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Vatican art documentary
The Vatican museums will be
visible to Greymouth audiences from
Sunday. The Regent Theatre will be
showing The Vatican Museums, a
documentary showing some of the
greatest art of all time, with works
by Michelangelo, Leonard, Raffaello
and Caravaggio. The documentary
runs in 3D and 2D venturing inside
the Vatican Museums and the
Sistine Chapel to show the priceless
Mel makes finals
Singer Mel Parsons, originally of
Cape Foulwind, has been selected as
a finalist in two categories at the 2015
Music Managers Awards. Parsons
features in the self-managed artist
category and also in the independent
tour category for her role in the Mel
and Anika Canterbury Winter Tour.
The awards will be held in Auckland
on May 13. Parsons, an indie-folk
singer songwriter, grew up on a farm
A search is under way for an
American tramper who has not been
seen for more than a week. David
Tamowski, 55, was last seen on April
7 when he was dropped off at the
Routeburn Shelter, intending to do
the Three Passes, a shorter version of
the Five Passes walk. Q ueenstown
police said he was reported missing
yesterday after he failed to make a
planned flight back to Auckland to
meet family. He was well prepared
with appropriate clothing and
equipment, including a cellphone,
but did not have a personal locator
beacon. — NZ ME
Greymouth Bridge Club results.
— Wednesday: Sue Glue and Susan
Wright 72% 1, Cynthia El-Hinsheri
and Diana Fensom 68% 2. Thursday:
Brian Rowlands and Stuart Oliver
70.8% 1, Ash Hamilton and
Michelle Gunn 61.1% 2, Pitabas and
Bijaya Mishra 59.7% 3.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: Moon Shadow
II, Strike Force, Tenacity. In port:
Achernar, Calypso, Expatriate,
Iveagh Bay, Louisa, Okarito, Jay
Penelope, Sovereign, Thelma C,
Tanramar, 28 other vessels. Expected
departures: Nil. Expected arrivals: Jay
Elaine, tomorrow; Ocean Odyssey,
Friday; Cook Canyon, Saturday.
The West Coast Microlight Club will
put on displays and hold a competition
in Greymouth on Saturday.
The model plane flyers will also have
a static display. They will also be flying
Organiser Evan Grooby said anybody
with a plane was welcome to participate,
and the public was invited into the
aerodrome to watch and enjoy the
The event was held in Hokitika last
It will start at 10.30am, weather
permitting, and go most of the day.
Joyriders on fuel theft charges
Wednesday April 15
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
You are ...
The sunshine on my
The gentle breeze in the
The summer flowers in
The sunset over the sea.
The rainbow on a rainy
Thank you for our
Until we meet again ...
Much love Susie.
Sarah and Emma wish to
thank everyone for their
kindness, love, support,
cards, phone calls, visits
and flowers. Thank you
Viv for the brilliant
obituary you wrote on
Kit. We were all blessed
to have lived on the
Coast and met so many
wonderful people. Many
thanks to those who
attended Kit's final fare-
well. We feel very
honoured. Please accept
this as a personal
Genuine Care and
SMITH, Valerie Joan
on Monday April 13,
2015 at Christchurch
Public Hospital, dearly
loved only daughter of
the late Ronald (Snow)
and Ivy Smith, loved
daughter-in-law of the
late Jim and Eileen
Smith, much loved wife
of the late Jimmy Smith,
much loved mum of
Nick and the late Tarn,
Simon and Stephanie,
Jane and Allen, dear
nana of Ben and Josh,
Luke and Jessica, and
Jasmine and Eli, dearly
loved sister-in-law of
ceased), Ron and Ethel
Smith (deceased), Terry
(deceased) and Ruth
Smith, Brian (deceased)
and Lyn Smith, Patrick
Leighton (deceased) and
Colleen, Denis and
Therese Smith (de-
ceased), Mary and Allen
Palmer, and Kate and
Denis McKay, and a
much loved aunt, great-
aunt and friend to many.
Aged 78 years. Special
thanks to Maria Giles
and the team at West
Coast Cancer Support.
Messages to 142 Main
South Road, Greymouth
7805. Family flowers
only but donations to the
West Coast Cancer
Support Group, PO Box
81, Greymouth 7840
would be appreciated
and could be made at the
service. A celebration of
Val's life will be held
at the Holy Trinity
Anglican Church, Tainui
tomorrow (Thursday) at
11am followed by inter-
ment at the Karoro
Lawn Cemetery. Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
Tuesday, April 14, 2015,
peacefully at Allen
Bryant Lifecare, Hoki-
tika, aged 80 years.
