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Police are on the warpath after
receiving a number of complaints
about quad bike and dirt bike riders
speeding around Greymouth streets.
Numerous complaints have been
received in the past few days about
bikes speeding in Lydia Street. ey
also want to catch a motorist who
was seen driving a silver Subaru
at high speed along Lydia Street,
on Friday evening. Police said the
vehicle had been lowered and was
reportedly travelling 90kph in a
World Day of Prayer
World Day of Prayer will be
marked on Friday, March 7 at the
Holy Trinity Anglican Church, in
Greymouth. e day is part of a
global ecumenical movement for
informed prayer and powerful action.
For over 80 years, services have been
held around the world on the rst
Friday of March. It is administered
by an international committee
in New York. is year's service
comes from Egypt and has the
theme 'Streams in the Desert'. e
Greymouth service will start at 6pm.
Two men bitten
Two men su ered severe bites
in a dog attack in Whanganui on
Friday night, police say. Whanganui
police had to shoot the dog so that
emergency services could get close
enough to help the victims, acting
senior sergeant Andrew McDonald
said. " e owner couldn't gain
control of the dog and asked police
to destroy the animal. We had no
option but to put the dog down
immediately." Both men have had
surgery and are still in Whanganui
Hospital in a stable condition. ---
Major scrub re
A large scrub re that threatened
houses in rural Waikato last night
grew to 80ha before it was brought
under control. Fire ghters were
called to the blaze on Mangapiko
Valley Road in Waiterimu, north-
east of Huntly, about 5.45pm
yesterday. Two helicopters were
scrambled to help battle the blaze,
while re ghters on the ground
worked to protect houses in the
area. ere was no damage to any
property. --- APNZ
Fatal crash charges
A 24-year-old Whakatane man
has appeared in court facing charges
in relation to a car crash which
resulted in the death of Masterton
woman Shannon Buick, 23.
Shannon's teenage sister, Kaitlin,
16, was seriously injured in the
head-on crash on Paierau Road near
Masterton on August 30. Shane
William Hart appeared in the
Masterton District Court yesterday
entering no plea to charges of
careless driving causing death and
careless driving causing injury. Hart
was remanded at large to March 17.
--- APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
Port of Greymouth. --- Arrivals:
Ocean Odyssey, Latitude. Departures:
Galatea II, Electra, Happy V, Trident,
Expatriate, Coaster, Tainui, Falcon
III, two Greymouth vessels. In port:
Ocean Odyssey, Tui, Sovereign,
Calypso, Giorgina, Latitude, elma
C, Aquila, Diana, Louisa, Moata,
Katana, 24 other vessels. Expected
departures: Ocean Odyssey, tomorrow.
Expected arrivals: Cook Canyon,
tomorrow; Moon Shadow II, Jay
Elaine, February 27; Galatea II,
A man with very passionate views
about sex o enders and drug dealers was
discharged from a Greymouth District
Court jury within minutes of being
e jury had retired to appoint a
foreman when the court attendant
returned and told Judge Alastair Garland
there was a problem with one juror.
e man, when brought before the
judge, said that as far as he was concerned,
all people charged with sex o ences and
drug o ences were guilty and that was
He would not be able to arrive at a
'not guilty' verdict, even if the evidence
pointed in that direction.
Judge Garland therefore dismissed the
man and had another juror empanelled
to ll his seat.
A Blaketown man who ogged part of
his mother's takings from her job as a
taxi driver was convicted and sentenced
to 100 hours of community work.
Samuel George Veale, 19, of
Blaketown, admitted entering the
woman's room and stealing $160 from
the takings bag on February 1.
Veale told police that he was very
drunk at the time and did not know why
he did it.
His lawyer, George Linder, said Veale
had given up the booze.
Judge John Strettell ordered Veale
to pay $160 reparation, saying it was a
"miserable theft" and he was surprised
that his mother still cared for him and
Amritpal Singh, 21, of Palmerston
North, was ned $350 for driving
carelessly after he lost control of his
vehicle on a bridge, hitting a guardrail.
Dylan Scott Baird, of Greymouth, was
convicted and ordered to come up if
called within six months for unlawfully
taking a motor vehicle.
Baird used keys from his house to
take his stepfather's work truck for a
drive. On seeing a parked police patrol
he pulled in behind it and told the
occupants that he had unlawfully taken
Hemi Raroa, 22, of Cobden, was
sentenced to 100 hours of community
work for driving while suspended in
Bright Street on January 27. Raroa was
disquali ed from driving for six months.
Joseph Lodewyk Muller, 20, of Atarau,
was ned $450 for driving carelessly in
Atarau Road on November 23.
