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Vandals damaged the tyres of a
van parked outside a Russell Street,
Westport, house early yesterday
morning. Police said two tyres
were stabbed with a "sharp
World War One vets
e Karamea Historical Society
is seeking information about the
men who left the district to ght
in World War One and never
returned. Plaques bearing the
names C Abbott, K Douglas, B
and C Foster, E Issell, J and W
Je ries, L Hill, A Kidd, C Lucas,
W Lineham, D McDowell, J and
V Neilson, S Simms and J Steel
feature at the entrance to the
Karamea Memorial Domain, but
the historical society says it has little
information about the men. It has
invited their descendants to supply
photographs and stories about them
to be displayed next year as part of
the 100th anniversary of the start of
Work Safe NZ board
Labour Minister Simon
Bridges today announced more
appointments to the board of
the new workplace health and
safety regulator, Work Safe New
Zealand, including the former
Wellington mayor. All members
of the Establishment Board will
transfer to the permanent Board
when Work Safe starts operations
on December 16: Professor Gregor
Coster as chair, Paula Rose, Don
Stock, Patrick Strange and Ross
Wilson. ey will be joined by two
new members: Kerry Prendergast,
chairwoman of the Environmental
Protection Authority and former
Mayor of Wellington; and Chris
Ellis, former chief executive of
Brightwater Group and inaugural
chairman of the NZ Business
Leaders' Health and Safety Forum.
e group arose out of reforms in
the wake of the Pike River Mine
Arrivals: Two Greymouth vessels.
Departures: One Greymouth
vessel. In port: Jay Penelope, 17
other vessels. Expected arrivals:
Jay Elaine, tomorrow; Galatea II,
Game Animal Council to
oversee herds and hunting
A Runanga man who stole a
$300 cellphone from a car was on
Tuesday sentenced to 40 hours'
community work and nine months'
Tamati Tauwhare, 20, admitted stealing
the phone about 10pm on October 20,
when he chanced upon an unlocked car
as he was walking home.
Lawyer George Linder said Tauwhare
had a drink problem and his o ending
only occurred when he was drunk.
Judge Alastair Garland told the
defendant the community frowned on
people who stole items from cars.
"Innocent people get particularly
incensed when o enders enter their
vehicles to steal items."
A new Game Animal Council is to be set
up to take a leading role in the management
of game animals --- deer, tahr, chamois and
wild pigs --- and in improving opportunities
to hunt them.
It will also come up with a code of practice
to limit harassing and herding of animals
for shooting from helicopters.
Conservation Minister Nick Smith said
for his entire career in Parliament there
had been concern from recreational hunters
that they were "locked out from having an
e ective voice in the management of their
e new council is the baby of United
Future leader Peter Dunne, and a condition
of his support for the National-led
Under the bill the Minister of
Conservation will be able to create what
will be known as "herds of special interest"
for recreational hunters in a de ned part of
e council will come up with a
management plan for the herd of special
interest without harming biodiversity values.
Mr Dunne has described herds of special
interest as a game animal herd of a particular
species or sub-species in speci c locations
considered to have high value to hunters
either because of the hunting experience or
the quality of the trophy.
He has cited previously the work of the
Wapiti Foundation in Fiordland which
had removed more than 5000 mainly red
deer from Fiordland. It had enhanced
conservation values while making the wapiti
trophy more valuable. e council, of nine
to 11 members, will be funded by fees yet to
be set by regulation for hunting any animal
that is part of a herd of special interest, and
export levies on game trophies to be taken
out of the country.
Dr Smith said yesterday he did not agree
with the polarised view that deer must be
de ned as "pests" and eradicated or that
they were valued animals. "I come from
the perspective, a pragmatic perspective,
that it depends where they are and in what
numbers." Herd oversight
Minister can delegate powers to council
over "herds of special interest" to:
Issue and cancel hunting authorisations.
Specify conditions under which the
animals may be hunted.
