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PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Makarora businesses believe they have
been left in the lurch by the Department
of Conservation’s decision not to open
its visitor centre in the village for the
summer, as usual.
DOC staff made the announcement
at an “information session’’ on Tuesday
Owner of the Makarora Tourist
Centre, next door to the visitor centre,
Rhondda Osmers said the closure was
“They had sort of indicated that it was
a community consultation about what
might happen. But in actual fact they
started off and said, ‘Sorry, we are closing
it’. That was the shock.’’
Mrs Osmers’ concern was about who
would be left to deal with the 16,000
people who used the DOC visitor
centre, between November and April,
for information on weather, river levels
and the state of DOC tracks in the Mt
Aspiring National Park. Makarora is the
starting point for the popular Wilkin
and Young tracks.
Mrs Osmers said her business provided
tourists with coffee, food, petrol,
accommodation and souvenirs, but her
staff referred all inquiries about the
national park to DOC’s visitor centre.
She could not employ extra staff to
answer park-related questions, she said,
and expected trampers would be “very
cross and angry’’ at having no one to talk
to about track conditions.
“Some of them even arrive and they
don’t know which valley ’s the Wilkin
and which one’s the Young.
“I just don’t know how we are going to
Tourist centre manager Michelle
St John said providing tramping
information to tourists could be very
time-consuming and she and other staff
did not feel qualified.
Senior ranger partnerships Ruth
Harrison said yesterday there was no
expectation the tourist centre or other
businesses would be required to provide
Ms Harrison said most trampers
arrived in Makarora prepared for a four-
“So they are not things that you take
off on without planning.’’
DOC’s website would be revised to
remind trampers to check into DOC
offices in Haast or Wanaka before
travelling to Makarora.
She said DOC could install a public
phone at the visitor centre so trampers
could access information, and signs
could be upgraded.
Ms Harrison said the visitor centre
lacked such things as public toilets, and
to bring it up to standard would require
“a reasonable amount of investment ’’.
In a press release yesterday, Wanaka
conser vation partnerships manager Phil
Tisch said visitor numbers had declined
up to 60% over the past 15 years and it
was not viable to keep the centre open.
Only 3% of the 215,000 vehicles
a year passing through Makarora
used it, he said.
He pointed out the DOC services
offered at Makarora were available 65km
away in Wanaka and 80km away at
Two DOC staff based at Makarora
would continue to ser vice huts, tracks
and four campgrounds in the region.
— Otago Daily Times
Makarora DOC closure leaves businesses in the lurch
PICTURES: Otago Daily Times
Makarora Tourist Centre staff are expecting “cross and angry ’’ trampers as a
result of DOC not opening its visitor centre this summer.
A Hokitika man who stole
from two branches of the same
department store in Christchurch
was remanded to August 11 in an
attempt to get a discharge without
conviction, in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday.
Joseph Matthew Moynihan, 24,
had visited a Farmers department
store in a mall in Christchurch. He
took some clothes, put them in a
bag and left the store. He was then
apprehended by the mall security
When he was asked why he had
taken the clothes, he said he was a
“ bit hard up, and I thought I would
get away with it ”.
Lawyer George Linder said that
this was the first time Moynihan
offences, and would have been
suitable for diversion, had he not
visited another Farmers outlet, after
being trespassed from all branches
of the store.
Mr Linder said the defendant
visited a second Farmers outlet in
Riccarton and bought a shirt, but
was told he had been trespassed
from all stores after the first theft.
He said that Moynihan had “no
explanation” for why he committed
the theft, as he had had funds to
pay for the clothes.
Mr Linder said that Moynihan
was trying to get a truck driving job,
and needed a clean criminal record,
therefore the lawyer was asking for
a discharge without conviction.
The police said that the defendant
might have been confused about
what had happened, as it was
on the second occasion, when
Moynihan stole clothing, that he
A Franz Josef man who had
shown “total defiance” in repeatedly
breaching his community work
sentence was sentenced to four
weeks in prison for the offending.
Lloyd Fialoa, 22, was sentenced to
120 hours of community work on
June 20 last year for assault charges.
