Greymouth Star

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.

House bus loses brakes on Otira Gorge

A couple travelling over the Otira Gorge in a house bus had a fright on Saturday, when the brakes failed as they descended the viaduct just below Candys Bend.

Dunedin father killed in West Coast crash

Dunedin father killed in West Coast crash

A Dunedin man and his son were involved in a fatal head-on crash that killed two people, including the father, near Haast on Wednesday.

Bomb scare in Greymouth

Homes were evacuated and a street cordoned off late on Tuesday after a fake bomb was left at the door of an elderly Greymouth man.

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