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A 22-year-old Greymouth man
was arrested and charged with
disorderly behaviour after an
incident at a hotel at 1 o’clock this
morning. Meanwhile, a member
of the public found an abandoned
boat near the beach at Barrytown.
The white plywood dinghy carries
the name ‘Jolly Roger’. “Someone
needs to come for ward and claim
it,” constable Mary Cawley, of
Greymouth police, said.
Polytech gets generator
Tai Poutini Polytechnic should
have a fully operational generator at
the Greymouth campus in the near
future. A report to the polytechnic
council meeting yesterday said that
a part needed to fully commission it
had arrived and staff were working
with Dataguard New Zealand, the
supplier of uninterruptible power
supply technology, and Electronet
Ser vices to hook it up. When the
remnants of Cyclone Ita lashed the
Coast on April 17 the generator
at the campus had not been fully
commissioned, meaning that it
would only work for 30 seconds at
Weekly euchre played at the
Hokitika Chartered Club this week
was won by Trish O’Regan and
Colleen Freitas, both on 10 points.
Isla Woodham and Shirley Jones
were third equal on nine points.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: Jay Elaine, Canopus,
Tawera, two Greymouth vessels. In
port: Twenty-two vessels. Expected
departures: Nil. Expected arrivals:
Huge 1080 drop starts
Bail in murder case
The largest 1080 poison drop in
Department of Conser vation history got
under way today in the Kahurangi National
Park, in Golden Bay.
It is part of the Battle for Our Birds, aimed
at protecting populations of native species
at risk from rising predator numbers, fuelled
by a heavy beech seed-fall.
It will cover about 260,000ha in western,
northern and eastern parts of the park and
has been divided into five operational areas.
The first operation started today in Golden
Bay. The four others will start as soon as
weather conditions allow, including a pest
control operation covering about 67,000ha
in the Heaphy, Oparara, Kohaihai, Ugly and
Kakapo river catchment areas in the western
part of the park.
For a start, contractors are feeding non-
toxic baits to give rats and possums a taste
for the cereal baits.
DOC acting Takaka conser vation
ser vices manager Greg Napp said rats were
at high levels in many parts of the park
and without pest control would decimate
Deer repellent would be used in 1080
cereal baits in the Cobb Valley, Peat Valley,
Deep Creek, Tableland and Lower Junction
area of the national park.
Meanwhile, Tb Free is carrying 1080
pest control over nearly 50,000ha of
conser vation land in the Mokihinui area
as part of a wider operation to protect
cattle and deer herds from bovine
tuberculosis (Tb). This freed up DOC
funding earmarked for rat control in this
Mokihinui area to be used to expand the
Kahurangi pest control.
August monitoring showed rats tracking
at 60% in the Mokihinui area.
Tracks in DOC’s Kahurangi operational
areas, including parts of the Heaphy Track,
will be closed or have restricted access
during aerial 1080 bait distribution in that
part of the park. Tracks will be closed for
between half a day to two days. DOC staff
will clear bait on tracks before they reopen.
Some roads will also be closed during aerial
Thursday September 25
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
Karen, David and
Ralph and Joy
Always in our thoughts.
Love Garry and Lee.
Troy Lucius. —
November 11, 1993-
September 25, 2010.
Another minute, another
hour leads to another
year without you. I miss
your everything. Love
you son. — Mum.
Four years today.
You went away without
You said goodbye to
But Heaven's gate was
And a loving voice said
Beside your grave we
Our hearts are tired and
But through the gloom
there come the words,
“Not dead, just gone
Another year has come
and gone. Love you. —
Grandad and Lee.
John Stephen J.P.
Suddenly at home at Fox
Glacier on September
23, 2014, aged 87 years.
Dearly loved husband of
Molly, loved father and
father-in-law of Mary
and Anthony Whit-
combe and Anne and
Greg Fauth, loved
“John” of Jack, Clara,
Hazel, Leo and Mikaere
Whitcombe and Patrick,
Lucy and Julia Fauth,
loved uncle of his nieces
and nephews and a
much respected member
of the Fox Glacier
Community. RIP Mes-
sages to Box 11, Fox
Glacier 7859. A Funeral
Mass for John will be
celebrated at Our Lady
of the Snows Catholic
Church, Fox Glacier on
Saturday September 27,
commencing at 1pm.
Interment to follow in
the Churchyard Ceme-
tery. A Vigil Service
will be held at the
evening at 7pm.
FDANZ Phone 755
Tru Line Civil pipe welder Jon McIntyre prepares to join together two of the pipes that will be laid along State highway 7 to link up
to Kaiata as the last section of the sewerage scheme. Water pipes will be laid simultaneously to join Kaiata to the Greymouth water
supply. Tru Line contracts manager Andrew Powell thanked motorists for their patience while the road was reduced to one lane.
Sewerage scheme progress
PICTURES: Nicholas McBride
A Sri Lankan man accused of
murdering a woman in Switzerland in
2000 has been released on bail.
