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St John refuse to comment

Brendon McMahon Nearly a week after a motorcycle crash on the Coast Road which left a man waiting for nearly 90 minutes to be transferred by air from the scene for medical treatment the lead agency in the matter, St John, is refusing to answer "allegations" about what went wrong with air emergency dispatch system. The man suffered suspected fractures when...

Smith faces no confidence call

by Brendon McMahon Feathers are flying at the Westland District Council, with Mayor Bruce Smith being accused of an "intolerable abuse of procedure" as he faces a vote of no confidence and a demand to step down immediately. Cr David Carruthers has lodged a formal notice for a vote of no confidence in the mayor, to be heard at the next...

Westland Mayor to seek councillor’s resignation

by Brendon McMahon Westland Mayor Bruce Smith is denying anything is awry with his council but already there are signals it might now be investigated by the Government. Dissident councillor David Carruthers yesterday stood by his action in lodging a notice of no confidence in the mayor. "There have been ongoing employment issues involving the chief executive for quite some time, because...

‘Dictator’ mayor letter leaked

Brendon McMahon A Grey District councillor who wrote a personal letter to the mayor about his style of communication was today mystified as to how the letter was leaked yesterday. The letter apparently labelled Tony Kokshoorn "a dictator" and raised concerns about his public statements about the future of the Greymouth Aerodrome and also his role in the West Coast mayors...

Grey Main’s new boss

The Grey Main School had a new "principal for the day" today with seven-year-old pupil Jonathan Seifert standing in for resident principal Mandy O'Sullivan after winning the post at the school's family fiesta last Friday. Principal Seifert was chauffeured to school, ran two assemblies, shouted staff morning tea after shopping at the supermarket with Mrs O'Sullivan and has been...

DWC holds business networking session

Over 60 people from 16 West Coast businesses attended a networking session with a twist last night. The business people took part in "The Pitch" by Development West Coast at Monteith's Brewery. The event involved 16 businesses promoting their services to those assembled in a fast-paced three-minute timespan. Dragonfly Catering by popular vote won the Best Presentation Award and the advertising voucher...

Seeking out new adventures

A former student of the Tai Poutini Polytechnic outdoor education programme has been selected for the New Zealand alpine team and now travels the world for several months of the year seeking out new adventures. Conor Smith said his training had set him up for an amazing lifestyle. "After I finished the course, I spent the next year working and climbing in Asia...

Follow the yellow brick road

Greymouth St John paramedic Kelvin Ritchie has called on people to 'follow the yellow brick road' on Saturday night to Shantytown for the St John Ball. The theme this year is the Emerald City from the Wizard of Oz. Mr Ritchie spent 26 hours painting his road. Tickets can be purchased from St John offices in Water Walk Road. Courtesy...

Art gallery options on table

Brendon McMahon A report will go to the Grey District Council meeting on Monday outlining public feedback and options for the future of the Left Bank Art Gallery building, in Greymouth. Built in the 1920s as the Bank of New Zealand, it is now owned by the council and is leased to the West Coast Society of the Arts Incorporated. The first...

Body found at Whataroa

A body thought to be that of a 55-year-old man missing from Whataroa for about a week was found by a hunter early yesterday afternoon in the Waitangitaona River. The man was reported to police as missing on Tuesday afternoon after concerns were raised by relatives about his safety and well-being. Police said yesterday the missing man was last seen in...
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