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Thieves target for goldmines, tip truck

The hunt is on for thieves who struck at four remote goldmining sites in the Goldsborough area overnight, stealing gold and leaving a trail of damage running into hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Thousands book hut on new great walk

The new Paparoa Track has got off to a strong start with thousands of bed nights booked -- six months before the track even opens. 

Metservice to change Coast weather forecasts

After years of complaints that weather forecasts for the West Coast are putting off visitors, the Metservice has confirmed a series of changes intended to narrow down its forecasting.

Former Greymouth Evening Star editor dies

Former long-serving editor of the Greymouth Evening Star, Frank Neate, died peacefully on Saturday at his home in Australia. He was 91.

History House future up for debate

Grey District Council staff have strongly recommended delaying work on strengthening the long closed History House Museum building until the future of a Greymouth museum can considered "holistically". A full report will be considered tonight.

Would you go electric?

In a sign of changing times, a second-hand wholly electric vehicle (EV) is for sale in Greymouth in what is believed to be the first of its kind here.

Cat wakes man as house truck burns

A cat is credited with saving a man's life early this morning when his house truck caught fire just south of Barrytown.

$1000-plus rate rise in a decade

Zero rates rises for Grey district ratepayers are out and rate rises these days are "inevitable", Mayor Tony Kokshoorn says.

Coast real estate market heats up

The huge backlog of houses for sale on the West Coast, and an average sale time of over two years, is showing an "eye-popping" turn around.

No heli hikes on new great walk

The Department of Conservation has decided to halt its amendment process for the West Coast Conservation Management Strategy (CMS) after Forest and Bird threatened a challenge over the legal process.
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