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Defendant living with witness
gets stern warning from judge
A defendant received a stern warning from
the judge in the Greymouth District Court
on Friday after he was found to be living with
one of the principal witnesses in a hearing at
which she will be giving evidence.
Tyler Corkin Keene, 20, of Christchurch,
had been due to defend charges of intentional
damage and assault. However, he was found
to be living with one of the main witnesses
involved in the hearing.
Judge Tony Couch said Keene had made a
“serious admission,” as he had clearly moved
from his bail address, which was a potential
breach of bail, and was now in a position to
“ influence her substantially”.
However, the judge said he would not take
any further action, but would trust Keene to
comply with his bail conditions, remanding
him on bail to August 10 to defend the
Jack Eskett was convicted of sustained loss
of traction and banned from driving for six
months and fined $400.
Eskett had been set to defend the charges at
a hearing on Friday, but made a last-minute
change to a guilty plea.
On December 21, Eskett was driving along
Tainui Street, Greymouth, with a woman in
his car. When he got to the junction with
Mackay Street, as he changed gear, he revved
the engine, causing the wheels to spin for two
When he got to Mawhera Quay he did
the same thing, before he was stopped by a
police officer. His excuse was that his car had
a sticky accelerator pedal, and that he did not
mean to do it.
Ricky Donald Jamieson was convicted of
speeding and misusing a trade registration
plate. He was fined $100.
Veanna Christina Payne, 30, of Cobden,
was remanded on bail to defend a charge of
misappropriation of a trailer, on September
Deborah Ann Howat was told that if the
she engaged with the restorative justice
process on a charge of assault she would most
likely be given a discharge without conviction
on a charge of assault.
Lawyer George Linder was acting as
amicus for Howat, who had been set to
represent herself to defend the charge at a
hearing on Friday.
Mr Linder said that in November last year
Howat had been in the car with her partner
and her son, and had “bumped ” her partner
on the head while he was on the phone
because she had wanted her ill child to stay
with her for the night, but her partner would
not let her.
Judge Couch said that as long as Howat
engaged “willingly and constructively” with
the restorative justice process, a discharge
without conviction would be the likely
Howat then changed her plea from not
guilty to admit the charge, and was remanded
on bail to August 25.
Robyn Jane Gregg was remanded to August
13 on a charge of breach of a protection order.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of
Wayne Grant Schmetz, 55, of Christchurch,
after he failed to appear at court on a charge
of possession of cannabis on March 11, and
Lawyer Marcus Zintl withdrew as counsel
as he had not been able to get hold of
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A crowd of about 100 gathered for the official opening of Kidsfirst Kindergarten’s new $1.1 million early childhood centre at Franz Josef Glacier, on Saturday
morning. The Glacier Country Kindergarten was blessed first by Makaawhio iwi and then declared officially open by West Coast-Tasman MP Damien
O’Connor. The centre can cater for up to 40 under-5s. It will open with the start of term three next week. Six trained teachers, led by Tracey Hall from Kidsfirst
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PICTURE: Stewart Nimmo
New Franz Josef childhood centre opens
The “inconsistent evidence” of
a key witness in the Greymouth
District Court on Thursday was
enough to sink a Hokitika man’s
hopes of being cleared of assault
with intent to injure.
Nicholas James Cadigan, 30, was
found guilty of assaulting Richard
Murray outside the Kaniere Hotel,
on April 26 last year. He was
remanded on bail for sentence on
Murray said he had been at a
private function at the hotel with
his former partner. D uring the
function, Cadigan and his friend,
Adrian Charles Turner, 32, also of
Hokitika, spent the night walking
past him and purposely bumping
into him, “calling me a little
Murray left at midnight.
As a defence witness for Cadigan,
Turner — who was previously
fined $700 and ordered to pay a
$1000 emotional harm repayment
to Murray after he was convicted
for his part in the assault — gave
his account of events.
Turner said Murray was abusive
to him upon arriving at the hotel.
“He said it wasn’t my right to be
at the party.”
Turner said Murray appeared
“aggravated that I was there”.
Later that evening, Murray called
Cadigan outside, Turner said.
“I followed him out as well, just
to see what was going on.”
However, in his police inter view,
played to the court yesterday,
Cadigan had claimed that Murray
had called Turner — not him — to
When Turner was challenged
under cross-examination on the
differing account of events of him
and Cadigan, Turner said he might
not have been able to remember, as
they had all been drinking pretty
Turner claimed he followed
Cadigan and Murray outside
because he “didn’t want them to
end up fighting”. He claimed
that Murray had tried to punch
Cadigan, at which point Turner
pushed him over.
Turner’s account saw Murray get
up and try to punch him, which
was when Turner punched him
three or four times in the head
before walking away.
Judge Tony Couch said that
version of events was not consistent
with a statement Cadigan gave
to police straight after the
assault, as well as the accounts
given by Murray and his ex-
The judge said Murray had been
shoved from behind while leaving
“There began a prolonged, violent
assault on him.”
