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in Cobden assault
A 58-year-old Cobden man
suffered serious head and facial
injuries when he was attacked by a
younger man at a Newcastle Street
property last night. A 27-year-old
man was later charged with assault
with intent to injure. The victim was
left with a cut to his eye, a facial
fracture and possible head injury.
Meanwhile, on Friday morning a
36-year-old man was arrested and
charged after a man was punched
unconscious outside the Countdown
supermarket. A police spokesman
said the attack was unprovoked.
Three people were arrested for
disorderly behaviour in Greymouth
over the weekend. A 40-year-old
and a 43-year-old were apprehended
about 10.30pm on Friday, and an
18-year-old man early yesterday
morning. Police said they had all
been drinking at a local hotel.
Bathurst cuts $450m
Bathurst Resources has slashed
almost $450 million off the value
of its investment in the Buller Coal
project. The company announced
on Friday that it had reviewed the
carrying value of non-current assets
as at June 30. This had resulted in an
unaudited impairment adjustment
of $449.9m to its investment in
the Buller project. The adjustment
reflected current coking coal prices,
adjusted production levels at its
proposed Denniston Escarpment
Mine following the decision to
defer exports, and the higher than
anticipated New Zealand dollar.
— Westport News
Mostly fine, morning fog inland
A woman called Ms Crispi is to
stand trial on arson charges, after
allegedly starting a fire in her ex-
boyfriend ’s house — with a pound
of bacon. Cameo Crispi, 32, is said
to have repeatedly called and texted
her former beau from his home in
Vernal, Utah, where she left the
bacon over a lit burner, according
to police. The man called police and
said he wanted Crispi out of his
house, but when officers arrived they
saw smoke billowing out of the front
door and entered to find hot coals
on the floor and a pound of very
crispy bacon. “I asked to come in and
observed a wood stove left open with
a fire burning inside and hot coals on
the floor around the stove,” an officer
wrote in his report. “I observed the
burner to be on the setting ‘high’ and
the bacon to be severely burned and
smoking badly.” — Metro
had role in
The coroner has made a raft of
recommendations after a young Hokitika
boy drowned when the vehicle driven
by his father rolled and landed upside
down in a sludge pond at a gold claim on
August 12, 2012.
Tayne Bowes, who was strapped into
the front of the vehicle, drowned in the
accident. His sister Keira was rescued
about two hours later when police realised
she was alive in an air pocket inside the
submerged vehicle. The four-wheel-drive
was driven by their father Mark Bowes,
who worked at the goldmine on Adairs
Road, Rimu, and had gone there in the
early evening to check on a pump.
Regional coroner Richard McElrea
said in a report this afternoon if his
recommendations were drawn to the
public’s attention the chances of deaths in
similar circumstances could be avoided.
The accident highlighted the
importance of complying with the Health
and Safety in Employment Act 1992, and
the relevant industry code of practice for
surface mining in quarrying industries.
“Additionally, a factor in the evidence at
the inquest is that the perimeter bunding,
or windrow, is accepted industry practice
and is likely to have prevented the vehicle
leaving the access track,” Mr McElrea
The circumstances highlighted the issue
of children being taken on to industrial
sites, as well as inadequate lighting.
The owner of the mining operation
accepted that the installation of spotlights
on vehicles would be a worthwhile
outcome and “would be reasonably
simple” to put in place.
The coroner also suggested that
Worksafe New Zealand work with
smaller mining companies to improve
design and policy standards.
All of his recommendations were
directed to Labour Minister Simon
Bridges and Worksafe NZ.
Mr McElrea noted that a brain tumour
diagnosed in Mr Bowes only four days
after the accident may have affected his
ability to calculate close distance and
space, and may have contributed to the
Mr Bowes had also been drinking
beforehand, and gave a breath-test result
of between 250mg and 430mg two hours
after the crash. A science report said that
meant he would have consumed between
4.5 and eight stubbies of Heineken beer.
The only light at the scene was from the
vehicle’s headlights, and they would not
have highlighted the track well.
