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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...

Westland Milk intends to close milk payout gap

Brendon McMahon Westland Milk Products is keeping mum about a predicted milk payout for next season but says it intends to "close the gap" between its current payout level and those of other New Zealand dairy companies. Chief executive Toni Brendish said yesterday Westland was still "working through the analysis needed" to predict a payout level for the 2017-18 season. "What we...

Dog with suspected parvovirus found

A dog in Cobden with suspected parvovirus which escaped from its home last night has been found. A warning was issued to all Cobden dog owners to keep their animals away from the missing black Labrador-type dog because parvovirus was extremely contagious. A West Coast Vets spokesman confirmed today the dog had been found. The spokesman urged all dog owners to have their...

Govt works on Coast response

Laura Mills Ministers are starting to consider their response to economic development proposals for the West Coast, with everything from logging, tourist roads and minerals sector reform on the table. The Tai Poutini West Coast Growth Study was launched in September after mass job losses in Greymouth and Westport. A final action plan is expected to be announced in June. The Haast-Hollyford road,...

Man found not guilty of sex charges

A West Coast man who defended charges of indecent assault, unlawful sexual connection and sexual violation before a jury in the High Court at Greymouth last week was found not guilty and discharged. The man had been accused in relation to some young people. The defendant's name, along with details which might lead to the identification of the alleged victims, had previously been...

Charges arising from Cobden Bridge incident admitted

Westport A Carters Beach man admitted a raft of charges in the Westport District Court last week, including threatening behaviour arising from an incident on the Cobden Bridge last year. Brad Colin Kerr, 27, appeared before Judge Noel Walsh charged with dangerous driving, threatening behaviour, assault, drink driving, failing to stop, being in a building without reasonable excuse and escaping from...

Role model visits Blaketown School

Duffys Books assemblies role model presenter Diana Queenin with Blaketown School pupils Alyssa Jones holding a fossil of an American horse shoe crab Kobe Hewinson, Madison Armstrong-Clemett and Jai Thompson, with stingray barbs. Ms Queenin has just returned from Uganda where she visited the source of the Nile River, and is now on a speaking tour about her involvement...

Buller council may reconsider water reserve access to coalmine

Lee Scanlon of the Westport News The Buller District Council may be reconsidering its decision to allow coalminer Rangitira Developments Ltd (RDL) access to the Westport water reserve. The council has advertised a public-excluded extraordinary meeting next Wednesday to discuss RDL's access arrangement request. Asked for more information, council chief executive Andy Gowland-Douglas replied: "Due to the legal proceedings that Forest and Bird...

Play day at Runanga

WestREAP team leader early childhood education Melissa Diedrichs has some fun with Luca Richardson, two, and his mum Tesha at the group's play day at Runanga School yesterday. Play days were run in rural West Coast communities for children aged from newborn to five and their families, with the purpose of "uplifting" the value of early childhood programmes, Ms...
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