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found in ditch
suffers chest injury
A man who suffered a suspected
chest injury after what appeared
to be a fall was airlifted from near
Kaniere this morning to Grey
Base Hospital. Emergency ser vices
including fire, ambulance, and the
NZCC Rescue Helicopter were
called to a Lake Kaniere Road
address about 8.20am. The man was
stabilised and braced before being
flown to hospital.
Police silent on
Matai ‘axe’ incident
Police were not able to release
details of an incident they attended
north of Ngahere yesterday
afternoon. About 2.30pm three
police cars were seen near Matai
with lights and sirens flashing. A
Facebook gossip page reported that
“someone just smashed up a car
with an axe” and there had nearly
been an accident with patrol cars
speeding through the area. A police
spokesman would not confirm today
if there was an arrest as inquiries
ordered to pay
The young driver involved in the
fatal crash that killed Greymouth
woman Therese Maureen Smith,
68, near Rolleston on November
4 last year was sentenced in the
Christchurch District Court last
week. Junlei Zhou, 22, crashed
head-on into Mrs Smith’s car.
Her vehicle became airborne and
crashed into a grass bank. She died
at the scene. Zhou was ordered to
undertake 180 hours of community
work, disqualified from driving for
12 months, and ordered to pay a
$10,000 emotional harm reparation
payment to the family.
Mostly cloudy, occasional showers
National Health Ser vice boob
job scrounger Josie Cunningham
has revealed she ‘broke’ her new
mystery fiance’s penis during sex. The
controversial mother-of-three, who
is believed to be pregnant with her
fourth child, told her publicist in a
text message that she had spent the
night in hospital because “I broke his
willy” — and even used the banana
emoji to emphasise her point. She
texted her publicist: “ Was blood
everywhere though looked like a
murder scene.” The 24-year-old was
once branded the most hated woman
in Britain after shamelessly bragging
about her £4800 breast implants on
the NHS. — Daily Mail
Cover urged for ‘town square’
A proposed Greymouth town
square needs to be roofed or it will be
empty for eight months of the year,
submitters told the Grey District
Council on Monday night.
It was a similar theme from several
people commenting on the central
business district rejuvenation plans,
proposed to cost $1 million of council
Retailer Stewart Nimmo said he
had previously suggested that “we
need a big plastic bag over our town”.
He was glad to see work being done
to the town and hoped projects could
get under way soon to get “some
rungs on the ladder”.
Greymouth resident Graham Ford
questioned if the weather had been
taken into account in the plans drawn
up for the rejuvenation.
“The person who designed this, I
don’t know where they think they are.
I’d like to see that person walk across
the Cobden Bridge at 8.30am and at
midday,” Mr Ford said.
Work on the bridge would be a good
option for the summer months but it
would be “a hell of an expense” if it
was for only three months of the year.
Times were tough and shops were
empty, and taking away parking spots
would not help access.
“Some days you can fire a shotgun
down the town and not hit someone,”
Mr Ford said.
Businessman Dave McMillan said
he was concerned there were no
indications of the cost of each project.
“ We’ve got a lot of pictures, but
what is the big picture going to cost?
It is scary to see $1m and not see
what you’re going to get for that,”
Mr McMillan said.
Chief executive Paul Pretorius said
they would not spend money getting
costs and plans done on things that
might not happen.
Mr McMillan noted that none of
the projects raised in the plans were
income drivers and he suggested
something iconic that would attract
people to the town.
“Something that is not the Eiffel
Tower, but that people really do want
to see and hang around a bit longer.”
He did not expect the ‘Discovery
Centre’ idea to generate a lot of
money, and said the town square
would only be viable during summer.
“For seven to eight months of the
year, it wouldn’t be a place where you
would want to be,” Mr McMillan
Wild West Adventures owner Paul
Schramm also said the projects would
not create jobs.
“I ’m concerned we didn’t ask the
public the right question.
“ We asked the public what they
wanted, I haven’t seen any analysis
of what is best for the town,” Mr
He also agreed that a town square
would not work in the winter.
“If it ’s cold and wet, it ’s going to
be empty. You won’t get locals there
unless we’re wearing our Swanndris
“ We need an area in town that is
warm and comfortable. Warm tourists
open their wallets and spend money.”
Pinecones for pets
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Shaun Lunn, back left, Kaleb Wisdom, Sean Bain, front left, Neve Tacon and Matt Friend with the ‘pinecone pets’
they made during the Sport Canterbury-West Coast school holiday programme yesterday. Activities for the final week
of the holidays include doormat making and taking bush walks.
A Westport man was jailed for
two years and two months when he
was sentenced in the Greymouth
District Court on Monday on
multiple drugs charges.
