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Jackson, husband part ways

New York Pop star Janet Jackson has split up with her Qatari businessman husband just three months after giving birth to her first child, according to media reports. People magazine, Us Weekly and Entertainment Tonight all said sources had confirmed that Jackson, 50, and Wissam Al Mana had broken up after five years of marriage. Representatives for the singer declined to confirm...

New playground at Kaiata

Lisa Rangi Kaiata families are looking forward to a brand new playground at the end of a $80,000 community fundraising drive. Contractors were on site last week installing the equipment in the Kaiata Community Hall grounds. Local mothers Jody Jamieson and Jean Foster joined the committee about eight years ago when their children were quite young to try to get a safe...

Civic Centre gifted to Catholics

Brendon McMahon A solution for the future ownership of the Greymouth Civic Centre, by gifting it to the Catholic Church while retaining it for use by other sports groups, was welcomed at the Grey District Council meeting last night as an "excellent outcome". Councillors unanimously accepteda staff recommend-ation to transfer ownership, subject to final confirmation by the Office of the Catholic...

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...

Fire destroys hay barn on Atarau farm

A hay shed on an Atarau farm went up in smoke yesterday morning. The old shed at the back of a Rough River property was discovered alight about 7.30am yesterday, and was thought to have self-combusted, Ikamatua Volunteer Fire Brigade fire chief Nick Pupich said. When the brigade arrived it was obvious the shed had been ablaze for some time, probably...

Bathurst finds new buyer for coal

Christchurch Bathurst Resources has found a new buyer for coal from its Canterbury mine, replacing the lost supply deal for Westport's cement works when Holcim closed the plant last year. Wellington-based Bathurst will supply up to 65,000 tonnes of coal a year to an unnamed buyer for up to 10 years from its Canterbury mine west of Christchurch, the mining company...

West Coast drug rape trial opens

The trial of a man accused of drugging and raping a West Coast woman is under way in the Christchurch District Court. Crown prosecutor Andrew McRae said the man, who has name suppression, raped the woman in Greymouth some time between February and April 2014. He told jurors the man and woman often shared methamphetamine (P) together, but on this occasion...

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...
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