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Man ‘foolishly’ decided to drive home drunk

A Kumara man who "foolishly" chose to drive home drunk because it was raining was convicted and fined $950 and disqualified from driving for 12 months and one day, when he admitted the offence in the Greymouth District Court this week. Timothy John Burnett was appearing on his third drink-driving offence. The two previous offences were in 1992 and 1999. Lawyer...

Wellington fundraiser boosts Kumara Chinese pot

Janna Sherman of the Hokitika Guardian Funds for the Kumara Chinese memorial gardens have been bolstered by a successful fundraising dinner, organised by the Chinese community in Wellington, on Monday night. It was hosted by the New Zealand Chinese History and Cultural Association and drew about 180 people, including Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett, National Part list MP Maureen Pugh and Speaker...

Cass Square off limits to rugby

Janna Sherman of the Hokitika Guardian It is a case of deja-vu for the Kiwi Rugby Football Club, which has been forced to find new grounds for the upcoming season with Cass Square out of action again. Work to repair the damaged turf surface following the Wildfoods Festival and then Children's Day two major events held in the rain straight after one...

Serious crash on Taylorville hill

Brendon McMahon Taylorville-Blackball Road was expected to be closed for much of today after a two-car crash shortly before 9 o'clock this morning left one person critically injured. The crash happened where the road descends steeply in a series of tight S-bends, on the Taylorville side and past the Greymouth Gun Club range. Police said one person was taken from the scene in...

International coal price skyrockets

The international hard coking coal price has skyrocketed $US131.50 a tonne in the past week following disruption to Australia's coal exports by Cyclone Debbie. The price yesterday was $294/tonne, up from $162.50/tonne last week. Cyclone Debbie seriously damaged key rail lines serving mines in Queensland. Three lines are due to open by the end of the week but large sections of...

Billie going home

Viv Logie Tiny Billie Stevens who defied fate when she was born 25 weeks early weighing no more than a pound of butter is finally going home. After a touch and go birth while her parents were home on the West Coast visiting family, Billie has spent every day of her seven months in Christchurch Hospital and only now has been judged...

Maori community youth offenders gain skills

A community intervention programme run in partnership between the Department of Corrections and West Coast Adult Learning Services, helped eight Maori community youth offenders gain skills aimed at helping them to stay out of trouble and gain employment. The Maori youth programme helps youth obtain a driver's licence, pull together their NZQA record of learning, create a curriculum vitae and...

Sex offender living with new name at Gloriavale

A convicted sex offender is living under a new identity at the Gloriavale Christian Community at Haupiri. Brent John Carpenter, 47, was released from prison in May 2014 after being jailed for two years, five months after admitting three charges of unlawful sexual connection with a 15-year-old boy, at Levin in 2010. Now, he has moved to the Gloriavale commune, and...

Countdown pulls out of Westport

Lee Scanlon of the Westport News Westport's Countdown supermarket is reverting to a Fresh Choice and returning to local ownership and operation. Westport couple Graeme and Katrina Walsh will take over at the end of this month. Mr Walsh and his brothers Reece and Murray owned the same store then a Fresh Choice from 1996 to 2005. Mr Walsh said this week that he...

Taramakau Bridge progressing

The temporary extension platform which will be used for the construction of the new Taramakau Bridge is a new addition on the river. The temporary structure will run parallel with the old bridge while the new one is under construction, and will allow the large crane to be used to drive in the piles.
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