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Catering a family affair

Paul McBride With one son profoundly deaf and the other autistic, Blackball couple Denise and Richard Kilpatrick have overcome their employment barriers by taking both on board with the family catering business. "Jake was deaf from birth and I think it was going to be hard to get him employment. He attends Greymouth High School and has any amount of ability...

Greens question water plan

The Government says all affected parties gave approval for Jackson Bay water exports. Okuru Enterprises proposes pumping water from an alpine creek above the Arawhata River to tankers waiting out at sea. Green Party MP Eugenie Sage asked in Parliament on Thursday if New Zealanders should get a say over whether a private company could extract glacial water flowing out of...

Two dead as floodwaters retreat

Sydney Two women have become the first fatalities in Cyclone Debbie's devastating aftermath as residents of several New South Wales towns are warned they will not be home for some time with five areas declared natural disaster zones. One woman's body was found by a family member yesterday morning on a flooded property in northern NSW. Police say she disappeared overnight in...

Holcim’s ‘chief burner’

AS the Cape Foulwind cement works breathes its last, after almost 60 years of operation, Westport clinker kiln operator, Leanne Aitken, is considering her future. Ms Aitken has been the ‘chief burner’ or central control room operator at the Holcim plant, the only woman in the role at Cape Foulwind and a position achieved elsewhere by few if any other New Zealand women. She took up the position of central control room...

New building on old pub site

Foundations are going down for the first building to go back on the vacant block of land in Richmond Quay, Greymouth, after the recent demolition of the Richmond Hotel and the other remaining dilapidated buildings. Fahey Builders Ltd worker Riah Martin is preparing the foundations for the wash bay area for a car rental garage being built on the...

Fur seal pup taken on joy ride

The Department of Conservation had to shoot a fur seal pup after someone put it on the back of a motorbike while skylarking on the Hokitika beach, and then dumped it away from its mother.

Coast’s Tui Rio-bound

Former Greymouth woman Ruby Tui was last night confirmed in the New Zealand women’s sevens team to compete at the Olympic Games in Rio next month. The 25-year-old, who attended John Paul II High School, has excelled in sport since she was young. Before moving from Greymouth to Christchurch in 2010 to attend university, she played netball for John...

Suburbs bags another league title

A great team performance helped Suburbs stride out to an outstanding 47-6 win over Waro-rakau in the West Coast Rugby League premier grand final yesterday. Both teams had their chances early but ner ves got the better of them early and turnover let the defending team off the hook. Suburbs were just slightly getting the better field position early on, when...

Car ends up in ditch

The driver of a car which crashed on the outskirts of Runanga late last night was taken to hospital with moderate to serious injuries.

Dog attack victim bitten to bone while protecting son

A vicious dog bit a chunk out of a mother's arm to the bone as she stepped in to save her two young children when it rushed at them while visiting friends at Atarau on Wednesday.
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