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New DHB posting
West Coast District Health
Board programme director Michael
Frampton has a new job. At the
board meeting in Greymouth on
Friday, chief executive David Meates
announced that Mr Frampton
was now the people and capability
manager for the West Coast and
Rating feedback sought
The Buller District Council will
be in Reefton on October 7, at
6.30pm at the St John rooms, to seek
feedback on its review of the rating
Phoenix Mining has been granted
a minerals exploration permit for
1906.95ha between Marsden and
Nemona forest. Ivan and John
Taylor, of Christchurch, are the
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
One Greymouth vessel. Departures:
Nil. In port: Galatea II, 23 other
vessels. Expected departures: Galatea
II, tomorrow. Expected arrivals: Jay
Attacker behaved like
savage dog — police
of the Hokitika Guardian
A Hokitika resident became a double
millionaire overnight, after winning the
jackpotted first division Lotto prize of
Yvonne Manera, owner of the
Fitzherbert Street Four Square, where
the winning ticket was sold, said the
windfall could not have gone to a better
She confirmed yesterday the winner, a
local and regular customer, had checked
their ticket in store yesterday.
Excitement was running high.
“I am absolutely thrilled for the person,
and it really couldn’t have gone to any
better person,” Mrs Manera said.
“ We always knew we were going to
sell a winner, but it was just a matter of
Lotto community communications
manager Katy Atkin said the draw was
well timed for the sole jackpot winner in
the Saturday night draw.
The win was still to be officially
“ We have spoken to someone today
who believes that they are the winner,”
Ms Atkin said yesterday.
However, any winner’s details were not
given out until after the ticket, and its
holder, had been sighted.
Some winners then wished to remain
anonymous, “which can be tricky in a
small town” she said.
The $2m prize is the third major Lotto
win for Hokitika in recent years.
Last year, $15m was won by a My
Lotto player who purchased their ticket
on-line, eclipsing the $11m collected 12
years ago on a ticket sold by Hokitika
The weekend winner was the first
first-division prize to be sold at the
Fitzherbert Street Four Square, which
changed hands three months ago.
The new owners say they feel they are
now on a lucky streak after also recently
selling a $20,000 scratchy ticket.
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A Kumara Junction man who repeatedly
bashed his relative over the head with a bottle
and then tried to bite a police officer after
being arrested, was remanded on bail in the
Greymouth District Court on Friday.
Cody Allyn Robinson, 28, was found guilty
of assault and assaulting police, having earlier
changed his plea to guilty on a charge of
intentionally damaging his relative’s car.
On February 6, Robinson got in to an argument
with a relative over him doing “burnouts” on the
driveway of Robinson’s parents, who were away
at the time.
Robinson told the eight-year-old daughter
of his relative that her father was a “faggoty
homo”, and that if he called the police he would
“ bash him”.
The relative, who lived a couple of hundred
metres away, then drove over to Robinson’s
house and went inside to verbally confront
Robinson. Robinson responded by repeatedly
bashing him over the head with an empty
bottle, leaving the victim covered in blood and
with cuts and swelling to the back of his head.
After police were called, Robinson told them
to “f— off ” and resisted arrest. After head-
butting the back window of the patrol car he
was put into the car, where he then tried to bite
one of the officers, and spit at the other.
In court, one of the arresting officers said
Robinson had behaved like a “savage dog”.
Robinson will be sentenced on December
He was separately remanded on bail to
October 7 for threatening to injure and
behaving threateningly on September 2.
Garry Duncan Crowley, 55, of Christchurch,
had his hearing to defend charges of excess
blood-alcohol of 853mg on June 6 remanded
to November 19, due to the unavailability of
A Kaiata man who breached his bail while
whitebaiting was warned that a further breach
could lead to him ending up in custody.
Lucas Duncraft, 21, breached his bail by
drinking while out fishing with a friend.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Duncraft had
learned his lesson and would not do it again.
Judge Brian Callaghan warned him to stick to
the terms of his bail.
Tyre fire accidental
Dean Dunbar has vowed to “fight
to my last breath” to ensure his son’s
remains are recovered from the Pike
Joseph Dunbar was the youngest
member of the Pike River 29, the miners
and contractors who lost their lives when
the mine exploded on November 19,
2010. He celebrated his 17th birthday
the day before the tragedy.
