West Coast

Car and body recovered

The Buller Gorge (file shot).

Police have recovered a vehicle along with a man's body in the Buller River following search.

Small town scandal over mysterious Chinese garden

The West Coast town of Kumara has a population of about 300.

The beleaguered Westland council allowed a tiny town's "nest egg" to be used for a garden many don't want.

Beacons shine bright in rescues

Hoki Hikers Bethany Cedarman and Jane Churchwell and West Coast Air Rescue's Stu Drake reflect on how important a ...

Eight soaking wet trampers huddled in a one-man tent with the sound of rolling boulders around them, until a different sound brought them hope.

Chch fog clears for fine day

A cyclist on Cambridge Tce makes the most of a fine morning after earlier fog cleared.

Early risers saw white in Christchurch, before the day fined up.

Near-miss for Westland mayor

Westland Mayor Bruce Smith has avoided a no confidence vote as a rebel councillor backs down.

Westland Mayor Bruce Smith has avoided a no confidence vote as a rebel councillor backs down.

Cloud lifts for warm Wednesday

A balmy day is predicted for most of the Mainland on Wednesday,

Mild day expected across the South Island after heavy cloud lifts.

$3.6m to save polytech

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith said he was committed to the future provision of ...

Government loan buys time for West Coast polytechnic under investigation.

Fog to linger for Anzac

Drivers in Christchurch will need to take care in foggy conditions on Monday morning.

A foggy morning will clear to reveal a fine day in the Mainland on Monday.

Two hospitalised after microlight crash video

Ambulance staff attended a plane crash at Hokitika Airport on Saturday morning.

Two men are in hospital after a microlight crashed at Hokitika on the West Coast on Saturday morning.

Under-fire council boss quits

Former Westland Council chief executive Tanya Winter was stood down from her role earlier this month for not alerting ...

Suspended Westland District Council CEO Tanya Winter has quit just months before her contract ends.

'Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink'

Waimangaroa is on a permanent boil water notice.

West Coasters who live under permanent boil water notices are angry their councils would allow the export of fresh water from the region. 

Cake decorator contract gets go ahead

The Whataroa water treatment plant has attracted controversy.

Westland District Council is going ahead with a controversial contract to upgrade two water treatment plants.

He died 'doing what he loved'

Christchurch man Ben Gourdie in hot pools the day before he died after being swept away by the Taipo River on the West Coast.

Ben Gourdie was "doing what he loved with his very best mates" when he was swept away by a West Coast river.

Hung jury in rape case

A new trial date will be considered in June for a 31-year-old man charged with raping a woman on the West Coast in 2014.

Jury unable to reach agreement in trial of meth dealer charged with stupefying and raping a woman on the West Coast.

Hot pools swimmer swept away

Ben Gourdie had been swimming in hot pools when he went into the nearby Taipo River, pictured, to cool off. His body was ...

Christchurch's Ben Gourdie went into a nearby West Coast river to cool off, but the current swept him away.

Kiwi sanctuary could derail West Coast water pipeline

Eleven of New Zealand's rarest kiwi returned to Haast after being removed as chicks in an intensive management programme ...

The controversial West Coast water export scheme will have to reapply for a crucial DoC consent in 2019.

Man dies on West Coast

Ben Gourdie had been swimming in hot pools when he went into the nearby Taipo River to cool off.

Ben Gourdie had been swimming in hot pools when he went into the nearby Taipo River to cool off.

Bach collapse killed teen

Rory Hayward, 18, was killed while working on a bach near the Poerua River in Westland.

An 18-year-old who died after being crushed by a West Coast bach will be remembered for his "cheeky smile".

Crash closes West Coast road

Taylorville Rd at Coal Creek near Greymouth has been closed after a vehicle crash that has left one person in a critical ...

One person is in a critical condition and a West Coast road is closed after a car crash.

Live: Cyclone Cook

Beckenham residents check the Heathcote river levels during the Good Friday flooding in Christchurch.

The storm missed much of NZ, but thousands are still without power and there is widespread flooding.

Bach collapse kills teen

A workplace death has happened near the Poerua River, in Westland.

Teenager crushed during bach move near Harihari on the West Coast.

Truth-or-dare sex crim at Gloriavale

Gloriavale Christian Community, across from Lake Haupiri, on the West Coast.

A convicted child sex offender called Courageous Sojourner has moved to Gloriavale.

Road repairs ahead of schedule

The North Island will face the brunt of the second severe storm to hit New Zealand in a week.

Repairs on SH1 south of Kaikoura going swimmingly despite the entire country being blanketed by wet weather.

Van crashes

A Courier Post van carrying The Press has crashed near Murchison. (file photo)

A Courier Post van carrying The Press newspaper was headed to Blenheim when it crashed.

Publican cleared of assault

Lester Rowntree behind the bar at the Otira Hotel.

An accusation of the theft of historic light fittings led to a fight between a publican and a train driver.

Fog causes airport delays

Several planes were grounded at Christchurch Airport on Tuesday morning as fog caused delays.

Early morning fog at Christchurch Airport delayed almost a dozen flights.

SH1 south of Kaikoura closes

State Highway 1 south of Kaikoura has closed again after bad weather.

Access to Kaikoura from the south plagued by weather-related closures.

Rape victim was 'drugged'

A 31-year-old man is on trial in the Christchurch District Court for allegedly raping a woman he dealt methamphetamine to.

A date rape drug may have been used on a woman by her meth dealer before he raped her in her Greymouth home, the Crown alleges.

We can't believe Jacko escaped video

Jacko fell into the hole while Curtis was checking possum traps near Inangahua on the West Coast.

"I was praying for the best and hoping not for the worst," says owner after lost pet found his way out of a tomo.

Mild, dry weekend forecast

Morning sun burns through fog on Inland Rd, between Waiau and Kaikoura. The road is open after being closed earlier in ...

Canterbury is in store for a dry weekend after a week of heavy rain, gales and even snow.

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