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Reefton community considers goldmine pit future

Laura Mills The Reefton community is starting to consider the future of the former Globe Progress goldmine pit and its legacy. Oceana Gold announced before Christmas the permanent closure of the mothballed open-cast mine. At its peak, Globe Progress employed about 300 staff. The first round of redundancies was announced in 2014 as the mine started to wind down after eight years of...

St John ‘still investigating’ rescue helicopter mix-up

Brendon McMahon St John has yet to make any public comment about why the West Coast Rescue Helicopter was stood down on Saturday in favour of the Christchurch helicopter leaving a seriously injured motorcyclist lying on the road for up to 90 minutes after a crash near Barrytown. St John was given an opportunity to comment yesterday morning but said it...

Westport health facility

Westport's new integrated family health centre to take the place of the ageing Buller Hospital, will be built across the road in Pakington Street. The announcement was made yesterday after months of speculation. The cost of building the health centre is now estimated at $12 million, which is $2 million more than previously estimated. West Coast Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group chairwoman Cathy...

Plane crash couple mourned

Dunedin The Clutha district went quiet yesterday as it mourned the loss of two of its young people. Couple Thomas Evans, 30, and Jenna Craig, 26, were killed in a microlight plane crash near Kaka Point on Sunday. Mr Evans, a farmer, worked on the family farm near Clydevale and played for the Owaka premier rugby team. Coach Steve Clement said Mr Evans...

Seventeen businesses confirmed for networking event

Seventeen West Coast businesses will be presenting their projects at a new event this Thursday. 'The Pitch' gives people three minutes to promote their business or project, a networking event that is a fast, fun way to find out what the business community is up to. It will be hosted by Ashley Cassin, from Left Coast Events. The Greymouth Star has donated...

Council extends logging submissions deadline

Brendon McMahon Consultation on the principle of allowing sustainable harvesting of native forests owned by the Grey District Council has been extended a further month because some people were confused by what they were being asked to comment on. The council decided at the end of 2016 to start consulting on the 'broad principle' of allowing selective logging of indigenous forests...

Former Coaster new National Party electorate chairman

Former West Coaster Boyd Becker has been elected the new West Coast-Tasman electorate chairman for the National Party, and Greymouth man Rory Paterson to the same position with the Labour Party. The National Party held its electorate annual general meeting in Murchison at the weekend. Greymouth woman Anne Chapman stepped down as chairwoman, and electorate secretary; Mr Becker took her place. National...

Shantytown introduces new archaeology course

Shantytown has introduced a new archaeology course at its school, complete with a dig. The first week in April marks the inaugural National Archaeology Week and across the country various organisations have been encouraged by the New Zealand Archaeological Association to design and host events. Shantytown and the Marsden Valley Education Centre are doing their part by introducing a LEOTC (learning...

Cuban ambassador for Blackball May Day

A Cuban ambassador will return to Blackball for May Day celebrations, which will also see the launch of a new co-operative society. The annual event will start on Friday, April 28 with a debate at the Blackball Workingmen's Club with the topic 'Shoot the rich'. On Saturday the topic is the coming election and environmentalism on the West Coast. It starts...

Council CEO suspended

by Janna Sherman Westland District Council chief executive Tanya Winter who has already taken a personal grievance claim against the council has been suspended. Ms Winter will be replaced temporarily from tomorrow by former chief executive Robin Reeves, whom she took over from in 2012 after ongoing complaints about the state of the council affairs. Westland Mayor Bruce Smith said today the...
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