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A former Westport man avoided trial
by jury, after changing his plea to guilty
on a burglary charge, in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday.
William Frank Robinson, now of
Ashburton, was appearing on charges
relating to an incident at the home of
his former partner at Carters Beach.
Robinson admitted the burglary, on
June 22, 2016. He previously admitted
further charges of wilful damage and
possession of cannabis
Lawyer Douglas Brown said Robinson
had since moved away from the West
Coast, and was working on a farm
near Ashburton, where he was now a
manager. He had also attended drug and
“All in all things have looked up for
him, and he now has a super visors job,’’
Mr Brown said.
Judge David Saunders said he would
shy away from imprisonment.
“ To your credit there have been no
further incidents,’’ Judge Saunders said.
Robinson was remanded on bail to May
13 for sentencing in the Christchurch
The Probation Ser vice will investigate
whether or not Robinson’s address is
suitable for an electronically monitored
sentence, as he lives 17km out of
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Focus on rural stress
A workshop for rural folk to talk
about mental health will be held at
Rotomanu early next month. The
Good Yarn Wellness workshop, by
Dairy NZ, will allow participants to
gain tips to enable them to discuss
mental well-being openly and
effectively with friends, family and
farming colleagues. It will include
advice on how to recognise signs
of stress and other mental health
problems, and how to reduce and
manage stress. The workshop runs
from 10am to 2pm on June 8.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Galatea II. Departures: Jay Elaine,
one Greymouth vessel. In port:
Cook Canyon, Galatea II, Har vester,
Sovereign, 20 Greymouth vessels.
Expected departures: Galatea II.
tomorrow. Expected arrivals: Moon
Shadow, Ocean Odyssey, Thursday.
Westport burglary admitted
A Hokitika man was put on notice
when he was sentenced in the
Greymouth District Court on Friday for
Kelly Maffey was told that if he did
not comply with his sentence he would
be sent to jail.
Maffey burgled a house in Hokitika
and stole money belonging to the
local darts association. The complainant
said in her victim impact statement
was mortified that he had stolen the
money and it hurt because other
people may have believed she had stolen
Maffey was remanded at his previous
appearance to allow him to find a
suitable address for home detention.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said on Friday,
Maffey had found a suitable address,
however the owner was not prepared
for him to live there on home detention,
only community detention.
Judge David Saunders said there had to
be “teeth” in the sentence and if Maffey
could not undertake home detention
he would be sentenced to community
detention, intensive super vision and
Judge Saunders said the burglary
showed a serious breach of trust.
“ You went into the complainant ’s
home and took money belonging to
the darts association and embarrassed
the complainant. She is out of pocket
because she had to pay the money back,”
Judge Saunders said.
Maffey was sentenced to six months
of community detention, nine months’
intensive super vision and 200 hours of
community work. He was also placed on
If Maffey did well over the next few
months and had no breaches the judge
said he would consider remitting some
of his fines.
“ You have every incentive to keep out
of trouble, but if you do not you will be
re-sentenced and it is likely with a full-
time custodial sentence,” Judge Saunders
Jail warning for Hokitika burglar
A Hokitika man due to appear for a
defended hearing in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday, changed
his plea to guilty when a charge was
reduced from indecent assault to assault,
and another charge of burglary was
The incident arose when Dion
Mahuika was attending a tangi
aftermath at a hotel and later in the
night entered a room where he thought
he and his partner were going to stay.
Mahuika kissed a woman he found
in the room; she turned out to be the
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Mahuika
had believed he was in the same room
as his partner and he thought he was
kissing her and the woman thought she
was kissing her husband.
embarrassed about what he did and
holds no grudge that the case has
followed the course it has,” Mr Bodle
“The defendant has been through
a terrible time lately and resorted to
alcohol, but he no longer drinks.”
Mahuika and his partner had scraped
together $500 for an emotional harm
payment to the victim.
Judge Gary MacAskill said alcohol
had been a problem in Mahuika’s life, as
it was on this occasion.
However, drunkenness was not a
defence, and “if you continue to get
drunk and do things you will be held
Mahuika was convicted and ordered to
make a $500 emotional harm payment to
the victim and also ordered to undertake
12 months of super vision in which he
has to take part in education, treatment
and counselling for alcohol abuse.
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of the Hokitika Guardian
Only a handful of jobs are expected
to be created at the Silver Fern Farms
Hokitika plant if it goes ahead with the
planned closure of its Ashburton sheep
meat processing plant.
Up to 370 jobs are on the line at the
Fairton site. The decision is expected to
be finalised by the end of the month.
Hokitika was one of three plants,
together with Belfast and Pareora,
where Silver Fern said 230 roles could
be created to take on some of the out-
Chief executive Dean Hamilton
confirmed yesterday that Hokitika,
which already employs 100 people, could
take on some new staff this season if the
closure went ahead but it was likely to be
a small proportion.
“ We anticipate we would require
between six or seven people for
roles at Hokitika for the new season
commencing in August. These roles will
cover for natural staff turnover at the
site,” Mr Hamilton said.
The majority of replacement positions
would be created at Pareora, closer to
“S hould the proposal go ahead,
retaining skilled and experienced staff
from our Fairton site at other plants
in our network would be a priority.
We have 230 roles available for them
across our network — primarily at our
Pareora site. They know our business
and systems and should they choose to
relocate to Hokitika, or our other sites,
their skills and expertise would be seen
as a significant asset,” Mr Hamilton said.
There would be no changes to the
Hokitika plant ’s current processing
volumes of deer, cattle and calves as a
result of the Fairton proposal, he said.
“The plant is still thriving as a result
of the $3.5 million in plant upgrades
undertaken to add cattle and calf
processing eight years ago. These
upgrades created a multi-species plant,
which lifted our staff numbers from 38
to 100 local people. ”
The company says it has advised
employees of the proposal to close the
Fairton site and has discussed potential
transfer options of staff to other sites.
