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The NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter was dispatched to the
Perry Saddle Hut on the Heaphy
Track on Saturday morning after
a tramper fell and suffered an arm
injury. The injured tramper was flown
on to Nelson Hospital where they
were admitted for medical treatment.
Yesterday about 3pm the helicopter
was dispatched to Westport to
transfer a Buller Hospital medical
patient to Grey Base Hospital.
People fail to appear
West Coast police caught up with
a couple of people over the weekend
who had failed to appear in the
Greymouth District Court last
week. Both people appeared before
a registrar on Saturday morning and
were bailed to a future court date.
Charleston man has
A Charleston man caught
driving near Westport on Friday
night immediately had his licence
suspended due to a high reading.
The man blew 706mcg and he was
charged with drink driving, police
said. Meanwhile a Hokitika man
escaped with a fine on Saturday
evening after being caught over the
250mcg limit. He blew 352mcg.
West Coast police were called
up to nine times at the weekend
to deal with family harm matters
in a variety of locations across the
region. Acting station sergeant Matt
Wood said they were fairly busy but
the eight to nine calls were not the
result of major escalation of harm, or
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Galatea II, Moon Shadow II.
Departures: Nil. In port: Galatea
II, Jay Elaine, Moon Shadow II,
Jay Belle, Robert H, Garraway,
Redemption, Mako, Amazon, Blue
Seas, Humma I, Ki Lim, Q uo Vadis,
14 Greymouth vessels.
A 19-year-old woman sentenced
in the Greymouth District
Court on Friday for 10 different
offences, was told she needs to
avoid alcohol — “alcohol and you
Harmony Fulton previously
admitted charges of burglary,
assault, two of assaulting police,
behaviour, trespass and three of
failing to answer District Court
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said
Fulton had been in custody for
three and a half months.
“Probation recommend prison
with release conditions. Because
she has already been in custody for
three months she could be given
time served,” Mr Bradley said.
Fulton came from a “tragic
losing her mother.
Other family members had tried
hard to help her.
“She has failed to become aware
that she is a person who should
never touch alcohol,” he sid.
In summarising Fulton’s
offending, Judge Tom Gilbert
said her offending included
pulling down decorative lights in
Hokitika and trying to hit passing
cars with them. When police were
called she started to lash out.
“At the police station you had to
be pepper-sprayed, you fell to the
ground and lashed out at a police
constable, punching him in the
head and kicking another.”
Fulton later flooded the
Greymouth police cells.
“In February you were drunk
and taken in for detox and while
you were being processed you
tried to break free and pushed
another police constable,” the
In May she got into an argument
with her grandmother and stole
beer and tobacco from her.
“It is not my habit to sent 18 or
19-year-olds to prison, but in your
case there is not much option.
“ You have attacked police and
the offending has occurred while
on bail. The upside is you are still
Fulton was sentenced to
eight months’ jail, with special
conditions, and because of time
ser ved she will be out of jail in
about two weeks.
She was convicted
discharged for failing to answer
bail, disorderly behaviour and
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Whakatekateka. — We
would like to thank
everyone on the Coast,
beyond for the support,
love and generosity
during our loss and
sadness. It has been
and very humbling and
our appreciation has no
bounds. Thank you all
for travelling to Franz
Josef for our memorial
service and sharing with
us Rangi's last day on
the beautiful West
Coast. Please accept this
as a personal acknow-
addresses are unknown.
Ka nui te aroha kia
Hinga and all the
A limb has fallen from
Robert. — On January
18, 2019 at his home,
the Meath aged care
facility, aged 85 years.
Dearly loved husband of
the late Ellen Isabel
(Nell), loved father and
father-in-law of Stephen
(Perth), and Robert and
Bobbie (Nelson), loved
granddad of Ashleigh,
and a loved brother and
uncle. Messages to 427
Waimea Road, Enner
Glynn, Nelson 7011.
declined. The Funeral
Service will be held at
Pinnaroo Cemetery, East
Chapel, Perth WA on
Wednesday January 23
at 2.30 followed by
cremation. Graham and
Nell's ashes will be
interred together at the
Karoro Lawn Cemetery,
Greymouth at a time and
date to be advised.
