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A group of 26 cyclists wheeled into
Greymouth yesterday morning on a South
Island-wide tour to raise awareness of the
twin issues of suicide and depression.
Organiser Darrel Nicholas, of New
Plymouth, said the Central Finance South
Island Charity Cycle Ride had been
organised to highlight both issues, as they
often got swept under the carpet.
“People don’t talk about it, we are just
trying to bring it out into the open. It is
an illness, not a weakness, and we need
to talk and get it out into the open ... the
more we talk to people the more they
open up everywhere we go, it ’s been
Mr Nicholas said that close to 90%
of the riders had been affected in some
way, knowing or having known someone
affected by depression, or who was a
victim of suicide. About 20% of the riders
were farmers, a group particularly hard
hit by the issue in recent years. He said
that the riders were all connected either
through farming, rugby or they just knew
The 1125km ride, which began in Picton
on Monday morning is scheduled to finish
in Bluff next Tuesday. It aims to raise
$50,000, which will be donated to the
Taranaki Rural Support Trust.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Some of the 26 cyclists on a ride around the South Island to raise awareness of the issues of depression and suicide, pass through
Charity cyclists pass through Greymouth
2 - Thursday, February 12, 2015
Buller Coal acquires
Buller Coal (Bathurst) is continuing
to acquire exploration licences in the
Grey district. It has now been granted
one for Moody Creek, near Dunollie,
covering 102ha. Buller Coal is mining
at the Cascade near Denniston, while
doing groundworks for its Escarpment
Maori health plan
to be developed
The West Coast District Health
Board will spend the next six weeks
developing the first draft of the Maori
health plan 2015-16 . There will be
a greater focus on supporting and
influencing breast-feeding rates, heart
disease risk assessment indicators for
Maori men, reducing smoking rates
particularly among pregnant Maori,
and providing clear actions that
could lead to a reduction in the use of
compulsory mental health treatment.
Hot water cylinder theft
A hot water cylinder has been reported
stolen from an unoccupied Blaketown
residence. The owner of the rental
property in Blake Street reported
the theft yesterday, but police said
it appeared to be a historic incident.
Arrivals: Jay Elaine, Canopus.
Departures; One Greymouth vessel.
In port: Jay Elaine, Latitude, Canopus,
11 Greymouth vessels. Expected
departures: Jay Elaine, tomorrow.
Expected arrivals: Anatoki, today;
Cook Canyon, Ocean Odyssey,
Thursday February 12
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Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
We'll treasure forever
the friendship we
The things you did,
The way you cared.
Someone to turn to,
So kind and true.
One in a million ....
We'll never forget you.
Linley, Mandy and
Leone and families.
Henry. — On February
10, 2015 at Allen Bryant
Lifecare, Hokitika, in
his 82nd year. Much
loved husband of Nancy,
dearly loved father of
Alastair and Helen, and
Brent and Jennifer.
Samuel, Freya, Jana and
Chloe. Loved brother
of Daphne and Martin
ceased), Monica and Ian
McDonald, and Mary
and the late Gordon
Prangnell. A loved and
and uncle. Messages to
the Prangnell Family,
118 Kaniere Road,
Hokitika 7811. Flowers
respectfully declined but
donations to All Saints
Fund, would be appreci-
ated and may be made at
the service. Nancy and
family extend a special
thank you to the District
Nurses and staff at Allen
Bryant Lifecare, for
their care and attention
over the last week. A
service for Arthur will
be held at All Saints
Anglican Church, corner
of Stafford and Bealey
Streets, Hokitika on
Saturday February 14,
commencing at 11am,
following the service
Arthur will be laid to
rest in the Lawn Section
of the Hokitika
Phone (03) 755 7993.
The Environment Court has backed
the West Coast Regional Council’s
assertion that a Blackball man, who
wants to mine his own land, needs a
variety of consents to carry out the
Gordon Graham had said that
he did not need resource consents
to mine and process aggregate on
a piece of land he owned on the
Taylorville to Blackball road, near
Greymouth. However that assertion
was challenged by the council.
