West Coast

Chopper chartered from Pike funds

Cabinet minister Nick Smith chartered another helicopter for TV cameras - this time using tax-payer cash set aside for families of the Pike River victims.

Pike walk track wanted

Families of Pike River Mine disaster victims want a visitor centre and a walking track on the mine site.

Surgery delays a 'missed opportunity'

Delays in surgery were a 'missed opportunity' for a West Coast man who died after weeks in hospital.

Pet pigs were hit by a car

A kunekune pig and piglet thought to have been slaughtered on a West Coast family's driveway were hit by a car, police say.

Tourist hopes sentence sorts out teen

Australian tourist who was threatened with an iron bar hopes sentencing will encourage teen to sort himself out.

Historic building razed

One of the oldest buildings on the West Coast has been destroyed by an "unexplained fire".

Trainspotter hit and killed by train

Man might have been able to move to safety had he not been focused on his camera, a coroner says.

Suspicious fire in Greymouth

Police are appealing for information after a suspicious fire in Greymouth.

Youths locked in freight container

Three boys snooping around a rail yard were shut inside a freight container they tried to hide in. 

Pet pig butchered, stolen

'He was a family member'

Owners discover remains of pet kunekune pig, Dude, and piglet after the "lovely animals" were butchered at their property near Hokitika.

Second arson at Mokihinui bach

Firefighters battle a fire they believe was deliberately lit at the site of another arson before Christmas. 

No foul play in 'deep hole' death

A man who fell to his death in a deep West Coast hole had lived in the area all his life.

Woman charged over bach fire

A West Coast woman has been arrested for the arson of a bach at Mokihinui, Buller District.

Campervan accident at Fox Glacier

One person has moderate injuries after reportedly being crushed by a campervan in Fox Glacier.

For sale: A criminal history

A remote courthouse on the West Coast is up for sale, complete with jail cell.

NZ glaciers global news

Access by air only to Fox and Franz Josef

Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are now only accessible by air, and that's making headlines.

Fears for car occupants

Up to four people are believed missing after a car was washed down a West Coast river.

Bach gutted in suspicious fire

Police investigating after West Coast bach completely destroyed in suspicious blaze.

Car torched in West Coast garage

A car torched in its garage overnight in Waimangaroa is being treated as suspicious. 

Ropes used to save exhausted man

Man is dramatically saved from drowning on West Coast beach after an earlier rescue attempt failed.

Teacher barred after indecent assault

Computer teacher stayed in touch with a pupil who had been expelled, then indecently assaulted him.

Passengers fear for lives

Bus company investigates claims tourists abandon bus on mountain pass due to 'erratic' driver.

Cause of fatal fire unknown

The cause of a sleepout fire that killed a young West Coast father may never be known.

Haast highway slumps 2cm

Major West Coast highway slumping, just one month after the Haast Pass reopened.

Gold rush in the south

Otago, including Queenstown, and the West Coast are enjoying a gold rush of visitors.

Oil and gas permits issued

The West Coast is on the map for oil and gas exploration in New Zealand after 15 new explorations permits have been awarded.

Fatal crash involved four tourists

Police are seeking witnesses to a fatal crash involving four tourists on the West Coast.

Moment of curiosity earns $50,000

A teenager's curiosity about endangered NZ plants has made him $50,000 richer.

'Legendary and generous' postie dies

A 73-year-old postie has died five days after her van rolled backwards over her while she was unloading items on the West Coast.

Rain causes road-closing slip

Main West Coast highway closed for two hours after heavy showers bring down rock and soil.

Probe launched after postie run over

Worksafe will investigate accident which left postie in critical condition after van rolled over her.

Rural postie hit by own van

Rural postie, 73, run over by her own van remains in a serious condition in hospital.

Dead toddler named

Anamiek Manshande's distraught mum blamed herself as she watched paramedics try to save her girl's life.

Second toddler pond death

A 21-month-old girl was playing in the garden at home when she fell into a shallow garden pond.

No rest until dead are home

Anna Osborne wants "justice" for her husband and the other 28 men buried in the Pike River mine.

Dog killed in armed police raid

Judge takes pity on man whose dog was killed when police raided farm over his unlicensed rifle.

Judge gives streaker dressing-down

A man who streaked at an international league test has been told his behaviour only thrills himself.

Police not blamed in drowning

Better response may not have prevented man with mental health issues from drowning, coroner rules.

Solo dad's 'new lease'

West Coast move gets Shane Pascoe out of a rut

He's done time on drugs, time in jail and time living in a cold Christchurch "storage room". Now it's time for change - and the West Coast is calling.

Man attacked in campervan


A man was woken, robbed and assaulted while in a campervan on the West Coast.

Addressing the land

New Zealand's remote and little-known places are home to a particular kind of enchantment.

Pike River decision 'good news'

Pike River victim's father says his family can finally move on after Solid Energy's decision to stay out of the ruined mine.

Mine news gives 'closure'

Victim's parents feared re-entry could kill more

Rod and Christine Holling

Victim's parents feared re-entry could result in further deaths, and hope mine will now be turned into memorial.

PM to meet Pike families

Solid Energy is poised to walk away from the Pike River mine re-entry, MP claims.

Killed while photographing train

Gregory John Duncraft

Train enthusiast was standing near tracks with his partner when he was hit, inquest hears.

Slips trapped tourists

Connor Hayes and Joanna Lam

Contractor who closed Haast Pass due to a slip didn't see tourists' trapped campervan, inquest hears.

Inquest into tourists' deaths to resume

Connor Hayes and Joanna Lam

A coroner's inquest into the deaths of two Canadian tourists on the Haast Pass is set to resume.

Storm debris to be salvaged

West Coast Cyclone Ita forest damage

Reefton company wins first contract to salvage cyclone-damaged timber on the West Coast.

Best bach in the land

West Coast hideaway wins for idyllic setting

Woodpecker Bay Bach

Quirky West Coast bach with neighbouring penguins scoops top prize in hunt for the perfect hideaway.

When the Bone was picked

Keri Hulme

In 1985, Keri Hulme didn't turn up to the Man Booker ceremony as she didn't think she had a chance - she won.

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