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Trolley thrown off
Greymouth police arrested and
charged four young men following
incidents on the Cobden Bridge
late on Saturday. A 19-year-old
and two 17-year-old men were
arrested before midnight for
allegedly throwing road cones off
the bridge. Police were back on the
scene just after midnight to arrest
a 17-year-old man who allegedly
threw a shopping trolley off the
bridge. All four men will appear in
the Greymouth District Court in
due course to face wilfull damage
West Coast police had a busy
weekend, arresting 12 people for
a wide variety of offences between
Friday and Sunday. Greymouth
senior sergeant Phil Barker said
those arrested had been charged
with a variety of offences including
shoplifting, breach of bail, common
assault, theft, and male assaults
female. Some of the arrests were the
result of an “unusually” high number
of domestic incidents involving
violence or physical intimidation,
which police attended during the
weekend. Reefton and Rununga
had two separate incidents each,
with other incidents at Dobson,
Greymouth, Punakaiki, Hector,
and Hokitika, Mr Barker said. One
might speculate about the cause but
“that is an unusually large amount.”
A part-beagle named Buddy did
not wait for an invitation to see
his 85-year-old master at a Texas
hospital. The dog hitched a ride
on the outside of an ambulance
transporting his owner, Mason
County rancher J R Nicholson,
to Fredericksburg. Ranch hand
Brian Wright said on Friday that
he summoned the ambulance on
October 26 when Nicholson started
feeling dizzy. The ambulance had
been driving for about 30km before
another motorist flagged down the
driver to say there was a dog on the
side step. Buddy was then put into
the ambulance with the patient.
Outbreaks of rain
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
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A Canterbury man who fled to
Australia just as he was due to stand
trial in the Greymouth District Court
on a variety of sex offences against his
daughter, is fighting extradition back
to New Zealand from Australia.
The 42-year-old was charged with
sexually abusing his daughter over an
eight-month period, while working
on a Greymouth farm in 2011.
He was granted name suppression
and bail, during which he got married,
obtained a new passport under his
wife’s name, cut off his electronic
bail bracelet and fled the country on
January 24, 2013 — just four days
before he was due in court.
Police only uncovered the ruse when
they tried to find him for the trial,
which had to be aborted.
On June 13, a warrant was issued
for the man’s arrest, then re-issued
by a court magistrate in New South
Wales. He was arrested in Australia
shortly after wards and opposed his
extradition when he was brought
before a magistrate on June 21.
On March 7 this year he was
remanded in custody, and in July the
Australian Federal Court upheld the
extradition order, despite the accused
arguing that he would be at risk of
“serious physical harm from gang
members” he had previously been
associated with in New Zealand.
He also argued that he would be
subject to “psychological torture” if he
However, Federal Court Justice John
Nicholas said there was no evidence
to support the man’s claims.
The man also claimed that the correct
part of the arrest warrant form, signed
on June 13, had not been properly
completed by the magistrate, but
Justice Nicholas said the magistrate’s
signature on the form was enough to
show it had been completed.
West Coast police area commander
Inspector John Canning said he
understood the accused was still
fighting extradition, but was not
surprised by that.
“ What ’s waiting for him here except
a jail cell?” Mr Canning said.
As soon as he was returned to New
Zealand he would be held in custody
until his court trial, Mr Canning said.
Bid to extradite Coast sex accused
The families of two Pike River
victims will learn in the New Year
how their fight to take former
mine boss Peter Whittall to court
Milton and Sonya Rockhouse’s
son Ben died in the November
Last December, all charges were
dropped against Mr Whittall,
the former Pike River Coal chief
Ms Osborne and Ms Rockhouse
would like the High Court to
review the case and hope fresh
charges might be laid.
At a short hearing in the
High Court at Wellington this
morning — two days before the
fourth anniversary — Justice
Simon France told lawyers for the
Ministry of Business, Innovation
and Employment (MBIE) and
the applicants to return to court
for an issues conference on
In the meantime, they will file
submissions. The MBIE said
at the time the lack of witness
availability was one reason for
ditching the prosecution.
Mr Whittall and Pike River
Coal offered a payment on behalf
of the directors and officers of the
company to the families of the
men and two sur vivors.
The decision to drop charges
disgusted some families of those
who died in the mine explosion.
Businesses far and wide are getting
ready for the great Greymouth clean-up
Working bee organiser Grey District
Councillor Murray Hay said he was rapt
with the response from businesses.
had volunteered, he
the police had some people interested.
The Fire Brigade will be on hand
to ensure a good supply of water for
“ We are targeting the skatepark area
around the Regent Theatre, and all the
other entrances to town.
“The McDonald’s roundabout, the
railway station. All the business owners
will take care of their own premises.”
The volunteers will also try to wash
the signwriting, which indicates cable
depths, off the footpaths.
“It looks terrible.”
The Greymouth Motor Cycle Street
Race organisers and students from
Greymouth High School undertook
a small clean-up prior to the races at
Labour Weekend, and this event should
build on their work.
Anyone able to help is asked to
gather outside Stewart Nimmo’s store
at 5.15pm. It is expected to last several
hours. People should bring cleaning
gear including hoses, and squeegees for
Shia King, left, and Cinnermon Tauwhere at the processing lines inside the new Westfleet factory when it opened its door to the public on Saturday. A large
crowd turned up to inspect the new building, which included a boardroom table made of wood from the old goods shed, and offices with Grey River views.
More photos from the opening, page 5.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Fish factory opens its doors
Solid Energy is starting to strip
the Pike River mine, ten days
after announcing the re-entry
would not go ahead.
It was previously announced
that the nitrogen machine was
heading offshore to another mine.
Bryn Somer ville said today that
following its decision to not
re-enter the mine drift and to
relinquish the mining permit, its
remaining commitment was to
clean up the site and, ultimately,
to hand it over to the Department
of Conser vation.
“The company has commenced
this process, including returning
rental equipment and preparing
for additional work required to
fulfil our obligations.”
The forested Atarau site will
become a permanent memorial,
and reser ve, and possibly an
international site of learning.
TheDepartment of Conser vation
will become responsible for the
site once Solid Energy leaves.
Energy and Resources Minister
Simon Bridges said recently the
remainder of the $7 million that
was available for the drift re-entry
project — $2 million — would
be made available for the work
and “if more funding is needed,
we would certainly be open to
understands the families are keen
to see the bathhouse retained, as it
was a place the men would gather
begins to clear
of the Otago Daily Times
Investors and gold producers alike are
becoming ner vous as the global price of
gold continues to soften in the face of
the strengthening US dollar.
Alarm bells ring for producers when
gold dips below $US1200 ($NZ1520)
an ounce, severely eroding already
stretched profit margins, but the
prospect of $US1000 an ounce is now
being mooted by some analysts.
Gold’s softening price has prompted
New Zealand’s largest producer, Oceana
Gold, in East Otago, to give notice that
unless prices firm, its East Otago and
West Coast operations could be facing
closure between 2015 and 2017.
In a recent two-day sur vey of 27
United States analysts and traders, half
the respondents predicted gold prices
would breach a critical support at
$US1100 an ounce by the end of this
year, Reuters reported.
A significant portion even had
$US1000 in their sights, which would
be a level considered critical for miners.
Craigs Investment Partner broker
Peter McIntyre said there was “always
a chance’’ the predictions of a fall to
$US1000 could be correct.
“$US1200 has been the floor for gold
for the last 18 months, but if there’s a
break below $US1100, then $US1000
does look very likely.”
Softening gold price sets off alarm bells
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