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2 - Friday, January 17, 2014
A 47-year-old Hokitika man
was arrested yesterday after police
searched his property and discovered
cannabis plants. e man has been
charged with cultivation of cannabis.
Police executed the warrant under
the Search and Surveillance Act
2012. ey uncovered 22 plants.
Motocross rider critical
A 15-year-old boy is ghting for
his life following a motocross crash
north of Auckland. e teenager
su ered life-threatening head and
neck injuries after falling during
a high-speed 30m jump at a Tapu
Bush Road property, about ve
minutes east of Wellsford about
7.30pm yesterday. St John was
alerted by a person at the property.
e teen was wearing full protective
motocross gear at the time of the
crash, including a helmet. He was
own to Auckland Hospital just
before 9pm. e boy was in a critical
condition this morning.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Arrivals: Moon Shadow II, 1
Greymouth vessel. In port: Jay
Elaine, Moon Shadow II, Electra, 17
other vessels. Expected departures:
Jay Elaine, Moon Shadow II,
tomorrow. Expected arrivals: Ocean
Odyssey, Sunday; Galatea II,
Monday; Cook Canyon, Tuesday.
Truce brokered between
Act president and former MP John Boscawen
says he will seek the party's nomination to stand
in Epsom at this year's general election.
Mr Boscawen, who is also seeking the party's
leadership, said he would immediately stand
aside as president until the party's board selects
its new leader and Epsom candidate over the
weekend of February 1-2, leaving the board
chaired by vice president Barbara Astill.
"We must rebuild our previous support and
parliamentary representation and I believe
that I am the best person to lead the party
into the 2014 election," Mr Boscawen said in
Along with Mr Boscawen, former philosophy
lecturer and currency trader Jamie Whyte
has con rmed he will seek the Epsom
nomination and leadership while former John
Banks sta er David Seymour has con rmed
he will seek the Epsom nomination as well.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Peace will reign in Haast for the next 12
months after a Westport District Court
judge yesterday brokered a truce between
two feuding neighbours.
Robert Graham Stuart, 66, was defending
a charge of assaulting his neighbour, Lynley
Holden, but Judge Stephen O'Driscoll called
a halt to the proceedings at the conclusion
of Ms Holden's evidence, saying he would
be prepared to impose a suspended sentence
if Stuart was to plead guilty.
e court heard that Stuart and his son
had been at loggerheads with Holden and
her partner for some time.
On May 8, peeved about an earlier
altercation that Holden had with his son,
Stuart knocked on her door, having armed
herself with a broom handle on the way
He said Holden immediately attacked
him, raining punches on him, but Holden
alleged that it was a pick handle, not broom
handle and that Stuart had struck her with
it several times on the neck, chest and wrist
before she reacted.
"He was whacking me with the damn thing
so I thought 'bugger that' and smacked him
in the jaw, knocking him down," Holden
While he was down, she delivered a couple
of kicks to his groin.
"I got him a couple of times in the
knackers," before he lashed out with both
feet, knocking Holden to the ground.
Holden's partner then pinned Stuart to
the ground while she rose to continue the
"No one gets away with that, I saw red and
gave him six hits to the face. I was going to
jump on his face but thought better of it."
Judge O'Driscoll intervened at this stage,
saying justice would be best served if the
parties could reach agreement.
During a short adjournment Stuart agreed
to plead guilty if a suspended sentence was
imposed, prompting the judge to order him
to come up for sentence if called within the
next 12 months.
"I really want to make sure nothing like
this happens again," the judge said. "People
living in a small community should be able
to get on with each other without violence."
ree Greymouth youths who spent six
weeks at the Burnham Military Camp
have had a life-changing experience.
Tagon Kinsey, Lloyd Young and Nic
Bower did the Limited Service Volunteers
(LSV ) course.
Before going to LSV, Tagon said she was
getting into "a bit of strife" and needed to
make a change.
"Going to LSV happened really fast.
When I got the news I was accepted, I
had a week to get medical clearance and
sort myself for the next six weeks."
Terri ed of heights and nervous talking
in front of people, she found she was
tested pretty soon after she started.
"In the rst week, I twisted my knee
and the company o cer gave me a few
days to see if I was up to carrying on in
the course. I was. I loved the outdoors
and camping in a bivvy. I conquered rock
climbing and even managed to climb up a
90ft tower --- so that sorted out my fear of
She also conquered her fear of talking to
people and was in the Greymouth Work
and Income o ce recently talking to
other young people. She told them if they
wanted con dence and to change their
life, to go on the course.
It was also a circuit-breaker for 20-year-
old Lloyd Young.
"I knew it was going to be a hard course,
and the rst culture shock was the strict
routine and being told what to do. Once
I got used to that, the days ew by and
the three eld trip exercises were the best,
despite the tragic weather we had, and we
had it all --- oods, hail, lightning."
