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Strong winds and heavy rain are
forecast for the southern West Coast
tomorrow. The Metser vice warns
that a complex trough is expected to
move east over the country during
Thursday, Friday and early Saturday,
bringing heavy rain to the South
Westland ranges with 80 to 120mm
likely over a 15 to 18-hour period. It
will also bring north-west and severe
gales to inland Canterbury. West
Coast civil defence manager Chris
Raine said driving conditions may be
difficult as there will be strong winds
ahead of the frontal passage. “ The
rain will be less significant than we
have experienced with the last rain
event with a lesser amount on the
coastal fringe,” he said.
DOC to consult
hunters over wild
The Department of Conser vation
plans to consult hunters between
now and 2018 over the management
of wild animals. The department
issues new wild animal recovery
permits today for the next three
years. Deputy director-general Mike
Slater said at the weekend DOC
was initiating a “conversation” with
wild animal recovery operators,
processors, the guided hunting sector,
the Game Animal Council and the
recreational hunting sector to look
at a more “ long-term sustainable
future” for the management of wild
animal recovery in New Zealand.
— Otago Daily Times
a ‘work in
Improved cellphone coverage on the
West Coast, including the blackspot in
South Westland, is a ‘work in progress’
in partnership with the Government,
according to Spark.
It announced today that Karamea
residents now have expanded mobile
coverage following a recent upgrade by
Spark (formerly Telecom).
The $175,000 upgrade, under the
Government ’s rural broadband initiative
(RBI), has been to improve mobile access
and speed for customers throughout the
The initiative at Karamea is part of a
plan to boost coverage from the township
into the wider district including Kohaihai
Bluff, Little Wanganui to the south and
eastward to Arapita.
Spark networks general manager Colin
Brown said the upgrade gave Karamea
residents more speed and data capacity.
Mr Brown said Karamea has also been
“ livened” to 4G — opening up greater
economic opportunities for the area.
“Access to 4G mobile data will be
transformative for local businesses, as it
allows them to tap into the latest mobile
apps and software on their devices faster
than before — which is vital for success
and growth,” he said.
The development at Karamea was part
of a broader plan for regional and rural
New Zealand including better access to
fast mobile speeds.
Mr Brown said Spark was co-locating on
every one of the Government ’s RBI sites
where it did not already have coverage —
80 sites in the past three years.
There were plans plans to co-locate on
about 30 more RBI sites over the next 12
Spark communications manager Vicky
Gray said the next West Coast co-
location under the RBI would see Hector
residents with improved coverage in the
next few months.
She was unable to say what other West
Coast communities were next in line for
improved coverage soon.
“ We will be upgrading a number of 3G
sites over the next three years,” Ms Gray
Asked if Spark was working on the
West Coast to improve coverage to other
communities Ms Gray said it relied on
Filling the current mobile blackspot
between Fox Glacier and Wanaka, and
lack of any coverage in other places
would be met by the separate $50
million Government blackspot fund
in partnership with Spark, with local
authorities taking a lead.
“Registration of interest is under way.
We’re working with the different councils
at the moment,” she said.
A Hokitika man who damaged the
property of a woman with whom he had
a “stormy, tit-for-tat relationship” was
yesterday convicted of wilful damage
and driving while suspended.
David Grant Sinclair, 26, was fined
$600 in the Greymouth District Court
and banned from driving for six months.
Lawyer George Linder said Sinclair
had been in a “stormy” relationship with
the victim of the wilful damage. That
relationship was now over as the victim
was in Christchurch.
Mr Linder said Sinclair had paid for
the damage to the victim’s car.
Judge Noel Walsh said that if Sinclair
could prove that, he would not be liable
for $1322 in reparation.
Paul Percy Hurren, 42, of Ruatapu, was
convicted and discharged on charges
of being unlawfully in a building, and
threatening behaviour. He pleaded guilty
to the charges.
David Grant Thomson, 51, of Hokitika,
was fined $500 after being convicted of
driving with excess breath-alcohol of
693mg, on May 31.
Jason Anthony Bennetto, 23, of
Arahura, was convicted and fined $500
for careless driving, on February 28.
