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Council extends logging submissions deadline

Brendon McMahon Consultation on the principle of allowing sustainable harvesting of native forests owned by the Grey District Council has been extended a further month because some people were confused by what they were being asked to comment on. The council decided at the end of 2016 to start consulting on the 'broad principle' of allowing selective logging of indigenous forests...

Kiwi wins Coast sevens

The Wests and Kiwi scrums pack down, with Wests halfback Damon Subritzky, left, waiting for the ball as his opponent Troy Tauwhare eyes up the situation in the final of the West Coast rugby club sevens tournament, played at McLean Park, Blaketown, on Saturday. Kiwi took top honours with a 39-7 win over fellow Hokitika side Wests. In the...

Little’s $100,000 offer rejected

Wellington The wife of millionaire hotelier Earl Hagaman says they want up to $2.35 million in damages from Labour leader Andrew Little so her husband can die with dignity. Mr Hagaman and his wife Lani are both suing Mr Little for defamation before a jury of 12 in the High Court at Wellington. It stems from comments Mr Little made in a...

PM criticised for ruling out SAS inquiry

Wellington Prime Minister Bill English is facing criticism for deciding not to hold an inquiry into allegations Special Air Service troops were involved in civilian deaths in Afghanistan. Mr English announced yesterday there would not be an investigation into claims made in the book Hit and Run because he did not believe there was evidence Afghani villagers died during the operation...

Westport health facility

Westport's new integrated family health centre to take the place of the ageing Buller Hospital, will be built across the road in Pakington Street. The announcement was made yesterday after months of speculation. The cost of building the health centre is now estimated at $12 million, which is $2 million more than previously estimated. West Coast Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group chairwoman Cathy...

Community leaders updated on polytechnic future work

Brendon McMahon West Coast community leaders are being updated on future work being done at Tai Poutini Polytechnic. The polytechnic is seeking direct community feedback about the possible future direction it could take. Chief executive Alex Cabrera said the polytechnic had been working to find ways to create a viable and sustainable business model to ensure access to tertiary education and vocational...

Pulse ready for Magic

Wellington Central Pulse are pushing for improvement when they face Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in a clash of unbeaten national netball premiership teams in Rotorua. Coach Yvette McCausland-Durie was delighted the Pulse were able to overcome early-season rust to pip the Northern Mytics 56-55 in their opening-round match last week. However, she says the level they reached will not be enough...

Tv thrown from car in chase

Auckland A flat screen television was thrown out of a window of a stolen car as it was being pursued, Auckland police say. The silver Mazda MPV went on to hit three other vehicles before it was finally stopped yesterday. Police spotted the car, which was linked to a burglary in Epsom earlier in the day, being driven dangerously in Penrose about...

Ko calls for rule change after Thompson’s drama

California Lydia Ko has spoken out against the ruling which denied Lexi Thompson a major title at the ANA Inspiration. Ko finished in a tie for 11th at a controversial first women's major tournament of the year to retain her world No 1 ranking, but the tournament was overshadowed by a contentious ruling which saw Thompson penalised four shots to negate...

‘Grammar vigilante’ tackles shop signs

London A self-confessed "grammar vigilante" has been secretly correcting bad punctuation on street signs and shop fronts in England's south-west for more than a decade. The anonymous crusader carries out his work in the dead of night in Bristol using the "Apostrophiser" a long-handled tool he created to reach the highest signs. The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the BBC...
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