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members, from both
Appeal chair woman
Ruth Krippner, left,
and Parfitt Ward
(the Grey Base
Ruben Stewart and
his mum Katrina,
middle, and Grey
hospital staff at
yesterday after a
cheque for $57,064
was presented to the
staff had spent three months fundraising and the money will be used for essential
medical equipment. Nationally, the 2014 appeal raised a record-breaking $1.3
million for 12 children’s wards around the countr y. Fundraising activities included
teams clocking up over 200km in running and cycling events, baking
and selling nearly 7000 cheese rolls, and even head shaves undertaken by
Countdown team members including Mrs Krippner, who was thrilled with the
response to the appeal, noting how much New Zealanders care about their local
An electrical issue with a pump
was the reason why Arnott Heights
residents were left without water
Grey District Council utilities
engineer Kurtis Perrin-Smith said
there was an issue with the pump at the
top of Milton Road, which pumps the
“They didn’t come on as they normally
would have.” The council was alerted by
a call from a resident. Mr Perrin-Smith
said the pump was put on manual
operation and water restored a few
hours after the issue was identified.
2 - Thursday, December 11, 2014
Guest nights lift 20%
Monthly guest nights on the West
Coast have seen a 20% increase
on last year for the second month
running. Figures from Statistics
New Zealand showed guest nights
in October were up 21.2% compared
to the same month last year,
increasing from 76,000 to 93,000.
October 2013 had been 11.7%
lower than October 2012. The good
October result comes on the back of
September which saw a 23% increase
compared with 2013. September
increased from 57,000 nights
to 70,000. The Diana Falls slip
through the Haast Pass occurred on
September 10 last year and plagued
State highway 7 with closures for
more than a year.
Tourist escapes serious
injury in crash
An Australian tourist walked away
with minor injuries after her car left
State highway 7 on the Rahu Saddle
yesterday morning. Police said the
woman’s vehicle was badly damaged,
with the accident due apparently
to the driver not driving to the
conditions, on the road between
Reefton and Springs Junction.
Arrivals: Jay Penelope, one
Greymouth vessel. Departures: Jay
Elaine, Tainui, Moon Shadow II,
Tawera, three Greymouth vessels. In
port: Jay Penelope, 19 other vessels.
Expected departures: Nil. Expected
arrivals: Galatea II, December 12;
Cook Canyon, December 14.
Thursday December 11
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
11, 1947 - December 11,
Every exit is an entrance
Pain is inevitable,
suffering is optional.
Nicola, Berlin, Violet
We miss you in so many
We miss the things you
used to say.
And when old times we
It's then we miss you
most of all.
John, Moana and
We thought of you
But that is nothing new.
We thought about you
And the days before that
We think of you in
We often speak your
Now all we have are
And your picture in a
Your memory is our
With which we'll never
God has you in His
We have you in our
Missing you every day
Kerry, Henry, Simon
11, 2013. One long
lonely year has passed.
Remembering you is
I do it every day.
It's the emptiness with-
That never goes away.
Lional (Jim). —
Rego 35541, Private
25th Battalion WWII.
Passed away peacefully
at Kowhai Manor, Grey-
mouth on December 10,
2014, in his 93rd year.
Dearly loved husband of
the late Pat, loved Dad
and father-in-law of Jim
and Sue, Murray and
Goldie, Judy, John,
Wendy and Denys, and
Maryrose, loved Pop of
Martin, Josie, Cilla;
Daniel, David, Tawny
(deceased); Arlo, Dion,
Joel; Jessica, Michael,
Holly; and Carla, and a
loved great-pop, brother,
uncle, cousin, and friend
of many. Messages to 9
Acland Street, RD2,
Hokitika 7881. A
service to celebrate Jim's
life will be held in the
Memorial Chapel, 134
Tainui Street on Thurs-
day December 18, 2014
followed by cremation
at the Westland
Funeral Services Ltd.
FDANZ. Phone (03)
BONE, Noel William.
Passed away peace-
fully at Nelson Tasman
Hospice on Sunday
December 7, 2014.
Dearly loved husband of
Marie and the late Lois.
