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Explicit video sent
to ex-partner’s son
A man who sent an explicit video
to his ex-partner’s son was this week
jailed for 12 months. Christopher
William Harraway admitted a
charge of causing harm by posting a
digital communication. Judge Robert
Murfitt said in the Greymouth
District Court the offence was a
callous one and would have affected
the recipient. “On July 11, I indicated
12 months’ imprisonment would be
a suitable outcome. Home detention
has been explored, and while your
mum cares for you a great deal,
12 months’ home detention at her
place would be too long for her
to manage.” Judge Murfitt said he
would not delay sentencing any
longer as it was “not good for the
defendant ’s health or the stability
of the complainant ”. In sentencing
Harraway to jail, the judge also
granted leave for him to apply for
home detention. He was placed
on post-release conditions for six
months and ordered to undertake
counselling as directed. A protection
order was issued for the victim.
to be replaced
More than a year after the historic
footbridge to Grey Base Hospital
was closed due to safety concerns,
building consent for a new bridge
has been applied for, along with a
grant application to Kiwi Rail. The
142-year-old bridge crosses the
railway line and links Cowper Street
with the hospital site. The bridge
was closed in August 2016 after the
West Coast District Health Board
received a preliminary engineering
report outlining potential safety
concerns with the structure. The
bridge was built about 1875 and in
the late 1960s it was altered from a
road bridge to a foot-cycle bridge.
A pensioner has a right royal
problem ... he hears the national
anthem continuously in his head.
Ron Goldspink, 87, has musical
ear syndrome, and says he hears
God Save the Q ueen about 1700
times every week. “It started about
three or four months ago,” said Mr
Goldspink, who said the version
he hears is sung by a male choir.
“I complained about my next door
neighbour who I thought was
playing music and keeping me awake
at night.” Musical ear syndrome
is a condition where people who
have hearing loss develop musical
— The Mirror
Rain with heavy falls
After 21 years the Reefton Rodeo Club
has commenced the process of winding
up after failing to draw any new officer
Club member and former office holder
Rindi Bollinger said further meetings
held since August in an attempt to
forestall closure had failed to generate
more interest from the Reefton
That meant the rodeo held in February
was the last, despite drawing a crowd of
The club was now going through the
motions of winding up and divesting
itself of any assets, Ms Bollinger said.
“ It’s been decided to close it formally.
We’re just in the middle of doing all
of that and pulling down yards and
The previous club executive including
the president, secretary and treasurer
had resigned during the year due to their
leaving the district with transient dairy-
Anecdotally, Reefton folk were sad at
the prospect of losing the rodeo but no
one new had put their hands up to help.
“ We had no new members at all. No
one came to the meeting which of
course stuffed it. General feeling there
was it could carry on.”
Ms Bollinger said the rodeo had been
a significant contributor to Reefton over
the past 21 years.
At one stage it was the town’s biggest
night of the year, with associated
activities like a parade and hospitality
However, in recent years it had
gradually got “a bit smaller”.
Bad publicity about rodeos generated
by the animal rights lobby in the past
few years was not necessarily a factor in
new members not wanting to step up to
continue the event in Reefton, she said.
“ We’ve had threats to us several times,
and nothing has ever come of it.”
However, the requirements around
staging the event had increased the
burden on those involved, although
the Reefton organisers were praised by
animal welfare scrutineers at this year’s
“ It ’s just a shame it happened to be the
You Tube ‘fame’ on Coast
Grey District Council
surplus just $20,000
The Grey District Council finished the
year to June 30 with a small surplus of
$20,000, having earlier budgeted for a
deficit of $1.3 million.
For the same period, the Buller District
Council posted a $1.5m surplus, far
better than the $422,00 surplus it had
expected, while the smaller Westland
District Council finished with a $2.1m,
far worse than the $1.2m surplus
expected in the budgets. All three
annual reports were adopted this week.
The Grey council noted that the 2016-
17 year had mainly been “business as
“ We continue to carefully monitor
our infrastructure and assets to ensure
we provide the levels of service the
community expects, now and into the
The main points in 2016-17 were:
Opening of the Westland Recreation
Connection of Dobson
Taylor ville to the Greymouth water
Town square project under way and
close work with Mawhera Incorporaton
on future CBD investment.
