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Cobden care fire
A vehicle fire in Bright Street,
Cobden, on Tuesday night is still
regarded as suspicious, police
say. Sergeant Andrew Lyes said
inquiries were still being collated,
including the outcome of a Fire and
Emergency NZ inspection, but he
appealed for further public help. The
vehicle owner on Tuesday night had
returned home and parked the four-
wheel-drive vehicle outside their
Cobden residence only to discover
a while later that it was on fire. It
was completely burned out. Police
want to hear from anyone with
information, including sightings
of people in the vicinity acting
suspiciously on Tuesday night. This
can be done directly by phoning
the Greymouth Police Station or
anonymously via the Crimestoppers
phone line, 0800 555 111.
The NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter was deployed to
Whataroa mid-morning on Tuesday
to uplift a medical patient for
admission to Grey Base Hospital.
Penguin awareness push
The West Coast Penguin Trust
will start 2018 with a conser vation
and fun day entitled ‘Treasures of
Tauranga Bay ’ in conjunction with
Penguin Awareness Day. The day
of activities on Sunday will give an
insight into the work of the trust and
will be based at the southern end of
Tauranga Bay from 10am to 3pm.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
none. Departures: Cook Canyon,
Mako. In port: Jay Elaine, Ocean
Odyssey, Te Aroha, Robert H,
Antares, Giorgina, Annie, Esperance,
Calypso, Moata, Tempest, Tawera,
Tainui, Corinthian, Lady Jane,
Norman McLeod, Catherine II,
Tigerzeye, Rose Croix, Q uo Vadis,
Stella Marie, Sea Way, Western
Leader, O utward Bound, Lady Ruth,
Patriarch, Fellowship, 14 Greymouth
vessels. Expected arrivals: Moon
Shadow. Expected departures:
Highly likely a large number
will leave around midday, but no
Woman bowled through
roadworks while downing vodkas
to rain warnings
A former Nelson woman, now living in
Kumara, who bowled through roadworks
while downing vodkas, yesterday
admitted dangerous driving and driving
with excess breath-alcohol for the third
or subsequent time.
Belinda Jane Simkin drove through
roadworks at speed in November,
drinking vodka pre-mixes while she was
At the first lot of roadworks she did not
slow down at all, forcing a road worker
to leap clear of her car, but at the next
lot she veered into oncoming traffic only
to be boxed in by a truck and another
vehicle until police arrived. Her keys
were taken from her.
A roadside breath test returned a level
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Simkin had
Judge David Saunders said a report was
needed before she was sentenced.
Simkin was remanded until April 13 for
sentencing and ordered not to drive any
motor vehicle while she was on remand.
A West Coast woman was granted
permanent name suppression when she
appeared in court charged with refusing
to give a blood-alcohol sample.
The woman was convicted and
sentenced to six months’ supervision.
Riley Jordan McMillan surprised the
Probation Service when he completed his
community work. He was convicted and
discharged for breaching his sentence.
Scott Nathan McNae was convicted
and fined $250 for driving while
forbidden on May 31 last year.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of
Matthew Gene Cooper, who failed to
appear on charges of obstructing police
and behaving threateningly.
Ellen Alaina Wineera had a charge of
being an unlicensed driver and failing to
comply dropped when she turned up to
court with her driver’s licence.
“ Well done,” Judge Saunders said.
He reminded her that she now needed
to try to protect it.
Bradley Steven Krakosky pleaded
guilty by letter to careless driving. He was
convicted and ordered to pay reparation
Michael Patrick Gilmore,
Christchurch, was remanded back to
Christchurch when he appeared for
Judge David Saunders said Gilmore had
other charges before the Christchurch
District Court on Friday and he needed
to go back there.
Jamie Leonard Schwass, a recent import
to Greymouth, had a warrant issued
for his arrest when he failed to appear
on charges of possession of cannabis,
careless driving, being an unlicensed
drivier and failing to comply.
Lawyer George Linder said the case
had been transferred from Blenheim and
he had been unable to contact Schwass.
Mr Linder sought permission to
withdraw as counsel which was granted
by the judge.
Dale L ee McKenzie, of Cobden,
pleaded guilty to breaching his
McKenzie had 8.5 hours remaining
and Judge Saunders told him to get it
completed by tomorrow, when he would
be sentenced on the charge.
