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Internet killed the video store

Paul McBride The internet has contributed to the closure of a Greymouth business and the end of the video hire era. Video Ezy Greymouth will lend its last DVD on Thursday, April 20, followed by a closing down sale on the Saturday. The arrival of on-line streaming platforms Netflicks, Neon and Lightbox, combined with a noticeable decline in foot traffic, spelled the...

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...

Teachers focus on reading, writing

Greymouth High School teachers Kimberly Vernall, left, Ben Louie and Morag Newberry during a teachers' only day yesterday. Teachers from throughout the West Coast gathered at the Coxon Hall for a day focused on reading, writing and literacy. "We have a need, as reading and writing has slipped nationwide," Greymouth High School principal Andy England said. "It's a case...

Rift widens in embattled Westland council

Brendon McMahon Battle lines are drawn in the Westland District Council, with at least three of the eight councillors now in open revolt with the Mayor Bruce Smith. Under pressure after a disastrous week, Mr Smith yesterday tried to gag some councillors from speaking publicly, although dissident councillors said the mayor was still using his Facebook and Coasters Club page to...
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