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A Greymouth man changed his
plea in the Greymouth District
Court yesterday to admit a charge
of assaulting a female.
Tyrone Peter Nelson, 40, had
intended defending the charge.
His lawyer Eymard Bradley
claimed the victim had initiated the
assault. He pushed her off and she
came back at him twice.
Mr Bradley said Nelson disputed
that he caused the marks around
the victim’s neck. He believed they
were caused when he pushed her off
him and she fell into a fence.
It was suggested in court that the
assault was a tit-for-tat but police
replied “it was far more than tit for
tat — it was a serious assault”.
Mr Henderson said Nelson
had a previous assault against the
victim, which suggested he had not
changed his behaviour.
Nelson was convicted of assaulting
the same victim last year and he
was then placed on super vision. He
undertook an anger management
Ser vices said had been successful.
Judge David Saunders said
Nelson had super vision a year ago
“ I would hardly call it ‘successful’
when there has been a repeat of the
violence. He can’t treat people that
way,” Judge Saunders said.
“ If it was a success we wouldn’t
have a repetition of violence. What
is it? The alcohol, the anger or do
you have contempt for women?”
Nelson said he and the victim
wanted to try to move on as
best they could and “learn from
their mistakes” and make their
Judge Saunders told Nelson it
was not a good look when these
type of assaults happened in the
The judge spoke briefly with the
victim, who was in court, and she
told him that she had accepted her
responsibility in the assault and she
wanted the relationship to continue.
Nelson was convicted and
sentenced to nine
community work and ordered to
undertake relationship counselling,
a stopping violence programme and
assessment for drug and alcohol
Greymouth man changes plea
of the Hokitika Guardian
Over $700,000 is needed to strengthen
the Hokitika Museum complex and
reopen it completely.
A plan to bring both the museum,
shut since September last year, and the
Carnegie Building up to 67% of national
building standards was put before the
Westland District Council meeting last
Mayor Bruce Smith said a pricetag of
$560,500 plus GST had been put on the
required work for the Carnegie Building,
and $65,500 for the adjoining and more
recent museum wing.
Funding options were now investigated
for the work, which was only expected to
take six months to complete, Mr Smith
The plan comes after months of further
engineering assessments and was tabled
by heritage architect William Fulton
and project manager Les Singer, both of
whom were involved in the restoration
of the former public library building in
the 1990s, together with Kevin Simcock,
of Simcock Engineering Ltd.
In December, Mr Simcock provided
the council with a signed certificate that
backed up his assessment that neither
building was earthquake prone and were
therefore fit for public use for up to 300
His was the third in a series of reports
the council sought following a damning
seismic report in September that put it at
just 12% of national building standards.
In March, the council voted to reopen
the Carnegie Building as a standalone
‘heritage tourism attraction’ to raise
funds towards the strengthening works.
However, former chief executive Tanya
Winter made the call to keep staff out
of the museum until the strengthening
works were completed.
Mr Smith said yesterday councillors
had discussed prioritising the museum
works to get it reopened as soon as
A working group comprising Crs
David Carruthers, Graeme Olsen,
acting chief executive Robin Reeves and
council engineer Simon Eyre was now
exploring funding options.
“ We know now what we are dealing
with from a dollars and cents point
of view and . . . they’ve been charged
with looking at how to pay for it and
how quickly we can do it. We want to
try every available avenue for funding
without impacting the ratepayer,” Mr
Options could include tapping into the
MDI funds the council administers on
behalf of Development West Coast, as
well as grants from the likes of Heritage
New Zealand and Lotteries.
Included in the price was the
strengthening, including new internal
framing and ties to the brickwork,
repair and re-plastering of the parapet,
waterproofing of the entire complex
and a complete exterior repaint, as well
as new heating and air-conditioning,
security and fire alarm system upgrades
and internal emergency lighting.
Port of Greymouth. —
Arrivals: Ocean Odyssey.
Departures: Nil. In port:
Ocean Odyssey, Har vester,
Sovereign, 21 Greymouth
vessels. Expected departures:
Ocean Odyssey, tomorrow.
Expected arrivals: Jay
Elaine, Cook Canyon,
today; Galatea II, Sunday.
