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After months of debate, plans to move the
Pioneer Statue into the centre of downtown
Hokitika were set in concrete yesterday.
By a majority vote, the Westland District
Council sealed the fate of the 100-year-old
monument, which will be restored and then
shifted to a new site in the middle of the
Tancred and Weld Street roundabout.
However, the move is on condition that the
concept first gains full external funding.
Jacquie Grant, who proposed the move,
fronted up at the council meeting yesterday
supported by about six residents. She put the
cost of both the restoration and relocation
at $30,000, with pledges for labour already
Part of the concept also includes moving
an existing lamp post, donated by the
pioneering Havill family, to the nearby traffic
island and erecting two more replica lights at
spaced inter vals along Weld Street.
In its entirety it would vastly improve the
streetscape, Ms Grant said.
“It is looking drab, its actually looking
bloody disgusting to be honest.”
Images of the overgrown gardens, broken
pavements and other statues in disrepair
around the central business district were also
presented to councillors, who largely agreed
with the second part of Ms Grant ’s proposal
involving restoration of all other monuments
and statues in town.
Cr Jim Butzbach said the restoration or
maintenance of the statues had come up
many times but had always been deferred
He led the motion
that Ms Grant ’s
concept be approved.
“I quite like the
concept and now I’ve
had it fully explained
to me it would
probably sit quite
well in that spot,” Cr
That view was
echoed by Deputy
Mayor Pauline Cox.
“It brings some
vibrancy to the street
and brightens it
move did not sit
well with everyone.
Cr Murray Montagu said the monument
should be kept where it was to maintain its
historic value at a site chosen specifically at
the time. He recorded his vote against the
shift, as did Cr Anthea Keenan.
“I have major concerns about the efforts
the 150th committee put into this,” Cr
Keenan said. “Now we get another proposal
on the table and we haven’t performed the
same consequences. To me it is double
Two months ago the council asked the
Hokitika Goldrush 150 committee to get
public support for its proposal to relocate the
statue to outside the Carnegie Gallery, out
of the path of vandals, as part of the town’s
sesquicentennial celebrations in December.
However, last month the Goldrush
committee conceded those efforts in favour
of seeing the statue remain at the Fitzherbert
Street plot where it had stood since 1914,
and improving the amenity.
The group had also been allocated the
entire $10,000 of the council’s statue
maintenance budget to help with the
Councillors did a u-turn on that
arrangement yesterday, and decided instead
to transfer the money back into the general
pool for all statues.
They also ruled that the Pioneer Statue
relocation project be brought under the
control of the engineering department.
Downtown move for Pioneer Statue
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Dr Peter Trolove
(Betty). — The Arnott
family would like to
thank everyone for their
support and kindness in
the loss of our loved
mum, mum-in-law and
grandma. We would
especially like to thank
the nurses and staff at
Kahurangi Unit, Grey
Hospital for caring for
Betty over the last six
years. Please accept this
as a personal acknow-
ledgment of your kind-
James. — Passed away
tragically on Wednesday
May 21, 2014, at Reef-
ton as the result of an
accident. In his 67th
Loved and cherished
husband of the late
Marieta and the late
Ruth. Beloved father
of Tony (Nelson), and
Sarah (Nelson). cherish-
ed grandad of Harley,
Shayden, Luke, and
Emma, and a loved and
“Now with his Lord
Messages to 2/4 Kew
Nelson 7020. A Service
to celebrate Bob's life
will be held in St
Church, Reefton on
Monday at 2pm. He will
then be laid to rest at the
Burke's Creek. Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
The Auditor General says the West Coast
District Health Board is on intensive
monitoring, noting the impact of staff
The budget was $114.6 million last year,
rising to $116 million this year.
As of March 1, 2014, 10 DHBs were on
standard monitoring and 10 were being
monitored more closely; the West Coast
DHB was put on intensive monitoring.
“ We changed the grade for the West Coast
DHB’s financial information systems and
controls from ‘good’ in 2011-12 to ‘needs
improvement ’ in 2012-13,” the report said.
“Internal controls and processes in the main
financial systems had not been consistently
applied during the year because of several
staff changes within the financial team and
because resources were stretched.”
The Coast board also reported on the results
of specific disparities between Maori and
non-Maori performance and “how disparities
are changing over time”.
Collectively, DHBs spend about $5.7 billion
a year on ser vices from third parties, such as
primary health organisations and other non-
governmental organisations. The auditors
found that boards had limited controls over
the performance information reported to
them by third parties. For example, DHBs
did not check the reported information to
ensure that it was reliable.
They also found most DHBs still need
to improve their information technology
security (such as password controls) and that
many did not have business continuity and
disaster recovery plans.
