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Over 60 people from 16 West
Coast businesses attended a
networking session with a twist
The business people took part
in “ The Pitch” by Development
West Coast at Monteith’s
The event involved 16 businesses
promoting their ser vices to those
assembled in a fast-paced three-
Dragonfly Catering by popular
vote won the Best Presentation
Award and the advertising
voucher prize sponsored by the
Dragonfly Catering is based in
Cobden and offers a wide range of
home meals and catering services.
DWC chief executive Chris
Mackenzie said The Pitch event
was a fun and unique way for
local businesspeople to gather and
share their stories to the business
“There may have been some
people unaware of the range of
businesses and ser vices available
on the West Coast, and so
this is a great way to get to see
what is happening in a relaxed
environment,” Mr Mackenzie
Last night ’s event was hosted by
Left Coast Events.
PICTURE: Stewart Nimmo
Greymouth Star advertising manager Brett Kokshoorn, left, with Dragonfly Catering properietor Den-
ise Kilpatrick, Richard Kilpatrick, Jake Kilpatrick, Liam Kilpatrick with Bridgette Sara of Development
West Coast and Left Coast Events proprietor Ashley Cassin.
DWC holds business networking session
Gallipoli terror target warning
New Zealanders travelling to
Gallipoli for Anzac Day have been
warned to exercise a high degree
of caution after the New Zealand
and Australian Governments were
tipped off the commemorations
could be a target for terrorists.
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray
McCully said travel advice had been
changed in response to the threats.
New Zealanders were advised
against tourist and non-essential
travel to Ankara and Istanbul,
and to take caution elsewhere in
“The advice for New Zealand
citizens reflects information received
that suggests terrorists may seek to
target Anzac Day commemorations
on the Gallipoli Peninsula,” Mr
McCully said yesterday afternoon.
“New Zealanders throughout
Turkey are advised to exercise a high
degree of vigilance in public places.”
traditionally provided a high level of
security at commemorations and are
strengthening security .
The nature of the threats against
Anzac Day commemorations have
not been revealed by Mr McCully,
and Australia’s Veterans Affairs
Minister Dan Tehan has also refused
The Australian Government is
also advising travellers to reconsider
their need to travel, and have added
a specific warning about terrorism.
“ We urge a high degree of caution
for those attending commemorations
Mr Tehan told
reporters in Canberra yesterday.
“Make no mistake, we will not let
the terrorists win.”
He said it was unfortunate in the
current global climate that major
events attract threats of varying
“Regrettably, Anzac Day is not
immune,” he said.
Australian Federal Police deputy
commissioner Mike Phelan said his
officers were working closely with
“ We do understand that the
information suggests that terrorists
may attack the peninsula. It is
nothing more specific than that,” he
He said the advice level would
continue to be reviewed up to the
Anzac Day events.
People attending the event should
pay attention to their surroundings
and know exit and entry points.
There are currently 509 people
registered to attend Anzac Day
commemorations in Gallipoli.
12 years for
A gunman who fatally fired a shotgun
into the back of a man in south Auckland
and wounded another has been jailed for
at least 12 years.
Shon Tyson Wanahi, 26, died in
Middlemore Hospital an hour after
being shot outside Papakura Railway
Station in March last year, with the
shotgun pellets shredding his lungs and
Bunji Fenton, 28, was hit in the bicep
in the same incident.
Today in the High Court at Auckland,
Isaac Broughton, 29, was handed a life
sentence with a minimum non-parole
period of 12 years, having last year been
found guilty of Mr Wanahi’s murder and
wounding Mr Fenton.
“Aroha, from our whanau to yours,” a
woman wept loudly from Broughton’s
half of the public gallery to the victim’s
as he was led away.
In a statement read to the court, Mr
Wanahi’s partner, Lesila Taufa, said she
had been left “lost ” since the killing and
their four children, aged two to five,
The eldest had stopped speaking at
school and had become withdrawn.
