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Police and a court baili , who were
visiting a Hokitika address yesterday,
located 22 cannabis plants growing
in the backyard. A Hokitika police
spokesman said today they were
visiting the house on an unrelated
matter when they came across the
"healthy" cannabis plants. e man
is expected to face drug charges.
Inheritance scam letter
A Greymouth woman was
surprised --- but not impressed ---
to receive a letter today stating she
had inherited $US5 million from
a distant relative in France. She
was also not surprised to see the
scammers ask for her bank account
details. While her husband took the
letter to the police, she contacted
the newspaper to alert people to the
fact the scam was doing the rounds.
She was concerned someone may fall
Solar lights stolen
An Orowaiti Street, Westport
property has been left in the dark
after thieves stole 18 solar lights.
Westport police community
constable Paul Sampson said today
that the lights were taken overnight
on Sunday, but the incident was not
reported until yesterday. He said that
some of the stands were left behind.
A white Nissan Sunny saloon was
reportedly overtaking vehicles at
speed in the 70kph speed zone on
Main South Road, Paroa at 7.50pm
yesterday. e car was also seen to
turn right as it was overtaking, nearly
causing a crash. A witness took down
the registration number and it was
located by police parked outside an
address in Karoro. e driver is likely
to be prosecuted.
Police received a report of children
standing on the back seat of a vehicle
being driven along State highway
7 at Dobson yesterday. Police today
warned all drivers to ensure their
passengers were wearing seat belts
or child seats when they were
in vehicles. Yesterday's incident
happened about 11.45am and the
vehicle, a black Kia station wagon,
was reportedly swer ving from side
to side and crossing the centreline.
Police failed to locate it.
Port of Greymouth. --- Arrivals:
One Greymouth vessel. Departures:
Galatea II. In port: Jay Penelope,
20 other vessels. Expected arrivals:
Tawera, November 30; Jay Elaine,
December 1; Cook Canyon,
December 2; Galatea II, December
3. Expected departures: Nil.
Continued from p1
Hundreds of motorcyclists will take to
the roads of Nelson to share the spirit of
Christmas on Saturday.
e annual Toy Run marks 28 years
of the event which brings together
motorcyclists from all over the Top of
the South and the West Coast as bearers
of gifts for the needy.
is event consistently attracts
motorbikes and scooters of various
engine sizes, all adorned with various
gifts for distribution to the region's
children by the local branch of the
Nelsons Ulysses Branch co-ordinator
John Macdonald said the run attracted
motorcyclists from Westland, Buller,
Marlborough and even Canterbury, who
joined with the local Nelson riders, to
support the great cause.
" e aim is to give gifts to the needy,
and the Salvation Army follows our
convoy to collect toys from people on the
roadside. ere is always a huge turnout
of bikes and spectators alike, who line
the streets to watch and support the
appeal. It really brings out a wonderful
community spirit," Mr MacDonald said.
e public can come to the assembly
point in Cambridge Street, Richmond at
10am, to donate their gifts.
for toy run
Ben Hanssen has been elusive when
this month asked questions concerning
his nancial dealings, but is no stranger
to dealing with the media.
is month, the Otago Daily Times
named Mr Hanssen as the bar owner
who employed gang members to
intimidate rivals, left sta unpaid, and
who allegedly knew of concrete poured
down the drain of a rival business.
Mr Hanssen was asked to comment on
each allegation, but told the paper, "I am
not aware of any of (their claims)."
He accused the ODT of publishing the
article on behalf of the police.
But this was not his rst appearance in
the media spotlight.
In February 2012, he fronted an
interview with television programme
Fair Go concerning Dunedin-based
company Tech Brands, which sold tablets
and smartphones over the internet.
Customers complained they did not
receive the promised items after forking
out thousands of dollars, just after the
company's owner --- Brian Isaksson ---
died following a ght in a Dunedin bar
in late 2011.
Despite his death, the company
continued to trade.
Mr Hanssen --- a friend of the dead
man --- appeared on the consumer
watchdog television show.
"I have no control over the company's
ability to trade. I am not a stakeholder, I
am not a director, I am not an employee.
