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The Hokitika Volunteer Fire
Brigade was called to the Westland
District Council chambers this
morning after an alarm activation.
Fire chief Harry Collett said water
appeared to have activated the alarm.
St Arnaud tremor
A magnitude 3.4 earthquake was
recorded north-west of St Arnaud
and 14km deep, at 7.57am today.
Hanmer power cut
A widespread power outage affected
the greater Hanmer area yesterday
morning, including Leslie Hills,
Waiau, Marble Point and Lewis Pass
yesterday. Engineers restored power
by mid-afternoon, police senior
constable Graham Flynn said.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: Moon Shadow II,
Jay Elaine, Jay Penelope. In port:
19 Greymouth vessels. Expected
departures: Nil. Expected arrivals:
Ocean Odyssey, Friday.
Business dealings probed
A New Zealand charity which
helps feed and clothe children
says it is now helping five West
Kids Can provides items to
Granity, Hokitika Primary,
Karamea Area, Runanga and
Westport North schools.
Chief executive Julie Chapman
said that with children going
back to school she had read
how some parents were going
“Their expenses are so high,
they are reducing food to
afford back to school costs,” Ms
Coming on the back of
When Kids Can sur veyed its
partner schools in 2016, 75%
reported the most common
food issue they have is children
arriving at school without having
had breakfast and without any
lunch for the day.
The top two issues were
nutrition/hunger and head lice
infestations, with oral hygiene
and skin infections being third
Kids Can took on the five West
Coast schools last year. It has 17
schools on the waiting list.
Ms Chapman said any West
Coast schools interested in help
should reach out to the charity
She also hoped more West
Coast residents would support
a child in need for $15 a month
(50c a day) through the ‘In O ur
Own Backyard’ programme.
Regular donations of $15 a
month provide a child with food
at school, a raincoat, shoes, socks
and basic health and hygiene
The current Kids Can ‘Food
for Kids’ programme helps more
than 21,000 children a week.
Kids Can helping Coast schools
of the Westport News
Two men involved in a proposal for a
waste-to-energy plant in Buller are under
scrutiny for other business dealings in
Gerard Gallagher and Murray Cleverley
ran a private business while being paid
by taxpayers to attract investment to
Christchurch, according to an investigation
by The Press.
The two men are also directors of Waste
Energy WC, the company proposing to seek
resource consent for a multi-million-dollar
waste-to-energy plant in Buller. Waste
Energy WC is owned by Waste Energy
Ltd — of which both men are among
the directors and shareholders — and by
Westport business McIntyre Contracting
The Press reported that Mr Gallagher,
Mr Cleverley and Simon Nikoloff were
shareholders in Project and Investment
Management (PIM) through which Mr
Gallagher attempted to facilitate a property
deal with investors. He copied Mr Cleverley
and Mr Nikoloff into correspondence.
Mr Cleverley is a property investor and
chairman of the Canterbury and South
Canterbury district health boards.
Mr Gallagher and Mr Nikoloff work
for Otakaro Ltd, the successor to the
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority
(Cera). Otakoro is tasked with delivering
the government-led anchor projects and
managing Crown assets, including surplus
land in the central city and the residential
The Press reported that the three Cera
staff employed to facilitate investment in
the Christchurch rebuild tried to arrange
property deals through their own company
for a finder’s fee — in one case $300,000.
The men told The Press they were entitled
to do private deals and their company was
formed “with the full knowledge of our
“The company never traded and was closed
in 2016,” they said in response to written
questions. “Any discussion about fees may
have revolved around any due diligence
ser vices that may have been involved if
anything had gone ahead, and would have
happened outside of work hours. Nothing
“A couple of e-mails may have been sent
from a work address — which was not
against company policy.”
They said the public could be satisfied
they did not use their government jobs to
further private business interests because
“all matters in which we were involved are
The Department for the Prime Minister
and the State Ser vices Commission are to
investigate the private arrangements.
State Ser vices Commissioner Peter
Hughes told The Press the issues were, on
face value, a matter of concern.
“In general, having a private business in
the same area as a public ser vant ’s official
responsibilities would be highly problematic
and is most likely to be unacceptable.
“It would be completely unacceptable
for any public servant to use their position
to advance private business interests,” he
Public ser vants were not prohibited
from having private business interests or
investments or secondary employment,
but they had to be fully disclosed and any
conflicts of interest had to be identified and
actively managed, Mr Hughes said.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard said
yesterday: “It is unfortunate that a grey cloud
is cast over people before the investigation
provides the facts. ”
MEACLEM, Rachel .—
One year has gone
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In her 80th year.
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A man who was a resident at Kowhai Manor
rest home in Greymouth was yesterday
convicted in the Greymouth District Court of
assault and remanded for a restorative justice
assessment on March 7.
The court heard that Amigo Galo was angry
with an employee at the rest home because
he could not get a cup of tea and he slapped
her across the face, causing her to fall to the
Galo told police he hit the woman because
he believed she had been talking about him.
