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Coast penguin gets first-class
ticket to Australia P2
under threat P3, 4
City car thieves
stopped in Grey
A pair of car thieves from
Christchurch were nabbed in
Greymouth last night following
tip-offs from the public. Acting
sergeant Jayne Bretherton, of
Greymouth police, said a car had
been reported earlier for bad driving
near Kumara, and “suspicious
behaviour” by its occupants in The
Warehouse car park later last night
led to the police being called. Both
occupants of the stolen car were
from Christchurch and are now in
custody awaiting a court appearance
for theft and drugs-related charges.
Ms Bretherton said the vehicle
was undamaged but was subject
to examination in relation to the
pending drug charges before being
returned to its owner.
Hari Hari crash
State highway 6 near Hari Hari
was blocked at midday today
following a collision between
a motorcycle and a car at the
Wanganui River one-way bridge.
Police said the motorcyclist was
“status two” after suffering moderate
to serious injuries in the crash,
shortly before midday. West Coast
police acting response manager
sergeant Andrew Lyes said at
12.30pm emergency ser vices were
working to remove the patient and
document the crash scene so the
bridge could be reopened as quickly
Angie Whitley thought she
had her dream home — until she
found the first snake. The single
mother from Minnesota spent years
renting so she could save up the
cash required to purchase a place.
And after a series of inspections
and walk-throughs, Whitley
finally settled on a home to call
her own. She bought the three-
bedroom property, according to
Caldwell Banker Burnet realtors,
for $238,000. Then, just 45 minutes
after she took the keys and started
unpacking, the long-time nurse
saw the first slithering invader in
her bedroom. In the months since,
things have only gotten worse. “One
quickly turned into three, four,
five. Today, it ’s six months later.
Now I’m about 95 snakes that I’ve
found inside my house,” she said.
As a result of the repeated reptilian
rendezvous, Whitley was forced to
call in an animal control expert to
fix the problem. — Daily Mail
Few showers, clearing afternoon
Seven years’ jail for male rape
A West Coast man was yesterday
jailed for seven years for the male
rape of a 17-year-old youth.
Shane Dion Dibben, 26, had been
convicted of sexual violation by
unlawful sexual connection, as well
as two further charges of unlawfully
taking a motor vehicle and escaping
In March, Dibben was found guilty
by a Greymouth District Court jury
of eight sex-related offences.
A victim impact statement read
out in the court yesterday on
behalf of the victim, who has name
suppression and was not in court,
said he had had to have lots of time
off work and had difficulty sleeping.
He struggled to socialise with
his mates and was no longer able
to trust anyone. The assault had
affected all of his relationships.
“I used to love music, the West
Coast was a place of freedom, the
bush, the birds, but I don’t want to
go there any more.
“The West Coast was a safe free
place, it’s not a good place for me
now,” the victim said.
He still had whanau on the West
Coast and could not see them any
more because of the memory.
Judge David Saunders gave
Dibben a second-strike warning
and said his sentence would be
served without parole.
He noted that Dibben was about
seven years older than his victim.
“D uring the hearing the court
heard that the victim consented to
anal intercourse for a rent payment
I don’t accept he was willing
or consented to this act,” Judge
The victim was a vulnerable person
who was clearly injured in a way that
“was not consistent to consensual
Dibben was sentenced to six years
and six months for the rape, and a
further six months for taking the
motor vehicle and escaping custody.
The Department of Conservation has
suggested a potential land swap with the
Grey District Council after it signalled
the possibility of selective logging of
council-owned native forest blocks.
The council had sought public
feedback on the logging plan for forests
at Dobson, Stillwater and Iveagh Bay
following an approach from West Coast
sawmiller Forever Beech, but after
extending the submission period by
a month it was recently deluged with
more than 800 submissions, mainly
generated by Forest and Bird.
It aired on national television on Q and
A on Sunday, featuring Grey District
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn squaring off
with Forest and Bird.
