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Hokitika fire false alarm
Police and the Hokitika Volunteer
Fire Brigade were called to a block
of flats in Livingstone Street shortly
after 7 o’clock this morning for
what turned out to be a false alarm.
A resident in the flats could smell
smoke, but nothing was found.
Winter ills and chills took their toll
on numbers at the Hokitika Bridge
Club on Tuesday night, with four
pairs competing over 24 boards. The
results have a nice symmetry, with
two teams first equal on 60% and two
teams second equal on 40%. Results:
Michael Evers and Brian Wilkinson,
and Colleen Thorpe and Colleen
Freitas 60%, 1 equal. Michelle Gunn
and Glen Balloch, and Monica
Wilkinson and Nancy Prangnell 40%,
Arrivals: Ikawai, Galatea II,
Resolution II. Departures: Galatea II,
Resolution II, Redemption. In port:
Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine, Ikawai,
Claymore, Harvester, 19 Greymouth
vessels. Expected arrivals: Galatea II,
Ocean Odyssey, Corsair, Redemption.
Expected departures: Ikawai, Cook
Canyon, Jay Elaine.
A Greymouth man who is alleged to
have assaulted a woman with the leg of
a coffee table was denied bail when he
appeared without plea in the Greymouth
District Court on Tuesday.
Justin Michael Anthony Pollock
appeared on a raft of charges that include
driving with excess breath-alcohol,
resisting police, three of assaulting a
female, assault with a blunt instrument,
assault with intent to injure, wilful damage
and assault of a police officer.
Judge Tom Gilbert said the charges were
serious and involved an alleged assault
with the table leg.
The court heard that Pollock struggled
with compliance and the current incidents
occurred while he was on bail.
Judge Gilbert said Pollock had 25
previous offences while on bail.
“As it stands I am confident there is a
risk of you reoffending and I have no
confidence in your ability to comply with
any conditions which may be imposed.”
The judge told Pollock he must plead to
all charges at his next hearing on August
Ashton Marie Reid, 25, of Greymouth,
did not enter pleas on a variety of drugs
Reid faces seven charges of offering
methamphetamine (P) for supply,
possession of prescription medicine
Gabapentin without reasonable excuse,
possession of codeine, possession of
methamphetamine for supply, possession
of a bong for smoking the drug, and
possession of methamphetamine, all on
She was remanded to August 22.
Vincent Hoffman, 23, of Ahaura, was
remanded in custody by consent when he
appeared on a number of charges arising
from an assault on Monday.
Hoffman was remanded without plea
on five charges of assault with intent to
injure, assaulting a police office, wilful
damage, reckless driving and resisting
Lawyer Marcus Zintl asked that
Hoffman be bailed to a Cobden address
which was half an hour from when the
alleged offending took place.
“ To be blunt, I believe it is too early to let
him out,” Judge Tom Gilbert said.
“I hear he has been flaring up in the cells
and if the allegations are correct, they are
pretty serious and both parties need some
breathing space,” the judge said.
Hoffman will next appear in court on
Jordan Beams, of Greymouth, admitted
resisting police, stealing a bottle of
alcohol valued at $47 and breaching his
Further charges of driving while
disqualified and drink-driving were
withdrawn by police.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Beams
accepted he had a drinking problem.
He had never been given a “therapeutic
sentence” and asked for one of super vision
with options of alcohol assessment and
treatment be included as conditions.
Probation officer Kerry Aston said the
ser vice would be loath to have Beams
loaded with more community work.
community work and they would be
“pleased to see the back of him”.
Judge Gilbert cancelled the remainder
of Beams’ community work, which he
struggled to do anyway due to lack of
“Supervision will help you with your
alcohol issues and I implore you to comply.
If there is non-compliance you will be
over the hill to prison, which would be a
waste of your life and a waste of taxpayers’
Beams was convicted and sentenced to
nine months’ supervision and ordered to
pay reparation of $47.
Thursday July 27
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
Our best mate and
Tom, Helen and
KEY, Frederick Elijah.
Reg 122180 Gunner
214th 3rd Division
Pacific WWII. Passed
Granger House, Grey-
mouth after a short
illness on July 26, 2017,
in his 98th year. Dearly
loved husband of the
late Aileen, much loved
father and father-in-law
of Olive and Paddy
Beban (Mapua), and
Stuart, Lachlan and
Chieko, Connal and
Debbie, Natasha and
Matt, Rachel, Jennifer,
great-grandad of Rocco,
Maya, Isabella, Claudia,
Brennan, and the late
Alyssa. Loved brother-
in-law of the late Mary
and Doug Coburn, and
Alf and Edna Hill, loved
Beverley, and Ross, and
a friend of many.
