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Love Greymouth? Town fights back

Greymouth people are fighting back after their town took a bruising in national media because of the rundown look of the central business district.

Man stuck on Otira rock shelter

A crane with a basket attached was called from Greymouth at lunchtime today to rescue a man who had been stuck on top of the steep Reid Falls flume for hours, with fears that he could slip over the 100m sheer drop into the riverbed below.

Drug helicopter hones in

The spectacle of the police annual cannabis recovery operation continues on the West Coast this week, with many residents experiencing a low-flying helicopter in the neighbourhood.

Billion trees to cost $180 million

Auckland Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says up to $180 million of his new $3 billion fund will end up being spent on his plan to plant one billion trees over the next 10 years and it could see some Landcorp farms converted to forestry. He said after the Budget in May the new Forestry Service, to be located in Rotorua,...

Ticket scam worries buyers

Dunedin Punters who have bought tickets to some of this year's big name concerts at Forsyth Barr worry they might have spent hundreds of dollars on a scam. There have already been issues with tickets bought through controversial ticket resale market website Viagogo this year for concerts at the stadium this year. Some people who had bought tickets to Robbie Williams concert...

O week student’s behaviour in general respectful

Dunedin Despite at least three ''disappointing'' couch burnings so far this O Week, emergency services say in general students have celebrated respectfully. Fire and Emergency New Zealand East Otago assistant area commander Craig Geddes said the number of couch burnings were low compared to some previous years. ''It's still very disappointing that it's taking up our resources.'' The callouts were last Saturday, Thursday...

Dangerous lifejackets traded in

Wellington It was a case of out with the old, unsafe lifejackets and in with new, modern ones this summer. The 10-week Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade, run by Coastguard New Zealand, led to 3000 old or obsolete lifejackets traded in by boaties from 55 communities for new Hutchwilco versions. "Many of the lifejackets that were traded in were unusable to the point of...

Smokefree prisoners relapse

Wellington Prisoners who quit cigarettes while in prison do not get the support to stay smokefree once they are released, according to new research. A team of medical students from the University of Otago conducted a study, which showed that many prisoners relapse after release, and the results have been published in the New Zealand Medical Journal. The findings are in line...

NZ students claim engineering first

Wellington New Zealand has laid claim to an engineering world first a 3D-printed titanium engine designed and built by a group of students at the University of Canterbury. The feat of ingenuity was unveiled on Friday morning and will be used in the 2018 Shell Asia Eco-marathon in Singapore in March. The University of Canterbury Eco-marathon team won the Design Award for...

International cruise visitors push coastal Bay of Plenty tourism spending to $1b

Auckland Tourists spent more than $1 billion in the coastal Bay of Plenty last year, a target that was not expected to be hit for another 12 years. According to figures released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment the region's tourism expenditure grew by $53 million over the year ending January 2018, taking it to $1.002b. Tourism Bay of Plenty...
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