I am just a concerned friend," he told the
A month before the show aired,
the Commerce Commission told Mr
Hanssen to take down the website, but he
allegedly kept trading despite mounting
orders and complaints.
e programme concluded that where
the customers' money had gone was
a mystery, and that information may
have disappeared with the death of the
Asked if he felt responsible, Mr
Hanssen told the Fair Go reporter, "I
feel very responsible. I feel responsible in
this situation because somebody has to
sit and answer these questions. ere are
no winners here."
A Commerce Commission spokesman
told the ODT this month there was
no investigation on the matter, as the
complaints did not meet criteria.
Mr Hanssen also made national news
headlines when he was the victim of
defamatory social networking comments
from another bar owner in May 2012.
e owner of a rival nightclub was
involved in an altercation with a member
of the public at Mr Hanssen's Monkey
Bar in May 2012 and was later ejected.
Following that incident, homophobic
comments were posted on Facebook.
In response, Mr Hanssen, who is gay,
said he "was absolutely repulsed by these
Mr Hanssen was involved in a spat
with Dunedin City Council sta in
December 2011, after the council started
enforcing parking rules in an alleyway o
Moray Place, behind lower Stuart Street.
He told the ODT at the time that three
council sta threatened to tow a delivery
vehicle unloading at his business, when it
was not blocking anyone's access.
"It's a ludicrous situation," he said. "A
ludicrous waste of bureaucratic resource."
He told the newspaper he was seeking
legal advice. --- Otago Daily Times
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WARREN, (nee Blair)
Phyllis May (Mae). ---
Passed away peacefully
on November 26, 2013,
at Nelson. Much loved
daughter of the late Bob
and Bessie Blair. Loved
sister of June, Nancy,
Barbara, Bob (de-
ceased), Jim, Camilla
and Brian. Loved by all
in-law, nieces and
nephews. The funeral
service for Mae will be
held at Marsden House
Funeral Home, 41 Nile
Street East, Nelson on
November 29, 2013 at
1pm to be followed
by her interment at
Marsden Valley Ceme-
tery. Marsden House
NORRIS. --- Clint and
Lorelei are proud to
announce the arrival
of their son, Lincoln
Rodger Norris. Born
November 11, 2013. A
big thank you to all of
the staff at McBrearty
Ward, and to all our
family and friends for all
their help and support.
SADLER, Mark Brian
David. --- Passed away
October 28, 2013. Eldest
son of the late Amy and
David Sadler. Father of
Daria and Glen. Brother
of Neil, Ross, Malcolm
and Wendy. Aged 83
years. Memorial gather-
ing at Uniting Church,
November 30, 2013 at
2.30pm then ashes to
LEE, Colin. --- Lola,
Stephen and families
wish to thank everyone
for the kindness shown
to them after Colin
passed away, the
flowers, food, cards,
phone calls, were greatly
appreciated. A special
thank you to the staff at
Richard Seddon Hospi-
tal and Granger House
for the wonderful care
they gave Colin over the
three years he was with
them. Please accept this
as a personal acknow-
ledgment and thank you
for you support.
Remembered with love
--- Your loving family.
GIBB, Trevor John. ---
On November 25, 2013,
peacefully at home in
Franz Josef. In his 75th
year. Dearly loved
husband of Miriam.
Loved father of John
and Elisabeth, Grant and
Marietta and Tim and
Vanessa. Loved grandad
of Helena and Dalton,
Jason and Brad, and
Sarah and Olivia. Loved
brother of Olive and
Trevor Lamport and Ted
and Myra. Brother in
law of Isabel and Owen
Johnston. Special thanks
to all the nursing staff
for their dedicated care.
Messages to P O Box
73, Franz Josef 7856. In
lieu of flowers donations
to the West Coast
branch of The Cancer
Society would be
appreciated and may be
made at the service. The
funeral service for
Trevor will be held at
Hall, Seaview Terrace
Estate, Hokitika on
Friday, November 29,
commencing at 11am.
Following the service
Trevor will be laid to
rest in the Lawn Section
of the Hokitika
Ph 755 7993.
