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Famous New Zealand
singer John Rowles
will join with Elvis’
original Taking Care
of Business Band for
their first tour of New
Zealand, stopping in at
This concert tour brings
together these living
legends, playing their
greatest songs including
some of the most famous
Elvis Presley and John
Rowles hits such as Love
Me Tender, Heartbreak
Hotel, Suspicious Minds,
If I Only Had Time and
Cheryl Moana Maree.
The tour begins in
Honolulu at the Blaisdell
Concert Hall — located
at the same site as the
Arena where Elvis’
famous Aloha from
Hawaii concert was
broadcast in 1973.
It will then travel to
New Zealand for shows
from October 31 to
November 14. The tour
begins in Blenheim and
will visit Christchurch,
It will hit the stage at
the Greymouth Regent
Theatre on November 4.
The concert will
feature original TCB
band members — James
Burton on guitar, Ronnie
Tutt on drums, Glen
D Hardin on piano,
together with Norbert
‘Put ’ Putnam on bass.
The TCB Band came
together to form the
core rhythm section of
Elvis Presley’s band from
1969 until his last show
in 1977. Taking Care of
Business was a personal
motto adopted by Presley
in the early 1970s.
TCB band drummer
Ronnie Tutt when he
toured New Zealand
as drummer for Neil
Diamond and said he
had been searching for
an opportunity to bring
the whole band to New
“ I met John Rowles,
who was planning
three shows to promote
his new album, and I
realised that here was my
chance to bring together
a legendary band and
legendary singer to play
music that shaped a
generation and has stood
the test of time,” Kemp-
2 - Wednesday, October 8, 2014
A Dunollie teenager who stole from
his employer who had “treated him like
his own” was criticised in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday for having
“rewarded that chance by stealing, and
Kale D urbin Taft, 17, was convicted on
charges of stealing $155 from a cash float
at his employer’s office between August
15 and 24. He also admitted driving
while disqualified and excess breath-
alcohol of 351mg.
Taft stole $40 on August 15, $25 on
August 18, $20 on August 19, $60 on
August 21 and $10 on August 24, from
the cash float while the office was closed
Lawyer George Linder said he had been
unable to get any explanations from Taft
as to why he needed the money he stole.
In court, Taft said it was to “spend on
food and rent and s..t ”.
Judge Jane McMeeken said that in her
role she saw “so many young people who
needed a chance”.
“ You were lucky to have a job but you
stole from someone who gave you a
break”, despite his employer saying he
had treated Taft “like his own” and had
high hopes of him.
“ You rewarded the chance by stealing,
you were greedy and took the easy way
out and stole again and again,” the judge
She also criticised Taft for stealing
despite having enough money for booze
to end up over the drink-drive limit.
On the driving charges, the court
heard that Taft had been banned from
driving for six months on March 24, but
subsequently drove in Greymouth.
After being stopped by police he
admitted he was a banned driver, but said
he had been left in the lurch by a mate at
a party and needed to get home. He was
also over the legal drink-drive limit after
Taft was sentenced to 60 hours
community work, banned from driving
for six months and ordered to pay $155
A Kaiata man who was “drinking
himself to death” was convicted of
shoplifting and sentenced to 10 months
of community supervision.
Richard John Yardley stole a $22 three-
litre cask of wine from Greymouth
Countdown on September 5. When
confronted by a checkout operator in the
store car park Yardley said he was “drunk
and did a stupid thing”.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Yardley had
been an alcoholic since he was 17, but he
was now motivated to to get on board
with alcohol counselling.
In court, Yardley admitted that he was
Judge McMeeken said Yardley was
“drinking himself to death” and he
needed to tackle his drinking and get
back to sobriety.
Jordan Graham Bower, 20, of Cobden,
was remanded to December 9 for driving
while disqualified on August 26.
On August 26 Bower drove an
unlicensed and unwarranted moto-cross
bike at speed. When he was stopped by
police he said he was taking it to a mate’s
Judge McMeeken asked Bower, “Do
you think there’s any police officers in
Greymouth who don’t know you are a
disqualified driver? I wouldn’t pick one.”
Bower said he had been taking the bike
to sell it, but the judge said that made no
difference to him riding it while he was
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Bower had
also recently enrolled on a Work and
Income limited ser vice volunteer course.
