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Police have urged Rapahoe
residents who have heard gunshots
in the area over the past three nights
to contact them. A Rapahoe couple
concerned about hearing numerous
gunshots, told the Greymouth Star
they believed the shots had come
from a .303. At least six shots were
heard on Sunday night, more on
Monday and another volley last
night — loud enough to be heard
over the tv.
A car collided with a cement
truck on State highway 67a, near
the Brunings Road intersection
at Carters Beach, on Monday
morning. Community constable
Paul Sampson, of Westport police,
said no one was seriously hurt when
the driver of the car pulled out of
Brunings Road on to Cape Road
and crashed into the side of the
truck, which was travelling toward
Westport. The car driver was charged
with careless driving and driving
with a revoked licence.
GDC congratulated on
The Grey District Council has
been handed a bouquet by the
Government. Environment Minister
Amy Adams said the latest Resource
Management Act review found the
council had processed all its resource
consents within the statutory
timeframe. “I write to congratulate
the Grey District Council on this
achievement,” Mrs Adams said.
Ross Murcott, of Dunollie, will be
able to reminisce on the steam era
on the West Coast after winning the
Greymouth Star Bookshelf prize for
a copy of Steam Inclined: Memories
of ex-Coaster Byron Marinan, by
author and rail historian Stephen
Contract bridge results
The Hokitika Bridge Club had
a match against the Greymouth
Bridge Club, on Monday.
Results were. — North-South:
M Pupich and S Glue 64.4% 1,
M Gunn and S Oliver 53.8% 2,
J Parkinson and B Bruns 51.8%
3. East-West: A Hamilton and
S Naylor 71% 1, B Skelton and J
Walker 46.2% 2, N Prangnell and
J Hamilton 45.6% 3. Greymouth
averaged 51.9% to pip Hokitika with
an average of 48.1%.
Arrivals: Electra. Departures:
Galatea II, Moon Shadow II,
Aquila, Thelma C, Altair III, one
Greymouth vessel. In port: Jay
Elaine, Tainui, Happy V, Tawera,
Sovereign, Electra, Christina,
Garraway, Okarito, Anastasia, 22
other vessels. Expected departures:
Jay Elaine, today. Expected arrivals:
Ocean Odyssey, today; Cook
A Hokitika youth who sold his mother’s
$150 cellphone to a stranger for $30 was
ordered in the Greymouth District Court
yesterday to come up for sentence within
Police prosecutor Steven Greer said
Frank Finch, 17, took his mother’s
Samsung Galaxy phone from her kitchen.
He met a stranger at the town library, and
sold the phone to them for $30.
Mr Greer said Finch had sold the phone
as a way of getting petrol money so he
could drive to Greymouth.
Judge Noel Walsh said despite this
being Finch’s first offence as an adult, he
had seven previous convictions as a youth
at the Christchurch District Court.
The judge said he was worried about
Finch’s future given his Youth Court
record, and his potential for violent
Finch had been given 12 months
supervision for a previous offence and was
reporting on time to probation. He was
currently living in a local holiday park,
and was trying to get a job in the fishing
Finch was given a 12-month suspended
sentence and ordered to pay reparations
Two South Westland men caught
fishing without a licence on Lake
Mapourika were remanded for defended
hearings on May 6.
Jason Athol Smith and Billy-Joe Moss
both admitted charges of fishing without
a licence, but denied charges of misleading
a fisheries ranger.
Hotel fight spills on to street
Westland farmers have
been warned that a 32%
rate increase is imminent
if they do not act.
Kawhaka sheep farmer
Kees van Beek is also
a councillor with the
Council and serves on the
Federated Farmers West
He told the federation’s
annual meeting in
Greymouth this week
that farmers and small
landholders needed to
take a close look at the
council’s draft annual
“Be aware that we are
looking at a 32% rates
increase if there are no
changes made to the draft
plan,” Mr van Beek said.
“I do not believe this
is justifiable considering
that the average increase
across all ratepayers is set
to be 12.1%.”
