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A team of army engineers and
support personnel from Burnham
Army Camp arrived in Whataroa
on Thursday afternoon. Defence
Minister Jonathan Coleman said
the NZDF was providing assistance
to the community in the wake of
the recent significant storm damage.
“ I asked the NZDF to provide
appropriate assistance to Whataroa
to help with the extensive clean-
up following the recent storm,”
Dr Coleman said. “Nine NZDF
personnel are currently on the
ground in Whataroa working with
the local council to assess what
needs to be done. ” They were later
boosted by a team of 16 engineers
and support personnel from the 1
NZ Brigade. “Forestry has been
flattened and there is a huge amount
of clearing up to do. It is a major
job,” Dr Coleman said.
Rain, hail, sunshine and snow —
Reefton weatherman Tony Fortune
today brings up his half century
of recording the town’s weather
highlights and lowlights. Mr
Fortune has faithfully kept record
of the weather over the years with
“never a day missed”. He recalled
the weather on his first day : high
cloud, 49degF (9.4degC), a warm
front and rain in the afternoon with
northerlies. Even after 50 years
he still has the same passion for
weather he had when he first started
as a teenager. “Every time I see a
front coming it is very exciting.”
Photographer Olivia Locher
has created the most striking
photographs based on bizarre,
outdated and downright ridiculous
American laws. The pictures form
part of her ongoing photo series I
Fought The Law. Here are some
of our favourites: In Alabama it is
illegal to have an ice-cream cone
in your back pocket at all times;
In Utah no one may walk down
the street carrying a paper bag
containing a violin; In Wisconsin
it is illegal to ser ve apple pie in
public restaurants without cheese;
In Rhode Island it is illegal to wear
transparent clothing; In Texas it is
illegal for children to have unusual
haircuts; In Maine it is unlawful
to tickle women under the chin
with a feather duster; In California
nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle
in a swimming pool; In Kansas it
is illegal to ser ve wine in teacups.
Greymouth and Westport have been
cracking down and educating freedom
campers over the past summer, but
Hokitika is still without a bylaw after a
failed attempt two years ago.
Grey District Council compliance
team manager Kevin Hebberd said
they expected to have more than 300
infringements over the summer period.
They had issued 135 infringements
in January, 96 in February, 80 in March
and expected about 60 for April.
The falling numbers were due to the
seasonal nature of freedom camping
rather than fewer people offending.
However, he was pleased that more
people were complying with the rules.
In February, the Grey council
recorded 346 compliant vehicles and
398 in March.
“ I think what is happening is more
rental companies are coming on board
with certification and getting their act
together,” Mr Hebberd said.
Most of the offenders now were
travelling in private vehicles such as
stationwagons or ‘people movers’.
“They are foreigners, they buy a
cheap car, throw a mattress in the back
and tour the country.”
The worst offenders were those who
went to the toilet in the bush nearby;
rubbish being left behind was not such
a big issue, he said.
“More of them are more conscious
than you expect.”
Often it was locals who were the
ones leaving rubbish behind.
Travellers were becoming more aware
of the rules, although the freedom
camping rule differences between
districts often made it confusing for
Buller District Council compliance
and emergency team leader Atila de
Oliveira said the past summer had
presented similar numbers and similar
issues as previous years, but the main
problem was the non-self-contained
vans parking around the beach and
Like in Greymouth the main
offenders dumping rubbish were
actually the locals, not the campers.
Mr de Oliveira said infringements
were only issued in hard situations,
and over the past month only five were
Whenever the council received a
complaint through its call centre they
approached campers with a pamphlet
and explained the rules.
Mr de Oliveira said they had issued
22 invoices of $50, which covered the
cost of the call, and all had been paid.
The council had attended 40 calls since
Most times the campers had only
recently arrived in New Zealand, he
Westland District Council currently
has no enforcement after being forced
into an embarrassing backdown with
its former freedom camping bylaw.
environment group manager Jim
Ebenhoh said staff were currently
considering whether a revised bylaw
Mr Ebenhoh said campers were
parking in previously banned areas, but
he believed most people were obeying
the revoked bylaw.
“ I think they ’re generally avoiding
the signposted ‘no camper van’ areas,
like the Hokitika beachfront car park.
