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A moderate earthquake made a few
people in Reefton sit up yesterday.
The magnitude 3.8 was recorded at
4.09pm at a depth of 5km. It was
centred 10km south-east of the
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals: Jay
Elaine. Departures: Moon Shadow
II. In port: Jay Elaine, Christina,
Sovereign, 25 other vessels. Expected
departures: Jay Elaine, tomorrow.
Expected arrivals: Galatea II,
2 - Friday, May 22, 2015
The father of a Southland man shot
during a hunting trip to Stewart Island,
has pleaded guilty to careless use of a
Stephen Phillip Long, 61, of Southland,
appeared in the Invercargill District
Court this morning.
His son, Samuel Phillip Long, 24, was
killed while hunting on Stewart Island on
March 23. Stephen Long was remanded
at large for sentencing on August 4.
His lawyer, John Fraser, said he would
seek a discharge without conviction for
his client. — Otago Daily Times
Man admits shooting
son on hunting trip
Converting more land to dairy farms
in the Buller District will help the
local economy recover from massive
job cuts in the mining industry, says
Buller Mayor Garry Howard.
Landcorp was one company that
could do it, he said.
About 15 years ago Landcorp
began ‘flipping’ land it owned at Cape
Foulwind, to break up the pakihi soil’s
iron layers and bring sandy, well-
drained soil to the surface. F lipped
pasture suits heavy animals such as
The land converted to dairy
farms had proven profitable and
provided immediate and long-term
employment benefits, Mr Howard
He would welcome further land
development at the Cape and in
Reefton, where Landcorp also had
“ We need those conversions to
happen urgently as Landcorp do
conversion exceptionally well and
it can have direct employment for
skilled operators from Stockton. ”
Landcorp had about 500ha of
undeveloped land at the Cape that
was suitable for dairy conversion, he
said. Further land was understood
to be available at its Burkes Creek
“ Dairy farming is exceptionally
important in Buller.”
Agriculture on the West Coast,
especially dairy farming, had grown
significantly during the past 10 years,
but the rate of growth had slowed in
the year to March 2014, Mr Howard
According to the 2013 West Coast
of NZ Economic Indicators, there
were 754 agricultural businesses on
the Coast in 2012, mostly dairy farms.
At that time the sector employed
1464 full-time equivalent staff.
Landcorp chief executive Steve
Carden said this week that Landcorp
had a portfolio of undeveloped land
on the Coast that had the potential
to create more farms. The company
continued to look at that option in
line with international dairy prices
and other activities in its portfolio,
“ We’d love to develop more farms
on the West Coast and continue to
look for opportunities to unlock the
capital to be able to do it.”
Currently Landcorp operated 10
dairy farms and six livestock farms on
the Coast, employing over 60 staff.
MP Damien O’Connor believed
developing land into more dairy farms
would help the region’s worsening
economic situation. Dairying on
the Coast had yet to reach its full
potential, he said.
“I think there is the potential to
develop more land. It’s a conversation
I’ve had with Landcorp, who hopefully
can provide some of the expertise for
Dairying was one of the top
industries in the region and would be
for a long time, Mr O’Connor said.
Reliable rainfall gave the Coast
an advantage over regions such as
Canterbury. The Coast also had some
very good river flats with ideal soil
types for dairying, but unfortunately
they were not overly abundant.
“ We’ ll always face some unique
challenges in our region but the cost
of water and our reliable grass growth
is an advantage that we have.”
Ambitious young dairy farmers in
New Zealand were prepared to move
anywhere for opportunities and they
were now more than ever aware of
the West Coast, he said.
examples of young people developing
their skills and the capability of the
dairy industry on the West Coast.
That will continue I’m sure. ”
— Westport News
Mayor, MP want dairy expansion
A Blackball man who accidentally hit his
partner during a drunken argument was
told by the judge to “ keep away from the
Robert Gordon Grant, 27, was told to
engage with Community Probation and to
undertake relationship and alcohol abuse
counselling after he pleaded guilty to a
charge of assault, on February 28.
Grant had got into a drunken argument
with another man, and when his fiance
stepped in to break up the fight, he threw
a punch, however when the other man
ducked he hit his fiance.
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll this week
told Grant “one matter that could address
things is to keep him away form the Jim
Beam, that ’s a factor contributing to most
of the offending”.
