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Plea for dog
A Barrytown man whose dog
has gone missing has appealed to
motorists on the Coast Road to
keep their eyes open. David Still’s
brown and white fox terrier has
been missing since Monday. Mr
Still said Rosie’s back legs were a bit
wobbly. He believes the dog is still
in the Barrytown area and has asked
anyone who spots it to contact him
on 731 1833.
Lifeguards at Rapahoe
Anyone feeling like a dip in the sea
should go to Rapahoe on Sunday,
when members of the Kotuku Surf
Livesaving Club will patrolling the
beach between 1pm and 5pm, with
an extra 25 lifeguards from the
Waimairi Club, in Christchurch, on
standby. Kotuku club president Mark
Bolland said the visiting club was
the biggest in Canterbury and was
supporting the Greymouth club. He
said a fine day was forecast, which
would make for a “fantastic” family
Results of this week’s Greymouth
Bridge Club’s competitions were. —
Wednesday: Ash Hamilton and John
Boyes 60% 1, Tina Fernando and
Allan Comis 55% 2, Allison Palmer
and Joy Willman 53% 3. Thursday:
Brian Rowlands and Allan Comis
64.3% 1, Craig Hartwig and Nancy
Prangnell 57.1% 2, Paul Holt and
Tina Fernando and Ash Hamilton
and Michelle Gunn 54.8% 3 equal.
Five Greymouth Star readers
have won copies of New Zealand
Gardener magazines in our latest
garden page giveaway. The winners
are: Claire Lhermitte, David
Gardner, Carol Cornall, Norma
Woodgate and Annette Packham.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Ocean Odyssey, two Greymouth
vessels. Departures: Cook Canyon. In
port: Ocean Odyssey, 21 Greymouth
vessels. Expected departures: Ocean
Odyssey, today. Expected arrivals:
Galatea II, tomorrow; Moon
Shadow II, Jay Elaine, Monday.
Thief ordered to apologise
West Coast-Tasman MP Damien
O’Connor has his wings back.
Mr O’Connor, 59, injured himself
almost three weeks ago crashing his
mountainbike into a tree at Kaiteriteri.
After subsequent x-rays confirmed
three or four broken ribs, a punctured
lung and “a little bit of pneumonia” his
doctor banned him from flying.
Mr O’Connor said yesterday that he
got a call from his doctor on Tuesday
night to say the pneumonia had cleared
up and the punctured lung had healed,
so he could fly again. —Westport News
MP on mend
A Hokitika man who stole food, a
television, remote controls and a freeview
box from a Hokitika campground was
yesterday ordered by a Greymouth District
Court judge to apologise to the owners.
Tamati Tauwhare, 24, appeared for
sentencing for burglary.
Lawyer George Linder said Tauwhare had
a limited offending history, although it did
include a previous burglary offence.
“He has an issue with alcohol and on this
occasion he was drinking with a group of
people, who beat him up. The police found
him and took him home. After the police
dropped him off he walked to the holiday
park and took the items.
“ His explanation is he has no explanation
and doesn’t know why he does these things,”
Mr Linder said.
Tauwhare told him he had not consumed
much alcohol, if any, since the incident.
“ It was a crime of opportunity. He went
for a walk and fuelled by alcohol committed
these offences. He also has some health
issues and an inability to know right from
wrong,” Mr Linder said.
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said the victims,
who owned the holiday park, were clearly
angry and upset at Tauwhare’s actions.
“ It has left a sour taste in their mouths,”
the judge said.
Tauwhare had committed a similar offence
in May and was sentenced in August to
“O bviously that sentence had very little
impact on you,” the judge said.
He told Tauwhare that electronic
monitoring was not suitable in this case and
that left sentencing options of either prison
or community work with super vision.