“Actions speak louder than works, so
get it finished,” the judge said.
A Nelson couple who had their cases
transferred to Greymouth both pleaded
guilty to assaulting each other.
Lisa Marie Dickson and Paul Woodffer
Craig admitted the assaults which arose
out of a domestic incident.
Both were sentenced to six months’
supervision and ordered to undertake
treatment as directed by Probation
Aidan John Apperley, of Hokitika,
pleaded guilty to breaching his
Apperley was sentenced to 160 hours
of community work in May last year and
still needed to complete 122 hours.
However, he failed to attend community
work on December 7 and on 10 other
Because of Apperley ’s issues and a
social phobia, Judge Saunders cancelled
the community work and remanded
Apperley to February 12.
Probation was asked to explore other
sentence options for Apperley.
Judge David Saunders also suggested
that Apperley get stuck in and find
a way to deal with his issues to enable
him to become a productive member of
Thursday January 18
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
Kenneth John. —
January 18, 2013.
I thought of you today,
but that was nothing
I thought about you
yesterday and days be-
fore that too.
I think of you in silence,
I often speak your name.
All I have are memories
and your picture in a
Your memory is a keep-
sake from which I'll
God has you in His
I have you in my heart.
A beloved husband,
dad and grandad sadly
taken from us five years
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Hospital access set to reopen
The fit-out of the Greymouth integrated family health centre, part of the development to replace the current Grey Base Hospital, continues. This
view to the rear of the $77.8 million new complex shows the family health centre alongside the hospital. It will contain a large GP surgery, retail
pharmacy, the booking unit and other front of house ser vices alongside the main hospital wing fronting Water Walk Road. Access to the current
hospital site via the rail overbridge off High Street has been closed, with traffic diverted via Water Walk Road and around the side of the new
hospital, as pictured, while pipework is laid linking the new hospital with the boilerhouse. A West Coast District Health Board spokeswoman said
the overbridge was set to reopen tomorrow.
Farmers in drought-affected areas
including the Grey and Buller districts,
will have tax relief measures extended to
them, the Government has announced.
A medium-scale drought classification
was placed in affected areas in the lower
North Island just before Christmas,
while last week the northern West
Coast was added to the list after a hot
and dry start to summer.
Revenue Minister Stuart Nash
confirmed there will be tax relief
measures put in place as “farmers have
more urgent issues on their minds than
“ Inland Revenue has confirmed there
will be greater flexibility and assistance
for those affected,” Mr Nash said.
“ I strongly encourage any farmers
who are struggling to meet their tax
obligations because of the adverse
conditions to talk to their accountant
and engage with Inland Revenue.”
Local authorities affected by the
drought classification are: Stratford,
New Plymouth, South Taranaki,
Whanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu,
Palmerston North, Horowhenua,
Kapiti Coast, Upper Hutt, Porirua,
Wellington, Lower Hutt, Grey and
Inland Revenue will allow farmers
in drought areas to make late income
equalisation deposits for the 2016-17
They will also be able to apply for
early refunds. This allows applicants to
smooth out fluctuations in their income
from year to year. — NZN
farmers get tax relief
The Royal New Zealand Air Force
(RNZAF) aerobatic team the Black
Falcons will be taking to Hokitika
skies for the first time in March, flying
overhead for the Wildfoods Festival.
Squadron leader Brett Clayton said
the team was looking forward to the
“The Black Falcons team is very
much looking for ward to visiting
Hokitika for the first time, and having
this festival included as part of our
display season this year.
“The T6-C Texan II aircraft is an
ideal aircraft for formation aerobatics
and a lot of work has gone into
designing an entertaining display
sequence that shows off the unique
capability of the Texan. It will be
a blend of close formation and
synchronisation, concluding with a
touch of organised chaos,” Mr Clayton
“ We hope the public will come out
and enjoy the display as much as we
enjoy flying it. We’re looking forward
to trying some of the unique food at
the festival, too.”
The Black Falcons were formed last
year after the RNZAF Red Checkers,
which have entertained at past
Wildfoods Festivals, were disbanded.
RNZAF aerobatic team for Wildfoods
PICTURE: Gavin Conroy
A public meeting has been called
to talk about the future of pharmacy
ser vices in Greymouth.
