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Man given cycling
A man cycling towards Greymouth
from Taylorville was given some
cycling safety advice by the police
last night. A witness, concerned for
the man's safety, contacted police
about 10pm saying that the man was
riding his bike on the wrong side of
the road and had no lights. It took
police a while to nd the man in the
dark and bad weather, and they gave
him some strong safety advice about
safe cycling. Police are also urging
other cyclists not to copy his antics
as they had the potential to have
Rocks thrown on roof
e occupant of a Hall Street,
Cobden address, quickly called
police when he heard rocks being
thrown on his roof about 11.30pm.
e victim saw a man outside. Rocks
were landing on the roof every ve
to 10 minutes. Police managed to
apprehend the o ender, a 21-year-
old man, who was arrested and
charged with disorderly behaviour.
A worried woman waved down
police in Cobden last night after she
saw a man drive slowly along Bright
Street beside a teenage girl walking
along the footpath. e witness told
police the man was driving a red
Toyota Cavalier saloon, which the
police quickly located. ey spoke
with the driver, who explained to
them he was from out of town and
looking for a friend's place. His
details were recorded and he was
warned for his suspicious behaviour.
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Quali ed FD Since 1973
away peacefully at his
home in Dunollie after
a short illness, on
December 11, 2013,
aged 71. Dearly loved
husband of Janet, much
loved father of Kerry
and Henry Adams
(Hokitika), and John and
loved Grandad of
Simon, and Nicole
Adams, and Kiel
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and brother-in-law of
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and Laurence (deceased)
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--- Rosalie, Wayne,
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by way of flowers,
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baking in the sad loss of
a deeply loved husband,
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poppa. Special thanks to
the staff at the Arohanui
Hospice. Please accept
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you of our appreciation.
A Ross man who had threatened to kill
a Rotomanu resident with a large shard
of glass was ordered in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday to obey a curfew
every night for the next nine months.
e curfew was part of a "creative" sentence
imposed on Ethan ai Vui, because his
address is too far away to be monitored for
community detention or home detention.
Vui, 20, had admitted charges of driving
with excess breath-alcohol, wilful damage
and possessing an o ensive weapon arising
from an incident at 11pm on August 20. He
was also be sentenced on unrelated charges
of disorderly behaviour, intentional damage,
burglary and obstructing police, arising
from an incident in April when Vui was
living in Blaketown.
Vui, on August 20, had been drinking at a
party in Rotomanu but crashed his car into
a farm fence soon after leaving.
He walked to a nearby property where he
argued with the occupant before punching
in two large windows.
He then picked up a large shard of glass
and advanced on the other man, saying: "I'll
will f...g kill you," before his intended victim
Lawyer Richard Bodle, said that Vui was
embarrassed by his behaviour. He had since
given up the booze and moved to Ross to
escape his anti-social associates.
Judge Brian Callaghan said that he would
take a punt on Vui.
"You seem to have shown quite a change
in attitude since you have been down Ross.
I'm hoping that I'm right in feeling positive
about you and that you have changed your
life for the better."
Vui was sentenced to nine months of
supervision, including the curfew, 150
hours of community work, disquali ed from
driving for six months and ordered to pay
$800 reparation for the broken windows.
Curfew for threatening to kill
Rachel Nieman, front, and John Kennedy, back, with their children Kari and
Oliver, are looking to give the former Buck's Head Pub in Taylor ville a new focus
as a backpackers. Mr Kennedy said the new drink-driving laws had made it di cult
for them to run purely as a pub, which they closed about ve months ago. " e
liquor laws are really harsh on a place like this." ey had always intended to include
accommodation in the business. "When we bought it we wanted to develop it into a
complete place... e budget market is the one growing on the Coast at the moment."
Ms Nieman said a lot of rural pubs had closed and the pair realised they would need to
reinvent their business. "We knew we had to do something di erent."
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Bucks Head becomes backpackers
A Hokitika man was given the bene t of
the doubt in the Greymouth District Court
yesterday when when he used a medical
condition as a reason for driving while
Glen Shaye O'Docherty, 37, had been
stopped while driving near Kumara on
When a police check showed that he was
disquali ed O'Docherty said that he had
to take the wheel because his wife, having
driven to and from Christchurch, was dozing
ey could not stop and rest because
O'Docherty was a diabetic and needed to
get home where his insulin was kept. Judge
Brian Callaghan asked for proof that he was
a diabetic but O'Docherty had none.
e case was adjourned so he could go obtain
proof and when the defendant returned with
his medical le Judge Callaghan said that
he had his doubts but he was prepared to
waive four months of the usual six months'
mandatory disquali cation.
