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No sightings of
Police have had no reported
sightings of a woman who was last
seen in Punakaiki on December 22.
Shelly Crooks, a mother of four, told
friends she was hitch-hiking to her
hometown of Opotiki in the Bay of
Plenty, after living in Invercargill.
Her family are concerned as she
has not used her bank account or
phone for three weeks. Anyone with
information on the whereabouts
of Ms Crooks is asked to contact
sergeant Michel Bloom at the
Greymouth police on 768 1600.
A 33-year-old Greymouth man
was processed for drink-driving
after he was stopped by police just
after midnight. He blew 552mg.
Meanwhile, a Hokitika man had
his car impounded and was charged
with sustained loss of traction when
he was caught doing ‘doughnuts’ in
a layby at Wadeson Island, Hokitika.
A police spokeswoman said that
was well as driving dangerously, the
offender had also wrecked the road
Westport woman arrested
A 22-year-old Westport woman
was arrested on Monday and faces
a charge of offering to supply
methamphetamine (P). West Coast
police prevention manager sergeant
Vicki Walker said the woman made
a brief appearance in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday morning
and was remanded in custody until
next week. Ms Walker said that the
woman was located in Granity on
Monday afternoon. Police had been
looking for her for some time. “ West
Coast police are working hard on the
drug problem in the Westport area
and are identifying the key players,”
shift to Karoro
The Kotuku surf lifesavers will be
out patrolling the next eight weeks,
but may move from Rapahoe beach
to Karoro. Chairman Mark Bolland
said at certain tides, large rips were
appearing at Rapahoe, which may
prompt a shift. The group patrols
on Sundays. To find out where they
will be check out Kotuku Surf Life
Saving Club on Facebook.
Housing units to be
offered to farmers
Twenty temporary housing
units used after the Christchurch
earthquake will be offered to farmers
hit by the Kaikoura earthquake —
though it may not be economically
viable to move some through the
Lewis Pass. The homes at the
Rawhiti Domain will be offered to
farmers with significantly damaged
homes, Building and Construction
Minister Nick Smith announced
today. The number of farmers who
could potentially benefit who have
registered with the Temporary
Accommodation Ser vice is 18 in the
Hurunui district, five in Kaikoura
district and five in Marlborough.
However, Dr Smith said relocatiing
the homes to Marlborough
through the Lewis Pass may not be
economically viable. Farmers will be
responsible for relocation costs.
Saint Arnaud quake
A magnitude 4 earthquake was
recorded 40km south-east of Saint
Arnaud at 3.07am today. It was
Rescue copter flight
The NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter made a medical flight
to Haast about 11am yesterday,
returning a patient to Grey Base
A Dillmanstown man who cut off his
electronic monitoring bracelet was jailed on
Friday for six months.
Phillip James Cox, 58, appeared before
Judge Tom Gilbert in the Greymouth
District Court after he was found at a
Kumara address early on Thursday morning
after a four-hour police search when
the bracelet monitoring contractor and
Corrections were alerted that Cox was
He was found asleep in the porch of his
Cox was just over three months into
a seven-month home-based detention
sentence after being convicted of drink-
driving for the sixth time.
Judge Gilbert said Cox had learned the
previous day that his partner had “taken up”
with someone else.
“S he is, of course, entitled to do as she
wishes,” the judge said.
However, there was no suggestion in Cox’s
actions on the night of anything untoward
regarding his now ex-partner, the judge said.
When Cox was sentenced in October for
drink-driving, on June 5, the excuse he gave
was because his partner had become upset
and subsequently unwell when she received
some bad news about a family member
while they were out.
He was sentenced then to seven
months’ home detention for driving while
disqualified — for the third or subsequent
time — and nine months for drink-driving
for the sixth time.
At the time, Judge Alistair Garland said
Cox might be remorseful for being caught,
but no remorse had been forthcoming
around his risk to other road users.
Cox was ordered to complete alcohol
and drug assessment, plus treatment, and
to abstain from alcohol and complete any
other programme as directed, and sentenced
to 200 hours of community work on each
On Friday, lawyer Marcus Zintl said Cox
wanted to go back to home detention, not
withstanding Community Corrections’
application to cancel the sentence. He was
job offer starting on May 31.
