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Former Buller County Council
chairman Roger Brookes died on
Monday after becoming ill at his
Mr Brookes took over the county
chairmanship from Bill Mumm in
the 1970s, holding the position until
the council amalgamated with the
Westport Borough Council in 1989.
Former Westport mayor Pat O’Dea
said he and Mr Brookes negotiated the
takeover of Westport Harbour with
then Labour government minister
Mr Brookes did his best for the
people of the county and the district,
Mr O’Dea said.
Mr Brookes was a foundation
member of the Buller Community
Development Company, established in
1989. The company closed a few years
In more recent years he was secretary
of the West Coast Rural Support
His wake will be held at Barrytown
— Westport News
2 - Wednesday, May 24, 2017
A year has passed today
and it still seems like
Thinking of you
Your loving family.
Wednesday May 24
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
our wonderful special
Dad. We will miss
you and will always
remember you with
Charlotte and family.
Now in the arms
You will always be in
Grief is the price we
pay for love
Sadly left us seven years
We've sent a dove to
With a parcel on its
Inside are a million hugs
To say how much we
And to send you all our
We hold you close
within our hearts,
And there you will
throughout our lives,
Until we meet again.
Your loving family.
John. — Taken from us
too soon two years ago
today, May 24, 2015.
Something will remind
I never know just when.
It might be something
And it all comes back
The times we spent
The happiness, the fun.
Once again I feel the
Of life without my son.
It's said that time's a
I'm not sure this is true.
There's not a day goes
That I don't cry for you.
Your loving family.
HAY, Rex John.
Passed away peacefully
after a long illness in
Greymouth on May 21,
2017, aged 71. Dearly
loved husband of Diana,
much loved father and
father-in-law of Donna
and Daryl Ross,
Wycliff, Nicki and
Taylor Holmes (all of
Bradley Stanger (Gold
Coast), loved Poppa of
cherished brother and
Marilyn and the late
Ken Amtman, loved
brother-in-law of Gary
and Gwen Singer, Paul
and Sonya Singer, Tony
and Rose Singer, the late
David Hudson, and
Bruce Singer, and a
loved uncle, cousin, and
friend of many.
Your courageous battle
is now over
Messages to 55 High
Street, Greymouth 7805.
declined, donations to St
John would be appreci-
ated and can be made at
the service or posted to
PO Box 508, Greymouth
7840. A service to
celebrate Rex's life will
be held in the William
Chapel, 134 Tainui
tomorrow (Thursday) at
2pm followed by crema-
tion here on the Coast
Phone (03) 768 0250
Green, nee Hutt). — It
is with heartfelt sadness
that we announce the
passing of our beloved
Mum, Granny and sister,
after a sudden illness.
Adored wife of her
husbands John Green
and Denis Cadigan.
George and Denise
Green, Alan and Petrea
and Veronica Green,
Stuart, Lindsay, and
Robin and Pam Hutt.
Much loved by the
Beloved Granny of her
Adored only sister and
sister-in-law of her
Margaret, Will (de-
Frances, and Robert and
Loved friend of Mary
and Graeme Marriner.
Loved aunty of all her
nieces and nephews.
Stuart was much loved
by family and friends,
and forever remains in
At rest with her
Safe in Heaven
Messages to Kathleen
Stuart, 5 Bayfield Street,
Reefton 7830, or Robert
Hutt, 171 Peel Street,
Westport 7825. Stuart's
life will be celebrated at
Wakefield Street, West-
port on Friday May 26
at 2pm, followed by
interment at Orowaiti
Cemetery. Resting in the
care of Ascot Funeral
Home, 22 Russell Street,
Westport. Phone (03)
Passed away peacefully
after a long battle at
Reefton Hospital on
May 23, 2017. Dearly
friend of Judi (nee
Loughnan), much loved
father (best mate) and
father-in-law of Dion,
and Aaron and Emily,
cherished grandad of
Zara, Sophie, Ella, and
Ivy, and a loved brother,
cousin and friend of
many. Messages to 5
Mace Street, Reefton
7830. Flowers respect-
fully declined, donations
to the Cancer Society
would be appreciated
and can be made at the
service or posted to PO
Box 81, Greymouth
7840. A service to
celebrate Jim's life will
be held in the Reefton
Workingmen's Club on
followed by cremation
here on the Coast at the
Phone (03) 768 0250
BROOKES, Roger. —
Aged 68. Son of the late
Ralph and Pamela,
Monday May 22, doing
what he loved, working
on his beloved farm in
the company of friends.
