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Parenting order breach charge faces examination
Whether a judge had the right to issue
a warrant for potentially the first crime
of its kind in New Zealand would be
examined before a hearing into a breach
of a parenting order could take place.
Joshua Luke Wannell, of Westport,
appeared in the Greymouth District
Court on Thursday charged with a breach
of a parenting order, and two breaches of
a protection order.
Lawyer Andrew McKenzie said the
breach of the parenting order, the first
time such a charge had been brought
in New Zealand he believed, related to
Wannell picking up his son from day care,
taking him to his lawyer’s office, then
taking him home.
Mr McKenzie said police visited
Wannell at home and did not remove
the child, as they felt the child was safe.
However, a Family Court judge later
issued a warrant for the child to be
removed from his father’s care and his
client felt it was an abuse of the court
process if the judge had directed the
police to take the child.
Mr McKenzie said the judge had
potentially “donned the gun of an
advocate” if they had directed the police
as to what to do.
He also said that he had “never come
across a charge of a breach of a parenting
order . . . it seems awfully strange to
prosecute a man for it with no prior
Police prosecutor sergeant Michelle
Payne said she had reviewed the case
file, and had decided it was a “good file”,
and it was worth proceeding with the
Ms Payne said she was not sure who
had laid the charges. She knew that
Child, Youth and Family had made the
referral to the Family Court, and the
officer in charge of the case had picked
up the warrant for the seizure of the child
from the court, and had executed it.
She also said that officer would be “able
to guide” the court as to who issues the
Ms Payne said the child’s mother had
originally asked for a warrant to be issued.
However, the application was declined.
The warrant was then granted after
more evidence from the department was
Judge Gary MacAskill said the police
would have to provide the defence with
evidence from the officer in charge, or any
other officer involved in the case as to the
decision to prosecute, or continue with
Mr McKenzie also challenged whether
or not a breach had been committed
when Wannell turned up at his son’s
league practice, as he had not seen his
son, and his son had not seen him. The
mother had taken the son away from the
practice when she had seen Wannell’s car,
the court heard.
The judge said that a breach could be
committed if someone was loitering,
however Mr McKenzie said that would
surely only be the case if you were
loitering outside someone’s house, and
preventing them from going home.
The case was remanded to the nominal
date of February 12.
Warrants for arrests and remands
Mingha Bluff roadworks this week.
Roadwork sites to close on Friday
The NZ Transport Agency will be
finishing off many jobs around the
State highway network this week,
ready for works shutdown at midday
Work sites will reopen from midday
on January 6.
Transport agency journey manager
Lee Wright, urged motorists to keep
to the speed restrictions around work
“ We know people have a lot of
pressures at this time of the year,
which makes it all the more important
to build in time and not stress about
short delays. We all want to have a
safe holiday,” Ms Wright said.
Some sites will remain with speed
restrictions over the Christmas-
New Year break period due to road
“ We encourage people to plan their
journeys over the summer. A webpage
has been created so people can find
out what delays may be present in the
areas they are heading to in December
“This information is made available
through the interactive map that
currently sits on the transport
agency’s travel and traffic information
Plunket to offer new parent classes
Plunket has won the contract to
deliver pregnancy and parenting
education on the West Coast.
Changes this year to the
Ministry of Health specifications
for providing free pregnancy
and parenting education, meant
the West Coast DHB invited
organisations to submit proposals
to deliver new ser vices.
Plunket has won the contract for
the West Coast to develop a range
of course delivery options to meet
the diverse needs of expectant
parents. In line with the Ministry
of Health specifications, it will be
particularly focused on reaching
first time parents, those living in
remote areas, Maori, Pacific, Asian
parents, parents under 24 years, and
those with limited comprehension
of the English language.
The new contract, which starts in
January, also places more emphasis
on how parents can keep healthy
during pregnancy and more
support through to six weeks after
the baby is born.
The Plunket contract replaces free
ser vices offered through the DHB
and other organisations.
Canterbury and West Coast
DHB general manager planning
and funding Carolyn Gullery
said Plunket ’s involvement meant
consistent ser vices delivered close
to home for new parents and
“ Plunket has been involved with
supporting new parents and their
babies for years, and this contract
extends on that,” Ms Gullery said.
Plunket will continue to improve
access to education for parents
through the use of technology
to provide on-line education
programmes for more remote areas,
which will help increase access to
pregnancy and parenting education.
Anyone booked to begin a class
early next year will be contacted by
Plunket after the DHB transfers
their details to the new provider.
Plunket will advise parents to
be about the location of classes or
how they might access information
about pregnancy and parenting.
Chinese tour group coaches line up outside the Kingsgate Hotel in Greymouth yesterday morning.
Chinese visitor numbers are growing rapidly, boosting an already good tourist season on the West Coast.
A number of defendants at
Greymouth District Court had their
cases remanded to later dates, while
warrants were issued for a number of
others who failed to turn up for court.
Russell Murray Phillips had a case
of fighting adjourned to January 12,
while Ross Alexander Davidson, 59, of
Rutherglen, was remanded to February
9 after he pleaded not guilty to charges
of cannabis cultivation, and possession
of cannabis for supply on September
Chris Parker Phillips was remanded
to the same date after he pleaded not
guilty to making a false statement. A
charge of causing loss by deception was
withdrawn by police.
Warrants for arrest were issued for
failing to appear in court: Shannon
Hall, 19, of Greymouth, burglary and
driving while forbidden on November
28. Tina Tipui, of Dunedin, theft
and six charges of dishonest use of a
credit card. Riki Jayde Spriggs, 37, of
Greymouth, failing to appear, and Jacob
Rory McLeneghan, wilful damage.
At the court sitting last week,
warrants for arrest were issued for:
Max Nigel D uff, 28, of Rapahoe,
driving while suspended. Sloan Craig
Bullen, 19, of Blaketown, possession
of cannabis equipment and a cannabis
plant, and ecstasy. Paul Frank Donald
Best sustained loss of traction and
driving while forbidden. Leanne
Battershall possession of a cannabis
plant and cannabis equipment. Allan
John Kennett, drugs supply charges.
Troy Neal Hendry, of Blackball, was
remanded to appear in the Timaru
District Court on five counts of theft
under $500, and one charge of receiving.
Hendry pleaded guilty to three of the
theft charges, and denied the others.
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