Cox had been complying with his sentence
until this week and wanted a “pragmatic
approach” to the breach. He also had a 200-
hour community work sentence outstanding
and a three-month prison sentence would
be acceptable, with three months’ home
detention already completed, Mr Zintl said.
However, Judge Gilbert said that
calculation was using “some generous
rounding” as the time left on Cox’s home-
based sentence should be the equivalent of
eight months’ prison.
Community Corrections also said Cox had
147 hours of the community work sentence
Judge Gilbert noted Cox would still need
to comply with special conditions around
alcohol after being released from jail, noting
he would be eligible for parole in three
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HOPE, Kevin Louis
(JP) (MBE). — Passed
away suddenly at his
home on Monday Janu-
ary 16, 2017 dearly
loved husband of Elaine,
loved father and father-
in-law of Brian and
North), Christine and
Brian Case (Kaikoura)
and Lynn Low (Grey-
mouth), loved grandad
of Nathan, Jasmine,
Lisa, Kelly, Vaughan
and Brennan, loved
great-grandad of his
Maurice and Irene, Ross
and Joyce (deceased)
and Margie, and the late
Bernard and Margaret,
brother-in-law of Albert
and Joan Brennan (de-
ceased), Ted and the late
Ola, John (deceased),
Bill (deceased) and
Mary, Erin Butler and
Brennan and a loved
uncle. Aged 88 years.
Messages to 8 Keith
Road, Paroa, Grey-
mouth. Flowers respect-
fully declined but dona-
tions to St John would
be appreciated and could
be made at the service.
A celebration of Kevin's
life will be held in the
Anisy Ceremony Centre,
77 Shakespeare Street,
Greymouth on Thursday
at 1.30pm followed by
interment at the Glad-
stone Memorial Park
Cemetery. Resting in
the care of Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
Wellington on January
13, 1934, passed away
peacefully on Monday
January 16, 2017, aged
83 years. Dearly loved
husband of the late
Annette. Loved father
and father-in-law of
Wayne (Nelson), David
(Australia), Julie and
Kevin Church (Hoki-
tika) and Michael (Reef-
ton), loved grandad of
Violet and Frances
Nathan and Jason (North
Island), Nicole, Aaron,
Brendon and Erena-
Rose (Australia) and a
Loved brother of Anita,
the late Bill and Janet
and a loved uncle and
friend. Messages to 195
Fitzherbert Street, Hoki-
tika 7810. A service to
celebrate Merv's life will
be held at The Chapel
Of The Holy Spirit,
Seaview Terrace, Hoki-
tika, on Thursday Janu-
ary 19, 2017 commenc-
ing at 2pm. Private
cremation to follow.
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The West Coast Regional Council has
warned whitebait standholders throughout the
West Coast that they will be checking known
consented stand areas and cracking down on
those who have still not removed their stands,
two months after the whitebait season closed.
The council issued an abatement notice
with a $500 infringement at the end of last
week following a post-season inspection to
a Mokihinui River whitebait stand consent
holder who had failed to remove his whitebait
stand from the river at the end of the season on
Council consents and compliance manager
Gerard McCormack said compliance officers
would be out checking throughout the region
in the next week to ensure all whitebait stand
structures and materials had been taken away.
Mr McCormack said the Mokihinui notice
required the consent holder to remove his stand
from the riverbed and bank within two weeks.
Consented whitebait standholders had had
plenty of time, along with notice from the
council, to comply and the council would now
be concentrating on cleaning up those who had
yet to comply.
He noted that with recent floods stands
were invariably washed away, which created an
environmental impact with structures washed
up on the beaches.
“The council sent repeated warnings to consent
holders reminding them that whitebait stands
had to be removed by December 1, 2016,” Mr
“ It is unfortunate that this consent holder
has chosen to ignore our requests and left us
with no option other than resorting to formal
enforcement action. ”
A view of the offending whitebait stand on the Mokihinui River. The owner has been served
with an abatement notice.
