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February 2, 2013.
Love Keri, Ces, Ryan
HYDE, Ella Margaret.
Caitlin is very
excited to announce the
arrival of her new sister
on January 11, 2017.
Steve and Anita would
like to thank Mary and
the staff at McBrearty
for their wonderful care
OLSEN, Dave. —
February 2, 2013.
Missing you always
Love Kim, Aleisha,
Cassidy and Campbell.
Westport harbourmaster says Kawatiri option was cheaper
A Hokitika man who stole a bottle
of alcohol from the Brews liquor
store in Hokitika on December 31
has a list of previous shoplifting and
dishonesty offences to his name.
John Richard Mann, 45, admitted
the theft when he appeared in
the Greymouth District Court on
Mann and an associate were in
the liquor store when Mann put the
bottle up his shirt. They went to the
counter and paid for a bottle of wine
but not the absinthe, valued at $80.
In explanation to the police, Mann
said he was annoyed by staff because
they kept looking at him.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Mann
had “a bit of similar offending”, but
not much recently, to which Judge
Stephen O’Driscoll replied: “ There
was a gap of three months”.
Mr Bodle said there were 14
previous shoplifting offences and a
number of other dishonesty offences.
“My client is also concerned for
his liberty. He is currently caring
for his young son and wants that to
He was keen to take part in a
restorative justice hearing.
“The liquor store staff won’t want to
waste their time talking to him,” the
Mann was convicted and remanded
for sentencing on May 4.
Michael Joseph Brian Cadigan, 76,
of Whataroa, was convicted and fined
after he admitted careless driving on
Police prosecutor sergeant Ian
McDonald said Cadigan was driving
behind another vehicle but crashed
into as it was making a turn. He told
police he had tried to swer ve.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Cadigan
was remorseful and hoped he could
keep his driver’s licence as he had
to drive his ill wife to Christchurch
He was fined $300.
Cameron William Day, 23, of
Hokitika, admitted driving with
excess breath-alcohol of 929mg, in
Hampden Street on January 15.
Police said Day was stopped
at 12.50am and failed a random
roadside breath test.
He told police he had been at a local
bar and decided to drive because it
Lawyer Doug Taffs said Day
accepted that he should not have
been driving at all.
“He has no prior matters and it is
unlikely we will see him here again.
His dad is not impressed, but is
supporting him here in court today,”
Mr Taffs said.
“He accepts this was a single
catastrophic fall from grace and
Judge O’Driscoll said Day’s alcohol
level was at the high end of the scale.
He convicted and fined him $900
and disqualified him from driving for
Kelly Dennis Maffey, 35, of
Hokitika, pleaded guilty to burglary
on April 22 last year.
Maffey entered a Hampden Street
property through the front door,
wandered around the house and stole
money, a sat nav device and cigarettes.
He returned later with a backpack
and took a remote controlled robot.
Maffey told police when he was
apprehended that he taken drugs and
did not remember what he had done.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Maffey
had no history of offending and was
keen to engage in the restorative
justice process with his victims.
He was convicted and remanded
for restorative justice assessment and
sentencing on May 4.
A Hokitika man admitted four
possession of cannabis for supply and
possession of two Ritalin tablets.
Jayden McLeary-Fearn pleaded
guilty to possession for supply,
cultivation of cannabis, possession of
Ritalin and possession of instruments.
Police executed a search warrant
on McLeary-Fearn’s property on
November 25 and discovered eight
cannabis plants of various sizes,
15 bags of cannabis head, 3.3g of
cannabis head including two seeds,
and Ritalin tablets.
They also found plastic bags and
$995 in cash.
McL eary-Fearn told police he was
not selling much cannabis and did
not know where the Ritalin had come
from. He was convicted and remanded
on bail for sentencing on May 4.
Cody Richard Alan, 25, of Haast,
admitted a charge of sustained loss of
traction, on January 15.
Alan was seen by residents in
Johns Crescent doing wheelies
about 7.30pm. He performed several
wheelies and spun his tyres until they
Lawyer George Linder said Alan
regretted his actions.
“He had had an argument with a
friend and decided to let off some
Alan was convicted and sentenced
to 80 hours of community work
and disqualified from driving for six
Eric Daniel Heaps, 33, of Fox
Glacier, pleaded guilty to driving
with excess breath-alcohol on
Lawyer Doug Taffs said Heaps
accepted it was a poor decision to
Judge O’Driscoll said Heaps did
not have any other previous drink-
driving convictions and had “let
He was convicted and fined $500
and disqualified from driving for six
Hokitika liquor theft admitted
of the Westport News
Westport’s dredge would have done a
better job more cheaply in Greymouth
than the dredging arranged by the Grey
District Council, Westport harbourmaster
Mike Graham says.
