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Coast farmers face feed challenges

Brendon McMahon A welcome turn in the weather has brought respite for dairying, but underlying worry following the cold wet season, on the back of last year's poor payout, means it is not all hay and sunshine for West Coast farmers. West Coast Federated Farmers' president Peter Langford said the better weather from mid-February had certainly lifted spirits but the dry,...

Cyclone Debbie remnant heads towards NZ

Almost three years to the day since Cyclone Ita flattened swathes of forest on the West Coast, and destroyed the Blaketown Hall, numerous houses and the R and N Trading premises, another cyclone is heading towards the West Coast. However, the Metservice said today Cyclone Debbie was a "different beast". Forecaster Cameron Coutts said it was not actually the cyclone itself...

Heveldt NZ Marist personality of the year

Viv Logie Greymouth Marist Rugby Club stalwart Gus (Brian) Heveldt has been named New Zealand Marist personality of the year. Heveldt says he is honoured with the award but is adamant he would not have got it without the support of the club's hard working members. "I am not the only one everyone in the club does a hell of a lot...

White House wealth

The White House released financial disclosures for many of its senior officials on Friday a group of some of the wealthiest people ever to join a presidential administration. The documents provide a snapshot of what the employees' finances looked like when they joined government service in January, but they do not give a full account of how those people are...

Reward doubled for kokako confirmation

Laura Mills A reward offered for confirmation the South Island kokako is still alive has been doubled to $10,000. The initial $5000 reward offered in January by the South Island Kokako Charitable Trust generated 40 reports of possible encounters, and interest from around the world. The bird was considered extinct until 2013 when credible sightings including on the West Coast prompted it...

Pink Ribbon registrations open

Registrations are now open for Pink Ribbon Breakfasts. Celebrity cook and author Nadia Lim has encouraged West Coast residents to invite their friends to breakfast in May, to raise funds for Breast Cancer Foundation NZ. The Breast Cancer Foundation hopes to top last year's total of over 30 breakfasts across the West Coast. About 25 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each...

New research to tackle rural health, well-being

New research on farm-related suicide and the factors behind it is a progressive step and will enable a more concerted focus on reducing rates, Federated Farmers said. The study by Dr Annette Beautrais was conducted on behalf of the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand and funded by Agresearch. As inaugural members of RHANZ, Federated Farmers has advocated for many years...

Phoenix stuns Victory

Melbourne Roly Bonevacia fired Wellington Phoenix to a 3-0 A-League win over 10-man Melbourne Victory last night. Dutch-born livewire Bonevacia struck two long-range first-half goals to put the Nix in control at AAMI Park, with substitute Shane Smeltz adding a third in the 89th minute. Wellington arrived in Melbourne as the only team with something to play for and it showed. While the...

Families flee ahead of flooding

Brisbane Families are moving out of low-lying parts of Rockhampton, and extra emergency crews have moved into the central Queensland city as it braces for the worst flooding in more than 60 years. The Fitzroy River is rising and are expected to peak of 9.4m on Wednesday or Thursday. At that level flooding will be worse than what was seen in 2011...

Falls awareness programme produced

In an effort to reduce the number of falls experienced by people on the West Coast, a programme of community awareness events is being produced for 'April Falls Month'. A Health Quality and Safety Commission report showed eight incidents on the West Coast in the year to the end of June 2016, five of which were falls-related. The West Coast health...
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