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Cass Square reopens despite risk
A Christchurch pair arrested in
Greymouth on Tuesday appeared
in the Greymouth District Court
yesterday jointly charged with
unlawfully getting into a vehicle.
Natalie Sweet, who also faced
charges of possessing a ‘P ’ pipe
and methamphetamine, appeared
together with her co-offender
Richard Sim who had two
additional charges of possessing
a knife and another of possession
of a needle.
Lawyer George Linder said
neither was aware the vehicle
they were in had been stolen.
The vehicle ran out of petrol
in The Warehouse car park in
Greymouth and Sim walked to
the Z ser vice station to get fuel.
Mr Linder said the person who
stole the vehicle had offered
them a ride to Greymouth from
Christchurch and they accepted,
believing the vehicle had been
borrowed from another friend.
The third person involved took
off before police arrived at the
scene, he claimed.
Police opposed bail for Sweet
Mr Linder said Sweet had a
court appearance in Christchurch
next week for another charge,
and she was also taking care of
her terminally ill mother.
granted Sweet bail to appear in
Christchurch on May 9 and told
her if she failed to appear she
could be held in custody.
Mr Linder said the knife Sim
was found with was a small
pocket knife and was not being
carried as a weapon.
“ He looks after his 92-year-old
father. He does not live with him
but checks in on him regularly
and if he was not granted bail he
would be unable to do this,” Mr
However, Judge Saunders noted
that Sim was currently on bail
and had a long criminal history.
“ I’m not prepared to bail you as
there is a real risk if reoffending,”
the judge said.
Sim was remanded in custody
to appear in the Greymouth
court on May 23.
A warrant was issued for
the arrest of Veanna Payne, of
Runanga, when she failed to
appear for a defended hearing
after denying an assault charge.
Court sequel to pair’s
of the Hokitika Guardian
The fences have come down and Cass
Square is open for use again — despite
the damage to the newly-sown sports
The Westland District Council had
been advised it was “risky” to allow
sports back on to the field because the
grass had still not established in parts.
However, after the council meeting
last week, at which Cr Des Routhan
pushed for the cordon to be removed
immediately, the fence dismantling was
under way on Tuesday.
Council field inspections manager
John Bainbridge said the cordon had
been due to come down in another
Mr Bainbridge said new grass to
replace that killed off in March after
a wet Wildfoods Festival and then
Children’s Day, again in the rain, still
needed time to establish roots.
He said he had made that clear to the
“They are aware of the consequences of
their actions. ”
Cr Routhan lobbied last week for
the cordon to come down, saying the
damage was done and when spring
arrived the grass would grow again: “I
think we should take the fence down,
take the barriers away, open it up, and to
me personally I would have opened it up
for rugby players as well. If they want to
play on it let them go for it.”
Cass Square was a public domain, paid
for by the public who should get to use
“ Take the fence down, let the
footballers play on it, let the kids play
on it, let the people walk across it. You’re
not going to do any more damage . . .
it’s the middle of winter. It’s buggered
now but it will come right in spring,” Cr
Mr Bainbridge acknowledged that
heading into winter was not an ideal
time for grass to grow.
“The whole thing was a risk from the
get go . . . but the weather has been very
kind to us in the past couple to three
weeks and this rain is not doing us any
harm, as long as people stay off.”
The drainage system was currently
working well, he said.
The sports field has been mostly out of
action since the end of the 2016 rugby
season, when the $120,000 turf and
drainage improvements were started.
The West Coast Rugby Football
Union had been told one field may be
ready towards the end of this season and
had already found an alternative venue
in Ross for the Kiwi Rugby Football
Club’s home games.
Rugby union president Mike Connors
said yesterday they had not been
officially advised of any change to the
use of Cass Square. “As far as we now its
still under a ban, nothing has changed.”
If it did become available the
conditions would need to be considered,
The council has previously flagged the
damaged surface areas as a health and
The surface uses a silt drainage system,
which is designed specifically for a
sports field. Directly under the new
grass is a hard layer of sand and when
the grass dies it effectively creates a hard,
Thursday May 4
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WYLIE, Lester James.
Passed away peace-
fully on Wednesday
May 3, 2017 at his
home, surrounded by his
loving family. Dearly
Miriam, a much loved
dad to Leanne and Brett,
Paul and Becky, James
and Sherrin, a loved
granddad to his eight
grandchildren and a
much loved brother and
Maureen, Kevin and
Barb, and John and
Sandra, and a treasured
uncle and cousin. A
special friend to Liz and
John Williams. Aged 71.
Miriam and family
welcome messages to 10
Carroll Street, Runanga,
Greymouth 7803. In
accordance with Lester's
wishes, a private crema-
tion has taken place.
