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History House on the move

Laura Mills The Grey District Council voted behind closed doors last night to move History House museum into Mackay Street premises in central Greymouth. By a 6-3 majority, councillors backed the move from Gresson Street to the vacant Dick Smith building, while also agreeing to contract out the service to a private provider and increase ratepayer funding for the museum. The proposal...

Burglars were new tenants moving in

Police say the suspected burglars spotted outside the vacant Jacksons Hotel early yesterday morning were unloading gear and moving in, not ripping off the place. West Coast police prevention senior sergeant Paul Watson said today that, after investigating the incident, they were now satisfied it was not a burglary. "We have tracked down the owners and they confirmed a person was moving...

Hokitika mail mix-up brings apology

by Janna Sherman Late and wrong mail deliveries and bulk drops into letterboxes are among the complaints made over New Zealand Post's new mail service in Hokitika. NZ Post contracted out the mail side of its operation to Send Through Limited in November, replacing two long-serving posties. Annoyed residents say that since the changeover, mail services have been unreliable and unacceptable. Resident Trish...

Solid Energy assets buyer mulling options

Lee Scanlon of the Westport News The buyer of some of Solid Energy's West Coast assets says it is still assessing what to do with them. Birchfield Coal Mines a West Coast business took over Strongman Mine, Reefton's Island Block Mine, Solid Energy's Reefton distribution centre and the Mount Davy mining permit last week. Co-owner Gary Birchfield said none of the assets were...

Mayor to vote in showdown

Janna Sherman of the Hokitika Guardian Westland Mayor Bruce Smith expects to take part in the showdown next week, as dissident councillors prepare a vote of no confidence in the mayor. Mr Smith said yesterday he intended voting on the three-part notice of motion given by Hokitika ward councillor and lawyer David Carruthers. As well as calling for a vote of no confidence...

Councils recruiting new joint rep for DWC

Advertising will begin this week to recruit a new council-appointed trustee for Development West Coast. Outgoing chairman John Sturgeon was axed in a unilateral move by the West Coast mayors, but councillors in each of the four councils will be consulted on who will replace him as the joint council representative. It will be up to the trustees themselves to elect...

Children busy at library holiday programme

Greymouth Library held a 'craft day' today as part of the library's school holiday programme. It has a new activity each day and this morning Jacob Wedgwood, left, Millie Stephenson and Corianna Kitchin were busy at work. "I'm making a face," Millie said.

Hung jury in rape case

The Christchurch District Court trial of a 31-year-old man accused of drugging and raping a West Coast woman resulted in a hung jury yesterday. The Crown alleged the pair often shared methamphetamine (P) together, but on this occasion the man drugged her with something else, which was likely to be the date-rape drug GHB, and raped her in early 2014. Defence...

Name ‘real person’ to Electricity Authority: Peters

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says a "real" person from Greymouth should have been appointed the Electricity Authority. Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins this week announced two new members Trade and Enterprise customer manager Allan Dawson and non-executive director Sandra Gamble. The Electricity Authority is responsible for governance and regulation of the electricity market. But Mr Peters said it was...

Big event seeks aerodrome venue

Brendon McMahon A proposed community events area at the Greymouth aerodrome is up for discussion at an extraordinary meeting of the Grey District Council tonight. Mayor Tony Kokshoorn floated the idea of using the aerodrome fields for public events, as an alternative to the former Victoria Park, which was abandoned by the Greymouth Trotting Club a number of years ago. A staff...
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