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Farm quad bike theft
Police have again urged farmers
to lock up after the theft of two
4x4 quad bikes from a Kumara-
Inchbonnie Road property on
Sunday night. A new 2015 Honda
420 quad bike valued at $14,000,
and an older 2009 Honda 250
quad valued at up to $4000 were
stolen from under the noses of
the property owners, who were
home at the time, on the eve of
Gypsy Day. Senior constable Mike
Tinnelly, of Greymouth police, said
the bikes were close to a house on
the property, near Inchbonnie. The
bike owners did not hear anything
unusual overnight on Sunday and it
was not yet clear how the bike theft
was pulled off. Mr Tinnelly said
inquiries were continuing but again
it ser ved as a lesson for people to
lock away their valuable farm bikes.
“This is a really big reminder to
farmers in the rural areas. We’ve
lost so many out that way,” he
Nine new homes
Nine new homes were consented
on the West Coast last month, a
figure fairly consistent with other
months. Nationally, the seasonally
adjusted number of new dwellings
consented fell 1.7% in April,
following a 10% rise in March.
“The trend is easing,” Statistics New
Coast Tb infection
at all-time low
There are currently 23 Tb-infected
herds on the West Coast, which
is an all-time low for the region.
Two years ago, the figure was 48.
“However, due to the timing of Tb
testing and routine slaughter there
is a seasonal variation with infected
herd numbers being slightly higher
at the end of the financial year ( June
30) compared to February-March,”
Ospri Tb Free NZ said.
Waikato to continue
Tb rate collection
The Waikato Regional Council has
agreed to continue collecting the rate
for the national bovine tuberculosis
(Tb) programme, but at a reduced
amount. News website Stuff said
regional council chairwoman Paula
Southgate noted problems with
Tb Free New Zealand largely
came down to lack of clarity and
communication. “ You hand over the
money and off they go. ” Cr Clyde
Graf lost a proposed amendment
for the rate to continue, but only if
targeted ground control methods
were used. The council made it clear
2015-16 would be the last year it
would collect the rate, in making its
decision during 2015-25 long-term
plan deliberations. That prompted
76 submissions urging the council
to continue collecting the rate, Stuff
Results of Greymouth Bridge
Club competitions last week. —
Wednesday: Diana Fensom and
Cynthia El-Hinsheri 59%, 1; Bijaya
Mishra and Ian Anderson 53%,
2. Thursday: Sue Glue and Bijaya
Mishra 61.1%, 1; Cynthia El-
Hinsheri and Rhonda Levien 56.9%,
2; Tina Fernando and Pitabas Mishri
Arrivals: Resolution II. Departures:
Cook Canyon, Galatea II, Ocean
Odyssey. In Port: Resolution II,
Pursuit II, Sovereign, 26 other
vessels. Expected Departures:
Resolution II today. Expected
Arrivals: Moon Shadow II
A whitebaiter has threatened to go
all the way to the High Court in a bid
to continue whitebaiting under the
The Buller District Council banned
whitebaiting under the wharf last
August after lawyers advised it was at
risk of multi-million dollar fines under
health and safety laws.
But whitebaiter Ross Macrae yesterday
rejected the demand by the council and
Westport Harbour Ltd to destroy his
“historic jetty” by Monday.
Mr Macrae said he had not abandoned
the jetty, as claimed, and if necessary
would go to the Environment Court
and High Court.
Mr Macrae said that since 2011 he had
been working for about 45 whitebait
The ban on stands had directly affected
at least 100 local residents, and was
deeply unpopular throughout Buller, he
He had encouraged “law-abiding,
respectful and legitimate forms of
opposition” despite the depth of feeling
and outrage experienced.
“The outcome has been a reactionary
and punitive response: the virtual
militarisation and intimidatory policing
of the wharf areas to prevent all but a
few whitebaiters from carrying on with
long-established whitebaiting practices
and permissions,” Mr Macrae said.
There had been trespass notices, arrests
“The council has effectively made
the peaceful enjoyment of recreational
fishing rights into a criminal offence.”
