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Greymouth police have been called
to investigate after a woman received
threats from two other women on
a social networking website. Two
suspects identi ed by the victim
have threatened physical violence
against her. A police spokesman said
the threats appeared to stem from
ongoing issues between the women.
Drunk man barred
Police were called after a man was
yelling and trying to pick ghts
with people outside Revingtons
Hotel overnight on Monday. e
man was barred from entering the
hotel because he was too intoxicated.
By the time police were called at
12.45am the man had left. He was
described as a European of thin
build, about 40 years old with tattoos
on his arms. Although he was not
located, police said he would be
trespassed if he turned up again.
No royal duties
West Coast police sta will not
be required during the royal visit
to Blenheim, on ursday. Area
commander Inspector John Canning
said while the royals would be in
the Tasman police district, which
includes the West Coast, none of his
sta were needed to keep an eye on
A goldminer working at Marsden
received two infringement notices
from the West Coast Regional
Council last month for discharging
sediment and for depositing
sediment in the creek bed. A dairy
farm at the Taipo was served with an
abatement notice relating to e uent
storage capacity. Enforcement
action is pending at Rotomanu after
cattle were found to have grazed on
the creek edge, causing signi cant
Port of Greymouth. --- Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: Ocean Odyssey,
Christina, one Greymouth vessel. In
port: Tainui, Happy V, Strike Force,
Sovereign, Electra, Okarito, 21
other vessels. Expected departures:
Nil. Expected arrivals: Jay Elaine,
today; Moon Shadow II, tomorrow;
Galatea II, Saturday; Cook Canyon,
Sunday; Ocean Odyssey, April 15.
̌ District Court
Two young Greymouth people
who have for almost eight months
emphatically denied taking part in
a melee in Hokitika last September,
both vacated not guilty pleas just as a
defended hearing was about to begin in
the Greymouth District Court yesterday.
Patrick Collins-Ryan, 21, was
sentenced to 50 hours of community
work and ordered to pay $500 reparation
for intentionally damaging a parked
vehicle, while a young woman was
granted diversion on the proviso that
she pays $300 for a new windscreen of a
separate car that she damaged.
e woman had previously claimed
that witnesses who were to give evidence
of her throwing a bottle though the car
windscreen were lying.
Collins-Ryan had said that he was not
even at the scene, despite witnesses saying
they watched him pick up a recycling bin
and toss it at a car, smashing the rear
e pair had been in a car full of
Greymouth people who turned up
uninvited to a party at Hokitika and took
exception when they were told to leave.
Pair change pleas
Bashing over 'racist stare'
Wednesday April 9
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FREW, Valerie Joan.
--- April 9, 2011.
A great nana who will
always be missed in our
--- Ryan, Shyanne and
Quali ed FD Since 1973
FREW, Valerie Joan.
--- April 9, 2011.
Time slips by and life
But in my heart you will
never be gone.
Always remembered and
--- Your loving daughter
An Auckland man who rendered a West
Coaster unconscious by stomping on his
head was told in the Greymouth District
Court yesterday that only his age would save
him from going to jail.
Paula Halaevala Aitu, 17, admitted charges
of injuring with intent, and breaching bail.
Police prosecutor Steven Greer said Aitu
had been at a party on Karoro beach at
1am on January 12 when he took exception
to another man, who was looking in his
direction while sitting on a log.
Asking, "Have you got an eye problem,
are you racist?" Aitu advanced on the other
man, knocking him o the log with a punch.
He then kicked him several times on the
right side of his face before stomping him
once on his head.
e victim was unconscious for over 30
minutes and spent 18 hours in hospital. He
su ered a fractured eye socket and serious
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Aitu was "a
sh out of water" away from family, who
were back in Auckland, and he wanted to
Judge Alastair Garland said it was a
serious o ence and Aitu would be lucky
to escape a full-time jail term, but his age
might save him. Aitu was remanded on bail
for sentencing in the Manukau District
Court on May 13.
He told police that he had only kicked
the victim once and did so because he was
"giving him a racist stare".
Runanga man Donald Perfect was ned
$500 for breaching the whitebaiting
Perfect was alleged to have used illegal
screens to divert the 'bait into his net. As
it was the second call of the charge without
an appearance from Perfect he was ned in
Judge Garland said that because Perfect
was 80 years old and had a clean record he
would not order forfeiture of his equipment.
