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Warrant for driver
caught eight times
over the limit
An arrest warrant was issued
for a Blaketown man who was
found driving at nearly eight
times the legal drink-drive limit.
On Christmas Eve, Wayne Grant
Schmetz was stopped and breath-
tested in Christchurch and blew
an "extraordinarily high level," the
Greymouth District Court heard.
However, at his sentencing date
on ursday afternoon, lawyer
Marcus Zintl said Schmetz had
contacted him earlier in the week
to say he had been admitted to
Christchurch Hospital and would
not be t to attend his sentencing.
When Mr Zintl asked him to
provide medical evidence of his
illness, paperwork provided by the
Canterbury District Health Board
showed Schmetz had actually
been discharged on May 10. Judge
Stephen O'Driscoll immediately
issued a warrant for his arrest.
Showers clearing, south-westerlies
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West eet is shing for
another deal from the Grey
District Council for a slither
of land it says it needs to
further develop its new
sh factory --- and it has
threatened to pull out of
Greymouth if it does not get
a more attractive o er.
It has asked the council
for six months' grace before
it decides whether or not
to continue developing the
wharf area alongside the
factory, all the way to the
West eet managing director
Craig Boote said his company
was pouring money into
upgrading the wharf area for
While it had been o ered
the harbour land at a
discounted cost of $20 a
square metre, it was costing
West eet $6500 a metre to
undertake the upgrading
"We have already started
work at the front of our
undertaken 130m --- at a
cost of $250,000," Mr Boote
If West eet was going to
continue the upgrade over the
other 500m, that would cost
His company had an
obligation to x up the
whar ves under the contract
when it purchased the land,
but he said he had "no idea"
then how quickly the cost of
doing that would skyrocket.
It was now investigating
two options for the second
parcel of land, alongside the
factory which edges closer to
the river and the old wharf
towards the cranes.
"One is rebuilding the whole
wharf, the other is to pull it
down and rock it. Either one
will improve the area."
Mr Boote agreed that
West eet needed the land
if it was to go ahead with
further development of its
sh processing business,
with plans to build another
factory, half as big as the
$12.5m factory that opened
He urged the council to
drop its asking price for the
"We would appreciate
council doing us a better deal.
ere is the possibility that if
they don't, we could be forced
to go elsewhere," Mr Boote
Grey District Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn was open to a
"It is now up to West eet
to come and sit down with us
and negotiate. We all need to
discuss the pros and cons, and
he can come back to us with a
counter o er," Mr Kokshoorn
is is not the rst time
West eet has pressed the
council to either waiver or
reduce costs to facilitate the
new sh factory.
In August 2013 it threatened
to rethink the entire project
when the council imposed a
$25,000 development fee; in
the end, the fee was halved
at an emergency council
In October last year the
company rejected an o er for
another section of land for
$70 a square metre, instead
o ering $50, saying it would
have to "re-evaluate its
position" unless the price was
At that time, Mr Boote
said: "West eet will continue
to grow, but unfortunately
it may not be on the West
e council gave in and
West eet's $50 o er was
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Liddell Contracting has
started sheet piling for a
new retaining wall being
built by West eet on the
Greymouth wharf. e
wall, costing $250,000, will
extend along the back of the
West eet sh factory and
in front of the Blaketown
Council pushed for better deal
A shoplifter nearly committed
the perfect crime recently --- the
only hiccup being that he had his
name written on the back of his
shirt. Paul Robert Benson, 24,
was caught on CCTV stealing
£104.54 worth of produce from
a Tesco supermarket in Belfast.
Unfortunately Paul clearly forgot
he was wearing a Manchester
United shirt with 'Benson 22
printed on the back of it. He made
a quick getaway after realising he
had been spotted by sta , however
when police reviewed the CCTV
footage they realised Benson had
given them the best clue they
could ask for. Benson was soon
arrested and pleaded guilty to
theft last Wednesday at Craigavon
Magistrates Court. District Judge,
Mr Mervyn Bates, berated Benson
by saying he may as well have had
a 'neon sign' identifying himself
while committing the theft. He
was given a 12 month probation
order. --- Daily Mail
Police officers assaulted
by very drunk woman
Two hearings involving a Cobden
couple who got into a drunken
argument that resulted in police
o cers being assaulted, did not go
ahead in the Greymouth District
Court this week after charges
against the two were reduced.
