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A man who attacked a car with a
piece of wood and drunkenly damaged
and abused people and their property,
was convicted in the Greymouth
District Court of disorderly behaviour
and remanded for sentence on
January 12 for possession of a weapon,
threatening to injure and intentional
Ben Toornstra, of no fixed abode,
went to a property on September 17,
along with his accomplice, who shouted
at the people in a property that “you
don’t want to start any s...t ”. The victims
then got in their car to leave and the
accomplice and Toornstra attacked
the car with pieces of wood, breaking
the left rear tail light and one of the
Two days later the pair were both
drunk and went to the same property
and knocked over the letterbox. They
also knocked on the metal frame of the
car to try to get the occupants of the
house to come outside.
The Court of Appeal will have to rule
on the issuing of driving suspensions
before a Cobden man’s case can be
Toa Tokomaru Marino, 29, was
charged with driving while disqualified
on July 16. However, two cases
challenging the process the New
Zealand Transport Agency used to issue
driving suspensions for demerit points
have gone to the Court of Appeal.
Lawyer Andrew Bailey said it was
likely to be a couple of months before
the court ruled on the issue, therefore
he asked for Marino’s case to be further
Marino was remanded on continued
bail until December 8.
A Christchurch man who broke the
clutch on his car after drinking lots of
beer was convicted of excess breath-
alcohol, banned from driving for six
months and fined $800.
However, before the case of Conor
Thomas Robin, 20, was heard, Judge
Noel Walsh asked if he had a lawyer, to
which he replied that he had previously
seen duty solicitor Richard Bodle
However, that was a couple of weeks
ago and Mr Bodle had to ask Robin
what had happened with his case.
“Alzheimers is kicking in is it?” Judge
“ You see so many faces, you remember
some but not all,” Mr Bodle replied.
Robin had been driving in Stirling
Drive, in Greymouth, on October 7
when police were called after people
complained about excessive noise.
Police found Robin walking away
from his car, and breath-tested him,
which produced a result of 945mg. He
told police he had broken the clutch on
his car after he had been “drinking lots
A woman who left welts on her former
partner’s back after whacking him with
electric cables was sentenced to nine
months’ super vision and ordered to
pay reparation of $358 after she was
convicted of assault and wilful damage.
Te Ana Mason had been in a four-
year relationship with the victim, and
on October 7 she followed him back
to their house. The victim went into his
property, however he came out when
he heard something being dropped on
the deck. Mason then hit him on the
back with the cables, and when he ran
off she then threw a rock through two
When Mason was arrested and
questioned by police she said she was
angry with the victim’s behaviour.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Mason
had had a row with the victim, and had
been returning the electric cables. She
realised that she should not have hit
him, and had since apologised to him.
A Kumara man who drove into a
roadside drain instead of his driveway
was remanded at large for sentence on
February 9 for excess breath-alcohol on
Daniel Travis Cooper, 39, was
convicted on April 24 of drink-driving
and was banned from driving. However,
he was later seen driving along State
highway 73, from an associate’s house
200m to 300m back to his own house.
When he went to turn into his
driveway he missed his target and
instead drove into the drain.
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MURPHY, Hariata. —
Seven years ago today.
Gone is the face we
loved so dear,
Silent is the voice we
long to hear.
Too far away for sight
But not far for thought
Beloved wife of
the late Bill, devoted
and cherished mother,
grandmother and great-
A Cobden man who pleaded guilty to
an assault committed in response to an
incident more than a decade ago was
warned by the judge in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday that “this
nonsense has got to stop”.
Warren Charles Wilson, 19, was
walking along Marsden Road on
October 8 with an associate when he
saw the victim inside the takeaways.
They waited around the corner for the
victim and friend, and when they came
out of the takeaway, Wilson and his
friend rushed at them, and a heated
argument took place.
Wilson grabbed the victim and
repeatedly punched him around the
head and body. When the victim’s
friend tried to inter vene, Wilson’s
associate blocked her and began to hit
the victim as well.
A passing police officer broke up
the fight, however the victim had
suffered a black eye, sore neck and
swollen cheek as a result of the
Defence lawyer George Linder said
Wilson had been assaulted by the
victim and his friends on a previous
occasion, and there was a “long history”
behind the incident.
Judge Noel Walsh said the victim
acknowledged there was past history
between the pair, and that it stemmed
from an incident in 2005.
However, the victim said in a letter
read out to the court that the repeated
attacks on him by Wilson were “taking
Judge Walsh said that looking at the
photos of the incident, it was serious
enough for Wilson to be dealt with
through the full sentencing process.