Anthony Kaye, 21, of Cobden had a
charge of driving without a licence on
June 11 withdrawn after he obtained his
Lucas Duncraft, 21, of Kaiata, was
remanded on bail to October 14 for
intentional damage, failing to comply
with police and resisting a police officer
on September 25, and assaulting police,
threatening to injure and interfering with
a vehicle on September 13.
assaulting police, threatening to injure
and interfering with a vehicle, and was
remanded without plea on the other
Duncraft apologised in court for
assaulting the police officer.
Geordie Roberts and
Connect were the toast
of the recent 2014
Awards after being
named winner of the
Concrete Connect is
a specialist company
ser vices in the industrial
sector. It took out the
prestigious award ahead
of the other finalists
in the category, Leighs
Operating since 2004
and with a workforce
of over 70 staff, Mr
provides a range of
ser vices in the building
industry from crack
repairs, sealant and
grouting to industrial
coatings and blasting.
Mr Roberts said
receiving the award
was recognition of his
staff and the progress
his company had
made in the past 10
“ When I left
Greymouth as a
carpenter I moved
to Christchurch and
carried on building,” he
said. “I started Concrete
Connect when I saw
a niche in the market
in Canterbury. For
the company, the
award is recognition
of 10 years’ hard work
and recognition as a
company we are doing
Rachel and Geordie Roberts of Concrete
Connect at the 2014 Canterbury Business Awards
Former Coaster wins
Rowles to tour with Elvis band
‘Patients’ Harrison Calder, left, and Angus Oliver are looked after by ambulance officers Sarah Exton and Denise Kilpatrick as St
John prepares to open its doors for a public open day on Sunday from 10am to 2pm. It will be a fundraiser for two new defibrillators
for the Greymouth ambulances. All the equipment and vehicles will be on display, blood pressure checks will be available, history
displays will be up and the public will have a chance to test their own first-aid skills.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
St John prepares for Open Day
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A Rapahoe man was warned in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday to “stop
hitting people” in light of the numerous
assault convictions against him in the past
Zane Brendon Creagh, 28, was facing
charges of wilful damage, common assault
and breach of community work.
Creagh had also completed only four hours
of a 60-hour community work sentence, as
he had previously been working away as a
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Creagh now
wanted to engage with Community Probation
to finish his sentence.
However, Judge Jane McMeeken said
that when Creagh had visited Community
Probation recently he had shouted and sworn
at staff, although he had since accepted his
behaviour was “abominable”.
The judge said Creagh’s behaviour in the
past two years had been “appalling” in the
light of numerous assault charges.
Creagh said he had had pneumonia three
times this year, and been “ left hanging” by
doctors for three months with the possibility
he might have contracted lung cancer. Now
he had been told he had contracted chemical
pneumonitis, as a result of his work.
Judge McMeeken said Creagh was lucky
that Probation had decided to give him
The judge advised a Dunedin woman, who
was caught driving while more than twice the
legal drink-drive limit, to question if she had
a problem with booze.
Leanne Aroha Dewes, 38, was fined $1500
and banned from driving for eight months
for excess breath-alcohol of 1041mg, on
Dewes was spotted leaving a hotel car park
in Dunedin and was stopped by police and
breath-tested. Dewes told police, “I was just
having a drink and was going to drive to
Loyalty Street ”.
Judge McMeeken said Dewes’ breath test
result was an “incredibly high level”.
Lawyer George Linder said Dewes only
had one excess breath-alcohol charge
from five years ago. He said Dewes was in
Greymouth looking after her mother, who
was undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
Judge McMeeken said someone had to
drink a “truckload of alcohol” to have that
much booze in their system, and Dewes had
to question if she had a problem given that
she had drunk that much.
A Canterbury man who was found in
possession of an unlicensed sawn-off rifle,
a methamphetamine (P) pipe and spotting
knives for consuming cannabis was fined
Police searched the Rakaia home of Callyn
Alexander James Watson on July 18 and
found the rifle and a number of drug utensils.
Watson had told police he used the gun to
kill stock, and had gone to get a licence for
it, but had been unable to turn up to get one.
He also told police he had not smoked P for
Lawyer Paul Norcross said Watson lost
his job as a result of the police search of his
house, as his employer had been “aggrieved”
by seeing the armed offenders squad at the
Shane Dion Dibben, 24, of Marsden, was
remanded in custody to November 4 without
plea on six charges of sexual assault, and one
charge each of assault and assault with intent
to commit sexual violation, on or before
Lawyer Richard Bodle asked for a remand
without plea as the disclosure he had sent to
Dibben in prison had not reached him, and
he had therefore not been able to sign it.
A Greymouth man was remanded at large
to November 18 on charges of driving while
forbidden on August 23, for restorative
justice to help him get his licence.
