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A Westport man was arrested
yesterday afternoon for abusing
a phone operator at the Police
Communications Centre. The
20-year-old was charged with using
Car entry attempts
A man wearing a black leather
jacket who was spied pulling on the
door handles on vehicles parked
on Brunner Street, Greymouth, on
Friday evaded police. The man was
spotted just before noon and had fled
the scene by the time police arrived.
The Blackball Playcentre is after a
few more young ones to fill its ranks.
The Blackball community newsletter,
The Tailings, said the playcentre was
short of patrons and was looking
for more people to use the facility.
The playcentre is open on Tuesday
mornings from 9.30am to 12pm.
RSA 45s results
John O’Brien and Maureen
Anderson won the RSA annual 45s
tournament on Saturday afternoon,
held at the Hokitika Chartered Club.
Shirley Kelly and Max Topp finished
second with Norrie Williams
and Les Allan coming third. The
Consolation Plate was won by Val
Smith and Barbara Collett, with Isla
Woodham and Chris Koh finishing
Crash claims life
One person has died in a crash
in Canterbury this morning. The
crash occurred on Bealey Road, near
Darfield, about 8.20am, police said.
One person died, police said, and the
serious crash unit would investigate.
Emergency ser vices were still at the
scene late this morning. No other
details were available. — APNZ
PM death threat remand
A Mount Eden man has pleaded
not guilty to allegedly threatening
to kill the Prime Minister earlier
this year. Dean Robert Miller, 48,
is charged with threatening to kill
Prime Minister John Key with a
firearm in Wellington on May 22.
Miller pleaded not guilty when he
appeared in the Auckland District
Court this morning. The charge
carries a maximum penalty of seven
years’ imprisonment. Miller has been
remanded on bail and is next due to
appear in court in August. — APNZ
Crash victim critical
One person has been critically
injured in a crash between a car and
a truck near Bluff this morning.
The serious crash occurred on Bluff
Road about 7.15am, near the oyster
factory, police said. One person,
believed to be the car driver, was in
a critical condition, southern police
communications shift Inspector Alan
Weston said. The police serious crash
unit was investigating. The road was
blocked but no diversions are in
place. — APNZ
One fire crew remained at the
scene of a fire at a factory in
Newtown, Wellington, overnight.
The blaze in The French Door
Factory building in Mansfield Street
began about 4.45pm, and more
than 24 firefighters had been at the
scene trying to get it under control.
By 8pm it was under control. A fire
investigator would be looking in to
the cause of the blaze. There were no
reports of any injuries from the fire,
he said. — APNZ
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Galatea II, Ocean Odyssey,
Claymore. Departures: Nil. In
port: Galatea II, Ocean Odyssey,
Claymore, Electra, 25 other vessels.
Expected departures: Galatea II,
today; Ocean Odyssey, tomorrow.
Expected arrivals: Cook Canyon,
Resolution II, today; Moon Shadow
II, tomorrow; Jay Elaine, Thursday.
New boat ramp planned
A judge amended West Coast
woman’s limited licence application in
the Westport District Court yesterday
to allow her to get to orthodontist
appointments in Christchurch without
having to speed.
Nicola Jane Robinson, 25, of Ikamatua,
who lost her licence in March, had to
travel between the West Coast and
Christchurch for the appointments.
Police prosecutor Steven Greer said he
was happy with the latest draft of her
limited licence application.
However, Judge John Strettell said
that as the application stood she would
breach the order if she did not drive to
Christchurch in less than four hours.
Roberston said she believed the trip
to Christchurch took about 3.5 hours.
Judge Strettell said that was a “statement
against interest ”.
He said that in his experience it took
longer; she said she did not make the trip
He said permission to drive for four
hours a day would allow her to carry
out her work but he added to the
application an exception for when she
was travelling to or from Christchurch
for appointments. At those times she
could drive for up to five hours.
He granted the amended application.
— Westport News
to drive for
The Grey District Council has pledged
$30,000 toward a new boat ramp in the
Blaketown Lagoon, and is investigating a
new location for it.
