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Work starts on goldmine portal

Work on the portals for a new underground goldmine at historic Waiuta is under way, with tunnelling to follow.

Huge blast shakes houses

Residents living near Taylorville got a fright last night when their homes were shaken violently by an explosive bang.

Anger grows at Reefton chlorination

Resentment is building in Reefton over the Buller District Council decision to chlorinate Reefton drinking-water and Mayor Jamie Cleine has copped an earful from indignant locals.

Four crashes on Otira highway

It was a busy weekend for emergency services on State highway 73, with at least four crashes between Otira and Castle Hill.

Family was visited before baby’s murder

The maternal family of Hokitika baby CJ White, who died at his father's hands, say they had waited 18 months and kept their silence to ensure there was justice for CJ.

DHB doctor changes anger union

Changes to the medical workforce on the West Coast that have been touted as the answer to the region's GP woes and reliance on locums, will put residents at clinical risk, and cut their access to specialist care, the doctors' union says.

No decision on Revingtons site

No decision has been made on the future of the vacant land left behind after the demolition of Revingtons Hotel and the adjoining McDonnell's building.

Law Society may investigate decision to drop Pike charges

A standards committee of the Law Society will consider investigating the pay off deal with Pike River coal boss Peter Whittall.

Makeover is finger lickin’ good

Die-hard KFC fans will still have a drive-through option while the Greymouth restaurant undergoes a $200,000 revamp this week.

Pike women launch new workplace fight

The bodies of Milton Osborne and Ben Rockhouse will probably never leave the Pike River Mine workings where they died, but 10 years on their families have launched a new fight to reduce workplace deaths.

Big red bus

Coast logging wars

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