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Campervan tourists not using toilets

Punakaiki residents are backing en masse Buller District Council proposed freedom camping bylaws, saying parts of the resort are covered in human excrement.

Woman in court after Reefton fire

A Christchurch woman has been charged with arson following a suspicious house fire in Reefton last night.

New cafe – with kapa haka attraction

The former Golden Eagle Hotel in Greymouth is getting a new lease on life and will soon reopen as Brooke Murphy's, a licensed cafe with a difference, including live kapa haka shows for tourists.

Dairy owners don’t feel safe

Two dairy operators, each hit twice by thieves in the past few weeks, say Greymouth feels a less safe place to do business than it was when they set up in town.

Assurance over hospital roof

The Minister of Health climbed a ladder on to the roof of the new Te Nikau Grey Hospital and Health Centre yesterday as part of a tour of the $77.8 million facility.

Pike 29 ride death

A Cronadun woman is dead after she and her partner of 35 years came to grief just past the Berlins Hotel in the Buller Gorge during the Tribute 29 Pike River Memorial motorcycle ride on Saturday afternoon.

New top cop announced

A Greymouth-based detective has been appointed the new West Coast police area commander.  

Woman loses home in fire; petrol station concerns

A Kumara resident lost her home in a devastating fire which threatened to spread to the neighbouring petrol station, just before dawn this morning.

Budget upped as Pike River reentry gets go-ahead

Re-entry plans for the Pike River Mine were confirmed today by the Government, stretching the life of the State-owned recovery agency by 18 months and the budget to $36 million.

Coast logging bid falls over

The West Coast has suffered another blow after a legal bill to legislate for selective logging of trees blown over on the conservation estate, has itself fallen over.
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