Lawyer Doug Taffs said Galo had medical
issues and had been a long-term resident at
“He regrets what he did and has written a
letter of apology. He has also moved out of the
home,” Mr Taffs said.
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said restorative
justice should be given a try, if the victim
Brenton James Taylor, 64, of Taylor ville,
admitted his third or subsequent drink-driving
charge, arising from New Year’s Eve.
Taylor was stopped by police on the
Blackball-Atarau Road about 11pm. A
roadside breath-alcohol test returned a positive
result of 509mg.
Taylor told police that he had had six or
seven beers throughout the day anddid not
think he would be over the limit.
Lawyer Doug Taffs said Taylor was surprised
he failed the breath test.
“Mr Taylor, up until 2002 had a poor record,
but after some changes he has stayed out of
trouble ever since. It is unfortunate he is here
in court today after a bad miscalculation,
which does not reflect the last decade of his
life,” Mr Taffs said.
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said that correctly
summed things up.
“ While Taylor has been charged in the
aggravated form because of previous offending,
I note that that was 25 years ago and another
offence of refusing blood was 15 years ago,”
Judge O’Driscoll said.
Taylor was convicted and fined $500 and
disqualified from driving for 12 months.
Brendon Tohill, of Greymouth, admitted
breaching his community work.
Tohill had been convicted of cannabis
charges and was sentenced to community
work but he still had 75.5 hours outstanding.
The judge yesterday cancelled the community
work and convicted and fined Tohill a total of
$900 on the drug offence and the breach.
Callam Gordon Holmes, 29, of Camerons,
admitted resisting arrest and assaulting a
police officer, following an incident at the
Australasian Hotel on January 8.
Holmes did not enter a plea to a third charge
of assault as lawyer Marcus Zintl said that
charge could be resolved once CCTV footage
had been viewed.
Holmes was convicted and remanded on bail
for sentencing on March 9. As a condition of
bail Holmes is not to enter the hotel.
Aaron Poulton, 40, of Greymouth, admitted
Lawyer George Linder said the violent
offending was out of character and Poulton
had reacted when the complainant had made a
comment about his 15-year-old stepdaughter.
Poulton was fined $600.
Phillip Secker, of Nelson Creek, admitted
breaching a community work sentence.
Secker was given a couple of months to
complete the sentence.
Judge O’Driscoll told Secker his community
work was not going to go away and he needed
to get on with it. He was convicted and
remanded until March 7.
Kahu Edward Dickson, of Greymouth,
was remanded until May 1 for breaching his
community detention sentence but denied a
second charge. A case review will be held at
the same hearing.
Woman knocked to f loor with slap
It was back to school this week
for John Paul II High School
students and it was a time for
mentoring and welcoming the
new Year 9 intake students to the
school. “All the year 13 students
mentor the young students
as part of a normal induction
process,” principal Kieran
Stone said. “ The mentoring will
continue throughout the school
Senior students welcome new faces
PICTURE: Paul McBride
John Paul II High School Year 13 students Jasmine Dodemaide, left, and Ethan Phillips, centre, with
new intakes Katie Stringer, Jayde Foster and Charles Bayas. As the school resumed classes this week, the
seniors took on the role of welcoming the Year 9 intake.
Fredrick Taylor Te Miha, freezing
worker of Ngahere, was yesterday
remanded on bail to appear in the
Greymouth District Court again
on March 2 to answer unspecified
charges relating to a Nelson
Police agreed to drop a condition
of reporting thrice weekly to the
Greymouth Police Station when
the court was told the station was
most likely to be closed by the time
Te Miha finished work and got a
ride into town.
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll ordered
Te Miha not to associate with the
alleged victim, including breaching
an existing protection order, and
to not travel anywhere north of
Reefton prior to his next court
Daniel John Fraser, who faces a
charge of discharging a firearm, was
remanded on bail until this Friday
so a question of reparation with his
victims can be settled.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said the
extent of damage to a vehicle
involved in the incident which led
to the charge against Fraser needed
to be established and he hoped that
would be done by way of a disputed
Community Corrections to get the
reparation report done so everyone
could move for ward.
At this point the claimants for
reparation made themselves known
in the court.
“This has been going on for over
a year and I’m just wondering, you
might be able to give me something
by Friday?” they asked.
Jason Peter Macioce, of Christ-
church, was granted an adjournment
on three charges of theft of a vehicle
over $1000 and three charges each
of theft under $500, pending a
sworn affidavit from a co-defendant
on Macioce’s involvement in the
He was released on bail on the
condition he live in Christchurch
and only be allowed to enter
Greymouth to consult his lawyer
and to appear in court again on
Remand over Nelson incident
Jayde David Thornicroft, 25, of no
fixed abode, was remanded in custody
in the Greymouth District Court today
for breaching his release conditions and
failing to answer police bail.
Thornicroft was arrested overnight
after he failed to report to court yesterday.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said he had
been instructed to seek bail and
Thornicroft had offered a Greymouth
address, although police believed it was
unsuitable. “ He also told me he has a
terminally ill grandfather in the Hawke’s
Bay,” Mr Zintl said.
