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Cost of rivers’ clean-up prohibitive — council
The cost of cleaning up New
Zealand rivers is “prohibitive”, the
West Coast Regional Council says.
In a submission to the Ministry
for the Environment on the
Government ’s new water policy,
which aims to have above 90%
of water bodies ‘swimmable,’ the
council says some of the new
requirements will need a lot of work
for “questionable benefit”.
The July 1 deadline to exclude
milking cows from water ways on flat
land “may be unachievable” under the
The West Coast was also in a
“ unique” situation. It was “easily the
wettest ” in the country with 2m to
12m of rain a year.
The council says it supports
the national policy statement for
freshwater management including
restricting stock from water ways and
implementing measures to improve
water quality. However, the cost
would be borne by a small ratepayer
base, which was a concern.
“Given the unique situation that
applies on the West Coast, it is
essential that the WCRC retains
discretion over, and is allowed the
flexibility to implement the changes
in a regionally appropriate way,” the
It calls for a “more pragmatic ”
approach. For instance, under the
90% swimmability target the region
is already “performing well” with
99% of its rivers and lakes considered
However, Environment Minister
Nick Smith had suggested the region
would still be expected to show
The submission notes the West
Coast has many rivers defined as
‘swimmable’. However in reality only
a few “are safe” to actually swim in
due to water flows, volumes, channels,
rock and debris.
“ We know where our issues with e
coli are, and they are not necessarily
in the same places as are identified on
the swimmability maps.
“ We question why the Government
wishes us to invest money in
monitoring for e coli in places there
is limited risk, and similarly, invest
our resources in improving e coli
performance in places where these
changes would potentially have no
swimmability maps in the policy were
based on “modelled information”
with those for the West Coast based
on empirical data from only 12
A young Westport man who was told
a bag handler position he had lined up
with Air New Zealand would no longer
be available to him if he was convicted of
drink-driving, was discharged without
conviction in the Greymouth District
Court this week.
Ryan San Juan Campbell admitted
driving with a breath-alcohol level of
628mg on April 8.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said it was not
Campbell’s usual behaviour as he was of
impeccable character and aiming high.
“He was at a friend’s birthday and
offered to drive to get supplies as he
naively thought he would be okay to
drive,” Mr Bodle said.
During discussions about his position
as a bag handler he told his prospective
employer of the pending conviction and
was informed that he would not get the
job with a conviction.
The court was told the job was a foot
in the door for Campbell, who intended
to move on to a position as an aircraft
Judge Robert Murfitt agreed that
a conviction would seriously affect
Campbell’s future career.
“The consequences of a conviction
exceed the gravity of his first offence,”
the judge said, discharging Campbell
without conviction and disqualifying
him from driving for six months.
Brian Crook, of Greymouth, admitted
driving while disqualified.
In 1993, Crook had been indefinitely
disqualified from driving, but on March
20 police caught him on a scooter in
Tainui Street, Greymouth.
Judge Murfitt said since Crook was
disqualified he only had one previous
offence of driving while disqualified.
“Life before 1993 was complicated
for you and since then you have settled
Crook was convicted and fined $150
and disqualified for six months.
A Ngahere man admitted a breach of a
protection order and intentional damage.
Frederick Te Miha went to the victim’s
house and knocked on a window, but
when he was told to leave he smashed
the window then went around to the rear
of the property and smashed the door.
The victim was at home with her young
daughter and both were frightened by
Lawyer Richard Bodle asked the court
if Te Miha could be bailed to his father’s
address in Motueka, where the victim
“He wants to go back to Motueka to be
with his whanau,” Mr Bodle said.
Police prosecutor Glenn Henderson
said police had concerns about bail.
“The offending occurred at 1.30 in the
morning and the complainant and the
child were terrified,” Mr Henderson said.
Judge Murfitt said he would grant bail,
but not to Motueka.
“The complainant and child would be
very frightened if they learned you were
bailed to Motueka,” he told Te Miha,
remanding him on bail for sentencing
on July 27.
Te Miha was ordered not to travel
any further north than Reefton. Judge
Murfitt said his whanau could come to
A Ross man admitted unlawfully
taking a motor vehicle and careless
driving, when he appeared in the
Greymouth District Court on
Christopher James Craig, 34, was
remanded until June 13 to clarify a
reparation issue and for restorative
justice to be investigated.