Police prosecutor Steven Greer said
Muller fell asleep and lost control of his
ute, which left the road and rolled twice,
A passenger grabbed the wheel but
could not get the vehicle under control.
Muller had to be cut from the wreck and
was own by helicopter to hospital.
Judge Strettell told Muller he was
"fortunate to be here".
An arrest warrant was issued
when Paula Halaevalu Aitu, 27, of
Auckland, failed to appear on charges
of breaching bail and causing grievous
Daniel John Porter, 25, of Greymouth,
was remanded on bail for sentencing on
March 4 for driving with excess breath-
alcohol on February 6.
Tuesday February 25
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VAN LOOY. --- David
van Looy, together with
Theresa (Nana) and
Rose Caldana (Nana),
would like to announce
the engagement of Sarah
to Gradon Conroy.
Coast firemen join Aust bushfire effor t
West Coast re rghters --- Nathan Keoghan (Keoghan Farm), left, Dave Houston (Fulton Hogan), Andrew Dodds
(Electronet), Trevor O'Dea (Orica) and Atila de Oliveira (Buller District Council), who have headed to Australia to
help ght bush res in the remote Gippsland region of Victoria.
Five re ghters from the West
Coast Rural Fire Authority have
joined the e ort to contain bush res
in the remote Gippsland region of
e re ghters are part of a
contingent organised through the
National Rural Fire Authority and left
ey will mostly be involved in
creating containment lines with hand
tools and heavy machinery, rather than
using water to suppress the re.
e crews will do two rotations of
a seven-day 12-hour day shift, with a
short break between them.
Fire Service West Coast principal
rural re o cer Mark Boere said three
of the re ghters had travelled to
Australia before, but for the other two
it will be a unique experience.
" e ability to send a mix of
personnel provides development
opportunities, and they are well guided
by experienced re managers."
Mr Boere said the opportunity to
send crews could only be done with
the support of their employers.
"We're very thankful that the
employers or our re ghters are able
to give them the time away from
their roles to assist our partner re
Doctors say they are working
hard to make the Greymouth
Hospital rebuilding plans possible
while having to work to a nancial
After contributing to the plans
submitted to the Government by
the West Coast District Health
Board, the hospital clinicians were
annoyed to discover that they
had been changed in Wellington,
without consultation, in favour of a
completely new hospital.
at prompted the senior doctors'
union to call a meeting of all hospital
clinical sta , who penned an open
letter to the people of the West
Consultation with the DHB
resumed last week.
Association of Salaried Medical
Specialists branch president, and
Grey Base Hospital doctor Paul
Holt, said the National Health
Board had responded to their
concerns with a proposal to re-
engage with doctors, nurses,
radiographers, occupational therapy
and physiotherapy sta .
"At present they appear to accept
the model of care proposed in the
business case," Dr Holt said.
However, senior medical sta and
the union were still concerned that
the process was not ideal, he said.
A nancial constraint of
$60 million on the cost of the new
hospital had been imposed.
" is is the wrong way round.
We should be determining what
facilities we need to deliver the
model of care and then looking at
"Certainly we accept that there
are nancial constraints, but tting
the ser vice into a too small facility,
dictated in advance, is a recipe for
Hospital sta were making
determined e orts to get the facility
Dr Holt said they would see the
plans this week, and hopefully they
would t the preferred model of care.
"We do appreciate the re-
engagement of the clinical
workforce, even given the short
timeframe imposed on us, and we
sincerely hope we can produce the
facility Greymouth needs."
West Coast-Tasman MP Damien
O'Connor was approached by sta ,
who were briefed on Friday in
He said there were some concerns
about omissions, and he understood
sta had asked for an explanation.
e business case from the DHB
had requested $76m for the hospital
Doctors 'trying to make hospital plans work'
British couple Peter and Sue Livesey attracted a crowd of onlookers --- and a friendly warning from the parking warden --- when they parked their 1910s-era
Bugatti vehicle on the wrong side of Mackay Street, in Greymouth, this morning. ey are among about 20 car enthusiasts touring New Zealand, having
shipped their antique cars here from overseas. Mr Livesey said it had been interesting braving the weather in the open car, dressed in warm clothes and rain gear.
" e weather has been very changeable. It certainly was cold yesterday." About lunchtime they headed to Hokitika and the glaciers.
