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Flyer back on track for Coast

Brendon McMahon The Kingston Flyer may yet ride West Coast rails after Development West Coast confirmed yesterday it is still investigating the option to buy the historic steam train in its entirety. It turns out the recent buyer of the train was only interested in the land it sits on at Kingston, at the head of Lake Wakatipu. DWC chief executive Chris...

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...

Contest a page turner

The Paparoa Range School team of Emily Berry, left, Jessica Beckford (obscured), Sami Donaldson and cousin Liam Donaldson were all concentration yesterday at the start of the annual Whitcoulls Kids Literature Challenge, hosted in Greymouth by St Patrick's Primary School. Schools from throughout the West Coast took part in the competition, which covered a wide range of literature questions from...

Cyclone damage affects Queensland coal transport

Damage to rail lines in cyclone-hit north-east Australia is set to disrupt exports of the steel-making material from the world's largest coking coal region, underpinning prices and raising the prospect of major producers declaring force majeure. The extent of the damage, which will hit coal mines operated by BHP Billiton Ltd and Glencore PLC, was revealed in the wake of deadly...

Man put socks on hands before stealing items

A man who put socks on his hands before stealing items from a Westport property must pay for what he took. Clifford James Pascoe, 35, appeared before Judge Noel Walsh in the Westport District Court last week. Police prosecutor Graeme Eden said Pascoe and an associate went to a Westport address on January 19. They put socks on their hands before...

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...
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