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Paroa School teacher aide Julie MacDonald, Jack Henderson, Libby Boddy, traffic controllers Hayden Wilson and Claudia Brown,
Daniella Oman, Rhea Wallace and principal Mary Pupich wait roadside after new traffic islands were officially sanctioned yesterday,
providing a safe crossing zone on State highway 6. Mrs Pupich said she approached Opus about installing traffic control islands this
week. “Opus put a plan together and presented it to the New Zealand Transport Agency,” Mrs Pupich said. Greymouth police officers
Josh Sturkenboom and Terry Middleton gave the students training on how to safely use the islands.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
New Paroa School traffic islands officially sanctioned
One half of a father and son duo
from Dobson charged with stealing
electricity to power a cannabis
growing operation was yesterday
remanded on bail for sentencing in
the Greymouth District Court on
Jeffrey James Johnson, 52,
was charged with possession of
cannabis, cultivation of cannabis
and theft of more than $1000 of
A police search of Johnson’s
address by police on March 3 found
seven cannabis plants in a shed,
20 plants in a growing room in a
shed, alongside a quantity of dried
cannabis, and a cannabis pipe.
A power meter at the property
was also found to have not been
recording the amount of electricity
used since November 15, 2011.
His son, Joel James Johnson, 23,
charged with theft of electricity and
drugs offences, was remanded to a
hearing to investigate the police
seize and search of drugs at his
The son was accused of cultivation
of cannabis and theft of more than
$1000 worth of electricity.
Ross William McIntosh was
remanded to September 16 for
possession of a firearm and
possession of cannabis.
Jacob Tamati Beckett, 19, of
Awatuna, had his case adjourned to
September 16 for driving without a
licence and failing to comply with a
Jonty Charles Pickett, 19, of
Taylor ville, was remanded to
be sentenced at a later date for
assaulting a police officer and
another charge of obstructing a
Pickett denied assaulting the
officer by holding them by the
throat. That charge was remanded
to a defended hearing on September
Angela Joyce Linton, 20, of
Greymouth, was given 75 hours of
community work for possession of
cannabis and equipment for using
A police search of Linton’s home
on June 27 revealed two pipes and
two cannabis grinders, along with
10g of cannabis leaf.
Lawyer George Linder said it was
Linton’s first drug offence.
Mr Linder said Linton smoked
a joint before bed because she had
pancreatitis, the medication for
which did not agree with her.
A 17-year-old from Atarau who
broke the zero breath-alcohol limit
for under-20s was fined $300 and
banned from driving for three
On July 19, Matiu Tyler Biggs
was stopped driving a car in
Greymouth, alongside four other
young adults, for only having one
working headlight. He was breath-
tested and blew 356mg.
He told police had had two drinks
at a friend’s house. It was his first
offence, to which he pleaded guilty.
Lawyer Roz Burnside said Biggs
had “foolishly” chosen to drive as he
was the only person of the four who
had not drunk a lot of alcohol.
Trevor Garry Hayes, 44, of Te
Miko, was fined $550 and banned
from driving for six months for
excess breath-alcohol of 472mg on
June 29. When he was caught at
1.50am in Punakaiki, Hayes told
police he had “had a couple”.
In court, Hayes said his actions
were “really stupid” and he regretted
what he had done.
A 19-year-old Greymouth man
who threatened to bash up his
former partner’s new boyfriend was
put under a protection order.
On July 12, Jesse Stefani got into
an argument via text with his ex-
partner, in which he threatened
to “ bash up” her new boyfriend.
However, when arrested Stefani
told police he would not have
followed through with the threat.
Garick Dixon McDonald, 33, of
Karoro, was fined $750 for reckless
driving on June 12.
He was driving a truck with a
trailer, containing about 200 litres
of diesel, through Rapahoe on June
12. McDonald skidded on gravel,
causing the trailer to snap off and
the truck to roll across the road,
closing it for two hours.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said it
was a “simple error of judgment ”.
McDonald suffered cuts and a
broken ankle in the crash and had
since been examined for concussion.
A 32-year-old man currently
living in Hokitika was fined in
the Greymouth District Court
yesterday $250 for disorderly
behaviour, possession of cannabis
and possession of a cannabis bong.
Stacey Lavulavu admitted all
charges. He had been living in
Hokitika with his partner, Veanna
Christina Payne, who was facing
charges of child cruelty and
assaulting a police officer with three
car ving knives.
The couple had got into a drunken
argument on July 15, and the police
were subsequently called. Despite
being told by the police officer to
calm down, Lavulavu repeatedly
swore and shouted abuse at the
On July 20, police visited Lavulavu
at his flat, smelling cannabis. When
questioned by police he told them he
had just finished smoking cannabis
before they arrived.