Quali ed FD Since 1973
One source said he and his parents were
"ripped o for quite a few dollars" by Mr
Hanssen in a Christchurch petrol station
deal. He says he is still paying money o a
decade later, despite initially pursuing legal
" is is how dodgy he is --- he would
use a lawyer (but) not pay the lawyer so
the lawyer would stop defending him," the
source said of Mr Hanssen.
"I spent quite a bit of money going
through di erent lawyers trying to serve
papers on him . . . and he was using lawyers
in Nelson when he was in Christchurch
because no one would touch him."
While in Christchurch, Mr Hanssen
was involved in a housing development
company, which was later prosecuted by the
IRD for fraudulent tax returns, resulting
in one of his associates receiving home
e source alleged Mr Hanssen also
became involved in a housing development,
with plans sold to unsuspecting families
whose deposits were used to fund the build
while their contracts were later cancelled,
and the apartments sold again.
"He had worked out that if he did not
put his name as a director of the company,
but as an employee, then they could not
e man said those a ected by the
Christchurch deals were owed "millions of
So how has Mr Hanssen been able to get
away with his business dealings, and stay
one step ahead of authorities?
"He has the gift of the gab, he is able
to paint a picture of something that is
promising, o ers good returns, little
investment, little stress . . . he will take on
all of that for you. You basically hand over
the money and he tells you how things
are going and he shows you the building
sites . . . but you are unaware he has already
spent your money, and it is not even on the
project you are looking at," the source said.
When Mr Hanssen attracted the interest
of IRD, he would start a company to get
some credit and pay o some bills, and then
set up another similarly named company
which he would use when the former was
liquidated, the source said.
A retired Christchurch man said that he
rst knew Mr Hanssen as Ben Macadie,
when he worked as a salesman and
electrician for him in the early 2000s. e
man found $80,000 of product that had
"never been through the company's books".
"Ben had bought (the items) through the
company and installed it and invoiced it
through his own invoice books."
Despite having to pay Mr Hanssen
redundancy because of "wrongful
dismissal", the man was able to later recover
about $40,000, with the rest written o .
"My accountant said to me, 'Do you want
to go through a court case or save your
business' . . . so that is what we did."
In about 2007, Mr Hanssen left
Christchurch for Ashburton and set up
another property company, a source said.
A former business partner was one of
several people who was left owing hundreds
of thousands of dollars to creditors
following the collapse of a company.
e creditor, who like many others
declined to be named, said Mr Hanssen
was "a great guy" who would take them out
and introduce them to others.
"He is a people's person, and he is funny
and chatty, until you are too far in and
your rose-tinted glasses come o and you
realise how deep you are in and you have to
struggle to get out."
She had a simple message for those
caught up with Mr Hanssen --- "get out".
"He is a great guy until he leaves you
behind ... and you are left owing hundreds
e ODT knows of at least one letter
sent to the Serious Fraud O ce in late
2009 which concerned Mr Hanssen. e
o ce con rmed last month it was not
Former business associates said they were
left exasperated in trying to recover monies
owed, with lawyers advising cases could cost
in the six gures only for the companies
involved to be potentially liquidated.
After leaving Ashburton --- and some
creditors who are yet to see their money
--- Mr Hanssen moved to Dunedin about
2011 and entered the hospitality industry.
One source said a recent multi-
million-dollar proposal for a Greymouth
development followed the same pattern as
previous business ventures.
e Canterbury-based creditor said, "We
sit here absolutely amazed they continue to
carry on the way they have."
e Otago Daily Times has spoken
to other employees who say they had
contacted IRD, concerned taxes had not
e IRD declined to comment on
whether Mr Hanssen, Mr ompson or
any of their companies were the subject
of complaints or investigations, citing
Matters appeared to have come to a head
in September after chattels belonging
to Mr Hanssen's former landlord were
legitimately repossessed from one of his
Gang members allegedly working on
behalf of Mr Hanssen went to a Dunedin
bar in Frederick Street on September 20 to
take back the chattels.
e involvement of gang members, who
it is understood have not been paid by Mr
Hanssen, left some former employees and
creditors feeling intimidated, while others
still clung to any remote hope they might
be paid. --- Otago Daily Times
Red car for police
One of the brightly coloured police
patrol cars is on its way to the West
Yesterday, police announced red and
orange patrol cars would be rolled out as
a trial across the country.
