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Large blaze at
Fire ghters worked until early
this morning to put out a re
which started in the recycled wood
pile at the McLean's Pit refuse
and recycling pit. Cobden chief
re o cer Gary Pollock, said this
morning they were called to the
dump about 11.30pm. "All of the
recycled pallets and wood piled
up were on re --- the blaze was
about 7m by 14m. It was a good
re." Brigades from Greymouth,
Brunner and Runanga helped the
Cobden brigade out. Mr Pollock
said three water tankers were also
on site as there was no reticulated
water supply at the dump. He did
not think it was deliberately lit. Mr
Pollock also said rural re took over
dampening about 3.15am.
A cigarette lighter and can of
sh ew during a row between a
Greymouth couple on January 27,
the Greymouth District Court
heard on Friday. Ihakara Titama
Smith 22, was remanded on bail for
sentencing on February 14 when he
admitted an assault charge arising
from the incident. e court heard
that the woman threw a cigartette
lighter that missed Smith. He
picked up the lighter and threw it
back, hitting her on the knee. She
then threw an open can of salmon
which hit him on the back before
he punched her and grabbed her by
the shoulders forcing her back into
a door jamb.
Fresh east winds, partly sunny
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
Nigella Lawson has nally
explained the 'Burkini' style
swimsuit she wore on a beach in
Australia. e tv chef has revealed
that she plumped for the Muslim
style swimwear because her former
husband Charles Saatchi did not
want her to get a tan. Nigella hit
headlines in 2011 when she wore
the head-to-toe three piece garment
while she swam in the sea at Bondi
Beach, Sydney. Friends of the star
told the Sunday People that she did
not pick the suit because she was
shy about showing o her curvy
gure, or because she was worried
about getting sunburned in the
90 degree heat. Nigella admitted
she did not think much of the
suit either. She said: "It was a very
un attering photo. Dry, I looked a
lot better. Wet, I could see the hippo
resemblance."--- Daily Mail
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Hokitika re ghter Lynn Ross braces himself as the water pressure kicks in during a contest held next to Greymouth High School on Saturday. Fire brigade
teams from Greymouth, Runanga, Brunner, Hokitika and Ross competed in the event. In the two-person team category, Greymouth and Brunner tied for rst
place on 74 points with Brunner winning overall for fastest time, and Runanga third with 62 points. Greymouth was unopposed in the four-person category. All
teams were practising for the Canterbury championships which will take place in Greymouth this coming Saturday, featuring ten teams from the West Coast,
Canterbury and Marlborough. e event is open to the public.
Residents of the Marlborough
Street area woke to nd their
cars had been broken into over
the weekend, and one discovered
their vehicle missing.
Altogether ve vehicles were
hit between about 8pm on Friday,
and early on Saturday morning,
Police are suggesting that there
may be a group of people, or
ey also believe the o enders
may have "scoped the targets"
Police are now urging residents
around Greymouth to lock up
their vehicles overnight and
remove anything of value from
ey are also appealing for
assistance from residents in the
Marlborough Street, Sinnott
Road areas to catch the thieves.
Overnight on Friday, a Nissan
Bluebird which was taken from
a Sinnott Road address was later
found burnt out on No Name
Another four vehicles were
broken into with money, tools,
keys and credit cards all stolen.
Gold coins, keys and a garage
door opener were swiped from
a Toyota Hilux parked in the
driveway of a second Sinnott
e culprits then found their
way to a Marlborough Street
property and broke into a
Holden Gemini, also parked up
a driveway. e glovebox was
rummaged through and police
are still investigating what, if
anything, was stolen from the
From Marlborough Street the
o enders moved to Blackmore
Street and broke into a Daihatsu
Rocky parked in a carport and
took cash, a rearms licence, a
driver's licence, credit cards and a
Bacho tool set in an orange case.
Warburton Street, Karoro, was
next hit when the thieves broke
into a Mitsubishi RVR, taking
$200 worth of coins in two bags,
a repair manual for the vehicle
and a map book.
Meanwhile in Fitzgerald Street,
Cobden, overnight on Saturday
a single axle homemade trailer
painted maroon was towed away.
e registration number of the
trailer is U1923 and the spokes
on the wheels are a distinctive
A Greymouth District Court
Judge had strong suspicions that
Adrian Gordon James Smart had
strangled his partner, but with
the woman now claiming that the
choking incident did not occur,
found him not guilty on Friday.
Smart, 32, of Cobden had pleaded
not guilty to a charge of assault with
intent to injure.
