Home' Greymouth Star : December 19th 2013 Contents 7
$1 (Home Delivery 75c)
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2013
Est. 1866 Phone 769 7900
Vote now for Greymouth
retiring at 19?
now a Kiwi
Bathurst Resources (New
Zealand) Ltd has changed its
name to Bathurst Resources Ltd.
In a statement, the company
said it completed its "redomicile"
from Australia in June 2013 and
commenced trading as a wholly
incorporated New Zealand
company on July 1, with a
corporate head o ce established
in Wellington. e company
now employs about 130 sta and
contractors in New Zealand.
Police on trail
of bike bullies
Boys on bikes have been behaving
badly around Greymouth, angering
police. On Tuesday, two boys aged
about 13 rode directly at a woman
walking along the footpath in
Mackay Street. It was the second
such incident in less than a week.
On Friday, some likely lads
intimidated a woman in Albert
Street, speeding toward her on their
bikes. Police said the boys involved
in Tuesday's incident also nearly
wiped out a woman walking out of a
shop. Police have a good description
of the boys, who were last seen
riding toward Blaketown.
letterboxes --- police
Greymouth police suspect the two
men seen walking along Cowper
Street about 10 o'clock last night
trying to break letterboxes had
overindulged in Christmas cheer. e
letterbox bandits were not located
by police. Over the next couple of
weeks police expect revellers to cause
more mischief and have encouraged
the public to report alcohol-fuelled
suspicious activity immediately.
Fine and sunny spells
Nearly 1% of young women who
have become pregnant claim to have
done so as virgins, an American
study has found. Researchers
inter viewed 7870 women aged 15 to
28 and found that more than 0.5%
of them who said they were virgins
had also given birth --- without the
help of IVF. e girls were 12 to
18 years old when they entered the
study in the 1994-95 school year and
were interviewed periodically about
their health and behaviour over 14
years. Based on inter views with the
women, 45 of the 5340 pregnancies
in this group through the years
occurred in women who reported
that they conceived without a man
being involved. e average age at
which 'virgins' reportedly gave birth
was 19.3 years. --- Daily Mail
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Christmas in the Park organiser Phil Lemon checks out the Rugby Park venue, set for Greymouth's 'big day out' this Sunday.
Park set for Sunday gig
ree X-Factor stars, including
hometown winner Jackie omas,
will headline the Classic Hits
Greymouth Christmas in the
Park, on Sunday.
Organisers today decided to
move the concert to Sunday
with wet weather threatening for
omas will return home to
Greymouth for Christmas, and
will be joined on stage by fellow
contestants Cassie Henderson
and Tom Batchelor.
Concert organiser Phil Lemon
said it was great for the children
to have the trio performing at the
" ey get to see their idols."
omas has already performed
at the Coca-Cola Christmas in
the Park events in Auckland and
omas' father Kevin said Jackie
was looking forward to returning
"She's really excited ... she is
really looking forward to having
Christmas at home."
omas will perform in
Invercargill on Friday and then
drive over from Christchurch the
"She misses here (Greymouth)
because this is where she is from.
She loves coming back," Kevin
e stage went up on site today.
"Everything is set to go, we've
just got to put it together," he
e annual event was moved
from leafy Dixon Park to the
bigger Rugby Park venue to give
people more room to spread out.
" e rugby union has been very
kind to o er to have us here."
In previous years the concert
was held directly after the
Christmas parade, but this year it
was decided to split the events.
Mr Lemon hopes to see 1500
people turn up for the alcohol-
free concert, which is designed to
be a fun day for the family.
e Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) says the controversial poison
1080 is the only viable tool to control
pests, adding to calls for its greater use.
e West Coast is already the biggest
consumer of the poison in New Zealand,
and New Zealand consumes most of the
e release of the EPA ve-year
review coincides with calls from the
Parliamentary Commissioner for the
Environment Dr Jan Wright for more
1080 to be used next spring to combat
an expected plague of pests, due to a
one-in-a-decade fruit boom in beech
In 2007, the Environmental Risk
Management Authority completed a
reassessment of 1080 and decided that
it should continue to be used, but
with a tighter management regime.
e follow-up report released today
found a large decline in operator
breaches between 2011 and 2012.
Most complaints were from Waikato
and the West Coast, but had steadily
decreased over the past ve years in
both regions, from 10 on the Coast in
2011 to just one last year.
However, the anti-1080 lobby says
that is because police and security have
been keeping them so far from drop
zones it is hard to know what is really
happening on the ground.
Environment Protection Agency
chairwoman Kerry Prendergast said the
majority of incidents were now reported
by users of 1080 rather than by members
of the public.
"Operators are following our
communications guidelines, and making
sure to engage with locals and iwi."
Monitoring data from more than
500 samples showed that 1080 was
detected in only 2% of all samples and
had never been detected in drinking-
water catchments. Where it has been
detected, concentrations were far below
the levels set to protect human health,
the report said.
It concluded that 1080 remained the
only viable option to control pests and
But Hari Hari activist Danny Lane
said no one was making complaints
because they could no longer get near
loading zones due to heavy security.