Mr van Beek said they
needed a “swag” of well-
reasoned submissions, or
the council may not take
Wednesday April 30
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
HARDY, Jack. —
Killed 50 years ago
today at the Dobson
Mine. Loved husband of
the late Joyce and father
Karen and the late Alan.
Forever in our hearts
Taken too soon
Mary. — On April 25,
2014, peacefully at
Allen Bryant Lifecare,
Hokitika, in her 74th
year. Dearly loved wife
of the late Derek, loved
mother and mother-in-
law of Susan and Roger
nana of David, Peter and
N ikitia (Nelson),
Melanie (Stirling), Dana
and Jason (Greymouth),
great-nana of Shyana,
Kasha and Cassidy
and Madisyn (Grey-
mouth), Blane and Kyan
(Stirling). Dearly loved
sister of Terry Sykes
(UK), loved sister-in-
law of Joan and Ken,
Terry, Tina and Robert,
Robert and Sally (all of
the UK). Messages
to 189 Park Street,
Hokitika 7810. A
service to celebrate Val's
life will be held at
Chapel, 86 Gibson
Quay, Hokitika, on
Saturday May 3,
commencing at 1.30pm.
Private cremation to
Phone (03) 755 7993.
Qualified FD Since 1973
Four men who were involved in a
Hokitika hotel fight which spilled out on to
Sewell Street received suspended sentences
in the Greymouth District Court
Patrick John Hansen, 20, Samuel Joseph
McCobb, 22, Christopher Peter Dale,
28, and Dale John Green, 25, were each
convicted and ordered to come up for
sentence within 12 months on condition
that they pay $300 toward the costs of the
All four had been charged with disorderly
The court heard the men were part of
two groups pushing and arguing inside the
hotel about 11.45pm on April 11. Despite
police being in attendance they continued
to push and abuse each other outside, some
chanting and egging the others on.
They were told to desist and leave the
central business district, but refused so
they were arrested. Some, including Green,
returned to the hotel to abuse management
after they had been processed at the police
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Green
had returned because he felt he had been
wrongly arrested. He had not been involved
in the initial altercation but stepped in, at
the request of the hotelier, to break up the
“I wasn’t that drunk, sir, to be honest,”
Green told Judge Noel Walsh.
“ Yeah, right!” said the judge.
“ Your problem is the booze, Mr Green.
You know it, I know it, everybody in this
courtroom knows it.”
Hansen made the mistake of addressing
the judge as “mate”.
“Some advice for you Mr Hansen,” Judge
Walsh said. “Don’t call the judge ‘mate’ — I
don’t know you from a bar of soap. You are
not my mate. ”
A recent arrival on the West Coast was
sentenced in the Greymouth District
Court yesterday to 100 hours of community
work on charges arising from a domestic
Te Rau Paraha Kaire, 21, admitted charges
of breaching a protection order and wilfully
damaging property, on March 17.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Kaire was
suffering from addiction to synthetic
cannabis, when he threatened his ex-
partner and damaged some of her property.
He was now ‘clean’ and proud of it. He
had not touched drugs or alcohol for three
Kaire was also ordered to pay $50
reparation for the property he damaged.
Blackball man, Anthony Collins Davies,
was sentenced to 80 hours of community
work after he admitted four cannabis
Davies, 48, pleaded guilty to charges of
cultivating cannabis, possessing the drug,
possessing cannabis oil and possessing 20
cannabis seeds, on February 27.
Police prosecutor Steven Greer said that
police, while executing a search warrant,
found five cannabis plants growing at the
rear of one property, and other items were
found at an address that Davies frequently
visited. In total, 50g of cannabis was found,
including two egg cups containing cannabis
Taria Moana Ramage, 37, of Greymouth,
was fined $350 after he admitted a drink-
driving charge. Ramage was disqualified
from driving for six months.
The $300,000 roof of the Greymouth sewerage treatment plant in Preston Road was lifted into place by two cranes today. The lift
was slightly delayed as contractors waited for winds to die down.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Sewerage treatment plant roof lifted into place
A South Westland property developer
was fined in the Greymouth District
Court yesterday $2000 for failing to
furnish 10 tax returns.
