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Internet killed the video store

Paul McBride The internet has contributed to the closure of a Greymouth business and the end of the video hire era. Video Ezy Greymouth will lend its last DVD on Thursday, April 20, followed by a closing down sale on the Saturday. The arrival of on-line streaming platforms Netflicks, Neon and Lightbox, combined with a noticeable decline in foot traffic, spelled the...

Teacher loses name suppression for drugs

A Westport woman who is seeking to re-register as a teacher was discharged without conviction when she appeared on a drugs charge in the Greymouth District Court yesterday. However, Nicola Elizabeth Adams was refused final name suppression. Adams had her name withheld from publication until her appearance yesterday, when police objected to final name suppression. She pleaded guilty to possession of...

Westland council battle lines drawn

Brendon McMahon Battle lines are drawn in the Westland District Council, with at least three of the eight councillors now in open revolt with the Mayor Bruce Smith. Under pressure after a disastrous week, Mr Smith yesterday tried to gag some councillors from speaking publicly, although dissident councillors said the mayor was still using his Facebook and Coasters Club page to...

Prison inmate who posted two explicit videos

A Christchurch Men's Prison inmate who posted two explicit videos harming two victims, was convicted and remanded in the Greymouth District Court yesterday. Christopher William Harraway, 33, told Judge Jane Farish he would plead guilty to the charge of digital communication causing harm. However, his lawyer Eymard Bradley said because of the seriousness of the case he needed more time to look at...

Extra police — but Coast waits four years

Brendon McMahon A national increase in police staff numbers is not expected to be seen on the West Coast for at least four years. Police Commissioner Mike Bush today announced the numbers each police district, including Tasman, will get from the $388 million investment promised by the Government in February. Tasman rural police staff numbers will increase by 24 in 2020-21. Tasman...

Car stolen while driver buying a newspaper

A Runanga man who stole a car from outside Cobden Takeaways on January 17 admitted the theft in the Greymouth District Court yesterday. Quaide Amtman, 24, was convicted and remanded for sentence on May 23. He was also ordered to undertake restorative justice with the victim. The vehicle had been left running outside the shop while the owner popped inside to...

West Coast health goes high-tech

Laura Mills The internet has changed the world, and now it is changing how staff and patients at Grey Base Hospital operate, with major changes afoot. Everything from patient and staff wifi, to electronic referrals and prescribing, is in the pipeline, according to meeting papers for the West Coast District Health Board. A contract for staff and patient wifi has been approved,...

Otira scrap over railway station

The Otira Hotel publican who admitted hitting a train driver over missing heritage items was yesterday acquitted of assault. Lester Rowntree, 63, represented himself in a judge-alone trial before Judge Jane Farish in the Greymouth District Court. Police said Rowntree punched the man a number of times while the victim, who was sitting in his caravan on Kiwi Rail land, tried...

Teachers focus on reading, writing

Greymouth High School teachers Kimberly Vernall, left, Ben Louie and Morag Newberry during a teachers' only day yesterday. Teachers from throughout the West Coast gathered at the Coxon Hall for a day focused on reading, writing and literacy. "We have a need, as reading and writing has slipped nationwide," Greymouth High School principal Andy England said. "It's a case...

Rift widens in embattled Westland council

Brendon McMahon Battle lines are drawn in the Westland District Council, with at least three of the eight councillors now in open revolt with the Mayor Bruce Smith. Under pressure after a disastrous week, Mr Smith yesterday tried to gag some councillors from speaking publicly, although dissident councillors said the mayor was still using his Facebook and Coasters Club page to...
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