The 2014 season, in particular, was
marked by the constant sur veillance
of the area by security guards, regional
council enforcement officers, harbour
board officers, council inspectors,
Department of Conser vation rangers
Mr Macrae said he got his jetty at
‘Silo Corner’ near the Holcim wharf in
2010, legally licensed and registered as
a whitebait stand by Westport Harbour
Ltd. He successfully appealed the
demolition order in the Environment
Court and continued with an application
to permit the structure as a jetty.
He was then told to pull it down.
Adding to the overall confusion was
the land titles, which were split among
Kiwi Rail, the council, its tenant WHL,
Holcim and the public.
To avoid unnecessary legal costs, he
said he was seeking a “positive and
Buller Mayor Garry Howard said
this morning he had read Mr Macrae’s
submission but declined to comment.
The Tai Poutini Polytechnic Excellence
Awards have recognised staff who ‘go above
and beyond the call of duty’ in their work.
Polytechnic chief executive Allan Sargison
said dedicated staff were “the oil that keeps
our engine running” — and this year’s award
winners exemplified the dedication and
professionalism of polytechnic staff.
Colleagues annually nominate teachers and
staff for their efforts.
“The annual awards recognise the
outstanding efforts of staff across polytechnic
disciplines and campuses. I am consistently
impressed with the nominees and what they
achieve in their working lives,” Mr Sargison
Tai Poutini Polytechnic Pounamu
Award — supreme teaching excellence:
Phil Johnston-Coates (lead tutor outdoor
education) for efforts to upskill and
commitment to professional development
outside the classroom; a focus on delivery
and developing relationships.
Teaching Excellence Award: Phil Oxenham
and the Foundation Sound and Music
Team, MAINZ Auckland ( Jean McAllister,
Jules Taylor-Reid, Harry Champion, Dan
Costello), for delivering life-changing
education to students who are second-chance
Administration-Support Staff Excellence
Award: faculty administrator Catriona
Bayliss for reliability, being solutions focused,
and finding betters ways of working.
Chief Executive Award: drilling
programme leader Michele Cox for
exceptional contribution to the overall
financial and academic performance of the
institution as a leader.
Tai Poutini Polytechnic Chief Executive
Award for Innovation: business and
computing lead tutor Ian Hooker, lead
tutor for initiative in development of the
polytechnic ’s first West Coast-based degree,
the bachelor in business enterprise.
A Hokitika man was yesterday
sentenced to super vision
community work when he appeared
in the Greymouth District Court
on charges of loitering, intimidating
behaviour, possession of cannabis and
Elton James Williams had
previously denied the charges but
changed his plea yesterday to admit
Over a period in March, as Williams
biked past the victim he gestured
with his hands that he was loading a
gun and pointing it at her. Later in
the month he walked by the victim,
this time wearing a pair of boxing
gloves. Williams yelled at the victim
and associates, calling them “narks”.
He also stood outside Stumpers Bar
and made a throat cutting gesture to
the bar manager.
Police prosecutor sergeant Graeme
Eden said Williams stood outside a
Hampden Street address shining a
torch on the bar manager’s face. Police
were called and found Williams
hiding in the backyard of a nearby
property in Stafford Street.
“He ran away from police, but was
apprehended and .04g of cannabis
was located in his wallet. ”
Lawyer Richard Bodle
Williams had been given the
cannabis, and he did not intend to
“ He doesn’t get on with some of the
people around him and they know it
and try to wind him up. His gestures
were impulsive reactions while
walking or riding past the victims,”
Mr Bodle said.
Williams was on medication at the
time of the offending and it was not
until he spent five weeks in police
custody that it was sorted out. He was
now more focused than he had been
at the time of the offending.
Judge Noel Walsh said Williams
was now in a “good state”.
On the intimidating charge he was
sentenced to 12 months’ super vision,
140 hours of community work for
the behavioural charges, and was
convicted and discharged on the
cannabis offence. For loitering, he
was convicted and ordered to appear
if called upon within the next 12
“ You are coming back into the
community. You have to take your
medication and keep off the booze
and cannabis,” Judge Walsh said.
