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Protection order breach
Westport police arrested a 44-year-
old Fairdown man early yesterday
morning for breaching a protection
order, threatening to kill and
possession of cannabis. Meanwhile,
a black Milazo mountainbike was
stolen from a bike shed at Talleys
fisheries in Westport yesterday.
Record numbers of
doctors and nurses on
Coast — Ryall
Latest data from the Ministry of
Health shows record numbers of
doctors and nurses are at the bedside
caring for patients in public hospitals
on the West Coast, Health Minister
Tony Ryall said this week. As of
March 2014, there were 36 doctors
and 277 nurses employed by West
Coast District Health Board — 10
more doctors and 40 more nurses
compared to 2008. This includes
five more senior doctors, nine
more senior nurses and five more
midwives. The West Coast District
Health Board has been moving away
from the use of locums.
Free books courtesy of the
Greymouth Star Book Shelf giveaway
are in the mail to four readers. Marie
Anderson of Greymouth, wins a
copy of NZ Cycle Trail South Island,
T Cumming of Hokitika, receives
Rowi and Blue-hen of Westland, and
Brendan Coll of Greymouth and
Michelle Coleman of Moana each
won a copy of NZ Whitewater 5.
Arrivals: Jay Elaine, Claymore.
Departures: Brid Voyager. In port:
Jay Elaine, Claymore, Electra, 22
other vessels. Expected arrivals:
Ocean Odyssey Sunday; Galatea
II, Cook Canyon Monday; Moon
Shadow II Tuesday.
A Runanga woman was
convicted in the Westport District
Court on Wednesday of assaulting
a 15-year-old girl at an after-ball
party in Westport last year.
Sophie Rawenia Murphy, 20,
defended the charge of assaulting
the girl on August 11.
Judge Robert Murfitt said
police were called to the after-ball
party on the corner of Derby and
Brougham streets. Murphy and
the victim were at the party.
They had been in contact
via Facebook beforehand and
expected to see each other there
and share a drink.
The victim said she had had six
or seven bourbons that night but
did not drink at the party.
Both the victim and witness,
Beau Andreson, said Murphy
attacked the victim from the side,
knocking her to the ground. The
victim said it was a punch but Mr
Andreson said it was a push. The
victim said Murphy and others
then kicked her in the ribs.
Mr Andreson said that, while
he did not see that, it might have
Murphy said she had approached
the girl to take away the alcohol
she was holding. The girl resisted,
a fight ensued and they ended up
on the ground. Murphy admitted
throwing punches but denied
The victim denied she had been
holding any alcohol and Mr
Andreson had not seen any, either.
Judge Murfitt said credibility
was an issue given the two
Both Murphy and the victim
were affected by alcohol, but Mr
Andreson — who corroborated
the victim’s account — was a
credible witness who had not
exaggerated his role in events.
Judge Murfitt was satisfied he
and the victim had given a more
credible account than Murphy.
While the assault was proved,
the kicking was not and a charge
under the Summary Offences
Act was more appropriate than a
Crimes Act assault charge.
He gave Murphy the chance to
plead guilty to that charge, which
Judge Murfitt told her she
would have to work on her
impulse control as her behaviour
was getting her into trouble. She
had one previous common assault
He convicted her and sentenced
her to 80 hours of community
The hearing revealed that since
the charges had been laid, Murphy
and the victim had been in contact
via Facebook despite Murphy
being required not to contact her.
Murphy denied the victim’s
claim she had offered her
incentives to change her evidence.
An effort to track down the
exchange in an adjournment was
Judge Murfitt said it might
be something the police would
pursue further in the future.
If Murphy were found guilty
of trying to per vert the course
of justice she would be in more
trouble. — Westport News
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Love you always
Adeline. — On June 4,
2014 at Waihi Lodge
Care Centre, Geraldine,
in her 94th year. Dearly
loved wife of the late
Ed Stoop. Dearly
loved mother of Anne
and Graeme Duggan
(Geraldine), and Shirley
and Alan Linklater
(Hokitika). Dearly loved
grandmother of her five
Clarice to her ten great-
sister-in-law of Rex and
Betty Stoop (Christ-
church). In accordance
with Clarice's wishes a
private cremation has
been held. The family
wish to sincerely thank
the management and
staff of Waihi Lodge
Care Centre for their
exceptional love and
care of Clarice over the
past two and a half
years. An afternoon tea
to celebrate Clarice's life
is to be held for family,
friends and caregivers
on Saturday June 7, at
Sadly missed. Geraldine
Green Party list MP Kevin
Hague says now is the time to
make a transition away from
coal, something he claims two
West Coast mayors have privately
admitted to him.
