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Thieves have recently stolen about
200 litres of diesel from a fuel tank
at a work site at Awatuna. Hokitika
police would like to hear from
anyone who noticed suspicious
activity in the area over the past few
Weta photos wanted
Massey University entomologists
have called on those brave enough
to capture specimens and photos
of New Zealand’s creepiest of
crawlies — the weta. Massey’s
Ecology Group has launched the
Weta Geta website filled with photos
and information on how to identify
New Zealand’s orthoptera such as
grasshoppers, crickets and especially
weta. They are inviting members
of the public to send in photos of
weta to help Massey researchers
classify new and existing species
and catalogue their whereabouts.
Associate professor in evolutionary
ecology Steve Trewick said the team
was primarily looking for photos of
peculiar looking weta. “ In the past
we’ve had people send in some pretty
grizzly packages, so we’re advising
people to send us a photo first and
kill the insect by putting it in a jar
and freezing it. We’ll look at the
photo and send out the appropriate
packaging for the insect to be posted
to us.” New Zealand is home to
70 known species of weta, but Dr
Trewick said very little was known
about them. ” You can view the
website at wetageta.massey.ac .nz.
Arrivals: Brid Voyager. Departures:
One Greymouth vessel. In port:
Brid Voyager, Tainui, Christina,
Electra, Garraway, Happy V, Tawera,
Aquila, 24 other vessels. Expected
arrivals: Galatea II, Monday; Cook
Canyon, Tuesday; Ocean Odyssey,
Wednesday; Jay Elaine, Thursday.
(Opposite Dixon Park)
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Treasured memories of
a beautiful soul at rest
Loved and missed
every day by family and
memory of a much
loved brother, brother-
in-law, uncle and friend.
We often think of bygone
When we were all
The family chain is
Tammie and the late
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Kelsie and Charlotte.
Quality care for
our community for
over 50 years
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Why have your
loved ones taken
away from the Coast
The only Greymouth
Left us six
years ago today.
Death leaves a heart-
No one can heal.
Love leaves a memory,
No one can steal.
special son, father,
grandad and brother
Love Mum and Dad,
BJ, Jolene and Byron,
Trevor and Sue, Ian and
Vicky and families.
Conservationists say allowing trees
uprooted in the big April storm to be
harvested off the conser vation estate
could flood the market, and the sight
of chainsaws would not sit well with
Conservation Minister Nick Smith
has asked officials to look into allowing
some harvesting, saying the storm
destruction on the West Coast had been
National Party West Coast-Tasman
candidate Maureen Pugh has suggested
that the Department of Conservation
should permit approved timber
companies to retrieve the valuable
windthrow logs — except for national
parks — pay DOC and reinvest the
money in conser vation.
conser vationist Gerry
McSweeney said the markets may not
be there for some timber.
Kahikatea, for instance, had no
significant commercial market and it
decomposed when it came into contact
Rimu was already being used by some
select companies, and flooding the
market would devalue their products.
“They are selling a rare product.”
Totara could already be used for
cultural purposes, he said.
Rather than a kneejerk reaction, it
was time for a measured one which
considered existing producers, Dr
spokeswoman Eugenie Sage said
windthrow was part of nature’s cycle
and the forest ecosystem.
Standing dead trees provided nesting
holes for kaka and parakeets and other
hole nesting species, and rotting trees
on the forest floor had a crucial role in
recycling nutrients back into forest soils.
“In West Coast forests most of the
nutrients are in the trees. Fallen trees
are home to a range of insects and
fungi and provide ideal moist sites for
seedlings to establish and the forest to
“Conser vation lands are the basis
of the West Coast tourism industry.
Opening them up to chainsaws,
to tourists that we are not serious about
protecting nature,” Ms Sage said.
Allowing logging on conservation
land would be “the top of a slippery
Meanwhile, DOC says it has come
to an arrangement with West Coast
Conser vation services director north
and western South Island region, Mike
Slater, said because trees had fallen on
roads throughout the region DOC had
come to an arrangement with councils
that ensured fallen native trees on roads
could be cleared as soon as possible to
Many of the trees were from road
reserves, though some had fallen from
adjoining public conser vation land.
“The native trees (primarily beech
and rimu) are being stored while it is
determined whether they are from road
reserve or public conservation land.
Once their origin has been determined,
they are being offered for sale to
sawmillers. The revenue will go to the
council, in the case of road reserve trees,
and the Crown in the case of those from
public conser vation land,” Mr Slater
trees could f lood market
The search is on for
the West Coast ’s most
Nominations are now
open for the 2014 Office
Max A Day Made Better
programme: a search
for the country’s most
and intermediate school
Fifteen winners will be
selected and receive $1000
worth of Office Max arts
and crafts, stationery and
office supplies for their
Previous winners from
the Nelson, Marlborough,
Tasman and West Coast
region have included:
Craig Adams and
Deborah Forsyth from
Westport South School,
and Quentin Jaimeson
from Karamea Area
Office Max New
Zealand general manager
education Dr Suzanne
Flannagan said the
the number of passionate
and dedicated teachers in
Nominations close on
July 4, and recipients will
be thanked with a surprise
celebration in September.
