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A 35-year-old Westport man was
arrested yesterday afternoon and
charged with cultivation of cannabis.
Police say the arrest was the result of
a search a couple of weeks ago.
Hot water cylinder stolen
A hot water cylinder has been
reported stolen from a Wickes
Street, Cobden, address some
time over the last fortnight. The
Housing New Zealand property was
undergoing refurbishment but when
the maintenance workers returned
yesterday they found someone
had helped themselves to the
Coal price edges up
The international price for coking
coal has risen again — its third
weekly rise after months of falling
prices. The price yesterday was
$US89.95 a tonne, up $US1.55/
tonne since this time last week.
However, the price is still well
below a year ago, when it was $120/
tonne. Solid Energy said last week
that it seemed likely its benchmark
contracts would settle for around
$90/tonne. — Westport News
Mining access move
Birchfields Holdings has applied
for an access arrangement for alluvial
goldmining over 12ha of public land
near Lake Haupiri. The Department
of Conser vation said it was preparing
a significance report for the Haupiri
application at Boatmans Creek to
determine whether the application
should be publicly notified.
Govt boosts flood fund
The Government will contribute
$100,000 to the a fund for people
affected by the recent Dunedin
flooding. The city received a record
177mm of rain in 24 hours from
June 3, Civil Defence Minister Nikki
Kaye said. The downpour caused
flooding and landslides. — N Z ME
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Resolution II, Jay Elaine. Departures:
Claymore, two Greymouth vessels.
In port: Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine,
Resolution II, Corsair, Sovereign, 24
other vessels. Expected departures:
Resolution II, today; Jay Elaine,
tomorrow. Expected arrivals: Galatea
A Seaview woman who threw the contents of
her glass all over a woman during a night out
was convicted of assault when she admitted
the charge in the Greymouth District Court
Juliet Iris Burr, 30, was originally charged
with assault with a weapon, however that was
amended to common assault.
About 10pm on January 14, Burr was at the
Pioneer Hotel, in Hokitika, where tension had
built between her and the victim. When Burr
tried to comfort the victim and was rebuffed, she
got angry and threw the contents of her glass
over the woman.
In the process, the glass slipped out of Burr’s
hand, cutting the woman.
When questioned by police Burr said she had
only meant to throw the contents of the glass
over the victim, not the glass.
She was remanded for sentencing on July 7.
A Hokitika man who refused numerous
attempts to take a blood sample after a positive
breath test for suspected drink-driving, was
convicted of obstructing police and driving under
Richard John Mann, 26, was sentenced on
October 26 for his third offence of excess breath-
alcohol, in Christchurch. On December 19, he
renewed his restricted licence but on January 17
while parked on a grass verge in Hokitika, he
reversed the car and then drove it for ward just as
a police car was passing.
Police pulled over and Mann provided a positive
result for alcohol on a roadside breath test.
However, back at the Hokitika Police Station
he pulled a phone line out of the wall with his
feet, switching off a police computer. He also
refused on numerous occasions to provide a
specimen of blood.
Mann had four previous convictions for excess
breath-alcohol since 2007.
He was remanded on bail to August 13 for
Woman threw contents
of glass over victim
Work penalty for vandal
Wednesday June 17
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Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
memories of our Tom
who left us 10 years ago
We have memories of
Your warm loving smile.
Of all we shared
together that made our
Your smile has gone
Your hand we cannot
But we will never forget
For you were loved so
Your loving family.
brother-in-law of Shona
McEnaney, Valmai (de-
ceased) and Ken Beirne,
Lynette and David Scott,
Christine and John
Marchelle and Wayne
Shatford, and Michael;
and loved uncle and
great-uncle of his many
nieces and nephews.
“The full time whistle of
life has been blown and
the rugby match has
now ended. The referee
has called 'game over'.
The after match debate
will no doubt continue
with the family judges
already residing in
never fade, laughter
always exists and the
whistle will continue to
John Rhind Funeral
Phone (03) 379 9920.
Genuine Care and
Raymund. — On June
14, 2015 peacefully at
aged 60 years young!
Adored husband of Suzy
“The love of my life”
Cherished father of
David, Andrew, and
Jason. Treasured grand-
dad of Zak, Blake, and
Kade. Messages to the
Currie Family, C/- PO
Box 187, Lyttelton
8844. In lieu of flowers
donations to the Cancer
Society Inc would be
appreciated and may be
made at the service. A
celebration of John's life
will be held in the
Belfast Rugby Club
Rooms, 18 March Place,
Belfast, Christchurch, on
Thursday June 18 at
FDANZ. Phone (03) 379
February 8, 1942 -
June 14, 2015. Loved
soulmate and best friend
of Stan, loved mother of
Freddy, Theresa and
Eddie (South Africa),
stepmother of Scott (de-
ceased), Rachel (Haast),
and Sarah (Oamaru),
best ouma ever to her
10 grandchildren and
children. Engela will be
sorely missed. Messages
to 19 Murray Street,
declined but donations
to the West Coast
Cancer Support, PO Box
81, Greymouth 7840
would be appreciated
and could be made at the
service. A celebration of
Engela's life will be held
in the Anisy Ceremony
Centre, 77 Shakespeare
tomorrow (Thursday) at
2.30pm followed by
cremation. Resting in the
care of Anisy Funeral
An 18-year-old from Runanga who was
part of a group of drunken teenagers who
pushed over signs, damaged letterboxes and
threw mail over the streets were yesterday
convicted in the Greymouth District Court
of disorderly behaviour.
