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Mt Davy mine interest
Goldmining Service Ltd has
applied to prospect over 2729 square
kilometres in the Wanganui forest,
near Hari Hari. Its shareholders are
Jiantao Bi and Liying Wang. Roa
Mining has applied to explore 3393ha
around Mt Davy for coal.
Buller pick-up for
The NZCC Rescue Helicopter was
called out from Greymouth early this
morning for a medical pick-up in
2015 quieter for quakes
After a shaky start to 2015 with the
magnitude 6 Wilberforce earthquake
near Arthur’s Pass, things got quieter
around New Zealand, Geonet said
today. The South Island continued to
dominate in the larger earthquakes
stakes, with the 6.2 earthquake
between Kaikoura and St Arnaud
in late April and the 5.8 Matukituki
quake, near Wanaka, a week later. After
May, New Zealand quieted down, with
no major earthquakes reported for
the rest of the year. “Generally, 2015
turned out to be quieter than 2014
... So what does this mean for 2016?
Unfortunately, there is no crystal ball
to tell us what our ‘Shaky Isles’ will do
next,” Geonet said in a statement.
A body discovered at Boulder
Beach, D unedin, on Monday has
been confirmed as missing 52-year-
old D unedin man Stephen Gourlay.
There were no suspicious
circumstances around his death.
— Otago Daily Times
Departures: Cook Canyon,
Moon Shadow, three Greymouth
vessels. In port: 15 Greymouth
vessels. Expected arrivals: Galatea
II, Saturday; Cook Canyon, Moon
appallingly’ at party
Two women were warned not to interrupt
the court as they were remanded on bail
yesterday for assault after “behaving
appallingly” at a party in Runanga.
Abigail Bennington, 21, of Karoro, and
Blaze Eva Maxwell, 25, of Runanga, both
denied the charge.
Both put their hands up to speak while
standing in the dock, but were admonished
by Judge Stephen O’Driscoll, “don’t
interrupt while the sergeant is speaking”.
Police said they had found “a lot of booze”
at the party, in which the two women
had been involved. Officers did not know
whether or not they had been drinking, as
they had not been breath tested.
However, police said the pair had been
involved in “behaviour that is appalling”.
“I don’t see how any sober or rational
people would have behaved as these people
did as a group,” the judge said.
Police also said that the offer had been
made to withdraw the charges if the two
women engaged in restorative justice,
however they had refused to do so.
Brandon Michael Evans Hooper, 24, of
Karoro, was remanded on bail to February 9
on charges of dishonestly using a bank card
on September 13, driving while disqualified,
and a breach of community work.
A Cobden man who told police he drove
while disqualified to get away from an
argument was convicted of the offence and
remanded on bail until March for sentence.
On December 17, L ee Paul Fraser was
banned from driving for three months,
but on December 21 he was stopped by
police driving in Shakespeare Street. He
told police he had been driving because he
wanted to get away from an address where
he had had an argument.
A Blaketown man was told that as he
had been involved in 34 domestic-related
incidents that had been reported to police,
he would not be able to see his partner, the
victim of a male assaults female charge, as
he was remanded to February 10.
Dillon Tucker, 28, had earlier denied the
charge, which was remanded in order for a
lawyer to be assigned to assist him with the
However Tucker said a condition of his
bail, forbidding him from seeing the victim
of the offending, was someone who with his
children, he saw all the time.
He said the bail condition was “setting me
up to fail”.
However, Judge Stephen O’Driscoll was
unsympathetic: “You have been the subject
of 34 domestic-related incidents reported
to police ... don’t breach this condition of
A Greymouth woman who hit a letterbox
and lamp-post while driving drunk had
been suffering from “emotional turmoil” at
the time, her lawyer told the Greymouth
Anna Ruth Thomas, 26, was convicted
of excess breath-alcohol of 529mg and
careless driving, on December 9.
Thomas was driving in Greymouth when
she had to swerve and hit a letterbox and
lamp post. Despite the crash she drove
home, however when police caught up with
her she was breath tested and blew 529mcg
Thomas told police the crash had
happened due to alcohol, and she had been
“quite upset ” and had looked down at the
Lawyer Liz Bulger said that Thomas
had been going through “quite a lot of
emotional turmoil” at the time, which had
led to “significant financial issues”.
“Her solution on this particular evening
was drinking far too much,” the lawyer said.
