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THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014
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Man found safe
A 'missing' elderly Kaiata man
was found this morning, when it
turned out he had been staying with
friends. Police said the 69-year-
old had gone away for nine days
without telling anyone, prompting
pushes his luck
A former student was trespassed
from the Tai Poutini Polytechnic
campus in Greymouth yesterday.
After being issued with a trespass
notice, the ex-student was later
found in an accommodation block
and was subsequently arrested.
e head of the West Coast
District Health Board has paid
tribute to sta who treated the
hitchhikers attacked in a terrifying
ride from Whataroa to Franz
Josef Glacier 11 days ago --- and
then raised $667 for the women
in a whip-around. Chief executive
David Meates noted that sta had
also treated the alleged o ender, a
38-year-old from Levin. Mr Meates
said it had been a "challenging
(week) for DHB sta ". e rural
nurse specialist from South Westland
who was rst on the scene "did an
amazing job in providing emergency
care to the two women". " e man
who (allegedly) attacked them was
subsequently arrested by police and
he was also looked after at Grey Base
Hospital. I want to thank all sta
who played a role in looking after
the young women."
Isolated showers and fine spells
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
People should eat fewer baked
beans to reduce atulence which
can contribute to global warming, a
minister suggested yesterday. Fears
were raised about the impact of
'smelly emissions' caused by Britons
eating more beans than any other
country in the world. Climate
change minister Lady Verma said
it was an "important" issue and
urged the public to "moderate our
behaviour". Concerns have previously
been raised about the e ect of
methane emissions from cows on
global warming. But in the House of
Lords yesterday a Labour peer raised
questions about the impact of human
diet on emmisions. Viscount Simon,
73, a Labour peer who has been a
member of the House of Lords for
more than 20 years, voiced his fears
about the "smelly emissions".
--- Daily Mail
Mum: I hate seeing that house
Joe Hall says it "hurts"
every time she passes by the
boarded up house where
her son Judd Hall died in a
high-speed car crash through
Greymouth on January 25.
Mr Hall was a backseat
passenger in the car when the
driver, a 28-year-old Kumara
man, sped away from a short
police pursuit, lost control on
the Grey Hospital corner and
slammed into the front of the
e driver was yesterday
charged with manslaughter,
dangerous driving causing
death, dangerous driving
causing injury and driving
with excess breath-alcohol.
He will answer those charges
in the Greymouth District
Court on April 29.
Today, Ms Hall said she was
happy that the driver, whom
she knew well, had nally
been charged. It gave her and
the family a sense of 'closure'
and by charging the driver he
was being held accountable
for what happened.
"He needs to be made
accountable for what he did,"
Ms Hall said.
e driver had contacted the
family requesting a meeting.
"Before he was charged I
did not want to meet him
face to face. Now he has been
(charged) I will see him,
probably this weekend," she
e scene of the fatality ---
in the middle of Greymouth
and on State highway 6 ---
has barely changed since
January 25 and is a constant
heartache for Ms Hall, who
works directly opposite.
"Our smoko area looks
across at the house. I can't
go out there and every time
I drive past I sing You Are
My Sunshine --- I hate seeing
that house every day."
But she said it would not
make any di erence to her if
the house was pulled down
or not; she would always
remember it as the site where
her boy died.
"I have been in the house
and got some wood from
it and I am going to make
something out of the wood
one day. If the house is ever
pulled down I would like to
plant a tree on the fenceline
in Judd's memory."
e driver was impaled in
the stomach by a splinter of
wood from the house, and
another passenger, a man in
his 20s, su ered lung injuries
from the impact, which
shunted the house o its piles.
At the time of the accident
police estimated the Subaru
stationwagon was travelling
about 140kph when it sped
past a patrol car parked
outside St Patrick's Church,
about 900m away.
Mr Hall had been picked up
from his home in Runanga
about 10.45pm, by his mates
who had invited him to a
party in Kumara.
Ms Hall said he was in his
pyjamas when they persuaded
him to get dressed to go
to the party. eir vehicle
crashed within half an hour.
West Coast police area
commander Inspector John
Canning said today he had
"no idea" why the house was
still standing or whether it
was an issue with the insurers.
" at's up to the owners,"
Mr Canning said.
He was annoyed that the
driver was named by other
While it was unlikely to
a ect the police case, the
man's right to seek name
suppression had been taken
away from him.
" e publication of his
name was irresponsible."
Westport not so dry after all ...