Coast DHB under intensive monitoring
Greymouth High School assisted learning students Luke Connell, left, Peter Stewart-Stubbs, Matthew Hunt and Zach
Burgess-Short prepare to serve diners at the combined churches lunch, at the Baptist Church Hall on Tuesday. The menu comprised
potato-topped chicken pie served with peas and carrots, and butterscotch pudding with cream. The lunches are held each Tuesday
and anyone is welcome at the cost of a gold coin donation.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Students ser ve lunch
A reinstated dog exercise
area at the back of the
new Greymouth sewerage
plant could be open to the
public by the beginning of
The Preston Road site
was cleared to make
way for the sewerage
development, but Grey
District Council utilities
engineer Kurtis Perrin-
Smith said the area would
be reinstated on a site at
the back of the plant.
It would be either
similar in size or slightly
smaller than the exercise
area located on the site
depending on how much
room was available.
Mr Perrin-Smith said
work would begin in the
coming weeks, and he
hoped the site would be
ready for the public to use
again between the end of
July or early August.
The sewerage plant itself
is set to be commissioned
Reinstated dog exercise area
could be open in August
Reser ve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler with Development West Coast
business support manager Nelia Heersink, about to attend a business luncheon at
Shantytown yesterday. Mr Wheeler, a previous managing director of operations
at the World Bank, was guest speaker at the function specifically addressing the
New Zealand economy and outlook, and how it relates to the West Coast. “ The
West Coast has led the rest of New Zealand in the past five years. I think the
future prospects for the West Coast are positive,” Mr Wheeler said.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Reser ve Bank Governor visits Greymouth
The Green Party will hit the West
Coast-Tasman electorate this weekend
to begin its ‘on the ground ’ campaign,
part of a nationwide day of action
aimed at increasing the party vote in
this year’s election.
The Green Party final candidate list
will also be publicly released on Sunday.
“Personally I will be joining a team
volunteers door-knocking in
Greymouth to discuss with voters
the Green Party vision for a smarter,
greener, fairer New Zealand and gather
support for the party vote,” list MP
Kevin Hague said.
“ Teams will be doing the same in
several other centres throughout the
electorate, and I will be working in
these locations, too, in the coming
The Greens want to win at least 15%
of the party vote in the election on
Following the door-knocking, Mr
Hague will be in Greymouth next
week to host a meeting on public
health, where he will speak about the
challenges in health and health care,
and Green Party solutions, including
a focus on preventing illness before it
“I’ll be meeting with people who work
in the health sector and the general
public to talk about health issues in
“The simple fact is that the current
Government has avoided the big issues
in health. They have taken the approach
of not rocking the boat in the short
term, but all that ’s going to lead to is
much bigger problems in the future.
They ’re not putting in enough money,
and what they are putting in they ’re
spending on the wrong things.”
He will be hosting the Westport
meeting on Wednesday, May 28 and
the Greymouth meeting the following
Greens go door knocking
A series of cold fronts
are forecast to cross
the South Island this
coldest air arriving later
on Sunday and snow
likely to near sea level in
the deep south.
The Metservice says
affect the higher roads
and passes tomorrow,
especially the Milford
Road, with significant
during Sunday, which
disruptions. The snow
levels will lower during
the day and are expected
down to near sea level in
the far south by evening.
possible on Sunday in
the south of the South
Island, and strong to
gale force south to
south-west winds which
will add to the bitterly
cold temperatures and
could lead to blizzard
conditions about the
hills with localised snow
“This is likely to be a
significant event for parts
of Fiordland, Southland,
Otago, the Canterbury
high country, higher parts
of Westland and possibly
Buller,” the Metservice
People should prepare
conditions and possible
travel disruptions. It
warned farmers to move
An image of Weld Street, showing the Pioneer Statue
superimposed in its new position, with additional street lamps.
The tiny, flightless kiwi does not share its
closest ancestors with the Australian emu
as previously thought, but with the massive
Madagascan elephant bird which weighed
in at up to 275kg and stood as high as 3m.
New DNA research at the University of
Adelaide, published in the journal Science
today, overturns previous thinking on the
ancestry of New Zealand ’s national bird.
Research published late last year suggested
the kiwi — which weighs up to 3.3kg —
may have descended from the same bird as
the emu, raising hackles among patriotic
However, one of the authors of the new
study, Professor Alan Cooper, a New
Zealander who has been researching kiwi
for about 25 years, says advances in DNA
techniques meant they could finally map
the entire genome of mitochondrial DNA
taken from bones of the elephant bird,
That showed the Madagascan giant, the
largest bird ever to have lived and which
became extinct in about the 17th Century,
was actually the closest relative of the
“ Which is about as bizarre a finding as we
could get,” Prof Cooper said.
“If I had to guess of all the ratite birds
which one the Madagascan elephant bird
was going to be closely related to the kiwi
would have been the last, by a mile.”
The finding also offers new insight on the
evolution of ratites, which have puzzled
scientists for about 150 years.
