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‘Grammar vigilante’ tackles shop signs

London A self-confessed "grammar vigilante" has been secretly correcting bad punctuation on street signs and shop fronts in England's south-west for more than a decade. The anonymous crusader carries out his work in the dead of night in Bristol using the "Apostrophiser" a long-handled tool he created to reach the highest signs. The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the BBC...

Black Sticks power past USA

Hastings The Vantage Black Sticks have proven too strong for USA, winning their third round clash 3-2 at the Vantage Hawke's Bay Festival of Hockey last night. Both teams came into the match with a draw and a loss from their first two matches at the tournament. USA were first on the score sheet in the 11th minute when Erin Matson pounced...

March warm in Reefton

It was a warm March in Reefton, with temperatures reaching the mid-20s at times. Weather observer Tony Fortune said generally it was a quiet month with little rain or wind. "The weather seemed to warm up as the month progressed." The warmest day was March 29, when it reached 26degC. However, the town also had three frosts and three fogs. Rain fell on...

Climber critical after 10m fall

Brendon McMahon A man who fell while rock climbing on coastal cliffs at Charleston yesterday is critically ill in Wellington Hospital after suffering a head injury. The 26-year-old North Islander was climbing on a bluff above Constant Bay a well known haunt for recreational rock climbers when he fell over 10m on to the beach below. NZCC West Coast Rescue Helicopter pilot...

Fit Suburbs smash Brunner-Runanga

Viv Logie Suburbs were too fast and too fit for Brunner-Runanga in the top-of-the-table clash in the West Coast premier rugby league competition at the weekend, winning 72-6. However, the country side were missing a number of crucial players including Alan Monk, Adam Richardson, Louis Jackman and Rob Thomson. While it was a thrashing, the opening 20 minutes were relatively even, with Brunner-Runanga...

Council CEO suspended

by Janna Sherman Westland District Council chief executive Tanya Winter who has already taken a personal grievance claim against the council has been suspended. Ms Winter will be replaced temporarily from tomorrow by former chief executive Robin Reeves, whom she took over from in 2012 after ongoing complaints about the state of the council affairs. Westland Mayor Bruce Smith said today the...

Shot man denies charges

Christchurch A man shot by police officers in Christchurch has denied pointing a blank firing pistol at them. Murray James Allan, 24, suffered minor injuries after allegedly pointing the imitation firearm at officers who approached a car he was in about 2am in Woolston on February 4. When Allan, of the Parklands area of the city, first appeared in the Christchurch District...

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...

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...

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...
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