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Weather worries speedway

Organisers of the New Zealand Stockcar Championships to be staged at Greenstone Park at Cobden this coming weekend are praying for a break after the terrible summer weather claimed the iconic Kumara Gold Nuggets race meeting due to be held on Saturday.

P addict crash almost hits child

A 'P' addict lost control of his vehicle while speeding across the Cobden Bridge, crashing down a bank and straight into the motorhome park, narrowly missing a three-year-old child playing outside.

Rugby park to be renamed John Sturgeon Park

Rugby Park, the home of West Coast rugby since 1931, is to be renamed John Sturgeon Park to honour the local rugby stalwart and former All Blacks manager.

Tanker just misses river

A fully-laden diesel tanker has a small culvert to thank for stopping it plunging over the bank into the Grey River after a collision with a car on the Blackball-Taylorville Road just after 8am today.

Shrinking glaciers

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Glaciologists including Dr Brian Anderson, of Ross, on their annual snowline survey. Video courtesy Niwa.

Love Greymouth? Town fights back

Greymouth people are fighting back after their town took a bruising in national media because of the rundown look of the central business district.

Man stuck on Otira rock shelter

A crane with a basket attached was called from Greymouth at lunchtime today to rescue a man who had been stuck on top of the steep Reid Falls flume for hours, with fears that he could slip over the 100m sheer drop into the riverbed below.

Drug helicopter hones in

The spectacle of the police annual cannabis recovery operation continues on the West Coast this week, with many residents experiencing a low-flying helicopter in the neighbourhood.

Stolen firearms, motorbikes seized

Napier Police have recovered 14 stolen firearms, three motorbikes, and various other stolen property after executing a search warrant at a Napier address. A man and a woman will appear in the Hastings District Court today following a police raid which was assisted by the Armed Offenders Squad. Police said a significant amount of stolen property was discovered at the Marewa address...

Billion trees to cost $180 million

Auckland Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says up to $180 million of his new $3 billion fund will end up being spent on his plan to plant one billion trees over the next 10 years and it could see some Landcorp farms converted to forestry. He said after the Budget in May the new Forestry Service, to be located in Rotorua,...
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