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e Buller District Council has
been granted consent to stop more
of the old Reefton rubbish dump
being eroded by the Inangahua River
About a quarter of the dump was
washed away in late October --- 10
years after it was closed. e West
Coast Regional Council issued an
abatement notice giving the Buller
council seven days to act, followed
by a subsequent notice when the
rubbish had not been tidied up.
Consents and compliance manager
Jackie Adams said today the site
was tidied up before Christmas, and
the regional council had now issued
consent to build the rockwork to
protect the remaining site.
300 regional policy
feedback forms in
e West Coast Regional Council
has received about 300 feedback
forms as it starts a review of the
Regional Policy Statement, a guiding
document for issuing resource
consents. e council wants its
planning documents to put more
weight on job creation in future. It
is now poring over the feedback and
will next draft a new policy to go out
for public consultation.
Port worker badly
injured in fall
An Auckland port worker has been
hospitalised after falling at least 30m
from the side of a boat yesterday.
Auckland Rescue Helicopter
Trust paramedics responded to
the accident about 8pm yesterday.
Chief crewman Herby Barnes said
they were called to help attending
ambulance sta after the dockside
worker fell. "He landed in the water,
the port's workers were able to
recover him back up onto the wharf.
"His injuries were a compound
fracture of the left ankle with a
fracture of the right femur." e man
had fallen between 30 and 40m, Mr
Barnes said. He was then taken to
Auckland City Hospital. --- APNZ
Arrivals: Moon Shadow, Oraki,
Sovereign, two Greymouth
vessels. Departures: Cook Canyon,
elma C, Electra. In port: Moon
Shadow, Ondine, Tenacity, Oraki,
Sovereign, 21 other vessels.
Expected departures: Moon Shadow,
tomorrow. Expected arrivals: Jay
Elaine, tomorrow; Ocean Odyssey,
Sunday; Galatea II, Monday; Cook
of the Hokitika Guardian
A daylight burglary last week should
sound as a warning that Hokitika
residents are no longer safe in their own
homes, a victim says.
About noon last Wednesday, someone
made o with a handbag containing
hundreds of dollars in cash and valuables,
including a camera full of wedding
photos, from an unlocked Revell Street
house while the homeowner Vivienne
King was working outside.
Her neighbour, Melva Nixon, also fell
victim, discovering the next day that her
purse was missing; she was also busy at
the time of the theft.
"People in Hokitika need to know that
you can no longer be in your own home
with the doors unlocked," Mrs King said
" e tide has changed. Hokitika is just
not the safe place you thought it was."
Mrs King, who operates a home-based
beauty business, had been home less than
24 hours after a week in Christchurch for
her daughter's wedding.
She believes the thief probably entered
an open door o a deck at the rear of the
house, taking the handbag o the couch.
e handbag theft was particularly
galling because it contained a camera
"stu ed full" of photos from the wedding,
along with about $500 cash, personal
identi cation and a new gold watch.
Mrs King and a visiting friend had been
doing housework including hanging out
the washing at the rear of the house about
11am to midday.
She discovered the theft mid-afternoon
as she prepared to go out.
e shock and injustice of it had been
"eating away" at her and had now turned
If anything, she would like her camera
returned and hoped someone "had a
"I would love my camera to be put in
Mrs King speculated that the theft was
opportune, given that the stolen money
could have been spent at the Hokitika
Races that day.
Mrs Nixon said it was her third burglary
in Hokitika in 48 years and she was not
expecting to see her purse again, or the
$100 in it.
" e police told me, if you go outside
lock your doors --- but it's my castle," she
Senior constable Jon Armstrong,
of Hokitika police, said they were
investigating both thefts.
"Our inquiries are continuing (but)
we've had no luck yet."
Hopefully, residents of Revell and
Spencer streets might still come
forward with eyewitness reports,
Daylight burglary leaves
Hokitika feeling unsafe
Few New Zealanders realise their
country would be under water without
the titanic geological clash of two
tectonic plates, which also formed the
Southern Alps, scientists say.
