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A collision occurred at the Murray
and Tainui street intersection, in
Greymouth on Monday, after one
driver apparently failed to give way.
Senior sergeant Vicki Walker said no
one was injured. It was a reminder to
make sure the way was clear before
Council struggles with
grass and weed growth
The warm, wet weather has also
made things difficult for the Grey
District Council, with the contractor
struggling to keep up with grass and
weed growth. Some areas are too wet
for lawnmowers, so they are doing
what they can with weedeaters, the
History House to trial
late night opening
History House will trial a late
night opening on Wednesdays until
8pm to coincide with the Grey
District Library late night opening.
The move is a result of tourists seen
wandering about Greymouth and
lacking evening activities, the Grey
District Council said. It might also
help locals doing research.
The NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter flew to Franz Josef
Glacier yesterday morning for the
routine medical transfer of a patient
back to Grey Base Hospital.
Two quakes recorded
A magnitude 3.1 earthquake was
recorded 10km south of Haast at
1.44am today. It was 7km deep. Just
15 minutes earlier a magnitude 3
was recorded 25km west of Arthur’s
Pass and at 11.01pm there was a
magnitude 3.2 about 20km north of
Departures: Cook Canyon, Galatea
II, Moon Shadow II, Kathleen G,
Jay Penelope, one Greymouth vessel.
In port: Jay Elaine, 20 Greymouth
vessels. Expected departures: Jay
Elaine, today. Expected arrivals:
Solid Energy cancels coal shipments
An Inangahua farm hand who repeatedly
failed to report for community work, despite
having more than 300 hours to work off, could
be “ binned” for not complying, Judge Emma
Smith said yesterday.
Ben Toornstra appeared in the Greymouth
District Court for breach of community work.
Community Corrections said Toornstra
received 250 hours in May last year and was
subsequently given another 250 hours for
There had been “numerous failures” by
Toornstra to report and by the end of last year
he had completed only 43 hours, Corrections
officer Kerry Aston told the court.
By yesterday Toornstra had 309 hours
Mr Aston noted that because Toornstra lived
in Inangahua, getting enough community work
hours allocated for offenders was difficult as
Reefton only had a five-hour community work
timeframe available on Fridays.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl suggested he be
convicted and discharged but Judge Smith
disagreed, saying she had a responsibility to
“give integrity” to the system of community
She noted that in Whangarei and Dunedin
those in breach “get binned for six weeks”.
Mr Aston noted that if Toornstra got another
community work sentence for breach that
would take him over the maximum 400 hours.
“ Why not bin him for six weeks and get it over
and done with?” the judge asked. “ He’s simply
got to take responsibility.”
Mr Zintl said it was not a situation where
Toornstra had “deliberately thumbed his nose”
at the system.
He was about to start a new job in Canterbury,
which would free him up to complete his
“Not if he’s in prison he’s not,” the judge
However, Judge Smith accepted that
Toornstra’s guilty plea had “saved you from
prison” although he was not going to get away
with community detention either.
“I don’t like community detention. You just
get to stay home and play the Playstation,” the
She ordered a full sentencing options report
which could include some “short sharp” jail
time, but remanded Toornstra for sentencing at
the end of May to give him a chance to catch
up. Sentencing was transferred to Christchurch.
Joel Edward Greene pleaded guilty to breach
of community work and was remanded at large
to complete his hours and appear for sentence
on April 11.
Community Corrections said Greene had
failed to report on numerous occasions since
being sentenced to 150 hours in July last year.
By November he had only done 27 hours
although his compliance with a departmental
programme as part of his super vision was good
and “things are on the up,” Corrections officer
Kerry Aston said.
Jail warning for man
not reporting for
Aimee van der Weyden
of the Westport News
Solid Energy is cancelling or deferring
coal shipments to its overseas customers
until the Midland Line reopens.
Solid Energy relies on the railway
line — the only link between the West
Coast and Canterbury — to move
coal from Stockton Mine to Lyttelton
The railway line closed on February 4
after it was damaged by fire and could
be out for another six weeks.
The Westport News asked Solid
Energy a week ago how the closure
would affect Stockton Mine. Chief
executive Tony King replied yesterday
that Kiwi Rail normally ran around
18 trains a week from Stockton to
Lyttelton for Solid Energy.
“ With the outage we are cancelling
or deferring shipments until the rail
service resumes, except for shipments
we can complete with coal available at
Contractual arrangements provided
for circumstances like rail line closures
that were outside Solid Energy’s
control, he said.
“At this stage we anticipate
that production will continue at
Stockton with a focus on thos
activities that do not require railing of
“ We are proposing to truck limited
amounts of coal away from site to
assist in maintaining production and
to provide for a speedy recovery when
The closure would however require
some “flexibility ” in the mine’s
roster in order to achieve that, Mr King
Solid Energy was discussing that with
staff where required, he said.
“ We appreciate the flexibility and
support of our staff and stakeholders
during this unexpected event.”
