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Birchfield Minerals has been granted
a mining permit for 88ha near the old
gold town of Dunganville, past the
end of Rutherglen Road. Meanwhile,
Terry Young has been granted an
exploration permit for 156ha at
another old gold area, Cronadun near
Coal prospect permit
A company called C2 NZ Ltd
has been granted a coal prospecting
permit for a large area at the back of
Westport. It includes Waimea, Island
and Mountain creeks. The company
directors are Michael Avery, from
New South Wales, Dean Fergusson,
from Christchurch, and Craig
Wallace, from China.
Associate Minister of Conservation
Nicky Wagner is encouraging people
passionate about conservation to
seek nomination for conser vation
boards, before nominations close on
January 20. There are 14 conservation
boards with up to 12 members each:
Northland, Auckland, Waikato,
Bay of Plenty, East Coast/Hawke’s
Bay, Tongariro/Taupo, Taranaki/
Whanganui, Wellington, Chatham
Islands, Nelson/Marlborough, West
Coast Tai Poutini, Canterbury
Aoraki, Otago, and Southland. The
boards meet four to five times a year.
“Conser vation boards work best when
they reflect the rich diversity of New
Zealand society, so I encourage New
Zealanders from all walks of life, with
an interest in conservation, to seek
nomination,” Ms Wagner said.
Grass fire closes road
A motorway north of Christchurch
was closed briefly last evening after
a smoky grass fire on the roadside.
The Fire Service received calls
around 4.30pm to the fire between
the Waimakariri River bridge and
Belfast on the Northern Motor way.
Smoke was drifting across the busy
road, making driving hazardous. Part
of Main North Road was closed
briefly and the southbound motorway
reduced to one lane while the fire was
brought under control. — N ZME
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Two Greymouth vessels. Departures:
Galatea II, Moon Shadow II, Tainui,
Tawera. In port: 15 vessels. Expected
departures: Nil. Expected arrivals: Jay
Elaine, tomorrow; Ocean Odyssey,
Friday; Cook Canyon, Saturday.
Injured driver convicted
Judgment reserved on siblings
Wednesday January 14
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
Genuine Care and
Charles. — With great
sadness we announce
the passing of Owen on
January 13, 2015 at
Ngaio Marsh Hospital,
Christchurch, after a
long and courageous
battle, in his 80th year.
Loved son of the late
loved and cherished
husband of Carla, dearly
loved father and father-
in-law of Heather and
Frank (USA), Iain and
Sophia, Fiona and Alex
(USA), Sarena and
Aaron, loved grand-
father of Benjamin,
William and Asha. Step-
father of Lynette and
Richard, friend of Terry,
and Emily, and dear
Owen of Danielle and
Caleb. Brother and
brother-in-law of Colin
and Muriel (Australia),
Jocelyn and Murray
Sturgeon. Our thanks go
to the caring staff of
Ngaio Marsh Hospital.
Rest in Peace,
Messages to the Harri-
son Family, C/- PO Box
263, Kaiapoi 7644. In
appreciation of the help
and care of Owen dona-
tions to Nurse Maude
would be appreciated
and may be made at the
service. A celebration of
Owen's life will be
held in the Harewood
507 Johns Road, Christ-
church, on Thursday
January 15, at 3.30pm.
John Rhind Funeral
Kaiapoi. Phone (03) 327
A Greymouth District Court judge
has reser ved judgment over the alleged
theft of more than $1000 worth of
electrical equipment by two brothers
and two sisters in Hokitika in May last
Chance Tipa, Angel Stevenson and
Tyran Dickson were jointly accused of
stealing a television from a Revell Street
property on May 30. Tessa Wallace was
charged with stealing a Playstation 3
computer games console, a number of
computer games and a hoodie from the
In court on Monday, Wallace admitted
stealing the games console about
midday on May 30 from her former
partner, David Sinclair, while he was in
Sinclair said he had asked Wallace to
go over to his house while he was away
to feed his animals.
Wallace told the court that Sinclair
was “evil” and claimed he had
previously stolen thousands of dollars
from her and her father. She said on
the day she had visited Sinclair’s
house, it had “seemed like a good time”
to steal the games console as an act of
Wallace said she then contacted
Stevenson and Dickson, who she said,
shared a phone, and told them she had a
Playstation 3, and asked if they wanted
to buy it. Wallace told the court she
offered the console for sale because she
needed “gas money ” so she could go to
Christchurch to collect her car.
Wallace alleged that Stevenson, her
sister, had asked if the Playstation was
stolen, and she told her that it was. She
said in court that she had agreed to sell
the console for $130, including a “top
up” of $20 worth of marijuana. However,
she never received any payment for the
console, she said.