Whitebaiters warned over stands
A Cobden man has been acquitted
of driving while suspended after he
defended the charge in the Greymouth
District Court on Friday.
The police alleged Lindsay Bradley,
44, was driving on State highway 6,
at Gladstone, on May 4 last year but
Judge Tom Gilbert said “a fleeting
glance” was not positive proof to
identify Bradley as the person at the
A full scale police search was sparked
when the Holden Commodore
vehicle Bradley was later accused of
driving was found abandoned in the
Taramakau River bed. It contained
a dog belonging to his daughter’s
partner and the car belonged to
Bradley ’s former partner, but was also
similar to one he owned.
Constable Owen Bainbridge
recounted to the court how he spotted
a Commodore exiting Thomas
Road, in Gladstone, and thought he
recognised Bradley as the driver.
Bradley was wanted at the time
by police for other matters and his
description had been circulated to
Mr Bainbridge headed to Camerons
and parked in a side road until he
saw the Commodore pass by heading
towards the Taramakau Bridge.
The policeman followed and passed
over the bridge, from which he spotted
the Commodore in the riverbed with a
man standing behind it.
In his defence, Bradley said he was
nowhere near the Taramakau at the
He said he was longline fishing with
friends at Rapahoe beach that day and
returned to his former partner’s house
the following afternoon after camping
His former partner was upset when
he arrived back as she had been
informed her car had been impounded
Bradley provided a witness who
corroborated his version of events to
Judge Gilbert said issues in the end
were that the brief “couple of seconds”
Mr Bainbridge had apparently sighted
Bradley and the fact the constable had
been “effectively primed ” to believe it
Bradley had been able to provide
an alibi, although the judge said
his witnesses were “not particularly
Driving while suspended
charge successfully defended
The worst of the wet weather should be
over by dawn tomorrow, Hokitika weather
obser ver Mark Crompton says.
The heaviest rainfall is expected this
evening and especially after midnight.
Mr Crompton said the Metser vice was
still predicting rainfall of up to 300mm
“That ’s in addition to what ’s already
fallen. The problem is, if we get this heavy
burst tonight, it’s going to be falling
into catchments that are already totally
saturated,” Mr Crompton said.
“There’s certainly scope for flooding.”
Up to 9am today, 17.5mm fell in
Hokitika and 38.6mm in Greymouth.
Mr Crompton said the worst of the rain
should have passed by dawn.
“By the time people are getting
up it should have eased across the
The rain would be followed by cooler,
breezy south-westerlies and showers.
The weather has forced the Ross
Sale Company and IHC Ross Cattle
sale to cancel the annual sale set down
for tomorrow morning. It has been
rescheduled for February 16.
Greymouth finally passed 20degC
yesterday — for just the second time this
Heaviest rainfall for
Coast expected tonight
Goldminers are again eyeing up historic
mining sites between Hokitika and
Elect Mining has applied to the
West Coast Regional Council for
new consents to mine at German Gully,
near Stafford Loop Road on exotic
forestry land owned by Ngai Tahu
Red Jack Resources is looking at a site at
Waimea and has also applied for council
consent. As the land is stewardship,
the company has also applied to the
Department of Conservation for a mining
Closer to Greymouth, Mill Creek
Mining has applied for consents to mine
an area of New River. The site is adjacent to
land already mined near the old Marsden
Goldminers eyeing up historic
West Coast mining sites
A popular West Coast fishing
competition this Saturday has grown like
Topsy, with entry numbers this year being
capped at 300.
The West Coast Kahawai Competition
is open to entrants to catch fish from any
West Coast river on the day.
Principal sponsor and organisers Wild
Outdoorsman, in Hokitika, and Fishing
and Firearms, in Greymouth, have already
had plenty of registered interest for the
2017 competition, which is now in its
fourth year and has a $13,000 prize pool.
Co-organiser Carole Tainui
following an initial 103 competitors in
2014, 140 in 2015 and then a whopping
258 last year, organisers decided to cap
entries at 300 this year.
“It’s grown and grown,” Miss Tainui said.