West Coast area commander Inspector
John Canning, said today one of the
distinctive coloured vehicles would arrive
on the Coast in the next three or four
"We will be getting a red one and it will
be used by highway patrol sta ."
Assistant commissioner of road
policing Dave Cli said he hoped the
colourful cars would become a talking
point. " ey're very much a conversation
starter," he said.
"It's all around them being quite
distinctive patrol cars. We need to get
the public thinking and talking about
Twenty-eight Holden VF Commodore
SV6 patrol cars will be spread around the
country over the next year, as older cars
came up for replacement.
Police said a red patrol car previously
trialled in Waikato, in June last year,
had drawn "a hugely positive public
Westland mayor may get car
Mark Bolland, back left, Nelson City Cr Brian McGurk, Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne, Dr Paul Holt, James Risner
(Nelson), front row Tom Clarkson (Westland), Cheryl ompson (Marlborough), Scott Nixon (Kiwibank), Tony Cronin
(Marlborough), and Hon Marayan Street.
Coast heroes honoured
ree West Coast local heroes, including
a long-serving Grey Base Hospital doctor,
were toasted at an award ceremony in
Nelson last night.
As part of the Kiwibank New Zealander
of the Year Awards 2014, the three winners
of the Kiwibank Local Heroes category
were presented with specially made medals.
e recipients were Dr Paul Holt, Mark
Bolland, and Tom Clarkson.
For over 20 years, Dr Holt has provided
medical ser vices to the West Coast.
Event organisers said he was a respected
part of the community and there were not
many Coasters who had not had something
to do with him, whether in a professional
capacity, or o ering personal help.
" ere can be no doubt that he has
changed lives, and that he has done it
sel essly. Not only does he work at the
hospital in Greymouth, he also travels to
Reefton, Westport, Hokitika and numerous
other bases around the West Coast."
West Coast Coastguard founding
member Mark Bolland was also honoured.
He is the only one of the original group
still fully active.
He comes from the Kotuku Surf Life
Saving Club, which is the organisation that
the unit grew from.
"Mark is always looking at ways to
include the local community in what the
Coastguard does, and he always has a new
idea on the boil. He's very passionate about
mentoring the new Surf Life Saving crew
each year, and helping them integrate with
the wider unit."
Tom Clarkson was honoured for a
lifelong involvement with St John, Scouts,
Lions, school trips and projects.
He still drives the local rugby bus, takes
school trips, scouts, guides and much more.
At age 73, he continues to be involved at
"Tom is a true West Coaster and he has
become a 'granddad' to South Westland: a
granddad that always has a smile, a joke or
two, a good word to say."
is year, 115 medals will be presented
nationwide over the next few weeks with
one national Local Heroes winner to be
announced at the New Zealander of the
Year Gala Awards in Auckland in February
Islanders' health barriers
Concerns are held that the growing
Paci c island community on the West
Coast is coming up against some
barriers in the health system. West Coast
District Health Board general manager
Maori health Gary Coghlan said the
Paci c island community on the Coast
was steadily growing, particularly in
the Greymouth area. "With this we
have noticed a de nite increase in some
health barriers for this population group.
is is a concern because we do what we
can to assist but some of the issues are
complicated and require more resourcing
and time and strategy."
Lorinda "Rindy" Nottingham was
looking forward to catching a ight
south on Friday to link up with her
husband and brother-in-law at the
Burt Munro Challenge motorcycle
Nottingham, riding a Harley
Davidson and his brother Brent
on his Triumph Speedmaster, left
Christchurch on Saturday, intending
to travel to Invercargill via the West
But on Monday their trip came to
a tragic ending just north of Haast
when Steven Nottingham's handlebar
clipped an oncoming campervan
causing a crash which killed the
"I was supposed to go with them
but I run my own business and
couldn't get away," a grieving Mrs
Nottingham said yesterday.
Mrs Nottingham and her husband
both enjoyed motorcycling and
attended many rallies around the
South Island together.
"We hadn't been to the Burt Munro
before and that's why we wanted to
go this year," she said.