She said she took the Playstation over
to Stevenson’s house, but some time
later Dickson’s brother, Tipa, came over
to the house and took the console and
some of the games to his house. The
Playstation and the television were later
recovered at Tipa’s address and handed
back to Sinclair by police.
Wallace said that later that day she was
contacted by Stevenson, who asked if she
wanted to go out for a “session” smoking
drugs. She said she agreed to do so and
was collected in a vehicle belonging to
Tipa’s mother, accompanied by Dickson
In her police inter view into the
burglaries, Wallace said that once she
got into the car Stevenson told her she
wanted the tv. Wallace said Stevenson
told her that “you need to get in the car,
we are going to David’s house to steal
the tv ”.
Wallace said that once at the house she
had got upset and told the three that
she did not want any part in stealing the
television, as Sinclair had a child and she
did not want him to get upset when he
saw the television had been taken. She
said that the television was put in the
back of the car and the four drove away
from the scene.
However, in Dickson’s police inter view,
which was played to the court, he
alleged that neither he nor Stevenson,
his girlfriend, had known that the
Playstation was stolen. He also alleged
that they had visited Sinclair’s house to
help Wallace move a television which
she said belonged to her.
In court, Wallace said Stevenson had
asked her “who steals a Playstation and
not a television?” and had told her the
three had planned to go to Sinclair’s
house to steal the television.
Lawyer Richard Bodle, acting for
Stevenson, Tipa and Dickson, said
that allegation had not been included
in Wallace’s earlier police statement.
He said Wallace was now making the
claim “to make things worse” for her co-
Wallace said she had not mentioned
the allegation previously because of the
effect it might have when she saw the
others in the future.
Tipa, Stevenson and Dickson all
declined to give evidence in court.
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said he
would deliver his verdict tomorrow.
A Greymouth man who smashed his car into
a tree, breaking several bones in the process,
was convicted in the Greymouth District Court
yesterday for dangerous driving and driving
with excess breath-alcohol.
On October 25, Paul Gerald Humm, 40, while
along Marsden Road, in Greymouth, crossed the
centre line, forcing an oncoming car to swer ve.
He then ended up sliding his car into a tree.
A police investigation of the tyre marks left
by Humm’s car estimated he was driving at
between 77kph and 88kph at the time of the
crash, in a 50kph residential zone.
A blood test carried out by police produced
a reading of 144mg of alcohol per 100ml of
blood. Lawyer George Linder said Humm had
suffered “quite substantial” injuries in the crash,
sustaining four fractures of his vertebrae, which
had left him on an ACC recovery plan and
currently unable to work.
Mr Linder said Humm had been surprised by
the blood-alcohol reading, as he had gone to
bed at a reasonable time the night before.
Jethro Macdonald was convicted and
discharged for a breach of community work.
On May 7, Macdonald was given 200 hours of
community work for unpaid fines, but he had
then completed only 36 hours of his sentence,
failing to report for it on 12 occasions.
Kerry Aston, from Community Probation, said
that more recently Macdonald had reported more
regularly and had completed 65 hours. Lawyer
Richard Bodle said that being given a warning
over the breach had encouraged Macdonald to
take his community work more seriously.
William Brand, 17, was convicted and fined
$600 and banned from driving for six months
for driving with excess breath-alcohol.
On December 13, Brand drove in Greymouth,
carrying two passengers despite being on a
He was stopped and breath-tested, which
produced a result of 598mg; the legal limit is
zero for drivers under-20.
Lawyer Liz Bulger said Brand had been the
least intoxicated person out of the three, and
that is why he had driven home.
Shannon Jessica Young, 22, of Cobden, was
remanded without plea to February 10 for
driving while disqualified on October 25, and
driving while forbidden on November 30.
Taui Wiremu Henna, 26, of Cobden, was
remanded without plea to January 20 for excess
breath-alcohol of 580mg on October 25.
A Reefton man who threatened to stab
himself, a relative and the police was
convicted in the Greymouth District Court
Matthew Kenneth Lintott, 19, was
remanded on bail for sentencing on February
17 on charges of assaulting a female,
threatening to kill and intentional damage.
The charges all date to December 13.
Lintott was at home on December 13
when he got into an argument with the
victim. He abused her, and when she
ignored him he picked up a kitchen knife
and brandished it at her, threatening to
punch her. He then punched the victim
and told her that he would slit her throat,
his wrists and stab any police officers if she
called the police.
He also sprained the victim’s finger with the
knife, and then stopped her calling the police
by pulling the telephone out of its socket.
Lawyer George Linder said there had
been a seven-year build-up of events around
Lintott and the victim, which had included
losing a relative in the Pike River Mine
Lintott had moved into the property the day
before the argument occurred, when relations
between the two had begun to decline.
