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No arrests yet over
No arrests have been made as a
result of the 10 windscreens smashed
in the Heaphy and Shakespeare
streets area last Thursday. Senior
sergeant Paul Watson of the
Greymouth police said they were
still collecting information from the
public about the identity of those
responsible but at this stage no one
had been positively identified and
arrested. Police had received some
information from a member of the
public on Saturday which was being
worked through in the course of the
ongoing inquiry into the incidents,
which all occurred sometime between
about 4pm and 8pm on Thursday.
“O ur inquiries are still ongoing.
We’re still welcoming information
from members of the public.” It was
believed those responsible used a
hatchet-like instrument to smash the
windscreen on the vehicles, with the
perpetrators travelling in a southerly
direction from Heaphy Street and
Police follow up
Police were today following up on
three arrest warrants issued yesterday
by the Greymouth District Court as a
result of people failing to show up.
Arrivals: Wendy J, Te Aroha, Tanea,
Corsair, Galatea II, Sarda. Departures:
Resolution II, Claymore, Ikawai.
In port: Cook Canyon, Harvester,
Sovereign, 19 Greymouth vessels.
Expected departures: Galatea II,
Corsair, Sarda. Expected arrivals:
Resolution II, Jay Elaine.
Man urged to ‘make
peace with his victim’
A man who threatened his Work and
Income case manager was urged in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday to
“make peace with his victim”.
Michael Francis Shaw was convicted of
making the threat and ordered to undergo
a restorative justice conference with the
Shaw said he was frustrated because he
had not been paid and demanded to know
He told his case manager at the Greymouth
Winz office that he would have to rob her
Judge Alistair Garland said Shaw should
get over his belligerence and make good,
in light of the tragic events which had
unfolded at the Ashburton Winz office.
“Given what we know about Ashburton
it would be good advice that you should do
some good,” Judge Garland said.
“There is a clear victim in this case, you
should attend a restorative justice meeting
with the case officer and apologise with
remorse and contrition. ”
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Shaw was
frustrated at the time but now realised the
threat was inappropriate.
It turned out Shaw had been paid by Winz
but he was unaware at the time because it
took five days to show in his account. He
now accepted the case manager was being
honest, Mr Bodle said.
Shaw was remanded for sentencing on
Bailey Philip Hynes, a new arrival to the
West Coast, settled a dispute for reparation
and was convicted of careless driving after
causing over $7000 in damage to a Toyota
His lawyer Richard Bodle said Hynes was
surprised at the panelbeater’s estimate of
$7166 for repairs.
Judge Garland noted the police had gone
to a lot of effort to get estimates, and the
replacement costs for similar vehicles.
“ I do not know a lot about panelbeaters
but some people might say it’s worse if it’s
going to lawyers,” the judge quipped.
Mr Bodle said Hynes accepted the amount
and was prepared to be sentenced, however
he would not be able to start paying a fine
immediately because he had recently moved
to the district and his job prospects as a
scaffolder were limited.
“ He hasn’t got a job and hasn’t got any
savings,” Mr Bodle said.
The judge told Hynes he would have to
drip-feed payments, but he could not stay in
limbo too long.
“ I will give some time to get sorted out
personally, then he will need to make
arrangements for reparations. It is important
because the victim does not have insurance.”
Overseas visitor Shemi Lui was convicted
and fined $450 for careless driving on
Lui could not explain why she lost control
of her vehicle, but she was inexperienced
driving on New Zealand roads.
Joshua David Pugh admitted drink-
driving, at Reefton on April 30.
Pugh was fined $575 and disqualified
from driving for the mandatory six months.
He had been at the Ikamatua Hotel after a
rugby game when he “took one for the team”
after the designated sober driver became
Judge Garland said it was a dumb decision.