Judge David Sharp also continued the
42-year-old’s name suppression after the
defendant ’s lawyer Grant Illingworth,
QC, raised the argument of fair trial-
The man had lived in New Zealand for
13 years before being arrested last month
over the killing of the woman, said to be
his partner, in Basel 14 years ago.
Kavitha Kandiah, 23, also from Sri
Lanka, was found stabbed to death in
the kitchen of her Basel apartment in
December, 2000. The man was arrested
in Auckland after an international search
involving Interpol, Auckland police and
In the Auckland District Court
yesterday, Judge Sharp granted the
electronic-bail application. The case will
be back before the court in November.
Reparation order for
fuel card offence
A Greymouth man who dishonestly used
a company fuel card after being “stood over”
to pay a debt to a group he owed money to,
was sentenced to four months of community
detention, 160 hours of community work and
ordered to pay $2668 reparations.
Fane Christopher Dudley, 24, used a Z fuel
card which belonged to Hirepool for his own
use, on May 16, 17, 24 and 31.
On four visits to the ser vice station he charged
404 litres, 200 litres, 400 litres and 800 litres to
his employer’s fuel card.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said there were
particular circumstances to the offence. He said
Dudley had been “stood over” for a debt which
had been called in. The people who had stood
over him had taken the fuel and sold it on the
Mr Bradley said Dudley accepted he was
going to be caught because the company fuel
records were so out of kilter from normal.
However, he said that although he had made a
“ very bad choice” he had, in recent years, made
big steps to change a fairly entrenched pattern
of offending by relocating and finding stable
Although Dudley had the sympathy of the
Hirepool branch manager, the firm’s national
policy was to sack people who committed such
Judge Brian Callaghan said there was no
suggestion D udley committed the offence to
directly benefit himself. There was a “murky
background” where a group tried to extract a
debt from him.
It was also clear that Dudley had health issues.
A Cobden man who got into a drunken
argument with his partner on Christmas
Day was given nine months’ super vision and
75 hours of community work for common
David Rata Bagley, 33, who represented
himself in court admitted that if he had been
more co-operative with the police on Christmas
Day things would not have come this far, as he
did not have the skills necessary to deal with the
Judge Callaghan said Bagley had a history
of assaulting people, but this was his first
domestic incident. He was now living with the
complainant and their seven children.
Bagley was also remanded without plea to
October 7 for dishonestly using a $3000 trailer
on August 5 and 22, in Nelson.
Bagley said he had hired a trailer but because
his partner had no warrant or registration on
her car he had been unable to drive the trailer
back to the ser vice station from which he hired
Whitebaiting trip ends in drugs arrest
A Southland man’s whitebaiting
trip to the West Coast that ended
in arrest when police found 22g of
cannabis head and 570 cannabis
seeds in his car, was fined $700 in the
Greymouth District Court.
Gregory Stephen James, 50, was
stopped by police while driving to
Fox Glacier on August 1. In a plastic
box in his car police found 22g of
cannabis, while in a glass jar they
found 570 cannabis seeds.
When questioned, James told
police he was going whitebaiting.
He later pleaded guilty to the
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said James
was a “casual user” of cannabis and
had had the seeds a long time.
One of two men who was delivered
to police in the back of a chiller
van after a citizens arrest in South
Westland was remanded in custody
to October 7 for a number of sexual
Shane Dion Dibben, 24, of
Marsden, had been on the run since
he breached his bail conditions.
However, he was caught by police
on Monday night and was taken into
Dibben faces six charges of unlawful
sexual connection, one of assault with
intent to commit sexual violation and
one of assault.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Dibben
would be strenuously defending the
Ebony Jane Heslan, 28, of Kaiata,
was remanded on bail to November
4 for a restorative justice hearing for
On August 17, while making
a sandwich she had got into an
argument with the victim, who had
gone into their bedroom to watch
television. Heslam followed the
victim and tried to slam the bedroom
door, catching the victim’s hand in
the door in the process.
Heslan then pushed the victim on
to a chair and held her there with
her weight. After a scuffle she hit the
victim in the face, leaving marks and
A defendant in a case of disorderly
behaviour and two counts of
assaulting a police officer had to be
remanded to November 4 after the
judge in the case said he was related
to one of the police officers involved
in the incident.
Matthew James Baretta Adams,
28, of Dobson, had been drinking
at the Railway Hotel on August
31 when he tried to leave by the
side exit, still in possession of an
alcoholic drink. After he got into an
argument with a bouncer the police
However, Judge Brian Callaghan
said he could not hear the case as
he was related to one of the police
A “sober driver” who blew 711mg
of alcohol on a roadside breath test
was fined $1100 and disqualified for
nine months for driving with excess
breath-alcohol on August 16.
Matthew George Rennie, 30,
of Arnold Valley, was stopped in
Greymouth on August 16 and
showed signs of recent alcohol intake.
He told police he had only had three
cans of of beer and could pass the
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Rennie
had been drinking with friends and
was the designated sober driver.
However, Rennie also had a couple of
shots before leaving the hotel, which
had “been his downfall”.
