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‘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...

Man found not guilty of sex charges

A West Coast man who defended charges of indecent assault, unlawful sexual connection and sexual violation before a jury in the High Court at Greymouth last week was found not guilty and discharged. The man had been accused in relation to some young people. The defendant's name, along with details which might lead to the identification of the alleged victims, had previously been...

Charges arising from Cobden Bridge incident admitted

Westport A Carters Beach man admitted a raft of charges in the Westport District Court last week, including threatening behaviour arising from an incident on the Cobden Bridge last year. Brad Colin Kerr, 27, appeared before Judge Noel Walsh charged with dangerous driving, threatening behaviour, assault, drink driving, failing to stop, being in a building without reasonable excuse and escaping from...

Role model visits Blaketown School

Duffys Books assemblies role model presenter Diana Queenin with Blaketown School pupils Alyssa Jones holding a fossil of an American horse shoe crab Kobe Hewinson, Madison Armstrong-Clemett and Jai Thompson, with stingray barbs. Ms Queenin has just returned from Uganda where she visited the source of the Nile River, and is now on a speaking tour about her involvement...

Buller council may reconsider water reserve access to coalmine

Lee Scanlon of the Westport News The Buller District Council may be reconsidering its decision to allow coalminer Rangitira Developments Ltd (RDL) access to the Westport water reserve. The council has advertised a public-excluded extraordinary meeting next Wednesday to discuss RDL's access arrangement request. Asked for more information, council chief executive Andy Gowland-Douglas replied: "Due to the legal proceedings that Forest and Bird...

Play day at Runanga

WestREAP team leader early childhood education Melissa Diedrichs has some fun with Luca Richardson, two, and his mum Tesha at the group's play day at Runanga School yesterday. Play days were run in rural West Coast communities for children aged from newborn to five and their families, with the purpose of "uplifting" the value of early childhood programmes, Ms...

Cancer Society fashion show back

Laura Mills The Cancer Society is bringing back its fashion show, which it launched last year at Shantytown. "We promised it would become an annual event," manager support services Jenny Kenning said yesterday. The show raised about $10,000 for the society last year. Mrs Kenning said many people did not realise the Cancer Society received no direct government funding and so it was...

Follow the yellow brick road

Greymouth St John paramedic Kelvin Ritchie has called on people to 'follow the yellow brick road' on Saturday night to Shantytown for the St John Ball. The theme this year is the Emerald City from the Wizard of Oz. Mr Ritchie spent 26 hours painting his road. Tickets can be purchased from St John offices in Water Walk Road. Courtesy...

Art gallery options on table

Brendon McMahon A report will go to the Grey District Council meeting on Monday outlining public feedback and options for the future of the Left Bank Art Gallery building, in Greymouth. Built in the 1920s as the Bank of New Zealand, it is now owned by the council and is leased to the West Coast Society of the Arts Incorporated. The first...
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