Craig was in the Westport area
at the time and was drinking with
another person, whose vehicle he took
on March 17 without permission, and
drove 250km to another friend’s place.
The next day Craig crashed the
vehicle, rolling it several times.
Police prosecutor Glenn Henderson
said some “ bridge building” between
the pair may be necessary which
could include restorative justice.
Lawyer George Linder said Craig
had been living with the man
who owned the vehicle, and that
gentleman “ likes a drink”.
“He sometimes offered Craig the
vehicle and on this occasion (Craig)
thought it was okay to take the
vehicle and believed he had in fact
told the man he was going to use it,”
Mr Linder said.
Craig disputed the police summary
of facts that the vehicle had rolled
more than once.
Jasmine Maffey, of Hokitika,
admitted permitting her premises to
be used under the Misuse of Drugs
Police visited her Bonar Drive
address on an unrelated matter on
November 25, spotting cannabis plants
at the property along with a backpack
containing cannabis and cash.
Maffey told police she was aware
her partner was selling drugs from
the address and growing cannabis at
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Maffey ’s
partner had put her in an awkward
“She did not encourage him to sell
and grow the cannabis but did not
feel she could stop him from doing it
either,” Mr Bodle said.
Maffey was a first offender and was
well aware that her downfall was
because of the actions of others, he
Judge Robert Murfitt said a big
lesson for her was to stand by what
she knew was right.
“There are thousands of young
women who tolerate the behaviour
of their partners and at this time you
were sucked into the vortex and the
consequences are you have for first
conviction — and I hope it is the
only one. ”
As a result, if she wanted to travel
to the likes of the United States or
Canada she could “forget it” as people
with drug convictions were not
“I hope that you make much smarter
choices in the future. ”
Maffey was convicted and ordered
to appear if called upon within the
next nine months. An order was
made for the destruction of the drugs.
Izayar Houia McLaren, 20, of
Hokitika, was remanded without
plea for driving with an excess
breath-alcohol level of 834mg on
March 31, driving while disqualified,
assaulting a female and possession of
an offensive weapon, on May 5.
McLaren was remanded to allow a
legal aid application to be processed.
Conditions of his bail include that he
not contact the victim, not go to the
victim’s home, reside at a specified
Hokitika address, not consume
alcohol and obser ves a curfew from
5pm to 9am. His next appearance is
on May 23.
Nathan Sowman, of Hokitika,
admitted driving with excess breath-
alcohol for the third or subsequent
time, on February 25.
Police obser ved Sowman driving
away from a local bar and when
stopped by police he blew 553mg.
In explanation he told police he was
“ just trying to get home”.
Sowman was convicted and
remanded for sentence on July 27.
Brenton Rodger White, 21, of
cannabis and utensils, in Greymouth
on March 18.
Lawyer George Linder said White
was due to appear in court on May 25
for sentence on other charges.
Judge Murfitt remanded him to
that date so all charges could be dealt
with at the same time.
Richard Mann was remanded
without plea to apply for legal aid, on
two shoplifting charges and one of
unlawfully interfering with a motor
Man admits taking vehicle, careless driving
A group which claims to reignite the
glowing embers of a 25-year musical
association between Denny Stanway,
James Wilkinson and Davy Stuart
from Rua, the Christchurch Celtic
band formed by Denny’s husband, the
late Jimmy Young, is to play on the
The group chose the name Toru,
which in Maori means ‘three’, in
Japanese ‘the sea’.
The group said it seemed a logical
progression from Rua (two), and the
days when Rua built up a significant
fan base, performing at major music
festivals both in New Zealand and
overseas, recording multiple albums to
Rua called it a day several years
ago, but the music won out and now
they are back again with Crossing
Borders, singing songs of love,
landscape, loss, heritage, friendship
Their music also reflects their varied
ancestry. Davy Stuart is a transplanted
Scot, James Wilkinson has German
heritage and Denny Stanway
is European-Maori. Australian
virtuoso violinist Lindsay Martin is a
member of Toru when available and
is currently working from his studio
in Woonona, NSW to add fiddle to
Toru’s latest CD.
Toru will play at Reefton on June 1
at the Reefton Club, the Barrytown
Hall on June 2 and the Old Lodge
Theatre in Hokitika on June 3.
