Axe falls on Coast racecourse

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) has reduced the number of racing venues to close for the coming season to seven, with Hokitika to go, but a reprieve for Reefton.

New dredge for Greymouth port

A pontoon-based digger option costing over $1 million has been accepted by the Grey District Council to keep the Greymouth port dredged.

Paparoa Track opening delayed again

The opening of the Paparoa Track 'great walk' has been delayed again, this time pushed out to December 1.

Former councillor trespassed

In a dramatic scene yesterday a former Westland district councillor and strident council critic was escorted out of the Hokitika council chambers by police after being posting a 'bomb threat' on Facebook.

Bomb squad detonates Rapahoe device

A mystery explosion that rattled Rapahoe residents on Tuesday night turned out to be the army bomb squad detonating an unexplained device found at an empty house in the township.

NZ Post on the move

NZ Post will be moving its Greymouth agency to Paper Plus in six weeks' time.

Church arson accused named

A former Cobden man described as a 'death metal drummer' has been charged with the Greymouth and Christchurch arson of two chapels belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints three weeks ago.

Last stop

After 12 years providing a shuttle service between the West Coast and Christchurch, Greymouth couple Marlene and Cedric Trounson are winding down their bus operation.

North Island company interested in dredge

Tauranga-based company Ngahere Mining Co is in the process of purchasing the Birchfield Minerals mothballed giant gold dredge and buying up three associated Grey Valley dairy farms.

Wilson gets life

Paul Russell Wilson, who admitted raping and killing Nicole Marie Tuxford in Christchurch while on parole for a similar murder in Hokitika, has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 28 years.
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