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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...

St John sends wrong rescue helicopter

Brendon McMahon A badly injured motorcyclist at Barrytown had to wait at least 90 minutes for medical help to arrive after a new St John triage dispatch system sent a Christchurch-based rescue helicopter instead of the Greymouth-based helicopter just 10 minutes away. Runanga volunteer firefighters, with Greymouth as back-up, were first on the scene of the crash just before midday on Saturday...

WC Wedding Show cancelled due to lack of exhibitors

The West Coast Wedding Show scheduled for Shantytown next month has been cancelled due to the lack of exhibitors. Shantytown said today the lack of registrations meant the financial viability of the show was compromised. "Having exhausted the local market, the Wedding Show was not prepared to have Christchurch and Nelson exhibitors outweigh the number of local exhibitors it goes against...

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...

Falls awareness programme produced

In an effort to reduce the number of falls experienced by people on the West Coast, a programme of community awareness events is being produced for 'April Falls Month'. A Health Quality and Safety Commission report showed eight incidents on the West Coast in the year to the end of June 2016, five of which were falls-related. The West Coast health...
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