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turn his life
A Reefton man with a serious alcohol problem
was warned in the Greymouth District Court
on Friday to turn his life around.
Zak Richard Hawes was sentenced on three
counts of assault, possessing an offensive
weapon and wilful damage. He pleaded guilty
in November to all charges, which arose from
an incident in Nelson in August when he
caused a commotion at his brother’s workplace
after a dispute over a motor vehicle.
Hawes appeared before Judge Tom Gilbert
on Friday for sentence, and also pleaded guilty
to a new charge of intentional damage after an
incident on January 3, in Reefton.
A further charge of speaking threateningly
Police said the latest incident was the result
of a drunken and aggressive escapade in which
Hawes frightened a Reefton resident in her
home, throwing rocks through a ranchslider
door and some windows before head-butting
In the Nelson incident last year Hawes was
also under the influence and things got violent.
Hawes punched his brother and assaulted
another worker who tried to inter vene before
he was evicted to the street. Hawes continued
his carry-on outside his brother’s workplace,
yelling abuse and jumping on a work vehicle,
and then re-entered the premises, picked up a
spanner and used it in a threatening manner.
Hawes was evicted again after a further
assault and he then proceeded to yell and rip
off his shirt while standing outside, police said.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Hawes was seeking
“a pragmatic approach” to sentencing.
He asked for a short, sharp sentence of home
detention, with conditions, because he did not
believe he could keep away from alcohol while
undertaking longer community-based sentence.
Mr Zintl said alcohol was “the driver of Mr
Judge Gilbert said he was thinking more along
the lines of super vision as part of a community
detention sentence, with overnight curfews.
“The difficulty for him is that it will leave
temptation during the day,” Mr Zintl replied.
The judge pointed out that Hawes had
acknowledged a drinking problem and it would
be down to him to kick the habit, regardless of
what the court imposed.
“There will be a time when Mr Hawes has
to take responsibility for managing his alcohol
use,” the judge said.
The offender had a lot going for him if he
could keep “on top of the alcohol” which was
ruining his life.
Hawes received 100 hours of community
work and was ordered to pay $600 reparation
for the damage caused in the Reefton incident.
For the Nelson assaults and possession of
an offensive weapon he was sentenced to five
months’ community detention and ordered
to live at a Reefton address and maintain
an overnight curfew from 6pm to 6am. He
also received nine months’ super vision with
conditions, to undertake any counselling as
directed and with the special condition that he
not possess or consume alcohol.
Judge Gilbert noted that Hawes was a
“substantial risk” of reoffending due to
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A Christchurch man was remanded at large
until February 10 for a judge-alone trial date
to be set in the Greymouth District Court
following unspecified charges related to an
incident on the West Coast.
The appearance of Samuel Jackson, 26,
of Woolston, at the February hearing was
excused by Judge Tom Gilbert on Friday.
A charge arising out of an alleged domestic
violence matter against Jae Andrew Edwards,
27, of Taylorville, was dismissed on Friday
after the police offered no evidence prior to a
scheduled judge-alone trial.
Police prosecutor sergeant Graeme Eden
said one witness had been summoned and
the complainant had advised just before court
was due to start that she was going to attend
the hearing, but neither were going to be
showing up, “so I offer no evidence on this
Zepplin Marc Eason made a voluntary
appearance in court after an arrest warrant
for breach of community work was previously
issued but not ser ved.
Eason told the judge he had been unwell
and had supplied a medical certificate
to Community Corrections but did not
realise he had to supply one for a whole
Corrections said Eason still had 36 hours to
Judge Gilbert said he would convict and
discharge Eason to give him “a hurry along” to
complete his remaining hours.
Man remanded at large on
When Megan Colville, five, could not sell her lemonade at the Kumara Races when they were abandoned, she set up
close to home on Ridgeway Drive, Greymouth. The enterprising youngster soon had a queue of customers.
Enterprising youngster has customers lining up
of the Hokitika Guardian
Inquiries at the
Hokitika iSite show the
Hokitika Gorge is the
most popular tourist
attraction in the district.
Council customs ser vice
and iSite manager Maire
Hearty said queries about
the scenic gorge far
outnumbered any other
inquiry handled in the
showed 437 queries
about the gorge over
two months, 140 about
freedom camping, 89 for
Lake Kaniere and 55 for
Hokitika Gorge features
on the Air New Zealand
website so a lot of visitors
arrived at the iSite
already knowing about
the beauty spot — mostly
by word of mouth — but
did not know how to get
Conser vation senior
ranger Paul Davidson
said about 30,000 people
visited the gorge annually.
adequate but capacity
could be extended if
a proposed loop track
was given approval, Mr
Meanwhile, Ms Hearty
reported that demand
for accommodation over
the Christmas-New Year
period had been “very
“There is very little in
Hokitika and down the
Coast,” she said.
travellers were being
placed in out-of-town
Ms Hearty saw as a
positive and a good way
of spreading the word.