Robert Earle Corson, 59, would have the
charge against him withdrawn by police if he
obtained his licence.
Domingo Joseph Da Silva, 36, of Cobden,
was remanded to November 4 without plea
on charges of assault on August 29. The
remand was to allow his legal aid application
to be processed.
A Camerons teenager whose roadside
breath test produced a result of 728mg was
warned that he “shouldn’t be drinking that
much anyway, let alone driving”.
Ruben John Farmer, 17, of Camerons,
was fined $600 and banned from driving
for six months for excess breath-alcohol on
When stopped by police, Farmer said he
had had only drunk two beers before driving.
Judge McMeeken said Farmer would have
been “incapable of driving” having drunk that
Dillon Tucker, 27, of Runanga, was
remanded to November 18 on charges
of assault, assault with intent to injure,
consuming cannabis and obstructing a police
officer, on August 24.
Lawyer George Linder said Tucker
admitted the obstruction and consuming
cannabis charges, but was pleading not guilty
to the two assault charges.
Laura Mills and APNZ
West Coast residents do not have to throw
out packaged carrots and lettuce, despite
a painful epidemic of food poisoning
sweeping through New Zealand.
Nationwide, more than 100 people have
been reported as suffering from yersinia
pseudotuberculosis, the symptoms of which
The majority of the cases are from
Christchurch (68). A further 41 are
suspected to have the illness and 38 have
West Coast medical officer of health Dr
Cheryl Brunton said there had been some
yersinia on the Coast, which was normal
for this time of year, but not yersinia
As the incubation period was between
three and 21 days, the chances were any
contaminated food had probably been eaten
by now, she said.
There was no need to throw food out
unless it had been stored in the fridge for a
particularly long period.
“It is unlikely anyone would be at risk of
infection,” Dr Brunton said.
Anyone with a gastro bug who suspected
they hadbeeninfected should see theirGP,as it
could not be diagnosed from symptoms
alone, she said.
The Ministry of Primary Industries said it
was investigating a range of foods.
The first symptoms of Yersinia pseudo-
tuberculosis include: abdominal pain (often
on the lower right), which may mimic
appendicitis, fever and sometimes diarrhoea,
then one to three weeks later, you may
get a rash and joint pain. The joint pain
— Further story, p8
Food poisoning epidemic not on Coast
Rapahoe man warned to
‘stop hitting people’
A Kaniere man with eight
previous convictions for drink-
driving and nine convictions for
driving while suspended, was
convicted and remanded for
sentence on November 18 on
two charges of excess breath-
alcohol and one of driving while
Robert William Ellison, 52,
was convicted in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday after
producing two high breath-alcohol
levels of 912mg and 899mg, and
driving while suspended.
Ellison drove in Hokitika on
September 3 and stopped at the
domain to throw an empty bottle
of whisky out the window. He was
then stopped and breath-tested
and blew 912mg.
Having being processed for
drink-driving and with his licence
taken away from him for 28 days,
he drove on the beach at Hokitika.
When stopped by police he was
breath tested and blew 809mg.
Ellison told police he did not
think the beach was the road, and
said he had been drinking because
he had family issues.
In court, Ellison said he had
drunk because his father had died,
and he had trouble dealing with
emotional issues due to previous
drug and alcohol abuse.
Judge Jane McMeeken told a
drink-driver that if she had $10 for
everyone who had driven thinking
they were under the limit, “I could
Charlotte Elizabeth Warren,
of Whataroa, was banned from
driving for six months and fined
$400 for excess breath-alcohol of
563mg on September 20.
Warren was stopped on State
highway 6 on September 20.
She told police she thought she
would be fine to drive as she
had only drunk three pre-mix
Lawyer Paul Norcross said
Warren could not believe she
was over the limit, prompting the
comment from the judge.
A Greymouth District Court judge
said yesterday it “defied belief ” that a
Franz Josef Glacier woman had chosen
to drive while disqualified, given that she
lived in such a small community.
Mowena Joyce Mason, 35, was fined
$400 and banned from driving for six
months for driving while disqualified on
After being stopped by police she
admitted she was banned from driving.
Judge Jane McMeeken said it “defied
belief ” that Mason would drive
somewhere as small as Franz Josef
Glacier, where police would know she
Mason was currently banned
indefinitely, however the judge slapped
another six-month ban on her.
A charge of driving without a licence
brought against Tamara Moana Dickson,
24, of Hokitika, was withdrawn after she
obtained her licence.
‘defied belief ’
Man had eight previous
convictions for drink-driving
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