“ I’m in two minds on what path to take
— I can either send you to jail or allow you
to stay in the community. You have limited
cognitive skills and I respect that you do not
understand the full effects your offending
has had on the victim,” Judge O’Driscoll
He decided against sending Tauwhare to
jail, but warned him if he appeared before
the court on another burglary charge it was
“ highly likely” he would be sent to prison.
“ Today, you were very close to hearing
the prison doors closing behind you,” the
judge said, sentencing Tauwhare to 200
hours of community work and 12 months’
Judge O’Driscoll also ordered Tauwhare
to head to the holiday park “in the hours of
daylight ” and apologise to the victims.
“I’m sure they would appreciate that.”
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peacefully at Reefton
Hospital on Thursday,
February 2, 2017. Loved
son of the late Max and
Doris (of Murchison), a
brother-in-law of Brian
Christine, Kevin and
Marianne, and a much
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ROBINSON. — Jaimee
and Katie are proud to
announce the arrival of
their daughter Sienna
January 9, 2017 weigh-
ing 7lb 11oz. A special
thank you to all the staff
in the McBrearty Ward
and all of our lovely
A thousand times we
needed you, a thousand
times we cried,
If love alone could have
saved you, you never
would have died,
A heart of gold stopped
beating, two twinkling
eyes closed to rest,
God broke our hearts to
prove he only took
Never a day goes by that
you're not in our hearts
All our love Gay and
CRON, (nee Banks)
peacefully at Nelson
Tasman Hospice on
February 1, 2017, aged
77 years. Much loved
wife of Des. Loved
Mum of David, Steven
and Raewyn, Richard
and Sarah, and Julie. A
loved stepmother to
Sandra. Dearly loved
Nana to the late
Nicholas and the late
Reuben; Jordan, Demi,
Isla, Ryan and Bria.
Loved 'Nana June' to
Hunter. A much loved
sister to the late Rose,
Margaret and Val and
their families. A loved
lifelong friend of Joy
and loved by her exten-
ded family and friends.
Messages to 79a Toi Toi
Street, Nelson or www.
heavenaddress.co .nz. A
celebration of June's life
will be held at Nelson
Musical Theatre, 95
Atawhai Drive, The
Saturday February 4,
2017 at 2pm. Simpicity
respectful — simply
Logan) Judy (Judy
Died February 3, 2007.
Remembered today with
love by Murray, Jane
and Michael, Kelly and
Lee (Swinburn), Neil
and Kellie, brother John
and sister Jacky.
Salvation Army captains Michael and
Sharryn McAuliffe outside the Greymouth
headquarters, in Tainui Street yesterday. The
couple recently joined the Greymouth corps
as ser vice captains and now plan to make
their station permanent.
They transferred from Rangiora where they
had worked for seven years and say they had
no hesitation in taking up the opportunity to
move to the West Coast.
“ We were in Dannevirke for 14 years prior
to being in Rangiora and God told us to
come to the West Coast,” Mrs McAuliffe
“ We have family connections on the West
Mr McAuliffe said they had a supporting
role: “ We are overseeing and giving direction.
We love the people here, they are so friendly
and we love the natural beauty of the Coast
and the wilderness — there is so much
character here. ”
New faces at Salvation Army
PICTURE: Paul McBride
A helicopter flying over Greymouth and
Hokitika yesterday was checking power
lines on the national grid.
Transpower said its crews were doing
follow up patrols following slips in the
Otira Valley after the recent storm events.
State-owned Transpower, which recently
advertised its national grid check over
large areas of the West Coast, has engaged
specialised technicians from Russia to carry
out the work.
“ We have been down Hokitika way this
morning and are planning to go north to
the Buller and Reefton area,” pilot Dan
Russian technicians check power lines
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Russian technicians with Garden City Helicopters pilot Dan McPherson, centre, Yuri Bazanov, Victor Filin and Gennady
Stepanor are fuelled up and ready to carry out Transpower sur vey work.