New Moana Health Clinic.
Council housing units insulation
Ongoing work around museum
services and History House.
Buller’s positive result was mainly due
to a good year by the council’s trading
arm Buller Holdings.
Westland had a number of ‘unexpected’
expenditure items including Mayor
Bruce Smith’s unbudgeted shoring
up of the eroding Hokitika Spit, and
the fallout from the departure of key
management staff including former
chief executive Tanya Winter.
Westland paid out over $230,000
in golden handshakes to three staff in
severance or leave payments, including
$83,000 to Ms Winter, and two
unnamed former staff members paid
$104,400 and $41.000 respectively.
A former Indian migrant now
living in Greymouth has amassed a
huge following on You Tube and is
now preparing to launch her own
website and on-line school.
Himani Wright moved to the
West Coast from Melbourne with
her husband, a New Zealander,
about 15 months ago.
Her You Tube channel showcases
DIY home remedies such as face
masks, based on a 5000-year-old
holistic system called Ayur veda.
She says most of her home remedy
knowledge has been passed down to
her through generations, from her
home in India.
Her You Tube channel has more
than 154,000 followers, many of
whom clearly delight in her videos.
Mrs Wright ’s background in
Australia was in marketing and high
Her colleagues realised her passion
was skin and hair and encouraged
her to share her expertise. Her sister
in New York was also asking for
When she was 11 she began to
study her mum’s beauty recipe book.
It was when she posted a video
about how to remove dark circles
from under your eyes that she saw
the popularity of her You Tube
channel soar and was able to make a
Her followers are all over the
world, including America, Australia,
New Zealand, France and India.
Despite her on-line success, she
decided to take a two-year break
and studied cosmetic chemistry. She
now has a full-blown laboratory in
Greymouth and has spent two years
testing new products.
Mrs Wright says she considered
selling cosmetics, but thought it
better to teach women how to make
their own, and empower them.
“ It ’s a mysterious science. I want
to demystify the whole process.”
The on-line classes will teach
people how to make skincare
products similar to those in high-
end department stores, but with
She has spent the past two years
thoroughly testing everything, she
In January she will launch her own
on-line school to teach people how
to do it for themselves. Her on-line
address then will be
After a busy, high-profile life in
Melbourne, she is enjoying the quiet
life in Greymouth, and loving the
West Coast and the outdoors.
She says she is also grateful for
the help of her husband, a medical
“ We’ve never made a better
decision,” she said of her move to
the West Coast.
Her mother, who started the big
recipe book, is also delighted to see
people all over the world enjoying
recipes handed down through
generations, Mrs Wright says.
Find Himani Wright on You
Himani Wright shows her You Tube channel.
Minister urged to slow name change
The former Minister of Land
Information was asked by former
National Party list MP Maureen
Pugh not to “rush” and approve the
official name change Kapitia as a
correction for the misspelled Kapitea.
In May the New Zealand
Geographic Board approved the
corrected names of Kapitia Reservoir,
Kapitia Dam, Kapitia Creek and
Kapitia Hill, in a move away from
the more recent colloquial use of
‘ Dillmans Dam’.
However, the names have yet to have
final sign off from the Government.
An e-mail released under the Official
Information Act shows that Mrs
Pugh, who lives nearby at Turiwhate,
contacted the former minister Mark
Mitchell in mid-August.
“The local community of Kumara
has sought my support to inter vene in
any proposal to formally name what
is locally known as Dillmans Dam,”
Mrs Pugh wrote.
“I am collating local information
that demonstrates the name known
to the site from its beginnings and
will for ward this information to you
when I have received it all. In the
meantime the community is in no
rush to have you give this topic your
Mrs Pugh told the Greymouth
Star in August she was concerned
the name Dillmans Dam had been
dropped in favour of Kapitia Dam.
However, she did not say if she had
approached the minister.
McGrath started the process to
have the name Kapitea Dam — in
use locally for the past 150 years —
officially recognised, after confusion
in recent years when the AA started
referring to it as ‘Dillmans Dam’.
In May, the geographic board
decided Kapitia Dam should become
an official name, with the spelling
corrected to the original Maori of
Green MP Eugenie Sage is the new
Minister for Land Information in the
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