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Drunk man abused bar patrons
A man who drunkenly abused bar patrons
and police and also drove while drunk was
sentenced in the Greymouth District Court
yesterday to 100 hours of community work
and banned from driving for seven months.
Michael Stanley was sentenced on a
charge of disorderly behaviour and another
of excess breath-alcohol.
On June 16, Stanley was at a bar in Nelson
when he was refused another drink because
of how drunk he was. He then took off his
shirt and challenged patrons at the back of
the bar to a fight.
Stanley was removed by bar staff but he
tried again to get into a fight outside the bar
and was eventually arrested by police, who
he also scuffled with and abused.
On May 24, Stanley was driving in Nelson
when he was stopped by police and blew
578mg of alcohol.
Patrick John Collins Ryan was remanded
on bail for sentence on November 3 on a
charge of breach of community work.
On July 2 last year, Ryan was sentenced
to 335 hours of community work on a
charge of wilful damage. However, he had
repeatedly breached his sentence.
Community Probation said Ryan had so
far completed 62.25 hours of his sentence.
Judge Emma Smith said the long remand
would give Ryan “the opportunity to get
your community work done, which may
keep you out of prison”.
A man who crashed into a boxing club
wall in Waikuku while driving at 140kph
was remanded for sentence on October 6 on
a third charge of excess breath-alcohol and
On May 23, Shannon Scott was seen by
police driving at 140kph in a 50kph zone.
As he approached a bend in the road, at
which point in the road the speed limit
dropped to 30kph, Scott lost control of his
car and drove into the concrete wall of the
Waikuku Boxing Club.
Police questioned Scott, who smelled
heavily of alcohol, and he said he had
consumed “lots of beer”.
George Nehad Said, 29, of Ahaura, was
convicted of excess breath-alcohol, banned
from driving six months and fined $550.
Said was driving on State highway 7 at
Ahaura when he was followed by police into
his driveway, where they tried to breath-test
him. However, he was unable to complete
a breath test. A blood test subsequently
yielded a result of 113 mg of alcohol.
Said told police he had drunk alcohol and
then went for a drive.
Clive Chapman, 36, of Blaketown, was
remanded to November 3 for sentence for
driving with excess breath-alcohol for the
On May 31, Chapman was stopped by
police in Greymouth and breath-tested,
with a result of 488mg. Chapman told
police he had drunk two cans of bourbon
and coke before driving, but had thought
that he would be okay to drive.
Christopher Paul Commons was convicted
of driving while forbidden. He was fined
Richard Alan French, 29, of Hamilton,
had charges of intentional damage and
resisting police withdrawn by the police.
Connor Sasha Lonsdale had a charge of
being party to the operation of a vehicle
withdrawn by police.
Arrest warrants were issued for: Jolan Ian
Bungard, on a charge of failing to provide
police with information; David Rata Bagley,
34, of Cobden, for shoplifting; Joseph Bruce
Stewart for driving while suspended; David
Conrad Te Miha, 17, of Ngahere, for breach
of bail; Corey Leonard Keenan, 30, of
Greymouth, for assault and wilful trespass.
Police said they had been unable to locate
Keenan to ser ve him with a summons to
appear at court.
Austin Gusthof Wilson Lines was fined
$400 for careless driving.
Wednesday August 26
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Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
FREITAS, KA. —
To our beloved KA
You came into our lives
and work and brought
something special and
You left footprints in our
hearts that have
changed us forever.
You dreamed of being
a top hairdresser and
barberette so even Mick
Fleetwood would hire
you to style his locks.
To us you were the
barberette Queen hair-
dresser and all our
clients thought the same.
Now our barberette
Bevan will always be
part of our family too.
We will be there for him,
for you, and also for
your Mum and Dad.
One of your quotes by
“I have never ever been
a blue calm sea,
I have always been a
Forever in our hearts
Helen, Gen, and Kayla,
and Artico clients.
FREITAS, KA. —
We've lost an angel,
Such a beautiful lady.
No more pain,
In God's care now.
HENEY, Phil. —
Died August 26, 2005.