Dearly loved husband of
the late Doreen, loved
son of the late Elsa May
and much loved special
uncle and Second Dad
of Tarn and Ange.
Loved brother of the late
Betty, loved brother in
law of Eileen, Pat,
Mary, and the late
Gerry. Loved uncle of
Anne , Grant and the
late Lance. Bill will be
sadly missed by all his
extended family and
special friends. “Gone
Fishing”. Messages to
11 Dalton Street, Hoki-
tika 7810. Following
Bill's wishes, Tarn,
Ange and Family would
like to invite his friends
to an informal gathering
to be held at Bill's home,
11 Dalton Street, Hoki-
tika, on Saturday, April
18, at 1.30pm, to help
celebrate his life and
send him on his way.
Parking in the Hokitika
Race Course, opposite
Bill's home. Thompson
FDANZ, Hokitika Ph
03 755 7993.
Two 20-year-old Nelson men who went
on a “bit of a joyride” in a stolen car and
drove away from ser vice stations without
paying were remanded in custody when
they appeared in the Greymouth District
Kahn Pahl and James Ellison were each
charged with one count of unlawfully taking
a motor vehicle and four charges of theft,
resulting from numerous ser vice station
The pair were arrested driving the vehicle,
which had been involved in petrol drive-offs
from ser vice stations in Nelson, Motueka
and Greymouth. They were arrested near
Lawyer George Linder said Pahl and
Ellison had been on a “ bit of a joyride”, and
had been intending to buy the car they were
travelling in. They had visited one address
in order to get some money to buy the car,
however they then had to visit another
address to do the same thing, and it was
while at that address they were arrested.
Both men were remanded on bail without
plea to April 28.
A Blaketown woman who smashed three
windows on the car of her abusive former
partner was convicted of two charges of
intentional damage and ordered to pay
reparations of $1442.
On March 10, police were called to a
Blaketown address after an argument
between Jamie Leigh Davidson, 27, and
her former partner. However, her partner
had left and Davidson then came out and
on three separate occasions broke first
the windscreen, then the driver and rear
Lawyer Vicki Walsh said that Davidson
had recently escaped from a physically
violent and abusive relationship with the
victim of the intentional damage. She had
since moved towns.
A Cobden man who repeatedly
disrupted the court proceedings yesterday
by shouting out was remanded to future
dates to defend charges of threatening
behaviour, wilful trespass and using
Kevin John Mossley, 58, had to be
removed from the court after he ignored the
judge’s requests for him to be quiet. When
he agreed to comply with court proceedings
he pleaded not guilty to a number of charges
Mossley was remanded to May 19 to enter
a plea on a charge of threatening behaviour,
and remanded to defend the charges of
threatening behaviour, using insulting
language and wilful trespass.
Jack Eskett was remanded on bail to May
19 for a date to be set to defend two drugs
Eskett was charged with possession of
methamphetamine utensils and possession
A Larry’s Creek man who abused a
victim down the phone was convicted of
threatening the recipient over a telephone.
He was fined $400.
The court heard that on the morning of
December 28, Clinton Walter Davidson, 48,
rang the victim and abused him.
Judge Tony Couch said Davidson denied
much of what he was alleged to have said
to the victim, however he agreed that it was
threatening and he was a bit intoxicated
when he did it.
Veanna Christina Payne, 30, of Cobden,
was remanded on bail to June 2 for theft of
a motor vehicle. She denied the charge.
Benjamin Samuel Bennett was remanded
on bail to July 7 for sentence on four charges
of theft, and one charge each of procuring
cannabis and burglary.
Lawrence Moana Waiwai was remanded
on bail to defend charges of assaulting a
female, on June 18 last year.
Reade Daniel Davidson, 20, of D unollie,
was convicted and remanded on bail to
May 19 for making an indecent suggestion
telephone call on January 12. He admitted
Deborah Ann Howat was remanded on
bail to May 19 for assault.
Kiri Kelly Ann Walker, 23, of Cobden, was
convicted and remanded on bail to April
28 for assault, intentional damage, wilful
trespass, and resisting police on March 5.
She admitted all the offences.
Bruce Thomas Pointon was remanded on
bail without plea to April 28 for breach
of community work, to seek legal aid and
consideration of complex mitigation.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Matthew Friend peers
through a tube while
holds a sign to help
measure water clarity
in Sawyers Creek at
Dixon Park, during a
Sport Canterbury West
Coast school holiday
Children measured the
ph level in the water,
checked for bugs and
measured the current
as part of the afternoon
West Coast District Health Board
staff had reason to celebrate this week
as they marked 1000 days with no
‘central line associated bacteraemia
CLAB is a blood stream infection
caused by central line catheters which
can lead to longer hospital stays, together
with an increased physical and financial
The prevention of CLAB is vital in
the fight against health care-associated
DHBs around the country are working
to reduce its occurrence.
