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Cannabis plants found
Police discovered and uprooted 13
cannabis plants in the Inangahua
Junction area yesterday.
Arrivals: Moon Shadow II, Strike
Force. Departures: Jay Elaine, Cook
Canyon, Expatriate, Louisa, Tui,
Trident, three Greymouth vessels.
In port: Moon Shadow II, June,
Sovereign, Tainui, Strike Force, 17
other vessels. Expected departures:
Moon Shadow II, today. Expected
arrivals: Galatea II, Sunday;
Ocean Odyssey, Monday; Jay
Elaine, Tuesday; Cook Canyon,
e Whataroa winners of the 2014 West
Coast Top of the South Sharemilker-Equity
Farmer of the Year competition, Chris and
Carla Staples, are focused on reducing debt
and increasing equity.
e couple, who won $11,300 in prizes
at an awards ceremony in Shantytown last
night, are positioning themselves to take the
next step to farm ownership.
e other major winners were Jason
Macbeth, the region's farm manager of the
year, and Amy White, winner of the dairy
trainee of the year title.
e Staples were runners-up in last year's
sharemilker-equity farmer contest and have
used the judges' feedback to their advantage
by improving their business and farming
"We found entering the awards provided a
great opportunity to take an in-depth look
into our business, as well as being able to
benchmark ourselves against others in our
e Staples are 50% sharemilking 365
cows at Whataroa for farm owners, Keith
and Angela Kelly.
ey say their pro tability and great
working relationships are keys to their
e couple's long-term goal is farm
Greymouth equity farm managers, Kelvin
and Heather McKay, were runners-up in
the competition, winning $3700 in prizes.
Farm manager of the year Jason Macbeth
wants to prove that West Coast farms can
perform well against other top farms around
e 23-year-old won $8750 and is
contract milking 280 cows for Bruce and
Jocelyn Palmer, at Murchison.
"We are very low cost farming with
minimal inputs, which I believe you must be
in today's times. We are focused on quantity
and quality when it comes to feeding our
cows and it pays o in production."
Mr Macbeth will move to a 25%
sharemilking position in June and aims to
be 50% sharemilking 300 cows in 2017 with
his partner, Beth Phillips.
Second place in the farm manager contest
went to Landcorp farm manager Hayden
George, 30, who won $3900, and third went
to Takaka farm manager Alice Reilly, 26.
Miss Reilly's partner, Stewart Watson, was
a nalist in the trainee contest and won the
leadership merit award.
Twenty-year-old Murchison farm assistant
Amy White is the 2014 dairy trainee of the
Miss White, who won $5000, entered the
awards for the rst time to "give it a go"
and "it might lead to something". It is her
second season in the industry and she is
currently assisting on Stephen Todd's 353-
cow Murchison farm.
Second in the trainee of the year contest
was Dobson assistant dairy production
manager Joseph McNaull, 24, who won
Chris and Carla Staples will host a eld
day at Whataroa on April 3, while farm
manager of the year, Jason Macbeth, will
host a eld day on the Murchison farm he
manages on March 27.
Dairy NZ Human Resources Award,
Steven and Kerry Semmens; Ecolab
Farm Dairy Hygiene Award, Ant and
Suzi O'Malley; Federated Farmers NZ
Leadership Award, Steven and Kerry
Semmens; Honda Farm Safety and Health
Award, Steven and Kerry Semmens; LIC
Recording and Productivity Award, Jon
and Vickie Nicholls; Meridian Energy
Farm Environment Award, Steven and
Kerry Semmens; Ravensdown Pasture
Performance Award, Gareth and Jenny
Evans; Triplejump Risk Management
Award, Chris and Carla Staples; Westpac
Business Performance Award, Chris and
Farm Manager Merit Awards
Cu s Accountancy Strategic Planning
Award, Alice Reilly; Relience Feeds
Leadership Award, Jason Macbeth;
Fonterra Best Practice Award, omas
Oats and Hannah Davies; Primary ITO
Human Resource Management Award,
Hayden George; RD1 Farm Management
Award, Jason Macbeth; Westpac Financial
Planning and Management Award, Jason
Dairy Trainee Merit Awards
Tb Free New Zealand Farming
Knowledge Award, Joseph McNaull; Silver
Fern Farms Leadership Award, Stewart
Watson; Dairy NZ Practical Skills Award,
Farm manager of the year Jason Macbeth, left, sharemilker-equity farmers of the year
Carla and Chris Staples, and dairy trainee of the year Amy White at the West Coast
Top of the South dairy awards in Shantytown last night.