Murray was left with broken ribs,
multiple abrasions and lacerations
to his face, a lump on his clavicle
and a lump on the back of his
Judge Couch said a “major factor”
in finding Cadigan guilty was that
the injuries did not match the
account described by Turner.
“The injuries clearly suffered by
Mr Murray couldn’t have been
caused by the manner described by
The judge was critical of how
Turner’s initially precise evidence
became gradually more vague.
“He seemed to have several
specific points fixed in his mind,
but when he talked off those
points his evidence was vague
and unconvincing. Turner was
inconsistent with what the
defendant had said, and under
cross-examination he seemed to
waver in his evidence and resorted
to suggesting his recollection was
affected by alcohol.
“I entirely reject the evidence
of Mr Turner on this event. His
account of events was inconsistent
with Mr Murray and (his ex-
girlfriend). I find the evidence of
Mr Turner inherently unreliable.”
Judge Couch said Turner had
“nothing to lose” in taking the
blame for the attack and suggested
it was to protect his friend,
Assault defence fails on
of the Herald on Sunday
It has stood proudly for more
than 150 years — but the West
Coast ’s Agassiz Glacier is no more,
in popular name at least.
The icecap has not disappeared
but it has been “un-named” as part
of a global campaign to remove the
use of the name of Agassiz, a Swiss
geologist who believed not all races
were created equal.
In the 1860s, German geologist
Sir Johann “Julius” von Haast
named the Agassiz Glacier, on the
West Coast, after 19th-century
Swiss-born biologist and geologist
But Agassiz’s legacy has been
widely criticised since his death in
1873, with some labelling him a
In 2007, the Swiss Government
acknowledged the racist thinking
of Agassiz and in recent years,
other institutions named after
him have been renamed as part of
the international project dubbed
Demounting Louis Agassiz.
Last month one of the campaign’s
Sasha Huber and Ngai Tahu
representative Jeff Mahuika, of
Makaawhio, went to Agassiz
Glacier where the ice sheet had its
name ceremonially removed after a
“The performance was like a
resetting. The place can be free
again,” Ms Huber said.
Ms Huber’s project seeks to
cleanse and un-name sites around
the world named after Agassiz.
Ms Huber, artist in residence
at Massey University, sought the
backing of local iwi Makaawhio
before travelling to the West Coast
But her work in New Zealand
is still only symbolic, with the ice
sheet ’s official name remaining the
An Agassiz Range also exists in
Wendy Shaw, secretary to the New
Zealand Geographic Board, Land
Information New Zealand, said the
place-naming authority had not
received any formal proposals for
the landmarks to be renamed.
Ms Huber learned about Agassiz’s
controversial beliefs after reading a
book on slavery written by Swiss
academic Hans Barth. She then
became involved with Barth’s
Demounting Louis Agassiz project
The project ’s original aim was to
rename a mountain in the Swiss
Alps, Agassizhorn to Rentyhorn,
after an African slave Agassiz
“(Agassiz) used these photographs
to ‘prove’ the inferiority of the
black race and presented those
photographs in his lectures,” Ms
The fight to rename the Swiss
mountain is ongoing. Before
travelling to New Zealand, Ms
Huber visited Brazil for another
“ inter vention” at a square named
The New Zealand chapter of her
work, titled Agassiz Down Under,
is being exhibited at Wellington’s
Te Whare Hera Gallery until
Agassiz Glacier ‘un-named’
The victim of a burglary was
hustled out of the Greymouth
District Court on Friday and then
warned by the judge after she was
found clicking off photographs
on her cellphone of the three men
accused of the crime.
Michael Ryan Newcombe, 24,
of Greymouth, O wen Anthony
Jackson, 27, of Kumara, and
Jonty Charles Pickett, 19, of
Christchurch, had been set to
defend a joint charge of burglary.
Judge Tony Couch said that given
the fact there were three defendants
on trial, a whole day would need
to be set down for the hearing.
However, while the judge was
making arrangements for a future
date to be set, lawyer George Linder
informed him that the victim of the
burglary was taking photos of the
accused on her cellphone from the
After she had been escorted out
of court, and a member of the court
security staff had checked that
the photo had been deleted from
her phone, the judge gave her a
dressing down: “Everyone should
know that you do not do that
you could well end up in a
The woman protested that she
only took one photo “and it was
But the judge was unimpressed.
“ It is a very serious matter, it is
fundamentally forbidden — you are
not allowed to take any photographs
without express permission. I hope
you have deleted them.”
Judge Couch said that he would
take the woman’s word she had
deleted the photos.
Burglary victim warned for
taking photos of accused
A Hokitika man was severely
reprimanded by the judge after his
cellphone went off in the middle of his
case in the Greymouth District Court,
Laurence Moana Waiwai was appearing
to defend a charge of assaulting a female
on December 15. However, prosecution
witnesses failed to turn up so the hearing
could not proceed.
