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Two injured in
Two people were taken to hospital
and power was cut to about 140
consumers when a car hit a power
pole on Fairdown Straight snapping
it in half on Sunday morning. Buller
St John territory manager Robbie
Blankenstein said a 56-year-old
man and a 50-year-old woman were
transported to hospital with minor
injuries after the 8.30am crash. The
man exited the vehicle following the
crash but the woman decided to stay
put because power lines were down
on top of the car. Westport fire chief
Pat O’Dea said firefighters were
also called to the incident as there
was concern around live wires and
trapped occupants. Firefighters made
sure people were kept away from the
lines. — Westport News
Land tidied up as
Grey District Council land on
Water Walk Road, which was
previously being used for grazing,
is set to be tidied up to create a
large buffer between the road and
the Greymouth aerodrome. Assets
and engineering manager Mel
Sutherland said recent interest in
grazing had dropped off so the
council would now tidy up the land,
re-grass it and move the fencing
closer to the road. When the grass
on the land was mowed, council also
had an agreement allowing a farmer
to use the grass for silage. The work
began three weeks ago and would
probably by finished by the end of
this week, Mr Sutherland said.
Paula Bennett in
National Party cabinet minister
Paula Bennett was to visit the West
Coast today. The Minister for Local
Government, Social Development
and Associate Minister of Housing
was to speak to Greymouth
Rotarians at 6.30pm, and tomorrow
will take a tour of the Greymouth
central business district with
National Party candidate Maureen
Pugh. Mrs Pugh said the visit
would give her the chance to show
Ms Bennett the issues local people
were facing, as well as the benefits
Government reforms were having.
A contractor received an abatement
notice and was ordered to do
remediation after dumping metal at
the Blaketown tiphead. West Coast
Regional Council consents and
compliance manager Jackie Adams
said that after the April 17 storm,
contractors were legally dumping
clean fill on the beach near the
tiphead. However, he said the loads
also contained some metal, and the
contractor was told to take away the
Police are investigating the theft
of meat and farm equipment
from a Cobden property. A police
spokesman said they would like to
hear form anyone who had been
offered cheap meat.
About 100 litres of diesel has
been reported siphoned from two
tractors in the Virgin Flat area at
Cape Foulwind, near Westport.
Community constable Paul
Sampson, of the Westport police,
said fuel thefts were an ongoing
problem in the area.
filters illegal, says
of the Westport News
Requiring Reefton people to install filters on
their chimneys would be illegal, says a Reefton
The West Coast Regional Council says that
The $2500 filters are seen as a possible
solution to Reefton’s air pollution problems.
The regional council is currently trialling them.
Retired builder Dave Campbell said all fires,
including solid fuel burners, required consent
to install. Anyone who subsequently adapted
the chimneys would be breaking the law.
Mr Campbell said his own home had a multi-
fuel burner and he had also recently installed a
clean air-approved wood burner.
He was not prepared to pay another $5000 for
filters. “ Why should I? I’ve got legal fireplaces.”
The woodburner’s manufacturer had told
him the fireplace already exceeded the national
environmental standard and the warranty
would be invalid if any modifications were
He had contacted the Buller District Council,
which told him he would require a permit to
“ You have got issues of insurance, you have
got issues of safety and you break the law by
Mr Campbell said the filters would require
expert removal and cleaning in an acid bath.
He questioned why only one filter had been
promoted to Reefton people when there were
other devices available.
He also challenged the regional council’s
data on Reefton’s air pollution. He said
Reefton had only a small number of fires that
caused problems and the council’s monitoring
equipment was located near them.
The equipment should be sited in a paddock
where Reefton’s weather station was located, he
Regional council planning and environmental
manager Mike Meehan said fitting a filter
was not a modification. He believed it would
not require a permit or breach a householder’s
previous consent to install a fire.
“They ’re not structural ... I don’t believe they
even require a building consent. It doesn’t
modify the chimney at all. It doesn’t modify the
“All it is, is a very thin metal strip that goes
down the chimney and a very lightweight
structure that goes on the outside. ”
The current trial aimed to ensure there were
no insurance issues.
