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Dead toddler named
Police today named the 21-month-
old girl who died following an
accident on a dairy farm north of
Westport on Tuesday evening. She
was Anamiek Manshande. The
toddler died after falling into a pond
on a Waimangaroa farm. She had
apparently been playing outside at
home prior to the accident and was
found lying in a fenced, shallow
garden pond after a family member
went to check her, about 5.30pm. The
family of the little girl had been living
and working on the rural property for
about three years. Police said today
that Anamiek’s family did not wish to
make public comment and requested
the family’s privacy be respected.
Westport police have arrested
a 19-year-old Westport man for
burglary and aggravated assault in
relation to an incident at a Westport
residence late on November 8.
Westport police constable Paul
Sampson said the resident of a
Brougham Street house found the
alleged offender about 11.20pm
on the night of November 8 in a
Westport police yesterday found a
Toyota Landcruiser in Westport at
a Henley Street address which had
been stolen from Hanmer Springs last
weekend. A number of other vehicles
were tampered with at the North
Canterbur y tourist spot when the
vehicle was stolen last weekend and
police inquiries are continuing.
A front over the south Tasman
Sea is expected to bring a prolonged
period of heavy rain to Fiordland and
Westland, where 200 to 300mm may
accumulate in the ranges through
to Saturday morning. Heavy falls
are expected from this evening. In
the 36 hours from 6pm today to
6am Saturday, the Metser vice says
to expect 150 to 200mm about the
ranges south of the glaciers, but 200
to 300mm about the ranges from the
glaciers to Otira. D uring the same
time, 70 to 100mm may fall near the
coast and the Paparoa Range.
A Hohonu man whose argument with
the partner of a work colleague resulted
in the armed offenders squad being called
was yesterday convicted and discharged on
possession of a number of firearms, as well
as possession of cannabis and a pipe for
smoking the drug.
The Greymouth District Court heard that
on September 29, Neil Tane McLachlan got
into an argument with the partner of a work
colleague at the dairy farm where he worked
in Hohonu, Taramakau. The victim alleged
he had been threatened with a firearm, and
called the police.
The AOS was called to the farm, where
they found a .22 rifle, 14 12-gauge shotgun
pellets, and one bullet for a .24 calibre rifle.
Police also found a small amount of cannabis
and a cannabis pipe.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said McLachlan
had been forced to resign from his job as
a result of the incident, as he had been
trespassed from the farm.
His dog, despite being chained up when
the AOS arrived, had also been shot, Mr
James Phillip Southorn, 62, of Moana, was
fined $350 for possession of cannabis, a .308
rifle and a .22 rifle, on September 12.
In court, Southorn admitted possession of
the .22 rifle without a licence. However, he
said that he did not know the cannabis and
the .308 rifle were at the property.
Jeremy Aranga had a charge of intentional
damage of a car on September 19 dismissed,
getting off with a pre-charge warning.
A Cobden woman was given a new
sentence of 200 hours of community work
after repeatedly breached her previous
sentence of 220 hours.
Shannon Jessica Young, 21, was given the
200-hour sentence on October 21, 2013.
However, she failed to report for the work
and was subsequently removed from an
Between September 5 and 12 last year she
also failed to report for her sentence, and had
175 hours of her sentence remaining.
Lawyer George Linder said Young had
visited Australia between October 13 and
28 last year, and probably had not asked
community probation if she could be excused
from the community work to make the trip.
She had also suffered periods of ill health.
Judge Jane Farish said community work
was not an “optional extra you do when you
feel like it”.
The judge imposed a new sentence of
community work, which she said Young
would need to complete if she did not want
to find herself in prison.
Connor John Prendergast, 20, of Cobden,
was remanded on bail to February 19 on
charges of criminal harassment, disorderly
behaviour, breach of bail and being found in
an enclosed yard.
Prendergast admitted those charges, but
denied a charge of breach of community
He also had a sentence of community
super vision cancelled by Community
Jessie Thomas Radford, 19, of Cobden,
was fined $200 for possession of cannabis
equipment, and was convicted and discharged
on a charge of possession of cannabis.
