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e Westport volunteer Fire
Brigade was called out four times
over the weekend, however it only
had to douse ames once. Last night
about 10 o'clock there was a small
scrub re near the Pig and Whistle
hotel just north of Westport. On
Saturday morning there was a call to
Countdown after the alarm was set
o in the packing room. Later the
same day, the Westport brigade was
called to Ngakawau after reports of
a vehicle stuck on the beach with
someone in it. Chief re o cer Pat
O'Dea said they were turned back
after it was discovered everything
was okay. en early this morning
the brigade as out again after the
alarm was activated at the Denniston
Dog Bar and Restaurant. Mr O'Dea
said there was no re, with faulty
equipment causing the activation.
Graffiti sprays cans
e spray cans used to gra ti six
railway wagons at the railyards on
Herbert Street over the weekend are
being ngerprinted. e vandalism
happened between 2am on Friday
and yesterday morning. e gra ti
includes 'GUTS' and 'BRAG' and
police hope that anyone who knows
who uses those tags will dob those
Arrivals: Ocean Odyssey, Ondine,
2 Greymouth vessels. Departures:
Jay Elaine. In port: Ocean Odyssey,
Ondine, 15 other vessels.
Expected departures: Ocean
Odyssey, tomorrow. Expected
arrivals: Galatea II, tomorrow; Cook
Canyon, Wednesday; Moon Shadow,
Friday; Jay Elaine, Saturday.
Man takes a baseball bat to car
for lack of
Two scheduled Greymouth District
Court hearings did not go ahead
on Friday because police o ered no
Jessie omas Fisher (also known as
Radford), 19, had charge of stealing a
motorbike dropped and Craig Gary
Smith, 49, was discharged on a charge of
stealing fuel from a gold claim.
In the Fisher case the prosecutor,
Steven Greer, said that the complainant
had his bike back and was happy for the
matter to be dropped while a crucial
witness was not available in the Smith
case, and the judge was not prepared to
grant another adjournment.
An arrest warrant was issued when
Jonty Pickett failed to appear on an
outstanding nes matter.
A jealous West Coast man who took a
baseball bat to another man's car was told
in the Greymouth District Court on Friday
that he will most likely be going back to
prison when he reappears for sentencing
on February 14.
Toa Tokomaru Marino, 29, had admitted
charges of intentional damage, possessing
an o ensive weapon (the bat), dangerous
driving and using o ensive language in
Lawyer Richard Bodle said that he would
be seeking a home detention sentence, but
Judge Stephen O'Driscoll, while granting
bail, said that would be unlikely because
Marino had gone to jail in 2006, 2007,
2009, 2010 and 2012.
"I'm not minded to go down the
e main charges related back to
September last year when Marino had
known a Greymouth woman for about
eight months. He had been seeking a
physical relationship but the woman
wanted it to remain on a friendly basis.
Realising, on September 29, that another
man was visiting the woman, Marino sent
her a nasty text then drove to her place
yelling for the man to come out so he could
e occupants locked the doors and
Marino eventually drove away, but he
returned soon after with the baseball
bat which he took to the front and rear
windscreens and the driver's side-window
of the other man's car.
He then drove o at speed along High
Street (a 50kph zone) at about 90kph
overtaking one vehicle on the inside before
police managed to stop him. On December
26, Marino, again enraged, sent abusive
texts to the mother of another woman that
he had rowed with.
e recipient told police that she had
never met Marino, or had interaction with
him and was concerned and distressed
because she did not know who sent the
texts or why.
Monday January 20
Urgent cases only
Phone 769 7493 first
5pm - 8pm
New Zealand formally
Reg. FD (FDANZ)
Ph 768 0250
Code of Conduct
Premises and facilities
Will be in Greymouth
on February 1-5, 2014
Phone or text
027 411 2921
to book an appointment
More than 160 vintage and specialty vehicles were on display at the Greymouth Rodders Big Boys' Toys show on Saturday, featuring
a range of cars, motorcycles, hot rods, trucks, boats, go-karts, models and even a microlight plane. e biennial event, which aims
to raise awareness and boost membership for motor clubs around the West Coast, included stunts from a motocross rider, and Evan
Grooby's twin jet-powered go-kart. e Greymouth Fire Brigade was also on hand to demonstrate cutting open a car with the jaws
of life, and the Greymouth Coastguard sold ra e tickets to raise money for the organisation. Greymouth Rodders said it was a very
Big Boys' toys on show
Evan Grooby, of Greymouth, ready for take-o during the inaugural West Coast Microlight Club
competition day at the Hokitika Airport on Saturday. A total of 26 pilots from across the Coast and as far
as Nelson took to the sky for the ying event, which included spot landing, quickest take-o , sand-bomb
drop and precision ying challenges.