Ken Bowater from Greymouth Rotary helps sort through some of the 16,200 books stored in banana
boxes ready for the annual Bookarama sale, which opens at Coastwide Honda on Thursday at 9am,
and runs until 12pm on Saturday. Paperback and hardback books are priced at $2 each, puzzles $3 and
reference books $1.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Rotarians ready for Bookarama
Eighteen West Coast artists who
exhibited in Christchurch last month sold
over $25,000 of artwork.
In mid-June, their art was displayed as
part of the inaugural Christchurch Art
Show at the Wigram Air Force Museum,
called ‘A Wave from the Coast ’.
Held over three and a half days, the
art show attracted over 5000
people, and the Coast display was a
Westport artist Pete Howard said
yesterday the Coast artists sold over
$25,500 worth of artwork and many new
opportunities were created, with a number
of artists gaining commissions and interest
from other galleries.
The Christchurch Art Show is keen to
have the group back again and the Nelson
Art Show is also interested.
Coast landscape photography by Staci
Offwood and Andris Apse highlighted
the beauty of the Coast environment,
while the variety of paintings, sculpture,
jewellery and pottery helped showcase
the rich creative environment. A touring
exhibition is also planned.
West Coast artists at the Christchurch Art Show — Ruth Vaega, left, Anoushka Szybowski, Pete Howard (Sole), Rhys Hall, Karyn
Roberts, Stephen Tschopp, Colby Smith, Rory McDougall, Fiona McDonald, Alison Hale, Mark Haldane, Staci Offwood and Tony
Coast ar tists taste success at ar t show
Contractor Tony Bestenbreur fastens security gates in place around the
Greymouth Mobil ser vice station, which is undergoing internal renovations
of the customer service facilities. New toilets, tiled floor, lowered ceiling, new
counters and display areas are just some of the improvements planned. “ The
work on the upgrade should hopefully be completed on Thursday and once
finished will certainly make a difference,” Mr Bestenbreur said.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Ser vice station renovations
Forest and Bird says
it is putting up for sale
signs in Buller and
around New Zealand to
highlight the sell-off of
Kevin Hackwell said the
signs were appearing
in more than 80
locations around the
country including the
Buller Gorge and the
“New Zealanders might
not fully realise it, but
the very things that we
love about New Zealand
are under direct threat in
a host of ways,” he said.
was currently selling
to 925,200ha of
conservation and private
land across the country,
and more than 39
million hectares of ocean,
through an international
also intends to hand
out $400 million worth
of subsidies for new
irrigation dams, which
will further intensify the
agricultural sector, and
is likely in turn to lead
to even more rivers and
lakes becoming toxic,”
Mr Hackwell said.
Recently the Minister
introduced and passed in
just five hours — under
urgency — legislation
that will enable loggers
to enter West Coast
land for the first time in
nearly 30 years.
“The combined effect
of all this could have
a major impact on our
natural heritage,” he said.
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West Coast iwi Te Runanga o
Makaawhio is concerned after buffers
around waterways were removed from
two pending 1080 helicopter poison
The buffers were removed from the
Mokihinui and western Kahurangi
aerial poison operations.
Iwi representative Jackie Douglas
told the West Coast Regional Council
meeting in Greymouth today that
with a large increase in poison areas
planned as part of the Department of
Conser vation’s ‘Battle for Our Birds’,
the runanga was concerned a precedent
may be set.
“ We can see it becoming part of the
Battle for Our Birds campaign. O ur
waterways won’t be protected,” Mrs
The runanga was also discussing the
issue with DOC.
Council consents and compliance
manager Jackie Adams said one of the
drops concerned was on DOC land.
DOC had originally requested the
buffer zone, but then asked to remove
If the buffer had remained in place,
“quite a lot ” of land would have been
left “untreated ” by the poison, Mr
As there were no affected parties, the
council did not have to notify anyone of
“A lot of people mix up. It’s just to
remove the buffer, not to discharge to
Cr Peter Ewen said the council was
the regulatory body, but it was DOC
He said the iwi’s concerns were noted.
Regional council chairman Andrew
Robb said it was a legal, resource
“If it meets the rules it (consent) will
be given. We don’t have control over
that in this forum,” Mr Robb said.
1080 buffer removal concerns aired
A man caught drink driving twice within two
hours — both times at more than triple the legal
limit — has been described as a “danger to the the
community” and sentenced to home detention.
The court also heard George Norman Anderson,
40, had previously been court-martialled from
the navy for driving a vessel while drunk.