In loving memory of
Phil Heney, a loving
husband, devoted father,
proud poppa and great
Tragically taken 10
years ago in a helicopter
accident in the Shenan-
doah near Murchison.
Remembered with love
by Rayleen, Shannon
and Ange, Erin and
Steve, Wade and Sarah,
Shane and Jacinta, Kelly
Tahnee and Bruce,
Regan and Camille,
Liam, and the late
Keeping your memory
Chakai, Zoe, Hunter and
It has been a tough 10
years without you in our
lives, we hope you are
flying high, flying safe
and keeping the needles
in the green.
Genuine Care and
August 24, 2015, passed
Nurse Maude Hospice,
loved niece of Robert
and Trish McTaggart,
Anne-Marie and Gary
Longstaff. Much loved
cousin and friend of
Tania, Miranda, Mark,
Craig, Aimie, Felicity,
Jessica, Jean, Melanie,
Brittany, Lois, Daniel,
Christine, Peter, Judy
Forever in our hearts
FREITAS, Karin Anne
peacefully after an ill-
ness at Nurse Maude
on August 24, 2015.
Dearly loved wife of
Bevan Clark, loved
mother of her fur child
Busta, beloved daughter
of Mick and Jeanette,
loved sister and sister-
in-law of Karl and
Karina, and a loved
cousin, and friend of
many. Flowers respect-
fully declined, donations
to the Cancer Society
would be appreciated
and can be made at the
service or posted to PO
Box 81, Greymouth
7840. Messages to 117
Main South Road,
Karoro 7805. A service
to celebrate KA's life
will be held in the
Memorial Chapel, 134
Tainui Street, Grey-
mouth on Friday at 1pm
followed by cremation
here in Greymouth at the
Services Ltd. FDANZ.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
Arthur (Bill). — Passed
away peacefully in
Greymouth on August
25, 2015, aged 85.
Loved husband of the
late Kathleen, loved
father and father-in-law
of Tony and Chris
(Perth), Barry and Ann
Janie and Brent Aitken
(all of Greymouth), a
loved grandad, great-
grandad, brother and
brother-in-law of the
Kennedy and Costello
families, and a loved
uncle, cousin and friend
of many. Messages to 54
Doyle Street, Blaketown
7805. In lieu of flowers
donations to the Cancer
Society can be made at
the church or posted to
PO Box 81, Greymouth
7840. A Funeral Mass
for Bill will be cele-
brated in St Patrick's
Catholic Church, High
Street, Greymouth on
Friday at 10.30am,
followed by burial with
his wife at the Karoro
Cemetery. Recitation of
the Rosary will be at
the church tomorrow
(Thursday) at 7pm.
Services Ltd. FDANZ.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
Greymouth Vintage Car Club member
Alistair Lee in his 1930 Ford Model A, with
Dave Campbell in his 1924 Essex, Tom
Griffin in his 1930 Chev and June Campbell
in her 1948 Morris 8, supporting Daffodil
The car club took up a nationwide
challenge to help deliver daffodils in time for
the Cancer Society fundraiser, on Friday.
The Greymouth Cancer Society has been
busy preparing daffodils.
“The daffodils will be all around town and
volunteers will be out and about with the
street appeal on Friday,” Pavel Bares said.
“ We have had great support right
throughout the West Coast and South
Westland, and the vintage car club are
supporting us with the delivery of the
Car club member June Campbell said they
were pleased to be involved.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Vintage Car Club showing suppor t for Daffodil Day
Grey District Council
contractors are making a dent
in its recycling stockpile at
Mcleans Pit, with 200 tonnes
of scrap metal to be taken away
The council has been
stockpiling product while it
waits for economic conditions
With no storage capacity,
paper and plastic are being
stockpiled outside because
there is not enough room in the
covered areas. That means the
paper is not in a condition to be
recycled and sold so it has to be
mulched in with green waste.
Council assets manager Mel
Sutherland said the mulch
was then offered for sale, and
the council also hoped to use
some for ground cover once the
landfill cells were closed.
Mr Sutherland said the
outside storage had also
affected the plastic.
