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The Greymouth Star reported
yesterday that the Grey District
Council had approved 50% student
membership discounts to the
Westland Recreation Centre. The
correct figure is 20%.
Results of this week’s Greymouth
Bridge Club’s competitions were.
— Wednesday : Naomi Kirwan
and Ian Anderson 75% 1, Nancy
Prangnell and Tina Fernando
65% 2. Thursday : Michelle Gunn
and Ash Hamilton 60% 1, Tina
Fernando and Paul Holt 57.3%
2, Nancy Prangnell and Naomi
Kirwan 53.8% 3 .
Arrivals: Nil. Departures: Nil.
In port: Cook Canyon, Har vester,
Sovereign, 20 Greymouth vessels.
Expected departures: Nil. Expected
arrivals: Moon Shadow, Galatea II,
(Opposite Dixon Park)
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Greymouth High School Year 13 geography students have been in Golden Bay and Farewell Spit this week conducting research and learning about those environments. Here they celebrate a hard day’s research at
Wharariki Beach, near Farewell Spit.
Greymouth High students celebrate after day of research
A Nelson man was yesterday jailed for
nine months for unlawful possession of a
firearm, theft of the firearm and theft from
Kahn Pahl had a Blaketown address at the
time of the offending, in January, and has
been in custody since February 7.
Pahl stole $300 cash from a car belonging
to two French visitors who were parked up
at the Blaketown beach.
The firearms offences arose when he
borrowed a rifle off someone to go hunting,
and then posted it for sale on Facebook,
selling it to someone in Hari Hari.
At the time, Pahl said he needed the
money to put food on the table.
Judge Gary MasAskill said Pahl had an
extensive list of dishonesty offending.
“The probation report notes there are 22
offences for dishonesty — this is appalling.
You have had 53 convictions since 2012 of
theft and burglary and the risk of you re-
offending is high,” Judge MacAskill said in
A former Greymouth man now living in
North Canterbury was sentenced to 100
hours of community work and nine months’
super vision for theft.
Thomas O’Brien had previously admitted
in the Greymouth District Court stealing
cash and cigarettes valued at $369 from the
Lawyer George Linder said the probation
report recommended O’Brien be sent to
prison, but he said as the offending was
“relatively minor” a sentence of community
work and reparation payment would be
Mr Linder said restorative justice was
looked into, however the hotel owners
declined to participate.
“Alcohol was an issue and O’Brien has a
few other issues as well, including gambling
and drug problems. ”
Judge Gary MacAskill said O’Brien had
been sentenced to 40 hours of community
work in January and had only done 14
hours of that sentence, “which is not very
Mr Linder said O’Brien was keen to re-
engage with Probation Ser vices in Rangiora
to complete the sentence.
He was also ordered to undertake an
assessment and counselling for drugs
and alcohol, and to complete a gambling
addiction programme. He was ordered to
pay the reparation within 14 days.
Steven James Austin, of Cobden, was
convicted and remanded on bail until he
makes reparation of $300 to the victim of a
deal on Trade Me.
Austin vacated his initial not guilty plea to
admit a charge of obtaining possession by
deception. He will reappear in court on June
13, once reparation is paid.
A Greymouth man was fined $600 for
Ward Magon had previously admitted
possession of cannabis and utensils used for
the smoking of methamphetamine (P).
Lawyer George Linder said because of
health reasons Ward was unable to undertake
community work, and the probation report
suggested he be given a fine.
Judge Gary MacAskill agreed to fine
Greymouth man David Joseph Cook was
sentenced to 21 weeks’ home detention on
charges of drink-driving and driving while
disqualified, on January 6.
Cook was caught behind the wheel of
his friend’s vehicle on Somerled Avenue,
Dunollie, and failed a breath-alcohol test,
Cook told police he had only driven about
100m down the road, however in court
yesterday he admitted he had probably
driven about 400 or 500m.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said the car had
been playing up and Cook was trying to fix
it when he saw a car come down the road, so
he decided to move it.
“ He did not know the vehicle coming
towards them was the police, and he
admitted driving it,” Mr Bodle said.
Judge Gary MacAskill said Cook was
a recidivist offender and had 23 prior
convictions. The latest offending occurred
while he was on release conditions.
