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Health results improve
The latest national health target
results show more people on the
West Coast are getting help to quit
smoking and getting checked to
see if they are at risk of developing
diabetes or heart disease, Health
Minister Tony Ryall says. The latest
results for the West Coast also
show improvements across four
other targets: an all-time record
high number of hip, knee and other
elective operations were performed
this quarter; every patient ready for
cancer treatment received it within
the world gold standard of four
weeks; 81% of eight-month olds
were fully immunised protecting
children from illnesses such as
whooping cough; 77% of the
eligible population getting heart and
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Jay Elaine, Resolution II, one
Greymouth vessel. Departures: Cook
Canyon, one Greymouth vessel. In
port: Jay Elaine, Resolution II, 18
other vessels. Expected departures:
Jay Elaine, tomorrow. Expected
arrivals: Ocean Odyssey, tomorrow.
Staff and students at Tai Poutini
Polytechnic have been mourning
the death of former student Ari
Kingan in a fall from Mount
Aspiring on Sunday night.
Mr Kingan, described as a
“standout ” student of the outdoor
education programme based at
the Greymouth campus, died after
falling hundreds of metres.
Polytechnic chief executive Allan
Sargison said their thoughts and
sympathies were with Mr Kingan’s
family and friends.
“His loss will be strongly felt at the polytechnic,
where Ari has been a standout student of our
outdoor education programme.
“Ari was a popular student who was totally
committed to his training,” Mr Sargison said.
Mr Kingan was the 2013 recipient of the Cave
Creek Student Excellence Award, presented
annually to the top outdoor education student
based on academic performance.
Mr Sargison said his tutors had
described him as “the complete
excelling across all
aspects of the programme and
working well with fellow students
“Ari had recently been selected
to be part of the New Zealand
Alpine Team and was involved in
the successful summit of Denali
Mount McKinley, in Alaska, in
May this year.
“ He took his training seriously
“Staff and students at Tai Poutini Polytechnic
were shocked to learn of his death on Mount
Aspiring on Sunday, and he will be greatly
missed here on campus and in the field,” Mr
He was originally from Golden Bay and
had studied at TPP for two years before he
graduated last year.
Cave Creek award winner
falls to his death
‘Silly mistake’ costly
A Kumara man who drove at more
than twice the drink-drive limit after an
argument with his partner was fined $950
and banned from driving for six months
when he appeared in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday.
Dermot Michael Costelloe, 55, had driven
from a pub in Greymouth on August 17
after a row with his partner. After he was
stopped by the police a roadside breath test
revealed a result of 874mg.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Costelloe
accepted he had made a silly mistake by
driving from the pub.
Lucas Mason, 17, was ordered to come
up for sentence within six months if called
upon, for wilful trespass and failing to
appear at court. He admitted both offences.
On April 26, Mason was trespassed from a
Christchurch address, however on May 4 he
visited his ex-girlfriend at the address.
Lawyer George Linder said Mason knew
what would happen if he breached the
trespass notice again.
A Cobden man who forced his way into a
house and threatened to injure the female
occupant was convicted and remanded
on bail to October 14. He admitted all
On August 10, Martin Raymond
Hutchinson, 37, went to a Cobden address
and forced open a locked door, making his
way into the property in the process. He only
left when the occupant called the police.
However, he returned 30 minutes later and
when the police were called again, he locked
the doors to prevent the police getting in.
He also restrained the victim and tried to
take the keys to the house from her.
When finally arrested,.
struggled with police while they were
escorting him to a nearby vehicle.
After being released on August 11 he was
seen at the property by the victim, peering
into her house. He later told police that he
just wanted to talk to the victim.
Kelsie Ellen Jamieson, 22, of Dunollie, was
convicted and given 12 months’ super vision
for possession of a cannabis pipe and other
utensils for smoking methamphetamine (P).
She admitted both charges.
A police stop and check of her car on
February 27 found a cut-down straw, which
Jamieson used to scoop the drug into a
pipe to smoke it. A search of her property
in March found a pipe used to smoke the
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Jamieson had
been trying to deal with her drug problem
even though it would be a “ long road”.
Jeremy Donald Harcourt, 29, of Moana,
was convicted and ordered to pay reparation
of $300 for stealing a chainsaw between
May 23 and 24. He pleaded guilty to the
On May 23, Harcourt visited a property
where a flat was being rented out, and while
there he saw a chainsaw which he offered
to sell to an associate who was with him for
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Harcourt was
aggrieved with the victim over the issue
of some property. However, he was now
Nicholas David Brown, 20, of Greymouth,
was convicted and fined $550 and banned
from driving for six months for excess
breath-alcohol of 490mg on July 20.
Lawyer George Linder said Brown
accepted he had made a “silly decision” to
drive because his friend was drunk and he
thought he was under the drink-drive limit.
Rewa Dawn Buchanan, 34, of Taylor ville,
was remanded without plea to September
16 for careless driving and excess blood-
alcohol of 209mg of alcohol per 100ml of
blood on July 18.