Whataroa couple wins
Coast dairy contest
A conviction against a former Greymouth
man who made advances to an employee in
his Westport shop would place his business
selling recreational drugs in Palmerston
North in jeopardy, a lawyer has argued.
Prabhat Kumar, 55, pleaded guilty in the
Westport District Court on Wednesday to
a Summary O ences Act common assault
charge, which had been reduced from a
charge of indecent assault.
Mr Kumar previously owned the
Greymouth party pills shop Paradise, which
opened and closed within the space of a
week after public protests.
Police prosecutor Steven Greer said Kumar
employed an 18-year-old woman to work at
his Palmerston Street, Westport, shop Crazy
Deals in January last year.
On her rst day of work he told her he
wanted to take her on a romantic holiday
and to a hotel where they could have fun
together. She told him she had a boyfriend.
During her lunch break he approached
her with a cask of wine, poured a glass and
o ered it to her. He touched her neck then
put a hand on her thigh. She pushed his
hand away then left the store.
Kumar told police he had o ered her the
cask of wine as a gift for a good job. He
denied the touching and the comments.
Defending, Doug Ta s said the o ending
had been a moment of stupidity on Kumar's
part and the "dreaming of an older man".
He was prepared to pay an emotional harm
reparation of $2000 to $3000 to the victim.
He now had a business in Palmerston
North and had a licence to sell recreational
drugs. A conviction would place that
business in jeopardy, as it would cost him
Mr Ta s argued a conviction would
outweigh the gravity of the o ending.
Kumar did not persist in his advances.
Nothing was going to happen and nothing
did. His livelihood would be destroyed
because of a moment of stupidity.
Prosecution did not oppose the application
for a discharge without conviction.
Mr Ta s said Kumar had spent most of his
life in the Royal Indian Air Force as a non-
commissioned o cer.
He had been in New Zealand eight years
and was a permanent resident. He had family
in Palmerston North. He had done well to
re-establish his family in New Zealand and
had a sound future. He wanted to stay in the
country and contribute to it.
Kumar had opposed the original charge
but pleaded guilty to the summary
o ences charge when it was o ered
to him, Mr Ta s said.
e emotional harm payment was o ered
regardless of Kumar's penalty.
He had had to travel from Palmerston
North twice already to have the o ences
dealt with. e gravity of the o ending had
been brought home to him and he would
not appear again in a similar capacity.
Judge Stephen O'Driscoll said it was
normal for an application for a discharge
without conviction to be made in writing.
Mr Ta s said the amendment to the charge
had only been made this week.
Judge O'Driscoll was also concerned
at a perceived relationship between the
emotional harm reparation and the
discharge without conviction, even though
Mr Ta s had said that was not the case. He
suggested the payment be made before a
decision was made.
Another concern was that the victim
impact statement was a year old.
Judge O'Driscoll remanded the case until
April 9 to give Mr Ta s a chance to put the
application in writing. He advised Kumar
to make an emotional harm reparation
payment and asked police to get an updated
victim impact statement including the
views of the victim on a discharge without
Judge O'Driscoll said he had given no
indication of the outcome of the application.
It was entirely up to the judge on April 9 to
decide whether it would be granted.
Mr Ta s asked that Kumar's name be
suppressed until April 9 "to prevent media
speculation clouding" matters before the
Judge O'Driscoll refused.
