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Westport man acquitted over
A Westport man was acquitted in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday
of two charges of threatening grievous
bodily harm and one of possessing a
Ethan Harmon was charged with
threatening two men with a machete,
on September 3 last year, after hearing
that one of them had allegedly sexually
assaulted someone he knew. The Crown
had alleged he had visited the two men’s
flat, and had confronted them about the
alleged assault. He faced a jury trial.
During the confrontation, Harmon
allegedly threatened to cut off one man’s
fingers, and “cut up” the other one.
However, the jury took less than an hour
to find Harmon not guilty on all counts.
In summing up the case, defence lawyer
Marcus Zintl said there had been “serious
inconsistencies” in the evidence of the two
complainants, especially concerning the
machete. Both complainants had been
neither “credible nor reliable”.
Mr Zintl said one of them had only
mentioned pushing the machete away, not
grappling with it or handling it, and those
were “very important details” for one of
the complainants to leave out when he was
talking to the police.
Mr Zintl said although he was not
suggesting that Harmon’s actions should
be condoned, they were not criminal in any
“At most, there was finger pointing and
strong words, no threats were made.”
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Grey Medical Centre
Lawrence, and Karren
wish to thank relatives,
friends and neighbours
for their kind messages
of sympathy, baking and
flowers in the recent loss
of a dearly loved father
and brother. Special
thanks to the doctors,
nurses and staff of Ward
1B, Princess Margaret
Please accept this as
a personal acknowledg-
PARKIN, Lindsay. —
May 7, 2012.
Another long year has
I'm trying not to grieve
but instead be happy
that I had you in my life
for 45 years.
I'll love and miss you
(Des). — Passed away
peacefully on Sunday
May 3, 2015, at his
home, dearly loved
husband of Fay, much
loved father and father-
in-law of Rose and Gary
Burrell, Kate and Mike
Marlene, Michael and
Annette, and Peter and
Ann, loved granddad
of his 17 grand-
children and four great-
brother and brother-in-
law of Lesley and
Arnold Beck (deceased),
Joyce and Ruby Pearce
and Kevin O'Leary
(deceased), Ross (de-
ceased), Ray (deceased)
(deceased), Gordon (de-
ceased) and Gwynith,
and Tom and Janice,
loved brother-in-law of
Louis and Elizabeth
Martin Condon (de-
ceased), and Jack and
the late Audrey and
Mary Condon, and a
loved uncle. Aged 85
years. Rest in Peace.
Messages to 14
Jamieson Road, Grey-
mouth 7805. Flowers
respectfully declined but
donations to the Buller
West Coast Home
appreciated and could be
made at the church. A
Funeral Mass will be
celebrated for Des at St
Church, High Street,
(Friday) at 1pm
followed by interment at
the Gladstone Memorial
Park Cemetery. A
Rosary will be offered at
the church this day
(Thursday) at 7.30pm.
Resting in the care of
Anisy Funeral Home,
CONDON, Tania Rose
(Tarn). — Passed away
May 7, 2012.
Precious memories of
our beautiful Tarn.
A smile can hide the
A tear can be wiped
But the heartache of
losing you will never
remembered every day
by your loving family.
Strong winds and rain toppled one of the large palms in the Tainui Street centre strip, in Greymouth, yesterday
afternoon. The palm had previously been on a lean and supported by wooden props, but the winds finished it off
yesterday. Westroads parks and reserves super visor Michael Keating said its future destination awaited a decision from
the Grey District Council. “ We’re unsure where but it is packed in soil to preser ve it,” Mr Keating said. The tree had
broken a prop and while not completely down, was too dangerous to leave in the centre strip.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Winds topple palm tree
A gala day will be held on Saturday to
mark the opening of the Paroa Estate
show home, with a seminar tonight to
guide home buyers.
Ball Developments, ANZ Bank and
Mike Greer Homes have invited the
public to attend the celebrations at 158
Coulson Road, Paroa Estate.
The day will include a barbecue,
bouncy castle, spot prizes, games and a
chance to go in the draw for a 50-inch
To coincide with the show home
opening, a home buyers seminar will be
held at the Greymouth ANZ branch
tonight, with addresses from a real
estate agent, solicitor, property valuer,
construction expert and bank home
loan specialists. The seminar runs from
6.30pm to 8pm, and all prospective
home buyers are invited to attend.
Property developer Geoff Ball said
some good deals would be announced
at this evening’s seminar.
“The whole concept of the opening day
and the seminar is trying to encourage
people to get involved with property
and having key people available
to help make it happen,” Mr Ball
Paroa show home gala day this weekend
The West Coast
Regional Council was
yet to head out across
the region to assess
whether or not any of
its stopbanks required
emergency repairs, as a
result of yesterday ’s wild
Council planning and
Mike Meehan said as far
as he knew no stopbanks
across the Coast had
been breached, as a result
of the stormy weather.
However, he thought
the New Zealand
Transport Agency had
had equipment on
standby to raise the
southern stopbank on
the Waiho (Waiau) River
at Franz Josef Glacier.
The wind and heavy rain
yesterday was not enough to
dampen the spirits of the Salvation
Army volunteers out and about
on their annual fundraiser in
Volunteers were out collecting
since Monday for the annual Red
Shield appeal, to raise funds for the
social ser vices such as food banks
ad budget advice ser vices.
