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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...

Shantytown introduces new archaeology course

Shantytown has introduced a new archaeology course at its school, complete with a dig. The first week in April marks the inaugural National Archaeology Week and across the country various organisations have been encouraged by the New Zealand Archaeological Association to design and host events. Shantytown and the Marsden Valley Education Centre are doing their part by introducing a LEOTC (learning...

Cuban ambassador for Blackball May Day

A Cuban ambassador will return to Blackball for May Day celebrations, which will also see the launch of a new co-operative society. The annual event will start on Friday, April 28 with a debate at the Blackball Workingmen's Club with the topic 'Shoot the rich'. On Saturday the topic is the coming election and environmentalism on the West Coast. It starts...

Council CEO suspended

by Janna Sherman Westland District Council chief executive Tanya Winter who has already taken a personal grievance claim against the council has been suspended. Ms Winter will be replaced temporarily from tomorrow by former chief executive Robin Reeves, whom she took over from in 2012 after ongoing complaints about the state of the council affairs. Westland Mayor Bruce Smith said today the...

Bennett irresponsible to dismiss tourist levy — Green Party

The Green Party says it is irresponsible of Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett to dismiss a tourist levy to help pay for infrastructure and conservation. "The whole country benefits from tourism, but it is ratepayers in areas like the Mackenzie Country, West Coast, and the Queenstown-Lakes District who foot the bill for the infrastructure that supports the industry. A tourist...

St John appeal to boost command units

St John will be shaking buckets during the 'Heart of Gold' annual appeal on Friday, raising money for command units and specialist equipment to be used when responding to major emergencies. "The command units cost $180,000 each and contain satellite, radio and cellular technology. They operate as mobile command and control centre and ensure we can maintain communications and data...

Community leaders updated on polytechnic future work

Brendon McMahon West Coast community leaders are being updated on future work being done at Tai Poutini Polytechnic. The polytechnic is seeking direct community feedback about the possible future direction it could take. Chief executive Alex Cabrera said the polytechnic had been working to find ways to create a viable and sustainable business model to ensure access to tertiary education and vocational...

Dolphin death investigated

The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) is investigating a dead dolphin found on Blaketown beach, amid concerns it was harmed during fishing and the incident was not reported. Dolphin deaths are not uncommon the Department of Conservation has two other recent ones on its database but since set net bans were introduced they are usually from natural causes. However, MPI is...
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