Greymouth Fishing Club secretary
Sharron Wright, in a submission on the
draft annual plan, asked the council what
it proposed to do about the current ramp,
which was narrow, and given the tidal range
of Greymouth, was completely unusable for
several hours every day.
It was also unsuitable for larger boats to use,
as there was not enough room to get boats
off the ramp without them hitting the gravel.
A club member speaking in support of the
submission said that against the backdrop
of the decaying ramp, there was an expected
increase in use of the lagoon, once its water
quality improved as the new wastewater
treatment plant came on line.
The ramp was also costing Greymouth lost
revenue. He said the eyes of business owners
lit up when they saw bluefin tuna fishermen
coming to town, because of the amount they
spent. However, currently those fishermen
would rather cast off elsewhere along the
West Coast instead of using the Blaketown
The council had proposed to commit
$60,000 to provide a new jetty at Cashmere
Bay. However, another submitter, David
Ellerm, who had been asking for funding
for a new cycleway between Te Kinga and
Moana, said the community at Moana did
not want a new jetty.
Grey District Mayor Tony Kookshoorn
said those funds might be better used to
help fund a new boat ramp for Blaketown.
He questioned whether it was right to give
one community a pot of money over another.
The council also agreed that rather than
replace the existing ramp it would be better
to build a new one.
Cr Anton Becker asked if providing
a community that had asked for a boat
ramp would set a precedent for other local
communities on rivers around the district
making the same request.
Cr Peter Haddock said there was no
chance of that, as you could not put a ramp
on a river as floodwaters could wash them
away, and over time rivers changed course.
You could only locate a boat ramp on a
stable body of water such as a lagoon.
The council agreed it also needed to be
part of the Greymouth port development;
however, the council funding would form
only a proportion of the final cost. It would
also consult with the port users as part of
In the past the council had not addressed
the issue as it had agreed with the club that
it would only contribute to such a project if
the club raised funds first. As the club had
not raised any funds, nor had the council,
Mr Kokshoorn said.
Tuesday June 24
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 768 5942 first
Trevor, Ian and families
relatives and friends for
the kindness and support
shown to us at the loss
of a dear husband,
law, grandfather and
expressions of sympathy
through cards, phone
personal visits were
Special thanks to staff
at Richard Seddon
Hospital for the long
care and compassion
shown to Brian and
family for many years.
Special thanks to Anisy
BROWN, Alice May
peacefully on Friday
June 20, 2014, aged 67
years. Loved friend of
all her flatmates, Pact
support staff both past
and present, and a
special friend of Helen
Porter. Ali will be sadly
missed by all who knew
her. A service to cele-
brate Ali's life will be
held at Thompson's
Riverside Chapel, 86
Gibson Quay, Hokitika,
Wednesday June 25,
commencing at 1.30pm.
Private cremation to
follow at Westland
son Funeral Directors,
Phone (03) 755 7993.
Gordon (Sniff). — On
Saturday June 21, 2014,
peacefully at Allen
Hokitika. Aged 56
years. Dearly loved
husband and soulmate of
Lyn, loved father of
Maegan (Hokitika), and
Breeanna and Michael
Much loved grandad of
Amy-Lee, Toby, Cody,
Benjie and Conner.
Loved son of Anne
and Keith and Edna
(Hokitika), and loved
(Christchurch), and the
late Kelly. A loved
nephew and a good
especially Audrey, Peter
and Rosalie (all of
to 155 Bealey Street,
Hokitika 7810. Flowers
respectfully declined but
Hokitika RSA Building
Fund would be appreci-
ated and may be made at
the service. A special
thank you to the staff at
Allen Bryant Lifecare,
Team, doctors Anna
Dyzel and Sheryl Larsen
and nurse John Billings
for all their care and
support. A service to
celebrate Alan's life will
be held at the Seaview
Community Hall, Sea-
view Terrace, Hokitika,
on Friday June 27,
commencing at 1.30pm.