On October 24, Radford was arrested for
breach of bail. A police search of his house
found a cannabis pipe in the lounge, and
0.9g of cannabis in a foil packet under his
Radford told police he
while he was under stress. Judge Jane Farish
told Radford that cannabis was illegal, and
couldn’t be used for treating stress.
Andrew Jonathan Still was given 80
hours community work for driving while
disqualified. He pleaded guilty to the offence.
On September 8, Still was banned for three
months, however he was stopped by police
driving at Coal Creek on November 3.
Phillip Anthony Bradley was fined $800
for eight charges of failing to provide tax
information. He pleaded guilty to the
Bradley ran a house leasing business, and
had failed to complete GST returns between
September 13, 2008, and September 13,
2009. He had failed to file the returns despite
telling the Inland Revenue Department on
Feberuary 7, 18, 28 and May 28 2009 that
Bradley also failed to properly complete
income tex returns for each year between
2008 and 2013. However, all returns had
now been filed and no tax was outstanding.
Owen Anthony Jackson was ordered to pay
reparation of $3004 for wilful damage of a
car after an argument over a vehicle which
had been repossessed.
On October 28, Jackson visited an address
in the Grey district, and got into an argument
with someone he had bought a vehicle from,
but which had been repossessed.
Jackson got into the vehicle and drove at
speed into the victim’s car, damaging the
bonnet and radiator.
Lawyer Vicki Walsh said Jackson had been
sold a vehicle, which was still under finance
and had been repossessed. When he owned
it Jackson had spent more than $2000 on it.
Ms Walsh said that had been in Jackson’s
head at the time he had committed the
offence, as he had felt he had an “axe to
Judge Farish said anyone buying a vehicle
could easily check if it was under finance,
noting that Jackson had gone “way too far”.
Man convicted and discharged
on firearms and drug charges
A Ross man who laid drains for a
70-year-old woman who could not
afford to pay contractors for the work,
was yesterday discharged without
conviction in the Greymouth District
Court on a charge of unauthorised
Peter Cornish laid drains for the Ross
woman, who had had her access to a
septic tank removed by neighbours. She
had appealed to Cornish to help her
with the situation.
Between August 6 and 13, Cornish
then fitted a drain from the house to
another septic tank.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Cornish
had acted to prevent the woman from
having to leave her home and move
Mr Zintl said Cornish was of good
character and that the offending was at
the lower end of the scale.
Judge Jane Farish said the work had
been completed to a good standard, and
had met the regulations when checked
by a certified drainlayer.
She said Cornish had done the work
for free, in his own time, out of the
goodness of his heart, so that the elderly
woman could remain in her own home.
Metua Aberhama was sentenced to
two months in prison for a breach of
court release conditions
Aberhama had been released from
prison, but was shuttling between
Oamaru, Nelson and Christchurch. He
had ended up living in Whataroa but
was arrested after he had associated
with someone he had been forbidden
from having any contact with.
Aberhama now had the offer of work
and accommodation in Oamaru.
Good deed lands
Ross man in court
Andrew Mark Biggart, formerly
of Christchurch, was remanded on
bail for sentence in the Greymouth
District Court on January 13 for
theft from his former employer.
During June and July, Biggart
had worked at United Sweets at
Northlands Mall, in Christchurch.
Over a period of time, while banking
the day’s takings, he gradually stole
more than $17,000.
He told police that he did it, and
“every time I took the money I told
myself it would be the last time”.
A Westport woman who made
abusive telephone calls to the
former girlfriend of her partner was
given six months’ super vision for
On October 16, Lavonne Marie
Clifford was at home when, while
drunk, she rang her partner’s ex-
girlfriend and left five abusive
messages, saying she would kill her.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said
Clifford had to put up with six years
of “threats and harassment ” from
Gary Clark, of the Grey Valley,
was banned from driving for six
months and fined $350 for driving
while disqualified. He pleaded
guilty to the offence.