He was not prepared to wipe the entire six
months because of O'Docherty's bad driving
history. O'Docherty was also ned $400.
Hari Hari dairy farmer Brandon Lee
Greeks was ned $500 and ordered to take
a defensive driving course after admitting a
careless driving charge.
Greeks lost control of his vehicle in
torrential rain on September 22, crashing
into a bank.
His uninsured car worth $5000 was
written o and he ended up in hospital with
moderate injuries. When spoken to by police
he openly volunteered that he was travelling
too fast for the conditions.
Judge Brian Callaghan said that it was
refreshing to hear of a defendant admitting
"Good on you for that," the judge said.
"You lost your car but you still have your life
so you are probably pretty lucky."
Judge gives diabetic driver
benefit of the doubt
A Hokitika man pleaded guilty today in the
Greymouth District Court to stealing packs
of Heineken ($92) and Steinlager ($55) from
Hokitika New World on November 25.
Elton James Williams, 25, was remanded
on bail for sentencing on January 14 after a
probation o cer said that he was not suitable
for a community work order.
e court heard that Williams took two boxes
of Heineken about 1.30pm and left the store
He returned at 4pm to repeat the act with
the Steinlager. Williams told police that he had
been drunk at the time and was pressured into
the o ending by associates.
Lavinia Lou Tauwhare, 24, of Greymouth was
ned $450 and ordered to pay $47 reparation for
breaking in to Countdown on November 14.
Prosecutor Steven Greer said that Tauwhare
and a 13-year-old girl were walking past the
Countdown yard, both drunk, at 3.30am.
ey crept under a fence and Tauwhare kept
watch while the 13-year-old entered the storage
area and stole a bottle of wine which they both
consumed. Lawyer George Linder said the pair
had dared each other to commit the o ence.
A Dunollie man was convicted and remanded
on bail for sentencing on January 14 for
possessing methamphetamine and cannabis.
Nathan Troy Clark, 36, had admitted
possessing methamphetamine, possessing
cannabis and "spotting spoons" for use in
cannabis and P consumption. e court heard
that police executing a search warrant on Clark's
address, found a small amount of cannabis
and a gram of P concealed under the seat of a
motorbike in the garage.
e P had a street value of $1200.
Blackball woman Angela Jane Emmerson
was sentenced to 50 hours of community work
for breaching Hokitika's liquor ban and wilfully
damaging a window on September 6.
Emmerson ran from police when they went to
speak to her about the liquor she was carrying
on Revell Street.
Later, because she was denied entry,
Emmerson banged heavily on a window in
a hotel smashing it. Reparation of $838 was
sought and ordered.
Regan Bruce Monk, 21, of Hokitika was ned
$900 for driving with excess breath-alcohol on
Monk was disquali ed from driving for seven
months. Monk, putting his vehicle through a
series of skids on a gravel road near Kumara,
had sprayed a campervan with gravel, resulting
in the owners of the van contacting police who
found Monk's vehicle stuck in a ditch when
Monk's breath-alcohol level was over
900mcgs. He had been drinking at Kumara
and was returning to Hokitika via Sta ord
Hokitika man pleads guilty to New World liquor theft
A Greymouth teenager who had
admitted at a court appearance in
October to taking part in a two-pronged
attack on another young woman, now
says that her part in the o ending was
Willow Tauwhare, 17, was to be
sentenced yesterday but she was instead
remanded until January 28 for a disputed
e assault took place on the
Greymouth oodwall about 8.30am on
In October the court heard that
Tauwhare and a friend punched and
kicked the other woman about the head
and body after Tauwhare had knocked
her down with a urry of punches. ey
walked o , but on seeing their victim
getting to her feet they returned and
resumed the attack. e victim su ered
three broken teeth and contusions to her
hands, back and cheek.
Tauwhare now says that she only pulled
the other woman's hair, punched her
twice and kneed her once. She denies
Teen girl claims
Judge Brian Callaghan wondered in
the Greymouth District Court yesterday
where the spirit of Christmas was when
Dythaniel Scott Hart was running amok
on Herbert Street on December 8.
Hart had been involved in a ght with
a work colleague at a company Christmas
party at the Union Hotel.
When police arrived Hart, 33, was in the
middle of the road, shirtless, being held
back by about four men. He was shouting
abuse and trying to get to another man.
Hart was told to calm down but he kept
trying to push past police to get at the
other man and was eventually taken to the
ground and handcu ed.