Patricia Elsie Williams, 60, of Runanga,
was remanded at large to October 14 for
excess breath-alcohol of 714mg on July 9.
She admitted the offence.
Williams was stopped by police driving
in Runanga, and was breath-tested after
showing signs of recent alcohol intake.
When questioned by police she said, “I don’t
Lawyer John O’Connell said Williams
wanted to explore options to escape a
driving disqualification as she had been
rescuing dogs that were in her care at the
time she was stopped.
PM ‘low key’
Austin Powers and Axl Rose, better known around Greymouth as Julianne Boddy and Trish Lockington, are prepared for the annual
Paroa Tennis Club fundraiser Star for a Night, to be staged at Shantytown on Saturday. There will be the usual array of costumes and
lip syncing to entertain the crowd. Tickets are available from the Greymouth i-Site for the show, or a dinner-show combo.
All set to enter tain
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Promoting the Spud in a Bucket competition are Kaylee Wilson, Natasha
and Bailey Jack. The Blaketown School pupils are raising funds for their
2014 school camp by selling plastic buckets and a single seed spud. “ There
are a number of classes including heaviest yield, weirdest potato and heaviest
potato,” helper Natasha Jack said. “ The funds raised will be used for a school
camp in Hanmer.” Judging will take place on Friday, December 12 at 6.30pm
at the school.
Spud contest helps school
PICTURE: Paul McBride
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Corys Electrical Greymouth staff Matthew Roberts, right, branch
manager Michael White, and Hayley Stevens are getting prepared for ‘Blue
September’. Greymouth staff are raising money for the Prostate Cancer
Foundation by running a silent auction during the month featuring a variety
of items donated by their suppliers. During September, Corys will be raising
funds nationally for the foundation aiming to raise $50,000 throughout the
company. Corys general manager Steve Priest and national sales manager
Marcel Van der Park will be visiting all 44 branches and raising money along
the way. They are due in Greymouth on September 24.
Prostate cancer fundraiser
Prime Minister John Key says he did not
meet with the Pike River Mine families in
Greymouth yesterday because he did not
want to be seen to be pressuring the Solid
Energy board about re-entering the mine.
Mr Key listened to families representative
Bernie Monk, and widow Anna Osborne,
who were protesting outside his Greymouth
meeting yesterday afternoon. After exiting
his car Mr Key made a beeline straight for
The families are frustrated that Solid
Energy has delayed making a decision on the
The Greymouth Star understands the lack
of a second escapeway is proving to be a
major hurdle. Ironically, entering the mine
may mean breaking new mining laws brought
in after the Pike River disaster, which require
a second egress.
Mr Key told media despite the lack of a
formal meeting with the families, he was not
trying to avoid them.
“I don’t want to be seen putting pressure on
the company,” he said.
The final decision had to be made by
the High Hazards Unit and Solid Energy
The Government was committed to paying
for the drift (main tunnel) re-entry. However,
Mr Key said he had always expressed concern
about going further into the main workings
of the mine.
He said he was last briefed about six weeks
ago and noted that Solid Energy was “not
trying to be difficult ”. He denied that the
issue had been delayed to avoid coinciding
with the general election.
The re-entry was very complex. If something
went wrong, the directors could be held
legally liable, he said.
Mr Key was also asked about Joe Hall, the
mother of car crash victim Judd Hall. Mrs
Hall joined the protest to “eyeball” the Prime
Author Nicky Hager alleges in his book
Dirty Politics that Mr Key sympathised
with blogger Cameron Slater after he called
Greymouth car crash victim Judd Hall ‘feral’.
The book also claims, from an e-mail
from Mr Slater, that Mr Key said Mr Hall’s
mother, Joe Hall, caused trouble at Pike River
The Prime Minister said yesterday he
“absolutely disputed” that. All he had said
was that he recognised Mrs Hall, and had
rung Mr Slater about “something completely
Pike decision with Solid Energy: Key
Conviction, discharge for
Bugman in Greymouth for interactive talk
Whataroa man Kevin Hill
was convicted and discharged in
the Greymouth District Court
for failing to remain with his
In 2013, a fisheries sur veillance
helicopter had been carrying out
routine checks on whitebaiters
and saw Hill’s net unoccupied.
The helicopter landed to check
the net at ground level and the
fisheries ranger alleged that Hill
was 630m away from his net at
When questioned, Hill said he
had been in the process of riding
to a nearby whitebait hut to use
Trevor Collins was sentenced to
13 months in prison for an assault
that left his victim needing
surgery to his face and suffering
from blackouts and dizziness.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said
the victim had visited Collins at
his home to try to convince him
not to make statements to police
about an earlier incident.
Mr Bodle said the action by the
complainant had been, at best,
highly unwise and at worst, illegal.
Judge Raoul Neave said Collins
had reacted to the complainant in
a “quite excessive way,” punching
him a number of times and
kicking him in the face and head.
