West Coast

Senior council manager investigated

Westland District Council assets manager Vivek Goel.

A member of the Westland District Council's executive team is being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office.

Couple bankrupt on council debt

Doug and Christine Banks owe the Grey District Council almost $81,000.

A West Coast couple are now bankrupt over a $90,000 debt to their local council.

Denniston tourist mine closed

The Denniston Experience tourism attraction near Westport.

A key West Coast tourist attraction has closed down amid claims it hasn't met new mining regulations. 

Public reassured after sex assault

A 14-year-old girl is receiving support after reportedly being sexually attacked in Greymouth last month.

Police reassure the public they are not in danger after a 14-year-old girl was reportedly attacked on a West Coast walking track.

West Coast's power restored

Power was cut to 12,000 customers on the West Coast.

Substation fault wipes out electricity for 12,000 Transpower customers.

Westport wasteland transformed

The Kawatiri River Trail and Kawatiri Beach Reserve was built by volunteers over six years transforming a wasteland into ...

For six years a group of Westport volunteers have worked to transform a muddy sea of gorse by hand into stunning cycle trails.

Peter Whittall appeal rejected

The Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling rejecting a judicial review of the decision to drop charges against former Pike ...

Families left "absolutely gutted" as efforts to get charges against Pike River's former boss reinstated fail.

Bush survivor's ordeal nearly over

Shelley Crooks survived six weeks in the West Coast bush by eking out her rations, and eating bugs and plants.

Shelley Crooks, who survived for six weeks lost in West Coast bush, is one step closer to home.

Pike River protest in Chch

Anna Osbourne, whose husband Milton died in the Pike River Mine disaster, said they were standing up for working class ...

Families protested outside the Solid Energy building before some are to meet with Bill English.

Coal mine on reserve land challenged

Forest & Bird chief executive Kevin Hague says the area is pristine and needs to be protected.

A decision to allow open-cast coal mining on "pristine" public reserve land will be challenged in court.

Meth drug bust in Reefton

Cameron Wright-Munro was pulled over by police after a 50-metre burnout.

Police have seized a "moderate" amount of methamphetamine in a drug bust on the West Coast. 

Kiwis off to World Dwarf Games

Nina Kersten will represent New Zealand at the 2017 World Dwarf Games.

West Coast farmer Nina Kersten is set to tackle the world's best in badminton and table tennis.

Unique sleeps in the South Island

One of the luxury camp sites in Wanaka.

From a tree house to a glass house to a mountaintop chalet, these are a far cry from the Kiwi bach.

Bush ordeal took toll on woman

Shelley Crooks survived six weeks in the West Coast bush by eking out her rations, and eating bugs and plants.

Woman who spent six weeks lost and injured in the West Coast bush is still recovering in hospital.

Council forces bankruptcy

Doug and Christine Banks owe the Grey District Council nearly $90,000, which they've been asked to pay within two weeks ...

A West Coast couple have been given two weeks to pay back nearly $90,000 they owe to their local council.

Mines close, new ones open

Most coal mines are now open cast, such as the Stockton mine on the the West Coast.

Solid Energy's plan to close West Coast's Spring Creek mine causes "extreme disappointment".

Mum's faith in people restored

A memorial cross for Blenheim teenager Regan Paul, who died in a car accident in 2000, has been fixed, but by who?

A broken white cross marked where her son died in a car crash. Then, randomly, it was fixed.

Pike River haunting effigies video

Pike River protest on the access road to the former mine.

Protesters at Pike River forced Solid Energy workers to retreat with a confronting demonstration.

West Coast drowning victim named

The beginning of the Heaphy Track, north of Karamea.

Feilding woman Rosemary Zaremba drowned near the mouth of the Kohaihai River.

Railway closed for six weeks video

The fire at Broken River over the weekend has forced the Christchurch-Greymouth rail link to close for at least six weeks.

Six-week closure of Chch-Greymouth rail link is "extremely disappointing", Grey District mayor says.

The man who found Shelley video

Shelley Crooks survived six weeks in the West Coast bush by eking out her rations, and eating bugs and plants.

She was standing beside the river, her shoes were in tatters, she was barely talking above a whisper.

Seven water deaths, 1 weekend

Surf lifesavers were out in force across the across the country to help beach goers out of "tricky situations".

Among victims a woman, 70, swept out to sea, a swimmer sucked over rapids, and a teen lost to a swollen river.

'Remarkable story of survival'

Shelley Crooks went missing before Christmas, and was found by a member of the public on Sunday.

Shelley Crooks used her extensive bush craft knowledge to survive six weeks in the bush with a leg injury.

Man dies while tramping

David Jackson's body was found between Smoothwater Bay and Stafford Bay.

A man who died while tramping on the West Coast has been named as David Jackson.

Beach walker swept to death in sea

The beginning of the Heaphy Track, north of Karamea.

A woman has died after being swept out to sea while walking on the beach with her partner.

Road delays continue

Heavy rain and gale force winds have caused delays on three South Island highways.

Work to clean up slips on three major West Coast highways is continuing after heavy rain lashed the region.

Downpours delay traffic

Gales reached 130kmh in Canterbury early on Wednesday morning.

Severe rain on the West Coast creates flooding and slips, causing delays to motorists on two highways.

Hitchhiker hunt: driver sought

Shelley Crooks, a mother of four, was last seen on the West Coast on December 22.

Police want to talk to drivers of white cars in area where missing woman Shelley Crooks last seen.

Visitors driving 'really slowly'

Police are cracking down on slow drivers impeding traffic on the West Coast.

Police clamping down on slow drivers in rental cars who are causing frustration on South Island roads.

Thefts by speedway official

Tania Dawn Lind has been convicted and ordered to do 150 hours' community work after admitting she stole $6638 from ...

A voluntary treasurer who stole thousands of dollars from a West Coast speedway has repaid all of the money.

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