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Discharge over teen’s alcohol death

A young man who today admitted supplying alcohol to a minor who then died in a binge drinking game at Lake Kaniere, was discharged without conviction after penning a heartfelt speech for the judge in the Greymouth District Court today. Brendan Perrin, 23, of Hari Hari, appeared for sentence on a charge of supplying alcohol to a minor, following the...

Aquatic centre closes for maintenance

Sam Bradley prepares to resurface the walkway at the Westland Recreation Centre pool yesterday. The aquatic centre will be closed all week for in-depth maintenance and safety improvements to ensure the pool and facilities. "It is a full check and general maintenance to make sure everything is up to scratch," centre manager Nelia Heersink said. "The boiler is undergoing...

Pike mine footage taken into account — Solid Energy

Solid Energy says video footage of Mines Rescue workers setting up a robot just inside the stone drift leading into the Pike River Mine, and the robot travelling 1570m up the drift, had been taken into account by the company's experts during the assessment for the mine re-entry. "The risks around re-entry do not centre around the conditions in the...

‘Major’ hotel redevelopment in wind

Laura Mills A major redevelopment is on the cards for Greymouth alongside the Kingsgate Hotel, but no one is talking yet. Millennium and Copthorne Hotels, the Grey District Council and Mawhera Incorporation are all involved in top-level discussions for the redevelopment. Kingsgate is already being upgraded to a four-star Copthorne Hotel, a move announced last year by managing director B K Chiu. The...

Kumara public meeting to ‘re-energise’ community group

Ami Dhabuwala Kumara Junction Incorporated Society president Hecta Williams called a public meeting at the weekend to "re-energise" the local community group. The population has been growing and there are now 240 residents living in and around Kumara Junction. Ms Williams said the aim of the revived incorporated society was to create a sense of community. "We are interested in engaging people with...

‘Watching brief’ on Westland council

Janna Sherman of the Hokitika Guardian The Office of the Auditor-General is watching the Westland District Council debacle but says it will not be starting an official investigation, at this stage. Assistant Auditor-General Andrea Reeves told West Coast-Tasman MP Damien O'Connor of the decision on Friday three weeks after the MP asked for an urgent investigation into the council operations, at the...

Kea plan ‘needs to address 1080 poisoning’

Laura Mills A recovery plan was proposed for kea after a 'Kea Konvention' at Arthur's Pass at the weekend, but anti-1080 groups say it must address kea deaths from 1080 poisoning. The recovery plan was proposed at the convention, hosted by the Kea Conservation Trust, Arthur's Pass Wildlife Trust and Department of Conservation. Forest and Bird welcomed the plan but warned it...

Video rekindles Pike debate

Mr Watts said the door remained open to someone who wanted to discuss a re-entry plan. For now, though, Solid Energy had legal responsibility as the current mine owner. Detective Superintendent Pete Read said: "It is our understanding that this robot was operated by remote control by staff standing at the entrance to the drift". "No one was allowed to enter...

Chief executive angry over tourism event media coverage

Lee Scanlon of the Westport News The Buller District Council chief executive says her plan to attend a tourism event in Auckland has been turned into a "circus" by the Westport News. Andy Gowland-Douglas said on Friday she had not confirmed whether she was going and would not discuss her decision in the media. "You turned it into a circus in the paper." Ms...

Dog found in shock as owner dies in river plunge

Brendon McMahon A dog found on the roadside in the Lower Buller Gorge had to swim for its life on Saturday evening when its owner crashed and died in the Buller River. The driver crashed just before 5pm after failing to take a right-hand curve while exiting the Ohikanui River bridge, about 15km from Westport. Senior sergeant Paul Watson of the Greymouth...
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