The rail line was closed after a large
blaze broke out on conservation land
between Cass and Springfield, near the
rail bridge over Broken River. The fire
badly damaged the bridge as well as
track and signal systems.
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Teacher Murray MacGibbon, left, NZEI Greymouth branch secretar y Samara Martin, driver
Murray Smeaton and Greymouth NZEI president Te Whaea Ireland, with the union’s visiting caravan
at Karoro School this morning. The caravan has hit the road on a ‘Better Funding, Better Learning
Heartland Tour’ in a joint campaign by educators from both the PPTA and Te Riu Roa NZEI, which
last year defeated plans to introduce bulk funding in schools. “People on the West Coast have a fantastic
opportunity to use their vote this year to ensure every child has the best start in life through a world
class education,” NZEI TE Riu Roa president Lynda Stuart said. “ We know our young people deserve
the best education, and we are convinced that most New Zealanders value education over tax cuts. This
election year we need every political party to make education their top priority.” The union tour was in
Reefton on Monday and Westport yesterday, John Paul II High School and Grey Main School today,
before heading to Hokitika tomorrow and South Westland schools on Friday.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Unions promote better education funding
A missing aircraft sleuth has given up on
the possibility that a long lost plane crashed
in the Jacobs River Valley, near Bruce Bay.
Sunday marked the 55th anniversary of one
of New Zealand’s most compelling aviation
mysteries, with a new search imminent on
the Canterbury side.
The De Havilland Dragonfly ZK-AFB
disappeared while on a scenic flight from
Christchurch to Milford on February 12,
1962. Despite a massive aerial search, there
has been no trace of the aircraft, along with
its pilot and four passengers. One suggestion
is it could be in the Jacobs River area after
local residents reported hearing a plane at the
The initial hunt for the aircraft, its pilot
Brian Chadwick and four tourist passengers
Louis Rowan, Darrell Shiels and
honeymooners Elwyn and Valerie Saville
was headline news in New Zealand and
Australia. In spite of the largest aerial search
undertaken in New Zealand, and one of the
most extensive in the South Pacific, nothing
has ever been found.
“The story is intriguing; an entrepreneurial
pilot, pioneering air charter work, a
veteran biplane airliner, scenic flying over
mountainous terrain, overseas tourist
passengers including a young honeymoon
couple, and ongoing search initiatives that
continue to this day,” aviation author Richard
Waugh, formerly of Hokitika, said.
Hastings man Gavin Grimmer is currently
working on advanced satellite technology
in the hope he can locate the wreckage.
However, he no longer thinks it is in the
Jacobs River area.
Mr Grimmer is also not convinced the
woman’s boot found on the eastern side of
the Main Divide came from the plane.
“The aircraft was last seen at the Jacobs
River area,” he says. “ I believe the pilot
flew in there and got out unseen and I think
the plane came down in another location
“I researched this full-time for 18 months
and my theory is the plane was caught in
freak weather and was caught in an enormous
updraft. I now think Brian Chadwick got the
plane out of the valley and was heading for
Queenstown before it came down.”
Mr Grimmer now thinks the crash site is
further south than Jacobs River.
He has already undertaken several searches
in the South Island looking for the Dragonfly.
Meanwhile, Bobby Reeve and son Simon
will undertake another extended Dragonfly
search this month in the Hopkins-Huxley
valleys on the Canterbury side, following
their find of a woman’s dress boot from a
previous search. They have had the shoe
dated from the late 1950s or 1960s.
— Additional reporting New Zealand Herald
Missing aircraft mystery remains
The January 19 flood
will cost the Grey District
Council about $100,000,
plus damage to a pumping
The storm caused
widespread damage in
the northern West Coast,
including inundating the
A report to the council
meeting this week said
damage included a large
slip at Notown, and the
creek at Kotuku-Bell Hill
jumped out of its bed. The
Redjacks and Slaty Creek
stopbanks were damaged
and trees were brought
Council staff said the
flood was unique as it
peaked three times.
The flood barriers were
installed on Preston Road,
Greymouth, and across
the railway lines. Failure
of one of two stormwater
pumps in Johnston Street
was “significant ”.
Staff were able to locate
portable pumps but
without these, central
Greymouth “would have
had significant risk of
The likely cost of the
temporary pumps was
about $30,00 and quotes
for repair were being
Overall, staff and
contractors reacted well to
the flood, the council said.
$100,000 plus flood bill
A young Hokitika father was
described as arrogant when he
appeared before Judge Emma
Smith in the Greymouth District
Court yesterday for doing spinouts
and donuts, including at the
Blair Ryan McLeod
sentenced to 100 hours each
on two charges of driving with
sustained loss of traction, to be
ser ved concurrently, and was
disqualified from driving for nine
months on each charge.