Grant and Jim Beam were “not a good
combination,” the judge said.
Daniel John Porter was given a nine-
month suspended sentence and ordered to
pay reparation of $89 when he admitted a
charge of receiving.
Lawyer Marcus Zinbtl said Porter had
been left $600 to $700 out of pocket by a
tenant, and he had accepted a stolen vehicle
in lieu of outstanding rent payments.
Bruce Graham Woodley, 80, of Paroa,
was banned from driving for six months for
careless driving in November last year.
Lawyer George Linder said Woodley had
been in a line of cars and had been waiting
to pull out, and when he did he collided
with the victim and his vintage motorcycle.
As a result of a restorative justice
conference between Woodley and the
victim, Woodley had paid the victim $500.
because of that, and in recognition of
“65 years of unblemished driving”, Judge
O’Driscoll said he would not impose any
further financial penalties.
Har vey Hutson, 17, of Blackball, was told
to ensure his appearance yesterday was the
“first and last time you come before the
court on a drink and driving charge”.
Hutson was banned from driving for six
months and fined $500 for excess breath-
alcohol of 574mg on April 18. There is a
zero tolerance for drivers under 20.
Lawyer George Linder said Hutson had
been drinking with friends and had gone to
sleep, but woke up at 5.30am to drive home
as he thought he was okay to drive.
“ You need to ensure this is the first and last
time you come before the court on a drink-
driving charge,” Judge O’Driscoll said.
Jared Barry Hibbs, 17, of Karoro, was
convicted and fined $400 and banned from
driving for three months for excess breath-
alcohol of 387mg.
On March 15, Hibbs was stopped by
police and breath-tested while driving on
State highway 6 at Arahura.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Hibbs had
been to the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival
the day before, and had gone home with a
sober drive. He was driven back to Hokitika
the next day to pick up some of his stuff,
and while driving home he was stopped by
police. He told police that he thought he
would be okay to drive.
Jordan Joseph Beams, 20, of Cobden,
was threatened with imprisonment for
failing to comply with his community work
After being sentenced to three months
of community detention on March 13
for a breach of community work, Beams
had repeatedly failed to comply with his
He was asked by Judge O’Driscoll if he
wanted to go to prison. “I’d be pretty keen
to comply,” the judge said.
The sentence was cancelled and a new
sentence of three months of community
detention was imposed.
Joshua John Hughes was convicted
and fined $500 and banned from driving
for six months for excess breath-alcohol
and sustained loss of traction, on January
Hughes got hold of the keys to a four-
wheel-drive vehicle and drove up the road,
spinning the tyres. He then turned the
wheel to leave a figure of eight pattern
on the road, narrowly avoiding hitting a
neighbour who came out of their house to
film his antics.
Samuel Jeffrey McKinley, 24, of Cobden,
was convicted and sentenced to 50 hours of
community work and banned for a further
six months for driving while disqualified.
McKinley had previously been banned
for three months on February 26. The new
ban will start when his current driving ban
‘Keep away from Jim Beam’ — judge
Leslie John Thomas, 42, of Inchbonnie,
was remanded on bail to June 30 for a
restorative justice conference for assault
on a child between March 1 and March
The Greymouth District Court
this week heard that Thomas was
at his partner’s house with his two-
year-old daughter and four-year-old
step-daughter when he smacked the
step-daughter on the bottom with his
hand, then kicked her on the bottom
with his foot, causing the child to run
crying to her mother in distress.
When questioned by police Thomas
said that his step-daughter constantly
misbehaved, and that “nothing works”
other than physical discipline.
A Cobden man who sent sexual
messages to a 14-year-old girl and
allowed his car to be used for smoking
cannabis was remanded on bail for
sentence on August 11.
Dillon Tucker, 27, was convicted of
making an indecent suggestion on
February 19, and allowing his car to be
used for the possession and consumption
of cannabis, between April 1 and April
Between those dates Tucker had visited
a female associate and had allowed her
to use his car for preparing and smoking
the drug. When he was stopped by
police on a driving-related matter on
April 20, police found bits of cannabis
and used tinfoil in the car.
Tucker told police the woman used his
car so she was not smoking the drug in
front of her children. On March 7, while
using the Facebook Messenger chat
system Tucker sent a number of sexual
messages to a girl, aged 14, who ended
up becoming upset and distressed as a
result of the messages.
