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WRIGHT, Peter (DP).
February 19, 1956 -
November 24, 2014.
Not a saint, a man who
lived every minute of his
life his way.
Peter used everything
God gave him.
Love Jincey x.
MOREL, (nee Leach)
Glenn and Jacinta, Troy
and Mandy, Karen, Julie
and Ross, David and
and Dorothy, nieces,
nephews, grand and
great grandies wish to
express our sincere
thanks to everyone for
their love and support,
for the food, the many
cards, flowers, and the
kindness given to us
during the sad loss of a
wife, mother, sister,
in-law, grandma, great-
grandma and friend to
many. Thank you to all
who attended Helen's
funeral service, special
thanks to the RSA
district nurses, palliative
Society and a special
thanks to Helen Forrest
for a lovely service.
Please accept this as
a personal acknowledg-
ment of our heartfelt
gratitude to you all,
words can't thank you
PETER WRIGHT — I
and everyone's actions.
Rebecca Keoghan and Peter Morrison
have been elected the new directors of
Westland Milk Products.
They replace Hugh Little and Kirsty
Robertson, who retire from the board.
Voting closed at noon on Friday.
Award-winning farmer Ms Keoghan,
from Westport, has senior executive
experience with cement company
Holcim. She is currently Landcorp’s
She says she will be out visiting and
calling on shareholders.
purchased his first farm on the West
Coast 16 years ago and has run a variety
of businesses including agricultural,
goldmining, manufacturing, forestry
He says he is a supporter of the co-
operative dairy model. Their election
will be formally announced at the co-
operative’s annual general meeting
New Westland Milk
Fire Ser vice fire safety investigators are looking into the cause of a fire that gutted a garage in suburban Greymouth yesterday after-
noon. Chief fire officer Lee Swinburn said two appliances were sent to the Bidgood Street fire at 3pm. The fire took 10 minutes to get
under control, but the brigade was on the scene for about an hour. The fire “pretty much gutted the internals of the garage”, however
the neighbouring houses were not damaged, Mr Swinburn said.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Fire Ser vice investigating cause of garage fire
The four-day jury trial of a West Coast
man charged with 32 sexual offences,
including rape, against a girl in his care
opened yesterday in the Greymouth
The man, who has name suppression, faces
four charges of committing an indecent act
on a girl under 12, 10 of doing an indecent
act on a girl under 16, one of common
assault, 12 of sexual violation by unlawful
sexual connection, and five of rape.
All the charges related to a girl in his care,
and were alleged to have started when the
girl was 10 and continued until she was 17.
The alleged offending occurred from North
Canterbury to South Canterbury.
The court heard that the charges covered
incidents such as the man repeatedly
exposing himself to the girl, ordering her
to expose herself to him, perform oral sex
on him, and raping her.
Crown prosecutor Kathy Bell said the
first offence occurred on November 19,
2002, when the man “ humped” the girl
after putting her back to bed.
The girl had told her mother about the
incident, and she had reported it to the
police, however because the police did not
have sufficient evidence to charge him they
did not take it any further.
Ms Bell said the man was “ likely
emboldened by the lack of police action”,
as the nature of the sexual behaviour
towards the complainant progressed to him
performing sexual acts, ordering her to do
the same, and once she was 13, to rape.
The man was alleged to have told the
complainant that she had told the police
already, “and they didn’t believe you, why
would they believe you again?”
Ms Bell said the police were also involved
more than a year later, after a small hole,
which looked straight into the shower,
from the toilet, was spotted by a woman
at the property. The hole allowed someone
to look into the shower, at waist height, at
someone standing in the shower.
The woman also saw the man looking at a
pornographic website of teenage girls, and
so reported him to the police.
He was subsequently questioned by
police. Child, Youth and Families were also
involved, and he left the place where the
complainant was living for a period of time,
but police took no further action.
The man was also charged with putting
his hands around the complainant ’s neck,
for which he had been charged with
Ms Bell said the defendant did not deny
that incident. However, he claimed it was
due to something the complainant had done.
Ms Bell said he had only one defence to
the charges against him: “ What you are
going to hear is a denial of everything.”
Therefore, there was only one key issues
the jury had to consider when looking at
the case, she said.
“ Did any of the events the complainant
said actually happen? If you believe they
did happen ... if you are sure about any
of these events, the legal elements of the
charges will follow.”