--- e Westport News
Advances made to shop employee
A dairy consultant from
Dobson was caught drink-
driving at a checkpoint because
he thought he was under the
limit and his friend was over,
when in fact the opposite was
Ross Antony Bishop,
52, pleaded guilty in the
Greymouth District Court
yesterday to driving along Main
South Road, Greymouth, with a
blood-alcohol level of 106mg on
August 17 last year.
He told police he had four or
ve glasses of wine with dinner,
but switched to water an hour or
two before driving and believed
he was all right to drive.
Lawyer Doug Ta s said
Bishop only drove because he
thought his friend was over the
limit and he was doing his best
to obey the law.
But Judge Stephen O'Driscoll
said it was the third time Bishop
had been caught drink-driving.
e judge requested a pre-
sentence report and remanded
Bishop on bail until April 8 for
A Westport man caught
driving a few minutes after
smoking a cannabis 'joint', failed
to convince the judge to throw
out the charge over a dispute
with the 'walk the line' test.
Gary William Blair, 50,
pleaded guilty to possession of
cannabis, but denied the driving
charge, claiming constable
Neil Gillespie had treated him
On June 17, 2012, Mr Gillespie
noticed Blair pulling out of
a gravel pit area and heading
south toward Hokitika. While
there was no problem with
Blair's driving, the action struck
Mr Gillespie as suspicious.
When he pulled Blair over,
he noticed a strong smell of
cannabis coming from the car.
Blair admitted he had just shared
a joint with his passenger, but
said he had not done anything
At the Hokitika Police Station,
Blair was given impairment
tests, including walking a line
on the oor and balancing on
one leg, which he failed. A
compulsory blood test revealed
cannabis in his system.
Blair told the court the walk
the line test had been done
in a dimly-lit cell block, and a
second test in a brighter room
should be inadmissible.
He also claimed Mr Gillespie
failed to give him privacy when
he called his lawyer.
When Mr Gillespie said he
carried out the tests properly
and left the room once lawyer
Doug Ta s was on the phone,
Blair said, "that's a lie".
Judge O'Driscoll rejected
Blair's claims because he had
smoked cannabis minutes before
going to the police station and
admitted to having trouble
remembering the sequence of
Blair was convicted and
sentenced to 125 hours of
community work and a six-
month suspension from driving.
Costs for blood testing were
waived due to numerous court
delays requested by the police.
Drink-driver thought he was under the limit
A West Coast man was granted
a limited licence in the Westport
District Court on Wednesday but
warned not to abuse the privilege.
Mark Cyril Ferguson,55, applied
for a limited licence because he
lived alone at Waipuna Station,
north of Greymouth, and had
di culty getting to Greymouth,
Westport or Reefton for supplies.
He also attended Wednesday
lamb sales in Christchurch and
had two sons he sometimes
needed to pick up from school.
Judge Stephen O'Driscoll
said the application was a wide
one but he would grant it. He
told Ferguson not to abuse the
He warned Ferguson to comply
with its strict conditions and not
to think he could drive around
the corner and not get caught.
--- Westport News
Warning not to abuse limited licence privilege
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6pm Friday until
135 High Street,
Saturday and Sunday
Telephone 768 5942
this weekend is
Phone 768 4075 (Shop)
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Friday until 5.30pm
No Sunday Hours
--- Much loved brother-
in-law of AnneMarie
and Barry Thomson, a
loved uncle of Mel and
Grant Rennie, Michelle
and Willie Coates, and
the late Stacey, and a
loved great-uncle of
Shanae, Andrea, Keisha,
Annabelle and Felicity.
Forever in our hearts.
--- Remembering a
much loved wife,
nana and friend who
passed away 24 years
Sadly missed along life's
No longer in our lives to
But in our hearts,
She is always there.
--- Love from your
husband Phil, children
Lindsay, Athol, Andrea,
Brendon and families,
and best friend Joyce.
Thomas. --- On March
5, 2014, at Mt Hutt
(result of a tragic
accident). Dearly loved
husband of Margaret.
