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Buller council discusses drinking-water

The Buller District Council says it is looking at drinking-water supplies, in light of the Havelock North water contamination. An inquiry into that incident is due to deliver its findings next month. The Buller council said yesterday it was watching developments closely, noting it may force future legislative changes to reduce the likelihood of similar contaminations. Punakaiki residents have been boiling water...

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...

March warm in Reefton

It was a warm March in Reefton, with temperatures reaching the mid-20s at times. Weather observer Tony Fortune said generally it was a quiet month with little rain or wind. "The weather seemed to warm up as the month progressed." The warmest day was March 29, when it reached 26degC. However, the town also had three frosts and three fogs. Rain fell on...

Grey council to look at one-of f sales by out-of-town retailers

Laura Mills The Grey District Council will again look at whether it should allow out-of-town retailers to hold one-off sales in Greymouth, partly in a bid to allow stalls to set up around the new town square. A year ago, the council adopted the trading in public places bylaw amid concerns companies such as Nissan-Kia and also Audi, held weekend expos...

Government has to cough up for tourist infrastructure, say NZ First

Laura Mills New Zealand First says the Government has to cough up to help with tourist infrastructure, after Franz Josef Glacier saw a 44% jump in visitor numbers last month. Punakaiki also recorded strong increases, despite the Tranz Alpine tourist train not operating for most of the month due to a fire in Canterbury. The car parks have been full at both...
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