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A Runanga man caught driving just
five days after his licence was suspended,
told the Greymouth District Court
yesterday he was out looking for his
Brayden Lee Baxter lost his licence
for three months on January 2, but was
back behind the wheel on January 7.
Judge Robert Murfitt told Baxter he
would have been “ better to walk”.
He was convicted and fined $200 and
disqualified for a further six months.
Kieran Jackson Lynch, 22, of
Greymouth, admitted two charges of
driving while suspended.
The first time he was caught he told
police he was dropping his car off to a
friend, and on the second occasion he
was riding a moped with his girlfriend
and he explained to police that he
could not let her walk home as she was
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Lynch
was on ACC after having been involved
in a serious fishing accident in which
he nearly lost his hand, and not having
a licence would hinder him getting to
Christchurch for ongoing surgery on
Judge Murfitt told Lynch his excuses
were “ lukewarm and there were better
Lynch was convicted and sentenced
to 40 hours of community work, which
would be suspended while he was on
ACC. He was also disqualified from
driving for a further six months.
Kale Woodward, 21, of Greymouth,
admitted driving while suspended, on
Omoto Road on January 2.
Police prosecutor Lisa Thomson
said Woodward lost his licence on
December 8 due to excess demerit
points. A month later he was caught
back on the road. He told police he was
taking the vehicle to his grandmother
Lawyer Doug Taffs said Woodward
was actually taking some crayfish to his
“No one else was available to deliver
the crayfish to her and unfortunately for
him he was stopped, while performing
an act of charity,” Mr Taffs said.
He now realised he should not have
taken the gamble.
Judge Murfitt said as this was
Woodward’s first appearance in court
and his only other offences had been
driving infringements, he was convicted
and fined $300 and disqualified from
driving for six months.
David Maldwyn Wynne-Williams
admitted driving at a dangerous speed
on December 31.
Wynne-Williams was driving an
unwarranted vehicle at Kaiapoi when
he overtook another vehicle in a 100kph
zone at 170kph.
Lawyer George Linder said he made
no excuses for his actions.
Judge Murfitt said it was “comforting”
that Wynne-Williams was picked up
for travelling at such a speed.
“ Your judgment was seriously wrong.”
He was convicted and fined $600
and disqualified from driving for six
A Reefton man was ordered to come
up for sentence if called upon within 12
months when he admitted contravening
a protection order.
A charge of assault against David
William Buchanan was withdrawn.
Lawyer George Linder said the
incident involved Buchanan and his
partner of 29 years, whom he was caring
for because of illness.
After an argument the victim asked
him to leave but he refused. A protection
order was already in place.
“The victim did not report the incident
until four days later,” Mr Linder said.
The second breach of the protection
order was a phone call.
Judge Murfitt said he had a
letter from the complainant, “who
begged me not to send Mr Buchanan
He said the victim became angry and
Buchanan was trying to calm her down
when matters got out of control.
by Lee Scanlon
of the Westport News
West Coast-Tasman MP Damien
O’Connor has been grounded after
breaking several ribs and puncturing
a lung in a mountainbike crash at
the Kaiteriteri bike park just over
a fortnight ago. Mr O’Connor’s
mountainbike collided with a tree.
“I clipped a tree and ended up hitting
another one ...” he said yesterday.
“Like any good wallops you lose
your breath for a while, but I got it
back which is always pleasing.”
He picked himself up, rode about
20 minutes back to his car, then —
rather than visit a doctor — went
for a swim in the sea. When he got
home his sister-in-law, an emergency
department consultant visiting from
Australia, kept an eye on him, he said.
“I figured out if I was going to keel
over, she was going to save me ... I
had some good painkillers and some
Three days later, an x-ray confirmed
he had three or four broken ribs, a
punctured lung, “and a little bit of
He was banned from flying, which
meant getting to the Labour Party
caucus last week took him about nine
hours rather than three hours from
his Motueka home.
“ I had to drive, take the ferry, drive
to the Wairarapa for our caucus.”
He had no idea how long he would
“ Luckily typing and talking doesn’t
require a huge physical exertion,
although laughing and coughing
does. Someone did make the cruel
comment that I was still able to exude
The long-time mountainbiker said
it was probably the worst accident he
had had on his bike.