Martin Raymond Hutchinson
was remanded to appear in the
Christchurch District Court via
audio-visual link from Christchurch
Prison on October 1 to enter a plea
for threatening to injure on August
Steven James Ross, 24, of Cobden,
was remanded on bail to October 7
to enter a plea on charges of selling
cannabis and possession of cannabis
on August 30.
Lawyer George Linder said police
were making further investigations
into a number of text messages.
Jordan Joseph Beams was fined
$300 for a breach of community
On November 12, Beams was given
75 hours community work for driving
with excess blood-alcohol but then
failed to report for that work on 22
Lawyer Vicki Walsh said Beams
had now completed 31.5 hours of his
Mawhera reviews town
The Mawhera Incorporation says it is
reviewing all options for the redevelopment and
enhancement of central Greymouth.
The Maori-owned landowner and property
developer is preparing to take ownership of
the quake-risk, two-storey Duncan Hardie
Building, in Mackay Street.
Owner David Carruthers sold the building
to a local investor more than two months ago,
however the building was also offered for just
$20,000 to the Mawhera Incorporation, which
has first right to purchase the building for the
same price, and it accepted the offer.
Mawhera Incorporation secretary John
Wheelans, of the Christchurch accountancy
firm Ashton Wheelans, said they had not been
able to gain access to the property because they
did not yet own it.
The incorporation had been provided with
an engineering assessment which they would
review before making a final decision on the
fate of the building. “ Based on the current
report supplied by Mr Carruthers, it will be
business as usual,” Mr Wheelans said.
He would neither confirm nor deny that the
incorporation was looking to build a shopping
mall in the vicinity of the Duncan Hardie
“At this stage we are reviewing all options for
the redevelopment and enhancement of the
central core of Mawhera.”
Meanwhile, the Radio Network still has the
‘for sale’ sign up on the neighbouring two-storey
building, Broadcasting House. Their lease is
with the Mawhera Incorporation.
Radio Network group technology manager
Bill Hayes said the listing had not received
“ We are still trying to sell the lease we have.
We haven’t had any success,” Mr Hayes said.
Greymouth’s radio operations had moved out
of the building after learning it was below the
67% requirement of the Building Code, leaving
it empty upstairs; only Colls Sports World
remains on the ground floor.
“ If it is not 67% then we prefer our people not
to be in it, even though there is not the risk of
it falling over. ”
Mr Hayes said the tenants had been made
aware of the earthquake standard of the
building, as well as the Radio Network’s desire
to sell it.
At the beginning of the year the Mawhera
Incorporation was ready to redevelop the site of
the old two-storey Public Trust building, at the
river end of Tainui Street, with new retail space
and new premises for the BNZ Bank.
However, the development was stymied
when it failed to gain support of all existing
Plumbing fined after
A Wellington plumber has been fined
$4500 in the Porirua District Court
after investigation into work he carried
out in Westport.
In a judgment released yesterday by the
Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers
Board it was revealed that Michael Guy
had been convicted on three charges.
One charge was for carrying out
sanitary plumbing in a manner
dangerous to life, and two related to
carrying out sanitary plumbing without
Mr Guy pleaded guilty to all three
charges of carrying out sanitary
plumbing outside the limitations of his
authorisation issued by the board.
He failed to ensure that his work was
adequately super vised at the two homes
in Westport where he carried out the
work. His authorisation required him
to have a super visor to test and check
the work was done competently and in
compliance with the building code.
In each home, Guy did work on the
hot water cylinders, including installing
a tempering valve on to the open
vent line of a cylinder connected to a
wetback. The work did not comply with
regulatory requirements and was not
checked by his super visor.
The board said non-compliant work
of this nature creates a health and safety
risk to the consumer and could result
in implosion or explosion and serious
injury. In one case, the hot water cylinder
did implode as a result of the tempering
Guy reimbursed the property owner
for the damaged hot water cylinder.
Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers
Board chief executive Max Pedersen
said this type of defective plumbing
work had the potential to cause injury
and serious damage to the home.
He also said all authorised tradespeople
were required to carry an authorisation
About 1000 people have given their
written support for the Haast-Hollyford
road proposal after a mass mailout to
13,000 West Coast homes.
Haast Hollyford Highway partners
have signed a memorandum of
understand with Chinese investors
allowing $250 million to design, build,
finance and maintain a potential toll
To gauge support, they recently sent
leaflets to every house from Karamea to
Director Durham Havill said yesterday
problems with the distribution contractor
meant a number of households had
missed out on receiving the leaflet.
“One person said, ‘You’ve missed my
street ’ with 17 houses,” Mr Havill said.
Nevertheless they were still pleased
with the result, with support by
letter and e-mail from households
“ We’ve not added them up but it’s
something like maybe 1000-odd.”
He encouraged others to fill in the
form, and said they were also looking at
other ways to reach people, possibly by
putting the leaflets in stores.
The road lobby was now waiting to see
who the appropriate ministers would be
in the new Government before pushing
their cause again — “now we know
there’s a lot of support ”.
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