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Coast DOC staff sent to
fight Christchurch fires
The Department of Conser vation has
sent staff from the West Coast to fight
the Christchurch fires. It said today
it was assisting the Selwyn District
Council as the rural fire authority
leading the firefighting efforts.
DOC has about 30 staff on site now
including five from the Coast. They
are providing support in a variety of
roles including firefighting, members
of the incident management team, and
ancillary support of catering. Rural
Fire is also sending people.
The NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter conducted two routine
medical transfers from Westport
yesterday afternoon. One patient
was taken to Christchurch Hospital
and the other to Grey Base Hospital.
Meanwhile, the Westport Volunteer
Fire Brigade assisted with two
ambulance calls in the town yesterday.
A 44-year-old man was caught
drink-driving at Cape Foulwind near
Westport late last night. He blew
Greymouth Port. — Arrivals: One
Greymouth vessel. Departures: Jay
Elaine, three Greymouth vessels. In
port: 18 Greymouth vessels. Expected
departures: Nil. Expected arrivals:
$8500 bill after phone hacked
A Hokitika businessman has received an
$8500 phone bill after his line was hacked
in the middle of the night.
Vodafone is insisting Hayden Simpson,
of Simpson Residential, pays up, even
though he had a security pin set on the
When his office manager arrived at
work one day to find the phone lines were
hacked they contacted Vodafone, which
said it had detected strange activity on the
line during the early hours of the morning
so their fraud team disconnected the lines.
“ We got our line up and running again
and continued on our business and thought
that was a bit strange,” Mr Simpson said.
They then had further communications
from Vodafone saying someone had
remotely hacked their system, including
the four-digit message pin, using the
Hokitika line to make calls to countries
including Cuba and Monaco.
In a 30-minute period the fraudsters had
racked up calling costs of $8500.
“After much discussion back and forth
with Vodafone they are insisting I pay these
charges, even though they have agreed we
personally did not make the calls and that
we had a security pin set on our phone,”
Mr Simpson said.
The December bill totals $8577, including
$7303 of international calls they did not
Mr Simpson also released to the
Guardian an e-mail from Vodafone sent
in mid-December, which says that during
this type of fraud, the fraudsters benefited
financially from every call made to overseas
numbers. They maximised their revenue by
making as many calls as possible for as
long as possible before they were stopped.
“These charges are liable,” the e-mail says.
In a statement yesterday Vodafone said it
understood it was a distressing time for Mr
“As we are currently in a process with Mr
Simpson to resolve his case we are unable
to discuss specific details with you. We can
however confirm we are working closely
with him to reach a fair outcome.”
The telecommunications giant said it
took the security of its customers “very
seriously” and had robust systems in place
to minimise the impact of fraudulent
Mr Simpson’s story of hacking comes
after a Wellington man had to clear
himself of $10,000 of non-existent debt —
again with Vodafone — after falling victim
to identity fraud.
Jaz Hamilton’s wallet was stolen when
he was at the gym in November 2015.
He immediately cancelled his cards and
driver’s licence, but it was not until a year
later he found out the thief had set up a
Vodafone account in his name and had
racked up a $10,653 debt.
It turned out the fraudster had tried to
order a large number of items from the
company, but the fraud was detected and
the items were returned to Vodafone. The
company did not suffer a loss, but due to a
mistake, the bill remained in place and was
passed on to the debt collectors.
Throughout the process, Mr Hamilton
found Vodafone difficult to deal with, as
he was continually referred to the debt
Vodafone had since apologised for
the mistake and confirmed all the debt
had been expunged from Mr Hamilton’s
Thursday February 16
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Grey Medical Centre
Jeanette, Karen, John,
families would like to
sincerely thank our
family and friends for
messages of support
following the recent loss
of our much loved
and grandmother. We
appreciate the support of
those who attended and
spoke at the service to
farewell Jean. Your
presence and support
meant a lot to the family
and we thank you for
that, also thanks to
Frances Stapleton, for
your thoughtfulness and
lovely service that you
delivered. Our grateful
thanks to Jill, Mary and
the staff at Allen Bryant
Rest Home for taking
care of Jean during her
stay with you and
making the last few
years of her life com-
fortable and safe, also
Dr Anna and the team at
Centre. A very special
thank you to the staff at
Barclay Ward, Grey
Hospital for their care
and guidance in making
Jean's last days as
comfortable as possible.
