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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2013
Est. 1866 Phone 769 7900
A dangerous overtaking
manoeuvre reported on State
highway 6, at Barrytown, will not
go unchecked as the vehicle had
a company logo plastered all over
it. A concerned witness contacted
Greymouth police after the driver of
the Subaru stationwagon overtook
another vehicle on double yellow
lines, where there was a dip in the
road. Police will be contacting the
business to get the driver's name.
Burglars tried to smash their way
into a Kaiata house some time
between 7am and 5.30pm yesterday.
e backdoor was kicked in with
such force that the glass panel was
cracked and the wooden door frame
split, but the door was not opened.
Police said the homeowners did not
believe anything had been stolen.
Driver, 16, elects
Greymouth police say they could
smell alcohol on the breath of a
16-year-old driver they pulled over
in Preston Road last night. e boy
had two young friends in the vehicle
with him when he was stopped at
11pm. e driver was taken back
to the police station for a breath
test, but he chose to have a blood-
alcohol test. No charges will be
laid until the blood test results are
known. e law has a zero alcohol
tolerance for drivers under-20.
Pleasant sunny day
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
So, how on earth is he going to
get himself out of this situation?
A 23-year-old unemployed man
with a superhero name has been
jailed for nearly three years for
theft, trespassing and drug use.
Batman bin Suparman was
caught on CCTV breaking into a
snooker hall at the Depot Heights
Shopping Centre in Singapore on
two separate occasions and stealing
$S500 (£250) in total. He pleaded
guilty to various charges, including
stealing his brother's bank card to
make withdrawals totalling $S650
(£325), and taking heroin. Batman
was sent to prison for a total of 33
months. --- Daily Mail
Dirty dairying draws fine
A West Coast farmer has been ned
$66,000 on seven charges relating to
In sentencing Moir Farms Maimai
Ltd, Judge Paul Kellar commented on
the company's "extensive history of
e company was convicted in
the Greymouth District Court last
month, but Judge Kellar's written
decision was released only this week.
Moir Farms owns six dairy farms in
the Mawheraiti and Maimai valleys.
e charges, relating to two farms,
include illegal and unconsented works
in the bed of an unnamed tributary of
Casolis Creek during the construction
of an extra e uent treatment pond,
and illegal discharges of e uent to
land and water.
Tests showed that the farm
discharges led to a massive increase of
e.coli (faecal content) and high levels
Judge Kellar said the seriousness
of the o ending was re ected in the
maximum ne of $600,000 on each
"Parliament substantially increased
penalties for this o ending as a
re ection of the environmental harm
which the o ending may cause," the
judge said, noting that Moir Farms'
record was not good.
" e company has previously
appeared, but not for o ences
under the Resource Management
Act. It has an extensive history of
non-compliance with the council,
enforcement action has been taken on
all six farms owned by the defendant
company and managed by Mr Moir.
"Six abatement notices were issued
in respect of dairy farms the company
owns, between 2002 and 2009, and
ve infringement notices were issued
between 2003 and 2011."
Judge Kellar said that history meant
the company could not be regarded
as "an entity of other wise good
Alastair Logan, prosecuting on
behalf of the West Coast Regional
Council, submitted that a starting
point of $125,000 would be
appropriate to mark the farmer's
"indi erence to his legal obligations"
as the farms had already been served
with many infringement notices.
Judge Keller set his starting point
at $88,000 but reduced it by 25% to
account for the company's early guilty
pleas, co-operation (it now has the
appropriate consents) and remorse.
crash blamed on
e elderly whitebaiter who
died when his car plunged into the
Turnbull River, south of Haast, on
Monday night may have su ered
a medical event moments before
crashing, his companion says.
Ian Horrax, 68, of Albert Town,
was trapped inside his Toyota
Rav 4 when it veered o a four-
wheel-drive track alongside
the river, oating about 60m
downstream before sinking in a
His passenger, fellow Wanaka
whitebaiter Wade Briscoe, 75,
narrowly escaped death after
winding down the window and
climbing out just as the vehicle
was lling with water and sinking.
Mr Briscoe told the Otago
Daily Times last night they had
just nished visiting a friend's
whitebait stand on the north bank
when the vehicle suddenly turned
o the track, travelled through
scrub, just missed a large tree, and
launched at speed into the river.
