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Man bailed for sentencing
on protection order charge
A South Island camping ground manager
has been awarded more than $90,000 after
the Employment Relations Authority found
he worked 15-hour days for a less than
$30,000 annual salary.
Keith Hill had been employed by Peter
Shand as the manager of the Murchison
camping ground from December 2010.
He went to the authority after he was
dismissed for serious misconduct in
February 2013 for “skimming” money from
the business — an allegation the authority
found was unjustified.
Christchurch authority member Christine
Hickey said there was no written employment
agreement, but a verbal arrangement was
made whereby Mr Hill would be paid
$30,000 per year and would also be entitled
to free accommodation in the house on
It had also been agreed that when Mr
Shand ended his lease of the camping
ground Mr Hill would be entitled to a share
of the profits. However, the camping ground
did not make a profit at least in the latter half
of Mr Hill’s employment.
The authority heard that for periods of Mr
Hill’s employment, he was not paid in full
because there was insufficient income from
the business. Often when Mr Hill was paid,
his pay came from another business operated
by Mr Shand.
Mr Hill told the authority he had worked so
many hours a week that $30,000 per annum
meant he would have been paid at less than
the applicable minimum wage rates.
Christine Hickey said no time or wage
records were kept and Mr Shand did not
provide any evidence that Mr Hill’s claims
She therefore accepted Mr Hill’s claim that
he was paid $18,456 between April 2010 and
March 2011, $20,610 between April 2011
and March 2012 and $5779 between April
2012 and March 2013.
Mr Hill’s evidence, supported by an
affidavit and not disputed by Mr Shand,
stated that he worked on average 15 hours
a day from 7am to 11pm in the peak season.
He also had to be alert throughout the
night for any vehicle arrivals as some
campers would come in late in an attempt to
avoid paying fees.
In addition, his social life was constrained
as he could not go out at night and leave the
camp unattended and he was constrained as
to the amount of alcohol he could consume
in the evenings at home by the need to be
constantly alert and available.
There was “not one shred of evidence” of
any justification for dismissing Mr Hill for
dishonesty, the determination said.
The authority upheld Mr Hill’s claim of
unjustified dismissal and ordered Mr Shand
to pay him $69,560 in unpaid wages, $15,120
for wages lost following his dismissal and
$7000 in compensation for humiliation, loss
of dignity and injury to his feelings.
manager over $90,000
A Ruatapu man was remanded on
bail for sentencing in the Greymouth
District Court on June 3 after he
admitted a charge of breaching a
Graeme Thomas Stewart, 40, failed to
return children to his former partner as
arranged, on December 26.
The ensuing row over their absence
resulted in Stewart sending the woman
several threatening texts.
Judge Gary MacAskill said Stewart
would probably end up with an
electronically monitored sentence.
Tania Joanne Ladina Orsler, 43, of
Hokitika, was given a $1000 fine and
disqualified from driving for six months
after being caught driving at nearly
twice the excess breath-alcohol limit.
Orsler had recently moved to Hokitika
to start a new job, and was celebrating
with friends on April 25 when she drove
to a local supermarket. After being
stopped by police she blew 783mg.
Orsler had said she had not realised
she was at that level of intoxication.
She entered an early guilty plea for the
Hector Scott Tainui, 41, of Ruatapu,
was convicted on remand after pleading
guilty to assaulting a man in Hokitika
on February 15.
Tainui had forced entry to an address
and punched the 18-year-old victim,
however he later claimed he had only
pushed the victim out of the way.
Judge MacAskill said the incident
could have resulted in a charge of
Tainui was remanded for a restorative
justice conference and will reappear in
court on July 1.
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PARKIN, Lindsay. —
February 23, 1951 -
May 7, 2012.
Two years have passed
Lins, and I miss you
more than ever.
You are always on my
and in my
I will love you always.
CONDON, Tania Rose
(Tarn). — May 7, 2012.
We often lie awake at
When the world is fast
We think about you
With tears upon our
We can't get over losing
No matter how we try.
We will always keep you
in our hearts,
Until the day we die.
Love and miss you
From your loving
(Jan). — Passed away
peacefully at her home
on May 4, 2014, aged
68. Dearly loved wife
of Hugh, loved and
treasured mum and
Michelle and Grant,
Paul and Cheryl, Arron
and Gayleen, Nicky and
Pete, and Lisa and
Fiona, loved nana of
Luke, Alexandra; Jaden;
Jessica; and Michael,
adored great-nana of
Brooke, loved sister and
sister-in-law of Norma
(deceased) and Alan,
Bill and Gladys, Ann
(deceased), and John
“A truly beautiful lady,
now at peace”
Messages to 11 Keith
Road, Paroa, Greymouth
7805. In lieu of flowers
donations to St John
would be appreciated
and can be made at the
service or posted to PO
Box 508, Greymouth
7840. A Funeral Mass
will be celebrated at St
Church, High Street,
(Thursday) at 2pm,
followed by burial at
the Memorial Park
Services Ltd. Phone
(03) 768 0250. FDANZ.
