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to focus on music
For 48 hours this weekend people
from throughout the West Coast will
work together on two programmes
to improve well-being for young
people. e Lifehack workshop in
Greymouth will develop a music-
focused platform, which will help
young people record and promote
their musical creations across the
West Coast and beyond. ose
attending will also help develop a
web-based game for young people
to complete on-line courses to
further their skills and increase their
con dence and employability. e
event will be held at Tai Poutini
Polytechnic on Saturday and Sunday,
starting at 10am. To register visit
Tina Fernando and Paul Holt
combined to win the Greymouth
Bridge Club Mable Ray Pairs
tournament, with a score of 53.6%.
Alison Dayne and Joy Willman
(52.5%) were runners-up. Other
scores. --- Wednesday: Diana Fenson
and Cynthia El-Hinsheri 75%, 1;
Allison Palmer and Ian Anderson
64%, 2. ursday: Tina Fernando
and Paul Holt 61.1%, 1; Mary
Whitehead and Brian Rowlands
59%, 2; Michelle Gunn and Ash
Hamilton 55.6%, 3.
Arrivals: Ocean Odyssey, Lady
Jane, Moata, Sovereign, four
Greymouth vessels. Departures:
Cook Canyon, Galatea II, Louisa. In
Port: Ocean Odyssey, Aquila, Happy
V, Lady Jane, Moata, Quo Vadis,
Sovereign, Tainui, Tawera, 21 other
vessels. Expected departures: Ocean
Odyssey today. Expected arrivals: Jay
Elaine, tomorrow; Moon Shadow II,
ursday; Galatea II, Sunday; Cook
reatening to injure woman
lands community work sentence
Shawn Karl Sully, 34, of Cobden, was
sentenced in the Greymouth District
Court today to 80 hours of community
work for threatening to injure a woman,
on March 15.
e court heard that during a heated
row with his partner, Sully followed
the woman to a bedroom, kicked and
smashed a wardrobe and disconnected
the phone so she could not call police.
He also threatened to injure her on
Lawyer Eymard Bradley suggested that
Sully be remanded for a restorative justice
conference but Judge Chris Somerville
said he did not believe restorative justice
would ser ve any purpose because the
couple had been together 10 years.
Siobhan Anne Flaherty, 20, of
Taylorville, was ned $1200 for driving
with excess breath-alcohol, in Smith
Street on February 16.
Flaherty supplied a breath-alcohol
reading of 852mg. She told police she
was driving to get some cigarettes.
Because it was her second conviction
Flaherty was disquali ed from driving
for eight months and ordered to apply
for a zero-alcohol licence, which forbids
her driving with any alcohol in her
system for three years.
Laurence Ernest Naylor, 62, of
Greymouth, was ned $700 for driving
with excess blood-alcohol, at Cromwell
on January 30. Naylor was disquali ed
from driving for six months and ordered
to pay $267 medical and analyst fees.
Glen Robert Harris, 34, of Haupiri,
was ned $600 for possessing cannabis.
Police searching his address for stolen
goods found a small amount of cannabis
at Harris' home.
Lex Riley was sentenced to 70 hours
of community work for shing without
a licence, at Stillwater on November
11. Riley told the ranger that he held a
licence but failed to later provide proof
of it as promised. He was then issued
with an infringement notice.
Paul Gerald Humm, 39, of
Greymouth, was ned $300 after
he admitted a charge of o ensive
At 1.40am on March 14 Humm,
while in the Railway Hotel Greymouth,
on three occasions, raised both hands in
the direction of police and "gave them
Lindsay Ronald Bradley, 41, of
Cobden, was sentenced to 80 hours of
community work for driving with excess
blood-alcohol, in Mawhera Quay on
January 11. Bradley was disquali ed
from driving for six months.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Bradley
had been the sober driver of a group
and believed that one of his friends had
"spiked" his drink as a joke.