The victim was flown by
helicopter to Grey Base Hospital,
where he had undergone surgery
for fractures to his face. The
victim had since been left with
complication with his eyes,
dizziness and blackouts.
aggravating features of the attack
were Collins kicking the victim
while he was on the ground.
Ryan Paul Westmoreland, 50,
was sentenced to 200 hours of
community work and banned
from driving for 12 months
for driving with excess breath-
Westmoreland was stopped by
police on an alleyway of State
highway 6 on February 6, at
Franz Josef Glacier. A roadside
breath test revealed a result of
672mg. Westmoreland told
police he had had “three or four
beers” while he was helping his
boss clear up a work yard.
Lawyer Doug Taffs said
Westmoreland had been using
his vehicle as a flat-deck trailer
to clear the yard, and had not
been intending to make a trip
anywhere in the vehicle.
A 21-year-old Hokitika man who
drove without a licence to take his
friend to a shop to buy toilet paper was
given 80 hours of community work and
banned from driving for six months.
The Greymouth District Court
yesterday heard that Katene Eruera
James Campbell was stopped by police
while driving in Hokitika on August 16
because he was not wearing a seatbelt. A
police check confirmed he did not have a
licence. He pleaded guilty to the offence.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Campbell
accepted it had been a “foolish decision”
Judge Raoul Neave said Campbell
needed to complete a previous sentence
of 90 hours of community work, as
well as the new sentence of 80 hours,
other wise he would solve Campbell’s
problem by sending him to jail.
Angel Dawn Stevenson, 24, of
Hokitika, was convicted and fined $400
for disorderly behaviour and failing to
appear at court on two occasions.
On June 22, Stevenson got drunk after
an argument with her partner. She threw
his property on the front lawn of the
property they shared, and ran on to the
road into the path of an oncoming vehicle,
forcing the driver to swer ve to avoid her.
She then sat in the road shouting abuse at
her partner and the police.
Stevenson admitted all offences. He
said she had been going through a
relationship breakdown at the time.
She had missed her court appearances
as she had got her dates mixed up in
connection with another matter for
which she was yet to appear.
Judge Neave said Stevenson had a
wider problem with alcohol, and when
she drank “everything went to hell in a
Tamara Moana Dickson, 24, of
Hokitika, was remanded to October 7
to give her the chance to get a driver ’s
Dickson was stopped by police on
August 18 in Hokitika. A police check
confirmed she had no licence. Dickson
told police she had to get her children to
school somehow. She pleaded guilty to
the offence yesterday.
Lawyer John O’Connell said Dickson
had had no birth certificate so had been
unable to get a learner’s licence. He said
Dickson’s relative would normally have
taken the children to school but had
been unavailable that day.
Work, driving ban for no licence
Wednesday August 27
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Grey Medical Centre
David. — Passed away
peacefully on August
25, 2014 at Grey Base
Hospital, Greymouth, in
his 81st year. Dearly
father and father-in-law
of Sharon and Darren,
and Greg and Tracy,
much loved Pop of
Clifford, Todd, Troy,
and step-pop of Pierce,
and Sean, and a loved
uncle, cousin and friend.
He will be sadly missed
Special thanks to the
staff at Grey Base
Hospital. Messages to
34 Ballance Street,
Runanga 7803. A
Service to celebrate
Owen's life will be held
in the William Sampson
Memorial Chapel, 134
Tainui Street, Grey-
mouth on Friday at 2pm,
followed by cremation
at Westland Crema-
Funeral Services Ltd.
FDANZ. Phone (03)
Genuine Care and
Prime Minister John Key had only a
tepid view of the Haast-Hollyford road
proposal when questioned in Greymouth
Mr Key was on the West Coast
to announce the extension of the
Government ’s rural broadband initiative.
He was approached by Hollyford
road proponent and former Westland
mayor Durham Havill during the day-
long visit. Mr Havill was initially asked
to look at the road by another former
Westland mayor, Maureen Pugh, who
is now running for National in the West
Later in the day, Mr Key, who is also
Minister for Tourism, was asked if
he supported the road, which has the
backing of Chinese investors.
He said it had always been a very
contentious issue. “ In principle, from a
tourism point of view I can understand
the merits,” Mr Key said.
However, he quickly tempered that by
noting there were “significant concerns”
from environmentalists. When asked his
personal opinion, he said he did not have
Haast Hollyford Highway Ltd
chairman Mr Havill gave Economic
Development Minister Steven Joyce a
confidential update on the project earlier
in the month.
‘Bugman’ Ruud Kleinpaste will
be in Greymouth this weekend
for an interactive talk.
He featured on Maggie’s
Garden Show from 1992 until
2003. Kleinpaste retired from
the Ministry of Agriculture and
Fisheries in the middle 1990s
for a career as an ecological
He will be the star of the
‘Locals for Locals Expo’,
to be held on August 30 in
the Tai Poutini Polytechnic
atrium in Greymouth, and the
following day in Westport at the
Department of Conser vation.
The day will include fun
activities for children and a
barbecue sausage sizzle.
Spot prizes include a helicopter
Man drove from pub after row with partner
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