It will be held on January 29 at 7pm at
the Greymouth High School whare.
Organiser Robert Miedema said it was
a chance to be part of a focus group with
input on pharmacy ser vices.
Just prior to Christmas it was
announced that Olsens Pharmacy
has purchased the second Greymouth
chemist Mason’s Pharmacy, which
will be merged downtown, and a new
community pharmacy opened in the
family health centre being built alongside
the new Greymouth Hospital.
Receivers sell failed Franz subdivision
of the Hokitika Guardian
Receivers have sold a failed
subdivision north of Franz Josef
Glacier to Q ueenstown-based
company Totally Tourism.
The 76ha Franz Alpine Resort was
developed at Stoney Creek, towards
Lake Mapourika, about 15 years
ago. It was sold to Totally Tourism
by the receivers for the resort
developers, Hanily Trading Ltd.
Totally Tourism, the parent
company of local operators Glacier
Helicopters and The Helicopter
Line, also operates as a subsidiary
of Skyline Enterprise Ltd, which
is investigating building a gondola
above the glacier.
Chairman Mark Quickfall said
further investment in the resort
“Franz Josef will continue to
grow and we saw it as a very good
opportunity. We have no set plans
but a few things to consider. Staff
housing is a big thing for us,” Mr
With the investment in Franz
Alpine Resort, the new owner has
also inherited sewerage and water
independently at the Stoney Creek
site are connected to a private water
supply fed by an intake in the Tatare
Recent water sampling tested
positive for e-coli, forcing a “boil
water” notice for all 16 households
until further notice.
Mr Quickfall said they were
working alongside a public health
officer from the Canterbury District
Health Board to address that issue.
Consultants had also been
engaged to improve both the water
and sewerage system standards.
“ We are focusing on getting it all
to a reasonable standard. There is
some infrastructure that needs to be
put in place.”
Until recently the Westland
District Council had been paying
for a temporary solution to the
sewerage breaches at the subdivision,
due to a complete system not being
Mayor Bruce Smith said the
subdivision was effectively a septic
tank area until the problems
were rectified by owners of the
development, Hanily Trading Ltd
According to a council report,
most of the subdivision consents
had been granted to Callery
Holdings Ltd, which was placed in
receivership in 2014.
In February 2016, the West
Coast Regional Council issued
an abatement notice to Callery
receivers due to raw sewage and
untreated wastewater breaches. A
pump was missing at the corner of
Highlander Drive and Donovan
Drive, leaving “discharge” to flow
into a pit where the pump should
Mr Smith said the council had
spent more than $100,000 since
2015 on temporary repairs and
emptying the temporary holding
month, due to the health risk.
However, as the water and
sewerage system was privately-
owned the council was not legally
obliged to cover those costs.
Former Callery Holdings Ltd
partner Gavin Molloy, who
developed the subdivision, said the
council was “wholly responsible”
for the collapse of the subdivision,
which was a casualty of the council
reneging on an agreement to build
a $1.5 million heliport at the site
which had been fully consented and
was close to becoming operational
Instead, the council extended the
lease on the current heliport site
in the Waiho (Waiau) River bed,
owned by Hokitika Airport Ltd.
“Subsequently, Callery Holdings’
75ha property development
collapsed,” Mr Molloy said.
Callery sought recovery of its loss
through the courts and completed
litigation in High Court mediation
in August 2015.
Pharmacy future public meeting called
Ferry crossings across Auckland’s Gulf
Harbour have been suspended again as
rain seems set to drench the North Island.
Metservice has issued a severe weather
warning for Northland, Auckland, and
northern Tarakanki, with rain expected to
continue through to tomorrow.
Aucklanders are expected to have
copped up to 120mm of rain by early
tomorrow, with downpours peaking at
25mm an hour during today, especially in
Auckland Transport extended
suspension of all Gulf Harbour ferry
ser vices that began yesterday due to poor
Buses are replacing the service.
Meanwhile, Northland is being warned
to brace for up to 150mm of rain by noon
tomorrow, from Kaikohe northwards,
while parts of Tarankai north of Eltham
could be in for a 250mm over the same
Meanwhile, heavy rain hitting Westland,
Nelson and northern Marlborough
is expected to ease early today, but up
to 90mm may still fall in some areas,
Metser vice said. — N Z N
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