Lloyd's major learning experience and
the way he dealt with it earned him the
most improved participant award at the
e course is funded by Work and
Income and Judy Hay, who looks after
the recruitment of 18 to 24-year-old LSV
participants for the department, says she
is proud of the way the young people have
improved their lives.
She was so keen to celebrate their
success that she made a special trip to
Burnham to watch them march out.
Lloyd has now started a job in
Greymouth and Nic is working full-time
in Christchurch after being o ered three
jobs during the employers' day at LSV.
Tagon is still looking for work and says
she would one day love to train to be a
Nic has some advice for other Coast
youngsters contemplating LSV.
"If you are ever o ered the opportunity
to do the course, take it on. You meet a lot
of di erent people there and you realise
that you all have something in common;
you are on the course to change your life.
"I'm one of many people who have
had success with the course and not just
because of the job I got after wards. I
weighed 106kg before going and got down
to 90kg and now, keeping up the exercise
after LSV, I weigh 80 so it just goes to
show that with a little bit of hard work
you can do it and succeed," Nic said.
Tagon Kinsey and Nic Bower at the graduation parade.
Burnham course a life-changing
experience for Greymouth recruits
Amid an argument with the driver,
a passenger in a car slammed on the
handbrake causing the vehicle to career
out of control as it passed through Kaiata
at 4.30pm on June 6.
e car skidded and, when Ti any
Taylor released the brake, ran o the
road and slid along the grass verge,
narrowly missing a power pole.
Taylor, 20, of Invercargill, was
disquali ed from driving for six months
after she admitted a dangerous operation
of a vehicle charge in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday.
Taylor said that a weka had walked out
in front of the car and she did not want
it run over, but police o cers in a tailing
vehicle said that it appeared that she and
the driver were arguing.
Judge Stephen O'Driscoll said he sided
with the police version. "I don't place
much weight on your story about a bird
on the road," he said.
"I think that you, in a moment of
madness and foolishness you pulled on
the brake during an argument to show
your displeasure at what had occurred.
Had you collided with another road
user or the pole there could have been
signi cant injury or you might not have
even survived the crash."
Taylor was not ned because she
had made two expensive trips from
Invercargill for the case.
Woman pulled handbrake
on during argument
Samples collected from western slopes of the
Southern Alps have revealed that soil can be
produced from mountainous bedrock almost
twice as fast as previously thought.
e ndings have come from a research
collaboration between Lincoln University and
the University of Washington.
Eroding mountainous regions account for
over half of the world's sediment production.
If that sediment is produced by the formation
of soil, rather than just slabs of bedrock
collapsing o slopes as landslides, there is
much greater potential for atmospheric carbon
to be stored.
is is signi cant because mountains play
the role of carbon sinks --- natural reservoirs
that can accumulate and store atmospheric
e new ndings have implications for
the global carbon cycle, a biogeochemical
sequence of events whereby carbon is
exchanged throughout the planet's natural
spheres. Higher soil production favours higher
e chemical weathering of the minerals
in the soil uses atmospheric carbon dioxide,
thereby contributing to climate cooling.
is research has shown that even in the
Southern Alps where rock is being pushed
up about 10mm per year in places (considered
rapid in geological terms), soils still form fast
to allow for good soil cover.
e Research was conducted by Lincoln
University's Associate Professor in Soil Science,
Peter Almond, along with postdoctoral fellow,
Dr Brendon Malcolm; then PhD candidate,
Andre Eger; and their American counterparts,
Professor David Montgomery, and PhD
candidate, Isaac Larson.
Research shows alpine soil produced
faster than previously thought
RYAN, Ellen Mary
(Nell). --- January 17,
2003. A loved wife,
nana, great-nana. So
sadly missed, always
--- Kevin, Karen,
Elenore, Erin, Pamela,
baby Kevin (deceased)
Many thanks to my
support groups, prayer
groups, priests and ex
sisters in religion,
Christchurch, south and
north Canterbury and
Quality care for
our community for
over 49 years
Ph 768 0250
Why have your
loved ones taken
away from the Coast
The only Greymouth
MUNDY, Bernard Neil
passed away after a long
illness at Julia Wallace
North on Tuesday
January 14, 2014. Aged
79 years. Dearly loved
husband of Kay, much
loved father and father-
in-law of Christine and
Lawrence Kay, Helen
and Michael Lawrence
and Maria and Derek
Watt. Loved grandfather
of Simon, Vanessa,
Katrina, Jane, Craig,
James and Callum. A
private service for Neil
has been held today.
Messages can be sent to
the Mundy Family, C/-
PO Box 1014, Palmer-
ston North. The Lych-
way Funeral Directors,
FDANZ. Phone (06) 357
Chemist this week is:
Phone 768 7470 (shop)
731 1857 (after hours)
Friday open until
No Sunday hours
Friday 6pm until
153 Tainui Street
Telephone: 769 9300
(Opposite Dixon Park)
Phone 768 0370
for 24 Hour Service.