Lester's family welcome
loved ones to the public
memorial service next
advised. Lester's family
appreciate the care taken
by St John Ambulance
and welcome donations
in his memory. Resting
in the care of Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
Phil Thorn who is deaf, blind and
partially paralysed has teamed up with
Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medallist Mary
Fisher, who was declared blind at birth,
on a fundraising challenge cycling from
Greymouth to Christchurch.
They set out on the 250km journey to
New Brighton today, stopping over at
Arthur’s Pass this evening.
Mr Thorn, who was afflicted by
meningitis, is riding a purpose-built
tandem recumbent cycle which he powers
by hand crank in the rear while an able-
bodied volunteer steers.
Ms Fisher rides on the rear of a more
conventional tandem with her dad, Mike,
who operates the gears and steering up
A support crew of friends and family is on
hand to help along the way.
Mr Thorn has lived life to the fullest,
never letting his disability hold him back.
“ I know there is a mountain to climb
today but that ’s all right — I have climbed
a few mountains during my rehabilitation,”
he said through his interpreter, Andrea
Ms Fisher represented New Zealand
at the London 2012 and Rio 2016
Paralympics and says she is focused on the
“I have been cycling infrequently and I’m
a swimmer. I swim two to three hours a
day in the pool so there’s a basic level of
fitness from my swimming. We have a good
team with us and am looking for ward to
the challenge — it’s for a great cause.”
The ride is a fundraiser for the Laura
Fergusson Trust, a voluntary organisation
which delivers high-quality clinical
care, rehabilitation and vital community
programmes to the thousands of New
Zealanders who are affected by stroke, brain
injury, physical disability and deteriorating
conditions such as Huntington’s disease,
MS and Parkinson’s disease.
Cyclists thrive on tough challenge
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Phil Thorn and navigator Jon Fifield and Mary Fisher with her father Mike on tandem, together with their support crew about to
leave Greymouth this morning on a fundraising venture by cycling to Christchurch.
Safety with shotguns should be
a priority for all duck shooters
this season, which opens on
Saturday, according to the New
Zealand Firearms Council
chairman Joe Green.
Most years there were injury
incidents involving shotguns.
“These range from minor
to more serious injuries and,
tragically, sometimes death,” Mr
“D uck shooters should pay
attention to all seven rules of
the Arms Code. Especially rules
one and five: ‘treat every firearm
as loaded’ and ‘check your firing
Mr Green said failure to obser ve
those two rules was the major
cause of incidents during the
“ When moving from place to
place with the shotgun — unload
it and always ensure the muzzle is
pointing in a safe direction.”
He said it should go without
saying that rule seven be obser ved
— “avoid alcohol and drugs when
“If you are going to drink this
opening weekend save it for
after wards when the guns are
The seven rules of firearms
1. Treat every firearm as loaded.
2. Always point firearms in a
3. Load a firearm only when
ready to fire.
4. Identify your target beyond
5. Check your firing zone.
6. Store firearms and
7. Avoid alcohol and drugs
when handling firearms.
Fish and Game along with
Water Safety New Zealand
are also advising duck shooters
to wear life jackets when on
Water Safety chief executive
Jonty Mills said high levels
of water around the country
increased the risk of hunters
“ We urge all hunters to use
caution and make safety a
priority,” he said.
Safety emphasis urged for duck shooters
PICTURE: NZ Firearms Council
A duck shooter with a clear view of their target.
Prime Minister Bill English says
technology such as drones with cameras
should give a much better look down
the Pike River Mine drift than the six-
year-old images which have been in the
headlines this week.
Pike River got another airing in
New Zealand First leader Winston
Peters asked Mr English if there was
photographic evidence of a drift runner
used to transport mine workers, located
near a borehole by the slimline shaft.
“ I have no reason to disbelieve the
Member, and I can advise him that . . . as
we proceed with the most recent project,
which is to work with the families on
unmanned entry using much-improved
technology, compared with six years
ago when that video or photo may have
been taken, then we may be able to see
in more detail and get more evidence
of what went on not just with that
vehicle but in the mine in respect of the
explosion,” Mr English replied.
Mr Peters also claimed yesterday that
equipment belonging to a company
called Eco Drilling was sitting idle at
the mine site and had been for over
three years, with Solid Energy paying a
bill for it of $5000 a month.
“This is appalling. The State-owned
company and defunct coalminer is
broke, has been flogging off its assets
and unable to pay creditors in full, yet
money is being wasted,” Mr Peters said.
