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Council gets stationer y
from national supplier
The Grey District Council
has to get its stationery from
a national supplier rather than
locally in Greymouth because of a
Government contract. Cr Anton
Becker asked at the council meeting
last night what the company Staples
New Zealand was providing for
the council after records showed
a payment of $4607. Corporate
ser vices manager Ian Young said
the company supplied the council
stationery as part of a government
contract. Cr Becker asked if they
could use a local supplier instead,
but Mr Young said stationery had
to come from the Government ’s
designated supplier. Other items
were sourced locally, he said.
Tb Free review gets
A review of Tb Free has generated
about 300 submissions. Ospri Tb
Free said today full analysis of
submissions would be made publicly
available on its website at the end
of September, after the Minister for
Primary Industries had received the
proposal from the Plan Governance
Group. The secretariat was currently
analysing the 300 submissions
received on the proposed Tb plan.
entries close on Friday
Entries for the Trustpower Buller
District Community Awards close
on Friday. Last year, 33 groups were
entered, and despite the district ’s
small population, Mayor Garry
Howard is keen to see more entries
this time around. “ We regularly rake
in more entries than districts with
far larger populations around the
South Island, which is heartening
for us,” Mr Howard said. Trustpower
community relations representative
Arielle Monk said although there
had not been a big uptake in
entries this year, there were still
many groups providing ser vices,
activities, support and events in the
community not already identified.
Last year’s group category supreme
winner were the volunteers of the
Buller High School kapa haka group.
Arrivals: Galatea II, Resolution II,
Spindrift. Departures: Lady Sarah,
Victory II, three Greymouth vessels.
In port: Galatea II, Resolution II,
Corsair, Spindrift, 16 other vessels.
Expected departures: Galatea II,
Resolution II, today. Expected
arrivals: Lady Sarah, today; Cook
Canyon, Jay Elaine, tomorrow.
Temper ruins 21st birthday
A Cobden man whose 21st birthday
descended into a row due to his “obvious
temper” was yesterday convicted of
disorderly behaviour and sentenced to nine
months’ super vision.
The Greymouth District Court heard that
on July 4, Dylan Graeme McLaren, 21, got
into an argument with his brother, and had
to be held back by a male relative. During
the altercation, McLaren told the relative
that he could “smash him”.
Lawyer George Linder said there were
“ longstanding issues” between McLaren and
his brother, who on the night in question
had assaulted the defendant ’s partner.
McLaren had tried to leave the premises to
get away from the argument, but had been
followed by his father and brother.
However, Mr Linder said that it was
“obvious he (McLaren) does have a temper”.
A warrant was issued for the arrest
of Claudia Jade Francis Martin, 20, of
Greymouth, after she failed to appear to
face charges of assault and interfering with
a vehicle, on May 16.
Lawyer George Linder said he had not
been able to speak to Martin, had mail sent
to Martin’s address returned with a note
saying she no longer lived there, and none
of the eight cellphone messages he had left
her had been returned.
Judge Jane Farish agreed to the request
from Mr Linder to withdraw as counsel.
Roa Mining Ltd was given a further six
months to complete planting of an area as
part of the restorative justice process for two
charges of discharging contaminants into a
West Coast Regional Council compliance
and consents manager Jackie Adams said
the mining firm had been planting an area,
but had not been able to complete it due to
the bad weather. The miner had asked for
an extension to be able to complete the
Mr Adams said he did not have any
difficulty with the application.
Judge Farish agreed to an extension until
Andrew Jonathan Still was given a new
sentence of community work after he
breached his existing sentence.
Still had been sentenced to 80 hours of
community work on November 18 for
driving while disqualified. However, between
January 7 and March 28 he repeatedly failed
to report for his sentence, and still had 64
hours of his sentence remaining.
Lawyer George Linder said Still had been
suffering “personal problems”, and was in
the process of travelling back and forth to
Christchurch for job inter views.
Judge Farish said it was Still’s second
breach of community work, and he had a
“ very poor response” to his sentence. “ He
needs to get his community work sentence
out of the way, if he breaches it again he’ll
find he’ll be going to jail,” the judge said.
A Kaiata man who crashed and rolled over
his car while drink-driving was convicted of
excess breath-alcohol and was remanded on
bail to September 10 for sentence.
Jonty Charles Pickett, 21, was driving on
State highway 7 at Kaiata on April 24 when
one of his rear tyres blew and he smashed
into a power pole, rolling his car over in the
Friends stopped and took him to hospital,
where a blood test produced a result of
124mg of alcohol in his bloodstream.
