January 22, 2018 09:04 PM PST
Community Constable Harley North updated the Gold FM Police File this week.
Tuesday 16 January
A 43-year-old Waihi male was arrested for threatening behaviour and assault charges which occurred the week prior at an Evans Street address. He will be appearing in Court soon.
A 34-year-old Waihi woman was arrested at a Gilmour Street, Waihi address on a warrant to arrest for failing to appear at Court in Hamilton to a drink-driving charge.
Police are investigating a spate of wilful damage and arson to residential letterboxes at Bowentown Boulevard and Tuhua Place, Bowentown. Over the last couple of weeks damage has been caused and in some cases, mail has been stolen.
Police executed a search warrant at a Roberts Street address in relation to stolen property and an assault incident which occurred on New Years Eve. A 21-year-old male was arrested and has been charged with three assault charges. He will be appearing in Court soon.
A 36-year-old Waihi male was arrested at Gilmour Street for breaching his District Court bail conditions. He was held in custody over the weekend.
A 31-year-old Australian male was arrested at Seddon Street for shoplifting at the Commercial Hotel off-licence. The male failed to appear at Waihi District Court and a warrant to arrest has been issued.
Police attended a single vehicle crash north of Karangahake Reserve. The vehicle was a truck carrying timber which rolled. There were no injuries. Police are investigating.
Police also attended another minor traffic crash involving a car vs pedestrian at the carpark of a hardware store at Wilson Road, Waihi Beach. The pedestrian received medical attention. Injuries were of a minor nature.
A 20-year-old Te Aroha male was arrested and charged with multiple offences at Paeroa after failing to stop for police. A pursuit started at SH2, Karangahake Reserve after he was observed driving a stolen a motor vehicle. The male had 3 x warrants to arrest, was required to arrest for 3 x bail breaches and was sought for multiple offences he had allegedly committed whilst on the run from police. He was apprehended safely after attempting to conceal himself and the stolen car down a side road at Paeroa. He is now in custody.
Waihi Police are interested in any information relating to crime. For non-urgent matters contact Police 24/7 on 0800 780 101 (ask for the Crime Reporting Line) or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111, or visit the Waihi Police Station during public counter open hours Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 3 pm. For urgent matters call 111 and ask for police.
Click play to hear the full Gold FM Police File with Community Constable Harley North.
January 21, 2018 02:30 PM PST
Brian Gentil spoke to Waihi Chief Fire Officer Moe Stevens about fire callouts. A couple of serious crashes have blocked the Karangahake Gorge this week, including a large truck or B train that is on its side just past Doherty's Bridge. The truck had a full load of timber which ended up on its side in a drain this morning. Whether the load shifted or the truck was going too fast is not known at this stage. The driver was lucky and escaped without serious injury. Moe said the road will likely be closed later today to remove the truck.
Last Monday the Waihi Fire & Rescue Service was called to Morgan Park to help land a rescue chopper for a seriously ill patient.
On Wednesday, January 17, a tanker was sent to Tanner's Point. Initially, it was thought to be a scrub fire but on arrival, it turned out to be a large fire that had been lit in the middle of a paddock. With a total fire ban in place, the fire was extinguished.
Last Saturday a rubbish fire at Montrose Road was reported at 9 pm when it was noticed. The owner had it under control by the time the firemen arrived, Moe said.
A two-car collision sounded the alarm yesterday at 2.15 pm. One car crossed the centreline in the Karangahake Gorge at the first corner past the Owharoa Bridge and crashed into an oncoming car causing a lot of inconvenience for motorists. Traffic was backed up to the garlic shed just out of Waihi, Moe said. An injured lady was transported to Thames Hospital.
At 5.15 pm yesterday the Waihi firemen travelled out to the Bowentown Boating Club with their truck and pump. It turned out to be a false alarm.
This morning, as reported at the beginning of this Fire Call Out a truck tipped on its side in Karangahake Gorge. The gorge is likely to be closed later today to bring a crane in to lift the truck out of the drain it's stuck in and remove it.
Click play to hear the fill Gold FM Fire Call Out with Chief Fire Officer Moe Stevens.
January 17, 2018 08:32 PM PST
Waihi Beach surfer Levi Stewart is riding the crest of a wave after surfing his way to a third placing at the Health 2000 National Surfing Championships held in Gisborne last Saturday, 13th January.
Despite a serious back injury two years ago Levi worked hard to get back on his board and his determination paid off with his excellent result last Saturday.
Levi made a big impression after challenging for the early lead and going on to make it into the Open Men’s Division Final against some of New Zealand's best surfers.
We'd like to congratulate Levi on his dedication and success, and Alexis Poulter deserves a huge thumbs up for her outstanding 2nd place in the final of the Women's Stand Up Paddleboarding too. We hear she's got herself a ticket to Brazil to compete at the World Championships.
Brian Gentil spoke to Levi about his surfing and asked about the competition.
Click play to listen in.
