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Hari Hari crash
The NZCC West Coast Rescue
was called to Hari Hari late on
Wednesday morning after a collision
on the Wanganui River bridge. A
male motorcyclist was transported
back to Grey Base Hospital in a
Coast virtual reality
The latest in virtual reality
technology will be on the West
Coast next week. Techspace in
Greymouth and EPIC Westport,
are partnering to bring Tech Week
to the region. They will be running
virtual reality sessions for the public
in Westport, Greymouth and
Hokitika. “ There is huge potential
for virtual reality across numerous
sectors from architecture, sport,
medicine, the arts and entertainment
to name a few, and we’d like to offer
Coasters the opportunity to get
involved,” Techspace spokeswoman
Jackie Gurden said. “ The
entertainment industry is a multi-
billion dollar one and consumers are
always keen on novelty. Immersive
films and video games are good
examples where there is demand for
quality content ” The public sessions
offer people the opportunity to
experience virtual reality technology,
from gaming to virtual tours
Greymouth: Monday from 11.30am
to 3pm at the Grey District Library;
and Thursday, May 11 from 5pm to
7pm at Techspace (upstairs Regent
Theatre). Hokitika: Tuesday, May 9
from 11.30am to 3pm at the RSA;
and Wednesday, May 10 from 2pm
to 5pm at the RSA. Westport: May
9 and 11.
Results of this week’s Greymouth
Bridge Club’s competitions were. —
Wednesday : John Boyes and Ash
Hamilton 65% 1, Alison Palmer and
Lorraine Balloch 63% 2. Thursday:
John Boyes and Stuart Oliver
71.3% 1, Tina Fernando and Nancy
Prangnell 55% 2, Michelle Gunn
and Paul Holt 53.8% 3, Cynthia El-
Hinsheri and Glenn Balloch 52.5%
4, Ash Hamilton and Ian Anderson
Six fire trucks attended a raging
house fire in the Auckland suburb of
Beachhaven last evening. Additional
firre crews had to be called into
assist. All the occupants were
accounted for, she said. -- NZ ME
A Barrytown man admitted careless use and
his fourth drink-driving offence, as a result of a
crash on the Coast Road on March 29.
Gregory James Chapman failed a breath
test when he blew 779mg, police told the
Greymouth District Court on Tuesday.
Chapman’s last conviction for drink-driving
was in 2002.
In explanation Chapman said he had been at a
two-day birthday party.
He was convicted and remanded for sentence
on July 27 with a stipulation that he not drive.
Jonty Pickett, 23, of Kaiata, admitted driving
while suspended and driving with an excess
breath-alcohol level of 800mg, when he was
caught near Culverden on January 20.
Pickett was remanded on bail until July 27 and
ordered not to drive.
Judge David Saunders warned Pickett that
he needed to be fully compliant with the
community work he was currently undertaking.
“ If you continue to breach your licence
conditions you will end up with a custodial
Robyn Jane Gregg was convicted and given a
deferred sentence of six months after admitting
the theft of a cellphone.
The phone had since been recovered.
Judge Saunders told Gregg not to allow
temptation to bring her down again.
Anesha Stratton, unemployed of Greymouth,
was discharged without conviction but ordered
to undertake a defensive driving course after she
crashed by failing to see an oncoming car when
she pulled out of a parking space in January.
The police said the crash was minor and
Stratton explained a blind spot prevented her
seeing the oncoming vehicle.
Judge Saunders said it was preferable to
advance Stratton from her restricted licence
and a defensive driver’s course would be more
productive than a fine.
Ethan Ryan Keereweer, of Reefton, admitted
driving while suspended, in Reefton in the early
hours of April 10.
Police said Keereweer’s licence had been
suspended for three months at the time after
demerit points kicked in on February 23 for
two speeding offences and four instances of
operating an unlicensed motor vehicle.
When caught Keereweer told police he had
been out spotlighting with friends.
Duty solicitor George Linder said Keereweer
had made a “silly mistake” driving when he did,
which was essentially so his mates, who were on
restricted licences, could get home.
Judge Saunders told Keereweer the law was
c lear and there had to be a mandatory six-
month disqualification, before also ordering
him to pay a $300 fine.
Tracy Maffey admitted cultivating cannabis
for personal use and was sentenced to 50 hours
of community work.
Police were visiting Maffey ’s property to ser ve
a trespass notice when they noticed cannabis
plants growing in plastic buckets at the back of
A subsequent search turned up three potted
Duty solicitor George Linder said Maffey had
one previous drugs conviction from 2006 and
also had substantial outstanding fines.
Judge Saunders accepted the cannabis
cultivation was not for commercial use, but
he said that despite the current debate in the
wider community about cannabis, “the law is
the law ”.