A Cobden couple was remanded
on bail to February 9 on joint
charges of selling cannabis and
possession of cannabis on August
30. The couple pleaded not guilty to
Dillon Tucker, 27, of Runanga, was
remanded on bail until December
16 on a number of charges.
pleaded guilty to
obstructing a police officer and
consuming cannabis, but pleaded
not guilty to assault and assault with
intent to injure. All the offences
took place on August 24.
Shanar Ruiha Yorke was remanded
on bail to January 13 for assault,
assault with a knife, assaulting a
police officer and wilful damage.
She admitted all the offences.
David Rata Bagley, 33, of Cobden,
was given 40 hours of community
work and ordered to pay $1323 in
reparation for dishonestly using a
$300 trailer on August 5 and 22, in
Nelson. He admitted the offence.
Michael Ryan Newcombe, 21,
of Marsden, was remanded for
sentence to January 13 for two
counts of assault and possession of
a fence post with intent to commit
Stole from employer
A Rangiora man who
breached his community
supervision and community
work sentences, and also stole
$20 from the Department of
Conser vation was sentenced
to five and half months in
prison when he appeared in
the Greymouth District Court
Matthew Richard Reardon
breached his community
sentences in May. In March,
while travelling around the
South Island he stole $20 from
a DOC honesty box to pay for
When Reardon failed to turn
up in court yesterday a warrant
was issued for his arrest, but he
later arrived saying that his car
had broken down while he was
on his way from Nelson.
Judge Jane Farish said
changed his attitude to his
offending and his obligations
to the court, as he had made
the effort to travel to court,
despite the likelihood that he
would be going to prison.
Lawyer George Linder said
Reardon was resigned to a
sentence of imprisonment.
He was a hard worker but
had previously put his work
before his obligation to the
His young child had also
given him some “food for
thought ” in terms of how he
lived his life, Mr Linder said.
DOC thief sent to prison
Preparations are well in hand
for Saturday ’s Kumara Gala
with the town’s Residents’ Trust
getting right behind the annual
It is the third year of celebration
for the historic goldmining
town and numerous activities
have been planned, with
invited Chinese dignitaries and
entertainers also taking part.
There will be over 35 registered
stalls set up for the occasion with
the Kokatahi, Westland Brass
and Highland Pipe bands joining
Gold panning, fresh baking,
damper and billy tea will be
available with pony rides for
children, bouncy castle, sack
races, and egg and spoon races.
Kumara Residents’ Trust
spokeswoman Kerrie Fitzgibbon,
said dress for the day was
heritage and steam punk, with a
full street parade with people in
early costume dress along with
vintage and classic cars, tractors
“This year we are very honoured
to have a busload of 45 special
guests coming over from
Christchurch by bus. These are
dignitaries and performers from
the Guang Dong and the Tai
Shan organisations including Dr
Chu Yanli, vice consul-general of
the Peoples Republic of China,”
Mrs Fitzgibbon said.
“ We are working very hard to
raise money to build a memorial
garden to honour the Chinese
miners who came to Kumara
looking for gold and left a mark
forever in Kumara history. The
local Chinese community have
been working very hard to
support us in this project and
the gala is a wonderful way for
east to meet west in a relaxed fun
The third annual Kumara Gala
Day begins at 10am and will run
through to 2pm.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Busy baking in preparation for Saturday’s Kumara Gala are Kumara Trust members Kerrie Fitzgibbon,
front, Fiona Pollard and Phyllis Stuart.
Kumara Gala preparations
The senior doctors’ union has expressed
concern about the pending cut to regional
Westport will lose its Air NZ ser vice next
year. Efforts are under way to find a new
The Association of Salaried Medical
Specialists (ASMS) yesterday said it
endorsed the concerns expressed by rural
doctors about the impact of the cuts.
Executive director Ian Powell, said
regions already struggled to fill specialist
vacancies, and the last thing communities
needed was another barrier put in the way
of accessing health care.
“They also depend on visits from
specialists from larger centres.
“This will either mean less specialist
visits to the affected areas or increased
costs for financially struggling public
hospitals forced to consider more
expensive alternatives such as charter
“The health need is often greatest in
those rural areas and we support the
concerns being expressed by rural doctors
about the potential impact
Doctors’ union expresses concerns about air services
Health Benefits Ltd — the
group charged with saving
money in hospitals, possibly by
shipping food into Grey Base
Hospital — is to be wound up.