‘Lucky’ tramper walks out
A 40-year-old Israeli man who
emerged from bush yesterday after
being missing in the Bucklands
Peaks area south-east of Westport
since Tuesday was lucky to be alive,
police said today.
The tramper was found 3.30pm
yesterday at a car park after
stumbling into rescuers who had
envisaged days more of searching.
“ It was lucky,” senior sergeant
Paul Watson, of Greymouth police,
“ We were thinking it was going to
be a lot more protracted.”
The man was “mildly hypothermic”
and would have struggled to sur vive
much longer in the open.
Mr Watson said the man had
gone to the Bucklands Peak Hut to
stay overnight, but on Wednesday
he woke up to miserable weather
“He advised that the weather had
changed dramatically since he had
set out on Tuesday. ”
The tramper had set out in heavy
rain and low cloud to make his way
back to the car park, but took a
‘’(He) tried to retrace his steps
back to the hut.
“Unfortunately he missed the
hut and he also missed some
route-marking poles and has
ended up traversing down quite a
steep gully and a lot of bush-clad
The man had spent a “very wet
and cold night in the bush’’ and
yesterday had battled his way
through dense bush and managed
to emerge over several ridges and
make rendezvous with the search
team, Mr Watson said.
Police have released video footage
taken by a robot inside the Pike River
Mine drift in March 2011.
Police Deputy Commissioner Mike
Clement said they were releasing over
13 hours of video.
Excerpts from this video were shown at
family meetings in July 2011, police said.
“Relevant sections of notes from family
meetings on March 9, 2011 and March
16, 2011 have also been released today,
which show discussion by Pike River
Coal representatives of the robot ’s entry
to the mine, and the outcome,” Mr
Given the large volume of video which
was passed to police, including many
hours of the empty drift, boreholes and
static video or indistinct imagery, not all
footage was shown to the families, he
Up to eight hours of video footage
from multiple sources was shown at
Police had been “absolutely committed
to transparency ” with the families and
no information had been deliberately
The entire video from the fourth robot
was released by police to the Royal
Commission of Inquiry in August 2011,
Mr Clement said.
“This footage reflects video taken by
cameras sited at different angles on the
robot. We note there are some blank
areas and duplicate imagery in the
footage. The time stamps are also not
all in sequential order, however this is
exactly as the footage was supplied to
NZ Police and has not been edited in
any way,” police said today.
The robot made it as far as blast sur vivor
Russell Smith’s loader, more than 1400m
inside the drift before, as the Greymouth
Star reported at the time, “fizzing”. It
remains stuck inside the drift.
Electrician Mattheus Strydom also
made it that far on the day of the first
explosion but, realising there had been a
blast, he retreated.
The 700m of the drift beyond there
remains unexplored. Camera footage
from boreholes drilled from the surface
shows a large rockfall blocking the way.
The Pike River families believe there is
a chance a body or evidence could be in
this ‘unseen’ area. However, the unseen
area includes the fractured Hawea
Pike River was again debated in
Parliament yesterday — New Zealand
First leader Winston Peters presented a
photo that he said showed workers had
safely reached 400m inside the drift.
Minister for Pike River Nick Smith
responded there was nothing in
this information that changes the
fundamental assessment done by Solid
Energy that manned re-entry deep into
the mine was not safely possible.
Police release Pike footage
Tunnel collapse forces Westport water restrictions
Westport and Carters Beach
residents were placed on water
restrictions today following the
collapse of a tunnel at the water
to restrict the amount of water
they use each day, Buller District
Council assets and infrastructure
manager Mike Duff said.
The restriction was until further
notice and was a precautionary
measure to reduce the risk of future
interruptions in the water supply
following the collapse of a tunnel at
the supply intake.
“D ue to the collapse of tunnel
No 1, water is being pumped from
the alternate water intake,” Mr
“However, during periods of
moderate-heavy rainfall the water
quality reduces the amount of the
time the pumps can operate, which
is causing a decrease in raw water
reser voir levels. ”
To enable the raw water reser voir
to recover residents in the Westport
area were being urged to restrict
their water use as much as possible
including restricting garden
irrigation, car washing and other
extraordinary water usage.
Mr Duff said it was a necessary
precaution to delay the need for
more stringent restrictions in the
future. “ We need to conser ve water
now to avoid shortages until tunnel
flows are reinstated.”
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