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2 - Tuesday, February 11, 2014
e Greymouth Star incorrectly
reported yesterday that Future
Knowledge Ltd was adjudicated
bankrupt in the Greymouth District
Court. Future Knowledge is still
trading and was actually a creditor to
Lucivalda Alves Stanton, who was
bankrupted yesterday after she could
not pay the company. We apologise
for the confusion.
Parking limit change
Now that the Greymouth Post
Shop has returned to its historic
Tainui Street site, the parking limit
outside the store will revert to 30
minutes to allow people ample time
to go about their business. e Grey
District Council reduced the time
limits when NZ Post temporarily
relocated to Mawhera Quay, but
residents have recently complained
that it is di cult to complete the
business within that timeframe. e
council agreed last night to revert to
30-minute parks. It also resolved to
create a new mobility park outside
the police station.
Freedom camping sheriff
Greymouth has a new freedom
camping sheri . e previous
enforcement o cer, Lomiga Vaaelua,
has resigned from the post and the
Grey District Council this week
replaced him with omas Anderson.
Heart care reminder
West Coast residents will be
reminded to take care of their hearts
this Valentine's Day, coinciding
with the Heart Foundation's annual
appeal this week. Heart Week began
yesterday to raise awareness of the
importance of heart health. Heart
disease is New Zealand's leading
killer, accounting for more than 30%
of all deaths annually. is means
a New Zealander dies of a heart
disease every 90 minutes. e Heart
Foundation's street collection will
take place on Friday, Valentine's Day,
to remind for people to take care of
Six Greymouth Star readers have
won tickets to television medium
Jeanette Wilson's Greymouth shows
later this month. Helen Sewell
of Blaketown, Eleanor Adamson
of Greymouth and N Barlow of
Hokitika each win a ticket to the
Seeing is Believing show. Lyn
Robinson of Kumara Junction, Kate
Holley and Glenda McMinn of
Blaketown each win a ticket to the
Listening to Heaven show.
Port of Greymouth. --- Arrivals:
Ocean Odyssey, Electra, Happy V,
two Greymouth vessels. Departures:
Galatea II, Southerly, Kay Dee,
Aquila, two Greymouth vessels. In
port: Cook Canyon, Ocean Odyssey,
Electra, Happy V, 20 Greymouth
vessels. Expected departures: Ocean
Odyssey, today. Expected arrivals:
Jay Elaine, today; Moon Shadow,
tomorrow; Galatea II, Sunday.
Push to keep tourists longer
A Blaketown man was remanded on
bail without plea until March 4, when
he appeared in the Greymouth District
Court this morning on charges of
importing class A drugs into the country.
Troy Murray Crooks, 34, is charged
with importing ecstasy, MDP2P and
Analogue. He faces other charges of
possessing cannabis and spotting knives
and bongs for inhaling the drug.
e cannabis was found on December
12. e importation charges relate to ve
packages received at Auckland Airport
in November and December.
Crooks was told today there will be no
"You need to plead on that day (March
4)," Judge Gary MacAskill said.
Matthew Aaron Langridge, 27, of
Greymouth, was remanded on bail for
sentencing on March 4 after he admitted
assaulting a woman at Greymouth on
e court heard that Langridge struck
the woman on the head with a rolled up
Graeme Hughes Vincent, 41, of
Cobden, was remanded on bail for
sentencing on March 4 after he admitted
driving with excess breath-alcohol at
4.15am on December 30, in Richmond
It was his fourth drink-driving
Vincent was told that he was a "serious
candidate for prison".
Greymouth tourism operators have agreed
to try to encourage visitors to stay in the
district longer rather than head straight for
At least 20 operators and accommodation
providers from around the Grey district
met last night with Toursim West Coast
to discuss how to keep visitors in the area
Wild West Adventure Company owner
Paul Schramm said the meeting discussed
the need to provide a better environment for
visitors who arrive in Greymouth.
"We all agreed that we need to work
together on having an image and branding
that motivates visitors to come to the area,"
Mr Schramm said.
While they had not resolved what that
would be yet, it would involve combining the
individual marketing that some operators
were currently doing.
Mr Schramm said the meeting was not
to do with anything Tourism West Coast,
"was or wasn't doing". "It was more to do
with how the centre of the West Coast is
Most people were "con dent with what
(Tourism West Coast) was doing and the
direction it was taking".
Mr Schramm did not think that the
reason why travellers skipped Greymouth
was to do with a lack of things for them to
do in the area.
" ere is heaps to do here, our issue is that
we don't convey that very well to people
before they leave home."
Most people who did stop were surprised
by the positive experience they had, he said.
Global Village Backpackers Greymouth
owner Russell McRae said the town was
currently seen more as a stopover than a
" ere are concerns that travellers either
pass through Greymouth or see it as a stop
. . . ere are plenty of travellers, but not
enough are staying here overnight."
He suggested the district should highlight
the natural attractions it had to o er.
West Coast Travel Centre owner Phillip
Barnett, a former Tourism West Coast
chairman who now also owns the Lake
Brunner Hotel, organised the meeting and
implored operators to work together.