Qualified FD Since 1973
TAYLOR, Colin John.
Of Waikanae, for-
merly of the West Coast
Passed away peacefully
at Mary Potter hospice
on Sunday May 4, 2014.
Aged 83 years. Much
loved father and father-
in-law of Debra and
Damian, David and
Philly, and Angela and
by Joan. Grandfather to
Sofija, Visko, Hugh,
Susie, Angus, Harry,
and Hannah. Beloved
brother and brother-in-
law to Margaret and
Rodney Trowsdale, and
Alan (deceased) and
Jenny Taylor. Wonder-
ful uncle to Rachel,
Sarah, Anne and Robin,
John and Ross, and their
children. A celebration
of Colin's life and
farewell from family
and many friends will be
held at Kapiti Coast
Funeral Home, 9-11
Hinemoa Street, Para-
paraumu, at 1pm on
Saturday, May 10, 2014,
to be followed by
a private cremation.
Kapiti Coast Funeral
04 298 5168.
BOYD, (nee Morresey)
Pamela Mary (Pam).
On May 5, 2014,
loved wife of Murray,
mother-in-law of Mark
and Shona, James and
Carolyn, Melanie and
John, cherished grandma
of Jeremy Wilson, and
Francesca Boyd, loved
sister of John (Junior),
Lorraine, Chris, Robin,
and Rosalie, and dear
friend of Joanna. A
dearly loved sister-in-
law, aunt and great-aunt.
addressed to The Family
of the late Pam Boyd,
C/- PO Box 39001,
Christchurch 8545. The
Service to celebrate
Pam's life will be held in
our Westpark Chapel,
467 Wairakei Road,
on Tuesday May 13, at
follow in the Yaldhurst
Cemetery. Lamb &
Hayward Ltd. FDANZ.
Phone (03) 359 9018.
www.lambandhayward.co .nz .
Shane Thomson helps his sons Riley, left, and Hunter, Andrew Welsford, back, with sons Max and Sam, and Peter Fountain with
son Clark at the Mitre 10 Mega Easy as for Kids build a toolbox event on Sunday. About 20 children took up hammer and nail with
some help from their parents to make their own toolbox. Mitre 10 Mega will be holding events every second month for children to
build or decorate projects. Registrations for future events can be done through the Mitre 10 Mega Facebook page.
PICTURE: Jean Nodwell
Building toolboxes easy as
of the Westport News
A year after her luggage went
missing at Wellington Airport, a
Westport part-time professional
photographer has her $7700 Canon
Staci Offwood, who owns
Westport’s Whanake Gallery and
Espresso bar, said she was more
convinced than ever a baggage
handler at the airport had stolen it.
“At the end of the day people
need to be aware of what goes
Ms Offwood had previously
told the Westport News she took
$18,000 worth of camera gear
when she and her partner Steve
Lee left Westport on May 3 last
year for a fortnight in Bali.
At Wellington Airport, a baggage
handler advised her to put some of
the gear in her suitcase because she
had too much carry-on luggage,
She transferred $9000 of the gear
to her suitcase, informing three Air
New Zealand staff of what she had
done. The suitcase was supposed
to go straight through to Perth,
but never made it. She estimated it
contained almost $14,000 worth of
The loss ruined the couple’s
holiday because they spent much
of the time trying to track down
the bag and buy replacement
Ms Offwood said today that
police had contacted her in
January to say her camera had
been found at a bus stop at Tawa,
in Wellington, in November. The
$2700 lens had been snapped off
but the $5000 camera was still
She had kept the find quiet until
now in the hope police might nab
She was convinced her lost bag
had made it to Auckland, although
Air New Zealand maintained it
had not. A police report said it had
arrived in Perth. She had never had
any explanation for the conflicting
She had e-mailed the airline’s
chief executive a fortnight ago
and been “fobbed off again” to its
Her insurance company, Tower,
had replaced the lost camera and
personal effects last year, but the
claim took seven months to resolve
and the personal effects were
“ My $500 jacket was depreciated
70% so you still have to find that
money to replace your jacket and
Ms Offwood said she was
hoping Tower would let her keep
the replacement camera it had
provided. “If I depreciate it at
the same amount they do, it’s a
She planned to eventually sell the
other camera, to help make up for
Woman’s lost camera turns up
A barman from Moana
who had a “a few drinks”
after work had a blood-
alcohol level more than
two and half times the
legal limit when police
stopped him just after
midnight on March 29.
