Greymouth Star

Cunliffe comes 'to listen'

Cunliffe comes 'to listen'

West Coast median incomes have dropped while unemployment is up, Labour leader David Cunliffe said this week during a whistlestop tour of the Coast.

Arsonist strikes house earlier hit by car

Arsonist strikes house earlier hit by car

The owners of the boarded-up Greymouth house where a young man died after a high-speed car chase in late January say they want it demolished, but their insurer believes it can be rebuilt.

Firewood a windfall

Firewood a windfall

Last week's severe West Coast storm has brought an unexpected boon - free firewood galore just heading into winter.

Scramble to fix roofs after huge storm

Scramble to fix roofs after huge storm

Builders and building materials are in short supply on the West Coast, the result of a mad scramble to patch up roofs left gaping after an unprecedented storm cut a trail of damage over 400km from Karamea to Fox Glacier.

Counting the cost of damage

Counting the cost of damage

Greymouth businessman Lance Topliss is ruing the third storm to damage to his Tainui St premises.

1m visitors 'easily' drawn

1m visitors 'easily' drawn

Haast Hollyford Highway Ltd director Durham Havill is confident the proposed road on its own could ''easily'' draw close to one million visitors a year to the West Coast; double the current total tourist numbers to the region.

A second cat caught in gin trap

A second cat caught in gin trap

A cat found with two legs caught in a gin trap set in suburban Cobden will make a full recovery, but it is the second cat in six months trapped in the Cobden area.

Canadian tourist had 'big heart, infectious smile'

Canadian tourist had 'big heart, infectious smile'

Joanna Lam (24) was a woman with a ''big heart'' and an ''infectious smile'', according to her brother.

Second time lucky for rescued skipper

Second time lucky for rescued skipper

A fisherman rescued from his sinking boat near Greymouth on Friday had survived a similar incident on a vessel that caught fire three years ago.

Scientists seek new species

About 150 scientists scoured Denniston Plateau at the weekend in the dead of night, and during a storm, in the hope of finding new species that could help derail plans by Perth-based Bathurst Resources to mine the plateau.

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