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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...

Reefton community considers goldmine pit future

Laura Mills The Reefton community is starting to consider the future of the former Globe Progress goldmine pit and its legacy. Oceana Gold announced before Christmas the permanent closure of the mothballed open-cast mine. At its peak, Globe Progress employed about 300 staff. The first round of redundancies was announced in 2014 as the mine started to wind down after eight years of...

St John ‘still investigating’ rescue helicopter mix-up

Brendon McMahon St John has yet to make any public comment about why the West Coast Rescue Helicopter was stood down on Saturday in favour of the Christchurch helicopter leaving a seriously injured motorcyclist lying on the road for up to 90 minutes after a crash near Barrytown. St John was given an opportunity to comment yesterday morning but said it...

Westport health facility

Westport's new integrated family health centre to take the place of the ageing Buller Hospital, will be built across the road in Pakington Street. The announcement was made yesterday after months of speculation. The cost of building the health centre is now estimated at $12 million, which is $2 million more than previously estimated. West Coast Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group chairwoman Cathy...

Plane crash couple mourned

Dunedin The Clutha district went quiet yesterday as it mourned the loss of two of its young people. Couple Thomas Evans, 30, and Jenna Craig, 26, were killed in a microlight plane crash near Kaka Point on Sunday. Mr Evans, a farmer, worked on the family farm near Clydevale and played for the Owaka premier rugby team. Coach Steve Clement said Mr Evans...
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