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DWC holds business networking session

Over 60 people from 16 West Coast businesses attended a networking session with a twist last night. The business people took part in "The Pitch" by Development West Coast at Monteith's Brewery. The event involved 16 businesses promoting their services to those assembled in a fast-paced three-minute timespan. Dragonfly Catering by popular vote won the Best Presentation Award and the advertising voucher...

Seeking out new adventures

A former student of the Tai Poutini Polytechnic outdoor education programme has been selected for the New Zealand alpine team and now travels the world for several months of the year seeking out new adventures. Conor Smith said his training had set him up for an amazing lifestyle. "After I finished the course, I spent the next year working and climbing in Asia...

Charges arising from Cobden Bridge incident admitted

Westport A Carters Beach man admitted a raft of charges in the Westport District Court last week, including threatening behaviour arising from an incident on the Cobden Bridge last year. Brad Colin Kerr, 27, appeared before Judge Noel Walsh charged with dangerous driving, threatening behaviour, assault, drink driving, failing to stop, being in a building without reasonable excuse and escaping from...

Role model visits Blaketown School

Duffys Books assemblies role model presenter Diana Queenin with Blaketown School pupils Alyssa Jones holding a fossil of an American horse shoe crab Kobe Hewinson, Madison Armstrong-Clemett and Jai Thompson, with stingray barbs. Ms Queenin has just returned from Uganda where she visited the source of the Nile River, and is now on a speaking tour about her involvement...

Buller council may reconsider water reserve access to coalmine

Lee Scanlon of the Westport News The Buller District Council may be reconsidering its decision to allow coalminer Rangitira Developments Ltd (RDL) access to the Westport water reserve. The council has advertised a public-excluded extraordinary meeting next Wednesday to discuss RDL's access arrangement request. Asked for more information, council chief executive Andy Gowland-Douglas replied: "Due to the legal proceedings that Forest and Bird...

Play day at Runanga

WestREAP team leader early childhood education Melissa Diedrichs has some fun with Luca Richardson, two, and his mum Tesha at the group's play day at Runanga School yesterday. Play days were run in rural West Coast communities for children aged from newborn to five and their families, with the purpose of "uplifting" the value of early childhood programmes, Ms...

Cancer Society fashion show back

Laura Mills The Cancer Society is bringing back its fashion show, which it launched last year at Shantytown. "We promised it would become an annual event," manager support services Jenny Kenning said yesterday. The show raised about $10,000 for the society last year. Mrs Kenning said many people did not realise the Cancer Society received no direct government funding and so it was...

Follow the yellow brick road

Greymouth St John paramedic Kelvin Ritchie has called on people to 'follow the yellow brick road' on Saturday night to Shantytown for the St John Ball. The theme this year is the Emerald City from the Wizard of Oz. Mr Ritchie spent 26 hours painting his road. Tickets can be purchased from St John offices in Water Walk Road. Courtesy...

Art gallery options on table

Brendon McMahon A report will go to the Grey District Council meeting on Monday outlining public feedback and options for the future of the Left Bank Art Gallery building, in Greymouth. Built in the 1920s as the Bank of New Zealand, it is now owned by the council and is leased to the West Coast Society of the Arts Incorporated. The first...

Body found at Whataroa

A body thought to be that of a 55-year-old man missing from Whataroa for about a week was found by a hunter early yesterday afternoon in the Waitangitaona River. The man was reported to police as missing on Tuesday afternoon after concerns were raised by relatives about his safety and well-being. Police said yesterday the missing man was last seen in...
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