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A trial began in the Greymouth District
Court yesterday of a young man accused of
supplying alcohol that contributed to the
death of a Hokitika teenager while partying
at Lake Kaniere in February 2016.
The defendant, who has interim name
suppression, has denied a charge of
supplying liquor to a person under-18,
namely Mitchell Heward, a 17-year-old
farm worker, who died on February 13. The
trial is before a judge only.
The defendant was jointly charged with
Brendon Perrin, who the court was told
had been dealt with previously after Perrin
admitted his part in the offending.
Johnstone said the defendant produced and
filled a beer ‘bong’, which Mr Heward drank
The court was told the defendant also gave
Mr Heward straight vodka and told him to
Prosecution witness Jayden Quaife, 18,
from Dobson, said he met up at Perrin’s
place in Hokitika, where they packed up
couches and headed to the lake.
“ We were meant to be camping and having
a quiet drink,” Mr Quaife said.
They arrived between 2pm and 3pm. There
was no alcohol there, but “Brendon had
a bottle of vodka and he had a glass of it
before we left for the lake”.
The defendant, Mr Heward and Perrin
then drove back into Hokitika to get food,
returning with a couple of boxes of Corona
beers and some liqueur.
Mr Quaife said everyone was drinking
“ Mitchell was drinking his Coronas
quickly and had a couple of beer bongs.”
The witness said he was sure it was either
the defendant or Beau Trounson, who was
also among the group, who took the beer
bong to the lake. He could not remember
if the defendant or Mr Trounson had drunk
from the bong, but said he believed Mr
Trounson had helped Mr Heward to do so.
At one stage he took Mr Heward to nearby
Dorothy Falls because he was “quite drunk,
so he could walk it off ”.
Mr Heward was “all over the place”.
Mr Quaife left the campsite for a while
and when he returned, “Mitchell was on the
ground and was purple”.
During the drinking session some of those
present were egging him on and calling him
a pussy and telling him to have another
“ He was buggered.”
Mr Quaife, who had known Mr Heward
since he was five, said Mr Heward was not
a drinker. That day was the first time he had
had a good drink.
“He had a few drinks on the farm with his
dad every so often, but he never really got
The witness said he saw either the
defendant or Mr Trounson give Mr Heward
However, after re-reading the statement he
gave police at the time, he said it was the
defendant who gave him the vodka.
The defendant had cut his hand while
trying to open a bottle of alcohol, and he
went to get some bandages, and when he
returned Mr Heward was not breathing.
Mr Quaife said he started administering
CPR, then Mr Perrin took over while he
rushed to summon an ambulance.
Cross-examined by lawyer Marcus Zintl,
representing the defendant, Mr Quaife said
he drove the three men back to Hokitika
and he was aware that Mr Heward withdrew
money to give to Mr Perrin to buy alcohol.
He agreed with Mr Zintl that it could have
been someone else, not the defendant, who
gave the vodka.
He also said that Mr Perrin had hidden the
bottle of vodka so no one else could drink it.
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Some of the young dancers from M J Dance Academy take part in their Enchanted Forest production, which will be presented on
stage at the Regent Theatre on Sunday, July 2 — Sophie Molloy, left, Megan Coates and Ellie Brown; in black, Sophie Milligan,
Bailee Caddle and Harriet Boddy with Jemma Russ on the floor and Beckham Caddle, in white, Yasmin Haddock, Abbie Mason,
Eva Gaulter, and in front Indie Keown. Eighty-three students are involved in the production. “ They are all working incredibly hard
to put on the large scale show with a beautiful stor yline and massive props,” dance instructor Melissa Caddle said. “ We really want to
present something special to the Greymouth public when it ’s wintry and not much else going on — they are such amazing kids.”
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Academy’s young dancers prepare for production
Footage shows bodies intact
inside Pike River Mine
Several bodies can been seen intact in new
footage from inside the Pike River Mine, the
wife of one of the disaster’s victims says.
Anna Osborne, whose husband Milton was
one of the 29 men killed in the explosive 2010
underground coalmine disaster says she had
seen as many as six bodies in footage families
were going through.