It was deeply appreci-
ated by our family and
we will be forever
grateful. To those who
sent cards, messages,
flowers, donated to the
RSA and visited follow-
ing our loss, we also
wish to express our
Services, thank you for
the support and guid-
ance with helping make
this sad time as stress
free as possible. We
thank the RSA for
providing the venue for
the get-together follow-
ing the funeral of Jean.
We are truly blessed to
have been lucky enough
to have treasured memo-
ries of a special, strong
and loving person who
will always be in our
hearts and on our minds.
Please accept this as
our personal acknow-
HOPE, Kevin Louis.
Christine, Lynn and
families would like to
thank all who attended
Kevin's farewell. Also
thank you to those who
were travelling to attend
and were turned back by
the flooding. Thank
you to the St John
Volunteer Fire Brigade
e-mails, phone calls,
donations to St John
Ambulance were much
appreciated. The care
and attention to detail by
Lawrence Anisy and his
staff eased us through
this difficult time. Please
accept this as a personal
Aimee van der Weyden
of the Westport News
Kiwi Rail is storing seven train engines
at the Westport rail yard while they are
out of action due to the closure of the
Kiwi Rail closed the line, the only
rail link between the West Coast and
Canterbury, on February 4 after a
section of it was damaged by fire. It
could be out for weeks.
The Westport rail yard, next to the
harbour, had a mechanical fitter and a
workshop — the facilities needed to
store and ser vice the engines during that
time, a Kiwi Rail spokesman said.
The engines were transported to the
yard last Friday evening.
Kiwi Rail also had 120 wagons on the
Coast side of the Midland Line. They
were being stored at different Kiwi Rail
locations in the region, the spokesman
“ P lanned inspections and maintenance
will be carried out on these assets while
they are out of action.”
The section of the Midland Line
damaged was between Springfield
and Cass. A large blaze broke out on
conser vation land in the area, near the
rail bridge over Broken River. The fire
badly damaged the bridge, as well as
track and signal systems.
Kiwi Rail usually runs about 18 trains
a week from the Stockton coalmine to
Lyttelton for Solid Energy.
PICTURE: Dave McMillan
Kiwi Rail stores
seven trains at
Kathryn Rebecca Griffin admitted one
charge each of careless driving and failing to
stop to ascertain injury after fleeing the scene
of a crash on Kaniere Road.
Judge Emma Smith accepted Griffin’s
guilty plea in the Greymouth District
Court yesterday, remanding her on bail
for sentencing on March 28, subject to the
outcome of a restorative justice conference.
Police said Griffin was driving a ute north
on Kaniere Road at 9.50am on December 19
when she ran into the back of another vehicle
travelling in the same direction.
Sergeant Chris Skinner said the victim’s
car had pulled to the left and was indicating
to turn right into a property when Griffin’s
vehicle hit it.
A passenger in the struck vehicle was
rendered unconscious, while another suffered
Griffin fled the scene and later told police
her reaction was one of fright.
Lawyer George Linder said Griffin did go
back to the scene to get the victim’s details
and had contacted the police within an hour
of the incident.
A young Hokitika woman caught
shoplifting at the Greymouth store of The
Warehouse twice in a day, was convicted and
ordered to come up for sentence within six
months if called.
Milahn Toko-iti admitted stealing a
t-shirt valued at $35 and later consuming a
chocolate milk drink at The Warehouse on
Lawyer Richard Bodle said the matter was
originally to be considered for diversion but
Toko-iti was told that was not possible.
Toko-iti had admitted her guilt early in
the piece and wanted to make the total
$38.50 reparation as she had now found
Mr Bodle said a statement in evidence
that no reparation was being sought was
The police noted The Warehouse had
rejected that option, preferring instead to
take civil proceedings.
Judge Smith accepted Toko-iti’s remorse
and gave her leave to pay reparation before
leaving the court.
Kim Hayden Pope admitted driving while
disqualified for the third or subsequent time
after he was caught by police on Hampden
Street, Hokitika, in December.
Pope also admitted breaching a previous
community work sentence.
Police said Pope was stopped randomly at
12.30am on December 12 and explained he
had taken over driving from his partner, who
Community Corrections noted that she had
been sentenced to 150 hours of community
work in March last year and a further 80
hours in August.
