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Town square work into the night

Paul Smith contractors worked through the night to lay a new high pressure water main as part of the town square and shared street project in downtown Greymouth. Grey District Council assets manager Mel Sutherland said that because they were working at the main intersection in town (Mackay-Tainui) the contractors scheduled the work at night to avoid disruption to...

New museum exhibition for May Day celebrations

The annual West Coast May Day celebrations will take place in Blackball this year with debate, a new museum exhibition and the formation of a co-operative incubator fund. The annual event is jointly hosted by the Blackball Museum, Unions West Coast, West Coast Labour Party and West Coast Greens. It starts next Friday, April 28, with a light-hearted debate between Blackball...

More time on Heaphy Track for riders

The Heaphy Track mountainbiking season is being extended by two months in spring to run from May 1 to November 30. The New Zealand Conservation Authority has approved an amendment to the Kahurangi National Park management plan allowing the longer seven-month biking season that will run for the first time this year. The mountainbiking season previously ran to September 30. Department of...

Possible discovery of ‘extinct’ bird in Grey Valley

An audio recording from the Grey Valley is among 50 reports of possible encounters with the South Island kokako, previously thought to be extinct, following the offer of a $5000 reward. Founding trustee of the South Island Kokako Trust, Ron Nilsson, a longstanding kokako enthusiast who worked with the Wildlife Service and later Department of Conservation, has been following up...

Cake firm contracts confirmed

Janna Sherman of the Hokitika Guardian An Auckland-based cake decorating company has secured two lucrative Westland District Council contracts to upgrade drinking-water treatment plants in Kumara and Whataroa. Westland Mayor Bruce Smith confirmed yesterday the council was proceeding with the contracts, with a combined value of $405,000, which had been awarded to Techno Economic Services (TES) Ltd in January. Mr Smith said the...

Westport health centre ‘too small’

Lee Scanlon of the Westport News Westport's proposed new health centre is too small, says a leading local nurse. Diane Longstaff, the team leader for Buller district nurses and the New Zealand Nurses' Organisation chairwoman for the West Coast, said she had suggested spray painting the size on the ground, then filling the space with the number of likely occupants. "I tell you...

Defibrillator staying

Brendon McMahon A defibrillator purchased from local fundraising and used by St John volunteers in Hokitika will stay in the town, in a reversal by St John bosses who want to "standardise" equipment. The backdown follows a meeting this week between Hokitika St John area committee chairwoman Abbie Provis and St John Tasman district manager James McMeeking, after ructions in the...

Thieves target Greymouth cars

Thieves smashed their way into this vehicle parked at the Rapahoe end of the Point Elizabeth Walkway yesterday, stealing a handbag. It was one of three vehicles in as many days that were broken into around the Greymouth area, prompting police to warn owners to remove all their valuables from parked cars. West Coast police prevention senior sergeant Paul...

History House on the move

Laura Mills The Grey District Council voted behind closed doors last night to move History House museum into Mackay Street premises in central Greymouth. By a 6-3 majority, councillors backed the move from Gresson Street to the vacant Dick Smith building, while also agreeing to contract out the service to a private provider and increase ratepayer funding for the museum. The proposal...

Burglars were new tenants moving in

Police say the suspected burglars spotted outside the vacant Jacksons Hotel early yesterday morning were unloading gear and moving in, not ripping off the place. West Coast police prevention senior sergeant Paul Watson said today that, after investigating the incident, they were now satisfied it was not a burglary. "We have tracked down the owners and they confirmed a person was moving...
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