“It costs more to cart it
because it is heavier.”
The bales of plastic were not
dense enough for the buyer,
“ It is just an efficiency thing,
the denser they make the bales
the less storage it takes in the
A heavier compactor was
needed in order to do that, but
that would be up to the council
Meantime, they were slowly
getting rid of the plastic,
which they had been forced to
stockpile due to low demand.
The landfill had recently
stopped accepting shrink wrap.
“The contractor was taking
shrink-wrap plastic as there
was at one stage a market for it.
But the buyers in Christchurch
are no longer accepting, as the
overseas market has ceased,
so the contractor has stopped
taking this end,” Mr Sutherland
Contractor Subloos had
not been obliged to take
shrink wrap, only most other
categories of plastic.
“ It is likely that if the market
resumes the contractor will
recommence the ser vice.”
Scrap metal and cans are
currently being compacted to
be taken away, with up to 200
tonnes to be removed from the
landfill this week.
Compacting was done only
once or twice a year, when
enough metal had been
Glass was taken away for
recycling by another company;
only windows and mirror glass
were not accepted.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
A 200-tonne pile of compacted scrap metal awaits collection at the McLeans Pit landfill.
Contractors making dent in recycling stockpile
Farmlands Co-operative has been
revealed as the naming rights sponsor
for Hokitika’s own version of Fieldays.
Now re-named as Farmlands Ag Fest,
it will next be held on Cass Square,
Hokitika, on April 15-16 .
Organiser Andy Thompson said
Farmlands had been integral to the
success of the first two events.
“This partnership gives us the
confidence to move for ward and make
the event happen,” Mr Thompson said.
Originally held in July, it has been
moved mainly due to the weather, with
less risk of snow on the alpine passes to
jeopardise the transportation of crucial
“ We can’t guarantee it will be any drier
— but it will be warmer.”
Farmlands West Coast field manager
Pete Ross said Ag Fest was now one of
the main events on the West Coast and
the company was proud to become the
A Greymouth man who smashed a car
wing mirror and broke off plastic piping
around a church while drunk was sentenced
to three concurrent 70-hour community
work sentences when he admitted charges
of assaulting police and two counts of
The Greymouth District Court yesterday
heard that on March 26, Jordan Joseph
Beams was at a family party in Cobden
when he got into a drunken row with a
As he was leaving the property he walked
past a car parked on the street and smashed
the wing mirror so that it was left hanging
off. He then crossed the road and smashed
plastic piping on the outside of the church.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said the offending
was due to intoxication, which was an issue
Beams had recently completed a three-
month community detention sentence,
however he had two recent breaches of
community-based sentences, and had a
“poor history” of completing such sentences.
Mr Bradley said he was not sure if another
sentence would be beneficial.
Community Probation said Beams did
not think he had any issues with alcohol,
and that he had offended as he had been
drinking a “high-powered spirit”, therefore
more supervision was not recommended.
A Blaketown woman who failed to provide
police with information about who had
nearly caused an accident with her car was
herself convicted of the offence and fined
Celeste Jade Fitzgerald’s car was being
driven along Water Walk Road, in
Greymouth, on March 17 in such a way
that it left tyre marks on the road. As it
approached a ‘give way ’ sign it slid across the
road into a turning bay, forcing an oncoming
motorist to swer ve to avoid crashing into
Fitzgerald then refused to hand over the
details of the driver to the police.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said that in the
weeks leading up to the accident Fitzgerald
had given birth at Christchurch Hospital,
and at the time of the offending she was in
Grey Base Hospital.
She had broken up with the father of her
child and had moved house.
Fitzgerald suspected that it was her former
partner or one of his friends who had been
driving her car at the time, but she claimed
she did not know exactly who it had been.
A Blackball teenager who drank eight cans
of beer before driving her car was convicted
of excess breath-alcohol as an under
20-year-old, banned from driving for three
months and fined $500.
Mayan Grace Heremia Bush, 17, was
stopped by police driving on State highway
7, on July 31. A roadside breath test yielded
a result of 222mg. Bush told police she had
drunk eight beers before driving.