Sold Energy said today the drilling
equipment was mobilised to the site
during 2014 and was used to drill three
holes during that year. In late 2015 and
early 2016 it was used to seal a number
Solid Energy planned to use it again in
late 2016 and early this year for sealing
the remaining boreholes, but this was
delayed along with the sealing of the
The standby cost was $4400 a month
total for both rigs.
However, the cost to demobilise the
equipment (which requires multiple
helicopter lifts) was about $30,000,
and it would be a similar amount
to remobilise it back to site when
“ We would have had to have known
the equipment would not be used
for more than a year for it to be more
economical to remove it.
“It is likely the equipment will now be
used as part of the unmanned re-entry
West Coast-Tasman MP Damien
O’Connor said yesterday it was time
for Government ministers to explain to
families of the 29 victims of Pike River
why they and the Government agencies
involved “have done everything they can
to keep information from them”.
“It is human to need closure after
tragedy and the ongoing revelations
relating to Pike River Mine simply add
salt to the wounds of family members,”
Mr O’Connor said.
PM reiterates unmanned entry into Pike mine
A teenager who stole a safe containing
cash, cheques and credit cards from the
Kaniere School and cultivating cannabis
received a lecture from the judge in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday
about the effects of THC on the brain.
Aidan John Apperley, 19, of Kaniere,
early admitted the burglary of the school
two years ago and cultivation of cannabis
on January 28.
Apperley had been at the school when
he noticed a window in the office open.
He went home and got some gloves, then
returned to the school and broke in. He
took the safe home, opened it, burned
items he did not want and stashed others,
including $2500 in cash.
Police did not catch up with him until
this year. When police searched his
property they also found eight cannabis
plants of varying ages.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Apperley
was a first offender and the probation
report showed a number of problems.
“The family has had a mind-boggling
number of tragedies,” Mr Bradley said.
Apperley had also self-referred for a
number of inter ventions.
Judge David Saunders asked him if he
knew what THC was and what cannabis
did to a young adolescent ’s brain.
“ You know, until 25 your brain is still
developing the hard-wiring system and
using substances like cannabis, high in
THC, disrupts your emotional and brain
development,” Judge Saunders said.
He acknowledged that Apperley had
had a bad run since the burglary and he
would need support to get back into the
He also encouraged Apperley to learn,
noting that he had left school when he
“Don’t shut your mind to learning.”
Apperley was sentenced to 160 hours
of community work and nine months’
super vision on the burglary charge. He
was also ordered to pay the school $900
in reparation, at $25 a week.
On the cannabis charge he was
sentenced to 80 hours of community
work, to be ser ved concurrently and was
ordered to undertake drug and alcohol
Work effort abysmal — judge
A Hokitika man in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday for
breaching his community work and
three charges under the Misuse of
Drugs Act, was told his community
work effort had been “abysmal”.
Jay Haika previously admitted
possession of utensils, cannabis and
methamphetamine (P), and breach
of community work.
Lawyer George Linder said Haika
had no previous drug offences and
the last time he was in court was in
2016 for driving while suspended.
relationship difficulties have taken
prominence in his mind,” Mr
However, of the 60 hours he had
been sentenced to, he still has 59.5
hours to go.
Judge David Saunders said he
did not want Haika “confined
to barracks”, but ultimately if he
did not get his community work
done he would more than likely
find himself in the “ big white bus
heading to the other side of the
Judge Saunders said there was no
physical reason why Haika could
not compete the community work.
Mr Linder assured the judge
that Haika wanted to complete his
“ My client also said cannabis use
had been affecting him, but he does
not use it any more.”
Mr Linder said the penny had
dropped in relation to drinking
alcohol as well.
“ He realises when he drinks too
much he gets into trouble. ”
The judge was not convinced.
“This type of offending causes
lack of motivation and you need
some drug and alcohol counselling
they call it dope for a reason,
that ’s because it makes a dope out
of you,” Judge Saunders said.
Judge Saunders said Haika’s
community work effort had been
abysmal and relationships issues
were not an acceptable reason for
him to thumb his nose at them.
“ If you continue to disengage in
community work you are inviting
the court to deprive you of your
liberty,” the judge warned.
Haika was sentenced to three
months’ community detention
with a curfew from 7pm to 7am,
and 50 hours of community work
and told to “get out of bed and get
A woman who was doing a good turn
for a friend ended up being caught drink-
driving for the third time.
Patricia Williams, of Greymouth, was
sentenced in the Greymouth District
Court yesterday for driving with an excess
blood-alcohol level of 127ml.
Lawyer George Linder said the level
was moderate. Because of recently
diagnosed illnesses, Williams would
struggle without a licence, he said.