Gavin L ewis Molloy, of Franz Josef
Glacier, admitted the offences at a
previous court appearance.
His company, Callery Holdings Ltd,
was fined $1000 on the four charges it
Molloy said he had assumed that his
partner in Callery Holdings, who was
an accountant, had looked after the
company ’s tax obligations. He had since
hired another accountant and all but
one of the returns had since been filed,
resulting in refunds to Molloy and the
Judge Noel Walsh also ordered that
Molloy pay a $600 solicitor’s fee.
Hari Hari woman, Emma Marie
Russell, was convicted and ordered to
come up for sentence if called within 12
months on charges arising from a fracas
in her local hotel.
Russell, 25, was also ordered in the
Greymouth District Court to pay $300
toward the cost of prosecution after she
admitted a disorderly behaviour charge.
The court heard that at 1.25am on
March 29, Russell had deliberately been
given a soft drink instead of alcohol due
to her state of intoxication. Unaware of
the switch, she downed the drink and
sought another, but this time was refused
ser vice. She then abused bar staff and the
proprietor and continued to yell abuse
after being escorted from the bar.
Lawyer Vicky Walsh said Russell
admitted the offence but disagreed with
the description of events.
She had returned from the toilet to find
that her drink had been tipped out and
she was angry because the bar staff would
not replace the drink or give her a refund.
$2000 fine for failing to
furnish tax returns
A Hokitika woman was convicted in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday on two
charges of burglary — one of a house and the
other of a cafe.
Aroha Reihana, 29, stole $200 cash from
Millie’s Cafe in Hokitika, where she had been
working casually since early this year.
On March 8, Reihana finished work at
4pm. However she returned at 6pm, and
after crawling under a mesh gate made her
way into a courtyard outside the cafe. She
then smashed the window and made her way
inside, and located the business cash float,
which contained $200.
Reihana also looked for the cafe takings and
after she was unable to find them, she left by
the rear door.
The second charge related to her being
found in the bedroom of a house in Hokitika,
by a woman who had been asleep in the room.
When the woman confronted Reihana as
to why she was in her bedroom, she said she
had come to see a friend. Reihana left, but the
woman realised that $100 was missing from
The woman went outside and found Reihana
hiding in the front yard. She asked Reihana
for the cash back, and it was handed over.
Reihana has two children, who live with
their father in Wellington. She said she had
not seen her children for the past eight years.
Judge Noel Walsh said Reihana had 37
dishonesty related convictions, the last of
which was in Tokoroa in January 2013, for
which Reihana had been imprisoned.
However, he said he understood that
Reihana was trying to turn her life around,
and was addressing her drug and alcohol
Judge Walsh called for a pre-sentencing
report and remanded Reihana to appear on
bail until June 3.
He said Reihana had some time before her
next court appearance, and needed to “step up
to the plate” before her next court date.
Woman convicted on burglar y charges
Seventeen years after they first made the
request, Fox River bach owners may be
about to have their wishes granted.
In May 1997, the Buller District Council
agreed in principle to stop a portion of legal
road at Fox River, with a view to letting bach
owners ultimately have freehold title.
By 2001, the State highway status had
been revoked and the land vested in the
council as local road, and some set aside as
historic reser ve. Two years later the issue
came to a head when the council realised
that 19 of 35 baches inspected had some
form of unauthorised building work.
By 2005, the bach owners were required
to enter into non-renewable licences to
occupy, and in 2007 owners approached the
council and asked to start the road stopping
process, only this time they wanted just
one title for the area. Owners would then
form a company to manage the individual
entitlements, while the council would retain
a small area to provide access to the sea.
Only one objection has been made to the
road stopping proposal. Matthew Morgan, of
Greymouth, said Fox River was a wonderful
place to visit and “it would be short-sighted
of the council to allow freeholding of
this land for some short-term monetary
Coastal erosion meant the site was not
suitable for housing in the long-term, Mr
The land should stay in public ownership,
and a more appropriate process put in place
for the baches.