Mervyn Burrell was ned $400 after he
also admitted a breach of the whitebaiting
Burrell had a sock net in the Grey River
with plastic milk bottles attached as oats
and steel weights to keep the net in place.
Judge Garland told Burrell he went "one
technique too far". Burrell, 68, and making
his rst court appearance of any kind said:
"It doesn't work either, Your Honour." Again
the judge declined to order forfeiture.
Michael Edward Buchanan, 58, a director
of the Cascade Whitebait Company,
was ned $600. He had his net set at a
90-degree angle from the river's edge when
the regulations demand that the net be in a
straight line with the stand.
" ese whitebaiters have lots of wily ways
to try and trap these little whitebait," the
DOC sought a large ne to denounce
the company's activities but Judge Garland
noted that the company already had
netting and screens, to the value of $1500,
John Kenneth Turner, 65, of Dobson, was
ned $500 and disquali ed from driving for
six months for driving with excess breath-
alcohol, at Greymouth on February 21.
Helen Catherine Heslan was ned $800
and disquali ed for seven months after she
admitted a drink-driving charge. It was her
second o ence.
Grey Main School juniors le into the school garden Te Ara Houora on Friday as they mark the
unveiling of the waharoa, a traditional gateway. Assistant principal Je Beckwith acknowledged the
hard work that had been put in by the school pupils and thanked all the businesses that had contributed
something toward the garden. He also thanked car ver Tony Manuel and the children who had helped
him car ve the waharoa.
Gateway to school garden
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
of the Hokitika Guardian
A draft annual plan with a forecast
12.1% rate increase is expected to be
signed o by the Westland District
e draft, released yesterday, lists
the three main contributors to the
increase as depreciation funding,
paying down debt and changes to
It proposes $430,000 be put toward
depreciation or 'future funds' to build
up a budget for major works at a later
Last year the council halved its
depreciation to give ratepayers ---
already facing big rate rises --- a
However, the draft plan said that is
not sustainable in the long-term.
e council plans to bring future
funding back up to 60% by collecting
$430,000 this year and reaching
100% of what is needed over the next
"$275,000 will be put aside to help
pay for planned work we know will
be needed on new assets, while the
other $160,000 will bring our overall
depreciation funding back to 60% of
what it should be.
" ere will be rate rises for the next
three years, too, until we're back at
the 100% level."
Proper depreciation funding, as well
as council debt, were two of the main
issues that needed to be tackled, the
In their joint opening statement,
chief executive Tanya Winter and
Mayor Mike Havill say the new
council's rst draft annual plan
wanted to see the council "live
within its means, keep a tight grip
on costs and not spend more than it
Unlike last year, no cuts to service
levels are proposed.
" e new council wants to get our
external debt down with a 20-year
repayment plan, starting now," Ms
Winter and Mr Havill said.
A total of $250,000 has been
added to start reducing its Westland
Holdings Ltd debt, from $8.7 million
to $8.4 million and equate to a 2.5%
A further 1.5% of the rate strike
was due to a $160,000 allocation
for renewals of some of the larger
infrastructure contracts, which expire
on July 1.
Water, wastewater and stormwater
contracts were reviewed in the past
year, and park and reserves contracts
are due for renewal soon.
"It's been seven years since we
signed the last contracts, so the price
will rise and we've built that into our
Overall, the three totals contribute
to 83% of the proposed rates increase.
"We can't put these things o ," Mr
"We only have a limited opportunity
to put (the Westland District
Council) on a more stable and viable
nancial footing . . . continuing as we
have in the past is not an option for
Once the draft plan is adopted
this week, it will be open to public
Westland rates up 12% in draft plan
̌ District Court
̌ District Court
A Hokitika sickness bene ciary who
says he is unable to work because of a
knee injury, was t enough to get out of
a car outside the She eld Fire Station
on Christmas Eve and put the boot into
two cars belong to volunteer re ghters,
the Greymouth District Court heard
Stefan She eld, 20, was ned $400
and ordered to pay $800 reparation
after he admitted wilful damage charges
arising from the incident.
e court heard that She eld
was a passenger in a car heading to
Christchurch when they passed the re
brigade bearing his surname attending to
a car crash near Arthur's Pass. On arrival
in She eld township, the driver stopped
outside the re station and She eld
got out and kicked two remen's cars,
denting both bumpers and a door on one
and a rear panel on another.
