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Heavy rain warning
Heavy rain forecast for the West
Coast is set to last until tomorrow
morning. Up to 9am tomorrow up
to 200mm could accumulate in the
ranges of Westland, and 50 to 80mm
near the coast. The Metser vice
warned of “peak intensities of 15 to
25mm per hour, especially tonight ”.
Coal rail deal
Kiwi Rail and Solid Energy have
signed a new contract to move coal
over the Midland Line for export
through the Port of Lyttelton. Chief
executive Peter Reidy told West
Coast rail staff that it had secured a
10-year contract, which included a
penalty clause should Solid Energy
exit the contract. In a statement to
the Greymouth Star, Kiwi Rail said
the new contract was “good news”
for its staff and the West Coast.
“ While the terms and conditions are
confidential, signing a new contract
means that it can be re-assigned to
any potential buyer of Solid Energy
or its assets,” Kiwi Rail said. It also
meant Kiwi Rail would be able
to work with any new operator to
meet its freight requirements, the
West Coast hospitality veteran
Margaret Grant has been inducted
into Hospitality New Zealand’s ‘Hall
of Fame’, and she hopes the accolade
will shine a positive light on tourism
in the Buller district. Ms Grant was
honoured with the on Thursday
as the Hospitality New Zealand
annual conference in Nelson drew to
a close. Only one person each year
was inducted into the Hall of Fame,
so it was a “ huge honour”, she said.
Ms Grant and her husband, both
recently retired, owned and operated
the Westport Motor Hotel for over
20 years. — Westport News
New Coasters goes rural
The New Coasters network,
together with several ser vice agencies
helping people get settled on the
West Coast, will host a ‘welcome
lunch’ for newcomers in Kokatahi,
on Thursday. Settling in ser vice
co-ordinator Birte Becker-Steel
said the event would provide a
meeting opportunity and lots of
local information for everyone who
was new or “newish” to the area and
also for those wanting to support
newcomers and migrants. The
welcome lunch will be held between
11am and 1pm at the Kokatahi Hall.
A fast growing Greymouth
business which has sales all over
New Zealand, proposes building
new premises in Cowper Street.
Westland Workgear currently
operates from 120 High Street,
opposite Greymouth High School.
It has applied to buy part of reser ve
land and wants to use Department
of Conser vation land as a car
park. A DOC staff report says
the business, which supplies work
clothing, boots and personal safety
products to industry and farmers,
has outgrown the site. Westland
Workgear employs 10 full-time staff
and supplies customers throughout
New Zealand. The company has also
developed its own brand of clothing,
Westpeak, which has gained in
popularity throughout the country.
The DOC report noted the Cowper
Street site “currently has a rough
(unkempt) appearance with minimal
conser vation values” and that the
department intended granting a
Party looks to 2017
Three West Coast people have
been elected to the executive of the
Ban 1080 political party. The annual
general meeting was held at the
Bushman’s Centre, in Pukekura, on
Saturday with 40 members present.
They elected an executive committee
of seven people: Pete Salter
(Pukekura), Mary Molloy (Hari
Hari), Carol Sawyer (Wanaka),
Mark Nyhoff (Thames), Jim Hilton
(Karamea), Glen Tomlinson
(Nelson) and Bill Wallace (Golden
Bay). The executive was tasked with
planning the party’s strategy for the
2017 general election.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine.
Departures: One Greymouth vessel.
In port: Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine, 20
other vessels. Expected departures:
Nil. Expected arrivals: Nil.
Kenny James Raroa, 44, of Blaketown,
was remanded in custody in the
Greymouth District Court today for him
to get legal advice after police opposed
his bail application.
Raroa was charged with robbery on
August 13 and burglary on August 28.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said because
of some of the names contained in the
police’s opposition to bail, he could not
Another lawyer, George Linder, had
also not been able to represent Raroa for
the same reason.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl, who was present
in court on another matter, suggested the
case be transferred by legal aid to him so
he could tackle the bail application.
Raroa’s bail application will be heard
once Mr Zintl has had a chance to
consult with Raroa.