Registrations cost $5 for children and
$15 for adults and need to be with either
the Wild Outdoorsman store or the
Kaniere Empire Hotel by Friday night.
Fish entered for weigh-in must be
caught on Saturday.
The main entry criteria for the children’s
and adults sections is the fish caught has
to be a kahawai and they need to be bled
out before the official weight in at the
Kaniere hotel on Saturday evening.
Miss Tainui said many West Coast
businesses had come on board this
year to boost the substantial prize pool
for the heaviest fish winners in the
adult and children’s sections, along
with second and third placegetters.
Everyone stood a chance of winning a
She said the competition would be on
“rain, hail or shine”.
“ It will go ahead regardless of the
weather. We’ve been lucky with the
weather up until now.
“ Because it’s a community thing, we’ve
had a lot of sponsorship from on the
Coast, which is really good this year.
“ You can fish anywhere on the West
Coast as long as the fish is caught on that
day ... we wish them all good luck.”
The official weigh-in starts at 6pm
on Saturday. The weigh-in will be a
family night with a sausage sizzle, live
entertainment and even a chance to
sample some of the catch from the
Popular kahawai competition
numbers capped at 300
of the Otago Daily Times
A man had to run 1.5km and then drive
another 10km for help when someone was
drowning this week, due to the cellphone
blackout between Hawea and Fox Glacier.
The helicopter company involved in the
rescue at the Blue Pools, near Makarora,
on Sunday is offering a free helicopter
ride to the unidentified eight-year-old
boy who offered to perform CPR on the
Heliworks Queenstown Helicopters
general manager Richard Mills said his
wife had a tear in her eye and he felt quite
emotional when he heard about a young
boy who had done a CPR course at school
and had taken his first-aid pack to the
Blue Pools track to help.
The boy is the latest to be commended
for their efforts in the rescue of a 24-year-
old Australian tourist, believed to be
named Zac, who was swimming with
friends from Sydney at the tourist hot spot
when he disappeared.
Makarora fire chief Heather Pennycook,
who attended the rescue, said several
families were there at the time and
everyone helped, in particular a D unedin
surf lifesaver from the St Clair Surf
Lifesaving Club, who initially jumped in
to try to save the man, but was unable
to pull him out when his body became
wedged under a rock.
She was reported to have stayed with
the man until his friends and others at the
pool pulled him out.
The woman has declined to speak to
Another man present performed
He told her he had never done it
to save someone’s life before and was
worried about breaking the man’s ribs, Ms
She also paid tribute to another man who
ran the 1.5km from the track to the road
and had to drive 10km to Makarora to
raise the alarm due to a lack of cellphone
The incident on Sunday is thought to be
the first near drowning at the Blue Pools
in living memory.
The Australian tourist is believed to have
suffered a severe reaction to the freezing
He was flown to D unedin Hospital
with from hypothermia and breathing
difficulties but is in a stable condition.
No cellphone coverage causes delay
during Blue Pools rescue
New Zealand businessman Christopher
Liddell will take up a powerful White House
role, advising president-elect Donald Trump
on strategic initiatives.
The 58-year-old was announced by Mr
Trump today as assistant to the president and
director of strategic initiatives.
The former Microsoft chief financial officer
has been a special adviser on presidential
appointments to Mr Trump during the
Mr Liddell’s appointment was announced
at the same time as Reed Cordish was
named assistant to the president for intra-
governmental and technology initiatives.
“Chris Liddell and Reed Cordish have
led large, complex companies in the private
sector, and have played instrumental roles
throughout the transition,” Mr Trump said in
“Their skill sets are exactly what is needed to
effect substantial change, including system-
wide improvement to the performance of the
“I am delighted that they will be part of my
Mr Liddell, born in Matamata, said it
was an honour to take on the role for the
president-elect and the country.
His role will be to lead the new White
House Strategic Development Group, a
think tank responsible for turning around Mr
Trump’s priority projects.
As well as success at Microsoft, Mr Liddell
has also been the chief financial officer
at International Paper, WME-IMG and
General Motors, where he was also vice-
chairman. — NZ N
NZ businessman becomes Trump adviser
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