Natasha Anne Gorman, 33, of Reefton,
was remanded on bail for sentencing on
April 8 on a charge of stealing items
of clothing valued at $141 from e
Warehouse, on February 28.
e court heard that Gorman placed
several items in her handbag and
initially refused to stop when sta asked
her to return to the store. She eventually
did return and the stolen items were
Kelsie Ellen Jamieson, 22, of Dunollie,
was ned $600 and disquali ed for six
months for driving while suspended.
e former Fastway Couriers building in Greymouth is getting a new life as a wool crafts workshop at Kaiata, after it was carted
from Herbert Street to its new home in the Kaiata Park subdivision. Jean Culling and her husband Mick purchased and moved the
15-tonne, 1970s-era building after it was put up for sale to make room for the new CRT Farmlands building. "It's just such a waste
to think somebody's going to smash it all," Mrs Culling said. It is currently being installed and renovated at the couple's "hobby
block" where they keep 60 sheep and 58 lambs. Mrs Culling, a member of the Woolly West Coasters craft group that currently
meets at the RSA, will use the o ces as workspaces for carding, spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing and knitting her own wool, and
to house equipment including spinning wheels and a classic loom nicknamed ' e Horse'. Once the workshop is nished she
hopes to host craft classes.
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Craft workshop for Kaiata
Westland Milk Products has committed
to helping Ronald McDonald House
South Island for another year, signing on to
continue to sponsor the Westland Room and
donating $10,000 in the process to support
families in need.
e Hokitika dairy company is a signi cant
supporter of Ronald McDonald House
South Island. Since the relationship between
the two began, Westland has donated
$35,000 to help provide free accommodation
and support to families of children who
have had to travel to Christchurch to receive
In 2013, the Westland Room was able
to provide 1440 bed nights to 28 families
of children being treated at Christchurch
hospitals --- more than half of those families
were from the West Coast.
e Murphys of Greymouth spent 75
nights in the Westland Room while their
daughter Tasja child was being treated on the
"It's great to be home, but I do miss Ronald
McDonald House South Island because it
made our hard journey that little bit easier. It
is a truly amazing place that we always call
home when we are there."
Westland Milk Products chief executive
Rod Quin said it was "very much a family
"We are delighted to support a service that
provides real help and comfort to families in
need when they are so far away from home."
PICTURE: Lydia Nimmo
Westland Milk Products has just renewed its sponsorship of the Westland Room at
Ronald McDonald House South Island, where Natasha, Phil, Pyper and Tasja Murphy of
Greymouth stayed while Tasja was receiving treatment at Christchurch Hospital last year.
WMP commits to cancer funding
Tuesday March 25
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 768 5942 first
5pm to 8pm
Robert) Betty Louise.
--- July 19, 1947 -
March 22, 2014. Passed
away peacefully at Iona
Hospital. Dearly loved
daughter of Doris and
the late James Robert.
Treasured mother of
Jim, Liz, Pip, Geoff,
Max and Willie. Fun
'Bettyola' to Thomas and
William Scotter, Peter,
Charles and Josephine
Smith, and Lewis and
Amazing friend to so
many. A celebration of
Betty's life will be held
at the South Canterbury
field Road, Timaru on
Wednesday March 26 at
1.30pm, and afterwards
at the Stables Cafe.
Friends and family wel-
come. Aoraki Funeral
Tourism West Coast hopes to
work closely with the Tourism
Industry Association (TIA) as it
pushes for nationwide tourism
earnings of $41 billion by 2025.
In its report entitled Tourism
2025, launched yesterday, the
TIA set out its goal to increase
tourism over the next decade.
In 2013, tourism earned New
Tourism West Coast chief
executive Jim Little said they had a
strong relationship with TIA and
would be looking at how to get
more 'buy in' across the whole
e TIA recognised the
importance of Christchurch as "a
vital gateway to the South Island"
and the need to restore the city in
order to achieve their goal.
"Recovering the value destroyed
by the Christchurch earthquakes
is critical to achieving our
Tourism 2025 growth aspiration,"
the association stated.
e report also showed the
impact that the earthquake
had had on tourism across the
South Island and the impact it
continued to have.