“ When your mates chip in and help to pay
your fines, what is going to happen when
you can’t drive, are they all going to be on
tap? You have put yourself at risk, and have
put all your mates at risk. You don’t take one
for the team, you call somebody,” the judge
Andrew Townsend Millar admitted drink-
driving and was sentenced to 120 hours of
Millar was caught in Alexander Street,
Greymouth, on May 20. He blew 473mg.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Millar
thought he was under the limit and had
made a bad choice.
Mr Bradley said Millar was a sickness
beneficiary and was already paying fines at
$20 a week, and because he was awaiting
surgery he might not be able to do
Corrections probation officer James
Limmer said that while Millar had some
physical difficulties he might be able to do
community ser vice on light duties.
Hamish Robin was fined $750 and
disqualified from driving for one month
after he admitted driving at 160kph on
State highway 6, on March 23.
Wednesday June 21
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
(Hooky). — For Terry
'Hooky' Shadbolt the
original 'People Magnet',
we say our goodbyes
with love and a very real
appreciation for a big
From the Holman
family, Jill, Beth, Jeffrey
DEVINE, Jean Mary
(formerly Buist). — On
June 14, 2017, in Christ-
church; aged 76 years.
Much loved daughter of
the late Joseph and
Imelda Devine, beloved
sister and sister-in-law
of Patricia and Tasman
Shirley and Gerry Doran
(Auckland). Much loved
aunt and great-aunt of
all her nieces and
nephews. In lieu of
flowers, donations to
Mental Health Founda-
tion Christchurch would
be appreciated and may
be made at the service.
Messages to the Devine
Family, C/- PO Box
8443. The funeral
service for Jean will be
held in the Academy
Chapel, 65 Main South
Road, Upper Riccarton,
Christchurch, on Friday
June 23, at 1pm. Aca-
demy Funeral Services.
FDANZ. Phone (03) 343
Greymouth Parents’ Centre members and teddies headed to Shantytown yesterday for a Teddy Bears Picnic to
commemorate National Parents Week — Rose and Mathew McKenzie, left, Melanie and Jack Truman, Joanne
Carroll and Maira Naish, Adele Reweti and Peata Gillespie, and little Zaria Darling in the front. Greymouth is one of
51 parents’ centres in New Zealand.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Teddy Bears Picnic celebrates National Parents Week
Formal consideration of a proposal to
allow sustainable logging of native trees
on Grey District Council land has been
put back another month, due to the
logistics of council staff processing the
huge number of submissions.
The council was inundated by over
14,000 mainly electronically generated
submissions following a concerted
campaign by environmental and green
lobbyists on the proposal.
The council made the decision
to formulate a policy late last year
following an application by miller
Sustainable Forest Products (Forever
Beech) to sustainably log areas of
endowment land at Mt Buckley and Mt
Sewell near Dobson.
The new policy would also cover other
significant areas of forest owned by
council — namely at Iveagh Bay at Lake
Brunner, although that particular area
was mooted by Grey District Mayor
Tony Kokshoorn as a prime candidate
for a possible land swap in conjunction
with the Department of Conservation.
The council heard in person from a
tiny fraction of the more than 14,000
submitters at its June meeting last week
and resolved in principal to consider the
remaining submissions next month.
However, in a statement this morning
chief executive Paul Pretorius said while
the council had planned to consider the
matter fully at its July meeting “the
logistics of reading and summarising
the huge volume of submissions” by
then prohibited that.
“Available staff resources amid an
already very busy work programme is
proving a challenge and will take more
time to complete,” Mr Pretorius said.
As a result the matter would go
before the council in August together
with a summary of all the submissions
“Even though a large percentage of
submissions received were submitted
electronically and are therefore easily
summarised, council are still looking
at over 50 pages of summarised
Mr Pretorius said council wanted
to assure district residents and the
wider public that it was working hard
to handle all the submissions and it
regretted any inconvenience caused by
Huge number of submissions delays
sustainable logging proposal
of the Hokitika Guardian
A range of options have been
touted for the future of the closed
Hokitika Museum — including a
total rebuild and possible relocation
to the Hokitika Airport.
