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Emergency services were called
out twice to Omoto Road this
morning. A person had to be cut
from a vehicle that crashed about 11
o'clock. Greymouth chief re o cer
Lee Swinburn said the re brigade
had to use cutting equipment to get
the person out. He said it appeared
that there was just one vehicle
involved. en at noon the re
brigade was called to a house after a
passerby noticed smoke and alerted
the owner. An electrical short was
the cause and Electronet was called
to turn o the power.
Britain's farmers must try to shoo
away birds before they can be shot
for damaging crops, according to
new plans from wildlife advisers.
And anyone breaking the rules
could face prosecution, with a
maximum six months in jail or
a £5000 ne. e new proposals
have caused uproar, with farming
and countryside groups labelling
them 'ludicrous'. ey only need
to be 'satis ed' that scaring or other
measures such as netting would be
ine ective before reaching for the
gun. --- Daily Mail
Fine, fresh southerly winds
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
Night vision gear was used to nd
two trampers who went astray while
tramping in the Tutaekuri River
area in the foothills of the Southern
Alps, inland from Greymouth.
e NZCC Rescue Helicopter
was called out in the early hours of
Saturday morning to search for two
women in their 30s. e pair, who
were tramping with two men had
left the Tutaekuri Hut on Friday
morning on a day shing trip up the
Trent River. e group separated
about 2pm, with the two women
intending to return to the hut.
When the men arrived back at the
hut at 7.30pm on Friday, the women
were not there. After waiting several
hours the men activated their
personal locator beacons. One of the
women carried a digital camera and
used its ash to attract the attention
of the searching helicopter, which
located the pair in the Waiheke
River valley, 10km from the hut.
At least 2000 cannabis
plants, some almost 2m high,
were uprooted last week on
the West Coast during the
annual cannabis cull.
O cer-in-charge senior
constable Bruce Pearson,
said today that on top of
the harvest, 15 people were
arrested during the operation
and between them they faced
a total of 25 charges.
e recovery operation ran
on the West Coast, from
Haast to Karamea, over the
past week and police were
assisted by the Air Force
with an RNZAF Iroquois
All of the plants recovered
were well developed and in
good condition, Mr Pearson
It was obvious the season
had been a good one for
those choosing to grow the
Some of the charges people
faced ranged from possession
of cannabis through to
Mr Pearson said that stolen
property was also seized
from premises during the
discovered in various places
from deep in bush areas to
close to people's backyards,"
Mr Pearson said the number
of plants recovered was down
on last year --- "hopefully
that means the message is
getting through and people
are not growing it".
Last year the annual harvest
uncovered 3000 plants, 700
fewer than the previous year,
which were worth about $3
million on the street.
e week long operation
had as many as 20 police from
the West Coast scouring the
bush in search of cannabis
Mr Pearson is still
encouraging members of the
public to contact police if
they have information about
cannabis growing in their
area. He assured they would
not be identi ed.
While police had a year-
round focus on cracking
down on the drug, the
national cannabis operation
o cially continues until the
end of April.
"Overall I am very happy ---
it was a successful operation
as far as the police are
concerned," Mr Pearson said.
Meanwhile, on Saturday
morning a person on a walk
near the Taylorville water
pumping station came across
another cannabis plot.
Police were advised of the
discovery and a sweep of the
area uncovered a total of 18
cannabis plants, hidden away
in some scrub.
e nd was made about
8.30am. Police are continuing
their inquiries into the nd.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Greymouth police constable Peter Je eries stashes some of the thousands of cannabis plants that were
uncovered on the West Coast last week, during part of the nationwide annual cannabis recovery operation.
e New Zealand Motor Caravan
Association is trying to convince West
Coasters that freedom campers are not
the bad guys, and in fact have plenty to
o er local economies.
Its membership is growing by 15% a
year --- and many want to visit rural New
Association chief executive Bruce
Lochore spoke to a small gathering at
the Grey District Council last week.
