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Arrest warrants warning
Greymouth police preparing
to arrest people on outstanding
warrants today urged those who
know they have a warrant out
for their arrest to visit their local
police station “to minimise the
inconvenience of friends and family
Copper piping, copper wire, a hot
water cylinder and an electric motor
have been reported stolen from an
unnamed commercial property in
Herbert Street, Greymouth. Police
said they believed the thieves struck
between 11.30am on Tuesday and
2pm yesterday. Anyone who can help
police with their inquiries should
contact the police station.
Thefts from vehicles
Westport police have received
reports of vehicles parked at the end
of Beach Road being broken into
and items stolen. The daytime thefts
have occurred while the owners were
close by. Police said they wanted to
hear from anyone who had noticed
suspicious vehicles or people in the
Mortgagee sales steady
Tough economic times on the West
Coast have not translated into an
increase in mortgagee sales. Trade
Me, which carries many real estate
listings on the Coast, said there were
12 mortgagee property listings on
the West Coast in 2009. By mid-
December, there had been 10. Both
figures exclude relisted properties, for
example those that did not sell the
first time around.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Two Greymouth vessels. Departures:
One Greymouth vessel. In port: 16
vessels. Expected departures: Nil.
Expected arrivals: Jay Elaine, today;
Ocean Odyssey, tomorrow; Cook
A decision to drink to celebrate the birth of
his child landed a Ross man with a sentence of
250 hours of community work, and a 15-month
ban from driving when he admitted his fifth
The Greymouth District Court on Tuesday
heard that Aaron David Scott, 19, was
stopped by police driving near Hari Hari
on September 12. He was breath-tested and
Scott had been drinking with friends earlier
to celebrate the birth of his child, and had tried
to catch the courtesy coach. However, when he
had discovered that the coach only travelled
20km, when he lived 40km away, he chose to
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said it was “a bit
rich” of Scott to blame the publican over how
far the courtesy bus travelled, as he should have
checked that fact before he began drinking.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Scott had
“ incorrectly assumed” the courtesy bus would
take him all the way home.
The conviction was his fifth for excess breath-
alcohol. However, the last was in 2009. Judge
O’Driscoll said that as there had been no bad
driving involved in the offence, he could step
back from a sentence of imprisonment.
“Come back again before the court and you
can expect a sentence of imprisonment to be
imposed breach the sentence and drink and
drive again and you can expect you won’t be
going home when you are next sentenced, “ the
judge warned Scott.
Celebratory drinks result in
work sentence, driving ban
Speedster narrowly misses jail
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A Kaniere man who drove at speeds
of 145kph on the outskirts of Hokitika
avoided being sent to prison “ by a very
slim margin” when he appeared in the
Greymouth District Court on Tuesday.
Garry Laurence Galway, 50, was
sentenced instead to six months of
community detention, 200 hours of
community work and banned from
driving for 15 months, after he admitted
aggravated excess breath-alcohol and
On October 24, Galway was driving
through town when, after being
followed by police, he sped up to 70kph
in a 50kph zone. He then reached a
speed of 145kph in a 80kph zone.
Galway admitted to police he had been
drinking, and a breath-test produced a
result of 968mg.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Galway had
chosen to drive after being contacted
by a woman he wanted to have a
relationship with, who told him she just
wanted to be friends.
He went back to a friend’s house, and
after finding the door locked he decided
to drive home. Mr Zintl said Galway
had written a letter of apology, and was
genuinely remorseful for what he had
He had previously been imprisoned
for drink-driving, and urged the judge
not to impose the same sanction this
time around. A letter from Galway’s
employer said he was of “good moral
character” and a “decent person”.
Mr Zintl said Galway knew he was
close to a sentence of imprisonment,
hence why he had instructed counsel
A sentence of community detention
through Galway ’s employer was
investigated, but it was found that no
one at his contracting firm would be
available to help with such a sentence.