John Charles Wright,
57, was fined $1400 and
ordered to pay medical
and analysts fees of $173
when he admitted a
Lawyer, Roz Burnside
said that Wright thought
that he was okay to drive
the short distance to his
home. Noting that it
was his second drink-
driving charge, the judge
disqualified Wright from
driving for nine months.
Miriam Anna Squires,
was remanded on bail
for sentencing on June 3
after she admitted driving
Squires had been
early this year but was
caught again in March
at the wheel driving her
children to school.
Langridge, was sentenced
to 40 hours of community
work on a charge of
assaulting a woman.
Judge MacAskill said
the assault was at the
“ lower end of the scale”
when, on December 14,
he struck the woman on
the head with a rolled up
After work drinks
end in conviction
A Christian community with branches
throughout New Zealand is looking at
setting up on the West Coast, says one of
its senior co-ordinators.
Roger Foley from the Lamb of God
community said the organisation, which
was set up in Christchurch in 1979, had
received a number of inquiries over the
years from people on the Coast. Now the
community was looking at establishing
A Filipino family which was part of
the community, had recently moved to
Greymouth, giving it a presence in the
region. It was now advertising to see if
anyone on the Coast was interested in
becoming part of the organisation.
Mr Foley said they would likely follow
up any expressions of interest from locals
by holding an information session in
town about the community.
However, he said they needed more
than one family before it could consider
setting up a branch here. It would also
consider setting up branches in any other
towns in the area if there was enough
Once set up, branches worked to get
young people involved a number of
activities, through its youth groups. Mr
Foley said working with young people
was an important part of the community’s
work, especially at a local level.
It sometimes set up what Mr Foley
called house groups, collections of about
15 people who would meet a couple of
times a month. They would teach and
would also host group speakers.
He said the community currently had
more than 600 members across New
Zealand. It was also part of a larger
international organisation of similar
communities which operated in 25
countries around the world.
looking to set up on Coast
The future potential of tree growing in the
Grey Valley and other private lifestyle and
farm areas of the West Coast will be examined
this week, with the ‘ West Coast Trees on
Farms Workshop’ being held in Hokitika’s
Regent Theatre on Friday.
West Coast Farm Forestry Association
secretary Michael Orchard, said it was part of
a Sustainable Farming Fund initiative, some
years in planning, with the aim or raising
the potential skill and knowledge levels of
farmers and other lifestyle block owners with
respect to tree growing, and attempt to reverse
the trend of continued deforestation and
clearing of large land areas. Other partners
supporting the seminar are the Ministry of
Primary Industries (previously Ministries
of Agriculture and Forestry), Ag First and
Tane’s Tree Trust. “ Whilst windthrow has
been a problem in some areas, there is still
a large area of good exotic and native forest
stands throughout the area, and any earlier
har vesting than originally intended, is
benefiting from the ongoing demand and
good prices being achieved in sending logs to
China,” Mr Orchard said.
“And lower cost transport is possible at
times as backloads from high quality peeler
logs arrived daily from all over the South
Island to sustain the established West Coast
Industry Peeler Plant at Gladstone. There are
four major sawmills on the West Coast as
well, so planning for log supply to them is
The afternoon field trip visit is to local
association president Jack Davidson’s property
on the south bank of the Arahura River.
The group will then shift down to Harriet
Workshop to examine potential for tree growing on Coast
A farming company is headed
to court, alleging the West Coast
Regional Council partly caused
erosion at its Whataroa property.
The case will be heard when
the Environment Court sits in
Greymouth on May 19.
Council consents and compliance
manager Jackie Adams said Mistral
Farms Ltd was concerned that river
protection works put in by Synlands
Ltd in 2002, with consent from the
regional council, were causing erosion
on its side of the Whataroa River.
Mistral Farms wanted the river
protection removed, Mr Adams said.
“They are taking council to court,
they believe we shouldn’t have allowed
the other farm to put it (protection) in.
They believe it’s causing the erosion.”
The council will counter that erosion
has been happening in the area since
It also believes the Little Man Creek
delta has caused the river to move to
the other side.
Mr Adams said if Mistral Farms
was successful, it had indicated it
would be seeking costs against the
The directors of Mistral Farms are
Alphonsus Carroll, Duncan Enersen
and Matthew Harte.
Whataroa farming company heads to court over erosion
PICTURE: Westport News
Staci Offwood with her camera and broken
The Diana Falls road near Haast was closed for the morning after heavy rain
overnight brought rocks down onto the road. NZ Transport Agency senior
network manager Mark Pinner, said about 150 cubic metres of rock and material
came down on to the road overnight. Contractors were checking the stability of
the slip face as they cleared the road this morning. The site received 90mm of rain
overnight and 200mm since 7am on Monday. It had to be assessed by geotech
experts before debris could be cleared.
PICTURE: NZ Transport Agency
Diana Falls slip closes road
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