Dr Marieke Verra
Passed away peacefully
at Reefton Hospital on
January 16, 2014, aged
90. Dearly loved and
devoted wife of Lew,
much loved mum
and mother-in-law of
Raymond and Julie,
Shelley, Lindsay and
Leanne, and Rhonda,
treasured grandma of
Krystle and Gavin,
Sheldon, Annikka and
Tim, Gabrielle and
Kelly, Morgan and
Suzie, Daniel, Pamela,
Laura, and Beth, special
great grandma of Caira,
Liam, Olivia, Deegan,
and Braxton. Messages
to 10 Anderson Street,
Reefton 7830. A service
to celebrate Marj's life
will be held in St
Church, Reefton on
Monday at 2pm, fol-
lowed by burial at
Burke's Creek Ceme-
tery. Westland Funeral
Services Ltd. Phone
(03) 768 0250. FDANZ.
Earthquake claim fraudsters are still
being hunted down almost three years on
from the city's devastating quakes.
Mairehau woman Poulomi Chaterjee,
35, yesterday admitted making false
insurance claims totalling $48,620 and
using photographs from the internet to
She pleaded guilty in the Christchurch
District Court to four charges of
dishonestly using documents relating to
a number of claims for household items
ranging from broken china to musical
EQC paid out on the claims and is now
seeking reparations of more than $37,500.
EQC is vowing to bring more fraudsters
"Our experience is that the people of
Canterbury have a low tolerance for
fraud," EQC Canterbury home repair
programme manager Reid Stiven said.
Mr Stiven said 130 claims had been
referred to the police involving 23 people
and there were many more "in the
EQC had a con dential investigation
line where members of the public can
report suspicious activity --- 0800 0027
28 --- and an on-line form on the EQC
Mr Stiven said a specialist EQC
team dedicated to detecting fraud had
come across a wide range of fraudulent
claims valued from $10,000 to
"Fraud ranges from false repair claims
to damaged sofas that did not belong
to the claimant, or damaged whiteware
and electronic gear and furniture --- later
found in the claimant's garage without
any damage whatsoever.
"We have had people try to submit false
invoices from contractors, and we have
tracked down the contractor to nd they
did not provide the invoice or something
on the invoice is altered to support the
In one case a landlord who owned
several properties claimed for reroo ng.
Further investigation found a photograph
taken in 2010 showing that the new
roof was in place before the earthquake
Mr Stiven said fraud cases typically
related to contents and dwelling claims
but contents claims were reducing, given
most had been settled.
"We are also investigating other types of
fraud, some of which are quite complex,
and we expect to refer more les to the
police for prosecution in the near future."
--- APNZ- e Star
Quake claim fraudsters
still being hunted
St John has described
the attack on a sole
female o cer who
was assaulted after she
responded to a fake call
for help in Hamilton as
ambulance driver was
alone when she was
attacked after she was
waved down on Cameron
Road at 12.35am by a
man apparently seeking
help for another man
lying on the ground next
While helping the man
on the ground, two other
men joined the group,
forcing the ambulance
o cer into the vehicle
and demanding drugs.
While the ambulance
was being searched for
drugs, two of the men
assaulted the driver
who managed to alert
ambulance and police
Eddie Jackson, St
John's regional general
manager said the woman
su ered no signi cant
physical injuries but was
"very, very upset by the
"St John takes very
seriously the safety
of its o cers as well
as the security of its
patients and to have
such a premeditated act
to interrupt both the
response of the vehicle
and then to act in such
a way I nd absolutely
despicable," he said.
"Fortunately it's a very
which makes it all the
more horri c that it does
e o cer is now
on leave and receiving
support. --- APNZ
-New Zealand Herald
Female St John
Boscawen seeks Act nomination
Solid Energy will become the operator
at its Reddale Mine near Reefton from
March, when a two-year coal production
contract with Doug Hood Mining Ltd
ends, with a reduction in jobs.
Sixteen people currently work at
the mine, including one Solid Energy
employee. Following the changeover,
Solid Energy estimates that the mine will
employ 11 people using a eet of larger
Chief operating o cer Tony King
said Solid Energy appreciated the
performance of Doug Hood during the
contract term. e site had delivered to
budget and Doug Hood's safety record
had been excellent, with no lost-time
injuries since the start of operations in
Mr King said the change to the Solid
Energy operation re ected the company's
intention to extend the life of the mine.
"Reddale was originally developed as
a stop-gap, with an expected mine life
of just two years, to provide coal for our
customers on the West Coast and the
upper South Island while Spring Creek
Mine was being redeveloped.
" e coal suits the market so towards
the end of 2012 we began investigating
whether Reddale could be pro tably
extended. e successful development of
additional reserves means it now has an
expected life of at least four more years
and with other open-cast resources nearby,
potentially some years beyond that."
Current production was about 45,000
tonnes of saleable coal a year. To date,
Reddale Mine has delivered 90,000
tonnes of saleable product.
Jobs go as Solid Energy takes
over Reddale Mine operation
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