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Forest activists celebrate Charleston

Laura Mills Environmentalists who camped in rimu trees at Charleston 20 years ago are celebrating the protest action they say helped bring an end to native forest logging on the West Coast. Former Prime Minister Helen Clark has released a video of her address to a reunion of activists from the Native Forest Action, who climbed trees at Charleston and led...

Minister curbs Immigration NZ powers

Wellington Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has suspended his department's ability to make decisions on his behalf after it was revealed a migrant was allowed to stay in the country despite two sex offence convictions. Mr Woodhouse announced the suspension following a New Zealand Herald article about Sultan Abdul Ali Akbari, who arrived in the country from Afghanistan in 2012 on a...

PM for spy talks

Wellington Prime Minister Bill English has confirmed he will fly to Queenstown this week for a meeting with top officials from the countries that make up the Five Eyes spy network. They are holding a conference there and Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey is known to have arrived. Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo is reported to be attending as...

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...
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