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Dog probe continues
An investigation lead by the
Greymouth SPCA and supported
by police into a dog found dead
with a smashed skull on January 9 is
still ongoing. The national office of
the SPCA said today no conclusion
had yet been reached about the
circumstances which led to the
death of the dog. SPCA spokesman
Alan Wilson said the investigation
remained in the hands of the
Greymouth branch. A conclusion
was expected soon.
Theft of alcohol from a property on
the outskirts of Westport, followed
by the capture of a group of youths
nearby with alcohol were probably
linked, police say. Someone broke
into a Stafford Street property, on
the eastern boundary of Westport,
at 6 o’clock last night, getting away
with a quantity of alcohol. About six
hours later four 15-year-old youths
and a 14-year-old were found hiding
around Fox Distributors, in Bentham
Street, not far from Stafford Street.
Police found and seized alcohol
from the five youths. Constable Paul
Sampson said inquires with the
group and others into the Stafford
Street theft were continuing and an
outcome “is likely”.
Tourism continues to rise on the
West Coast, with numbers showing
a 9.8% increase in guest nights for
November compared to November
2013. Figures from Statistics New
Zealand show that the West Coast
recorded 118,000 guest nights for
the month, which was up from
107,000 a year earlier. The Coast
has been experiencing a surge in
numbers, even prior to the summer
season, with both September and
October last year showing a 20%
increase in guest nights.
Ten Greymouth Star readers will
receive a magazine for entering
our monthly garden giveaway.
Maria Wistrand of Reefton, Barry
Smithson of Runanga, Barbara
Holland of Karoro, Kay Cowan
of Dunollie, and H Griffiths of
Greymouth each take home a copy
of NZ House and Garden. Christine
Bryce of Cobden, Margaret Holden
and F Quinn of Greymouth, and
Lesley Jackson and Gloria Robinson
of Hokitika each receive a copy
of the New Zealand Gardener
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Jay Elaine, one Greymouth vessel.
Departures: Tainui, Tawera, six
Greymouth vessels. In port: Jay
Elaine, 16 other vessels. Expected
departures: Jay Elaine tomorrow.
Expected arrivals: Ocean Odyssey,
The first West Coast Dairy NZ
discussion groups for 2015 will start with
a series of field days to review progress
on the four Coast monitor farms, from
Dairy NZ farm adviser Ross Bishop
said the field days at Westport,
Greymouth, Ikamatua, and Kowhitirangi
would include a summary of monitoring
done over the past six seasons at those
They would help farmers to identify
the months with most variability,
pointers toward more robust farming
systems, and effective risk management
Each field day would include Dairy NZ
speakers who would outline the options,
and there would be a barbecue lunch, Mr
The field days are on February
10 at Kowhitirangi, February 11 at
Greymouth, February 12 at Westport,
and February 13 at Ikamatua.
‘Sophisticated’ dope set-up
TAFT, John (Johnny).
— Taken 25 years ago.
Never far from our
Always in our hearts
Love always from
your loving family,
Jude, Shaun and Natalie.
Will be in Greymouth
January 31 until
February 4, 2015.
Contact her on 027 411
2921 to book a treat-
Thursday January 22
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
January 22, 2005. In
loving memory of our
treasured Dad, Grandad
and friend who left us
10 years ago today.
A rock of strength to
lean upon in time of joy
An understanding, loyal
A heart of tenderness.
A mind all wisdom,
knowing how justice and
love to blend.
Our Father and our
Forever in our hearts
Your loving family
Meryl. — Issie's family
would like to thank
everyone who attended
her funeral and made it a
special celebration of
her life. To Tim Mora
for making it such a
lovely service and for
his pastoral support,
thank you. Thanks also
to the staff at Kowhai
Manor for their care of
Issie during her time
there and a special thank
you to Jenny Spring for
her care and compassion
over the years. To all
who sent cards, flowers
and baking and those
who visited it was all
very much appreciated.
A special lady who
will be dearly missed,
but fondly remembered
A Kumara import who had a “sophisticated
set-up” for growing cannabis inside his
house was convicted in the Greymouth
District Court on Tuesday and given a two-
month suspended sentence for cultivating
Police searched the home of Hemi Leroy
Burns, 29, on an unrelated matter on
October 18 and found a cannabis grow tent
with 24 plants, 800mm to 900mm high in
Alongside the plants was a drying rack,
a feeding set up, power boxes and venting
Burns told police it was his “first grow,” but
that he had researched the matter in depth
before setting up the operation, which was
described by police as a “sophisticated set-
An indicator showed the har vest for the
cannabis was only a few weeks away.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said it was Burns’s
first offence, and the cannabis was being
grown for personal use.
Burns had recently moved to the West
Coast to set up his own business, and was
now in drug and alcohol counselling.