"We need to get our share of the guest
nights . . . We need to get our brand out
there. We can only do that by working
Mr Barnett said it was imperative that
Tourism West Coast was not seen to
promote one district more than another
so it could not speci cally market
Tuesday February 11
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 768 5942 first
PUGH, Patrick Henry.
--- Family of the late Pat
Pugh would like to
thank extended family
and friends for their love
and wonderful support
following the short ill-
ness and passing of Pat.
To all the staff at Grey
Base Hospital who cared
for Pat and enabled us to
bring him home. Thanks
to the district nurses of
Hokitika for their help.
We thank you for the
flowers, food and
Our mighty Rata
LEMON, Mary Beth.
--- Passed away
unexpectedly on Sunday
February 9, 2014 at
Grey Base Hospital,
Greymouth, aged 43
years. Dearly loved and
cherished wife of Brent,
much loved mother of
Scott, Makayla, and the
late James, and a loved
daughter, sister, sister-
in-law, aunt, cousin, and
friend. Sadly missed.
Messages to 9 Dupre
Place, Cobden, Grey-
mouth 7802. A service
to celebrate Mary's life
will be held in Holy
Church, Greymouth on
Thursday at 1.30pm,
after which Mary will be
laid to rest with James at
the Gladstone Memorial
Park Cemetery. Resting
in the care of Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
With sadness, Peter's
family announce his
passing at Rowena
Jackson, Invercargill on
Monday February 10,
2014; in his 78th year.
Loved husband of
Raone, loved son of the
late Keith and Stacie
father and father-in-law
of Daryl (Western
Australia), Suzanne and
Wayne Merriman (Grey-
mouth), and Brett
"Shiner" and Karen
loved Grandad Pete of
Kirsty and Philip, Karl,
Antony and Laura,
Stacey and Ethan,
Amber and Josh. Much
P ete of Oliver,
and Taylor. A loved
brother and brother-in-
law of Phillip and Kimi,
Eileen and the late John
Coll, and Bill. Special
thanks to the staff
at Salisbury Wing,
Rowena Jackson for
their care and support.
In accordance with the
family's wishes, Peter
will have a private
cremation. A memorial
service to celebrate the
life of Peter will be held
in the J Fraser & Sons
Chapel, Esk Street,
Invercargill on Thursday
February 13 at 2pm.
No flowers by request.
M essages to 24
Hamilton Ave, Winton
9720. Winton & Dis-
tricts Funeral Services,
e Greymouth town centre got a bit sweeter on Saturday, with the opening of Sweet Dreams and Inspirations, o ering handmade
cupcakes and biscuits, made-to-order birthday and wedding cakes, gifts, party and cake decorating supplies, and a range of British
sweets and snacks. Owner Liz Coats said business was picking up slowly as people realised the Tainui Street shop was open, but
she already had four cake orders con rmed and others in the works. "A few people came out specially (for the opening) on Saturday,
which was really nice." For now, Mrs Coats is doing her baking next door at Jones's Cafe, but she is sorting out the resource consents
to install her own kitchen in the shop.
Sweet star t to new business
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Auckland visitor Bert Coulter was enjoying the sights of Greymouth and
the new cycleway from the comfort of his battery-powered Segway this
morning. Mr Coulter says the machine helps him get around after medical
misadventure left him permanently disabled. "I walked into hospital and
came out in a wheelchair. My ner ves in my back are now damaged," the
retired builder said. "I have had the Segway for just over three weeks. It's great
and can cover a distance of 20km on its battery."
Seeing the sights on a Segway
PICTURE: Paul McBride
West Coasters can expect all
the hits and might even see a few
collaborations of singers when the
Classic Hits Winery Tour arrives in
Greymouth on February 23.
New Zealand 1980s rockers
e Exponents will be joined by
Australian Idol winner Stan Walker
and Breaks Co-op, best known for
their 2005 song e Otherside.
Now into its eighth year, the winery
tour includes the West Coast for the
rst time, with an outdoor concert at
e Exponents frontman Jordan
Luck told the Greymouth Star he
was looking forward to a return to
He last played the Coast three years
ago with the Jordan Luck Band, but
the last time e Exponents played in
Greymouth was 1999.
"When we were a Christchuch-
based band we used to play
Greymouth quite a bit. It's a great
place to be touring," Luck said.
He expected touring with Stan
Walker and Breaks Co-op to make
for a great summer, and expected
there could even be a few musicians
swapping sets during concerts.
"It's going to be quite a fun little
entourage on the road."
e Exponents' set of 90 minutes
will include all the highlights from
their long career.
"Essentially it is over the 19 years
we were together."
Luck said audiences knew their
songs well and always got into the
spirit of the concerts.
" elastgigwedid. . .therewere
ve songs I didn't have to sing at all."
Although the Greymouth concert
was not at a winery, Luck was not
put o : "It won't make a beam of
He said they had a gap after the
Greymouth show, which would allow
the musicians to have a bit of down
"It's unlike other tours, it's pretty
easy. We get three or fours days in a
row, then three or four days o . I'm
more used to the night after night.
is is like a holiday."
He hoped to spend some of his time
o exploring the Coast, including the
chance to go shing.
