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2 - Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The Greymouth Star reported
yesterday that company NZG Ltd
has applied to mine a large area of
the Mikonui Valley, near Ross. David
Wong-Tung was reported as part-
owner and one of the directors of the
company. While he is a director, he
is not a shareholder. The Greymouth
Star apologises for the error.
Cyclist in collision
A 60-year-old Greymouth man
was breathalised following a collision
between a bike and a 4WD at the
Z Ser vice Station in Greymouth
yesterday afternoon. Police described
the collision as minor. The 60-year-
old man, who was riding the bike, is
likely to face drinking related charges
and will appear in the Greymouth
Buller rate review
The first of five information
roadshows around a review of the
Buller District Council rating
system will be held within the next
fortnight. A report to the council
meeting this from rates review
committee chairwoman, Cr Lynn
Brooks, said meetings would be on
October 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8 in Karamea,
Ngakawau, Westport, Reefton and
Punakaiki, to get ratepayers up
to speed with the progress of the
review. The report said the council
website had also been updated to
include a rates over view page, which
people could make submissions
to by e-mailing the council on
modelling software had also been
tested using the information
collected for the council’s most
recent rates strike.
get day off
A burst water pipe gave North
School students an unexpected day
off yesterday. Westreef Ser vices
operations manager Dylan Taylor
said no work was being carried out on
the pipe at the time and it was “just
an unexpected blowout ”. He said the
pipe was fixed yesterday and things
were back to normal today. North
School principal Cath O’Loughlin
said Westreef told her at 7.15am
yesterday there would be a lack of
water in the junior school. A Westreef
worker then told her the water would
be off all day, and she made the call
to close the school before the buses
arrived. She said once pupils arrived
at school it was difficult to get them
home again. “At this time of year,
with all the stomach bugs that have
been going around, we felt that
even an hour without toilets is very
dangerous.” — Westport News
Hunts Beach Holdings has applied
for a minerals permit. The area
involved is 41ha.
Crash traps one
One person was trapped in a car
after the vehicle rolled on State
highway 1 in Auckland this morning.
Police Northern Communications
said one of the Victoria Park flyover’s
southbound lanes was closed about
6.40am and reopened after 7am. The
person in the crash was moderately
injured, police said. — N ZM E
Arrivals: Three Greymouth vessels.
Departures: Jay Elaine. In port: 19
Local vessels. Expected arrivals:
Galatea II, Friday.
An Otira man who caused $400 of
damage to a taxi, after drowning his
sorrows with homebrew over a relationship
break-up, was sentenced to nine months’
supervision and ordered to pay reperations
of $482 on charges of intentional damage
and disorderly behaviour.
Tuhi Terangi Tamatane Ahaki Yorke, 37,
was on Bright Street, Cobden on August 7,
where he had tried to start a fight. As a taxi
went past he kicked it, bending the door
panel and breaking the wing mirror, causing
$435 worth of damage in the process.
When police turned up to arrest Yorke, he
yelled and abused them.
Lawyer George Linder said Yorke was
intoxicated at the time, and was able to
remember very little of what he had done
to the taxi. However, he had since had
flashbacks of the incident and had realised
what he had done.
Mr Linder said that were also
circumstances around why Yorke had been
The lawyer recommended a sentence of
supervision, however, there were no agency
placements available to Yorke as he lived in
Judge Noel Walsh said Yorke and his
partner had separated a few days before,
and he had “drunk homebrew with the
intention of drowning your sorrows”.
The judge agreed that a sentence of
given the travelling issues”. However, he
agreed that a sentence of reparation and
supervision was the right punishment.
“At 38 years of age, you are a man with a
past. But you have kept out of trouble for
the last three years. Perhaps that indicates
you are starting to grow up.”
A Cobden man who abused his wife,
who he thought was cheating on him, was
given a 12 month suspended sentence for
disorderly behaviour. He pleaded guilty to
Graeme Alan Delaney was at home
drinking with his partner in Cobden
on September 16 when he got into an
argument with her and accused her of
cheating on him, and he began to abuse her.
Neighbours were woken up by the
arguing, and the police were called. When
police arrived Delaney said “I just wanted
to talk to my wife”.
In court, Delaney said that he had been
the victim of “other people putting s**t in
my head”. Judge Noel Walsh said that the
defendant had been previously sentenced to
three months in prison, and had spent two
weeks in jail.
A Runanga woman with “severe health
issues” had her sentence of community work
cancelled and changed to nine months’
supervision for breaching her sentence. She
pleaded guilty to the charge.
Tracey Ann Johnstone was sentenced
to 100 hours of community work on
February 26, 2015 in Timaru on a charge
of shoplifting. However, on June 12, June
26 and July 3 she failed to report for her
sentence. She had last reported on August
25, and had only completed 17 hours.
