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Honesty box thief
pulls knife when
Police deployed tracker dogs last
night after a man pulled a knife
when he was confronted about
stealing money from an honesty
box at Karoro. Police were notified
about 5.45pm after a member
of the public confronted a man
outside a Main South Road home
for allegedly stealing from an
honesty box for kindling wood.
When confronted and asked to
empty his pockets the man pulled
out a large knife, constable Mary
Cawley, of Greymouth police, said.
The man was described as olive
skinned and in his 20s and wearing
dark clothing. He was last seen
heading north on foot towards
Karoro. Police dogs tracked the
alleged offender up to Arnott
Heights, before losing the scent.
Inquiries were continuing today,
however the knife was found in
bushes along Main South Road
during the search last night.
As the D uchess of Cambridge
knows only too well, windy weather
is one of the prime causes of
wardrobe malfunctions. But ‘gale
fail’ as it has been nicknamed could
soon be a thing of the past if one
British department store gets its
way. Debenhams is to temporarily
introduce wind machines to its
flagship store so customers can
put their floaty dresses on trial
before purchase. Those looking
for the perfect wedding or Ascot
frock will be able to put them to
the test at the Oxford Street store
over the bank holiday weekend.
Special industrial fans which can
be adjusted to mimic a gentle
breeze or a full-blown 40mph gale
have been set up in the fitting area
and cost nothing for shoppers to
use. Personal stylists will also be on
hand to advise customers on which
garments are best for beating gale
fail, from the right head-gear to
skirts, dresses and even footwear.
— Daily Mail
Cloudy periods, few showers
Greymouth Star On-line
Drink-driving counsellor caught .... drink-driving
A Greymouth woman who provided
counselling and support for drink-
drivers, was herself sentenced yesterday
for excess breath-alcohol.
On February 19, Siahn Michelle
Taylor, 32, was seen by police drinking
outside a Greymouth property. When
she later drove her car 100m up the
road police pulled her over. When
breath-tested she blew 545mg.
Taylor told police she had moved her
car as she had been asked to take it off
the lawn by the landlord.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl asked Judge
Stephen O’Driscoll to consider special
reasons why Taylor should not be
banned from driving, including the
short distance travelled by Taylor,
and the minimal danger posed to the
Mr Zintl said they were “good
reasons” to consider not banning her.
As Taylor was a support person for
restorative justice in speaking to and
counselling drink-drivers, she had
suffered “quite a fall from grace”.
Despite her list of previous drink-
driving convictions, the last of which
was nine years ago, Mr Zintl said she
was a “person of good character”.
However, the judge said that given
her role with restorative justice he was
surprised Taylor had chosen to drive
“I would have thought that of all
people you would have been fully
aware you should not have got behind
the wheel of a car and driven for any
distance, because of your previous
convictions and because you have been
involved in counselling and assisting
those who have been involved in
drinking and driving,” Judge O’Driscoll
He accepted that Taylor had driven
at the request of a third party, and had
not driven very far, causing minimal
danger to other road users, and she was
not seriously impaired at the time of
However, due to her previous
offending he would ban her for the
“I have no doubt the ban will cause
you hardship, but that is part and parcel
of the consequences of your offending,”
the judge told Taylor.
“If you come back before the court
again you may well find yourself back
in prison, where you have been before.”
Laura Mills and Westport News
Oceana Gold says it has no
immediate plans to open a new
deep underground mine at Waiuta
but even if it did it would not
replace the 200-plus jobs that are
set to go when the Globe Progress
Mine is mothballed at the end of
The Reefton mine currently
employs 184 staff on site, plus 20
to 30 contractors. Many of the
Oceana work crews commute
daily from either Greymouth or
Mine manager Dale Oram said
after a public meeting in Reefton
this week that Oceana Gold hoped
to develop the Blackwater Mine
beneath Waiuta some time in the
future, but he did not know when.
However, the workforce required
was likely to be fewer than 20
Its application in 2012 said it
would employ up to 90 people.
