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John Rogan, from Hastings, has
applied to mine 41ha at Tawhai, near
the Reefton Saddle, in the latest
applications to NZ Petroleum and
Minerals. Andrew Campbell, from
Hari Hari, has applied to mine at
Duffers Creek, and Greymouth
company Valley Mining is seeking
to explore 190ha at Fenians Creek-
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Har vester. Departures: Cook
Canyon, Moon Shadow II, Blue
Seas, Ki Lin, Stella Marie, Sarda,
Quo Vadis, three Greymouth vessels.
In port: Har vester, Sovereign,
19 Greymouth vessels. Expected
departures: Nil. Expected arrivals: Jay
Elaine, tomorrow; Ocean Odyssey,
A Reefton man was told to “count
himself lucky” when he was sentenced
in the Greymouth District Court
on Thursday on a variety of charges
including drug offences, stealing gold
Kayle David George Parkinson
had previously admitted cultivation
of cannabis, possession of cannabis,
possession of utensils, two charges of
stealing $475 in gold the property of
TGG Mining, driving while forbidden
and two of drink-driving.
One drink-driving offence dated from
Christmas and the other on January 3.
He was sentenced to six months of
home detention, and disqualified from
driving for eight months.
Judge Jane Farish warned that if
Parkinson breached his sentence he
would be jailed.
lucky — judge
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April 19, 2016.
Memories are a gift to
Ours of you will last
Though absent you are
Still loved, still missed,
still very dear.
Col and family.
GREEN, John Edward
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in his sleep at Rose
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95th year. Deeply loved
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The Punakaiki marine reser ve is now
being regularly monitored from the air.
Punakaiki residents have raised concerns
recently about fishing boats operating
within the reser ve boundaries.
The sightings have been during the day
and at night, with some residents calling in
reports to the Department of Conser vation
DOC Buller operations manager Bob
Dickson said the pilot of a fixed-wing
aircraft, which flies up and down the
Coast every week, had agreed to help with
The pilot would scan the reser ve each
time he flew over and photograph any
transgressions he spotted.
Mr Dickson admitted, however, that this
would not help with night monitoring.
He said an RNZAF Orion had also
recently flown over the reser ve on a
scheduled flight. DOC had yet to hear
whether the crew had spotted any suspected
Established in 2014 the reser ve extends
3.7km out to sea from shore and is 10.8km
wide. It stretches from Te Miko cliffs in
the north to just before Burkes Road in the
Fishing, taking and disturbing of marine
life is illegal apart from two recreational
fishing spots at the mouths of the Pororari
and Punakaiki rivers.
Mr Dickson said the reser ve boundaries
were not marked at sea. This was the case
with most marine reser ves due to the
difficulty and cost of maintaining marker
buoys in often rough seas.
When people reported suspected illegal
activity DOC’s first step was to verify
information with the informant, Mr
“ People frequently report trawlers that
are transiting through the reser ve but this
is allowed, they just cannot take fish. ”
said people also
underestimated the distance boats are from
shore thinking they were in the marine
reser ve when they were not.
The DOC 24-hour helpline number
0800 36 24 68.
DOC takes to sky over marine reserve
St John brings excitement to kindy term end
Kidsfirst Karoro Kindergarten youngsters Emme Bennett-Dewhurst, left, and Theo Loveday, who were recruited to the St John
crew for the day, assess a patient alongside Greymouth paramedic Kelvin Ritchie. The kindy celebrated the end of term with a ‘PJs
and Pancakes for Plasters’ day in which teachers and children shared a pancake breakfast while dressed in their pyjamas. They used
the day as a fundraising opportunity for St John, with children bringing along a donation. The fundraising effort was inspired after a
child from the kindergarten recently had two ambulance trips to hospital.
Driver given community detention
A Runanga man was sentenced in the
Greymouth District Court on Thursday
to five months of community detention
for driving while disqualified for the
third or subsequent and failing to stop.
Joel Greene also admitted breaching
his community work on February 14.
Lawyer George Linder asked that
Greene be sentenced to community
“He has an appropriate address.
Probation is impressed with him and
he has the support of his employer,” Mr
The court heard that Greene drove in
a borrowed car after spending the night
at a party in Cobden and needed to go
home to get ready for work. “ He made a
very bad decision,” Mr Linder said.
He had since made changes in his life,
including picking the right friends, and
“there was a very good chance he may
not be before the courts again”.
Judge Jane Farish said it was good to
see Greene had made some positive
“The (probation) report states you have
changed your approach to life in general.
You need to make sure you continue
on that track and think through the
consequences before you do things,” Judge
Farish said. She was pleased to see he was
doing something about his drinking.
As well as community detention,
Greene was disqualified from driving
for 15 months. He was convicted and
discharged on the breach of community
“Hopefully you won’t come back here
again,” the judge said.
of the Hokitika Guardian
A proposal for a camper van
facility on the Ross town reser ve
has split the community.
Two community groups are
at odds over the proposal to
allow self-contained vehicles to
park overnight and pay for the
The Ross Community Society
is forging ahead with plans to
build a stopover for New Zealand
Motor Caravan Association
members (Wings) on the reser ve
Westland Region Environment
Network Incorporated Society
(WRENIS) turned down their
request to use the Department
of Conser vation land, having
recently secured funding to
enhance and develop it.
WRENIS chairman Steve
Maitland said they did not
support providing 20 bays
for motor caravan association
members to berth at for $5 a night
because they already had the land
allocated for a ‘green space’.
