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Bad weather is forecast to hit
South Westland on Saturday
morning. The heaviest rain will
be in Fiordland, but also parts of
Westland, accompanied by gale
north-west winds in the lower
South Island. The Metser vice
says it expects to issue further
Reefton police attended an
allegedly serious incident in the
township this morning, however
details about the type of incident
and how it had unfolded were still
sketchy. Police said they
were initially called about 6.30am
to a private residence following
a report of violence but late this
morning they were “keeping an
open mind ” about what actually
happened. Investigations were
ongoing. “ We’re still trying to
get to the bottom of it,” a
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Man with extensive court history
admits assaulting partner
A man with 12 pages of court history,
including domestic violence, yesterday
admitted in the Greymouth District
Court assaulting his partner and failing
to give police his cellphone pin number
under the Search and Sur veillance Act.
Wade Joseph Turner and the victim
of the assault, his “on again, off again
partner” of three years had a verbal
argument on November 18.
Police prosecutor sergeant Graeme
Eden said Turner had put his hands
around the victim’s throat but did not
When police arrived they asked
him for his phone pin number as they
believed there could be evidence of the
assault on it.
“He refused and said to police he would
see them it court,” Mr Eden said.
Lawyer George Linder said Turner was
also due in court on February 12 for a
defended hearing for an assault against
the same victim, and he asked that
everything be heard together.
He also asked to remove some of the
bail conditions, including his curfew and
a restriction that he not enter the West
Coast or associate with the victim.
Judge Tom Gilbert said Turner had
12 pages of court history, including
He remanded Turner on bail to
February 12 and deleted the curfew, but
maintained the other conditions.
Given his criminal history there was a
risk of him interfering with the witness
and reoffending, the judge said.
A Cobden man who yesterday admitted
possession and cultivation of cannabis
said he started growing his own drugs
because he was “sick of paying for it.”
Police went to Brodie Hartill’s address
on November 22 where they uncovered
a grow room containing three plants
and 29 seedlings, along with lamps and
Police prosecutor sergeant Graeme
Eden said the growing area was quite
Police found 140g of cannabis head
and 24 bags of stalk.
Duty lawyer Kathy Basire said Hartill
started using and growing the cannabis
as pain relief after he broke his leg in five
places in a logging accident.
Getting caught had been a wake-up
call, she said.
“ He has knocked the cannabis on the
head and he does not want to be in court
again,” Ms Basire said.
Judge Gilbert said considering the few
plants involved, it was a better option for
Hartill to get help through super vision
than painting a fence if he was on
He convicted and sentenced Hartill
to six months’ super vision and ordered
him to undertake any drug-related
inter vention as directed.
Nicola Justine Lowe
assaulting her partner.
The pair argued on December 27 and
Lowe’s partner called her a narcissist.
Lowe responded by slapping her
partner of 16 years across the face.
Duty lawyer Kathy Basire said Lowe
had asked the victim to leave her alone,
but he did not.
“S he lost her temper and unfortunately
retaliated. She wants to salvage the
Judge Gilbert said restorative justice
would be a good idea.
“It would give them both a chance to
try and sort things out.”
Lowe was convicted and remanded to
February 27 for sentencing.
Cleve Kokshoorn admitted a charge of
wilful damage on October 31.
Kokshoorn was towing a boat towards
Springs Junction and was following a
slow-moving car, which caused a backlog
Police prosecutor Graeme Eden said
Kokshoorn smashed the monsoon shield
on the driver’s side of the slow vehicle
after he claimed the driver sped up when
he was attempting to overtake it.
Duty lawyer Kathy Basire said
Kokshoorn had the opportunity, on a
straight, to overtake the slow vehicle but
it sped up.
“The defendant was unable to pull back
in, as the other vehicles following behind
were also attempting to overtake and he
had to accelerate dangerously to get past
the other car.”
When Kokshoorn saw the driver of the
slow-moving vehicle at Springs Junction
he was going to talk to him.
“He (Kokshoorn) became angry and
punched the monsoon shield. He has
apologised and understands it was not
the right way to go about things. He was
angry because the victim had put him in
danger,” Ms Basire said.
Judge Gilbert said everyone experienced
problems on the road, but that did not
entitle Kokshoorn to “punch out ”.
“ Your behaviour was unacceptable.”
Kokshoorn was convicted and fined
$150 and ordered to make an emotional
harm payment of $100 to the victim.
Annalise Taylor was convicted and
fined $400 and disqualified from driving
for six months after she admitted driving
with an excess blood-alcohol level of
95ml on December 7.
Richard Frederick Williams admitted
driving while suspended on State
highway 6, near Kumara on November
22. He was remanded to April 3,
to allow him to obtain his restricted
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A hearing on a Paparoa ward
proposal has been set down for
March 19 in Westport,
It follows an objection, signed by
48 people, to the Buller District
Council decision not to alter
for this year’s local government
Local Government Commission
(LGC) acting lead adviser Gavin
Beattie confirmed the hearing date
The objection gave the LGC the
task of determining the make-up
of Buller representation for the
election on October 12.
