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Westland Racing Club says alcohol rules sorted

Brendon McMahon The Westland Racing Club says "mixed messages" around granting liquor licences for the Hokitika races and other local events have largely been cleared up. This follows a meeting on Friday with the West Coast police area commander Inspector Mel Aitken, alcohol licensing officials and the West Coast medical officer of health Dr Cheryl Brunton. Westland Racing Club president Gray Eatwell...

Stocking up for winter

Suburbs Rugby League Club member Harvey Tacon helps a customer load her car boot with wood on Saturday. The club was selling trailer loads of wood for $50 and car boots full for $10 as part of a club fundraiser. The fundraiser drew a steady stream of customers to the loadout at the Top 10 Holiday Park at Karoro....

Mussel bacteria identified

Becky Manawatu of the Westport News The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has identified the bacteria which may have contributed to the death of a large number of mussels at Cape Foulwind. The dead mussels were found early last month by Waimangaroa fisherman Larry Wixon. The bacteria vibrio splendidu was found in mussel samples sent to Wellington by Mr Wixon, MPI's aquatic and environmental...

Firearms threat ends in arrest

Teresa Smith of the Westport News Armed police swooped on a Gladstone Street, Westport, property on Sunday afternoon after a man was threatened with a gun. They arrested a 27-year-old man and charged him with threatening to kill, presenting a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm. He was to appear in the Greymouth District Court today. A police spokeswoman said police were still...

Ratepayers pay to save gallery

Brendon McMahon All Grey district ratepayers will have to pay "the cost of a cup of coffee" to strengthen the 88-year-old Left Bank Art Gallery, in Greymouth. The Grey District Council says that will meet the cost of servicing a loan on the estimated $330,000 pricetag for earthquake strengthening, and is on top of the $70,000 ratepayers already pay each year...

Jackson, husband part ways

New York Pop star Janet Jackson has split up with her Qatari businessman husband just three months after giving birth to her first child, according to media reports. People magazine, Us Weekly and Entertainment Tonight all said sources had confirmed that Jackson, 50, and Wissam Al Mana had broken up after five years of marriage. Representatives for the singer declined to confirm...

Fresh council troubles

Brendon McMahon In the latest twist to the worsening Westland District Council debacle, its former property company chairman has written to the Office of the Auditor-General about the way it was restructured out of existence early this year. This follows an extraordinary meeting of the Westland District Council on Friday afternoon, attended by a Department of Internal Affairs observer, to rubber-stamp...

Church may get Civic Centre

Brendon McMahon Ownership of the Greymouth Civic Centre will be transferred to the Catholic Bishop of Christchurch as the proprietor of John Paul II High School, if the other parties using the centre agree to a proposal from the school. A staff report for the Grey District Council meeting tonight recommends transferring ownership once final confirmation has been received from the...

Young drink-drivers in police focus

Young drink drivers under-20 are again the focus of West Coast police attention after three were nabbed in Westport at the weekend. Senior sergeant Paul Watson, of Greymouth, said a 17-year-old boy and two 20-year-olds had all been caught breaching their zero alcohol laws. All had passengers with them at the time and were issued with infringement notices. Mr Watson noted...

Fire destroys hay barn on Atarau farm

A hay shed on an Atarau farm went up in smoke yesterday morning. The old shed at the back of a Rough River property was discovered alight about 7.30am yesterday, and was thought to have self-combusted, Ikamatua Volunteer Fire Brigade fire chief Nick Pupich said. When the brigade arrived it was obvious the shed had been ablaze for some time, probably...
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