Pickett suffered two fractures and a cut lip
in the process.
He had previously been suspended from
driving for three months on March 2.
Pickett was also remanded to August 25
after he pleaded not guilty to driving
while suspended and sustained loss of
Wednesday August 12
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
Genuine Care and
1916 - July 16, 2015.
John and Katharine, Sue
and David, Libby, Rhod
and Brenda and families
thank all the relatives
gathered with us, or
were with us in spirit to
celebrate the life of
other mother, grand-
mother and friend - Eva.
Eva, along with her late
husband Jack were
always active in many
areas of the community
and personal memories
shared by those attend-
ing the service or sent to
us reflected this and will
be treasured and were
wonderful to have
thanks to Rev Vivien
Harber and the All
Saints team, to the
AAW and Red Cross
members, the Hokitika
Art Club, and to Wayne,
Sylvia and Kris -
Directors. To the staff at
the Allen Bryant Life
Care and in her last days
the combined staff of
Granger House and
Allen Bryant Life Care -
Mum was always grate-
you showed her - we
appreciated your kind-
ness - thank you. For
those who have sent
cards, phone calls, food,
flowers and e-mails we
thank you. Please accept
this as a personal
thanks from us all.
A quote from Eva:
May you live every day
of your life,
Loving each day that
August 12, 2007.
Loved and remembered
Love Rex, Jillian,
Nigel, Lisa, Mark and
February 16, 1924 -
August 12, 2005. In
loving memory of a
wonderful Dad, grandad
and great-grandad who
passed away 10 years
Sadly missed by all
Diane, Lynn, Leeann
Therese (Norah). — On
August 9, 2015 peace-
fully at Ilam Lifecare,
surrounded by her
family; aged 92 years.
Dearly loved wife of the
late Keith Thwaites, and
mother and mother-in-
law of Joanna and
Michael, the late
Gabrielle and Graham,
Gerard and Elaine,
Genevieve and Justin,
Michael and Jane, and
Adrian and Mohua.
Much loved grand-
mother of Ben (and
Anna), Nicholas and
Richard; Milly and
(and Tony), Maria,
Sarah and Michael;
Katy, Jack, Lucy and
Matt; Bridgette, Julia,
Gabrielle, James and
Isabella, and great-
grandmother of Frida. A
much loved sister of
Joan McGrath. A special
thank you to all the staff
at Ilam Lifecare. A
Requiem Mass to cele-
brate the life of Norah
will be held at St
Church, 8 Puriri Street,
Christchurch on Friday
August 14 at 1.15pm,
followed by interment at
the Yaldhurst Cemetery,
Buchanans Road, at
4pm. A Recitation of the
Rosary will be held at St
Church on Thursday
August 13 at 5pm. John
Rhind Funeral Directors.
FDANZ. Phone (03) 379
A prototype system for removing sludge
and waste is on show at the Blaketown
Greymouth goldminer Brett Moynihan’s
system removes sludge from the riverbed.
Using only air, it sucks the waste up and
discharges it into the Grey River, about
400m away, although the pipes have the
potential to go much further.
Mr Moynihan developed the prototype
at his Reefton mine, with the help of
James Miller from Westweld in Ahaura,
to take pond fines and sediment to
settling ponds, keeping the bigger ponds
It could be used for dairy farm effluent,
to dredge other ports, or even dump toxic
waste from rubbish dumps.
Currently he has one suction head
running, but this can be expanded to at
The machine can run continuously, and
putting it in a shipping container will
eliminate what little noise there is. It can
also be automated.
He has it up and running at the lagoon
so people can see it in operation.
The system basically uses compressed
air to pump sand from the bottom of a
harbour or pond.
Mr Moynihan said it had made a
difference to the lagoon depth.
Although passers-by have asked him
if he is looking for gold in the lagoon
deposits, he said they took years to
accumulate and when the harbour was last
dredged, most had been removed.
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Brett Moynihan with his prototype in the Blaketown lagoon.
Dredging system on show in Blaketown lagoon
A Cobden man who refused to hand
over his cellphone during community
work was ordered to pay $452 for a light
he smashed in anger at the Greymouth
Shannon O wen Davies, 21, of Cobden,
was convicted in the Greymouth District
Court yesterday for intentional damage
and ordered to pay $452 reparation. He
will be re-sentenced on August 25.
On June 26 he was at the Corrections
office waiting in the van to do community
work. Asked to hand over his cellphone
he refused and became angry and abusive.
Inside Corrections, he opened the door
so hard that it smashed a security light
on the wall.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Davies had
not been aware that he had smashed the
light at the time.
