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Large careers roadshow
A large careers roadshow will be
held in all the main West Coast
towns next week. The West Coast
Pathways Roadshow will bring
together 25 national tertiary training
providers. High school students and
the general public can talk face to
face with key career practitioners and
explore the vast number of tertiary
career pathways available in New
Zealand. It opens at Westland High
School at 9am on Monday, with a
session for parents from 5-6pm. On
Tuesday it will be at the Greymouth
Regent Theatre from 9am to 3pm,
with an evening session from 5pm.
The visit concludes on Wednesday
at Buller High School, 9am to 5pm,
but with a longer evening session
More than 200
killed at work
More than 200 people have been
killed at work since the Pike River
disaster. The figures were revealed
yesterday in Parliament. Minister
for Workplace Relations and Safety
Michael Woodhouse said 228
workplace fatalities and 23,416
serious injuries had been notified to
Work Safe New Zealand.
A Westport man who acted
as a “tail-end Charlie” in
(P) for sale was yesterday
sentenced to nine months’
home detention and 150
hours of community work.
Joshua D uncan, 23, was
charged with supplying
ion of a pipe for smoking
charges of receiving stolen
property, being in possession
of ammunition and an
offence involving a gekko
under the Wildlife Act.
Lawyer Richard Bodle
told the Greymouth District
Court he accepted the
starting point would be
prison, however he urged
a starting sentence of 18
months rather than two
years, which was the initial
Mr Bodle said Duncan
had been acting as a support
person to his elderly
grandmother, who he
would be living with if he
was granted a sentence of
home detention. He hoped
would allow D uncan some
relaxation to allow him to
complete the chores to help
He said that Duncan
had been “very much the
middle man in supplying the
drug for sale, he didn’t gain
financially from it”.
Duncan had sold the drug
to help support his own
addiction, which was now in
the past, Mr Bodle said.
His drug offending had
come to light after he found
a gekko, which he took
home and looked after. The
animal thrived, and D uncan
put a photo of the animal
on Facebook, an act which
alerted the Department of
When police searched
Duncan’s house in
connection with the gekko
they found paraphernalia
related to methamphetamine.
They also found text
messages relating to
offered for sale. He admitted
to police he had sold the
drugs eight or nine times.
Judge Brian Callaghan
agreed that Duncan was a
“tail-end Charlie” in the
“But unless people on
the street are going to help
distribute the drug, people
higher up the chain won’t
have the outlets for the drug,”
Judge Callaghan said.
He imposed a sentence of
nine months’ home detention
and 150 hours of community
work on the drugs charges,
with sentences of three
months to run concurrently
on all the other charges.
Gekko leads police
to drug find
A Greymouth man who stole copper wire
from Kiwi Rail because “times were tough’
was sentenced to 100 hours community
work when he admitted the offence in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday.
Quaide Amtman, 21, admitted charges of
theft, intentional damage and being found in
an enclosed yard. A charge of burglary was
reduced to one of theft under $500.
On January 15 last year Amtman was seen
at the railway yard in Greymouth, where he
went over to a generator and cut 3m of copper
wire. He then went over to a compressor and
cut 6m of wire from it, while also taking a
section of piping from a refrigerator unit.
When he was disturbed by a member of the
public he left the scene.
The next day police found the wire and
piping at Amtman’s home. He admitted
stealing the wiring and piping, saying “times
are tough and I need the money ”.
Judge Brian Callaghan said Amtman
was “making a bit of a habit of dishonesty
Lawrence Moana Waiwai had his hearing
to defend a charge of assaulting a female
adjourned due to the unavailability of
witnesses. He was remanded on bail to July 9.
A longstanding family squabble led to an
Arahura man being given a $300 bond for 12
months to keep the peace with his relative. The
bond was issued against Daniel Tauwhare, 76.
Tauwhare faced two charges of assault, on
November 8 and 13, however the charges
were withdrawn after he agreed to the
$300 bond, which he will have to pay if he
Copper wire stolen because ‘times were tough’
A former West Coast couple now living
in Christchurch were convicted of theft and
sentenced to 12 months super vision at the
Greymouth District Court yesterday.
Timothy Rangi Verplanke and Tessa
Aimee Rasmussen admitted the charge of
stealing $1000 from Rasmussen’s stepfather.
Verplanke was also sentenced to 150 hours
of community work, given his previous
Lawyer Richard Bodle, representing
Rasmussen, said that there had been a
“relatively successful” restorative justice
process between the defendants and
Rasmussen’s stepfather. He said the couple,
who were now engaged, were leading a “far
less risky lifestyle” than before.
