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to be fixed
Equipment from overseas is needed
to fix the leaking roof over McBrearty
Ward at Grey Base Hospital, the West
Coast District Health Board says. It
has earmarked $50,000 for the work.
Some remedial maintenance has
been done, however equipment from
overseas is needed for the bulk of the
work, which requires the use of a liquid
Grey Valley coal permit
A New Zealand company has
been granted an exploration permit
covering 78 square kilometres over a
large area of the Grey Valley. The C2
New Zealand coal permit covers the
Blackball, Caledonian and Moonlight
Creek areas. The company has also
applied for a far smaller exploration
permit at Garden Gully.
technology is to be introduced at Grey
Base Hospital. The West Coast District
Health Board said today a new wireless
system was planned. The tower could
be operated wirelessly across or above
theatre, and could be moved between
theatres, a staff report said.
A review of nursing requirements in
South Westland is under way, the West
Coast District Health Board says.
“ Tourist numbers have increased on
last year and this is having an impact
on staff time,” board papers said.
Departures: Moon Shadow II, Jay
Penelope, Iveagh Bay, Garraway, four
Greymouth vessels. In port: Tainui,
Tawera, 16 other vessels. Expected
arrivals: Galatea II, today; Jay Elaine,
Foreign Minister Murray McCully
is on his way back to New Zealand
from Iraq after a secret trip there to
negotiate an agreement on the terms
of deployment for 143 New Zealand
military trainers in May. Mr McCully
held talks with Prime Minister Haider
al-Abadi and Foreign Minister
Ibrahim al-Ja’afari. On his return he
will report to Prime Minister and
cabinet. — N ZME
Wednesday March 25
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Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
Genuine Care and
Helen. — (Formerly of
Greymouth). On March
18, 2015 peacefully but
unexpectedly in Christ-
church. Dearly loved
wife of Earle (for nearly
65 years) and much
loved mother of Eddie
and Moira, and Shirley
and Eric; a loved Nana
of all her grandchildren
Loved sister-in-law of
Jeanie and the late
George; and George and
Gloria. Messages to the
Parsons Family, C/- PO
Box 187, Lyttelton
8841. At Margy's
request a private funeral
has taken place. John
Rhind Funeral Directors.
FDANZ. Phone (03) 379
family would like to
give their sincere thanks
to everyone for their
kind expressions of
sympathy and support
after the sad loss of Val.
Our heartfelt thanks for
all the food, calls and
visits from family and
comfort and support
throughout, this will
never be forgotten. To
all those who were able
to attend the service,
who sent cards or
flowers we were very
humbled. A special
thanks to all those who
took such wonderful
care of Val during her
illness, the doctors and
nurses from Morice
Ward, oncology, pallia-
tive care nurses Sandy
and Allison, the district
nurses, the wonderful
and supportive staff of
the Cancer Society and
many others we thank
you all. Our thanks also
to Monsignor O'Connor
and Father Costello for
their visits and for
providing a memorable
service. Our apprecia-
tion to Westland Funeral
From Ken, Tony and
Carla, and Karyn.
Blaketown man Michael Brian Henham
admitted in the Greymouth District Court
yesterday to a charge of assault after a
dispute between mates got out of hand.
Henham, 45, told the court that the victim
arrived at his home and revved his car.
Henham yelled at him and put his hands
around his neck, leaving him struggling for
breath. He also punched him in the mouth.
Judge Murfitt asked Henham if he was
impulsive, saying it “appeared things got
fairly out of hand”.
Henham was convicted and fined $200
and ordered to pay $300 reparation for
A former North Island man who moved
to Greymouth allegedly to get his life back
on track, was given another chance when he
appeared on a charge of failing to follow his
prison release conditions.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Andrew Potae
Mackie, 23, had moved to Greymouth to
start a new life.
“ He has employment training and very
good support networks. He is undertaking
a carpentry course at the polytechnic, has
a high attendance and is involved in a
Greymouth sports team and is keeping
busy,” Mr Bodle said.
Mackie moved to the West Coast to be
The judge said Mackie had spent quite
a lot of time in jail and the road towards
rehabilitation was not always smooth.
He was convicted and will be sentenced if
called upon in the next six months.
“ You don’t want to screw up in this area,”
Judge Murfitt told Mackie.
An elderly Greymouth man will attend
a restorative justice conference after he
admitted careless driving causing injury.