James Peter Forrester, of Christchurch,
admitted assaulting a female who lives in
His case was transferred by agreement to the
Christchurch District Court for sentence on
July 18 subject to the outcome of a restorative
justice process with the victim.
A Greymouth fisherman
was remanded until May 23 to
complete his community work
hours when he appeared in the
Greymouth District Court on
Tuesday for two community work
Michael Stanley also admitted
possession of cannabis, on April
Probation officer Kerry Aston
said Stanley had made a late run in
attempting to get his community
work completed and had 26 hours
Judge David Saunders said
he would like to see him out of
the system and told Stanley he
needed to get the outstanding
“There will be consequences if
you don’t deliver.”
Stanley assured the judge he
would get it done.
Judge Saunders was sceptical:
“Many people tell us (judges)
they will deliver and when they
walk out the door they give us the
He said the cannabis offence
would be dealt with when
Stanley next appeared later this
“ You will also need to investigate
what impact a drugs conviction
would have on your skipper’s
licence, (and) maybe at your next
appearance we may be able to find
a way to deal with that as well
— get the work done by May 23.”
Judge warns fisherman over community work
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Rhys Devlin and partner Jess Kennedy have returned with success from the national bottle and collectors competition.
Greymouth couple Rhys
Devlin and Jess Kennedy tasted
success at the recent 42nd
National Bottle and Collectors
Show, held in Nelson.
Mr Devlin won second place
in the soda siphon section and
was judged first in the public
choice, while Ms Kennedy took
first place in the ‘collectable
with written history’ section.
Mr Devlin said all the top
bottle collectors around New
Zealand were on hand for the
show, with 110 entries.
“I’ve been collecting bottles
since I was 12 years old. I swap,
dig, collect and buy and am
always looking for bottles and
siphons and places to dig, with
a West Coast flavour,” he said.
Ms Kennedy said she started
following Mr Devlin’s interest,
while her father Paddy had
been an influence as well.
“ Dad had some memorabilia
of Player’s Navy Tobacco and
it has now slowly built up.
Captain Eric Noel Player was
in World War One with my
great-granddad, they were
He never returned home
so there is a purpose and
something special as well,” she
Coast couple taste success at bottle competition
Katie Marie Bryant, formerly of
Westport and now of Greymouth,
was warned that prison is imminent
when she appeared in the Greymouth
District Court on Tuesday for breach
of super vision.
Judge David Saunders told Bryant
he would not tolerate further
excuses, with an application to
cancel her nine-month sentence of
super vision, which had been “a dead
The sentence followed Bryant ’s
conviction for burglary.
Duty solicitor George Linder
said Bryant was paying reparation
but due to circumstances she had
moved from Westport, which made it
difficult to comply with the
She opposed the application to
cancel her incomplete sentence of
super vision, which was made difficult
by “a phobia to people and open
spaces,” Mr Linder said.
Judge Saunders replied that
Bryant might have to “get over that ”
because other wise Bryant would
be facing closed spaces “and that
will be Christchurch Women’s
“S he had nine months of
super vision. None of the conditions
have been met — no interest in
complying with the sentence — it
will not be delayed.”
The judge ordered reparation, fines
and sentencing reports and remanded
Bryant on continued bail to appear in
the Greymouth District Court for
Balijinder Singh, of Greymouth,
pleaded not guilty to possession
of an offensive weapon — a knife
sharpening steel — and was
remanded without plea on a cannabis
charge to a case review hearing on
Andrew Webster, 26, admitted
sustained loss of traction on a road
adjacent to a public park.
The judge noted the driving involved
skids and loud revving and Webster’s
antics had damaged a public park
area which, despite appearances, was
a public road.
Webster received the minimum six-
month disqualification and 60 hours
of community work.
super vision sentence, imposed in
Community Corrections officer
Kerry Ashton said Tauwhare had
explained she could not attend
because of work.
However, Tauwhare’s employer had
indicated there was no problem for
her to have the time off to attend
the required alcohol and drug
She had since been readmitted and
completed the course.
Duty solicitor George Linder
suggested a conviction and discharge.
Judge Saunders took that course
although he noted
“sometimes it’s a bit difficult
how I rationalise how I reward
bad behaviour by conviction and
Woman fails to meet conditions of supervision sentence
A retired Hokitika woman dobbed in
for driving after earlier being disqualified
for drink-driving, was convicted in the
Greymouth District Court on Tuesday.
Judith Jones was further disqualified
from driving for six months starting in
Jones had been disqualified from
driving for six months in January after
she was caught driving at more than
twice the legal limit on September 11,
Although she was disqualified for the
minimum six-month period, police were
advised Jones was back behind the wheel
on April 2. She was caught on Brickfield
Road, Blue Spur.
Police said Jones declined to say why
she was driving again, however her
lawyer Eymard Bradley told the court
it was for good reason as Jones had to
take a friend suffering from cancer to a
Jones claimed to know the person who
called the police to dob her in.