Mr Hamilton said the proposal to
close the plant was due to a significant
decrease in processing numbers over the
last 10 years. Fairton was consistently
processing over one million lambs prior
to 2010 but last year processed under
half of that number.
“It makes economic sense to
consolidate this number at our nearby
Pareora site, which has the capacity to
process the combined numbers.
Few new jobs at
West Coast DHB worst, best performer
The country’s DHBs are on average
falling shy of five out of six targets set by
the Ministry of Health — but one target
has seen a 14% increase over the latest
In the January to March period this
year, only the improved access to elective
surgery target was met, with DHBs on
average increasing the volume of elective
surgeries by 4000 discharges per year.
However in many cases targets were
close to being met, and a small number
of underperforming DHBs could bring
the average down for the rest.
Compared with last quarter, half of the
target categories — reduced emergency
department stays, faster cancer treatment
and better help for smokers to quit —
remained the same.
Increased immunisation dropped one
point compared with last quarter and
improved access to elective surgery rose
by one point.
The biggest increase was seen in the
raising healthy children target, which
rose from 72% to 86%.
The target is for 95% of children
identified as obese in the Before School
Check programme will be offered a
referral to a health professional.
The West Coast did the worst, with just
17% of obese children referred, however
came out on top in the shorter ED stays
target, beating it by five points to hit a
100% achievement. Previous critics of
the Government initiative to reduce
child obesity said numbers were low
because parents were declining referrals.
Increased immunisation for eight-
month-olds was only achieved in the
South Canterbury district, however
most other DHBs were only a few
points shy, bringing the performance to
93% — just shy of the 95% target.
Nearly half of all DHBs were meeting
the target for emergency department
wait times of under six hours and half
were within four points of meeting it.
Only the Waikato DHB lagged
behind, reaching 88% of the 95% target.
Despite the target not being met, it was
reported earlier this month the initiative
has probably saved thousands of lives,
labelled an “extraordinary’’ finding by
Similarly, while most DHBs did not
reach the 90% target for offering PHO
enrolled patients who smoke help
quitting, DHBs as a whole were close to
meeting it at 86%.
The target for 85% of cancer patients
receiving their first treatment within
62 days of being referred with a high
suspicion of cancer was met by just five
of the 20 DHBs, with Hawke’s Bay and
Whanganui at the bottom of the table
with just 69% each. — NZ ME
PICTURE: Charles Bruning
Tom Pattison, left, Neil Ellery, Mary Sturgeon and Tony Fortune, in Greymouth.
Four West Coast Justices of the Peace — Mary
Sturgeon, Neil Ellery, Tom Pattison and Patricia Dunn
— have been presented with retirement badges.
Also recognised was long-ser ving South Westland
JP Malcolm McRae, who also received his badge from
West Coast Justices of the Peace Association president
Tony Fortune at a special function recently.
Mr Fortune thanked them for their dedicated ser vice
to their local communities.
Neil Ellery gave 41 years’ ser vice. D uring his time
as a JP he was the registrar from 1981-85, on the
executive from 1985-87 and became the president
He was also a judicial justice working in West Coast
courts for many of his years as a JP.
Mary Sturgeon did 32 years and was the first woman
to be elected on to the West Coast JPs Association.
She became the court registrar for many years and
a court panel convenor in 2012. Mrs Sturgeon was
awarded the QSM in 2011 and received her Royal
Federation Certificate in 2015.
Also thanked were Tom Pattison, who was appointed
Justice of the Peace in 1998 and for 23 years ser ved
his township of Runanga with due diligence. Pat
Dunn from Barrytown was appointed in 1998.
Long-ser ving Coast
JPs call it a day
Malcolm McRae, right, with Tony Fortune during a presentation in Franz
Plea change after charge reduced
of the Westport News
A petition calling on
the Government to fund
Westport ’s new health
centre has been signed by
2500 Buller people.
Phyl Phipps, 90, who
canvassed the district
with her petition, said it
ran to 160 pages by the
time the last signature
She described the
response as amazing and
thanked all those who
signed and promoted it.
MP Damien O’Connor
will present the petition
to Parliament this week.
The petition urges the
Government to fund the
design, construction and
ongoing management of
the new integrated family
health centre, which will
replace the ageing Buller
Last week the
West Coast Hospital
Corporation would own
the building and lease
it to the West Coast
District Health Board.
Senior doctors estimate
the lease will cost the
DHB between $750,000
and $1 million a year.
Two teens have been
charged with the robbery
of the Pahiatua BP ser vice
station. The pair, aged 18
and 16 are to appear in
court today. — NZ N
2500 sign Buller
of the Westport News
Talley’s Fisheries will
expand its Westport
factory later this year.
“ We intend to do more
volume,” manager Kerry
Patterson said on Friday.
The expansion would
mean more jobs, but he
was unable to say how
many or how much the
expansion would cost.
More freezing, chilling
and bulk storage capacity
would be built, taking
up most of the current
site on the corner
of Palmerston and
“They ’ve done most of
the plans and they ’re just
going through the stages
where they’re signing off.”
The processing part of
the factory would stay the
The factory last
expanded about 18 years
ago, Mr Patterson said.
It currently employed
about 76. When the hoki
season started it would
employ between 90 and
Meanwhile, the factory
has closed temporarily
— for the first time Mr
Patterson can remember
— for a major overall.
It shut last Wednesday
to replace its filleting and
“ We’re just taking
them out and bringing
in brand new ones —
just upgrading to a new
The factory would
reopen tomorrow, he said.
Talley’s had hoped
to expand the factory
before the revamp, but
had changed its plans
because the lines needed
replacing before the hoki
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