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The Westport Volunteer Fire
Brigade had two minor call-outs
over the weekend, with a chimney
fire in Palmerston Street on Friday,
and a small bonfire at North Beach
Dayne and Whitehead
SI 45s winners
Alison Dayne with Mary
Whitehead took out top honours in
the South Island 45s tournament,
held at the Moana Hotel at the
weekend. Barbara Collett with
Alan Thomas were second, and
Mary-Ann O’Brien with Finn
O’Brien, and Albert Whitehead
with Frank Aynsley all third equal.
The consolation plate was won by
Shirley Kelly with Max Topp, and
Colleen Freitas with Peg McGee
Arrivals: Galatea II, Resolution
II, Corsair, June, Legacy, Joy Maree,
four Greymouth vessels. In port:
Galatea II, Jay Elaine, Resolution II,
Corsair, Lady Sarah, June, Legacy,
Joy Maree, 23 other vessels. Expected
departures: Galatea II, Jay Elaine,
Resolution II, today.
An import to the West Coast, a former
gang member from Auckland who violently
assaulted and threatened his former partner,
was denied bail for the second time after he
contacted her on a cellphone from prison.
Jesse Rae Tetoko Hini, 22, of Waiho,
Franz Josef Glacier, had been in prison
since May 19 after a judge was not satisfied
the former gang member would not commit
Hini had been charged with unlawful
detention, three charges of assaulting a
female, and assault with a blunt instrument.
All the charges related to his former partner.
On June 18, Hini was again refused bail
after a judge said he was not satisfied that
it was applicable given the test for bail
he had to apply. He therefore refused to
release Hini, but suggested that he might
be eligible for electronically monitored bail.
At a Greymouth District Court hearing on
Friday, carried out by audio visual link from
the Christchurch District Court, lawyer
Richard Bodle said that the application for
Hini to be granted electronically monitored
bail was in order.
However, police objected to Hini being
granted bail on two grounds.
The address in Pukekohe, Auckland, was
where Hini’s grandmother lived and she
had been warned by police for attempting to
per vert the course of justice after she forced
the victim to write a letter, withdrawing
the charges against Hini, which the victim
would then pass on to Mr Bodle.
Police also said Hini had called the
complaint from prison, where he had used
an inmate’s cellphone. That was despite
Hini being forbidden from contacting the
victim of his crimes.
Judge Jane Farish categorically refused to
grant Hini bail.
“Given what I have been told today, the
(electronically monitored) bail address is
not suitable. I am not prepared to release
him to that address given what I have been
told, it ’s entirely inappropriate,” Judge
Mr Bodle said the report prepared on the
bail address had recommended that it was
suitable for Hini to be bailed to, however
his plea fell on deaf ears.
“I don’t care what they think, given what I
have been told,” Judge Farish said.
Hini had been remanded in custody
because there was a real risk he would seek
to intimidate the victim, as well as the
high risk of him reoffending. Both of the
incidents she had been told of were further
proof of that, she said.
Mr Bodle said he was both “shocked and
disappointed to hear that there has been
some contact from prison”.
The judge agreed to give Hini another
shot at bail if an alternative address could be
found. She remanded the bail application
to September 18. A trial date of October 19
was also suggested by the judge.
Bail denied after man
phoned victim from prison
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Avis Harper, middle with flowers, is surrounded by staff at Granger House after her retirement on Thursday. After
17 years working in reception and administration at the Greymouth rest home, she is calling it quits and is looking
for ward to retirement herself. Afternoon tea was provided, coinciding with her birthday and retirement, and was
attended by staff and residents. “ W hen I first started work here I was working for Norm and Vi Schultze and since
those early days I have enjoyed ever y minute of it. I’ve met some wonderful people and characters, the residents become
like your family.”
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Granger House receptionist retires
The Funky Fiddlers group entertains with a few tunes during the Great West Coast Variety Show, on
stage at the Greymouth Regent Theatre on Saturday. A crowd of 125 watched the show, the first for 17
years. A true variety was on display with country music, can-can dancers, jazz singing and a brass band
among the acts.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Variety show enter tains
Joy Ward and Kay Parker check out the dolls at the Red Hens Designs stall in the Cake and Craft Show,
held at the Greymouth Civic Centre on Saturday. The two-day event had a variety of different stalls
including jewellery, food, crafts and clothes from the West Coast and the rest of New Zealand.
