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Rider badly injured
A motorcyclist has been critically
injured after their machine and a
van collided on the Thames Coast
Road. Senior sergeant Simon Cherry
said police were called to the scene
near Kereta Bay Road at 6am today.
The rider was initially in a serious
condition but St John officers at the
scene had since upgraded them to
critical. Fire and Emergency New
Zealand crews prepared a landing
pad for a rescue helicopter to fly the
injured motorcyclist to hospital.
A pedestrian has been critically
injured after being hit by a truck in
Whangarei. Police received a report
of a collision involving a truck and
a pedestrian on Selwyn Avenue
about 11pm yesterday. One person
was critically injured and taken
to Northland Hospital. Police are
investigating. — N ZC
Port of Greymouth — Arrivals:
Jay Penelope, Jay Elaine.
Departures: Cook Canyon. In
port: Jay Elaine, Jay Penelope,
Fellowship, MV Kawatiri, 12
Campers’ mess sparks anger
of the Hokitika Guardian
Faeces, toilet paper and general rubbish
has again been left by holidaymakers at
Lake Kaniere after the Christmas and
New Year break.
The mess has angered local residents
and bach owners, who want delegated
authority to deal with the problem in
The Westland District Council’s new
freedom camping bylaw bans camping
on all road reser ve areas at Hans Bay
and Sunny Bight.
The Department of Conser vation
manages the popular camping site at
However, Lake Kaniere Property
Owners’ Association spokesman Drew
Howat said there was no policing and
his group wanted to change that.
Mr Howat said they hoped to meet
with DOC and the council shortly on
a proposal that would give its volunteers
the power to educate campers and issue
infringements if necessary, working
under the model used by honorary
“That empowers us to educate people
and if they don’t move on, issue them
an infringement. We can produce the
volunteers, vests and pamphlets; all we
need is the legal ‘yes’ from council and
Mr Howat said the problem got
worse each summer as more and more
people camped lakeside, avoiding
campground, which was equipped with
rubbish and toilet facilities. It still had
space during both the Christmas and
New Year holidays.
“People want a prime position next to
the lake and they don’t want to pay,” he
“ We just need to tighten up and
confine the campers to the camping
ground. It ’s only over this time of year
— it’s not a full-time job.”
All members of the Lake Kaniere
group backed the proposal.
“They live here because of the scenic
beauty . . . and of course they want to get
on top it.”
It fell on residents and bach owners to
clean up when the holiday makers were
gone, he said.
“They pick up rubbish bags full of mess
when they (campers) go. With more and
more people coming here the problem is
Faeces and toilet paper at Rose Creek, Lake Kaniere.
Ar thur’s Pass ar t exhibition opens
Fiona Neale, left, and Renee Habluetzel at the opening of ‘Papatuanuku and The Pass’ art exhibition,
which opened on New Year’s Eve to mark the start of the Arthur’s Pass summer programme. Art is for
sale and on display every day. Saturday will see a treasure hunt and badge painting workshop. Activities
continue daily until Januar y 12 and include guided walks, discussions on climate change, the great
spotted kiwi, kea conser vation, and children’s arts and crafts with native flora. The programme will finish
with a Village Fete, a fundraiser for the YMCA, running from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, January 12, with
activities for young and old.
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Drones concern at Punakaiki
The Civil Aviation Authority
(CAA) is warning anyone who
takes down a drone flying over
their property will be breaking
Last Friday a drone was
discovered on the racetrack
during the Westport trots.
Several Punakaiki residents
have also complained of drones
lingering over their homes since
the holiday season began.
Drone users have been spotted
on the Truman Track beach,
Coghlan’s Lookout and even the
CAA said it was getting more
calls from people who were
unsure what to do if they spotted
a drone flying overhead and
wondered if they could shoot or
knock it down.
However, its manager of special
flight operations and recreational
flight information Clayton
Hughes said they could not.
“ While the drone, if it ’s acting
in breach of the rules, may be a
risk, if someone else tries to take
out the drone it could increase
the risk as the drone could
become uncontrollable, fall out
of the sky and hit someone,” Mr
“So you’re actually adding to
the risk of the breach in the first
Mr Hughes said people should
call the police if they saw a drone
flying over their property without
There had been one case of
someone shooting at a drone
which was being handled by the
police, he said.
