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DOC rapped over mountain landings

The Department of Conservation has been reprimanded for allowing the number of helicopter landings at a pristine, remote landing site sacred to Ngai Tahu, to soar from 10 to 70 a day of mainly Chinese tourists.

Mayor announces pending retirement

Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn -- the longest serving mayor in Greymouth's history -- has announced he will be retiring at the local body elections next year.

Historic locomotive under threat

An old bush tram loco abandoned in the 1940s near Bruce Bay was uncovered during Cyclone Fehi in February and now sits precariously on the beach.

DHB investigates suicide incident at Grey Hospital

An investigation is under way into how someone in the care of the mental health unit at Grey Base Hospital was left in a position where they were able to self-harm.

Council may buy Holcim site

The Buller District Council is negotiating an option to purchase all of Holcim's assets around Westport, including the old cement works at Cape Foulwind and the waterfront silos on the Westport wharf.

Ag Fest – 350 stalls, two days of fun

Everything is on track for the West Coast Ag Fest opening tomorrow morning, despite weather setbacks. The festival will be packed with 350 stalls and seven huge marquees on site at the Greymouth aerodrome site, offering a vast range of home and retail, food and entertainment, as well as agricultural displays.

Mayor pays for Revingtons tidy up

With 15,000 people expected to flock to Greymouth this week for Ag Fest, Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn decided something had to be done with the town's most famous eyesore, the derelict Revingtons Hotel.

Historic night for Coast sport

It was a historic night for the West Coast at the Commonwealth Games yesterday as two former Coast athletes collected silver medals.

Extent of hospital delay revealed

Greymouth's new hospital is not expected to open until this Christmas at the earliest - and the Government now admits it might even be Christmas 2019.

Whale mystery may never be solved

The cause of the largest whale stranding in recorded West Coast history will probably never be known. Of the 38 pilot whales which beached on the Okuru River spit on Wednesday, 26 had died by the time the stranding was noticed; the last 12 were euthanised yesterday.
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