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Fish and chip takeaways to start

Fish and chip connoisseurs will be able to get their fix from next week with several shops set to reopen in the Greymouth area open after 30 days in lockdown.

Ngai Tahu Tourism looks to lay off hundreds

The axe is set to fall on possibly 70 jobs at the glaciers, as Ngai Tahu Tourism prepares to mothball its entire operations for at least two years, striking 348 staff across the South Island.

Police shut down lockdown party

Police last night shut down a party in Taylorville, held in clear breach of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Coasters urged to shop local

West Coast residents have been urged to buy local and boost the economy, when the country moves to alert level 3 next Tuesday.

24 firefighters tackle blaze

A shed fire at a Paroa motel complex early yesterday is being treated as suspicious.

Glaciers brace for Covid impact

The glacier towns are preparing for job losses and closures as major business, including Scenic Hotel Group, look at rationalisation.

Lockdown traffic ‘nothing to be concerned about’

One of the main arterial routes in Greymouth appeared to be almost as busy as a normal workday yesterday, despite all but essential workers supposedly at home in lockdown. Police said the daytime traffic movements were nothing to be too concerned about.

Goldminers want to return to work

The West Coast goldmining industry is agitating to be allowed back to work to help prop up the struggling economy.

Hospital to open by August

The West Coast will have its new base hospital finished next month and open by August, officials confirmed today.

Mayors and councillors mull pay cut

Council leaders on the West Coast are less than enthusiastic about the idea of taking a pay cut in solidarity with ratepayers hit by the Covid-19 lockdown.
The South Today