Grey District Council chief executive
and acting port manager Paul Pretorius
Mr Graham said the Grey council
approached Westport Harbour Ltd
(WHL) in August 2013 about dredging
“O ur initial quote was too expensive
for Mr Pretorius so was revisited and
reduced very slightly, but (was) still too
The Grey council instead spent $700,000
for an Auckland dredge to dredge the
Blaketown lagoon, where Grey ’s fishing
boats tie up.
Mr Graham said that for $700,000,
Westport’s dredge Kawatiri could have
dredged 10,000 cubic metres a year for
Mr Pretorius said WHL’s offer was “not
even remotely” on a par with the Auckland
one. The Auckland dredge had removed
65,000 cubic metres in a year, he said. It
was able to dredge further into the lagoon
than the Kawatiri could go.
Mr Graham said he believed there was
a “mobilisation” cost, in addition to the
$700,000, for the Auckland dredge.
Mr Pretorius said that was incorrect.
In mid-2015 Grey bought a second-hand
dredge from Tasmania to incrementally
keep the lagoon clear of silt, rather than
commission a visiting dredge for one-off
visits. The Australian dredge has still not
been in the water.
Mr Pretorius said Grey had considered
contracting the Kawatiri before deciding
to buy its own dredge. “Buying our own
dredge came in much cheaper, and it still is
Pontoons were now being added, costing
about $18,000 extra, and the dredge should
be able to start work soon, he said.
Mr Graham said the Kawatiri was “far
superior to the Greymouth dredge”.
“The Greymouth dredge is basically a
pond dredge. There is no comparison. The
Greymouth dredge is only suitable for
dredging their lagoon. It would certainly
not be suitable for use in a river and
working on a bar would be impossible.”
Mr Graham added that meeting Maritime
New Zealand (MNZ) rules could be costly
Mr Pretorius said a pond dredge was all
Grey needed. It would never be suitable for
dredging a river. “But I’ve got no need for a
bigger dredge than a pond dredge . . .
“ To be quite honest, I’m slightly
uncomfortable with the fact this type of
comments are made by a colleague, because
the factual basis is not correct.”
The pond dredge had operated in Australia
under more stringent requirements than in
New Zealand, he said.
Mr Pretorius said Grey had gained all the
MNZ licences initially required.
Since then a few extra licences had been
required. Gaining them would not be costly.
“The biggest extra expenditure now is the
pontoons we’re putting on at $18,000 to
The port had one person trained to skipper
the dredge and had a deal with the former
dredge owner to go to Greymouth and
provide a week’s further training. Another
person would be trained if required.
Stormwater pumping station woes lead to floodwall bridge
One of the two stormwater pumps at
the Johnston Street pumping station has
called it a day and is to be replaced, after
it sheared a shaft during the Greymouth
flood emergency recently.
Hairline fractures on the main housing
and shaft damage means the pump needs
to be replaced, Grey District Council
assets and engineering manager Mel
“ It couldn’t have happened at a worse
time, but we hired pumps on the day to
cope with the flooding,” Mr Sutherland
“ We are waiting on tenders for a
replacement and it is work in progress. The
existing pumps are 25 years old.”
A wooden pedestrian bridge has been put
in place on the floodwall over the hoses
to provide safe access for pedestrians and
PICTURE: Paul McBride
A bridge takes pedestrians and cyclists over hoses on the floodwall.
Aimee van der Weyden
of the Westport News
The Local Government Commission
review of the structure of local
government on the West Coast is a
“complete waste of money”, Westland
Mayor Bruce Smith says.
The commission yesterday called for
Coast residents’ ideas on how local
government could be reorganised in the
The commission has been looking at the
West Coast since 2015, when it received
an application from two Westland
residents, Peter Salter and Anthea
Keenan, seeking the amalgamation of
all four Coast councils into one unitary
The application was supported by a 500
Mr Salter ran for the Ban 1080 party
in the 2014 general election. Ms Keenan
was elected as a Westland district
councillor in 2013, but stood down after
one year. She also stood unsuccessfully
for the Westland mayoralty in last year’s
In response to the application,
the commission met with Coast
communities, and in August last year,
decided there was “demonstrable”
support for change.
Mr Smith said the entire exercise was a
“complete waste of money ”.