Leon John Russell, of Hokitika, was
ordered to undertake a family ‘stop
violence’ programme when he was
sentenced on charges of assaulting
a female with a headbutt, and wilful
damage, on May 22.
The court heard that Russell was
suspicious his partner of 15 years had
been involved with someone else so
he visited his partner’s home.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Russell
accepted that instead of headbutting
his partner when he discovered what
was going on he should have “high-
tailed” it out of there.
Mr Bodle said the partner ran at
Russell and got in his face .
“Regrettably, he headbutted her,
which he sincerely regrets.”
Mr Bodle said the wilful damage
occurred when the victim’s friend
“Mr Russell was more than
restrained — he got a hiding and was
Judge Walsh said Russell’s two
children were at home at the time
and they would never forget what he
did to their mother.
On the assault charge, he
was sentenced to nine months’
super vision, including the stop
violence programme and separation
counselling. For wilful damage
he was sentenced to 150 hours of
A Haast man who drunk too much
homebrew admitted threatening to
injure his partner’s best friend and
possessing an offensive weapon on
Brian McKinley went to the victim’s
home and made threats against her
with a rock.
McKinley told the court he had
little memory of the incident due to
alcohol and the fact he got set upon
himself by the victim’s partner.
He since given up drinking and
written letters of apology.
“ It ’s good you are off the booze,”
Judge Walsh said.
The judge noted that McKinley had
been out of trouble for 12 years and
had no history of violent offending.
“ I accept that it was the consequences
of having too much homebrew and
you acted irrationally and had no
recollection of the incident.”
He was convicted and fined
$600 for threatening to injure, and
convicted and discharged on the
Fifteen people were convicted and
fined when they pleaded guilty to
Department of Conser vation charges
of contravening the West Coast
Whitebait Fishing Regulations 1994
during the past season.
The breaches involved having
screens in illegal positions, using a
net incorrectly from a structure and
not staying within 10m of a net.
Those convicted and fined $300
were: Darryl William Hewer, of
Haast; Ralph Alexander Carr,
of Tuatapare; Robert William
Buchanan, of Wakefield; Alistair
Robert Lash, of Whataroa; Steve
McFarlane; Boss Clausen, of Wanaka;
Marjorie Pemberton, of Jackson
Bay; William Harold Wrigley, of
Queenstown; Philip Jeffery Silcock,
of Christchurch; Andrew Geroge
Murphy, of Ikamatua; Colin Thomas
Mehlhopt, of Sumner; Andrew
Richard Cumming, of Woodend;
Graham Robert Kenton, of Dunedin;
Richard James Gray, of Rangiora and
Anthony Gerard Coughlan.
The offences occurred on the
Cascade, Whataroa, Waiatoto and
Grey rivers, as well as Saltwater
Hokitika man admits intimidating behaviour
Catriona Bayliss receives the
Administration-Support Staff Excellence
Michele Cox receives the Chief Executive
Ian Hooker receives the Chief Executive
Award for Innovation.
Tai Poutini Polytechnic chairman
Graeme McNally presents the Pounamu
Award to Phil Johnston-Coates.
Tai Poutini staff work recognised
More homes and businesses are
harnessing the power of the sun to help
lower their power bills, but the West
Coast has the lowest uptake of solar
Analysis by the Electricity Networks
Association found that by October 2013
there were only 1630 solar installations
nationwide, but by March this year, that
number had leapt to 5367 — a 220%
increase — with most panels installed
Aucklanders are installing the most
solar panels, but on a population basis
the top of the South Island is leading
the charge towards solar, while the
lower North Island and West Coast
have the lowest uptake.
There are only four panels on the West
Coast per 10,000 homes, and just four
lots of panels were installed in the past
Coast solar power uptake slow
Harley Davidson-riding singer Helen
Medlyn will be joined by five Operatunity
performers for the ‘Best Musicals of
all Time’ show, in Greymouth in July.