Group rekindles old association
Woman drove despite
A Grey Valley woman who drove after
her licence had been revoked for medical
reasons was back behind the wheel on
Angie Lowry, of Mawheraiti, lost her
licence two and a half years ago because
of epilepsy. She was caught by police
when she decided to drive to town to
replace the tyres on a vehicle.
Lawyer Doug Taffs told the
Greymouth District Court on Tuesday
that Lowry realised she should not have
been driving, but she needed to get new
tyres on the vehicle she used on private
roads on a farm property for her job as a
“S he took the punt just a day after
purchasing the vehicle to drive into town
to get the tyres and regrets the incident,”
Mr Taffs said.
Judge Robert Murfitt said: “ You took
the punt and lost the bet.”
She was convicted and fined $200 and
disqualified from driving for six months.
Ethan Campbell, 19, of Greymouth,
admitted breaching police bail.
Campbell breached his 8pm to 7am
curfew but was at the gym and did not
get home in time.
The judge changed Campbell’s bail
curfew from 8pm to 9pm. He was
remanded to appear on May 23 to
answer charges of assaulting police and
Malcolm Dean Hooper admitted
wilful damage on March 10.
Hooper was at the Grey Base Hospital
car park when he threw a stone through
a car window, smashing it. The car
belonged to someone who Hooper
claimed owed him money.
Lawyer Doug Taffs said the incident
was not as sinister as it sounded.
“Mr Hooper said the victim had stolen
a greenstone car ving machine from him
and he told the victim that if he did
not return it he would smash the car
window,” Mr Taffs said.
The window was smashed and the
machine was returned — “ it had the
outcome which suited Mr Hooper”.
inappropriately and accepts he did act
Judge Murfitt said it sounded like
vigilante justice against a man who had
taken something from Hooper.
“The outcome was good, even if the
The judge noted that Hooper had a
long and significant criminal history in
the 1980s but that had tapered off over
the past six years.
Hooper was convicted and fined $150
and ordered to pay reparation of $100
for the broken car window.
Work breach remand
Dylan Taylor, 19, of Reefton, was
remanded until he has completed a
Limited Ser vice Volunteer course, after
he admitted in the Greymouth District
Court on Tuesday to charges of breaching
super vision and community work.
Judge Robert Murfitt told Taylor that
if he did well at the course he may have
his community work cancelled.
Taylor was remanded to August 22.
A Greymouth man who had only
completed five hours of the 40 hours of
community work he was sentenced to
in August was told to take the initiative
and find a private agency with which to
complete the work.
Corey Leonard Keenan admitted the
Keenan had been given a moderate
sentence but had failed to undertake
much of the work in fear of retaliation
from other community work workers.
He was convicted and remanded until
July 25 to find somewhere to complete
Nicholas Gardiner, 18, of Greymouth,
admitted driving with excess breath-
alcohol of 539mg, on March 25.
Lawyer Doug Taffs said there was a
good reason Gardiner drove on the night
“ He was helping a very good friend
who was having woman troubles and
had become depressed and moody,”
Mr Taffs said.
Gardiner had been “rash and foolish”
but his friend had threatened suicide.
“ He had tried to talk him around and
later in the evening he (his friend) had
disappeared on foot. Youth suicide is the
scourge of this country and Mr Gardiner
wanted to find his friend, and he did,
over a bridge.”
Gardiner got him safely into the car
and was taking him home when he was
stopped by police.
“ He acted in the best intentions, he
should have done things differently, but
did it the way a 17-year-old would,”
Mr Taffs said.
Given the circumstances, he believed
Gardiner should be discharged without
“A conviction not help him with the
nursing course he wants to undertake.
What he did was ill-considered and but
a blight on his future.”
Police prosecutor Glenn Henderson
said while there was merit in a discharge
without conviction, Gardiner would still
need to be disqualified from driving.
Judge Robert Murfitt said he had
shown compassion but also made a “rash
“The decision to go and find your friend,
who had given way to a melodramatic
incident after some girl problems, was
Judge Murfitt said Gardiner’s alcohol
level was significant for someone of his
“ Mr Taffs’ impassioned plea for you
to be discharged without conviction
has been done outside the established
protocols. It should have been in
writing,” the judge said.
The judge said Gardiner still needed
to be held accountable so he was
disqualified from driving for six months.
Having regard to the circumstances of
the offending he discharged Gardiner
CAA to introduce
fuel app for pilots
An app for pilots to target air accidents
stemming from running out of fuel will
be introduced to West Coast pilots next
week by the Civil Aviation Authority.