When a woman witnessing the act
rebuked him, She eld abused her.
She eld told Judge Alastair Garland
that, as a bene ciary, he could not a ord
to pay a ne.
"You have got enough money to get
yourself inebriated to the point that you
lose all common sense and decency,"
Judge Garland said.
"You can't be that sick if you can drink
yourself senseless and boot someone's
car. is is appalling behaviour. It's hard
to understand why anyone in their right
mind would want to damage volunteer
remen's cars. I could understand it if
you were brain damaged," the judge said.
Injured knee no hindrance
to kicking fireman's car
Newcomer given chance
A newcomer to Hokitika was given six
months to prove himself, after appearing
in the Greymouth District Court
Matiu Tapetu Walker appeared on a
charge of breach of his release conditions
from Invercargill Prison.
When released from prison last
year he been ordered to undergo drug
and alcohol counselling as part of a
10-month early release contract, but he
only reported for three of the 10 sessions.
Walker told the judge yesterday that
he had arrived in Hokitika only a month
ago, made many new friends and was
sorting out his life.
He was keen to re-engage in
the programme and complete the
Judge Alastair Garland sentenced him
to six months' supervision, saying that he
was giving Walker a chance to prove that
he could "walk the talk".
If he fails to complete the counselling
he will be brought back before the court,
and probably sent back to jail.
A Hokitika woman was yesterday
remanded on bail without plea on two
Aroha Reihana will next appear in
the Greymouth District Court on
Noting Reihana had a long history
of dishonesty o ences, Judge Alistair
Garland imposed a curfew between the
hours of 7pm and 7am as a condition of
In the interim she is also banned from
going within 100m of Millies Cafe and
a Gibson Quay address.
Hayden William Blacktopp was ned
$490 and disquali ed from driving
for six months for driving with excess
breath-alcohol at 10.30am, at Arahura,
on March 9, the day after the Wildfoods
Blacktopp had stopped drinking at
2am but was still over the limit eight
"You must have had a skinful," Judge
Hokitika burglary remand
̌ District Court
A Hokitika man who last month
changed his not guilty plea and admitted
seven counts of rape and three of
indecently assaulting a young girl in his
care, now wants to withdraw his guilty
e 47-year-old, who has name
suppression to protect his victim, was to
appear for sentence in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday, but instead
lawyer Richard Bodle sought leave to
withdraw from the case, and said the
accused now wanted to go back to his
not guilty plea and have the case heard
by a jury. He no longer wanted Mr Bodle
as his counsel.
Judge Alastair Garland said it was not
as simple as simply changing one's mind.
e accused would have to make a
written application to the court detailing
why he should be allowed to vacate his
plea. If the court decided the application
was not merited the guilty pleas would
In the meantime, he was remanded in
custody until May 16.
e man's victim was aged between 12
and 17 years when the alleged o ending
occurred, between 2007 and 2012. Most
of the o ending occurred in and around
Hokitika, but also in Invercargill and
He initially claimed the girl had made
up the allegations to get back at him
after they argued, but admitted guilt
while on arraignment for a second trial
after the rst trial was abandoned due to
allegations of jury tampering. A woman
has been charged with trying to pervert
the course of justice relating to that trial.
Hokitika man tries to
retract rape admission
Postie Plus Group, whose stock
has dropped 42% in the past 12
months, has met an extended
deadline to post its rst-half results,
reporting a wider loss on supply
chain disruptions and tough trading
conditions for clothing retailers.
e net loss was $3.8 million in
the six months ended February
2, from a loss of $1.8 million a
year earlier, the Auckland-based
company --- which started out in
Westport --- said in a statement.
Sales fell to $39m from $43.3m.
Postie Plus had until today to
le its results or have its shares
suspended by NZX regulators after
missing the o cial April 1 deadline.
e company is currently in breach
of its lending covenants and expects
to remain so "for the foreseeable
future," meaning its bank funding
is repayable on demand.
e funding remains available and
the company is in regular contact
with its bank, it said. Bank debt
fell to $12.1m at February 28, from
$18.2m at balance date, after it sold
its School Tex brand to Warehouse
Group for $9m.
