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Westport police arrested a 21-year-
old Christchurch man on Tuesday
afternoon for unlawfully taking a car.
Police traced and recovered the car at
a Westport address. The man is due to
appear in court today.
Teens encouraged to
Brother and sister duo Broods are
encouraging teenagers to enter the
Smokefree Rockquest. The nationwide
youth music contest starts in Gisborne
on May 2, while the West Coast final
will be held on June 12. Broods singer
Georgia Nott said entering Rockquest
had been the start of their music
success. She and her brother Caleb
were members of the Nelson indie rock
band, The Peasants, national winners in
2011. Nott encouraged young musos
to enter. “ We seriously would not be
in the amazing position we are in
right now if Rockquest didn’t exist. It
was and always will be one of the best
things we ever did.” About 650 acts are
expected to enter the event this year,
meaning a total of about 3000 young
people will compete over the next three
months in 24 towns from Invercargill
Opera ticket winners
Two Greymouth Star readers will get
to enjoy the Greatest Hits of Opera
show, live in Greymouth next week. S
Rooney of Blaketown and Gail Martin
of Greymouth each receive a double
pass to the Operatunity show Opera’s
Greatest Hits on May 6, plus a CD
Feelers ticket winners
Merv Pascoe of Blackball and Neil
Messenger of Paroa will enjoy the
rocking sounds of The Feelers, courtesy
of a Greymouth Star readers’ draw. The
Feelers are set to give a one-off show at
the Railway Hotel on May 30.
Arrivals: Latitude. Departures:
Moon Shadow II, Strike Force.
In port: Cook Canyon, Latitude,
Achernar , Calypso, Christina, Jay
Penelope, Lady Sarah, Okarito,
Sovereign, Tui, Tenacity, Tanramar,
Thelma C, 26 other vessels.
Expected departures: Cook Canyon,
tomorrow. Expected arrivals: Jay
Elaine, today; Ocean Odyssey,
Kumara chasm Coast’s newest attraction
Hokitika has the gorge, Punakaiki the
blowholes — and now Kumara has the
newest attraction on the West Coast, the
Part of the West Coast Wilderness
Trail, it was opened up last year when it
was spanned by a large suspension bridge,
following roughly the route of the old
Only a 20 or 30 minute walk from the
Kumara township, it is proving popular
with cyclists and walkers.
It does not yet feature in most tourism
promotion information, but people wowed
by the gorge are posting photos all over
Kumara development officer Mike
Keenan said it was Kumara’s newest
“There are a lot of people going through.
I went last Sunday. There were about 30
on it (section of trail). It ’s spectacular,” Mr
During the rain this week a number of
people had stopped to take in the view and
enjoy the roar of floodwaters discharging
from the chasm into the Taramakau River.
“Cycling has opened Kumara up, big
time,” Mr Keenan said.
To view the chasm, pick up the cycle
trail at Kumara then head about 1km back
towards Kumara Junction.
The trail is smooth and is suitable for
Thursday April 30
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Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
WILSON, Evelyn Ann.
It is with great
arrival of Eve at Grey
Base Hospital on March
22, 2015. Cherished
daughter of Jeremy and
Elizabeth (nee Ward), a
darling first grandchild
for Lynnette and Rick
Beirne, the late Robert
Ward, and Jim and
Yvonne Wilson. A treas-
Passed away peacefully
on Wednesday April 29,
2015 at her home Dixon
Dearly loved wife of the
late George, much loved
mother and mother-in-
law of Judy and Brian
Healey, George and
Trish Simon, loved
nana, great-gran, and
sister of Audrey Hills.
“The Duchess of
In her 94th year.
Messages to 58c
declined. A celebration
of Mavis's life will be
held in the Anisy
Ceremony Centre, 77
(Friday) at 2pm
followed by cremation.
Resting in the care of
Anisy Funeral Home,
Your battle is over.
Such a strong, brave
man. Will miss our
Thursday coffee every
Rest in Peace my friend
Mike and Jenny.
Our dear friend Denise
has lost her battle with
cancer. You are at peace
now. Forever in our
Love always Yvette,
Graham, Zachary and
LITTLE, Marie. — A
year ago today we said
goodbye to a beloved
wife and Mum.
Not a day goes by when
we don't miss your quick
Your smile and lovely
To everyone who has
loved and cared for us
over this year, we thank
you for all your kind-
Pat, Jill and Ron,
Dan and Sue.
Passed away peacefully
on April 27, 2015, in her
45th year. Dearly loved
wife and soulmate of
Paul, loved and cherish-
ed mum and mother-in-
law of Jaimee and
Warwick, and Kaleb,
loved nandy of Broc,
and Austin. Messages to
32 Brodie Street, Black-
ball 7804. Donations
would be appreciated
and can be posted to the
Cancer Society, PO Box
81, Greymouth 7840. A
service for Denise has
taken place. Westland
Funeral Services Ltd.
FDANZ. Phone (03)
WILSON, Eric John.
Australia on April 28,
2015. Loved son of the
late Alex and Philomena
Wilson, Jacobs River,
South Westland. Born
July 7, 1944. Loved
husband of Myra, and
father of Carl and
Bridget. Cremation in
Gympie, Queensland, on
Friday May 1.
PICTURE: Laura Mills
The Kumara chasm.
A Cobden woman who racially
abused a hotel doorman while drunk
was yesterday convicted and sentenced
to six months’ super vision, ordered to
pay $1200 in reparations for assault,
intentional damage, wilful trespass and
The Greymouth District Court heard
that on March 5, Kiri Kelly Ann Walker,
23, visited a hotel where she thought she
was still okay to visit, however she was
told by a member of the bar staff to leave.
