Miner walks away from Coast

Trans-Tasman Resources has walked away from a vast offshore prospecting licence off the West Coast. NZ Petroleum and Minerals confirmed the permit had expired yesterday and was not renewed.

Ghost train tricksters reveal all

Neville Roberts and Evan Grooby ensured their protest could be heard loud and clear on Sunday's Taramakau bridge opening with the help of an old AB Locomotive air horn.

‘This is just the start’ – more protests planned

More protest action is planned following the opening of the Taramakau Bridge, as West Coast leaders plan how to build on the momentum.

Damien O’Connor defends record

West Coast Tasman MP Damien O'Connor says last Sunday's march demonstrates the "community spirit" of West Coasters but he is defending the Labour-led Government's treatment of the region.

Taramakau Bridge formal opening

In today's Star: Full coverage of the Taramakau Bridge opening and protest rally. Also check out our gallery of photos from the Taramakau Bridge opening. Click here.

Westport-Hokitika train proposed

The $1 billion provincial growth fund will finance feasibility studies into the Greymouth and Westport ports, a possible Westport to Hokitika rail journey and a master plan for Greymouth.

1080 protesters told to stay away from bridge opening

Organisers of the West Coast rally at the opening of the Taramakau Bridge this Sunday have appealed to anti-1080 protesters to stay at home.

Coast underground goldmine announced

Plans have been resurrected for an underground goldmine deep beneath historic Waiuta, with an announcement today of three to five years' exploratory work and the creation of 30 jobs.

Protest plans revealed

Final plans have been announced for the Taramakau Bridge opening protest this Sunday, including a large truck procession.

Pike River costs run over

Weekend news that the Pike River Mine re-entry could cost up to $12 million more than the $23 million already budgeted has not surprised West Coast-Tasman MP Damien O'Connor, who says cost overruns are normal in any big project.
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