"It was totally uncharacteristic
of him (Mr Horrax) driving in
that manner and/or treating
his vehicle in that manner," Mr
Briscoe said. He speculated that
his friend had su ered a health
problem at that moment.
After the vehicle plummeted
into the river Mr Briscoe found
the car's electrics were still
working, so he wound the window
down and called to friends, still at
the whitebaiting stand, for help.
Mr Briscoe said he recalled
the car beginning to sink and
"volumes" of green water owing
"It was very hard to get out, but
I did and swam to the bank where
just thank God that I'm here."
Both men belonged to a
syndicate which owned two
whitebait stands and a hut near
Haast and had been visiting the
West Coast for years.
A post-mortem examination
was to be carried out to determine
if Mr Horrax drowned or had
su ered a medical event prior to
Long-time friends Ian Horrax, left, and Wade Briscoe with one of
their many whitebait catches at Haast.
e 2013 Around Brunner
Cycle Race will have a new
management group with the
founders, Challenge Events Ltd,
recently selling the concept to
CJM Events Ltd. It will also
have a new start- nish point in
Greymouth, outside Monteith's
Brewery. Dale Coulter, of
Challenge Events, said the 2007
race was the largest inaugural
road cycling event in New
Zealand. After seven years its was
time for a change. CJM currently
runs a number of events including
Ride the Rakaia, Muddy Good
Run and CBD Stampede. It
plans to expand Around Brunner
and Ride the Rakaia into a mini-
series, with the 103km Rakaia
event as a build up for the 130km
Brunner ride six weeks later.
Brunner cycle race sold
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
As a major redevelopment of the Greymouth Police Station gets under way, constable Scott Crook reminds visitors that the main entrance will be located on the
western side of the building from tomorrow onwards. e 1950s era building was found to be an earthquake risk last September, but the police national
property team decided to invest in strengthening it rather than tearing it down and building a new one. Along with being brought up to standard, the station will
be equipped with new o ces, new cell blocks and a completely renovated watchhouse. Mr Crook said the development would provide more comfort for the police
o cers and increased safety for those in custody. "We hope it will be done by New Year's."
Dog stolen from pound caught
One of the two dangerous dogs busted
out of the Greymouth pound earlier this
year has been caught and destroyed after
ve months on the run.
In June, two dogs on death row ---
Nui, a bull masti that ripped esh
from the arm of Runanga pensioner,
and Ben, a german shepherd that took
a bite out of the leg of a 10-year-old
girl --- were stolen in separate raids on
the pound. Both remained at large until
yesterday, when Ben was nally caught
Grey District Council chief executive
Paul Pretorius said it had now been
"dealt with in accordance with the
destruction order issued by the court".
" is leaves the rst dog, Nui, still at
large. It is expected the courts will soon
issue a destruction order for that dog as
soon as it is found," Mr Pretorius said.
He said both cases were unfortunate
because they involved owners who
clearly loved their dogs.
" e reality is, however, that in both
cases the dogs savagely attacked people
and they had to be removed and
impounded until their fate was decided
by the court."
Nui was stolen from right under the
nose of the dog control o cer Murray
Malloch, in a ruse while he was talking
to someone inside the pound and Nui
Ben was taken in an overnight raid, in
which the dog nappers broke into the
pound, smashed up the building and let
all the dogs out.
Mr Pretorius said any assistance
from the public in locating Nui would
be appreciated. Sightings should be
reported to the council on (03) 769 8600.
Struggling State-owned Enterprise
Solid Energy is still looking for a new
head o ce in Christchurch that is more
in keeping with its downsized workforce.
With debts of almost $390 million,
Solid Energy has been looking to move
out of its palatial $25,000-a-week
rental space in Christchurch, but a
spokeswoman said that after a six-
month search it had been di cult to
nd a suitable building, and the lease
on the current premises did not run out
until January 2019.
"Ideally, we want to move from Show
Place (in Addington) but to date we
have not been able to identify new
premises as the commercial market in
the city continues to be very tight," the
" e dilemma we have is that, on
current availability, it is likely to cost
us more to move, than to stay in the
current building. In the meantime we
are looking at ways to further reduce our
costs and it is likely that we will sub-let
more space in the near future."
Solid Energy likely to stay in Chch 'palace'
Police station gets revamp
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