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$1000-plus rate rise in a decade

Zero rates rises for Grey district ratepayers are out and rate rises these days are "inevitable", Mayor Tony Kokshoorn says.

Coast real estate market heats up

The huge backlog of houses for sale on the West Coast, and an average sale time of over two years, is showing an "eye-popping" turn around.

No heli hikes on new great walk

The Department of Conservation has decided to halt its amendment process for the West Coast Conservation Management Strategy (CMS) after Forest and Bird threatened a challenge over the legal process.

Twisters, hail and 5200 lightning strikes

Small twisters in Greymouth and Hokitika, huge hail stones, and 5200 lightning strikes made for an eventful 12 hours on the West Coast.

300 Coast teachers march

The cold and the rain did not stand in the way of 300 primary, secondary and area school teachers from around the West Coast this morning as national strike action hit every school in the region.

13% flood rate rise; no more money for clean-up

Westland district residents may be staring down a 13% rate rise as a result of the widespread damage left by the March 26 flooding.

League legend farewelled

Rugby league stars sat alongside West Coasters on Saturday as Greymouth-born Kiwi legend and former captain Quentin Pongia, 48, was given his final farewell in a service that stopped traffic.

Fox Glacier ‘shortest ever recorded’

Fox Glacier is now the shortest that it has ever been recorded, and it is only expected to retreat further.

Man prosecuted for failing to fill in Census form

A Hokitika man was prosecuted in the Greymouth District Court yesterday for failing to fill out his 2018 Census forms.

Rocker visits Reefton

He wrote one of the most recognised anthems of the Woodstock era for Jefferson Airplane and has played guitar alongside some of the big names of the 1960s -- and for the past month the former rocker Darby Slick has been visiting friends and family in far-off Reefton.
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