The dead men’s remains are still
entombed in the mine, despite the
Government announcing more than a
year ago it would fund a re-entry of the
The victims’ families have been left
further heartbroken by a report this
week that revealed Work Safe New
Zealand and Mines Rescue had told
mine owner Solid Energy last October
they believed it was safe to launch a
As he prepares a celebration of his son’s
life on what would haven been Joseph’s
21st birthday, Mr Dunbar said he would
never give up the battle to recover his
“I will fight to my last breath to take
Joseph home. No one is going to stop me
doing that,” he said.
“ He was just a little boy. He was a child
. . . 17yearsandonedayold.”
It had been hoped that a re-entry
into Pike River’s drift — the 2.3km
tunnel leading up to a rock fall caused
by explosions deep in the mine — could
have been done this year.
But ongoing delays have infuriated the
Pike River Families group. Those feelings
have intensified after the release of the
re-entry feasibility study on Tuesday.
Solid Energy chairwoman Pip Dunphy
said on Wednesday the State-owned
energy company understood the lack
of progress was “frustrating”, but it was
imperative that “industry best practice”
was followed to reduce the risk of death
or serious injury to the body recovery
Mr Dunbar said he feared Solid
Energy would rule it would be too
unsafe to enter the mine without
a technically, geographically and
financially challenging second tunnel.
“ What I want and what my family
needs is if Solid Energy are not going to
go in, then tell us. Don’t dick us around
for another four years. Just tell us, be
honest and be honourable,” he said.
“I am telling you, there is evidence and
a high probability that there are (men)
in there (in the drift), sitting, sucking
on self-rescuers that would have not
only been brought home for burial, but
would have sur vived and still be walking
among us today.”
Mr Dunbar said the family hoped
plans to commemorate Joseph’s short
life would include the opportunity to
camp in the Pike River compound on
the eve of the tragedy.
“ We will sit down and talk about what
sort of a 21st we can have, without
making it too much of a sombre day for
all,” he said.
“ We don’t want to put our burden on
other people. I think there are enough
people suffering here as it is.
“Because his birthday is the day before
he died we can run those two days
together and maybe Solid Energy will let
us nestle in at the main administration
block for a day or two.”
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Pike dad planning
to camp at mine
for son’s 21st
Police accept a D unollie
man who set fire to tyres at a
Karamea yard in March did so
In the Westport District Court
last week, police prosecutor
Steven Greer asked that an arson
charge against Darran John
Winder, 44, be amended to one
of intentional damage.
He said on the evening of
March 15 Winder drove to the
yard of Karamea Panel and Paint.
He set fire to a pile of old tyres
and that fire spread to electrical
cables causing $1056 worth of
Winder said he was waiting
for the owner to turn up and
did not light the fire but flicked
a cigarette, which he thought
Defending, Eymard Bradley
reparations at $20 a week.
He said police were agreeable
to Winder being convicted and
ordered to pay the reparations.
Judge Brian Callaghan said
his sentence depended on
whether Winder’s actions were
intentional or reckless. Mr Greer
said they were reckless.
Judge Callaghan convicted him
and ordered him to pay reparation
at $20 a week. — Westport News
A Hokitika man with 141 previous
convictions who stole 25 packets of
meat from a Sewell Street property
on April 24 has been remanded in
custody on charges of theft and
possession of a cannabis pipe.
The Greymouth District Court
heard that Matiu Taipu Walker
broke the glass in the garage door to
get into the property. Once inside he
went to a freezer and took 25 packets
of meat out of it. Police later found
most of the meat at Walker’s home.
When questioned by police, Walker
said he had used up all his benefit on
drugs and alcohol the day before and
had no money left for food.
He said he knew the freezer at the
property contained meat because an
associate of his had stolen from it in
In court on Thursday, Walker
apologised to the victim, saying that
he had been “trying to change my
“ I ended up in a place that I didn’t
want to be and gave in to temptation.
I know where I am going now in my
The victim thanked Walker for his
apology, saying he appreciated his
honesty and sincerity.
Hokitika meat thief remanded on drugs charges
A 40-year-old trail
biker was badly injured
when he crashed at high
speed near Whakatane
The Thornton man
had been riding in sand
dunes with friends when
he crashed into a stump,
Trustpower TECT rescue
helicopter base manager
Liam Brettkelly said.
He landed heavily
and received head and
Mr Brettkelly said the
man’s condition was
initially serious but he
improved after treatment
from St John ambulance
He was flown to
Whakatane for treatment.
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