January 16, 2018 08:31 PM PST
Brian Gentil spoke to Kit Wilson from OceanaGold to get an update on mining activities. He asked about the Baxter Road process plant. You can’t see it from the road, although you can get a good view from the top of Black Hill. Anything happening at Baxter Road?
Are drill rigs still operating around the open pit?
OceanaGold has just published their annual list of sponsorships and donations. Who can apply for this assistance and how?
Anything happening at the OceanaGold Education Centre while schools are on holiday?
Brian also asked how 2017 went for the company and how things are shaping up for 2018.
Click play to hear the full interview.
January 14, 2018 07:13 PM PST
Brian Gentil caught up with Waihi Chief Fire Officer Moe Stevens to find out what has been causing the alarm to sound over the past week.
Last Monday, January 08, the siren went off at about 1 pm to a rubbish fire which was put out. There is a total fire ban on at present and any fire in the district requires a permit.
Two calls came in at the same time last Wednesday, January 10. One was a stolen vehicle had been set alight on Waitewhata Road. Moe said, "there was nothing left really - just a heap."
The second call was to a medical emergency at Hetherington House. The Waihi Fire & Rescue Service is regularly called on to assist with the safe landing and take off of rescue helicopters at Morgan Park.
At 1.15 pm last Thursday the siren sounded for assistance at a Waihi Beach motor camp when a child got a hand stuck in a spa pool nozzle. The child's hand had been released by the time the Waihi service arrived, so they headed back to the station.
Another rubbish fire was lit, this time in Adams Street and the fire service put it out due to the total fire ban.
Brian asked why a siren is used when firemen use pagers these days. Moe explained the Waihi service has and uses both. Sometimes the pagers don't work and sometimes it's the siren that doesn't work.
"People say that it wakes their kids, some people say their dogs start to howl - well so does mine. The other thing is - people that complain about that sort of thing... Have they ever given any thought. If they've ever needed the fire brigade - once you hear that siren go, they tell me it's great comfort that they know that something's done and somebody's on the way."
The Christmas tree at the top of the Waihi Fire & Rescue Service tower is coming down next Tuesday when the firemen start back full time.
Click play to hear the Gold FM Fire Call Out with Moe Stevens.
January 08, 2018 07:32 PM PST
At this time of year it's not unusual for people who use their voice in their job to visit Gold FM to do a bit of work.
We had the great pleasure of meeting actress/voiceover artist, Morgana O'Reilly when she was due to do a voiceover for one of her clients and needed a space to do it.
While she was here we couldn't resist the opportunity to get her into the Gold FM studio to ask her about her interesting lifestyle.
Click play to listen in.
January 08, 2018 12:12 PM PST
Brian Gentil caught up with Jan Johnston from the New Zealand Blood Service this morning.
The New Zealand Blood Service is visiting Waihi today to collect blood for people in urgent need. They will be at the Waihi Memorial Hall between 9.30 am and 2 pm.
Whether you've donated blood before or not - every drop counts.
Click play to hear Jan explain the process.
December 28, 2017 09:04 PM PST
New Zealand’s largest and newest travelling festival, the Extravaganza Fair is coming back to Waihi Beach and Whangamata this summer!
Brian spoke to Hipsy this morning to find out more details.
ENTRY IS FREE and there is plenty to see and do for all ages.
We hear the twilight fair on New Year's Eve will be finishing with a fire show. Sounds exciting!
Roll up to the Waihi Beach Community Hall for *twilight magic* on New Year’s Eve from 1 until 9 pm - and between 9 am and 5 pm until January the 3rd!
Click play to hear what Hipsy had to say.
December 28, 2017 03:05 PM PST
Come Clean to the Coromandel, that's the important message being spread to stop the spread of kauri dieback disease.
Brian Gentil spoke to Chris Twemlow from the Kauri Dieback Forum about efforts to educate the public - locals and visitors alike, to stress the importance of preventing kauri dieback from reaching Coromandel forests.
Auckland's Waitakere Ranges could be closed to the 1 million people who visit every year under a dramatic proposal to save the park from kauri dieback disease. That's the last thing anyone wants but unless people take steps to clean their footwear, tyres and anything else that comes into contact with infected areas the disease will continue to spread and threaten one of New Zealand's most important trees survival.
Listen to what Chris Twemlow had to say about how we can all do our bit to protect the Coromandel's kauri trees.
December 26, 2017 09:54 PM PST
Brian Gentil spoke to Waihi Chief Fire officer Moe Stevens about the callouts the local volunteers have attended over the past week.
Waihi College has been targeted with small deliberately lit fires that could be extremely dangerous.It's not only fires attended these days as firemen assist with medical emergencies, which they did just before 2 am on Sunday morning.
A woman phoned on Christmas Day to say her house was falling down a hole and last night the firemen turned out at about quarter to 10 to make sure a rescue helicopter picking up a patient from Morgan Park landed and took off safely.
Click play to hear what Chier Fire Officer Moe Stevens said.