Mr Hague today re-released a
speech he delivered a month ago
during May Day celebrations at
Blackball, this time prompted by
the latest round of job cuts at the
He said he had been talking
about the need to transition away
from coal for the past decade.
“ It turns out that we have even
less time than I thought back in
May to get started,” Mr Hague
Local and central government
needed to engage in an honest
conversation with communities.
Over the past several years “at
least two” West Coast mayors had
privately acknowledged to him
that the Coast could not continue
to rely so much on coalmining, he
One had suggested a transition
fund and another had actually sent
a senior council official to Australia
to study how they were managing
the transition there.
“But so far none of them has
been prepared to talk openly with
community for fear of the political
risk they would face. Time to be
brave. Time for leadership,” Mr
Coalminers had been saying, “if
we’re not going to do this, tell us
what we are going to do”.
In response, environmentalists
had tended to be pretty vague.
Mr Hague instead offered
the Green Party’s blueprint for
transition. Existing coalmines
should stay open, but when
they were exhausted, or became
uneconomic, a publicly-funded
insurance scheme would protect
the income of those workers
their working lives, should it be
“O ur aim is that nobody has to
leave their community because
of financial consequences of the
There needed to be an alliance
of environmentalists, workers and
social justice activists to create
momentum for planned change.
“Change is coming, whether we
like it or not — it ’s just a question
of how well managed that change
He said the Development West
Coast trust deed should be changed
so it was more of an economic
development agency, rather than a
“pokies trust or a bank”.
Possible alternatives included
becoming experts on alternative
power, pest control/conser vation,
and planting native forests rather
than just pine.
Food could be grown on the
Coast, and tourism activities
created that added value by keeping
people in the region longer.
There might also be environ-
mentally sounder ways of using
coal, including creating carbon
“ Wouldn’t it have been great to
have new industries available to
absorb Spring Creek workers when
it closed, rather than the pie in the
sky offered by a vague promise
of new jobs at Denniston or
reopening some long-abandoned
mine closer to us?” Mr Hague
Time to make
away from coal
of the Hokitika Guardian
The West Coast Wilderness Trail
needs a “champion” to solely “live and
breathe” the cycleway if it is to be
really successful, New Zealand Cycle
Trail project leader Jonathon Kennett
He said the region needed to start
realising the economic benefits of the
trail now, and “whoever is running it”
needed to move beyond the current
Mr Kennett said cycle trail related
businesses, set up on the basis that
it would be fully operational by now,
were right to be worried at the slow
As project manager for the national
cycleway, he was “hearing frustrations”
from West Coast business people
trying to capitalise on the wilderness
He noted that completion deadlines
often changed, and natural events
such as Cyclone Ita would always get
in the way, but explanations for delays
with the Hokitika-Ross section,
which was still months away from
completion, could not be justified.
The money given for the cycle trail
was tagged with “the expectation that
the trail would fully open by the end
of last year”.
“ I really feel for the businesses who
invested money into the trail and
haven’t been able to fully realise their
business plans,” Mr Kennett said.
He encouraged businesses to “hang
“Things aren’t on track but they ’re
A focus on the “ big picture” from a
national viewpoint would be vital for
the future of the trail, Mr Kennett
The original trust which facilitated
the project probably needed to re-
emerge as a driving force, or some
other structure be considered to lead
“It is probably time for the trust to
consider more new trustees ... all the
successful trails have someone to be
a trail champion, to keep it alive and
keep it changing every year. ”
In early April, Mr Kennett traversed
the entire West Coast Wilderness
Trail, including the incomplete Ross-
Hokitika section, on a “research trip”.
“Unfortunately, there were still
hundreds of metres of gorse to be
cleared . . . the bridges on that section
to Ross need to be upgraded. ”
When the Guardian pointed out
that section had not been officially
opened, Mr Kennett said that was
really “not good enough” given
previous undertakings that it would
be opened by now.