Following the service
Alan will be laid to rest
with his brother Kelly in
the Lawn Section of the
FDANZ. Phone (03)
Margaret. — (Of Port
Chalmers). On Sunday
June 22, 2014, peace-
Hospital; in her 90th
year. Dearly loved wife
of the late Maurice,
loved Mum of Raymond
Hansen, Kevin and
Louise, and the late
Carol. Loved by her
service for Isobel will be
held in Hope and Sons
Chapel, corner Ander-
sons Bay Road and
Oxford Street, Dunedin
at 12.30pm on Thursday
June 26, followed by
private cremation. In
lieu of flowers donations
to SPCA would be
appreciated and may be
left at the service.
Messages to 31
Harrington Street, Port
Chalmers 9023 or to
Isobel's page at
Hope and Sons Ltd,
Donna Brydon, right, snaps up a bargain from Flora Daglish at the the Greymouth Community
Sunday Market, held in the Tai Poutini Polytechnic atrium. The market has moved indoors for the colder
months and runs ever y Sunday from 9am to 1pm with an array of baked goods, clothes, junk, jewellery
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Bargain hunting at Sunday market
The ‘Real Stories’ drop-in tent was set up outside the Grey District Library this morning to give the public a chance to say what they
like about Greymouth, as the Grey District Council campaign got under way. This was the first of 13 sessions planned around the
district over the next four weeks to allow people to have their say. The tent will also be set up in the Greymouth New World car park
today from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.
‘Real stories’ sought from public
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Dairy NZ will host Stock Sense
workshops in Hokitika and Westport
on July 15 and July 16, with sessions for
junior and senior dairy farm staff.
July heralds the start of a new calving
season. Dairy farmers nationwide begin
their ‘busy period’ when calves are born
and set up as the future of the milking
The junior workshop focuses on
practical skills to get staff ready for
calving, while the senior workshop
focuses on the new requirements for
humane slaughter on-farm and udder
Taranaki farmer Tim DeBeer
attended last week’s Stratford Stock
Sense event and said the junior
workshop was practical for developing
“I’m new to dairy farming and it gave
me a good heads-up for what to expect
over calving and how to prepare for it,”
“The session on the birthing process
was really helpful. I learned the signs
and stages of labour, how to tell if the
calf is presented properly for birth, how
to use ropes to assist if the calf is in the
wrong position and when to get the vet
“The sessions were interactive, but
really clear and easy to understand so I
got a heap of value from it.”
He benefited from the tips for reducing
stress over the busy season.
“I really like how the workshop
provided advice for staying healthy over
calving. I actually went out and bought a
crock pot. Having hot meals ready when
I get in late from the farm sounds like a
Dairy NZ’s animal husbandry and
welfare team manager, Chris Leach,
said in the senior workshop, farmers
were updated on the recent welfare
code change which prohibited the use
of blunt force for euthanasia of calves,
except in unforeseen emergencies.
“Most dairy cattle, including calves,
are generally not slaughtered on farms
by farmers anyway, but are sent to
“The amendments to the code of
welfare make it much clearer what is
an emergency and what is acceptable
practice on farms when that situation
Participant numbers are limited and
farmers must register on-line at www.
dairynz.co.nz/stocksense. Events are
free for all levy-paying dairy farmers and
their staff and a free barbecue lunch is
provided at each event.
Dairy workshops focus on calving
A Hairini man who used a surgical
blade to remove bones and fragments
from a dog’s crushed paw without a
general anaesthetic has been sentenced
to six months’ community detention.
Rangi Waaka, 61, who was sentenced
in the Tauranga District Court today,
also received 100 hours’ community work
and has been disqualified from owning
any domestic animals for 10 years.
Earlier this month Waaka pleaded
guilty to charges of reckless ill-
treatment of an animal, namely an adult
bull mastiff-cross, and performing a
significant surgical procedure.
The severely disfigured limb had to be
amputated because it could not be saved.
The dog’s plight was first brought to the
attention of Tauranga SPCA on October
7 last year by a member of the public.
