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Art in the Town finale, Left
Bank Art Gallery, 6pm.
Grey Main School Family
West Coast rugby 7s, Arthur
Fong Park, 12.45pm.
Football six-a-side, Arthur
Fong Park, 10am.
West Coast and Hokitika
Netball Centre opening days.
New World Hokitika Kids
Alarm activation due to
A security alarm activation at
the Australaisan Hotel yesterday
was due to an electrical fault,
Greymouth police said.
Rescue helicopter transfer
The NZCC West Coast
Rescue Helicopter transferred a
medical patient from Reefton to
Results of this week’s Greymouth
Bridge Club’s competitions were.
— Wednesday: John Boyes and
Ash Hamilton 72% 1, Cynthia El-
Hinsheri and Diana Fensom 55%
2. Thursday : Solo shuffle, Naomi
Kirwan 65.6% 1, Stuart Oliver
62.5% 2, Sue Glue 58.3% 3, Allison
Palmer 56.3% 4, Pitabas Mishra and
Michelle Gunn 54.2% 5 equal, Paul
Holt 51% 7.
Ex-Hokitika lawyer suspended
son out of
A Hokitika man who struck his son out
of frustration was yesterday convicted
and ordered to come up for sentence if
called upon within 12 months, when
he appeared in the Greymouth District
Te Rua Tai Harry James Mason, 41,
appeared before Judge Noel Walsh.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Mason had
acted out of frustration when he struck
“Matters through the restorative justice
process are progressing well and his
whanau and the boy and the boy ’s mum
are dealing with things,” Mr Bodle said.
Mason addressed Judge Walsh directly,
saying that he had learned that booting
his son up the behind was “not the way
“It has been a humbling experience and
I have apologised to my son, his mother
and my whanau, and things are now
going in leaps and bounds.”
Mason said anyone thinking about
physically disciplining their children
should think again because it was not
“ worth the dramas.”
“I’m going to take a chance on you,”
Judge Walsh said to Mason.
“I want you to convey to your family
you cannot be physical and I want you to
be a role model. I do not want there to be
any more violence. ”
Jay William Haika, of Hokitika,
pleaded guilty to possession of
methamphetamine (P), cannabis and
utensils on January 27, along with
breaching his community work.
Police searched Haika’s partner’s house
and found six point bags containing .56g
of methamphetamine, two pipes, three
point bags containing 2.14g of cannabis,
scales and a brass pipe.
When confronted, Haika admitted it
was all his.
Lawyer George Linder asked if the
judge could deal with all charges at this
Judge Walsh said he would not
and suggested that Haika get on and
complete the remaining 59.5 hours of
community work and get Probation on
his side, other wise he would be heading
Haika was convicted and remanded
until May 3 for sentencing.
Janna Sherman and NZ Herald
A former Hokitika lawyer has been
suspended from practice for two months
after authorising fraudulent documents.
The New Zealand Lawyers and
Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal found
Stephen Woulfe had been negligent and
incompetent “to such a degree as to reflect
on fitness to practice or as to bring his
profession into disrepute”.
Mr Woulfe, a former principal of
Murdoch, James and Roper, closed the
doors on the old Hokitika legal practice in
He left Hokitika shortly after to take over
a new Rarotonga-based in-bound tourism
According to the tribunal, documents
authorised by Mr Woulfe were found to
have been used to finance transactions
between a fraudster and shareholder of a
company to defraud the firm for personal
The fraudster was not named.
Mr Woulfe admitted the charge and was
ordered to pay $10,000 to the New Zealand
Law Society and reimburse $5066 in legal
He has been censured and suspended from
obtaining a practising certificate for two
months, effective from March 16.
While the tribunal acknowledged that
Mr Woulfe had no part in defrauding the
company, it considered his negligence to be
a serious concern.
“ It is crucial to the profession’s reputation
and functioning that lending institutions
have full confidence, not only in a lawyer’s
honesty, but of his or her standards of
diligence and care,”` the tribunal said.