Brogan John Jones also admitted two
charges of drink-driving.
Jones was sentenced to 90 hours of
community work, six months’ super vision,
banned from driving for six months and
ordered to pay $200 in reparations.
Jones was part of a group of four teenagers
who had pushed over give-way and exit signs
in Runanga on April 2. The group, who were
all in various stages of intoxication, had left
a function in Dunollie and attacked street
signs and mailboxes as they went. They
also took mail out of mailboxes which they
then opened all over the street, while also
On May 2, Jones drove in Greymouth and
was stopped and breath-tested by police
yielding a result of 395mg, and then three
days later when stopped he blew 217mg.
Paul Shane Edminstin, 22, of Blaketown,
was convicted of intentional damage and
ordered to pay $256 in reparations.
On May 5, Edminstin went to a flat
looking for his step-brother, and abused the
occupant of the flat when his relative was
not there. The occupant left and Edminstin
smashed a window at the front of the
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Edminstin
had been beaten up by the occupant of the
flat and had gone back there to retrieve his
wallet and phone, which had been taken
from him when he was attacked.
Jack Anthony Winter, 19, of Greymouth,
was fined $300 for disorderly behaviour and
On May 10, Winter abused a police officer
in Tainui Street. Despite being warned, he
continued to yell abuse at the officer. He
then followed the police officer back to
his car and repeatedly stood in front of it,
despite being warned to move or else he
would be arrested, which he eventually was.
Michael James Bromby, of Reefton, was
convicted of driving while disqualified and
remanded on bail for sentence on July 9.
It was his third offence of driving while
Bromby will also be sentenced on three
charges of driving while disqualified.
Jussara Cathie Kokshoorn, 32, of
Gladstone, was convicted and fined $1000
and banned from driving for eight months
for excess breath-alcohol on May 16.
Kokshoorn was stopped in Paroa and
breath-tested, producing a reading of
707mg. She told police she had had three
vodkas during the night and thought she
was okay to drive.
Joelene Ngahuia Harris, 18, of Runanga,
was remanded on bail to July 21 for restorative
justice on two counts of shoplifting from
the Countdown supermarket and Gibson
An Inchbonnie man who was found
in possession of ammunition and who
smoked cannabis because of chronic pain
was convicted of possession of cannabis,
a cannabis pipe, ammunition and careless
driving causing injury.
Jeremy Keith Spalding, 37, was fined $450
for the driving offence, $300 for the drugs
offences and $400 for the weapons offence.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Spalding
had kept hold of the ammunition as he
used it in the course of his farm work. He
had also undergone treatment for cancer,
which was now in remission, however he
sometimes smoked cannabis for the chronic
pain he still suffered.
Spalding paid off $590 of the fines he owed
in order to avoid a more severe punishment
than more fines.
Brendan Garry McMillan was sentenced
to 40 hours of community work for a breach
of community work.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said McMillan
previously had 48 hours of his community
work sentence outstanding. However, he
now had 10.75 hours outstanding, therefore
he was sentenced to more community work.
Phillip James Williams, 30, of Blaketown,
will have his sentence of community work
reviewed on July 21.
of the Westport News
A fire gutted two Cunningham’s
Coaches buses on Saturday afternoon at
owner Arthur Cunningham’s property
in Buller Road.
Mr Cunningham said the combined
value of the buses was about $70,000,
and insurance would cover about half
“(The buses) are a bit of a mess all right,
it certainly euchred them ... It ’s a bit of a
disappointment,” Mr Cunningham said.
One bus was 31 years old, and
Mr Cunningham had planned
to sell it as a camper. The other bus,
which had still been in service, was 22
years old and a 41-seater.
Both buses were parked in a yard,
which was down a driveway, about 50m
from Mr Cunningham’s house.
He said he had tried to start the
22-year-old bus that afternoon, but the
battery was flat.
He was at his house when he saw the
smoke, so he rang 111. He then went
down and shifted two buses out of his
shed, which was about 2m from the fire.
“The smoke, the black smoke was
horrific — the firemen didn’t need any
directions when they left the station.”
He believed something in the battery
had shorted which would have caused
the fire. The 31-year-old bus did not
have a battery in it.
The fire damaged nothing else. Mr
Cunningham was relieved the shed did
not catch fire as it was new, and had had
four other buses parked in it.
This was the first time one of his
buses had caught fire since he began the
business in 1972.
He did not believe it would affect
his business much, as he was well
established, and still had 18 buses.
Community Constable Paul Sampson
said the fire was not suspicious, and
police were satisfied it was caused by an
A Greymouth man who said he drove
his car while suspended because he
was oxygen dependent was yesterday
convicted and remanded for an
assessment of community detention.
