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Car crashes over
bank at Maruia
Police and emergency ser vices
were called out about 8am today
after a vehicle was found over a
bank on the edge of State highway
65 in the Maruia Valley, near the
Shenandoah. Sergeant Andrew
Lyes, of Greymouth police, said
the vehicle was apparently resting
against a tree but the driver was not
found at the scene. Police believed
the driver had earlier hitch-hiked
from the crash scene back to Maruia
Fire brigade helps
with patient lift
The Greymouth Volunteer Fire
Brigade helped St John with a
patient lift following a medical
event at the Freddy’s Cafe upstairs
premises in Mackay Street about
1.30pm yesterday. Early this
morning the brigade was called
out at 4.30am to the Tai Poutini
Polytechnic student accommodation
block in Alexander Street after
faulty equipment set off the building
alarm. The Hokitika Volunteer Fire
Brigade was called to the south
side of the Hokitika River bridge
last night about 8 o’clock, but the
reason for the call was not clear. Fire
chief Harry Collett said there was
apparently concern a sign had blown
over on the southern approach
to the bridge. This morning the
brigade was called to the Westland
District Council chambers about
7.40am when the alarm system was
activated. Mr Collett said it was a
false alarm due to the weather and a
faulty alarm sensor.
New Jersey Governor Chris
Christie signed a law this week
making it illegal to fly an unmanned
drone aircraft after too many drinks.
The law prohibits flying a drone
with a blood-alcohol content of
0.08% or higher, the same as for
driving a vehicle, or while drugged.
Violators face up to six months
in jail, a $1000 fine or both. The
measure, which passed state
legislature earlier this month, also
bars flying a drone near a prison
or in pursuit of wildlife. The drone
measure was among 109 bills that
Christie signed into law on his last
full day in office. At least 38 states
are considering restrictions on
drone flying this legislative year. The
Consumer Technology Association
has forecast that 3.1 million drones
were sold in the United States last
year, up 28% from the year before.
— Huffington Post
Drink-driver does it again the day she gets her licence back
A 21-year-old Greymouth woman
who lost her licence for drink-driving
was caught drunk behind the wheel
the first day she got her licence back.
Kirstyn Melina Clark was told in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday
she needed educating on alcohol abuse.
Clark was caught by police about
11.15pm on December 15 driving in
Palmerston Street, Greymouth.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said the day
she got her licence back she went out
for drinks and thought alternative
transport had been organised.
However, of the people she was
drinking with Clark believed she had
drunk the least and “unwisely” chose
Mr Bodle noted that her two drink-
driving offences were within six
months of each other.
“Apart from these two offences she
has no previous.”
He told the court that Clark had
since stopped drinking altogether and
had purchased a bike in anticipation of
losing her licence again.
Judge David Saunders said he was
more concerned about Clark getting
some education about alcohol abuse,
driving and in her personal life.
Mr Bodle agreed that “assistance
would be better now than the
ambulance at the bottom of the cliff ”.
Judge Saunders said although Clark
said she had given up drinking,
she worked in the hospitality
industry where there was lots of
“She needs to get some insight now
and some education, instead of waiting
until she gets her third.”
Clark was convicted and fined
$600, disqualified from driving for six
months and placed on super vision for
six months to undertake treatment,
counselling and programmes as
A snapshot sur vey shows most traffic
through the Greymouth town square is
travelling at least 10kph above the 10kph
speed limit, and drivers are continuing
to ignore the compulsory stops at the
Mackay Street intersection.
Greymouth police and West Coast
Road Safety conducted the survey this
week, highlighting traffic speed along
Mawhera Quay, where most drivers
are also ignoring the new 30kph limit
opposite the Tainui Street intersection
and visual “confusion” at the main
downtown intersection of Mackay and
“Both the police and I had real concerns
on the intersection here,” road safety
co-ordinator Ivan Wilson said today.
Sergeant David Cross, of Greymouth
police, found about 37% of vehicles
passing through the shared street itself
were ignoring the 10kph speed limit.
“At the moment, many motorists are
not taking account that it is a shared
pedestrian/vehicle space,” Mr Wilson
“This area has the potential, if left as a
shared zoned, to have tragic outcomes ...
probably one of the key factors is people
In the space of about 10 minutes
this morning only one vehicle in eight
complied with the 10kph limit.
Many drivers also failed to obey the
compulsory stop on Mackay Street in
the face of traffic emerging from the
Mr Cross said there had been many
near-misses while he was watching the
“The other spot showing non-
compliance is the end of the street by
the town clock. A temporary 30kph
restriction is in place, but drivers are
travelling through well over the speed.”
Mr Wilson said most drivers on the
quay were travelling well above the
normal 50kph limit.
