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Protection order breach
A Kumara man who is alleged to
have breached a protection order
overnight was banned, as a condition
of bail imposed in the Greymouth
District Court today, from travellling
to the North Island. Tangata Ponini,
43, was also ordered to have no contact
with the woman or her children. He
will next appear in court on April 29.
e culprits who caused extensive
damage to the Reefton skatepark last
weekend when they left gra ti over
the park and surrounding buildings,
have been nabbed in Queenstown.
Reefton police said information from
the public led to the arrest of two
men, who had been charged with
the vandalism. Earlier in the week,
police blamed the gra ti on visiting
Australian BMX bike riders who
were passing through the West Coast.
Debate focus moves
e ongoing debate about a new
petroleum and gas block o er has
moved from Reefton to Kaniere.
e Government's latest block
o er would open up a large part
of the West Coast for prospecting,
including the Victoria Forest Park.
Yesterday in Parliament, as the
Government came under a third day
of questioning, Green Party co-leader
Russel Norman asked Energy and
Resources Minister Simon Bridges
if he was aware that the Kaniere
ecological area was "created to protect
dense rimu hill forest and habitat
for long- nned eels and short-
jawed kokopu". Mr Bridges said Mr
Norman was scaremongering and his
party said 'no' to all development.
A search is under way for a hunter
in Te Urewera National Park, east of
Galatea. e 58-year-old Taranaki
man was one of a group of seven
own into Te Urewera National
Park, east of Galatea, on Monday.
Six of the party went hunting leaving
the now-lost man in camp, but he
indicated he was going hunting and
where he would be going. He was
reported overdue yesterday.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Port of Greymouth. --- Arrivals:
Galatea II, Tawera, two Greymouth
vessels. Departures: Happy V, Strike
Force, Sovereign, three Greymouth
vessels. In port: Galatea II, Jay
Elaine, Tainui, Tawera, Aquila,
Latitude, 15 other vessels. Expected
departures: Jay Elaine, today; Galatea
II, tomorrow. Expected arrivals:
Moon Shadow II, today; Cook
Canyon, Sunday; Ocean Odyssey,
Haast man attacks cop
e Labour Party says West Coast
residents who would bene t from
varicose vein treatment are at the mercy
of a "postcode lottery".
"Data we have obtained through
the O cial Information Act reveals
hundreds of New Zealanders are missing
out on having varicose veins treated
because their district health board doesn't
o er non-invasive procedures," Labour's
health spokeswoman Annette King said.
"West Coast --- where just 33 people
have had traditional surgery to 'strip
out' their varicose veins in the past four
years --- is one of those. Non-surgical
treatment of varicose veins is considered
to be the most successful and low risk
method for treating what can be a
decidedly painful condition, yet West
Coasters are being denied that, having
to travel elsewhere for treatment, or
alternately having to go private. If they
can't a ord to do that, then it's tough
luck," Mrs King said.
of the Otago Daily Times
A Wanaka police o cer allegedly
attacked inside his patrol car by a drink-
driver yesterday afternoon is the same man
seriously injured during another routine
drink-driving stop just over six years ago.
Senior constable Sean Hurley, 52, was left
bloodied and bruised with minor injuries
to his head, eye and ribs after yesterday's
assault, which happened in Makarora as he
was driving the alleged o ender, a 72-year-
old Haast man, to the Wanaka police station.
In December 2007, a car dragged Mr
Hurley 40m along the road and through a
fence, before smashing him into the side of
a building, after he tried to stop a teenage
drink-driver for a breath-test in Wanaka.
at incident left him with a broken
leg, crushed feet and extensive neck and
shoulder ligament damage.
Yesterday, Mr Hurley stopped the motorist
in Makarora for a routine breath test about
3pm after road workers at the Diana
Falls slip site in the Haast Pass reported a
suspected drunk driver heading towards
Wanaka on State highway 6.