Plenty of variety at craft show
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
identified a way to save kiwi from
extinction, and notes that the rare
Haast and Okarito kiwi populations
are already showing signs of recovery.
Undertaken by Landcare Research,
‘Saving a National Icon’ is the first
official report to estimate the cost
achieving kiwi population
stability, followed by sustained 2%
The Department of Conser vation
spends $850,000 annually on the
Okarito and Haast kiwi sanctuaries,
with a lot of the money allocated to
removing eggs and hatching chicks in
The report estimates both species
to increase at mean annual rates that
already exceed 2% per annum. The best
estimate has the Okarito rowi go from
500 birds to 891 in 15 years, and Haast
from 400 to 738.
However, great spotted kiwi need
more work, the study says.
Kiwis for Kiwi executive director
Michelle Impey said unmanaged kiwi
populations were estimated to be
declining at a rate of 2% a year.
Where the birds were being managed,
numbers were growing.
“ While more work needs to be done
to ensure their sur vival we now know
that saving kiwi from extinction is
within our grasp.”
The sur vival of kiwi was dependent
on ongoing efforts of community
volunteers on private land as much as it
was on large scale predator management
on DOC land, she said.
This year’s budget injected $11.2
million over the next four years into
kiwi recovery. The report estimates an
additional $1.3 million will be required
to achieve an average of 2% growth in
kiwi numbers each year.
The funds are needed for predator
control, research and monitoring
programmes, kiwi avoidance training
for dogs and Operation Nest Egg.
At the beginning of the 20th century
it is believed there were several
million kiwi. That is now estimated at
Saving kiwi from extinction
'within our grasp'
Ospri Tb Free has hailed the absence
of possum roadkill west of Arthur’s Pass
as a sign that its pest control efforts are
This followed the release of questions
and answers tabled at a recent
community meeting in Kumara before
the next 1080 aerial poison drop there.
One person asked: “ Why is it that
when travelling over to Christchurch
via Arthur’s Pass are there more
possums on the road on the eastern side
verses the West Coast?”
Tb Free said the West Coast
highway passed directly through
large areas where possum or other
predator control was regularly carried
out, either by it or the Department of
In the east, much less pest control
was in place, as the area was free of Tb-
infected possums, Tb Free said.
The Canterbury side also did not
attract DOC pest control funding for
native biodiversity protection, apart
from some sites more distant from
the road, such as in the Hawdon and
“This is an interesting obser vation
which tends to suggest that the existing
Tb Free and DOC control programmes
are working well, but that possum
numbers are unchecked elsewhere,” Tb
Free said in a statement.
Absence of possum roadkill hailed as pest control success
Buller district councillors have
found inspiration for Westport in
.. . Rotorua.
Westport is struggling with huge
job losses, and the uncertainty
around the voluntary administration
of struggling Solid Energy.
A Buller contingent attended the
Local Government New Zealand
conference in Rotorua on July 19,
including Mayor Garry Howard,
Cr Sharon Roche and chief
executive Paul Wylie and his wife,
In a report to the council, Mr
Howard said Cr Roche attended
the tourism tour hosted by Rotorua
deputy mayor Dave Donaldson,
looking at Skyline Rotorua. The
900m Gondola Cableway is capable
of carrying 2000 people an hour in
“ Imagine what a gondola and luge
would do for the Buller district,”
Mr Howard said.
Mr Howard did a walking tour of
the Arts Trail and Rotorua urban
“ It was very inspiring and it is
easy to see the possibilities for us
to replicate the Arts Symposium
that provided the large exterior
sculptures now exhibited around a
garden feature in Rotorua. It would
certainly enhance the planned
riverside walkway development
between the Buller Bridge and
Railway Preser vation Society shed. ”
The cost was $30,000 being
made up of $10,000 prizemoney,
$6000 materials supplied (mainly
Oamaru stone), and money for
“ It has certainly transformed a
walkway into an open art gallery,”
Mr Howard said.
The four West Coast councils have
saved money and resources by joining
forces on information technology.
