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Labour warned over making promises to Pike families

Labour was told to be careful about making promises to the Pike River Mine families, during a parliamentary debate yesterday. Labour leader Andrew Little asked Prime Minister Bill English to confirm the New Zealand Mines Rescue statement that people had been working up to 300m inside the stone drift in 2011. He also said former Greymouth coalminer and Mines Rescue member...

Buller group stunned by Kiwi Rail charges

Lee Scanlon of the Westport News A Buller community group is stunned by Kiwi Rail's plan to charge it for occupying land the group has maintained and beautified for decades. The Northern Buller Communities Society has looked after 4ha of Kiwi Rail land on a no-payment peppercorn lease since the 1990s. Kiwi Rail now plans to charge the society $402.50 a year for...

Coast penguin finds home in Australia

A nationally endangered Fiordland crested penguin (tawaki) found injured on a Hokitika beach, will live out its days in a Sydney zoo, thanks partly to help from the Australian High Commissioner. Named Gari, the penguin was a juvenile when it was found with extensive wounds to the lower abdomen and left foot. A barracuda is suspected. Gari received care and initial...

House takes long road to Coast

New Zealand Building Removals contractors spent two nights travelling from Christchurch to Greymouth, through the Lewis Pass, to drop off this house at a Turumaha Street property, in Greymouth, this morning. It now occupies the cleared site of the former Hunt's Scrapyard. A spokesman said it took them six hours to drive overnight from Waipara and then some smart manoeuvring by the...

Seven years’ jail for male rape

A West Coast man was yesterday jailed for seven years for the male rape of a 17-year-old youth. Shane Dion Dibben, 26, had been convicted of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, as well as two further charges of unlawfully taking a motor vehicle and escaping custody. In March, Dibben was found guilty by a Greymouth District Court jury of eight...

Mayor in a spin

Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn and Kaiata Community Centre president Marg Becker prove that you are never to old to have fun as they take a spin at the opening of the new playground at Kaiata, on Saturday. The community raised $80,000 for the play equipment.

Kumara gardens consented

The Kumara Residents Trust (KRT) has been granted consent to construct the planned Chinese garden to honour early Chinese gold diggers. The consent was granted by the Westland District Council, which earlier released $150,000 of Kumara Borough endowment funds for the controversial project. Kumara is sharply divided over the garden project, which opponents argue is out of proportion with the small number...

Microlight pilots ‘lucky to get out alive’

by Janna Sherman The two Hokitika men injured in a microlight crash at the Hokitika Airport last month could return home as early as today. Hokitika Airport manager Drew Howat and Department of Conservation ranger Tim Shaw suffered broken bones in the April 22 crash from about 300ft, but both managed to free themselves from the wreckage before it caught fire. Speaking...

Cobden road marking on wrong side

Brendon McMahon A Cobden resident is upset a road marking mistake has effectively removed all his off-street parking. Richard Fountain says the first he knew that yellow no-parking lines were to be painted on Hall Street, outside his property, was last Thursday night when he saw flashing lights and went out to shift a vehicle for the road marking contractors. However, the no-parking...

Drone in copter’s path prompts warning

A man received a formal warning from police for flying a drone less than 400m above the Franz Josef Glacier heliport the busiest in New Zealand at the weekend. It was the second incident at the glaciers in the space of a week. On April 22, a drone was flown up the Fox Glacier Valley. The operator was warned by...
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