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Cyclists thrive on tough challenge

Paul McBride Phil Thorn who is deaf, blind and partially paralysed has teamed up with Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medallist Mary Fisher, who was declared blind at birth, on a fundraising challenge cycling from Greymouth to Christchurch. They set out on the 250km journey to New Brighton today, stopping over at Arthur's Pass this evening. Mr Thorn, who was afflicted by meningitis,...

Safe thief given cannabis lecture

A teenager who stole a safe containing cash, cheques and credit cards from the Kaniere School and cultivating cannabis received a lecture from the judge in the Greymouth District Court yesterday about the effects of THC on the brain. Aidan John Apperley, 19, of Kaniere, early admitted the burglary of the school two years ago and cultivation of cannabis on...

Dad’s car written off in late-night crash

A suspended driver who allowed his unlicensed former girlfriend to drive his father's car which she then wrote off in a crash was convicted in the Greymouth District Court on Tuesday. John Spencer, 23, of Greymouth, admitted driving while suspended and aiding an unlicensed driver to drive early on January 20. Police said Spencer had been drinking with his 17-year-old girlfriend...

DOC eyes council forests

Brendon McMahon The Department of Conservation has suggested a potential land swap with the Grey District Council after it signalled the possibility of selective logging of council-owned native forest blocks. The council had sought public feedback on the logging plan for forests at Dobson, Stillwater and Iveagh Bay following an approach from West Coast sawmiller Forever Beech, but after extending the...

Government tender contracts workshop

Greymouth High School will host a workshop tomorrow in an attempt to make it easier for West Coast contractors to tender for government contracts. Principal Andy England said the school had teamed up with West Coast primary schools to try to improve the five-year property cycles which would give opportunities to contractors. The 'GETS' workshop about the on-line government tenders system...

Crash dog looking for home

Westport The dog found in shock near a fatal car crash needs a home, says Buller District Council animal control officer, Tracy Judd. The dog is believed to have swum free of a car which plunged into the Buller River on Saturday night, killing the driver. Police yesterday named the man as Jeremy Carnahan, 40, of Marlborough. Investigations into the cause of the...

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...
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