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A Westport man charged with
indecently assaulting four girls
between 1962 and 1970 was a
corps sergeant major with the
Salvation Army, police revealed
yesterday. Police communications
manager Barbara Dunn said
police understood Arthur Thomas
Craddock, 78, retired, had held the
position for several decades. On
Friday, West Coast police claimed
Craddock’s name was suppressed,
although Westport District Court
staff said it was not. Ms Dunn
confirmed yesterday that no
suppression order had been made.
Police charge sheets show Craddock
is alleged to have indecently
assaulted four girls aged between
12 and 14 between 1962 and 1970.
He faces nine charges of indecent
assault and has pleaded not guilty
to each of them. He has elected
trial by jury. His case is set down
for a review hearing on December
12. Salvation Army spokesman
Gerry Walker said Craddock was
stood down from the church when
he was charged. He had been
an active senior leader for many
years. Detective Mal Haughey, of
Westport police, said police would
like to hear from any other alleged
victims or people with information
about the case. — Westport News
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Greymouth Star On-line
Viewers tuned in to KTVA-TV’s
10pm newscast last night were
given a bit of a shock when the
newsreader revealed the identity of
the owner of a medical marijuana
business — herself. Reporter Charlo
Greene made the confession live
on air before announcing that she
was quitting using just a few choice
words. “And as for this job, well,
not that I have a choice but, f.. it,
I quit,” she said. Ms Greene had
reported on the Alaska Cannabis
Club during Sunday night’s
broadcast, without revealing her
connection to it. But at the end of
the report, during a live shot, she
announced that she was the club’s
owner and would be devoting
herself to legalising the drug in
Alaska. — Daily Mail
A tight rental market in Hokitika
is driving increasing numbers to seek
accommodation in Greymouth.
Rental housing in and around Hokitika
is at a premium, and is a direct reflection
of expansions under way at the Westland
Milk Products factory, according to Ray
White Real Estate Hokitika owner
The last time Hokitika experienced
such scarce rental housing was in the
early 2000s, with a previous dairy factory
expansion, Mr Levett said.
Ray White property manager Lisa
Oquist said they had a waiting list of
prospective tenants “across the board”,
ready as soon as a property became
Demand was outstripping supply,
accommodation. “ In the last two to
three weeks I’ve been given two to three
managements. I’ve got people on hand,”
Ms Oquist said.
That demand was only set to increase.
“ I’ve heard there are still more
contractors coming to town — and
there’s nothing. ”
Things were so tight that rentals
coming on to the agency books were not
getting to be advertised, Ms Oquist said.
Out-of-towners were the main takers
— often within a couple of hours of the
agency receiving them.
Ray White alone managed 86 rental
properties in Hokitika, “and they ’re full”.
Dairy factory employment and
associated construction work was also
beginning to drive demand for furnished
properties, suitable for single workers.
“There is a small demand creeping
in also for furnished, which we haven’t
Property Brokers E V Arthur property
manager Marissa McDonald said the
Greymouth rental market certainly
reflected what was happening in
While the dairy factory played a part
in that, it was also because people were
increasingly choosing to commute the
40km between the two towns.
increased demand for higher quality
accommodation, which was more readily
available around Greymouth than in
the past, partly due to property owners
upgrading and turning over former
family homes to the rental market.
“ It used to be the problem that we
didn’t have the quality rentals, but now
they ’re stepping up,” Miss McDonald
However, demand for lower priced
rental property was still high and fitted
“ what people can afford”.
Overall, rental demand in Greymouth
reflected work movement for two major
employers: Westland Milk Products and
the West Coast District Health Board.
Properties were “getting snapped up
Not everyone necessarily wanted to
live in Greymouth — particularly when
faced with commuting — but some had
no choice, she said.
E V Arthur had a small waiting list for
rural rental residential property closer to
“There are many people looking for
places in Hokitika but we don’t have any
. . . they are desperate.”
Blaketown School principal Bevan
Clark said accommodation was under
pressure in the suburb, particularly as
an outcome of Cyclone Ita with a lot of
people still out of their homes waiting
One family had moved permanently
from the school zone since April because
they could not find a place to live locally,
Mr Clark said.
Children have been donating
their pocket money as everyone
in the Greymouth and Kumara
Anglican parish gets into full
swing to fund earthquake
strengthening of Holy Trinity
Rev Marge Tefft said fundraising
started in May and had so far
gathered $28,000, with a promise
of just under $58,000 in the first
They hoped to maintain that
level for following years,
almost solely from within the
congregation, which has a
fluctuating attendance of 200 at
weekly church services.