When they did try to complain, they
were treated as "concerns", rather than
formal "complaints", he said.
Poison drops could be moved 100m
from someone's boundary, which then
meant they were no longer an 'a ected
"Where is the public consultation?
ere is still 92% in a poll of the West
Coast who don't like this stu . ere
are more and more (protest) stickers on
cars," Mr Lane said.
Farmers Against Ten Eighty
spokeswoman Mary Molloy, also of
Hari Hari, said people had to ask to
have their complaint registered and
even then the agency had no power to
make any di erence, "so people don't
" e report brings me no comfort
whatsoever. It's Dr Jan Wright's (earlier)
Meanwhile, Dr Wright today repeated
her call for increased use of 1080
next spring to combat the pest plague
expected from the expected fruiting
boom, or mast.
"1080 is the only tool we have to
control the plagues of rats and stoats
that follow a mast," she said.
"If additional funds are needed to
respond e ectively to this mast, then
it is important that these be found
or we risk setting our conservation
programme back decades."
Conservation Minister Nick Smith
was reported today as saying he would
consider the request for increased use of
Double funeral tomorrow
e bodies of Taylorville car crash
victims, mother and son Lavinia and
Lesili Langi, will be taken to Auckland
for burial after a memorial ser vice in
Greymouth tomorrow at 2pm.
Mrs Langi, 43, and Lesili, 15, will be
laid to rest at the Manukau Memorial
Today, members of the Greymouth
Tongan community were busy preparing
Coxon Hall, at the Greymouth High
School, for the service. e family has
requested singing before the service
begins, including Greymouth High
School and Karoro School students.
Lesili and other members of the Langi
families attended both schools.
A high school spokeswoman Michelle
Gibson said Mrs Langi's casket would
be taken from the hall by Tongan elders,
and Lesili's by six of his school friends.
e Langi Family Relief Fund, which
was opened on Tuesday at the ANZ
bank in Greymouth, today totalled
$4493, with a further $1000 donated by
A large commercial cannabis
cultivation operation --- including a
hydroponic grow room --- has been
uncovered at a Westport house.
Police executed a search warrant
at a residential address on Tuesday,
nding a sophisticated commercial
cannabis growing operation, along
with about 2.5kg of dried cannabis
head roughly valued at $44,000 and
a hydroponic grow room with about
Twenty-seven mature plants
in various stages of growth was
discovered concealed in a shed at the
rear of the property.
Police also recovered about $14,000
Two people aged in their 50s
were arrested and will appear in the
Westport District Court in January.
Sergeant Steve Baddock, of
Westport police, said the discovery
came as a result of a tip-o from the
He encouraged anyone with
information about drug related
activity to contact them, either
directly or anonymously by calling
Crimestoppers 800 555 111.
Commercial drugs operation busted
Tickets go on sale today for the
chance to meet Man Booker Prize-
winning writer Eleanor Catton,
author of the Hokitika-set e
Luminaries, in the book's hometown
Catton will be in Hokitika on
March 13 for a one-o event. Tickets,
at $20 each, are on sale at the Hokitika
Regent eatre, with on-line sales
available from tomorrow.
e Luminaries, which has been on
the best-selling lists in New Zealand
since it was published in August, is set
in Hokitika during the 1865 goldrush.
Catton will be accompanied by
her New Zealand publisher, Fergus
Barrowman of Victoria University
Press, and her United Kingdom
publisher, Max Porter of Granta.
Barrowman said the event meant a lot
to both publishers.
"To meet with West Coast readers
will be wonderful experience. We're
all very excited about our visit to the
Coast and hearing Ellie speak about
e Luminaries in its hometown."
e success of e Luminaries
has seen Catton much in demand
internationally and she has been
overseas promoting and talking about
the book to media and book festivals
since the Booker Prize was announced
in October. In addition to Hokitika,
she will visit literature festivals in
Europe, Brazil, the USA and Canada.
Catton in Hokitika 'homecoming'
1pm: Gates open
3pm: Show starts
3:05pm: Talent search winner 'Gratify
Dance Crew '.
3:15pm: Singer Linda Knipe.
3:30pm: Pink Pulse Dance Studio
3:35pm: Tai Poutini Polytechnic Mainz
All Stars Band.
4pm: Sesame Street's Elmo and Kermit
4:20pm: X-Factor contestant Cassie
4:35pm: Pink Pulse Dance Studio
4:40pm: X-Factor contestant Tom
4:55pm: Pink Pulse Dance Studio
5pm: X-Factor winner Jackie omas.
State Highway 6
Ph (03) 755 8681
A KITCHEN THIS
*See instore for terms and conditions.
y Christmas from
am at Fat Max s.
k you for your support
13. We wish you a safe
and happy New year.
Remember our classes
nish on December 23.
24 hour access for gym
members over the holidays.
FAT MAX'S GYM &
LES MILLS AEROBICS
Preston Road 03 768 0768
Casual Workouts available
Links Archive December 18th 2013 December 20th 2013 Navigation Next Page