Remand in custody
Fitting vaccinations better around
school timetables is one way the health
board hopes to boost the low numbers
of West Coast girls immunised against a
Nationally, about 61% of eligible
girls who turned 12 in 2014 are fully
immunised against HPV, which causes
almost all cer vical cancer cases in the
country. It is sexually transmitted.
On the West Coast the figure is just 53%,
one of the lowest rates in New Zealand.
Westland High School initially refused
to allow the vaccine to be administered
on school grounds, and at the time ran
an unattributed article in the school
newsletter saying the girls were “guinea
Medical officer of health Dr Cheryl
Brunton, said historically there was a
trend that more affluent populations had
lower uptakes in schools — some parents
preferred to take their girls to their GP.
Although some vaccination rates on the
Coast are high, HPV is the exception.
“ When it was introduced we did not
have evidence about whether or not
higher vaccine uptake could provide herd
immunity/population protection as well as
individual protection,” Dr Brunton said.
As that evidence had now emerged,
they were now more focused on
increasing vaccination rates.
However, immunisation was a choice
and there was probably not as much
awareness amongst parents of the
benefits of HPV vaccinations.
Some New Zealand research has also
suggested that parents, particularly
fathers, may be reluctant to think about
their daughters being at risk of sexually
transmitted infections like HPV when
they were still so young, preferring to
delay HPV vaccination as a result.
However, it was better to give the
vaccine before they became sexually
active, as first sexual intercourse was not
always planned, Dr Brunton said.
“Some parents also want to delay the
immunisation until their daughters are
older and can give their own consents.”
Some West Coast girls leave the Coast
to attend boarding schools, which can also
affect on the recorded rates for the area.
To boost rates, officials will be
encouraging its staff to discuss the HPV
vaccine when girls receive their 11-year-
old vaccination. “ This is a chance to provide
parents with information well before they
receive consent forms and information
from the school-based programme.”
They were always looking at how to
better fit around the school timetable.
Providing information to parents, such
as via school Facebook pages, as well as
opportunities to discuss any concerns
they may have, were also on the cards.
“ We are also working on ways to
encourage girls who missed out on the
school-based programme but are still
eligible for free HPV vaccination to
obtain the vaccination themselves.”
Year 8 girls are the target age group for
the school-based programme, including
Greymouth, Runanga, Dobson, Paroa,
Westport, Granity, Reefton, Hokitika
and Hari Hari.
The rural clinics offer the HPV vaccine
to girls in the smaller communities, and it
is available through all primary practices.
Plan to fit
Threats bring jail term
Blair Shepherd made the most of the gusty conditions on Saturday to practise paragliding on the Greymouth beach.
Taking to the air at the beach
PICTURE: Laura Mills
A man was warned in the Greymouth
District Court last week that he “shouldn’t
use violence to get his way ” as he was
sentenced to 20 months in prison.
Adrian Gordon Smart had previously
admitted two charges of threatening
behaviour, one of possession of a knife, one of
burglary and one of possessing drug utensils.
On October 26, Smart threatened his
partner, who woke up at night to find
him standing over her, asking her why she
had changed her Facebook password. He
threatened her, and a five-year-old child at
the property, after hearing gossip about her
from some associates.
On a subsequent occasion, during an
argument, Smart again threatened his
partner with a car ving knife, putting the
knife down only when she managed to talk
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said that at the time
of the offending, Smart and his partner
had lost a child, who had been stillborn.
He began to drink, and then had been
misinformed that she was having an affair.
Mr Zintl said that during nearly a year
spent on bail Smart had tried to turn his life
around, by going to Alcoholics Anonymous
meetings, taking part in a residential alcohol
treatment programme and attending a
men’s stopping violence group, and he asked
the court to impose the “ lowest possible
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll accepted that
since the offending, Smart had stayed out of
trouble, but told him prison was inevitable,
given his five previous convictions for
assault, and a previous home detention
sentence imposed for injuring with intent
“ You have a propensity to offer violence
as a means of getting your way. You need
to learn that violence does not get you
anywhere. I suspect you are remorseful now,
very remorseful in the dock about being sent
to prison, particularly more so because your
partner is shortly to give birth to a child.
