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Margaret Gibbens, from Cobden,
will be rocking to Queen: It’s a
Kinda Magic tribute show, on stage
at the Regent Theatre on Monday
night. She won the double ticket in
the Greymouth Star ticket giveaway.
The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets
Congratulations to Lynne Comis,
Barbara Beckford, Carole McLeod,
Carol Cornall and Beryl Hawker
who have all won the May edition
of New Zealand Gardener, courtesy
of the Greymouth Star monthly
garden page prize draw.
West Coast fastest
The latest monthly tourism spend
figures today show the fastest
growing region was again the West
Coast, which increased 12% over
the year to April 2017 to $524
million, followed by Nelson which
was up 10%. Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment acting
manager of sector trends Ben
Wallace said international visitors
spent $311 million in the year
to April. “ When it comes to the
monthly expenditure, tourism
spend in West Coast for April
2017 is up 28% compared with
Arrivals: Nil. Departures: Nil.
In port: Cook Canyon, Har vester,
Sovereign, 19 Greymouth vessels.
Expected departures: Nil. Expected
arrivals: Galatea II, Monday; Moon
Wildfoods makes a profit
Stop smoking ser vice Oranga Ha
Tai Poutini has encouraged West
Coast smokers to join thousands of
others around the world and become
smokefree on World Smokefree Day,
Team leader Claire Robertson said
they wanted to help as many West Coast
residents as possible to quit.
“ World Smokefree Day is about
encouraging and supporting friends,
families and whanau across New Zealand
to quit. It ’s the perfect time to quit for
Everyone who signs up to start their
smokefree journey by May 31, and who
is smokefree for one month, will go into
the draw to win one of five $100 New
Since it was established late last year,
nearly 200 West Coast residents have
approached Oranga Ha — Tai Poutini
about becoming smokefree.
phone 0800 456 121.
of the Hokitika Guardian
Despite drawing a smaller crowd this year,
the Wildfoods Festival has still turned a
profit for the Westland District Council.
Up until last year the festival incurred
losses totalling more than $170,000 over
Festival manager Ashley Cassin said the
2016 festival was the first to make a positive
return in recent years, on the back of a 7%
increase in ticket sales.
The 28th event this year, although marred
by rain, continued the positive financial
result from last year, Mr Cassin said.
“ With income of $351,486 paired against
expenses of $338,935, the bottom line
delivered an indicative surplus of $12,550
for the 2017 festival,” he says in a report to
“This represents two-thirds of the surplus
delivered in 2016.”
A financial report dating back to 2013
included in his report shows that $130,000
has been saved in running costs in the past
In 2013 the festival haemorrhaged $61,000
after expenses of $476,000. The following
year a deficit of $81,000 was posted, leading
to the budget being slashed for 2015, when
the festival was run for a reduced $291,800,
although that still returned a deficit of
Last year’s event cost $341,000 to stage
but returned $19,000.
“This positive result came on the back
of some big operational changes within
the festival which ensured a high quality
experience was delivered within the confines
of a tight expense budget,” Mr Cassin said.
“Part of the ongoing plan for the 2017
festival was to continue the trend in both
financial and ticketing areas in line with the
‘ bigger, better, wilder’ motto the festival had
Changes this year included the addition of
a comedy show on the Friday night, which
drew 170 people, as well as a concert one
month out, which drew 400 people to the
Hokitika beach, and the official after-party,
with 1176 revellers this year compared to
1270 last year.
Numbers at the festival itself were the
leanest since 2013, at 5888, down from 6620
last year and 7634 in 2014.
Mr Cassin said overall ticket sales were
adversely affected this time around by both
the weather forecast and the actual weather
over the weekend.
away May 25, 2015.
Two years have passed
away, but the longing to
hear your voice and see
your face is still so very
Dearly loved by
Mum, Dad, Toni, Aaron,
Thursday May 25
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
March 19, 1983 to May
In loving memory
Deep in our hearts your
memory we treasure,
Not a day goes by Brad
without wishing we were
To hear your voice and
These are things we can
A life lived with so much
love never really ends,
But goes on forever in
the hearts of all your
loving family and
“Missing you Brad”
Love always Mum,
Sahrae, Troy and Mylah
De GOLDI, Brad.
Tragically taken May
You will always be loved
Grandad Brown and
Ashley (Jim). — Passed
away on May 23, 2017.
Dearly loved son of the
late George and Ruby
Dawson, loved brother
and brother-in-law of
George (deceased) and
Margaret, Arthur and
Helen, Stan and Ruth
(deceased), Colleen and
Colin (deceased), Clark
(deceased), Karen and
Frank, and a loved uncle
and great-uncle of all his
nieces and nephews.
Marjorie. — Peacefully
on Tuesday May 23,
2017, at Christchurch
Hospital, aged 90 years.
Loved wife of the late
John Gilbert (Gil), loved
mother and mother-in-
law of Ann and John,
Russell and Alison, and
loved mother-in-law of
Gayle, special mum of
Erina, loved grandma of
Anna, David, Melissa,
Ari, Hayley, Jason,
Amanda, and Bradley,
loved great-grandma of
Nicholas, Jaydin, Troy,
Savanna and Calais.
