Home' Greymouth Star : June 16th 2014 Contents 3
A peek inside
Greymouth Police Station
Queen marks 88th
birthday in style
$1 (Home Delivery 75c)
MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014
Est. 1866 Phone 769 7900
offered for Miners’
The Runanga Miners’ Hall
restoration project has been offered
native trees blown over by Cyclone
Ita to help replace the floor that
was left damaged by the very same
windstorm. The hall is under threat
of demolition, and is subject to
a ratepayers’ ballot, although the
Runanga Miners’ Hall Restoration
Committee hopes to save it. Project
co-ordinator Paul Kearns told a
public meeting on Wednesday the
Department of Conservation had
confirmed that the hall would be able
to use some of the heart rimu and
heart matai timber brought down in
the storm. However, the logs would
be unmilled and the committee
would have to organise the milling
themselves. Mr Kearns said they also
had approval that the current floor
could be recycled into other areas of
More Reefton job
losses to come
Oceana Gold has confirmed the
latest staff lay-offs at its Reefton
mine are just the beginning.
The company plans to lay off 60
workers — 25% of the 240-strong
workforce — over the next few
months, because poor international
gold prices have eroded profitability.
Oceana Gold investor relations
manager Sam Pazuki confirmed the
60 Reefton jobs were just the “initial
reduction” at Globe Progress mine.
“As the mine winds down next year,
there will be a couple more staged
reductions,” he said. Oceana Gold
plans to put the Reefton mine into
care and maintenance late next
year, reducing to just a handful of
workers. — Westport News
Ever felt that you have money and
decades of life experience but would
like a younger, sexually-competent
woman to satisfy your needs? Then
Sugar Daddy University ‘graduates’
are the girls for you. Professional
sugar baby Carla Abonia and sugar
daddy mentor Alan Schneider
have set up a university for women
looking for a rich older man for
financial support. Students learn
the five key elements of being a
successful sugar baby or daddy:
sexuality, understanding, generosity,
attraction and reciprocity. Mr
Schneider defended the course
saying: “It ’s not just about sex — we
help them discover a spark, a real
connection and many couples get
Showers, heavy at times
Werita Street in central Greymouth was cordoned off yesterday morning while police carried out forensic inquiries after a man was stabbed. A 26-year-old
man has been arrested and charged after the early morning stabbing. The 24-year-old victim was stabbed in the abdomen in the 3am incident, which took place
between the Greymouth Star newspaper office and the temporary ASB bank premises. Police said the offender was seen running towards the Cobden Bridge
immediately after the stabbing. The arrested man has been charged with wounding with intent to injure. Police said the victim was in a stable condition in
hospital. Police have interviewed witnesses to the incident and are keen to hear from others who were in the area at the time. Anyone with any information should
call Greymouth police on 768 1600, or anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Health authorities are investigating
after 1080 poison was dropped from
a helicopter near two women and all
around their vehicle, on a public road
at Kokiri last Thursday.
“I’ve still got a tinny taste in my
mouth,” Gwen Gardner, of Reefton,
said today of the incident.
She and her sister drove up Maori
Gully Road to check out a property
listed for sale, when a helicopter with a
monsoon bucket flew over. When they
walked the 100m back to their car Mrs
Gardner was “horrified” to find three
1080 pellets right beside it.
“We came home as soon as we saw
1080. We were not hit with any, but
what about the dust?” she said.
West Coast medical officer of health
Dr Cheryl Brunton said today staff
were investigating the incident.
Although it initially did not appear
there had been a breach of consent,
they were still looking at data and were
treating the complaint seriously.
She said there “clearly was an issue”
in this case.
The West Coast Regional Council
said today it had checked all GPS logs
and did not believe the helicopter had
strayed from the permitted areas.
However, without speaking to Mrs
Gardner staff were confused about
where exactly she had been.
Consents and compliance manager
Jackie Adams said the poison was
dropped on forestry roads through the
area. After wards, people had walked
the roads to remove any pellets.
He also supplied a photo taken
by council staff about the time Mrs
Gardner was in the area, of signs
warning of a Tb poison operation,
although there was no road closure.
Mr Adams said he initially thought
Mrs Gardner had been on forestry
roads, for which a permit was needed,
and not public roads.
Tb Free Northern South Island
programme manager Matt Hickson
said strict regulations were followed
throughout the poison drop last week.