Lawyer Roz Burnside said
Lavulavu was trying to deal with
his cannabis addiction through
counselling, and wanted to get past
Payne, 30, charged with assaulting
police, throwing three carving knives
at a police officer and three counts
of assaulting children, was convicted
and remanded for sentence on
Payne got into a drunken argument
with Lavulavu after a day spent
A police officer who was called to
the address found Payne holding
three carving knives and a hammer.
When the officer ordered Payne to
put down the weapons she threw
the knives at the officer, while still
brandishing the hammer in her
Payne was also charged with
assaulting her children, aged six and
eight, using a wooden spoon, hitting
them on the hand and backside
when they misbehaved, between
January 1 and August 31 last year.
Drunken dispute leads to multiple charges
The high number of babies
being born in a reclusive Christian
community on the West Coast
is likely to offset any exodus, says
someone who left.
Former members of the Gloriavale
Christian Community in Haupiri,
which has about 530 members, have
spoken out about a steady stream of
Those who live in the community
adhere to a strict way of life,
dominated by biblical values.
A documentary about a young
couple in the community, screened
on TV2 this month, gave an insight
into life in the community.
One ex-member, who did not want
to be identified, said there had been
a steady flow of people leaving the
community in the past three years.
“There’s been occasions where
families have left. They ’re all big
families, so that might be 10 people,
and there might not be anyone for
a few months and then a teenager
might leave,” he said.
“I would definitely imagine over
the last three to four years it would
be close to being in the hundreds.”
Despite that, the Gloriavale
population was still flourishing,.
“They ’re having a pretty high
number of babies. I would say the
community’s growing, I would say
there’s more births happening in
there than people who are leaving.”
Those who did leave had to adopt
a new way of life, which was a huge
challenge, he said.
“All of this outside world is more
and more foreign to them because
you’ve got generations who have
been in there now and they have
no concept of the outside world.
(Things like) getting the bank
account, needing to use money, it is
very difficult for people when they
Ex-members also had little access
to those they left behind.
“On the odd occasion, they will
allow someone to come back in and
make their final choice ... but once
you’ve left, then you know you’ve left
and you’ve been excluded. You can’t
have both worlds,” he said.
The absence of freedom of choice
was its downfall, he said.
“The fact that everyone works
cohesively together, the fact that
people share everything, so you
don’t have people who are living in
poverty and people who are living in
extreme wealth,” he said.
“But one of the fundamental
parts of being a human being is our
freedom to choose, choose what we
want to do, how we want to live,
where we want to live, who we want
“That ’s why we (his family) decided
to leave the community,” he said.
Another former member, who also
spoke on condition of anonymity,
said the “freedom I have found in
Christ since leaving is something
I would never exchange for
Peter Righteous, a member of
the community, said he had no
records about how many people
had left in the past few years.
— New Zealand Herald
Baby boom offsets Gloriavale exodus
A 25-year-old Selwyn man who
threatened to stab the night operator at
the Greymouth Taxi Office was given
nine months’ super vision and ordered to
make a $500 emotional harm payment
to the victim when he appeared in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday.
Joshua William Kelly was convicted
of threatening to injure and behaving
After a night out on May 18 Kelly
went to the taxi office in Mackay Street
and asked if he could get a cab home.
After becoming agitated that there was
no cab arriving to collect him he made
sexual comments towards a woman
working in the office.
He initially left after being asked to
leave but when he returned he asked to
come behind the desk of the office with
the woman. She told Kelly she was not
He then threatened to wait around the
corner and stab the woman. She ran off
into a back room of the office and called
While in the back of a police van
on his way to the Greymouth Police
Station Kelly threatened someone else
in the van.
He subsequently failed to appear in
court on May 20.
Lawyer Roz Burnside said Kelly
accepted his behaviour towards the
victim was “abominable”.
Ms Burnside said Kelly also had not
drunk for the past month.
Judge Brian Callaghan said alcohol
and bad company had played a role in
Peter Maurice Anderson, 31, of
Runanga, was given 80 hours of
community work for intentional
damage, threatening behaviour and
resisting a police officer on July 5. He
admitted all charges.
At 1am on July 5, Anderson jumped
the fence at the Railway Hotel in
Greymouth to get into the smoking
area. Once inside the pub he tried to
start a fight with people inside.
Anderson was kicked out of the pub
and the doors were locked, but he then
tried to pull open the doors and damaged
them. He also threatened people outside
the pub with a pen.
When the police were called he resisted
having handcuffs put on him by holding
his arms close to his chest.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Anderson
had since apologised to the hotel owner
and had paid him for the damage. The
incident had also cost him his job at
Dylan James Ellis, 18, of Inangahua
Junction, was convicted and remanded
for sentence on September 16 for breach
of community work.
