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Doomsday Clock moves
closer to apocalypse
Coast’s newest league
club makes 50 years
stolen from car
Police have appealed for
information about the theft of a
wallet from Arnott Heights, in
Greymouth. The black ‘Roxy ’ wallet
contained credit cards and cash.
It was lifted from a blue Holden
sedan parked outside a Stirling
Drive house some time between
Wednesday evening and 10.30am
yesterday. Police said the thief
had searched the entire car, which
would have taken several minutes.
Anyone who might have seen
someone lingering around vehicles
in the area was asked to contact the
Greymouth police have issued
a “zero tolerance” warning to
drivers today after more reports
of dangerous driving. Police had
reports yesterday of burnouts,
wheelies, and the dangerous use of
motorcycles. At 12.30pm a caller
reported trail bikes racing in the
vicinity of the Anzac Park netball
courts. “ The riders were damaging
the ground by their actions but had
vanished when police arrived,” a
police spokesman said. At 8.45pm,
two men were seen riding a three-
wheel motorcycle “erratically at
speed” along Water Walk Road,
and just 15 minutes later an early
1990s white Nissan Skyline with
mag wheels was spinning its wheels
in the middle of Seven Mile Road,
at Runanga, outside the old ser vice
station. “Driving behaviour such as
this places law abiding motorists at
extreme risk of being harmed if they
happen to be in the area at the same
time,” the spokesman said.
In socially liberal Sweden, an
educational video for children
featuring dancing genitals has
become an on-line hit and even
drawn criticism for not being
progressive enough. The one-
minute animated video by public
broadcaster SVT, promoting a
television series about the human
body, has been seen by more than 4
million You Tube viewers. Producers
say many parents found it a great
way to explain about private parts
to children, though some called
it inappropriate for a programme
aimed at children aged 3-6yrs.
Programming director Peter Bargee
said the clip also drew “unexpected”
criticism from some Swedes, who
said portraying the penis with a
moustache and the vagina with
long eyelashes reinforced gender
stereotypes. — AP
Fine, areas of evening cloud
Repeat violent offender jailed
A Greymouth man who committed
three serious assaults, one while he was
in possession of an offensive weapon,
has been jailed for nine months.
Michael Ryan Newcombe, 21,
pleaded guilty in the Greymouth
District Court on Tuesday to three
charges of assault and another of
possession of an offensive weapon.
On December 21, while on bail for
other charges of violence, Newcombe
had been with friends and when
hearing music coming from a house,
they went inside and sat on the sofas
of the property.
When the tenants got home they
told the group to leave, which they did,
but they only went as far as the path
outside the door.
Newcombe then returned to the
front door, carrying a wooden fence
post over his shoulder, and uttered the
threat, “If your partner does not come
out I will smash your door window ”.
Newcombe then pushed the female
victim twice, grabbed the male
occupant of the property and, pushing
him under the wheelie bin, punched
him three times.
On September 10, Newcombe was
released from prison subject to certain
release conditions, but then committed
another assault, on September 24.
On December 24, again while on
bail, Newcombe was in a car driving
towards Greymouth at Dobson,
having drunk two cans of beer, when
they pulled up next to another car and
began to argue with the occupant.
The occupant got out of his car and
began to walk away, but Newcombe
followed and punched him in the head.
The victim put his hands up to his head
to protect himself, but Newcombe
repeatedly punched him and then hit
him in the head with his knee.
The attack left the victim with a cut
lip and a bloodied face.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said
Newcombe was from a good family,
but had “a form of autism”.
However, he had recently been
working in Christchurch, 13 hours a
day, six days a week for a concreting
firm, before he had lost the job due to
this latest round of offending.
Mr Bradley said the fact that
Newcombe had got and kept such a job
showed his attitude had changed, but
when he was back on the West Coast
a mix of alcohol and his associates had
made matters worse for him.
Newcombe also had 10 convictions
sentences, and the probation officer
had little confidence that he would
complete another sentence.
Judge Noel Walsh said the
aggravating factors of the offending
were that some of the offences were
committed while Newcombe had been
The contributing factors were “dodgy
mates and alcohol”.
Judge Walsh said he took the
possession of an offensive weapon as
the lead charge, for which Newcombe
was sentenced to nine months in
He was given a three-month
concurrent sentence on the other
Newcombe was also remanded to
March 10 on a charge of burglary.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Graphic designer Tony Jing has his best shoes on for his first exhibition, opening at the Left Bank Art Gallery next week. Jing first began painting on shoes
more than a year ago while looking for a different type of surface to work on. Each pair can take about two weeks to complete. The designs were influenced by mu-
sic, Japanese comics and artwork, and once he has decorated the shoes he never wears them. Jing said he was open to doing work for people who want to brighten
up their shoes. His exhibit will also feature graphic design work, some of which has already featured around the Greymouth CBD in shop windows. He has seven
pairs of shoes on display in the emerging artists exhibition, which opens on January 30 and will run until February 28.
Moana residents trying to save
the village church are hoping for
a stay of execution to secure the
town’s last place of worship, with
scenic views of Lake Brunner.
They formed a Save Our
Church committee late last
year when it emerged the
Nelson Anglican Diocese was
considering its options for the
small church, which originally
came from Ruru.
Save Our Church chairman
committee had since appealed to
the diocese to consider the wider
Moana community interest in
committee which was considering
the future of the church was due
to sit on February 2.
“ We’ve asked for an extension
of time to three years to sort
something out for the church. At
this stage we may get a year,” Mr
The question of the community
investing in the building was
a moot point given the church
was originally built at Ruru, and
probably paid for locally.
“I don’t really see why we
should buy it. We want to find
out what they ’re going to do and
how they ’re going to react.”
The committee was currently
investigating the church’s history,
Mr Bromley said.
“ We’re not sure whether the
actual community of Ruru
built it and if it cost the church
anything to build.”
Retention of the church as a
community place of worship
was gathering wide support
from Moana and further afield,
including from Grey District
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn.
The church was opened in 1935
as St John the Baptist Church.
By 1968 with more people
living in Moana than Ruru, the
church was shifted and re-sited
at Moana as St John’s Anglican.
denominations have also used
the church for regular ser vices.
Mr Bromley said the church
was still quite functional and
retained an Anglican service held
every second Sunday.
Ar tist puts best foot forward
Four people from the West Coast
have been named as having drawn
official passes to the Gallipoli centennial
commemorations, in April.
Of the 935 New Zealanders who had
been picked in the ballot to attend the
commemorations, just a few were chosen
from the Coast.
More than 7000 Australian and New
Zealand soldiers were killed or wounded
in close to nine months of fighting
at Gallipoli, between April 1915 and
Former Greymouth RSA president
and Vietnam War veteran Mick Collins,
fellow Greymouth resident Lorraine
McCoid, Hokitika resident Wendy
Cadigan and Mawhera Incorporation
chairwoman Natalie Win will join
10,000 people from around the world for
the special commemoration at the battle
site in Turkey, on Anzac Day, April 25.
Five people are listed on the Gallipoli
2015 website as heading to the
commemorations from the West Coast.
However, both the Ministry of Defence
and a representative from the website said
today they could not reveal the identities
of those who were making the journey for
Greymouth RSA president John Morel
said he had been in touch with the
president of the Westport RSA, who said
that as far as he knew, no one was making
the trip from Westport. Hokitika RSA
president Lyall Delore said he knew of
only two people who were making the
trip from Hokitika.
Four get Gallipoli centennial call-up
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