“There are a number of bodies, we’re talking
probably four, five, six at the moment, we’re still
going through footage, but at the request of the
families at this stage we’re not going to release
those,” she told Three’s AM Show.
“There are definitely loved ones’ bodies fully
She said the footage backed a call by families
to re-enter the mine.
It follows the release of footage on Sunday
showing glasses and paper intact in the mine’s
“New Zealand has been told there’s nothing
but ashes and dust down there, they ’ve been
told that the drift can’t be made safe to enter
and investigate,” victim Ben Rockhouse’s
mother, Sonya, said.
“That ’s just not true, my boy is down there
and if pallets and paper are intact then so is his
But Mr English yesterday said there was
nothing new about the footage and that it had
been been around for years.
He has previously ruled out re-entry, relying
on expert advice that it is too risky to go into
the potentially explosive methane-filled drift.
Solid Energy estimates that unmanned re-
entry of Pike River Mine drift by a robot is at
least three or four months away.
Chief executive Tony King said the robot
selected as the preferred option for re-entry
was based on a stock item but with protective
coverings removed to allow it to fit down a
“ It will need to be built to a modified state,
with all aluminium removed and replaced with
other metals,” he said.”If technically feasible
a real-time gas monitor would be installed
so that gas conditions in the mine could be
monitored by the robot.
“It is estimated that completing the
necessary robot modification and planning
and preparation of boreholes will require at
least three to four months once the re-entry
plan is signed off.”
Commenting on video footage shot from a
borehole at the far end of the mine, Mr King
says that video footage from inside the mine
does not in any way contradict the company ’s
decision that manned entry is not safe. The
project team working on the unmanned
exploration had identified a preferred option
capable of going down a borehole, unfolding
and then moving around.
“This follows two major meetings with
government agencies, technical experts and
an advisor to the Pike families, to scope out
options and develop the exploration plan. ”
The process was necessarily time-consuming,
“There are already four abandoned robots
in the mine — we need to ensure that any
future unmanned exploration is conducted
with the right technology to get the job done
The option currently being considered was
to drill a new borehole in an unexplored part
the drift to maximise the area of unexplored
drift that the robot could cover.
Up to 200m of unexplored drift could be
covered with one borehole, which would be a
major step for ward, he said.
— New Zealand Herald
Unmanned Pike drift re-entry
three or four months away
Talks with the Department of
Conser vation on how to protect
parts of the Denniston Plateau
and smooth the way for mining
other areas, have been ongoing
for 14 months, papers released
under the Official Information
discussed ways to car ve up the
plateau in late 2013, during
the furore over the Bathurst
Forest and Bird revealed in
May that discussions were
again under way, with the
Government promising public
The Greymouth Star requested
the papers under the OIA. They
were released yesterday after a
The papers show DOC raised
serious concerns, and that more
than 50 meetings have been
Many briefing papers
and aide memoires were
withheld, or withheld in part
by Conser vation Minister
Maggie Barry’s office, including
documents titled DOC’s
preferred position, conser vation
implications, proposition for
the Buller Plateau, and Buller
presentation to ministers.
The first paper released, dated
October last year, is from Marie
Long at DOC to the minister.
Ms Long says the plateau is
home to unique and valuable
“These are nationally and
They occur nowhere else in the
The Denniston and Stockton
essential for the ongoing
sur vival of the South Island
fernbird, giant patrickensis
snails, and the West Coast
green gecko. Once gone, the
values could not be replicated.
However, it says officials
from DOC, Ministry of
Enterprise, Treasury and Linz
“ understand that there is room
for compromise between good
conser vation and economic
A target of 60% representation
should be used as this would
“enable most species and
communities to persist ”.
The second paper released,
dated February, reveals the
Te Kuha mine consent was
changed in December from
tier two to tier one, something
DOC was not initially aware
of. That means the Minister of
Conser vation and Minister of
Energy and Resources jointly
make a decision.
DOC talks over Denniston
Plateau protection ongoing
Scenicland Preschool and Nursery
says it is moving quickly to deal with
asbestos at the Nelson Street facility.