Joyce Crimmins, left, and Judy Marsh chat with Operatunity artist Jessica
Hindin following the ‘Waltz of my Heart’ daytime concert series, held the
Greymouth Regent Theatre yesterday. Old favourites from I’m in Love with
Vienna, to Merry Widow Waltz, Swan Lake and Show Boat were just some of
the songs performed by the visiting entertainers.
Old favourites at Operatunity
PICTURE: Paul McBride
A Reefton truck driver’s death in a
crash near Timaru on Monday has been
put down to a heart attack, says his boss.
Peter Wallace, 54, worked for Johnson
Brothers Transport ( JBT).
The company ’s co-owner, Mark
McIntyre, said the truck and trailer left
the road on State highway 1, just north
of Timaru, about 8.30am Monday. Mr
Wallace died at the scene.
Mr McIntyre said a subsequent post-
mortem examination found Mr Wallace
had had a major heart attack immediately
before the crash.
Mr Wallace had worked for JBT for
several years, driving between the West
Coast and the east coast. “He was just a
big large version of Billy T James.”
— Westport News
Bathurst raises capital
to buy mines
of the Westport News
Bathurst Resources has successfully raised
the capital to buy selected Solid Energy assets,
including Stockton Mine, says the company’s
latest quarterly report.
Bathurst and Talley ’s Group last year formed
Phoenix Coal, subsequently renamed BT
Mining, to buy the assets.
Bathurst was required to submit a fully funded
offer for the assets. It undertook a successful
capital programme to ensure the offer was
not discounted from the process, the quarterly
Phoenix agreed last October to pay $46 million
for the assets, plus a “contingent payment ” of up
to $50 million at Stockton, subject to coking
Bathurst was to contribute $26m and Talley’s
$14m to the purchase. Phoenix also had a BNZ
debt facility of $15m.
Bathurst formed the joint venture with Talley’s
because Solid Energy was not convinced
Bathurst could raise its bid alone.
The conditional sale and purchase agreement
requires approval by the O verseas Investment
Office. This is expected by the end of June.
The quarterly report said Bathurst continued
to fund activities related to the Solid Energy
asset acquisition from operations. The group’s
half-year result, due out later this month, would
include those costs.
The company expected underlying operations
to report positive cashflow for the remainder of
the financial year.
Bathurst had no bank debt at December 31.
Coal production had increased during the
quarter, in line with seasonal demand from the
Bathurst ’s Denniston Escarpment Mine,
which went into care and maintenance early last
year, remained under constant review.
“There has been further volatility in the price
of coking coal over the quarter and the company
continues to monitor this very closely,” the
The coal price peaked at $US310 a tonne
in November and has since dropped back to
$US173 a tonne. Bathurst has said it needs to
stabilise at over $US100 a tonne for Escarpment
to be viable.
The quarterly report said Bathurst would be
vigorously defending a claim from L and M
Coal Holdings (LMCH), which filed legal
proceedings against Bathurst in the High Court
on December 23.
The dispute arose out of an agreement for sale
and purchase, entered into between BR Coal
(whose rights and obligations had been assumed
by Bathurst) and LMCH in 2010, and a related
royalty agreement between what is now Buller
Coal and LMCH in 2010.
LMCH claimed Bathurst was in default
under the relevant agreements. Bathurst denied
this. —Westport News
An argument that boiled over at Dillmanstown
in December 2015 was not enough to convict
a Kumara man after a judge-alone trial in the
Greymouth District Court, on Wednesday.
David Eric Russ denied assaulting Ada
Milne during a verbal argument at the
Kapitea Reser voir, at Dillmanstown, after her
granddaughter Bonny had earlier called him a
He pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault
but later admitted a lesser “technical assault”
charge based on the evidence of Ms Milne’s
boyfriend Henry Pilcher, who was regarded as
the most credible witness.
Defence lawyer Doug Taffs said Russ had no
previous convictions and should be discharged.
Mr Taffs said that at the behest of her
granddaughter, Mrs Milne was “quite prepared
to take part in the confrontation that ensued”
following the provocation with the insult.