In what is believed to be a world first,
the app developed by the CAA should
help pilots avoid simple errors that can
lead to disaster — in particular aircraft
running out of fuel, blocked fuel lines,
and fuel contaminated with water.
It will be introduced to the West Coast
aviation community at the CAA ‘Av
Kiwi Fuel for Thought ’ seminars next
week in Greymouth and Franz Josef
Problems with fuel are a surprisingly
regular cause of power loss in aircraft,
AvKiwi presenter and CAA aviation
examiner Marc Brogan said.
The seminars reconstruct real stories
of pilots who had had an accident or
near-accident arising from either fuel
contamination, empty fuel tanks or fuel
star vation from blocked lines.
“The new app will help pilots better
understand the fuel system of each
aircraft they fly,” Mr Brogan said.
“ If they can do that, it will reduce
the chances of them having to take
Fuel, and the way it is managed,
affected everyone in aviation, every day.
The CAA hoped those attending
the West Coast seminars would come
away “ with a renewed respect for the
importance of good fuel management. ”
Fuel for Thought will be held at the
Greymouth aerodrome on Tuesday at
7pm, and on Wednesday at 7pm at Air
Safaris at the Franz Josef aerodrome.
Shaun Richard Owens, 44, of
Greymouth, admitted his fourth
drink-driving offence when he
appeared in the Greymouth
District Court on Tuesday.
Owens was stopped in
Shakespeare Street on April 7 and
returned a breath-alcohol recording
Lawyer George Linder said
Owens’ previous offences were in
2001, 1996 and 1993.
Judge Robert Murfitt said the level
was not high, but the aggravating
factor was it was his fourth such
“Normally you would get home
detention or even prison, but in
your case the last offence is now
17 years old. You were 27 when
you last appeared and you should
have learned a lesson over the
course of time,” Judge Murfitt
Owens was convicted and fined
$800 and disqualified from driving
for 12 months and one day.
Brian Barnes admitted racing a
motor vehicle in Christchurch on
Barnes was driving a Nissan
Skyline in a 50kph area and
accelerated away at a speed of
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said
Barnes had been boxed in by two
other vehicles and so he accelerated
away from them.
Henderson disputed that and said
the police notes stated there were
only two vehicles on the road at the
Judge Mufitt said when the time
came for Barnes to get another
car he should not buy a Nissan
“They have a big flag on them
stating ‘boy racer behind the wheel’.
Maybe you should look at getting a
Toyota Starlet, a nana car, and you
will not come to the attention of
the authorities. ”
He told Barnes he needed to
learn to think before he acted.
He was convicted and fined $600,
disqualified from driving for six
months and ordered not to own a
motor vehicle for six months.
Danie Taafe, fisherman of
Greymouth, was convicted and
fined $400 for breaching his release
conditions three times.
Taafe breached his curfew
on January 19 and 31, and he
consumed alcohol on January 31.
Brock Harris, 36, of Greymouth,
admitted stealing a 30g pouch of
tobacco from someone at Grey
Base Hospital on April 29.
Harris took the tobacco from the
victim in the smoking area at the
hospital. He was remanded to June
22 when he will be back in court on
Fourth drink-drive offence admitted
Polytechnic adds Chinese
Wei Tang (Emma), the Tai Poutini polytechnic’s Mandarin language assistant with chief executive Alex
A polytechnic course teaching
the basics of Mandarin and
the Chinese culture is aimed at
helping West Coast residents
to connect with one of New
Zealand’s fastest-growing tourism
Tai Poutini Polytechnic
will launch another round of
Mandarin night classes in term
two, offering local businesses
the opportunity to increase their
understanding of Chinese tourists
and create a better experience for
visitors and locals alike.
Polytechnic council chairman
Andrew Robb said the
Mandarin classes were a great
example of the future direction
the institution was taking,
with the provision of relevant,
quality training that meets the
economic development needs of
“New Zealand is gearing up to
welcome more Chinese tourists
than ever before, so it makes
sense for West Coast businesses
to ensure they can make the most
of the busy market.”
Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s
partnership with the Canterbury
Institute sees a China-based
language teacher travel to the
West Coast for 10 months of the
This allows for language and
cultural teaching to be included
in existing training programmes
such as hospitality, trades and
outdoor education, as well as
offering evening classes to local
businesses and individuals keen to
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