As it stood, vehicle speed in the shared
street above the 10kph limit made it
“ incompatible” for shared pedestrian use.
Road marking, including the current
placement of the 10kph sign and other
design elements, meant the visual cues
for drivers in and out of the shared street
were not clear.
“The road as it sits at the moment is not
a self-explaining road visually.”
The street through the town square
was closed for a month on the
recommendation of council staff almost
immediately after it opened in December,
due to health and safety concerns.
Mr Wilson said the pre-planning
prior to construction might have been
different, noting that he had not been
involved in that.
He hoped to see the whole area
“Possibly the order of things was a
little questionable. Perhaps the time for
consultation over the shared zone should
have been a little earlier,” Mr Wilson
Grey District Council chief executive
Paul Pretorius said today the temporary
closure had been “absolutely necessary”
as a tool to inform the public about using
the area prior to the street reopening on
Prior experience with Albert Street and
also in centres like Auckland with shared
street spaces was relevant.
What had emerged in Greymouth was
different from what had been expected,
despite consultation and planning. It
had been a “ learning cur ve” both for the
council and the public, he said.
“The project as built has come out
in some aspects much better than
was anticipated, but it’s come up with
things that nobody ever talked about,”
Mr Pretorius said.
“D ual use areas in large centres like
Auckland work but it’s a new thing
for our council, and it’s a matter of the
public getting used to it, too.”
Formal submissions on the long-term
traffic rules in the town square close with
the council on Monday.
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
West Coast Road Safety co-ordinator Ivan Wilson wants to see the Greymouth town square and shared street pedestrian-only.
Preschool still shut after f loods
The Montessori Children’s House
in Greymouth remains closed after
floodwaters swept through the
preschool last Thursday.
Head teacher Tracey Hall said
they were awaiting the go-ahead
from insurance assessors before
they could return to the building, in
“All the carpets and vinyls are being
replaced and some of the equipment
as well,” Miss Hall said.
“ Local contractors have been
amazing and have already done
some emergency repairs.”
Miss Hall was uncertain whether
raw sewage went through the house
during the flooding and they were
awaiting a report from the Grey
“ We had 20 children on site when
we began evacuating. The water
rose quickly but the children were
very good. We’ve only been in the
building just over a year; now we’re
looking for ward to a new reopening
and a new year.”
The same premises were inundated
by flash flooding several years ago,
when it operated as a Barnardos
Meanwhile, an emergency ser vices
debrief into the flooding was held
Grey District Council civil defence
emergency management officer
Matt Beavon said 12 properties were
sandbagged in the central business
district, and several in residential
areas during the flooding.
“I haven’t heard anything about
severe damage or water going into
houses,” Mr Beavon said.
A huge amount of rain fell in a
short period of time and Mr Beavon
said all the pumps around town had
The emergency was activated at
9am and included police, council
Volunteer Fire Brigade, and council
staff, as well as volunteers trained to
operate the Emergency Operation
Centre set up in the council
He described the severity of the
flooding as being between a 20 to
Driving lessons ordered after hitting nun
A Blackball woman who sped
off after clipping a nun riding her
mobility scooter in Greymouth was
ordered in the Greymouth District
Court yesterday to undertake a
defensive driving course.
Mayan Grace Heremia-Bush
was being sentenced on charges of
failing to stop to ascertain injury,
and careless use.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said there
had been a problem with Heremia-
Bush completing restorative justice
with the victim.
communication and in effect it was
not completed,” Mr Bodle said.
Heremia-Bush had saved $850 of
the $884 reparation for damage to
Heremia-Bush was driving along
High Street when she swerved to
avoid a vehicle which had stopped
at the pedestrian crossing outside
Greymouth High School and the
New World supermarket, crossed
the centre-line and hit the scooter,
which spun sideways.
She had looked back: “She knew
she had touched something, but
panicked and drove off.”
Judge David Saunders asked why
Heremia-Bush had not completed
a defensive driving course, which
was something the victim had
suggested she undertake.
Mr Bodle said there were
problems with the driving courses
because often the AA did not get
enough people to run them.
“If this happens they are called off
and the people who were supposed
to do them are put on the list
for another course at another time,”
The judge replied: “Surely in
a small place like this there are
enough people to run at least one
or two defensive driving course a
On the careless use charge
Heremia-Bush was convicted and
ordered to pay reparation in full
within seven days.
For failing to stop Heremia-Bush
was also convicted and disqualified
from driving for three months,
and ordered to undertake a
defensive driving course within 12
“It is clear the defensive driving
course will be beneficial to you and
does meet the victim’s view on the
matter,” Judge Saunders said.
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