e authorities
are assessed periodically by
International Accreditation New
Zealand and the recent audit of
the Greymouth o ce was free of
"corrective action" demands. Chief
executive Paul Pretorius told a recent
council meeting that few consents
authorities escaped the audits with a
clean sheet, and for the Greymouth
o ce to do so was worthy of
Departures: Ocean Odyssey,
Coaster, Expatriate, Latatude,
Trident, two Greymouth vessels. In
port: Happy V, June, Louisa, Moata,
Okarito, Quo Vadis, Tui, Sovereign,
Tainui , Strike Force, Jay Penelope,
22 other vessels. Expected arrivals:
Jay Elaine today; Moon Shadow II,
tomorrow; Cook Canyon, Friday;
Galatea II, Sunday.
Wednesday March 19
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
5pm to 8pm
Quali ed FD Since 1973
BUCKMAN, Ossie. ---
Glenys and family
would like to thank
everyone for your cards,
flowers and food
parcels. We sincerely
appreciate the help of all
the St John, A&E,
Morice Ward, district
nurses and Medical
Centre for all the years
you attended Ossie.
Especial thanks to Dr
Paul Holt for your early
recognition of Ossie's
condition and your
which gave him another
10 years of life. Thank
John. --- Kumara Fire
Brigade requests retired
and present members to
attend the funeral of
Ossie Jackson (past
volunteer fireman) on
Thursday 11am at Holy
Trinity Church, Grey-
By request of CFO G
John Charles (Ossie).
--- Passed away
unexpectedly on Friday
March 14, 2014, aged
69. Much loved brother
and brother-in-law of
Jean and the late Ray
Trainor (Taupo), Joan
and Peter Binnie
(Ashburton), Glenda and
Annie (Australia), and
the late Heather, and
Russell, loved son of the
late Ossie and Thelma,
special friend of Janice,
and a loved uncle and
friend of many. Mess-
ages to 761 Methven
7776. A Funeral Service
for Ossie will be held in
Holy Trinity Anglican
Church, Tainui Street,
(Thursday) at 11am.
Ossie will then be laid to
rest with his parents at
the Karoro Cemetery.
Services Ltd. Phone
(03) 768 0250. FDANZ.
Raymond Leonard. ---
Aged 56 years. Of
Tapanui, formerly of
Peacefully after a long
illness on Tuesday
March 18, 2014 at Gore
Hospital. Dearly loved
husband of Lynley.
Much loved Dad of
Jacob and stepfather to
Samuel Parker, and
brother of Yvonne
Relatives and friends are
warmly invited to an
Service at 208 Tapanui,
Waikoikoi Highway on
Sunday March 30 at
1pm. In lieu of flowers
donations can be left at
the service for the Motor
Messages to 208
Highway, RD 5, Gore
9775. In the care of
Hammond & Ryder
Funeral Services Ltd,
A boat belonging to a missing
Marlborough seaman that was found
200km o the New Zealand coast has
brought home the worst fears for his
Kerry Blair, 55, was last seen 10 days ago
when he launched his 9m aluminium boat
Erie in the Marlborough Sounds.
e commercial sherman gave no
indication of where he was going when he
set sail on the afternoon of March 8.
A massive search and rescue operation
has been under way ever since.
But the family has been devastated by
the discovery of the boat, about 200km
o the coast of Taranaki by a Royal New
Zealand Air Force Orion on Friday
e Navy vessel HMNZS Wellington
recovered it yesterday and towed it to New
Plymouth, a police spokeswoman said.
e Erie will be taken out of the water
today and would undergo an examination
to try to uncover any clues as to what has
happened to Mr Blair, she said.
Police said there was no immediate
indication of what happened to him.
Mr Blair's brother Peter said yesterday
while some members of the family were
clinging to hope that he would still be
found alive, he said he had personally "sort
of accepted Kerry has gone".
" ere was a glimmer of hope that he
might have been alive, but not to have
been aboard was pretty destroying," he
e news came as a thunderbolt.
"I was pretty upset. It's my brother,"
Peter Blair said.
Mr Blair said the family hoped a forensic
examination of the boat would answer all
of the questions that they had about the
Boat find realises family's worst fears
Mr Blair's boat Erie.
PICTURE: Department of Conservation
One of two Haast tokoeka kiwi receiving treatment at Wellington Zoo.