Judge Tony Couch was in the process
of arranging another date for the hearing
when Waiwai shot out of court when his
When he was brought back into court
a few moments later, he was given a
dressing down by the judge, who had
earlier told everyone in court to switch
off their phones, after another phone
“ You heard me say all mobile phones
to be turned off — I am very tempted
to put you in a cell right now,” the judge
He was remanded on bail to a hearing
on September 11.
Cyril James Delamare, 50, of
Hokitika, was sentenced to 100 hours
of community work for possession of
The charge was downgraded from an
earlier charge of possession with intent
Delamare was stopped by police driving
on State highway 6 near the Mahinapua
Walkway on January 23. Police found
a small tin in the car containing some
cannabis leaf, and a plastic container
containing 24 small bags of the drug,
Lawyer George Linder said Delamare
used the drug as pain relief, and had
never been involved in the sale of the
drug. He kept the small bags in his car,
and emptied out into the tin what he
was planning to use on a daily basis.
A Ruatapu man who helped his
friend to to shoot up a tractor with
high-powered rifles was convicted of
intentional damage and possession of a
Benjamin Thomas Condon Tinirau
was out on a game hunt near Whataroa
with Corey Ronald Tozer on March 6.
After the pair failed to find an game,
they instead shot at a tractor. In the
process they smashed one of the tractor
wing mirrors and left a hole in the
Tinirau had also taken’s his father’s
gun, for which he had no licence.
Tinirau was remanded on bail to
August 25 for a restorative justice
Judge Couch said the restorative justice
conference would provide a chance for
the owner of the tractor to “eyeball you
and tell you what he thinks of you, which
is probably not a lot ”.
Damon Michael Johnson, 21, of Hari
Hari, was find $650 and banned from
driving for six months for driving with
On June 21, Johnson was stopped
by police on State highway 6 at Franz
Josef Glacier, and a police breath test
produced a result of 654mg.
Man severely reprimanded after
cellphone goes off in court
One of three people who
stole a tent and its contents
from a campground near
Franz Josef Glacier was
remanded on bail in the
Greymouth District Court
Christchurch, was meant
to appear for sentence in
Greymouth on Thursday, but
lawyer George Linder said
Bennett had been unable to
get across Arthur’s Pass due
to bad weather.
Judge Tony Couch said it
made more sense for him
to sentence Bennett in
Christchurch, but before
that the possibility of home
detention should be explored.
On November 5, Bennett,
along with Sandy Gosling
and Amanda Lorraine Barr,
drove to the Department of
where they waited until the
campers had left the area.
The three then picked up a
tent and its contents, bundled
it into the back of their car
and drove off. Th ey drove
to an address at Whataroa,
where they set about sharing
the contents of the tent
Barr has already been
sentenced to 125 hours of
community work and ordered
to pay $333 in reparation for
her part in the theft.
Bennett was remanded
to be sentenced in the
Christchurch District Court
on July 15.
Man who stole tent
to be sentenced in
Naseby is “buzzing with excitement ” as the village
prepares to host its first national bonspiel in more
than 80 years.
The influx of curlers from throughout the country
began yesterday and the action begins from 8.30am
today on Centennial Ponds, across the road from
the ice and international indoor curling rinks.
Naseby ice master and Naseby Curling Council
president Jock Scott said the event was going to be
“huge” for the town.
Curlers were “called” to the event on Saturday
and up to 300 curlers, members of the country ’s 36
curling clubs, are expected to attend.
It will be the first national bonspiel since 2012.
The two-day event is held only when weather and
ice conditions are suitable.
Traditionally, the event is staged at the Idaburn
Dam, at Oturehua, but there is insufficient ice on
the dam this year for the tournament. The event was
last held in the Naseby district, on farm land, more
than 80 years ago.
Ancient Briton Hotel owner Adrian Hood said
everyone in Naseby was “buzzing with excitement
— in fact, hugely excited” about hosting the bonspiel.
“Jock Scott ’s done a great job to make this all
happen so we have to give him the credit for it.”
The hotel was full and some curlers would be
accommodated in holiday houses, he said.
“O bviously there’s a lot of local [Central Otago]
curlers involved, but there’s a lot from out of town
too, and we’ve already had the mad West Coast
curlers descend on us.” The hotel was catering for
the traditional “beef and greens” dinner which would
be held in the town hall tomorrow night, followed
by the Curlers’ Court — a secret ceremony where
new curlers are initiated into the brotherhood of
Naseby General Store owner Marilyn Swinbourn
said there was “a nice vibe” around town.
She had already made a sign to say her shop
would be closed this afternoon because she would
“ You know the rules — that ’s what happens. If a
bonspiel is called, everyone answers the call and it
doesn’t happen very often.” Mr Scott said the ice
was looking good. He was marking out the playing
surface yesterday ready for the tournament.
The infrastructure required to host such a big
event was “massive”, he said.
Poolburn are the defending champions.
— Otago Daily Times
Naseby ‘buzzing’ as it prepares
for national bonspiel
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