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Buller council CEO wins scholarship

Lee Scanlon of the Westport News The Buller District Council's chief executive has won a national scholarship. Andy Gowland-Douglas has received the Society of Local Government Managers' annual chief executive leadership scholarship. It pays for her to attend the Mount Eliza Melbourne Business School's most senior leadership programme, the five-day 'Leading for Strategic Success'. "I am really excited about the opportunity which will be...

Assault arrest

Auckland A man has been arrested in connection with the serious assault of a woman in her Palmerston North home. The 26-year-old woman returned to her Keith Street home at 10.40am on Tuesday to find it being burgled, acting Manawatu area commander Inspector Dave White said. She was then assaulted and suffered facial and skull fractures. A 35-year-old man has been charged with...

Solid Energy assets buyer mulling options

Lee Scanlon of the Westport News The buyer of some of Solid Energy's West Coast assets says it is still assessing what to do with them. Birchfield Coal Mines a West Coast business took over Strongman Mine, Reefton's Island Block Mine, Solid Energy's Reefton distribution centre and the Mount Davy mining permit last week. Co-owner Gary Birchfield said none of the assets were...

Crash hurts three

Brendon McMahon Three people remain in hospital, one in a serious condition, following a head-on collision near Inangahua Junction yesterday afternoon. The crash happened shortly before 3.30pm on State highway 6, about 4km east of the Inangahua Junction settlement heading towards the Iron Bridge. Reefton Volunteer Fire Brigade station officer John Bell said the brigade was first on the scene and helped...

Driver given community detention

A Runanga man was sentenced in the Greymouth District Court on Thursday to five months of community detention for driving while disqualified for the third or subsequent and failing to stop. Joel Greene also admitted breaching his community work on February 14. Lawyer George Linder asked that Greene be sentenced to community detention. "He has an appropriate address. Probation is impressed with...

Gladstone historic photo project expanded

A historic photo display project being undertaken by the Gladstone Community Committee has been expanded slightly on what was originally envisaged. The Grey District Council approved over $4000 from the Ogilvie reserve fund held on behalf of Gladstone towards the historic photo display. Since then the group has decided to add another panel to the display, bringing the total cost...

Count yourself lucky — judge

A Reefton man was told to "count himself lucky" when he was sentenced in the Greymouth District Court on Thursday on a variety of charges including drug offences, stealing gold and drink-driving. Kayle David George Parkinson had previously admitted cultivation of cannabis, possession of cannabis, possession of utensils, two charges of stealing $475 in gold the property of TGG Mining,...

Consents sought for new mine

Laura Mills After three years of planning, the company behind a new coalmine development within view of downtown Westport has applied for resource consent, arguing that Buller desperately needs the jobs. However, the price for those jobs could be the loss of great spotted kiwi and an open-cast mine visible from the town. Rangitira Developments Ltd proposes developing a mine at Te Kuha,...

Camping ground plan splits Ross

Janna Sherman of the Hokitika Guardian A proposal for a campervan facility on the Ross town reserve has split the community. Two community groups are at odds over the proposal to allow self-contained vehicles to park overnight and pay for the privilege. The Ross Community Society is forging ahead with plans to build a stopover for New Zealand Motor Caravan Association members (Wings)...

Jail for death threats

A Greymouth man with six previous convictions of threatening to kill was jailed on Thursday for 11 months for posting digital communications on several occasions to threaten his ex-partner, causing her serious concern and harm. Issac Walker appeared in the Greymouth District Court via an audio visual link from Christchurch Men's Prison, where he has been in custody since his...
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