Salvation Army social ser vices
secretary Mark Allwright said the
appeal was even more relevant to
the West Coast this year, given the
downturn in the regional economy.
“The importance is increasing ...
the signs are really scary in what ’s
coming up next for the West
Coast. Greymouth and Westport
are essential places for the army to
be,” Mr Allwright said.
He hoped this year’s appeal
would raise $250,000 across the
South Island. Alongside donating
to volunteers on the street, people
could also do so on-line, via text
and over the phone.
The tough economic times on
the Coast were rippling out to put
pressure on families. He therefore
urged people to make use of the
Salvation Army ’s budgeting advice
ser vice “before it becomes too bad”.
“ You don’t have to be in debt to
get it right.”
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Greymouth Salvation Army core officer, captain Mark Owen, said
he received a steady stream of donations despite the wind and rain
Salvation Army fundraisers brave rain
No stopbank breaches
Grey District Mayor
Tony Kokshoorn has
slammed claims from
former Greens co-leader
Jeanette Fitzsimons that
the West Coast is not
transitioning away from
coal, saying the “painful
process” has been under
way for some time.
Ms Fitzsimons said
yesterday Coast leaders
were not offering bold
new ideas for jobs
outside of coalmining
and that Development
West Coast seemed
mainly concerned with
preserving its capital
than creating jobs.
Mr Kokshoorn hit
back today, and said the
transition away from coal
had been under way for
However, he believed
coal was still part of the
In the 1970s, hundreds
of men were employed
in the coal industry, but
now there were just 35
at Roa Mine and 29 at
Solid Energy mines in
the Greymouth area.
Timber mills, which
were once commonplace,
had now shrunk in
number to just a few
harvesting exotic forests.
“ We’ve made the
transition there, too.”
Jobs had gone because
the government had
centralised ser vices to
the cities, he said.
In their place, the Grey
district had seen a huge
switch to dairying, and
Westland Milk Products
remained in West Coast
hands with Coasters
“taking their future into
their own hands”.
The fishing industry
was expanding, which
was evident in the new
Westfleet factory at
Greymouth was also
the only town on the
West Coast to get
ultra-fast broadband, a
boost to businesses.
Thanks to that, Mackay
Street in Greymouth was
no different to Queen
Street in Auckland, and
there was no reason
Government should not
start moving some of the
bureaucracy back to the
regions, he said.
Mr Kokshoorn also
emphasised the light
industry, commerce and
best seen at Kaiata Park,
and the huge growth in
“The Grey district is
making that transition,
albeit a painful one.”
West Coast gold helped
finance New Zealand
in the 1860s, timber
from the Coast had
helped build the nation,
and West Coast coal
had fired the furnaces
that industrialised New
Mr Kokshoorn and
Ms Fitzsimons were
both speaking after a
gathering in Blackball
for May Day, which
looked at a sustainable
future for the Coast.
out at Greens
Westroads clears back a minor slip
along Stirling Drive this morning.
Grey District Council staff and
contractors were out inspecting the
rest of the district for any damage.
Assets manager Mel Sutherland said
just before 9am that the council had
received no reports of damage to
their roads. Mr Sutherland said the
Grey River had peaked at 4.3m at
Dobson and was starting to drop by
this morning. Meanwhile, the NZ
Transport Agency said motorists
still needed to watch out for surface
flooding and debris on several roads.
State highway 6 along the Haast
Pass was closed yesterday by a debris
flow that spilled over the road and
blocked the Prospectors culvert,
about 30km east of the Haast
township. This morning contractors
were clearing debris in the Fox
Hills area, but NZTA said there did
not appear to be any serious road
Rain closes Franz Josef
Glacier access road
The Department of Conser vation
was seeking engineering advice this
morning, after the rain storm closed
access to the Franz Josef Glacier.
Further south, the Fox Glacier access
road was open today. However, the
Franz Josef access road had suffered
some damage and was closed to
vehicles and pedestrians. “ We are
currently getting some engineering
advice about whether it can be
opened to one lane, and we expect
to make a decision by lunchtime,”
DOC spokeswoman Cornelia
Ver voorn said. Minor slips and small
trees had been brought down on
some tracks. “ We haven’t checked
them all, though, so if anyone is out
in the backcountry and encounters
track damage or major windthrow,
please contact the nearest DOC
office and let us know. ”
Arnotts Heights slip
Taylor & Fraedo
8 week old female kitten.
Microchipped and in need
of a loving home.
This beautiful little guy is called
Ginge. He is 5 months old and
ready in about 2 weeks.
Beautiful Roselle is such a sweetheart.
She hasn't been with us long and we are
just starting to see the fun side of her.
Roselle is microchipped and spayed and
ready for a new home now.
These two lovely boys are 4
months old and just lovely. Both
are microchipped and spayed and
ready for their new homes now.
Please contact the Greymouth SPCA
Centre for all animal welfare concerns,
surrenders, adoptions, inquiries.
21-27 Preston Road, Greymouth
Phone 03 768 5223
The Desexing Caravan will be operating at the Greymouth
SPCA from Monday 4th until Saturday 16th May. To help
decrease the number of unwanted litters of kittens in our
area please take advantage of this offer. We have been
bursting at the seams this season!
$20 part charge applies, preference given to Community
Service/Gold Card holders. Please call in or phone us
between 10 & 12 noon weekdays to book your cat in.
Would you like to become a member?
Family $15 Single $10
Contact us on 03 768 5223
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