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CENTRAL DISTRICT TIMES, JANUARY 24, 2012
PUBLIC NOTICES COLUMN
NOTICE OF TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE
TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC
INSTALLATION OF NEW STORMWATER PIPE
20th JANUARY 2012 20th FEBRUARY 2012
Pursuant to Secton 342 and Clause 11 and
11A of the 10th Schedule thereto of the Local
Government Act 1974 (as amended), public
notce is hereby given that for the purpose
of the installaton of a new stormwater pipe
the Rangitkei District Council may close the
following roads to vehicular traﬃc for the period
ROAD TO BE CLOSED KIWI ROAD, TAIHAPE
PERIOD OF CLOSURE 7:00am to 7:00pm
DATE OF CLOSURE Friday 20th January 2012 to
Monday 20th February 2012
The road closure will be assessed on a day to
day basis, passing through motorist are asked
to take the detour routes and avoid this area
during the dates of 20th January 2012 and 20th
Detour routes will be in place during the
Period of Closure. During the Period of Closure
provision will be made for access for residents
with a minimum of delay.
Dangerous driver 'realises he's been
an egg' after dumb night behind wheel
By COURT REPORTER
Teresa Julian entered a guilty plea to
a charge of driving while disqualified.
The 50-year-old Hamilton woman
lost her driver's licence on a drink
driving charge in June.
She was seen by Taihape police
driving a vehicle in the town's Out-
She claimed she thought that the
Outback was a service lane, and was
not subject to the same law as the
Joanna Jordan appeared for Julian
and told the court her client had only
driven the vehicle 50 metres, and had
only done so because the pregnant
friend she was travelling with became
unwell and need to get to the public
Julian was convicted, ordered to
pay a fine of $250 and court costs of
Eighteen-year-old Charles Davis, of
Taihape, was convicted on a charge of
driving while disqualified. The charge
was laid just one month after losing
his licence for six months on a drink
Davis was fined $450, ordered to
pay court costs of $132.89 and further
disqualified from driving for six
months, beginning May 18 when his
current disqualification ends.
''I've not seen the movie Dumb and
Dumber, but it couldn't be much
dumber than this,'' is how counsel
Paul Brown described the actions of
18-year-old Tyler Barham of Raetihi.
''To use his own words, he realises
he's been an egg,'' said Mr Brown.
Barham entered pleas of guilty to
one charge of dangerous driving and
to one of driving with an excess
breath alcohol level of 171:1.
The charges were laid on December
9, when Barham's vehicle was seen
swerving on the road and driving with
the lights off. He was stopped by
police after turning onto SH49 and
was again seen proceeding without
He later told police he had been
showing off to mates who were travel-
ling in another vehicle.
Judge Ross said that given Barham
had travelled from Napier, and had a
breath alcohol level of 171 when
stopped on the other side of Waiouru,
he represented a considerable risk to
himself and other road users.
''Your family could have been
attending a funeral for their son,''
said Judge Ross.
Barham was convicted on both
charges, fined $400, ordered to pay
court costs of $132.89 and disqualified
from driving for nine months on the
dangerous driving charge. On the
drink driving charge, he was fined
$200, ordered to pay court costs of
$132.89 and disqualified from driving
for three months (to be served
Ohakune man, forty-year-old Mark
Evans, entered a plea of guilty to his
third drink driving charge.
Evans was stopped by police on
November 3 on SH49, and blew an
alcohol level of 533:1.
Counsel Paul Brown told the court
his client had, with the support of his
long-time employer, self-referred for
alcohol assessment and counselling.
He also pointed out Evans' previous
drink driving charges dated back to
1992 and 1996.
Evans was sentenced to 90 hours
community work and disqualified
from driving for one year and one day.
Joshua Brook was told by Judge
Gregory Ross in the Taihape District
Court last Monday that he was lucky
to be facing only one charge of dis-
Brook admitted taking a cash
cheque belonging to a friend of his,
signing his own name on the back of
it next to the name of the owner,
cashing the cheque at the local store
and spending the proceeds.
Counsel Joanna Jordan appeared
for 21-year-old Brook and told the
court her client admitted he had
made a huge error of judgement.
He was convicted of the theft,
sentenced to 50 hours community
work and ordered to pay reparation of
Stuffing two bottles of cologne down
his trousers in Taupo's Farmers store
during the Christmas holidays proved
to be an expensive move for 23-year-
old William Condon.
Condon entered a guilty plea to the
shop lifting charge, and was
convicted, fined $250 and ordered to
pay court costs of $132.89.
The sentence was handed down
with some advice from Judge Ross
who told Condon, ''get back to work,
get your fines paid off and exercise
Cameron White of Utiku entered
pleas of guilty to two drugs charges.
The 29-year-old admitted to having
cannabis in is possession and to
allowing his premises to be used for
the cultivation of cannabis.