Anne (Judy). — Passed
away peacefully on
January 18, 2019 at Bob
Owens Village, aged 81.
Much loved wife of Ron
(deceased). Loved step-
mother of Brian and
Brenda, and Kevin and
Joanne. Grandmother of
Andrew, Jon, Peter,
Emily and Mikayla,
Chloe and Cameron.
Loved sister of Nancy
and Trish, brother Bill
(deceased), and sister-
in-law of Cliff. Loved
aunty to Kristy and
Robin. A celebration of
Judy's life will be held
on Friday January 25 at
11am at Pyes Pa Chapel,
403 Pyes Pa, Tauranga.
John. — It is with great
sadness that we say
goodbye to our beloved
Brian after a long ill-
ness, on January 18,
2019, surrounded by his
loving family. Much
loved husband and best
friend of Jenny, loved
and respected Dad and
father-in-law of Joe and
Nicky O'Sullivan (Roll-
eston), and Kelly and
Craig Sharman (Clyde),
adored granddad of
Stella, Esta and Tully
Sharman, and Hazel and
Darcy O'Sullivan. A
Requiem Mass will be
held at St Patrick's
Basilica, Reed Street,
Oamaru on Wednesday
January 23 at 11am
followed by private
Funerals, 54 Weston
Road, Oamaru. FDANZ.
Phone (03) 434 8812.
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Nick Stoneman is setting up a new advocacy service on the West Coast, based
out of Greymouth.
New advocacy ser vice for West Coast
A new advocacy service is being set
up on the West Coast to help people
dealing with government departments.
Nick Stoneman, who already operates
South Island Advocates, is also setting
up a support group for adults with
autism or ADHD.
He says his new advocacy service will
help those dealing with the Ministry of
Social Development, Oranga Tamariki,
Housing NZ, the DHB and ACC.
The move was prompted partly for an
appeal from help from this side of the
“ We have expanded operations into
other areas. There is a need for an
effective advocacy service based on the
West Coast,” Mr Stoneman said.
It will be named West Coast Advocacy,
and he is looking for an office space here.
A trust will operate behind the scenes.
Mr Stoneman says he will be able to
offer ser vices such as support at client
meetings and referrals to Workbridge.
He also hopes to encourage other
groups to visit the West Coast, such as
Altogether Autism and Lifelinks.
Separate to that will be the new peer
support group for people on the autistic
spectrum and with ADHD. People will
need to be aged 18 and over for that
People can get in touch via South
Island Advocates on Facebook, or e-mail
new e-mail address westcoastadvocate@
gmail.com is being set up, and an 0800
Willowbank worker Bethany Brett with kiwi Juno.
Kiwi creche prepares for opening day
The kiwi creche at Atarau is getting ready for its
annual opening day next month.
There are currently two juvenile great spotted kiwi
in the creche and they will be on show for their
final health check before being released some time
after the open day.
Juno and Kaipo are both big and healthy and
ready for their adventure back into the wild.
However, it has been a challenging season for the
“ We haven’t had a very good run with eggs this
season — we now have two at Willowbank waiting
to hatch, but that is from nine possible eggs,”
trustee Sally Gallant said.
“ We have had a variety of setbacks with the rest,
including the parents abandoning the nest before Jo
could lift the egg, challenging weather and terrain
meaning the egg physically couldn’t be got, and
damaged eggs not surviving.”
It appeared the trapping programme was working
well as there was footage and transmitter data of at
least three chicks being born and sur viving in the
wild, Ms Gallant said.
Fledgling grey warblers, robins and a falcon had
also been seen.
Last year they caught over 700 predators — manly
rats — in the trapped area, which covers about
8000ha in the Paparoa Range.
The open day is set for Saturday, February 2 at
11am and people need to be there by then to go
into the creche. It will be held wet or fine.
Visitors need to wear suitable footwear for rough
terrain. The trust is asking for a $5 donation per
The deadline is coming up for
the public to provide feedback on
the draft Westland Tai Poutini
national park management plans.