"Despite improvements in the
broader economy, trading remains
very tough as demonstrated by
recent results," the company said.
"As a result, PPGL expects to
make a signi cant net loss before
tax for the year to 3 August 2014,
albeit deliver an improvement over
last year's $10.6m loss," it said.
e company was hit by
supply chain disruptions in the
summer of 2012 and 2013 after
outsourcing its distribution centre.
It has subsequently terminated that
relationship and expects to have a
new provider in place by July 31,
chief executive Richard Binns said.
e stock last traded at 9.5c and
has fallen from 16.5c a year ago.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
of the Hokitika Guardian
Westland Milk Products says work on
its new $102 million dairy nutritionals
drier in Hokitika can commence almost
immediately now it has consent.
Westland District Council hearing
commissioner Michael Garland on
Monday granted resource consent to
build the drier so it can produce higher
value export products at the Hokitika
In a statement yesterday the company
welcomed the approval and said that,
subject to no appeals over the next 15
days, work should start soon.
General manager of operations
Bernard May said Westland Milk was
pleased that the conditions imposed by
the commissioner were within the scope
Several of those conditions had been
suggested by the company itself, partly to
address concerns of potential objectors,
Mr May said.
" is is an excellent decision for the
future growth and strategic direction of
Westland Milk Products," he said.
e company fully expected the D7
drier to have a "positive impact" on
shareholder incomes and bring economic
bene t to the community.
Mr May said Westland Milk had a
strong history of producing high quality
milk powders and butter, but it had made
"a strategic decision" to further move
production toward high-end nutritional
products, such as infant formula.
"Nutritionals consistently deliver
higher margins than milk powders
and will lead to better payouts for our
shareholders, as well as placing Westland
on a pathway to a more secure and
Conditions imposed with the consent
meant there would be "almost no
additional impact" on the environment.
at was because the Hokitika factory
could continue to operate under pre-
existing air and wastewater discharge
permits, Mr May said.
Shareholders will be fully briefed at
shareholder meetings next month.
e new drier will allow the factory to
produce an additional 23,000 tonnes of
nutritional product each season.
Mr May said the co-operative had
engaged Babbage Engineers as project
managers and the plant would be built
by Tetra Pak.
"It is expected to be commissioned
in August 2015 and generate sales of
$115m per year when at full capacity."
e approval for D7 comes on top
of a series of investments by Westland
including the D6 dryer last season, the
new boiler at Hokitika and investigation
of a possible milk processing plant at its
Postie Plus reports
ree West Coast farmers will head
to the nals of the 2014 New Zealand
Dairy Industry Awards.
ey are Whataroa sharemilkers
Chris and Carla Staples, farm manager
Jason Macbeth and trainee Amy
National convener Chris Keeping said
many of the nalists were relatively new
to the industry, having changed careers,
and were tapping into the resources and
knowledge available to 'grow' their farm
businesses and make rapid progress in
"Entering the dairy industry awards
is one way they have identi ed they
can improve their knowledge and skills,
meet rural professionals and other like-
minded farmers, lift their con dence,
have some fun and enhance their
reputation," Mr Keeping said.
e winners will be announced in
Auckland on May 9 when the 33 nalists
will compete for national honours and
nearly $160,000 in cash and prizes.
e nalists are now busy hosting
regional eld days and preparing for
"It's a really busy and ful lling time as
they gain feedback and also re-evaluate
their goals and how they can best achieve
them," Mr Keeping said.
ree Coast farmers
in dairy awards finals
e franchise owners of Roslyn New
World, in Dunedin, will be taking over
the Westport supermarket.
Roslyn New World will close on April
27, ending 37 years of business. Its 10
full-time and several part-time sta
were told on Monday night.
e supermarket, which opened in
1977, was no longer economically viable,
Foodstu s South Island general manager
retail operations Alan Malcolmson said.
"We feel we owe it to the owners and
their sta to ensure they have certainty
for the future, and as such we have taken
the decision to close the store," he said.
e franchise owners declined to talk
to the Otago Daily Times yesterday,
but Mr Malcolmson said they had been
approved to buy New World Westport.
--- Otago Daily Times
Westport supermarket changing hands
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