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Statue loses arm again

Janna Sherman of the Hokitika Guardian Vandals have again struck the Pioneer Statue, in Hokitika smashing off the pointing arm despite the fact the controversial downtown relocation was meant to deter vandalism. Located in Fitzherbert Street for 102 years, the statue had been a target for vandals in recent years, and was without a hand since 2008. At that time, the marble arm...

Mayor criticises Easter closure

Viv Logie Greymouth businesses failed to take advantage of a Grey District Council bylaw change to relax Easter Sunday trading regulations, with just a handful of shops and cafes opening. Most of those that bothered to open were the same businesses which regularly opened on Sundays anyway. Two cafes and two retailers were seen with the welcome mat out, but mostly...

Two lives lost on Coast over Easter

A Greymouth man critically injured in a two-car collision near Taylorville last Thursday morning has died. He was Kenneth Naismith Buchanan, 64. Mr Buchanan died in Christchurch Hospital later on Thursday after being flown there directly from the crash scene. A serious crash investigation opened by the police on Thursday is ongoing. Meanwhile, a Christchurch man died in the Taipo River gorge late...

Wellington fundraiser boosts Kumara Chinese pot

Janna Sherman of the Hokitika Guardian Funds for the Kumara Chinese memorial gardens have been bolstered by a successful fundraising dinner, organised by the Chinese community in Wellington, on Monday night. It was hosted by the New Zealand Chinese History and Cultural Association and drew about 180 people, including Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett, National Part list MP Maureen Pugh and Speaker...

Cass Square off limits to rugby

Janna Sherman of the Hokitika Guardian It is a case of deja-vu for the Kiwi Rugby Football Club, which has been forced to find new grounds for the upcoming season with Cass Square out of action again. Work to repair the damaged turf surface following the Wildfoods Festival and then Children's Day two major events held in the rain straight after one...

Serious crash on Taylorville hill

Brendon McMahon Taylorville-Blackball Road was expected to be closed for much of today after a two-car crash shortly before 9 o'clock this morning left one person critically injured. The crash happened where the road descends steeply in a series of tight S-bends, on the Taylorville side and past the Greymouth Gun Club range. Police said one person was taken from the scene in...

International coal price skyrockets

The international hard coking coal price has skyrocketed $US131.50 a tonne in the past week following disruption to Australia's coal exports by Cyclone Debbie. The price yesterday was $294/tonne, up from $162.50/tonne last week. Cyclone Debbie seriously damaged key rail lines serving mines in Queensland. Three lines are due to open by the end of the week but large sections of...

Billie going home

Viv Logie Tiny Billie Stevens who defied fate when she was born 25 weeks early weighing no more than a pound of butter is finally going home. After a touch and go birth while her parents were home on the West Coast visiting family, Billie has spent every day of her seven months in Christchurch Hospital and only now has been judged...

Maori community youth offenders gain skills

A community intervention programme run in partnership between the Department of Corrections and West Coast Adult Learning Services, helped eight Maori community youth offenders gain skills aimed at helping them to stay out of trouble and gain employment. The Maori youth programme helps youth obtain a driver's licence, pull together their NZQA record of learning, create a curriculum vitae and...

Sex offender living with new name at Gloriavale

A convicted sex offender is living under a new identity at the Gloriavale Christian Community at Haupiri. Brent John Carpenter, 47, was released from prison in May 2014 after being jailed for two years, five months after admitting three charges of unlawful sexual connection with a 15-year-old boy, at Levin in 2010. Now, he has moved to the Gloriavale commune, and...
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