“It should never have been started, and
in fact I did say to the representatives
of Local Government New Zealand I
think you should pack your bags and go
“I want the status quo to remain.
I’m totally opposed to any form of
amalgamation of any of the councils, but
I’m happy to support shared ser vices as
long as long as they ’re shared fairly.”
If council jobs were going to
disappear from Hokitika, then they
needed to be replaced in another way,
Mr Smith said.
“If we end up with central processing
for, say, planning or transport, and it
costs our council two jobs, I want to
see two jobs come back. I don’t want to
see all of the transfer of jobs going to
Centralisation had a “tremendous
impact ” on the viability of West Coast
communities, he said.
“At the end of the day, if the Local
Government Commission make the
call that there should be some form of
amalgamation, it will require a vote of
the people, and I’m absolutely confident
the people won’t have a bar of it. ”
Buller Mayor Garry Howard said the
Buller District Council was working
with the other three councils on its
own submission. The submission would
promote “ better alignment ” between
the councils to make working across the
region more streamlined for business.
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn,
who has previously spearheaded calls for
amalgamation of the Coast councils, said
he now wanted the outcome to bring
cost savings for West Coast ratepayers.
“ Whether it is through the shared
ser vices or whether it is through
amalgamation, I want savings. I want
efficiencies for the ratepayer.”
of the Hokitika Guardian
A new policy allowing
more Easter trading
could come into effect
The Westland District
Council has called for
submissions on its draft
Easter trading policy,
which proposes allowing
shops to trade on Easter
Sunday, in line with
legislation change last
and environment group
manager Jim Ebenhoh
said Easter was still a
busy time in Westland,
coming at the tail end of
the peak tourist season.
“Consumers will have
increased choice over
when and where to shop,”
Mr Ebenhoh said.
The Grey District
Council was also
considering the move,
which could pull
shoppers away from
Hokitika to Greymouth
instead, he said.
the possible impacts
on staff and employers,
and the timing of the
Mr Ebenhoh’s report
to the council meeting
last week said employers
legally had to give
employees at least
four weeks’ notice of
their intent to open at
Easter. Considering the
public submissions at
an extraordinary council
meeting closer to the
March 3 deadline was
therefore proposed to
meet the timeframe.
Another option was to
extend the consultation
to test community views
without adopting a policy
at this time.
“This could reduce the
likelihood of controversy
if community views were
tested before the proposal
was released. However,
the disadvantages would
mean that the potential
financial and economic
benefits of being open on
Easter Sunday would not
be realised until 2018 or
2019,” Mr Ebenhoh said.
NZ Post reviews Westport
of the Westport News
New Zealand Post jobs in Westport
could be on the line.
NZ Post is proposing to contract out
its Westport mail, parcel delivery and
post office box lobby ser vices as it cuts
back to three-days-a -week mail delivery.
It is calling for expressions of interest
in the six-day-a -week operation.
NZ Post regional operations manager
central/southern Duncan Burman said
it was too early to comment on the
likely impact on Westport staff and
of the outcome of the expressions of
interest process, as the change was still
Expressions of interest close on
Mr Burman did not answer questions
about how many staff NZ Post employed
in Westport or when the new contract
was due to begin.
He said consultation with staff had
begun on January 17.
“The reason for this proposed change
is that we are preparing for mail to be
delivered every second day in Westport
(to start in May, at this stage). This
means that customers will receive mail
on Monday, Wednesday and Friday,
or Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday,
depending which postal round they are
Mr Burman said the change was
introduced in larger towns and cities in
July 2015 and was now being rolled out
to smaller towns nationwide.
“There’ ll be no change to our ser vice
target which is to deliver standard mail
within three working days. Express
parcels will still be delivered daily. ”
It was not unusual for mail delivery
ser vices to be run by a contractor in
smaller towns, Mr Burman said.
A German tourist who
was clocked driving at
159kph near Reefton last
month, has been fined
Aron Sebastian Schaub,
20, pleaded guilty by
letter in the Westport
District Court this week.
Police prosecutor Lisa
Thomson said Schaub
was charged with
excessive speed after
speeding on December
19. There was moderate
traffic on the road at
the time, she said. Judge
Robert Murfitt convicted
and fined Schaub $200.
— Westport News
Speeding tourist fined
A Nelson man was warned
in the Greymouth District
Court yesterday to refrain from
violence-related crimes when
he was sentenced on a charge of
threatening to injure his former
Caleb Mason, 32, formerly of
Kumara Junction, threatened
to stab the woman during an
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said
Mason did not have any similar
offences, only an excess breath-
alcohol offence in 2015.