United Kingdom-based Andy
Lovegrove, who has not been to
Greymouth before, is also looking
for ward to sharing some new Breaks
"It was on my list when we were on
tour in New Zealand in 2005 but I
had to return to the UK unexpectedly
before I could get there. I am,
however, really excited to be visiting
this time around. Hopefully I'll get a
chance to sample some of the delights
of the West Coast, it looks amazing
from what I've seen with it's stunning
landscapes and coastline."
He loved touring and sharing music
directly with the audience.
Breaks Co-op has a completely
new line-up, with Paul McLaney
on guitars and backing vocals, Mark
Vanilau on keys and backing vocals,
Richie Pickard on bass and backing
vocals, and Andy Keegan on drums. Stan Walker, left, Jordan Luck and Andy Lovegrove.
Winery Tour gig coming to Greymouth
Kaiata man Quaid Amtman, 20,
pleaded guilty in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday to two counts
of theft after he was caught trying to
steal a laptop from a backpackers, and
then stealing meat from the New World
On October 1, Amtman took a $426
laptop that was left unattended in
Neptune's Backpackers. It was later
recovered when he returned to the
accommodation and the manager
noticed him with it.
Five days later he entered the
supermarket, hid sausages and steak
beneath his shirt and walked out. He
later told police he took the meat
because he was hungry.
Judge Gary MacAskill said he was not
impressed by the incidents and said the
excuse of hunger did not justify taking
such expensive cuts of meat.
"You have quite a record now of
dishonesty," Judge MacAskill said.
He sentenced Amtman to 120 hours of
community work and $90 in reparation
for the meat, but warned him he could
end up in jail if he o ended again.
"Judges reach a point where they have
enough of people thieving."
Prison warning for thief Christine Linnell
Greymouth businesses and
entrepreneurs interested in
bene ting from the new West
Coast Wilderness Trail will have the
chance tomorrow to draw inspiration
from a successful businessman from
the Otago Rail Trail.
Trail Journeys founder and
manager Neville Grubb, who
established his now multi-million
dollar business to cater to tourists
on the rail trail cycleway, will be
a keynote speaker at a workshop
hosted by the Grey District Council
from 11am and 1pm.
e free workshop will provide
information on how to establish
a business to provide goods and
services to the new Coast cycleway.
A similar meeting will be held in
Grey District Council workshop
organiser Erin McGoldrick said
the Greymouth Mountainbike
Club, a local backpackers and the
Top Ten Holiday Park would be
among those represented.
"Anyone even vaguely interested
in cycle trails generally is welcome
to come along. Last minute show-
ups are welcome," she said.
Cycle trail business workshop
Police are investigating an alleged
historic indecent assault involving
a former Otago Boys' High School
While not in a position to answer
speci c questions yesterday, detective
senior sergeant John Ferguson con rmed
"that they have received a complaint
in relation to this allegation and are
In a joint statement yesterday
afternoon, Otago Boys' High School
rector Clive Rennie and board of trustees'
chairman Geo Bates said: " e school
has been made aware that the police are
investigating a historic complaint.
" e teacher concerned is not currently
at the school.
" e school takes this matter
" e school has received very limited
information about the nature of the
"It is currently seeking the release of
information from the police so it can
undertake its own investigation."
--- Otago Daily Times
Police investigate historic
indecency at school
A man facing charges over
an alleged bogus company for
job seekers looking for work in
Australian mines had his scheme
endorsed by a fake international
group whose initials spelled "Pay
Frank and Dee e Money", a
court has been told.
Frank Allan Yeates, 61, has
pleaded not guilty in the Hamilton
District Court to three charges
of making a false statement as a
promoter and one of fraudulently
carrying out a business.
e Crown alleges that between
February 28 and June 30, 2012,
Yeates ran a website called
AAAjobforyou NZ Ltd and falsely
claimed it had positions in the
It said Yeates also wrongly
said the company was part of an
international group known as
"PF and DTM International" and
made a false statement on printed
AAAjobforyou receipts that the
funds it received from prospective
employees were being deposited
into a trust fund.
e Crown is also trying to prove
that Yeates was knowingly party
to AAAjobforyou NZ Ltd and
carried on the business with intent
to defraud the public.
Crown prosecutor Rebecca
Mann said applicants would pay
money to Yeates's company for
ser vices over four "stages" with
at least one man told he would
"de nitely" secure work at the end
of the process.
e stages included attending
seminars and having their resumes
"polished" for $390 and another
arranging Skype interviews with
prospective employers for $300.
e nal stage cost $1900 and
involved ights to the Gold Coast
and accommodation there before
the workers were taken to their
Ms Mann said 148 people paid
Yeates after he held introductory
seminars. A further 50 people paid
$300 for stage two. None made it
as far as stage three or four and
none received the jobs they were
" e promises were not kept and
work was not obtained . . . simply
put, the Crown says that this was
She said Yeates's claims that
his entity was part of the PF and
DTM International group were
also fraudulent. e court later
heard how he explained to a former
employee the initials were an
abbreviation that said "Pay Frank
and Dee e Money".
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Mine jobs 'a scam' court told
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