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arrrests over weekend
Five people were arrested in
Greymouth over the weekend
for various offences ranging from
disorder to threatening behaviour. A
36-year-old woman who was rowing
with her neighbour was apprehended
when she threatened her neighbour.
A 21-year-old man has been charged
with assault after he hit another
man over the head with a bottle in
Rochford Street. A 19-year-old was
arrested for disorderly behaviour in
Greymouth in the early hours of
Saturday morning, and about the
same time a 29-year-old man was
taken into police custody for wilful
damage and resisting police. Earlier
in the evening a 30-year-old was
arrested when he breached a police
Crash driver suffers
The driver of one of the two
vehicles that collided near Wingham
Park at Coal Creek last night
suffered minor injuries. The accident
happened about 11pm and senior
constable Mike Tinnelly of the
Greymouth police said the driver of
one vehicle ran into the rear of the
The section of the West Coast
cycle trail between the landing at
Lake Kaniere to Hurunui Jacks
is closed after damage caused by
the storm that lashed the area last
week. A Westland District Council
spokesman said today that council
staff would be inspecting the track
today to check for any other damage.
As yet it is not known how long the
section between the landing and
Hurunui Jacks will be closed.
A 23-year-old Westport man has
a date in court after he was caught
drink-driving on Friday night on
Adderley Street. He returned a
breath-alcohol level of 526mg and
was bailed to appear in the Westport
District Court next month.
A meeting will be held in Westport
to look at ways for ward for the town,
in the wake of ongoing job losses.
Tourism West Coast, Department
of Conser vation and Development
West Coast, among others will
present their ideas which will be
followed by an open forum. The
aim of the meeting is to inspire
confidence in the district, following
recent job losses in the mining sector.
The meeting will be held on June 29
at 7 pm at the NBS theatre.
Arrivals: Cook Canyon, Galatea
II, Ocean Odyssey, Resolution II.
In port: Cook Canyon, Galatea II,
Ocean Odyssey, Resolution II, Lady
Sarah, Sovereign, 25 other vessels.
Expected departures: Galatea II,
Resolution II, today; Cook Canyon,
Ocean Odyssey, tomorrow. Expected
arrivals: Corsair, tomorrow; Jay
Hokitika man admits fraud
and forgery charges
A former Hokitika chartered accountant
and property developer has admitted his
guilt in a raft of fraud and forgery charges,
when he appeared in the Greymouth
District Court on Friday afternoon.
Lindsay Beckett Smith pleaded guilty
to one representative charge of using a
forged document between May 23, 2001,
and November 17, 2012, after he accepted
a sentencing indication of a potential 27
months in prison.
The charge was representative of six
charges of using a document to gain
pecuniary advantage, two of causing a loss
by deception, and one charge of obtaining a
document by deception.
Smith’s offending included causing losses
of $222,250 to Michael and Lillian Ross by
deception, an act which caused the Rosses
to lose their home and all of their retirement
savings, and by deception obtaining control
of a $264,000 loan.
Smith’s prosecution followed a police
investigation over the funding of the
Ballarat subdivision at Blue Spur, Hokitika.
After Smith’s bankruptcy in 2011 the
subdivision subsequently passed into the
ownership of Hanily Holdings, whose
director Warren Smith is a cousin of
Some of the charges related to nearly
$750,000 of money loaned to Smith to
shore up the development.
The starting point of Smith’s indicative
sentence was four and half years, however a
15% credit was given for his “good character,”
15% for the payment of reparations and a
20% credit for his guilty plea.
However, Crown prosecutor Karyn South
said it was “entirely unclear” if Smith, who
was appearing via audio visual link with the
Christchurch District Court, would be able
to pay reparations to the Rosses.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Smith accepted
that without the payment of reparation it
was “highly unlikely” he could be considered
for a sentence of home detention.
Ms South said the “total effect ” of the
losses on the Rosses had been “enormous”,
as they had lost their home in the process,
and they wanted reparation “desperately”.
“ We have been doing this for over a year
and never had a document provided which
suggests there are funds available,” Ms
Mr Zintl said a third party had indicated
they would be prepared to help with paying
Judge Kellar said he could not promise that
Smith’s end sentence would not be beyond
a short term of imprisonment, without the
15% credit for the payment of reparation.
Mr Zintl urged the judge to grant Smith
bail so he would have a “real opportunity to
get as much together as he can” in lieu of
reparation. The judge convicted Smith of
the representative charge, and set a date of
October 5 for his sentencing.
However, Judge Kellar said Smith was
being bailed to reappear via audio visual link
on July 17, to “make arrangements for the
actual payment of reparations”.
