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Mayors and councillors mull pay cut

Council leaders on the West Coast are less than enthusiastic about the idea of taking a pay cut in solidarity with ratepayers hit by the Covid-19 lockdown.

Tensions rise in lockdown

Greymouth police today warned people against venting their lockdown frustrations at essential workers at local businesses and services.

‘No’ to tourist train

The suggestion of a tourist train running between Westport and Hokitika will not go ahead, after Kiwi Rail concluded it would have required $91 million of investment. PICTURE: courtesy Tommy Secker

Mayors ramp up bid for roadblocks

A frustrated Greymouth Mayor today called for roadblocks and curfews to stop people moving in and around the region after a weekend of complaints of people flouting the lockdown.

Easter travellers will be sent packing

Anyone trying to enter the West Coast or travel within the region for an Easter holiday break will be turned around by police and told to go home.

Flying to the rescue

Greymouth catering company is cooking up a storm in the midst of the national Coivd-19 pandemic lockdown.

Flu vaccine runs out

West Coast medical practices have all but run out of flu vaccine, as they cope with unprecedented demand for protection from the annual lurgy, on top of fears over the coronavirus.

Hotline launched to help Coasters

A phone hotline for West Coast residents needing help with essential supplies or services - including things like washing machines - was launched today by West Coast Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM).

Protocols changed after Greymouth death

Family of the Kaiata woman who yesterday became the first New Zealander to die from Covid-19 have called on everyone who had contact with her to be tested.

New Greymouth hospital all go

The impasse over the completion of Te Nikau Grey Hospital is over - courtesy of the Covid-19 emergency.
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