In 2001, Graham filed a consent
to discharge dirty water from gravel
mining, extract gold, and build
earthworks. However the following
year, he agreed to put the 2001
application on hold.
In 2003 he wrote to the council,
expanding on his 2001 application
by saying that he planned to mine for
gold and coal, and that an aggregate
by-product would be produced. He
also queried the need for consent. In
the same year he filed another consent
with the council, stating in more detail
that he planned to mine the land.
Another letter in 2005 challenged
the council’s failure to process his
two consent applications. The council
wrote back, asking to meet with
Graham about additional information
it would be requesting in regard to the
2003 application. However, council
records showed that Graham was
unwilling to meet with the council.
He said that the ‘certificate of title’
conferred rights upon him, which
were in conflict with the Resource
The council responded by telling him
that none of the proposed activities
were permitted under the Regional
Land and Water Plan.
In her verdict on the case,
Environment Court judge Jane
Borthwick said that Graham had
“c o n flated his rights arising in regard
to his estate in land with rights
conferred under the RMA, with the
focus of the Act being on the proposed
activity which requires consent, and
not the ownership of the property”.
Judge Borthwick also backed up the
council’s position that the proposed
activities were not permitted by a rule
in its Regional Plan. The judge also
said that Graham was “standing in his
own way ”.
“If Mr Graham wishes to pursue the
proposed mining ... he needs to apply
for resource consent ”.
Judge Borthwick said it was up to
the council as to whether or not it
had enough information to process
his 2001 and 2003 resource consent
Environment Court backs regional
council over mining consents
A Greymouth District
Court judge “reluctantly”
postponed sentencing a
Greymouth man to allow
his home to be assessed
Shaun Keith Williamson
was remanded on bail for
sentence to April 14 on
two charges of driving
On May 4, Williamson
had been banned for
three months, but on
July 15 he was caught
driving on State highway
7, near Reefton after
being stopped by police
Williamson told police he
was driving his car as he
had just had it rebuilt.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley
to be adjourned for
Williamson’s house to be
Gary MacAskill said
Williamson had previously
failed to comply with a
community work sentence,
and was on his his fifth
charge of driving while
suspended, meaning that
prison was the starting
point for this sentence.
Williamson had agreed
with Community Pro-
bation to commit to three
days a week towards his
“He realises he has
pushed the systems to the
limits by not complying,
Judge MacAskill said he
would reluctantly grant
an adjournment, but if
Williamson failed to
complete his community
work he could “kiss
goodbye” to the less severe
Williamson told the
court he only had four
days of community work
left to complete.
Judge MacAskill refused
to sentence Cody Allyn
Robinson, 28, after he
had not prepared for the
sentencing, based on the
assumption that Robinson
would not be turning up
Robinson, of Kumara
Junction, was set to be
sentenced on charges
police and intentionally
damaging his relative’s
However, the judge
said he had been notified
that Robinson, who had
been trying to find and
provide an address for an
sentence, had failed to
Probation with an address.
Judge MacAskill said
that because defendants
in that position often
knew, as a result of not
being able to provide
a suitable address they
would go to prison so
they often failed to turn
up for sentencing. He had
therefore not prepared
for sentencing Robinson,
based on the assumption
he would do the same
Robinson was bailed to
be sentenced on April 14,
and was given one “final
opportunity” to provide an
address for electronically
Shanar Ruiah Yorke, 36, of Cobden, was
convicted and remanded to the Christchurch
District Court on March 23 on two counts
of assault, intentional damage, theft of beer
from the New World supermarket on January
17, intentional damage of a police cell wall
the next day, and assault with a weapon and
assaulting a police officer on August 22.
Yorke admitted all charges in the
Greymouth District Court on Tuesday.
Lawyer George Linder said Judge Jane
Farish had previously taken “a keen interest
in the case” and had asked to be the judge
who sentenced Yorke.