These included placing warning
signs at locations identified during
the consent application process.
Additional signs warmed people that
the operation was under way.
“Although these safety provisions
were in place, it is unfortunate that
members of the public entered the
operational area while the operation
was under way.This ser ves as a reminder
to the public to ensure that they take
the time to read the information on the
warning signs,” Mr Hickson said.
GPS navigational equipment showed
the poison pellets had been “accurately
within the consented
operational boundary and identified
exclusion areas had been avoided.
However, Mrs Gardner was today
adamant that she had not passed any
She has been dealing directly with Tb
Free NZ about what happened.
“There was no (current) sign. We
looked at a cyanide sign, and it was
spread in March. We had gone up
public road — not forestry road —
by the (Kokiri) meatworks, past the
lodge. We went past the Maori Creek
cemetery and took the next road on the
left — that ’s a public road.”
There were no barriers, no chains, and
no sign, Mrs Gardner said.
She also questioned how the
helicopter pilot did not see her red
vehicle parked there.
Rules followed in Kokiri poison drop — officials
Ben Aulakh and Nicholas
The Greymouth RSA says
a suspicious fire that severely
damaged the bar and clubrooms
at the weekend will force it to
re-evaluate its options.
Fire safety officer Daniel Green
said today investigations showed
the fire was suspicious and had
been deliberately lit.
Police have appealed for
information from anyone who
heard or saw activity around the
Tainui Street premises overnight
Greymouth Volunteer Fire
Brigade chief fire officer Lee
Swinburn said 10-15% of the
damaged, although it had been
a “good save” with all the club’s
memorabilia kept from the
Greymouth, one from Cobden
and 20 firefighters rushed to
the site at 1.40am, although the
flames took only 10 minutes
to bring under control. Fire
safety officers were back on site
investigating all day on Saturday.
Mr Green said the damage
could have been more contained
if the building had been protected
Greymouth RSA president
Mick Collins visited the building
this morning and was shocked by
“I couldn’t believe it, there was a
lot of water damage, too.”
The membership would meet
tonight to discuss what to do
next. He was unsure when repairs
could be made, with builders
already occupied with storm
Mr Collins thanked the fire
brigade and the police, saying
that without them far more of
the building could have been
lost. He was relieved that the
adjoining hall and the museum
were both saved.
“My main concern was all our
old war stuff. At least that was
saved, that is irreplaceable,” Mr
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Greymouth RSA patron Johnny Love inspects the fire damage.
Blackball fights to keep 1080 at bay
Blackball residents say they are gravely
disappointed at the “unwillingness” of Tb
Free NZ to keep 1080 poison away from
the town’s drinking-water catchment.
The water supply is drawn from
Residents’ association chairman Paul
Maunder said their policy had been in
place for the past five years and they had
repeatedly informed Tb Free and the
Department of Conser vation of it.
“Once again, when information
regarding the impending (poison) drop
in the Atarau area was made public, we
wrote, then had a meeting with officers
from Tb Free NZ, requesting that the
water catchment area be excluded.”
The exclusion zone requested was just
9% of the total area, Mr Maunder said.
Given that the target was a 50%
reduction in possum numbers, he said
there was little likelihood that the
outcome of the drop would be affected,
especially if baits were hand laid in easily
accessible areas of the exclusion zone.
“ However, Tb Free NZ have refused to
adjust the boundaries of the drop,” Mr
A well-attended public meeting
affirmed the reasoning behind the
community’s policy, he said.
These included that a community
should have the right to set
reasonable boundaries in this instance.
There was also uncertainty about the
1080 life span with the progressive
consuming of poisoned wildlife by other
Other concerns were the cruelty of the
poison, the major role of food processing
in the economic life of the township;
the distance of the exclusion zone from
dairying land, therefore ameliorating
the Tb vector factor; the recent arrival
in the area of kea; and the fact that the
area was a major recreational area for the
“Tb Free NZ pretend to be a
transparent organisation which consults
with the community, but the reality is
very much other wise,” Mr Maunder said.
“ We acknowledge the need for pest
control, but resources should be going
into the development of more humane
methods, especially those which target
the reproductive life of the pests.”
Tb Free said it would respond
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Arrest in Greymouth stabbing
Links Archive June 14th 2014 June 17th 2014 Navigation Next Page