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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2015
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speeding at 170kph
A 52-year-old motorcyclist was
clocked riding at 170kph through
Waimangaroa township, on State
highway 67, yesterday evening. The
man had his licence immediately
suspended when stopped by
police at 5.30pm. Police said the
motorcyclist would probably face
a court-related charge for his
in starving cattle
The Christchurch District Court
yesterday adjourned the sentencing
of two Rotomanu farmers who
previously admitted animal welfare
offences brought against them by
the Ministry of Primary Industries
(MPI) after hundreds of star ving
cattle had to be euthanised and
slaughtered in August 2012. MPI
spokesman Peter Hyde said the
sentencing of father and son, Robert
and Jeremy Usher, had been delayed
until March 20. Judge Raoul Neave
told the court yesterday he was
unwilling to sentence the pair before
he had received various reports,
including financial documents
concerning Jeremy Usher. A
separate MPI prosecution against
farm owner David Anthony Ham,
who leased the Rotomanu property
to Usher, is under way in the
Greymouth District Court.
Court report, p2.
An English sandwich shop owner
who was unaware some of his best
customers were tax inspectors from
a nearby Inland Revenue office has
been jailed for two years today for
a £1 million tax fraud. John Baker,
62, failed to pay tax for almost
20 years and spent the money on
shopping sprees, sports cars and
luxury holidays for himself and his
family. But he was caught because
he was unaware some of his regular
customers were tax inspectors from
the local Inland Revenue office
close to his shop in Hull. Baker’s
daughter Amy ran the family
sandwich bar, and was approached
by HM Revenue and Customs who
asked why her business had no
declared income. Miss Baker said it
was because it was a new business
but was caught out because local
tax inspectors had visited for their
sandwiches since at least 1995.
— Daily Mail
Early cloud, then fine
A $750,000 Lottery grant for the
Westland Recreation Centre has expired,
leaving the Grey District Council with a
nervous wait to see if the money will be
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
said they were made aware of the lapse
in the past fortnight, describing it as a
“ little glitch”.
“A Lotteries grant we were awarded
two years ago on December 6, 2012,
had to be uplifted within two years.
We could have got an extension, but we
didn’t apply for it due to a management
error,” Mr Kokshoorn said.
Although the rules stipulated that
funds had to be uplifted within two
years, the council had not completely
lost out on the funding, he said.
“ We are waiting in line for
The assessment would go before a
“The chances are still good but we can’t
say we’ve got it until they say ‘yes.’”
Mr Kokshoorn said he had spoken to
Lotteries yesterday and hoped to know
the outcome within a fortnight.
“ We shouldn’t have any problems, but
technically we can’t say 100% that we’ve
“ We wanted to be up front with the
public — it ’s not there until it’s there.”
He assured the funding uncertainty
would not disrupt construction, with the
foundation work now well under way.
A special council meeting will be
held on Monday to discuss whether to
proceed with the tender for the building.
He noted that letting the tenders lapse
would cost more.
The build was a 60-week contract and
the council had that time to find all the
“So we have got 60 weeks to raise
those funds. We can always reapply for
the money but we don’t want to if we
can help it.”
Everything was otherwise in order to
award the tender, he said.
Greymouth man Maurice Eatwell
turned 100 today and celebrated
with a card from the Q ueen.
Mr Eatwell attributes his
longevity to a sober lifestyle,
keeping busy and eating the
produce from his large vegetable
Born at Ahaura in 1915, his
family later moved to Cobden.
‘Morry’ and his six brothers
enjoyed fishing, goldpanning,
blackberrying and whitebaiting
between lessons at Cobden School
and then Greymouth Technical
His first job was for Greymouth
wholesale merchants Baillie and
Neville. Once, he was asked to take
the horse and cart to the railway
station to pick up provisions. Not
having any knowledge of horses, he
soon lost control of them coming
back down Mackay Street and he
Subsequent jobs included
training as a boot repairer, railways
and Ford Motors, before going to
Fiji in World War Two. After he
returned, he went back to Grey
He married Edna in 1944 and
they had one son, the late Bill,
and three daughters, settling back
in Cobden. Mr Eatwell is now
resident at Granger House, where
the family was to host a small
birthday party this afternoon.
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Maurice Eatwell celebrates his 100th birthday today with a card from the Queen, and his three daughters — Deb Eatwell, left, Gloria Glen and
Hokitika drugs bust
A police drug raid in Hokitika this
morning resulted in the arrest of a
54-year-old man and retrieval of “a
substantial quantity” of cannabis.
Hokitika and Greymouth police,
including members of the Armed
Offenders Squad, searched a property
on Kaniere Road. The arrest followed
the discovery of a “commercial” cannabis
Relieving West Coast area commander
Detective Inspector Paul Borrell said
“a substantial quantity” of cannabis in
various stages of maturity and being
prepared for supply was recovered.
“A number of firearms were also
located,” Mr Borrell said.
The man arrested at the property would
face charges of cultivation, possession
and supply of cannabis.
Mr Borrell said police would look at
the possibility of seizing the property
using the Criminal Proceeds Recovery
“That will certainly be a consideration
in this case. ”
Haast plane crash lands
A light plane made an emergency
landing in the Clarke River, near the
Haast Pass, shortly after 3pm yesterday.
Rescue Co-ordination Centre
spokesman Steve Rendle said the
pilot activated his personal locator
beacon after the propellor on his light
Ranns plane was bent as a result of an
emergency landing in the riverbed.
The plane apparently flipped as a
result of the landing, at a remote spot
north-east of State highway 6.
“The pilot was not injured but was
flown by the Mount Cook rescue
helicopter to Omarama,” Mr Rendle
The plane apparently remained on
the ground this morning but few other
details were available, including the
likelihood of a recovery.
Work Safe NZ is saying little
while it investigates a roof collapse
at the underground Terrace Mine,
on the edge of Reefton.
Chief mining inspector Tony
Forster said yesterday they had
been notified of the collapse, which
happened on Sunday, and it was
investigating the circumstances
surrounding the incident.
The mine owners have said no one
was underground at the time.
“ Work Safe is in contact with the
mine management and has provided
advice on securing the edges of the
fall,” Mr Forster said.
Owner Crusader Coal Ltd “have
been told” that no one should go
into the affected area of the mine
until it had been fully assessed by
Work Safe’s high hazards unit.
Work Safe did not answer
questions about the safety record
at Terrace Mine, or whether it was
subject to an abatement notice as a
result of the roof collapse on Sunday.
“As an investigation is now under
way, Work Safe will not be making
any further comment at this stage,”
Mr Forster said.
Crusader Coal director Bernie
Lambley yesterday described the
incident as a “small roof fall”.
Mr Lambley would not confirm
if operations at the mine had been
suspended but the Greymouth Star
understands up to 10 people usually
work there and that the mine has
been closed since Sunday.
Terrace Mine was mothballed
by Solid Energy in 2009 after it
was unable to overcome ‘heating ’
The mine was resurrected by
Australian-based Crusader Coal
Ltd in 2011-12.
Work Safe NZ silent on Reefton mine collapse
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