Ricky Jayde Spriggs, 27, of Greymouth,
had a warrant for his arrest issued for not
turning up at court on a charge of driving
while disqualified, on November 17.
Community Probation said Spriggs had
failed to show up for his community work
since December 14, and was in breach of his
James Ryan Glen Condon, 19, of Kumara,
was convicted and banned from driving
for six months, and fined $400 for excess
breath-alcohol of 512mg, on December 20.
Condon was stopped and breath tested in
Greymouth. He told police he had drunk
beer and Jim Beam.
Jozef Corey Grimes, 29, of Cobden, was
convicted and given a 12-month suspended
sentence and ordered to make a $300
emotional harm repayment for assault, as
well as using a cannabis utensil, on October
The offence had been set to be resolved
through restorative justice, however the
victim had since moved away and the
relationship between her and Grimes was
Grimes had tipped coke over the victim
during a heated argument, as she wanted
to be left alone and Grimes did not, lawyer
George Linder said.
Mr Linder said Grimes had not meant to
throw an ashtray at the victim, but it had
slipped out of his hand.
Grimes claimed the cannabis found in his
house belonged to the victim of the assault,
and was only 0.4g, but he had taken the rap
Taui Wiremu Henna, 26, of Cobden, was
convicted and fined $600 and banned from
driving for six months for driving with
excess breath-alcohol of 580mg, on October
When Henna was stopped and breath
tested in Cobden he told police he had had
Lawyer George Linder said Henna had
been stopped when he backed out of a
driveway. He stopped drinking earlier that
day, and thought he was okay to drive.
Raewyn Taipari was remanded on bail
to February 17 for a restorative justice
conference for common assault.
On August 25, Taipar and her partner had
been out to celebrate a birthday, but when
they got home they began to argue, which
resulted in Taipari hitting the victim in the
Brendan Garry McMillan had his case
of breach of community work adjourned
to March 10 to give him the chance to
complete his 150 hours of community work.
McMillan was given 150 hours on October
8, 2013, for an excess breath-alcohol charge,
but he had last reported for the sentence
on July 24 last year, and had 121 hours
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said McMillan
had been wrong, while working as a
fisherman offshore, not to finish his
sentence. However, he now had a job on
shore and was prepared to go every Saturday
to complete the sentence.
Zeppelin Mark Eason, 21, of Blaketown,
was given a 12-month suspended sentence
for knowingly allowing his property to be
used for the consumption of cannabis, on
Eason was at home when a friend came
over and smoked cannabis in the house.
Police came to the house on a routine check,
smelled cannabis and entered inside, finding
two pipes and 1g of the drug.
Eason told police he knew about the pipe
but not the drugs.
Matthew James Baretta Adams, 28, of
Greymouth, was convicted and given
a concurrent sentence of nine months’
super vision for threatening behaviour.
Adams was currently on a sentence of
super vision which was due to end on
November 3 this year.
Abigail Bennington, 20, of Karoro, was
remanded on bail to February 10 for assault
with a glass bottle, injuring with intent, and
intentional damage on November 9. She
denied the offences.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Jess Kokshoorn is packed and ready to head off to Nepal to work with lepers for two weeks.
In three days Greymouth
woman Jess Kokshoorn will
travel halfway across the world
for a two-week scholarship to
work with people with leprosy
The third year medical student
at Otago University will fly out
on Sunday as part of the New
Zealand Leprosy Mission youth
She will learn about the
disease, how to cure it and
rehabilitate it, while working at
Anandaban Hospital, in Nepal.
Miss Kokshoorn was chosen
from 50 applicants and is
among eight women chosen for
this year’s trip.
She she had an interest in
working in a Third World
country and decided to
apply when she saw the trip
advertised with her medical
class. She was intrigued to
see “what a Third World
hospital looks like compared to
Dunedin or Christchurch”.
To prepare for the trip she
has been reading and talking
to others who have visited
“ It is really hard to know what
to expect,” she said.
Miss Kokshoorn said there
was a stigma about leprosy, but
95% of the world population
was immune to the disease and
it was completely treatable.
Even so, about 250,000 new
cases were reported each year.
After the trip, the advocates
are expected to return to their
communities to raise awareness
about the disease. Each group
also fundraises for something
to help with the hospital.
Previous groups of advocates
had raised funds for a bus and
Greymouth woman to help fight leprosy in Nepal
A pet pig killed outside a rural
Hokitika property on January 9 was
run over and was not deliberately
slaughtered, as some media reported,
police said today.
After an investigation into a report that
the kunekune pig had been slaughtered
and another stolen from the property,
police said in fact no offence had been
“The police investigation found that the
pigs were roaming free on a public road
when both were hit by a passing vehicle,”
Tasman area police communications
adviser Barbara D unn said.