“If concrete arrangements are made,
bail will be reviewed, if not, he will be in
custody from that date to the date of his
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Management says it is still too
early to say when the residents
of the Hokitika rest home,
flooded on Thursday night,
will be returning to their home.
All 45 residents of the
Allen Bryant Lifecare Home
were evacuated as the surface
low-lying Bealey Street
Clinical manager Carole Koffs
said on Saturday morning they
would not be moving anyone
back until they were sure that
“everything is working and in
“It’s clearly going to be a
bit of a recovery process to
get the building back to
its original state.
“All the residents have been
safely relocated into other aged
care facilities ... and some are in
the public hospital,” Ms Koffs
“There’s no doubt there was
a significant amount of water
that went through the facility.
A lot of our staff who have
been deployed to other rest
homes where our residents
have been relocated ... all of us
who are free to do so are part of
the clean-up process.”
Volunteers and contractors
were on site on Saturday
water from carpets, and, in
places, lifting the carpet
PICTURES: Emma Rae
Reports of storm damage are still coming in. These photos were taken on the
Nelson Creek-Hotchstetter Road, showing a road and bridge wash out.
PICTURE: Laura Mills
The storm has left the Kowhai bush walk
under a thick layer of debris. As well as
usual flood debris, the path is now littered
with plastic bottles, bags, discs from the
Greymouth sewerage scheme which were
blown away last April, and even condom
wrappers. The boardwalk is also damaged
in one area. The Grey District Council was
notifying its assets team.
Storm damage photos
Hokitika rest home
continues f lood clean-up
of the Otago Daily Times
The year ahead for East Otago based
Oceana Gold appears positive, with more
exploration around the South Island,
a weakening New Zealand dollar and
acquisition of the North Island ’s largest
mine, in Waihi.
Having been under a cloud for the past
18 to 24 months because of surging energy
costs, job losses, low gold prices and a strong
New Zealand dollar, Oceana has several
opportunities under way or coming to
fruition this year.
Crucially, Oceana’s annual cash cost to
produce an ounce of gold, which is kept
exceptionally low by the sale of its copper by
product from Philippine operations, appears
set to continue this year.
Oceana’s presentation last week at its
annual shareholders’ meeting made no
mention of its $US100 million ($NZ143.3
million) cost cutting programme during the
past 18 months.
However, it outlined numerous new
exploration programmes at Macraes,
ultimately targeting further mine life
extensions, and updated investors on most
of its assets and developments.
Craigs Investment Partners broker Peter
McIntyre said Oceana had proven to be
‘masters at extracting value’ from gold assets.
Overall, gold production was beyond
guidance last year, at 307,463oz.
Didipio, in the Philippines, last year
produced 106,256oz of gold and 25,010
tonnes of copper and for the first quarter
this year produced 35,122oz and 6102
While the company is still considering
mothballing its Reefton open pit operation
on the West Coast at the end of the year,
it has boosted exploration at Macraes
to $US8m and pared back costs at Didipio,
reducing the open pit size and focusing on
getting underground operations started.
Mr McIntyre said the early buy in and then
startup phases of Didipio, which became
stalled, reflected how new projects were not
without their risks.
However, it was Didipio’s offsetting copper
sales that were underpinning its large free cash
flows, which in turn were being used to pay
off debt and also ‘take some more risks’ in
buying into exploration in El Salvador and
Mr McIntyre said gold appeared to be
‘range bound’ at present and whenever it
made a breakthrough to $US2000, it quickly
While the weakening New Zealand dollar
was advantageous at present, he cautioned
it would be the future strength of the US
dollar that would have most impact on
where spot gold prices went.
“ hedging collars’’
covering its New Zealand gold production
were working well, he said.
Oceana is still considering the viability of a
combined gold tungsten project at Macraes,
with its scoping study still under way.
Oceana’s $US132m purchase of Newmont ’s
Waihi gold, although still subject to
regulatory conditions, includes plans to
In the first quarter this year, New Zealand
operations generated $US13m free cash
flow, while there were “strong profit margins’’
booked from Reefton, due to a reduction in
the amount of ore mined.
Coming year looking
positive for Oceana
Artist Jan Thomson from Korimako Studio with budding artists Natasha Lee and Chloe Turner during a school children’s art
session held at the Left Bank Art Gallery on Friday afternoon.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Budding ar tists try their hand
A recent import to the
West Coast from Auckland
was denied being bailed back
to the North Island after
a judge in the Greymouth
District Court said he was not
convinced the former gang
member would not commit
more violent crime.
Jesse Rae Tetoko Hini, 22, of
Waiho, previously pleaded not
guilty to charges of unlawful
detention, three charges of
assaulting a female, and assault
with a blunt instrument.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said
Hini had earlier offered a bail
address on Waiheke Island,
where Hini would live with
relatives, if he was bailed.