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said an
aggravating factor of the offence was that
it was Galway ’s fifth such conviction,
albeit after a gap of 16 years.
“This had all the classic ingredients of
a crash waiting to happen — a high level
of alcohol combined with speed.
“ You have escaped a sentence of
imprisonment by a very slim margin.
Come back before the court breach the
sentence and you can expect a sentence
“Do not drink and drive again,” Judge
Fast broadband heads to Cobden
PICTURE: Nic McBride
The installation of ultra fast broadband around the Greymouth area took another step last Friday, when
Electronet contractors were busy on Mawhera Quay, testing and repairing the ductline in preparation for
the installation of ultra fast broadband cable to Cobden.
One of New Zealand’s oldest
alpine huts has received some
vital maintenance thanks to
a partnership between the
Department of Conser vation,
Fox Glacier Guiding and the
Built in 1931, Chancellor Hut is
the oldest alpine hut that remains
on its original site.
Located on Chancellor Ridge
beside Fox Glacier, it is still
regularly used by back country
skiers, mountaineers and
In December, three DOC
rangers and a team from Fox
Glacier Guiding consisting of
lead guide Marius Bron and son
Lucas, guide and former Haast
policeman Roger Millard and
senior guide Kurt Johnstone
were flown to Chancellor Hut to
The plan for the day was to dig
out and box in the helipad, create
a platform and box steps from the
helipad down to hut and install
a new latch on the door of the
hut to stop snow and kea making
their way inside.
“It was a mad rush to get
everything done before the
weather came in,” DOC ser vices
ranger Mark Le Lievre said. The
DOC rangers flew out at 4pm,
while the Fox Glacier Guiding
team stayed on overnight to finish
“The generosity and expertise
of these local businesses is what
made this project happen.”
Helicopter Line pilot Sam
Innes who organised the free
reconnaissance flight and
transport of personnel, a tonne
of timber and tools to the hut
and back, said they were happy
to contribute flying time for a
project that improved the safety
of the helipad for everyone.
Fox Glacier Guiding uses the
hut for overnight guided trips.
The hut is a standard
Department of Tourist and
Health Resorts design. It has
two rooms, the main bunkroom
and ‘women’s room’. It is clad
in corrugated iron, framed
in oregon timber and lined
in congoleum — a type of
patterned floor covering similar
It is associated with the early
days of tourism in the Glacier
Alpine hut given spruce-up
PICTURE: Department of Conser vation
Lucas Bron, Kurt Johnstone, Marius Bron, Casey Rhodes, Theo Dekker and Roger Millard.
A decision to drink absinthe at a
wedding landed an Atarau woman with
a conviction for drink-driving when she
appeared in the Greymouth District
Court on Tuesday.
Angela Jane Emmerson, 43, was driving
in Cobden on November 7 when she was
stopped and tested by police.
When a blood test produced a result of
292mg per 100ml of blood, Emmerson
told police she had only had a couple of
drinks. It was her first such offence.
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said such
a high reading showed a “significant
However, lawyer Richard Bodle said
Emmerson had drunk absinthe at a
wedding, which possibly explained the
very high reading.
A sceptical Judge O’Driscoll said that
maybe the reading was also explained by
Emmerson being an “extremely seasoned
of the Westport News
Some Punakaiki residents were left with full
recycling bins after Buller District Council
contractor Smart Environmental Ltd (SEL)
failed to empty them last Friday.
Hand-written messages were left on some
of the unemptied bins: “Recycling full sorry.
Running late will pick up next Friday . . .
whatever recycling you have. Cheers. ”
Hartmount Place resident Richard Arlidge
said it appeared the SEL truck was too small
to take the amount of recycling Punakaiki
produced during the tourist season.
He questioned whether SEL’s contract allowed
it to simply postpone the collection for a week
and what the driver was “running late” for.