When Mr Woulfe closed the Hokitika
practice, he said regulations around winding
down the business, which practised almost
exclusively in conveyance law, meant the
process could not be prolonged.
Mr Woulfe moved from Dunedin to join
Murdoch, James and Roper in 2003. He
took over four years later after the exit of
principal Mohammed Shahadat.
Mr Shahadat was disbarred in 2008, along
with Maurice Austin, a former partner
of Greymouth law firm Guinness and
The pair were both struck off after being
found guilty of charges of professional
The charges related to a 2004 property
transaction which involved Mr Austin
making an instant $22,000 profit on a
Hokitika house he bought for $83,000 off
Mr Shahadat, who had power of attorney
for an elderly client in Hokitika.
A special friend to our
family who will be sadly
missed by us all. Rest In
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Edward. — On March
27, 2017, as a result of a
tragic air accident near
Reefton. Dearly loved
son of Noel and Doreen
Wilson, much loved dad
of Travis (Dunedin),
Suzanne Wilson (Dune-
din) and Carol Wilson
(Australia), a loved
nephew and ' Great
Mate' to his many
friends and fellow avia-
tors. In his 52nd year.
Noel's parents welcome
messages to 15 Bridge
Street, Reefton. Flowers
Donations to Westpac
Helicopter Rescue Trust
may be made at Noel's
service to be held at the
Sacred Heart Catholic
Church in Church Street,
Reefton on Saturday at
11am. RIP. Resting in
the care of Anisy
Funeral Home, 77
Greymouth, 768 5868.
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Richmond, Nelson. On
the March 28, 2017 after
a short illness in his 90th
year. Loved father of
Mike and Kay, Kay
(deceased), Keith (de-
ceased) and Jennie,
Jocelyn (deceased) and
Trev; grandfather of
Shane, Cory, Craig,
Daniel, Shaun, Selina
and Melissa; great-
grandfather to his nine
funeral service to cele-
brate Ted's life will be
held in the Marsden
House Chapel, 41 Nile
Street East, Nelson on
Saturday April 1, 2017
at 1.30pm. Messages to
36 St Catherine Street,
Kaitangata 9210. Wai-
mea Richmond Funeral
loving memory of Cyril
Fisher tragically killed
50 years ago.
bered by is wife Ngaire
and family Joy, Kevin,
Shirley, Wendy and
Greymouth Lions Club member Roger Devlin, left, and Christchurch structural engineer John Mackenzie inside the clocktower,
which is poised for a major overhaul in the next few months. Mr Devlin said people should not rely on the clock keeping good time
while the work was being done as it would be turned off throughout the makeover. The clocktower makeover coincides with the town
square work directly opposite.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Town clock to get major overhaul
A Greymouth man who crashed a car
while taking it for a test drive was fined for
Eldon Wereta George Wilson admitted
charges of careless driving and breaching his
Lawyer Vicki Walsh said Wilson was
test driving a vehicle when he crashed the
vehicle in a cul de sac.
“He did not realise it was a dead end
because he was not paying attention,” Ms
As for the breach of community work, she
said Smith had completed all of his 780
“Good work, you have done your
community work. Do you have any
comment?” Judge Noel Walsh asked Wilson.
“I’m glad it’s over,” he replied.
The judge told him it was time for him to
“step up to the plate”.
Wilson was convicted and discharged on
the breach, and convicted and fined $200 for
of the Hokitika Guardian
A second 24-hour fuel truckstop is
proposed for Hokitika.
Nelson Petroleum was recently granted
consent for a fuel stop in Fitzherbert
Street on the former Central Hotel site.
fuel tanks, bowsers and a canopy are
proposed for the site, currently occupied
by a farm machinery sales yard.
Kaniere-based West Fuel Ltd has
lodged application for a similar self-
ser vice truckstop on railway land at
One 68,000-litre above-ground fuel
tank is proposed as well as a water tank,
canopy and two diesel pumps on the
proposed site, next to where the old
Three Mile sawmill once stood, just
south of the Coastpak moss factory.