“(But) you should just have thought about
those things before you went back and got
involved in this.”
Judge O’Driscoll said he had to jail Smart
as there needed to be a “deterrent message
sent to others, and others might think about
the consequences of their actions, a sentence
of prison might stop them from doing
Greater support urged for depression
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Laurence Farish and wife Shirley Stewart, at home in Cobden.
A Cobden man who sparked a search and
rescue two weeks ago and spent the night up
the Coast Road in the open has backed calls
for more community-led support for those
suffering from depression, and their families.
Laurence Farish, who suffers from
depression, went missing on September 23.
By the time he was found the following
afternoon near Charleston he had walked
about 80km and spent a night sleeping under
“I just walked,” Mr Farish recalled.
He had a cup which he used to collect water
coming off the cliffs. When he got tired, he
rolled up his outer layer of clothing and used
it as a pillow, grabbing an hour or two of
Along the way a number of people stopped
and asked if he was okay or needed a lift. Due
to his mental condition, he told them he was
fine and kept on going.
In the end, search and rescue found him.
Mr Farish and his wife, Shirley Stewart, last
week thanked the police, search and rescue, as
well as the bus, truck and milk tanker drivers
who had stopped and spoken to him.
After the incident, Mr Farish spent some
time at The Palms for crisis respite.
A week after getting home, after writing
on social media that he did not have a case
manager, someone was assigned.
Mrs Stewart, who is deaf, was pleased to see
moves in Greymouth last week to set up some
sort of support group for those with mental
As a support person who has struggled to be
heard and understood, she is also keen to see
some sort of support for those helping people
with mental illness.
The couple are also keen to see more support
from the time of discharge; Mr Farish says he
was unsure if he was ready for home.
Mrs Stewart, who has another close family
with mental health problems, has now
been in touch with the Depression Support
Network in Christchurch, to see if they can
“Supporters need support too,” she said.
If anyone is feeling suicidal or knows of
someone severely depressed or suicidal, see
your family doctor, visit www.depression.org.
nz for advice and information, or contact the
community mental health team at Grey Base
Hospital on 03 769 7400.
A warrant was issued for the
arrest of a Hurunui man who
failed to appear in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday to answer
three charges of assault, and
one each of threatening to kill,
resisting police and breach of bail.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said
that despite numerous letters
he had been unable to establish
any contact with Jason David
Mr Bodle said that the
correspondence he had sent had
gone to an address in Masterton.
He told the court he was “not sure
what type of person he is”.
Judge Raoul Neave answered for
him: “He is someone who the next
time he appears will be in custody.”
A Greymouth woman who
“threw her weight around in the
most appalling fashion” when she
assaulted her former partner and
former best friend, was convicted
of assault and wilful damage.
Rochelle Houston had been set
to defend two charges of wilful
damage and one of assault with
intent to injure. However, after
one of the wilful damage charges
was withdrawn, and the violence
charge was amended to one of
common assault, she changed her
plea to admit both charges.
On the evening of May 31,
Houston had gone over to a
friend’s house, and while her
former best friend and ex-partner
had been smoking at the back of
the property, she walked over and
grabbed the female victim by the
hair, pulling her to the ground.
She then punched her about the
face and body while maintaining
hold of her hair.
The victim suffered bruising to
the scalp and body.
Houston then went into the
house as the victim fled the scene,
and grabbed a lamp from a table
and smashed it against a television,
damaging it irreparably.
Judge Neave said that as a result
of a “messy relationship break-
up” and gossip, Houston went
around to the house and “threw
your weight around in the most
The judge said Houston had a
history of disorderly behaviour
and assault, from incidents in 2004
and 2009, but had kept herself out
of trouble for the past five years.
Houston was sentenced to
nine months’ super vision on the
assault charge, and a nine-month
suspended sentence for wilful
Woman assaulted ex-partner,
former best friend
A Christchurch man who head-butted a glass
door, smashing it, and pushed a victim in the
chest was last week convicted and fined $100
for wilful damage and assault.