"Steve had a trailer on the back
of his bike with all my leather
gear, tents and everything. I had
booked a ight which was due
in Invercargill about 2.20pm on
Friday and Steve was going to meet
me at the airport."
e couple met four years ago
after being introduced by Brent
Nottingham, who worked with
the woman who was to become his
Mr and Mrs Nottingham celebrated
their second wedding anniversary
It was his third marriage and her
"He said it was third time lucky,"
Mrs Nottingham said.
She said Mr Nottingham had two
adult children and two grandchildren,
and she had four children and three
An electrician by trade, Mr
Nottingham owned Christchurch
company Good Time Tours for more
than 20 years, running coach hire and
bus charter tours for groups around
Mrs Nottingham said that she
often took time o with her
husband and they travelled away
together when he was taking groups
"We took a group of people up to
Blenheim on a trip about two months
ago," she said.
"Steven used to say he loved going
away with me on tour."
Mrs Nottingham said her husband
had recently nished restoring a
large mobile home that had been
"We only had it out once, but we
were planning to go away in it at
She said Mr Nottingham's tragic
death left a "really big hole in my
"I'm still in a state of shock."
Mrs Nottingham said she
received a text from her husband at
lunchtime on Monday --- about an
hour before the crash just north of
"He said he loved me, that he was
sick of the weather and wanted to
come home because it was raining."
--- APNZ- e Star
Ride to motorcycle rally ends in Coast tragedy
of the Hokitika Guardian
Grey District-based Westland
Mayor Mike Havill has requested a
mayoral car --- which ratepayers will
ultimately pay for.
e mayor, who lives 70km away
from Hokitika, says he will forgo
some of his salary to cover the
private use of the vehicle, and he
will not be able to claim any mileage
However, the cash-strapped
Westland District Council will need
to strike a loan to buy the vehicle ---
which has been capped at $50,000
--- that ratepayers will absorb next
e mayoral car proposal will go
before councillors at their second
full meeting in Franz Josef Glacier
Council chief executive Tanya
Winter said the provision of a
mayoral car was one of a number of
options provided under the council's
Elected Members Remuneration
Policy to facilitate the Mayor's
involvement in the formal business
"Within that policy the council has
options. A vehicle can be provided,
mileage for the use of the mayor's
private vehicle can be paid or
alternative travel arrangements can
Ms Winter said the mayor had
requested council source a small and
economic vehicle in line with the
"Westland is a vast district
stretching 350km from Kumara
to Jackson Bay and considerable
mileage is necessary to represent the
residents of Westland district," Ms
"Council enjoy signi cant
purchasing bene ts under the All
of Government contract and we
will utilise those bene ts to secure
the best possible price for the new
vehicle," she said.
Mr Havill said he was committed to
maximising his attendance at o cial
council business, at community
events within the district and with
the wider local government sector in
the South Island.
"As such, I believe that a mayoral
vehicle is a cost e ective way of
minimising travel costs for both
council and myself," he said.
"In line with standard practice
for New Zealand mayors, I will
sacri ce some remuneration, as
determined by the independent New
Zealand Remuneration Authority to
recognise the cost of any private use
of the vehicle."
A recommendation that council
approve the purchase of a vehicle
of the mayor's choice up to $50,000
including on-road costs plus GST,
funded from internal loans, is now
Acting corporate services group
manager Stephen Halliwell said
funding for the capital cost of the
vehicle was not budgeted for.
Operating costs, including
depreciation, were also unlikely to
be met from existing mileage and
"Council has no reser ve funds
to fund the purchase," he says in
the agenda. "Two funding options
remain; a lease or internal loan."
He said the cost of an internal loan
would be lower.
e purchase of a vehicle would
result in an increase in the 2014-015
budget --- at this stage estimated
to be between $3000 to $4000
--- which would be picked up by
Mr Halliwell said mayoral cars
were not uncommon, with most
mayors around the country now
Former Westland mayor Maureen
Pugh, who also lives a distance from
Hokitika, at Turiwhate, used her
own private car throughout her three
terms as mayor.
However, her predecessor, John
Drylie, had a mayoral car during his
six years as mayor.
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