Judge David Saunders said the way
for ward, given Jones’ circumstances
around paying a fine, was for a
community work placement with an
agency. He sentenced her to 50 hours.
Because of Jones’ previous history her
vehicle was subject to orders under the
Land Transport Act although the judge
said the court would need to prove that
she had already disposed of it, before
making an order under section 131 that
she not acquire an interest in another
motor vehicle for 12 months.
A Hokitika man stopped by police
for not wearing a seatbelt at 10 o’clock
in the morning on January 28 was also
processed for drink-driving, returning a
blood-alcohol level of 129ml.
The court heard that James Eagle had
been at a birthday party the night before
and believed he was sober enough to
drive the next day.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Eagle’s
mother had sent him to pick someone
up and she did not think he would be
over the limit.
Judge David Saunders said it was a trap
for young and inexperienced drivers.
“ You must have had a skinful the night
before,” Judge Saunders said to Eagle.
He said it was not a completely
“It is a hard lesson to learn and so many
people make the mistake and think after
a few hours’ sleep it ’s safe to drive again
(but) after six hours you still exceeded
the blood level.”
Eagle was convicted and sentenced
to 50 hours of community work and
disqualified from driving for six months.
Disqualified driver dobbed in
No appeals over
A young Hokitika man was sentenced
in the Greymouth District Court on
Tuesday to 50 hours of community work
Ricky Mahuika was told by Judge
David Saunders there was the potential
of him losing his liberty, but he had
stepped back from that.
“ It is to your benefit that you pleaded
guilty straight away,” Judge Saunders
He was also concerned about the
amount of unpaid fines owed by
Man pleads guilty to assault
A Hokitika man
sentenced in the
Court yesterday for
burglary was given two
weeks to find a suitable
address for home
detention, or he would be
Kelly Maffey had
previously admitted the
Lawyer Richard Bodle
said restorative justice did
“Maffey was keen, but
the complainants were
not as they were pretty
annoyed that he had
breached their trust and
stole from them,” Mr
Maffey burgled a
house and stole money
belonging to the local
“The complainant said
in the victim impact
report that she was
mortified that Maffey
had stolen it and
hurt that other people
may have believed
she had stolen it,”
Judge David Saunders
The judge expressed
his dismay that Maffey
had failed to make
any attempt to pay
the reparation of
“ If he had any remorse
at all he would have
at least started paying
Maffey was remanded
until May 19 to find an
address for electronic
“ Finding the address is
on him — if he doesn’t
come up with one, he
goes to jail.”
Two weeks to
find address or
A Hokitika man was
sentenced to home detention
and community work when he
appeared in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday on
charges of possession of cannabis
supply, cultivation of
cannabis, possession of utensils
and possession of a small number
of Ritalin tablets.
Lawyer George Linder for
Jayden McLay-Fern said the
drugs charges were McLay-
“The last time he was in court
was in 2012 for assault and he
was sent to prison. He has been
out of trouble since then,” Mr
McLay-Fern was found with
14.5g of cannabis, which he
admitted immediately he was
going to sell it to supplement his
income. Police also found $950
cash in his wallet.
McLay-Fern was adamant
$500 of that had been withdrawn
from his account to buy a
gearbox, “ but he can’t prove that
and he realises he will have to
forego that money,” Mr Linder
He asked that McLay-Fern be
kept in the community because
support. Judge David Saunders
said the offender needed to get
a clear message that “this type of
behaviour isn’t acceptable”.
“The operation wasn’t a small-
scale one. He was cultivating
cannabis, there was cash and
cannabis in bags ready for sale, as
well as utensils.”
The judge agreed to allow
McLay-Fern to stay in the
community to allow him to keep
his job and support his partner.
On all charges he was given
four months’ home detention
and 80 hours of community
“ You need to concentrate
on providing for your family
lawfully,” Judge Saunders told
Contents of drug dealer’s wallet discussed in court
Daniel William Lockyer, unemployed of
Reefton, admitted drink-driving while on
a zero alcohol licence after four previous
convictions for alcohol offending.
In the Greymouth District Court
on Tuesday, Lockyer was disqualified
indefinitely from driving, ordered not to
have a financial interest in a motor vehicle
and sentenced to 80 hours of community
Police stopped Lockyer on State highway 6
for speeding on January 30. He blew 159mg
In explanation, he said he had stopped
drinking in the early hours of that morning.
Lawyer Doug Taffs said Lockyer had just
transferred ownership of his car on-line to
his partner just prior to court, as it would
have been subject to confiscation under
section 129 of the Land Transport Act.
“This is not to avoid any indication of
justice but to avoid punishment to his
family,” Mr Taffs said.
