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after tree fall
A police o cer and a paramedic
had to be lowered down from a
rescue helicopter to pluck an injured
Department of Conservation
ranger from a precarious position
on a steep hillside near Paringa, on
Saturday. NZCC Rescue Helicopter
pilot Martin Shaw said the DOC
worker had fallen from a tree while
conducting a bird survey. She landed
heavily across a log and had been too
sore to walk out of the remote area.
"It was a bit of a tricky operation, she
was on a very steep, heavily wooded
hill. We had to winch down a
policeman and paramedic to stabilise
her before we winched her out," Mr
Shaw said. "She would not have been
able to walk out and it would have
taken them all night to carry her
Burglars ri ed through a
construction site o ce and a tool
shed near the Greymouth wharf
on Friday night. Police are waiting
for the builders to check their
equipment before they can draw up
a list of the missing items. Police
would like to speak to anybody who
witnessed suspicious behaviour in
the Gresson Street area at that time.
A man whose small truck and
trailer landed near the railway
lines after plunging over a bank on
State highway 73 near Jacksons, on
Saturday afternoon, was later own
to Grey Base Hospital with chest
injuries. Emergency services were
alerted when the man crawled up
the bank and agged down a passing
Soon dry and long sunny spells
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
Supercar maker McLaren is
working on a revolutionary system
that could leave drivers waving
goodbye to windscreen wipers. e
British-based rm is developing
a wiper-free windscreen adapted
from ghter jets which it says could
make the humble car wiper extinct.
Cars with the windscreens are not
expected to roll o the production
line before 2015, but if successful the
system could be adapted quickly for
mass use. F1 car maker McLaren
is remaining tight-lipped on the
plans and refusing to reveal how
the system will work because it says
rivals may steal the idea. However,
experts suggest it may make use of
ultrasound to create tiny vibrations
on the screen which would bounce
o rain, insects and mud.
--- Daily Mail
PICTURE: Viv Logie
e NZCC Rescue Helicopter hovers near the scene of a double fatality on the Taylor ville Road, east of Greymouth, late this morning. A vehicle believed to be
carrying a family left the road and crashed into a small gully, at right.
Tragedy has struck at least
one Greymouth family before
Christmas after a fatal crash this
morning killed two people and
injured a toddler.
e Greymouth Star
understands that police were this
afternoon looking for a fourth
occupant who may have been
in the car, which crashed o the
Taylorville Road, landing in a
It was the exact site --- halfway
up a twisting hill --- where an
Australian miner was killed in a
car crash in July 2010 on his way
to the Pike River Mine.
e crash was reported at 11am.
Taylorville Road was closed and
tra c diverted through Dobson
and State highway 7.
West Coast police area
commander Inspector John
Canning con rmed that the
victims were from Cobden.
He was unable to release
any further details about their
identities until other family
members had been contacted.
e serious crash unit from
Nelson was heading to the scene
to begin a site examination.
"How the accident happened
is still unknown, however speed
and the slippery road, could be
factors," Mr Canning said.
In an almost identical crash about
30 minutes later, four tourists
were uninjured when their car left
State highway 73 and plunged 6m
down a bank at Donegals, at the
Old Christchurch Road turno .
e Wellington accountant who
wants to charge Peter Whittall with
manslaughter arising from the Pike
River Mine disaster has agreed to put
his plans on hold.
Serial litigant Graham McCready,
a bush lawyer who has successfully
dragged Act Party leader John Banks
before the courts, announced on
Friday that he would take up the case
against Mr Whittall.
is morning he announced that he
also had four other former Pike River
Coal managers in his sights.
However, in deference to the
families, who still hold out hope of
a police prosecution, Mr McCready
later agreed to set aside his private
prosecution for a few months while
he negotiated with them.
Secretary for the families
group, Carol Rose, told Radio
New Zealand this morning that
while Mr McCready had the right
intentions the families wanted to
wait until they had the chance to
get back into the mine to conduct
a forensic examination and retrieve
evidence from the seat of the
A failed private prosecution now
would mean that police would not be
able to mount a case, even if damning
evidence was found down the mine,
because of New Zealand's double
jeopardy law, Mrs Rose said.
All charges against Mr Whittall,
the former Pike River Coal chief
executive, were dropped last week.