Mr Oram said the company
would have to spend about
$40 million on a tunnel and
another $5 million to $6 million
on drilling to prove the mine’s
Buller deputy mayor Graeme
Neylon, who attended the Reefton
meeting, said Oceana explained
they were extracting gold at their
Philippine mine for minus $56 a
tonne — as it was both a copper
and gold mine, the money made
extracting copper subsidised the
price of extracting gold.
He believed Blackwater would
go ahead and from the data it
“Just when, nobody knows,” Mr
Oceana was also negotiating to
buy the Newmont mine at Waihi,
which would need cash.
“Blackwater is not a desperate
The company said this week of
the 184 employees at the current
Globe mine, 85 lived in Reefton,
40 in Greymouth, 12 in Westport
and 13 in other Coast settlements.
A further 34 employees commuted
The mine paid just over $17m a
year in wages and spent just over
$12m on operations.
Mining would stop about
September or October, Mr Oram
A stockpile of 400,000 tonnes
of lower grade ore would be
shifted to the processing plant
by about December, then mining
machinery would be parked up
and prepared for redeployment or
sale. The processing plant would
finish processing all available ore
by the end of January and the
mine would then go into care and
Processing staff would finish
Flag roadshow Coast-bound
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Greymouth RSA president John Morel unfurls the New Zealand flag he hopes will remain after the referendum process currently under way to investigate a
possible new flag. The Flag Consideration Panel is travelling the country to hear views on the flag and will be in Hokitika next Friday, Greymouth on June 2 and
Westport on June 3. Greymouth will host a workshop at Kingsgate Hotel from 6pm to 7.30pm, and the Civic Centre car park has been booked from 12pm to
3pm. Fewer than 10 people turned up to the opening event in Christchurch. Mr Morel said he was firmly against changing the flag: “Our men didn’t fight for that
flag, but they fought under it.”
200 jobs to go at Oceana, fewer
than 20 may be needed for Waiuta
Highways contract changes hands
The New Zealand Transport Agency
has awarded its West Coast State
highway roading contract to Fulton
Hogan, replacing Sicon Ferguson.
The new contract is for seven years,
compared to about four years in the past.
Darfield-based Sicon Ferguson chief
executive David Wilson today said they
were working through what changes they
would have to make.
“ We’ve very disappointed in losing the
contract, we have had it for a long time. It
is a big loss,” Mr Wilson said.
In 2012, Sicon and Ferguson Brothers
merged into one operating entity. Sicon
Ferguson now operates throughout
Canterbury and the West Coast,
employing over 200 staff.
Fulton Hogan West Coast branch
manager Garry Wells said today they had
only just been informed they had won the
contract and were still to make decisions.
Mr Wells said it was a “big and complex”
contract and the company still had things
it needed to work out abut what resources
would be required.
Fulton Hogan’s civil contracting
and construction branches operate
throughout New Zealand, Australia and
the South Pacific.
Three trampers were rescued from the
backcountry behind Hokitika yesterday
after they activated their locator beacons.
A 33-year-old man and a 28-year-
old woman from Picton activated their
devices late yesterday morning after a
night stranded in the headwaters of the
Kokatahi River. They had spent six days
tramping in the Toaroha Ranges and
Cedar Flats area.
NZCC West Coast Rescue Helicopter
pilot Angus Taylor said the pair were
picked up between the Booboo Hut
and Crawford Junction Hut when they
became stranded by flooded creeks on
“The creek levels just made it
impossible for them to continue and-or
turn back. They’d had a night out in the
bush,” Mr Taylor said.
The track through the area was quite
rugged although the couple was well
equipped for the conditions.
They were winched out and returned
to their vehicle.
Meanwhile, a 60-year-old Christ-
church man was rescued at 4pm
yesterday from the Neave Hut in
the upper Whitcombe River, near
Whitcombe Pass, after he slipped and
ripped his knee the previous day.
Mr Taylor said the man was a solo
tramper who had hoped he might be
able to carry on after his fall.
“He actually waited a day ... but it
didn’t get better. ”
The man was airlifted back to Grey
Trampers rescued from mountains
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