Special thanks to all the
staff at George Manning
Rest Home for their
loving care and support.
addressed to the Robin-
son Family, C/- 19
London Street, Christ-
church 8013. A funeral
service to celebrate the
life of Betty will be
held in the John Rhind
Chapel, entrance from
London and Whitmore
Streets, Christchurch, on
Saturday May 27 at
10am, followed by inter-
ment at Ruru Lawn
Ashley (Jim). — Passed
away surrounded by his
loving family, on May
23, 2017. Dearly loved
husband of Pam, father
and father-in-law of Sue
and Steve, Pam and
Mike, Sharon and Pete,
Toni and Paul, and
Dean. Dearly loved
grandad (Dancey) of
Hayden, Leigh and
Amelia, Taylor and
Mitchell, Sam and Bree,
Sarah, Ben and Steph,
Mathew, Alesia and
Craig, Sarah and Simon,
Brendan, and great-
grandad Jim of Billy,
Ruby, Parker, Jaxson,
Luca, Natalie and Ollie.
Many thanks to the staff
at Anthony Wilding for
addressed to the Family
of the late James
Dawson, C/- PO Box
8545. In lieu of flowers,
donations to the Special
Care Unit at Anthony
appreciated and can be
made at the service. A
celebration of Jim's life
will be held in our
Westpark Chapel, 467
Wairakei Road, Burn-
side, Christchurch, on
Saturday May 27, at
Hayward. Phone (03)
Greymouth library and museum ser vices manager Liz Burke with a few of the 2000 books on sale at the library’s ‘Book Sale
Extravaganza’, which started yesterday and runs until 12.30pm on Saturday. “ We’re making space for new stock and books are
priced to sell — most are 50c, some are $1, $2, or $3,” Ms Burke said. “ There is a range of children’s, young adult and adult books and
magazines for sale, with more books added to the display each day.”
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Greymouth library book sale underway
PICTURE: Christopher Stewart
Brent Connor from Road Markers New Zealand paints crocodile teeth on
Shakespeare Street, in Greymouth.
A new road safety initiative
has been taking shape outside
Greymouth High School this week.
In addition to red zone markers
being installed on three streets
adjacent to the school, white
‘crocodile teeth’ were being painted
on the road.
Road Markers New Zealand South
Island manager Brent Connor said
the crocodile teeth were a ‘first ’ for
the South Island, and if successful
they would be used nationwide.
They are designed to funnel traffic
into the safety zone and slow traffic
Crocodile teeth painted outside school
The Chinese deputy consul general to New Zealand met with Tourism West Coast
yesterday to discuss the importance of Chinese visitors to the region, plus potential
investment opportunities for hotels — Yu Gang consul, left, Gong Chunsen deputy consul
general, Kelly McLeod from Tourism West Coast, and Gina Ashworth and Alice He from
the Greymouth iSite.
Chinese consul general meets with Tourism WC
A plea from Jordan Beams’ lawyer to
have him released on bail fell on deaf
ears in the Greymouth District Court
Beams has been in custody since his
arrest at the weekend for breaching his
Lawyer George Linder asked if
Judge Gary MacAskill would entertain
allowing Beams out on bail.
“He has been refused bail before
because of breaches,” Judge MacAskill
Beams admitted two new charges,
one of resisting police and another of
He is also set to appear for a judge
alone trial on July 25 on charges
f drink-driving and driving while
He was to be sentenced on June 22 for
a breach of community work.
Mr Linder said Beams admitted he
had an alcohol problem and wants
to get some counselling to remedy
he does get bail I have
suggested to him he heads directly to
Grey Base Hospital to get some
Judge MacAskill said the breach was
Beams’ fourth and he was not prepared
to grant him bail.
“The risk is too high of you
he said, remanding
him in custody on all charges to
A Haast man was convicted in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday on
two charges of breaching the West Coast
Whitebait Fishing Regulations, on October
20 and again on November 13.
Alexander John Braddock, 26, also admitted
obstructing a warranted officer.
On October 20 Department
Conservation rangers were undertaking
patrols and saw Braddock’s net had been left
unattended. When he was spoken to by the
ranger, Braddock verbally abused him and
raised his fist.
When the ranger told Braddock to release
the whitebait in the net, amounting to
between 24kg and 30kg, Braddock became
enraged, but he eventually complied.
From the dock yesterday, Braddock
apologised to DOC for his behaviour and
to the court for wasting its time. He was
convicted and fined $2000.
Floyd Newham, of Hokitika, admitted
cultivating cannabis and possession of
cannabis, on April 11. He was initially
charged jointly on the possession offence,
however police withdrew that charge and
another of possession of a pipe.
Police executed a search warrant on
Newham’s Sale Street address on April 11,
uncovering a cannabis plant in a caravan
on the property along with 13g of cannabis
Inside, police found 10.4g of cannabis leaf
and a pipe.
