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In a report about
the clean-up at Lake
Brunner, in the
Greymouth Star on
Monday, comments in
the final three paragraphs
should have been
attributed to West Coast
Fish and Game manager
Dean Kelly, not West
Coast Regional Council
chief executive Chris
A Kaiata man who punched and
slapped his former partner’s friend
after some “banter” between the
two was told by a judge that were
it not for a sentencing indication of
community detention, he would be
“getting something much worse”,
in the Greymouth District Court
Lawrence Moana Waiwai was
sentenced to three months of
community detention after being
convicted of a charge of common
On December 15 last year the
victim had been having dinner at the
house Waiwai shared with his then
He had been out at the back of the
house, and had drunk four beers.
When he came into the house he
engaged in some “ banter” with his
Taking offence at comment she
made, he punched her and slapped
her twice, knocking her off her chair.
She sustained swelling to the face
and had skin taken off her nose, and
she fled the scene.
Judge Gary MacAskill said the
main issue was the defendant ’s
history of violent offending.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said
Waiwai knew he would have to
“forgo any kind of violent offending
in the future or he’s going to be in
Mr Bradley had advocated for a
sentence of community work and
super vision, however the judge said
that with a history of eight previous
convictions for violence, the most
recent of which occurred in 2014,
Waiwai could “count himself lucky
it’s just community detention”, the
‘”Just for example, look at his most
recent conviction, he got community
work and intensive supervision,
and he still re-offends, what am I
supposed to do, more of the same,
more of the same doesn’t work, he’s
lucky he’s not going to jail.
I was starting sentencing
without a sentencing indication
he might be getting something
much worse than he is getting
The judge told Waiwai that he
could not “expect the court to be
lenient with this serious social
problem when you contribute to it
in the way you do, community work,
you have proven has not done it
for you and you have continued to
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The future of the Ross Police
Station could be announced this
However, concerns are held that
a current stalemate with police
management for information
does not signal good news for the
sole charge station.
to contact police head office,
which will be deciding whether
to reopen or close the station,
Westland Mayor Mike Havill
said he was advised yesterday that
a conference call with Tasman
police district Superintendent
Karyn Malthus had been
confirmed for tomorrow.
The fate of the Ross police
position comes as part of a West
Coast review of policing numbers
instigated by Ms Malthus.
West Coast police area
commander Inspector John
Canning and senior sergeant Phil
Barker, of Greymouth police, told
a 100-strong community meeting
in Ross last month that a decision
around the continuation of the
rural station, which has been
vacant since April, was expected
in the week of December 10.
Public consultation was to
As of yesterday, no announce-
ment had come, or any response
to submissions launched against
the proposed closure.
Attempts by Ross Community
McBeath and Mayor Havill
to contact those involved with
the review went unanswered,
and a meeting with the deputy
commissioner in Wellington last
week was also stonewalled.
Mr McBeath said the
sudden unavailability of police
management did not look good.
“They’ve all ducked for cover
at the moment, which gives me
a bad feeling about the whole
Previous efforts to keep the
police presence had usually been
met with a decision a few days
following a public meeting. The
town meeting was held a month
Mr Canning has also been
unavailable to respond to the
matter due to being in mediation
over an employment dispute with
Ms Malthus. The Guardian was
told yesterday he was on leave for
the rest of the week.
Mr Canning supported the
directive of the meeting to lobby
police bosses on the Ross police
position before the decision
A number of submissions from
Ross, Hari Hari and Hokitika
stakeholders were for warded to
acting Deputy Commissioner
Grant Nichols a fortnight ago.
The wide review of staffing and
the structure of policing across
the West Coast was announced
in June, with Ms Malthus saying
the West Coast was overstaffed
by 2.9 full-time equivalent staff
All 65 police staff were to be
involved in the review process.
Locals concerned over Ross
police station’s future
Greymouth Grey Power topped off
a busy year with a celebratory meal
attended by over 50 people yesterday.
President Arthur Jamieson said
Grey Power on the West Coast was
now the single largest community-led
organisation with 530 members.
The lobby group actively worked for
its members at both a local and national
level to keeps tabs on various issues
affecting its members.
Mr Jamieson said 2015 had been
a busy year, with monthly meetings
including regular guest speakers and
the opportunity to advocate for its
An advantage now of joining was that
it now had its own electricity retailer,
Grey Power Electricity, offering a
competitive price to members.