“It will teach me to be a better rider.
I might slow down just a little bit...
“It’s a good challenging track.
There’s no excuse for not taking a bit
O’Connor said he would not give
up mountain biking, but had canned
his plans to compete in next month’s
35th Buller Gorge half-marathon.
When Parliament resumes next
month he would have to travel to
Wellington by ferry, rather than take
a quick plane trip across Cook Strait,
Mountainbike crash grounds Damien O’Connor
five days later
Totara Flat farmers hope Kiwi
Rail and the New Zealand
Transport Agency will help repair
the stopbank which was left with
an 80 to 100m gap during severe
flooding last week.
Farmer Ken Ferguson, one of
only two who pay to maintain the
wall, said he understood stopbanks
had also been damaged at Kopara,
Matai, and the approaches to a
bridge at Mai Mai.
Grey District Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn visited yesterday and
has asked authorities to help with
the repairs as a properly engineered
wall could cost $500,000.
The bund alongside the Grey
River has been in place for 20
years. F loodwaters now reach the
Stillwater-Ngakawau railway line.
In the past, Kiwi Rail had
contributed to the wall.
Mr Ferguson said NZTA should
also be involved as the floodwaters
last week got close to the Brandy
Jack Creek bridge, leaving huge
logs alongside the road.
The storm last week was not even
considered a large flood, although
it came during a prolonged wet
period, he said.
Totara Flat resident Damien
Hands supported calls for
Government help with the repairs.
“Not fair on them (farmers) to
have to pay to protect the rest of us
in Totara Flat,” Mr Hands said.
Hopes Kiwi Rail and NZTA will help fund stopbank repairs
Media reports over the holiday period
have again highlighted the challenge to
rural New Zealand from the influx of
freedom campers, Federated Farmers local
government spokeswoman Katie Milne
In many localities the facilities at popular
sites had been over whelmed. Other high
profile stories covered situations where
farmers were left to sort out the mess left
by campers situated on, or crossing, their
For example, a farmer who owns land by
Takaka River, in Golden Bay, was asked
by the local council to consider ser ving
trespass notices on freedom campers and
others living longer-term in vehicles at the
But a media report said the same council
had instructed its own enforcement officer
not to patrol the area because of safety
“Let ’s be clear about the problem:
tourism is at record levels and freedom
camping in particular is on the rise with
44,000 international visitors taking the
option last summer,” Ms Milne said.
“The Government is making plenty in
GST but doing little to fund the needs of
small communities in need of significant
investment to cope.”
While the Government had set up
a 40-member working group, and has
started allocating grants from its new
$12 million regional tourism facilities
fund, there was little confidence this was
a serious attempt to fix things, Ms Milne
“ We appreciate the provision of a $12m
fund to help councils pay for some toilets
but at that level the fund seems like a
damp tea towel on a bonfire.
“The Government needs to move
quickly on calls for a sustainable response,
in particular new revenue mechanisms for
local councils in addition to rates.”
Rates based on property values were
“completely hopeless in this situation”.
“ You can’t rate a camper van because it
moves, and Department of Conser vation
land is non-rateable yet frequently the
attraction for freedom campers.”
A 33-year-old Westport man told the
Greymouth District Court on Monday he
“ wanted to change” and was ready to undertake
a residential programme for the next two years.
Manuel Pouwhare was sentenced for
breaching his prison release conditions,
dangerous driving, failing to stop, offensive
language and two charges of assault.
He told Judge David Saunders he was
remorseful, appalled at his own behaviour and
was consumed with shame. He apologised for
the “tremendous distress” he had caused all
Judge Saunders replied that words were
“It ’s all well and good sitting down and
writing all those words down, but they mean
nothing unless you convert them into actions.”
He told Pouwhare there was a bed waiting
for him at Moana House, in D unedin, and he
needed to be there by Wednesday.
“At Moana House you will be re-programmed
and almost treated like a child during the first
stage. You will have duties and obligations.
You will undertake community work, go to a
marae and have bicultural experiences,” Judge
He noted that it was not a “cheap get-out-
“Jail will happen if you walk out of the
The assaults involved Pouwhare’s partner and
the speeding offence occurred in Culverden,
when he was caught travelling at 170kph,
“ which is almost suicidal really”.