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said he
was unlikely to accept that as a reason
to grant bail unless he had medical
“The issue here is whether I should
grant bail or not. In essence there is a
good reason not to,” the judge said.
Thornicroft had 67 previous convictions
with 41 offences committed while
on bail. He also had a number of past
offences of failing to answer bail and
breaching his bail conditions.
“ You have been in jail in the past and it
is highly likely it will be imposed again,”
Judge O’Driscoll said.
Therefore there was a “real risk” of him
failing to answer his bail conditions
if granted, he said, declining the
application. Thornicroft was remanded
in custody until March 7.
Breach sees man in custody
Drugs, gun in
fatal crash van
Police are investigating why a
Westport publican who died after his
van was airborne for 13m and crashed
into a roadside water race at Rakaia,
had drugs, cash and a firearm inside his
Shane William Forsyth, 42, was driving
a Toyota Hiace van when he crashed off
Arundel Rakaia Gorge Road and landed
in the Rangitata Diversion Race on
Senior sergeant Scott Banfield told
news website Stuff that drugs, cash and
a firearm were found inside Forsyth’s
Police are investigating the cause of the
crash and also investigating the reasoning
the driver and sole occupant had drugs,
cash and a firearm in his vehicle,” Mr
Greymouth hosted the West Coast
Provincial Fire Brigades’ Association
Water way Challenge, on Saturday.
Four-person teams: Greymouth 106
points, 1; Brunner 92, 2; Ross 72, 3.
Greymouth also won the WCPFBA
Brunner VFB Cup for overall four-
person for all teams.
Two-person teams: Runanga 90 points,
1; Hokitika 84, 2; Kumara 66, 3. Rangiora
won the WCPFBA Blackball VFB Cup
for overall two-person for all teams.
All teams are gearing up towards
the United Fire Brigades’ Association
nationals at Kamo in the first weekend
of March. On February 18 Ross will host
the UFBA region 3 competition (top of
Jordon Wade Pattinson was
granted a limited licence in the
Greymouth District Court today.
Police prosecutor sergeant Ian
McDonald said the police had an
issue with part of the application
which stated Pattinson would be
driving his own vehicle to and
“It is a 10-minute bicycle ride.
We are happy with him driving
work vehicles but not his private
vehicle,” Mr McDonald said.
“A limited licence is a
privilege rather than a right
and if he is granted the licence
allowing him to use his private
vehicle it negates some of the
inconvenience a loss of licence
is supposed to impose on
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll asked
Pattinson if he was able to bike to
work, to which he replied: “ Yes”.
The licence was granted and
amended to allow him to operate
a work vehicle only, not his
Limited licence granted
The former treasurer
of the Sunset Speedway
in Westport has avoided
a jail sentence after
repaying the $6000 she
stole from the club.
Tania Dawn Lind, 33,
was a volunteer with the
speedway when she took
out cash for float money
at four race meetings and
never paid it back.
She was charged with
stealing club funds on
January 10, February 7,
March 18, and April 15
last year. The amounts
were for $3144, $1214,
$800, and $1480,
Lind, who now
lives in Christchurch,
was sentenced in the
The court heard that
Lind has since “worked
hard” to pay the money
back in full. Police
prosecutor Edana Sparks
confirmed the repayment.
An application for
a discharge without
conviction was not
pursued by Lind’s lawyer.
But defence counsel
Andrew Riches asked for
Lind — who was under
huge financial stress at
the time of the offending
— to be convicted and
Judge Alistair Garland,
however, told him: “ That
The judge said it was
serious offending, with an
element of premeditation.
Similar offending often
resulted in sentences of
Garland said, because it
involves a serious breach
But he said that
since Lind had repaid
the money, pleaded
guilty, had no previous
convictions, and had
her career options as an
early childhood teacher
“se verely curtailed”, a
sentence of 150 hours
of community work was
— New Zealand Herald
January was an
unusually cold month in
Weather obser ver Tony
were well below average
due to regular wet south-
Torrents of rain fall
in the 24 hours up to
January 19, when 104mm
fell on the township and
far more in the ranges.
This produced severe
flooding in the rivers and
creeks, sending wrapped
bales of hay floating down
the Inangahua River.
There was a total of
210mm of rain, up on
181mm last January and
well up on the average of
Rain fell on 24 days (14
The average minimum
was a chilly 7.9degC,
compared to 11.7degC.
It got to just 1degC on
January 5 and 20, and the
highest was 25degC on
January 2 and 30. Last
year it got to 30degC.
The average maximum
was 19.6degC, compared
to 23.3degC a year ago.
Reefton unusually cold
Police have arrested a 25-year-
old Westport man and charged
him in relation to the fracas at the
Criterion Hotel last month.
Constable Paul Sampson said
police had charged the man with
injuring with intent to cause
grievous bodily harm.
Criterion Hotel publican Glenn
Elley was knocked out and his
nephew Reuben Elley suffered a
broken jaw in the alleged assault
outside the Criterion on January
Another friend who sought to
help the pair suffered bruising to
Mr Sampson said police
investigations into the incident
Westport hotel fracas arrest
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