“Their contract must say it has to be picked up
on the day stated, or if not the next day. ”
Most of his neighbours had now taken their
unemptied bins back inside. SEL would have
to inform them individually if it planned a
collection before next Friday.
If SEL could put off its recycling collection
because it was short of space, maybe ratepayers
could put off paying their rates because they
were short of money, Mr Arlidge said.
Council operations manager Steve Griffin
said collection staff on the recycling run had
made a “genuine error”.
Once the SEL management was made aware
of the issue a collection was arranged for
Tuesday afternoon to pick up the recycling left
Anyone who had issues as a result of last
Friday ’s collection should contact SEL or
council and arrangements would be made to
collect, Mr Griffin said. Other wise SEL would
tomorrow pick up any recycling in the area that
had not been ser viced last Friday, as per the
information left by the collection staff.
SEL was required to pick up all refuse and
recycling put out for collection, Mr Griffin
said. There had been some minor changes to
the collection days since the ser vice started
to better manage the quantities put out for
A new film about one
of the men who defined
the architecture of pre-
will screen in Greymouth
The film Charles Luney
Master Builder will be
shown at the Regent
Theatre on Sunday with
the director holding a
discussion after wards.
Charles Luney and his
company built several
buildings around the city
including the Town Hall,
Westpac Trust Centre,
Theatre and Princess
producer and director
Samuel Miller and former
Christchurch City Art
Gallery senior curator
John Coley — explores
Luney ’s style, the myths
that surrounded him, and
his long ser ving staff.
Born in Lyttelton in
1905, Luney died in
2006 — four years before
the city was ravaged by
earthquakes — never
witnessing the destruction
of many of his beloved
buildings. Some of
Luney ’s buildings still
stand, including the
Westpac Trust Centre,
the James Hight Library
at Canterbury University,
the Christchurch Library
and the now forlorn
Christchurch Town Hall.
The documentary was
filmed over 10 years,
featuring inter views
in Luney ’s sun room,
worksite and office.
Luney was still going to
work in his 90s.
of the Westport News
Buller District Council chief executive Paul
Wylie was the costliest council chief executive
on the West Coast by almost $62,000 in the
year to June 30.
Mr Wylie cost ratepayers $285,091,
according to information obtained under the
Local Government Official Information and
Meetings Act (LGOIMA).
He received a $244,250 remuneration
package, comprising $232,250 salary and
$12,000 for a vehicle. He also notched
up expenses of $22,622 and had key man
insurance cover costing $18,219.
All up, he cost ratepayers $11,459 more
than the previous year, despite no longer
earning directorship fees on Buller Holdings
Ltd. He had earned $5833 as an executive
director in 2013 before the council removed
him because of conflict of interest concerns.
Mr Wylie has been the highest-paid,
highest-spending Coast council chief
executive since taking up the Buller job three
years ago. The gap between him and his peers
continues to widen.
His 2014 remuneration package increased
$10,880 on 2013. It topped the next highest-
paid Coast council chief executive, regional
council boss Chris Ingle, by over $38,000.
Mr Wylie’s expenses and insurance totalled
$40,841 — as much as the combined expenses
of the other three council chief executives
and $6412 more than in 2013.
Mr Wylie’s biggest expense, his car, cost
ratepayers $11,468. He continues to commute
to Westport weekly from either Richmond or
Amberley. He is the only Coast council boss
who does not reside locally.
The life insurance policy, owned by the
council, covers the cost of employing a new
chief executive in the case of death or disability
and also provides spousal compensation. Mr
Wylie, who is believed to be in his 70s, is the
Coast ’s oldest council chief executive .
Mr Wylie is the only Coast council boss
with Koru Club membership or a council
Mr Ingle cost ratepayers $223,307 for
remuneration, expenses and insurance, up
$8649 on 2013.
