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‘Dictator’ mayor letter leaked

Brendon McMahon A Grey District councillor who wrote a personal letter to the mayor about his style of communication was today mystified as to how the letter was leaked yesterday. The letter apparently labelled Tony Kokshoorn "a dictator" and raised concerns about his public statements about the future of the Greymouth Aerodrome and also his role in the West Coast mayors...

Gasson snares fourth NZ swimming title

Wellington Rio Olympian Helena Gasson has bagged her fourth gold in as many days at the New Zealand Open swimming championships in Auckland, while Hokitika's George Schroder had to fight off a stern test to claim the men's 100m breaststroke honours. Gasson, Bradlee Ashby and 17-year-old Gabrielle Fa'amausili, who have all reached qualifying times for the world championships, secured national titles...

Smith faces no confidence call

by Brendon McMahon Feathers are flying at the Westland District Council, with Mayor Bruce Smith being accused of an "intolerable abuse of procedure" as he faces a vote of no confidence and a demand to step down immediately. Cr David Carruthers has lodged a formal notice for a vote of no confidence in the mayor, to be heard at the next...

Grey Main’s new boss

The Grey Main School had a new "principal for the day" today with seven-year-old pupil Jonathan Seifert standing in for resident principal Mandy O'Sullivan after winning the post at the school's family fiesta last Friday. Principal Seifert was chauffeured to school, ran two assemblies, shouted staff morning tea after shopping at the supermarket with Mrs O'Sullivan and has been...

Close Greymouth pool games

There were some close games in the first round of the Greymouth men's pool competition with Rec I and Paroa taking the lead after both won six games each. All other matches were decided on the last game. Results were. Kells White 5, Union 4; GWMC 5, Dunollie 4; Paroa 6, Runanga 3; Rec I 6, Rec II 3; Kells Blue...

Cyclist killed in crash with truck

Wellington Police have confirmed a cyclist has died following a collision with a truck in Napier. The 54-year-old was involved in the crash on Brookfields Road, Pakowhai, last evening. Police were investigating the man's death and appealing for information from witnesses. He has not yet been named. NZN

Weather no worries for favoured Canes

Campbell Burnes Even without Dane Coles and the Saveas, the Hurricanes are still warmest of favourites for tonight's trans-Tasman clash with the Waratahs in storm-riven Wellington. The hosts are paying just $1.08 at the TAB, against the Waratahs' $7, a sure reflection of the fact no Australian team has yet lowered their New Zealand counterparts in 2017. However, three of the...

Crashes on New Zealand roads costing billions

Auckland Crashes on New Zealand roads are not just costing lives but billions of dollars, the Government says. The Ministry of Transport's latest Social Cost of Road Crashes and Injuries report found the social cost of crashes in which people were killed or injured was an estimated $3.79 billion in 2015, up from $3.53b in 2014. This averaged out to an estimated...

‘Primitive’ label shows ignorance, kapa haka group says

Auckland A blog post that used a picture of a kapa haka group and called Maori culture "primitive" shows a narrow-minded and ignorant world view, the kapa haka group's leader says. Treaty Gate blogger John Ansell posted the image of Rotorua kapa haka group Te Maataarae i Oorehu , together with a caption calling Maori culture "primitive". Ansell was the marketing manager...

Laid-off workers need more support: OECD

Auckland Laid-off workers should should receive a longer notice period when losing their jobs and more should be done to encourage them to access welfare support afterwards, a new report says. Released today, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report said many workers made redundant earned less, worked shorter hours and had fewer benefits in new jobs than in their...
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