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A Hokitika teenager who frightened a pair
of tourists camping at Lake Mahinapua last
November and then crashed his car into a
tree, almost killing himself, received a stern
talking to by the judge in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday.
Logan Hauraki, 18, admitted two charges
of dangerous driving, wilful damage, assault
In November, Hauarki and a group of
friends drove to the lake, parking near the
campground. He then jumped on a tent,
leaving a woman inside with a minor back
In December, Hauarki was driving along
High Street in Greymouth when he spotted
a police checkpoint, but instead put his
foot down and drove straight through and
He was followed by a police car with
flashing lights and siren sounding, but
continued to speed away until stopping in
Bryon Street, where he fled the scene on
The court also heard how Hauraki failed
to pull the handbrake on and the vehicle hit
one of the passengers who had jumped out,
and then continued rolling backwards until
it hit a tree.
The next day Hauarki went to the police
station and told them he had panicked
because he only had his restricted licence.
On January 17, Hauraki was driving
his BMW along Lake Kaniere Road in
excess of 149kph when he failed to take a
Senior sergeant Graeme Eden said
Hauraki’s car was airborne, flew through
some trees and sheered off branches, before
it wrapped around a tree. He returned a
blood alcohol level of 105mg.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Hauarki had
been drinking and was depressed when he
crashed the car.
He said police could not believe that
anyone had sur vived the crash.
“His young life had imploded. Some people
can learn from these things and never come
back to court, and I think he is one of these
people and he understands he is lucky to be
alive,” Mr Bradley said.
Judge Noel Walsh referred to an
“ insightful” letter that Hauraki’s father had
written to the court.
“ Your parents are worried sick about you,
and the Hokitika Guardian was right when
it wrote ‘miracle as driver walks away from
wreck’,” Judge Walsh said.
“However, what really grates me is what
you did to those tourists.”
The female tourist, in her victim impact
statement, spoke of how scared she had
become and had trouble sleeping.
“S he wrote that she freezes in fear, her
pulse rises and she wonders what might
happen this time and she cannot control her
stress. She was left not wanting to camp any
more in New Zealand.”
Judge Walsh asked Hauarki if he had
anything to say to the rest of New Zealand
about what he had done to the tourists.
Hauraki said simply he wanted to
The judge asked if alcohol was the problem.
“I think so,” he replied.
The judge suggested he might also be
trying to impress his mates.
“They (his mates) are not here to support
you — they don’t give a hoot. Your mother
and father and your lawyer are all worried
about how your life is going. You almost
killed yourself, you ruined a camping
holiday. If I were you I would not just lay off
the alcohol, but give it up.
“From what I read about you from your
employer and your father you have a lot of
In convicting Hauraki Judge Walsh
stressed again that he should “give up the
He was sentenced to 12 months super vision,
100 hours of community work, disqualified
from driving for six months, fined $300 and
ordered to pay $200 reparation and make
a $300 emotional harm payment to the
Teen receives stern talking to
after terrorising tourists
Wednesday March 29
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A Greymouth woman who posted
naked pictures of another woman on
Facebook admitted causing harm by
Willow Tauwhare, 20, admitted the
charge in the Greymouth District Court
Lawyer Richard Bodle said the two
images that had been uploaded to
Facebook on February 13 were taken
down within a matter of minutes.
“My client overreacted to a situation
and is very remorseful and has apologised
to the complainant in writing,” Mr Bodle
Tauwhare was “putting some distance
between herself and the victim” as she was
moving to Nelson.
“She accepts it was mean and
embarrassing and didn’t think — she just
Judge Noel Walsh said it appeared there
was a volatile situation between Tauwhare
and the victim and restorative justice was
not going to be an option.
“ You are 20 years old and the maximum
penalty for what you did is two years in
prison or a fine no more than $50,000
— this is how serious the courts take this
kind of offending,” the judge said.
He asked Tauwhare how she would
feel if the boot was on the other foot and
someone had posted naked images of her
up for all to see.
“If I were you I would be ashamed and
horrified,” Judge Walsh said.
He noted the victim had abused her and
she was scared for her young son.
“I bet there is another side to this.”
Tauwhare was convicted and fined
$1000, ordered not to associate with the
victim for 12 months and warned that if
she breached the order she could be jailed
for up to three months or fined.
“ What you did was mean,” the judge
Doreen Whitmore, left, Margaret Eason and Janet McCann start lunch following an outing to the movies yesterday as part of the
CARE group’s day out at the Regent Theatre. CARE co-ordinator Pam Sutherland said it was an enjoyable outing for everyone. “ We
had 60 members and volunteers involved with CARE attend. Our volunteers and committee provided the lunch and it was great to
see everyone enjoying themselves and catching up with each other — that ’s what it is all about.”
