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A Cobden man who punched a man
unconscious was on Tuesday remanded in
custody for sentencing on December 16 on
one charge of injuring with intent to injure.
The Greymouth District Court heard that
on August 31, Martin Raymond Hutchinson,
37, visited a Newcastle Street home to see a
woman he was forbidden from seeing as part
of the bail conditions of a previous sentence.
A man at the house told Hutchinson to leave,
however Hutchinson punched him in the
head until he was unconscious, only stopping
when a witness to the attack inter vened.
Lawyer George Linder said that it had been
a fight over Hutchinson’s former partner,
though he now realised the relationship was
An Ahaura woman who claimed more than
$9000 in benefits while she was working was
given 180 hours of community work.
Tanya Marie O’Connor was charged with
obtaining a document by deception and taking
a document for pecuniary use.
On April 6, 2012 O’Connor was granted a
benefit. In February 2013 she went back to
work as a teacher’s aide, and was entitled to
claim the benefit during the school holidays.
However, she failed to declare to the Ministry
of Social Development (MSD) between April
6, 2012 and April 4, 2013 that she had been
working on a dairy farm during the holidays.
In total, O’Connor was overpaid $9013 in
benefits by the MSD.
Lawyer George Linder said O’Connor was a
single mother who had been left with a lot of
debt when her marriage broke down. She had
not set out to deceive the MSD, but had not
properly reported her income as money was
tight. O’Connor had one previous conviction
for the same offence.
Judge Christopher Somerville said the
offending was “not out of character” for
O’Connor, and that it was a “deliberate act,
just because you had some bills you couldn’t
Cody Allyn Robinson, 28, of Kumara, was
remanded on bail for sentence on December
16 for threatening to injure and behaving
threateningly, on September 2. He pleaded
guilty to both charges.
Jason Lord, 44, of Gladstone, was fined $500
for driving carelessly on August 23.
Driving on State highway 6 in Runanga,
Lord left the road on a moderate bend,
skidding for 100m before crashing into a
culvert. He broke his ankle in the accident,
having blacked out.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Lord suffered
from sleep apnoea.
Judge Somer ville said if there was a medical
reason behind the accident, Lord needed to
investigate what it was.
David William Baigent, of Greymouth, was
fined $1000 for failing to stop for police and
making a false statement.
On August 27, as he rounded a bend police
put on their lights for him to stop but he sped
off. Baigent lost police when he drove down a
gravel track. Later that night he called police
to say that his car had been stolen earlier in
the evening. However, he later admitted that
he had panicked when he saw the police lights,
and had sped off as he did not want another
offence on his driving licence.
David William Bishop Epiha was given
80 hours of community work and banned
from driving for six months for driving
while disqualified, in Christchurch on
Man lands knock-out punches over ex-partner
A Blaketown man who was found
by police in possession of just over 1g
of cannabis after a drunken argument
with whitebaiters, was convicted and
discharged on a charge of possession of
the drug on Tuesday.
The Greymouth District Court heard
that Robert Alexander Gardiner, 52, had
been whitebaiting at the Greymouth
wharf on September 12 when he got into
a drunken argument with other
Police were called and found 1.5g of
cannabis in his jacket.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said police were
being “heavy-handed” in prosecuting
Gardiner rather than letting him of with
“This really is a minute amount of
cannabis,” Mr Zintl said.
He had been told it was only “a joint ’s
worth” of the drug.
A Cobden man was remanded on bail to
January 15 for a charge of assault after his
lawyer argued that he had been provoked
in carrying out the assault.
Domingo Joseph Da Silva, 36, admitted
the offence, however lawyer Marcus Zintl
argued that Da Silva had mitigation
of having been provoked to punch the
Mr Zintl said that on Tuesday morning
he had seen Facebook postings from the
victim to Da Silva which had a racial
element to them.
Steven John Taylor was given 40 hours of
community work and banned from driving
for three months for excess breath-alcohol
while driving under-20.
He pleaded guilty to the offence.