Mr Bodle also questioned the wisdom
of putting a security light in the range of
a swinging door.
Davies still has 99 hours of community
Brothers Jason and Steffan Aitken, of
Hokitika, were remanded on bail in the
Greymouth District Court to defend
charges of injuring with intent, wilful
damage, and common assault.
Jason Aitken was charged with injuring
with intent, and his brother with
injuring with intent, wilful damage, and
common assault. They were remanded to
Lawyer Marcus Zintl asked the police
to amend the charge against Jason Aitken
to common assault, however police were
not willing to do so on the grounds that it
was a joint attack.
Mr Zintl said both brothers had been
drinking separately in the afternoon and
met up at the pub, where they consumed
more alcohol. They attempted to go to
the Hokitika Railway Hotel but were
refused entry. They became abusive to
the bouncer and the publican came out.
Steffan Aitken then smashed a window
at the hotel.
Mr Zintl said the brothers were leaving
when the publican and bouncer began
remonstrating with them, which led to
an assault. Jason Aitken punched the
publican six times.
Mr Zintl said the police would need to
prove beyond reasonable doubt that the
brothers had intent to injure, which would
be difficult due to the level of intoxication
and that there were no serious injuries.
Brothers to defend
A Cobden man who sent sexual
messages to a 14-year-old girl and
allowed his car to be used for smoking
cannabis was yesterday sentenced in
the Greymouth District Court to 150
hours of community work.
Dillon Tucker, 27, was convicted
of making an indecent suggestion
on February 19, and allowing his
car to be used for the possession and
consumption of cannabis, between
April 1 and April 20.
Tucker had visited a female associate
and allowed her to use his car for
preparing and smoking cannabis.
When he was stopped by police
on a driving related matter on April
20, police found bits of cannabis and
used tinfoil in his car. He told police
the woman used his car so she was
not smoking the drug in front of her
On March 7, while using the Facebook
messenger chat system, Tucker sent a
number of sexual messages to a girl,
upsetting and distressing her.
Judge Jane Farish said the offending
was a sign of a “ lack of maturity ”.
The line of questions which Tucker
had pursued with his young victim had
“really offended her”.
“ It’s about time you started to grow up
a little bit and started to mature,” the
Man sent sexual messages
to 14-year-old girl
Nathan Arthur Cook, 23, of Hokitika,
was fined $800 and disqualified from
driving for six months for excess breath-
Cook was pulled over on Gibson
Quay on July 11, blowing 898mg after
celebrating the senior rugby final.
Lawyer George Linder said Cook
had consumed “quite a lot of alcohol in
celebration” and only lived four blocks
Judge Jane Farish said she understood
why Cook would be celebrating, but he
should not have driven.
“ Tell as many of your team-mates just
how foolish it is to drink and drive,” the
Joshua Edward Pu-Taimanu, 23, of
Awatuna, was fined $750 and disqualified
from driving for six months for excess
Pu-Taimanu was stopped on Seaview
Hill Road at 2.37am on June 14, blowing
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Pu-Taimanu
had been in the “depths of despair due to
domestic turmoil” and decided to go for a
drive to think about things.
Judge Farish said Pu-Taimanu should
not have resorted to alcohol to deal with
“Alcohol might seem like a good option
at the time but it makes things worse
... You should take up your frustration
through physical exercise.”
The delay in mouth surgery for a victim
of an Atarau man’s assault delayed his
sentence on the charge until October 6.
On March 14, Adrian Rodney Loe
went to the Ikamatua Hotel with friends.
About 1am he was on his way back inside
the pub when got into a scuffle, and
head-butted the victim, breaking two of
his teeth, the Greymouth District Court
The victim also suffered jaw pain and
swelling from the attack.
Loe told police he had just had a “brain
Yesterday, police asked for the
sentencing to be delayed because the
reparation amount being sought to cover
damage to the victim’s teeth was still
Police said that it was still unclear if
ACC would cover the total cost of mouth
surgery, or just some of it.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said the victim
could pursue Loe for reparation through
civil avenues, however the police said
such a course of action risked imposing
a sentence on the victim, if he had to pay
for some of the cost of surgery himself.
Judge Jane Farish said she did not want
to put such an imposition on the victim to
pursue an offender for costs, and therefore
agreed to delay sentencing to await more
accurate figures for reparation.
A Greymouth man was yesterday
sentenced to six months’ super vision
and 200 hours of community work after
he was convicted in the Greymouth
District Court on firearms charges and
cultivating and possessing cannabis.