Father to Graeme and
Julie, and Robert and a
second Dad to Peter,
Lisa, and Kelly. Valued
brother of Richard and
Shirley Bone, and Ann
and Rex Bailey. Special
Grandad to Brydie, Joel
and Rhys and a cherish-
ed cousin. Noel will be
“desperately” missed by
his friends. A celebra-
tion of Noel's life will
be held tomorrow
(Friday) at 1pm, at Club
Waimea, Queen Street,
can be sent to 87
Salisbury Road, Rich-
mond, Nelson. In lieu of
flowers donations to the
Nelson Hospice would
Noel never realised his
own true value
Resting in the care of
Anisy's Tasman Funeral
Nelson. Phone (03) 544
SCOTT, Ronald John
away after an illness on
December 10, 2014,
aged 55. Adored soul-
mate and best friend of
Sara, dearly loved Dad
of Rene, loved grandad
Ron of Kayden, loving
son of Eileen and the
late Bob, much loved
brother and brother-in-
law of Christine
(deceased) and Graham
Holcroft, Judith and
Martin Parata, Diane
and Alice, loved and
appreciated member of
the Whiteling family,
and a loved uncle,
great-uncle, cousin and
friend of many. Mess-
ages to 119 Main South
Road, Karoro, Grey-
mouth 7805. A service
to celebrate Scotty's life
will be held in Holy
Church, Tainui Street,
(Friday) at 2pm,
followed by cremation
at the Westland
Funeral Services Ltd.
FDANZ. Phone (03)
Motorbikes could be racing up and down
the Greymouth aerodrome as part of future
At their meeting on Monday night, the
Grey District Council gave the go ahead for
motorbikes to use the aerodrome runway at
the 2015 street races.
Jackie Adams wrote to the council to seek
permission, saying that they needed to add
events to the Labour Weekend races.
He said the races brought about $700,000
to the town and filled accommodation.
He hoped to bring more people to
Greymouth and had already added a
motorcycle exhibition at the Regent Theatre
during this year’s races. “ This year I had the
New Zealand land speed record team at the
exhibition and they have offered to run time
trials at the Greymouth runway.”
Time trials would be limited to 50
motorbikes and be led by the speed record
Mr Adams also hoped to add a trade show
to attract large motorbike companies to
show off their products.
“The foundations are already there with
the street race but we need to build on it
and bring more people to town for longer.”
Cr Allan Gibson said it was a great use of
facilities and could mean another night of
accommodation in Greymouth.
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn also noted how
well the races did, suggesting they should
support the idea.
Plans for street races
on Greymouth runway
A Greymouth woman who was
driving erratically after a methadone
dose she had taken re-activated
sleeping tablets taken the night
before, was convicted and sentenced
to nine months of super vision and
banned from driving for six months
for driving while impaired.
She pleaded guilty to the charge.
Sandra Christine Allan had
been driving in Greymouth on
September 23 when she repeatedly
swer ved across the road. She parked
in The Warehouse car park, and
police found that her car was partly
parked on the kerb.
Police said she was also unsteady
on her feet and she failed to properly
complete a police impairment test.
A blood test found a combination
of methadone, diazepam and another
medication in her blood stream.
Allan told police she had taken
some sleeping tablets the previous
night, as she suffered from
post-traumatic stress disorder, and
had taken her methadone earlier that
Lawyer Richard Bodle said that the
sleeping tablets had been re-activated
when she had taken her methadone.
A Greymouth man who crashed
his car and slid it down a bank after
glancing at a passing service station
was convicted and fined $700 after
admitting a charge of careless driving.
On October 21 when Ryan Jason
Smith drove along High Street, the
road was wet from recent rainfall.
Smith said he glanced over at the
Mobil Service Station and crashed
into a parked car, which, along with
his car, slid down the bank into the
car park of the High Street Medical
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said that
Smith could not explain how the
accident happened, with no excessive
speed or alcohol involved. He said
the situation had now been partly
remedied with cars no longer able to
park in the spot where the crash had
Shaun Keith Williamson, of
Greymouth, was remanded on bail
for sentence on February 10 after
admitting two charges of driving
On May 4 Williamson was banned
for three months, until August 3.
However, on July 15 he drove on
State highway 7 near Reefton.
When he was stopped by police on
another matter he was found to be
driving while suspended. Williamson
told police he was driving his car as
he had just had it rebuilt.
A Greymouth man who drove while
almost three times the legal drink-
drive limit was convicted and fined
$1000 and sentenced to nine months
supervision, and banned from driving
for nine months for excess breath-
alcohol on November 22.
Lawyer Andrew Bailey said that
Michael Edward Falvey, 33, accepted
it had been a bad decision to drive.
Judge Noel Walsh said the
aggravating feature of the offending
was that Falvey had been close to
three times the legal drink-drive
limit. “ With that level of alcohol
in your system it’s clear you have a
problem with alcohol consumption. I
think you need a helping hand.”