A "severe'' 6.2-magnitude quake,
centred near Eketahuna at 3.52pm on
Monday, is also believed to be linked to
this major plate boundary, in the North
Scientists throughout the world
recognise the Southern Alps as a vast
"natural laboratory'', which provides
ready access to the fault boundary
between two huge tectonic plates
--- the Paci c, and to the west, the
But University of Otago geologist
Dr Virginia Toy is also keen to
boost wider public awareness of the
Southern Alps and the plate boundary's
"It's really important for understanding
the source of our earthquakes.''
Dr Toy is also one of three principal
investigators in a major international
scienti c drilling project, the deep
fault drilling project, which might help
clarify the likelihood of a future massive
earthquake on the Alpine Fault.
e project is due to resume late
this year. An initial round of drilling,
involving scientists from several
countries, took place at Gaunt Creek,
near Whataroa, in 2011.
Dr Toy said visitors to the West Coast
saw attractive forests and glaciers, but
most remained unaware of the major
Alpine Fault system and its wider
As well, many New Zealanders did
not realise that the plate boundary
was also responsible for keeping New
Zealand above water, much of the
continent of Zealandia remaining
beneath the waves.
Dr Toy, who is a lecturer in geology,
said she had last year been "ably assisted''
in her awareness-raising aims, by
working with Ruth Baldwin, a teacher
who held a Primary Science Teacher
Fellowship, administered by the Royal
Society of New Zealand. Mrs Baldwin,
who teaches at Kaitangata School, said
the fellowship had provided her ''most
valuable learning experience'' since she
began teaching in 1985.
She had created a pamphlet and a
poster to provide a factual background
for Hokitika man Gray Eatwell and
other family members, to undertake
guided tours of the plate boundary
and the drilling site, at Gaunt Creek.
--- Otago Daily Times
Southern Alps key to understanding
earthquakes, say scientists
Thursday January 23
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Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
Maurice. --- (Reg No
208743, 16th Artillery
Field Regiment, Lance
1950-1953) Died peace-
fully at Reefton Hospital
on January 22, 2014.
''An old soldier at rest''
Loved brother and
brother-in-law of Gerald
and Elma (Motueka),
Brian and Denise (Car-
ters Beach), and Geoff
and Barbara (Papamoa),
and a loved uncle of all
his nieces and nephews.
Messages to 11 Te
Puketea Lane, Motueka.
The funeral service for
Lester will be held at
Saint Stephen's Angli-
can Church, Church
Street, Reefton, on Sat-
urday, January 25, 2014
at 11am, thereafter inter-
ment at The Burkes
Creek Cemetery. Hage-
dorns Buller Funeral
Five-year-old Abbi Maskill, of Blenheim, front right, was in the right place at just the right time yesterday when she became the
500,000th visitor to the Greymouth aquatic centre. She was accompanied to the pool by her brother Finn, seven, and Greymouth
grandparents Yvonne and George Maskill. Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn presented Abbi with a copy of his book e Golden
Grey, together with a six-month free pass to the pool. Her granddad said both children loved going to the pool and Abbi especially
loved the hydroslides. "Coming to the pool is the biggest attraction of the holidays when the children visit, so the pass will be well
used," Mr Maskill said.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
500,000th Greymouth aquatic centre visitor
Four months ago the barren ower gardens around Greymouth
streets copped criticism with the arrival of spring, but today they
are a blaze of colour after the Grey District Council decided to
retain the ower beds. With one former councillor wanting the
owers replaced with native shrubs, council sta had held back
on the annual replant, but one of the rst functions of the newly-
elected council was to vote in favour of owers, and the result is a
blaze of colour around town.