Bruce Woodley had stopped at the
Herbert-Tainui Street intersection on
November 14, waiting for a car to travel
past him before proceeding through the
intersection, but he then collided with a
Woodley told police at the time that
he did not see the motorcyclist, who lost
control of his machine and crashed into the
side of Woodley ’s car.
The victim was treated at hospital for
three cuts to his hand.
Judge Robert Murfitt adjourned the case
for restorative justice.
“That is a very appropriate next step, given
your age and good record and the fact that
the other person involved is also a senior
citizen,” the judge said.
Stephanie Joy Hanna, of Runanga, was
convicted and discharged for driving
without a licence.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Hanna had
been trying to get her licence.
“S he had failed the test twice and it was
turning into a costly exercise,” Mr Bodle
Judge Murfitt told Hanna “to keep trying”.
Robert Goran Grant, of Greymouth,
pleaded guilty to assault. He was convicted
and remanded until April 14 for a restorative
Kaleb Ford Witana, of Greymouth, was
told that if he returned to the Greymouth
court on May 19 with his driver’s licence,
a charge of driving without a licence would
be withdrawn. The judge told Witana he
was giving him the opportunity to sort
Mates’ dispute leads to assault
Runanga School pupils Kharma Ir vine, front, and Leah Stewart play the Manga High on-line maths game after they last
week emerged top in New Zealand. Pupils had to answer as many questions as possible in the competition, which ran from 6am
last Mondayto midnight on Sunday. Out of 50 schools and 2500 pupils throughout the countr y, Runanga finished in top spot.
Principal Philip Graydon said they opened the school on Saturday and Sunday, and 15 to 20 children took up the opportunity to
keep going through the weekend. The competition is run once a year. Leah was the top pupil in the countr y. “It has really built
that self-belief that (the pupils) can compete with the rest of New Zealand,” Mr Graydon said. More than 5000 schools world-
wide use the Manga High programme.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Runanga pupils top in maths
The operator of the underground tourist
train at Denniston says its guides wear
sensitive gas monitors and there are fire
extinguishers on site.
Tours stopped on Friday after the
Department of Conservation cut power
to the winch, amid concerns raised by
Government regulator Work Safe.
John Gurney said yesterday the winch was
designed to haul large amounts of materials
and was adequate for the job.
“O ur staff have had training over the
last four years in the operation of the
winch and meet the current requirements
of competency, including runaway brake
control,” Mr Gurney said.
He said the battery electric locomotive had
been cited as a fire risk.
The mine has two smoke detector systems
and the guides wore very sensitive gas
The train had two fire extinguishers on-
board and the winch had a fire extinguisher
next to it. When unattended the train
remained switched off.
He also said the Department of
Conser vation recently invested
$500,000 to make improvements to the
Work Safe said this week the winch was
not designed for the work Mr Gurney was
requiring of it.
“The locomotive pulling the carriages into
the mine is also a potential source of fire. ”
for the job,
An Ikamatua woman who failed a roadside
drug impairment test on December 26 told
police that she had not used cannabis for
a week and that her passenger had been
smoking it before she was pulled over, the
Greymouth District Court heard yesterday.
Gaylene Kay Sweeney admitted the offence
but said the reason she failed the test was
because she had been “passive smoking”.
Lawyer Liz Bulger said Sweeney had not
smoked cannabis on the night in question,
but had imbibed seven days earlier.
Ms Bulger sought name suppression
because Sweeney was to be a witness in
another “quite serious” case which was going
to trial, however the request was denied by
Judge Robert Murfitt said there was a
possibility that Sweeney had been exposed
to passive smoking and it was possible that
the THC in her blood was from when she
had last smoked cannabis.
He said the experts believed that cannabis
could remain in a person’s system for as along
as two weeks, which could explain why there
was THC in Sweeney ’s blood result.
He found no evidence that Sweeney
had consumed cannabis before driving on
December 26, although she had the week
before, and she was also subject to passive
Sweeney was convicted and fined $350.
A Greymouth woman who smashed the
windows of a car when she hurled rocks at
it was convicted and ordered to come up for
sentence if called upon within 12 months.
Nicole Sheree Murchie pleaded guilty to
wilful damage on March 1, when she became
angry with her ex-partner.
Murchie threw rocks through the windows
of her ex-partner’s car while it was parked in
O’Grady Street, in Blaketown.
