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Rats blamed for
A fire in an excavator in the Grey
Valley mid-afternoon yesterday is
thought to have been caused by
rats chewing the electrics. Ngahere
Volunteer Fire Brigade chief
Tommy Daly said the machine,
on farmland on Gowers Creek
Road beyond Nelson Creek, had
apparently not been going for some
time and the fire started as workers
were doing some maintenance
and attempted to get it going. “It
probably hadn’t been going for a
while and I think the rats might
have had a chew in there,” Mr Daly
said. Getting to the fire proved
a challenge because of the rough
access but the brigade managed to
get their appliance to the burning
excavator, with firefighters having
to use a ladder to get a pump down
into a hole to draw water. The
brigade was at the fire for about two
hours while the Ikamatua brigade
stood by as back-up.
Drivers using cellphones will
continue to be a focus for West
Coast police in routine traffic
enforcement, Inspector John
Canning says. Police elsewhere in
the country have again highlighted
that the message about people using
cellphones while driving appears
not to be getting through. Mr
Canning said a recent day campaign
in Greymouth highlighted the issue
but addressing the matter would be
ongoing. “ We’ve got a number of
people breaking the law in relation
to this. It’s a bit like people driving
through compulsory stops. We
haven’t cured it.”
A ‘fat fingered’ junior banker paid
almost £4 billion by mistake to a
United States hedge fund while
his boss was on holiday. The gaffe
occurred in the City of London at
the offices of Germany ’s biggest
lender Deutsche Bank, which
employs 8000 staff in London.
Although the money was recovered
the following day, it is acutely
embarrassing for the banking
giant which has been hit with a
string of scandals. The trade is
thought to have been processed
by a junior member of the bank’s
foreign exchange sales team in June
while his boss was on holiday. The
employee, who has not been named,
added too many 0s to the trade
after failing to balance out the day ’s
transactions correctly. — Daily Mail
Rain easing to showers
A Franz Josef Glacier man yesterday
apologised to his partner for the way he
treated her — including locking her in
the car boot for an hour — as he pleaded
guilty to a raft of assault charges, the day
before his jur y trial was due to begin in
the Greymouth District Court.
Jesse Rae Tetoko Hini was charged
with four counts of assaulting a female,
and one charge each of threatening his
partner with a hammer, assault with
a piece of wood, threatening grievous
bodily harm and kidnapping.
Hini was due to stand trial on
Wednesday to defend the charges,
however after police withdrew the
kidnapping charge, and amended the
details of some of the assault charges, he
yesterday changed his plea to guilty.
Crown prosecutor Anselm Williams
said the reference to Hini urinating on
the victim was to be removed, as the
victim told police that had not happened.
A charge of assaulting a female with a
weapon had also been amended to one
of threatening the victim with a weapon.
However, Mr Williams said the
reference to the victim being stuck in
the boot of the car, where she was held
for about an hour, would remain. When
she was allowed back inside the car, she
was soaking wet.
The woman was also punched a number
of times around the head while she sat
inside the car, and on a further occasion
outside of the car. Hini also threatened
to stab her with a pocket knife.
All the offences related to incidents
which took place at Franz Josef on April
27 and 28.
Mr Williams said he was “very
concerned” about what Hini might do
when he got out of jail.
Judge David Saunders read a statement
from the victim that she would like
Hini to “get some help so we can have a
normal relationship that doesn’t include
However the victim, who was present
in court, recanted her previous police
“I never said he was a threat when
he gets out. This is the first time we
have ever had a problem throughout
our relationship, we have never had
a problem before, it happened due to
the stress and drama we had before we
moved down here.”
Lawyer Richard Bodle asked if
the judge was prepared to look at an
for Hini, who had previously been
remanded in custody.
Judge Saunders said he was looking at
releasing him from custody on a “suite
of release conditions, to tackle issues of
anger, violence, drugs and parenting”.
It would take two to three weeks
to assess Hini for an electronically
monitored sentence, and he would be
sitting at home on a bracelet well into
the new year.
The sentence he was suggesting would
mean Hini would have a release date
based on time ser ved in custody, at the
end of which he would be transported to
Auckland, where he would be subject to
the release conditions.
Before the end of the hearing, Hini
apologised to his partner, telling her that
he was “sorry for the way I treated you
... I had a really bad drug habit. I blame
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Artist Mark Haldane has transformed the eastern wall of the Greymouth Star building with a rail theme that both links in with the railway
station directly opposite, and promotes Shantytown. The Shantytown steam train Kaitangata and gold nuggets all feature in the wall painting. “ The
mural is an advertisement for Shantytown and is in a prime location, facing directly across from the railway station,” Mr Haldane said.