Another report updating the
upgrading of the museum, in
Hamilton and Tancred streets, will
come before the Westland District
environment group manager Jim
Ebenhoh says there are several
potential components to the project
including scope, cost and potential
Feedback from funding agencies
to date recommended that the
Carnegie Building and museum
should be brought up to a high level
of national new building standards,
more than the 67% threshold
initially proposed for $700,000.
“The advice received is that the
council should not aim too low to
risk needing to come back to funders
in the future for further necessary
upgrades,” Mr Ebenhoh said.
Evolving building science and
regulations, as well as Hokitika’s
high-risk-location in proximity to
the Alpine Fault, were also factors
to consider when determining the
strengthening level. Its proximity to
the Hokitika River was also flagged
as a flood risk for consideration of a
part or full relocation.
“The museum buildings are located
in a low-lying part of Hokitika that
is prone to surface flooding and also
potentially vulnerable to flooding
from a breach if the Hokitika River
stopbank, or a tsunami.”
While the collections store did
not flood in the June 2015 flooding,
water levels were close to floor level.
“ With predicted increased storm
intensity over time this could
increase,” Mr Ebenhoh said.
“Airport land has been mentioned
as a potential alternative location
that would minimise flood risks.”
The report says moving the
museum collection to the airport
potentially in combination with
a wider West Coast archive facility
— and retaining exhibition space at
the Carnegie Building would create
challenges by splitting the museum
function into two locations, and
would leave a question mark over
the future of the 1970-built museum
building, known as Drummond
Drummond Hall was over 40
years old but could be strengthened
and refurbished. Another option
was to demolish and rebuild it into
a modern archives and collection
storage facility, for example, to a
modern exhibition space.
“A strengthening project that
closes the museum for significant
opportunity to make
improvements to increase the
efficiency of museum operations,
expand offering and improve the
Ideas included covering the
outdoor courtyard to create more
exhibition space; merging reception
and curatorial staff together into
offices in the Carnegie Building
to improve storage conditions,
and raising the floor or building a
mezzanine level to avoid potential
The options will be food for
thought at the monthly meeting
The report recommends that a
comprehensive report and options
analysis be brought back to the
council either next month or
in August so it can decide the
preferred option and begin the
detailed design and fundraising.
Hokitika Museum airport move mooted
A talented young
musician with ties to
Greymouth has won a
Science and Innovation
Minister Paul Goldsmith
this week congratulated
the 60 New Zealand
academics, artists and
as Fulbright grantees at a
ceremony at Parliament.
“Fulbright New Zealand
for promising graduate
students to complete a
post- graduate degree at
an American university in
areas targeted to support
growth and innovation
in New Zealand,” Mr
The grantees are
awarded up to $US31,000
each year, towards one
year of study or research
in the United States.
Salina Fisher from
Wellington, whose dad
is from Greymouth will
complete a Master of
Music in Composition at
the Manhattan School of
Music in New York. She
graduated with a BMus in
2013 and a PGDipMus
in 2014 from Victoria
University of Wellington.
Cellphone coverage has been increased
on the alternative route between Picton
New Zealand Transport Agency
(NZTA) journey manager Tresca Forrester
said a micro cell site had been installed at a
Department of Conservation (DOC) site
at Boyle River. It would supply Vodafone
and Spark cellphone coverage.
Ms Forrester said people would need
to pull off the road and into the rest area
to access the cellphone coverage and
An emergency phone has also been
installed at the DOC site which can be
used to dial the NZTA call centre and
A new street light has been put in to
Ms Forrester said signs would be put up
in the next few weeks to let people know
about the site. — Westport News
Talented musician wins
RANUI BULL - TRUCK DRIVER, SENIOR
STATION AND TRAINING OFFICER.
“When your wife’s also a firefighter, you’re never short of
a good story.”
Every year, over 11,000 brave Kiwis like Ranui give their
time to the fire services. It’s National Volunteer Week so if
you know a fire volunteer, this is your chance to say cheers.
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