Kathryn, father of Ming
and Dawn, stepfather of
Chip, brother of Lesley
and brother-in-law of
Budyong, grandfather of
Jordan and Antonio, and
uncle of Sam, Toro and
Amand. Deeply missed
by extended family and
friends worldwide. A
celebration of his life
will be held at 2pm,
Saturday May 27, at the
Barrytown Hall. Please
bring finger food to
share. On Sunday May
28, 1pm, there will be a
lunch at the Fox River
Teen hands himself in
after harbour crash
A 17-year-old Westport boy
handed himself into police yesterday
following a spectacular crash in the
Floating Basin at the harbour early on
Sunday. He was one of three people
in a car which vaulted a rockwall near
the end of Palmerston Street and
landed in the water, narrowly missing
fishing boats tied up nearby. Police
said he had been charged as a result.
national park addition
Forest and Bird says it is hard
to understand why adding the
upper Mokihinui Valley to the
Kahurangi National Park is taking
so long. Yesterday marked the fifth
anniversary since Meridian Energy
abandoned plans for a massive hydro
scheme on the Mokihinui River.
Forest and Bird chief executive Kevin
Hague said the conser vation values
of the Mokihinui were outstanding
and “the case for incorporation into
Kahurangi is compelling”. “It’s hard
to understand what can be taking
so much time, unless perhaps the
Government has plans for another
‘get rich quick’ scheme national park
status would get in the way of,” Mr
No buyer found yet
for Holcim site
Almost a year after Holcim closed
its Cape Foulwind cement plant,
there is no word on a potential
purchaser of the site. The factory — at
the time, the second biggest employer
in Westport — closed last June after
58 years. It was reported in January
that Holcim was in confidential
negotiations with prospective buyers
for the site. “Holcim has no further
information on the sale of the
Westport land holdings and we will
advise should this position change,”
the company said this morning.
The assets comprise about 500ha of
land, including 200ha of farmland.
Expressions of interest closed last
Arrivals: Nil. Departures: Galatea
II. In port: Cook Canyon, Har vester,
Sovereign, 19 Greymouth vessels.
Expected arrivals: Moon Shadow,
Ocean Odyssey, tomorrow.
Leanne Menzies, of Cobden, was
convicted and remanded on bail for
sentencing on August 24 when she
admitted charges of drink-driving, assault,
assaulting police, possession of cannabis
and a pipe.
The Greymouth District Court heard that
on March 26, Menzies was asked to leave
the Greymouth Workingmen’s Club by the
bar manager as she was very intoxicated.
Menzies pushed the bar manager, who fell
to the ground and was then kicked.
Menzies was wrestled away by patrons
until police arrived. She refused to let police
handcuff her and pushed a police constable.
At the police station, 1.6g of cannabis was
found in Menzies’s handbag, along with a
Menzies has since apologised to the
police constable and has referred herself for
Judge Gary MacAskill ordered Menzies
not to associate with the victim.
As a condition of her bail she is not to
A Runanga man who stole a car from
outside Cobden Takeaways on January 17
was yesterday sentenced to 120 hours of
Quaide Amtman, 24, was also placed
onsuper vision for 12 months and ordered
to undertake alcohol and drug counselling.
The vehicle Amtman took had been left
running outside the shop while the owner
went inside to buy a newspaper. Amtman
hopped in and drove off. Members of the
public who witnessed the theft gave chase,
so he pulled over and fled on foot.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Amtman
“tells me with some pride that he is no
A warrant was issued for the arrest of
Tawake Matenga, who failed to appear for
breaching the whitebait regulations and
obstructing a warranted officer.
Warrants were also issued for Anthony
Mani De Malmanche, who failed to appear
on a drink-driving charge, and James
Robert Castlehouse, who did not turn up
to answer two theft charges.
An arrest warrant was also issued for
Thomas David Knight, who failed to
appear on charges of receiving property and
Ashley Marie Van der Krogt pleaded
not guilty to causing injury with intent
to commit grievous bodily harm. She was
remanded for case review on July 24.
Tyler James Plant was convicted and fined
$300 after he pleaded guilty by letter, for
failing to comply as an unlicensed driver.
Kim Marie Alexander was disqualified
from driving and fined $600 for two
charges of careless driving.
Alexander drove a vehicle towards a
person on the forecourt of the Z ser vice
station, in Greymouth on March 17.
She was yesterday ordered to pay
reparation of $279 for damage caused to
a deer fence after a second incident on
Taylorville Road, on December 8.
Drunk woman assaulted
bar manager and policeman
Siu Brown, of Runanga, admitted
assault with intent to injure a man when
he appeared in the Greymouth District
During the April 4 assault, Brown
grabbed his victim by the scruff of the
neck and punched him several times.
When the victim’s partner placed
herself in between Brown and the victim,
Brown picked up a small bookcase and
broke it over the victim’s head, causing
head injuries and concussion.
Brown was remanded for sentencing on
Aden Lee Prendergast admitted driving
with excess breath-alcohol on May 10.
