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West Coast police boss Inspector
John Canning is back on the job with
his management team, senior sergeants
Allyson Ealam and Phillip Barker.
The trio, who have been on leave
since early June, collectively returned
to work at the Greymouth Police
Station on Monday.
Tasman police district commander
Superintendent Karyn Malthus
declined to comment, with a
spokeswoman saying: “we cannot
discuss personal staff matters”.
However, the West Coast police
boss and his staff confirmed yesterday
they had resumed work in line with
both their rank and prior management
Mrs Ealam is the West Coast
prevention manager and deputy to
Mr Canning, while Mr Barker is the
West Coast police response manager.
CIB head detective senior sergeant
Dan Keno is the fourth member of the
Grant Cameron, the lawyer acting
for Mr Canning, Mrs Ealam, and
Mr Barker, confirmed on Monday
that defamation proceedings brought
by the trio 10 days ago against Ms
Malthus were continuing.
The Attorney-General is named as
The group defamation action
followed a public statement by Ms
Malthus early in June saying the West
Coast police needed to be “aligned”.
It followed delivery of an internal
report by Ms Malthus to Mr Canning
and his staff at the end of May
which had been compiled by police
psychologist senior sergeant Iain
Saunders earlier in the year.
Yesterday the trio were keeping mum
about what had facilitated their return
to work although one of them was
heard to quip “at least our uniforms
Mr Canning acknowledged that
dialogue with the police hierarchy was
“At this stage we’re back in our
job and we’re still talking to the
department,” he said.
All of the team were looking for ward
to doing a job which was always about
bettering the community. “It’s good to
be back on deck.”
Mrs Ealam concurred: “ We’re all
very pleased to be back at work —
to work with our staff to ser ve the
Urinating at cars
A 22-year-old Greymouth man
who was urinating at vehicles
driving past him was arrested for
disorderly behaviour about 5.30pm
yesterday. Members of the public
alerted police. He was issued with a
pre-charge warning and released.
Man hit with
empty rum bottle
A Greymouth man who smashed
his flatmate over the head with
an empty rum bottle after he was
accused of being lazy around the
house was remanded on bail to
September 8 for sentence on a
charge of assault with a weapon. He
pleaded guilty to the charge. On
June 19, Angus Lloyd Young was
at home with his flatmate when the
victim of his attack criticised him
for being lazy around the house. The
victim then walked into Young’s
bedroom and emptied the contents
of a rubbish bin on his floor. The
two scuffled before being separated
by a third party. Young then walked
over to his flatmate, who was in the
lounge, and smashed him over the
head with the empty rum bottle.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said that
Young was sick of his flatmate’s
attitude towards him.
1080 drop soon
The pre-feed for Ospri’s Tb Free
Nelson Creek aerial possum control
operation took place yesterday.
Northern South Island programme
manager Matt Hickson said the
Nelson Creek aerial operation
was part of the West Coast ’s Tb
eradication area, in which the aim is
to eliminate the disease from wild
animals responsible for spreading
the disease. The operation covers
about 9700ha and is scheduled
for completion on or after July 30,
weather dependent. Mr Hickson
said: “ Warning signs will be erected
at all likely public access points. It
is important that the public adhere
to the instructions. “ Dog owners
are again reminded to keep their
animals well away from areas where
warning signs are present. It will not
be safe to take dogs into the area
until all of the warning signs have
been officially removed. ”
Cloud increasing, late drizzle
An English great-grandmother
was astonished to be told she is
pregnant by an NHS hospital even
through she is nearing her 100th
birthday. Doris Ayling, who has
seven grandchildren and 13 great-
grandchildren, received a letter
telling her to attend an antenatal
Tb infected West Coast dairy
herds have dipped below the
magic 20 number for the first
time since monitoring began,
and the region could have as few
as 13 infected herds by this time
chairwoman Katie Milne said
the number of infected dairy
herds in the year ending June
30 was sitting at 19, below the
“magic 20” target. It showed the
war against reinfection was really
working and the prospect of
Tb- free herds on the West Coast
was within tangible reach.
It was vindication of the
practical measures being used to
eradicate possums and ongoing
co-operation by the farming
tracking and record keeping
to reduce cross infection and
contain the spread in the region.
“It shows all the progress that ’s
going on and the hard work,”
Miss Milne said.