Michael Wayne Davis, 51,
previously admitted the charges
of cultivation and possession of
equipment, and after a jury trial
earlier this year he was found
guilty of supplying cannabis.
His wife, Vivienne Davis, 53, was
also up for sentencing on a charge
of permitting her premises to be
used for the cultivation of cannabis.
She was given three months’
community detention, starting
yesterday, along with six months’
super vision and counselling for
Police searched Davis’s property
in December 2013 and uncovered
more than 1000 cannabis seedlings,
mature plants, 2.5kg of the dried
drug and $14,000 in cash.
Davis’s lawyer Doug Taffs said
the offending had “morphed ” from
simply growing cannabis to supply.
“Initially my client had been
supplying the cannabis to his wife,
who was self-medicating due to
emotional issues which included
the death of her son, the murder of
a friend in Christchurch and her ill
health,” Mr Taffs said.
However, he said Davis was not
selling the drugs out of “greed” and
the circumstances were “peculiar.”
The Crown sought the forfeiture
of the couple’s Westport home, and
the cash recovered in the search,
under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Mr Taffs said taking the home
would leave the pair in extreme
hardship and would be an injustice
to Mrs Davis.
Judge David Saunders agreed not
to take the house but ordered the
$14,000 cash forfeit to the Crown.
Judge Saunders said Davis had a
1999 conviction for possession of
cannabis for supply, and on that
occasion he received a suspended
sentence, but this time he needed
to sentence Davis with a deterrent.
“ You have been involved with
illicit activity and you need to pay
the price,” the judge said.
Along with the two years and
two months for supply, Davis was
sentenced to 18 months on both
the equipment and cultivation
charges, to be ser ved concurrently.
Franz motel tariffs in top 10
Greymouth has the second
cheapest tourist accommodation
in the country, while Franz Josef
Glacier is the ninth most expensive.
Hotel search website Trivago
compiled figures around New
Zealand to find the average price
for a standard double room in main
towns and regions, based on the
2014 calendar year.
At an average of $118 a night,
Greymouth was the cheapest
destination in the South Island
and the second cheapest in New
Zealand, after Whanganui.
The cheapest month to stay is
August, when prices fall to $110
a night, while the most expensive
month is February, averaging $127.
The average was compiled from
25 hotels, bed and breakfasts and
hostels in Greymouth.
Greymouth is cheaper than both
Hokitika, at an average of $147 a
night, and Westport, $150.
Bella Vista Greymouth operator
Bryan Williamson was surprised to
see Westport so much higher.
“There’s the old saying — you’re
better off being half full at full
prices, than full at half price,” Mr
Tourists had a perception that
they should get cheaper prices in
Greymouth, but they then “go to the
glaciers and pay $180 and not blink
Both glacier towns were among the
most expensive in the country.
The average price of a hotel in
Franz Josef Glacier is $204 per night,
making it the sixth most expensive
destination in the South Island and
the ninth most expensive in New
Fox Glacier averages $193 a night,
making it the eighth priciest on
the South Island and 11th most
expensive in New Zealand.
Travelling in winter could save
visitors a substantial amount with
Franz Josef hotel prices differing by
170% from July ($111 a night) to
January ($300 a night).
Franz Inc chairman Craig Rankin
said the figures appeared to be a fair
“It is supply and demand. In
summer there is a struggle to find
vacancies,” Mr Rankin said. Summer
was the peak season and had peak
rates as a result. “ You either make
your money then, or you go under.”
He pointed that the five-star Te
Waonui Forest Retreat was closed
from May to September, which
would skew the averages.
He said Franz Josef was generally
one of the most expensive places in
The average price nationally was
$172, with the North Island at $163
a night, cheaper than the South
Island at $187 a night.
More Greymouth coal jobs go
Solid Energy proposes shedding
at least two more jobs in the
Greymouth coalfield in its latest
round of cutbacks.
The State-owned coal producer
informed staff on Friday of plans
to cut eight jobs at its Reefton and
Greymouth sites — the Reddale
Mine, Burke’s Creek coal washery
and Reefton Distribution Centre,
and the Rocky Creek coal washery
and Strongman Mine open-cast,
both mothballed near Greymouth.
Solid Energy would not break
down the figures, saying that
because the numbers were so low
it could help identify those facing
General manager of South Island
operations Steven Bell said it was a
proposal for change and they had
invited comments before making a
“These sites, between them
currently have 35 people and the
proposed changes could result in
eight roles being disestablished
and eight redundancies,” Mr Bell
The review will be completed by
Drug dealer jailed, keeps house
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