Defence lawyer Val Nisbet told the
jury they “have to keep an open mind
. . . there is only one issue in this matter
the defendant said that complainant ’s
allegations are not true, they are false.
“ It is most important that you keep an
open mind until the end of the trial so you
can properly consider the complainant in
the manner and way she gives evidence,
particularly under cross-examination,” Ms
The trial is expected to last until Thursday.
Coast man on 32 sex charges
o f the O tago Daily Times
The apparent lack of significant
damage to the rotor blades of the
helicopter that crashed on Fox
Glacier on Saturday has raised a
suggestion the cause of the crash
could have been mechanical
An experienced helicopter pilot
spoken to by the Otago Daily
Times yesterday said it was
unusual for the fibreglass blades
of a AS350 Squirrel helicopter
not to be badly damaged in a
“A helicopter that went into
that location under power would
have had the blades pretty much
ripped off,’’ he said.
A photo from the crash scene
shows little obvious damage to
two of the three blades.
The pilot, who did not want to
be named, said the intact rotor
blades suggested to him they
were turning “under very little
momentum’’ when they hit the
“It’s very, very difficult to say,
but there’s a possibility that
the crash was caused through
If there was a failure, he
considered it more likely to be
with the transmission system
than with the engine.
After an engine failure, the
rotor blades were likely to still be
turning “quite considerably’’ as a
result of auto rotation.
But a transmission system
failure could lead to the blades
becoming “locked up’’.
He admitted the idea was
“completely hypothetical’’ and
there could well be other reasons
for the blades not being damaged.
“ But it ’s still very unusual,’’ he
It was “highly unlikely’’ a
helicopter’s transmission would
seize up, he said, but it was “not
completely outside the bounds of
He referred to a Sikorsky
S-92 crashing in Canada in
2009, killing 17 people, after it
developed a transmission oil leak.
“ If the transmission was to
seize up and stop then effectively
it ’s like the wings falling off a
“ It just ceases to fly.
“There’s no gliding capability.
“The gliding capability relies
entirely on the main rotors being
able to spin,’’ he said.
A Squirrel’s jet turbine engine
turns at about 50,000 revolutions
per minute but is geared down
through an internal “engine
gearbox’’ and a “main rotor
transmission’’ to about 350rpm.
“ You have got two steps in
that gearing-down process and
either of those two steps could
cause failure in the system which
would stop the main rotor.’’
helicopter pilot consulted did
not believe the amount of
damage to the blades was an
indication of the cause of the
It was “not necessarily’’ the
case blades would be badly
damaged in a helicopter that hit
the ground under power, he said.
helicopter’s ser vice record is
part of the Transport Accident
investigation, which is expected
to take 18 months.
Mechanical failure theory in
Fox Glacier helicopter crash
activists have been
arrested after chaining
themselves to the deck of
a ship in Wellington this
morning, preventing it
from heading offshore in
search of oil.
The two were removed
from the ship but three
others remain on the
Five protesters stormed
the Niwa climate and
ocean research vessel
Tangaroa, which they
said had been refitted at
a cost of $24 million for
oil and gas exploration.
Three protesters have
locked themselves to the
top of its mast, while a
further two are secured
to the deck.
Greenpeace said the
had been sur veying the
east coast of the North
Island on behalf of
petroleum giants Statoil
The protesters unfurled
a sail-shaped banner
from the mast with the
words, Climb it Change,
while the others have
attached others all over
The protest comes
days before the Climate
Conference in Paris.
Port of Greymouth. —
Arrivals: Nil. Departures: Corsair.
In port: Canopus, Latitude, 22
Greymouth vessels. Expected arrivals:
Cook Canyon, Galatea II, Jay Elaine,
Health target results
show steady progress
Jonathan Coleman says
the latest health target
results show the West
Coast District Health
Board is making steady
Nationally, the target
for more heart and
diabetes checks was met
for the first time, and
the West Coast DHB
achieved 91%. The DHB
also topped the table
for shorter stays in the
at 100%. The new
childhood obesity health
target will replace the
heart and diabetes checks
target from July 1 next
year. Heart and diabetes
checks will remain an
for DHBs to ensure the
gains made are not lost.
Dr Coleman said the
West Coast board had
received a $22 million
funding increase over
the past seven years. That
included $5 million in
new money for the year,
taking the DHB’s total
funding to $136 million
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