“ When we go past the spot where
Shon was shot, he gets upset and cries.”
She said Mr Wanahi had been in the
process of giving up his life as a gang
As the sentence was read, one member
of Mr Wanahi broke out singing “Lay
down my brother”.
During the trial, the court heard
Broughton, a former gang member, had
leaped from his car with a loaded shotgun,
shouting “what ’s up motherf—?” in a
joking manner, mistaking the victims for
friends of his.
Unsure how serious Broughton — a
complete stranger to them — was, the
men, who were members of another
gang, moved towards him while he
jumped back into his car.
Mr Fenton began to punch Broughton
through the car’s window until the
shotgun fired, seriously injuring his
Broughton fired another shot seconds
later that hit Mr Wanahi in the back,
However, the defence said the shotgun
went off only while Broughton was
seated in his car and under a sustained
attack from Mr Fenton.
Today, prosecutor Evan McCaughan
said Broughton’s actions on the night
were “exceptionally dangerous” and the
risk that someone would be harmed
Defence lawyer David Niven said
Broughton had been trying to flee.
Justice Geoffrey Venning said while
he accepted Broughton had tried to
withdraw initially, he had brought the
shotgun with the intent of using it
to defend himself and instigated the
He said Broughton also had a history
of criminal offences, including an
aggregated assault conviction. — N Z N
Voting should be compulsory and non-
voters fined, former prime minister Sir
Geoffrey Palmer says.
The former Labour leader described
western democratic government as in
some sort of crisis in a new interview
series with former prime ministers on
State broadcaster RNZ.
“ I have reached the conclusion we need
compulsory voting. I have come to the
conclusion the Australians are right
about this,” he said.
He has suggested New Zealand take
on Australia’s compulsory voting system
where all eligible citizens must enrol to
vote in federal elections, by-elections
“ If you are going to live in a democracy
which is supposed to be conducted
by the people for the people, then the
people should have some duties,” he said.
“They should participate and vote.”
Australians who do not vote without
good reason face fines between $20 and
Sir Geoffrey also described New
Zealand as being in a state of
“constitutional ignorance”because people
do not know there is a constitution.
“The difficulty is they can’t find it, it’s
in so many different places you cannot
locate the New Zealand constitution in
one place,” he said.
“ I don’t blame the New Zealand public
for not being concerned about their
constitution because they can’t find it.
“ If you don’t keep your constitutional
machinery in good order and condition
you will find that your democratic rights
slowly ebb away.”
Sir Geoffrey has been a prominent
supporter of a constitution for New
Last year he and constitutional lawyer
Andrew Butler produced a draft to
stimulate debate around the issue.
Compulsory voting urged
Police have confirmed a cyclist has
died following a collision with a truck
The 54-year-old was involved in the
crash on Brookfields Road, Pakowhai,
Police were investigating the man’s
death and appealing for information
He has not yet been named.
Cyclist killed in crash with truck
Crashes on New Zealand roads are not
just costing lives but billions of dollars,
the Government says.
The Ministry of Transport ’s latest Social
Cost of Road Crashes and Injuries report
found the social cost of crashes in which
people were killed or injured was an
estimated $3.79 billion in 2015, up from
$3.53b in 2014.
This averaged out to an estimated
$4,729,000 per fatal crash in 2015, while
serious crashes cost $912,000 and minor
With more than 300 New Zealanders
killed on local roads last year and around
2500 injured, Associate Transport
Minister David Bennett says it is
impossible to put a monetary value on a
“However, this report shows that on
top of the high price paid by friends,
families and communities, each and every
crash has serious social and economic
consequences for all of us,” he said.
“The sad thing is that many of these
crashes were avoidable.” He said 40%
of crashes in which people were killed
or seriously injured were due to drink
driving, speeding or driving too fast
for the conditions and failure to wear
seatbelts. — N ZN
Crashes on New Zealand
roads costing billions
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