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of the Westport News
The receivers of a Westport company
have called in a private investigator
and laid a complaint with police over
Martini Mechanical, owned by
Gillian and Scott Martini, went into
receivership in May and liquidation in
Receivers Rodgers Reidy have been
unable to locate several items of
equipment and plant, according to the
second receivers’ report.
The items included a homebuilt
domestic trailer, forklift, bobcat, hoist,
workshop press and various items that
had been at Martini Mechanical’s
Westport workshop before the receivers
“A private investigator has been
engaged in an effort to locate these
items. A complaint has also been laid
with the New Zealand Police,” the
Rodgers Reidy urged anyone who had
the items, or knew where they were, to
“O ur investigations into the location
of the missing items of plant and
equipment are ongoing. Once located,
these will be sold at public auction or
by private treaty.”
The receivers had found and taken
possession of 11 vehicles owned by
the company. Ten were sold at public
auction or by private treaty. The other
Rodgers Reidy had also located
various items of equipment and plant
and sold them, the report said.
Martini Mechanical’s general security
agreement holder, the Bank of New
Zealand, had received interim payments
totalling $130,000. BNZ was still owed
$186,300, plus interest.
The Inland Revenue Department
was owed $82,830 for GST and
PAYE arrears. No payments had been
The receivers had paid in full employee
claims for unpaid wages and holiday
pay totalling $19,548.
It was unlikely any assets would
remain to pay unsecured creditors, the
The receivers had issued invoices to
customers for work Martini Mechanical
had completed prior to ceasing trading.
So far, the receivers had collected
$119,141 and $82,400 remained
The receivers were unable to estimate
a likely completion date for the
Tuesday December 22
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Phone 768 5942 first
away peacefully on
Sunday December 20,
2015 at Richard Seddon
Dearly loved son of the
late Dorothy and
Claude, loved brother
and brother-in-law of
Alva and the late Alf
Dorothy and the late
Lou Aben (Cobden),
Beverley and the late
Arthur Smith (Grey-
mouth), and Douglas
and Allenia McArthur
(Christchurch) and a
much loved uncle and
great-uncle. In his 80th
year. Messages to 77
Greymouth 7805. A
celebration of Ron's life
will be held in the Anisy
Ceremony Centre, 77
(Wednesday) at 11am
followed by interment
at the Gladstone Park
Resting in the care of
Anisy Funeral Home,
Inquiries are continuing into the break-in
of three sheds behind the Bannockbrae Signs
premises, in Gresson Street, Greymouth,
on December 5 and police say $12,000 of
property is still missing.
Padlocks securing the sheds were cut
between December 4-5, the weekend of the
Greymouth Christmas Parade.
Senior constable Mike Tinnelly said police
were interested in receiving any information
about the burglary — particularly the
property taken from the sheds. Anyone
with any information about the following
items with approximate values in brackets
was urged to contact the Greymouth Police
They are: a contractors wheelbarrow
($250), a red and cream Honda 2kva
generator ($1500), a Robin compacting
plate ($3500), a teal Makita disk grinder
($1500), a teal Makita drill ($450), a blue
Ryobi compactor drill and its box ($300),
two spray guns worth about $350 each, a
Stihl scrub cutter with a chain saw head
($3000), a Karcher water blaster ($350), and
10 sheets of aluminium sign panels coloured
Inquiries continue over Gresson Street break-in
Ngahere woman Mary Savage thought
her Christmases had all come at once
yesterday when she was named the winner
of a new Toyota Yaris car in the Mitre
10 Mega Griffen Smith 150th year lucky
“ We wanted to celebrate 150 years of our
local firm, which has been in the Smith
family for five generations and have been
giving away great prizes, with the big prize
being the car,” retail manager Richard
Like countless shoppers at the local retail
store, Mrs Savage said she had placed an
entry in the official bin but did not fancy
“The lady at the counter encouraged
me to fill out an entry but when they
over whelmed. I think I have had my
Christmas already. It’s a nice little car
— I love it.”
Griffen and Smith Ltd Mitre 10 Mega managing director David Smith, hands the keys
to a new Toyota Yaris car to winner Mary Savage.
Christmas surprise for car winner
The Grey District Council has
given the skate park project at
Runanga a further $1519.50, on
top of $3000 already received by
the Runanga Area Association
from the Blackadder Trust.
The money is needed to pay for
fence repairs completed during
October, necessary to make the
area safe and accessible.
The association application for
a top-up fell outside the annual
A report to the meeting
evaluating the extra funding
application said the negatives were
that “it perpetuates a piecemeal
“It would be more productive to
have a holistic development plan
for Kotare Domain. The value of
the assistance sought is however
small,” the report said.
Cr Tony Coll noted the
“fantastic work” being done by the
association to improve the Kotare
Domain area at Runanga.
“I think it ’s a credit to the small
band of volunteers they have got,”
Cr Coll said the issue of
formalising a lease for the
domain with the association still
needed further consultation and
they were uncomfortable about
entering into a lease “until they
see it”. In this context the funding
recommendation was a one-off.
Council gives funds to Runanga skate park
Numbers using the Runanga
Ser vice Centre are significantly
down on last year, the Grey
District Council says.
Overall use appears to have
almost halved this year.
The centre had 58 council-
October 27 and November 27,
and 201 NZ Post customers.
For the year to the end of
November it had 367 council-
related customers while NZ Post
agency specific customers were
significantly down on last year, at
The total last year for council-
related customers was 650 while
NZ Post had 2113 customers.
customers, non-paying customers
dropping off or picking up mail,
and general council inquires.
Meanwhile, use of the Runanga
Library is also down.
It issued 64 items during
November, compared to 83 for the
same month last year.
Overall, the library had 28 visits
last month compared to 44 in
November 2014. For the 2015-16
year to date the library received
118 visitors overall. It received
151 visitors in the same period
The Grey District Council
currently has 130 active leases on
Two of those are harbour board
leases which are currently in the
process of being freeholded.
The council also has 136 active
licences to occupy, which include
road reserve rental land and
Visitors to the Grey District
Library are down by more than
2500 for the 2015-16 year
compared with the same period in
In total the library had received
41,170 visitors for the 2015-
16 year to date compared with
43,749 visitors in 2014-15.
Last month the library received
8017 visitors, compared to 9951
in the same month last year.
Issues including physical and
on-line items for 2015-16 were
33,587 compared to 36,740 the
Patronage of the Grey District
Aquatic Centre in the month
November 30 was down by 680
swimmers compared with the
same month last year.
The pool had 10,148 swimmers
through the doors last month,
with 794 of those using the
hydroslide. In November 2014 it
had 10,828 swimmers, of which
683 were hyrdroslide users.
For the five-month period
between July 1 and November 30
the pool had 38,684 swimmers, a
couple of hundred less than the
same period last year (38,897).
During October, the combined
pool and hydroslides had to
be shut for 4.5 hours in total
as a result of two faecal
An injured man had to be picked up by
helicopter after a hang gliding accident near
Glenorchy on Saturday.
St John communication adviser Ian
Henderson, of Christchurch, said the man
in his 30s was flown from Mount Judah to
He had moderate injuries.
— Otago Daily Times
Injured pilot flown out
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