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Freedom camping census -200 vehicles staying for free

At least 200 vehicles and probably double that number of tourists, are enjoying a free stay on the West Coast every night, a Greymouth Star census has found.

Alleged rape angers Haast residents

The alleged rape of a young Australian tourist in Haast last Friday has angered residents, who say the incident stems from a worsening drug culture in the village.

End is nigh for Revingtons

Greymouth eyesore Revingtons Hotel looks certain to come down after Heritage NZ withdrew its objection to the proposed demolition.

Relay for Life cancelled

The Cancer Society has had to cancel its Greymouth Relay for Life after 17 years on the West Coast.

We ask tourists – how much do you spend?

The sun is poking through at Cobden and a woman is washing her breakfast dishes in the outdoor shower at the tiphead, plastic Tupperware scattered about. Colourful bras hang off a van door to dry, and a Frenchman is quietly strumming a guitar. Following on from widespread public concern with the free council campsites established throughout the West Coast this summer,...

Second Armed Offenders call out

The armed offenders squad was called out in Greymouth today for the second time in two days.

Armed offenders callout as police hunt wanted man

A wanted man who sparked a police armed offenders callout to the Greymouth suburb of Arnott Heights first thing this morning, was still eluding capture two hours later.

Wholesale change for polytechnics

Tai Poutini Polytechnic faces its biggest change since it was set up in the early 1980s, with a new national body set to govern the struggling tertiary sector -- but just how that will work in the regions is vague.

Learn CPR, says mayor, after saving friend’s life

Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn used CPR to save the life of Kiwi rugby league legend and Grey district councillor Tony Coll on Saturday after he collapsed with a massive heart attack right in front of him.

Moves to create new Moana hub

Application has been lodged for the development of a new commercial-industrial hub at the northern entrance to Moana township.
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