Nearby residents have raised concerns
about increased truck movements,
noise, visual and lighting effects as well
as the safety issues around entering and
exiting the truckstop from the State
A commissioned transport assessment
estimates that the site would see up to
36 truck movements a day.
The district plan defines one truck to
and from a property as being equivalent
to six car movements, therefore the
traffic generated through the access
would be about 216 equivalent car
movements, exceeding the permitted
limit, the application says.
Two vehicle crossings are proposed
for the site, and consultation for that
is ongoing with the New Zealand
A noise assessment undertaken to
consider the effects on seven residential
properties, found the truckstop was
likely to comply with the permitted
limits of the District Plan.
“ Noise levels were based on the traffic
generation estimated by the transport
assessment and assumed a worse case
daytime scenario of two heavy vehicles
entering and exiting the site per 15
minutes and night-time worse case
scenario of one heavy vehicle per 15
Visually, there would be no buildings
associated with the Three Mile truckstop
and a 1.8m fence would be built to
separate it from the railway.
LED lighting would illuminate the
facility at night and was necessary to
provide security, the application said.
However, down lighting would be used
and would operate by way of sensors that
would dim the light when not in use.
Similar concerns were also raised by
neighbours to the Fitzherbert Street site.
However, that application lodged last
year did not mention affected parties.
The town site was listed on the West
Coast Regional Council’s contaminated
site register due to historic fuel storage
activity associated with the hotel, which
was demolished in 2001 after being
gutted by fire.
West Fuel has a commercial lease
agreement with Kiwi Rail to use the
Three Mile site, effectively a layby, which
has not been used for railway activity for
Fuel truckstop proposed for Hokitika
A bail application for Phillip James
Williams — in custody since January,
charged with assaulting a female,
threatening to kill and kidnapping —
was denied in the Greymouth District
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said an address
was available for Williams to live in
Greymouth, although he understood the
Crown opposed the address as children
were living there.
Mr Zintl said Smith had never been
violent towards children and “is well
aware that if there were any breaches of
his bail he would be back in custody”.
The court heard that the bail address
was just 2.5km away from the address of
Judge Noel Walsh declined the bail,
noting that Child, Youth and Family had
significant concerns about the safety of
those at the proposed bail address, and
Smith had a significant history for family
“I concur with the police because of the
nature of the threat, your mental state and
the real risk you pose in the community.
I am not prepared to release you, because
of your previous history, and I predict you
would not be able to help yourself and
you would breach your conditions,” Judge
It was “paramount ” that he protected
the complainant, the judge said.
Smith’s next appearance was set down
for June 22 for a sentence indication
of the Westport News
A bacterial infection has been blamed
for a large number of mussel deaths at
Cape Foulwind early this month.
The Ministry of Primary Industries
(MPI) principal adviser of aquatic animal
health Brian Jones said the mussels had
certainly fallen victim to infection. So far
he had not been able to specify what type
of bacteria had killed them.
Mr Jones said the disease was
environmental stress, such as a sudden
change of temperature.
The mussels were found soon after
the dramatic change in temperatures
Westport experienced early this month.
A Waimangaroa fisherman who found
them said he had “never seen so many
dead mussels in his life”.
“I wouldn’t eat them,” Larry Wixon
told the Westport News.
Mr Jones said mussels were often
exposed to bacteria, but if they were
weakened by environmental stress
such as sudden temperature change-
they became sick more easily, “just as
An inspection by the Westport News
this week found more healthy mussels
and fewer dead ones.
Mr Jones said that this might be a sign
that the mussel beds were recovering.
“These types of bacterial infections
come and go,” he said. “ The standard
MPI advice is that if there are dead or
dying seafood of any sort you should not
Bacterial infection blamed for
Cape Foulwind mussel deaths
of the Westport News
An international philanthropist
has given Westport $25,000 for a
new fishing wharf.
