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Paroa pupils tackle ‘matchbox challenge’

Paroa School Year 8 pupils Sam Johnson and Malia Turner count the number of items in a matchbox, as part of a 'matchbox challenge' in which families were challenged to fit as many items into a matchbox as they could. The winners will be announced on Thursday.

West Coast tuna fishing season ‘poorest on record’

Viv Logie West Coast fishing companies are lamenting one of the poorest tuna seasons on record. Talley's Greymouth and Westfleet both say catches have been well below par. "It has been a real sad season," Westfleet manager John Brown said. However, the West Coast did not have the problem on its own as fishing had "not been that flash" throughout the country. Greymouth-based Westfleet...

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...

Freedom campers fouling Coast

Laura Mills Calls are growing louder for controls on freedom camping on the West Coast in the wake of another busy tourist season that has left lay-bys 'reeking of toilet' and favourite fishing spots ruined. A 44% increase in tourist numbers at Franz Josef Glacier has delighted tourism operators, but the downside has been a corresponding increase in 'sleeper vans' and...

Council quietly ditches opening prayer

Brendon McMahon A customary prayer to start West Coast Regional Council meetings has been quietly dropped, although one councillor jokingly says the council probably needs every bit of help it can get at this stage. Cr Peter Ewen says dropping the prayer is "breaking tradition" and given what West Coast councils are up against with the Local Government Commission breathing down...

‘Dictator’ mayor letter leaked

Brendon McMahon A Grey District councillor who wrote a personal letter to the mayor about his style of communication was today mystified as to how the letter was leaked yesterday. The letter apparently labelled Tony Kokshoorn "a dictator" and raised concerns about his public statements about the future of the Greymouth Aerodrome and also his role in the West Coast mayors...

Grey Main’s new boss

The Grey Main School had a new "principal for the day" today with seven-year-old pupil Jonathan Seifert standing in for resident principal Mandy O'Sullivan after winning the post at the school's family fiesta last Friday. Principal Seifert was chauffeured to school, ran two assemblies, shouted staff morning tea after shopping at the supermarket with Mrs O'Sullivan and has been...

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...
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