Capture or liberate the animals.
Authorise operations to control the size
of the herd. --- New Zealand Herald
Cellphone stolen from car
A West Coast man whose blood-
alcohol level was almost three times
the legal limit when he crashed his car
at Havelock on August 11, was told in
the Greymouth District Court yesterday
that he had been lucky to live to tell the
" is is just the sort of accident where
one reads in the newspapers where a
young man like you, ends one's life.
Fortunately that did not happen to you
and, fortunately you did not do it to
somebody else," Judge Alastair Garland
told Byron omas Speight.
Speight, 23, of Greymouth,
admitted a drink-driving charge and
another of careless driving.
His car had slammed into a power
pole and then ended up stuck on an
embankment. Police found Speight
nearby and he admitted being the driver.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley sought a
ne but Judge Garland, pointing to a
previous conviction ve years ago, said
the o ending warranted more.
"Second time up, within ve years --- it's
simply beyond a ne, particularly when
we are also talking about an accident and
a level that high," the judge said.
Speight was sentenced to 130 hours'
community work and disquali ed from
driving for nine months.
Crash driver was
almost three times
the legal limit
A Kaiata man who railed about
police harassment de ed logic by twice
creating circumstances where they had
no alternative other than to arrest him,
the Greymouth District Court heard
Billy Vincent Addis, 18, was sentenced
to 60 hours' community work after he
admitted charges of disorderly behaviour
and eeing from custody, on October 5.
Police prosecutor Steven Greer said
two police o cers were in a parked patrol
car outside the BP service station when
Addis hung out the front passenger's
window and yelled abuse at them as
a car drove past. Police followed and
pulled over the car but did not charge
Addis, letting him o with a warning to
curb his behaviour and to not swear in
e police returned to the previous site
but 15 minutes later Addis was again
hanging out the window abusing them
as the car drove past. Police again gave
pursuit and pulled the vehicle over, this
time telling Addis that he was under
arrest for disorderly behaviour and
swearing in front of families with young
Addis ran o but was caught within
In explanation Addis said he had
abused police because he was sick and
tired of them always pulling his vehicle
Judge Alastair Garland said that the
explanation made no sense.
" is whole incident was your fault,"
the judge said. "It was you that yelled the
abuse at police and, it seems to me, tried
to engineer the very circumstances that
you are complaining about."
Kaiata man takes
things too far
A Hokitika man was sentenced in
the Greymouth District Court this
week to 125 hours of community work
for allowing his house to be used for
cannabis consumption two days in a
Eldon Wereta George Wilson, 17,
admitted the charges plus others of
possessing spotting knives and bongs,
on October 10, and again allowing the
Gibson Quay property to be used for
cannabis consumption on October 11,
again having spotting knives and bongs.
e court heard that police failed
to get a response when they were
executing a search warrant on Wilson's
at. ey then entered the house and
were met with a smokey haze and the
distinct smell of cannabis coming from
Wilson and ve other men were in
the room, along with cannabis bongs,
pipes and spotting knives.
Wilson admitted that it was his room
and that he had allowed the group to
smoke cannabis there.
e following day the process was
repeated, and this time Wilson had
eight other men in his room, which was
again a smokey haze of cannabis.
Judge Alastair Garland said Wilson
was a slow learner deserving of an extra
75 hours of community work for the
second o ence.
He was sentenced to 50 hours of
community work on the rst charge.
e only way Hokitika police
could stop Whenua Phillip Joseph
Sweeney from attacking another
man on September 13 was to taser
him, the Greymouth District Court
was told on Tuesday.
Sweeney, 30, was sentenced
to three months' community
detention, nine months' supervision
and 100 hours' community work.
Judge Alastair Garland said the
only thing that saved him from jail
was that his victim had not su ered
Sweeney admitted charges of
intentionally damaging a window,
door and stereo, and assaulting a
man. He had 13 prior convictions
for o ences of violence.
e court heard that he had visited
the home of his former partner,
accusing her of sending texts to
another man. He ranted and raved
at her before picking up a stereo
and smashing it against a door and
knocking a hole in the wall.