Anna Hazel Jensen, 23, was facing
a charge of aggravated assault on
police, assaulting police, and one
charge each of obstructing and
resisting police. She pleaded guilty
to all charges after the charge of
aggravated assault was amended to
one of assault.
Rikki Wayne Timu had been
charged with assaulting a female,
however that was amended to a
charge of assault.
Just after midnight on January 25,
Timu picked up Jensen, who was
heavily drunk, and took her to her
grandmother's house. Once there
the couple got into an argument.
Police were called and arrived to
nd the couple covered in blood.
When police asked Jensen for her
name, she refused, and became very
hostile and aggressive. She shoved
an o cer while they were trying to
speak to Timu.
After Jensen swung a right arm at
an o cer she was threatened with
pepper spray, however she said that
she was "stronger than police", and
she "didn't care".
She kicked out at an o cer, but
was eventually handcu ed and led
to a police car, where she wedged
her foot against the door pillar,
refusing to enter.
She only lowered her foot when
she was once again threatened with
pepper spray, but she continued to
struggle and after kicking a police
o cer in the shin, she was pepper
However, the spray had little e ect
on her, and she kicked an o cer in
the hand, causing swelling.
Judge Stephen O'Driscoll
convicted Jensen of all charges,
remanding her to August 13 for
She was also referred to restorative
justice to address her behaviour
towards the police.
"I think it might be bene cial to
see and hear from police o cers
face to face with what they had to
deal with on that particular night,"
Judge O'Driscoll said.
Meanwhile, Timu's lawyer Richard
Bodle said the assault had not been
quite as sinister as it rst appeared.
Mr Bodle said the blood had come
from Jensen cutting her hand on the
gate when she tried to open it to
leave the property. She then made
her way back to Timu's car where
she fell on the ground. He had then
manhandled her back to her feet
and got her inside the house.
A witness to the incident alleged
that Timu had pulled Jensen's hair
and dragged her along the road.
However, upon her release from
the police station Jensen went to the
hospital where she was examined
and a medical report showed no sign
of marks or swelling, which would
have been there if she had been
dragged, Mr Bodle said.
Judge O'Driscoll said he did not
know if there was "anything more
sinister" in the assault on Jensen,
however he said he was prepared
to give Timu the "bene t of the
As Timu had no assault charges for
the past 10 years the judge gave him
a nine-month suspended sentence.
One Greymouth tourism operator says
the town is good at talking but needs to
take action to attract more tourists.
Wild West Adventures owner Paul
Schramm addressed the Grey District
Council long-term plan meeting
last week to say there was a negative
perception of the district from travellers.
" ere is a very negative perception
about this area. Why would you spend
some of your holiday time here compared
to other areas of the South Island?" Mr
"(But) when people get here they
actually have a very good time."
Most visitors tended to head straight to
" ey come here at the end of their day,
they stay here because they're looking for
somewhere to stay."
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said that had
been the way for a long time.
"It has never been any di erent. It is
always glaciers, South Westland then
central Westland," Mr Kokshoorn said.
Mr Schramm said although Greymouth
might get guest nights, that money did
not always ow into other areas.
" ere are a lot of people who stay here
but they don't do anything here."
Operators gave o ers to pay for a
night's accommodation if visitors did
their activities. However, there had been
little uptake because people had already
booked their trips.
" at told us we need to get that
message to people before they come
Cr Tony Coll acknowledged that had
also been an issue for years.
"Nothing has changed in the last 20
years as far as that goes. Some action
should have been put in place 10 years
ago," Cr Coll said.
Mr Schramm agreed it was a failing.
"We're good at talking but not good at
getting our a...s into gear."
Greymouth has not been sending out a
good message, he said.
"As a community we are a bit scared
about coming up with a message. We
have some amazing tourism assets but
we don't really promote them properly."
He suggested that the council needed
to take some leadership and questioned
if the council was getting its money's
worth from Tourism West Coast.
" e problem with Tourism West
Coast is if they make a promotion about
Greymouth, the other places will moan."
Earlier in the meeting, Tourism West
Coast chief executive Jim Little appealed
to the council for more funding.
Mr Kokshoorn shut the idea down:
"You need more but you certainly won't
get it from the ratepayers. Development
West Coast should be the provider."
e council agreed to fund the usual
amount of $86,000, which is matched by
the other councils and DWC.
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