West Coast DHB staff use standardised
processes for inserting central lines,
proven to significantly reduce the risk of
DHB facilities reached 1000 days
CLAB-free, on Tuesday.
“This excellent team achievement
reflects our continued improvement
in patient safety outcomes through
improved practices,” quality and patient
safety manager Paul Norton said.
DHB reaches bug-free
Home detention for serial drink-driver
A Kaniere man committed his 10th
drink-driving offence just four hours after
his ninth when he was caught throwing an
empty whisky bottle out the car window, the
Greymouth District Court heard yesterday.
Robert William Ellison, 52, was sentenced
for his ninth and 10th drink-driving
convictions and his 11th conviction for
driving while suspended.
He was convicted of driving with excess
breath-alcohol readings of 912mg and
899mg, and driving while suspended, for
which he received a seven-month home
detention sentence and two-year driving ban.
Ellison was driving in Hokitika on
September 3 and had stopped at the park
to throw an empty whisky bottle out of the
window. He was then stopped by police and
breath tested, blowing 809mg.
Having being processed for drink-driving
and having his licence taken away from him
for 28 days, just four hours later Ellison drove
on the beach at Hokitika, and when stopped
by police this time he blew 912mg.
Ellison told police he did not think the
beach was considered a road, and said he had
been drinking because he had family issues.
In sentencing Ellison, Judge Tony Couch
said that although the overall gravity of
the offending was substantial, it was not at
the upper end of the scale. However, it was
serious that “almost immediately” after being
charged with drink-driving, he went out and
offended again, this time at a higher level of
Judge Couch said a major aggravating
factor was that Ellison was on his ninth and
10th alcohol driving offences, and his 11th
conviction for driving while suspended.
The judge accepted that Ellison might not
have known that the Hokitika beach was a
“However, that begs the question how you
got to the beach in the vehicle in the first
Judge Couch said he began at a starting
point of 20 months’ imprisonment, reduced
by five months for his early guilty pleas. As
that took the final sentence to less than two
years, he was required to consider if a sentence
of home detention could be considered.
Ellison was sentenced to seven months and
14 days of home detention, and banned from
driving for two years.
Speedster clocked at 180kph
A teenager who reached
speeds of 180kph while he tried
to evade police for more than
7km at Hokitika, was yesterday
convicted in the Greymouth
District Court of dangerous
driving, banned from driving for
six months and fined $900.
On March 8, Craig Liam
Minehan, 17, a new arrival
on the Coast, was driving on
the Mahinapua straight of
State highway 6, just south of
Hokitika, when he sped past a
parked police car at 133kph with
a car full of teenagers on board.
When police took up the chase,
Minehan reached speeds of up
to 180kph during the 7.3km
When he was eventually
stopped by police Minehan said
he had failed to stop because he
did not want to get a ticket.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said it
was a “pretty silly thing” to do.
However, Minehan had since
apologised to the police officer
he had tried to evade, who had
advised him to sell the car he had
been driving and do a defensive
Mr Bodle said Minehan had
completed the course, and was in
the process of trying to sell the
A Pukekura man who drank
after helping to run a stall at the
Wildfoods Festival was convicted
of drink-driving, banned from
driving for six months and fined
On March 14, Roydon David
Dick was stopped by police
driving in Ross, where he blew
499mg in a breath test. He told
police he had drunk his last beer
an hour beforehand.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said
Dick had helped to run a stall
at Wildfoods in Hokitika.
However, at the time he was
between houses, and had driven
from once house to the other
when he was stopped by police.
A Kaniere man was given until
Thursday to provide medical
evidence of why he could not
appear in the Greymouth
District Court next Tuesday.
Barry Thomas Hills is facing
charges of supplying cannabis,
possession of three cannabis
pipes, and driving dangerously
on March 6.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Hills
was bedridden, having suffered
a car accident that led to the
dangerous driving charge.
Judge Tony Couch said Hills
had until tomorrow to provide
medical evidence of why he was
bedridden as a result of the crash,
or he would be arrested.
A Hokitika woman who drank
several ciders after scattering the
ashes of a deceased relative was
banned from driving for eight
months and fined $900 for excess
On February 21, Kirsty May
Turner was driving in Hokitika
when she was stopped by police.
She was breath-tested and blew
869mg — twice the legal limit.
Lawyer Vicki Walsh said
Turner had been on her way
home from scattering the ashes
of a relative. She said Turner had
drunk several ciders during the
day, and was “mortified” by what
she had done.
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