PICTURE: Paul McBride
CARE group’s day out
The speed limit on a section of the Lower
Buller Gorge could be lowered, as the New
Zealand Transport Agency works on the
alternative Picton-Christchurch highway in
response to the Kaikoura earthquake.
NZTA will begin consultation next week
on a bylaw which will convert a range of
temporary lower speed limits introduced on
the alternate State highway to permanent
The lower speed limits were introduced last
year, under emergency legislation.
Consultation also includes a proposal to
lower the speed limit on a section of the
Lower Buller Gorge which links to the
alternate route from 100kph to 80kph. This
road is not included in the current emergency
Regional relationships director Jim Harland
said they were part of safety measures
to manage the risks associated with the
significant increase in traffic.
“As emergency speed limits can only legally
be in place for six months, and State highway
1 will not be fully restored until the end of the
year, in order to keep the lower speed limits
in place to maintain safety on the alternate
route the law requires that these lower limits
now be made permanent,” Mr Harland said.
It would be seeking feedback from councils,
stakeholders, road user groups and local
“The alternate route is challenging to drive
and since the Kaikoura earthquake, the
volume of vehicles travelling on some parts
of this route has quadrupled, with significant
increases in the number of heavy vehicles
using the route. ”
As previously announced, the Government
was spending $60 million in upgrading
parts of the route to make it safer and more
resilient. This includes widening several
sections of road, ongoing resealing work
along the route, installing several new Bailey
bridges alongside existing one-way bridges,
installing traffic signals on several one-way
bridges, and using radars and webcams to
measure traffic volumes and provide travel
The consultation period will take place
between April 3 and May 3.
Information will be available on the
Transport Agency website from next
NZTA to consult on
speed limits in Lower Buller Gorge
Otira now has cellphone coverage, more
than a year after the Otira bus crash
highlighted the blackspot.
Spark has switched on a metro cell
site, bringing mobile coverage to the
In December 2015, the Otira
community contacted Spark about
improving mobile coverage following the
Before emergency ser vices could be
called, someone had to drive to Arthur’s
Pass to raise the alarm.
Spark worked closely with Kiwi Rail
to install a small-scale metro cell on its
communications hut near the Otira
Railway Station, which delivers new
3G coverage to a radius of about
Spark’s head of South Island, Paul
Deavoll, thanked Dr Diane Gordon-
Burns for raising concerns. There is now
a “bubble of reception” that motorists can
use when they pull over.
“ We’re pleased to be able to find a
solution for the local community and
for tourists and motorists passing
through the area on State highway 73,”
Mr Deavoll said.
“ We’ve used metro cells in other, hard-
to-reach places around New Zealand,
such as Albury, Okarito, Maruia, and we
are looking at rolling them out to other
areas where they can provide a similar
boost in coverage.”
Otira Community Association member
Dr Gordon-Burns, curator of John Burns
Gallery of Modern Art in Otira, said it
would also help the community itself, for
example when the local weather bomb
caused severe flooding.
“The community are grateful Spark
have listened to community concerns
about the lack of cell coverage and that
they have acted so promptly, which is
good for everybody considering the high
tourist visits to the area,” she said.
National Party list MP Maureen Pugh
welcomed the announcement and said
better access to mobile coverage was
important to the West Coast, particularly
for more remote communities.
Otira gets cellphone coverage
a year after bus crash
A group of Maori
‘Grandmothers of the
Waitaha’ have asked for
conser vation orders to
be put on 38 West Coast
rivers, from Punakaiki to
They have written to
Nick Smith, and told
Radio NZ they have
the backing of Forest
and Bird, Federated
Mountain Clubs and
The group said the
“exploitation of rivers”
in the North Island was
now creeping south.
They wanted their
grandchildren to be
able to swim in rivers,
and take food from
seek conservation orders
on West Coast rivers
A couple of young
boys are in the sights of
the Greymouth police.
Police were called to
the suburb yesterday
afternoon to deal with
fighting between an
11-year-old and a seven-
year-old, which was
described as “a bit of a
Police are working with
A firearm was reported
in an insecure vehicle
parked on Notown Road
yesterday. The owner of
the firearm was licensed
but police said he was
obviously not following
the licence rules and
could have it revoked.
“ It’s a privilege rather
than a right,” senior
sergeant Brent Cook said.
Firearm in vehicle reported
Young boys caught fighting
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