George and Merle,
Margaret and families,
Albert and Des wish
to express their appreci-
ation and gratitude to
relatives, friends and
neighbours for the kind-
received following the
loss of Morris. Thank
you for the visits, cards,
food, flowers, telephone
calls, personal expres-
sions of sympathy and
for attendance at his
funeral. Special thanks
to the Reverend John
Drylie, Wayne, Kris and
Sylvia of Thompson
Funeral Directors and
the medical, nursing and
administration staff of
Unit, Greymouth for
their care and com-
passion given to Morris
over three years.
Genuine Care and
29, 2015, peacefully at
Bainswood on Victoria,
Rangiora, aged 90 years.
Dearly loved wife of the
late Jack. Dearly loved
mother and mother-in-
law of Betty and Richie
Nancy Fahey (Grey-
mouth), Wendy and Jim
and Barry (Rotherham).
Much loved grand-
mother of her 10 grand-
children and all her
Forever loved and
Special thanks to all the
staff at Bainswood for
their wonderful love,
care and support given
to Mum. In lieu of
flowers donations to St
John Ambulance would
be appreciated and may
be made at the service.
A service of Farewell
and Remembrance for
Ivy will be held in the
Spark Lane (off North-
brook Road), Rangiora
on Friday July 3 at
Messages to the Loch-
head Family, C/- PO
Box 35, Rangiora 7440.
Gulliver & Tyler Ltd.
Phone (03) 313 8222.
HIBBS, Ron. — Highly
respected, valued and
loved life member and
past president of Paroa
Tennis Club. Deepest
sympathy to the Hibbs
family from the Paroa
HIBBS, Ron. —
You tried so hard to stay
But the struggle was in
God took you in His
And freed you from your
A loved brother-in-
law of Corinne and
Mary (Snr). — Born in
Greymouth 92 years
ago, passed away peace-
fully at Richard Seddon
Hospital on June 29,
2015. She was a friend
of Waiuta, her favourite
little town of gold and
its people. A true
“Coaster”. Loved wife
of the late David (Dave)
Sadler, loving mum of
Margaret Elaine, and
friend of the Hau family,
smile and great sense of
humour were delights to
those who knew her.
She leaves a legacy of
strength and tenacity.
God in Heaven, hear my
Look after my mother
with special care.
Be a good shepherd;
don't leave her alone,
For this is her first time
away from her home.
So treasure her Lord in
your rose garden of rest.
A service and graveside
service has taken place
at Margaret's request.
Special thanks to Dixon
/Granger House and the
wonderful doctors and
nurses at Grey Base
Hospital. Messages to
Anisy Funeral Home, 77
HIBBS, Ronald James
(Ron) QSM JP.
Passed away peacefully
at his home with family
in Christchurch on June
29, 2015, aged 68.
Dearly loved and adored
husband and best friend
of Alison, loved father
and father-in-law of
Rhonye and Simon
McIlroy, and Raquel and
Peter Wilson, loved
brother and brother-in-
law of Tom and Dot,
Cliff (deceased) and
June, Janice and Hugh
Havill, John and Joyce,
and Barry and Corinne
Ord, treasured poppa
Ramona, Saxon, and
Jesse. Flowers respect-
fully declined, donations
to the Cancer Society
would be appreciated
and can be made at the
service or posted to PO
Box 81, Greymouth
7840. Messages to 32
7608. Ron will be
resting at his brother
John's home, 44 Cooper
Road, Camerons from
Tuesday evening. A
service to celebrate
Ron's life will be held in
Holy Trinity Anglican
Church, Tainui Street,
Greymouth on Friday
at 2pm, followed by
cremation in Greymouth
at the Westland Crema-
Funeral Services Ltd.
FDANZ. Phone (03)
Passed away suddenly
and tragically on June
29, 2015, aged 22.
Dearly loved, adored
and cherished son of Ian
and Bronwyn, brother
and best mate of Adam,
and Laken, loved grand-
son of Zelda and the late
Ralph, and Morris and
the late Verna Gray.
Loved nephew and
cousin of Robyn and
Stephen, Sarah, Jason
and Sarah-Jane, Kate
and Aaron, Diane and
Dean, Simon, Hannah,
Ryan, Larissa, Cullam,
Rory, Lauren and Solly,
Taylor, and Stacey.
