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Those who were out on Saturday night
in Greymouth were treated to a visual
display as the Real Stories campaign
tried a new avenue.
Projections promoting Greymouth were
shown on buildings outside Puketahi and
Tainui streets on Saturday night.
Real Stories project manager Sonya
Matthews, said they were testing a new
way to promote the campaign, in addition
to their wheat paste posters and drop in
Ms Matthews said the images were
another way that real stories could be
“It’s really about showing what is
possible and pique people’s interest.”
More projections would be appearing
at places around town. But people would
have to keep their eyes open if they
wanted to spot them, as Ms Matthews
said they liked the guerrilla marketing
idea of having the images pop up at
random times and places.
“ It’s a campaign that tries to show that
we do have a lot to be proud about, and
there are lots of cool ways we can show
Ms Matthews said light projections
were an example of something “ without
huge cost, which can still create an
amazing effect ”.
Ag Fest thief flees
Security guards on duty at Ag
Fest in Hokitika on Friday night
disturbed an intruder who was
helping himself to gear from the
Gun City exhibit. Constable Neil
Gillespie said today the intruder
also took two guitars from the
entertainment tent. All of the
gear was recovered after the thief
dropped his pickings as he was
fleeing. He was not caught.
airlfted to safety
A stranded tramper was airlifted
from the Taipo River on Friday
afternoon. The NZCC Rescue
Helicopter was tasked by the Rescue
Co-ordination Centre to pick up
the 42-year-old Wellington man,
who had set off his personal locator
beacon about 1pm. The man was
trapped by ice and a waterfall.
A jetski and trailer parked up the
driveway of a Kaiata house were
swiped on Friday night. Senior
constable Mike Tinnelly of the
Greymouth police said today that
the jetski was being worked on.
It was taken between 9pm-10pm.
Later on Friday night a witness
called police informing them of
three people acting suspiciously in
the Buller Gorge, where they had
been spotted putting a tarpaulin
over a jetski. Mr Tinnelly said
police were following up on that
report. The registration number of
the stolen trailer is E390R and it is
silver. The jetski is a white and blue
Yamaha 700 wave runner.
Cloudy, brief rain, clearing
Global warming could lead
to the extinction of Scotland’s
redheads, expects have claimed.
Experts believe that Scotland’s
gloomy climate has led to a red hair
emerging as a genetic adaptation
to help exploit rare sunny days and
boost Vitamin D production. But as
the world warms up, some predict
that the change in climate will lead
to more sunny days for the Scots —
meaning they will no longer be so
well adapted to their environment.
Only about 1-2% of the world’s
population has red hair but in
Scotland the figure is much higher,
with about 13%, or 650,000 people,
with flaming locks. Alastair Moffat,
managing director of genetic testing
company Scotland’s DNA, said
the country’s dull weather was
responsible for a larger number of
flame-haired men and women being
— Daily Mail
Five years for fatal smash
A Kumara man who caused the
death of Runanga man Judd Hall, 26,
by driving drunk while fleeing from
police at high speed was sentenced to
five years in prison at the Greymouth
District Court this afternoon.
Jordan Nathaniel McGrath, 28, was
given the sentence with a minimum
term of two years in prison on charges
of manslaughter, dangerous driving
causing injury and driving with excess
McGrath had previously pleaded
guilty to all the charges. He was also
disqualified from driving for five
The car that McGrath had been
driving crashed into a High Street
house about 11.30pm on Friday,
January 24, just 900m into a high-
speed police pursuit during which the
Subaru stationwagon reached speeds
of 142kph in a 50kph zone.
Mr Hall, who was a back-seat
passenger in the vehicle, died at the
scene, while McGrath was seriously
injured when he was impaled on
a length of timber which speared
through the car. Kori Jeffcoat was also
injured, though not seriously.
Prosecutor Mark Zarifeh said the
aggravating factors in the incident
included the “grossly excessive speed”
of McGrath’s car, the blood-alcohol
reading of 130 to 160mg per 100
ml of blood, driving to avoid police
and causing the death of one of his
passengers and injury to the other.
McGrath also had two previous
drink-driving convictions in March
2007 and June 2003.
In an emotional statement to
the court Mr Hall’s father, Ric
Durbridge, said McGrath had chosen
to “give away safety in regard to
others”. However, he said McGrath
had put his “hand up to say I did this”
in taking responsibility for the fatal
That was in stark contrast to the
circumstances in which Mr Durbridge
and his partner Joe Hall had lost their
other three sons.
In his statement, Mr Durbridge
recommended a community or home-
based sentence, as locking people up
did not work because all people did
was lock up the problem.