After failing the test, the motorist was
asked to accompany Mr Hurley to Wanaka
and, on the way, is alleged to have kicked the
o cer in the head and attempted to gouge
Wanaka sub-area commander senior
sergeant Allan Grindell said Mr Hurley
stopped the vehicle after the assault and
restrained the man, before continuing.
However, the man began "playing up" in
the back seat again as the car approached
the Makarora Country Cafe, so Mr Hurley
pulled into the cafe forecourt, restrained
him again and radioed for urgent assistance,
Mr Grindell said.
Two police cars and an ambulance were
dispatched from Wanaka and the Makarora
Rural Fire Force also responded.
Cafe co-owner David Howe and another
sta member assisted Mr Hurley before the
emergency services arrived.
"He just wanted some help. He wanted
somebody else there to give him support
really," Mr Howe said.
"(I was) observing to make sure the person
he had under arrest was still breathing
because he was lying down on the back seat.
So, we just made sure everyone was safe."
Mr Hurley had "a few bruise marks on his
face and he had blood on him --- he was
quite shaken up", Mr Howe said.
e arrested driver was subsequently
transported by police to the Wanaka station
and is likely to face charges relating to
drink-driving and assault on a police o cer.
Mr Grindell was unable to con rm the
man's breath or blood-alcohol readings.
Mr Hurley received treatment for his
injuries at Wanaka's medical centre and was
last night in "pretty good spirits for what's
happened", Mr Grindell said.
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PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Justine Bruce, left, and Claire Holley and other parents spent some of yesterday peeling 300 potatoes for the Karoro School hangi
today. About 300 people are expected for the traditional feast, which will also include 20 pumpkins, 120 corn cobs, a whole lamb,
pork, chicken and 30 litres of custard. Parents have donated food and Westland Milk Products made a donation to the community
event. e hangi will be lifted at 5pm.
A taste of hangi
Federated Farmers says it is fully
behind a fundamental review by Local
Government New Zealand (LGNZ)
into the way local government and local
roads are funded.
Federated Farmers local government
spokeswoman Katie Milne, of
Rotomanu, said there was an ever-
narrowing funding base for council
services and local roads.
"Federated Farmers is very keen to
participate in this review because for
years, we have lobbied for alternative
funding options over the antiquated
narrow property value basis, we use for
rating," Miss Milne said.
"LGNZ's review is the biggest advance
since the 2007 local government rates
inquiry, which emerged from public
unease over the rates burden."
e current road funding model did
a huge disservice to rural ratepayers,
who do much to generate exports while
providing the tourism backdrop, she said.
New Zealand faced huge demographic
challenges with an ageing population
and an equally ageing infrastructure.
"Put bluntly, if we keep doing as we've
always done then we are going to walk
o the cli ."
ere had to be a better, fairer and more
equitable way, Miss Milne said.
Health 'lottery' decried
PICTURE: Zak Shaw
Tai Poutini Polytechnic students got in early to do some planting on
the Cobden Island this week, with a mass community planting to be held
tomorrow led by the Department of Conser vation. e outdoor education
students contributed to the work which aims to restore whitebait habitat.
Anyone who can help with the planting is invited along at 10am tomorrow,
starting from the oodwall at Cardwell Street.
Mass planting planned
A former Greymouth businessman who
made advances on an employee in his
Westport shop has avoided a conviction after
his lawyer argued it would a ect his ability to
sell legal highs, gain New Zealand citizenship
and visit his dying father.
Prabhat Kumar, 55, had previously pleaded
guilty to the assault charge, which had been
reduced from indecent assault.
Judge Alistair Garland said Kumar had
employed the victim at his Palmerston Street
shop. On her rst day of work he had made
comments about taking her on a romantic
holiday to a hotel where they could have fun
together. e comments were unwanted.
On the victim's lunch break he brought her
a cask of wine and poured her a glass. He
rubbed her neck and put a hand on her thigh.
She pushed his hand away and when he went
to reposition it she stood up and walked away.
When police spoke to him he said the wine
had been a gift for a good job. He denied the
touching and the comments.
Kumar yesterday told Judge Garland he was
sorry for what he had done. He had made an
emotional harm payment of $4000.