Matthew James Baretta Adams,
28, of Greymouth was remanded
on bail to January 20 next year for
Brent Billet, 35, of Blaketown was
convicted and ordered to come up for
sentence within 12 months if called
upon for breaching a protection
On November 21 a protection order
was issued against Billet. However,
on November 23, Billet, who said he
was angry at having been woken up
by a baby monitor not being switched
off, got into a heated argument with
the victim. Despite being told to
leave by the victim he refused, until
the police were called. In court Billet
said he had left when the victim had
asked him to.
Kiri Joy King was fined $400 for
careless driving on October 2.
Jozef Corey Grimes, 29, of Cobden
was remanded on bail to January
20 for a restorative justice hearing
on charges of assault and using a
cannabis utensil on October 17.
Wayne Reynolds, who admitted
driving while disqualified, was
convicted and sentenced to 160 hours
of community work and banned from
driving for 12 months.
Anthony Carrick D uncan was
remanded at large to January 20
for six charges of failing to provide
accounting information, five counts
of using a document for pecuniary
gain, and one of providing a false
Methadone, sleeping pill mixture blamed for erratic driving
The Warehouse has partnered
with Women’s Refuge with a gifting
campaign called Elves on Shelves.
The initiative runs December 1-19 .
People can drop off gifts at The
Warehouse stores nationwide, to
be donated to Women’s Refuge for
distribution among at risk women
and children who seek shelter from
Women’s Refuge chief executive
Heather Henare said money stresses
coupled with families spending
more time together while juggling
the increasing pressure of Christmas
festivities, contributed to an increase in
the prevalence of violence.
“Partnering with The Warehouse is
a way we can shed some light on the
families that are going through tough
times this season.”
To boost the Elves on Shelves
campaign, The Warehouse is
supporting Women’s Refuge with a
$16,100 gift card donation. Facebook
fans are able to vote for their favourite
Christmas wish list, with the value of
the winning list ($350) to be donated
to each of the 46 Women’s Refuges
around the country.
West Coast Women’s Refuge
manager Heather Salter said next
year it would be looking to expand its
crisis line to include men. They will
be looking for male volunteers to be
overnight response workers.
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Women’s Refuge West Coast manager Heather Greer, The Warehouse
assistant manager Vicki Knight and men’s advocate Jim Cowan with some
of the gifts already donated to the refuge. The group is asking for more gift
donations by December 19 as the box is not yet full.
Shelf elves help out Women’s Refuge
Taps run dry at
A Buller man who flipped his car over and
landed it on its roof was convicted and fined
$700 in the Greymouth District Court on
one charge of driving carelessly as well as
driving while forbidden.
On September 20, Christopher Cummins
had been banned from driving, but on
October 2 he drove on State highway 1 in
the North Island.
His car left the road, hit a power pole and
flipped, rolling over several times before
landing on its roof. Cummins and his
passenger suffered only a few scratches in the
Cummins told police he may have fallen
asleep at the wheel.
Adrian Gordon James Smart was remanded
on bail to a pre-trial hearing on February 20
after he changed his plea to a number of
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Smart had
vacated his earlier not guilty pleas to
two charges of threatening to injure on
October 26, and one charge of possession of a
cannabis pipe on October 27.
However, he would be defending a charge
of aggravated burglary at a jury trial.
A Cobden man had a warrant issued for his
arrest after flying out to Australia instead of
appearing in court.
Shane Harrison Karena, 27, had been
due to appear on October 3 on a charge
of possession and selling of psychoactive
substances. Police told the court that it had
been confirmed to them that Karena had
yesterday left Christchurch on a flight to
A Greymouth man who drove while
disqualified to take his partner to her
community work because she was suffering
from a bad leg, was convicted and sentenced
to 120 hours of community work and banned
from driving for 12 months.
On June 2, Anthony Robert Moore, 45, was
banned from driving until March 2 next year,
but on November 8 he drove in Greymouth.
When stopped by police he told them that he
had been taking his partner to her community
Zane Brendon Creagh, 28, of Rapahoe, had
the remaining hours of his community work
sentence withdrawn for medical reasons.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Creagh had been
suffering from pneumonia and bronchitis.
A 20-year-old Cobden man was convicted
and sentenced to a new sentence of six
months’ super vision, 160 hours of community
work and banned from driving for 12 months
for driving while disqualified, on August 26.
Jordan Graham Bower pleaded guilty to the
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Bower had been
attending a volunteering course as part of his
sentence for the driving while disqualified
charge but had been forced to leave the course
because he suffered from anxiety attacks.
Judge Noel Walsh therefore imposed a new
sentence on Bower.