Messages to 1309 Main
Road, Stillwater 7821. A
service to celebrate
Liam's life will be held
in the William Sampson
Memorial Chapel, 134
Tainui Street, Grey-
mouth on Friday at
cremation in Greymouth
at the Westland Crema-
Funeral Services Ltd.
FDANZ. Phone (03)
A Kumara man who threatened to shoot a
relative, the police and himself was convicted
of threatening behaviour and possession of
cannabis when he admitted the charges in
the Greymouth District Court yesterday.
Gavin Brett Ridley, 40, was given a six-
month suspended sentence. He was staying
with a relative when an argument began
about his use of the computer. After repeated
warnings from the victim that she would call
the police, Ridley threatened to shoot the
victim, the police and himself.
When police arrived they found 2g of
cannabis in the victim’s bedroom. Ridley later
told police he had said what he did in anger,
and did not really mean it.
A Greymouth woman caught with cannabis
belonging to her flatmate was convicted of
possession of cannabis and a cannabis pipe,
and excess breath-alcohol.
Gail Maree Wickes, 37, was sentenced to 60
hours of community work, and banned from
driving for six months. A charge of allowing
her premises to be used for the consumption
of cannabis was withdrawn.
Wickes was at home on April 16 when
police arrived to arrest her on an unrelated
matter. When they saw that her flatmate
smelled strongly of cannabis, they searched
the property, finding 3.14g of the drug in a
plastic bag, and 632g in a bin.
When questioned by police, Wickes
admitted smoking the drug with her flatmate.
On March 13, Wickes was driving through
Springfield, in Canterbury, at 130kph when
she was stopped by police and breath-tested,
producing a result of 495mg of alcohol.
Wickes told police she had drunk a can and
a half of bourbon and cola before deciding
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Wickes flatmate
had “taken the rap” for the drugs, as they
had belonged to him. However, Wickes had
been “harshly treated” as she had been given
a choice between a charge of possession, or
allowing her premises to be used for drug
consumption, and she told police she did
have possession, but not ownership of the
Katherine Judith Smith, 47, of Christchurch,
was convicted of excess breath-alcohol and
was fined $400.
On May 30, Smith was driving on Main
South Road, when she was stopped by police
and breath-tested, yielding a result of 573mg.
Smith told police she was “only going down
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Smith had
drunk two glasses of wine and thought she
was under the limit.
Maximilliam Fraser-Dymond, 24, of
Taylor ville, was fined $300 and banned from
driving for six months after driving while
suspended on May 31.
Steffan Aitken was remanded to August 11
for sentence on a charge of wilful damage. He
pleaded guilty to the charge, but denied two
charges of assault.
after shooting threat
Grey Main School pupil Honor Barry answers a simulated 111 call from Caleb Bennett and asks him questions about his
emergency call, as part of the Safe Kids St John in Schools programme, which is to be rolled out to all schools on the West Coast,
starting with Grey Main. The Safe Kids programme has been operating for 18 years in other areas but is new to the West Coast,
St John schools educator Denise Kilpatrick said. “ The Safe Kids has been revitalised and expanded to become the new St John
in schools programme. It is hands on and practical teaching to ring 111, right up to bandages. The older children did CPR this
morning,” Mrs Kilpatrick said. The initial response from West Coast children had been good. “ We have had a brilliant response
and we are doing every classroom at the Grey Main School this week. We will follow on to all schools up and down the West Coast,
PICTURE: Paul McBride
St John in Schools programme begins on Coast
The hunt is on to catch a stoat
believed to have scaled Orokonui Eco-
sanctuary’s $2 million perimeter fence,
threatening juvenile kiwi — including
rare Haast tokoeka kiwi — and other
Staff at the Waitati sanctuary were
yesterday rounding up 12 juvenile kiwi
to send them to the safety of predator-
A specially trained dog was being
used to hunt the stoat, which had also
evaded traps, ecosanctuary general
manager Chris Baillie said.
Another dog was helping to find the
If a stoat killed a kiwi, it could be the
first of many deaths, she warned.
“Stoats don’t just kill to eat, they just
“O ur concern is it will get one kiwi
and then just mow them all down.’’
Staff found footprints of an
adult stoat in the snow inside the
perimeter fence on Friday, Ms Baillie
Hardened snow was suspected to have
helped the stoat scale the 2m high,
8.7km pest-proof fence, she said.