Judge Emma Smith said it was an “obscene”
amount of alcohol.
“I couldn’t drink that much alcohol, how
can you drink that much at your tender age?”
Judge Smith said.
A Greymouth woman who slapped her
partner during an argument was give a
discharge without conviction and permanent
name suppression for assault. She pleaded
guilty to the charge.
Community work after man
smashes church property
naming rights sponsor
for Ag Fest
The West Coast District Health Board
has met five out of seven national health
targets, coming top in the country in
The DHB’s performance against
six targets is measured quarterly
and the figures for Quarter 4 in the
2014/15 financial year were released
The West Coast DHB topped the
national charts for shorter stays in
emergency departments (ED), with
100% of patients admitted, discharged,
or transferred within six hours.
Coasters were also receiving improved
access to elective surgery, with 1721
elective surgical cases delivered during
the 2014/15 year, representing 108.1%
of the year-to-date target.
Other targets exceeded or met
included better help for smokers to
quit in both hospitalised (98% against
the 95% target) and primary care (90%,
meeting the target); and more heart and
diabetes checks (91% against the 90%
The target to provide patients with
their first cancer treatment (or other
management) within 62 days of being
referred with a high suspicion of cancer,
had been missed by eight patients.
Work is ongoing to improve data
collection which will affect performance
over the next few quarters.
Although the DHB did not meet the
target to immunise 95% of all eight-
month-olds on the West Coast, 85%
were fully immunised during Quarter
4 with strong results for Asian (100%)
and New Zealand European (95%). The
rate of immunised Maori eight-month-
olds dropped to 80% with four children
Parents who ‘opt-off or decline’ to have
their children immunised increased this
quarter with a combined total of 16.6%
a 6.6% increase on the previous
quarter which is reflected in reduced
Despite this, 98% of the eligible
immunised with only two children
overdue at milestone age.
Board chief executive David Meates
said the results reflected the continued
efforts of the West Coast health system
to provide outstanding health care for
the people of the West Coast.
five out of seven
Three All Blacks will have to fly into
Hokitika to get to Westport next month.
Air New Zealand no longer flies to
Westport and there has been speculation
about how the All Blacks would get to
Westport ’s St Canice’s School, which
won a competition for the visit.
St Canice’s principal Peter Knowles
said the All Black’s sponsorship deal with
the national carrier meant the players
had to fly into Hokitika — a two-hour
drive from Westport.
The three All Blacks would arrive in
Westport at 10am and leave at 4.30pm
on September 3. Which players were
coming would not be confirmed until
after the All Black team for the World
Cup was announced on Sunday, Mr
Knowles said. — Westport News
Investors promised a lucrative
slice of Colombian goldmining
action appear to have been left
empty-handed after a company
that raised nearly $2 million
from mum-and-dad investors
collapsed, and it was revealed it
held no assets or mining licences.
Infratech Mining, directed by
former bankrupt Bob Cottle, was
placed into liquidation in June.
The first report prepared by the
Official Assignee showed $1.9m
had been raised from shareholders
— mostly residents of the Nelson
area — and claims by creditors of
Creditors and shareholders are
likely to face a total wipeout with
the Official Assignee reporting
Cottle had “confirmed the
company had no assets and that
it had no goldmines or mining
licences in Columbia”.
The court action was brought by
Lindsay Newton, who sought the
repayment of a loan.
In his decision liquidating
the company, Associate Justice
John Matthews recounted his
questioning of Cottle over
the claimed rights to mines in
“ When pressed on how this
asset has any actual value, or
could be realised, Mr Cottle was
without explanation,” Associate
Justice Matthews wrote.
Mr Newton said he had
advanced what was supposed to
be a short-term loan to Infratech,
but was repeatedly fobbed off
when seeking repayment from
Cottle, who was a tenant in one
of his buildings.
Mr Newton said the likely lack
of returns for him, and other
shareholders, was disappointing
but not unexpected and he
felt vindicated by the ruling.
— N ZM E -New Zealand Herald
Colombian goldmining investors set to lose millions
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