The show is promised as a whirlwind
of emotions with songs from Westside
Story, My Fair Lady and the Rocky
Horror Picture Show set to wow the
audience. Acclaimed performers Helen
Medlyn, Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua,
Lynette Martin, Rory Nolan, Hamish
McGregor and pianist Penny Dodd will
be on stage at the Regent Theatre on July
15 at 11am.
Motorbike-riding singer joins
Operatunity for Greymouth show
A by-election has been called for the
Inagahua Community Board following
the retirement of Kim Bolton.
The Buller District Council said it
was calling for nominations for the
being a key leader in the
community is of interest to you and you
live in the Inangahua ward of the Buller
district, please complete a nomination
form and return it the council,” it said
in a statement.
Nomination forms for the by-election
are available from the council office
in Westport and Reefton, or from
the website www.bullerdc.govt.nz .
Nominations close on June 20.
If an election is required, voting in
a postal ballot will close on Tuesday,
Inangahua Community Board
member retirement forces by-election
The chairman of coalminer Bathurst
Resources has retired.
Malcolm Macpherson, of Melbourne,
has been a director of Bathurst since
December 2010 and chairman since
November 2013. He had planned to
retire once the company’s board was
He announced his retirement on
Friday, the same day Bathurst delisted
from the New Zealand stock exchange
to save money.
The new chairman is Wellington-
based commercial lawyer, consultant
and director, Toko Kapea. Mr Kapea has
been a director of Bathurst since May
2013. In January, Bathurst axed four of
its Wellington-based senior positions.
In February the company posted a net
loss before tax of $6.9 million for the six
months to December 31, 2014.
In March its chief executive Hamish
Bohannan resigned and was replaced by
Richard Tacon. Mr Bohannan had been
with Bathurst since 2008.
The company ’s flagship project,
Escarpment Mine at Denniston, has not
proceeded to commercial production
because of poor international coking
coal prices. — Westport News
Bathurst chairman retires
The depressed international coking
coal price has made its biggest weekly
comeback in a year, as Solid Energy’s
Stockton workers wait to hear who has
lost their job.
The price jumped $US4.25 a tonne in
the last week, to $US88, but Solid Energy
warns that may just be an anomaly.
“ Yes, it has come back a bit off the lows
but this may just be the result of one or
two anomalous trades,” communications
officer Bryn Somerville said.
“It ’s far too early to suggest a turnaround
is under way or consider what it might
mean for term contracts.”
The price had been inching up since it
dropped to an 11-year low of $82.90 last
month. Twelve months ago it was $120. It
peaked at $330 a tonne in 2011.
— Westport News
Coal price makes brief comeback
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Passed away peacefully
on Sunday May 31,
2015 at her home, dearly
loved wife of Neville,
much loved mum of
Hoani, Shanea, Nikaya
(and Buddy), loved
daughter of Karen and
of Eleanor and the late
Colin, loved sister of
Vicki and Grant, loved
sister-in-law of Maria
and Paul, loved niece of
Wayne and Lola and a
loved aunt and great-
aunt. Aged 49 years.
Messages to 11 Jacob-
son Street, Reefton. A
celebration of Lyn's life
will be held in the
Road, Reefton tomorrow
(Thursday) at 2pm fol-
lowed by cremation.
Anisy Funeral Home,
loved niece of Wayne
and Lola Leckie, (Blen-
heim). Loved cousin of
Wayne, Jessalyn Leckie,
(Blenheim), Sharyn and
Grant, and Jacob and
Riley Simpson, (Wake-
field). Loved always.
Lyn Maree. — Dearly
loved daughter of Karen
and Murray; dearly
loved sister and sister-
in-law of Vicki and
Grant, Greg, Craig,
Cindy and Brent's spe-
cial aunty and great-
A courageous lady
now at rest.
Passed away peacefully
on May 31, 2015. In his
84th year. Dearly loved
husband of the late
Dorothy. Loved father
and father-in-law of
Sue (Wellington), Dave
and Sandy (Richmond).