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said he was satisfied
Russ was not “the original instigator”.
Mr Pilcher, who earlier told the court Mrs
Milne “ruled the roost,” was described by the
judge as a reasonable witness and there was “no
suggestion of a punch”.
“Ada Milne said herself the force was minimal
and she did not go backward or fall down.
Taking into account your lack of previous
convictions, I do not think it will be proper to
have a conviction entered,” the judge said to
“I hope that you and Mrs Milne and your
respective families will be able to live in the
community without any further issues or
Bonny Milne recounted how she phoned her
grandmother to come to the reser voir after
Russ drove past them at the southern side of
the reser voir on Stafford Loop Road, and she
became ner vous after seeing him park up beside
When the grandmother arrived several
minutes later there was a heated exchange
between her and Russ, which included verbal
insults and Mrs Milne hurling rocks toward
him as he left.
Under cross-examination, Ms Milne admitted
lying under oath by inflating some details which
were not in her original statement to police
taken at the time of the incident.
Taylor Maree Fern-Rae was arrested on
Wednesday for failing to appear in court to
answer a charge of breach of community work.
She was remanded on further bail until March
7 on condition she complete an outstanding 17
hours of community work.
Argument got out of hand
A young Hokitika man was yesterday
convicted of burgling the house he grew
Tyrone Robert Dixon, appearing in the
Greymouth District Court, denied one
count of burglary of a Park Street home
on October 17-18 last year belonging
to a woman described as his de facto
Dixon was remanded in custody until
today pending a sentencing report and
for breaching his existing sentence
of home detention — due to expire
tomorrow — after he admitted one
charge each of possessing cannabis and
possessing two plastic bottle bongs for
smoking the drug.
The latter charges followed a separate
incident which saw him arrested in
Hokitika last Friday.
The homeowner was described in court
as an aunty or nana to Dixon.
She returned home after a trip to find
a quantity of coins missing, and also
potatoes and cat food had been put into
Police obtained fingerprints which
matched Dixon’s. They also found the
direction the fingerprints on the kitchen
window frame were consistent with the
burglar pulling himself up to get inside.
An upturned flower pot was also left on
the ground outside.
When inter viewed by police Dixon
did not deny his fingerprints would have
been on the window frame, saying that
as a boy he had often entered the house
through a window.
However, in court yesterday he said he
would have also done that more recently
when undertaking a Community Work
sentence at the address.
The homeowner had earlier given
evidence of thoroughly cleaning the
windows shortly before she went away,
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll summed
up Dixon as “vague, abrasive and
“attempting to get out of trouble” in light
of his compromised relationship to the
victim, who had had a nurturing role for
Considerable strands of circumstantial
evidence pointed to Dixon’s guilt
beyond reasonable doubt, Judge
Christopher Michael Johns, 20, a
Ruatapu mill worker, pleaded guilty in
the Greymouth District Court yesterday
to a fresh charge of receiving stolen
Johns appeared for sentencing for theft,
receiving and unlawfully getting into a
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said he was
sentencing Johns on “a global basis,”
with 100 hours of community work
and 12 months’ super vision, along with
conditions to undertake any programmes
or courses as directed.
Johns was also ordered to pay reparation
to various victims, including $500 for
a stolen bicycle he had sold, along with
several smaller amounts ranging from
$50 to $100.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Johns did
not want to go to prison as he believed
he would not sur vive in there.
He had a history of easily falling under
the wrong influence, which in turn got
him into trouble.
A professional health report handed in
evidence to the court confirmed some of
that, Mr Bradley said.
Judge O’Driscoll pointed out that
sentencing, including prison, was also
about justice and protecting victims. Jail
was not proposed given Johns’ youth.
Hopefully he might learn something
and take advantage of the sentence he
was being given, the judge said, before
ordering that 20% of the community
work sentence be converted to a life skills
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