The number of Tb-infected
herd numbers on the West Coast
had halved in the past two years
from 48 in June 2013 to 23 last
month, before the latest figures
At June 30, of the 19 remaining
infected West Coast herds, 14
had had a subsequent clear Tb
Further tests would confirm if
those herds could be declared
clear — with their status often
down to a single Tb carrier in the
Miss Milne said the northern
West Coast contained the
remaining problem spots.
“Karamea has still got quite
a high rate and there’s a couple
of spots throughout northern
The overall strategy around
bovine Tb continued to be
national eradication as “the only
way to go”, she said.
Miss Milne said submissions
on the Tb Free National Pest
Management Strategy were due
to close at the end of this month.
Tb Free was particularly keen to
receive individual West Coast
farmer submissions this round,
alongside the usual institutional
Farmers could either go on-line
to the Tb Free website to do this
or contact their local Tb Free
group representative, Miss Milne
The Ospri Tb Free plan was
launched in 2012 with the aim of
eradicating Tb from wild animals
across at least 200,000ha of the
West Coast by 2026.
Before an area can be declared
Tb-free, a large amount of
supporting evidence must be
gathered to prove the area is free
of the disease including extensive
wild animal monitoring.
In 2015-16, Ospri plans
to control possums across
641,650ha of the West Coast.
Ground control accounts for
about 93% of the total planned
Ten million hectares of New
Zealand are known to contain
Tb-infected wild animals.
A 17-year-old Christchurch
teenager is due to appear in
the Westport District Court
tomorrow in relation to a fatal
crash in Westport in March.
The teenager has been charged
with careless driving causing
death after the 19-year-old
passenger, Danny O’Donnell,
Waiau in North
Canterbury, was killed in the
crash on Tauranga Bay Road on
The driver has also been charged
with driving while suspended
and three charges of careless
driving causing injury.
Mr O’Donnell was one of five
occupants in the Subaru car
when it crashed.
Police said at the time that
speed appeared to be a factor.
The Subaru hurtled through
20m of scrub after leaving the
road on a sweeping right-hand
cur ve above the Holcim cement
quarry, police said. No other
vehicles were involved in the
Mr O’Donnell initially survived
the crash but died at the scene
while being treated.
A 16-year-old boy suffered
a broken leg, while the other
passengers — aged 15 and 18
were taken to Buller Hospital
with minor injuries and later
Teen charged over fatal
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Back on the beat in Greymouth: Inspector John Canning with his colleagues Allyson Ealam, left, and Phillip Barker,
Top cops back at work
Amalgamation push catches
West Coast leaders out
West Coast leaders say the numbers
need to be crunched before anyone can
look at amalgamating councils here.
In a strongly-worded speech yesterday,
Local Government Minister Paula
Bennett said the Local Government
Commission would be working up
various structure options for each region
to decide what works best for them.
She said some regional councils may
be replaced with Council Controlled
The West Coast has four councils,
three mayors and more than 40
councillors, prompting periodic calls for
Where necessary Ms Bennett said
she would “legislate to either set a new
CCO up across a region — or even to
take something away”.
“ But let me be clear — there will be
An application to officially request
an investigation into whether the West
Coast should have one unitary council
was lodged last month.
Peter Salter, who ran for the Ban 1080
Party in the general election, is leading
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn,
who has previously supported
amalgamation, heard Ms Bennett deliver
her speech to the Local Government
conference in Rotorua.
“S he didn’t pull punches,” he said soon
“S he basically said they (Government)
are not backing off.”
As he understood, each area would
look at its own structure. Mr Kokshoorn
said they needed all the facts first.
“ We’ve go to do what’s best for the
West Coast, more so now than ever.
We’re at a crossroads,” he said, referring
to the downturn in the coal industry.
Regional council chairman Andrew
Robb who was also at the conference,
said change had not been signalled
ahead of the speech.
“It was a bit of a surprise.”
He said it was pretty hard to know
what to make of it, as in one breath the
minister said she would not legislate for
change, then later said she may, he said.
The community would need to let
its leaders know what it wanted, he
said. Right now it was hard to form an
opinion without any good information.
He said some North Island councils
were close together and should be
sharing ser vices, but the Coast covered
The mayors and chairs already met
He was wary a review could itself bring
If change was forced “we as a region
will have to deal with what they throw
At the conference Mr Kokshoorn
inquired with the commission where Mr
Salter’s application was.
“ It’s in the system, they said. It ’s
working its way through.”
Mr Salter said today people on the
Coast could see things needed to
happen, now Government was saying it
needed to happen.
“ It’s trying to convince those people
who are protecting their little empires
that it needs to happen.
“ People are running out of cash.”
‘It was a bit of a surprise’
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