A loved grandad of
Kirsty and Matt, loved
brother and brother-in-
law of the late Doris and
Dave Liddell (Black-
ball). Special thanks to
the staff at Nelson
Hospice for their won-
derful care over the past
couple of weeks. In lieu
of flowers, donations to
Nelson Hospice, PO
Box 283 Nelson, would
be appreciated. Mess-
ages to 10 James Place,
Richmond. A farewell
for Jack will be held at
Marsden House Funeral
Home, 41 Nile Street
Friday June 5, 2015
WILLIAMS, Lyn. —
Of the one we loved and
will never forget.”
Dearly loved and cher-
ished sister of Vicki and
Grant. Adored aunty of
Matt and Shannon,
Nikita, Sandi and Hunter
and best ever great-
aunty of Logan, Blake,
Jaxson and Brax.
A Blaketown man who breached a
protection order was warned in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday that
any further breaches would land him in
Brent Billett had intended to defend the
charge but yesterday admitted the offence.
Police prosecutor sergeant Graeme Eden
said Billett entered the victim’s home when
she was not there and tipped milk and
water all over her bed.
“ When he was leaving he was confronted
by the victim and he told her he had trashed
her place, then he left,” Mr Eden said.
Billett said it was in retaliation to the
victim disposing of $1000 worth of his
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said the offence
“was not as serious as it looks”.
Billett had been regularly looking after
his one-year-old daughter he had with the
victim, and his stepson.
Judge Noel Walsh gave Billett credit for
changing his plea to avoid a trial.
“I disagree with your claim the offending
is not as serious as it would first appear.
In effect, it is tit-for-tat, payback, because
your tools were disposed of.”
Judge Walsh said Billett had been
convicted of assaulting a female in 2013.
He breached a protection order in 2014
and seven weeks later committed a further
“ What you did leaves a very sinister
message and I believe it is just the tip of
the iceberg,” the judge said.
His actions were immature and he should
not have exposed the children to such
Billett was sentenced to six months’
super vision, including a ‘stopping violence’
programme, and 130 hours of community
Judge Walsh told Billett he needed to
step up to the plate as a father.
Toa Tokomaru Marino, 31, of Cobden,
admitted breaching bail conditions but
denied a charge of wilful damage.
The court heard that Marino had
breached his bail when he went to his
Lawyer George Linder said Marino had
been invited to the address, and the wilful
damage occurred at his sister’s house, where
he had been bailed to previously.
Marino was remanded for a case review
on June 30 and was warned by Judge Walsh
that another bail breach would most likely
lead to prison.
Bed doused in
A tool shed behind a
Westport backpackers in
Russell Street was broken into
some time between Monday
night and yesterday morning.
Police said the owner
discovered yesterday that
the shed in the barbecue
area at Bazil’s Backpackers
had been broken into, and
a mountainbike and drill
were missing. Inquiries are
continuing including an
examination of CCTV footage
and gathering of forensic
Meanwhile, a Waimangaroa
property was burgled between
5pm on Monday and 9.30am
yesterday. Police described the
Banbury Street property as a
“ lifestyle block” comprising
a couple of old sheds and a
Thieves jemmied a lock from
one of the sheds and stolen
a portable dredge valued at
$1400 used for goldmining
and the chain from an old
chainsaw. Given the logistics
of stealing the dredge it had to
involve more than one person
and it was clearly done under
the cover of darkness to avoid
alerting nearby residents.
The dredge had been dragged
along a side boundary, through
neighbouring land and across
railway and then on to the road
to avoid waking the owner.
Westport shed broken into
New Zealand could be in
store for an icy June, with below
average temperatures likely,
according to the Metser vice.
Griffiths said the West Coast
would be subjected to an El
Nino weather pattern, which
had strengthened over the past
month to levels that had not
been seen for 18 years. The El
Nino pattern, which usually
brings wet conditions to western
areas, is expected to continue
through the rest of 2015.
“Seas in New Zealand are
cooling off faster than usual,
which is consistent with the
changes we see during an El
Nino winter,” Ms Griffiths said.
The weather would fluctuate
throughout June, between
average and below average
temperatures, with the first
and last week looking to be
particularly cold, she said.
Cold June predicted for
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