However, he had repeatedly failed
to report for his sentence. On
October 17, he was given a nine
month suspended sentence for
breaching his community work.
He had last reported on January
14, and still had 85 hours of his
Judge Christopher Somer ville
said Fialoa had shown complete
disregard in failing to complete his
“ It is total defiance, I have no idea
why that would be except that it
reflects your attitude to the original
A Seaview man facing a raft
of drugs and domestic violence
charges was remanded on bail
for sentence in September after
the judge accepted the defendant
regretted hurting his wife.
pleaded guilty to male assaults
female, possession of firearms and
explosives, intentional damage,
cannabis cultivation, possession
of cannabis and cannabis utensils,
possession of a methamphetamine
pipe and selling cannabis.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said
Longmore had pleaded not guilty
to a charge of assault with intent to
injure, as when he twisted his wife’s
arm, he had hurt her more seriously
than he had intended.
In applying for bail for Longmore,
Mr Bodle said his client had no
history of bail breaches, or offending
while on bail. Although drugs were
involved in the home environment,
he had no history of acting like
this before, and had taken his
wife to hospital after hurting her
The police said they were opposed
to the bail application due to the
combination of firearms and drugs
offending, and the influence he may
have on his wife, the victim of the
Judge Somer ville said he would
not remand Longmore in custody
as he had shown remorse for the
He said the offending came to
light after a row, and the police
were called. He reacted badly
and when police were called he
admitted more offending than the
police could prove. His early guilty
plea and remorse were all signs he
regretted his behaviour.
Longmore was also remanded to
August 25 on a charge of assault
with intent to injure, a charge his
lawyer hoped could be resolved.
A Ngahere man who stole close to
$200 worth of petrol from two ser vice
stations was fined $500 and ordered to
pay reparation of $93.61 . He pleaded
guilty to two charges of theft when he
appeared in the Greymouth District
On March 16, Brock Anthony Harris,
33, drove into a Mobil Ser vice Station
in Redwood, Christchurch, and filled
up with $100.94 of fuel. He had gone
into the ser vice station shop, used the
bathroom, came out and drove away
Later that day he drove to another
service station in Ilam, filled up with
$93.61 of fuel, and drove away without
Judge Christopher Somerville said he
could not see how “you could get that
much fuel in a Mazda RX8”.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said that
Harris drove his car around and around
until he ran out of fuel, then filled up.
He said Harris knew what he had done
was wrong, and regretted it.
Reade Daniel Davidson was convicted
and discharged for using offensive
language. He pleaded guilty to the
Davidson was warned by the judge
that the next time he got angry he
should not just reach for his phone
and send a text, as it would land him in
trouble, as it had done this time around.
A Westport man who caused more
than $758 worth of damage after he
smashed the windows of a house he
used to live in, was convicted of wilful
damage and ordered to pay $758 in
At 4am on June 6, Jayden John Lodge
went to a house he used to live at in
Westport. He picked up rocks and
began to smash the windows of the
house while he was screaming at a
person inside to come outside.
When police were called he
threatened them with his fists, and had
to be threatened with being tasered, and
put in leg restraints before he complied.
Police said that Lodge was either
very drunk, or under the influence of
Lawyer George Linder said that
Lodge had no recollection of the event,
and the first thing he remembered was
waking up in a police cell.
The judge said that if Lodge drank to
such an extent that he behaved in that
way, he could hear “alarm bells”.
A Greymouth man who cracked the
windscreen and dented the door of a
car which had hit him was convicted
of intentional damage and sentenced
to 80 hours’ community work after
admitting the offence.
On May 23, Dythaniel Scott Hart was
driving along High Street, Greymouth
when he was hit from behind by a car.
When he got out of his car to confront
the other car’s driver, the car hit his
He then walked over to the vehicle
and cracked the windscreen by
punching it. He also kicked the side of
the car, denting it.
Lawyer George Linder said Hart had
reacted “in the heat of the moment ”,
and had responded the way he had
because he thought the person driving
the car that hit his car was trying to
leave the scene of the accident.