That was why, despite being remanded for
sentence to January 13, Yorke had not been
sentenced. Mr Linder asked for Yorke to be
bailed, given how long it would be until she
However, Judge Gary MacAskill said that,
given the fact she had offended while on bail,
the chances of her getting bail were “zero”.
Shannon Young, 22, of Cobden, was
remanded on bail for sentencing to March 10
for driving while disqualified on October 25,
and driving while forbidden on November
30, as well as breach of community work.
Theresa Marie Jarden, 24, of Greymouth,
was convicted and fined $500 for possession
of cannabis and a cannabis pipe.
On December 20, police went to Jarden’s
house on an unrelated matter and found
0.85g of cannabis in a bag as well as a ‘bong’
for smoking the drug, in a shed. Jarden told
police the cannabis and the bong were used
for her health problems.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Jarden used the
drug medicinally, but had “learned her lesson”
from this episode.
Michael David Ross was convicted and
discharged for failing to appear at court,
but was remanded on bail for sentence on
Ross admitted the charges.
Lawyer George Linder said Ross had
not been able to get to the Christchurch
District Court, where his case had previously
been heard, and had trouble contacting the
court and his lawyer, to inform them of his
difficulties in getting to court.
Levi Mark Preston was convicted and
fined $600 and given a six-months ban
from driving after he admitted driving while
On November 11, Preston had his licence
suspended for three months. On January 10
he was caught driving in Greymouth, telling
the police he thought he had got his licence
Lawyer George Linder said Preston had
made an “unwise choice” to help a friend who
could not drive.
Glen Austin James Miller, 59, of Cobden,
was convicted and remanded on bail for
sentence to April 14 for excess breath-
alcohol of 761mg on January 11.
On January 11 Miller was stopped by police
and breath-tested after he failed to give way
to police at an intersection.
Miller told police he had been drinking
at Kells Hotel and had gone to get some
A Dobson man who contravened a
protection order after his child was not
delivered to him on time was convicted and
Shane Linton went to his former partner’s
house on January 9 to collect his child.
However, when they were not home he
texted his former partner, calling her a c—
and a wh—-.
Linton said the text was because he was
angry his partner was late delivering his child.
Lawyer Vicki Walsh said Linton had to
drive over from Dobson, and had been kept
waiting in 31degC heat, with his young
daughter in the car.
Judge Gary MacAskill said it had been
an unwise move by Linton, as the incident
could be used by his former partner in future
Peter David Goodwin was convicted and
fined $250 for a charge of assaulting a female.
Lawyer Vicky Walsh said Goodwin got
into an argument with his then partner, and
had thrown a plant pot and some eggs at her,
while she had pushed his face to the wall.
The former couple had since separated
amicably and bore no ill will towards each
other, she said.
Brandon Hooper, of Greymouth, was
convicted and sentenced to 100 hours of
community work for possession of a knife,
cannabis and a cannabis pipe.
Hooper was in Burwood, Christchurch,
on December 29 when he was arrested. He
immediately surrendered the knife.
Hooper told police he carried it as his
partner had been attacked recently. However,
he did not know why he had a ‘bong’ for
Zane Brendon Creagh, of Greymouth,
was convicted and discharged on a charge
of speaking threateningly and breaching a
police safety order, on December 21.
Michael James Bromby was remanded
to April 14 for sentence on three charges
of driving while suspended, possession
of cannabis equipment and cultivation of
Lawyer Vicki Walsh said one of the charges
related to him being towed in a gutted car
with no engine.
Sophie Rawenia Murphy was fined $300
for a breach of community work.
Murphy had been given 80 hours of
community work on January 4 last year for a
charge of assault. However, she had thus far
completed only nine and three-quarter hours
of her sentence.
Kieran John McNicholl, 21, of Kokatahi,
was remanded on bail to March 10 for
possession of a .22 rifle on October 13.
Hayden Keith Smith was remanded on bail
without plea to March 10 for misleading a
police officer. The remand was to allow him
to get a lawyer.
