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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...

Public meetings to update farmers on pasture pests

Brendon McMahon Research into the porina caterpillar along with the manuka beetle now major pasture pests on some parts of the West Coast will be relayed in public meetings throughout the region next week. The findings by Ag Research will set a new standard to guide West Coast farmers in dealing with some of the region's worst pests, and follow years...

Art in the Town grand finale

The grand finale to the month-long Art in the Town event was well attended at the Left Bank Art Gallery. Prizes to the value of $300 were awarded to the teens and adults section. Organisers say Tracey Collins' adult entry displayed excellent blending techniques, while Yasmin Waters won the teen entry with a superb handling of vibrant colour and...

Group to hold Greymouth harvest feast

The global 'Incredible Edible' movement will hold a harvest feast in Greymouth this weekend. The idea is that towns reclaim their public spaces for food security and growing food. The movement has followers from Uganda to Canada, and on Saturday from 3pm people will be able to bring along their own home-grown produce and other ingredients to the free harvest event...

Australian tramper airlifted

A young Australian woman tramping in the Copland Pass area near Fox Glacier was uplifted from the Welcome Flat Hut late yesterday morning after she broke an ankle. NZCC West Coast Rescue Helicopter pilot Angus Taylor said the woman was flown back to Grey Base Hospital. Notably, it was the fifth time this year the rescue helicopter had been...

Council extends logging submissions deadline

Brendon McMahon Consultation on the principle of allowing sustainable harvesting of native forests owned by the Grey District Council has been extended a further month because some people were confused by what they were being asked to comment on. The council decided at the end of 2016 to start consulting on the 'broad principle' of allowing selective logging of indigenous forests...

Former Coaster new National Party electorate chairman

Former West Coaster Boyd Becker has been elected the new West Coast-Tasman electorate chairman for the National Party, and Greymouth man Rory Paterson to the same position with the Labour Party. The National Party held its electorate annual general meeting in Murchison at the weekend. Greymouth woman Anne Chapman stepped down as chairwoman, and electorate secretary; Mr Becker took her place. National...

Shantytown introduces new archaeology course

Shantytown has introduced a new archaeology course at its school, complete with a dig. The first week in April marks the inaugural National Archaeology Week and across the country various organisations have been encouraged by the New Zealand Archaeological Association to design and host events. Shantytown and the Marsden Valley Education Centre are doing their part by introducing a LEOTC (learning...

Cuban ambassador for Blackball May Day

A Cuban ambassador will return to Blackball for May Day celebrations, which will also see the launch of a new co-operative society. The annual event will start on Friday, April 28 with a debate at the Blackball Workingmen's Club with the topic 'Shoot the rich'. On Saturday the topic is the coming election and environmentalism on the West Coast. It starts...
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