Lawyer George Linder said Johnstone had
suffered “severe health issues”, and had been
trying to wean herself off the medication
she was taking at the time of her offending.
He admitted that Johnstone’s offending
history was “not great ”, as she had two
shoplifting convictions since 2008.
He said that the defendant “desperately
wanted to complete her sentence”, however,
she found it “extraordinarily difficult ”.
Judge Noel Walsh agreed not to oppose
the application to cancel Johnstone’s
community work sentence, and replaced it
with one of supervision, as the defendant
did not have the “mindset or insight ” to
complete her original sentence.
Tyler Corkin Keene, 20, of Christchurch
had a warrant issued for his arrest for failing
to appear at court on a charge of driving
Lawyer George Linder said that he was
not sure why the case had been called, as
he had been assigned for a breach of bail,
and the defendant had been remanded
to a hearing to defend a third charge of
driving while disqualified. He would also
be sentenced on all matters on November
3, Mr Linder said.
Judge Walsh said Keene was facing new
charges of wilful damage and a fourth
charge of driving while disqualified.
Mr Linder told the judge he had sent letter
to Keene informing him of his breach, and
had received no response. Police said Keene
had breached his curfew, and police said he
had also failed to keep an appointment with
Michael Kevin Isabeth, 32, of Greymouth,
was convicted and discharged on two
charges of intentional damage on August
24. He pleaded guilty to the charges.
Lawyer Vicki Walsh said that Isabeth and
his former partner were friends, and at the
time of the offending the defendant was
tweaking his medication for the “right fit”,
and had ended up punching a hole in the
wall at his friend’s place.
The police were called by a health
professional, who the friend had contacted,
as that was part of their process. Isabeth’s
medication issues have been resolved.
Joseph Bruce Stewart, 20, of Blaketown,
who was convicted of driving while
suspended, was banned from driving for six
months and fined $400. He pleaded guilty
to the offence. On June 23, Stewart was
spotted by police driving in Blaketown, and
stopped. He told police he was “just going
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said that Stewart
agreed he had made a “stupid decision to
Manu Jason Harris, of Dunollie, was
remanded on bail to December 8 for
sentencing on charges of breach of bail,
driving while forbidden and shoplifting. He
would also be sentenced on charges of male
assaults female and a breach of community
work on that date.
Brody Hartill, 33, of Dobson, was
convicted of failing to provide information
to police on July 19, was banned from
driving for three months and fined $400.
He pleaded guilty to the offence.
On July 4 a car was clocked by police
driving through Dobson at 137kph. Police
followed the car, however, it accelerated
away at speed. The car was found at the
defendant ’s address a few minutes later.
Hartill failed to provide the police with
information about who was driving by July
The new ban would start on September 27,
when the defendant ’s existing ban expired.
Jasmine Lee Watson, 24, of Blaketown,
was given a 12 month suspended sentence
for common assault on March 29. She
pleaded guilty to the offence.
On August 29 the victim had been
drinking when she got into an argument
with Watson, who punched her in the face.
Someone at the property tried to restrain
Watson, however she managed to slip
their grasp, but the victim then fled the
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said that Watson
had no previous convictions, and had been
provoked by the victim, who had sent texts
saying that the defendant was not a good
Nathan Stanley Campbell, 25, of D unollie,
was banned from driving for six months, for
driving while suspended on August 22. He
pleaded guilty to the charge.
On June 25, Campbell was banned from
driving for three months, then at 11.51pm
on June 25 he was seen driving in Runanga.
He told police that he was trying to make
the best of a bad situation.
Campbell had been drinking in Cobden
when an associate had started to argue with
his partner. To prevent the situation from
escalating he decided to drive.
Cory Robert Towersey, 35, of Cobden,
was fined $600 for failing to provide police
with information on August 20. At 11am
on July 15, the defendant ’s car crashed into
a vehicle in Christchurch, and the driver
fled the scene. The defendant failed to
provide the police with information about
the driver within 14 days of the crash.
Lawyer George Linder said that
Towersey had loaned his car to a friend,
and had not known where the car had been
Drunk man kicked taxi
West Coast teenagers
Toni Balderstone and
Anise Theurillat are busy
preparing for the anti-
1080 South Island rally
in Hokitika this Saturday.
In the past, the teens
have written a letter to
the Medical Officer of
Health Cheryl Brunton
about their concerns
about 1080 drops.
Their letter was also sent
to the Environmental
Protection Agency and
One of the rally
organisers, Laurie Collins,
said by holding it on a
Saturday, they hoped more
people would come along.