Tyler Corkin Keene had been set to defend
the charges in the Greymouth District Court,
however before the hearing began he changed
his plea after police amended the assault charge
from domestic assault to common assault.
At 3am on January 24, Keene turned up drunk
and uninvited at his former partner’s house, and
immediately got into an argument with a man
at the front of the property. His ex-partner took
him into her bedroom to calm him down, but
left the room when they started arguing.
Keene then threw her clothes out the window,
and she had to go outside, pick them up and
return them to her bedroom, where she found
Keene lying on her bed talking to another man
at the house.
Later, Keene shoved the victim in the chest,
and he was forced out of the house by others at
the property. His ex-partner began to call the
police but she hung up when she realised he had
Keene then tried to get in through the back
door of the house. A fight ensued but was
broken up and Keene was again forced outside.
However, he then twice head-butted the door,
showering someone standing on the other side
of it with glass.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Keene denied
being drunk, and said his former partner had
invited him over to her house.
Mr Bodle said Keene had no history of
violence and claimed he had never raised his
hands to his former partner before.
Keene was also remanded in custody to
appear in the Christchurch District Court next
Thursday after he was arrested a fortnight ago
on two charges of shoplifting and two of driving
A Nelson man who was found by police in
possession of a knife and imitation firearm had
one charge withdrawn and was convicted and
discharged on the other.
Kenny James Raroa argued that he had
forgotten about the knife, and he was returning
the toy gun to its owner.
Raroa said he was waiting for a friend outside
the Duke Backpackers, in Greymouth, when
police pulled up alongside the car,and searched
him and the vehicle. They found a knife in his
pocket and the imitation gun in a jacket in the
When Judge Raoul Neave said Raroa was
going to have to provide an explanation as
to why he had both items, Raroa said he was
driving a friend’s car, which he had picked up
that morning, and had the knife because he had
been fixing the stereo and had forgotten he had
it. He picked up the toy gun the day before and
was on his way to return it to a friend, to whom
Judge Neave said that if Raroa had the gun
for the “express purpose” of returning it to the
owner, then he probably had it for a lawful
purpose, and suggested to police that the charge
relating to it be withdrawn. The judge also said
that if Raroa had forgotten about the knife, was
he really in possession of it?
Police said that it would be hard to forget
about having a knife of that size in your pocket,
however Raroa said he did not usually walk
around carrying a knife.
The imitation firearm charge was withdrawn,
and Raroa was convicted and discharged on the
Matthew Kenneth Lintott, of Reefton, was
remanded on bail to appear in the Westport
District Court on October 29 on two charges
of assaulting a female and one charge of
Police withdrew charges against Daniel John
Dunick of theft and failing to appear in court.
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Is the saddest thing of
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Love forever Shelley,
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Greymouth on October
9, 2015, aged 85. Dearly
loved husband of Gloria,
loved and respected
father and father-in-law
of Peter and Jan, Lesley
and Garry Holland, and
Kaye (deceased) and
Graeme Ngatai, loved
grandad of Katy, Beth,
Hannah, Skye, Quinn,
Ellie, Rata, Meihana,
Tanira and the late Ruby
Kaye, and a loved
uncle, cousin and a
friend of many. Mess-
ages to 128 Marsden
Road, Greymouth 7805.
declined. A service to
celebrate Archie's life
will be held in the
Memorial Chapel 134
Tainui Street, Grey-
mouth on Wednesday at
1pm, Archie will then be
laid to rest at the
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Michael. — On Friday
October 9, 2015 (as the
result of a motor acci-
dent), much loved son of
Sue and Luke, loved
brother of Chantelle,
Latesha and Poppy,
Micah, loved uncle of
grandson of Judy and
Kathryn and the late
Michael O'Connell, and
a loved cousin, nephew
and friend. In his 18th
year. Messages to Box
declined. A remem-
brance gathering for
Trent will be held at the
Ahaura Domain on
Thursday at 1.30pm fol-
lowed by interment at
the Ahaura Cemetery.
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