Instead, Mr Whittall and the
company o ered a voluntary payment
of $3.4 million on behalf of the
directors and o cers of the company,
to the families of the 29 victims and
the two survivors.
Mr McCready said last night
his company, New Zealand
Private Prosecution Ser vice Ltd,
had identi ed a list of potential
involuntary manslaughter defendants
from the Royal Commission of
In addition to Mr Whittall, he
has named former Pike River Coal
sta , chief executive Gordon Ward,
general manager Doug White, senior
technical ser vices engineer Gregory
Borichevsky, and health and safety
manager Neville Rockhouse. Only
Mr Rockhouse still lives on the West
Mr Borichevsky, who has had a low
pro le, says on the website Linked In,
where people post their CVs, that he
did "leading mine design, scheduling,
exploration, and operational support
for underground mine development
and hydro mining project" at Pike
According to that website, Mr
White is in Australia and Mr
Ward was last heard of running a
supermarket on the Gold Coast.
" e serious nature of the proposed
charges will warrant extradition if a
defendant has ed the country," Mr
McCready said in a statement.
"Whether this can be done
is speculative and would be
another historical legal event for
prosecution ser vice."
He stressed that no criminal
proceedings would be led until the
families of the Pike 29 had received
the compensation o ered by Mr
Whittall and other parties, via the
"I am concerned that there may
be a condition on the payment that
precludes a payment if the families
le any charges. I understand there is
a memorandum led in the District
Court to that e ect," he said.
Private prosecution against Whittall on hold
Poachers slaughter sheep
Illegal hunters slaughtered eight ewes
and left others to die a slow and painful
death on a small Grey Valley farm, on
Following other incidents of poaching
at Jacobs River and Haast, police say it
is only a matter of time before someone
is killed if poachers continue taking pot
shots near homes.
Warren Donaldson came across the
grisly nd when he went to check stock
on his farm near Ngahere yesterday
e guts had been left behind and the
meat taken from eight breeding ewes.
"I found one wounded sheep that had
been left to die, and I had to put that ewe
down," Mr Donaldson said.
Four others had gunshot wounds to the
neck, ribs, rumps and shoulders, and may
also have to be put down.
He said it was not a case of someone
who was hungry killing his stock, but
people killing to make a pro t from
selling the sheep meat.
" ose involved in doing this are not
intelligent people. Who in their right
mind would want to shoot breeding ewes
for meat? ey still had lambs at foot and
the meat would not be any good as they
had just been drenched."
Anyone o ered cheap mutton needed
to be aware of the dangers of buying the
meat because the drenched ewes were
well within the meat withholding period
for safe human consumption, he said.
" is could cause some serious health
issues for anyone consuming it."
Meanwhile, police are dealing with
two illegal shooting incidents in South
Westland that resulted in four poachers
having their weapons con scated, from
Jacobs River on Friday morning and
Neils Beach, Haast, on Saturday night.
A 49-year-old Christchurch man and
a 44-year-old man from Queenstown
had their weapons and rearms licences
seized in relation to the Jacobs River
About 11 o'clock on Saturday night,
Neils Beach residents were alarmed to
hear ri e shots ringing out close to the
village. Police were already in the area
and apprehended two men in a ute less
than 100m from houses. Constable Rob
Manera said the pair had a .303 ri e and
one of them had taken a pot shot at a set
of eyes he saw from the side of the road.
e Greymouth RSA has
reinstated a previous president
to succeed Jackie Adams, who
walked out recently in a blazing
row about the club's resistance to
Don Stewart, who was
president for three years until
Mr Adams took over the role
this September, was yesterday
re-elected to the post at an
extraordinary general meeting.
e meeting was called after
Mr Adams, vice-president
Andrew Oliver and committee
member Paddy Blanch eld
staged a walkout.
Mr Adams said last week he
felt that he was banging his head
against a brick wall in trying to
rejuvenate the club and attract
new membership, warning that
it would be bankrupt within two
years if it did not change.
However, club stalwarts
opposed the plan for change,
prompting the walkout.
Mr Stewart said today someone
had to do the job, and "that
someone was me".
He said he could not comment
on the club's nancial situation
until he had the chance to discuss
it with the committee.
RSA reinstates ex-president
ird person feared missing
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