Loved father and friend
of Paul (Christchurch),
Jolene and Geoff, Jamie
and Laura, Laurie and
Paul, Brody, and Jesse
(all Ashburton). Dearly
loved Grandad of Nico,
and Vinnie Thompson;
and Indi, and Jax
Morrison. Loved son of
the late Patricia and
Doug Whitcombe, and
son-in-law of the late
Marie and Bill Manera.
Loved brother and
friend of Ken and Carol
(Nelson), and Lynette
and Guy Miller
(Nelson), and loved
AnneMarie and Barry
and Pauline and Derek
Loved uncle of all his
nieces and nephews, and
his late nephew Stacey,
and a good mate of
'Neo'. Aged 55 years.
Messages to 495 West
Street, Ashburton 7700.
Funeral details to
follow. Paterson Funeral
BUCKMAN, Ossie. ---
We have had the private
service and interment as
Ossie wished. We would
like to invite everyone to
have elevenses with
us at the Greymouth
Workingmen's Club on
Sunday March 9 at
Quality care for
our community for
over 50 years
Ph 768 0250
Why have your
loved ones taken
away from the Coast
The only Greymouth
e 'Wonderful West Coast Clean Up'
got under way yesterday, with the help
of a team of volunteers from around the
Eight people from Mexico, Germany,
the United Kingdom, Canada,
Swizerland, Israel, Italy and Spain
removed nine bags of rubbish from
2km of Morrison's Beach, south of
Punakaiki, in the space of three hours.
e group, organised by Conservation
Volunteers New Zealand, also collected
four tyres, 10m of irrigation pipe, 20m
of shade cloth and a shing crate.
e Wonderful West Coast Clean Up
is an initiative that includes the district
councils, Department of Conservation,
Conservation Volunteers NZ, and
Organised clean-ups are taking place
up and down the West Coast until
March 15, including school events,
public events, small group clean-ups
and even a helicopter at Jackson Bay.
e major March 15 events include:
Barrytown beach, meet at Barrytown
Settlers Hall at 12.30pm; Cobden
beach, meet on the northern (Cobden)
breakwater at 1pm; Hokitika beach,
meet at the end of Weld Lane at 1pm.
'Wonderful West Coast Clean-Up' under way
Westport's funny bone is set
to be tickled, with live comedy
set to hit town as part of the
nationwide Fresh-up Real NZ
New Zealand comedians Dai
Henwood, Ben Hurley and
Vaughan King will start their
tour in Taupo and work their
way around the country from
e nationwide tour aimed to
bring live comedy to heartland
New Zealand, reaching the
smaller towns and provinces.
e comedians, well known
for their antics on tv and stage,
said they could not wait to
bring their renowned comedy
styles to the locals.
"It's getting back to the heart
of what New Zealand is about
--- good times with good types
who like having a laugh,"
Hurley said performing gigs
outside of the big cities was a
really grounding experience
and regional audiences were
"You get a straight-up
response and they're always
the most fun," he said.
King said the tour provided a
great opportunity to head back
to some of his favourite New
"I grew up all over the
country, it's great to get back
on the road and see the best
parts of New Zealand."
e tour will reach Westport
on March 28. Tickets are on
sale now from realnztour.
Live comedy trio set
to hit Westport
e West Coast Conservation Board
has taken the rst step toward working
out what to do with vast tracts of land
with little protection.
Late last year, the Commissioner for the
Environment, Dr Jan Wright, said that
when the Department of Conser vation
was formed in 1987, land believed to
be of insigni cant value was put under
the department's stewardship until its
conservation value could be determined.
Twenty- ve years later, that land
had never been assessed and its status
Dr Wright said that sent a signal to
the private sector that it was "open for
business", and she asked for it to be
Conservation board chairman
Stewart Robertson said the board felt
at its meeting on Friday there may
be such areas within the West Coast
conservancy that could be given better
e board had now taken "a rst
step" of asking DOC for advice on the
regulatory procedures involved.
Dr Wright recommended that DOC
identify and reclassify the highest-value
First land protection steps taken
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