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Reefton community considers goldmine pit future

Laura Mills The Reefton community is starting to consider the future of the former Globe Progress goldmine pit and its legacy. Oceana Gold announced before Christmas the permanent closure of the mothballed open-cast mine. At its peak, Globe Progress employed about 300 staff. The first round of redundancies was announced in 2014 as the mine started to wind down after eight years of...

St John ‘still investigating’ rescue helicopter mix-up

Brendon McMahon St John has yet to make any public comment about why the West Coast Rescue Helicopter was stood down on Saturday in favour of the Christchurch helicopter leaving a seriously injured motorcyclist lying on the road for up to 90 minutes after a crash near Barrytown. St John was given an opportunity to comment yesterday morning but said it...

Westport health facility

Westport's new integrated family health centre to take the place of the ageing Buller Hospital, will be built across the road in Pakington Street. The announcement was made yesterday after months of speculation. The cost of building the health centre is now estimated at $12 million, which is $2 million more than previously estimated. West Coast Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group chairwoman Cathy...

Plane crash couple mourned

Dunedin The Clutha district went quiet yesterday as it mourned the loss of two of its young people. Couple Thomas Evans, 30, and Jenna Craig, 26, were killed in a microlight plane crash near Kaka Point on Sunday. Mr Evans, a farmer, worked on the family farm near Clydevale and played for the Owaka premier rugby team. Coach Steve Clement said Mr Evans...

Go-ahead given to take rock from White Horse Hill

Teresa Smith of the Westport News The West Coast Regional Council has got the go-ahead to take rock from land it owns at White Horse Hill for a possible extension to the Punakaiki seawall. The owner of a neighbouring property had opposed the application. Under the terms of the Resource Management Act the objection meant the Buller District Council had to hold a...

Cyclone Debbie remnant heads towards NZ

Almost three years to the day since Cyclone Ita flattened swathes of forest on the West Coast, and destroyed the Blaketown Hall, numerous houses and the R and N Trading premises, another cyclone is heading towards the West Coast. However, the Metservice said today Cyclone Debbie was a "different beast". Forecaster Cameron Coutts said it was not actually the cyclone itself...

Pink Ribbon registrations open

Registrations are now open for Pink Ribbon Breakfasts. Celebrity cook and author Nadia Lim has encouraged West Coast residents to invite their friends to breakfast in May, to raise funds for Breast Cancer Foundation NZ. The Breast Cancer Foundation hopes to top last year's total of over 30 breakfasts across the West Coast. About 25 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each...

Pike River families to PM: ‘This is just dragging on’

Laura Mills The Pike River Mine families say work to send a drone or cameras into the stone drift leading into the mine has stalled, and the Government has refused to release all existing footage from underground. Six weeks ago, Prime Minister Bill English agreed to consider sending a robot or drone into the drift, noting technological advances. Another option was...

Regional council issues warnings

The West Coast Regional Council has issued a formal warning to Westroads (Greymouth) for breaching consent conditions by failing to undertake surveys of Blaketown beach before extracting gravel, and failing to submit gravel returns. "Since issuing the formal warning we have received the necessary information from Westroads. The issue of this formal warning serves as a reminder to those holding...

Reward doubled for kokako confirmation

Laura Mills A reward offered for confirmation the South Island kokako is still alive has been doubled to $10,000. The initial $5000 reward offered in January by the South Island Kokako Charitable Trust generated 40 reports of possible encounters, and interest from around the world. The bird was considered extinct until 2013 when credible sightings including on the West Coast prompted it...
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