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2 - Wednesday, July 12, 2017
A Dunollie property owner has
fallen victim to a thief who has
taken a large quantity of hand tools
from their garage workshop. Police
said the burglary of the Ross Street
garage happened some time between
Sunday and yesterday morning. The
shed was not secured. A couple of
King Tony socket sets, a Jhonnesway
screwdriver set, four car jacks and
a black and green Hitachi cordless
drill were among items missing.
Senior sergeant Paul Watson said
anyone who noticed someone who
had suddenly come into a cache of
tools or had seen anything suspicious
in the Ross Street area over the past
few days was urged to contact the
Greymouth police or anonymously
via Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.
Patient ferry flight
The NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter conducted one mission
yesterday. It was called to Karamea
about midday to ferry a medical
patient to Grey Base Hospital.
Road reopens after slip
Two of three lanes leading into
Wellington have reopened following
a slip which caused major traffic
problems for the capital. Just the
left-hand lane of southbound
State highway 1 at the top of the
Ngauranga Gorge was closed this
morning. — NZ N
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Cook Canyon, Ikawai, Redemption.
Departures: Resolution II, Claymore.
In port: Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine
II, Corsair, Ikawai, Redemption,
Har vester, Sovereign, Robert H,
21 Greymouth vessels. Expected
arrivals: Galatea II.
prompt stern warning
Hokitika-made butter has made its mark with
over one million blocks sold since it hit the New
Zealand market last year.
The Westland Milk Products Westgold butter
hit the milestone last month, a year after hitting
Westland Milk head of marketing Charlotte
Sullivan said 190,000 households, or one in
10 New Zealand homes, had purchased the
product in the past year.
In May, both the unsalted and salted butter
blocks received bronze awards at the New
Zealand Champions of Cheese Awards.
Last year Westgold unsalted butter won gold
and the title of champion butter.
“ We know that great butter starts with high
quality cream from our shareholders, along with
the care and commitment of our skilled butter
makers,” Ms Sullivan said. “Reaching sales of one
million blocks in New Zealand is a real testament
to the efforts everyone is putting in to making a
product and brand that we can be proud of.”
Westgold butter had been sold around the
world for more than 12 years before it was
launched domestically following a complete
redevelopment for New Zealanders.
Hokitika butter reaches milestone
Wednesday July 12
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MILLS, Sarah Ann. —
April 17, 1982-July 12,
Even though you flew
Our love for you will
Our thoughts will
always fly your way,
Until we fly to meet you
again one day.
So dearly loved,
So sadly missed.
In our hearts always.
Mum, Dad and your
Ellen (nee Malloy). —
Passed away in her 87th
year on July 9, 2017
surrounded by her
loving family. Maureen
is survived by her sister
Glenda and Michelle
and son-in-law Brian
Cornish, grandsons Kris,
Ben and Josh, great-
grandson Jonty, cousins,
nieces and nephews.
Maureen's wishes were
for a private family
service which was held
today where she has
been reunited with her
late husband Chris.
Messages to 61 Blake
Cared for by Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
Passed away suddenly
on Friday, July 7, 2017
surrounded by his loved
family. Dearly loved son
of the late Emelie and
Cedric Barrett and much
loved brother of Tony
and a friend to many. In
his 76th year. Messages
to Barrett Family, Can-
dlelight, C/o Dobson
Postal Agency, State
Highway 7, Dobson. A
private cremation for
Sid has taken place.
Cared for by Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
Kathleen (Kathy) nee
‘crossed the finish line’ in
the early hours of Tuesday
morning supported with
love by Brianna and
Dianne. On the last leg
of her final journey she
was visited, hugged and
loved by all her cherished
family. Adored mother,
grandmother and a very
special friend to many.
‘ Will be sadly missed.’
Kathy’s request a private
cremation and committal
has been held as she is
now gardening and baking
in Heaven. Messages to
14 Guernsey Road, RD1
‘Forever Mar vellous’
Anisy’s Tasman Funeral
Home, Richmond, Nelson.