He also said anyone flying
a drone should have a clear
understanding of the rules before
different rules for flying over
parks, so you need to contact the
local council ... and they quite
often have information for drone
He said you could not legally
fly a drone over other people, nor
could you fly above someone’s
property without consent.
“Authorities, especially airports,
are looking at ways where they
can control drones. But as I
said before, the risk of trying to
disrupt a drone is that you may
create more risk than the drone’s
creating in the first place.”
He encouraged anyone with
questions about the use of drones
to contact the CAA.
Department of Conser vation
land requires a permit.
The Pancake Rocks walkway at
Dolomite Point is a drone-free
zone and has a warning sign at
RNZ, additional reporting
Coast concern over new EPA powers
Councillors fear a move to give the
Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)
enforcement powers under the Resource
Management Act could override the legal
role of the West Coast Regional Council.
Environment Minister David Parker last
week outlined a proposal to give the EPA
enforcement powers with a new ‘RMA
enforcement unit ’.
The new unit would cost $3.1 million
over four years and fund two to three staff
“The unit will, in the main, play a
complementary role to councils, assisting
them with their enforcement investigations
and actions, rather than taking over their
responsibilities,” Mr Parker said.
It would give the EPA power to inter vene
and take direct action in some cases, “but will
only do so infrequently”.
The objective was to improve compliance,
monitoring and enforcement, the minister
Ten councils had no staff dedicated to
compliance and enforcement functions, and
29 councils had less than one person.
Council chief executive Mike Meehan
said the result could be the potential for
one agency to “come in over the top” of the
council and duplicate actions.
Having another agency in the form of the
new EPA unit to which members of the
public could lobby would be “problematic”.
“The Government seems pretty determined
to push something through,” Mr Meehan
Cr Stuart Challenger said he could foresee
problems, particularly with prosecutions
brought by the council coming “unstuck”.
“I certainly wouldn’t recommend our
council gives them any assistance if they ’re
going to come in on top of us.”
Cr Terry Archer, a consents commissioner
for at least 15 years, said he took “strong
umbrage” at the minister’s proposal, and it
was outrageous to expect the regional council
“to kowtow to him”.
“ It ’s absolute nonsense. Councils and
council staff are the people on the ground,
and the EPA will expect them to do the leg
work. What are they expecting them to do?
Do all the resource consents and regional
councils’ work? It’s just bizarre. ”
Cr Archer said he took exception to the
implied criticism underlying the intent of the
“ Here we are, going down another process
again to make it more complex.”
Mr Parker said the Government would pass
legislation early next year to empower the
new enforcement unit.
Tourists keep South
Westland GP busy
Tourists have been flocking to
the glaciers and Lake Matheson
— a nd the South Westland GP.
The West Coast District Health
Board heard last week that South
Westland clinics were getting
“extremely busy ” due to the influx
Operations manager Hamish
Brown said today that in October
and November the clinics had
seen about 80 overseas and
domestic visitors, on top of 970
registered and casual patients
during the same period.
During midwinter, 45 visitors
consulted the GP while in South
“Common presentations by
visitors are injuries as a result
of slips/falls on walkways or
glaciers, insect bites and sporting
injuries,” Mr Brown said.
There was no cost to the DHB
as visitors were charged a fee.
“ We have the staff resources
needed to cover the summer
visitor influx. We will monitor
staffing levels and resources over
the summer period to ensure that
health care ser vices continue to
be well supported. ”
Fuel line cuts investigated
Westport police were today
following up on a report of the
fuel lines being cut in three
parked vehicles outside the
Buller Medical Centre, in Derby
The incident was reported via
the national crime reporting line
and local police were sent this
morning to investigate. It follows
a spate about eight weeks ago in
Westport of vehicles having fuel
lines cut in an apparent effort to
Car hits house
A 22-year-old Hamilton
man has been arrested
after he lost control of
his car and smashed
into a parked car that
was pushed into a house
Police said the crash
happened on Panair
Street about 1am.
The man went to
hospital for a check-up
and faces charges of
dangerous driving and
possession of cannabis.
A new poll has found freshwater pollution
is now worrying New Zealanders more than
any other topic.
commissioned by Fish and Game and found
82% of people are concerned about the
pollution of the country’s rivers and lakes, up
7% from last year.
The second-biggest concern was the cost of
living, followed by health.