“This has been going on for six years
. .. it needs to stop or somebody is going
to get seriously hurt or end up in prison.
This nonsense has got to stop.”
‘This nonsense has to stop,’ judge tells attacker
Buller Electricity has discontinued
lock-up agreements with Pulse Energy
security holders ahead of a potential
takeover bid, saying they should be able
to read the independent adviser’s report
before making a decision.
The lines company, which owns 56%
of Pulse, expects to send a takeover
notice next week, and will not enforce
any lock-up agreements it had
previously received from the electricity
retailer’s security holders, Pulse said in
a statement. Buller Electricity affirmed
its intention to offer 11c per share,
$1.10 for mandatory convertible notes,
and 5c per option in the takeover.
“B EL has advised Pulse that on
further consideration, BEL believes
that all security holders should
have the opportunity to review the
independent adviser’s report prior
to making any decision whether to
accept BEL’s takeover offer,” Pulse said.
“Pulse recommends that shareholders
considering dealing in Pulse’s
securities prior to any offer being made
should seek their own independent
Pulse had previously warned its
investors that signing a lock-up
agreement before the takeover was
formally lodged meant they would
not be protected by a Takeovers Code
compliant offer, and recommended
they seek advice before signing up to
such a deal.
The electricity retailer ceded a
controlling stake to Buller Electricity
in 2011 to repay debt and provide
capital for expansion after the minnow
retailer ran out of cash and leaned on
the shareholder to get it through.
Last month, Buller Electricity told
Pulse it planned to make a full takeover
bid with a third party, which was
later identified as Otago-based lines
company Pioneer Generation.
Pulse’s NZAX-listed shares last
traded at 10.1c, and have gained 44%
this year. — New Zealand Herald
Buller Electricity discontinues Pulse Energy lock-up agreements
of the Westport News
A three-month review of West Coast
policing has been completed.
West Coast commander Inspector
John Canning said he expected the
draft report would be handed to district
commander Superintendent Karyn
Malthus yesterday, and hoped to have
the results in a few days.
He and other members of the district
management team would meet in
Nelson in early November to discuss
the outcomes and any changes to West
Police were required to consult
the community about any proposed
changes, Mr Canning said. He had
set aside a week in early December
for consultation, if required. “ But
there are no meetings planned yet
because I don’t know if there are any
The review was conducted by Waikato
district deployment manager Inspector
Jeff Penno. All West Coast police staff
had the chance to contribute.
The review covered all constabulary
and police employee positions under
Mr Canning’s control and considered
what the public expects of police
Mr Canning said he had no idea what
the review had found. “I’m absolutely in
Ms Malthus commissioned the
review. At the time she said it would
ensure current staff were appropriately
distributed and deployed across the
West Coast area to meet the needs of
West Coast communities.
The Coast has about 65 sworn police
The review followed an internal
battle over a regional restructure which
resulted in Mr Canning and senor
sergeants Alyson Ealam and Philip
Barker going on paid stress leave,
then suing Ms Malthus for alleged
The trio subsequently withdrew the
defamation action and pursued a case
through the Employment Court. Mr
Canning said yesterday that they were
currently seeking mediation.
West Coast policing review completed
Grey District Library staff members Susan Aynsley, left, Olly Witton and Daphne Willis, right, alongside library
and museum ser vices manager Liz Burke, with their woolly Halloween creations. The project started last month when
Ms Burke ordered the book, Evil Knits, covering everything from knitting a voodoo doll to gravestones and zombies,
and suggested to her colleagues, “what if we all knit these”? The librarians first set to work in mid-September and had
their finished display up in the library last week. “ We have actually had quite a few coming in ... a few of us have friends
who were quite keen to see what we have been talking about,” Ms Burke said.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Library’s woolly Halloween creations
Poisoned 1080 pellets will be kept 80m
back from the West Coast Wilderness
Trail where it passes through
The ‘ Waimea-Kawhaka’ aerial drop
will cover about 10,000ha. It is weather
dependent, but is due to start any time
At a public meeting in May at Kumara,
the community requested buffers
around the cycleway, and information
for school pupils.
Ospri Tb Free said yesterday an 80m
exclusion zone would be applied either
side of the cycleway.
Regular checks of the helicopter’s
GPS flight data would be undertaken
throughout the operation.
“If any boundary overflights are
identified then checks are undertaken
at the time on the ground where the
area of concern is,” Ospri said in a
Kumara anti-1080 activist Nicky
Calcott said yesterday her big concern
was 1080 poison dust, for which there
were no boundaries.