The council will decide whether to allow
the road stopping to go ahead. If it agrees,
Mr Morgan will be able to appeal to the
Almost half the 380 people who
had their blood pressure taken at the
Greymouth, Westport and Hokitika
New World supermarkets last year are
apparently taking medical action as a
The Stroke Foundation initiative tested
nearly 20,000 people nationwide last year.
A nationwide follow up sur vey of
participants revealed four out of 10 took
action to control their blood pressure as
“Normally it’s quite difficult for most
health promotion campaigns to produce
behaviour change,” Stroke Foundation
health promotion manager Julia Rout
or knowledge are
common, but getting people to take
action to improve their health is the ‘holy
grail’ of health promotion. Even if we
can’t be certain everyone is really making
changes this survey certainly shows that
the messages about blood pressure and
stroke are getting through to a high
proportion of participants in our
The number of people who could recall
their last blood pressure reading, or at
least whether it was high or low, also
increased for the third year in succession,
rising from just 13% in 2011 to 28% in
Invitations were sent to the West Coast
supermarkets this week to participate
in the 2014 campaign scheduled for
Saturday, October 4.
People take medical action
after blood pressure checks
of the Westport News
Department of Conser vation Buller staff
have sought help from elsewhere to repair
tracks extensively damaged in the Easter
DOC northern West Coast conser vation
ser vices manager Bob Dickson said he had
called in eight extra rangers from Motueka
and Picton and would get more from Nelson
Lakes next week.
DOC was removing felled vegetation, then
inspecting all structures, bridges, barriers
and boardwalks for damage, he said.
Huge swathes of forest had been destroyed.
He did not expect to have all tracks open
until later in the year, but hoped high-
priority tracks would be open in the next two
to four weeks. These included the Heaphy
Track, some of the Oparara Basin, the
Pororari-Punakaiki Loop, the Mokihinui
Gorge and Charming Creek.
“Other tracks could take up to six months,
that ’s the scale of the damage,” Mr Dickson
said. “ It’s going to be a long, slow process.”
Reopening the Heaphy Track was a
priority, he said.
The scheduled start of mountainbiking
tomorrow had been delayed.
Early this year Conser vation Minister
Nick Smith announced mountainbiking
from late autumn to early spring would
be allowed permanently on the Heaphy
Track, following a successful three-year
Mr Dickson today said here was a
“tremendous” amount of windfall on the
Golden Bay side of the Heaphy Track and
between the Lewis and Mackay huts.
A team of five chainsaw operators from
Motueka and three Westport staff were flat
out working on the Heaphy Track.
DOC had reopened the Heaphy Track
as far as the Heaphy Hut and into the
Heaphy Valley as far as Lewis Hut, but
the remainder of the track was closed.
Fox River bach owners
see progress over road
DOC seeks outside help to repair tracks
warned of 32%
The number of
West Coast herds
infected with bovine
tuberculosis (Tb) is
sitting ‘stubbornly’ at 42,
Federated Farmers says,
admitting that farmers
are ner vous about the
At the group’s annual
meeting in Greymouth
on Monday, president
Katie Milne said
eradication areas on the
West Coast were being
If Tb could be
eradicated, there would
be no further work in
She said there were
“a lot of ner ves among
farmers about the future,
considering where we
have been in the past,”
Miss Milne said.
“ We can only hope
that the scientific theory
behind the plan is
proven right and we
don’t end up back at
However, doing the
same as the past 15 years
was not the way forward,
Dairy section chairman
Richard Reynolds said
the Coast still had
the “vast majority ” of
infected herds in New
Zealand, and there had
been little change over
the past year.
Partly this was because
a herd status was listed
as infected for longer,
so when it did change
to ‘clear’ there was more
certainty there was no
It was a disease
everyone had to fight
together, he said.
over Tb infected
meeting about glaucoma
Dr Allan Simpson
(Thomas Edward Room)
32 Mawhera Quay
Monday 5 May
6.30 – 8 .00pm
Question and answer time
Tea and coffee
will be provided
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