Mr Bodle said there had
been undue influence placed
on the victim by Hini’s
“over-supportive and wholly
who had written to the victim
urging her to retract her
Police had texts and e-mails
which contained the wording
of the retraction, which the
victim had been encouraged
to write. However, there had
been no involvement from
Hini, Mr Bodle said.
That matter was now in hand
and was being investigated by
He also said that the victim,
who lived in Westland, would
be a significant distance from
Hini, and her safety would
only be compromised if she
chose to visit Hini at his bail
Judge Brian Callaghan
said Hini had no convictions
for offending while on bail,
although the current charges
against him were committed
while he was on bail for
a charge of receiving, in
However, in order to grant
him bail the judge had to be
satisfied that on the “balance
of probabilities” Hini would
not commit any other violent
The victim was “apprehensive”
about him being granted bail.
She said the pair had initially
fled to the West Coast from
Auckland to escape from the
However, the victim said in
her statement that she had
“no doubt he will blaming this
whole incident on me”.
Hini had used violence on
her all the way through their
relationship, which included
having a knife held to her
throat and put in the boot
of a car, an experience which
had been “really scary” for
Judge Callaghan said that
despite Auckland being a long
way from Westland” it was
“easily accessible” for someone
breaching their bail.
The judge said he was
not satisfied that bail was
applicable, given the test
for bail he had to apply. He
therefore refused bail, but
suggested that Hini might
be eligible for electronically
Recent import denied bail
A pilot programme to
control wasps on conser vation
land during the summer
season has led to a significant
reduction in wasp activity at
the pilot sites, the Department
of Conser vation says.
The pilot, at five sites in the
South Island, involved a bait
station method using a protein
bait targeted only at wasps.
The bait, which is not
attractive to bees, contains the
commonly used insecticide
The results showed that there
was more than 95% reduction
of wasp activity in nests
monitored before and after the
trial. At some of the sites, the
wasp nests were completely
controlled when checked again
one month later.
DOC scientist Eric Edwards
said as well as the reduction in
wasp activity, there was also
significantly more honeydew
present on trees in areas where
wasps were killed.
The department will now
work with key stakeholders
on plans and priorities for
using the control on public
conser vation land next year.
Nelson Lakes, two in the
Marlborough Sounds, Abel
Tasman National Park and
Craigieburn (Arthur’s Pass).
Pilot programme sees significant
reduction in wasps
A Hokitika man was sentenced in the
Greymouth District Court on Friday to 180
hours of community work for driving while
disqualified, breach of community work and
in remittance of about $6000 in fines.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Scott Nicholas
Bradley, who had recently arrived on the West
Coast from Christchurch, had completed an
outstanding sentence of community work,
since he had gone to live with his father in
Mr Bodle said Bradley had left Christchurch,
where he felt threatened, however he still had
two outstanding charges, to which he had
pleaded not guilty and was set to defend in
Christchurch District Court.
Mr Bodle recommended another sentence
of community work for the charges, as
Bradley had finished his most recent sentence
“quite quickly”. He was also now living in a
“suitable environment ” with his father.
In court, Bradley said he had been trying to
get his licence but had not been able to due
to having a court case hanging over his head.
Judge Brian Callaghan said he would not
further disqualify Bradley in order to get him
“off the treadmill of disqualified driving”.
“The fact you did your community work
quite quickly since you got here, that shows
you are trying to do something,” Judge
Bradley was sentenced to 60 hours of
community work for the driving while
disqualified charge, and 120 hours in
remittance of his fines. He was convicted
and discharged on the breach of community
Kayla Marie Cruickshank was fined
$100 for intentional damage and convicted
and discharged on a charge of disorderly
Daniel Kayla Hill was convicted and
discharged of careless driving.
Drink-driver gets community work
A “Roman candle” in the sky led firefighters
to a blaze at a Westport joinery factory on
A hopper at TRT Builders in Cobden
Street caught fire about 5.30pm.
“It was just like a big Roman candle,
standing out on its own,” Westport fire chief
Alan Kennedy said.
Firefighters had to open a vent inside the
hopper to quell the blaze, he said.
“But it took a while because we had to
wash all of the shavings out of the bin onto
the ground to put it out; it could have been
a lot worse than it was.”
He understood a stone or a knot in timber
had created a spark which landed in wood
The fire gutted the hopper but the
main factory about 30m away was
TRT manager John Blair said the blaze
could have been much worse.
“ We’re very lucky the wind was going
towards the river — it blew the flames away.
It could have got into the wood racks, it just
took one building.”
— Westport News
Westport fire described as a ‘Roman candle’ in the sky
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