Westport made the news last
week for recording its driest
March on record --- but it now
turns out that the rain gauge
was faulty and it was not so dry
e climate summary from
the National Institute of Water
and Atmospheric Research
(Niwa) for March announced
that the Buller town had its
driest March since records
began there during World War
at would have made it even
drier than last summer, when
the West Coast was wilting
under an unprecedented
However, the Westport News
reported the Metservice as
saying readings from its rain
gauge at Westport airport
were too low. A maintenance
team had since cleaned out the
gauge. Rather than just 25mm
of rain, the town actually had
well over 100mm.
Niwa spokeswoman Susan
Pepperell said their climate
scientists had reviewed
the information and now
con rmed that Westport did
not have its driest March on
record. " ey will be making
a correction to the climate
summary on the web."
PICTURE: Viv Logie
e High Street house is still boarded up, two and a half months after Judd Hall was killed there in a high-speed car crash.
Quake rules could 'wipe out'
smalltown NZ --- Mayor
South Island councils --- including three
from the West Coast --- have united on
proposed changes to the earthquake prone
buildings policy, which they say could
devastate small communities.
Councils throughout the West Coast,
Otago, Southland and South Canterbury
are working together as the Building
(Earthquake-Prone Buildings) Amendment
Bill is considered by the parliamentary
local government and environment select
committee, which proposes changes to the
way property owners assess and strengthen
earthquake prone buildings.
Joint spokesman for South Island councils,
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull, told Radio
NZ the bill required councils to assess such
buildings within ve years and have them
strengthened or demolished no later than 15
years after that.
Mr Cull told Radio NZ that rural towns
could be wiped out by the economic impact
of the legislation.
"It's not careful enough about how it
assesses what the risks are and how you then
target carefully what the communities can
a ord," Mr Cull said.
While they supported improvements
to the way earthquake-prone buildings
were managed, any solution needed to be
based on potential risk and be a ordable for
"We remain concerned that the
proposed changes will place excessive
costs on communities and ratepayers for
disproportionately small gains."
Buller Mayor Garry Howard said it
was vital that small councils learned to
work together in today's world, otherwise
they would be left behind.
"I think working together where practical
and possible is especially important for us
being on the West Coast in order for us
to be recognised and our opinions shared
outside of the Coast."
e councils emphasised the challenge
the proposed changes would have on their
Many of the South Island councils have
a disproportionately high number of older
buildings, built prior to 1976 when building
regulations changed, which could be forced
to comply with rebuilding rules under the
Hokitika beach pollution mystery
Ongoing pollution at swimming spots
has West Coast Regional Council sta
scratching their heads, after another set of
bad results for Hokitika beach.
Heavy rain often pollutes swimming holes,
but this year Westport and Hokitika have
been failing water testing even during ne
Water is tested twice a month, and
Hokitika beach got a bad result for e-coli
once in January, once in February, one mid-
range result in March and another fail at the
end of the month.
At the request of local iwi, council sta
also tested at the Hokitika River mouth in
case pollution was coming down the river.
However, that result was clean.
Council chief executive Chris Ingle said
they needed to do more investigations.
Inquiries were also under way at Marrs
beach and Shingle beach at Westport.
e council has been looking at storm
drains and septic tanks, municipal sewage,
nesting birds, and even the tides to try to
track down the e-coli source there.
ey found some pollution could be
coming from Bradshaw Creek, a tributary in
a dairy farming catchment.
A sta report noted it was interesting that
most problems were found after only light
Reefton woman, Natasha
Anne Gorman, was given
"one last chance" when she
appeared for sentencing in the
Greymouth District Court
this week on charges of theft
and breaching community
work and supervision.
Gorman, 33, told the court
in early February that she had
ed to the West Coast from
bad in uences in Rotorua and
was prepared to re-engage
with Community Corrections
and complete her sentences.
Two weeks later, she stole
clothing valued at $141 from
e Warehouse, in Greymouth.
Sta watched her leave
the store without paying for
several items and demanded
that she return for a bag search.
Gorman initially ignored
them but nally returned and
handed over the stolen items.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said
Gorman had been unable to
a ord a birthday present for
her daughter and succumbed
to temptation while in the
store. Gorman claimed to have
put a lifestyle of drug abuse
behind her but the probation
report was "sceptical" of that
Judge Alastair Garland said
the scepticism did not surprise
" at's probably because
drug addicts are the most
unreliable and, at times,
untruthful people the courts
can deal with," Judge Garland
Gorman had 14 previous
convictions for failing to
comply with community-
based sentences but the judge
said he would give her an
opportunity to prove herself.
"I give you one more chance.
Instead of imprisonment I have
decided to try home detention
to see if that will bring about a
change in your conduct."
Gorman must abstain from
alcohol and illegal drugs while
serving three months' home
detention at a Herald Street,
'Reformed' thief convicted
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