Greymouth is currently the only motor
home friendly town in the South Island
and Mr Lochore is hoping to have
Westport follow suit.
"Our members want to come, all we
want is to be made to feel welcome."
Mr Lochore said people often saw
freedom camping as a negative. "When
thinking about freedom camping, most
people on the West Coast think of a lot
of rubbish. But it's actually our members
spending money in your community."
Mr Lochore acknowledged there were
some problems with freedom campers,
but on closer analysis more districts
found they did not have the problem
they thought they had.
e association had 28,000 motor
homes registered with them, while rental
vehicles in the country numbered 5300,
although they would be rented about
ten times a year. Often it was a small
minority ruining it for the rest, which
had a big impact on their members.
Backing that up were gures from the
Grey District Council which showed
that for 95 infringements issued for
non-compliance, there were 350 certi ed
Membership was growing with baby
boomers hitting the road as more of
them approached retirement.
" ey never gave up that dream of
hitting the road."
Over the past two years the association
had experienced growth of 15% a year.
Mr Lochore said their members wanted
to visit rural areas.
" at's where we have the biggest
impact. Our members want to be in
provincial New Zealand."
Mr Lochore said their members were
active in their retirement and were
looking for more adventurous activities,
which the West Coast could o er.
Freedom campers 'okay'
PICTURE: Bob McAuliffe
Kurt, left and Quinn Berry made some art of their own when they went to Art in the Park at Shantytown on the weekend.
About 1500 enjoyed good art,
some sun and entertainment at Art
in the Park over the weekend, on
one of the busiest weekends of the
ere were clear skies for the
festival and the Gypsy Fair on
Saturday, but rain on Sunday put a
dampener on both events and saw
the Children's Day celebrations at
Dixon Park cut short.
Shantytown, which hosted Art
in the Park, said 1100 attended on
Saturday, and 450 on Sunday. Last
year, 2600 attended.
Art in the Park chairwoman
Christine Robertson said the
weekend had gone well for the
annual show at Shantytown.
" e feel was it was as successful
an event as the year before. e
car park was certainly busy on the
Saturday. It was quieter in the hall
but that was because we had to
reduce the number of sites inside
due to re regulations."
She said the artists and visitors
enjoyed the day out.
"I think it went very smoothly,
people seemed happy with what
was going on and happy with
having more space."
Mrs Robertson was not concerned
by the clash of events saying it was
not the rst year that Art in the
Park had been held with other
West REAP early childhood
co-ordinator Melissa Diedrichs
said they were pleased with how
Children's Day went given the wet
"We were more than happy
with our decision considering the
weather was not kind to us."
e Regent eatre was a full
house and the Grey District
Aquatic Centre was packed with
Ms Diedrichs said parents came
prepared to Dixon Park, and they
went through 1000 buns and 650
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1500 celebrate Ar t in the Park A Greymouth man who red a
paintball gun at parked vehicles was told
in the District Court this morning to
Joshua John Hughes, 19, of Paroa had
admitted to unlawfully discharging a
paintball gun on Mount Street.
He was ned $400 and Judge Gary
MacAskill ordered that the $400
paintball gun be destroyed. It was a gas
powered semi-automatic gun with a
range of 60m.
Prosecutor Steven Greer said that
Hughes was one of ve young men in a
car that was driven around Greymouth
about 6pm on November 16.
He had consumed six bottles of beer.
As they passed a parked car he leaned
out the window and red two times
across the roof at the car.
He then red three times at another
parked vehicle to his right, two of the
pellets hitting and splattering paint
across the vehicle.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said that
Hughes was an otherwise responsible
man who accepted that his actions on
the day were "stupid".
Judge MacAskill said Hughes's record
suggested that he was anything but
" is is the fourth time that you have
acted irresponsibly. It seems to me that
you need to grow up, Mr Hughes and
think about your actions," he said.
"Just think, in the future, about the
consequences of doing stupid things,
particularly involving alcohol."
Man told to 'grow up'
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