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of the Hokitika Guardian
About 100 people yesterday
marked the o cial opening of
the rebuilt Amethyst River power
scheme, near Hari Hari, securing
the electricity supply for South
Energy Minister Simon Bridges
was given the opening honours ---
igniting the turbine and unveiling
a plaque to the new powerhouse,
named after long-ser ving
Westpower board member Richard
e minister congratulated
Westpower and its partners, Hari
Hari Hydro Ltd, for the successful
commissioning of the "clean and
green" hydro-scheme, which unlike
others on the West Coast attracted
no opposition at all.
" is is a tremendous future asset
and piece of infrastructure on the
West Coast in terms of security
of supply and self-su ciency,
especially for South Westland," Mr
e 7.7MW scheme generates
enough electricity for about
4000 homes, or the entire South
Westpower chairman Mike
Newcombe thanked everyone
involved, especially the community.
"A feature of the development of
Amethyst has been the support of
the local community which was
crucial to getting development
After eight years of planning and
construction it was now the West
Coast's to enjoy, Mr Newcombe said.
e scheme was commissioned
in June, heralding a return to
generation after the forced sale of
the Westpower hydro schemes to
Trustpower during the electricity
reforms of 1999.
e new scheme is built close to
the site of an earlier and smaller
power plant, which opened in 1954
and was shut down by Westpower
in the late 1980s.
Mr Newcombe said the previous
last scheme was capable of
generating 255KW, whereas the
new one could generate 30 times
that, with a total output of 7.7KW
from the same water supply. An
interpretation panel detailing the
history of the site, which runs o
a tributary of the Wanganui River,
has been installed behind the new
2 - Friday, November 29, 2013
Midnight Westport council meeting
An Oamaru man serving a life
sentence for the brutal murder of
a Punakaiki pensioner has had his
parole postponed for two years.
Peter Douglas Carrington, 45,
appeared before the New Zealand
Parole Board this month for
consideration of a postponement
He is serving a life sentence for
the murder of 73-year-old Mya
Sollis, at Morrisons Beach, just
south of Punakaiki, on January 16,
In 1988, he had received a
sentence of seven years' for unlawful
sexual connection and a wounding
He rst appeared before the
board in November 2012, when
he indicated a willingness to
undertake the adult sex o ender
treatment programme, "although
his motivation at that point was
thought to be questionable'', the
e board was encouraged he
would be joining the programme's
starters group, to begin later this
He was expected to complete the
programme by late next year and
he hoped he might be eligible for
entry into a self-care unit, at the
undisclosed prison at which he is
serving his sentence.
Carrington was not seeking a
release, nor would he oppose a two-
year postponement period.
e board reached a view that
Carrington would not be suitable
for a release in a year's time, and
made a postponement order for
e board advised Carrington in
the days before the hearing they
had met the victim's son and his
wife, who "strongly oppose a release
In response to the victim's
entering the treatment programme
was genuine, he told the board
he was "genuinely motivated to
undertake it in order to ensure
that his risk of reo ending can be
reduced''. --- Otago Daily Times
Speed was not a factor in either
of the fatal motorcycle crashes near
Haast this week, police say.
On Wednesday, a 70-year-old man
riding a home-built, VW-powered
trike was killed instantly when he
crashed into a bank on a straight
stretch of State highway 6 about
18km east of Haast.
e man, whose name has not yet
been released, was travelling with
a group from the North Island on
a Fire Ser vice charity ride, when
the accident occurred.
It is believed the crash resulted
from structural failure in the
Serious crash analyst senior
constable Simon Burbery said he
was con dent the rider was not
travelling at excessive speed when
the crash happened. e trike had
been taken for further examination
to establish how the failure occurred.
A crash on Monday further north
on State highway 6, which claimed
the life of Christchurch man Steven
Nottingham, 59, also occurred at
Mr Nottingham was riding a
Harley Davidson motorcycle towing
a large trailer when he crossed the
centre line on a tight left-hand
bend and crashed into the side of a
campervan travelling in the opposite
Mr Burbery said the campervan
was well within its own lane when
the collision happened and the
ongoing investigation was focused
on the involvement of the trailer in
relation to the rider's loss of control.
Hundreds of motorcyclists had
been travelling to the motorcycle
festival and the vast majority had
been riding safely, Mr Burbery said.
"Both of these crashes involved an
unusual combination of factors and,
for once, I can say that speed was not
one of those factors.''
Wanaka-based Otago rural road
policing manager, senior sergeant
Aaron Nicholson, who attended
Wednesday's fatal crash, said while
driving conditions between the West
Coast and Otago's rural areas were
challenging enough for motorists,
travelling on a motorcycle posed an
even greater risk.
"Given the lack of signi cant rider
protection, uneven road surfaces,
weather conditions that change
quickly. is is on top of issues
with some foreign drivers who
can sometimes spend more time
admiring the view than the road,''
Mr Nicholson said.
"It's imperative that motorcyclists,
along with all other road users,
exercise enough patience, caution
and manage their speed accordingly
to get to their destination safely.''
--- Otago Daily Times
of the Westport News
e edgling Buller District Council's
new monthly meeting regime stumbled at
the rst hurdle on Wednesday night.
e new council has changed its monthly
meeting start times from 2pm to 5pm
because most new councillors have jobs.
