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Pool, darts on hold under level 2

Covid level 2 rules have put the kibosh on darts and pool, bringing more pain to West Coast clubs already struggling after lockdown.

Drug accused in court

Police made three arrests yesterday in a drug sting in Runanga and Dobson that uncovered a loaded sawn-off firearm, cash and methamphetamine (P).

Biggest hearing in council history starts

The biggest hearing in the history of the West Coast Regional Council got under way in Greymouth today as ratepayers lined up in their droves to comment on the council's controversial long-term plan.

Repairs progress on phone cable

Hard questions are being asked over how the West Coast would fare in a major earthquake, after the ongoing communications blackout showed huge parts of the region are reliant on just one cable for all its telecommunications.

Celltowers, landlines, internet down from Hokitika south

A spectacular thunderstorm overnight severed all cellphone, landland and internet coverage from Hokitika to the glaciers.

Insurer tows car – but leaves passengers

An older Blackball couple was left high and dry by level 3 restrictions that saw them refused a ride with a tow operator and left standing on the roadside when their vehicle broke down.

Good compliance with mask rules

As level 2 rules weave into society, Greymouth retailers report a high level of compliance with mask-wearing, signing in and scanning.

Locks down! Hairdressers, stores, open doors

A collective sigh of relief was heard around Greymouth today as hair salons opened their doors at level 2, with "locks down" - on the floor. Olivia Davy, of Olivia Davy Hairdressing, gave Arly Bellis a trim today: "We are booked out seven days a week for the rest of the month just to catch up, and...

Hunt goes on for missing Reefton water

The scene outside the Reefton Band Hall this morning as Buller District Council staff and the team from Christchurch's Detection Services try to locate a major water leak that has been draining the town's water supply since the weekend.

3000 vaccines done last week; more drive-throughs begin

The West Coast delivered almost 3000 vaccines in the week to Sunday, and has more mass events under way.
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