Newham told police he had tried to grow a
plant in the backyard and had transferred it
to the caravan, saying he was not a cannabis
Representing himself in court yesterday,
Newham said he had nothing to say except
that he was guilty.
Judge Gary MacAskill said it was a pretty
unsuccessful growing attempt.
Newham was convicted and fined $550.
Shayna Faith Lennane-Henry admitted
behaving in a disorderly manner in Ross, on
Lennane-Henry was with two other people
when the car they were travelling in crashed
into a fence. The police were called and the
car occupants took off down the road.
Lennane-Henry returned to the property
and attempted to throw a rock through
a window of the house. She also told the
homeowners she was going to burn their
house down and started shouting at the
When police apprehended her she would
not comment on the incident.
Lawyer Doug Taffs said Lennane-Henry
had been out drinking with friends when the
incident unravelled and has since said she
should not have got involved.
“The defendant is ashamed of acting like
such a fool,” Mr Taffs said.
Lennane-Henry was convicted and fined
Hayden James Douglas admitted disorderly
behaviour on May 8.
Police had been called to a house in Ross
after Douglas had approached a house with a
bottle in his hand and yelling abuse.
Lawyer George Linder said Douglas did
not know why the police had asked him to
put the bottle down.
“This just got out of hand,’’ Mr Linder said
Douglas had no previous convictions, and
was convicted and fined $350.
Hokitika man Jay William Haika was
excused from his non-appearance in court as
he was in custody in Christchurch.
Haika was due to appear in the Greymouth
court on charges of disorderly behaviour, and
possessing an offensive weapon.
New charges have since been added and
Haika was arrested and put in custody. He
will appear in the Christchurch District
Court on June 1.
Whitebait Fishing Regulations breach conviction
Kaniere residents face flood protection rates increase
of the Hokitika Guardian
Kaniere property owners face additional
rates bills for the next 20 years to
pay for necessary flood protection
The West Coast Regional Council says
due to continuing erosion upstream of
existing groynes near the Kaniere Bridge
remedial works costing $200,000 are needed
to build a 200m rock wall along the north
bank boundaries of currently unprotected
In its draft annual plan, now out for
consultation, the regional council proposes
to use $70,000 from the existing Kaniere
rating district balance and borrow $130,000
payable over 20 years — to fund the
The council estimates annual payments of
just over $10,000 would be required, rated
on land value.
The document does not give an exact
breakdown for individual properties but says
the new capital works would also require an
increase in annual maintenance costs from
Meanwhile, Neils Beach residents will be
rated this year to cover $21,200 of erosion
works already completed with the creation
of a coastal bund to protect properties from
An additional maintenance rate of $3950
will also be levied to ensure funds are
available for any future maintenance work.
Submissions to the draft annual plan close
on Friday, June 23. A hearing is scheduled
for June 27.
Plea for bail falls
on deaf ears
PICTURE: Tourism West Coast
A jury took just 15 minutes today to deliver a
not guilty verdict to a Runanga man who was
alleged to have rammed his car into another
vehicle five times before crashing into the
driver’s side door, at the Cobden Bridge last year.
The trial of Jason Christopher Fauth concluded
in the Greymouth District Court today.
Fauth denied intent to cause grievous bodily
harm, and injuring with intent.
Prosecutor Mitchell McClenaghan said in
opening the trial on Tuesday that two victims
had received multiple injuries as a result of the
incident, one of them ending up in Christchurch
About 2am on June 20 last year, the victim and
his passenger in a Subaru L egacy had dropped
off a friend in Runanga.
“The defendant saw the two men and followed
them in his Toyota Hilux from South Street
Runanga and along State highway 6 for a
distance of 7km,’’ Mr McClenaghan said.
“After chasing them down he accelerated
heavily and rammed into them five times, at the
north side of the Cobden Bridge. The Subaru
drove off towards Bright Street and executed a
three-point turn in an attempt to get away, but
was in a compromised position.
“The defendant drove past and did a u-turn
at Kells Hotel, and drove back in the direction
of the Subaru. As the passenger tried to get
out of the vehicle, the defendant drove into
the passenger side of the vehicle with extra
Fauth was interviewed by police and admitted
driving the Hilux, saying he intended to tell the
passenger to leave his partner alone.
Defence lawyer Marcus Zintl said it was not in
dispute that Fauth was driving the Toyota when
it crashed into the other vehicle, but he disputed
that he intended to cause serious harm.
The crash was accidental, Mr Zintl said.
Fauth’s state of mind was the key to the trial,
his lawyer said.
Summing up today, Judge David Saunders said
in both charges the jury had to be sure Fauth
intended to cause serious harm.
From Kells Hotel in the 50m in his line of
sight, did he make the decision to cause serious
harm, or did he brake and avoid the accident?
As a result of the incident, the passenger of
the Subaru suffered cuts to the hand, elbow and
head, a fractured rib and a tear to the kidney. He
was transferred to Christchurch Hospital after
receiving treatment at Grey Base Hospital.
Not guilty verdict in
car ramming case
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