The environmental group
recently secured a DOC grant of
$60,000 to use in part to continue
the beautification of the area.
WRENIS is also driving
the nearby Chinese memorial
garden project, which will soon
be constructed near the reser ve.
However, the community
society says the recreation areas
will not bring in revenue like the
car park will.
Ross Community Society
chairman Charlie McBeath
said the camping fees would
provide an income that could be
used to maintain a commercial
lawnmower recently purchased
for the upkeep of the reser ve and
other small town projects.
Initially, WRENIS was open to
the idea but was now opposed,
Mr McBeath said.
“It’s turned out to be quite
contentious. It ’s disappointing
that different organisations can’t
work together for the benefit of
the community instead of being
However, WRENIS secretary
Biddy Manera said the focus was
on recreation for the community
and visitors to enjoy.
Her group had secured the land
and had plans for a children’s
cycle track and meandering
walking track through the
plantings, “which is why we got
“ We did the homework, the
application forms, we got the
support from DOC to enhance
the entire area, complementing
the Chinese gardens and all the
WRENIS also had concerns
the motor caravan association
park would affect other similar
“As highlighted by the
increasing number of freedom
who follow the
motorhomers to park-overs, i.e.
Dillmanstown, and our already
crowded Ross beach parking area
becoming a base for freedom
campers, it is a proposal that we
could not justify supporting,” Ms
The park-over proposal was
heard at a heated town meeting
recently, where it was ultimately
decided that the community
society support in principle
going ahead with setting up on
the nearby council land.
Mr McBeath said the council
had already been given the
proposal for consideration.
motorcamp development is
proposed on the edge of Ross,
at the corner of Beach Road
and Woolhouse Street, close to
the newly-established but still
unopened beachside camping
ground built to ser vice cyclists on
the West Coast Wilderness Trail.
That camping ground is still on
the market for long-term lease.
Camping ground plan splits Ross
Jail for death threats
Children spotted on top
of the old Holcim silos
on the Westport wharf
at the weekend were in a
very dangerous place, say
Paul Sampson said police
were alerted on Sunday
afternoon after two
figures were spotted on
top of a silo.
The person who reported
them thought they were
children, he said.
The police officer who
responded climbed to the
top but found no one. He
described the location
as “pretty hairy”, Mr
The door to the
building was found
Mr Sampson said it was
a dangerous climb and
definitely not a place to
play. — Westport News
New council manager
The Grey District
Council has appointed a
new manager to oversee
its building and planning
Chief executive Paul
this morning the
appointment of Ben
Healy as environmental
ser vices manager.
He replaces Steven
May, who left the job at
the end of last year.
Mr Healy is currently a
building team leader with
the Christchurch City
Mr Pretorius said
he would bring in-
depth knowledge and
understanding of the
involved in his new role.
This included building
law and the national
building standard and
along with good working
knowledge of the
“Ben won the
appointment in the face
of very strong opposition
from at least four other
applicants, each of whom
role. For a relatively young
man, he displays a level
of maturity that is both
impressive and exciting.”
Mr Healy is married to
a Greymouth woman.
Children seen on silos
A Greymouth man with six previous
convictions of threatening to kill was
jailed on Thursday for 11 months for
posting digital communications on
several occasions to threaten his ex-
partner, causing her serious concern and
Issac Walker appeared in the
Greymouth District Court via an audio
visual link from Christchurch Men’s
Prison, where he has been in custody
since his arrest in January.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said since
Walker had been in custody he had
managed to address some of his issues
and once released he would have the
support of his father and employer, in
Southland, where Walker would be
Mr Bodle said Walker wanted nothing
more to do with the complainant.
The police asked Judge Jane Farish for
a protection order, which she agreed was
Judge Farish said Walker had offended
in a similar manner previously.
He had 10 breaches of protection
orders against other women and six
convictions of threatening to kill.
“ You pose a risk to women you form a
relationship with,” the judge said.
Walker needed to continue to take
steps to resolve his problems, and that
included staying on his medication and
getting help with his alcohol problem.
“ If you don’t resolve the issues you
will continue to go back into custody,”
Judge Farish said, sentencing him to 11
months in jail.
Walker was also given a number of
post release conditions for six months,
including counselling and treatment
for alcohol and drug issues. He is
to undertake a managing violence
programme, have no contact with
the victim and live where directed by
Judge Farish put a protection order
in place to protect the victim and her
children — “given Mr Walker’s history”.
A historic photo display project
being undertaken by the Gladstone
Community Committee has been
expanded slightly on what was originally
The Grey District Council approved
over $4000 from the Ogilvie reser ve fund
held on behalf of Gladstone towards the
historic photo display. Since then the
group has decided to add another panel
to the display, bringing the total cost of
the project up to $6736.
Last week the council approved a
recommendation to draw down the
extra money and to delegate authority
to the chief executive to approve future
payments for purposes aligned with the
Gladstone Ogilvie Reser ve area.
Gladstone historic photo
There has been an
increase in the number
of Mazda Demios being
stolen in Canterbury,
as well as many other
regions in the country,
This make and
model has topped the
most stolen car list in
Canterbury, and police
trend across the country.
“Offenders see these
vehicles as an easy target
and believe police will
not take a second look at
them, which is not the
case,” area prevention
manager Paul Reeves
It is being recommend
that they are fitted with
immobilisers and steering
wheel locks and parked
securely when possible.
Car thieves target
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