South Westland kiwi deaths a puzzle
One of New Zealand's
most colourful politicians
will share his plans for
'royalties for the regions'
at Grey Power meetings in
Greymouth and Hokitika
Winston Peters, who
was last on the West Coast
in January for the Kumara
Races, is pushing regional
Holcim Cement, Spring
Creek," he said, listing
West Coast businesses
where jobs had been lost
or were about to go.
"Looking at the resource
base (on the Coast), it's
pretty good. Why is it
(Coast economy) not
He traces the problem
back to 1984, and the
and lays the blame at
the feet of Treasury and
New Zealand First
proposed returning 25%
of mining royalties to the
regions, rather than it all
going to the Government.
at would bring more
money to the regions, and
also cushion them during
Peters on Coast tomorrow
Kim Fulton and Lee Scanlon
of the Westport News
Westport's new Integrated Family Health
Centre (IFHC) is expected to contain just one
maternity room, despite a local action group's
concerns that it will not be enough to allow
planned birthing to resume in Buller.
e West Coast District Health Board closed
Westport's Kawatiri Maternity Unit for planned
birthing last June, citing a midwife shortage and
e Kawatiri Action Group last week sought
an assurance from the DHB that the new
health centre would have at least two maternity
Spokeswoman Zalie Doyle said that without
two maternity beds, the likelihood of planned
birthing resuming in Westport was remote.
DHB programme director Michael Frampton
this week said the new IFHC was scheduled
to contain one labour delivery postpartum
recovery room, together with multi-use beds.
e DHB has previously said all the proposed
10 beds in the IFHC would be multi-use.
Mr Frampton said the current Grey Base
Hospital maternity service had two birthing
suites for over 300 births a year.
Buller currently has about 20 births a year,
despite Kawatiri being closed for birthing.
Kawatiri Action Group says the district has
at least 100 pregnancies a year.
Only one maternity room in new
Westport family health centre
of the Westport News
Buller ratepayers are facing an overall rate rise
of 3.6%, slightly more than last year's 3.2%.
Mayor Garry Howard said the new council had
taken a "back to basics" approach to the budget
for the 2014-15 nancial year. Rates could have
risen by over 10% if the council had continued to
do the same things, Mr Howard said.
e council is proposing to cut almost
$100,000 from the promotion and development
budget by scrapping the economic development
and marketing o cer's job and reducing and
contracting out promotion activity.
Mr Howard said other savings had been
achieved by council managers reviewing the
importance of some work and how it was carried
e long-term plan had proposed a rate
reduction of almost 3%, but that was always
going to be a huge challenge, Mr Howard
e council had also 'smoothed' last year's rate
rise by borrowing to avoid a double-digit increase.
e proposed rate rise will be included in the
draft annual plan expected to be approved at
next week's council meeting before going out for
Mr Howard said he was hoping for plenty
of submissions, particularly on the proposed
promotion and development rate cut. So far, the
feedback had been both for and against.
Some people had been concerned it was
the worst time to make a cut back, given the
downturn in the local economy.
Grey district residents are facing a general rate
rise of about 4%.
Buller ratepayers face
3.6% rate rise
Award-winning United States
television host Phil Keoghan has
credited his hard-working West Coast
grandparents for his achievements.
Keoghan, 46, received his New
Zealand Order of Merit insignia at an
investiture ceremony at Government
House, in Wellington yesterday.
"My rst thought went to my
grandparents (of Westport). It was like
a 'thank you' to them for giving me the
e Santa Monica-based host of the
Amazing Race donned a navy Prada
suit and blue tie for the occasion. He has
won nine Emmys as host and producer
of the show, and is also an ambassador
for multiple sclerosis. Yesterday he was
formally recognised for services as a
television presenter and to tourism.
"My parents came up from
Christchurch and my in-laws came
over from Sydney so that was wonderful
because we all got together as a family
last night," he said.
Keoghan, who grew up in Lincoln,
said he had strong memories of the
time he spent with his grandparents in
"My grandfather didn't get a chance to
go to school, and he became a mechanic.
My other grandfather was a carpenter
and my grandmother wasn't allowed to
go to college (university) because she
was a girl.
to re ect on the opportunities I
have as a result of my grandparents
creating opportunities for my parents."
US television host pays tribute
to Coast grandparents
West Coast community
groups will be judged at
the Trustpower National
Community Awards, to
be held in Invercargill
West Coast are district
winners the Buller
Cycling Club, West
Heritage Hokitika. e
supreme winner will take
to attend national
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