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Harriers back in action with new president

The Greymouth Harriers Club will hold its season opening day run on Saturday. At the recent annual meeting a new president was elected with Ben Aynsley taking over the reins. Last season the big changes were relocating base to the Greymouth Squash Club in Alexander Street, and re-routing the two and four-person relay course. Numbers during last season were steady every week...

Styles in love with his debut album

London Harry Styles says his upcoming debut solo album is currently his favourite record to listen to. The One Direction singer will release the record's first track, Sign of the Times, tomorrow and said he wrote around 70 songs before narrowing them down, most of which were penned in Jamaica. "I just wanted to not be somewhere that I'd get distracted. It...

Mistakes admitted in typhoid case

Wellington Auckland health officials have admitted there were mistakes in the way they handled an outbreak of typhoid in the city but believe they did the right things in limiting its spread. One woman has died and 16 are confirmed infected with the disease but Auckland Regional Public Health Service has been criticised for keeping quiet about it until days after...

Tables turned on drunk driver

Dunedin Of the dozens of drink-drivers appearing in New Zealand courts yesterday, it is a safe bet only one related to a motorised picnic table. Mosgiel joiner Wade Bryce Bovey, 21, left the Dunedin District Court yesterday with a common conviction to his name but the circumstances were anything but. "One night me and a mate decided we'd take it to the...

Hundreds still missing in mudslide

Bogota Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says the mudslide that obliterated part of the city of Mocoa has killed at least 293 people and a large number of people are still missing. "This morning, 467 people have reported relatives to be missing. "Of those, 153 have been located, 119 of them alive but, unfortunately, 34 of them deceased," said Santos in a...

Tot defends choice of doll

Columbia (South Carolina) A toddler's brilliant response to a cashier who questioned her choice of a black doll has been shared by thousands of social media users. The cashier reportedly told Sophia: "We have lots of other dolls that look more like you." Her mother Brandi Benner, from South Carolina, shared her story on social media, explaining they were paying for the...

Art gallery options on table

Brendon McMahon A report will go to the Grey District Council meeting on Monday outlining public feedback and options for the future of the Left Bank Art Gallery building, in Greymouth. Built in the 1920s as the Bank of New Zealand, it is now owned by the council and is leased to the West Coast Society of the Arts Incorporated. The first...

Otira bus crash rescue cited in St John appeal

Viv Logie The Otira Gorge bus crash that injured 36 people, some critically, has been highlighted first-hand in the national St John annual appeal. The bus carrying a full load of Asian tourists crashed and ran into a car coming to rest close to the bluff on New Year's Eve 2015. St John personnel from the West Coast and Canterbury rushed to...

Russia blames rebels’ arsenal

Moscow Russia is denying that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was to blame for a poison gas attack and said it would continue to back him, opening a rift between the Kremlin and Donald Trump's White House, which initially sought warmer ties. Western countries, including the United States, blamed Assad's armed forces for the worst chemical attack in Syria for more than...

West Coast golf wrap

The qualifying round for the Brown Walters Cup and Edward Cup got off to a great start on Saturday with 16 contestants. Sixteen is the perfect number for knock-out competition, even in pairs. An individual bogey was played in conjunction with the cup matches, and first home by lot on plus 5 was Grant Elwood, playing his usual long game. Peter...
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