Grant Andrew Reyland was convicted
of two charges of careless driving causing
injury and was remanded for sentence on
On October 27, Reyland was driving
through the Upper Buller Gorge on his
Harley Davidson motorbike when he
swer ved on to the wrong side of the road
and drove straight into a car. The driver
and passenger of the car suffered hand, arm
and back fractures, and were airlifted to
Reyland told police that he had swerved
to avoid an obstruction, but wished he had
swer ved to the left not the right.
Alex Matthew Kinsella, 26, of Blaketown,
was convicted of possession of a cannabis
pipe, cannabis seeds and threatening
behaviour, and remanded on bail for
sentence on March 8.
On December 12, Kinsella was at home
when he got into an argument with his
partner, who called the police. Instead,
Kinsella grabbed the phone from her and
refused to give it back.
When police turned up they found
cannabis utensils, cannabis seeds and a
bong used for smoking the drug.
Jeremy Raymond Stevenson, 35, was
remanded on bail to April 5 for sentence
on his eighth charge of driving while
On June 9, Stevenson was banned from
driving for one year but on October 26
he was stopped by police driving on State
highway 6 because he was not wearing a
seatbelt. He admitted to police that he was
a banned driver.
The following warrants were issued for
defendants who failed to appear in court
yesterday: Matthew Joshua Luke Brown,
21, of Hokitika, for excess breath alcohol of
748mg on November 22; Max Nigel Duff,
22, of Rapahoe, for driving while suspended
on November 2, and breach of bail on
November 8; Riki Jayde Spriggs, for a third
charge of driving while disqualified; Grant
Irwin Blair, 44, of Cobden, for breaching
his court release conditions; Russell
Murray Phillips, of no fixed address, for
two breaches of a protection order. Phillips
had a charge of common assault adjourned
and was convicted of fighting and fined
ANISY FUNERAL HOME
HALLINAN, Carol. —
Five years ago today
Time takes away the
edge of grief
But memory turns back
Brian, Laura, Daniel,
Nicholas and families.
peacefully in sleep on
December 3, 2015. Long
time friend of Barry
Arthur and all who knew
her. Barry Arthur and
Chrissy's family wish to
acknowledge the care
and friendship of the
nurses who did more
for her than asked.
We acknowledge their
kindness and care, in
Mead. Chrissy died with
courage and dignity.
Alexander (Tas). — On
January 11, 2016, peace-
Dementia Care Home;
aged 85 years. Dearly
loved husband and soul-
mate of Pat. A much
loved and respected
father and father-in-law
of Kerrie and Bernie
Jenkins, Stephen and
Lynn, Marion and Paul,
Andrew and Kristy.
Much loved Pop of his
16 grandchildren and a
loved grand-Pop of his
Much loved brother and
brother-in-law of John
and Pat, Roy and
Wendy, Kevin and
Helen, and the late
Hopkins, and loved
uncle of his nephews
and nieces. Messages to
the Henry family, C/-
PO Box 11101, Christ-
church 8443. The family
would like to acknow-
ledge the tremendous
love and care shown to
Tas from the staff at
Avonlea Dementia Care
Home. In lieu of
flowers, donations to the
Avonlea Dementia Care
Home would be appreci-
ated and can be made at
the service. A funeral
service will be held at
Our Lady of Victories
Catholic Church, 106
Main South Road, Sock-
January 16 at 10.30am.
Followed by interment
at Yaldhurst Cemetery.
RIP. Academy Funeral
Phone (03) 343 0919.
Patricia. — Mary, Joan,
Ray (Barney), sister-in-
law Anne and families
wish to express a
personal thank you to all
those who sent cards,
flowers and phone calls
when Margaret passed.
Also to those who
attended the Rosary and
the Requiem Mass, your
support was warmly
felt. Many thanks to
O'Connor and Father
your support, care and
prayers. To our neigh-
bours who baked and
came and sat with us,
thank you. To the Dixon
House Staff and Kowhai
Manor Staff, no words
can express our grateful
thanks, may God bless
you all. To Lawrence
and the team at Anisy
Funeral Home, our very
special thanks. Please
accept this as a personal
acknowledgment of our
Opposition is building to a new bottle
store proposed for Hokitika, effectively
a fourth liquor off-licence within a short
Auckland-based 999 Trading Ltd applied
to the District Licensing Committee for the
issue of conditions of an off-licence to be
known as Brews Hokitika, operating out of
the Tancred Street premises until recently
occupied by AMI Insurance and Stonewood
The application cites the general nature
of the business to be conducted under the
licence is a bottle store.