The next day Mr Kokshoorn was
approached by DOC saying it wants
to work with the council to investigate
the conservation values of the native
forest endowment lands with a view to
potentially selling or swapping land.
“I think it ’s exciting,” the mayor said
yesterday. “ When councils own private
land they owe their ratepayers at least to
maximise the return from it.”
In December, when the council
formally moved to look at sustainable
harvesting of Mount Buckley forests
behind Dobson township, the possibility
of a potential swap with DOC for lower
value reser ve land was mooted.
One possibility was at Punakaiki,
which is surrounded by DOC land but
has little room for development.
Swapping that for high scenic value
land owned by the council, such as that
fronting Lake Brunner, could potentially
help both the council and DOC to free
up land desperately needed to service
the tourist hot spot, Mr Kokshoorn said.
He said the department firstly wanted
to understand the “relative significance
and representativeness” of the council-
owned native forest blocks.
This would be in a regional and
national context so those interested
in their future protection had a clear
picture of their value and would be
done via an independent assessment
initiated by DOC. It was possible a
range of options would then be explored
including land swaps, purchase or “some
other mechanism,” Mr Kokshoorn said.
Recent national media coverage about
logging council-owned native forests
had missed the point that when the
West Coast was given the $120 million
in 2000 as part of the cessation of native
logging, it only applied to Crown land.
“This is not Crown land. This is
private land owned by the Grey District
He said the council exploring
sustainable logging on its land was
a direct response to an inquiry from
Forever Beech, which manufactured
products using sustainably harvested
“Their argument was that we in New
Zealand import over $1 billion of wood
products from unsustainable timber
This was in contrast to the sustainable
forestry regime to take timber from
private blocks, such as those owned by
the Grey District Council.
“Our land has always been for sale.
DOC now have said to council ‘you’ve
got this land. Could we make an
assessment of it then we’ll sit down with
you with a view to either purchasing
some of this land, or some other
“From our point of view that ’s excellent
because it’s our private land and we
need to produce income off it. The fact
that the Department of Conservation
have contacted us is a step in the right
direction. Sitting down with the likes
of DOC could be a win-win for our
DOC West Coast director operations
Mark Davies said DOC was interested
in making an assessment of the land
in question and was making a formal
submission on the proposal.
Before that assessment it was too early
to say what the particular values of the
Mayor in a spin
PICTURE: Lisa Rangi
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn and Kaiata Community Centre president Marg Becker prove that you are never to old to have fun as they
take a spin at the opening of the new playground at Kaiata, on Saturday. The community raised $80,000 for the play equipment.
Photo feature, p 6-7.
The Kumara Residents Trust (KRT)
has been granted consent to construct
the planned Chinese garden to honour
early Chinese gold diggers.
The consent was granted by the
Westland District Council, which
earlier released $150,000 of Kumara
Borough endowment funds for the
Kumara is sharply divided over the
garden project, which opponents
argue is out of proportion with the
small number of Chinese on the
The final design will include garden
beds, a water feature, Chinese bridges,
boardwalk, and ‘moongate’ entry with
The KRT says it is now looking to
design a sculpture that represents the
other miners’ nationalities that also
contributed to the community.
It wants to run a process similar to
the Hokitika Take-a-seat competition,
whereby it seeks expressions of interest
from the public, artists and sculptors,
narrows down the best and then puts it
to a community vote.
New Zealand Building Removals
contractors spent two nights
travelling from Christchurch to
Greymouth, through the Lewis Pass, to
drop off this house at a Turumaha Street
property, in Greymouth, this morning.
It now occupies the cleared site of the
former Hunt ’s Scrapyard. A
spokesman said it took them six hours
to drive overnight from Waipara and
then some smart manoeuvring by the
driver towing the house resulted in
it being backed into its rightful place
about 7.30am today.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
House takes long
road to Coast
Kumara gardens consented
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