Since last March, Pope had only reported
for Community Work twice and still had 177
Judge Smith warned Pope he was in serious
danger of being returned to prison following
his release for previous convictions.
She ordered a sentencing report with full
options, including community or home
detention, and remanded Pope on bail for
sentence on May 25.
Bailey Allan Houliston pleaded guilty
to theft under $500 after he admitted
taking a number items from a sheltered
accommodation residence on January 9, in
Cobden, where he was residing at the time.
Houliston was remanded on bail to live at
a Gibson Q uay address in Hokitika and to
appear for sentence on February 28.
Police said Houliston took three items
including an electric weedeater and a bar
fridge, and then placed them on a Greymouth
Facebook page for sale.
Houliston told police he had been given
permission to do this from people who had
previously lived at his Cobden address.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Houliston’s
previous court appearances did not bode well.
Houliston was new to the area and was
living what might be described as “a fairly
marginal existence,” Mr Bradley said.
Judge Smith noted Houliston’s latest
offending was while he was subject to prison
release conditions and what she had seen
made “grave reading”.
Woman pleads guilty to
f leeing crash scene
The NZ Breast Cancer
Foundation will hit the
road again next month
with its pink caravan.
The tour was initially
scheduled to visit
and Hokitika last
November, but was
postponed after the
With the now re-
scheduled dates in place,
two specialist breast care
nurses will be on board.
Women and men
are invited to pop into
the caravan with their
questions about the signs
and symptoms of breast
cancer, to understand
their family and lifestyle
risk factors, and to know
what to do if they have
The breast care nurses
have visual and hands-on
displays of breast cancer
symptoms that most
women will not have
seen before, and will
use prosthetic breasts to
show what a lump feels
“On average, more than
25 women in the West
Coast DHB region will
be diagnosed with breast
cancer this year. The
earlier they ’re diagnosed,
the better the outcome,
so we’ll be advising on
screening and how to
look out for the full
range of breast cancer
symptoms,” nurse Trish
More than 1000 women
are diagnosed with breast
cancer each year outside
the free screening age
group (45-69 years), and
even among screened
women, breast cancers
can show up between
It will be outside
World on March 2, and
Hokitika New World on
March 3, from 9am to
Pink caravan to visit Coast
The ‘boil water’ notice
has been lifted for
Arahura, but remains in
place for Kumara.
The Westland District
Council said last evening
the Arahura water had
clear results for three days.
However, at Kumara
it was waiting for the
chlorine levels in the
reticulation to stabilise at
the required level before
lifting the boil notice.
“Council has received
feedback from Kumara
residents about the length
of time the ‘boil water’
notice has been in place,”
corporate planner Karen
“ We understand that it
is an inconvenience and
cost to have to boil your
for health reasons we
advise that you continue
to do so.”
Arahura ‘boil water’
A lack of team registrations has forced
the cancellation of the Westport Relay
for Life fundraiser scheduled for March
The relay is a 24-hour event with teams
of runners and walkers circulating a track
to raise awareness and funds in support
of the Cancer Society.
Cancer Society West Coast community
relations co-ordinator Pavel Bares said
the relay was cycled three yearly between
Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika.
He said it was regrettable they had
had to cancel the relay but plans were
well under way for a memorial ser vice
“ If you have been affected by cancer,
either as a patient, or caregiver, we invite
you to come along to this ser vice, to
celebrate as sur vivors, and remember
loved ones lost to cancer.”
The ser vice will be at 2pm on March
18 at the Westport Bridge Club.
Mr Bares said weather permitting
those attending could also take part in
walking a memorial lap of honour.
The ser vice would be followed by
afternoon tea, he said.
Anyone wanting to attend should
contact Mavis White 03 789 8175 for
transport options and catering purposes.
— Westport News
Westport Relay for Life cancelled
A young Reefton man convicted of
assaulting two victims on Broadway admitted
in the Greymouth District Court on Tuesday
that he was too drunk to clearly recall what
Joseph Alexander Johnson admitted one
charge each of common assault and assault.
It followed incidents about 9pm on
Police said both of his victims were walking
near Bridge Street when Johnson went up
to one of them and shoved them backwards,
causing them to fall to the ground.
Johnson head-butted another man in the
face before he and his associates continued
walking down Broadway, sergeant Chris
Skinner told the court.