The fact the Greymouth cycle
trail kiosk still boasted a sign saying
‘Greymouth to Ross’ was “obvious
misinformation,” he said.
He had specifically asked the
Westland District Council to deal
with that and understood it would
be rectified, in conjunction with
the Grey District Council, and was
disappointed to hear that the sign
had not been altered.
Mr Kennett visited the trail with a
broad age range of people, the “target
market ” for the trail.
The “overall experience was great ”
and participants wanted to return.
“ However, there were some things
that weren’t finished and that didn’t
go down well.”
Signs were missing “here and there,”
and that was an important factor in
visitor experience and the reputation
of the trail. He also picked up that
visitors expected sections of the
trail to be finished “and they weren’t
finished — not a good look”.
However, the high standard of the
track surface compared well with
the likes of the Otago Central and
Hauraki rail trails.
“It is very hard to think of a better
trail surface. It really is one of the
best trail surfaces in the country. The
trail design in many places is really
The imaginative weaving nature
of the trail through forest, opening
to wider vistas, optimised the high
scenic values along the way, and that
was a real advantage compared to
other relatively straight routes such as
the Central Otago Rail Trail, which
followed the straight lines of an old
“There is so much potential when
you compare the trail with other trails
around the country. It is possibly
one of the most interesting trails
Cycle trail progress ‘not good enough’
An Inangahua man was sentenced in
the Greymouth District Court yesterday
to 194 hours of community work for a
number of cannabis offences.
William Frank Robinson, 26, was
convicted of possessing cannabis,
cultivating cannabis and procuring
cannabis oil, and possession of
On May 14, a police search of Robinson’s
property found a bedroom converted into
a growing room for cannabis. In a bus
outside, which had been converted into
an area to germinate and dry cannabis,
seven cannabis seedlings were found.
Hash and dry cannabis head were also
found in the kitchen of the property.
Lawyer Doug Taffs said Robinson had
been stuck on a farm near the Buller
Gorge, where there was not much to do.
He said Robinson had no history of
drug offending, although he was a long-
Mr Taffs said a small bag had also
been found, which did not contain any
methamphetamine — “just the smell of
A Greymouth man was sentenced to
100 hours of community work, nine
months’ super vision and disqualified
from driving for 12 months after drink-
driving in Greymouth.
Donald Alexander Hart blew 529mg
in a breath test after he was stopped by
police on May 8.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Hart
had driven after he had had a domestic
argument with his partner at their home.
He was stopped by police who had been
on their way to the house to deal with the
Hart said in court that he had “not
touched a drop since this incident,
knocked it on the head completely”.
He said he wanted to start his own
Judge Robert Murfitt said Hart had a
history of “prolific offending” between
1995 and 2011, however it had been two
and a half years since his last offence.
Judge Murfitt said this offence had been
as a result of a “calamitous dispute” with
Hart ’s partner.
A 17-year-old from Greymouth was
fined $300 and banned from driving for
six months after he admitted driving while
disqualified. Sloan Bullen had previously
been disqualified from driving for three
months for an excess of demerit points.
Bullen had been driving to his home
in Greymouth on April 25, when he has
stopped by police. He told them he had
been getting his car as he was going to
A Hokitika man who repeatedly harassed
his ex-partner after the death of his son
was called upon for sentence within
three months, when he appeared in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday.
Brian McBride, 50, lost his son in a shed
fire at Kaniere in May last year. Since then
he had abused his partner at her address and
over the telephone, the court heard.
On October 20, McBride pulled up outside
his ex-partner’s address and filmed it. When
she confronted him he shouted at her that
she was a “murderer”. He was served with a
harassment order two days later.
On October 30 he came across her in
Hokitika, and accused her of “having
something to hide”, and two days later he
called the victim and said she was a “dirty
slut ” and that he was after her.
After a short police chase on November
4, in which he evaded police, McBride gave
himself up at the Hokitika Police Station on
McBride said the victim’s house was the
only place he could be close to his deceased
In court, he said his intentions were
“harmless” when he turned up at the victim’s
Lawyer Richard Bodle said McBride had
been “consumed with grief ” at the death of
A man who was convicted for breach of
community work after completing only
three hours of his 80-hour sentence was
remanded for sentencing on July 28.