On December 12, Ellis was given 120
hours of community work. However, he
had since failed to report for work on
eight occasions and had only reported
twice. He has 103 hours of his sentence
Matthew John Parrott, 40, of Reefton,
was remanded on bail to September
16 on charges of stealing more than
$1000 of electricity and possession and
cultivation of cannabis between May 14
last year and May 14 this year.
Kyle Mer vyn Ashman, 26, of Cobden,
was remanded on bail to August 27 for
driving while disqualified and dangerous
driving on April 17. Ashman pleaded
not guilty to both charges.
Stuart John Page, 50, of Kaiata, was
remanded to August 25 for a defended
hearing after he denied a charge of
cultivating cannabis on February 26.
Jordan Joseph Beams, of Stillwater,
was remanded to September 23 for
sentencing for breach of community
work. He pleaded guilty to the offence.
On November 12, Beams was given 75
hours of community work for driving
with excess blood-alcohol. However, he
had since failed to report for his work
on 22 occasions. Beams currently had 73
hours outstanding on his sentence.
Lawyer George Linder said Beams had
no transport of his own, however that
was still no excuse for not completing
Probation officer Kerry Aston said
Beams had failed to meet transport
provided for him.
Taxi office operator threatened by man
Two South Westland farm managers were
each fined $500 in the Greymouth District
Court yesterday for fishing without a licence
and misleading a fisheries ranger.
Jason Athol Smith and Billy Joe Moss
went fishing with a friend in February, and
were caught by the ranger fishing without a
licence. Both men told the ranger they had a
licence, but that it was at home.
Smith said that on the day before he went
fishing he had told his wife to get a licence
for both himself and Moss, and went fishing
presuming she had got licences for them
The day after both men were caught by
the ranger, they applied for fishing licences
and tried to get them backdated to the day
before, when they had been fishing.
A Hari Hari man who stole two pepper
shakers and behaved in a disorderly manner
was ordered to come up for sentence within
Wayne Grant Schmetz was convicted
of disorderly behaviour and stealing the
shakers from Stumpers Bar, in Hokitika. He
admitted all charges.
Schmetz was an alcoholic and currently
unemployed. He had been drunk and on
medication at the time of the incident and
could not remember what had happened.
Angel Dawn Stevenson, 22, of Hokitika,
was remanded to August 12 for disorderly
behaviour and failing to appear in court on
Stephen Andrew Holmes, 43, of Franz
Josef Glacier, was remanded at large to
September 16 for intentional damage on
June 17 and trespass on April 9.
He admitted both charges. The remand
was to allow the charges to be dealt with
through restorative justice.
A 28-year-old Hokitika man on bail on
charges of receiving more than $2000 of
stolen property was warned for breaching
his bail conditions.
Chance Tipa was facing charges of
receiving stolen property including a 42-
inch television, a Playstation 3 games
console and five games, on May 31.
Police prosecutor Steven Greer said Tipa
was arrested last night for not being at his
address at 9.38pm.
Tipa said he had been at home last night
but had not answered the door because he
David Grant Sinclair, 25, of Hokitika, was
convicted and remanded for sentence on
charges of failing to report for community
On November 19, Sinclair was sentenced
to 75 hours of community work for assault.
On July 3, he failed to report for work,
having last reported towards the end of May.
He has 56 and a half hours of his sentence
Gerald Peter Thompson, 47, of Ruatapu,
was given 50 hours community work for
driving while disqualified on July 7. He
pleaded guilty to the charge through a
Thompson was indefinitely banned from
driving on May 25 for medical reasons,
however he drove in Hokitika on July 7.
When stopped by police he admitted he was
suspended from driving.
A 20-year-old Ruatapu woman, Hannah
Florence Horne, was remanded until
September 16 for charges of disorderly
behaviour and resisting a police officer.
Horne admitted both charges.
The remand was to allow the charges to be
dealt with through restorative justice.
Lawrance Joseph Price, 19, of Hokitika,
was remanded to September 16 after he
admitted to two charges of assault on July
12. The remand was to allow the charges to
be dealt with through restorative justice.
Fishing with no licence lands $500 fine
Theobald, left, Barry
Knapp and Nik
Brown will bring their
countr y folk sound to
Greymouth as part of
a fundraiser for the
Regent Theatre this
Saturday. Vocalist Barry
Saunders said they had
toured the Coast in the
past and always looked
for ward to coming
south. The band, which
hails from Wellington,
has a histor y extending
over 25 years and seven
albums and almost
100,000 albums sold.
Saunders said they
performed countr y
folk music “with a New
Zealand bent on it ”. The
show starts at 7.30pm
and will be opened by
the Brewer y Hill Band.
Tickets are on sale at
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