Riaz Khan, 20, of Greymouth, was
convicted and remanded on bail for
sentence on August 11 for allowing
his premises to be used for consuming
A police search of Khan’s home on
April 22 found a sports drink bottle
adapted into a bong. Dried stalks of
cannabis were also found at the property,
and 4g of the drug in his bedroom.
Khan told police the bong was his, but
he did not smoke any more cannabis
than his flatmate.
Carl David Rothera was convicted and
remanded to August 11 for sentence for
drink-driving causing injury. On April
11, Rothera was driving in Runanga
when he pulled in behind a car.
When the car in front of him stopped,
he failed to slow and drove into the
back of it, pushing it into the car in
front. Rothera was blood tested, which
produced a result of 128mg of alcohol
per 100ml of blood.
Angela Jane Emmerson, 43, of
Atarau, was banned from driving for
a further six months for driving while
disqualified on April 5. On March
10, Emmerson was banned for nine
months for excess breath-alcohol, but
on April 5 she drove in Blackball and
was stopped by police. She told police
she was just shooting to the shop to buy
milk, which she had forgotten to get at
Emmerson’s new driving ban will
begin when the old ban ends on
Adrian Rodney Loe, of Atarau, was
convicted and remanded on bail for
sentence on August 11 for sentence on
a charge of injuring with intent to injure
on March 15. On March 14, Loe went
to the Ikamatua Hotel with friends
and about 1am while outside the hotel,
and on his way back inside, he got into
a scuffle and head-butted the victim,
breaking two of his teeth. The victim
also suffered jaw pain and swelling from
the attack. Loe told police he had just
had a “ brain explosion”.
Kaleb Ford-Witana was convicted and
discharged on a charge of driving while
Jack Eskett was remanded at large to
June 16 to defend a charge of sustained
loss of traction.
Ricky Jason Switalla, 24, of Rangiora,
was remanded to June 16 on charges of
possession of methamphetamine (P),
possession of a methamphetamine pipe
and knuckle dusters on March 14.
His lawyer Andrew McCormick failed
to appear at court yesterday to represent
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SIMON, Mavis. —
families wish to thank
all staff at Dixon House
for the wonderful care of
Mum in the 13 years she
was with you. Laurie
Anisy, staff and Gay for
the help and guidance.
Tim Mora for his kind-
ness and understanding.
Thank you everyone for
your visits, flowers,
cards, and baking we are
To have had you as
our Mum was the
greatest gift of all
Ernest. — (Formerly of
Ikamatua). Passed away
peacefully on May 21,
2015, at Rutherford
Home, Nelson, surr-
ounded by his loving
family. Funeral details
to be advised.
ALLEN, Metta. — The
family of Metta would
like to thank everyone
for their flowers, cards,
support and sympathy in
the sad loss of a loved
and grandma. We would
especially like to thank
the staff at Dixon House
for their care of Metta
over the last 51⁄2 years,
and Robin and Marge
for the lovely service.
Please accept this as
a personal acknowledg-
ment of thanks.
West Coast Penguin Trust manager Inger Perkins and children from Cobden School with a blue penguin nesting box. The children
were busy yesterday helping the trust install boxes as part of the Cobden Aromahana Sanctuary project. Ms Perkins said the nesting
boxes were a safe haven for the penguins and a protection from dogs and traffic. “ We are eventually looking to establish a penguin
sanctuary here in Cobden and have had 12 children from the Cobden School assisting, along with Bill Johnson from the Paroa
Pupils help set up Cobden penguin sanctuary
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Name suppression in
Facebook assault case
A Grey Valley woman who slapped her
partner after he sent a Facebook message
to another woman was remanded on
bail in the Greymouth District Court
yesterday for sentence to August 11.
The woman was granted interim name
She and her partner had an argument
on December 10 after she saw him send
a message on social media to another
woman. She then slapped him on the
top of the head.
Lawyer George Linder said the
woman’s partner then called the police,
not to report the assault, but because she
was getting “rowdy”, and they had guests
with them at the time.
She had left before police arrived, and
was subsequently picked up by police
two days later.
Mr Linder asked for name suppression
A Cobden man who accused his lawyer
of lying was remanded on bail to June 2
to allow him to hire another lawyer.