The driver of the vehicle which hit the
kunekune had come for ward and spoken
with police after publicity about the
“ He confirmed that after colliding with
the animals he stopped and discovered
one was dead and the other had sustained
significant injuries,” Ms Dunn said.
“The driver destroyed the second
animal (on the) roadside and, believing
they were wild animals, took the carcases
No further action would be taken.
Pet pig run over near Hokitika
Jeanette Wilson, a United
appearing in Greymouth and
Westport next month.
Her Greymouth show will be
held at Kingsgate Hotel on Friday
February 6 and the Westport show
is on the following night. Both
shows start at 7.30pm.
Wilson starred in the TV3 series
Dare to Believe, which put her gifts
as a medium and a healer to test
She said she had an “interesting
journey” from being a UK bank
manager to medium and psychic
surgeon — “not one I ever would
have envisaged for myself ”.
She promises her shows will be
a mix of ‘mediumship’ passing on
messages from loved ones who
have died, and demonstrations of
healing, where she allows higher
spirit world beings to enter her
body and work through her healing
“ It has to be seen to be believed.
Pain and restriction are removed
in minutes and the audience are
also able to capture some very
interesting psychic phenomena on
film,” Wilson said.
The Greymouth Star has a double
pass to give away.
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address and phone number to:
C/- Greymouth Star
or e-mail competitions@greystar.
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line. One entry per household.
Entries close on February 2.
Medium for Greymouth show
of the Westport News
The international spot (daily) price for
hard coking coal has plummeted to what
is believed to be a record low.
The price was $US106.35 a tonne on
Tuesday. It has tanked by almost $US3 a
tonne in the past week.
It is $3.15 less than in March last
year when poor prices prompted Solid
Energy to cut 185 jobs at Stockton
The price subsequently inched up and
hovered about $112 to $113 for most of
last year. At its peak in 2011, the price
Asked whether the latest drop
was a worrying trend, Solid Energy
communications officer Bryn Somer ville
He said market talk was mainly about
the poor economic outlook in China, a
major coal user. The spot price had also
been hit by sea freight rates. Buyers were
offering less for coal because the cost of
sea freight — usually paid by the seller
had reduced as a result of lower fuel
costs and lack of demand.
“Then you look at the big producers
and several are working at record
production levels, so it ’s still very, very
much a buyer’s market,” Mr Somer ville
Solid Energy’s quarterly contracts are
up for renegotiation in March.
The company sells its coal for more
than the spot price, but the spot price
indicates where prices are heading.
hits new low
Five years on from
a Nelson man’s
disappearance, police say
they continue to hold out
hope for a breakthrough
in the case.
This Saturday marks
five years since the
disappearance of Leo
police continue to
review information as it
comes in from members
of the public in the
hope of getting a new
sergeant Craig Johnston
said the case remained
open and Leo’s
disappearance was still
“ We’re hoping to
get that one nugget of
information that will lead
us in the right direction
to resolve this matter.
“Our inquiries have
been exhaustive over
the last five years but
to date they have not
brought any resolution.
In the back of everyone’s
mind is the thought that
someone out there may
Mr Johnston said
that in the absence of
police were keeping an
open mind about what
happened to Leo after he
was last seen on January
24, 2010. — NZ ME
Police still hopeful
The Taxi Federation says it believes
taxi companies and private hire cars
should operate under the same rules and
As the Uber passenger ser vice gains
popularity, the Government yesterday
announced it would review the rules
under which taxi and private hire
ser vices operate.
Taxi Federation executive director
Roger Heale told Radio New Zealand
today that technology had been
“ blurring” the differences between
private hire ser vices and taxi companies
for some time now.
Uber is under fire for taking patronage
from taxi firms as well as attracting
customers who would not normally take
cabs, as it offers lower charges and is
available through an app.
Under the law, private hire cars such as
Uber have to be booked in advance and
produce a quote for each journey.
However, Mr Heale said there was no
longer any difference between hailing a
cab and “tap tapping” on an app, so the
issue was whether Uber was a private
hire ser vice company or a taxi firm.
Mr Heale told Radio NZ the federation
was happy for Uber to practise in New
Zealand, but would like to see the
company comply with the same rules as
other taxi companies.
“ If you’re going to be a taxi, if you’re
going to act like a taxi then you should
be regulated as a taxi and I think that
again is on the back of a lot of this review
that needs to be cleared up.”
Announcing the review yesterday,
Associate Transport Minister Craig
Foss said the Government was a strong
supporter of innovation, and it wanted
all New Zealanders and businesses to
enjoy the benefits of new technology.
Uber has met resistance from
traditional cab firms all over the world.
Taxi rules for review
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