Messages to 8 Lional
Place, Mapua 7005.
declined, donations to
the Granger House
Resident Comfort Fund
would be appreciated
and can be made at the
service or posted C/- PO
Box 417, Greymouth
7840. A funeral service
for Fred will be held in
Holy Trinity Anglican
Church, Tainui Street on
Tuesday at 2pm. Fred
will then be laid to rest
at the Karoro Cemetery.
Phone (03) 768 0250
May (nee Smith).
Passed away peacefully
on July 25, 2017, in her
93rd year. Dearly loved
wife of the late Maurice,
loved and cherished
mum and mother-in-law
Malcolm and Marilyn,
Ronnie (deceased) and
Adrienne, and Linda,
loved nana of Barry and
Sally, Julie and Ben
Voice; Phillip and Jen,
Kent and Kylie; Kelly
and Edwina, Brydee and
Blair Moore, and Glen
and Jess, treasured and
loved great nana of all
her 16 great grandchil-
friend of many. In
Doreen's memory, dona-
tions to the West Coast
Cancer Society can be
made at the service or
posted to PO Box 81
Greymouth 7840. A
service to celebrate
Doreen's life will be
held at the All Saint's
Church, corner of Staf-
ford and Bealey Street
Hokitika, on Saturday,
July 29, commencing at
11am. Following the
service Doreen will be
laid to rest with her late
husband Maurice, where
you are invited to bring
a single floral tribute for
the committal at the
Directors Ltd FDANZ
Hokitika. Phone 03 755
West Coast police are keeping an eye out for
vehicles with only one headlight showing.
Senior sergeant Paul Watson, of Greymouth,
said they were other wise pleased at the way
local drivers had been responding to inclement
winter driving conditions and that people “do
However with winter weather still impacting
and higher traffic volumes in the hours of
darkness at this time of year — quite a few
vehicles without legal headlights or trailers
towed by work or contractor vehicles without
rear lights had been obser ved.
This had been particularly obvious on State
highway 6 between Hokitika and Greymouth,
Mr Watson said.
“ I’ve noted a number of vehicles on the
roads at morning and at night with only one
headlight. There are a number of trailers on
the road in the hours of darkness that aren’t
displaying rear lights.
“ It is a legal obligation. They do risk a $150
infringement for that,” he said.
While police understood that sometimes
motorists might not realise their vehicle
headlamp had blown, he said it paid to check
given the road safety risk they posed to both
themselves and other road users.
Broadway Tearooms and Bakery baker Rebecca Stephen, of Reefton, with a package of
her pies entered in the New Zealand Bakels annual pie awards, in Auckland. The Reefton
bakery has entered mince, mince and cheese, steak, steak and cheese, chilli con carne
for the gourmet section and chicken and vegetable pies for judging this week. Another
Reefton shop, Nana Nis, has also entered the contest.
Reefton pies in NZ contest
Police notice cars with only one headlight
A Hokitika woman who denied two
charges of breaching a protection order
was yesterday refused an application for
electronically monitored bail because of
the risk of reoffending while on bail.
Robyn Jane Gregg appeared in the
Greymouth District Court on Tuesday.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Gregg
could not recall the incident which led
to her being charged because she had an
He said the trouble stemmed from
Gregg messaging her daughter and
threatening the girl’s father by saying
she would get gang members to pay him
Gregg has been in custody since her
arrest, and Mr Bodle suggested she
could be bailed on condition that she
not possess any electronic devices, not
consume alcohol and live where the
However, Judge Tom Gilbert said she
was a risk of reoffending.
Police prosecutor Glenn Henderson
“ In mid-June she was issued with a
protection order and within days she
breached it, and within a month there
was another breach,” Mr Henderson
Gregg’s history was “ littered” with the
same sort of offending and she had been
sent to jail previously for breaching a
Speaking from the dock, Gregg said “it
was all lies”.
“I never said or did anything anyone is
suggesting I did.”
Judge Gilbert said that while on
bail Gregg had threatened her former
partner through their daughter, saying
she would get gang members to take
“ You second breach was while you
were on bail for the first offence.”