Pouwhare was sentenced to two years’
intensive super vision at Moana House, six
months’ community detention with a curfew
of 9.30pm to 6.45am. He was disqualified
from driving for six months and ordered not
to have a car for 12 months, and a protection
order was put in place for his victim and her
“If you put the hard yards in during 2017 you
will set yourself up for a more rewarding life in
the future,” Judge Saunders said.
A man who had been living in Reefton failed
to appear for sentencing in court yesterday.
Jason McKenzie was due to be sentenced
for using a document to obtain pecuniary
A warrant for his arrest was issued.
The court heard yesterday there were
difficulties around communication. Judge
Saunders said McKenzie would be well
advised to present himself “pronto”.
Judge tells contrite man:
‘words are cheap’
A Runanga man was warned he would
be given “a stable residence” in jail if he
did not sort out an address for electronic
monitoring, when he appeared for
sentence in the Greymouth District
Judge David Saunders adjourned
sentencing for assault, and remanded
Jordan Cochrane-Wilson on bail to
appear again on February 14.
“The trouble is you people change your
address like your under wear,” the judge
“ You need some stability in your life
and I can give you a stable residence if
things keep breaking down. ”
He warned Cochrane-Wilson that
he was “on the cusp” of some form of
Lawyer Richard Bodle noted a letter
before the court from Community
Corrections saying that Cochrane-
Wilson had not shown up to a required
meeting following his conviction.
He had been busy since December,
having attended four tangi for family
members, and had not received
correspondence about assessing a
suitable address for a home-based
sentence, Mr Bodle said.
However, Judge Saunders
unimpressed with that excuse.
“I just wonder about the brain power
of these people when they know a report
is required, why they don’t come and see
Community Corrections to see what is
Cochrane-Wilson piped up and told
the judge a protection order against
him from the complainant at his former
address allowed him no contact with
others living there, even to pass on his
Judge Saunders also told Community
Corrections they should be checking out
addresses to ensure they were up to date
for sentencing purposes.
“I don’t want you to cop the flak on
this but bail addresses are often so
or face jail
Greymouth, admitted using an
eftpos card she stole from a wallet
she found on the ground on
Mawhera Quay on September 23.
Stratton then used the card at two
Greymouth ser vice stations, using
Paywave to purchase goods to the
total value of $248.
When she was spoken to by
police she claimed she had used it
“ by accident ”.
Lawyer Doug Taffs told the
yesterday that Stratton’s memory of
the incident was very “poor”.
“She was gambling at the time
and has accepted that she must
have realised that the card was not
hers,” Mr Taffs said.
She wanted to apologise to the
complainant in person and Mr
Ta ff s said restorative justice would
be a good idea.
Stratton was remanded to March
A Taranaki man who had his
sentencing transferred from New
Plymouth to Greymouth was
remanded until April 13 while
he completed a Limited Services
Volunteers course at the Burnham
Caine Petersen was to be
sentenced for wilful damage
and breach of community work,
however the court he was due to
start six weeks of army voluntary
ser vice on January 30.
Judge Robert Murfitt said the
course would give Petersen the
opportunity to try to set “matters
Cody Alan Robinson admitted
two charges of contravening a
A charge of wilful damage was
The court was told that Robinson
thought he was going to have
access to his child, but things got
out of control and he punched the
victim’s car, with the child inside,
and a letterbox. He also smashed a
car window, showering the woman
in glass which cut her shoulder and
Lawyer George Linder said it was
a “strange situation” as Robinson
believed the complainant had
discharged the order but she had
changed her mind.
“She came to his house and things
got out of hand,” Mr Linder said.
The victim had consented to enter
Robinson was convicted and
remanded until April 13 for
Woman used eftpos card stolen from wallet
Andrew D urant, of Greymouth,
appeared in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday for repeat
drink-driving and breaching a zero
Durant received a three-month
community detention sentence,
nine months’ super vision, 80
hours of community work and
was disqualified from driving
indefinitely when he appeared
before Judge David Saunders.
Durant blew 1327mg when
stopped in Guinness Street before
Lawyer Richard Bodle said
Durant was “highly motivated”
and was seeking help to address his
Although he usually resided in
the district he had re-established
family contact and had provided
a suitable electronic monitoring
address in Wainuiomata.