I think people are respecting the
council’s policy, which is still in place
without the supporting bylaw, and the
signs they see,” Mr Ebenhoh said.
“There may be campers in non-self-
contained vehicles as well, which is
possibly more of a concern because of
300 freedom campers pinged in crackdown
A West Coast activist group of self-
appointed anti-1080 “ watchdogs” who
have taken a test case to court cannot
proceed without paying $25,000, the
Environment Court has ruled.
Te Whare o te Kaitiaki Ngahere made
57 allegations against 39 people, around
the use of the poison.
Group spokesman Danny Lane, of
Hari Hari, said they were appealing.
The Environment Court ruling said
that all parties were likely to incur “very
considerable costs in these proceedings”.
Tb Free NZ has applied for security
of costs of $12,000, the West Coast
Regional Council says its costs are likely
to be $97,400 but has asked for $20,000
security, and the director-general of
conser vation $5000, Epro $18,835, and
helicopter pilot Chris Cowan $5000.
Most parties are arguing that the
group’s application lacks merit, is
unfocused and unlikely to succeed.
They claim the wording of the court
case is “repetitious, convoluted” and
They claim Te Whare’s recent bank
statement showed a balance of just
$56.91 and the group already owes an
unpaid cost of $10,000.
But Te Whare says security of costs
would discriminate against people on
It also said its argument was advanced
“on behalf of the people of the West
“It is acting in a watchdog capacity for
the community at large...”
Environment Judge D A Kirkpatrick,
said there was credible evidence that,
further down the line, if costs were
awarded then Te Whare would not be
able to pay, which meant security of
costs should be paid.
Last year, Environment Court
Judge Jane Borthwick
Te Whare o te Kaitiaki Ngahere to
pay costs to the State-owned Animal
Control Products Ltd, which supplies
the 1080 pellets.
Court tells 1080 group to cough up
Hundreds honour the Anzacs in Greymouth
World War Two veteran Bob Dowie, left, and Greymouith RSA president Mick Collins, stand solemly before the centotaph during the Greymouth Anzac
Day dawn ser vice, yesterday. More than 300 people gathered for the dawn parade to remember the Anzacs. People of all ages attended the service and left their
poppies at the foot of the cenotaph as the sun rose.
The Greymouth Heritage Trust
conceded at special meeting of
the Grey District Council on
Thursday that the great winds of
April 17 had blown away all hopes
of saving the historic goods shed
on Gresson Street.
The 109-year-old shed, which
was once the entry and exit point
for all the goods railed into and
out of town, had withstood all
Mother Nature could throw at it
in the past including earthquakes,
floods and tornadoes but it was in
a dilapidated condition and the
tail of Cyclone Ita finished it off.
Last December, the council
agreed to sell the shed to the
Greymouth Heritage Trust for
restoration, but that decision was
rescinded when the trust said
at the special meeting that it
could no longer afford both the
purchase price (about $170,000)
plus the cost of repairs under
the new conditions set by the
council which involved all existing
cladding being removed within a
week and total repairs, including
the realignment of the structure,
completed within six weeks.
The new decision on the books is
that the council proceeds with the
demolition of the shed as soon as
practicable, funding the work from
the insurance settlement.
Heritage Trust spokesman Paul
Schramm, said the group had
held ambitious plans for the shed,
but the new developments had
The trust had funding in place
for the restoration, but the extra
damage upped the ante.
Had the council been prepared
to gift the shed to the trust the
restoration could continue, but the
Heritage Group could not afford
to pay $170,000 for the shed and
then complete the repairs within
the new time constraints set by the
Another Heritage Trust member,
Stewart Nimmo, said that the
storm had robbed the town of a
reminder of its rich heritage.
“I’m in shock and, very sad,
we were really excited about
this project but things beyond
our control have put it over the
“It’s so sad. It’s a missed
opportunity for our town. If I had
the money (for the purchase) I
would put my hand in my pocket.”
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said the
demolition would be a careful one
and anything worth saving would
be put aside for possible use in
In anticipation of the demolition,
port operations have been
relocated to the council’s yard on
Weather permitting, it is
expected the demolition will
commence on Monday.
Until the demolition is complete
the site will remain closed to the
public. Future options for the site
will be considered by the council
in due course.
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