The mine site was formed by a series of
roughly formed tracks, suitable for four-
wheel-drives only, especially during wet
weather, and the weather was wet at the
During the Coroner’s Court hearing,Mr
Bowes questioned why his daughter was
left trapped in the air pocket for almost
two hours and whether any attempt was
made by police and firefighters at the
scene to try to see whether Keira or Tayne
might have been alive inside the vehicle.
Mr McElrea said that in his assessment
of the evidence, and taking into account
all the circumstances, the police actions
were “entirely appropriate”.
Eventual winners of the New Zealand 45s Tournament, played at the Greymouth Workingmen’s Club on Saturday — Mike Keating, foreground,
and Peter Willman — chance their hand with Maryanne and Finn O’Brien. A record low 34 pairs entered this year, compared to 48 last year. “ There
weren’t as many teams but I think it is just a sign of the times,” long-time organiser Ian Innes, now retired, said. Hokitika 45s stalwart Colleen
Freitas said players had come from Hokitika to Westport to play. “ There were not as many teams this year as we are not getting the young ones
playing, they have other interests,” Mrs Freitas said. Fourteen pairs qualified in the main round, which was won by Keating and Willman in a final
with Barbara Collett and Val Smith. Ted Neame and Dave Becker were third, and Westport ’s Bill Cumming and John Slater fourth. The consola-
tion plate was taken out by Peter Cutbush and Peter Komen, who beat Charlie Cook and Michael Dunn in the final. PICTURE: Paul McBride
Record low in 45s
Whitebaiters tough it out
It was more about being riverside
than the catches on the opening day
of the season as whitebaiters braced
a cutting Barber on the Grey River
Some were up before first light to
stake out their spot on the rocks, but
the more hardy were camped out
for a week to claim the most prized
spots on the river.
With conditions choppy, the
morning tide was dismal and
the consensus was that high tide
this afternoon would offer better
Most could count on their fingers
the number of whitebait they had
either seen or caught.
Neil Richards took the day off
work and arrived on the riverbank at
6am in time to fish the tide.
“ It ’s always exciting on the first
day,” Mr Richards said.
Despite not seeing many fish he
was pleased to “get the net wet for
the first time this year”.
Joe Stewart, of Cobden, was there
at 5am, but had a poor return to
show for it.
“ I might have a pattie, if I’m lucky,”
Mr Stewart said.
He has been whitebaiting every
season for the past
20 years and was
back in his usual
“I always like to
come out for the
He was not put
the Barber so
thick at daybreak
that it blotted out
“It’s all part of
the game,” Mr
Stewart said of
to ensure he had
his spot, with only
a few blankets and
his dog to keep
“ You don’t
usually get a lot
this time of year,
I’m just getting
used to the possie again. ”
He was also greeted by a foggy
morning: “ You have to be reasonably
hearty to put up with it.”
For all that he had seen only one
shoal, but nothing worth stretching
his net for.
“ You don’t know until the tide
comes in. You just never know.”
Gavin Ridley, of Kumara, came
equipped with a sur vival suit to keep
warm as he secured the coveted spot
on the ‘big rock’ opposite the old
He had a quiet morning but said
that was about what he expected on
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Joe Stewart got his net wet but that was about it on a choppy Grey River this morning.
Fluoride slips off agenda
A year after it was raised, a tentative
proposal to consider a new push to
on the West Coast has been quietly
Last September, the West Coast
District Health Board asked its chief
executive to consider whether a new
Coastwide push should be made.
The last campaign to have fluoride
added was in 2005, when the Grey
District Council voted in favour of
fluoridation and then rescinded that
decision in the face of a massive public
backlash, with 4228 Greymouth
residents against and 1609 in favour.
West Coast medical officer of Health
Dr Cheryl Brunton said last week there
were no plans at the moment to revisit
“ But the West Coast District Health
Board might choose to revisit it in
A report released last week by a high-
level panel found “no adverse effects”
of fluoridation of public water supplies,
following a review of scientific evidence.
Health Effects of Water Fluoridation:
a Review of the Scientific Evidence, was
commissioned by the Prime Minister’s
chief science adviser and the Royal
Society of New Zealand. The review
looked at the scientific evidence for
and against the efficacy and safety of
fluoridation of public water supplies,
finding the levels used in New Zealand
created no health risks and provided
protection against tooth decay.ive
option, a statement issued on behalf of
the panel said.
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