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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.

Richie (and 1029 others) join Coast to Coast

All Blacks legend Richie McCaw has swapped his rugby boots for running shoes these days, and early this morning he and long-term friend and adventure racing team-mate Rob Nichol, New Zealand Rugby Players Association head, joined the pack on Serpentine beach for the start of the Kathmandu Coast to Coast, after spending the night at the Kumara Racecourse.

Franz gondola company ‘enthusiastic’

The company behind plans for a gondola to improve viewing opportunities at the retreating Franz Josef Glacier is still enthusiastic about the project, despite the Department of Conservation suddenly 'pausing' its review of the Westland National Park management plan.

Gallery reopens with top exhibition

After nine months and $300,000 of earthquake strengthening, the Left Bank Art Gallery reopens in Greymouth this weekend with an exhibition that salutes the West Coast's first European explorer, Thomas Brunner, and his Maori guides.

Drunk man clocked at 150kph

A highly intoxicated man who was clocked driving at 150kph near Hokitika on Saturday night, had endangered the lives of all other road users, police said.
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