Phone (03) 544 1129.
Wildlife trust takes top award
The Paparoa Wildlife Trust project to
protect native birds was last night named
supreme winner at the Grey District
Trustpower Community Awards for the
Voluntary groups gathered with
representatives from Trustpower, Grey
District Council and the community at
the Regent Theatre.
representative Abbie Siely said the
Paparoa Wildlife Trust stood out.
“Paparoa Wildlife Trust runs a large-
scale predator-trapping programme
covering 8600ha of the Roaring Meg
ecological area. The group manages a
network of over 1300 predator trap
tunnels that target stoats, rats and
weasels. The length of the trap line they
monitor is the equivalent of the driving
distance from Greymouth to Flock Hill
The group was thorough in its approach
and was achieving tangible results. Traps
were checked regularly and predator
species, numbers and bait types were
Since January 2016, 760 rats, 130 stoats
and 50 weasels have been caught. Each
posed a threat to roroa (great spotted
kiwi) and whio (blue duck).
Members use call counts, transmitters
and cameras to monitor the success
of kiwi incubations in the wild and
understand the impact of their pest
Whio are monitored to assess
sur vivorship, breeding success and
The 12ha kiwi sanctuary at Moonlight
acts as a creche for birds too young to
fend for themselves in the wild.
It is also a valuable tool for advocacy
and educating the local community,
school groups and other visitors to the
plight of kiwi. It is fully predator fenced,
and the only facility of its kind in the
The group received a framed certificate,
a trophy, and $1500 prizemoney. It will
go on to represent Grey district at the
2017 Trustpower National Community
Awards, in Q ueenstown next April.
Youth Community Spirit: Angus
Wallace, John Paul II High School.
Heritage and environment: Ahaura
History Park Committee. Runner-up:
Coast Heritage and Community Trust.
Commendation: Greymouth Lions
Health and well-being: Coastguard
West Coast. Runner-up: Greymouth
SPCA. Commendation: Kaiata
Community Centre Inc.
Arts and culture: Barrytown Settlers
Hall Inc. Runner-up: Rotary Club of
Sports and leisure: West Coast
Speedway. Runner-up: Greymouth
Motorcycle Street Race Committee.
development: St John Youth Greymouth.
Runner-up: Greymouth Parents Centre.
Supreme winner: Paparoa Wildlife
A group photo from the Grey District Trustpower Community Awards last night.
A 39-year-old Hokitika man
yesterday admitted the burglary
of two Hokitika houses.
Elton James Williams, 39,
of Hokitika, was remanded
in custody in the Greymouth
District Court for sentencing on
Henderson said on June 2,
Williams went stole a $1300
lawnmower from a Sale Street
property, then went to a Brittan
Street address where he broke
into a shed and a house. His
fingerprints were found at the
Brittan Street property.
Williams, who is currently in
custody, asked to be remanded
to a Hokitika address on
electronically monitored bail.
However, Judge Robert Murfitt
said that because Williams was
a recidivist burglar it was very
unlikely he would get bail.
A Hokitika teenager admitted
drink-driving charge and driving
Kahu Edward Dickson, 19,
was stopped in Sturge Street,
Cobden, on June 24, in a random
police stop. He failed a roadside
breath-test and blew 479mg.
Dickson admitted to police he
was also a suspended driver.
At the time, Dickson said
he had driven from Hokitika
to Greymouth because he was
Lawyer George Linder said
Dickson acknowledged he was
a suspended driver but it was his
first drink-driving offence, and at
the lower end of the scale.
Probation officer Kerry Aston
said Dickson was currently on a
community work sentence but
had not reported since the end
Judge Robert Murfitt said
there was a worrying pattern
of Dickson breaching his court
sentences, despite his young age.
“ If you are bored why don’t you
get on with your community
work? I recommend you get
stuck in and get it done straight
away by September,”
Dickson was convicted and
remanded for sentenced on
Ricky Lee Mahuika admitted
breaching his super vision.