Judge MacAskill said Probation Ser vices
had recommended community detention
and super vision, but he believed home
detention was more appropriate.
Cook was also disqualified indefinitely.
Jail for theft, firearm offences
A former Westport woman has
celebrated her 100th birthday.
Evelyn Archer, known as Eve, was
born in Westport on May 17, 1917. She
was one of eight children of the well-
known Menzies family. Her father was
Westport mayor for a number of years
and also ran the biggest transport and
cartage business in the district.
Eve married Gordon Archer, a Buller
farmer and engineer. The couple had
Eve enjoyed cooking and baking,
doing embroidery, knitting, crochet, and
writing stories to be used in plays and
writing poetry. She described herself
as “an amateur who wrote poetry as a
Some of her works were published
in a Red Cross magazine and a small
Westport magazine of poetry.
An active member of Red Cross, Eve
delivered meals on wheels for many
years. She used to tell her family: “ The
oldies look for ward to me bringing their
meals and having a chat.”
Most of them were younger than her.
Eve received a civic award in 1990 for
her ser vice to the community. She also
received a life membership from Red
Cross and a life membership for her
contribution to rural women.
She was an active member for the
Women’s Division of Federated
Farmers, especially her Carters Beach
branch. She would often be called to do
housekeeping for farmers’ wives who
had been in hospital or had come home
with a new baby.
In 2003 Eve moved from Westport,
where she lived all her life, to Tuahiwi
(between Woodend and Rangiora) to
live with her daughter and family. She
was outgoing and enjoyed attending
clubs in Rangiora and Kaiapoi.
In 2011, a series of strokes forced her
to go into the Shoshannim Rest Home
on her 94th birthday. Earlier this year
circumstances changed and she moved
to the Ballarat Care Home.
She keeps good health, has good
eyesight but not such sharp hearing.
Her response to turning 100?
“My goodness that is old. ”
— Westport News
Eve Archer cuts her 100th birthday cake.
Former Westpor t woman turns 100
Governor-General Patsy Reddy presented Blackball’s long-ser ving fireman
Frank McGuire with his Queen’s Ser vice Medal yesterday. The QSM was
awarded for services to the New Zealand Fire Ser vice as a member of the
Blackball Volunteer Fire Brigade for more than 50 years. Mr McGuire was
chief fire officer from 1989 until 1997. He finally stepped down after 51 and a
Blackball fireman receives QSM
Dillon Burgess was
conviction and ordered
to make an emotional
harm payment of $500
when he was sentenced in
the Greymouth District
Court yesterday for
Lawyer Alan Heward
said the complainant had
declined to take part in
the restorative justice
process, but Burgess was
“amenable” to drafting a
The assault occurred
at the Paroa Hotel in
December 2015 when
Burgess was attending a
work Christmas function.
“At least one person
from another group came
up to the defendant
and made some unfair
comments relating to the
death of the defendant’s
father,” Judge Raoul
A second person
approached Burgess and
had intended to apologise
for her colleague’s
misconstrued what was
going on and punched the
complainant, and she fell
to the ground.”
Burgess’s lawyer asked
the judge to consider
a discharge without
conviction, as Burgess,
nearly 20, had no previous
“Mr Heward said this
was your first appearance
and will probably be your
Judge Neave said
Burgess went “way
further” than was justified,
although he noted that
grief would have been
“ What you did was not
premeditated, was spur of
the moment and out of
The assault was at the
lower end of the scale and
was stirred up by others.
It was unfortunate the
complainant had borne
$500 emotional harm
payment ordered for assault
A Hokitika man was sentenced in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday
for illegally possessing a firearm,
wilful damage, assault and breaching
Brenton Roger White received 200
hours of community work and 12
months’ super vision.
White also admitted two new charges
of possession of cannabis and utensils on
Lawyer George Linder said White
was no longer in a relationship with the
victim of the assault.
“ He has found work and is trying to
rebuild his life,” Mr Linder said.
Police found the firearm when they
visited White’s house. It was propped up
at the back door without the magazine
or any ammunition.
Mr Linder said that as an electronically
monitored sentenced was not available
he suggested community work and
super vision were the options.
Judge Gary MacAskill said the
offending was at the lower end of the
As part of the super vision White
must undertake a managing violence
programme and relationship counselling.
