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Camping ground plan splits Ross

Janna Sherman of the Hokitika Guardian A proposal for a campervan facility on the Ross town reserve has split the community. Two community groups are at odds over the proposal to allow self-contained vehicles to park overnight and pay for the privilege. The Ross Community Society is forging ahead with plans to build a stopover for New Zealand Motor Caravan Association members (Wings)...

Jail for death threats

A Greymouth man with six previous convictions of threatening to kill was jailed on Thursday for 11 months for posting digital communications on several occasions to threaten his ex-partner, causing her serious concern and harm. Issac Walker appeared in the Greymouth District Court via an audio visual link from Christchurch Men's Prison, where he has been in custody since his...

New council manager

The Grey District Council has appointed a new manager to oversee its building and planning department. Chief executive Paul Pretorius announced this morning the appointment of Ben Healy as environmental services manager. He replaces Steven May, who left the job at the end of last year. Mr Healy is currently a building team leader with the Christchurch City Council. Mr Pretorius said he...

Poppies hit the road

West Coast residents have the chance to be far more visible with their support for the RSA Poppy Appeal this year, by attaching an oversized poppy to their vehicle. Motorists can get a car poppy from any Z Energy service station until Anzac Day, next Tuesday. RSA Greymouth president John Morel said the money raised from the appeal would be used...

Haast water protest taken to Parliament

by Janna Sherman A petition objecting to the proposed pipeline for the Jackson Bay water export facility passing through the Haast kiwi sanctuary is headed for Parliament. Okuru Enterprises Ltd has been granted the right to take and export 800,000 tonnes of water from the alpine Tuning Fork Creek, a tributary of the lower Arawhata River, and pump it to a...

Council shuts door for museum decision

Viv Logie The future of Greymouth museum History House will be discussed away from the public eye at an extraordinary meeting of the Grey District Council on Thursday evening. Friends of History House member Jack Flood is suspicious of the move and worries that the council could be about to decide the future of the museum without any further community consultation. History...

Kaiata Community Centre included in liquor ban

Lisa Rangi The Kaiata Community Centre will be included in the Grey District Council liquor ban. The community centre committee told the council they aimed for a smoke, drug and alcohol-free zone, including the hall grounds and the new children's playground. President Marg Becker said they were actively trying to make it a family and community zone "somewhere safe and accessible". After many...

Legal action sparks council reversal

Lee Scanlon of the Westport News Legal action by Forest and Bird has prompted a u-turn from the Buller District Council over the proposed Te Kuha coalmine. The council decided last week to rescind a preliminary decision it made last September, allowing Rangitira Developments Ltd (RDL) access to Westport's water conservation reserve for the mine. The proposed mine, 12km from Westport, would disturb...

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...
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