While being walked to the police car
Hart was kicking out at police and abusing
them, and was again taken to ground.
Lawyer George Linder, said Hart had
been angry because police got the wrong
man. Hart had intervened in a ght
between two others at the hotel and had
his shirt ripped o in the process. e other
man had also assaulted Hart's partner and
that was why he was remonstrating with
Judge Callaghan said that police were
only trying to restore calm and Hart
would have gone free had he behaved
" is was a Christmas function .. peace
on earth, goodwill to men and things like
that," the judge said.
"You tend to get stroppy when you have
had too much to drink."
Hart was ned $500 on charges of
disorderly behaviour and resisting arrest.
Man fined $500 after
fight outside pub
A Cobden youth who pinched a pack of beer
from the Countdown Supermarket at 8.20pm on
November 24 went back and ogged another at
2am the next morning, the Greymouth District
Court heard yesterday.
Aaron Roberts, 17, was sentenced to 70 hours
of community work, six months' super vision and
ordered to pay $80 reparation when he admitted
Prosecutor Steven Greer, said that Roberts
crawled under a wire fence to gain access to the
rear of the store and took an 18-pack of Double
Early next morning he returned carrying a
plastic bag and again crawled under the fence. is
time he took a carton of Export beer, four cans of
coke, a pack of chocolate, two bags of crisps and a
carton of milk.
Lawyer Richard Bodle, said that the items taken
on the second trip had been from a skip, having
been bi ed away as out of date. Roberts had sent
a letter of apology and, having given up drugs 18
months ago, had now also sworn o alcohol.
Judge Brian Callaghan, saying that he was
doubtful the stolen items had come from a skip,
ordered that Roberts undergo a drug and alcohol
assessment and any counselling programmes that
the probation ser vice orders.
ief returns to supermarket
Greymouth High School Year 9 student Azabeth Gardiner gives
Captain Mark Owen from the Greymouth Salvation Army some of
the food donated by students for the Salvation Army's Christmas
Appeal. Over a two-week campaign the students collected more
than a 100 items of food to help out needy Greymouth families this
Christmas. At the same time students collected several hundred
dollars for World Vision's Typhoon Haiyan appeal to help families in
GHS students donate food
of the Westport News
A West Coast-based MP
"intimately involved" in the
says nobody in New Zealand's
o cial delegation to attend
Nelson Mandela's funeral
Green Party MP Kevin
Hague was heavily involved in
the anti-apartheid protests of
Mr Hague said if there was
one thing that bound the
country to Nelson Mandela
and his legacy, it was the anti-
e delegation attending the
funeral was not a representation
of that movement.
It is made up of Prime
Minister John Key, Labour
leader David Cunli e, former
prime minister Jim Bolger,
former Foreign A airs
Minister Sir Don McKinnon,
and Maori A airs Minister Dr
Mr Hague said that when
Nelson Mandela came to New
Zealand in 1995 he thanked
members of the anti-apartheid
movement for their work, not
the New Zealand government
or anyone else.
"It was those of us who were
on the eld in Hamilton and
marched in the streets day
after day for three months."
e Hamilton match of the
1981 Springbok Tour had
to be cancelled after anti-
apartheid protesters invaded
Mr Hague said the way
that Mr Key had decided to
comprise the delegation was
It was also a surprising
omission that he was not
sending any women in the
Mr Hague said Mr Key's
comment that he thought
he had the balance about
right in the delegation was
"extraordinarily wide of the
Mr Hague would have sent
anti-apartheid protesters John
Minto, Trevor Richards and
Hague disappointed at
own by the NZCC
Rescue helicopter in
November 4: To Grey
Base Hospital to transfer
a patient to Christchurch
November 5: To
Whataroa Clinic where
an 11-year-old boy with a
knee injury was own to
Grey Base Hospital.
November 6: To
Karamea to transfer a
80-year-old man with a
medical condition and a
six month old baby girl
following reaction to
her vaccinations. Both
were own to Grey Base
November 8: To Grey
Base Hospital to transfer
a 54-year-old man to
Christchurch Hospital. To
Kokatahi to an MVA. A
55-year-old man with an
arm injury was own to
Grey Base Hospital.
November 9: To a
motor vehicle accident at
Inangahua. A 51-year-
old woman was own
to Grey Base Hospital.
To Inchbonnie where
a 23-year-old woman
sustained burns. She was
own Grey Base Hospital.