Toa Tokomaru Marino, 29, was
supposed to be defending a charge of
threatening behaviour, however his
lawyer Eymard Bradley said that Marino
had not met with him when he asked in
order to prepare the case, therefore he
could not proceed as his counsel.
Marino shouted out in court, “how
much preparing do you need?” and was
immediately reprimanded by Judge
“Don’t argue like that please, anything
like that again and you are inside,” the
Marino then accused his lawyer of
lying to him.
“I have been to see him several times, he
said to me that what I said to police was
not a threat, and now he’s saying it is.”
Judge O’Driscoll asked Marino if he
wanted to defend himself, however he
said it would be “unfair” if he was not
represented by a lawyer as his plea was
“ based on what my lawyer told me”.
Marino also faces a charge of breach of
community work, however he has yet to
plead on that charge.
Community Probation said Marino
had since re-engaged with them, and
had completed more of his sentence.
He was remanded on bail to June 2 on
both charges to allow him time to find
A Greymouth man recently released
from a nine-month prison sentence for
assault was remanded on bail to July 9
to jointly defend a charge of entering
a building with intent to commit an
Michael Ryan Newcombe, 24, was
jointly charged with the offence
alongside O wen Anthony Jackson, 27,
of Kumara, and Jonty Charles Pickett,
19, of Christchurch.
A Greymouth man who failed to report
for his community detention sentence
was remanded on bail to July 7 to give
him time to comply with the sentence.
In March, Jordan Joseph Beams had a
sentence of three months of community
detention cancelled after he failed to
comply with a 75-hour community work
sentence imposed in 2013 for excess
breath-alcohol, in Christchurch.
However, the day he was given the
sentence he failed to properly report.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said that was
because Beams had been so pleased to
have avoided imprisonment, he failed
to check his paper work and mistakenly
thought he had a day to report.
Beams had again subsequently
breached his sentence, and Community
Probation had prepared an application
to have his community detention
sentence cancelled and replaced due to
his continued breaches.
Judge O’Driscoll also challenged
Beams’s parents, who had abused
security staff who had turned up at
their home late at night to check on his
compliance, reminding them that staff
had the right to check up on Beams at
“any time of the night”.
Department of Conservation ranger Deb Hogan beside a pile
of rubbish left at the edge of Lake Hochstetter — including
alcohol and shotgun cartridges. The rubbish was found by the
picnic area, and DOC said it was clear a party had been held
there. The site was also littered with several spent shotgun
cartridges. Ms Hogan reiterated that firearms and alcohol were
a dangerous mix. She said it was disgusting that thoughtless
people would spoil such a beautiful area by leaving their rubbish.
Concern over booze, guns mix
PICTURE: Department of Conser vation
Z nails scattered around
driveways in rural areas have
punctured car tyres, Westport
Community constable Paul
Sampson said police had received
several reports from people in
Charleston, Cape Foulwind and
Westport who had found the
nails scattered on driveways and
around letterboxes. He believed
it was a malicious act, and said it
had been happening for a week.
There had been two reports of
tyres punctured, and four reports
of the nails being found. A
Sutherland Tyres spokeswoman
said it had four customers over
the past week with punctured
tyres. — Westport News
Z nails puncture tyres
A Cobden man’s shopping trip cost
him $1800 and a 13-month ban from
driving, when he appeared in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday.
Glen Austin James Miller, 59, was
stopped by police after he failed to give
way to them at an intersection on January
11. A roadside breath test yielded a result
of 761mg. Miller told police he had been
drinking at Kells Hotel and had gone to
get some shopping.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl asked for a
rehabilitative sentence. He said that
although it was Miller’s third conviction
for drink-driving, the last was in 2000,
and he had never received a sentence
with an element of rehabilitation.
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said because
of the gap in his offending he was
prepared to deal with Miller by way of
a substantive fine, with an element of
However, Community Probation said
Miller had taken steps to refer himself to
drug and alcohol at Grey Base Hospital,
therefore super vision would probably
assess him and say he did not need any
Judge O’Driscoll said the fine was high
because it had to reflect that it was his
The judge also warned him about any
future similar offending: “If you come
back, Mr Miller . . . you are going to find
yourself in real difficulty. I can tell you
now, you will not be fined. ”
Shopping trip after
pub visit costly
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