The judge said looking at Gregg’s history
since 2013, she had been convicted eight
times of breaching protection orders and
four other breaches, also faced a criminal
“The complainant also has concerns for
his safety and that gives me just cause
to continue your bail in custody,” Judge
Gregg was remanded in custody to
appear on September 18 for a case
Lindsay Ronald Bradley, of Kumara
Junction, did not enter pleas to 14 drugs-
related charges and one of receiving.
The drugs charges included three
of supplying cannabis, possession of
cannabis, possession of utensils to smoke
methamphetamine (P) and nine of being
in possession of methamphetamine.
Bradley also faces a charge of receiving.
He was remanded without plea until
Tara Amanda Cruickshank, of Kumara,
admitted driving with an excess breath-
alcohol level of 500mg on June 8.
Cruickshank was stopped by police in
High Street, Greymouth, for driving too
When she failed her breath test she
told police she had only had one drink,
but had not eaten all day.
Lawyer George Linder said it was
Cruickshank’s first offence.
“It was out of character and she is
remorseful,” Mr Linder said.
Cruickshank was convicted and fined
$500 and disqualified from driving for
Dillon John Brunton, formerly of Ross
and now of Westport, was remanded
without plea on charges of sustained loss
of traction, failing to report damage and
driving while suspended.
Brunt ’s next appearance is August 22,
when the judge told him he would be
required to enter pleas to the charges.
Westland, admitted driving while
disqualified on May 27 in the Franz
Campbell was convicted and ordered
to undertake 80 hours’ community work
and disqualified for six months starting
in March next year.
She was told to get her act together
other wise she would find herself going
Woman denies breaching protection order
A man who had been
trespassed from the
Hokitika New World in
June 2016 for two years,
there with his partner on
Steve Willmore Martin
told police he believed he
had only been trespassed
for a year.
Martin was convicted
in the Greymouth
District Court on
Tuesday and ordered
to appear for sentence
if called upon in six
Tessa Catelyn Wallace
behaviour and using
a telephone to make
A further charge of
using offence language
The court heard
that Wallace and the
complainant had been
friends but the friendship
turned sour when she
learned the other woman
had had a relationship
with Wallace’s partner.
Wallace sent the
woman some unpleasant
texts and also went to
her workplace, where she
Lawyer Richard Bodle
said Wallace felt let
down and betrayed by
her former friend.
Judge Tom Gilbert told
Wallace she had no right
to act the way she did.
She was convicted and
ordered to undertake
50 hours of community
work on both charges.
A West Coast man
was granted name
suppression when he
appeared on a variety of
historic assault charges.
The judge agreed to
withhold his name as
publicly naming him
would run the risk
of identifying family
members involved. The
man did not enter pleas
to the charges, which
date from November
1998 to January 2014.
It is alleged the man
used a variety of weapons
during the assaults,
including a carpet tool
and a shoe.
He was remanded to
The Westland District Council was today
flying in an international expert to try to
pinpoint the problem with the Hokitika
town water supply.
Residents have been complaining of a
variety of issues since Tuesday last week,
including ‘oily’ or ‘waxy ’ water and even wet
hair left standing on end, imbued by a gel-
like substance during showering.
One person last week recountied to the
Guardian how she was unable to rid her
wet hair of the greasy residue following her
morning shower, while her partner’s hair
was left sticking on end after a shower the
Another resident contacted the Guardian
concerned that a mineral compound —
aluminium hydroxide — may have got into
the water supply due to a faulty filter.
Aluminium hydroxide in freshly
precipitated form manifests as a gel. It is
commonly used in water treatment.
By yesterday the council had received
42 formal complaints in relation to water
quality since July 18.
In a statement last night, the council
confirmed that it used aluminium hydroxide
in the Hokitika water treatment but it was
unsure if that was the cause of the problem.
“ Westland District Council can confirm
that our water treatment process does
normally involve aluminium hydroxide and
that this is a coagulant that does bind or
clump particles together,” the council said
in a statement.
“ We can not rule out yet that aluminium
hydroxide may be a factor in the reported
water quality incidents, but this is by no
means definitive at this stage.”
It was today flying in a water treatment
expert to Hokitika, familiar with the town
water treatment plant mechanisms to
conduct on-site investigations.
The council had also hired a West Coast
water engineer on a short-term contract to
assist the ongoing investigation.
Of 42 affected residents, 36 who had
logged formal requests in relation to their
water were able to be contacted by council
“The majority have reported improvements
improvements in the taste and appearance
of the water, decreases in ‘greasiness,’ and
bath and dishwater once again forming
bubbles and suds when combined with
dishwashing or bubble bath liquid — as it
had prior to these reported quality issues.”