However, Judge Cameron Mander
said jail was the only proper recourse.
He said that McGrath drove at “speed
in a reckless manner over a sustained
distance ... your driving at speed was
persistent and deliberate.”
He also said that there were no
mitigating features to the incident.
However, Judge Mander did not
impose any reparation on McGrath,
as he was unable to work due to the
injury he had suffered in the crash and
was currently unable to work and was
on a sickness benefit.
Judge Mander said any reparations
would result in “undue hardship”
and was inappropriate in the
The judge said Mr Judd’s family had
also shown remarkable restraint in
their response to what McGrath had
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Visitors to Ag Fest check out some of the stalls on Saturday.
Ag Fest has cemented its spot as
one of the biggest events on the West
Coast, with 10,000 people heading
to Hokitika over the weekend.
With that number of people
through the gates across Friday
and Saturday, the two-day Ag Fest
surpassed the one-day Wildfoods
Festival, which pulled 8647 people
for its 25th event, earlier this year.
Ag Fest co-organiser Andy
Thompson said they “could not be
happier with how the thing went ”.
One exhibitor had reported sales of
over $2 million, while another had
close to $1 million.
“ We are absolutely ecstatic about
the numbers that showed up, we
hoped for 7000 to 8000, so 10,000
people showing up was far in excess
of what we had expected.”
Mr Thompson said the reception
had been good, declaring the event
an “amazing success”.
“I’m yet to hear one negative from
an exhibitor or from a local.”
He thanked the residents near Cass
Square for their tolerance and the
Hokitika Fire Brigade for helping to
rescue and set up tents after winds
blew several down overnight on
“They did a major job, without
them it could have been a disaster.”
Mr Thompson said they were
fortunate with the weather, despite
some rain and cold temperatures at
Organisers would have a debrief in
the coming weeks to see how they
could improve for future events.
“ We’ve gone from a local Field
Days, to a fully fledged professional
event, we have to be careful with
where we go.”
Mr Thompson said the organisers
were sad to hear about the death of
Hokitika farmer Corey Stephens
during a hunting trip, and would be
making a donation to his family.
Ag Fest organisers ‘could not be happier’
of smashing up
mate’s house, car
A Blaketown man charged with
burglary and smashing up the house,
car and garage of a childhood friend
had the charges dismissed in the
Greymouth District Court on Friday.
Dillon Tucker, 26, was alleged to
have carried out the attack at the Blake
Street address on June 28 last year in
revenge for the theft of his television,
which he claimed had been stolen by
long-time friend Dennis Fishburn.
The two men had been friends
for many years, going out for a “bit
of a skid” in each other’s vehicles,
and helping each other fix them up.
However, Fishburn fell out with Tucker
after seeing him “cruising around” with
his girlfriend, and Fishburn had sent
texts threatening to fill Tucker “full of
He had also kicked Tucker’s car after
he saw the two in a vehicle at the
When Tucker’s house was broken into
and his television, containing a sim
card with pictures of his daughter on it,
was stolen, he alleged it was Fishburn
who had carried out the theft. Tucker
admitted in court that he blamed
Fishburn for the theft.
Tucker also admitted that he had
been upset when his television had
been stolen, and he had received the
threatening texts. However, he said he
was too scared of what would happen if
he confronted Fishburn.
Fishburn said that on the night of the
offence he saw a car speed away from
the Blake Street house. However, as it
was dark, and he was 40m away when
he saw the vehicle, he could not tell its
colour, or if anyone was inside.
He found the windows at the front
of the house had been smashed, along
with the front door. A shed at the back
had been vandalised, along with the
All of the windows of a car in the
garage belonging to Fishburn’s mother,
Diane Hunter, had been smashed, the
car had been dented and the engine
damaged. Blood had been found on
the rear window and back left window
sill of the car. A DNA test of Tucker,
in custody at the time relating to an
incident with his ex-partner, showed
the blood was his.
In court, Tucker claimed that the
blood got on the car after he knocked
his knuckle on the underside of the car
while fixing it. As he was a “big lad”,
he would have needed to have grabbed
hold of the car to pull himself up.
In his summing up, Judge Brian
Callaghan said that it was probable and
likely that Tucker had committed the
offences. However, he could not be sure
beyond reasonable doubt that Tucker’s
blood had ended up in the garage on
the night the damage was done.
PICTURES: Grey District Council
‘Light up’ Greymouth bid under way
Old fashioned values — Old fashioned ethics
Funerals and Monuments Coastwide
77 Shakespeare Street, Greymouth Phone 03 768 5868 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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