Even the youngest parishioners
were doing their part to help out.
Children were donating their
pocket money and the pre-teens
had done baking, Ms Tefft said.
“ We want everyone in the church
to feel like it is their project. They
are having fun with it, too.”
Although they were not asking
the public for help, they had
received some donations.
When the project began, the
parish decided it would give away
10% of the money raised.
“ I’m really proud of my
people. I’m very touched by that
generosity,” Ms Tefft said.
So far the building has been
assessed and the parish was now
awaiting plans from their engineer,
which they hoped to have by the
end of the year.
The parish has until February 28,
2022 to either have the building
demolished or strengthened,
“so we’ve got time”.
Without tenders they were
not sure what the entire cost of
strengthening versus a rebuild
would be, but Ms Tefft expected
strengthening should be the
A report at the start of the year
found the church to be lower than
the minimum 33% earthquake
West Coast-Tasman Labour MP
Damien O’Connor took a couple of
swipes at Labour leader David Cunliffe
yesterday and would not say whether
Mr Cunliffe should stay as leader.
Mr O’Connor said he was not
impressed by Mr Cunliffe’s concession
speech on Saturday night. “It could
have been a lot better.”
The leader should take more
responsibility for Labour’s poor
election result, he said. “ That ’s not to
say he’s fully to blame, but it’s to say he
Mr O’Connor said Mr Cunliffe
was “absolutely wrong” when he
said on Sunday that he regretted not
campaigning alongside the Greens.
New Zealand First leader Winston
Peters was “absolutely right ” when
he said the Greens were poison for
“ We are Labour. A large number
of people in the Labour movement
need to support Labour and not
compromise that support with ideas
of a coalition before any election has
Asked if Labour should distance
itself from the Greens, he said Labour
did not need to “cuddle up or distance
itself ” from anyone. It was a century-
old party with a proud record and
successful record of governing.
People throughout provincial New
Zealand, including West Coast-
Tasman, were afraid of a Labour-Green
“I think the fear was over-hyped
but nonetheless politics is about
perception. The perception was there
would be a risk to job opportunities.
“The reality is that National as a
government has cost more jobs in our
region than any government since the
Mr Cunliffe has said he would not
resign, but would ask his parliamentary
colleagues to trigger a party-wide vote.
Asked if he supported Mr Cunliffe as
leader, Mr O’Connor replied: “I always
support the leader of the Labour Party,
whoever that is at the time. David
Cunliffe has indicated he wants to seek
a new mandate. Well, decisions will be
Mr O’Connor confirmed he had
voted for former Labour leader David
Shearer, then Shane Jones after Mr
Shearer was replaced. After the first
round of voting eliminated Mr Jones,
he cast his vote for Mr Cunliffe.
Asked if he would support another
leadership bid by Mr Shearer, Mr
O’Connor said he doubted Mr Shearer
would want to put himself for ward
Mr O’Connor said he agreed with
the “good, informed comments” Mr
Shearer had made.
“There will be a lot of comments
made in caucus over the next month or
two. I won’t be holding back myself. ”
Labour meets, p3.
Fired up O’Connor takes aim at Cunliffe
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Greymouth and Kumara Anglican minister Rev Marge Tefft knows it will be a long project to strengthen the Holy Trinity Church.
An anonymous tip-off last night
led police straight to wanted man
Shane Dibben, who was holed up in
a house in Greymouth.
Senior sergeant Allyson Ealam,
of Greymouth police, said warrants
had been issued for Dibben’s arrest
yesterday afternoon after he breached
his bail conditions, with warrants
later added for six counts of unlawful
sexual connection, one of aggravated
assault and one of assault with intent
His bail breach was in relation to
an incident at Fox Glacier where he
and an associate stole a car. The pair
were captured after a citizens arrest,
locked in the back of a chiller van
and delivered into the hands of the
This time Dibben was dobbed in by
an anonymous call to Crimestoppers.
Mrs Ealam said police were
relieved to have him back in custody.
He was expected to appear in the
Greymouth District Court today and
police would be opposing bail.
“The way we tracked down Dibben
is proof that Crimestoppers works.
It is an invaluable tool for the public
to help police and they can do it
anonymously,” she said.
Police descended on the address
immediately and Dibben was
arrested without argument.
“ From what I understand there
were no issues throughout the arrest
“ We are also carrying out an
investigation into the people who
were hiding Dibben from us,” Mrs
Fugitive caught after police tipped off
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