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Five gimmicks you
don’t need in your car
Baby in car with
A Hokitika woman caught drink-
driving at four times the limit had a
baby in the car with her, police said
today. Police nabbed the woman at
9.30pm yesterday in Revell Street
after a complaint from the public.
The child was in the rear seat while
the woman blew 1037mg; the new
legal limit is 250mg. Child Youth
and Family has been notified of
the incident and the woman will be
appearing in court on April 14.
Car stolen in city,
spotted in Grey
A call to police by a quick
thinking person in Greymouth who
recognised a car reported stolen
from Christchurch has resulted in
two arrests. Senior constable Mike
Tinnelly said two men aged 32 and
34, apparently visiting Greymouth,
were arrested at 6pm on Saturday
night as a result. Both men were
wanted by police on other matters,
with outstanding arrest warrants
related to other incidents.
Police kept busy
West Coast police made numerous
arrests over the weekend, most of
them in Greymouth. A 39-year-
old man was arrested for breach of
bail in Greymouth late on Friday
evening, while on the same night
in Hokitika a 42-year-old man was
arrested for the same offence. Early
on Saturday morning in Greymouth
a 17-year-old youth and an 18-year-
old man were arrested and charged
with disorderly behaviour as a result
of an incident shortly before 1am.
About 40 minutes later a 30-year-old
woman was arrested and charged
with assault, while a 22-year-old man
involved in the same incident was
charged with disorderly behaviour
and also faces a separate charge of
escaping custody following his arrest.
In a separate incident in Greymouth,
a 34-year-old man was arrested for
disorderly behaviour at 2.10am.
Fine spells, showers near ranges
Social workers have barred an
English couple from adopting a
child after the would-be father was
seen smoking an e-cigarette. The
decision came after the pair had
passed a long series of tests to qualify
as parents, and had earlier paid for
expensive fertility treatment, which
failed. They were told they could not
adopt if either of them had used an
e-cigarette in the past 12 months —
despite experts saying that ‘vaping’
poses little or no threat to children in
the home. — Daily Mail
Injured elderly man rescued from roof
The Runanga Volunteer Fire
Brigade mounted an unusual roof
rescue at Dunollie on Saturday
morning after an elderly man fixing
his roof dislocated his hip and could
not get down.
Station officer Kelvin Dobson
said the rather delicate rescue began
shortly before 10am after a call from
the man’s wife. Apparently the man,
aged about 80, got into difficulty when
his hip gave out and he found himself
stranded in a precarious position.
“He was in a bit of discomfort on
the roof ... his wife was quite pleased
to see us,” Mr Dobson said.
The man’s severe pain meant he
could not be stretchered off the
roof until the arrival of lines rescue
equipment from the Greymouth
brigade, which also attended.
Meantime, a St John ambulance
officer climbed on to the roof to
administer pain relief to the victim,
who was eventually taken to Grey
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Talia Broomfield, left, 12, Tallisha Baker, 12, and Bria Pinn, 11, find out about little blue penguins and other land and sea birds, during a Cobden
School visit to the Aromahana Eco-sanctuar y at the Cobden tiphead this morning. Fifty-six children joined staff from the Department of
Conservation and the West Coast Penguin Trust in learning about penguin habitat, threats and how to manage them in the future.
Warm, balmy nights and parties
turning into uncontrolled brawls were
a potent mix over the weekend, with
Greymouth police attending two alcohol
fuelled incidents involving groups of
Between 40 and 50 people spilled on to
the street in Cobden late on Friday night
when a party got out of hand. Several
underage party-goers were taken home
to their parents by police, who are still
investigating the incident.
Senior constable Mike Tinnelly said
broken glass and a milling crowd greeted
police when they attended the incident
shortly before 11.30pm.
“A group of juveniles were directly
detained and taken home to their
parents,” Mr Tinnelly said.
Things heated up again on Saturday
night, aided by texting and social media
“ It ’s been quite good for a while but
with the nice warm night there were two
parties that got out of hand. ”
Just over an hour later, at 12.45am on
Saturday, police arrested two men, aged
18 and 20, and a 23-year-old woman as
a result of a drunken brawl in Alexander
Street. The trio were all charged with
The 20-year-old was also charged
with distributing dangerous material —
namely throwing bottles on to the road
— at an out-of-hand party.