For six weeks after Waaka performed
the surgery he failed to get veterinary
treatment for the dog which was left in
extreme pain, the court was told. Waaka
was caring for the animal. The dog’s
owner who has also been prosecuted has
already voluntarily surrendered the dog.
— APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
PICTURE: Stewart Nimmo
Hokitika company Design Windows has won a
national award for its work on the new Coaltown
Museum, in Westport, in the 2014 Window and
Glass Association of New Zealand Building for
the Future Awards. The was a national winner in
the commercial under $100,000 section, for the
museum, and national finalist in the commercial
$100,000 plus category for the Charleston
Adventure Centre, and the residential category
$15,000 to $50,000 for the Heller Studio,
Charleston. Entries were judged on how the
project was significantly different or innovative,
build quality, and customer testimony. Design
Windows Hokitika managing director Gradon
Conroy said they were “ecstatic” with the win.
‘Undie Man’ comes undone
Black undies, white gumboots and a towel
wrapped around the head is an unusual
choice of attire for a late night smash-and-
grab robbery of a Northland building supplies
But the proof of the unusual clothing choice
has been captured on a sur veillance camera
outside Placemakers in the main street of
Kaitaia and a black and white photo of the
man — who has been dubbed “Undie Man”
has appeared on Facebook.
It is alleged the scantily-clad 50-year-old
man used an axe to smash through the glass
panel front door of Placemakers shortly after
10.30pm last Tuesday.
A staff member who shared the photo
described the burglar as “a drongo dressed for
some sort of occasion but certainly not for
breaking and entering”.
Once inside the man, with the help of a
wingman, allegedly gathered up arm loads of
power tools, worth about $6000, and stashed
the booty in a nearby garden before heading
But his freedom was brief.
When police arrived at the business to
investigate the break-in “Undie Man” also
returned but this time clothed and wearing
The man was arrested and charged
with burglary and wilful damage. After
appearing in the Kaitaia District Court
he was granted bail even though it was
opposed by police.
Store manager Glen Hayman said he
had been working late and had noticed a
silhouette of someone near the business
before he left about 10.30pm. He said he did
not feel threatened but was a bit concerned.
Not long after he reached home he was
contacted by a security officer informing him
of the damage to the front door.
“ Undie Man” will make another court
appearance on July 10.
Northland is gaining a reputation for
The latest Northland case comes only
months after another infamous Northland
criminal was jailed.
Lane Lewis Junior Toto — better known
as “ The Buttcrack Bandit” — got his
unflattering moniker after CCTV footage
of an impromptu liquor store burglary
went viral after Houhora policewoman
Tracee Knowler posted security photos on
While bending down to pick up three
boxes of beer and two boxes of cider after
breaking into Houhora Liquor Store, the
cheeky thief exposed some significant
“ builder’s crack”.
He was eventually tracked down by police
and in August a judge at Kaitaia District
Court jailed Toto for seven months.
— APNZ-Northern Advocate
Police have revealed a transgender
outpouring of support after reports
she was bashed by three men,
actually sustained her injuries
falling out of a tree.
Anahera “Angel” Rangitaawa,
33, was found near the Copthorne
Hotel in Palmerston North in the
early hours of Sunday morning.
She had suffered critical injuries to
her face, skull and other parts of her
body and was taken to Wellington
Hospital where she was put into an
In a post on Facebook, her aunt
Esther Topfer said Angel was
attacked by three men.
“I am saddened and appalled
that in the 21st century ignorant,
judgmental and evil people can
smash a person to within an inch
of their life for being who they are,”
It even prompted a statement from
the Human Rights Commissioner.
However, Manawatu police today
released a statement saying that
following an investigation it was
established Angel sustained her
injuries from falling out of a tree.
Central police communications
manager Sara Stavropoulos said as
Angel was unconscious when she
was found, it took until today to
corroborate her story.
It was unknown what Angel was
doing in the tree prior to her fall.
Angel remained in a serious but
stable condition at Wellington
Hospital. — APNZ
‘Assaulted’ transgender woman fell from tree
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