Between 2010 and 2013, tourism
gures for Christchurch showed
a 26% decline in international
visitor arrivals and a 46%
decline in the Australian holiday
"South Island international bed
nights, which pre-earthquake
accounted for 54% of all
international bed nights in New
Zealand, are currently 18%
behind their 2010 levels," the
Mr Little agreed that
Christchurch was vital to the
West Coast, but also pointed
to big growth at Queenstown
Airport, which he said would
have some spin-o s for the West
Figures in the report showed
that from 2003 to 2013,
international visitor arrivals to
New Zealand had increased but
average expenditure per person
had fallen from over $3000 down
Mr Little said that while
numbers were up, spending was
down, although according to
regional tourism indicators the
West Coast was still getting its
share of the dollars.
"We are tracking well, with
good increases in numbers plus,
according to the indicators,
there are solid increases from our
traditional markets like Germany,
UK and USA coming through in
January. ese markets have been
in decline since 2009."
Tourism West Coast backs
goal for $416 industry
Seven sections of a prime
waterfront subdivision in Moana
have been sold by tender, with
a remaining nine now on the
open market. e Beechwood
Estates subdivision, which was
under development by real estate
guru Mike Pero before economic
pressures forced him to abandon
the project in 2011, was due for
a mortgagee auction in February,
but the auction was cancelled at
the last minute.
Greymouth real estate agent
Frank O'Donnell, of E V Arthur
Property Brokers, said the
recent sales by tender were "very
pleasing" with a good mix of local
and outside buyers looking to
build on the sections.
e remaining nine sections
were priced between $75,000 and
$140,000 and Mr O'Donnell said
there was already interest in them.
" is subdivision's going to take
o down the track."
Seven Moana subdivision
sections sold by tender
Tension boiled over in a
Northland court after persistent
claims of Maori sovereignty
forced a judge to remove a man
who was a party to proceedings
in a drugs trial.
Edward Rollo, 50, is facing two
charges of possessing cannabis
for sale and one of possessing a
pipe for the purpose of smoking
He is claiming immunity
from prosecution under tino
rangitiratanga --- an argument
repeatedly rejected by the courts
over the years.
More than 200g of cannabis,
a pipe and $1510 cash in $20
notes, were recovered from his
home during a police search for
Rollo initially elected a jury
trial but chose a judge-alone
trial in the Whangarei District
Court yesterday morning.
He was self-represented and
claimed the charges he faced were
constitutional and tribal matters
under tino rangatiratanga (Maori
sovereignty) and challenged the
jurisdiction of the court to hear
He argued before Judge John
McDonald that since the address
he lived in was an embassy with
diplomatic o ces, he could not
be tried in a court of law.
Rollo was granted permission
for two support persons,
including Wairata Te-Oneone,
to sit beside him during the trial
but the duo were not permitted
to ask questions of the witnesses.
Each time pleas were sought
on the charges put before him
by the registrar, Rollo questioned
the right of jurisdiction by the
court. Explaining the di culty
in entertaining challenges to
the courts' authority, Judge
McDonald said he was bound
by earlier decisions of the High
Court and the Court of Appeal
that have repeatedly rejected
arguments relating to Maori
e courts, Judge McDonald
said, were bound to accept
the validity of laws passed by
Parliament, including the Misuse
of Drugs Act, under which Rollo
had been charged.
Every person, apart from a
limited and small number of
people in certain cases, could
claim diplomatic immunity from
prosecution, the judge said.
He said there were also certain
people who could possess drugs
such as heroin and morphine for
legitimate health purpose.
Mr Te-Oneone lashed out
at Judge McDonald after he
rejected Rollo's claims and ruled
that the trial would go ahead.
Judge McDonald said he would
ask Mr Te-Oneone to leave the
court if he kept insisting upon
Maori sovereignty, including
claims that Rollo's indigenous
rights were being breached.
e heavily tattooed Mr Te-
Oneone continued his attack on
the judge and security o cers
were instructed to remove him
"I am the tangata whenua of
Aotearoa of New Zealand. is
is a threat to our independence.
