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New palm tree
Westroad arborist Alan Jemison
plants a new phoenix palm this
morning to replace the older one
that was uprooted after suffering
damage in high winds.
Heavy rain warning
A severe weather warning is in place
for South Westland as bad weather
moves in from the Tasman Sea.
Starting this evening, the Metser vice
said the initial burst of heavy rain was
likely to last a bout 12 hours, and up
to 120mm of rain was forecast to fall,
mainly about the ranges. The worst is
expected to be south of the glaciers.
Greymouth police calmed down an
unhappy customer at the Priya Indian
Restaurant last night. Police said the
“ verbally abusive” man was spoken
to at 9pm and no charges arose as a
result of the incident. In Westport, a
20-year-old man was arrested late last
night following a domestic incident.
Police said the victim was not injured
but he faces charges of male assaults
female and intentional damage. He
is to appear in the Westport District
Driver over limit
A Grey Valley man elected to
undergo a blood-alcohol test when he
was pulled over near Ahaura on State
highway 7 at 12.30am yesterday.
Police said the man was pulled over
for a routine check and breathalysed,
giving a reading of 500mg.
Coal price edges up
The international daily price for
coking coal has risen in the past week
— the first weekly rise in months. The
spot price yesterday was US$83.05
per tonne, up US90c on this time last
week. But it is still almost US$20 less
a tonne than two months ago. Solid
Energy announced a fortnight ago that
it planned to cut 166 jobs at Stockton
opencast mine and would mothball
the mine if the coal price kept
slipping. The company said it received
significantly more than the spot
price, but expected that premium to
come off in the next round of pricing
negotiations. — Westport News
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: Cook Canyon,
Galatea II, Ocean Odyssey, Jay
Penelope, Lady Sarah, Borda.
In port: Christina, Sovereign,
Tantramar, 26 other vessels.
Expected departures: Nil. Expected
arrivals: Jay Elaine, Friday.
Greymouth teenager Taine Menzies does
not remember most of the time his family
spent at Ronald McDonald House, taking
it in turns to be with him at the nearby
Taine’s family has spent two stints living in
the house while he was treated for type one
diabetes and mycoplasma encephalitis.
Things went wrong for the healthy 15-year-
old fairly abruptly last May when he felt
sick. He got up to go to school but his mum
In the terrible hours that followed, he was
put on life support and flown to Christchurch
Hospital to the critical care unit.
When his family arrived in Christchurch
— all seven of them — the hospital social
worker had already arranged for them to stay
in Ronald McDonald House.
The family were able to take it in shifts, two
at a time, to be with Taine. Whenever they
got back — be it at 2 o’clock in the morning
— there would always be meals waiting for
them at Ronald McDonald House.
“Every night there would be seven meals,”
mum Lynne Rodrigue said.
That help enabled the family to focus 100%
on Taine, and they did not have to make trips
to the supermarket.
Taine spent a whole month in hospital.
On November 9 the same happened again,
though this time medical staff were “straight
on to it ” and the stay was two weeks.
Before Taine first got ill his family had only
vaguely heard of the house.
“ We were looking for the golden arches that
first night — we drove past it twice,” Miss
The wider family has since shown their
support for the house — an uncle donated
$1000 worth of tram, gondola and punting
vouchers, and Deco NZ donated $600 of
food and also volunteered to cook in the
Taine is doing much better these days,
though he still remembers nothing of the
weeks before the seizure which was caused by
the mycoplasma encephalitis.
He told his story as part of Ronald
McDonald House appeal week. His family
will also be out collecting in Greymouth at
The Warehouse and Countdown, on June 5.
“ Please donate,” Miss Rodrigue said. The
family still uses the house occasionally when
Taine has a specialist ’s appointment in
So far this year the house has supported 63
families from the West Coast. Last year the
total number of West Coast families helped
Families stay completely free of charge
while their children are hospitalised. The
house relies heavily on fundraising, corporate
support and volunteers.
One way to donate is by visiting the website
rmhsi.org.nz and clicking on the donate
Teen hails Ronald McDonald House
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Taine Menzies, who has told his personal medical story to raise awareness of Ronald
McDonald House, in Christchurch.
Wednesday May 20
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
Genuine Care and
Margaret. — December
3, 1927 - May 19, 2015.
Peacefully at Wairau
Dearly loved wife of the
late Robbie. Much loved
Mum and mum-in-law
of Ian and Cherie
Roy, Jill and Mike
Karmyn and Ryan;
Pearl; Grace, Madeline
and Stella. Great-nana to
Brya, Cleo and Sylvie.