When the woman's mother, and
a male friend, intervened Sweeney
abused them and he was still
aggressive when police arrived,
ignoring advice to "calm down",
pushing past them to attack the
man, punching him repeatedly
about the head and body.
Police had to taser him to get him
Sweeney said the other man
"needed to be dealt to" because he
should not have got involved.
Tasering only way police
could stop attack
Community work for
allowing drug use in house
A West Coast man
who claims to have
rid himself of his drug
habit was warned in the
Court yesterday of
the dangers of the
"pernicious" drug P.
"A forensic scientist has
described the drug thus:
'It fries the brain, the
damage is irreparable,'"
Judge Alastair Garland
told Benjamin Michael
Roper, 22, of Coal
Creek, was appearing
for sentencing on
charges of driving
with excess breath-
alcohol and possessing
on March 14.
O cers could smell
cannabis after stopping
Roper's car so they
searched him and
found he was carrying
a small amount of
(valued about $400) and
had a slug pistol under
the front seat. Roper said
he had a month-long
drug habit and the gun
was for shooting rabbits
from the window.
He had already taken
steps before he was
arrested to get treatment
for his addiction,
into the St Mark's
and had since almost
completed the course.
sentenced Roper to 100
hours of community
work and disquali ed
him from driving for six
Judge warns of
dangers of drug use
A Hokitika man who had driven
drunk, with very high alcohol levels,
three times in the past ve years, was
told in the Greymouth District Court
on Tuesday that he was a high risk of
e probation report said that Devon
Eckersley was not a threat to other road
users but Judge Alastair Garland had
"I respectfully disagree. Your risk of
causing harm to others is moderate
if not high if you continue drinking
and driving," the judge told Eckersley,
sentencing him to four months'
community detention, nine months'
super vision and 100 hours of community
Eckersley, 28, of Hokitika, supplied an
excess breath-alcohol sample of 1234mg
when he was stopped on Arahura Valley
Road at noon on August 24. Eckersley
said that he had gone to bed at 4am,
got up at 8am and pottered around all
morning. He was surprised to still be
over the limit. Judge Garland said his
alcohol level must have been extremely
high if he had been alcohol-free for
eight hours and still blew 1234mg, but
it followed a pattern.
Eckersley blew 954mg in 2007 and
869mg last year.
Eckersley was disquali ed from driving
for a year and ordered to comply with an
alcohol and drug abuse assessment and
take any treatment thought necessary.
JACKY, always with me
wherever I go.
--- Your Ashy
Dearly loved and special
family member of
Lynnette and Rick,
Elizabeth and Jerry,
James and Jenna, Janet
Forever in our thoughts,
Forever in our prayers.
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HUBBARD, Barry. ---
Our beloved son and
brother, so loved.
Thank you Barry for all
the joy, the love, and
happiness you brought
into our lives, and for
the time we shared with
We have never stopped
missing you, and
have never ever stopped
For all the wonderful
memories we are
--- From your loving
Mum, Dad, and family.
away suddenly on Mon-
day November 18, 2013,
aged 18. Our boy, loved
and cherished son of
Kate (Greymouth), and
Ben (Nelson), adored
big brother of Liddy,
treasured grandson of
Ben and Sue Palmer,
and Marcia and the late
Trevor Benner, loved
nephew of Clair, and
forever loved by many
family and friends. Mes-
sages C/- PO Box 417,
Greymouth 7840. A
Service to celebrate
Jack's life will be held in
St Patrick's Catholic
Church, High Street,
Greymouth on Saturday
at 2pm followed by
burial at the Karoro
Lawn Cemetery. West-
land Funeral Services.
