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Jail for leaving
baby on roadside
e Greymouth man who
abandoned an 11-month-old child
next to a main highway in Southland
has been sent to jail for 12 months.
Charanjit Singh, 31, appeared
yesterday in the Invercargill District
Court for sentence on six charges
including abandoning the child,
driving recklessly, unlawfully taking
a Mazda CX9 valued at $58,000,
and failing to stop for police, at Gore
on November 11. He also pleaded
guilty to a charge of driving while
forbidden at Greymouth. Judge
Phil Moran said the child's family
still struggled with the prospect
that they could have lost their baby
forever. Singh, while hitchhiking, had
spotted a vehicle with keys in it and
decided to take it. After discovering
the baby he stopped but could not
remove the carseat so he took the
baby out and left him on the side of
the highway. e child, crawling on
the roadside, was quickly found and
returned to his mother but Singh
drove o , pursued by police. He lost
control of the vehicle and rolled it
down a bank before running o , but
he was apprehended by police.
DHB on budget
e West Coast District Health
Board says its budget is pretty
much on track for the year to date,
currently $8000 ahead. Last year it
posted a $3.6 million de cit, with
orders from the Government to get
it down to $1.1 million this year.
Locum costs are starting to reduce,
which should result in substantial
It is said that good manners do
not cost you anything and, for the
customers of one cafe, they could
even help save the pennies. A cafe
in the south of France has called out
its less well-mannered customers by
hiking the price of a co ee if they
do not say please. e Petite Syrah
cafe in Nice, on the French Riviera,
is charging customers 7 euro for
'a co ee', but a more a ordable
4.25 euro for a 'a co ee please'. But
those customers who request their
ca einated beverage with a cheery
'good day, a co ee please' get the
best deal of all. eir co ees will
set them back just 1.40 euro. e
French are well known for their love
of pleasantries, even having two
versions of the word 'you' depending
on how polite the speaker wants to
be when addressing an interlocutor.
--- Daily Mail
Cloud and sunny spells
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
Council backs off regional liquor policy
e prospect of the liquor industry
mounting a court challenge to the
reduced hotel trading hours proposed
in the West Coast Local Alcohol
Policy (LAP), has prompted the Grey
District Council to put its policy on
e Grey, Westland and Buller
councils have all been considering
adopting an LAP that will be applicable
across the entire West Coast.
e Westland District Council has
also parked its liquor plan.
Among the clauses that the Grey
council wants to include is that
applications for on-licences and club
licences will be considered on their
merits, but no new o -licences will be
It also wants a minimum bu er
of 200m between liquor outlets and
sensitive facilities, such as schools and
churches, and a 'one-way door' policy
(no earlier than midnight), which bars
entry to hotels after a certain point
but allows patrons inside to continue
drinking until closing time. It will also
support earlier closing times (currently
3am), but no earlier than midnight.
e council meeting this week heard
that the liquor industry was almost
certain to challenge the LAPs in court
and, rather than enter costly court
action itself, it would be prudent to
take a wait and see approach while
other councils set the legal precedent.
Accordingly the council resolved to
defer the adoption of its LAP for six
months to see what happens in other
A mutiny has split the Greymouth
RSA, with the president and vice-
president walking out.
meeting will be held tomorrow
to elect a new leadership team,
however some members say the
club may have already passed the
point of no return.
Jackie Adams, who was elected
president only last year, along with
vice-president Andrew Oliver
and committee member Paddy
Blanch eld, surrendered their roles,
along with their memberships, and
staged a walkout.
Mr Adams said he felt like
he had been "banging his head
against a brick wall" in trying to
modernise the club and encourage
"I was trying to save the club and
some of the members didn't want
the changes proposed. It's going
to go down the toilet," Mr Adams
" e club will last just two years
unless something is done."
He said a petition had been sent
around the membership to get rid
of him: " ey didn't want me and
they didn't want change --- it is
He had set out to make the
club more family orientated,
transforming the overgrown
former bowling green into a
children's play area with swings
and slides, but vandals smashed
In October last year, he organised
a family fun day in a further
attempt to arrest the sliding
membership, saying then that the
RSA would be bankrupt within
two years unless major changes
were made. Rising insurance costs
and the Mawhera Incorporation
lease of $28,000 were "killing
Greymouth RSA member
Frank Benzie said that he felt
sorry for Mr Adams, given his
e orts to rejuvenate the club.
"He has tried to save the place and
a little group, set in their ways, are
ghting against him."
Another member, who did not
want to be named, said it may be
time to call last drinks.
" e place is not making money
and closing the doors may well be
the logical step before it does go
He suggested the RSA sell
up and look at the possibility
of amalgamating with the
Greymouth Workingmen's Club.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Ahaura Community Trust chairman Russell Becker with the four water tanks that collectively hold 120,000 litres and now can supply the whole township. Mr
Becker said 50% of the village was now using the supply, which drew about 15,000 litres a day. e project was nished in November with 3.5km of 50mm line
running underground through Ahaura hooked up to the township's seven re hydrants. "It represents many hours of community e ort," Mr Becker said.
West Coast tourism operators say
they believe the tide has turned after
struggling in recent years, with strong
bookings through to April.
Scenic Hotel Group managing director
Brendan Taylor said the Coast was
improving as Christchurch was rebuilt.
"With the hotels reopening in
Christchurch, the West Coast is actually
ending up with quite positive signs of
growth in the market," Mr Taylor said.
As hotel capacity in Christchurch
increased, the airport was able to carry
more passengers who could in turn head
He rated 2012 as one of their worst in
"We hit rock bottom last year with the
economic recession and the earthquake
problems in Christchurch," Mr Taylor
Enterprise Hokitika chair woman and
Mountain Jade general manager Jenny
Keogan said the season was going "really
"We've de nitely seen a lot more new
tour companies coming in," Ms Keogan
e Chinese market had been making
up a lot of the numbers.
" e tour bus companies have said
they are all full for the summer season
and some have put on extra buses."
e Hokitika sta had been taught
about Chinese culture in an e ort
to build good relationships with the
"I have never seen so many new Asian
tour companies come in."
Ms Keogan was optimistic about the
" ings can only get better ... e big
thing for us now is to be able to create
the West Coast as not just a stopover but
a place to stay the night."
In Greymouth, Ashley Hotel general
manager Melanie Hibbs said things had
begun to pick up after some tough years.
"It feels quite good, there has certainly
been an increase over last year."
She said they had seen an increase
in German and French tourists, while
most of their Chinese visitors were
free independent travellers, who drove
Forward bookings were strong up to
the end of April and she also believed
the recovery of Christchurch was part of
Tourism West Coast chief executive
Jim Little said he was "very optimistic"
about the number of visitors.
Anecdotal feedback from operators
showed some were having their biggest
months on record, Mr Little said.
"Our traditional markets of the US and
Germany have been coming through
the global recession ... and the Chinese
market is growing."
ere had not been too much negative
fallout recently from the Diana Falls slip
problem on the Haast Pass, and tour
operators had con dence in the work
undertaken by the NZTA, he said.
Coast tourism picks up
e West Coast District Health
Board is considering using text
messages to remind people of
their hospital appointments.
Up to 9% of patients regularly
fail to turn up, often to see a
specialist who has been own to
Greymouth for the day.
DHB programme director
Michael Frampton told the board
meeting in Greymouth yesterday
text reminders could help, but
he also said: "New Zealand Post
creates delays with the receipt of
mail on the Coast".
e hospital was trying to book
six weeks out to give people
greater notice of an appointment.
Hospital turns to texts
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