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Contest a page turner

The Paparoa Range School team of Emily Berry, left, Jessica Beckford (obscured), Sami Donaldson and cousin Liam Donaldson were all concentration yesterday at the start of the annual Whitcoulls Kids Literature Challenge, hosted in Greymouth by St Patrick's Primary School. Schools from throughout the West Coast took part in the competition, which covered a wide range of literature questions from...

Cyclone damage affects Queensland coal transport

Damage to rail lines in cyclone-hit north-east Australia is set to disrupt exports of the steel-making material from the world's largest coking coal region, underpinning prices and raising the prospect of major producers declaring force majeure. The extent of the damage, which will hit coal mines operated by BHP Billiton Ltd and Glencore PLC, was revealed in the wake of deadly...

Man put socks on hands before stealing items

A man who put socks on his hands before stealing items from a Westport property must pay for what he took. Clifford James Pascoe, 35, appeared before Judge Noel Walsh in the Westport District Court last week. Police prosecutor Graeme Eden said Pascoe and an associate went to a Westport address on January 19. They put socks on their hands before...

Public meetings to update farmers on pasture pests

Brendon McMahon Research into the porina caterpillar along with the manuka beetle now major pasture pests on some parts of the West Coast will be relayed in public meetings throughout the region next week. The findings by Ag Research will set a new standard to guide West Coast farmers in dealing with some of the region's worst pests, and follow years...

Art in the Town grand finale

The grand finale to the month-long Art in the Town event was well attended at the Left Bank Art Gallery. Prizes to the value of $300 were awarded to the teens and adults section. Organisers say Tracey Collins' adult entry displayed excellent blending techniques, while Yasmin Waters won the teen entry with a superb handling of vibrant colour and...

Group to hold Greymouth harvest feast

The global 'Incredible Edible' movement will hold a harvest feast in Greymouth this weekend. The idea is that towns reclaim their public spaces for food security and growing food. The movement has followers from Uganda to Canada, and on Saturday from 3pm people will be able to bring along their own home-grown produce and other ingredients to the free harvest event...

Australian tramper airlifted

A young Australian woman tramping in the Copland Pass area near Fox Glacier was uplifted from the Welcome Flat Hut late yesterday morning after she broke an ankle. NZCC West Coast Rescue Helicopter pilot Angus Taylor said the woman was flown back to Grey Base Hospital. Notably, it was the fifth time this year the rescue helicopter had been...

Country music clubs perform

Country music enthusiasts will get a treat this weekend when clubs from Nelson, Motueka, Tapawera, Murchison, Ross and Inangahua perform at two West Coast venues. The groups will be at the Ikamatua Hotel on Friday night and Formerly the Blackball Hilton on Saturday night, both performances at 8pm. Along the way, they will be fundraising for the Sun City Awards and...

Operatunity brings Glenn Miller and Andrews Sisters

Operatunity resident artist Karl Perigo will both MC and sing in Operatunity's upcoming tour of Glenn Miller and the Andrews Sisters when the show hits the stage in Greymouth on May 3. Perigo joined the Operatunity tour Memories are Made of This in 2015. He reluctantly took five weeks off work from his job at Michael Hill and in his...

DWC farm, honey investments reel in rotten summer

Laura Mills The forgettable summer has not made things any easier for two key Development West Coast investments Cranley Farms and Putake honey. DWC has sunk $12 million into the Cranley dairy farm at Kawhaka, inland from Arahura, making it the biggest investment in the trust's 15-year history. It now owns just under 82% of the farm. When the dairy industry crisis...
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