On October 23, Taylor drove in Hokitika
with three other young people. When
stopped by police and breath-tested he
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Taylor had
driven to Hokitika to pick up a friend and
take him to D unedin.
However, he had started drinking and
despite waiting four hours before driving
during which time he had eaten and
had a sleep — he had obviously not
given himself enough time before getting
behind the wheel.
Taylor had also been on a limited licence
at the time.
A Greymouth man who failed to report
for community work on 23 occasions was
convicted and discharged on a charge of
breach of community work.
Andrew Mark Biggart was sentenced
to 80 hours of community work on April
23 last year, but failed to report for it 23
Biggart recently reported twice for
community work and now had 38.5 hours
of his sentence outstanding.
Lawyer Marcus Zintil said Biggart had
previously had difficulty completing his
sentence as he had health problems while
living in Christchurch.
However, he was much more settled now
he was living on the West Coast.
Whitebaiter escapes cannabis possession punishment
A Dobson man who kicked and punched
police officers was given 12 months’
super vision and ordered to pay $500 in
reparation for disorderly behaviour and two
counts of assaulting police on August 31.
Matthew James Baretta Adams, 28, was
drinking at the Railway Hotel on August
31 when he tried to leave while still in
possession of alcohol. He had an altercation
with the bouncer, and when police were
called he was arrested.
While being processed at the Greymouth
Police Station he kicked out at one police
officer, and bit another.
Lawyer Richard Bodle told the Greymouth
District Court on Thursday that Adams had
not drunk before the incident, and had not
He said Adams admitted he was
intoxicated at the time and felt embarrassed
about his behaviour.
Judge Christopher Somer ville said that
Adams had a low flashpoint in terms of
his behaviour towards police while he was
Meridian Tempest Drew, of Blaketown,
was remanded on bail for sentence on
December 16, after having re-engaged with
Drew had been charged with unlawfully
taking a motor vehicle from Christchurch
and driving while disqualified.
Lawyer George Linder said Drew had
been supposed to appear in the Dunedin
District Court but had failed to appear. She
turned up for community probation on the
first day she was supposed to, but had not
However, on the request of Judge
Somer ville, Drew reported to Community
Probation yesterday. She was remanded on
bail for sentencing on December 16.
Justin Matthew Jackson, 41, of the Grey
district, was convicted without penalty for
possession of cannabis, on August 21. He
Jackson disappeared on August 21, and
when police visited his property to look for
him they smelled cannabis, and found 24g
of cannabis head and a seedling plant in his
In court, Jackson said he had bought the
cannabis in Christchurch in January, and
used it to dull the pain resulting form two
operations on his spine.
The judge urged Jackson to use medication
for the pain, rather than cannabis.
Shane Dion Dibben, 24, of Marsden, was
remanded in custody to December 9 on six
charges of sexual assault, assault, assault with
intent to commit sexual violation, unlawfully
taking a motor vehicle and breaking
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Dibben would
be defending all the charges in a jury trial.
Man ‘embarrassed’ after
lashing out at police
Dooley new Pulse
Westport chartered accountant
Frank Dooley has been appointed
the chairman of Pulse Energy. He
first joined the board of directors
in 2011 and replaces Joseph van
Wijk, who remains a director. Mr
Dooley has $600,000 of his own
money in Pulse, which is 56.4%
owned by Buller Electricity, which
he also chairs. Pulse’s last annual
report showed it made a paper profit
of $3.9 million but in real terms it
lost $2.8 million. Mr Dooley is a
current trustee and former chairman
of Development West Coast, and an
elected director of Westland Milk
Death threat arrest
A 23-year-old Westport man is in
custody after allegedly threatening
to kill his partner last night. Police
were called to a Mill Street address
in Westport at 7.30pm as a result of
a fight between the couple. The man
was due to appear in the Greymouth
District Court today.