Between December 1 and April 16,
Carl John Plapp, 45, cultivated cannabis
in planter pots and bags, using fertiliser
and growing mats. On April 16, while
police were visiting Plapp’s property on
an unrelated matter, they smelled the
strong scent of drugs.
When they searched the property they
found 3.14g of dried head in a bag in a
woman’s room at the property. In Plapp’s
room they found 8.44g of the drug
in a bag, and 632g in two plastic
In the garage they found 30 cut stalks
of cannabis leaf, stripped of cannabis,
and a large amount of discarded leaves
being dried on paper.
Police also found three cannabis pipes,
and a hunting bag containing a cut-
down shotgun and 33 rounds.
When questioned by police, Plapp told
police he cultivated cannabis every year
for his own use.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said there was
no link between the firearms and the
drugs. Plapp was a hunter and used the
firearm for protection when hunting.
Judge Jane Farish agreed there was no
link between the firearms and the drugs.
Mr Bodle said Plapp had been given
a good report by his tutor on the
polytechnic course on which he had
recently enrolled. Plapp grew drugs
because he did not want to drink, and
was now “completely sober in relation to
He said Plapp had learned a “very
valuable lesson about his own lifestyle
about having people around him who do
not perhaps overstep the rules and draw
attention to themselves”.
Judge Farish said the difficulty for
Plapp was that he had never had a licence
for the firearms, as he had a problem
in the Youth Court when he had been
younger, and had then not been able to
get a licence due to his offending history.
However, the judge accepted that the
eight cannabis plants Plapp had in his
possession were for his “personal use”.
The judge also saw Plapp’s enrolment
on the polytechnic course as a “protective
factor” which would dissuade him from
Hunter says no link between gun and drugs
Rugby celebrations sour
A Kaiata man who repeatedly
punched and kicked his former
the face was convicted of injuring
with intent when he admitted
the offending, in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday.
On July 17 the victim had been at
home when Dylan Joseph Wooley,
23, went to his house with a friend
and attacked him, kicking and
punching him numerous times
in the head while he was on the
ground. The victim eventually got
up and ran away, however he was
left with a bruised head, face and
Because there was an identifiable
victim of the crime, Judge Jane
Farish said she was required to
refer the case for restorative justice,
however lawyer George Linder
said Wooley did not want to meet
with the victim, as the victim was
his former partner’s new boyfriend
and someone he had a “great
Mr Linder said the new boyfriend
was someone who Wooley ’s former
girlfriend had had to run away to
the Chatham Islands to escape
from, and Wooley had gone to see
the victim to tell him to leave his
former girlfriend alone.
Wooley was remanded to
October 6 for sentencing.
David Rata Bagley, 34, of Cobden,
was convicted of shoplifting and
breaching his community work
and super vision sentences, and
given a new 120-hour community
Bagley had been given a 75-hour
sentence for a charge of assault
and a 40-hour sentence for
the theft of a trailer, however
he had failed to complete his
Judge Farish removed Bagley ’s
existing 77-hour sentence, which
he had breached, and imposed
punched and kicked
former partner’s boyfriend
A former Christchurch man
was told he could be doing better
things with his life, before being
sentenced in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday to home
and supervision on firearms and
Thompson, 29, was charged with
illegal possession of a firearm and
ammunition, and one charge of
receiving. He was sentenced to
six months of home detention at
a Runanga address, 12 months’
supervision and 200 hours of
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said
Thompson commited a range of
offences between 2003 and 2009,
“ but that pattern of offending
has diminished, 2009 was the last
significant offending occurrence”.
Thompson had moved from
Christchurch to the West Coast.
“ He does present himself as
someone who realises he needs to
do something about his life,” Mr
Thompson had received a double-
barrelled shotgun stolen from a
Judge Jane Farish said Thompson
knew he should not have had the
gun, even if he did not intend to
“ You had taken possession of
it three or four days after it was
stolen. You knew full well you
shouldn’t have it,” Judge Farish
said. “I’m not going to sentence
you on the basis that you were
going to do anything bad with it.”
Judge Farish said Thompson had
been associating with “negative
“ You’re no stranger to court —
you’ve been in and out of court for
most of your adolescence and your
20s. Most of the people you grew
up with have been prisoners.
“ You have to be strong. When
people come knock on your door
who you know are bad, you need
to turn them away. There are better
things you could be doing with
your life at 29.”
Judge Farish said a letter from the
person Thompson was now staying
with had been “quite compelling”.
Community detention for
f irearms and receiving charges
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