He outlined the three primary
advantages for local retirees in taking
up Grey Power membership as the
discounts available through local
retailers, monthly afternoon tea
meetings with guest speakers, and access
to a national organisation which had a
“direct line” to Parliament.
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Clarice Muir, right, Margaret and Arthur Jamieson, joined in a festive meal at the Union Hotel yesterday to mark the end of
the 2015 programme for Greymouth Grey Power.
Over 50 attend Grey Power celebratory meal
A Runanga man who dragged
his partner along by her hair
during a drunken argument was
jailed for six months on charges
of male assaults female, assault
with intent to injure and breach
of community work, theft and
driving while forbidden. He
pleaded guilty to the charges.
Manu Jason Harris had been at
a dairy in Runanga on June 24
when he got in to an argument
with the victim. She told him to
leave, so he grabbed her bag and
said if he was going to leave, she
would have to leave with him.
Harris then grabbed the victim
by her hair, and dragged her
across the road. He stood over
her and prevented her from going
back across the road. He also
grabbed the victim by the throat
during the attack.
The victim denied to police that
the incident had occurred, and
Harris said that he had grabbed
the victim by her hood, and she
had fallen over and grazed her
Lawyer George Linder said
Harris accepted he had displayed
“abhorrent behaviour”. However,
he was still living with the victim
of his assault, to whom he was
Mr Linder said the relationship
was “going very well”, as neither
of them any longer drank alcohol.
However, Harris’s home address
was not suitable for consideration
for an electronically monitored
sentence, as the victim was still
Judge Gary MacAskill said
Harris had three previous
convictions with a violent
element, and five previous
breaches of community based
sentences and refused to consider
any other sentence, other than
“ You have had your chances Mr
Harris, today you will be held to
For the assault, which the judge
said was the lead charge, Harris
was sentenced to six months’
jail. That was uplifted by two
months for the personal nature
of the offending, and that it was
committed while on bail, however
he was given a two month credit
for his guilty plea. He was also
fined $250 on the driving charge.
Jail for drunken assault on partner
Two Blaketown men who were involved in
a fight in central Greymouth were convicted
of disorderly behaviour likely to cause
violence, and given sentences of community
work and fines after both admitting the
charges, in the Greymouth District Court
Timothy George Black, 18, and Jordyn
Ross Coppell, 22, were in a car on Tainui
Street on November 9, when they saw
someone they did not like.
Black parked the car outside the Bank
of New Zealand on Tainui Street. Black
approached the man and got into a fight with
him, during which he and the complainant
The court heard that people on the street
and in local businesses saw the scuffle, and
some called the police.
When the victim ran off and got into
his car, both Black and Coppell attacked his
car, kicking the back of it, leaving a large
When he was questioned by police, Black
said the victim “had it coming ”, while
Coppell told police he was just sticking up
for his mate.
Lawyer George Linder, who represented
both men, said the fight came about as a
result of a “ long running dispute”.
He said the complainant had left some
“ very unsavoury notes” at Coppell’s house.
He also said that Coppell had tried to
break-up the fight involving his friend.
Black was sentenced to 50 hours of
community work, while Coppell was fined
A Cobden woman whose cannabis use
“snowballed” into her supplying her friends
with it was convicted of a variety of drugs
charges and remanded for sentencing on
Toni Buchanan, 26, was convicted of three
charges of selling cannabis between May 4
and July 17, 11 charges of offering to sell
cannabis, possession of a cannabis bong on
August 21, possession of cannabis seeds
and a plant on August 21, and two charges
of procuring a cannabis plant between
June 24 and July 21, after admitting all the
On August 18, the police carried out
a drugs investigation, which identified
Buchanan as a drugs supplier from texts
which had been sent between April 16 and
A police search of her home on August
21 found cannabis in various forms,
alongside other items, and mobile phones.
In her linen cupboard and bedroom, police
found a combined 45.45grams of cannabis.
As well 192 cannabis seeds found in a
blue box in the garage, there was a cannabis
A police examination of the text messages
sent by Buchanan found she had made
42 attempts to sell the drug, most in foil
packets, costing between $15 and $20.
Lawyer George Linder said Buchanan
had started using cannabis after being
introduced to it by her friends, and her use
had since “snowballed ” into her supplying
A Blackball man who hit his partner after
she woke him up from a drunken slumber
was remanded on bail to April 19 for him
to engage in relationship counselling, on a
charge of assault on November 13 which he
pleaded guilty to.