People were asked how concerned they were
about a range of issues, including the cost of
living, health system, child poverty and water
Fish and Game chief executive Martin
Taylor said New Zealanders connected deeply
with their water ways so it was no surprise to
see water pollution as the top issue.
He said the sur vey results meant the
Government had a mandate to make
significant changes to help clean up the
“Kiwis are extremely worried that they are
losing their ability to swim, fish and gather
food from their rivers, lakes and streams,” he
“People see those activities as their
birthright but over the last 20 years that right
is being lost because the level of pollution
in water ways has increased as farming
Mr Taylor said the agricultural sector and
local government should now address the
“ While many farmers do understand the
need for action and are making the necessary
changes to how they use their land, there are
still significant numbers who are refusing to
follow their example,” he says.
“These laggards are letting down the
responsible farmers, undermining farming’s
reputation and exhausting the public ’s
“They have to be made to change.
“This means regional and district councils
have to toughen the rules, enforce them and
stop making excuses for the environmentally
destructive and irresponsible farmers in their
areas,” Mr Taylor said.
Eighty per cent said they are extremely or
very concerned about the cost of living.
The health system was the third
biggest concern with 78%, followed by child
poverty on 72%, education and climate
change both on 70% and housing 67%.
Clean water top concern for public
Past catches up with rider
after series of incidents
Police are seeking help from the
public after the alleged assault and
rape of a 22-year-old woman at
Lake Hawea last Friday.
Malcolm Inglis said the alleged
incident took place down a grass
bank a near Capell Avenue not far
away from the Lake Hawea Hotel
which the woman left at 9.40pm.
A 23-year-old man had been
arrested and charged with rape,
unlawful sexual connection and
male assaults female, Mr Inglis said.
“ While an arrest has been made,
police would still like to hear from
anyone who was in the Capell
Avenue area at the time of the
attack as it is possible the offender
may have spoken to them.
“Anyone who heard or saw
anything in the vicinity of the Lake
Hawea Hotel between 9.40pm and
10.30pm on Friday, December 28,
or spoke to a man in Capell Avenue
between those times, is asked to
contact police,” Mr Inglis said.
The man appeared in the
yesterday and was remanded in
custody until Monday.
— Otago Daily Times
A Hawke’s Bay church
is beefing up security
after technical equipment
was stolen during the
Christmas week holiday.
Police say the Napier
Baptist Church on
Riverbend Road was
Christmas Day and
An Allen and Heath
sound desk was
taken, along with a
lighting controller and
Interim pastor Paul
Grimmer said it was
disappointing the gear
was stolen during the
festive season and they
have had to use loaned
equipment in the
“ Part of the complex
is alarmed but the
auditorium wasn’t and so
we’ll be beefing it up with
CCTV security,” he said.
Police seek help in rape case
A 39-year-old O xford, North
Canterbury, motorcyclist has
been charged after failing to stop
for the police five times in a series
of incidents dating back to last
The man, arrested on New
Year’s Day, was also charged with
two counts of dangerous driving
after police abandoned pursuits
at high speeds.
On Tuesday, outside Omarama
on State highway 8, the man
was involved in a brief pursuit
after he was spotted travelling at
126kph in a 100kph zone with
a passenger on his motorcycle,
sergeant Tony Woodbridge, of
A police officer turned on his
red and blue lights, signalling the
motorcyclist to stop, but instead
the motorcyclist took off at high
speed in heavy traffic and the
pursuit was abandoned.
The rider was seen again a short
time later north of Omarama and
was again signalled to stop.
He again took off at speeds
dangerous to himself and other
traffic, and again a pursuit was
A police statement issued
yesterday said the man was again
spotted at 3.15pm on Tuesday
riding his machine through
the town of Kimbell, heading
towards Fairlie. Police in Fairlie
waited for the bike to arrive and
when it did not show up, an area
search was conducted.
Police located the motorcycle
soon after and arrested the man.
Police said the man said he
failed to stop because his “ bike
wasn’t up to scratch”.
The police statement said the
man had earlier failed to stop in
Lake Tekapo. Mr Woodbridge
said the man was then found
to have failed to stop last year
in Hampden and Oamaru. He
would appear in the Oamaru
District Court on February 13.
Mr Woodbridge could not
comment on speeds during the
pursuits. — Otago Daily Times
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