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Toys sleepover at library

A stuffed toy sleepover this week drew littlies and their animals to the Grey District Council Rohan Macgillivray with Wee Doggy, left front, Kayson Reid with Wabbit, Alice Farrelly named her teddy 'Dog' after her dad's 'Dog', Amelia Mckirdy with Blue Bird, Leilani Weil with Foxy, left rear, Corianna Kitchin with Piggy, and Kahlen Harnett with Tim the Dog....

Council logging plan stirs up greenies

Laura Mills A Grey District Council proposal to allow sustainable harvesting of native forests on council-owned land will be debated on national television this Sunday. The council initially called for public submissions following an application from Reefton sawmiller Forever Beech to log part of the council-owned Mount Buckley endowment land, behind Dobson. It recently extended the deadline for submissions by a further...

Ramped up accommodation prices drive tourists away from NZ

Laura Mills After a bumper January and February, tourist numbers flattened out in March, possibly because some hoteliers ramped up prices sending tourists to cheaper destinations elsewhere. The Tranz Alpine train resumed in mid-March after the Midland Line was closed on February 7 due to fire damage in the Canterbury high country. Despite this, February 2017 was the busiest February recorded at...

CBD traffic options on table

Brendon McMahon Future traffic options for the new Greymouth town square and shared street have been put out for public feedback. The Grey District Council special meeting responded to concern from event organisers about the 42-day public notice period required every time they wanted to temporarily stop lower Tainui Street in conjunction with the adjoining town square, on the corner of...

Road safety boost

The new pedestrian island in Shakespeare Street, outside the Westland Recreation Centre, is part of $80,000 of work to make the area safe, according to the Grey District Council. Transport engineer Karl Jackson said a pedestrian crossing would be put in place by the Marlborough Street intersection, along with new road markings and a 'slow' school zone. The street...

Chinese travel agents on Coast

A group of Chinese travel agents arrived in Greymouth off the Tranz Alpine train yesterday. The tourist season set a record in March, when spending on the West Coast passed the half billion dollar mark for the year. Tourism West Coast chief executive Jim Little, said the agents would spend three days at Punakaiki, Westport, the Tauranga Bay seal...

West Coast public push for council changes

Laura Mills Three councillors have supported getting rid of some if not most West Coast councils, with clear concern from the public over the sheer number of councillors for such a small population. The Local Government Commission received 23 submissions on how the four councils could be restructured. Released today, almost all submissions support wide-ranging change. Unsurprisingly, an official joint submission from the...

Mossy path protest

Lee Scanlon of the Westport News A former Buller district councillor dumped a pile of moss from Westport footpaths on the council meeting table on Wednesday night. "You should all be ashamed of yourselves," Graham Howard, father of mayor Garry Howard, told councillors. He had collected the moss from mainly chipseal footpaths in Palmerston, Queen and Bright streets, he said. Each pile came...

Westland CEO goes with payment

Departing Westland District Council chief executive Tanya Winter apparently received a financial payment. Westland Mayor Bruce Smith would not be drawn on the amount or what it was for. "Every person who leaves has entitlements. Yes, there was certainly a payment made," Mr Smith said. He said the council committee handling Ms Winter's resignation would report on the settlement to the council...

Firemen celebrate 150 milestone

Elder statesmen of the Greymouth Volunteer Fire Brigade Tom Cameron, left, and brothers Alan and Brian McEnaney outside the fire station today with the latest emergency vehicles, ready for the brigade's 150th anniversary celebrations this weekend. Alan McEnaney is a long-serving chief fire officer, while Brian McEnaney and Mr Cameron were former deputies. The trio have given a combined...
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