Judge Christopher Somer ville said
given Hart’s history of “so many similar
incidents”, nobody with any knowledge
of his previous crimes “would be
willing to stop ... your behaviour is
Griffin James Tucker, was sentenced
to nine months super vision, fined
$1500 and banned from driving for
10 months after headmitted his third
drink driving charge.
At 1.45am on March 28 Tucker was
breath tested while driving in Cobden.
A subsequent blood test produced
a result of 175mg of blood. When
questioned by police he declined to
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said that
Tucker wanted to engage with alcohol
counselling, as he had never had a
sentence with a rehabilitative focus.
Joelene Ngahuia Harris was convicted
and remanded on bail to September
10 for sentence on two counts of
shoplifting and receiving.
A Christchurch teenager who
punched his sister during an argument
was convicted of common assault and
sentenced to nine months’ super vision.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said that
Timothy Black was also charged with
breach of bail and failing to appear at
court, due to him voluntarily checking
himself into an eight week drug
Black became involved in an argument
between his sister and step-sister,
during which a container of sugar had
been thrown at him. He then punched
He had since reconciled with his
sister, but she had wanted him to get
some help for his drug addiction.
Jade Marie Morgan had her case of
driving while forbidden adjourned to
Shannon Scott had his third charge
of excess breath alcohol remanded to
August 25 for his legal aid application
to be processed.
Lionel Tuhuru Tainui had his case of
driving while forbidden and careless
driving adjourned to August 25.
Manu Jason Harris was remanded
on bail to September 8 on charges of
breach of community work and male
assaults female, which he has admitted.
Isaac Reece Stollery, 19, of
Greymouth was remanded to a hearing
on November 2 to defend charges of
possession of cannabis and a cannabis
bong, on April 19.
Megan Valerie Muir was convicted
of two counts of shoplifting after she
changed her plea on one of the charges
to guilty. She was remanded on to
September 10 for sentence.
Daniel John D unick, 31, of
Christchurch, was remanded on bail to
August 25 for unlawfully getting into a
car and breach of bail on May 19.
Adam John Reihana was remanded
on bail to August 25 for a charge of
assaults female on June 7. He pleaded
guilty to the charges.
Petrol thief stole from two businesses
Man stole from two
branches of same store
by Koren Allpress
of the Westport News
Four sinkholes have appeared
within 150m of each other on a
streetside berm in Westport.
A Roebuck Street resident
said the holes on the grass verge
between Roebuck Street and
the Westport Domain started
appearing about six months ago,
and were “getting bigger and
He said the holes were “quite
sizeable slumps” and thought
it would cost a lot of money to
patch them up.
If someone were to fall into
one, they would be “up to their
Buller District Council works
engineer Tony Robertson said
the sinkholes were caused by
an ageing earthenware sewer
The contract documents for the
sewer main replacement were
almost complete and would go
out for tender soon.
The total length of the
replacement was just over 180m.
The project was estimated to cost
$120,000, he said.
“ With the mains being so deep,
this project needs reasonably
dry ground conditions and the
use of shutters for construction.”
The council and WestReef
Ser vices were monitoring the
situation, placing barriers around
sinkholes as they appeared, he
Blackball and Otira residents can now
access broadband which is up to 20
times faster than they had.
Chorus has just finished work
upgrading two rural broadband cabinets
at both townships.
Executive Ian Bonnar said slow
internet speeds had been a concern for
businesses and residents in Blackball
and Otira for a while.
Before the cabinet upgrades,
residents and businesses there could
generally only access broadband speeds
of between 1 and 5Mbps, slowing
considerably during peak times.
Following the upgrade, they should
now be able to experience speeds of
between 10 and 20Mbps, depending on
the distance to the broadband cabinet.
Residents who live within about 1km
of their cabinet should be able to access
a VDSL broadband ser vice with speeds
in excess of 20 Mbps, which is the
fastest ser vice over the existing copper
During peak times, when lots
of people are using the internet,
the broadband speeds will remain
The average broadband connection
speed in the West Coast-Tasman region
has increased more than 120%, jumping
from 4.9Mbps to 10.9Mbps as part of
rural broadband upgrades.
The number of households and
businesses connected to the upgraded
network has increased from about 1700
to more than 3000.