Community work sentence after assault
Kim Pope, of Hokitika, was
sentenced to 30 weeks of home
detention after being found guilty
of his third or subsequent charge
of driving while disqualified.
Lawyer George Linder told
the Greymouth District Court
yesterday Pope expected the
sentence would be a significant
“His employer told him his job
would still be around when the
sentence was finished, and to his
credit he has been going back to
community work,” Mr Linder said.
When Pope was caught driving
in Hampden Street he told police
he knew he should not be driving
but his partner was tired.
Judge Gary MacAskill said that
was not a good enough excuse.
The judge noted that Pope’s
compliance with his community
work had been “abysmal”.
Pope had been sentenced to
150 hours of community work in
March last year and still out 102
hours of that sentence outstanding.
Judge MacAskill told Pope that
if community detention had not
been available he would have gone
to jail yesterday.
He was also disqualified from
driving for 15 months, from June
1, when his current disqualification
was due to expire.
of the Westport News
A motorist who biffed his car keys into the
bushes after crashing his car down a bank may
rue his fit of pique.
Retrieving the vehicle without keys will not
be easy, say police.
Emergency services were called to State
highway 6 on the Buller Gorge side of the
Westport crossroads on Wednesday afternoon.
They were alerted by a passerby who had seen
the car plunge down the bank then the driver
clamber out, hurl his keys away, and walk off.
Westport police sergeant Malcolm Lamont
said that when police arrived the man had
returned to his car and did not want to leave it.
After police opened the car door he got
out and was taken by ambulance to Buller
Hospital for a check-up. A blood sample had
Mr Lamont said the 27-year-old man
told them he was a tourist, but not from
He had been staying with friends in Reefton
and was heading to Greymouth when he went
off the road.
The car was still in the bushes yesterday
morning. It was the driver’s responsibility to
remove it, Mr Lamont said.
It would be difficult for a tow truck operator
to retrieve the vehicle without its keys,
Motorist threw keys away after crashing car
A young Hokitika man was
yesterday jailed for 10 months
on a variety of charges, including
the burglary of his de facto nana’s
house when he broke in and stole
$8 from a money jar.
Tyran Dixon was also sentenced
in the Greymouth District Court
for breach of community detention,
possession of cannabis and utensils,
and intentional damage.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said
Dixon, who was earlier found
guilty of the burglary after a
defended hearing, was not taking
responsibility for what he did.
“He accepts that prison is
inevitable and is coming to grips
with an addiction. He is remorseful
and apologetic,” Mr Bodle said.
He said Dixon breached the trust
of someone who was practically
“The defendant has been locked
up for four months and is coping
with being drug-free and has
become more insightful. Upon
his release he will head south to
Dunedin with the possibility of
taking up a shearing position.”
Henderson noted from the victim
impact statement the victim that
had Dixon asked for the money
she would have possibly given it to
Judge Gary MacAskill said the
burglary was a “miserable” thing to
do as the victim was considered a
He was ordered to pay reparation
of $560 for intentional damage
after he smashed a window while
being held in custody at the
A man with $45,000 in
outstanding fines had his bill
community work when he appeared
in the Greymouth District Court
Bradley Kahu had $10,000 of
fines converted to 200 hours of
community work and the balance
was suspended until a compliance
hearing was held.
Kahu was also ordered to pay
reparation at $30 a week to be
reviewed in six months.
Nathan Stanley Campbell was
given 100 hours in lieu of fines
amounting to just over $5000.
Judge Gary MacAskill said the
fines would not be remitted until
Campbell had completed the
A recent arrival to Greymouth
from the North Island, Candice
Anna May Smith, who brought
$12,000 in outstanding fines with
her, told the judge she could not do
community work because she had a
history of breaches.
Smith said she was about to pay
$10 a week to the courts, but Judge
MacAskill said that was enough.
Smith said should could not
afford to pay much more as she
had just moved to Greymouth and
was settling in and was only on a
She asked if she could have
fines remitted if she obtained her
restricted driver’s licence.
Judge MacAskill adjourned the
case until August 24 to allow
Smith time to get her restricted
licence, which may give her a small
remittance. He also ordered a
pre-sentence report as to whether
should could undertake community
work or was suitable for community
Young man breaks into nana’s house
Man has fines replaced with
Home D after third driving while
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