He's ( Judge McDonald) got no
mana," Mr Te-Oneone said as he
was being led away.
Rollo was then advised by the
judge to talk to a lawyer of his
choice and after a brief chat with
defence counsel Shaun Russell,
he decided to go ahead with the
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
Drug-accused claims immunity
under Maori sovereignty
A man battling serious health problems
unwittingly saved the life of a badly
bashed man because he did not want to be
guilty of the "bystander e ect".
David Batchelor, who had recently been
diagnosed with cancer, was sitting in his
car on Central Road in Kingsland in
November after attending an open mic
night when he witnessed a brutal assault.
He picked the victim up o the road and
drove him to Auckland City Hospital's
emergency department, which police say
saved his life. Unbeknown to Mr Batchelor
at the time, the victim had a near-fatal
break to his neck and any movement could
have killed or paralysed him.
At the time Mr Batchelor, a 22-year-
old master's degree student, did not think
much of his e orts and only realised how
serious the situation he had intervened in
was when police released a photograph
of him from hospital security footage and
appealed for him to come forward.
He spoke to the police this week,
between his own hospital appointments,
about the night of the assault.
" e street was empty and I was sitting
in the car texting. I saw three people
walking up the street," he said.
He then saw one of the men assault
another. at man pleaded guilty to the
assault in the Auckland District Court but
disputes some of the facts of the case. A
disputed facts hearing will be held before
he is sentenced, meaning speci c details of
the assault can not be published.
Mr Batchelor said the assault left the
victim unconscious on the road.
"I was like 'holy crap'. I waited until the
o ender walked past my car and then I
got out to see if the victim was okay," he
said. As the victim came to, Mr Batchelor
helped him into the passenger seat, which
he had adjusted so the man could lie down.
He considered calling 111 but decided it
was quicker to take the victim to hospital
concerned about the whole bystander
e ect and I didn't want to be part of that.
"And I was the one sitting there who
saw it, so I was responsible," he said.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
steps in to save
Cray sh shing around our coastlines is
thought to be triggering a damaging sequence
of e ects that also threatens the species' infants.
Marine scientists have obser ved that removing
a top predator from the food chain can trigger
a cascade e ect, allowing populations of their
prey to boom in uncontrolled numbers.
is e ect, called trophic cascade, has been
observed around New Zealand's north-eastern
coast with kina populations, following the
reduction of their predators, such as snapper
and cray sh.
Where kina population numbers grow
uncontrolled, they eat through kelp forest
habitats, leaving vast bare areas called urchin
barrens and taking away what is believed to be a
key nursing area for juvenile cray sh.
Jan Hesse, a PhD student at the University of
Auckland's Leigh Marine Laboratory, has been
running experiments on habitat preferences for
larval cray sh when they are swimming back to
"We were able to identify strong trends that
baby cray sh seek out kelp forest habitats over
urchin barren reef structures," he said.
" is led us to the conclusion that there might
be a survival di erence depending on habitat
for growing juvenile cray sh as well." Mr Hesse,
who has developed a new method for observing
predation rates on juvenile cray sh, has proved
that there is a distinct di erence between barren
and kelp forest habitats --- with signi cantly
higher mortality rates for urchin barren areas.
Because there were too many factors at play, it
was di cult to estimate how many cray sh may
have been lost to this process
, but it was quite obvious that there had been a
drastic decline in population, he said.
Mr Hesse described the ocean as a highly
complex ecosystem with a very sensitive
equilibrium, which could be easily disrupted by
human impacts such as shing.
If there were to be changes to the shing of
cray sh, it needed to consider multiple factors.
"A simple change in the quota might not
result in restoring a healthy cray sh population
around New Zealand," he said. "With the help
of marine reserves, where top predators are not
removed by shing, we could observe when the
top predator returns the habitat is shifting back
to its natural state of vast kelp forests.
"However, this e ect is not happening fast
and it took a decade to see these changes in
New Zealand's oldest marine reserve near Goat
Island." --- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Overfishing and kina
boom make cray sh
weakest link in food chain
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