Barr y votes blue
Conser vation Minister Maggie
Barry has cast her vote for the little
blue penguin in Forest and Bird’s
‘seabird of the year ’ poll. The annual
bird poll to select New Zealand’s
favourite bird this year focuses on
seabirds. This week, 29 little blue
penguins were killed by a stoat
or ferret at Doctors Point, near
The West Coast branch of Diabetes
NZ will be outside Greymouth New
World on November 18, fundraising
and raising awareness about diabetes.
Ministry of Health figures indicate
1364 people on the West Coast have
diabetes. The Coast branch is a focal
point for people to seek support,
from practical advice, information,
or meet others living with diabetes.
More information is at www.
free of fossil fuels
Victoria University has reportedly
become the first university in New
Zealand to divest from fossil fuels.
Protest group 350 Aotearoa said it
was a milestone for the institution.
Victoria will be joining the likes
of Stanford University, Australian
National University and Glasgow
University in withdrawing from
investment in fossil fuel companies.
Action has been taken to divest by
the heirs to the Rockefeller fortune
and many faith institutions, around
the world including the Anglican
and Presbyterian churches of New
Arrivals: Galatea II. Departures:
Four Greymouth vessels. In port:
Galatea II, 20 other vessels. Expected
departures: Nil. Expected arrivals: Jay
Elaine, November 7; Cook Canyon,
West Coast man Gordon Sylvester
has been recognised for 40 years of
work recording New Zealand’s native
Last month Mr Sylvester had the
Hatch Medal bestowed upon him by
a group of which he was a founding
member, the NZ Native Orchid
Group. The group started in 1982 and
the medal began in 2009.
Mr Sylvester, previously of Kumara
and now of Taylor ville, is the group’s
mapping co-ordinator and vice-
chairman. He said it was a surprise to
receive the medal: “ There is only six
ever issued, I’m the sixth one.”
Mr Sylvester has presented and
witnessed presentations in the past,
and now he has had his own award
presented to him.
His award was presented by the first
recipient, Ian St George.
Although he was introduced to
orchids as a boy, it was not until he was
older that he took an interest.
“I have been in the bush all my life, it
is just a way to make sure I get into the
bush. It ’s nothing fancy.”
His trips can be close to home or
further afield. “In the past week I have
gone up to Arthur’s Pass three times.”
As part of his work he photographs
orchids, lists the co-ordinates and
keeps a diary. He now boasts a database
with 58,000 records.
“If you ask about Point Elizabeth
I can tell you there are eight species
down there, there are nine species up
Coal Creek ... My job really is to log
where they have been found.”
Mr Sylvester’s records have been
used for plant surveys, and even at
Denniston, “though they were more
interested in snails than orchids”.
Orchids are a rare field, with only
about 150 to 200 people throughout
“Are we greenies? No we’re not. Are
we ecologists? Yes we are.”
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Gordon Sylvester with a winika cunninghamii orchid, common on the West Coast.
40 years in the orchid field
The Grey District
Council has recorded a
$7.6 million surplus in its
annual report for 2013-
14, but in extraordinary
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
said the surplus needed
to be looked at over a
three-year term, not in
isolation, with a number
of incomplete work
projects carried over to
the current year.
“There is money that has
not been spent and next
year could be a deficit,”
Mr Kokshoorn said.
“Even though it is nice
to have a surplus, you take
a surplus over a three-year
The statement of
showed the council
in rates income for
the period, up from
$11,967,000 last year.
It also received $948,000
in user charges and
including consents and
infringements, whereas it
had budgeted to collect
The report noted that
the number was down
“due to consent fees
continuing to be lower
due to the economic
However, it was still up
from 2013, which had
$915,000 from them.
Employee expenses were
$4,526,000, up $76,000
on last year.
The West Coast will
receive at least one of
the 76 new police who
graduated last week from
the Royal New Zealand
The new constables
came from a variety of
backgrounds and previous
life achievements from
throughout the country
and from overseas.
Some of the former
occupations of the 76
new constables include
ski instructor, emergency
medical technician, dive
master, teacher, butcher
West Coast police area
John Canning said one
of the new graduates
had been posted to
Greymouth and was due
to begin duty next week.