Public submissions on the draft
plans close at 4pm on February 4.
The draft plans outlines how
land, water, species, aircraft and
visitors could be managed within
the park over the next 10 years.
For Ngai Tahu the park is a
place of high cultural value and
increased runaka representation
and engagement in the parks is
important, the Department of
Conser vation says.
continue to place pressure on the
park, and protecting the values
within the parks while continuing
to provide a quality visitor
experience is a key consideration
in the draft.
The draft plan can be viewed
on the DOC website, along with
information about making a
submission at: www.doc.govt.nz/
Westland national park management
plan submissions due
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Soil pile for hospital roads and paths formation
A large pile of soil on Water Walk Road is currently being sifted and will be used to begin levelling and
forming paths and roadways around Te Nikau Grey Hospital, the West Coast District Health Board says.
A Hokitika resident with 15 previous
convictions relating to alcohol — 12
of them for drink-driving — in the
space of just three years was told in
the Greymouth District Court on
Friday he was in danger of seriously
hurting himself or someone else.
Robert William Ellison was
appearing for sentence on charges of
driving with excess breath-alcohol
level of 478mg and driving while
disqualified — both for the third or
Lawyer George Linder said the
charges were Ellison’s 12th for drink-
driving and 11th for disqualified
Judge Tom Gilbert said it was more
likely about 14 or 15 as Ellison also
had two previous convictions for
failing to accompany police, also
related to drink-driving.
“ He does not have the best history,
but he would still like a sentence of
home detention, regardless that the
Probation report recommended jail,”
Mr Linder told the judge.
Ellison was last caught in October.
“ He was pulled over by police,
admitted he was a disqualified driver
and failed the breath-alcohol test,
when he blew 478mg. He had a
relapse. He had not drunk for some
time before this and has not drunk
since,” Mr Linder said.
“ He is living with a person in
Westport now who is terminally ill
and he is caring for him and that
person is helping him stay off the
Judge Gilbert said Ellison had
accumulated 15 charges relating to
drink-driving in three years.
“I can’t even say I have heard of
anyone who has had this number of
drink-driving offences,” the judge
Ellison was last in jail for similar
On October 6 he was stopped near
Ross when police discovered he was
a disqualified driver. He also failed
the breath test, returning a level of
478mg, just shy of being two times off
the legal limit.
excuse for driving was that he was
dropping off a gift to a friend for his
“ You are clearly an alcoholic and
in sentencing you I need to protect
the community. It won’t be long
until you seriously hurt yourself
or someone else, if you continue
to drink and drive,” the judge
Alcohol was at the root of all of
Ellison’s offending, he said.
Ellison was jailed for nine months
and disqualified from driving for 13
Two of three people due to defend
charges of cultivating cannabis, had
the charges dismissed on Friday.
A third had the charge amended to
possession of cannabis and possession
of equipment used in cannabis
Gavin Case and Yaut Davies walked
free from court on Friday after the
police offered no evidence.
Judge Gilbert said he would
therefore dismiss the charges.
The third person, Ronald Bain
pleaded guilty to amended charges of
possession of cannabis and possession
of equipment. Bain was convicted and
sentenced to 60 hours of community
The number of mining permits being
issued on the West Coast remains
steady, as the industry awaits news on
The Government is preparing a
consultation document on the proposed
ban on new mines on conservation land.
Currently there are 25 alluvial
goldmines on the DOC land on the
West Coast, employing 230 people, plus
seven working coalmines.
For now, the rate of applications to NZ
Petroleum and Minerals remains steady.
It said last week that in 2017, it received
39 applications, compared to 41 in 2018.
Last year included six for prospecting
(five in 2017), 17 for exploration (13)
and 18 for mining (21). That totals 80
permits over two years.
The gold price ended 2018 strongly,
with demand reinvigorated by volatile
trading in global equities, rising concern
about the economic outlook and the
drawn-out United States government
A Greymouth man was given
time to find $800 cash to pay
emotional harm reparation when
he was sentenced on Friday in the
Greymouth District Court.
possession of cannabis, possession
of a bong, assault with intent to
injure and assaulting a female.