Mr Tinnelly said despite the ease with
which news of a party could now be
spread by cellphone and social media,
“the onus” was still on the person who
organised the party to ensure it did not
Mr Tinnelly said as these incidents
invariably involved underage drinking,
police would come down hard.
“ With the warm weather and the fine
days it brings people out. ”
Kayaker pulled dead from surf
A West Coast man died while
fishing from a kayak at Cape
Foulwind late yesterday afternoon.
The 48-year-old could not be
revived after he was pulled from
the water at Tauranga Bay and he
was pronounced dead at the scene,
shortly after 5pm. His identity had
not been revealed today.
Police said the man was found lying
face down in the water at the popular
surfing beach, about 18km south-
east of Westport.
Emergency ser vices were called
when bystanders found him in the
water, about 30m from the shore.
“Attempts were made to resuscitate
the man but he died at the
scene,” Tasman police area media
spokeswoman Barbara Dunn said.
An investigation was under way to
establish the cause of death, and the
man’s name would not be released
until his next of kin had been notified.
St John territory manager Robbie
Blankenstein said the victim was
“ unresponsive” when pulled from the
surf by friends.
An off-duty doctor happened to
be at the beach and helped in the
The kayaker was pronounced dead
at the scene after repeated attempts
to revive him.
Hospital van set for Hokitika, Grey Valley
Eighteen volunteers have been
recruited and a van has arrived in the
country, as St John finalises plans for a
new health shuttle to help get people
from the Grey Valley and Hokitika to
health appointments in Greymouth.
St John community care manager
South Island Pam Hall said they
needed four more volunteers,.
“It ’s looking really good. We will
start training in March,” Mrs Hall
The vehicle was currently being
modified to make it easier to get in
and out of, and would be painted in
the St John livery.
An April start date was likely,
running routes that were currently
being finalised, she said.
People interested in booking a spot
can call Greymouth St John. An 0800
number is also being set up so people
outside of town can make a free call
to book a seat.
A similar service run by the Red
Cross has operated for over a year
from Westport to Greymouth.
The Monday-Friday shuttle ser vice
will be based in Greymouth.
The service came about after
discussion and consultation between
St John, sponsor Four Square, the West
Coast District Health Board, West
Coast Primary Health Organisation
and community agencies, which had
identified a major need for transport
options for people to get to their
Liquidators are trying to see if there
is any value in agreements for the sale
and purchase of mining permits, licences
and real estate after a company that had
promised big West Coast projects ran
out of funds.
On November 27, the High Court
appointed liquidators to MCAM Ltd.
The first report says there are claims for
unpaid wages and holiday pay totalling
MCAM Ltd had one shareholder and
director, Michael McDonald, registered
Mr McDonald’s other company,
MCAM Minerals recently closed its
head office in Hokitika.
Christmas it expected to spend more
than $US70 million ($NZ88.5 million)
developing two open-cast platinum
mines in Southland and three open-cast
goldmines on the West Coast.
Liquidators Rodgers Reidy Ltd said
the company started trading in 2007
and appeared to have ceased trading
about October or November when
all employment agreements were
The company previously traded in
construction and mining equipment, but
since October 2012 had been developing
a goldmining business on the West
“ We are aware that the company is
a party to a number of agreements for
sale and purchase of mining permits,
mining licences and real estate. We are
in the process of collating information
and reviewing these various agreements
to establish if there is any value in them
that we are able to realise for the benefit
of creditors. ”
Liquidators had identified three
vehicles owned by the company, as
well as a 1997 Hitachi excavator, office
furniture and equipment, and sundry
items of plant and equipment, which
would now be sold.
Mr McDonald told the liquidators the
reason for insolvency was “difficulties in
securing investor funds”.
The liquidators said they did not
believe funds would be available for
Creditors include: 2 Degrees, Addisons
Carpet Court, Aratuna Freighters,
Limited Asset Finance Limited, Avanti
Finance Limited, Bank of New Zealand,
Thompson Family Trust, Inland Revenue
Department, Ken McDonald, MCAM
Minerals Limited, Shardell Investment
Holding Limited, and Thompson
Awatuna Farm Limited, among others.
Liquidators sift through miner
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