However, it appears the projects
it was working on will continue.
Former health minister Tony
Ryall created HBL to save $700
million in the health system by
merging back-office functions
and bulk-buying in non-clinical
Serious concerns were raised
by medical professionals and
unions, partly at the new tier of
New Health Minister Jonathan
Coleman said today he expected
HBL would be wound down by
The Government had agreed
to explore a proposal put
forward by DHBs to move
implementation of the shared
ser vices programme to a DHB-
“ While Health Benefits
Limited (HBL) has made
good progress in developing
savings plans for DHBs, the
responsibility for implementing
these business cases needs to sit
with DHBs,” Dr Coleman said.
“It is important to maintain
momentum on implementing
these business cases to ensure
savings are freed up from the
back office and re-invested into
frontline health services.”
The health boards want the
group Health Alliance to take
“It is expected that HBL
will be wound down once the
appropriate transitional plans
have been agreed. This handover
is expected to occur by the end of
The West Coast DHB referred
inquiries about its kitchen back
to HBL this morning.
Thursday November 20
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Grey Medical Centre
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Memories of you are
kept in our hearts and
never fade or go, your
loving ways are with us
always. — Sadly missed
by your loving family.
Bernard John (Bernie).
David, Kathryn and
Vicki would like to
thank everyone for their
expressions of sympathy
and support following
the recent loss of our
dad. Thank you to those
who were able to attend
Dad's service and for
sharing your stories and
memories with us. A
special thank you to all
the staff at Allen Bryant
Lifecare. Please accept
this as our personal
acknowledgment to you
Trevor “Matt”. —
don't think of my darling
I miss you running up
my driveway, Baxter,
friends in to visit.
God has you in His
I have you in my heart.
Till we meet again.
Love from your
Passed away peacefully
on November 13, 2014
after a short illness at
Nelson Region Hospice.
Ron was a much loved
husband of Ann and Dad
to Karyn, Alan, Rebecca
and Ian. Cherished gran-
dad to all his grandchil-
dren. In keeping with
Ron's wishes a private
funeral was held in
Nelson on Tuesday, No-
vember 18. Grateful
thanks to the wonderful
nursing staff of the
Nelson Region Hospice.
Respectfully cared for
by Shone and Shirley
Funeral Directors, Nel-
Passed away 10 days
before his 16th birthday.
It's hard to believe two
years have passed since
our beautiful son was
taken from us,
There is not a day goes
by that we don't miss
We miss hearing your
deep voice, your quirky
ways, the strength and
showed and your strong
sense of self belief.
Today we will honour
your memory because
you have given us so
many memories to laugh
about, love and learn
Your death should never
have happened, but we
will never give up the
fight for justice.
We love you Matt
and miss you forever
Mum, Dad, Mike,
Thank you to all our
friends and families for
their continued love and
at home on November
19, 2014, aged 92.
Loved partner of Joan,
and loved husband of
the late Molly. Loved
father of Margaret and
the late Sue, Mary and
the late Piahana, Ann
and Brod, Clare and
Kevin, Michelle, and
Stephen and Lorraine;
stepfather of Sharon and
Heath, and Craig. Loved
grandfather of his 19
grandchildren and 13
loved and loving friend
of many. James is at
home, and friends and
family are welcome to
visit. A funeral service
will be held in the
Chapel corner of Johns
Road and Wilkinsons
Christchurch, on Satur-
day, November 22 at
11.30am. Burial to fol-
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Kiwi Rail said today that it was fortunate
no one was injured — including the rail
vehicle crew — as the outcome could have
been very different.
“O ur driver has been given time off and
will be supported by Kiwi Rail as needed,”
communications advisor Becs Saxton said.
Greymouth sergeant Phil Ealam said
that at this point the car driver had not
been charged. The driver was due to leave
the country and it was likely they would be
fined for either failing to give way, or for
“ It obviously just highlights the fact of
keeping an eye out for trains,” Mr Ealam
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