Judge Tom Gilbert asked Stanley
if he was able to pay the reparation
before he left court, to which he
told the judge he could not find his
bank card. The judge adjourned the
hearing to allow him time to find it.
When he returned Stanley said he
was unable to find his money card
but he borrowed $800 cash from a
The court heard that Stanley
assaulted a man on June 12, when
he stood over the victim and
punched him about the head,
temples and jaw. Stanley then left
the address and the victim went
to hospital and was released after
Judge Gilbert said Stanley later
returned to the address and the
victim kicked him.
“ You punched him again in the
head and while he was on the
ground he lost consciousness,” the
judge said to Stanley.
The victim sustained scratches to
his face and light bruising.
“Of the assault, the victim said he
has been affected by what you did
For the charge of assaulting
a female, Stanley had been in
a relationship with the woman
and both became involved in an
“ You kicked a cup of soup the
victim was holding. She asked you
to leave, but you grabbed her face
and threw her on to a couch. She
ended up on the floor and sustained
a bump to her head. ”
Judge Gilbert said Stanley had no
previous offences for violence and
the “most positive thing in your life
is you are fishing out at sea, which
keeps you out of trouble”.
Stanley was sentenced to 140
hours of community work, nine
months’ super vision and ordered
to pay $600 emotional harm
Offender caught on
camera torching car
A man who stole a tourist ’s car from
near Arthur’s Pass, stole property
from it and then set it on fire
captured the entire act on camera, the
Greymouth District Court heard on
Nathan Stanley Campbell got
10 months’ home detention, was
disqualified from driving for 10 months
and ordered to pay reparation of
$1890. He had previously admitted
charges of arson of a car, theft
of a motor vehicle and theft of
personal items from a motor
Lawyer Doug Taffs said Campbell had
been willing to take part in restorative
justice, however the victims were
“He is ashamed and genuinely
remorseful,” Mr Taffs said.
The court heard that in October,
Campbell was driving to Christchurch
when he spotted a vehicle parked
on the side of the road. The owners
were tramping in the Deception
Campbell took the vehicle and then
rifled through the owners’ belongings.
“He drove it to a quarry near Jacksons,
drove it through two locked gates then
smashed it into a dozer, he accelerated
against the dozer until the tyres burst
and set the vehicle alight, watching it
burn, with a co-offender,” Judge Tom
Judge Gilbert said the stupid thing
was that Campbell had photographed
“ You have a horrific demerit history
and lots of other offending including
dishonesty and violence. You have the
support of your mother and partner
they must have enormous tolerance
many would have given up on you
Judge Gilbert told Campbell he was
on the cusp of going to prison and he
needed to change his ways.
“The next step, for you, is a trip on the
West Coast road to prison.”
Joshua James Mears was sentenced
in the Greymouth District Court
on Friday to nine months’ intensive
super vision and judicial monitoring on
charges of breaching a protection order,
failing to answer District Court bail,
driving while suspended, intentional
disorderly behaviour and breach of
Lawyer Eymard Bradley asked if the
sentencing could be adjourned to allow
Mears to find a suitable electronically
monitored address as the one he had
Judge Gilbert said he was not
going to adjourn sentencing as it had
been previously put off for a similar
The court heard that in March, Mears
drove by the school where his children
went, saw them and yelled out but they
did not wave back. He turned around
and saw his ex-partner’s new partner
and verbally abused him, as well as
In April, Mears was involved in
physical altercation with the same
person in Cobden and he smashed the
victim’s windscreen with a cricket bat.
On another occasion, this time in
Runanga, he intimidated the victim
when he yelled and screamed at
Judge Gilbert told Mears he needed
to pull his weight and start paying
his fines, complete his community
work and undertake the intensive
supervision, other wise he would go
to jail, because there was “simply
nothing else left for me to impose on
Recidivist drink-driver admits being a danger to others
Man given time to find $800
Judge tells man to pull his weight or face jail
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