Mr Linder said the argument began after
the victim had returned to the house drunk.
Tamati John Taylor had his sentence of
120 hours of community work converted
to a 12-month suspended sentence after
completing only two and half hours of his
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Taylor had been
unable to complete his sentence as he had an
ill wife to look after, as well as four children.
His wife recently had twins, which had been
born premature and had needed to be looked
after in Wellington Hospital.
Mr Bodle asked Judge Stephen O’Driscoll
to consider converting Taylor’s sentence to
that of a fine.
However, the judge said Taylor had
previously been imprisoned for a similar
offence. Mr Bodle said that although Taylor
had a “significant ” criminal history, his
offending had tailed off in recent times.
Judge O’Driscoll agreed to convert the
sentence as Taylor’s was a “genuine case”.
A Dobson man whose car overturned
after it hit a grass verge, was convicted and
banned from driving for eight months and
fined $750 for careless driving and excess
blood-alcohol of 88mg per 100ml of blood,
on November 23.
Chain Jee Leong, 52, was driving towards
Kaiata when he drifted across the centre line
and hit a verge, overturning his car in the
process. When questioned by police Leong
blamed tiredness and exhaustion for the
crash. He had been working late and had
drunk two bourbons and cola before driving.
Alan James Minto, 57, of Kumara, was
convicted and remanded on bail to February
17 for a restorative justice hearing on a charge
of threatening to injure on December 12.
A charge of driving while forbidden was
withdrawn against Samuel Tau, 20, of
Cobden, after he successfully got his driving
Michael Ryan Newcombe was remanded
in custody to January 20 on three charges of
common assault, and one each of burglary
and possession of an offensive weapon.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of
Matthew Graeme Q uartly after he failed to
appear in court for breaching his court release
Stabbing threats conviction
The Westpac Trust Rescue Helicopter sits alongside the NZCC Rescue Helicopter at Greymouth
Aerodrome late this morning after transferring a patient from Haast to Grey Base Hospital. The
Christchurch-based Westpac helicopter was called to carry out the routine medical transfer.
Canterbury rescue helicopter drops in
PICTURE: Viv Logie
A Christchurch man now living in
Greymouth who stole more than $1700
from his employer was sentenced in the
District Court yesterday to 150 hours
of community work, nine months’
super vision and ordered to pay $1223 in
reparation for the theft.
Andrew Mark Biggart had been
working in a sweet shop at the
Northlands Mall, in Christchurch, where
he had responsibility for banking the
day ’s takings. However, he failed to do so
and stole more than $1700 over a period
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Biggart had
lost his job as a result of the offending,
and had also lost sleep over the shame
and embarrassment he had suffered as a
result of it.
Mr Zintl said Biggart had already paid
back more than $500 of the money he
stole, as a result of wages withheld by
Biggart ’s former employer.
A Hokitika man who pointed
a gun at someone during an
argument was convicted in the
Greymouth District Court
yesterday and remanded on bail
to February 17 for a restorative
Kelly Dennis Maffey, 32, was
at home on November 27 when
he was woken up by knocking
at the front door. He got into an
argument with the person at the
door, who left, but returned with
As the two were approaching
the house Maffey apprehended
them and pointed a gun at the
victim, saying, “Do you want a
go, do you?”
Maffey later told police he had
used the gun because he felt
Kianu Raniera Kapene King,
19, of Franz Josef Glacier, was
convicted and fined $200 for
driving while forbidden, on
Michael Patrick O’Rourke, 36,
of Hokitika, was convicted and
remanded on bail to February 17
for a restorative justice conference
on charges of possession of
cannabis, possession of cannabis
equipment and using offensive
language. He admitted the
A Hokitika woman who
threw an axe at someone’s
door, smashing the glass, was
convicted and remanded on bail
to February 17 for a restorative
justice conference on a charge of
Tracy Ann-Marie Maffey, 32,
pleaded guilty to the offence.
On November 27 Maffey had
got home, and had got into an
argument with a relative at the
house, and threw an axe at the
Stephen James Cosgriff, 40,
of Hokitika, was remanded on
bail without plea to February
10 for excess breath-alcohol of
1298mg and careless driving, on
Remand on bail for
Two light earthquakes
struck the lower North
Island this morning.
Geonet recorded the
first as a magnitude 4.2
earthquake 67km deep
and 15km south-east
of Masterton. Geonet
recorded the quake at
Shortly after, at 6.16am,
a magnitude 3.1 quake
struck 26km deep 10km
north-west of Masterton.
The first earthquake was
classified as light and the
second as weak. Some
reports were logged at the
Geonet website of people
in the lower North Island
feeling the quakes.
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