Shane Dion Dibben, 24, of Marsden, was
remanded in custody to a pre-trial hearing
on February 20 on six charges of unlawful
sexual connection, one charge of assault and
one of assault with intent to commit sexual
Lawyer Richard Bodle said it had not been
possible to organise bail for Dibben, who
would remain in custody.
Peter David Goodwin was remanded
on bail to a restorative justice hearing on
February 20 on an assault charge.
Westport man Grant Darley McCallum
was remanded on bail, without plea, to appear
in the Westport District Court on January 22
on a charge of assault with intent to injure
and contravening a protection order.
Fine for flipping car
Former students of John Paul II High School
and the old St Mary’s High School yesterday
bade a fond farewell to their old building, which
is set to be gradually demolished in the next few
weeks. John Paull II principal Kieran Stone took
a group on a guided tour of the old two-storey
brick building, which was once the heart of the
former St Mary’s High School. A soft
demolition, which involved taking up the floors
of the building, was to begin this week, before the
hard demolition of the building gets under way
about January 5. Mr Stone said that the builders
were doing their best to ensure that some
decoration on the building, such as the writing
which adorned the frontage, and a plaque dating
from the 1960s, would be saved.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Ex-students get school tour
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Countdown staff raise $57,000 for hospital
Year 9 student Kate Campbell and
Year 10 student Grace Henry were named
Greymouth High School top students at the
junior prizegiving on Monday.
Tasia Franklin was presented with the
Barbara Cowan Cup for excellence in junior
writing while Rose-Maree Cotterill-Jones
was given the Kapa Haka Leadership Award.
Other recipients were:
Merits with Distinction for Academic
Achievement: Courtney Allison, Tess
Beirne, Emma Burrows, Felicia Calder,
Ainslie Campbell, Kate Campbell, Rachel
Crawford, Matthew Flannagan, Rebekah
Fox, Ayla Guard, Jenna Haussmann, Mason
Hunt, Layla Kitchin, Jaime Laughton,
Nikol Madden, Piper McGeady, Memphis
Morgan, Harrison Pinnock, Lachlan
Richards, Hannah Rissman, Tyler Robinson,
George Rubbo, Brooklyn Rutherford, Tyler
Sadler, Brandon Sheard, Regan Simons,
Brooke Smith, Campbell Smith, Kayla
Smith, Jenna Stenhouse, Keeley Stewart,
Mikayla Sweetman, Haangana Tau, Yasmin
Waters, Amelia Whyte, Kate Wilkins, Ben
Williams, Jonas Williams.
Merits with Distinction for Academic
Achievement: Patrick Bell, Tasman Bentley,
Jon Blacktopp, Aimee Boote, Katie Brown,
Khan Buckman, Ellie Cockfield,Rose-Maree
Cotterill-Jones, Blake Davis, Emma Evans,
Daniel Fisher, Nikita Gagiano, Blake Gray,
Aleisha Griffiths, Catherine Havill, Grace
Henry, Jayme Howie, Maggi Johnson, Tyler
Kanara-Haru, Lachlan Kelly, Shavannah
Kemp-Poulton, Hola Langi, Rebecca
Lomax, Emily Lorimer, Jarrod Mallet,
Chester Mama, Tom Mann, Zeb Markland,
Patricia McCann, Brielee Menzies, Lucy
Miedema, Kyla Miller, Laychan Parkin-
Rae, Grace Perkins, Emmie-L eigh Perrin,
Aylah Peterson, Oliver Rose, L eteisha
Rothera, Harvey Rubbo, Blake Shaw, Kyle
Shaw, Scott Simons, Alex Stenhouse, Isaac
Stratford, Jared Swinburn, Anise Theurillat,
Ingrid Van Rijnsoever, Bailey Williams,
Liam Williamson, Brianna Wilson, Reid
Assisted L earning Awards: SPEC Award
for Water Skills and Relating to Others:
Jolene Black, Alex Black. SPEC Award for
Water Skills, Sensory Creativity & Relating
to Others: Tom Mann, Scott Simons.
Assisted Learning, Most Diligent Student:
Special Awards: Barbara Cowan Cup For
Excellence in Junior Writing: Tasia Franklin.
Kapa Haka Leadership Award: Rose-Maree
Top Students in Core Class 2014
Year 9: Layla Kitchin, Yasmin Waters, Kate
Campbell, Teneille Bone, Courtney Allison,
Year 10: Grace Henry, Oliver Rose, Lachlan
Kelly, Aimee Boote, Khan Buckman, Blake
Davis, Aleisha Griffiths.
Greymouth High School junior prizegiving results
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