Cannabis plants, dried plant
material and equipment used for
growing the drug were found at
White's address when police executed
a search warrant.
Through counsel Joanna Jordan
White told the court he knew about
the cannabis and the growing oper-
ation but that it belonged to his flat
He had been unhappy about the
situation and had given his flatmate
notice to vacate.
White admitted that a small
amount of cannabis found at the prop-
erty was his.
On the charge of allowing his prem-
ises to be used in the cultivation of
cannabis he was convicted, fined $200
and ordered to pay court costs of
On the possession charge he was
convicted and ordered to pay court
White's flatmate, Callan Knowles,
entered a plea of guilty to charges of
cultivating cannabis, and possessing
equipment for use with cultivation of
Through counsel Paul Brown
Knowles he told the court that this
was his first time growing cannabis
and that he had simply experimented
with seeds he had found when he
moved into the property.
The 30-year-old was convicted on
both charges, fined $400 and ordered
to pay court costs of $132.89 on the
He was ordered to pay a further
$132.89 court costs of the charge
relating to the equipment used.
Judge Ross also issued an order for
the destruction of the seized cannabis
and the equipment.
Twenty-five-year old Samuel Howl
was convicted, fined $150 and ordered
to pay court costs of $132.89 after
entering a plea of guilty to a charge of
Police found a cannabis plant grow-
ing in a plastic container on the lawn,
also and two small cannabis plants
growing over the fence amid shrub-
They were executing a search war-
rant at Howl's property.
Representing himself, Howl told
police that he had bought the seeds on
Trademe, thinking they were tobacco
Judge Ross discounted Howl's
explanation saying, ''you have a pre-
vious (drug related) conviction from
three years ago. It seems unlikely to
me that you were thinking they were
An alcohol-fuelled argument involv-
ing Taihape man, 34-year-old Scott
Kahu, ended with police intervention
and a charge of disorderly behaviour.
Kahu entered a guilty plea to the
charge and was represent by Paul
He was convicted, fined $200 and
ordered to pay court costs of $132.89.
No dogs allowed
Taking his dog into the Kahurangi
National Park against the advice of
other park users and Department of
Conservation signage, resulted in a
hefty fine and conviction for 25-year-
old Hayden Gibbes.
The national park is a breeding
sanctuary for rear bird species the
blue duck and spotted kiwi.
Gibbes was convicted, fined $1250
and ordered to pay informants costs of
$444.59 and $150.
Drivers need to brush up skills
as schools start new year
Be warned: Motorists need to take extra care when driving near schools.
Next Monday marks the start of school again
for most children and the Motor Trade Associ-
ation (MTA) is urging motorists to be extra
vigilant around schools, preschools and day
Statistics show that the peak times for
injury accidents involving pedestrians
coincides with school drop-off and pick-up
times -- 8 till 9am and 3 till 4pm.
Parents busy thinking about getting chil-
dren back into routines, new uniforms, school
stationery lists and out of school activities, are
easily distracted and need to concentrate of
''All drivers, not just parents, need to be
totally aware of what's happening around
school zones, school buses and daycare
centres,'' said MTA spokeswoman Ana Zandi.
''Safety has to be the first priority, even
though this usually takes place when people
typically have a lot on their minds. The rush to
beat traffic and make appointments or start
times can lead to drivers concentrating on
their own needs at the expense of children,
students or other road users.''
There has been a shift in transportation
patterns around schools, especially in recent
years. Many more parents drive their children
to and from school and many older secondary
students drive a car to school, some of whom
will be restricted drivers with limited experi-
ence in traffic. Some children will be new to
the school routine and excited to see their
These factors mean there is a lot more
activity and congestion around what are often
relatively limited pick-up and drop-off points
around schools. Instances of double parking,
passengers getting into and out of vehicles on
the ''wrong'' side, children dashing between
parked cars and excessive speeds are common-
place outside many schools.
''We would urge those dropping children off
at school or daycare to be especially careful as
they start the year. Being safer around schools
and daycares should be a priority, all year
round,'' Ms Zandi said.
Things parents, carers and drivers can do
include the following.
❚ Observe the posted speed limits outside
schools and daycare centres, typically 30 kmh
❚ Ensure that whoever is driving is appropri-
ately licensed to carry passengers
❚ Be familiar with school or daycare pick-up
and drop-off points and procedures
❚ Don't double park. It's especially dangerous
where you can have children darting between
❚ Agree with children the safe procedures of
being picked up -- where to stand, when to
cross, which door to get in and out of
❚ Be especially aware if you need to back your
vehicle -- children are hard to spot from inside
❚ Ensure kids are properly seated in appropri-
ate seats that are correctly installed. This is
particularly necessary where car seats are
shifted from one vehicle to another, such as
when grandparents pick up children. If you
are unsure if they are properly installed, visit
your nearest MTA member.
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