If it goes ahead it would be the fourth
liquor outlet across three streets — Hokitika
Super Liquor and the West Coast Wine
Company, in Revell Street, and Hokitika
The Super Liquor franchise is part of the
Beachfront Hotel complex, owned by a
group of Hokitika investors.
Chairman Peter Cuff said yesterday the
town was not big enough to warrant another
“ While competition can be good, Hokitika
doesn’t have the population to support
another liquor outlet,” Mr Cuff said.
The Beachfront board was to meet last
night to discuss lodging an objection.
The last day for public submissions is
Companies Office records show the
company behind the development was newly
incorporated on December 23.
Its sole director is listed as Vijay Kumari
Goel, of Pukekohe. Its registered office is
31 George Street, Tuakau, which is also an
outlet for an Auckland Super Liquor store.
Efforts to contact the director yesterday
The proposed bottle store is connected to
the family of Westland District Council
district assets group manager Vivek Goel.
Mr Goel yesterday directed questions to be
e-mailed to an e-mail address for the new
PICTURE: Janna Sherman
The vacant Tancred Street building
earmarked for a new bottle store.
Opposition building to
new Hokitika bottle store
The New Zealand Transport Authority
(NZTA) has accepted that it is responsible
for a number of unkempt amenity areas
along the Coast Road following a request by
the Grey District Council last month for an
“ urgent tidy-up”.
The council met with NZTA officials
shortly before Christmas after staff reported
a number of public complaints at the
December council meeting, particularly in
relation to the Strongman Memorial reser ve.
Other unmown roadside areas at Twelve
Mile, Fourteen Mile and Seventeen Mile
were also not up to standard and the gravel
bund on the northern side of the Cobden
Bridge looked “shocking” and was not a good
look to the burgeoning numbers of tourists
arriving in town, the council said.
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said the NZTA
had now responded that rest areas along
State highway 6 were its responsibility and
mowing and maintenance work was included
in their contracts.
“They ’re following up with their contractors
as to the extent of what maintenance they
do,” Mr Kokshoorn said yesterday.
This was timely given the summer grass
growth rate left the roadsides scruffy if not
“I ’m pleased, it’s just a matter of making
sure their contractors do their job because
this is the time of the year grass grows fast.
It’s paid for by taxpayers and ratepayers.
We’ve got make sure it’s done.”
NZTA had also confirmed that their
contracts included the repair and maintenance
of rest area tables.
Mr Kokshoorn said the council had been
told the gravel bund on the roadway at the
Cobden Bridge intersection would have to
stay for safety reasons , although there was a
possibility it could be beautified.
“It stops rocks that fall from the bluff and
hit vehicles. They (NZTA) have no plans to
remove the barrier due to budget constrains
and other higher priorities at the moment.
However, they will consider beautifying those
banks which is good because it reflects on the
NZTA accepts responsibility for
Coast Road amenity areas
Christine May Billet, 63, of
Blaketown, was convicted of wilful
trespass and given a six-month
suspended sentence when she yesterday
admitted trespassing on Greymouth
Billet had previously been trespassed
from the supermarket for two years; the
trespass notice ran out only yesterday.
However, on December 12 she visited
the supermarket, as she thought that
the ban ran out in November.
Lawyer Vicki Walsh told the
Greymouth District Court that Billet
genuinely thought the trespass was
over, and was not aware it had another
two months left to run.
The defendant had gone back to the
supermarket five times while the notice
had been in place, and only on the last
visit had a fresh trespass notice been
issued against her.
Tania Marie Bradley, 45, of Dobson,
was convicted of a third charge of
driving while disqualified and a third
charge of excess breath-alcohol of
858mg on September 16, and remanded
on bail for sentence to April 5.
On September 16, Bradley was driving
in Greymouth when she was stopped by
police due to her driving and was breath
She told police she had drunk one
beer, and admitted being a banned
Jade Frances Morrison had a charge of
injuring with intent to injure withdrawn
New World despite
A Greymouth man who took
his cousin “out for some fun”
because it was his birthday was
yesterday banned from driving
for six months and fined $400
for driving while forbidden and
sustained loss of traction.
The Greymouth District Court
heard that Paul Frank Donald
Best, 19, had been banned from
driving on April 3 until he got
his driving licence.
However, in November, Best
was at a party at the Runanga
Rugby League Clubrooms when
he drove while still forbidden,
having put registration plates on
the car from another vehicle.