Judge David Saunders said he accepted
Williams was being a good Samaritan. “It
ended up being your undoing. You knew
you had been drinking but you still decided
to help this person, by driving to get her.”
Williams said she had given up drinking
altogether since her illness diagnosis.
She was yesterday sentenced to nine
months’ super vision but under section 94
of the Land Transport Act avoided the
mandatory disqualification because of
special conditions which the judge cited
as “health issues”.
Good turn ends in court
Port of Greymouth.
— Arrivals: Nil.
In port: Har vester,
Nil. Expected arrivals:
Ocean Odyssey, Jay
Elaine, Cook Canyon,
Buller health manager’s
role goes in revamp
of the Westport News
Buller health ser vices are to be
managed from Greymouth.
The West Coast District Health
Board yesterday confirmed a senior
management restructuring which
consolidates three roles into one.
The Buller health manager’s
job, held by Kathleen Gavigan,
is gone, along with the role
of general manager Grey and
Westland health ser vices, held by
The DHB will also lose its
programme director. However,
incumbent Michael Frampton
will stay on in his other role as
general manager, people and
capability, for the West Coast
and Canterbury DHBs.
Asked whether Ms Gavigan
and Mr Wheble would be made
redundant, Mr Frampton said
the DHB would discuss their
options with them.
He confirmed the three senior
management roles would become
one role covering the whole West
The change would “better
connect, align and integrate
the provision of ser vices” across
the Coast. It would also ensure
the development of the trans-
alpine ser vice between the West
Coast and Canterbury DHBs
considered the needs of the
The Coast DHB would further
consider the most appropriate
local management for Buller
integrated family health ser vices
and its link with Grey-Westland,
Mr Frampton said.
The role of director West Coast
capability development, held
by Mark Newsome, would be
renamed director West Coast
The role would support
workforce and ser vice transition
planning as part of an exclusive
focus on facilities development
A new $78 million base
hospital is under construction in
Greymouth and a $10 million
integrated family health centre is
proposed in Westport.
Mr Frampton said the DHB
would set up a new West Coast
operational leadership team.
The DHB would strengthen
the membership of the Coast ’s
executive management team.
It would include a Canterbury
DHB executive director of
nursing and chief medical officer
to the group, Mr Frampton said.
of the Westport News
The partnership behind
Subway Westport owes
more than $157,000,
according to the first
The store closed on
April 21, with the loss of
about five jobs.
The franchisee, Haworth
Partnership, went into
liquidation five days later.
Haworth owes Westpac
creditors $9779, and
employees $7448 holiday
pay, said a report from
joint liquidators Geoff
Brown and Lynda Smart
of insolvency specialists
Details were still to
come from other creditors,
including the Inland
The report lists 21
creditors. Creditors have
until June 7 to make their
Haworth was owed
$5263, the report said.
The liquidators were
investigating the sale of
the business as a going
concern. The chattels and
goodwill would be offered
If no sale proceeded, the
company ’s assets would be
sold by auction/tender.
They include a $94,245
shop fit-out, office
equipment worth $1321
and fixtures and fittings
worth $683, according
to the company’s 2016
by Sheila and Darrell
Haworth, took over
Subway three years ago.
When the store closed
Ms Haworth said Subway
had “gagged ” her and she
was not allowed to say
anything about the store
closing. A Subway Systems
Australia spokesman said
the closure was temporary
and they hoped to reopen
the shop soon.
land for mining
The Government has signalled
it has no plans to open up more
conser vation land for mining.
It was reported earlier this week
that ministers were looking at
ways to protect the Denniston
Plateau — while also opening
up parts to mining. National
Party list MP Maureen Pugh
said the plans were in their early
stages and the public would be
consulted down the line.
However, Green Party co-leader
Metiria Turei quizzed Economic
Development Minister Steven
Joyce in Parliament yesterday,
asking if the West Coast
economic action plan, which is
being finalised, included opening
up conser vation land for mining.
She also asked if any potential
buyers of Solid Energy’s assets
had approached the Government
to ask for new mining
opportunities on conser vation
land, or for rule changes to make
it easier to open new mines.
Mr Joyce said he was not aware
of any such approaches.
He also said to the best of his
knowledge, he did not believe
officials told potential buyers
of Solid Energy’s assets that
new coalmining opportunities
might be made available to them
on the Buller plateau or other
conser vation land.
“ What I can tell the Member is
that in relation to the Tai Poutini
West Coast economic action
plan ... I am pretty sure it does
not actually have anything in it
about mining on conser vation
land or at the national parks, but
we will all have to wait and see
until the actual plan is produced.”
He did not think the “minister
is spending his time thinking
about opening up conser vation
land for more mining”.
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