“He is willing to make an
emotional harm payment of
$300. He is remorseful and
apologised to the victim in the
restorative justice hearing,” Mr
McDonald said the restorative
justice report from the victim
“seems to be quite positive”.
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll
said Mason had presented a
knife at the victim and from her
comments it clearly caused her
concern and she feared for herself.
The couple were no longer
together, but were at the time of
the offending. He explained to
Mason it was important that he
did not make the child thatthey
have together, the “meat in the
“Children who see their parents
fighting can be adversely affected
by it,” he said.
Judge O’Driscoll said the
restorative justice hearing seemed
to have gone well.
The judge said he was not sure
if alcohol was a problem.
“Alcohol does not solve
problems. Generally it causes
more and if you think there is a
problem you need to get some
Mason was convicted and
ordered to make an emotional
harm payment to the victim of
Threat to partner
caution from judge
The company investigating a
gondola at Franz Josef Glacier
flew over the area again last week
to recheck the possible route.
Skyline Enterprises, which
owns the Q ueenstown and
Rotorua gondolas and the
Christchurch Casino, announced
in September it was considering
applying for a gondola to view
the retreating glacier.
Foot access on to the ice stopped
in 2012 due to the danger created
by the melt , which has shortened
the glacier by at least 800m in the
past eight years.
Quickfall and board director
Grant Hensman flew over
the area to recheck the route
and consider some design
The company is working on a
submission and application to
the Department of Conser vation
to allow the installation of the
gondola under the Westland
Tai Poutini National Park
management plan, which is
currently being reviewed.
“ We will submit on the plan
supporting the inclusion of an
amenities area for Franz Josef
Glacier,” Mr Quickfall told the
“This will allow Skyline to
apply for a concession for the
installation and operation of a
gondola at the glacier. We will
also need to apply for resource
If an amenities area was included
in the plan, Skyline would then
apply for a concession and back it
up with environmental, technical,
economic and tourism evidence.
“ We continue to test the
requirements to satisfy Skyline
the project is viable,”
Skyline expects to lodge its
submission to the management
plan review shortly.
The gondola system would run
adjacent to and above the glacier,
with the towers anchored to land
and rock, not ice. Skyline says
interpretation would be a key
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: Nil. In port: 19
Greymouth vessels. Expected
arrivals: Ocean Odyssey,
of the Hokitika Guardian
Greymouth rubbish could be trucked
to Hokitika under an offer from the
Westland District Council.
The Grey District Council faces a
$5 million bill to add another cell to its
McLeans Pit landfill, near Runanga.
The Westland council has offered a
lined cell at the Butlers landfill, near
Ross, and Grey District Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn said yesterday the offer
would be considered.
Mr Kokshoorn said that was one
alternative that his council would look
at before pushing the “go button” on
expanding McLeans Pit, which was now
“It’s definitely a consideration for us,
naturally the cost is the bottom line.”
Critically, the Grey council was still
awaiting prices around transport and
Westland Mayor Bruce Smith said the
Butlers landfill had a 30-year lifespan
and “room for Africa”.
Westland would now get back to Grey
with a price.
Mr Smith said the option had also
been broached with the Buller District
Council, which currently trucks its waste
Westport is also exploring a $250m
“ waste to energy” plant, which could
make rubbish a hot commodity in the
Mr Kokshoorn said he had also
been approached about storing some
of Greymouth’s waste now as part of
a feasibility study on the Westport
The problem was the plant was still
years away, if at all.
The suggestion was to use the
abandoned Holcim cement plant at
Cape Foulwind, and to use an existing
rail line to cart waste from all over the
South Island to Westport.
Cost key to rubbish offer
Volunteer Fire Brigade
was called to deal with
a burning car on Maori
Creek Road about 10
o’clock last night.
Fire chief Lee
Swinburn said the car
was in a creek bed, which
made access difficult,
although there was
little the brigade could
do. Greymouth police
prevention sergeant Paul
Watson said police
were making further
The car was not stolen
and it appeared some
joyriders had apparently
dumped the car after
“driving the poor thing
to death” before setting it
alight, he said.
Joyride ends in flames
want to hear from
witnesses who saw
someone throwing stones
at a moving car in the
Countdown car park
yesterday. West Coast
prevention sergeant Paul
Watson said the incident
happened in the morning.
They were interested in
hearing from anyone who
could help identify the
Rocks thrown in
Countdown car park
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