PICTURE: Janna Sherman
Microlight enthusiasts compete in Hokitika
A judge has agreed that police
were acting unlawfully when they
breathalysed Whataroa man Alexander
Bruce Bensemann on his private
property on March 23 last year.
Bensemann, 61, and a former
policeman, argued in the Greymouth
District Court in November that police
had no reason to be on his property and
should have left as soon as he requested
they do so.
However, police said they had followed
Bensemann's car for about 2km after
seeing it pull away from the Whataroa
Hotel about 9pm and had turned on the
ashing lights while both vehicles were
still on the State highway.
Bensemann did not stop until he had
reached his own property which was
o a long side road. Police believed that
Bensemann had ignored the lights and
siren and they therefore had implied
licence to conduct the breath testing
Bensemann, however, said that he had
not seen the lights and had asked the
constable whether he had committed
any tra c o ence, driven erratically or
failed to indicate.
When the constable replied "no" he
then asked him to leave because he had
no reason to be on his property.
He believed that all subsequent police
action on his property was illegal and
Judge Neave, in a reserved decision
released this week, agreed, dismissing
He had supplied a reading of 600mg.
on property unlawful
e widow of the Easy Rider skipper
faces trial today over the vessel's deadly
sinking in Foveaux Strait nearly two
Gloria Davis, of Blu , has pleaded
not guilty to charges resulting from the
March 2012 incident that left eight
Davis, whose partner Rewai Karetai
skippered the boat and whose body
has never been found, will appear in
the Invercargill District Court for the
Davis, as a director of AZ1 Enterprises
Ltd, faces three charges laid under the
Health and Safety in Employment Act
and two under the Maritime Transport
e charges against Davis are.---
She operated Easy Rider knowing
that a master holding a skippers
certi cate was required and that the
appropriate certi cate was not held
She caused or permitted the vessel
to be operated in a manner which caused
unnecessary danger or risk to the persons
As the director of AZ1 Enterprises
Ltd, she acquiesced or participated in
the failure of the company to ensure that
no action or inaction of any employee
while at work harmed any other person
on board Easy Rider
As the director, she acquiesced
or participated in the failure of the
company to ensure the safety of its
employees while at work on board the
As the director, she acquiesced
or participated in the failure of the
company to ensure that no contractor or
subcontractor was harmed while doing
work on board.
An inquest con rmed the deaths by
drowning of four people, whose bodies
were recovered, and four whose bodies
were never found.
Dallas Reedy was the sole sur vivor. He
spent 18 hours in the water, clinging to
an empty petrol container, before being
rescued. --- APNZ
Trial of Easy Rider
skipper's wife begins
An Auckland woman
who was savagely beaten
as she walked along her
own street in daylight
is disgusted her alleged
attacker has been released
She says she will be
attending his next court
appearance in a bid to
speak to the presiding
judge and express her
concerns about the man
being at large in the
Praveet Singh, 40, was
walking along Wyllie
Road on ursday
when a stranger brutally
She was not far from
her home and there were
people on the street at
She spoke out after the
attack, angry that none of
those people came to her
aid as she was punched
repeatedly in the head
and face by the man.
Last night she said she
was also unhappy about a
judge's decision to release
the alleged o ender on
"I will de nitely go to
court next month. I want
to talk to the judge.
"I want to know why he
got bail. I'm not scared
A District Courts
the bail decision was
unavailable and she could
As Ms Singh was
attacked, people gathered
in the street and someone
called 111. But no one
intervened, despite her
desperate pleas for help.
Ms Singh, who
believes her attacker was
intoxicated, was rushed
to hospital. She su ered
a fractured nose and eye
socket, bruising to her
eyes, and bruising to her
--- APNZ-New Zealand
Police are investigating former
Whanganui mayor Michael Laws after
an allegation of child assault was made
Laws, a former Radio Live talkback
host and current Whanganui District
Health Board member, was reported to
police after allegedly smacking one of
e incident allegedly happened at
Whanganui Hospital last year. Laws,
56, was there with his three youngest
children --- Lucy, nine, Zoe, seven, and
eo, ve --- to visit their mother, Laws'
former partner Leonie Brookhammer,
who su ered a stroke in August.
It is understood the alleged smack was
witnessed by a nurse in the assessment,
treatment and rehabilitation ward. She
reported it to the DHB and complained
Police were asked whether Laws was
under investigation for allegedly hitting
A spokesman replied by e-mail saying:
"Police can con rm they are investigating
a child assault complaint made against a
56-year-old Whanganui man.