"I suspect that the defendant may
very well have engaged in an act
of strangulation, otherwise there
would be no reason why he should
hide from police," Judge Stephen
"But suspicion, even strong
suspicion, does not equate to guilt
beyond a reasonable doubt."
Neighbours, hearing screams from
Smart's house had called police who
also heard yelling as they approached.
After knocking on doors they
entered the house, going from room
to room until they found Ashleigh
Van Der Krogt and her young son
huddled together crying.
Van Der Krogt said that she and
Smart had argued soon after getting
home from a hotel and during a
scu e he pinned her down on the
oor by her throat for about 30
seconds cutting, o her breath.
She said that she hit him over the
head with a co ee cup to break his
grip, but Smart seized her by the
neck several more times as the row
continued before she broke free and
ran to her son's room. Soon after the
Initially Smart was nowhere to
be seen but police, rechecking a
bedroom found him hiding under a
Smart said that the woman had
punched him, but he had not
retaliated. However, a broken cup in
the hallway supported the woman's
Vand Der Krogt gave a written
statement signing it under a notation
which said that it was true and
correct and she realised that she
could be charged with perjury if it
proved to be untrue.
Smart was charged with assault,
but a month later Van Der Krogt
dropped a letter in to the police
station recanting her allegation.
She did the same in court saying
that she had been angry and made up
the allegation to get back at Smart
for calling her names.
She had thrown the co ee cup at
him, but did not hit him over the
head with it.
Judge O'Driscoll said that it was
unfortunate but not unusual for
victims of domestic violence to
"Sometimes it's because the
o ender says that he's sorry and
won't do it again, sometimes he says
he will get counselling," he said.
"Sometimes the victims blame
themselves and feel sorry for their
partners, sometimes they do it out of
a desire to protect the children.
" ere are a whole lot of pressures
that can be put on a complainant
in a domestic violence incident
and as a result the cycle of violence
continues and o enders are not held
accountable for their actions."
Suspected strangling victim changes story
̌ District Court
A cold snap late last week has brought
a temporary halt to the West Coast
albacore tuna season, which had got o
to a ying start.
Talleys' Westport-based West Coast
manager Kerry Paterson, said the 35
boats shing out of the Buller port had
been averaging two tonnes of tuna a day,
but the water temperature then dropped
and the tuna disappeared.
"We were getting good catches o the
Heaphy but the boats have had to head
back north again," Mr Paterson said.
"Some are now trapped by the weather
in Onehunga and a lot are in Nelson, but
there is a front coming that's bringing
good weather and we expect the sh to
show up again when the water warms."
Mr Paterson said that the tuna landed
were about average in size, but that was to
be expected. "It's not until they get down
around Greymouth that the bigger sh
West eet also reported a good start
to the season with one boat landing six
tonnes last week, but general manager
John Brown said today the tuna were
now proving di cult to locate
"All the signs are good but the sh have
gone dog on us but they will come again."
e Just Add Water tourism campaign
is currently in limbo, with neither
Development West Coast or Tourism
West Coast sure whether to reuse it.
e $100,000 national tourism
campaign to encourage New Zealanders
to visit the West Coast was launched in
Using billboards in Christchurch
and Wellington and television adverts,
it was funded by Development West
Coast using a Tourism West Coast-
Designed to be a positive spin
on locations like the glaciers and
Punakaiki, was not well received within
the region by local residents when rst
Chief executive Jim Little said it was
not being used to promote the region at
"At this stage it's in limbo."
e overall feedback was that Just
Add Water promoted the West Coast
well: "It did the job".
As to the future of the campaign, Mr
Little said it was di cult for them to
assess what could run while they were
still trying to arrange their budget with
the three councils.
TWC is funded equally by the Grey,
Buller and Westland district councils
and Development West Coast.
Development West Coast chief
operating o cer Warren Gilbertson
said they had not settled on what would
be done to promote the Coast, but
acknowledged that there was the need
for some marketing.
" ere's de nite agreement we need
to do something."
Mr Gilbertson said they met with
TWC at the end of last year to discuss
what they would do next, but did not
know if they would use Just Add Water
again. ey would consult again in
about a month's time to assess what
marketing would be done.
" e idea is still to promote on
the shoulder of each season. We'd
be looking to try to promote on the
summer shoulder, about April and
Mr Gilbertson concurred that the Just
Add Water campaign had done well.
"Anecdotally it seems to have gone
down well with those outside the West
Tuna catches good until cold snap
Coast tourism campaign in limbo
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