Eli Patrick Corson was remanded on bail to
April 20, to the Morrinsville District Court
for careless driving and failing to comply as
an unlicensed driver. He pleaded guilty to the
Shop assault remand
A Greymouth teenager convicted of
stealing food and drink in a wheelie bin
was sentenced on Tuesday to six months
in prison, and ordered to pay reparation of
Jessie Thomas Radford, 19, was convicted
in the Greymouth District Court of breaking
into and stealing from the Tainui Street BP
service station on October 1, together with
Cameron Eklund-Wright, 17.
The pair broke into a shed by cutting two
plastic roof panels being used in the walls of
a shed. They took $400 of food and drink,
which they stacked outside. They took some
home before returning with a wheelie bin to
transport the rest.
The pair consumed most of what they had
stolen before selling the rest.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Radford
previously had “bad associations, got drunk
and did dumb stuff ... broke the law, and that
was detected fairly easily”.
However, he had since engaged with
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to address
his problems with alcohol, and was sober
whenever he met with Mr Bodle.
Radford had found a place to live, but not
somewhere where he could complete an
electronically monitored sentence.
However, Judge Gary MacAskill said
Radford had previous Youth Court
convictions for burglary in 2009, 2012 and
2013, and for shoplifting in 2013.
“If you had been older and less amenable
to changing your ways, the sentence would
have been considerably longer,” he said.
A Ngahere man who assaulted
both his wife and mother had his
sentencing delayed until April 14 due
to a status report not being available
in the Greymouth District Court on
The delay will also allow some
outstanding charges to be resolved
against Warrick David Jacobs.
Jacobs, 34, was charged with assault,
contravening a protection order and
possession of a firearm. The charges
related to an argument which Jacobs
had with his wife.
Lawyer George Linder said Jacobs’
wife had tried to goad him into an
argument by insisting on wanting to
talk to him, when the defendant had
been trying to leave.
Jacobs had then pushed her. She
then called the police and he was
by police about possession of a
which he immediately
Jacobs was bailed to his mother’s
address, however he then seriously
A hearing had been due to take place
on Monday, at which Jacobs was to
defend two charges of assaulting a
female, and two of assault with intent
However, that hearing did not take
place as the judge was not able to get to
Greymouth in time.
Yesterday, Judge Garry MacAskill
said the charges Jacobs had been due
to defend would need to be resolved
before his sentencing date.
for man who assaulted
wife and mother
Prison for service station theft
A new safety initiative to be launched on
the West Coast next week hopefully signals a
shift away from a “punitive” approach towards
farmers, says Federated Farmers Coast
president Katie Milne.
ACC and Worksafe New Zealand are
launching Safer Farms, a multi-year
programme designed by farmers and the
wider agricultural sector, in Greymouth this
Miss Milne said the move was positive
because it signalled “a new way” of looking at
complex farm safety issues from a Worksafe
NZ “point of view ”.
“ We’re actually hoping that it will be a shift
in culture for Work Safe as well as (for) the
farmers,” she said.
Safer Farms promised “a heap more
resources” designed to be easily accessible.
These included down-loadable safety plan
templates to help farmers implement health
and safety plans “reasonably quickly”.
Since 2008, 120 people have died as a result
of farm related work injuries.
Workplace Relations and Safety Minister
Michael Woodhouse said the farm deaths and
injuries were unacceptable.
The Safer Farms would be “a new approach”
through education, awareness and support.
However the Government would maintain a
hands-off approach and would not be sending
out more inspectors.
The health and safety message would be
taken directly to rural communities — through
rural retailer education, school programmes,
‘ how to’ sessions at field days, and provision
by rural industry groups of onsite training.
The Safer Farms programme on-line
resource can be found at www.saferfarms
New farm safety initiative to be launched on Coast
A police serious crash
investigator is on the way
to Omapere after a female
motorcyclist died this
Emergency ser vice
workers were alerted
about 9am. The local
fire brigade were at the
scene and called for the
rescue helicopter but the
18-year-old female passed
away before the helicopter
Northland’s road toll
stands at four for 2015.
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