"As this matter is under investigation
we are not prepared to discuss any
Laws yesterday said: "I have no idea
what you are talking about, and my
private life is none of your business."
A source said there was no doubt Laws
cared for and loved his children, but his
views on smacking were well known.
e anti-smacking law, championed by
former Green MP Sue Bradford, came
into e ect in 2007, and removed the
defence of reasonable force for parents
prosecuted for assault on their children.
Debate over the issue was reignited
this week when aspiring politician Colin
Craig, who has admitted smacking his
eight-year-old daughter, said repealing
the anti-smacking law was a condition
of his support for a National-led
government if his Conser vative Party
makes it into Parliament in this year's
Meanwhile, Brookhammer, 44, is
recovering from the stroke at home in
Whanganui. She can speak and is able
to walk with the aid of a crutch.
Laws and Brookhammer separated in
2009. --- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Laws accused in
child smack case
A shark swimming in the shallows at
Papamoa Beach was so close to shore local
resident Richard Hoit says he could have
"reached out and touched it".
Mr Hoit was going for a morning stroll with
his wife Trish yesterday when they spotted the
large shark, believed to have been a bronze
whaler. ey took a photo of it as it cruised
along the beach.
e encounter had not put him o getting
into the water.
" e photo says it all. You could have reached
out and touched it," he said.
"I didn't think that it could get in that close
without beaching itself."
He estimated the creature was between 2m
and 2.4m long but "it was hard to tell" and
probably 60cm to 90cm from where they were
on the beach.
"All I could think was, 'Wow, that is big'," he
"I thought it was an urban myth that they
came in that close. You could be up to your
knees in the water and it could be right there."
He said it "played" in the surf along the beach
for about 10 minutes and "was in no hurry".
"It was circling around, cruising along the
beach at about walking pace with us before
meandering back out to sea."
He said being able to "appreciate the scale,
how big they were and to see it that close was
"It's disproportionate the fear people have of
He said he would take a dip later that day
and shark culling in Australia was "obscene".
e shark was spotted between Papamoa
Surf Lifesaving Club and Harrisons Cut.
Papamoa SLSC secretary Anita Trappitt
said there was a shark sighting at Papamoa
Beach mid-morning yesterday.
"I didn't see it myself but it didn't pose any
risk to swimmers," she said.
She believed the shark sighted at the surf
club was only 1m long.
Numerous shark sightings this summer have
been put down to clearer water and smaller
Department of Conservation marine
scientist Clinton Du y earlier this month
said that bronze whalers were a common sight
in summer and people should not panic on
"Normally they don't pose any risk to
swimmers because they are a specialised sh
However, he warned if people saw a shark
and could not identify it, they should leave the
water. --- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Shark snapped in knee-deep water at Papamoa
e weather will take a
turn for the worse with
the remnants of Cyclone
June bearing down on the
e cyclone, which
has come from New
Caledonia, will bring rain
and strong winds as it
crosses the country.
Elke Louw said the rst
part of the week would be
miserable for many areas
in the North and South
Rain and windy
conditions would hit
the upper North Island
late today and spread
to southern and central
parts of New Zealand
While heavy swells
along the east coast,
from Cape Reinga to
the Bay of Plenty, were
also possible tomorrow,
weather conditions were
not expected to reach
a level where weather
warnings would be
needed for a ected areas,
Mrs Louw said.
She recommended those
keen to get back outdoors
look forward to Friday,
when dreary conditions
were expected to clear for
most of the country.
A woman was injured when she was thrown
from the back of a ute doing doughnuts on
e Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called
to the incident on Karioitahi Beach, near
Port Waikato, at 5.30pm on Friday.
Helicopter manager Greg Brownson said
the woman had been riding on the back of a
ute when she was thrown o onto sand.
He said it appeared the vehicle had been
doing doughnuts on the beach.
"When we got there you could see the
doughnuts (tracks) all the way up the
beach," he said.
e woman, who was thought to be about
19, appeared to have concussion, and was
taken to Auckland Hospital with moderate
Yesterday the rescue helicopter also
winched a 53-year-old female tramper
out of dense bush near Colville on the
e woman had injured her back in a fall
while tramping and had to be winched out
of the area.
Mr Brownson said the crew hiked into the
woman's location and had to clear an area
for her to be winched out.
"It was quite a di cult job."
e woman was taken to Auckland
Woman thrown from ute doing doughnuts
free on bail
turn for worse
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