Adrian Turahui Winiata, 34, had been
asleep at home on the couch, after a
drinking session when he was woken up by
his partner who was trying to get him into
bed. The two got into an argument, and the
defendant stormed off. His partner followed
to try and stop him from leaving, and he hit
She suffered bruised ribs and a bruised
When questioned by police, Winiata said
he had lashed out at his partner because he
had “freaked out ”.
Mr Linder said the complainant had
not thought Winiata had intentionally hit
her, and that after initially not realising he
had hit his partner, Winiata had been “so
distressed” about the marks his attack had
left on her, that he had called the police
himself. However, judge Gary MacAskill
expressed his scepticism about the excuse
offered by Winiata.
“If he did not intend to hit her, he would
not have committed the offence.”
The judge said that as the couple were
living together, there would be no need for
the case to be referred to restorative justice,
however he thought the pair might benefit
from some relationship counselling.
A Blackball man who said that he drove
drunk after his sober driver had an asthma
attack was convicted of excess breath-alcohol,
banned from driving for eight months
and fined $1150 when he admitted the
On October 24 at 11.40pm, Ivan Matthew
Jarlor, 42, of Blackball, was stopped by police
driving on State highway 73 at Kumara.
He was breath tested, and blew 731mg of
alcohol per litre of breath.
Jarlor told police that he had drunk a
“couple of beers”.
Lawyer Vicki Walsh said that the
defendant had been drinking after the death
of his mother, and a friend had driven him
to the beach. However, his friend had an
asthma attack, and Jarlor had made the
“ judgement call to drive”.
Ms Walsh therefore asked for the
minimum ban and fine to be imposed on
Judge MacAskill refused to believe the
excuse offered by Jarlor.
“ You took a risk with your life and the lives
of others. I’m not convinced a minimum ban
A Waimakariri man who was charged
with drink-driving after a “ big night” was
remanded on bail to January 12 for sentence
for a third charge of excess breath alcohol
on October 24. He pleaded guilty to the
Ross Adam Smith, 37, was stopped by
police in Greymouth at 4.08pm on October
24. When he was breath tested he blew
441mg of alcohol per litre of breath. He told
police that he had “only had two pints” to
drink, however he also said that he had had
a “big night last night”.
Lawyer Vicki Walsh said that despite this
being Smith’s third drink-driving conviction,
he did “not have a drink problem”.
Ms Walsh said Smith came to Greymouth
for the street racing and “never believed
he was over the limit”. However, she
said Smith admitted he had not taken
into account what he had drunk the night
Evan Howard Turner was convicted of
drink-driving, driving while suspended and
giving false details on September 20, and
remanded for sentencing on January 12. He
pleaded guilty to the charges.
Lawyer George Linder said that it was
his fourth conviction for driving while
suspended, with the last conviction coming
A Cobden woman who
suffered from “cylical behaviour”
of being “very good” and “highly
distressed ” was sentenced to an
extra 10 months of intensive
super vision, on top of her
Shanar Ruiha Rose-Ann Yorke,
36, of Cobden, was convicted
of threatening behaviour, two
charges of assaulting police and
a breach of intensive supervision.
She was remanded for sentence
to December 8.
Judge Gary MacAskill said
for a variety of offences, the
defendant was sentenced to
intensive supervision, however
complied with her sentence.
Yorke had been subject to
judicial monitoring, and when
the judge who had imposed such
monitoring on Yorke received its
most recent report, she thought
the defendant had already been
sentenced on the current charges.
The judge said when he
received another report on
health issues suffered by Yorke,
he was “left in a quandary as to
what the appropriate outcome is,
as she continues to offend. I am
not in habit of sending people
with Yorke’s issues to jail, while
they are unwell, but I need to see
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said
Yorke suffered from “cyclical”
behaviour, which varied between
her being “very good ” or “highly
distressed. However, Mr Bradley
said that Yorke “needed to
engage” with the help being
offered to her, as the court was
“sympathetic towards her health
history”, which he said was
“protracted and debilitating”.
wonderful she is to deal with ...
but there is this other side,” he
‘Other side’ to ‘wonderful’ woman’s behaviour
Men involved in fight given
community work and fine
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