Michael Watt visited Westport
with his wife Gaynor recently
and wanted to do something for
the community, Mayor Garry
Howard told the Buller District
Council meeting on Wednesday.
Mr Watt had decided to donate
$25,000 for a fishing platform
to be built on an old cattle wharf
in the Buller River, beside the
Kawatiri River Trail, Mr Howard
The Buller Cycling Club, which
has built the trail, will build the
Mr Howard said the council
would effectively own the wharf
when it was built.
Mr Watt, 76, is an international
and entrepreneur. He owns the
legendary Ronnie Scott ’s Jazz
Club in Soho, London.
Born in Christchurch, he was
expelled from Christ College.
He spent a decade working in
blue collar industries such as oil
drilling around the world as well
as at hotels and jazz clubs. He set
up CSI in London to help sports
bodies worldwide exploit their
international television rights.
CSI’s largest publicised contract
was a $950 million deal with
Newscorp in the lead up to
the 1995 World Rugby Cup in
South Africa, which led to the
professionalism of international
rugby union. The broadcasting
contract was the biggest in history
at the time.
His international philanthropy
resulted in him becoming a
member of the New Zealand
Order of Merit.
Mr Watt is also a dedicated
conser vationist. He supports a
wide range or charities, including
in Cuba, Nicaragua, Syria and
Mozambique, and a music school
in South Africa.
PICTURE: Westport News
A concept picture of the proposed wharf.
$25,000 donated for new Westpor t fishing wharf
Tourism expenditure grew in all
regions in the year to February,
according to the latest monthly
regional tourism estimates released
today by the Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment.
The fastest growing regions
were Nelson and West Coast,
which both increased by 11% to
$342 million and $496 million
respectively in the year ending
National Party list MP Maureen
Pugh said the figures were good
news for regional New Zealand.
“Along with directly employing
188,000 people, this spend
trickles down through so many
sectors of our community, be it
restaurants and other local ser vice
providers. This growth is being
supported by more investment
into tourism infrastructure. Just
this month the Government
announced applications were open
for an additional $5.5 million in
infrastructure funding for councils
to build mid-sized tourism
facilities,” Mrs Pugh said.
Coast tourism surges by 11%
Fine after crashing car on test drive
A Christchurch man holidaying in
Westport ended up in the Greymouth
District Court to face charges of resisting
arrest and assaulting police.
Brendon James Smith was remanded
on bail without plea to May 2.
Lawyer Vicki Walsh said police
opposed bail but Smith, who was already
on intensive super vision and judicial
monitoring by Judge Jane Farish, asked
for bail so he could head back home and
live with his parents.
Ms Walsh said Judge Farish had been
pleased with Smith’s behaviour and he
had not offended in the past 16 months.
“The charges he faces today, are not part
of his MO. He accepts he was intoxicated
and when police arrived at the place he
was staying — he had been having a few
beers with a friend — he overreacted.”
When the police arrived they pointed a
taser at him.
Smith said: “I don’t remember hitting
the police and I have said sorry to the
Judge Noel Walsh said he would make
sure Judge Farish knew of his behaviour.
“I just want a chance and I won’t be a
dick,” Smith replied.
Judge Walsh said there were strong
grounds to detain Smith, but because he
had decided to head home and was being
judicially monitored he was satisfied that
bail was the right decision.
Perri Lewis Smart admitted possession
of cannabis plant, and unlawful
possession of a fireman and shotgun
A police search of Smart’s property
on October 27 uncovered a cut-down
shotgun, .3g of cannabis head, cannabis
seeds, a spotting knife and 151g of
Smart admitted that the gun and
cannabis was his.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said the items
had been left at Smart’s property by a
“ He knew they were there, but they
were not his.”
Smart was convicted and sentenced
to 100 hours of community work for
possessing a firearm without a licence,
and convicted and discharged on the
Christchurch faces charges
after assaulting police
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