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Hokitika mail mix-up brings apology

by Janna Sherman Late and wrong mail deliveries and bulk drops into letterboxes are among the complaints made over New Zealand Post's new mail service in Hokitika. NZ Post contracted out the mail side of its operation to Send Through Limited in November, replacing two long-serving posties. Annoyed residents say that since the changeover, mail services have been unreliable and unacceptable. Resident Trish...

Man rescued from old mine shaft

Viv Logie A Hokitika man was lucky to survive after stumbling into an abandoned goldmine shaft near Arthurstown late yesterday. Hokitika Volunteer Fire Brigade chief Harry Collett said the man, in his 50s, fell 8m into the water-filled shaft, which was otherwise 30m deep. The man went off alone for a bush walk and when he did not return his wife became...

New Greymouth hospital used up Westport funds

Lee Scanlon of the Westport News The new Grey Base Hospital swallowed government money promised for Westport's new health centre, says a former West Coast District Health Board member. John Vaile told a public meeting in Westport on Wednesday night that the Ministry of Health had told the DHB there was $10 million available for the Westport centre. The DHB's initial plans came...

$3.6m Government bailout for West Coast polytechnic

Tai Poutini Polytechnic received a $3.6 million bailout from the Government today to allow it to keep operating. The Government also hinted that transitional funding may also be available for the struggling polytechnic. In December, a Crown manager was appointed, citing a significant financial deficit and declining student numbers at the Greymouth-based facility. Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith said...

Town square work into the night

Paul Smith contractors worked through the night to lay a new high pressure water main as part of the town square and shared street project in downtown Greymouth. Grey District Council assets manager Mel Sutherland said that because they were working at the main intersection in town (Mackay-Tainui) the contractors scheduled the work at night to avoid disruption to...

New museum exhibition for May Day celebrations

The annual West Coast May Day celebrations will take place in Blackball this year with debate, a new museum exhibition and the formation of a co-operative incubator fund. The annual event is jointly hosted by the Blackball Museum, Unions West Coast, West Coast Labour Party and West Coast Greens. It starts next Friday, April 28, with a light-hearted debate between Blackball...

More time on Heaphy Track for riders

The Heaphy Track mountainbiking season is being extended by two months in spring to run from May 1 to November 30. The New Zealand Conservation Authority has approved an amendment to the Kahurangi National Park management plan allowing the longer seven-month biking season that will run for the first time this year. The mountainbiking season previously ran to September 30. Department of...

Possible discovery of ‘extinct’ bird in Grey Valley

An audio recording from the Grey Valley is among 50 reports of possible encounters with the South Island kokako, previously thought to be extinct, following the offer of a $5000 reward. Founding trustee of the South Island Kokako Trust, Ron Nilsson, a longstanding kokako enthusiast who worked with the Wildlife Service and later Department of Conservation, has been following up...

Cake firm contracts confirmed

Janna Sherman of the Hokitika Guardian An Auckland-based cake decorating company has secured two lucrative Westland District Council contracts to upgrade drinking-water treatment plants in Kumara and Whataroa. Westland Mayor Bruce Smith confirmed yesterday the council was proceeding with the contracts, with a combined value of $405,000, which had been awarded to Techno Economic Services (TES) Ltd in January. Mr Smith said the...

Westport health centre ‘too small’

Lee Scanlon of the Westport News Westport's proposed new health centre is too small, says a leading local nurse. Diane Longstaff, the team leader for Buller district nurses and the New Zealand Nurses' Organisation chairwoman for the West Coast, said she had suggested spray painting the size on the ground, then filling the space with the number of likely occupants. "I tell you...
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