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Sex offender living with new name at Gloriavale

A convicted sex offender is living under a new identity at the Gloriavale Christian Community at Haupiri. Brent John Carpenter, 47, was released from prison in May 2014 after being jailed for two years, five months after admitting three charges of unlawful sexual connection with a 15-year-old boy, at Levin in 2010. Now, he has moved to the Gloriavale commune, and...

Greymouth to host electric car convoy

Ami Dhabuwala Greymouth will be hosting a convoy of electric cars on a national road trip on April 24. 'Leading the Charge' is a group of electric vehicle enthusiasts and they are planning to their trip to encourage people to buy electric vehicles in New Zealand. The road trip will be starting from Bluff on Wednesday, and will travel all around New Zealand...

Man ‘foolishly’ decided to drive home drunk

A Kumara man who "foolishly" chose to drive home drunk because it was raining was convicted and fined $950 and disqualified from driving for 12 months and one day, when he admitted the offence in the Greymouth District Court this week. Timothy John Burnett was appearing on his third drink-driving offence. The two previous offences were in 1992 and 1999. Lawyer...

Wellington fundraiser boosts Kumara Chinese pot

Janna Sherman of the Hokitika Guardian Funds for the Kumara Chinese memorial gardens have been bolstered by a successful fundraising dinner, organised by the Chinese community in Wellington, on Monday night. It was hosted by the New Zealand Chinese History and Cultural Association and drew about 180 people, including Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett, National Part list MP Maureen Pugh and Speaker...

Cass Square off limits to rugby

Janna Sherman of the Hokitika Guardian It is a case of deja-vu for the Kiwi Rugby Football Club, which has been forced to find new grounds for the upcoming season with Cass Square out of action again. Work to repair the damaged turf surface following the Wildfoods Festival and then Children's Day two major events held in the rain straight after one...

Serious crash on Taylorville hill

Brendon McMahon Taylorville-Blackball Road was expected to be closed for much of today after a two-car crash shortly before 9 o'clock this morning left one person critically injured. The crash happened where the road descends steeply in a series of tight S-bends, on the Taylorville side and past the Greymouth Gun Club range. Police said one person was taken from the scene in...

International coal price skyrockets

The international hard coking coal price has skyrocketed $US131.50 a tonne in the past week following disruption to Australia's coal exports by Cyclone Debbie. The price yesterday was $294/tonne, up from $162.50/tonne last week. Cyclone Debbie seriously damaged key rail lines serving mines in Queensland. Three lines are due to open by the end of the week but large sections of...

Prison inmate who posted two explicit videos

A Christchurch Men's Prison inmate who posted two explicit videos harming two victims, was convicted and remanded in the Greymouth District Court yesterday. Christopher William Harraway, 33, told Judge Jane Farish he would plead guilty to the charge of digital communication causing harm. However, his lawyer Eymard Bradley said because of the seriousness of the case he needed more time to look at...

Extra police — but Coast waits four years

Brendon McMahon A national increase in police staff numbers is not expected to be seen on the West Coast for at least four years. Police Commissioner Mike Bush today announced the numbers each police district, including Tasman, will get from the $388 million investment promised by the Government in February. Tasman rural police staff numbers will increase by 24 in 2020-21. Tasman...

Car stolen while driver buying a newspaper

A Runanga man who stole a car from outside Cobden Takeaways on January 17 admitted the theft in the Greymouth District Court yesterday. Quaide Amtman, 24, was convicted and remanded for sentence on May 23. He was also ordered to undertake restorative justice with the victim. The vehicle had been left running outside the shop while the owner popped inside to...
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