Mr Bodle recommended a period of
supervision, which he said would “build on
the good progress that has been made”.
The offending had occurred not just as a
result of grief, but also stupidity, he said.
“They found themselves at their absolute
wit’s end about how to get the funds they
required ... there was some pretty nasty
business going on.”
Lawyer George Linder, representing
Verplanke, said the couple were also liable for
each paying reparation of $626 to Rasmussen’s
stepfather, for the money they had taken.
Mr Linder also asked if fines of $5900 owed
by Verplanke could be remitted for a sentence
of community work.
Judge Brian Callaghan said that pair were
lucky the victim had taken such a “charitable
and Christian view ”.
“He does not want to ostracise you, he wants
to keep in touch, he wants to make sure things
improve, he doesn’t want a harsh or unrealistic
“He was the one who was hurt ... he wants
to stand by you,” the judge said.
Couple sentenced to 12 months supervision for theft
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A huge dump of rain and snow cut off
the West Coast, flooded central Hokitika
and forced the Coastguard to rescue
residents in the dark of the night, and
again this morning.
All alpine passes into the West Coast
were closed by snow overnight, with the
Lewis the first to reopen. Grey Valley
roads were also closed, as was the road
between Murchison and Inangahua, and
later in the morning the Buller Gorge.
The Coastguard had to use inflatable
boats to rescue people and a dog at
Omoto and Camerons, where half a
metre of water went through a house.
“They were rescued by the lifeguards by
boat, the water had flowed through their
house further up,” Camerons resident and
neighbour Greg Hawkins said.
“At 12.30am there were sheep rolling
down the road. It was a pretty wicked
storm but I never got the water in my
One car was left submerged on the
Blackball-Taylor ville Road this morning,
which later reopened to one lane. A
bystander said the driver — who was in
the car at the time — got out and was
Civil defence controllers met at the
West Coast Regional Council building at
4am as the Grey River continued to rise.
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said the Grey
River was at 5.5m when they met. They
were called back in at 8am when it
reached 6.1m. It peaked about 11am in
Greymouth without threatening. The
floodwall can take up to 7.7m.
Rainfall in coastal areas was between
130 and 200mm in 24 hours. Hokitika
Airport reported almost 200mm of
rainfall in 24 hours, the Metser vice said.
Civil defence controller Allan Wilson
checked State highway 6 at Camerons
about 4am, and found water up to 1m
“It was flowing swiftly,” he said.
The road remained open, but it was a
different story at Stillwater, where the
underpass flooded and closed the road
into Greymouth. The other way into town
was also flooded at Wingham Park, and
there were problems on the Blackball-
Taylor ville Road.
State highway 6 near the McLeans Pit
turnoff was also under water and the farms
around Coal Creek were submerged.
The Kotuku-Bell Hill Road from Blair
Road to Bell Hill Road was open to
4WD vehicles only due to a slip.
Mostly four-wheel-drives were risking
it on the Runanga side of Wingham
Park. The streets of lower Cobden were
also flooded, particularly Peel Street, and
the flood barriers were put in place on
Preston Road, heading into Blaketown.
The Taylorville-Blackball Road,
Mitchells Road, Golf Links Road at
Kaiata were also closed this morning, as
well as McL eans Pit Road. The Arnold
Valley road remained open but the
council warned of “extensive flooding”.
At Coal Creek, Jimmy Stewart said the
water was the highest it had been in three
years but by 9.30am it was subsiding.
As it receded from his place, it was
filling up at Wingham Park, he said.
“It ’s going out to Wingham Park.”
Greymouth fire chief Lee Swinburn,
said they had sent a fire engine to
Hokitika at 11pm for five hours to help
with pumping water and evacuations.
Another went to Camerons Road to
evacuate the occupants when the New
River flooded, with half a metre of water
through the house, and this morning
they were out at Omoto helping evacuate
Department of Conservation spokesman
Tom Williams said they had between 40
and 50cm of snow. Chains were essential
from lunchtime yesterday, and the road
was closed completely about 5pm. He
said it was snowing more lightly this
At Ross, the Totara River flowed over
the State highway about 9pm, and the
road was also closed at Te Naihi Creek,
Bruce Bay, but reopened later in the
evening. Westland Milk, which is at the
end of the milking season, reported no
problems. The rain was to continue until
about 6pm today.The freezing level was to
lower to 1500m this evening. More snow
was expected on the passes overnight.
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