The judge also made orders
against the vehicles involved under
the provisions of the Sentencing
Workers at Hokitika Cemetery
called police on January 10 this
year after seeing a vehicle driven
by McLeod doing broadsides,
resulting in showers of gravel on
a track within the cemetery late in
At 6.45pm on January 17 a
vehicle was seen driving on the
gravel road into Wadeson Island,
revving and spinning its front
wheels while doing donuts.
Police said in that case the car
being driven by McLeod was on
the wrong side of the road in an
area where local residents often
walked their dogs. McLeod did
S-marks over about 50m before
losing control and getting stuck in
Sergeant Chris Stringer said the
vehicle in that case was impounded
for 28 days.
Lawyer George Linder said it was
unfortunate the two events were
only a week apart, and McLeod
understood the ramifications. The
second incident involved a friend ’s
convictions from 2013 onwards
were admitted, and it was obvious
McLeod had “difficulty controlling
McLeod ’s own car had also been
impounded and would cost $500
to release — something he needed
as his partner needed with their
Judge Emma Smith was
not impressed noting three
for “irresponsible” driving and
wondered if McLeod was either
immature or just arrogant.
The judge noted, however,
that driving was a privilege and
McLeod ’s latest behaviour was
given previous community work
sentences for it.
“I don’t get what the buzz is to
make smoke in your car,” the judge
“I can assume you like doing
community work. You come to me
as a young man who has a family.
Is this really the way you should
act? It seems to me you are not the
role model your kids would need.
“If you come back with offending
of this type in the community
again, you will be detained.”
Malachai Andrew Delamare, 17,
of Hokitika, admitted burglary
following in an incident in Jollie
Street in November.
Police said Delamare was found
by residents in a shed on November
22 and took off with a bike valued
at $200. The bike was later located
with a relative of his.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said
Delamare was due to be sentenced
for another burglary.
Judge Emma Smith ordered
him to attend a restorative justice
conference, if his victim was
willing, and remanded him on bail
until April 11 for sentence.
Christopher Manny Strongman
pleaded guilty to be being
unlawfully in a building, an
enclosed deck area at the rear of
the Hokitika Chartered Club.
He was fined $500.
Police said Strongman admitted
being there without good reason
between December 4 and 5.
Judge Smith told Strongman
that people had justifiable cause
to worry in the circumstances
“ because people think you might
The judge accounted for
Strongman’s early guilty plea but
warned him if he offended in that
way again he could end up behind
Jay William Haika was remanded
until next month on continued bail
for one charge of procuring and
possessing methamphetamine (P),
to process a legal aid application.
Amanda Jane Jones, of Hokitika,
admitted drink-driving at Kaniere
on December 4.
She was disqualified from
driving for six months, fined $900
and ordered to pay over $200
in medical and analyst expense
Jones underwent a blood-alcohol
test after being stopped at 1.20am
on Kaniere Road. She had a
reading of 150mg — nearly twice
the legal limit. Her licence was
suspended at the time.
Police noted that Jones declined
to talk to police at the time she was
caught and her offending would
result in a written caution to the
person owning the motor vehicle
she was driving.
Lawyer George Linder described
what had happened as “out of
character”, while acknowledging a
previous drink-driving conviction
Ashley Louise Havill admitted
Havill was disqualified from
minimum of six months and fined
Sergeant Chris Stringer said
Havill blew 569mg when she
was pulled over for speeding
Havill told police she had
been drinking that night with a
friend but had had a few hours
sleep and thought she would be
submitted a letter of apology
and a character reference saying
what had happened was out of
Mr Zintl said Havill had stopped
drinking in the early hours and
was driving after “several hours of
Judge Smith told Havill it was
unfortunate that an aberration
would now result in conviction.
Youth admits cemetery spinouts
A 24-year-old Runanga
man was told in the
Greymouth District Court
yesterday the victim of his
assault would be pleased
to hear he was leaving the
appeared for sentencing
for the November 8
assault against his former
Judge David Saunders
Wilson to two months
of community detention,
to be served at an address
in Christchurch, six
including a stopping
violence programme and
as well as 80 hours of
community work. A
protection order was also
put in place.
Judge Saunders warned
Cochrane-Wilson that if
he breached the protection
order he would be back in
court and could well
be sent to jail for three
“I am giving you
community work to keep
you occupied during the
day. This is an opportunity
for you to get on with your
life,” the judge said.
Aubrey George Toko,
43, was remanded for
sentencing until tomorrow,
to give Corrections an
opportunity to assess an
address for community
Toko will be sentenced
on charges of refusing to
give a blood specimen
and careless us of a motor
vehicle, on September 29.
The Department of
Conser vation has invited
the public to join a beach
clean-up at Rapahoe next
week as part of Seaweek
events on the West Coast.
The clean-up starts at
12.15pm on Tuesday,
February 21, ahead of
low tide at 2pm. People
are asked to bring garden
gloves and water, and
DOC will provide bags,
sunscreen and a vehicle for
larger items. Meet at the
Point Elizabeth car park at
the Rapahoe end.
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