When she was also asked by a member
of the hotel security staff to leave, she
racially abused him, telling him to “go
back to his own country ”.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said that when
police were called Walker tried to explain
what had happened to her, however police
had tried to calm her down and she had
carried on trying to tell them what had
happened in the wrong way.
However, Judge Noel Walsh said
Walker deserved credit for writing letters
of apology to the three people involved in
the incidents that night.
A 52-year-old woman who drove at
nearly three times the legal blood-alcohol
limit was sentenced to six months’
supervision, 80 hours of community
work, banned from driving for six months
and ordered to pay reparation of $189 for
In the early hours of January 31, police
were called to a crash in Cobden and
found Leanne Kathryn Menzies, 52, in
the driver’s seat of the car. Police smelled
booze, however Menzies refused to
undergo a breath test. She also initially
refused to accompany police.
Once back at the Greymouth Police
Station, Menzies failed to complete
four separate breath tests. When she
eventually agreed to a blood test at Grey
Base Hospital, the result was 266mg of
Lawyer George Linder said that
although it was a “very high reading”, it
was her first offence for drink-driving.
He said Menzies had been at a barbecue,
and had walked home with a friend, who
had bought a bottle of bourbon.
The pair had drunk some of the bottle,
and early the next morning, had decided
to go and visit a friend. Menzies’ friend
drove, but after just 20m had crashed into
a fence. Menzies then got into the car to
try to move it, and it was then she was
found by police.
A 47-year-old man who said he had
been growing 17 cannabis plants around
his property to help treat his spina bifida
and irritable bowel syndrome was given
a 12-month suspended sentence in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday.
On January 23, an annual police aerial
search for drugs spotted a number of
cannabis plants being grown around
Paul James Bentley ’s property. A police
search of the property found plants
varying in height from 1m to 1.5m tall.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Bentley had
used the drug to help treat his irritable
bowel syndrome and spina bifida; he
had been given medication for both
conditions, but he suffered adverse
effects to both drugs.
However, Bentley knew it was wrong
to use the drug for the pain of both
conditions. He had also lost his job as a
result of the offending.
A visit to KFC landed a Blaketown
man with a conviction and discharge
after he stole $3.10 from a surf lifesaving
On April 15, Phillip James Williams,
29, visited the Greymouth restaurant
and stole cash from the collection box.
Shortly after he left the store he was
apprehended by a member of staff and
was later arrested.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Williams
had previously been addicted to legal
highs, and was on medication at the
time, which Williams said had muddled
Beaudine Besant was convicted
and fined $300 for failing to provide
information to police.
On November 13 a car that Besant was
travelling in in Christchurch hit another
car, damaging it beyond repair. However,
the car was driven away.
Besant was then contacted by police,
asking him to provide the details of
the driver of the vehicle at the time of
the accident but Besant failed to do so
within the 14 days required by police.
Samuel Jeffery McKinley, 25, of
Cobden, was remanded on bail for a
restorative justice conference on two
charges of threatening behaviour.
On April 5 McKinley got into an
argument with an associate via text,
threatening to put him in hospital. He
then later argued with his father and left
his father’s house. When he returned the
next day to get his possessions and was
refused entry by his father, he threatened
to take a crowbar to his head.
Christopher Paul Commons, 40, of
Ngakawau, was remanded to June 30
to get his licence, after appearing on a
charge of driving while forbidden on
Jade Maria Morgan, 22, of Greymouth,
was remanded to June 30 to give her an
opportunity to get her licence, after she
appeared on a charge of driving while
forbidden, on May 29.
Man grew cannabis plants
to help treat spina bifida
Runanga residents were advised to boil their
water yesterday as a precautionary measure
after a pump fault.
The Grey District Council issued the advisory
notice yesterday afternoon, asking residents in
Coal Creek, Runanga, D unollie and Rapahoe
to boil their water.
Assets manager Mel Sutherland said
staff had discovered a fault with the main
“Initially there was a fault with the No 1 bore
pump which required us to turn on the No 2
bore pump to make water in the reservoir,” Mr
He believed it was caused by either a
mechanical or electrical fault with the No 1
bore. If it could not be immediately fixed then
a back-up spare pump would be installed and
the original sent away for repair.
In order to supply the town with water the
council used a second bore, which had “been a
risk of contamination in the past ”.
Pressures and flow were back to normal about
Mr Sutherland said the ‘ boil water’ notice
was a precautionary measure. The council
took samples for the second bore yesterday,
but results took 24 hours. There was no
contamination of the No 1 bore.
Staff had also checked the lines and found a
break in the supply line from the Coal Creek
intake site to Runanga township.
A temporary repair was in place where
the break occurred to allow the reser voir to
Mr Sutherland said the break occurred in
an old pipe. Those pipes were more prone
to breakage when fluctuations in pressure
occur, in this case as a result of the pump
Runanga residents told to boil water
photographer Jase Blair
will offer a few new
perspectives during his
and Aerials at the Left
Bank Art Gallery. The
exhibition opens on
Friday night and runs
until May 30. Blair
said his work featured
a mix of outdoor
activities such as
tramping, climbing and
mountainbiking, as well
as some drone landscape
shots. In preparing his
first exhibition at the
Left Bank, Blair started
with about 120 images
which he cut down to
30. Blair began taking
drone photos nearly
three years ago and said
he had endeavoured to
include pictures which
were not immediately
obviously taken from a
drone and which stood
out on their own merit.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Another release of
giant snails is due to
happen about now.
The Department of
Conser vation said this
week between 300 and
400 snails were to be
released back into the
Mount Augustus section
of the Stockton open-
A fridge at DOC in
Hokitika currently has
2606 snails and 1109
eggs. Since October 464
eggs have been laid, 621
hatched and 144 died.
The snails were first
moved into captivity
when Solid Energy
mined the Mount
Giant snails release
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