“We are told we are
going to get this stuff,
and we can’t do anything
“O ver 90% of people on
the Coast are opposed.
This is where we live.
“The only way we will
get any traction with this
present government is by
producing enough people
to say ‘you should listen’.”
New Zealand First
MP Richard Prosser is
scheduled to speak at the
Cass Square event.
The rally starts at 2pm
by the Wests rugby
Anti-1080 rally preparations
of the Hokitika Guardian
An independent review of the Westland
District Council’s consents department
has been ordered by council chief executive
Ms Winter said yesterday the review, to
be completed for less than $20,000, was
initiated in response to frequent concerns
raised by a range of consent applicants about
the way the council undertook the process.
“It is expected that an independent review
will identify the reasons for the feedback,
and any steps that can be taken to minimise
or eliminate the issues raised.” Palmerston
North-based environmental management
consultancy The Catalyst Group had been
selected following a call for proposals from
organisations with experience in the area,
ensuring an objective review, Ms Winter
“As part of our ongoing commitment
to customer service, it is good practice to
review systems and processes across the
council. The resource consents area has been
identified as an activity that requires closer
scrutiny to check that we are delivering what
the community expects of us.”
Part of the review will require a look at
the policy driving the council’s resource
“It is important that the review is set in
the context of council’s District Plan, as
this is the policy document that drives the
To balance that out inter views with
staff, elected members as well as a sample
of resource consent applicants would be
conducted to hear their side of the story, she
“I am hoping that the people we approach
will see this as a positive step for ward and be
willing to contribute.”
In July, Westland Mayor Mike Havill
stated the planning department was not
meeting public expectations.
“There is going to be a change in that,” he
said at the time. “ We have got to make it
easier for people to come invest, build, mine
and develop,” Mr Havill said.
“At the moment there is the perception it ’s
too hard. We need to send the message that
‘yes, we are open for business and that we are
there to help, not put road blocks up’.”
The mayor said yesterday he was pleased to
see the review was under way.
look forward to seeing where
improvements can be made to ensure we are
as easy to do business with as we can be.”
Westland council consents department review ordered
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Grey Medical Centre
Thinking of you always
Wishing you were here.
Your sparkling eyes and
So missed these past five
Love always Pearl
and Kaius xox.
July 12, 1932 - Septem-
ber 20, 2015. Brian
passed away peacefully
at home on Sunday
September 20, 2015.
Brenda. Loved father of
Matthew, Katrina, Liz
and Sally and their
partners Nicola, Tom
and Clint. Proud “Brian”
to Nina, Sophia, Evie,
Gabby and Alex. Loved
Currie. Much loved
and much missed. A
memorial service to
celebrate Brian's life
will be held at Christ
September 25 at 2pm.
Marsden House Funeral
Genuine Care and
FULLER, Debra Anne.
Passed away peace-
fully on September 20,
2015, in her 51st year.
Morgan, loving and
devoted mother of Anja
daughter of Nola and the
late Neil McAllister,
dearest sister and sister-
in-law of Sherry and
David Whyte, Sandy
Lynch-Blosse and Doug
Prentice, and a very
great-aunty, niece and
Debbie was both brave
Now at rest in the arms
of Jesus and her Dad.
Messages to 140c
Preston Road, Grey-
mouth 7805. A funeral
service for Debra will be
held in the William
Chapel, 134 Tainui
Street, Greymouth on
Friday at 1pm followed
Services Ltd. FDANZ.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
away peacefully on
September 21, 2015,
aged 74. Dearly loved
husband of the late
Marjorie, loved dad and
father-in-law of Glenn
and Lyn (Kalgoolie,
WA), Mark and Trudi
(Rapahoe), Sandy and
Craig Ingram (Nelson),
Paul and Jackie (Too-
woomba), and the late
Jeanette, special friend
of the late Betty
Golding, and a loved
friend. Messages to 2
Cardwell Street, Cobden
7802. A funeral service
for John will be held in
the William Sampson
Memorial Chapel, 134
Tainui Street, Grey-
mouth on Saturday at
Greymouth at the West-
Services Ltd. FDANZ.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
Grey Main School pupils Luke May
( Japan), left, Kaylia Gunter ( Japan),
Kyia Cowan (United States), Danielle
Lomax (Wales), Libby Bolland (New
Zealand), Paris Jackson-Roberts
( Japan) and Catherine Flannagan
(Italy-Japan) model their wearable art
designs which will be on show today at
the Wearable Arts fashion show at the
school at 6pm.
The designers modelled their theme
on the Rugby World Cup and each
group was given a country that is
competing to base their designs on.
The pupils have spent the past nine
weeks designing and putting together
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