She would fill an
existing position within
the current police staff
allocation for the West
Coast. “O ur bottom line
hasn’t changed, we’re one
up. We are now a couple
over strength, which is
better than being under
He could not specify
exact numbers of
frontline staff currently at
work on the West Coast
but said the region had
69 sworn positions.
New cop for Coast
Thursday November 6
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Grey Medical Centre
Passed away November
Always in my heart,
Miss you heaps.
Rest in peace where you
loved to be, Fox River.
With love Jockey.
GURDEN, Sydney. —
Died suddenly Novem-
ber 2, 2014. A much
loved brother of Myra
and the late Laurie
Baynes, and a loved and
Malcolm and Lyn, Carol
and Ralph, Jeffrey and
Philippa, Linda and
Winston, Rose and the
late Bernard, Mark and
We miss you so much
and you will remain in
our hearts forever
Rest in Peace Sydney
and Jack express our
sincere gratitude for the
received since Josie's
sudden death. Support
has come in many ways
and from many people
and from many places.
Thank you to Doreen
Beevers, Pat and Win
Beck, Tavanna, Nina,
Ingrid, and Toon Van
Rijnsoever, Tayla Beck,
Elaine and Mike Bruce,
and Janet and Ron
Haddock. To Monsignor
Gerry O'Connor and
Father Peter Costello,
thank you for the fine
service in the chapel on
the Thursday and the
lovely Mass at St
Patrick's the next day.
To Janette Millar and
David Neame for their
support in so many
ways. Kristine, Robyn,
Trish and Helen for
coming from so far
away to be with us. For
the tributes - spoken,
written and floral at the
service. The cards and
baking have been most
character and person-
ality touched many
people in many ways. A
one off person who
leaves a gap in our lives.
Please accept this as a
personal thank you to
November 4, 2014 (as
a result of a tragic
accident), dearly loved
wife of the late Denis,
much loved mum of
Karl and Eunice, Lucy
and Murray Brown,
Kate and Colin Meers,
Ramsden, and Felicity
and Nigel Welford and
a loved and adored
grandmother and great-
to 276 Marsden Road,
Funeral details to be
advised. Anisy Funeral
Bede. — On November
5, 2014. Suddenly at
Ashburton. Aged 59
years. Dearly loved
husband of Brenda.
Much loved father and
father-in-law of Jade
and Chris Royds, Rachel
and Jeff Soal, and
Loved stepfather of
Matthew and Amanda
Hunter, and Maggie;
Jackson (JT); Cooper,
Josh, Kees, and Ben,
and “Andy” (the lab).
Messages to PO Box
472, Ashburton 7740.
Foundation would be
appreciated and may be
left at the service. A
service to celebrate
John's life will be held at
the Church of the Holy
Name, Sealy Street,
Ashburton on Saturday
November 8, commenc-
ing at 11am. To be
followed by interment
New Lawn Cemetery.
Ashburton. Phone (03)
BURLEY, Allan Bryan
away peacefully on
November 4, 2014, aged
63. First and only love
of Donna, dearly loved
friend of the AA fellow-
ship. Allan will be sadly
missed by all his friends.
“God grant me the
serenity to accept the
things I cannot change
. .. Courage to change the
things I can, and
wisdom to know the
difference.” Messages to
Cobden 7802. At Allan's
request a private crema-
tion will take place.
Services Ltd. FDANZ.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
SMITH, Douglas Hugh
(Dougie). — Peacefully
on November 4, 2014 in
Rotorua, aged 94 years.
Adored husband and
best friend of the late
Lily. Much loved father
and father-in-law of
Neville and Jenny; Phil
and Kim; Stephen and
Steve; and Pennie and
Peter. A very special
Grandad of 12 grand-
children and 10 great-
grandchildren. A service
for Doug will be held in
Osborne's Funeral Home
Chapel, 197 Old Taupo
Monday November 10
by private cremation.
Communications to The
Smith Family, C/- PO
Box 926, Rotorua.
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