He received a remuneration package
of $205,706, up $5359. It comprised
salary $186,135, vehicle $14,030, and
Mr Ingle spent $17,527, mostly on air travel
and accommodation ($14,665) with Orbit
Grey District Council chief executive Paul
Pretorius cost ratepayers $217,439, up $1485
on 2013. His remuneration package rose just
$630, to $202,744. It comprised his salary,
$182,952, superannuation $9619, car $9041,
telephone rental $609 and professional
Westland District Council chief executive
Tanya Winter cost ratepayers $208,412.
She received $199,746 remuneration and
spent $8666: flights $3544, conference fees
$1918, mileage $1756, accommodation $735,
meals $460, taxis $141 and fuel $112.
Buller council boss highest paid
Emergency helicopter call-outs
to the West Coast are increasingly
determined by the clinical needs
of individual patients rather than
the proximity of rescue craft, says
rescue helicopter sponsor NZCC.
NZCC manager Simon Duncan
was asked why the Christchurch-
based Westpac helicopter was
on the ground in Greymouth
yesterday, with the West Coast
NZCC helicopter standing by.
Mr Duncan said the Westpac
helicopter was sent to South
yesterday, based on advice about the
particular patient at the time of the
“The clinical requirements for the
patient required advanced care,” he
That decision was made in
Christchurch by St John, via the
111 system. In the event, the
helicopter made its way back to
Grey Base Hospital, where it
parked up while hospital doctors
assessed the patient.
The advantage of that was that
the Christchurch-based helicopter
would then be able to transfer the
patient back to Canterbury if
that was the option determined
as necessary by doctors at
Mr Duncan said the Christchurch
helicopter was increasingly used
for medical call-outs because they
provided a level of qualified staff
not present on the Coast.
Ultimately, St John led any
medical call-out and “if it requires
intensive care procedures, they ask
for that level of staff.”
Mr Duncan said the “health
pathway” for patients requiring
high level inter vention determined
who responded and from where.
Clinical need was increasingly the
strategy rather than the “scoop and
run tactics” of the past.
It often meant a patient was
transported directly to the care
facility which best met their needs.
“I think it’s a good thing for the
Coast where patients who require
escalated care, they are referred
to the hospital which meets their
clinical needs. ”
The Coast had a “suite of
options” for patient transfers, with
most of the medical transfers to
Christchurch undertaken by fixed-
wing aircraft from Greymouth, and
the helicopter used more for rescue
“(The) transport mechanism
obviously makes it quicker. It ’s
changed a bit from the past. We’re
going to see it a lot more.”
Patient needs key in copter call-outs
A few hundred stock
sent to slaughter last year
were found not to have
bovine tuberculosis (Tb)
The Greymouth Star
asked for details after
being notified by a farmer
whose deer had reacted
to the Tb test for the first
time since the 1970s and
were sent to the works,
but found to be clear of
Tb Free NZ area disease
manager Mark Neill said
that of 350,000 cattle and
deer tested in the past 12
months, less than 0.1%
(which works out about
350) were slaughtered
as reactors and 17.07%
(about 60) of those were
found to have bovine
tuberculosis (Tb) lesions
— abnormal tissue typical
of the disease.
Mr Neill said a number
of things could cause an
animal which did not
have Tb to react to the
skin and/or blood test.
Reasons included the
state of the animal’s
immune system; exposure
to closely related bacteria
in the environment;
avian Tb, Johnes disease,
feed and soil bacteria,
infections, abscesses or
other diseases; vaccination
for related bacteria
( Johnes disease) and
“ It is far better to be risk
averse and minimise the
spread of disease, rather
than leaving infected
animals that might have
the disease on the farm,”
A severe weather watch
has been issued for the
West Coast tomorrow.
The Metser vice said a
front over the Tasman
Sea was expected to bring
heavy rain to parts of the
Coast. Also, north-west
winds were expected to
rise to gale about inland
parts of the South Island
for a time. South of Otira,
rainfall could total more
than 70mm in 12 hours.
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