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Reefton water warning

Teresa Smith of the Westport News Reefton residents have been told to boil drinking and food preparation water until further notice. On Friday, the Buller District Council issued an immediate 'boil water' notice on its Facebook page for Reefton water supply consumers. The council said it was due to a "potential treatment plant issue affecting pH levels which is currently being investigated". Consumers were...

Alleged rapist ‘changed like the devil’

A man accused of drugging and raping a West Coast woman has been compared to the devil in an emotional police interview aired in the Christchurch District Court yesterday afternoon. The man, who has name suppression, is accused of raping the woman in Greymouth some time between February and April in 2014. The Crown alleges the pair often shared methamphetamine (P)...

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....

Mussel bacteria identified

Becky Manawatu of the Westport News The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has identified the bacteria which may have contributed to the death of a large number of mussels at Cape Foulwind. The dead mussels were found early last month by Waimangaroa fisherman Larry Wixon. The bacteria vibrio splendidu was found in mussel samples sent to Wellington by Mr Wixon, MPI's aquatic and environmental...

Firearms threat ends in arrest

Teresa Smith of the Westport News Armed police swooped on a Gladstone Street, Westport, property on Sunday afternoon after a man was threatened with a gun. They arrested a 27-year-old man and charged him with threatening to kill, presenting a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm. He was to appear in the Greymouth District Court today. A police spokeswoman said police were still...

Ratepayers pay to save gallery

Brendon McMahon All Grey district ratepayers will have to pay "the cost of a cup of coffee" to strengthen the 88-year-old Left Bank Art Gallery, in Greymouth. The Grey District Council says that will meet the cost of servicing a loan on the estimated $330,000 pricetag for earthquake strengthening, and is on top of the $70,000 ratepayers already pay each year...

Jackson, husband part ways

New York Pop star Janet Jackson has split up with her Qatari businessman husband just three months after giving birth to her first child, according to media reports. People magazine, Us Weekly and Entertainment Tonight all said sources had confirmed that Jackson, 50, and Wissam Al Mana had broken up after five years of marriage. Representatives for the singer declined to confirm...

New playground at Kaiata

Lisa Rangi Kaiata families are looking forward to a brand new playground at the end of a $80,000 community fundraising drive. Contractors were on site last week installing the equipment in the Kaiata Community Hall grounds. Local mothers Jody Jamieson and Jean Foster joined the committee about eight years ago when their children were quite young to try to get a safe...

Civic Centre gifted to Catholics

Brendon McMahon A solution for the future ownership of the Greymouth Civic Centre, by gifting it to the Catholic Church while retaining it for use by other sports groups, was welcomed at the Grey District Council meeting last night as an "excellent outcome". Councillors unanimously accepteda staff recommend-ation to transfer ownership, subject to final confirmation by the Office of the Catholic...
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