Johnson told police he shoved one of
the victims because he had a pocket knife
concealed in his pants and it frightened him.
He denied assaulting the other victim
saying it was “unintentional contact with his
Lawyer George Linder said Johnson was
keen to meet his victims in a restorative
“He was very, very intoxicated and doesn’t
recall what happened,” Mr Linder said.
Judge Emma Smith ordered a restorative
justice conference and remanded Johnson on
bail for sentence on March 28.
“ You need to make sure you clean up your
act,” the judge warned Johnson.
Appearance by Thomas Trevor Shine for a
case review hearing was excused.
Shine’s case was adjourned until May 23
for pre-trial submissions on one charge
each of causing harm by posting a digital
communication, unlawful possession of a
firearm and possessing drug needles-syringes.
A West Coast woman, granted interim
name suppression on the basis she hoped to
regain her previous professional occupation,
was found with 78g of dried cannabis when
police called into her residence on a welfare
check last November.
Police called on the woman on November
21 last year following a call from a relative
elsewhere concerned about her welfare. The
woman was at the time living at home but
under care through provisions of the Mental
While police were trying to find her at the
woman’s address they spied four plastic zip
bags containing cannabis in the floor well of
her vehicle, sergeant Chris Stringer said.
professional evidence to the court which
suggested cannabis had “exacerbated” the
issues the woman faced.
However, she was now on a better path and
was planning to re-enter the workforce, Mr
Judge Smith said the interim suppression
would be reviewed at sentencing on April 11.
Kayle David George Parkinson admitted
two charges of theft and one each of
cultivating cannabis, cannabis possession,
possessing a needle-syringe, and being an
Parkinson was remanded on bail for a pre-
sentence report to appear in court on April
30 when he was due to be sentenced for
Jarrod Paul Moore, of Springs Junction, was
remanded on bail for a case review hearing in
Napier on March 28 for one charge each of
wilful damage and injuring with intent.
Luke Balderstone, 20, of Dunollie, was
remanded at large for sentence on March 28
after he admitted drink-driving and driving
Johnathon Arthur Jones, 40, of Reefton,
was remanded without plea to appear on
March 28 for assault with a blunt instrument,
causing loss by deception, and drug dealing.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Jones would
not enter a plea until he had full disclosure
Austin Grant Janse van Rensberg, a
fisherman, was convicted for driving while
suspended, fined $150 and disqualified for
six months beginning on March 6 when his
current driving suspension ends.
Inia Joseph McIntyre-Neary, of Atarau,
admitted operating a vehicle carelessly after
his vehicle was found turned on its side after
he failed to take a bend on Atarau Road on
McIntyre-Neary was fined $150.
Sergeant Chris Skinner said McIntyre-
Neary, on a restricted licence, was driving
to work at Taylor ville when he crashed.
He left the scene and failed to report the
McIntyre-Neary admitted to the judge he
was driving too fast for the conditions.
Judge Smith warned him that with a
demerit history already on the books which
showed a “casual attitude” towards driving,
McIntyre-Neary better consider if he wanted
to live a long life.
Hayden David Bain admitted one charge
each of wilful damage and deception
following incidents in Christchurch in
August and January. He was remanded on
bail to appear for sentence on March 28.
Sergeant Chris Stringer said the victim in
the deception case from August 2016 did not
know Bain who at the time was preparing to
leave to live in Australia, but it involved them
transferring $300 to Bain’s bank account for
the sale of possessions via a Facebook post.
It turned out Bain had already sold the
goods. Then in January, Bain barricaded
himself at the Bealey Ave Motels in
Christchurch and in a rampage broke
furniture and smashed windows, hurling
various items outside.
Bain, who represented himself in court, told
Judge Smith he wanted to get sentencing
over and done with so he could return to
However, the judge ordered a restorative
“ When you act criminally the New
Zealand Government say you have to face
the victims,” Judge Smith told Bain.
“I accept your plea of guilty and I accept
you need to get back.”
However, he would have to wait to see if his
victims wanted to meet with him.
Riley Jordan McMillan, of the Grey Valley,
denied three charges of assault but pleaded
guilty to wilful damage and resisting police.