The fence had a stainless steel cur ved
hood to stop predators climbing
But the snow could have allowed the
stoat to obtain a foothold and scale the
The stoat could kill any of the native
bird species in the eco-sanctuary, she
Stoat inside the fence were usually
caught immediately in one of the
permanent traps, Ms Baillie said.
But this time, footprints in the snow
revealed the stoat had walked past two
“This one is shy of traps.’’
Earlier this year, two stoats were
trapped inside the ecosanctuary.
They were believed to have scaled the
fence by gaining footholds on joins
in the fence. The 150 joins were since
A trained terrier-cross dog was
searching the eco-sanctuary yesterday.
The dog was not expected to catch the
stoat but could isolate an area in the
307ha of protected habitat, so it could
“Orokonui is doing everything
possible to get this stoat.’’
Ms Baillie said she expected all the
juvenile kiwi to be located yesterday.
They would be taken to Rona Island,
in Lake Manapouri, and Centre Island,
in Lake Te Anau, by Department of
Conser vation staff.
The stoat was a “big set back’’ for the
ecosanctuary, she said.
“ It is not the end of Orokonui’s kiwi
creche. Other juvenile kiwi will be
brought into this site later in the year,
as long as the habitat is safe.’’
A stoat was capable of killing a kiwi
under 1.2kg, she said.
An adult kiwi could defend itself by
using its strong legs to fight a stoat off.
Ms Baillie said she doubted someone
was releasing stoats in the eco-sanctuary
“ It’s a possibility but I don’t know why
someone would do that.’’
— Otago Daily Times
staff hunt stoat
to wilful damage
Cody Darryl Forsyth-
Peterson, 25, of Seaview,
was fined $300 after he
was convicted of careless
driving on March 28.
been driving through
Kumara Junction when
he fell asleep, drifted
across the road and
Lawyer Eymard Bradley
said were it not for the
defendant ’s criminal
history, he would be a
case for diversion.
Lionel Tuhuru Tainui
had a charge of careless
driving and driving while
forbidden adjourned to
Fine for careless driving
Westland Milk Products says it is
successfully bringing West Coast youth into
the dairy industry through an innovative
In the past decade it has taken 16 cadets
aged 18-24 years who do not have university
study in their outlook but want to work in
the primary industries.
“Reaping the rewards on both sides,
the partnership is a resounding success,”
Westland Milk Products human resources
adviser Nicky Cooper said.
“Key to its success is the focus on youth,
learning and flexibility. Cadets spend
approximately 18 months on a ‘taste test ’ of
Westland ’s business.”
Westland Milk had tapped the base
provided by existing trades academies and
vocational pathway opportunities already
offered to secondary school students.
specifically targeted at youth looking for an
alternative career to the university pathway,”
Ms Cooper said.
Ministry of Education group manager
for youth guarantee scheme Arthur
Graves, a former Greymouth High School
principal, backed up the Westland Milk
“This sort of collaboration between
business and education will ensure that
school leavers are highly skilled and ‘work
ready,’” Mr Graves said.
Educational relevance was crucial, and
could only be achieved when industry was
actively involved in supporting curriculum
“Learning happens both inside and outside
of the traditional classroom,” he said
Ms Cooper said the cadets would undertake
10-week blocks in the key manufacturing
departments of the dairy company.
“By the end of the 18 months we have a
cadet who is a flexible, agile learner with a
broad understanding of the entire business
and who is comfortable to move around and
upwards in the company.”
All cadets were expected to continue
learning by completing a certificate in dairy
technology, followed by a dairy diploma.
Westland Milk typically employed two
cadets a year — depending on the milk
solids payout — with one cadet this year.
Successful cadets must have completed
Year 13 to a minimum level 2 NCEA in
A new 12-month tertiary cadet
programme was set up last year for those
with a university degree looking to further
their education in the dairy sector.
Innovative cadet programme helping
Coast youth into dairy industry
John Paul II High School
principal Kieran Stone
presents Year 13 student Jamie
Gibbens with the Duke of
Edinburgh Hillary Silver
Award, at a school assembly
on Friday afternoon. “ The
award is for a group leader who
accepts all challenges and is
fully involved in the network
of activities within the school
including netball, brownies,
Outward Bound and group
leadership,” Mr Stone said.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
John Paul II
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