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Thieves on camera

West Coast police have released CCTV footage of two people suspected of smash and grabs from parked cars in the Greymouth area last week. The pair, a man and a woman, were caught on camera using paywave cards stolen from one of the vehicles. Police said three cars were broken into in Karoro and Rapahoe last Wednesday and Thursday,...

Leaked footage shows more Pike River bodies

Laura Mills Two Pike River Mine women will head to Wellington this week with leaked footage they say shows three or four more bodies. In mid-February, Prime Minister Bill English halted the mine sealing and agreed that the stone drift leading into the mine would be explored by camera or drone. The families had wanted this done by August, before the general...

Consent sought for Woodpecker Bay passing lane

Laura Mills The New Zealand Transport Agency has applied for consent to create a slow vehicle lane at Woodpecker Bay, just north of Fox River. It needs consent because the work will be within 50m of the coastal marine area. NZTA wants to widen the shoulder of the Coast Road, State highway 6, allowing slow vehicles to move to a sealed shoulder...

Woman dies in quad bike accident

Viv Logie A Grey Valley woman died in a farm quad bike accident near Ikamatua on Friday afternoon. Greymouth police were called at 4.30pm to find the woman dead, pinned beneath the bike. The police media team said the victim was in her late 60s. According to the death notice, she was Ann Jacqulin (Jac) Brown-Budd. Worksafe NZ would only confirm today that...

CEO quits for ‘other interests’

by Janna Sherman In the ongoing Westland District Council saga, chief executive Tanya Winter has resigned, effective immediately. The Guardian understands her resignation arose after a mediation hearing in Greymouth on Friday to address her employment issues, including a personal grievance she filed against the council in March, followed by her suspension for alleged serious misconduct. Neither Ms Winter nor Mayor Bruce Smith...

Two hurt in Hokitika microlight crash

Janna Sherman of the Hokitika Guardian Two Hokitika men managed to free themselves from the wreckage of their microlight before it was engulfed in flames after crashing at Hokitika Airport on Saturday. The trike-style microlight fell from about 200 feet shortly after take-off, due to engine failure, crash landing on the grass within the airport zone near the east-west runway. Both men confirmed...

Bridge removal concerns

Laura Mills Oceana Gold says it will consult community groups over the future of the now-closed Globe Progress Mine, amid concerns it may remove the Jack Lovelock Memorial Bridge at Crushington. Reefton identity Bert Waghorn has written to the Buller District Council expressing concern the concrete and steel access bridge could be removed. "It was named after one of our great heroes...

Floodwall not preferred public option for Westport

Lee Scanlon of the Westport News Cleaning out the Buller River and its Orowaiti flood safety valve, rather than building expensive flood protection, seems to be Westport people's preferred flood protection. More than 200 people responded to the West Coast Regional Council proposals for protecting Westport from floods. The council had provided six flood protection options, ranging from doing nothing to extensive stopbanks...

Error admitted in crash rescue

Brendon McMahon The late dispatch of a rescue helicopter to a badly injured motorcyclist at Barrytown three weeks ago was "not appropriate" in hindsight, St John says. The organisation has made the admission following a review of the emergency response to the crash, on State highway 6 at Canoe Creek shortly before midday on April 1. St John's role in the response...

Handful of WW2 vets left

Greymouth Air Training Corps cadets Regan Simons and Thomas Rooney, with cadet corporal Courtney Lankshear assisting, helped place 344 crosses outside the Greymouth fountain yesterday in time for Anzac Day. ATC first created a field of remembrance in 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of the first landings at Gallipoli. This is the third year now for the installation, with...
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