Defending, Doug Ta s said the Ministry
of Health had told Kumar a conviction
would mean his licence to sell psychoactive
substances at his Palmerston North shop
would be cancelled.
Mr Ta s said Kumar had had a career in
the airforce and had risen to the position
of non-commissioned o cer. He had been
in New Zealand eight or nine years, was a
permanent resident and hoped to become a
Kumar's father was su ering from cancer
and was in hospital in India. He wanted to
be able to travel there and a conviction would
make that di cult.
His father would also be distressed about a
Police prosecutor Steven Greer said police
did not oppose the application for a discharge
Judge Garland said that for a discharge
without conviction he had to be satis ed the
consequences of a conviction would be out of
proportion with the gravity of the o ending.
Kumar's o ending had been at the lower
end of the scale and he had not persisted in
In a victim impact statement, the victim
said she had been excited when she was
given the job but was uncomfortable about
his comments and "creeped out" by the
She was glad she had spoken out, as she
would not want it to happen to anyone else.
She wanted to put it behind her and
supported a discharge without conviction,
provided she received a formal apology. She
wanted Kumar to be aware of what was
acceptable in the work place.
Judge Alistair Garland said he would put
aside whether selling psychoactive drugs
was a valuable service for the community. It
was legal, so Kumar had a right to operate
in that sphere "despite public clamour at the
moment to the contrary".
If convicted Kumar would lose his licence
and his livelihood.
Judge Garland accepted Kumar's father
was ill in India and a conviction could cause
him stress and burden his health situation
more. A conviction would also a ect Kumar's
ability to visit his father. It could also risk his
ability to get citizenship in New Zealand.
Judge Garland said a conviction would be
out of proportion with the gravity of the
o ending. He discharged Kumar without
conviction and ordered him to pay court
costs. --- Westport News
̌ Westport Court
Man avoids indecency conviction
Grey Main School pupils Luke May, front left,
Josh McArthur and Ronan Dalton and parents
Steven May, Caron O'Connor and Shane Dalton
were on hand with paint to help spruce up an old
shop building in Bright Street, Cobden, that had
been vandalised with gra ti. Grey Main School
had asked children to look for community projects
to work towards an award at the end of the year.
Paint was donated by the building owner.
Wiping out graffiti
PICTURE: Steven May
e Health and Healing Festival will
be held at Shantytown this weekend for
the rst time, with a large number of
visiting guests involved.
e event has previously been held at
Karoro Learning, in Greymouth, but is
It will run for two full days.
Organiser Michelle Cotton said
highlights would include a performance
by Buller guitarist Billy TK and his
peace talk, and Brenda Kaye talking
about weight loss via a virtual gastric
Other guest speakers include
clair voyant Janet Arthur and Aroha
Edwards on 'gods and godess --- a most
ere will also be an introduction to
yoga, hypnosis, deep trance channelling,
face reading and rst light ower
Ms Cotton part of the event would look
at solutions for pain, which did not rely
on pharmaceuticals. It was opportunity
for people to experience techniques and
advice from experts from the West Coast
and away. " ey are not often here."
It runs from 10am on Saturday to 5pm
Alternative medicine festival
Health o cers cannot
carry out stings on party
pill shops because the
current legislation does
not allow it, the West
Coast District Health
Board was told last night.
Pubs, dairies and stores
Coastwide are regularly
subjected to controlled-
purchase operations in a
bid to catch anyone selling
alcohol or cigarettes to
underage youths. ey are
usually run by police, and
Community and Public
DHB board member
Kevin Brown asked if
that could be extended to
shops selling legal highs.
Acting planning and
funding manager Greg
Hamilton said liquor and
tobacco came under the
health protection o cers'
mandate. However, he
believed herbal highs were
outside that mandate.
" ere may be a
proposal to move it to
the same regulatory
Mr Brown said he was
sure there were problems
to come with herbal high
sales. " e Government
has created a big problem
and asked district councils
to sort it out for them. It's
not going to work."
Herbal high stings out
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