The council said more data was needed
before corrective action could be taken.
It was expecting to receive yesterday
the results of water sampling on July 19,
including samples from affected households.
However, the results were still not to hand
On Tuesday the council said it initially
expected results in four days. It was
expecting further sample results to be
available early next week.
In the interim, council staff had been
flushing hydrants around some affected
areas of the town in order to remove any
greasy residue from the lines, the statement
District assets and engineering manager
David Inwood said on Tuesday the council
had not altered its water treatment process
“ Reports of water appearing ‘oily’ or ‘waxy’
are not because of any chemical treatments
that we have added to the water supply,” Mr
Inwood said then.
The council had experienced two water
breaks last week which while unrelated,
had led to additional aeration of the water.
This left water appearing cloudy water,
“compounding the initial situation”.
Staff had already ruled out a number of
concerns, including the presence of e.coli,
Specialist to pinpoint Hokitika
water supply problem
of the Westport News
Buller Health staff had not seen the
proposed floor plan for Westport’s
integrated family health centre (IFHC)
until it was published in the newspaper
They received a copy and an apology
from the West Coast District Health
Board the following day.
Ten days later the group in charge of
the building project, the West Coast
Hospital Redevelopment Partnership
Group has admitted it made a mistake.
The Westport News obtained the
concept plan from the partnership group
on July 13 and published it on July 17.
The plan was dated May 9.
After learning staff had not seen the
plan before, the newspaper asked the
DHB and the partnership group for an
DHB chief executive David Meates
said: “ The West Coast DHB was sent a
copy of the Buller IFHC concept floor
plan after it had been released to the
Westport News last week. The DHB
was unaware this was to be released to
the media, and as these plans are not the
property of the DHB to release, we were
unable to release them. We will continue
to work with the Ministry of Health to
ensure this doesn’t happen again.”
Mr Meates said the DHB had
apologised to its staff.
Buller health staff
get IFHC apology
The Government ’s electric vehicle
registrations target for 2017 has been
achieved five months early.
The target is to double the number of
registrations each year and there are now
4027 of them, more than double last
Transport Minister Simon Bridges says
about 200 are being registered monthly.
“ If registrations continue to increase as
we have seen this year, we will be on track
to meet our challenging target of 64,000
EVs registered in New Zealand by the
end of 2021.” Energy Minister Judith
Collins says going electric makes the best
use of New Zealand’s plentiful renewable
energy supplies, improves air quality and
minimises greenhouse gas emissions.
“The recent announcement by Volvo,
that from 2019 all new models it
produces will be fully electric or plug-in
hybrid, shows there is a changing global
perception of EVs. ” — NZN
Forest and Bird has launched
a plan to boost the dawn chorus
on the West Coast, starting
next month with a gathering at
The West Coast branch says
it wants to promote the idea
of a predator-free Punakaiki-
Barrytown-Coast Road area.
The aim of the event is to provide
an over view of current predator
control activities in the area.
“ We feel that this could be a
community-led project which
complements the other pest control
efforts in the area,” chairwoman
Kathy Gilbert said.
Forest and Bird also hopes to
share skills and knowledge through
panel discussions and presentations,
ending up with a plan to improve
bird numbers on the Coast Road,
which will also protect the native
vegetation in the area.
A number of groups will share
Conser vation Volunteers NZ,
Paparoa Wildlife Trust, Petrel
Colony Tours, West Coast Blue
Penguin Trust, Rainy Creek
Ecological Restoration, Ospri
and Department of Conser vation
Friends of Flora founders will
present their experiences with
a successful community based
predator control project based
in Nelson, and Department of
Conser vation scientist Graeme
Elliott, an expert in his field, will
focus on the benefits of predator
control for birds and forests.
“ We’re thrilled to have him come
to our event, he’s really the top
person on this issue and for him
to be able to answer questions and
share his knowledge is incredibly
valuable,” Ms Gilbert said.
Forest and Bird also proposes
undertaking a mapping exercise
before the event so it can present an
over view of what predator control
is being undertaken currently in
“ We can then concentrate on
where the gaps are or how we can
improve our efforts jointly,” Ms
People are asked to supply details
of their initiative between Rapahoe
and Fox River to Lauren Kelley
at the Greymouth DOC office
by the month’s end, so it can then
by presented at the event, to be
held on Saturday, August 19 at
the Barrytown Settlers Hall from
Forest and Bird launches plan
to boost dawn chorus on Coast
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