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e Greymouth Christmas in the
Park will have an X-Factor feel after
it was con rmed this morning that
former contestant Tom Batchelor
would be joining the line-up. e
event, which has been moved to
the new Rugby Park venue, already
had Greymouth X-Factor winner
Jackie omas and fellow contestant
Cassie Henderson signed up.
Organiser Phil Lemon said they
were "stoked" to have con rmed
Batchelor. "It's really exciting for
us to have three X-Factor stars on
the stage." All three performers
have West Coast connections;
Batchelor was born in Reefton,
while Henderson has family ties to
ree South Westland nurses have
left, or are leaving. e West Coast
District Health Board said today
that recruitment was under way to
replace the three, who were leaving
for a variety of personal, family
and career reasons. e nurses are
based at Haast, Fox Glacier and
70 at road meeting
About 70 Grey district people
turned out at a meeting in
Greymouth last night in support
of the proposed Haast-Hollyford
road. Organiser Durham Havill,
said that all were positive about
the proposal and there was a good
cross section of the community,
including businessmen and farmers
in attendance. About 170 attended
a similar meeting in Hokitika last
week and another is planned for
Franz Josef Glacier tomorrow.
"We will have done the rounds of
meetings then and the next thing
will be to take the message to
Government," Mr Havill said. "We
will be stressing that the people of
the West Coast are positive about
the project, the people of Te Anau
are all for it and, I believe, all of
Southland is too."
Drizzle, persistent rain late
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
Australia's biggest selling Sunday
newspaper carried a surprising
message regarding its owner
Rupert Murdoch, hidden in a
children's game. e Sunday
Telegraph's regular word puzzle
asks children to nd 'hidden
words' among deliberately jumbled
up letters. However this week
it took some skill to nd one of
them. e 'animals of Indonesia'
themed puzzle had the letters
LIVESIHCODRUM on the third
line --- which is 'Murdoch is evil'
written backwards. --- Daily Mail
A Christchurch car thief who has
moved to the West Coast is having
trouble nding a at and a job due
to court reports about her o ending,
the Greymouth District Court heard
Annalise Elizabeth Tunnicli e, 18,
was appearing for sentence on charges
relating to the theft of six cars.
She and a boyfriend Jonanthon Millar,
had been itting between an Aranui
address and Millar's parents house at
Kumara when the spate of thieving began
on August 12. ey they took a 1997
Nissan Ce ro valued at $5000; it has not
On August 20 they took a Subaru
Legacy valued at $4500; it was recovered
by police outside their home in Aranui,
although Millar and Tunnicli e said they
did not know how it got there.
Overnight on August 21, they took
another Subaru Legacy valued at $4500
from outside a Mount Pleasant address.
Millar was driving it in Aranui when it
attracted the interest of police. A pursuit
ensued and Millar reached speeds of
150kph in a 50kph area, before police
abandoned the chase.
A little later the vehicle was found
abandoned at an intersection. Millar
said when located, that he knew nothing
of the theft. On August 22, a Nissan
Bluebird, valued at $2000, was stolen.
e following day Millar sold it for $200
to a wrecker, who dismantled it, leaving
only the motor for police to return to the
e couple then stole another Nissan
Bluebird, valued at $1350, which
Tunnicli e drove to the West Coast,
hiding it in dense forest near Kumara.
Tunnicli e was also sentenced on charges
of breaching community work, bail, and
supervision. Lawyer George Linder
said that Tunnicli e had simply been a
follower and Millar had been the main
o ender. She had not taken alcohol and
drugs for four months, was remorseful
and understanding of the grief that her
o ending had brought on her victims.
"She is trying to nd accommodation
and a job but reports of her escapades
have given her notoriety with prospective
employers and landlords," Mr Linder
Judge Brian Callaghan said Tunnicli e
was an equal partner in the o ending.
" is is not as simple as you being led
astray. You would have had to have been
complicit. You only have to read the
victim impact reports to see how serious
this was, particularly the one from one
owner who had saved hard to buy a car
to get to and from work and then nd it
stolen ... a complete loss."
Tunnicli e was sentenced to 180
hours of community work, 12 months'
supervision and ordered to pay $4030
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Greymouth Skatepark Development Trust project manager Dave North, left, gets a hand from Coastwide Concrete Pumping contractor Patrick
Willman to do some concrete spraying in the bowl of the new skatepark yesterday. It was the rst pour at the park and Mr North said the concrete
would seal all the gravel and stop it from collapsing in the rain, as had occurred previously. e next step would be to put the steel reinforcing in.
Judge Brian Callaghan said in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday
that a sherman's explanation that he
found LSD and methamphetamine
in a bus shelter was stretching
"I like to think that I'm a reasonable
man when it comes to listening to
explanations, but this really strains
the bounds of my comprehension,"
Judge Callaghan told Cobden man,
Murphy, 23, had admitted having
0.6 grams of P when police searched
him on November 27.
A driver of the West Coast Shuttle
had driven Murphy to the police
station because he had refused to get
o the bus on arrival in Greymouth.
Murphy had told the driver that he
was high on LSD.
When police searched him they
found that Murphy was in possession
of six 'point bags', two of them
containing P. Lawyer Doug Ta s
said that Murphy had an innocent
His boat had docked at Lyttelton
and Murphy decided to get a bus
At the bus depot he found a small
box which he put in his pack.
On the journey home he opened
the box and found that it contained
one pill and some white powder.
Believing that the pill was LSD
he swallowed it and quickly lost his
" is was a very frightening
experience for him.
"He did not want to get o the bus
because he did not know where he
was," Mr Ta s said.
"He does not know what the pill
was, it could have been anything,
could have killed him."
e judge ned Murphy $500 and
ordered police to destroy the P.
Bus delivers man to police station
Runanga residents are to be asked for
a third time whether they want to be
hooked up to Greymouth's chlorinated
Runanga residents voted in May 2012
to upgrade the existing Sids Road supply
(57%), and not add chlorine. at was to
cost each household about $230 a year.
ey were polled again in July 2012, and
although the response was low at 38.6%
the majority (57%) were in favour of the
retaining the Sids Road supply.
e project was budgeted for in the
long term plan at $159 a household, a
Government subsidy reducing it from
However, the Ministry of Health has
only approved a subsidy of $264,000, the
cost of hooking up to Greymouth, because
it is the Ministry's preferred option.
is brings the cost per household
to $166, slightly more than what was
budgeted for in the long term plan.
at gure can be reduced by $31 if
Runanga folk instead agree to a hook up
with Greymouth. Cr Cli Sandrey said
that would likely be the option chosen if
the community was polled again.
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said that the
poll should stand.
"We polled them a year ago. It would be
a massive loss of faith if we went back and
re-polled them now."
However, Crs Sandrey and Peter
Haddock said that they had since had
queries and advice from Runanga folk
that suggested a third poll would bring a
di erent result.
Eventually the council resolved to invite
submissions rather than conduct a poll.
e submissions, which will decide the
issue once and for all, will be considered
PICTURE: Viv Logie
John Paul II Year 13 student Sophie Molloy shows o the dux medal and haul of cups she was awarded
at the school's prizegiving last night. Next year Sophie heads to the University of Otago to study rst year
Health Sciences which will lead onto a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree. ̌School leaders picked, p10
Runanga residents get a
third say on water issue
"It would be a massive loss of faith"
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