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A Cobden man facing charges of
cat cruelty was yesterday warned by
a judge to “ behave” after breaching
the terms of his bail. Hayden
Growcott was arrested after he was
caught by police in Greymouth,
outside his curfew conditions
which prevented him from entering
town unless accompanied by his
mother. Judge Noel Walsh said in
the Greymouth District Court if
Growcott “did not behave, he would
be locked up”. He will appear in
court on July 29.
Coast books win
Two books with strong ties to
the West Coast have taken a prize
in the New Zealand Post Book
Awards. Tough, by Amy Head, is
a series of short stories set on the
West Coast. It won the prize for
best first book, along with Rebecca
Mafie’s hard-hitting Tragedy at Pike
River Mine. Judge and broadcaster
Miriama Kamo said both books
were brimming with ver ve and
energy. “ They are, in fact, simply
excellent works that stack up against
the toughest competition.” The
winners collected $2500 each and
go for ward to the finals.
1080 breach potted
A Department of Conser vation
1080 poison drop at the Cascade
River resulted in a formal warning
after the poison baits were dropped
10m outside the boundary. The
breach was reported by the
contractor. West Coast Regional
Council consents and compliance
manager Jackie Adams said the
contractor sent people in to pick up
the stray pellets, which did not land
in water ways.
Fine, fog inland
An urgent expedition will leave
tomorrow to probe a giant crater
that has appeared in gas-rich
northern Siberia. Extraordinary
aerial images show a mysterious
hole which experts say may be up to
79m wide, in the Yamal Peninsula of
northern Russia. “A scientific team
has been sent to investigate the hole
and is due to arrive at the scene on
Wednesday,” The Siberian Times
has reported. The cause of the hole’s
sudden appearance in Yamal —
which translates as “the end of the
world” — is not yet known. There
has been web speculation about the
crater indicating “the arrival of a
UFO craft”. But one Russian expert
says the cause is more likely to be
global warming releasing gases under
the surface, which then explode like a
champagne cork. — Daily Mail
Tessa and Ella Sweetman with Daylan Hartill, at the Lego fun morning as part of a school holiday programme at the Greymouth library today.
About 40 children took part, with spot prizes and the opportunity to have winning creations displayed.
An “extremely intoxicated” woman
who threw three carving knives at a
police officer in Hokitika last night
while brandishing a hammer in the
other hand, was remanded on bail
when she appeared in the Greymouth
District Court this morning.
Veanna Christina Payne, 30, who
recently moved to the West Coast with
her partner, was charged with assaulting
a police officer, using the knives as a
weapon, and possession of an offensive
weapon, a hammer.
Payne had been drinking all day
yesterday at a flat in Fitzherbert Street,
Hokitika, with her partner Stacey
Payne told the court said she had
drunk “quite a lot ” of spirits. Between
midnight and 1am, police were called
by a neighbour who had heard the
When constable Nerida Manson
entered the flat she found Payne
holding three car ving knives and a
hammer. When she ordered Payne to
put down the weapons Payne allegedly
threw them at the officer, who then
used her taser. Payne was later taken to
Grey Base Hospital to have the taser
Ms Manson said Payne was extremely
intoxicated and told her that if police
had not inter vened when they did her
intention had been to stab her partner.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Payne
accepted the version of events put
for ward by police, except that she had
not been directing her anger at the
police constable, but at her partner.
The incident was an “aberration, albeit
a drunken one”.
Judge Noel Walsh recommended that
before her next court appearance Payne
get some help for what was “obviously
an alcohol problem”.
She was bailed to an address in
She is also facing three other charges
which had been transferred from the
Taupo court, and these will be heard
together in Greymouth on July 29.
‘Play pen’ for Arthur’s Pass kea
An appeal has gone out to people
who can help build a ‘play area’ for
kea, and patrol at night, to help
prevent the inquisitive birds getting
chairwoman Tamsin Orr-Walker
said there were currently “a lot of
conflict issues” in a skifield near
At the moment, under a full moon,
the birds were particularly active.
The trust was discussing what to do
with the skifield and Department of
Conser vation, as “kea proofing can
only go so far”.
To help, it was looking at creating
some sort of diversionary play area.
It is also looking for people to patrol
the field at night, and shoo the birds,
hopefully towards the planned play
“ We are still in talks and I can’t
say too much, but we are looking at
diversionary activities like they use
overseas,” Ms Orr-Walker said.
Kea often got into trouble when
they were playing, she said, as they
were learning to use their beaks and
developing social skills.
The trust hoped to provide an area
where they could try tools, and pull
things apart safely.
“ If we can get trials going, with
support from the community, it
could really benefit the species. ”
She declined to name the skifield
Buller district councillors will be
given a tour next month of the possible
boundaries of a proposed floodwall to
encircle Westport as the scheme gains
Greymouth is already protected by
a floodwall along the Grey River, and
Hokitika has a seawall after a bout of
severe coastal erosion.
Now the West Coast Regional Council
has turned its attention to the north.
Westport is particularly vulnerable to
flooding because it is built on a flood
plain wedged between the Buller River
and Orowaiti River and estuary, leaving
the town an island at times.
Although a floodwall has been talked
about for many years, a public meeting
in the town several years ago barely drew
However, interest was renewed after a
flood in July 2012 cut Westport off.
The regional council says it will finalise
computer modelling work, including
design heights for the proposed scheme,
by next week.
Sur veyors will then do their part, staff
will estimate costs, and then complete the
concept plans by August 17.
A workshop and bus tour will be held
with the Buller District Council towards
the end of August.
“ We will get taken through all the
details by the experts,” regional council
chief executive Chris Ingle said.
A tour of the sites in the catchment is
also being planned.
Options would be put to Westport
ratepayers for a vote, and if they agreed to
support a floodwall a rating district would
be formed so those who benefit from the
wall would also pay for it, Mr Ingle said.
The miners’ union says it understands
why its own members on the West
Coast are questioning a $15,000
donation to the Green Party, given its
strong views against coalmining.
However, it says Labour needs the
Greens to win the election.
The Engineering, Printing and
Manufacturing Union (EPMU) has
confirmed it donated $60,000 to the
Labour Party and $15,000 to the
But at Stockton, where a further
coalminers 180 are about to lose their
jobs, it is a bitter pill to swallow. The
Greens have made it clear they will
not support any new mines.
One miner, who declined to be
named, told the Greymouth Star
the money would be better spent
on a soup kitchen or foodbank in
EPMU assistant national secretary
Ged O’Connell said today a dozen or
so concerned members had contacted
the union to complain.
“It ’s a fair question,” Mr O’Connell
However, he said Labour needed
the support of the Greens for a
change of government, and the
Greens’ industrial policy was “very
satisfactory ” and good for miners.
On the other hand, National had
25 pieces of policy or legislation that
were detrimental to workers’ rights, he
The EPMU had an undertaking
there was no policy within the Greens
to terminate or stop any existing
However, there was no substitute for
using coal to make steel, so the union
believed there was room for debate
with party, “(and) the Greens would
need a majority to close mining”.
They would also need to agree
to regional development
Green Party list MP Kevin Hague
said their policy was to allow current
mines to remain open, noting that
when Spring Creek was under review,
the Greens had strongly advocated
against closing it.
However, it did not favour new
coalmines, Mr Hague said.
Coast coalminers livid at
union donation to Greens
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