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Hospital demolition begins

Demolition of the old Grey Base Hospital started this morning, 146 years after the hospital moved to its current site.

Monteith’s gifts bottling plant

The loss of the Monteith's brewery to Greymouth has a silver lining, with the decision by brewing giant Heineken-DB to gift the now redundant bottling plant to the community.

Cr Latham Martin tells survival story

A small stone, flicked off the blade of his scrub bar during a round of voluntary community service, nearly killed Hokitika councillor Latham Martin.

Coasters prepare for life without cheques

With just months left before most banks phase out cheques, and Reefton loses its last bank, Rural Women says too many people do not have a good enough internet connection to transition to on-line banking.

Shantytown prepares for 50th

Shantytown is preparing to celebrate its 50th later this month, with fairground rides, beard-growing competitions and an old-fashioned knees-up. PICTURE: Diane Burling, West Coast Recollect

950 cars stopped at Kumara races, 0 drink drivers

Punters at the Kumara Races got a 100% pass rate from the police, with not a single drink-driver caught of 950 vehicles stopped after the races.

Weather, track ready for Kumara

Police will have a strong presence on course and on the roads tomorrow as the Kumara Races resume after a break of two years.

Cr flown to hospital

A good deed for the community took a serious turn for the worse on Tuesday for Hokitika councillor Latham Martin.

Coast buzzing with tourists

For one glorious week, the West Coast has been buzzing with tourists, but from today the majority were expected to start heading home.

Novelist returns after 54-year break

Lockdown gave the impetus for Runanga author Jack Ewen, 89, to complete the dog-eared handwritten draft of the novel he started writing over 50 years ago.

Hospital demolition

Anatoki departs Greymouth

Big red bus

Coast logging wars

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