Police opposed an application for
McMillan’s bail to be dropped but agreed
to vary a curfew from 9pm to 4am to enable
A non-association order with the
McMillan was remanded on all matters
to appear in court on March 15 for a case
Man too drunk to recall assault
A French national living a transient
existence was declined bail and
remanded in custody until May when
appeared in the Greymouth District
Court on Tuesday for theft and unlawful
possession of a firearm.
Kahn Dylan Pahl admitted theft from
a car, theft under $500 and unlawful
possession of a firearm after indicating
in an initial court appearance last week
of his likely plea.
Pahl was remanded in custody until
May 25 for sentence in Greymouth.
Police said Pahl was a French foreign
national who was travelling the country
on a working holiday long-term.
On February 3 in Greymouth he
approached one of his victims and
snatched $350 from their van, sergeant
Chris Stringer said.
He later told police he had spent the
money and was intending to purchase
drugs for the victim.
On January 27, Pahl approached
someone he knew in Christchurch about
borrowing a firearm so he could go
Pahl was given a .22 rifle which
he brought to the West Coast and
proceeded to post it for sale on a local
buy sell Facebook page, selling the gun
to someone in Hari Hari on January 30
The gun had been recovered but the
purchaser was out of pocket.
Duty lawyer George Linder said Pahl
had intended buying but then found he
had not been paid.
Mr Linder noted Pahl had “an
unenviable history”, before Judge Emma
Smith stopped him commenting further.
“I’m going to get a pre-sentence report
obviously,” the judge said.
Mr Linder said bail had already been
Pahl also wanted his case transferred to
Nelson, where he had a partner.
Judge Smith declined: “ You offend in
this area, you get sentenced in this area. ”
David Joseph Cook admitted driving
while disqualified and drink-driving for
the third or subsequent time.
Cook was fined $600, disqualified from
driving for six months and sentenced to
six months super vision with alcohol and
drug programme provisions.
The judge also made an order under the
Sentencing Act against the vehicle Cook
was driving when caught.
Cook blew 666mg when stopped
driving in Somerled Avenue, Dunollie,
on January 6.
At the time Cook told police he had
only driven about 100m down the road.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Cook’s
previous offending meant a pre-sentence
report would probably assist the
Christopher John Ward, of Nelson
Creek, admitted drink-driving after he
was caught at 11.15pm on January 14
and blew 622mg.
Sergeant Chris Stringer said Ward told
police he had had 10 beers but did not
believe he would be over the limit.
Lawyer Vicki Walsh noted that Ward’s
last previous drink-driving conviction
was in 1995, however he had now
admitted to a drinking problem and
wanted help from the system through a
super vised sentence, with leave to apply
for a limited licence given where he
“Given that is Mr Ward’s concern,
his family is impacted by his behaviour,
I would make the submission the
ambulance be at the top of the cliff,” Mrs
David Joseph Crosbie,
Christchurch, was sentenced to 75 hours of
community work to be ser ved concurrently
for one charge each of common assault, wilful
damage and resisting police.
It followed an escapade which happened when
he was in Taylorville for a former flatmate’s
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Crosbie’s victims
had not been prepared to undertake restorative
“He realises that alcohol is a problem for him,”
Mr Bradley said.
“He had been nine months sober and there was
an open bar at the wedding, which was too much
of a temptation.”
Mr Bradley said Crosbie doing community
work was an issue given he was a foreman
mechanic who worked on Saturdays.
Judge Smith noted Crosbie had assaulted his
first victim “for absolutely no reason” and had
kicked down a door before seriously putting
a constable in danger by vigorously resisting
“Intoxication was no excuse, but an explanation,”
Judge Smith said,
A fine would be inappropriate, she said.
Nicole Prendergast was fined $400 for wilful
trespass at Greymouth New World.
Prendergast was formally trespassed from the
supermarket in July last year but was seen on the
premises on the evening of November 23.
She told police at the time she “didn’t realise
she was trespassed,” sergeant Chris Skinner said.
Judge Smith did not buy it that Prendergast
was ignorant of why she had been previously
trespassed and warned of more serious
consequences next time.
“ You knew you weren’t supposed to be there.
This is reckless. You just don’t have any option,
you can not just go there,” the judge said.
Phillip James Williams denied assaulting a
female, threatening to kill, threatening grievous
bodily harm, and a charge of kidnapping.
Williams elected trial by jury through his
lawyer Marcus Zintl.
He was remanded in custody to appear in court
again on March 28.
Community work for charges arising from assault
national denied bail
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