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Biggest dozer in NZ at Coast mine

West Coast mining company Whyte Gold has this month taken delivery of the largest and most sophisticated bulldozer in New Zealand, to service its new claim at Rimu.

Fourth fire in eight days

A fourth house in Greymouth has been claimed by fire in the space of just eight days, and this time the occupant had to flee for his life.

Gang house burns

A Greymouth gang house, described as a "second home" for the members of the Aotearoa Natives, was burned to the ground in a suspicious overnight blaze.

Trial square opening to start this Friday

A trial run for transforming the Greymouth Town Square into a permanent pedestrian mall will start on Friday.

Hot water cylinder may have caused fire

A large fire which tore through an unoccupied house in Runanga was likely started by a faulty hot water cylinder.

Here come the timber wars

The timber wars are coming, with prices and demand for West Coast logs predicted to rise as a shortage of wood out of Canterbury and Nelson-Tasman hits home.

Family lose everything in fire

A Greymouth family lost everything they own and their house in a fire last night

Businessman urges full closure of town square

The owner of a key business located in the Greymouth Town Square is urging town leaders to permanently close the area to save costs and avoid confusion.

Arnold Power consents let go

Consents have been let lapse on a $200 million hydro power scheme upgrade on the Arnold River, a decade after a huge public campaign helped Trustpower get the green light.

Council sells 1080 share

The West Coast Regional Council has cut its losses and sold its share in a Canterbury-based 1080 poison factory.

Big red bus

Coast logging wars

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