Prendergast blew a very high 1700mg
when he was pulled over in High Street,
Prosecutor sergeant Wayne Thompson
said Prendergast admitted he had eight
drinks, and had been caught red-handed.
Judge Gary MacAskill remanded
Prendergast until August 24.
Ethan Campbell admitted disorderly
behaviour, but denied two charges of
assaulting a police officer.
Campbell was remanded until July 24
for a case review.
Former Buller County
Council chairman dies
of the Hokitika Guardian
Two horses on the loose were killed
in a horrific crash on the outskirts of
Hokitika early yesterday.
Police say a local driver did not see the
animals until the impact, which threw
one horse up and over his four-wheel-
drive, while the other was pushed for
about 70m under the front of the vehicle.
Constable Shane Allan, of Hokitika
police, said both horses were severely
injured in the impact and dead when he
arrived about 5.20am.
The driver, the sole occupant of the car,
was not injured.
“The horse crushed the passenger side
of the roof but the driver was unhurt,”
Mr Allan said.
The crash happened near the glow-
worm dell on State highway 6. The road
was closed for a time while the scene was
cleared and machinery was brought in to
remove the carcases.
Mr Allan said the owner had been
spoken to and was understandably upset
but concerned for the driver.
He said it was a timely reminder
to check that stock fences were well
maintained and secured, especially near
road killed in
Another piece of Greymouth history
has been consigned to dust with the
demolition of what was for many years the
Greymouth Pensioners Rooms and the
adjoining former Hogg and McGirr dry
cleaners, in Boundary Street.
The site also used to house a Chinese
fruiterer and about the 1930s was
a restaurant run by Archie Mundy.
Intemann’s Restaurant and Takeaways was
The Greymouth Pensioners Rooms were
sold to the Greymouth Elim congregation
Elim vacated the building about a year
ago after it failed to meet the new seismic
Pastor Glaudie Lawrence said it was with
“mixed feelings” that they had vacated
because while they had to face reality
about the site no longer being safe, it
was also a place which held many happy
memories for the congregation.
The church had organised the
“ It was earthquake prone and our head
office advised us to vacate because of
liability,” Mrs Lawrence said.
The Elim group, with about 80 members,
had found a temporary home at the new
Greymouth Municipal Band Hall and was
happy there, she said.
“ In the future we hope to rebuild. I don’t
know how and where.”
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
A contractor chips into rubble on the site of the former Elim Church hall in Greymouth yesterday.
Another piece of Greymouth history demolished
A Hokitika man who has not long been
released from jail was told in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday he was being given
a chance to “make good” but if that failed he
would be returned to jail.
Elton James Williams admitted three
charges of intent to obtain property
dishonestly using a ANZ paywave credit
On April 18, Williams found a credit card
after the victim’s wallet had been stolen. He
then used it to buy alcohol and tobacco, and
then went down to the beach with his partner
and drank all the alcohol.
Police located Williams the next day. He
told them he thought it was his lucky day
when he found the card.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Williams
regretted the theft.
“He is embarrassed and did not think
through the consequences and expressed
remorse,” Mr Bodle said.
Judge Gary MacAskill said it was not a
good idea to fall back into an offending mode
— I will send you back to jail. You are being a
given a chance to make good.”
Williams was convicted and sentenced to
100 hours of community work and ordered
to pay reparation of $66 for the alcohol and
A German tourist who crashed into the back
of a car on State highway 6 near Hokitika last
Friday admitted driving causing injury.
Julia Homberg, who is on a working holiday
in New Zealand, did not see the car in front
of her after it had pulled to the centre line to
make a right-hand turn.
By the time Homberg saw the vehicle, she
braked and skidded, crashing head-on with
another car. The driver of that car received
a broken arm, a deep laceration to his neck
and whiplash. He was initially treated at
Grey Base Hospital before being flown to
Christchurch for surgery.
Judge MacAskill said he was unable to
move the case along until reparation had
been finalised. The case was adjourned until
June 20 and Homberg was remanded.
Troy Kurt Tauwhare, 27, of Hokitika,
admitted driving with an excess breath-
alcohol level of 803mg, on April 30.
Tauwhare was stopped by police in
Fitzherbert Street just after 1.30am and
when he failed the random roadside breath-
test he told police he knew he was over the
Lawyer Doug Taffs said it was Tauwhare’s
first drink-driving issue.
“He accepted that he should not have been
behind the wheel.”
Judge MacAskill told Tauwhare he was
twice the legal limit.
“ You should be aware that people die
because of drink-drivers.”
Tauwhare was convicted and fined $1000,
and disqualified from driving for eight
Izayar McLaren, of Hokitika, was remanded
on bail until July 11 without plea when he
appeared of charges of possession of an
offensive weapon, assault, drink-driving and
driving while disqualified.
Man given a chance to
‘make good’ or face jail
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