Clive Chapman last reported for
community work last year and had not
done so since then. However, he contacted
probation yesterday morning, and had
arranged to complete some hours this
Judge Robert Murfitt said it would help
Chapman if he completed more of his
community work before his sentencing date.
Robert Terry was given an $80 fine in his
absence, after he was caught driving at 64kph
in a 50kph zone, in Reefton on February 26.
Terry now lives in Christchurch.
Ronald McDonald House annual appeal Greymouth co-ordinator Reanna Speakman, left, and
collector Katrina Stewart were armed with their buckets at McDonald’s today. Collectors were out at
The Warehouse, Countdown, the aquatic centre and on the streets all day. The Ronald McDonald House
programme provides a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close to their hospitalised
child at no cost. The cause is close to Mrs Stewart ’s heart, having used the house with her son, and she said
it was an amazing service. “Everybody knows somebody who has used it.”
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Ronald McDonald House appeal hits streets
Man harassed ex-partner
after son’s fire death
Boredom leads to
A Cobden man charged with
possessing methamphetamine (P) for
supply, which carries a maximum penalty
of life in prison, says the substance was
synthetic and for his own personal use.
Lindsay Ronald Bradley, 42, appeared
in the Westport District Court on
Wednesday. He was also charged with
burglary with a weapon.
Defending, Alan Heward applied for
bail on Bradley ’s behalf. Judge Robert
Murfitt declined and remanded Bradley
in custody until June 17, when he will
appear in the Greymouth District
Judge Murfitt said the alleged
offending was at the high end of the
scale and carried a maximum penalty of
life in prison.
Police prosecutor Steven Greer, who
had limited information, said to be
charged with possession of a class A
drug the quantity must have been high.
He said Bradley had gained entry to
an address by kicking the door in. If
he had had a key as he claimed, he had
decided not to use it.
He allegedly threatened two occupants
with a knife.
The victims had initially been too
scared to make a statement and there
was concern Bradley could further
intimidate them if on bail.
Mr Heward said Bradley went to the
property where the alleged offending
occurred to pick up his property. He
denied threatening anybody with a
knife. When police stopped him he had
only a small fold-out knife.
Mr Heward said police had wrongly
identified as methamphetamine a
synthetic substance Bradley was
carrying for his personal use.
He said Bradley was a vendor of
firewood and that explained why he had
a list of customers. — Westport News
‘P ’ for own use,
claims Cobden man
Neil Mohan, 27, driver, of Reefton,
pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge
when he appeared in the Westport
District Court on Wednesday.
Police prosecutor Steven Greer said
police stopped Mohan driving on Caples
Street, in Reefton, on April 20. He blew
He said he had had three or four
Speight’s apple ciders at Wilson’s Hotel
and had been drinking before that,
too. He drove because he was the least
intoxicated of his group.
Defending, Rob Ord said it was
Mohan’s first offence.
Judge Jane McMeeken said it was
common for people in court for drink-
driving to say they had driven because
they were the least intoxicated. But if
that was the case nobody in their group
should have been driving. If they did not
allocate a sober driver somebody would
get into trouble.
She disqualified Mohan from driving
for six months and fined him $400.
— Westport News
Man drove because
he was the most sober
After 16 years of showing people the
West Coast, tour company Kea Tours is
downsizing so the owners can do some
travelling of their own.
Owner Matt Lysaght said he was
reducing the scale of the Greymouth-
“ We basically are reducing operations
right down to one person,” Mr Lysaght
He and his wife, Linda, now hoped to
take some time for themselves.
“We want to free up more time to do
some travelling ourselves,” he said.
The business will sell off a number
of assets tomorrow at the Kaiata
Mr Lysaght said they would retain one
coach which would be used for charter
trips over the summer period.
Winter was traditionally quieter for
tours, but they had generally enjoyed
good patronage during the off-season .
Mr Lysaght said they had received
great support from people in Hokitika
and Greymouth as well as Tourism
West Coast, and assured they were not
shutting down completely.
“ We will still be operating, but mainly
charters and during summer.”
Kea Tours downsizing
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