The Hokitika iSite is
open seven days over
the busiest period with
eight full and part-time
staff working shifts from
8.30am to 6pm weekdays,
and 5pm closing on
weekends until March 1.
of the Hokitika Guardian
A museum replica of the Seddon family
homestead that once stood in Kumara
has been suggested for the historic site.
The concept was broached late last
night during the long weekend of
festivities in Hokitika and Kumara
commemorating former New Zealand
Premier Richard John Seddon’s arrival
on the West Coast 150 years ago.
Genealogist Maurice Payn — born and
bred Kumara and whose grandmother
was employed by the Seddons — said
similar displays were found elsewhere
in the country and were managed
by a custodian on behalf of local
The Seddon site, on the eastern
outskirts of the township, is already a
registered historic reser ve. During the
celebrations over Westland Anniversary
Weekend, Heritage NZ unveiled a
second interpretation panel at the site of
the former Queens’s Hotel, which was
Seddon’s first home in Kumara before he
built the family home next door.
Ruins remain on the site of the house,
which the family lived in until relocating
to Wellington in 1895.
Mr Payn said photographs could help
replicate the house.
Some items of interest could also be
added, including a 140-year-old clock
that was gifted to his grandmother,
Joanna Scetterini and her husband
Francis Payn, on their wedding day.
Miss Scetterini was a housekeeper for
the Seddons. Mr Payn said the premier
also paid for her wedding.
The clock is still in Kumara, in the care
of his brother Joe Payn.
Maurice Payn said the museum
concept had been discussed among some
of the Seddon descendants and he next
planned to raise it with West Coast-
Tasman MP Damien O’Connor before
exploring funding options.
Jane Seddon, a granddaughter of
Richard Seddon, said she believed it
would go well on the site.
“I think it would be wonderful to have
the Seddon house rebuilt,” Ms Seddon
It would build on the work the
community had been doing over the
years to “ bring the town alive”, drawing
on its rich history, of which the Seddon
family was part.
Seddon homestead replica suggested
Greymouth Coastguard skipper Doug Griffin and crew member Neil
Woodgate in central Greymouth on Saturday with a $45,000 Haines Hunter
SF485 jetboat, one of major prizes for the national Coastguard lottery. The
total prize pool is $307,000 and is being sold in town until Wednesday, with
tickets available outside Mitre 10 today and The Warehouse tomorrow. Mr
Griffin said the lottery had a potentially large return for the Greymouth
Coastguard, with $7 from every $10 ticket sold here being returned to the
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
of the Westport News
Punakaiki business owners are upset about
continual ‘boil water’ notices.
The tourist town’s water consumers were
told to boil water for 221 days — 60% — of
last year. They have been on the latest ‘boil
water’ notice since before Christmas.
Most Punakaiki residents are involved
in the ser vice industry based around the
Pancake Rocks and Paparoa National Park.
Punakaiki Promotions Group chairman
Craig Findlay said this was the second
consecutive summer there had been a huge
problem with water quality.
His group, which represents most local
businesses, had written to the Buller District
Council last September to ask what was
being done. The council acknowledged there
was a problem and said it was working on a
solution, Mr Findlay said.
A week or so later the council issued a flyer
providing background information about the
treatment system but that was the last the
group had heard.
Two more ‘boil water’ notices had been
issued since the flier went out.
Mr Findlay said residents had so far seen
no proposal from the council to solve the
“ We are now in our second summer, we’ve
increased pressure from Kaikoura but our
ser vices aren’t up to spec, that ’s the part that ’s
annoying and frustrating. We put up ‘boil
water’ notices. That ’s all we can do.”
According to the council’s flier a new
treatment plant was built in early 2013 to
deliver potable water to residents and visitors
from Hartmount Place through to Punakaiki
A report to last month’s council meeting
from design engineer Sam Murphy said
an upgrade of the supply was completed in
The upgrade received a 95% subsidy from
the national drinking-water subsidy scheme
to ensure the supply complied with national
However, the council website shows seven
‘ boil water’ notices have been issued for
Punakaiki since December 7, 2015. One
lasted for 49 days over the peak visitor season
in January and February last year.
The most recent notice, issued December
20, came just nine days after one which had
been in place for 30 days was lifted.
Punakaiki business owners upset over ‘boil water’ notices
proving a popular
Coast real estate sales
of the Hokitika Guardian
Real estate sales on
the West Coast have
experienced an upsurge
in recent months.
Coast co-owner Kevin
O’Donnell said there
had been quite a change
in the market in the past
six to seven months.
“Five months prior to
Christmas I was getting
three or four inquiries
from the North Island
weekly; prior to that I
would get one or two
every six months,” Mr
“It is not necessarily
a West Coast
up north are selling
and moving south —
down the west and east
coasts, where they get
substantially more for
“ We are starting
to become more
cosmopolitan with a
plethora of internationals
— no longer the old
parochial West Coast.
It’s good, it’s diverse
— and it ’s progress.”
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