November 10: To Buller
Hospital for patient
transfer from Grey Base
Hospital. To Karamea
Medical Centre to transfer
a 68-year-old man with
a medical condition to
Grey Base Hospital.
To Karamea Medical
Centre where a 60-year-
old woman with cardiac
problems was own to
Grey Base Hospital.
November 11: To Buller
Hospital for patient
transfer to Grey Base
November 14: To
Copland Valley in South
Westland to pick up a
French tourist with a
broken ankle. He was
own to Grey Base
November 15: To Goat
Pass Hut where a 59-year-
old woman had collapsed.
She was own to Grey
November 16: To Lewis
Pass to a motor vehicle
accident. A 30-year-old
woman with an arm injury
was own to Christchurch
Novbember 17: To
Buller Hospital for patient
transfer to Greymouth
Base Hospital. To
Hannah's Clearing for a
31-year-old woman with
a medical condition. She
was own to Grey Base
November 19: To
Reefton for a 70-year-
old man with a medical
He was own to
Grey Base Hospital. To
Karamea Medical Centre
to transfer a 82-year-
old man to Grey Base
November 21: To Buller
Hospital for a patient
transfer back to Grey Base
November 22: To Lyall
Walkway for a beacon
search. To Reefton where
a 24- year-old man with a
spinal injury was own to
Grey Base Hospital.
November 23: To a
motor vehicle accident at
Atarau where a 20-year-
old man with a back injury
was own to Grey Base
November 28: To Buller
Hospital for transfer to
November 30 : To
Tutaekuri River behind
Haupiri for a beacon
Rescue helicopter missions
e West Coast District Health
Board has encouraged new parents to
adopt safe sleeping practices for babies.
Safe Sleep Awareness Day, which
aims to raise awareness of the
importance of safe sleeping for babies
to prevent Sudden Unexpected Death
New Zealand death rates are the
highest in the OECD with about 1.1
deaths per 1000 live births, or 50 to 70
deaths every year.
West Coast DHB director of nursing
and midwifery Karyn Kelly said
ensuring babies slept in their own bed
reduced the risk.
Parents should also:
sleep, face up.
Do not smoke when pregnant and
protect baby with a smokefree whanau,
whare and waka.
Put baby in his or her own baby
bed, face clear of bedding.
Encourage and support mum, so
that baby is breast-fed.
Paediatrician, and Child and Youth
Mortality Review Committee chairman
Dr Nick Baker, said the past 20 years
had seen the dramatic reduction from
200 to 60 deaths a year.
"We understand that a lot of families
want to be close to their babies, want to
hold them and protect them, for some it
is simply done because the house is too
cold and baby may be warmer next to
parents," Dr Baker said.
"We understand, and for many of us
this is a practice that has been done
in our own family. But bed sharing
with baby is increasingly recognised as
Research shows that 86% of deaths
due to unintentional su ocation, occur
when baby is not in their own baby
Safe sleep awareness
with babies encouraged
Coroner Richard McElrae, has ruled that
Westport schoolboy omas Elworthy
contributed to his own death by wandering
drunk on State highway 67 near Westport on
October 7, 2011.
omas and a friend were walking, at
6.30am, in a northerly direction along an unlit
section of the road towards Carters Beach at
6.30am about 600m south of the Buller River
Bridge when he was struck by a car.
e two youths and a third person had been
drinking whisky in Westport before the pair
decided to walk back to their home address at
e driver of a Toyota Corona approaching
from behind, suddenly saw him appear in the
middle of the lane and tried unsuccessfully to
swer ve to the right to avoid him.
omas was struck by the front of the
vehicle, receiving fatal injuries.
His blood-alcohol level, at 133 milligrams,
was more than one and a half times the legal
limit for an adult.
e friend said that omas was a little
unsteady on his feet and at one stage during
the walk home, he ran out in front of an
approaching car and then darted back to the
Senior constable Simon Burbery, of the
Tasman Police Crash Investigation Unit
noted that the youths, "clearly intoxicated
and unsteady on their feet" were attempting
to walk along a highway in complete darkness
without any torchlight.
ere was adequate room on both sides of
the roadway for the pedestrians to move clear
of the approaching vehicles and omas was
moving across the path of the Toyota outside
of the approaching driver's direct line of
Police were satis ed from the scene
examination and subsequent inquiries that
omas's death was caused through his actions
and no action was to be taken with respect to
the driver of the vehicle.
e coroner said there was nothing in the
evidence to suggest that omas intended to
cause his own death.
Drunk Westport schoolboy
contributed to own death
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