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Mayor to vote in showdown

Janna Sherman of the Hokitika Guardian Westland Mayor Bruce Smith expects to take part in the showdown next week, as dissident councillors prepare a vote of no confidence in the mayor. Mr Smith said yesterday he intended voting on the three-part notice of motion given by Hokitika ward councillor and lawyer David Carruthers. As well as calling for a vote of no confidence...

Councils recruiting new joint rep for DWC

Advertising will begin this week to recruit a new council-appointed trustee for Development West Coast. Outgoing chairman John Sturgeon was axed in a unilateral move by the West Coast mayors, but councillors in each of the four councils will be consulted on who will replace him as the joint council representative. It will be up to the trustees themselves to elect...

Children busy at library holiday programme

Greymouth Library held a 'craft day' today as part of the library's school holiday programme. It has a new activity each day and this morning Jacob Wedgwood, left, Millie Stephenson and Corianna Kitchin were busy at work. "I'm making a face," Millie said.

Hung jury in rape case

The Christchurch District Court trial of a 31-year-old man accused of drugging and raping a West Coast woman resulted in a hung jury yesterday. The Crown alleged the pair often shared methamphetamine (P) together, but on this occasion the man drugged her with something else, which was likely to be the date-rape drug GHB, and raped her in early 2014. Defence...

Name ‘real person’ to Electricity Authority: Peters

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says a "real" person from Greymouth should have been appointed the Electricity Authority. Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins this week announced two new members Trade and Enterprise customer manager Allan Dawson and non-executive director Sandra Gamble. The Electricity Authority is responsible for governance and regulation of the electricity market. But Mr Peters said it was...

Big event seeks aerodrome venue

Brendon McMahon A proposed community events area at the Greymouth aerodrome is up for discussion at an extraordinary meeting of the Grey District Council tonight. Mayor Tony Kokshoorn floated the idea of using the aerodrome fields for public events, as an alternative to the former Victoria Park, which was abandoned by the Greymouth Trotting Club a number of years ago. A staff...

Burglars spotted at Jacksons Hotel

Brendon McMahon The vacant Jacksons Hotel building was burgled early today. A passerby reported a white van parked outside the building and items being loaded. Senior sergeant Paul Watson, of Greymouth police, said a motorist passing the now closed hotel on State highway 73 about 2.30am noticed the van parked suspiciously to the side of the building, and people were loading things...

Poppies take to the streets

Shirley Richardson and Greymouth RSA president John Morel are ready for Poppy Day tomorrow. Poppy Day has been celebrated in New Zealand since 1922, usually on the Friday before Anzac Day, to support current and ex-service personnel and their families. Collectors will be out and about throughout the West Coast.

Youngsters enjoy wide range of activities

It was a case of 'dream it, do it' with Youthtown for Amaiya Salazzzar, left, Xhenniah and Quanika King, Taylor Dittmer and Jessica McEwan, together with school holiday programme co-ordinator Kim Rees at Grey Main School this morning. There was a good turnout of children taking part in a wide range of activities. "The children have been fully involved...

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...
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