FDANZ. Phone 03 768
Greymouth Skatepark Development Trust project manager Dave North
marks the outline of the bowl as the new skatepark takes shape, in Boundary
Street. e project hit a couple of roadblocks recently. Heavy rain blew out
the exterior wall twice and the trust then learned the blocks they were using
could not be stacked higher than 1m, which means the spectator area will now
be on a lower section than the bowl. Mr North said they had lost two months
of progress because of that, although given the bad weather he did not expect
they would have been able to do much over that period anyway. He now
hoped to get a good run over the coming weeks with an eye to having the park
close to being nished early next year.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Skatepark bowl taking shape
e rapid expansion of the dairy industry,
which now covers more than 743 square
kilometres on the West Coast, has posed
a di cult dilemma for New Zealand,
the Parliamentary Commission for the
Dr Jan Wright today released her report,
Water Quality in New Zealand.
In 1982, the number of sheep in New Zealand
peaked at 70 million; now there is less than half
But there is far more nitrogen and phosphorus
in water, which lowers the quality by causing
excessive growth of weeds, slime and algae,
a ecting populations of insects, sh and
"All of us as New Zealanders face a di cult
dilemma," Dr Wight said. "Our small country
is a major supplier of protein in the form of
milk powder to developing countries, and the
dairy sector is now the biggest single earner of
Her investigation showed the clear link
between expanding dairy farming and increasing
stress on water quality. Even with best practice
mitigation, the large-scale conversion of more
land to dairy farming would generally result in
more degraded fresh water.
Modelling showed the problem was the scale
of the expansion of dairy farming --- putting
cows on more hectares.
Dr Wright said on the West Coast, nitrogen
loads on rivers were very high, "but this does
not a ect water quality because the nitrogen is
rapidly carried out to sea".
Her report showed an 8% change in nitrogen
loads on the Coast from 1996 to 2008.
In 2012, stocking rates varied from 2.18 cows
per hectare on the West Coast to 3.44 cows per
hectare in South Canterbury.
Dr Wright noted that all dairy companies
had signed up as partners to the Clean Streams
Accord, with the exception of Westland Milk
e Coast land covered by dairying had
increased from 552 square kilometres in 1996
to 743 square kilometres by 2008.
Dr Wright said decision makers had to more
actively address the link between land use
change and water quality.
Grey District Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn's ght for an all-out
ban on legal highs and synthetic
drugs is gaining momentum in the
At a Local Government New
Zealand combined zone ve
and six conference involving
most South Island councils, Mr
Kokshoorn this week had a motion
calling for support to ban the
sale and supply of mind altering
drugs and substances of any
His motion was seconded by
newly-elected Westland Mayor
Yesterday, Mr Kokshoorn said
that while the motion drew a "bit
of debate" at the conference it
gained support in the end.
Twenty mayors and regional
council chairmen from around the
South Island were supportive.
Earlier this year Parliament
passed the Psychoactive Substance
Bill. However, Mr Kokshoorn
wants that reversed, forcing the
ban of all herbal high products and
removing the ability for shops to
Mr Kokshoorn told the meeting
that New Zealand did not need
such products 20 years ago "so why
did we have to have them now?
"Party pills and the likes are
a stepping stone for 10, 11 and
12-year-olds, into the drug
Mr Kokshoorn said the present
legislation only let councils say
where the shops that sold them
could be located,and "that's all".
"We have no power to actually say
'no, we don't want such businesses
in our towns'. Having a say on the
location is totally insigni cant in
the big scheme of things."
He said he hoped to have the
issue back before the Government
in the rst quarter of 2014.
"Wehave a waytogo,butwe all
know herbal highs have serious
implications for our young people
and they need to be banned."
Councils back Grey
mayor's party pill ban
One person was hurt
as re ghters battled a
blaze at a Rotorua house
Fire Ser vice northern
manager Steve Smith
said it received several
calls for the Edmund
Road re at 9.54am.
e re was well
involved and one
person was taken to
Rotorua Hospital with
One hurt in
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