“I think people should be extremely
concerned about the dust,” Ms Calcott
She said possum numbers in the area
were low, and could have been dealt
with through ground control.
There were lots of other tracks around
Kumara that were not part of the
cycleway, which people used for biking
and walking their dogs, she said.
A new super computer will help
provide more accurate flood forecasts
for the Grey and Buller rivers.
The Niwa project is a New Zealand-
first, and will improve as more data is
fed into the flood models in coming
West Coast Regional Council
hydrologist Stefan Beaumont said the
council applied for Envirolink funding
of $20,000, to get a flood modelling
system to the Coast.
But rather than just calibrating it
for the West Coast catchments, Niwa
decided to use the Coast as a test case
for an enhanced version.
“They ’ve put a lot more than $20,000
in,” Mr Beaumont said yesterday.
Previous forecasts used a grid of 12.5
square kilometres, but the new one was
1.5 square kilometres, giving “better
resolution on where rain is falling”.
In addition, the council’s rain and
river flow recorders would feed ‘real
time’ data to the model to convey what
was actually happening on the ground.
“ We are quite excited by it. It’s a really
Work was ongoing and would improve
as more Coast monitoring sites are
added in over the coming few years.
“It will take a few years to get better
and better,” Mr Beaumont said.
Niwa chief scientist for climate
atmosphere and hazards Sam Dean told
Radio New Zealand they had a super
computer to help with the modelling.
Case studies from the past had helped
build up the flood model, and the result
was a combination of “what we can
predict and what we know ”.
“It’s a big step for ward,” Mr Dean
80m buffer zone for Kumara
trail during 1080 drop
Operatunity is ready to bring
some silliness to the silly season
in Greymouth with their own take
on Snow White and the Seven
Media and concert co-ordinator
Bridget Lynd said the pantomime,
renamed Snow White and the
Three and a Half Dwarfs, written
especially by Operatunity, in mind
of their audiences, would entertain
Soprano Susan Boland takes on
the role of Snow White with an
Ms Lynd said the roles of the three
and half dwarfs would be taken
by seasoned Operatunity actors
Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua, Karl
Perigo and Kalauni Pouvalu. All
performers have starred in multiple
Ms Lynd said that the show
would be filled with hasty
costume changes and the musical
Winterburn on the piano, and was
set to be an “override of hilarity
“There are plenty of twists and
turns that will only be revealed at
the show, but the important thing
to remember is that among all
this chaos will be the overriding
hilarity and silliness that makes
Operatunity pantos so famous, or
Snow White and the Three
and a Half D warfs will be at the
Greymouth Regent Theatre on
November 17 at 11am.
The Greymouth Star has two
double passes and CDs to give
away to the show.
Send your name, address and
daytime phone number to:
One only entry per household.
Entries close Thursday, November
New take on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
West Coast -Tasman Labour MP
Damien O’Connor and Green Party
list MP Kevin Hague had similar
expenses for the three months to
September 30. Mr O’Connor spent
$17,730 — slightly less than Mr
Hague, who notched up $18,744,
according to the latest MPs’ expense
figures. The biggest cost for both
was airfares. Mr O’Connor, who
lives in Motueka, spent $13,144 on
air travel. Mr Hague spent $9459.
Mr O’Connor spent another
$1853 on surface travel while Mr
Hague spent $1784. Mr O’Connor
spent much less on Wellington
accommodation — $2610 — than
did Mr Hague ($6551). O ut-of-
Wellington accommodation cost
just $124 for Mr O’Connor and
$950 for Mr Hague. O verall, the
average spend for Labour and
Green MPs was also similar. The
32 Labour MPs spent an average of
$16,387 each, compared to $16,068
for the 14 Green MPs.
— Westport News
O’Connor, Hague expenses similar
of the Westport News
Solid Energy has posted
a loss of $176.7 million
— slightly better than
last year’s loss of $181.9
The company ’s liabilities
for the year ending June
30 of $664.6m, outstrip its
assets of $550m. The assets
include $30.9m worth
classified as “held for sale”.
The annual report
shows Solid Energy owes
Solid Energy wrote
down the value of its assets
by $256.6m. More than
half ($152.3m) related
to Stockton mine, which
was also written down by
$105m last financial year.
Andy Coupe said falling
international demand for
steel products and a large
oversupply of coking coal
had continued to depress
the prices for iron ore and
coal used in steel making.
Christchurch head office
staffing has fallen by 186
since the company hit the
skids in 2012.
Asked if more
restructuring was planned,
Mr Somerville said: “Yes,
but we will talk to our
people first about when.”
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