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Extra police — but Coast waits four years

Brendon McMahon A national increase in police staff numbers is not expected to be seen on the West Coast for at least four years. Police Commissioner Mike Bush today announced the numbers each police district, including Tasman, will get from the $388 million investment promised by the Government in February. Tasman rural police staff numbers will increase by 24 in 2020-21. Tasman...

Car stolen while driver buying a newspaper

A Runanga man who stole a car from outside Cobden Takeaways on January 17 admitted the theft in the Greymouth District Court yesterday. Quaide Amtman, 24, was convicted and remanded for sentence on May 23. He was also ordered to undertake restorative justice with the victim. The vehicle had been left running outside the shop while the owner popped inside to...

West Coast health goes high-tech

Laura Mills The internet has changed the world, and now it is changing how staff and patients at Grey Base Hospital operate, with major changes afoot. Everything from patient and staff wifi, to electronic referrals and prescribing, is in the pipeline, according to meeting papers for the West Coast District Health Board. A contract for staff and patient wifi has been approved,...

Otira scrap over railway station

The Otira Hotel publican who admitted hitting a train driver over missing heritage items was yesterday acquitted of assault. Lester Rowntree, 63, represented himself in a judge-alone trial before Judge Jane Farish in the Greymouth District Court. Police said Rowntree punched the man a number of times while the victim, who was sitting in his caravan on Kiwi Rail land, tried...

Countdown pulls out of Westport

Lee Scanlon of the Westport News Westport's Countdown supermarket is reverting to a Fresh Choice and returning to local ownership and operation. Westport couple Graeme and Katrina Walsh will take over at the end of this month. Mr Walsh and his brothers Reece and Murray owned the same store then a Fresh Choice from 1996 to 2005. Mr Walsh said this week that he...

Taramakau Bridge progressing

The temporary extension platform which will be used for the construction of the new Taramakau Bridge is a new addition on the river. The temporary structure will run parallel with the old bridge while the new one is under construction, and will allow the large crane to be used to drive in the piles.

Man who assaulted woman escapes jail

Joshua James Mears escaped a prison sentence when he appeared for sentencing in the Greymouth District Court yesterday for burglary, assault, intentional damage, theft, breach of bail, and assaulting a female. Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Mears had spent the past seven weeks in custody and had spent most of that time in his cell thinking about what he had done. "This...

Three more in Cera probe

Auckland Three more names have been put forward for investigation following the referral of two former Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority employees to the Serious Fraud Office. Gerard Gallagher and Simon Nikoloff along with Murray Cleverley were investigated by Solicitor-General Michael Heron, QC, with the findings released yesterday. Mr Heron found Mr Gallagher and Mr Nikoloff had committed serious misconduct in relation to...

Westland Racing Club says alcohol rules sorted

Brendon McMahon The Westland Racing Club says "mixed messages" around granting liquor licences for the Hokitika races and other local events have largely been cleared up. This follows a meeting on Friday with the West Coast police area commander Inspector Mel Aitken, alcohol licensing officials and the West Coast medical officer of health Dr Cheryl Brunton. Westland Racing Club president Gray Eatwell...

Stocking up for winter

Suburbs Rugby League Club member Harvey Tacon helps a customer load her car boot with wood on Saturday. The club was selling trailer loads of wood for $50 and car boots full for $10 as part of a club fundraiser. The fundraiser drew a steady stream of customers to the loadout at the Top 10 Holiday Park at Karoro....
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