Ar tist gets up a head of steam
An ambitious project to tunnel 1.3km
into the Alpine Fault near Whataroa
has raised the possibility of developing
geothermal energy, scientists say.
Last year, a party of international
scientists drilled 893m towards the fault,
before abandoning it due to drilling
problems. However, they had gone
far enough to yield a large amount of
information. The project involved 120
scientists from 12 countries.
GNS says in its annual report, out
today, that one of the main findings
was higher than expected heat at
depth, which “raises the possibility of
geothermal energy being developed on
the West Coast ”.
Instruments have been fitted inside the
borehole, as a permanent obser vatory.
Cuttings and drill cores from the
Whataroa borehole are currently being
analysed at specialised laboratories in
the United States, Japan and Germany.
The West Coast electricity supply
comes from a mixture of small hydro
stations and the national grid.
Scientists see geothermal
Faulty breathalyser used on Coast
A new one-stop breath testing
device that may have been giving
incorrect alcohol readings was in use
on the West Coast until recently.
Four hundred Drager 7510
devices, first rolled out in July, have
been withdrawn from rural police
stations throughout New Zealand,
and the police said today they were
working to identify and contact
those ‘affected ’ by the fault.
West Coast area commander
Inspector John Canning confirmed
this morning that the devices had
been in use on the West Coast from
July, but they were already out of use
in the region by the time news broke
yesterday that there was a problem.
“ We had some on the West Coast
which we had withdrawn. I don’t
think we had any faulty but (they
were withdrawn) as a matter of
course,” Mr Canning said.
The West Coast police area was
allocated some of the new breath
testing devices as part of the
nationwide roll-out because the
technology enabled a one-stop test
on the roadside and was advantageous
for police patrol work in rural
areas given time, distance and staff
They were allocated to stations
with three or fewer staff.
“ We got some because we have a
lot of small stations.”
Mr Canning said the advantage of
the new devices was their capacity
to positively say, yes or no, at the
point of test that a driver had been
drinking — unlike other testing
devices that did not necessarily
give an equivocal reading on the
roadside and required police to take
a suspected drink-driver elsewhere
for a blood-alcohol test to gain a
“That was the beauty of it, to allow
people who are not breaking the law
to be on their way.”
He suspected the problem with
some of the new devices was
However, just because they had
been withdrawn in the meantime
should not be seen now as an excuse
for West Coast drivers to drink and
drive, he said.
National road policing manager
Superintendent Steve Greally told
NZME that police would waive
infringement charges resulting from
the Drager devices.
The devices failed by a small
margin, he said, but police wanted
to avoid any doubt.
Visiting drivers campaign launched
The New Zealand Transport Agency
says a broad range of initiatives are
under way to help tourist drivers, as
the first reports of bad driving for the
new season already start to mount up.
In September, a Taiwanese visitor
died when the campervan she was
a passenger in hit a bank and rolled
near Lake Moeraki.
In August, two vehicles were written
off near the Truman Track car park,
at Punakaiki, a rental van rolled
near Charleston, a tourist car was
rolled near Turiwhate, and a tourist
hit a safety barrier at Rocky Point.
Earlier this month a tourist rolled a
rental vehicle at Addisons Flat, near
Last week, a tourist ’s car collided
head-on with a local vehicle, and at
the weekend a rental car was pictured
driving on the wrong side of the road
in central Greymouth.
The NZTA said today the ‘ Visiting
Drivers Project ’ targeted tourists
when they were still planning their
trip, when they were booking it,
in-flight, arriving in New Zealand,
and when they were driving.
“There is no single solution, or single
organisation that can improve road
safety for visitors and others on the
road. It takes a range of organisations
working together across all parts
of the system including roads and
roadsides, speed, vehicles and road
use,” southern regional director Jim
The number of international visitors
coming to New Zealand over the past
10 years had increased by about 30%,
and was continuing to grow, with
three million people visiting in the
past 12 months.
However, the number of crashes
involving overseas licence holders had
stayed relatively constant or decreased
over the past 10 years.
Tourism New Zealand chief
executive Kevin Bowler said more
than 2000 travel agents had completed
an on-line training model.
Air New Zealand had created a
‘Driving in New Zealand ’ app which
was available on long-haul flights, and
was screening videos on driving in
New Zealand, in a range of languages,
on all international flights.
On arrival, rental vehicle operators
and accommodation providers are the
face-to-face points of contact.
On the West Coast there will be
50km of centreline rumble strips
installed along with 12 billboards
with ‘keep left’, safer speeds and
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