“More reliable and consistent
broadband speeds will provide faster
upload speeds for photographs and
images, faster download speeds for
music and movies, and better, clearer
video conversations with friends and
family,” Mr Bonnar said.
“In practical terms for rural
businesses, such as farms, this means
better connection to ser vices like
livestock improvement records and
markets overseas, as well as improving
time management through online
purchasing. Technology plays a big part
in modern farming and now residents
in these areas can be part of that.”
People’s connections are also affected
by their broadband internet connection
plan, modem, computer, the wiring in
the home or business and distance from
“ We also encourage residents and
businesses to talk directly with their
internet ser vice provider to find out
how they can make the most of our
The work on the West Coast is
part of Chorus’ involvement in the
Government ’s rural broadband
initiative. As part of this work, Chorus
is upgrading about 1200 broadband
cabinets in rural areas throughout New
This latest work means Chorus has
now upgraded 22 cabinets in West
Map showing the area covered by the latest rural broadband upgrade at Otira.
A broken water main in Preston Road caused a headache for Grey District Council contractors this
morning. The council said properties from Swainson Street to the Preston Road bridge may have been
Broken water main f loods street
A Cobden woman who tucked into
chocolates and bought booze using a gift
card, both sent as presents to an associate,
was remanded on bail to August 25
for a restorative justice hearing after
admitting a charge of theft.
On June 3, Jenna Ann Dalzell, 27,
was at an address in Cobden where a
tracked courier bag, containing a box
of chocolates, a gift card and a birthday
card was delivered.
The person it had been delivered to
left it in the lounge, and when she left,
Dalzell ripped open the bag, ate the
chocolates, tore up the birthday card and
bought $21 worth of booze with the $30
gift card at the Henry’s store.
When Dalzell was questioned by police
she said that she “couldn’t help herself ”,
and had thought that the victim owed
Judge Somer ville said as Dalzell and
the victim knew each other, restorative
justice was an appropriate way to deal
with the case.
Shawn Patrick Watkins was convicted
of driving while forbidden and fined
On June 12, Watkins was banned from
driving until he got his driving licence.
However, on June 25 he was stopped
by police driving in New Brighton,
Christchurch. When questioned he told
police he could not remember if he was
Lawyer Marcus Zintl asked if Watkins
could be given a “modest fine”. He
currently had $666 in unpaid fines
owing, however he was shortly going to
go to Work and Income to get help with
getting his licence.
Troy Arron Furness was remanded on
bail to September 10 after admitting a
third offence of drink-driving.
Furness had previously been convicted
of driving with excess breath-alcohol in
2012 and 2013.
On May 24 this year police saw a
scooter being driven by Furness, which
had no lights and he was not wearing a
He was breath tested by police and
blew 812mg. He told police he was
going to get something from the bakery.
Woman steals birthday present
Four sinkholes appear on
Westport streetside berm
Two people were taken
to hospital in a critical
condition after a crash
on Swanson Road in
west Auckland early
Police said a patrol car
came across the crashed
car that had gone through
a fence near the corner
of Swanson Road and
Metcalfe Road about
Two people were
found inside the vehicle
St John reported they
were taken to Auckland
Hospital in a critical
condition. — NZ ME
A $3.1 million project
to clean up the highly
and Alexander mine sites at
Waiuta — officially one of
the most contaminated sites
in the world — has been put
Conser vation said today the
delay would allow for further
detailed design work.
Arsenic levels at the mine
sites are among the highest
recorded anywhere in the
world at 400,000 parts per
million on land, or 500
times the safe level.
Work started on site this
March, but DOC north
and western South Island
acting ser vice director Roy
Grose, of Hokitika, said that
once work had started it was
found to be more complex
“ Together with the Ministry
for the Environment we
have decided it is more
efficient to put site work on
hold and review the project,
in order to pre-empt and
prepare for any unexpected
issues and additional work
requirements associated with
the remediation work.
“ We want to get this right,
and taking a step back to
re-evaluate the work required
is the way to do that.”
The review is expected
to take about two to three
months and will make
recommendations about the
next steps for the remediation
The original idea was to
remove the contaminated
material and put it in a
special, lined pit.
$3.1m Waiuta mine sites
put on hold
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