PICTURES: Viv Logie
A blaze of colour
Everything from parlour music to new
folk and orchestral pop is on the cards for a
show at the Barrytown Hall this Saturday,
Okarito on Sunday and Fox Glacier on
Seattle-based musician Shenandoah Davis
will be on the West Coast as part of her tour
through New Zealand during January and
Davis will be joined at Barrytown by
Auckland performer Anthonie Tonnon, who
recently spent ve weeks touring with her
in the United States, playing material
from his upcoming album to American
Davis's songs have been branded everything
from parlour music to new folk to orchestral
pop and she has taken her music all over the
US, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany,
Portugal, Italy and Australasia. In recent
months, Davis was picked to play sold-out
solo shows in Seattle with Laura Marling,
Mirah, and Martha Wainwright.
Davis is currently nishing a new album,
following up her second full-length album,
e Company We Keep.
is tour will see her performing solo,
previewing songs from her upcoming
album, and bringing with her a special New
Zealand tour only EP.
Seattle musician to perform on Coast
Barrytown School is
on the lookout for a new
principal to take over at
the start of the second
Deb Richardson, who
has led the school for three
years and helped steer
it in the right direction
after it was placed under
a commissioner in 2009,
will take up a new position
with the Westmount
School, looking after their
Westport and Kaiata
Barrytown School board
of trustees chairwoman
Christina Houston said
it was a great opportunity
and they supported Mrs
"As a board we are really
excited for her ... our
charter is very much about
moving forward. Deb has
done a most fabulous job
Ms Houston expected
a new principal would
"come in with their own
style and keep the school
moving forward. Change
is not a bad thing."
e school will have a
starting roll of 18 this year.
A Christchurch businessman who
conned insurers and investors out
of $1.1 million after the devastating
earthquakes has been jailed for more
than two years.
Stuart Crellin Bell, 37, was chief
executive of city software rm Black
Box Spatial Ltd when the quakes hit.
But he had already been sowing the
seeds of his fraud before natural disaster
struck the region.
Black Box, which developed and
provided operational software and
business information systems, had come
up with a road user charges o road
rebate programme which calculated
what money companies were due in road
Bell faked e-mail correspondence with
potential clients, which he then used
to encourage two investors to fork out
almost $700,000 in capital investment
between May 2010 and May 2011.
After the September 2010 and
February 2011 quakes, the company
claimed and received $713,129 from
Vero Insurance for business interruption
after being unable to process road user
charge rebates for its alleged clients.
Bell e-mailed faked contracts to
the insurance loss adjustor in which
he wrongly claimed he had secured
contracts to complete road user charge
rebates on their behalf.
e father-of-two also manufactured
e-mails to convince two investors to put
$690,000 into the road user charges o
road rebate programme, claiming it was
on the verge of a cash windfall.
ey are still out of pocket to the tune
of $390,000 and have little hope of ever
getting their money back.
Black Box has since been put into
liquidation, and the Christchurch
District Court yesterday heard that Bell
had paid back $80,000 to Vero.
Bell, who had been living in Leeston
but had recently been on bail to an
Auckland address, pleaded guilty to
seven charges, including using altered
and forged documents, document fraud,
and obtaining a nancial advantage by
deception, last November.
Defence counsel Richard Maze said
Bell's diagnosed dissociative amnesia
as well as acute stress he was su ering,
could have contributed to the o ending.
" e facts of this case are highly
unusual," he said.
Bell had taken part in a restorative
justice conference, which Mr Maze said
"could not have gone better".
But Judge Alistair Garland said the
impact of o ending on the investors
has been "substantial --- nancially and
in terms of emotional harm that Bell
He also concluded that the crimes
amounted to a "sustained period of
dishonesty which in my view indicates a
signi cant level of premeditation".
Judge Garland said that after the
Canterbury earthquakes, all insurance
companies were struggling with the
sheer volume of claims, and therefore
were "much more vulnerable to
fraudulent claims than usual".
He jailed Bell for two years, three
months. --- APNZ
Conman used quakes to cover fraud
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