Murchie admitted the damage and has
since paid for the repairs.
Judge Murfitt noted that Murchie had
appeared in court seven years ago, and was
ordered to undertake counselling for anger
management and alcohol.
“Maybe you need a (counselling) top-up,”
Murchie was getting older and needed to
take responsibility for her actions, Judge
Brett James Dreake, of Wigram, was given
until April 28 to consult with a lawyer and
enter pleas to charges of stealing petrol from
BP on March 2, intentional damage to a
couch and motor vehicle, and possession
of cannabis and ecstasy, a class B drug, for
supply on March 18.
Jack Antony Winter, 19, of Greymouth, was
convicted and fined $350 for driving while
suspended and drink-driving on February
27. He was also disqualified for six months.
Grant Blair Irwin, of Cobden, was
convicted and remanded until May 19 for
sentencing for driving with an excess breath-
alcohol level of 1190mg, and driving without
a licence on February 7.
The judge told Irwin that he had “multiple”
previous drink-driving offences and his most
recent level was high so he should expect
James Fleming Besant was convicted and
ordered to come up for sentence within
six months, when he admitted disorderly
behaviour on January 21.
The court heard that Besant got into a fight
outside a Cobden address and punched the
victim with closed fists.
Laywer Eymard Bradley said there was
“ bad blood ” between the two.
Judge Murfitt told Besant to “stay out of
trouble and walk away ”.
Tyler Corkin Keene, 20, of Greymouth
was convicted and sentenced to 120 hours
of community work and disqualified from
driving for nine months for driving while
disqualified, careless driving and failing to
appear in court.
Judge Murfitt told Keene that if he
breached his disqualification again he
would be heading “to the vortex of recidivist
Daryl Peter Tennent, of Greymouth, was
convicted and remanded until June 16 to
be sentenced for drink-driving and driving
while disqualified, on March 18.
Tennent decided to drive to get away from
a situation at the address he was at. When
stopped by police, he blew 748mg. It was his
third or subsequent drink-driving offence.
Brendon Jason Carson, of Greymouth,
admitted sustained loss of traction and was
convicted and fined $300 and disqualified
from driving for six months.
Woman driver blames
Criminals on the West Coast have the
shortest wait nationally to have their day in
Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams
said today there had been a huge reduction in
waiting times for criminal cases to be heard in
the Greymouth District Court.
The average ‘age’ of criminal cases before the
Greymouth court had fallen by more than
32% since April 2013, Ms Adams said.
The court achieved a 32.4% reduction in
the age of criminal cases — with an average
time of 102 days for cases active at the end of
“Going through the courts can be a stressful
experience for victims, witnesses and their
families and delays can be particularly
frustrating and distressing. That ’s why the
Government is focused on reducing needless
delays in the courts,” Ms Adams said.
“ We’ve made some excellent headway at
the Greymouth District Court as we work
towards keeping everyone’s time in the court
system to a minimum.
“Crime rates are falling across the country
which is certainly assisting in reducing the
time court cases take.”
The ministry has set itself a target to halve
the time it takes to deliver justice services by
2017. As at the end of December 2014, there
was a nationwide reduction of 21.5% in the
average age of active criminal cases.
When civil cases, Family Court and Disputes
Tribunal cases were included, the overall
reduction in the Greymouth District Court
was 16.2% — an average ‘age’ of 142 days.
“The Greymouth District Court has seen
a significant reduction in the average age of
criminal cases and is making good progress in
cases overall. We’re continuing to work hard
to achieve our target of halving the time it
takes to deliver justice ser vices,” the minister
Coast criminals have shortest wait for court date
A Hokitika man involved in a feud with
his neighbour was yesterday sentenced
to 80 hours of community work after
he admitted in the Greymouth District
Court two charges of threatening to
injure and another of possessing an
offensive weapon, a hammer.
Elton James Williams, 36, denied a
third charge of threatening behaviour for
which he was remanded until April 14
and ordered to not have any contact with
Lawyer George Linder said there was
“ very bad blood ” between Williams and
“There is some tit-for-tat going on and
the relationship between the pair is not
good,” Mr Linder said.
During one incident Williams raised
the hammer above his head threatening
Judge Robert Murfitt ordered Williams
to abstain from drugs and alcohol until
his next court appearance.