But the clock ticked to midnight as this
week's meeting nished.
Councillors made two major funding
decisions after 10pm. ey had to stop
three times to pass resolutions to allow
them to keep going past the six hours
allowed in the council rules.
After the meeting ended, some
rural councillors then faced over an
hour's drive home.
Mayor Garry Howard said yesterday that
a seven-hour meeting was unacceptable
--- although there were some exceptional
circumstances on Wednesday night ---
and he had to improve his chairmanship
e meeting started with an hour-long
public forum, dominated by speakers to
the draft alcohol policy.
Presentations from Tourism West Coast
and Bathurst Resources followed, then
local naval o cer Terry Archer was sworn
in as a regional naval o cer.
Councillors took a brief tea break and
did not begin tackling their 300-page
agenda --- which was further in ated by
late items --- until after 7pm.
ey spent an hour on Buller's draft
alcohol policy. ey also had to hammer
out committee structures and wade
through a raft of information prompted
by their requests for more reports.
To their credit, they kept their cool and
ploughed on. e only spat was a brief
exchange between Cr Sharon Roche and
chief executive Paul Wylie.
More than ve hours into the meeting,
councillors decided to give Tai Poutini
Polytechnic $90,000 towards its new
Westport workshop. An hour later they
granted $100,000 towards the Reefton
Historic Power Scheme.
Both grants are likely to contravene
With energy levels waning, councillors
nished the public section of their agenda
at 11pm. ey then spent another hour in
private discussing their chief executive's
Mr Howard declined to comment
on the review yesterday, other than to
say councillors had made no decision
and adjourned discussion to their next
"It got too late to make realistic decisions,"
he said. "We'd sooner have an adjournment
and time to think about all the information
rather than a decision at 12am."
e new mayor acknowledged that he
had let discussion go too long at times last
"I probably didn't quite organise it ...
Once you get past 10pm your decision-
making process gets impaired ... I
personally believe we should be no greater
than four hours."
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Chelsea, Blair and Meah
welcome Jaxx Ray
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Born 3.01am on Novem-
ber 27, 2013, weighing
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SADLER, Mark Brian
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and Wendy. Aged 83
years. Memorial gather-
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2.30pm then ashes to
Kaupapa Maori registered nurse Contessa Popata, middle, and kaiarataki Vania Hotereni, with kau-
matua Richard Wallace outside the Greymouth o ce of Poutini Waiora, the West Coast's only Maori
health provider. e 22-year-old Hokitika-based provider, formerly known as Rata te Awhina Trust, was
re-branded recently as Poutini Waiora after a two-year restructuring period. Poutini Waiora kaihautu
(general manager) Melissa Cragg said a change in direction also called for an appropriate change in 'look'
and vision for the organisation. Waiora translates generically as health. Dr Cragg said the combination
of wai (water) with ora (health, alive, safe, sur vive, recover, welfare, restore) tted more appropriately
with the ser vice from a holistic perspective. Poutini Waiora headquarters are in Hokitika, with branch
o ces in Westport and Greymouth, where sta share o ce space with the West Coast Primary Health
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Maori health provider gets new name
Switch f licked on Amethyst River power scheme
PICTURE: Janna Sherham
Westpower chairman Mike Newcombe, Energy
Minister Simon Bridges and Westpower chief
executive Rob Caldwell outside the powerhouse.
Speed ruled out in Haast crashes
A Greymouth District Court
jury took only a little over an hour
yesterday to rule in favour of self-
litigant Ronald Mark Cocker on
a charge of threatening to kill his
Karamea farming neighbour.
e complainant, Peter Langford,
had alleged that Cocker had
produced a craft knife and
threatened to "slit his throat" and
"see his blood spill into the dirt".
Langford's son Samuel and
his girlfriend gave evidence of
witnessing the threat, but Cocker,
55, said that they were all lying.
He alleged that he had produced a
craft knife, but only in self-defence
because Langford Snr had choked
him to unconsciousness two years
earlier and was advancing on him
saying, "if you stick around I am
going to have to choke you again".
A row had been simmering
between the neighbours for seven
years when the incident occurred,
at Granite Creek Road on February
Langford told the jury trial that
Cocker was an "intimidating,
violent and abusive person." Cocker
said in response that Langford
was a "bullying, intimidating and
aggressive neighbour who had
caused untold problems in Granite
Cocker told the court that two
years earlier Langford had beaten
him up and throttled him to
unconsciousness on the roadside.
"He made me promise to never
cause trouble for him again, then left
me unconscious by the road."
In his closing address, Crown
prosecutor Marcus Elliot said the
men had starkly di erent versions
of the events of the day but he was
con dent that the jury would believe
the Langfords' account.
Cocker suggested that he had,
during cross-examination, exposed
Peter Langford as a liar and therefore
the jury could not believe anything
the prosecution witnesses said.
Judge David Saunders said the
only "live issue" that the jury had
to deal with was which version
did they believe. Either the threats
had been made as alleged, or the
prosecution witnesses had "tailored
After deliberating for about 70
minutes the jury returned with a 'not
Karamea man found not guilty
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