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Armed offenders train in old hospital

Armed police swarmed on Grey Base Hospital this morning -- in a rare opportunity for the West Coast Armed Offenders Squad to train inside the recently abandoned hospital buildings.

Man found guilty of gold nugget theft

A Cobden man was found guilty in the Greymouth District Court yesterday of stealing 19 gold nuggets.

New barber shop owner reveals plans

Greymouth's last barber shop has changed hands, sparking panic among the town's gentry when the 'closed' sign went up on Friday. PICTURE: Courtesy Neville Roberts

Modern Greymouth building labelled quake prone

Tenants of a modern office building in Greymouth are working from home after lead tenant Inland Revenue questioned the building's earthquake safety standard.

Street races all go

The Greymouth Motorcycle Street Races are set to rev in to action over Labour Weekend, as long as the Government Covid-19 announcement on Monday drops the country back to level 1, with no restrictions on crowd numbers.

Long, hot summer ahead?

Remember the long, hot summer of 2017-18, when Greymouth sold out of fans? Summer 2020-21 could see a repeat.La Nina conditions were declared yesterday.

Former Grey mayor’s bird alive and swearing

A unique piece of living West Coast history has resurfaced in the North Island.Reggie the cockatoo is thought to be nearing 50 years of age, and has a colourful past to match his crest.

Covid can’t stop school ball

Greymouth High School ball committee members — teacher Tealy Wood, left, and students Ellie Brown, Lana Gorrie, Bethany Seifert and Abby Dodd ready for the senior ball, themed the Roaring 20s. The ball is being held back at the school for the first time in years, due to Covid-19

Ag Fest on; street race doubts

West Coast Ag Fest is still on for its November date, but organisers are holding their breath ahead of the Government announcement next week on Covid alert levels.

Wild goats venture into suburban Cobden

The quickly growing family of goats from around the Cobden Bridge are extending their range, right into suburban streets -- and tasty front lawns and gardens.
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