Greymouth Star

Trampers rescued from Sth Island tracks

Three trampers have been rescued from the back country behind Hokitika after activating their locator beacons.

Ban for drink-drive counsellor

A Greymouth woman who provided counselling and support for drink-drivers, was herself sentenced yesterday for excess breath-alcohol.

Farmer guilty of animal cruelty

Farmer guilty of animal cruelty

A West Coast farmer who stood trial in March for his part in the starvation and death of nearly 800 cows has been found guilty, in a reserved judgment released to the Ministry of Primary Industries today.

Petrel festival loses backer

A conservationist has withdrawn his support for an upcoming petrel festival because he does not want the money spent on a platform for viewing the birds.

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.

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