He spun the car around the car
park of the club, sending stones
and gravel everywhere, and only
left after a member of the club
asked him to go.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said
Best had been at his cousin’s
birthday party and wanted to
take him out in the car for some
Harvey James Hutson, 17,
of Blackball, was convicted of
possession of cannabis and fined
On November 29 while in
a car park in Nelson, his car
was searched by police. They
found 2.9g of loose cannabis
in Hutson’s pocket, along
with 4.75g of the drug in
Hutson admitted the loose
cannabis was his, but the tinnies
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said
Hutson had been told by an
employer who had just given
him an apprenticeship that he
was not encouraged to proceed
with it due to his drug use.
Paul Gray, 33, of Cobden,
was remanded to February
11 for possession of a taser,
possession of cannabis for
supply and cannabis cultivation,
on September 17.
Brendon John Baldwin, 42,
of Greymouth, was remanded
to March 7 to defend a charge
of breach of a protection order,
after he pleaded not guilty.
Benjamin Anthony Webster,
of Dobson, was remanded to
February 9 for a breach of
special release conditions.
Clinton Francis Hahn, 41,
of Ahaura, was remanded to
February 9 for causing grievous
bodily harm on December 18.
Jethro Battershall Macdonald,
23, of Cobden, was remanded
to February 9 for not displaying
evidence of a vehicle inspection,
dangerous driving, driving with
no vehicle inspection evidence,
driving in contravention of his
restricted licence, and driving
while his licence was suspended,
on October 6.
Shawn Patrick Watkins, 20,
of Cobden, was convicted
of sustained loss of traction,
banned from driving for six
months and fined $300.
On July 14, Watkins was
driving in Cobden when he
sped up and spun the wheels
on his car. The car stalled and
he restarted it and drove off,
however he had been reported
to police after members of the
public saw smoke and smelled
burning rubber coming from his
When questioned by police
Watkins admitted that he had
been an “idiot ”, as he had been
trying to do skids.
Dilwyn John Clements
Edwards, 63, of Cobden, was
remanded on bail to February 9
to enter pleas on five charges of
dangerous driving on November
7, two of reckless driving and
forcibly hindering a tanker
Driving ban after taking
cousin ‘out for some fun’
A Christchurch man facing three charges
of shoplifting, breach of bail, breach of
community work and two charges of driving
while disqualified had his sentencing in the
Greymouth District Court adjourned in
order for an address to be assessed as being
suitable for a community-based sentence.
Tyler Corkin Keene failed to keep an
appointment with Community Probation
about an address of his being assessed as
suitable or not for a community detention
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Keene had
assumed that “all parts of the justice system
were connected” and that a previous bail
address would be automatically assessed as
possibly suitable for community detention.
Mr Bodle said Keene was “quite keen to
get things dealt with,” but Judge Stephen
O’Driscoll did not believe that.
“I am struggling with that. He was given
120 hours of community work in March,
and he has done 45 minutes — that shows
complete arrogance ... it shows little care for
the court’s authority.”
Judge O’Driscoll wondered aloud if a “short,
sharp trip into custody while a report is being
done might sharpen his senses”.
Mr Bodle said Keene had just assumed his
previous bail address would be passed on to
The judge agreed to adjourn sentencing
until April 5.
Man does 45 minutes of 170 hour sentence
A spark from a rifle is the likely
cause of a fire that consumed 72ha of
an island in the Waitaki River at the
weekend, police say.
Hunters were using rifles on the island
in the hours leading up to the fire and
police say “strong evidence” at the scene
indicates the fire was started by a spark
from a firearm.
Constable Craig Bennett, of Kurow,
said hunters on the island at the time
of the fire were forced to abandon their
camp site because of the speed the fire
The hunters had adhered to good
shooting practices, making sure they
were firing towards the ground, but
conditions were extremely dry in the
“It shows how dry our conditions are
and that the smallest of sparks can have
a very significant impact,” Mr Bennett
Two helicopters and three rural fire
crews battled the blaze until dark on
Saturday and the site was monitored
overnight by deputy principal rural
officer Kerry O’Neill.
Ten firefighters and one helicopter
remained at the scene on Sunday and
by 4pm, they had contained the fire to
Criminal charges were unlikely
because there did not appear to be any
carelessness in the hunters’ use of the
firearms, Mr Bennett said.
“But there certainly may be recovery
sought by the Fire Service,” he said.
— Otago Daily Times
Spark from rifle likely
cause of Waitaki fire
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