Anderson appeared in the Wellington District
Court yesterday for sentencing on two counts
of driving with an excess breath alcohol limit,
driving while suspended and driving in a
dangerous manner. He had earlier pleaded guilty
to the charges.
Judge Bill Hastings said the facts of the case
made for “harrowing reading”.
Motorists reported seeing Anderson driving
south on the Wellington motorway at about
30kph to 40kph and swerving across three lanes
on May 12, just before 3pm.
He hit the median barrier three to four times
and drivers around him turned on their hazard
lights to warn others.
Anderson then drove through the Terrace
Tunnel, slowing to about 20kph and swer ving
into the opposite lane, Judge Hastings said.
He stopped just after the tunnel in a layby,
where concerned drivers blocked him in until
A test showed he had 1361mg of alcohol per
litre of breath.
“That is well over three times the legal limit (of
400mg per litre of breath),” Judge Hastings said.
Police immediately suspended Anderson’s
licence and confiscated his car keys.
However, about 5pm, Anderson retrieved a
second set of keys from a family member, returned
to his car and continued driving erratically.
Drivers again alerted police and blocked him in
when he stopped his car.
A second test found he was still more then three
times over the limit, with a reading of 1325mg
per litre of breath.
Judge Hastings said Anderson had two previous
drink driving convictions, in 2005 and 2012.
He had also been court-martialled when he
drove a navy vessel drunk in 2010, he said.
“ You have a drinking problem. You’ve lost your
job as a result of this (latest) offending,” he said.
“ You are a danger to the community when you
On one of the excess breath alcohol charges,
Judge Hastings sentenced Anderson to five
months’ home detention.
He was disqualified from driving indefinitely,
but if he were to ever reapply for a licence, it had
to have a special condition of zero alcohol.
Following the home detention period, the
judge imposed a number of conditions including
attending addiction courses and AA meetings.
He was also sentenced to 100 hours’ community
work, “so you can give back to the community
and so you can get out of the house”, Judge
He adjourned the other excess breath alcohol
sentence until Anderson had completed his
home detention sentence in order to review how
rehabilitation was going.
If Anderson had met all requirements, his
release conditions could be transferred to a
period of intensive supervision, allowing the
court to monitor his behaviour. — APNZ
Drink-driver causes tunnel mayhem
The man accused of murdering
Auckland woman Cissy Chen has
applied to have his trial date put
Yun Qing Liu appeared before
Justice Graeme Lang at the High
Court at Auckland this morning
where his lawyer sought to have the
The trial is set down for three
weeks in October.
Justice Lang said Liu’s lawyer
had indicated that he had not yet
received documentation needed.
Justice Lang said the Crown had
indicated that all material on the
matter would be available on July
Justice Lang adjourned the
matter to July 24 when a decision
will be made as to whether the trial
can begin on October 13.
Liu has pleaded not guilty to the
charge of murdering his former
Ms Chen, 44, was last seen on
November 5, 2012, after leaving
the accountancy firm she worked
at and driving home.
Police found her body late last
month after a contractor mowing
the lawns at Totaravale Reserve
found a ribcage and skull in a drain.
Most of the rest of Ms Chen’s
remains were found nearby.
Liu was arrested and charged
with her murder on April 9.
Murder accused seeks trial delay
A Hastings District
Council tractor driver,
sentenced to six months’
home detention for
causing the death
of a four-year-old boy
in a mowing incident,
will continue to have
his identity hidden.
The man, 73,
had interim name
suppression until 5pm
yesterday, allowing time
for his defence counsel
Andru Isac to appeal
Judge Jonathan Down’s
decision to drop name
The appeal was
lodged with the Napier
District Court yesterday
afternoon and grants
the driver interim name
suppression until a
date is set for the
After entering a guilty
plea in May to driving
a vehicle dangerously,
causing the death of
driver was last week
sentenced to six months’
home detention, 100
hours’ community work,
disqualified from driving
for three years and
ordered to pay $5000
The tragedy occurred
at Kirkpatrick Park in
Hastings on October 8,
2013, when Uetaha
was run over by the
chasing the machine
and playing with two
other children, aged 10
An outpouring of
public support for the
driver has over whelmed
social media sites, after it
also emerged that
he was also haunted
by the loss of his own
son in a similar
A Givealittle page
was set up to help raise
money for the $5000
— APNZ-Hawke’s Bay
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