His car which was impounded
had since been sold to pay the
impoundment fees, Mr Bodle said.
Judge Saunders warned Durant
that because he was now being
sentenced for the third or
subsequent drink-driving offence,
he was skating on thin ice and
facing possible sentence of up to
two years in jail.
“ What was really disappointing
was you had just come out of your
previous disqualification just a
month earlier,” the judge said.
Durant will have to conform
to a 7pm to 6am curfew as part
of his community detention in
Wainuiomata and undergo drug
and alcohol assessment and
treatment during super vision, and
undertake other programmes as
The judge gave permission for
some of the 80-hour community
work sentence to converted to
Durant ’s indefinite disqualifica-
tion was for a minimum of 12
months, with the onus on him to
apply for a licence again.
Levi Preston was remanded on
bail for sentence on February 14
for driving while disqualified for
the third or subsequent time.
Lawyer George Linder said
Preston had sworn affidavits to
present to say he had made other
arrangements to drive at the time
he was accused of being behind the
Judge Saunders noted the police
had witness evidence to say Preston
acknowledged that a pre-sentence
report recommended community
“ He does understand that prison
is looming over him,” Mr Linder
A 26-year-old West
Coast man accused of
doing an indecent act on
a girl under the age of 16
failed to appear in court
The man, who
previously pleaded not
guilty, has interim name
At a previous hearing
in the Greymouth
District Court, lawyer
George Linder described
the police work on
the case as a “fishing
Judge David Saunders
noted a new charge had
now been laid against
Mr Linder said he
had yet to receive full
disclosure on that but
entered a plea of not
guilty on behalf of the
“So there are two
separate incidents that
are being alleged,” Judge
“Yes, it’s a kiss. The new
charge is that the girl
leaned to kiss him as she
was dropped off,” Mr
The charges could
proceed in a one-day
trial, he said.
The judge said the man
needed to attend court
on February 14 for a
fixture to be set.
But with outstanding
community work matters
from last June he really
should have appeared
when called yesterday,
before the arrest warrant
had been issued.
“I don’t think this
young man has got the
message,” the judge
Man accused of indecent
act fails to appear
Drink-driver blew 1327mg
A Greymouth painter will be
sentenced next month for cannabis
possession for personal use after the
police agreed it was not for supply.
Ross Davidson appeared yesterday
for sentence in the Greymouth District
Court but was remanded until February
16 while a valid address for a home-
based sentence could be assessed.
The court heard that Davidson had
previously been diagnosed with liver
cancer and the cannabis was grown as a
treatment option after another medical
Lawyer Anthony Garrett said that by
the police’s own admission there was
a variance between the assessment of
dried and weighed cannabis material
found and the assessment of the
number of plants.
Judge David Saunders said he had
gleaned from the previous cannabis for
personal use sentencing yesterday, that
search warrants were issued based on “a
He noted previous convictions against
Davidson as aggravating factors in
the latest case, but “I’m not persuaded
about prison,” the judge said.
In Davidson’s case no evidence of
cannabis packed up for supply was
presented, Judge Saunders said.
Isaac Stollery, of Cobden, was
convicted and discharged for breach of
community detention and community
The court heard Stollery was well on
the way to completing his community
work hours, with no further violations
since his previous appearance in court
Judge Saunders told Stollery he
hoped he had “got the message” about
complying with community-based
Man to be sentenced
next month for
The four West Coast councils are
formalising their agreement with the
Local Government Commission.
The councils have been looking at a
more unified approach, aimed at saving
money, in response to the commission
looking at potential amalgamations.
The Local Government Commission
is expected to return to the West Coast
shortly as it calls for more proposals
to potentially change the current
arrangement of four councils.
Combining the Grey and Westland
districts, or all four councils, are among
The next stage will involve a call for
“alternative reorganisation applications’’
— e s s e ntially other proposals for change.
commission and the councils says the
commission has offered to assist with
the West Coast councils’ for ward work
programme and collaboration.
The agreement outlines principles
of trust, transparency and delivering
the best outcomes for the region.
The commission will also make itself
accessible to each council.
Coast councils formalising
Local Govt Commission
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