Regional council chief executive
Chris Ingle said that over the past five
years it and the three district councils
had collaborated on projects such as
developing shared computer systems, the
joint purchase of aerial photography, and
a shared web mapping site.
The councils had also pooled their
talents on developing new websites
and were currently working together
on establishing high-speed internet
connections to all key council sites.
“This work improves disaster recovery
and organisational resilience as well
as setting a new platform for future
collaborative work amongst the four
councils.” Mr Ingle said.
“Once councils all have high-speed
internet connections, an extended range
of collaborative projects and shared
ser vices becomes possible.”
join forces on
Councillors find inspiration
for Westport in Rotorua
The planned Greymouth town
square will be sheltered, but
exactly how that will be achieved is
the challenge now before the Grey
The public space is earmarked
for the corner of Mackay and
Tainui streets, on the site currently
occupied by an old two-storey office
and shop building. The Mawhera
Incorporation recently bought the
property and has previously said it
would be demolished.
Council corporate planning and
community manager Quecha
Horning said they had not
determined what form the shelter
would be, or what it would be
made of, but assured there would
be shelter provided, even though
conceptual designs did not show it.
“The concept did show a structure,
but it was only a concept,” Ms
The square would be sheltered
“ because the community said that
was what they wanted”.
“The consultation clearly called
for that, we want to deliver what
the community wants and make a
place which is usable.”
The council was working with
the Mawhera Incorporation about
its plans for the site.
Ms Horning suggested the
council could start on the Tainui
‘shared street ’ option in front of
the Left Bank Art Gallery, as
a means to “get some runs on
the board” while they waited
for progress on the town square,
although that would be a decision
Staff would also need to go back
and look at the traffic model and
parking strategy, after consultation
rejected the idea of reducing
parking and was against making
Mawhera Quay one way.
Once they had a firm idea, they
would need to develop a design,
form a detailed design and go
through the tender process, and
that alone would take at least nine
months, she said.
Greymouth town square
shelter design undecided
An examination of whether
17-year-old criminals should be
kept out of the adult justice system
has the support of Labour.
Justice Minister Amy Adams has
asked officials to examine if steering
17-year-olds to the Youth Court —
instead of treating them as adults
as is currently the case — could cut
rates of re-offending.
Labour leader Andrew Little said
the party supported an examination
of the issue, and he personally felt a
change should be made.
“At the age of 17 the young adult
brain is still not fully developed.
And I personally doubt whether
it is a good idea to put offenders
at that age into the adult criminal
“The main objective must be,
even at that age, people have to
be rescuable, if you like. We’ve
got to have faith that we can
stop teenagers from going on
to harder criminal offending.
And the best way to do that is
to keep them out of the adult
criminal justice system.” There is
more of an emphasis on support
and rehabilitation for those who
progress through the Youth Court,
which has its own special judges.
Orders made in the Youth Court
are not criminal convictions.
However, people aged 16 and
younger who are charged with the
most serious crimes, such as murder
or manslaughter, have their cases
referred to the High Court.
A spokesman for Justice Minister
Amy Adams said the possibility of
raising the age of referrals to the
Youth Court was “something that ’s
raised with her from time to time”.
“S he’s asked Justice officials for
some analysis on the matter. But
she has not made any decisions and
is keeping an open mind.”
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One person was
trapped in a lift after
a transformer caught
fire outside Eden Park
Fire Ser vice spokesman
Paul Radden said four
appliances were called to
the Mt Eden incident at
He said a transformer
outside Eden Park had
caught fire but it had
self-extinguished by the
time firefighters arrived.
“I can confirm it was
just one person trapped
in the lift due to the
power outage and they
rescued by Fire Service
staff,” Mr Radden said.
All four fire engines
have now left the scene.
Eden Park chief
Kennedy said the power
outage at the venue had
“It’s all up and running
again now. It knocked
out power to us for some
of the park, for some
of the thing, but it’s all
back up and running
now. Everything has
returned to normal.”
Sandy Hodge said the
company had people
onsite immediately to
deal with the power
outages experienced by
“a couple of people”.
in lift after
Labour supports keeping 17-year-olds
out of adult justice system
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