On April 22, Fane Christopher
Dudley, 35, was suspended from driving
for three months. He was told by police
to call someone who could pick him
up, but instead chose to drive and later
that day was stopped by police. He told
police he did not want to park his car
and leave it.
In the Greymouth District Court
yesterday, D udley said he was dependent
on bottles of oxygen, which he needed
24 hours a day, and the car contained
two large bottles and his belongings, as
at the time of the offending he had just
lost his place to stay.
Dudley said that he asked the police
officer what he was supposed to do with
all his stuff, he said the cop replied,
“that ’s not my f...g job,” and drove off.
Dudley admitted that he was
“enraged”, and so he chose to drive his
A Gladstone man who drove while
disqualified because had had “jobs to do
in town” was convicted and sentenced
to 40 hours of community work and
banned from driving for six months.
In April, Troy Bennington, 19, was
banned from driving for six months
but on May 14 he was caught driving
in Greymouth. He told police he had
driven as he had “jobs to do in town”.
Vaughan Neil Miller, 39, now of
Greymouth, was remanded on bail
to July 7 for restorative justice for
intentional damage on February 22.
Miller had gone to a flat in Mount
Maunganui, in Tauranga, and threw a
brick through the windscreen of a car
parked outside, denting its roof and
then scratching the paintwork with a
William Frank Robinson was
remanded to July 21 for cultivation and
possession of cannabis and cannabis oil,
Jack Eskett was remanded to July 7
on a charge of sustained loss of traction.
He denied the offence.
Griffin James Tucker was remanded
without plea to July 21 to get legal
advice on a charge of excess breath-
alcohol. It was his third such offence.
convicted and discharged on a breach of
community charge after he successfully
completed his sentence.
Isaac Reece Stollery, 19, of
Greymouth, was remanded on bail to
July 21 for possession of cannabis and
a cannabis pipe on April 19.
Ricky Jason Switalla, 24, of Rangiora,
had a warrant issues for his arrest after
he failed to appear at court on charges
of possession of methamphetamine, a
methamphetamine pipe and knuckle
dusters on March 14.
Kevin John Peter Barber was remanded
on bail to July 21 for restorative justice
on charges of assaulting a female,
threatening behaviour and disorderly
Nigel Basil McFarlane was remanded
on bail for sentence to August 13 on
charges of contravening a protection
order. He changed his plea to admit the
Michael Francis Shaw, 34, of
Blaketown, was remanded on bail to
July 7 on a charge of assaulting a female,
on January 24.
Allan James Minto was convicted of
threatening behaviour and fined $300.
Minto said that within the next
six months he would be leaving his
current address, where the the incident,
involving his neighbour, occurred.
Judge Brian Callaghan said that it
was the first time Minto had appeared
in court for a “very long time, and
hopefully the last ”.
Michael William Mason had a
warrant issued for his arrest for failing
to appear at court on a charge of driving
while disqualified. Lawyer Eymard
Bradley withdrew as counsel.
Dillon Tucker, 26, of Blaketown, had
a warrant issued for his arrest for failing
to appear in court on a charge of assault
and injuring with intent, to which he
pleaded not guilty, and obstructing
police and consuming cannabis, which
drove because he was
A former West Coast
man now living in
Geraldine was sentenced
to six months’ super vision
on charges of assault and
possession of ammunition.
Matthew Schlager, 19,
admitted the charges in
the Greymouth District
Charges of burglary,
driving under the
influence, possession of
a firearm and driving
while forbidden were all
withdrawn by police.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley
said Schlager was now in
regular employment on a
farm in Geraldine.
Mr Bradley said he
had represented Schlager
when the defendant
was younger, and it
was good to see he had
“straightened out his life”.
Judge Brian Callaghan
said that as Schlager
was living with, and in
a relationship with, the
woman he had previously
assaulted, there was
no need to impose a
protection order against
The judge said
Schlager admitted he
had overreacted in a
situation where alcohol
was involved and wished
that the incident had not
Coban John McBride
had a warrant issued
for his arrest for failing
to appear in court on
charges of driving while
disqualified and breach of
said their records showed
that McBride had only
completed one hour of a
75-hour sentence imposed
for unpaid fines. However.
the police summary of
facts indicated that he had
only completed one hour
of a 50-hour sentence
imposed for driving while
There was also a
whether the 50-hour
sentence had been
imposed concurrently or
Judge Callaghan issued
the warrant and gave
McBride 28 days to
Jordan Joseph Foster, 17,
of Dobson, was ordered
to pay reparations of $200
for unlawful hunting.
Mallinson asked for
Foster to be discharged
without conviction as his
co-accused had either
been given diversion or
been discharged without
conviction. She said that
each had paid a $200
reparation to the farmer.
Judge Callaghan said he
hoped Foster had “learned
your lesson from this and
there won’t be anything
like this happening again”.
Foster said it “wouldn’t
Daryl Peter Tennent, of
Cobden, was convicted
and remanded until
September 8 to be
sentenced on charges of
drink-driving and driving
while disqualified, on
March 18. His address
will be assessed for a
sentence of community
Former Coast man gets
six months supervision
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