Winners will be selected
by a judging panel
which includes members
from the New Zealand
Principals, teachers and
can nominate primary
or intermediate school
teachers through the
Search on for
Coast ’s best
Dave Hogwood and Rob Ward, of David Browne Contractors, prepare
the flue to be attached to the new 750KW coal-fired boiler in place at the
Grey District Aquatic Centre. The original boiler was lifted out through the
roof on Tuesday and the new one lowered in. Grey District Aquatic Centre
manager Bruce Russell said the next few days would be spent configuring the
connections to the new boiler before it could be started up. The pool is due to
reopen to the public on May 19.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Boiler installation work commences
of the Hokitika Guardian
The first sod has been turned on Ngai
Tahu’s latest multi-million development
at Franz Josef Glacier.
Site clearance has begun for the new
$1.5 million base for Franz Josef Glacier
Guides, with the $2.3 million i-Site and
Department of Conservation area office
to go alongside.
Ngai Tahu Tourism West Coast acting
regional general manager Steve Lester
said the company was carrying out the
earthworks ahead of letting the tender for
the first phase of the building work in the
The new complex will merge with Ngai
Tahu’s existing $8m Glacier Hot Pools
complex, in Cron Street, at the northern
end of the township in a deliberate move
away from the Alpine Fault zone covering
much of the existing village.
Mr Lester said the site would then
be blessed by Makaawhio iwi before
construction begins on the new guiding
The DOC and i-Site building — to
replace the current earthquake risk DOC
headquarters and information centre — is
continuing through the consent process.
Both buildings are expected to be
completed by Christmas.
Ngai Tahu Tourism’s $24m five-star Te
Waonui Forest Retreat also forms part of
the newly developed area.
The Westland District Council declared
a fault rupture avoidance zone over the
township three years ago, preventing all
new building or extensions to existing
buildings with the ‘quake avoidance zone’.
The District Plan change formalising
the avoidance zone is still to be finalised
and has yet to go to a hearing.
Ngai Tahu Franz Josef
Dixon House residents were treated to a musical visit by Centrestage singers in an early celebration of Mother’s Day,
with a lipstick and pearls afternoon tea yesterday. The seniors were given a special afternoon tea and some of the staff
even got in on the act, performing a lip sync as the ‘Pink Pearls’.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Music treat for Dixon House residents
State highway 6 through
the Haast Pass was reopened
The highway was closed on
Wednesday after heavy rain
brought down a new slip at the
problematic Diana Falls site,
where work is still being done to
stabilise a major slip which came
down in September.
New Zealand Transport
Agency senior network manager
Mark Pinner said about 150
cubic metres of rock and other
material was cleared off the road
The time available for motorists
to travel the route is to be reduced
by two hours each day from next
Because of work on the slip,
the highway between Haast
and Makarorahas been closed at
night and open between 8am and
6pm. But Mr Pinner said from
Monday the highway would
open at 9am and close at 5pm.
“The changes in opening hours
are adirect result of the onset
of winter and shorter daylight
hours. This is making conditions
at the site unsafe for both our
contractors and road users.”
Mr Pinner said poor light made
it difficult for contractors to see
what was happening on the slip
“The topography of the site is
such that even in daylight, light
levels are particularly gloomy
at the site early morning and
“This is also having an impact
on the safety for our contractors
climbing up and off the slip face
each day. ”
Mr Pinner said work was on
schedule and installation of the
first debris fence was expected to
start next month.
completed by September, he said.
However, weather would be
a significant factor inachieving
this date, Mr Pinner said.
— Otago Daily Times
Haast Pass reopens after heavy rain
A former Hokitika man claimed in
the Greymouth District Court this
week that he had not stolen a $5000
mountainbike but “found it” on the
banks of the Hokitika River.
Graeme Ronald Booth-Apperley,
41, told Judge Gary MacAskill that
he would not plead guilty to theft
but would own up to a charge of
receiving because he knew that the
bike’s owner would be looking for it,
but he took it anyway.
After Judge MacAskill said that
deliberately depriving an owner of
goods was theft anyway, Booth-
Apperley, now of Wellington,
admitted the original charge.
The court heard that a Q ueenstown
man had left his three mountainbikes
with a total value of $8100, locked
together outside a backpackers
on Christmas night, 2013. When
he awoke, the bikes were gone,
including the $5000 Merinda model.
On January 7, police visiting
Booth-Apperley ’s address on an
unrelated matter noticed a Merinda
frame and parts at the property.
They returned the following day
armed with a search warrant and
seized the bike, which had been
completely stripped down by Booth-
Apperley, who said he knew that he
should have delivered the bike to
police when he found it.
Reparation of $2500 was sought
for parts of the bike that were not
Judge MacAskill ordered Booth-
Apperley to pay that sum off at $40 a
week and also sentenced him to 150
hours of community work.
The judge said Booth-Apperley
had a long criminal history, including
the attempted theft in May 2013 of
a $17,000 gold nugget, which he
took from display at The Gold Room
in Hokitika. That theft was thwarted
when the shop owner gave chase and
tackled him before he could flee on
The nugget was dislodged from
his grasp, but, while the owner
was retrieving it, Booth-Apperley
made good his escape. He was later
arrested, mildly intoxicated.
Thief claims he ‘found’ $5000 mountainbike
A camper van leaving the
Aspiring Court Motor
Park at Haast yesterday
damaged the power outlet
when the visitors forgot
to unplug the cord. Senior
constable Mike Tinnelly,
of Greymouth police, said
there was some damage to
the fittings. A spokesman
for the motor park said
it was no big deal: “ This
kind of thing happens
from time to time”.
The Barrytown Hall
community will hold a
working bee tomorrow.
Those interested in
lending a hand are urged
to turn up at 10.30am
with any tools they have.
There will also be a shared
lunch and people should
bring a plate.
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