Messages to 12 Corry
7201. A funeral service
for Frances will be held
at the Riverside Chapel,
Cloudy Bay Funeral
Services, corner of
Grove Road and Alfred
Street on Friday May 22
at 1pm followed by
Cloudy Bay Funeral
FDANZ. Phone (03) 578
www.cloudybayfunerals.co .nz .
DAVIES, Adam. — As
the result of an accident
10 years ago today.
This is for someone
As loved as one could
For you were everything
You meant the world,
And sometimes life can
When hearts are torn in
But nothing ever could
To the pain of losing
But all the love you left
Forever will live on.
And so until we meet
Rest peacefully, our
Loved forever, Mum,
Gray, Lauren and Katie
A Cobden man with treatment-
resistant epilepsy was convicted and
sentenced in the Greymouth District
Court yesterday to 100 hours of
community work for cultivation and
possession of cannabis.
Police had found James Mark Sparrow,
41, wandering the streets on March
5, and took him home. When they
returned to the property later in the
day to check on him, and could not
raise him by knocking on the windows
and doors of the property, they entered
it through an unlocked door, finding
Sparrow unconscious on the floor of
his bedroom, surrounded by the strong
smell of cannabis.
In a small cupboard they found
18 plants growing under lighting,
alongside another 17 plants budding
under lights in a bricked up fireplace.
In the kitchen of the property they also
found 54g of cannabis head in jars and
24kg of leaf.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Sparrow
had been picked up by police many times
after being found on the street. Sparrow
suffered from drug resistant epilepsy, and
had used the drug as a way to delay the
frequency of his seizures.
However, he said Sparrow had recently
started taking new medication that
seemed to be addressing the problem of
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said there
was no suggestion of Sparrow being
involved with drug dealers or providing
cannabis for supply, and in this case it
was clearly only for his own personal use.
Carl John Plapp, 45, of Greymouth,
was convicted and remanded on bail to
August 11 for sentence on charges of
possession of cannabis, possession of a
shotgun and shotgun rounds without
a firearms licence, and cultivation of
Between December 1 and April 16,
Plapp cultivated cannabis in planter pots
and bags, using fertiliser and growing
When police visited Plapp’s property
on an unrelated matter and smelled the
strong scent of drugs they searched the
property and found 3.14g of dried head
in a bag in a woman’s room. In Plapps’s
room they found 8.44g of the drug in a
bag, and 632g in two plastic containers.
In the garage they found 30 cut stalks of
cannabis, stripped of cannabis leaf, and a
large amount of discarded leaves being
dried on paper.
Police also found three cannabis pipes,
and a hunting bag containing a cut-
down shotgun and 33 rounds.
When questioned Plapp told police
he cultivated cannabis every year for his
Pink Ribbon afternoon tea at Dixon House
Anne Teasdale, left, Mary Hines, Wendy Buckland, Colette Bedggood, Kath Woods, Nadine Brears and Ann-Marie McLean
were all dressed up in pink as Dixon House residents and staff donned attire for a Pink Ribbon afternoon tea on Monday. The ladies
enjoyed the afternoon in a pink themed dining room and were also given pink gifts.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Restorative justice conference ordered over smashed car window
A Hokitika man who smashed a
rear window on his partner’s car was
convicted in the Greymouth District
Court yesterday of wilful damage and
remanded on bail to June 30 for a
restorative justice conference.
On March 2, David Grant Sinclair,
26, returned home with his partner
but after an argument Sinclair got
out of the car and threw a rock at
one of the rear quarter-windows,
He admitted to police that it was a
“stupid thing to do”.
Sinclair also pleaded guilty to
driving while suspended on March
4, after he was caught driving in
Jesse Rae Tetuko Hini, 22, of
Waiho, was remanded in custody to
June 16. He was facing charges of
unlawful detention between April
27-28, assaulting a female on April
28, two charges of assault with a blunt
instrument, and two more charges of
assaulting a female. He pleaded not
guilty to all charges.
Glen John Oakden Eathorne, 19, of
Seaview, was fined $500 and banned
from driving for six months for excess
breath-alcohol of 466mg on May 3.
On May 3, Eathorne was stopped
by police in Hokitika and breath
tested. He said he had waited three
hours since his last drink to drive and
thought he was okay to drive home.
Daniel Robert Maunsell, 30, of
Hokitika, had a warrant issued for
his arrest after he failed to turn up
at court on a charge of driving while
forbidden on April 26.
William George Shannon, 57, of
Hokitika, was remanded on bail to
June 16 without plea on a charge of
careless driving causing injury, on
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