Veterans of the road head to glaciers
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Man stole from his mum
A free swim, discounted
movie or activities at
Dixon Park will mark
Children's Day in
Greymouth, on Sunday.
e fun begins at
10am with $6 entry to
the movie Frozen at the
Regent eatre. From
noon until 3pm there will
be free activities at Dixon
Park, including pony
rides, face painting, ax
weaving, gold panning,
petting zoo, a Fire Service
display, food and spot
prizes. e polytechnic
band will perform, along
with the Pink Pulse dance
group, and a kapa haka
group, as well as special
guests Dora the Explorer
and Spongebob. From
3pm to 5pm, children will
have free admission to the
Last year more than
1000 people took part
in the Greymouth
event, organised by a
In Hokitika, the Lions
Club is again expecting as
many as 4000 people for
a day of free events and
activities at Cass Square.
West Coast District
Health Board chief
executive David Meates
has agreed to attend a
public meeting in Reefton
next week to discuss the
future of health ser vices
in the township.
Reefton Hospital began
again accepting new
patients in December,
after sta shortages forced
it to stop earlier last year.
Although things have
residents are still
concerned, the Inangahua
Community Board says.
Questions have also
been asked about why
there are plans for new
facilities in Greymouth
and Westport, but not
Board chair woman
Jenette Hawes said the
meeting would be held
on March 6, at 7.30pm at
the Reefton Community
Centre theatre. e
agenda was 'the future
of health services in
Only two members of the West Coast
District Health Board voted on Friday
to restart full maternity ser vices at
Westport, seven months after they were
A review last year concluded that
planned births at the Kawatiri primary
unit at Buller Hospital should stop.
On Friday, new board members Peter
Neame and Michelle Lomax were the
only two to vote for a resumption of
Mr Neame said 'safety' concerns could
be used to close every service on the
Ms Lomax asked if the board could
legally just stop maternity services.
" e women obviously want safety for
themselves and their babies. ey think
that safe services, in balance, is for it to
happen in Westport," Ms Lomax said.
DHB programme director Michael
Frampton said they were appointing
a dedicated project co-ordinator ---
a midwife --- to implement the 74
recommendations of the review.
Talks had been had with both the
College of Midwives and the Kawatiri
Mr Frampton said if the key issues
in the review were addressed, and were
found to be sustainable, they were "quite
open" to restarting normal births.
Kawatiri primary unit is still open for
urgent births, and ante and post-natal
A second motion to reopen the laundry
at Grey Base Hospital, also put by Mr
Neame, failed to get a seconder.
e Government has signed up to an
international sheries agreement which
could block illegal shers from using
New Zealand ports.
Foreign A airs Minister Murray
McCully and Fisheries Minister
Nathan Guy said yesterday afternoon
that New Zealand had become the
ninth country to ratify the Food
and Agriculture Organisation of the
United Nations Port State Measures
e UN agreement would come
into force when it was signed by 25
It set minimum standards for port
access by foreign agged vessels and
their support vessels. Foreign vessels
would have to give advance notice
and request permission to enter ports,
and member countries would conduct
inspections to ensure that minimum
standards were being met.
Mr McCully said that if it was widely
implemented, it would make it more
di cult and less economic to sh
illegally.---APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A jury trial opened in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday against a
Hokitika man accused of indecently
assaulting and raping a young girl
between 2007 and 2012.
e accused, 47, faces three charges of
indecent assault and seven of rape.
In most cases the alleged o ences were
committed in Hokitika, but Invercargill
and Taupo are also given as locations for
the o ending.
e trial is expected to last all week
and Judge Alistair Garland said some of
the charges were "representative" of the
o ences, which were committed on or
near that particular date.
Crown prosecutor Kathy Bell said
the girl was aged about 12 when the
o ending rst occurred.
What had begun as innocent
goodnight cuddles escalated into
full sexual intercourse and continued
throughout her teenage years until the
complainant, then aged 17, disclosed the
o ending to her mother, who reported it
to the police.
Ms Bell said the accused also took
nude photos of the girl which had been
recovered from his camera and forensic
evidence would include swabs taken
from bedding and a mattress which
matched the accused's DNA.
e girl's boyfriend would tell the court
of the accused o ering him "pictures" of
e accused told police that he had
given the girl cuddles, but nothing
more. He denied committing any of the
Defence lawyer Richard Bodle
cautioned the jurors to keep an open
mind until all the evidence was heard.
Some family members supported the
complainant, but others would be giving
evidence on behalf of the accused, Mr
"None of the o ending occurred. It
was the case of a naive young woman
making up an allegation to get back at
the accused, and once she had the tiger
by the tail the story grew and grew."
Yesterday's evidence was con ned to
a lengthy video interview of more than
four hours, which the girl gave to police,
and her testimony continued through
much of today.(Proceeding)
Hokitika rape denied
NZ signs agreement on illegal fishing
Dead man named
e man who was
killed in a crash involving
multiple vehicles in
Waikato has been
named by police. He
was 61-year-old Robert
Charles Barr of Ngatea.
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