Mr Beattie said the final details
of the hearing were yet to be
“The practice has generally been
for such appeals to be treated
as a single appeal though with
‘representatives’ being able to
speak. This avoids unnecessary
“The commission will be flexible,
however, in determining final
The hearing will be open to the
The objection was a letter signed
by ratepayers and residents from
Charleston through to Punakaiki.
urged that further
consideration be given to a Paparoa
ward but with the northern
boundary set at Mountain Creek
and the Okari River.
The council’s Paparoa ward
proposal would have encompassed
Alma and Buller roads.
The LGC must make its
determination no later than April
The lawyer who
defended Pike River Coal
Company chief executive
Peter Whittall is a finalist
for the 2019 Kiwibank
New Zealander of the
Rudd Watts Partner
Stacey Shortall is an
litigation lawyer. While
practising in New York,
she worked pro bono on
many cases, including
for imprisoned mothers
facing termination of
their parental rights,
domestic violence victims,
refugee women fleeing
abuse, and impoverished
mothers seeking to have
their children returned
from foster care.
After returning to New
Zealand she established
the Who Did You
Help Today Charitable
Trust and piloted a
Homework Club at
a low decile primary
school in Wellington.
She also launched the
Mothers Project and
began training volunteer
lawyers to visit female
prisons each month
to help imprisoned
mothers understand their
responsibilities and rights
regarding their children.
In early 2017, through
the Charitable Trust,
she introduced Help
Tank — New Zealand’s
first home-grown digital
technology to connect
skilled volunteers with
community causes that
NZer of the
Paparoa ward proposal meeting in March
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
With anticipation building for this Saturday’s West Coast Kahawai fishing competition, Connor Green of Cobden casts off for a
fish this morning about mid-tide in the Grey River at Cobden.
West Coast Kahawai Competition this weekend
Prizes valued at $13,000 are at stake in
the big West Coast Kahawai Competition
It is bound to tempt punters to hook a
fish on the line and the competition, now
in its fifth year, has grown each year to end
up with 358 entries Coastwide last year.
“ I’m expecting the numbers to be around
the same,” co-organiser Carole Tainui, of
Hokitika’s Wild Outdoorsman said.
The competition is open to children
and adults from anywhere along the West
Coast. Fish caught as far away as Jackson
Bay through to Buller have had a stake in
the competition in previous years.
The competition’s only proviso is it must
be a kahawai caught on the day from
midnight, and on the West Coast.
The fishing will go ahead rain or shine.
Registrations must be in by 5pm
tomorrow to Wild Outdoorsman Fishing
and Firearms in Hokitika, Kaniere
Empire Hotel or Fishing and Firearms
in Greymouth. There is no on-line
“ Just front up at one of the stores.
“ We do it for the community. Fishing is a
big thing here and we like to give a little bit
back to the community,” Ms Tainui said.
All entrants stand to win prizes, whether
they catch a fish or not. All are welcome
at the weigh-in and sausage sizzle at the
Kaniere Empire Hotel from 6pm on
The heaviest kahawai caught by an adult
will win a prize worth $500. The heaviest in
the children’s division, aged 15 and younger,
will win a prize worth $250.
All fish should be bled out prior to the
weigh-in, and preferably chilled before.
A Reefton mother says her
four-month-old baby is suffering
“ horrific” blister burns after SPF 50
Cancer Society sunscreen failed.
The Cancer Society told the New
Zealand Herald an investigation
into the sunscreen was under way
following five “serious” complaints
over this summer season.
Lyndall Watson said her family
arrived in the Marlborough Sounds
on Saturday for an overdue summer
break but very quickly their holiday
turned into their worst nightmare.
That afternoon the family headed
down to the beach.
Baby Noah’s face and hands were
covered in the SPF 50 Cancer
Society sunscreen 30 minutes
before getting to the beach, as they
were the only areas exposed, Ms
Watson told the New Zealand
Noah was kept in the shade with
a hat on and she re-applied more of
the sunscreen within an hour, as it
looked like he was already getting
The family left the beach about
4pm, when Ms Watson noticed a
red spot on her son’s nose.
“At first I thought it was a
mosquito bite but then it started
spreading to his eyes and blistering.
Seeing this happening to your baby
is heart-breaking,” she said.
Her oldest son, who is three, was
also burned on his back but not as
Four days later, after repetitive
aloe vera gel layering, baby Noah
was only just starting to recover.
Consumer New Zealand chief
executive Sue Chetwin told the
council that under its testing,
Cancer Society, among other
sunscreen brands, had not always
met SPF claims, and it was a
concern that needed addressing
with more frequent testing by the
Mother says Cancer Society sunscreen failed
PICTURES: Courtesy Otago Daily Times
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Police have charged a man with receiving
stolen goods after he was spotted wearing
another person’s clothing in Westport.
Sergeant Malcolm Lamont said a man was
walking along Palmerston Street when he saw
another man wearing some of his clothes.
The clothing was stolen from a car in Russell
Street last Friday, together with a German flag.
Mr Lamont said the owner of the clothing
confronted the other man who then took off.
The incident was reported to police who
reviewed downtown security camera footage.
They were able to identify the man who had
fled and tracked him down.
Mr Lamont said as a result a 25-year-old
man had been charged with receiving.
He is to appear in the Westport District
Court on January 31.
Man charged after being spotted wearing another’s clothes
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