Sean Michael Tuck-Singer, 23, of Fox
Glacier, admitted driving on February
19 after his driver’s licence had been
suspended for three months.
Tuck-Singer told the court that he rode
his quad bike to work because he was
“I hope you have learned your lesson.
You need to try to stay out of trouble,”
Judge Murfitt said.
Tuck-Singer was convicted and fined
$250 and disqualified from driving for six
A 62-year-old Hokitika man now
regrets not walking home from the
Pioneer Hotel on March 6.
Gavin James Wallace was stopped by
police after leaving the hotel; a roadside
breath-test returned an alcohol level of
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Wallace
was kicking himself that he did not walk,
saying he could not walk very well.
“My client had two to three jugs (of
beer) after work and he decided he would
be fine to drive home,” Mr Bodle said.
Judge Murfitt said: “ You misjudged the
situation on this occasion.”
Wallace was convicted and fined $500
and disqualified from driving for six
A Hokitika man who went to his
mother-in-law’s home and found his
partner there with another man admitted
two charges of threatening behaviour and
one of wilful damage, on March 13.
Cyril James Delamare, 50, denied a
charge of possession of 42g of cannabis
for supply, for which he was remanded
until July 6.
Lawyer George Linder said Delamare
was not interested in killing the
complainant and he had since taken
responsibility for his actions.
Mr Linder said Delamare would
benefit greatly from anger management
He was convicted and sentenced to
nine months’ supervision and ordered
A Hokitika school caretaker, Stephen
James Cosgriff, 40, was convicted and
fined $200 for careless driving on
November 17. A charge of drink-driving
A row between a brother and sister
resulted in the pair facing charges in the
Tracy Anne Marie Maffie admitted
damaging a window at her brother’s
house, saying she did it because she was
scared when her brother pointed an air
rifle at her partner.
Kelly Dennis Maffie
presenting an air rifle at his sister’s
The pair were arguing over money and
Kelly Maffie said he picked up the air
gun, which was not loaded or cocked,
when he felt threatened by his sister’s
Tracy Maffie told the court she was
no longer having much to do with her
brother and she intended fixing the
Kelly Maffie realised it was unwise to
have picked up the gun, saying it was
a split-second decision that he now
“ You and your sister are in a tempestuous
relationship and you were sick and tired
of her asking you for money,” Judge
The pair were convicted and will be
sentenced if they are called upon within
Twenty years since they
started, the Jews Brothers
Band ( JBB) plan to tour
the West Coast, complete
with their one-handed
The JBB is celebrating
with a new album by
doing a nationwide
tour complete with
Duncan, playing the
world’s only one-handed
Duncan, a founding
member of the band, has
toured extensively with
the Jews Brothers when,
just over two years ago,
he was diagnosed with a
rare and aggressive form
of cancer necessitating
the amputation of his left
Musicians and his
community in the Blue
Mountains of New South
Wales rallied round and
organised for Amsterdam
based Flute Lab to
custom build the world’s
only one-handed tenor
sax. It took instrument
maker Maarten Visser
a year to make the
moving the top keys
to the bottom so that
Duncan could use his
Duncan will join the
band’s founder Hershal
Hersher on accordion,
Nigel Gavin playing
mandolin and guitar,
Peter Scott on double
bass, and Linn Lorkin
providing lead vocals.
The JBB first started
performing together in
The group will perform
throughout April at the
Club, Donovans in
Okarito, Old Lodge
Theatre Hokitika and the
Jews Brothers Band for Coast
The West Coast
District Health Board
could be left out of
pocket by $90,000 if it
has to repay the debt
of an agency set up by
the Government to save
money for DHBs
It would be enough to
fund two junior nurse
Ltd (HBL) owes the
million from a “short-
term Crown credit
requested in mid-2013.
Critics have called the
organisation a “ponzi
scheme’’. The money
lent to HBL was to
create businesses cases
for national programmes
for DHB food services,
linen and laundry, and a
But the work took
longer than expected,
and HBL wanted
extensions to the
timeframe and credit
limit. At one stage, it
warned the Government
it would become
insolvent if it did not
receive an extension,
There is now talk of
DHBs being made to
pay back the debt.
West Coast DHB
said if the debt was to
be repaid by DHBs,
that would normally
be allocated on a
funding basis, “excluding
For the West Coast
DHB that would equate
to 0.91% of the total
HBL debt. That works
out at $92,820.
out of pocket
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