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An early morning vehicle fire in
Westport is being treated as arson.
Residents in the vicinity of the
Beach Road and Craddock Drive
intersection heard a loud bang that
sounded like a fuel explosion, about
2am. Upon investigation, a white
Ford Falcon ute was found to be on
fire. A police examination showed it
had probably been abandoned and
deliberately set alight.
Police track burglar
Greymouth police are
investigating the burglary of a
Cobden property some time
between midday on Monday and
4pm yesterday. The burglar forced
open the window of a shed at the
Firth Street property, and then
damaged a wall and the ceiling.
Police said items from the scene
would be forensically examined to
identify the offender.
Dooley steps down
Westport accountant Frank
Dooley, a director of Westland
Milk Products, will not be seeking
re-election to its board at the end
of this year. Mr Dooley said he
would be standing down when his
term finished in November, for
reasons he did not want to discuss
publicly. Directors used to ser ve
three-year terms at Westland Milk;
this was changing to a four-year
term system, he said. Mr Dooley has
been a director of Westland Milk
for four-and-a -half years. He is
also chairman of Buller Electricity,
deputy chairman of Pulse Energy
and a trustee and former chiarman
of Development West Coast.
— Westport News
Cloudy periods, patchy drizzle
Airports are often named in
honour of famous people to
recognise their achievements but
a sur vey has found that a majority
of children not only do not know
who the celebrated are but they
also think that a number of them
had totally different careers. One
in 10 of the children questioned
thought that former US President
Ronald Reagan was really Ronald
McDonald and footballing legend
George Best was the king of Great
Britain. British Airways quizzed
2000 adults and children on their
airport awareness. Additionally, 10%
of adults think Venetian explorer
Marco Polo was a fashion designer,
3% think Leonardo da Vinci was
the star of Titanic, and 2% believe
Mother Teresa founded website
Mumsnet. — Daily Mail
A Reefton woman was horrified
to find 1080 poisoned pellets
were dropped close to where she
was sitting yesterday — some
landing around her vehicle.
Tb Free NZ said today it was
looking into the situation.
Gwen Gardner and her sister
drove along Maori Gully Road,
at Kokiri, to look at some land.
They got out to have a coffee,
take photographs, and enjoy
some time in the sun when a
helicopter appeared and was soon
“right over the top of us” with a
Mrs Gardner said she initially
thought it was full of water,
and hoped they would not be
showered with water. Her sister
then realised it was 1080.
When they walked back to the
car, which was about 100m away,
she found three green pellets
lying alongside their vehicle.
She was “horrified” by the find.
“We came home as soon as we
saw 1080. We were not hit with
any, but what about the dust?”
Mrs Gardner said.
On the way home, they stopped
at the outdoor lodge near the
Anzco meatworks and found
children on the road. They
stopped and told them there was
poison on the road nearby.
When they got back to Reefton,
the women washed their clothes
Mrs Gardner said she had a
“metallic” taste in her mouth. This
morning, she called the Poisons
Centre and was told that because
she was feeling well, there was
probably no need to act. Someone
had earlier suggested blood tests.
Mrs Gardner said today she was
not an anti-1080 activist, though
she did not like the poison.
A week ago, the Department
of Conservation — which was
not responsible for the Tb Free
operation yesterday — got a
formal warning when 1080 bait
dropped over the Nydia Track
area in the Marlborough Sounds
almost hit a couple of walkers.
Kaiuma Bay residents Simon
and Carol Caley told the Nelson
Mail they were almost hit with
1080 bait pellets during a walk in
The report found that “bait fell
near some people on the track”.
Meanwhile, another poison
drop got under way yesterday
in the hills around Marsden,
just metres from suburban
After complaints about a sign
close to a homeowner who had
not been notified of the drop, a Tb
Free New Zealand spokeswoman
said it had been placed at an
identified entrance point to the
Kaiata possum control operation.
Ben Aulakh and Westport News
Reefton is set to lose 60 jobs at the
Oceana Gold mine, and is bracing
for the end of mining there towards
the end of next year.
When the Globe Progress Mine
is put into ‘care and maintenance’ in
2015, staff numbers will plummet
from 240 currently, to just six.
The trans-Tasman miner told
Reefton staff on Tuesday that about
60 of them would lose their jobs as
a result of poor world gold prices
affecting the mine’s profitability.
About 100 of the 240 workers at
Globe Progress currently commute
from Greymouth to work at the
Oceana Gold investor relations
manager Sam Pazuki said most of the
job cuts would be mining operations
He said that when they revised the
Reefton mine plan a year ago they
had included a substantial decrease in
movements, beginning next month.
The winding down of mining is not
When the mine was commissioned
in 2007 its lifespan was put at about
At the time, Buller Cr Graeme
Neylon, of Reefton, said: “I don’t
think anyone really expected it (the
mine) would go on forever.”
In 2011 Oceana started a
recruitment drive to hire 100 more
miners for both Reefton and the
Macraes Flat mine, in Otago.
It also carried out exploratory
work to extend the life of the
possibility of an underground
At the time Oceana chief operating
officer Mark Cadzow said the current
life of the mine was to 2016.
In late June last year Oceana
announced the mine would be put
into care and maintenance until the
price of gold improved.
That would mean production would
be cut by 110,000 ounces between
2015 and 2017, to achieve significant
A previous Reefton mine manager
said last year that it would probably
only need about six staff for the care
and maintenance work.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Mosman Oil and Gas director John Young, left, country manager Graeme Alexander, chairman John Barr and technical director Andy Carroll check over some
core samples at their oil drilling site near Kotuku, in the Lake Brunner area, yesterday. The drill, seen in the background, will be sunk only 300-400m at this site,
famous over the past century for the surface oil seeps. Samples retrieved are analysed for traces of hydro carbon, but it is not yet known if there is enough oil in
the area to justify commercial extraction. “It ’s too early to tell, we’re halfway through the first of three wells,” Mr Barr said. Work got under way a week ago.
Falling gold price costs 60 Reefton jobs
A group of people — including two
men and a woman from Kumara — were
expected to appear in the Greymouth
District Court this afternoon on a raft
of charges after allegedly leading police
on a high speed chase in a stolen car.
Two men aged 21 and 19, and two
women aged 18, were arrested in
Kumara on Wednesday night after
Hokitika police found a white Nissan
Bluebird which had been reported
stolen from Oamaru, at a Kumara
Two people were charged with
unlawfully getting into a vehicle.
The Greymouth Star understands the
pair were among half a dozen people
arrested in Otago on Monday night for
stealing a car from Christchurch, which
is also believed to have been involved in
a petrol drive-off.
The six offenders were remanded
when they made a brief appearance in
the D unedin District Court, to appear
in the Christchurch and Greymouth
However, soon after they were set free
two of the group were alleged to have
stolen the Nissan Bluebird, which was
involved in a police pursuit north of
Glenavy, in Otago.
The pursuit was abandoned after
speeds of more than 150kph were
The Greymouth Star understands that
further charges were to be laid today.
Kumara trio in police drama
Oil drillers plumb Kotuku seep
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