He was sentenced to 12 months’
super vision in September last
year but had failed to report on
at least four occasions.
Probation officer Kerry Aston
said since the charge was laid,
Mahuika had re-engaged with
Probation. He was remanded
until September 5.
Mahuika to complete his 43
hours of community work and
his super vision.
Troy Kurt Tauwhare was
granted a limited licence after he
amended his application to drive
for 30 hours a week.
Man admits Hokitika burglaries
A Hokitika man was granted interim
name suppression when he appeared in
the Greymouth District Court yesterday
on numerous charges relating to the
manufacture of methamphetamine (P).
The man has yet to plead to the five
charges after a police raid on June 8.
Charges include: possession of
cannabis, possession of a pipe for the
smoking P; possession of caustic soda,
sulphuric acid and solvents capable of
being used in the manufacture of P; and
possession of equipment, including a
homemade metal condenser, electric fan,
burners, pH test strips and meter, drill
with a paint stirrer attachment, plastic
funnels, and a plastic bottle with a
length of hose attached, used to generate
hydrochloric acid; and a facial respirator.
The accused also faces a charge of
possession of a precursor substance,
namely hydrochloric acid, with the
intention of using it in the manufacture
He is also to have a new lawyer
Current lawyer Eymard Bradley
asked for name suppression, saying
the publication of his name could have
implications on his partner.
Judge Robert Murfitt granted interim
name suppression but said there was no
guarantee it would be continued beyond
the next remand date of August 22.
P case name secret
Seven NZ Post jobs
on line in Westport
of the Westport News
Seven New Zealand Post jobs are on the line
NZ Post is re-advertising for a contractor for
its Westport mail delivery, mail processing and
box lobby ser vices.
The ser vices now employ seven people. A
contractor would require one or two staff, NZ
It initially advertised in January for expressions
of interest and had planned to have a new
contractor in place two months ago.
NZ Post West Coast manager Matt Bell said
there had been “several” applications, but no one
had been appointed.
He confirmed the proposed changes would
not affect the seven retail staff employed in the
Westport Post Shop.
Unlike the January proposal, the contract now
excludes courier work.
Mr Bell said the contract had been changed
because the current courier would continue.
The latest advertisement said the contractor
must be capable of making an initial capital
investment of $5000 to $10,000 to buy
equipment such as bikes and uniforms,
or establish suitable lease or rent-to-buy
Mr Bell said NZ Post was publicising
the indicative capital outlay, to make the
requirements clear. The same information was
included in the application pack in January but
not in the advertisement, he said.
NZ Post estimates the workload at about 93
hours a week for the six-day-a -week operation.
The contracting-out plans are in preparation
for mail deliveries to drop to every second day.
This was supposed to have begun in May in
Mr Bell said it had been delayed until a new
contractor had been appointed.
“A fl ier will be delivered to Westport
households and businesses to let people know
about this change before it happens, and there
will be no change to our ser vice target when it
A number of people who failed to
appear in the Greymouth District Court
yesterday could find themselves behind
bars in the next few days.
Judge Robert Murfitt said at least
10 people had failed to attend court
Judge Murfitt said he was going to
flag their non-attendance as it was
“ becoming a bit of a habit”.
“In the future, the defendants who fail
to turn up should expect to spend some
time in custody. This includes those
breaching their bail and failure to attend
Warrants were issued for:
Matthew O wen Fisher (possession
police, possession of utensils); Ashley
Marie Vanderkrogt (cultivation and
possession of cannabis); Margaret
Campbell (driving while disqualified);
Sheree Larissa Moles (obtained by
deception, used a document to gain
a pecuniary advantage, forgery of
a document); Jeanette Ellen Saxby
Castlehouse (driving while disqualified,
third or subsequent); and Thomas
Frances Gillee O’Brien (breach of
Judge Murfitt said he could have
understood people not turning up “if
the snow (forecast) had already started
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