Ratites are found only in the southern
hemisphere and include ostriches, emus,
cassowaries, rhea, kiwi and the extinct
Prof Cooper said the flightless birds
had been the “poster child for continental
movement ”, where it was believed they
originated in the southern supercontinent
Gondwana, before it began to break up
about 130 million to 50 million years ago
and the birds then evolved separately.
However, recent research suggests ratite
species — then about the size of a partridge
— were able to fly.
There was a window of time — maybe
about 10 million years — between the
disappearance of the dinosaurs and the
emergence of mammals, when the ratites
seized the opportunity to become big
They dispersed around the southern
hemisphere and evolved into the similar
forms that are seen today.
“ When you look at them now — we have
always thought of the ratites as being of
a large, flightless form slightly divergent
from one another — but they actually had
completely independently come up with
that idea,” Mr Cooper said.
While most ratites became large, the
kiwi remained small because it arrived in
New Zealand after the moa and could not
compete — so evolved to eat insects at night.
Prof Cooper said his initial Phd work in
the 1990s had shown the kiwi was closer
to the cassowary and emu than it was to its
compatriot, the moa.
“It’s taken me 20 years to fix the picture,
for which I am obviously very apologetic.”
Prof Cooper said he had been to nearly 20
museums around the world unsuccessfully
trying to extract useful DNA from elephant
But the technology advance in DNA
extraction meant he was able to go back to
the elephant bird bones he had first tested
at Wellington’s Victoria University in 1994.
Two men have been arrested and
a cache of firearms and night vision
goggles seized in relation to the poaching
and butchering of stags in the Ross area.
Information from the public led
police to the poachers, and a search of
a Kaniere address recently uncovered a
haul of hunting gear including purpose-
built firearms, catching bags designed
to collect rifle shells that had been fired,
night vision equipment and thousands
of rounds of ammunition.
Ross police received complaints of
deer having been shot at two separate
locations on April 15 and 16.
In the first incident a pet trophy stag
owned by The Bushman Centre, at
Pukekura, was shot, the head removed
and the carcase left in the paddock. The
animal was shot only metres from where
tourists had been camping.
In the second incident, two stags were
shot on a farm at Butlers block, north of
Ross. One of the animals was taken away
by the poachers, however the second
animal had the head removed and the
rest of the carcase was left in scrub.
Police received information from the
public which led to a search warrant
being executed at a Kaniere property.
Police seized a number of firearms,
including four illegally possessed MSSA
or E-Cat firearms, two of which had
purpose-built ‘round catching bags’
designed to not leave any shells behind.
Another had been modified to run a
subsonic and silent round. All of the
firearms had large silencers. Police also
recovered numerous sets of night vision
equipment and thousands of rounds
of ammunition and other tactical type
A 30-year-old man and a 56-year-
old man have been charged with
illegal hunting under the Wild Animal
Control Act, theft and illegal possession
of e-cat firearms. They will appear in the
Greymouth District Court on June 26.
Police today thanked the public for the
information received and urged anyone
else with information about illegal
hunting to come for ward.
The penalties under the Wild Animals
Control Act for poaching have recently
increased significantly from a previous
maximum fine of $500 to the new
maximum of $100,000 and two years’
Scientists prove kiwi was not an Australian immigrant
The Madagascan elephant bird, left, and
The driver of the logging truck that
plunged 30m into the upper Buller
River near Murchison yesterday remains
in a stable condition in the intensive care
unit at Nelson Hospital.
A raft, jetboat and a swimmer took
part in the two-hour rescue. The driver,
a 53-year-old Nelson man, was trapped
by his legs in the wreckage after crashing
3km north of Murchison township.
The truck had been travelling south
on State highway 6 about 10am when
it failed to take a bend, crashed through
a fence, across a paddock and over a
30m bank into the river, sergeant Rob
Logging truck crash driver stable
Torrential rain overnight brought
down a number of new slips on the
Haast Pass, again closing State highway
6 at the Diana Falls slip today.
The NZ Transport Agency senior
network manager Mark Pinner said
more than 120mm of rain fell in the area
overnight and it was still raining this
“This has resulted in rocks and material
on the highway at the Diana Falls slip
site, and also a number of trees and other
small slips down on the highway from
Haast township to Makarora.
“Conditions are such that our geotech
experts are unable to get on to the slip
face at this stage to complete a thorough
inspection of what is happening on site.
We need to ensure the slip face has
stabilised before our contractors can
begin to clear the highway,” Mr Pinner
It was unlikely the road would reopen
today if the bad weather conditions
continued as forecast.
“ We apologise for the inconvenience
and disruption this will cause to travel
plans but our top priority will always
be the safety of road users and our
contractors,” he said.
New slips close Haast Pass
The cow walked off but the car that
hit it on Taylorville Road last night did
not fare so well. Greymouth police said
the windscreen was smashed but the
the driver uninjured in the 10.30pm
Car collides with cow
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