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Three teenagers whose drunken
rampage left signs pushed over,
mailboxes decimated and mail and
rubbish strewn over the streets of
Dunollie were each sentenced to 60
hours of community work after being
convicted in the Greymouth District
Court of disorderly behaviour.
Cade Richardson, 16, of Runanga,
Kale Orien D urbin-Taft, 17, of
Greymouth, and William Robert
Peter Brand, 17, of D unollie, all
admitted the charges. On April 12
the three left a party in the township
in varying degrees of drunkenness.
As they walked down the road they
pushed over a number of give-
way and exit signs, smashed up
letterboxes, threw mail and rubbish
all over the street, and yelled and
shouted abuse. When police were
called by worried residents the
trio initially denied what they had
done. They then admitted they had
pushed over two of the signs. Mail
from some of the letterboxes was
also found on two of the teenagers.
Richardson was separately charged
with procuring cannabis after police
found hash resin and cannabis seeds
in his wallet.
quicker in 10 years
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman
says West Coast District Health
Board patients are receiving their
first surgical assessments faster than
they were 10 years ago. Last year,
5042 Coast patients received their
first surgical specialist assessment,
compared to 4710 in 2009. “In
2005 there were 33,000 patients
nationwide waiting over six months
for either a specialist assessment
or surgery. Today there are just 35.
These results are a credit to the
West Coast ’s health professionals,
and helped by the Government ’s
investment of about $460 million in
new money into the health budget
each year,” Mr Coleman said.
Mainly fine after early showers
A professor at Texas A and M
University ’s campus in Galveston
has flunked his entire strategic
management class amid claims of
cheating and harassment, though
university officials say the decision
will not stick, the publication Inside
Higher Ed reported. Professor Irwin
Hor witz sent a scathing e-mail
last week to the 30-plus students
in the course, saying he had issued
across-the-board failing grades after
reaching his breaking point due to
on-line rumours about himself and
academic dishonesty on exams.
Tenants fear the last grand villa
in Hinchy Lane, overlooking
Turumaha Street, could be
demolished, after they were all
told to leave.
Research by some of its tenants
suggests it dates back to 1876 and
has possibly had just two owners
in nearly 140 years.
One by one the old houses that
used to overlook lower Greymouth
have been demolished.
All that remains of most of the
villas that once graced Turumaha
Street are wonky wrought iron
fences, and crumbling pillars,
remnants of grand gardens.
Before moving out by the
deadline last Thursday, tenant
Marianne Ensor gave a tour,
showing the slate fireplaces,
double skirting boards in the top
storey, Victorian pantry and the
board and batten ceilings. She
believes a remnant of the original
interior staircase remains, though
Although clad in corrugated
weatherboards are still underneath
and the sash windows still work.
The only known owners are the
Perkins and the Kibblewhites,
who converted it into four flats.
Ms Ensor said she had been told
the new owner and neighbour,
Electronet, did not need a
residential rental property, and
she feared it would be demolished.
“I’ve lived here for so long I feel
a part of it.”
When she moved in there were
four Victorian-era houses on the
street, enjoying views out to sea.
“It’s been an absolute privilege
to have lived there.”
research the history of the house
and its residents.
“This building should be
protected and preser ved for future
generations, it’s an integral part
of Greymouth’s history,” Ms
Greymouth Heritage Trust
chairman Stewart Nimmo said
the house was one of the oldest
left in town.
“I presume it will be demolished
because of its location, which is
surrounded by a commercial and
industrial site,” Mr Nimmo said.
“It appears to have a lot of great
features in it still which I trust
will be recycled.”
Heritage NZ archaeologist
Frank van der Heijden said
demolition of all pre-1900
buildings required authority from
Heritage New Zealand, under the
provisions of the Heritage New
Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act
It had not received an application
for the old villa.
Research suggests the house was
built in 1876 by William Herbert
Perkins, a pioneer Greymouth
photographer. Council records
suggest it was altered in 1927.
In 1875 when a house on the
same street was listed for sale,
the advert boasted of the “finest
views” and a garden stocked with
After William and Catherine
Perkins built the home, their
daughters stayed there. Ada
Perkins was an adventurer in the
early 1900s and was in the first
party of women to traverse the
Copland Pass, along with well-
known mountaineering woman
Lillian Perkins lived in the
house until her death in 1951,
and probably Ada until her death
Electronet did not respond to
e-mails or phone calls about its
plans for the building.
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Marianne Ensor outside 10 Hinchy Lane, Greymouth.
