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Poppies take to the streets

Shirley Richardson and Greymouth RSA president John Morel are ready for Poppy Day tomorrow. Poppy Day has been celebrated in New Zealand since 1922, usually on the Friday before Anzac Day, to support current and ex-service personnel and their families. Collectors will be out and about throughout the West Coast.

Youngsters enjoy wide range of activities

It was a case of 'dream it, do it' with Youthtown for Amaiya Salazzzar, left, Xhenniah and Quanika King, Taylor Dittmer and Jessica McEwan, together with school holiday programme co-ordinator Kim Rees at Grey Main School this morning. There was a good turnout of children taking part in a wide range of activities. "The children have been fully involved...

Buller council CEO wins scholarship

Lee Scanlon of the Westport News The Buller District Council's chief executive has won a national scholarship. Andy Gowland-Douglas has received the Society of Local Government Managers' annual chief executive leadership scholarship. It pays for her to attend the Mount Eliza Melbourne Business School's most senior leadership programme, the five-day 'Leading for Strategic Success'. "I am really excited about the opportunity which will be...

Assault arrest

Auckland A man has been arrested in connection with the serious assault of a woman in her Palmerston North home. The 26-year-old woman returned to her Keith Street home at 10.40am on Tuesday to find it being burgled, acting Manawatu area commander Inspector Dave White said. She was then assaulted and suffered facial and skull fractures. A 35-year-old man has been charged with...

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.

Count yourself lucky — judge

A Reefton man was told to "count himself lucky" when he was sentenced in the Greymouth District Court on Thursday on a variety of charges including drug offences, stealing gold and drink-driving. Kayle David George Parkinson had previously admitted cultivation of cannabis, possession of cannabis, possession of utensils, two charges of stealing $475 in gold the property of TGG Mining,...

Consents sought for new mine

Laura Mills After three years of planning, the company behind a new coalmine development within view of downtown Westport has applied for resource consent, arguing that Buller desperately needs the jobs. However, the price for those jobs could be the loss of great spotted kiwi and an open-cast mine visible from the town. Rangitira Developments Ltd proposes developing a mine at Te Kuha,...
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