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Firemen celebrate 150 milestone

Elder statesmen of the Greymouth Volunteer Fire Brigade Tom Cameron, left, and brothers Alan and Brian McEnaney outside the fire station today with the latest emergency vehicles, ready for the brigade's 150th anniversary celebrations this weekend. Alan McEnaney is a long-serving chief fire officer, while Brian McEnaney and Mr Cameron were former deputies. The trio have given a combined...

The Pike River families say they have rejected Solid

Wellington A man who died in Manukau Harbour during a fishing trip has now been named. William Ruarangi, 52, of Manurewa, went missing in the Manukau Heads last Wednesday, while fishing with his eight-year-old daughter in a 3.6m dinghy. The girl was found hours later treading water but there were no signs of her father. His body was found in Manukau Harbour on...

Council reinstates CEO spending

by Janna Sherman A $5000 financial delegation cap on the chief executive was reversed by the Westland District Council yesterday. Former chief executive Tanya Winter, who resigned last week, had her wings clipped in November, when the incoming council voted to cap spending on consultants and legal fees. Previously, Ms Winter had the authority to approve up to $100,000, or $250,000 for...

Tragedies add to Cave Creek pain

Tai Poutini Polytechnic paused today to remember the Cave Creek disaster 22 years ago, as well as two former students who lost their lives in tragic circumstances in the past month. Fourteen people on a Tai Poutini Polytechnic outing died when a viewing platform collapsed at Cave Creek, near Punaikaiki, on April 28, 1995. The polytechnic said this morning that staff...

Buller health centre size defended

Lee Scanlon of the Westport News The proposed Westport integrated family health centre (IFHC) will be big enough, says the West Coast Hospital Redevelopment Group. "We are confident the facility will accommodate the community's health needs," chairwoman Cathy Cooney said. "The size and design of the facility was developed by the DHB during the implementation business case, with health planning input provided by...

Electric cars on tour to highlight performance

Ami Dhabuwala A convoy of electric cars on a national tour quietly pulled into Greymouth on Monday to demonstrate the performance and benefits of electric vehicles (EVs). EV enthusiasts are travelling from Bluff to Cape Reinga to spread awareness of the increasingly popular motoring option. The group Better New Zealand has been organising the road trip since 2015. "More people are taking interest...

Rescue helicopter 20th marked

Laura Mills The NZCC West Coast Rescue Helicopter marked its 20th anniversary yesterday with news that NZ Coal and Carbon has renewed its sponsorship. A number of supporters gathered at the rescue helicopter base on Water Walk Road last evening. Crewman Stu Drake said they had gone from 100 to 300 missions a year, and had to cover the longest and biggest...

More traps to protect endangered parakeet

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry today announced a major upgrade and extension to the trap network in Canterbury to protect the critically endangered orange-fronted parakeet. A total of 1450 Goodnature traps, which re-set up to 24 times before needing to be reloaded manually, and 1700 DOC-200 trap boxes will be added to the network, extending the trap line by 206km, at...

Queen show heading to Greymouth

Ami Dhabuwala The countdown is on for the Greymouth show of the theatrical rock concert Queen: It's a Kinda Magic, which hits the Regent Theatre on May 30. Despite more than two decades since Freddie Mercury's death, he is still in the heart of millions of fans around the globe. "The theatrical rock concert is designed to cater for die-hard Queen...

Couple celebrate 50 years of happy marriage

Dorothy and Norm Wilkins relax at home after celebrating their golden wedding anniversary last week. They were married in the Greymouth Anglican Church, so chose to celebrate the occasion with family and friends in the Anglican Hall. "On our wedding day the weather was fine and it was a lovely day," Mrs Wilkins said. "My good friend Rae Hodge was my bridesmaid...
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