1876 Greymouth villa cleared
The funeral of the 15-month-
old Cobden boy Leith Hutchison,
whose death is subject to a police
inquiry, was held today.
The toddler died at Starship
Hospital in Auckland on
Thursday, two days after being
transferred from Grey Base
Hospital where he was taken
early last Tuesday, not breathing
and suffering cardiac arrest.
His funeral was held at the
Holy Trinity Anglican Church
early this afternoon, followed
by interment at the Karoro
Yesterday, police were awaiting
the results of a post-mortem
examination to confirm a brain
injury. All options, including the
possibility that Leith had been
assaulted in some way prior to
his death, were being considered,
CIB senior sergeant Dan Keno
Child Youth and Family
confirmed late yesterday that it
was working with Leith’s family
in light of the circumstances
surrounding his as yet
unexplained death. That included
the care of L eith’s three-year-old
police as they investigate the
the tragic death of this child,”
CYF southern regional director
Theresa Perham said.
“And we are working with the
family to ensure the safety and
care of the older child. ”
A man naming himself as a
family friend and spokesman
for Leith’s family said yesterday
afternoon the family was
“co-operating fully” with police.
“ We all want to know what ’s
happened and what ’s caused it
as much as anyone else,” Jason
Fauth said. “(Leith) was a really
happy energetic bouncy wee boy. ”
The family needed to get
through today ’s funeral as a first
step, and needed privacy, Mr
In a subsequent
statement released via the
police the family said they were
devastated by the death.
“He brought joy to our lives
and will be sadly missed,” the
Hopefully the investigation
would provide answers to explain
the loss of “our beautiful boy ”
and the family were grateful for
the support received.
Mr Keno was not available to
Police did not respond to
other questions relating to the
circumstances which led to
Leith breaking his leg and being
admitted to hospital a month
ago, or where Leith had been
staying last Tuesday before was
taken to hospital.
Police media liaison Barbara
Dunn said police were aware
of a story in the Press today
mentioning that Dane Blake
took Leith to hospital last
Tuesday however they were
not prepared to back what was
outlined in that report.
“None of that information was
provided by police or confirmed
to (the reporter) as being correct
by police,” Ms D unn said.
“ We do not wish to comment
on any of those claims while
we have an investigation in
Laura Mills and NZME
At least one former Gloriavale
member has approached police,
and others are considering it,
after police yesterday urged
ex-members to come for ward
amid a national media maelstrom
about the reclusive West Coast
Julia, 22, last week spoke on
TV3’s Campbell Live about
being the victim of a “ wrong
relationship” when she was just
12 or 13. The married man was
10 years her senior.
She spoke to police yesterday
about what had happened,
Campbell Live reported.
Also yesterday, Tasman
Superintendent Karyn Malthus,
who headed the Roastbusters
investigation, encouraged others
who had left Gloriavale to come
for ward with any concerns.
Police spokeswoman Barbara
Dunn said they would be making
no comment on how many had
come for ward.
“ We want people to feel
comfortable coming for ward
that it won’t be out in the media,”
Ms Dunn said.
Asked if police would be visiting
Gloriavale, at Lake Haupiri, she
said: “O ur West Coast staff have
a relationship with Gloriavale”
and have had for some time.
Elijah O vercomer, who was
banished from the community
when he questioned the moral
authority of the church’s leader
Hopeful Christian, said he would
be interested in approaching the
“I don’t know of anything like
that (sexual or child abuse) going
on when I was there,” he said.
“But obviously it would all be
dealt with secretly, they wouldn’t
want anyone there knowing.”
He would be interested in
talking to police, he said, in order
to see “what stuff they want to
However, he warned that any
approach by police could be
“ You never know what the
results are going to be. If
nothing’s going to be solved, then
the more you stir them up in the
community, the closer they’ll get
together,” Mr Overcomer said.
A raid by police on the
community, or going into the
secluded village to question the
leaders or make arrests, may only
reinforce the messages the 500
Gloriavale residents were told
about an “evil” outside world
which is persecuting them for
their strong Christian beliefs, he
Neville Cooper — now known
as Hopeful Christian — was
convicted in 1994 for indecent
assault on young women, for
which he ser ved 11 months in
Campbell Live reported last
night that the victim of that
assault was Julia’s aunt.
Gloriavale ‘sins’ aired
Police focus on brain injury
PICTURE: NZ Police
Leith Hutchison — “a really happy energetic bouncy wee boy”.
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