The asbestos — found in many
buildings — does not pose a significant
Parents have received letters saying
the owners are addressing it urgently
with immediate repair work as early
as this Saturday, closing the preschool
through to the following Wednesday.
One parent told the Greymouth Star
the asbestos had been found in the
toddler room. The letter to parents
says the toddler room and adjoining
sleep room have now been temporarily
Grey District Council engineer Kurtis
Perrin-Smith said the McLeans Pit
landfill was able to take low grade
Just last week, Betta Inspect It
property inspector for the West
Coast, Daniel Schumacher, said rental
property owners were now responsible
for identifying and dealing with
asbestos in tenanted homes.
“Property owners need to make tenants
aware if the house has asbestos and what
state it is in. In most instances, it can be
in a good state but wear and tear needs
to be monitored.”
Eight out of 10 houses built pre-mid
1980s had asbestos, Mr Schumacher
Preschool moving quickly
to deal with asbestos
A radio-tagged mako shark has
been plotted cruising close to West
Coast shores, and this morning was
tracked about 8km or 10km off
Nova South-eastern University, a
private non-profit university based in
Florida, tracks sharks around the world,
including the New Zealand species
It works with Niwa and the Ministry
of Primary Industries.
Its website shows a mako it has named
‘Red October’ has been swimming up
and down the West Coast this month.
Although the sharks are common
here, it is apparently rare for them to
come close inshore.
Department of Conservation marine
specialist Don Neale, of Hokitika, said
the tracked shark had “been straight off
Hokitika, Greymouth and Franz Josef
in the past week or so (in the general
area of the West Coast winter trawl
fishery for hoki)”.
“There’s some great shark research like
this going on round the place lately. We
had a tagged white pointer shark head
down this way a few months ago, too,”
Mr Neale said.
The shortfin mako has been recorded
swimming at speeds of about 100kph.
You can track ‘Red October’ at www.
Radio-tagged mako shark
cruising close to Coast shores
Heavy rain is expected south
of the glaciers tomorrow.
A slow-moving front
Tasman Sea is expected over
southern Westland tomorrow
afternoon, while a second
the south moves over
The Metservice says the
heaviest falls are likely south of
the glaciers, where 100-120mm
of rain may accumulate in a 15-
Euchre and 45s have
been on the cards
at the Greymouth
Workingmen’s Club over
the past two weekends.
In a euchre tournament
against Waimea Club last
weekend two pairs shared
first spot, Ollie Reid
and Peter Wishnowski
and Lex Blair and Peter
Hacket, each with 22
points. Colleen Freitas
and Barbara Collett were
third with 19 points.
Last weekend, the club
hosted a 45s tournament
with nine pairs entered.
Five pairs qualified, won
by Barbara Collett and
Lex Blair, followed by
Lois Meldrum and Diane
Craig. The consulate plate
event was won by John
Craig and Trish O’Regan,
followed by Maureen
Anderson and Mary
Greymouth WMC hosts
45s and euchre tournaments
Arrivals; Resolution II,
Galatea II. Departures:
Corsair, Resolution II.
In port: Cook Canyon,
Galatea II, Claymore.
Heavy rain south of the glaciers tomorrow
Police are treating the death of
a Tirau grandmother in a house
fire as homicide.
Nearly two months after
Roma Midwood’s body was
found inside her home police
have announced that the fire
was deliberately lit.
This morning Waikato
detective senior sergeant Matt
Cranshaw said her violent
death was shocking, and her
family was devastated.
Midwood was found inside
her badly damaged Little Street
home after fire raced through
the property in the early hours
of May 1.
Neighbours reported hearing
thumping noises and seeing two
men leaving the property before
the house erupted into flames.
At least one of the men was
seen leaving the quiet residential
street in a silver car similar to a
Efforts were made to get the
59-year-old, who lived alone,
out of her home but fierce
flames prevented anyone getting
inside the wooden house.
— NZ ME -Rotorua Daily Post
Police treat fire death as homicide
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