Lockyer admitted drinking “heavily” the
night before he was caught, having gone to
bed at 1am and thought he would be under
the limit when stopped just before midday
the next day.
Lockyer’s bad driving history was admitted
He had “quite rightly” been stopped by
police since he regained his licence six
months ago — up to three times a week —
to ensure he was compliant and the latest
blunder was “inadvertent,” Mr Taffs said.
Judge David Saunders noted “the flavour
of the day ” in court yesterday was drink-
driving and alcohol offending.
He noted Lockyer’s previous convictions
in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2014 related to that.
“ You are a very slow learner on issues with
alcohol and driving,” the judge said.
Disqualification for fifth alcohol offence
Wesat Coast duck season tipped to be the best in years
Failed Coast mining companies owe $1.5m
The West Coast duck hunting
season, which opens tomorrow, has
been tipped as one of the best in
Fish and Game manager Dean
Kelly said a wet spring and summer
had been a boon for duck breeding.
“The wet conditions meant that
many ducks lived out in the paddocks
feeding on worms and other bugs, and
as a result there was good sur vival of
young ducks and a sharp increase in
the population,” Mr Kelly said.
A mid-April aerial sur vey counted a
“ healthy” population of ducks across
20 randomly selected sites around the
West Coast. It showed a significant
increase on last year, he said.
“ To ensure sustainability of the
resource the combined grey and
mallard duck daily bag limit will
remain at 15 birds.”
Paradise shelduck numbers have
also responded well to the wet
conditions, and as such the daily bag
limit will remain at 15 birds.
400 local hunters
traditionally headed out on opening
weekend, with a similar number of
Due to urban sprawl and a loss
of wetlands restricting hunting
opportunities in other regions, the
West Coast was becoming a popular
destination for waterfowlers, he said.
To ensure the sustainability of
the sport and reduce wounding
irretrievable birds Fish and Game
West Coast has brought back gun
ammunition capacities to five shots.
“ Hunters need to be responsible
and lead the way in minimising the
incidents of wounding rather than
dispatching the birds quickly and
“ Extra shots past five have been
shown to mostly be at birds out of
range and do not result in more ducks
for the table,” Mr Kelly said.
“ Most, if not all, people who buy
licences go out on opening weekend.
Generally hunters try to keep that
The carnival atmosphere of opening
weekend could take the focus off the
safety aspect, he warned.
Staying safe in hunting season
meant following all the rules and
regulations of the firearms licence
and applying common sense.
Hunters need to carry their 2017
game licence with them, as Fish
and Game rangers will be out
checking on compliance with the
The appeal period for the Westland
District Council decision granting land
use consents for a water export facility
at Jackson Bay has passed without
Okuru Enterprises Ltd has the right to
take and export 800,000 tonnes of water
from the alpine Tuning Fork Creek to
a mono buoy anchored offshore from
Jackson Bay and then to waiting ships
Council-appointed commissioner Don
Turley also recently granted consents for
an extended pipeline and a bulk water
storage facility at Neils Beach.
Affected parties had until yesterday to
appeal the decision to the Environment
Court. None was received.
A West Coast Regional Council
coastal permit that will deal with ballast
waste issues is still pending.
Meanwhile, a current deed of easement
with the Department of Conser vation
for the pipeline to cross conser vation
land expires in two years.
Conser vation Minister
Barry said Okuru would need
to apply for a completely new
easement, which would be open to
public scrutiny and submissions,when the
A year after a Christchurch entrepreneur ’s
second mining company failed on the West
Coast, liquidators are investigating links
between the two. Unsecured creditors may be
owed as much as $1.5 million.
Mike McDonald, a former Ernst and
Young entrepreneur of the year, first appeared
on the West Coast in November 2014, when
his former company MCAM, briefly based
in Hokitika, announced it expected to spend
at least $88.5m developing five open-cast
mines on the West Coast and in Southland.
MCAM Ltd then went into liquidation, as
did MCAM Minerals a year ago.
In their latest report the liquidators of
MCAM Minerals said they were continuing
to “investigate the books, records and affairs
of the company to identify any actions that
may be available for the benefit of creditors”.
“The company has director and shareholder
commonality with MCAM Limited (in
liquidation) and further investigations
will be undertaken into both companies
simultaneously,” the liquidators said.
Mr McDonald was adjudged bankrupt
in September. The liquidators said they
had received a preferential claim of $3634
in relation to court costs awarded to the
petitioning creditor, and have received a
preferential claim from Inland Revenue for
GST arrears of $55,116. Unsecured creditors
are owed $416,704.
“ It is unlikely that unsecured creditors will
receive a dividend payment upon completion
of the liquidation,” the liquidators said.
The last liquidators’ report for Mr
McDonald’s other company, MCAM Ltd,
said liquidators were aware of unsecured
creditors totalling $1.05m.
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