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.
Families of Pike River Mine disaster victims want a visitor centre and a walking track on the mine site.
Delays in surgery were a 'missed opportunity' for a West Coast man who died after weeks in hospital.
A kunekune pig and piglet thought to have been slaughtered on a West Coast family's driveway were hit by a car, police say.
Australian tourist who was threatened with an iron bar hopes sentencing will encourage teen to sort himself out.
One of the oldest buildings on the West Coast has been destroyed by an "unexplained fire".
Man might have been able to move to safety had he not been focused on his camera, a coroner says.
Police are appealing for information after a suspicious fire in Greymouth.
Three boys snooping around a rail yard were shut inside a freight container they tried to hide in.
'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.
Firefighters battle a fire they believe was deliberately lit at the site of another arson before Christmas.
A man who fell to his death in a deep West Coast hole had lived in the area all his life.
A West Coast woman has been arrested for the arson of a bach at Mokihinui, Buller District.
One person has moderate injuries after reportedly being crushed by a campervan in Fox Glacier.
A remote courthouse on the West Coast is up for sale, complete with jail cell.
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.
Up to four people are believed missing after a car was washed down a West Coast river.
Police investigating after West Coast bach completely destroyed in suspicious blaze.
A car torched in its garage overnight in Waimangaroa is being treated as suspicious.
Man is dramatically saved from drowning on West Coast beach after an earlier rescue attempt failed.
Computer teacher stayed in touch with a pupil who had been expelled, then indecently assaulted him.
Bus company investigates claims tourists abandon bus on mountain pass due to 'erratic' driver.
The cause of a sleepout fire that killed a young West Coast father may never be known.
Major West Coast highway slumping, just one month after the Haast Pass reopened.
Otago, including Queenstown, and the West Coast are enjoying a gold rush of visitors.
The West Coast is on the map for oil and gas exploration in New Zealand after 15 new explorations permits have been awarded.
Police are seeking witnesses to a fatal crash involving four tourists on the West Coast.
A teenager's curiosity about endangered NZ plants has made him $50,000 richer.
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.
Main West Coast highway closed for two hours after heavy showers bring down rock and soil.
Worksafe will investigate accident which left postie in critical condition after van rolled over her.
Rural postie, 73, run over by her own van remains in a serious condition in hospital.
Anamiek Manshande's distraught mum blamed herself as she watched paramedics try to save her girl's life.
A 21-month-old girl was playing in the garden at home when she fell into a shallow garden pond.
Anna Osborne wants "justice" for her husband and the other 28 men buried in the Pike River mine.
Judge takes pity on man whose dog was killed when police raided farm over his unlicensed rifle.
A man who streaked at an international league test has been told his behaviour only thrills himself.
Better response may not have prevented man with mental health issues from drowning, coroner rules.
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.
A man was woken, robbed and assaulted while in a campervan on the West Coast.
New Zealand's remote and little-known places are home to a particular kind of enchantment.
Pike River victim's father says his family can finally move on after Solid Energy's decision to stay out of the ruined mine.
Victim's parents feared re-entry could kill more
Victim's parents feared re-entry could result in further deaths, and hope mine will now be turned into memorial.
Solid Energy is poised to walk away from the Pike River mine re-entry, MP claims.
Train enthusiast was standing near tracks with his partner when he was hit, inquest hears.
Contractor who closed Haast Pass due to a slip didn't see tourists' trapped campervan, inquest hears.
A coroner's inquest into the deaths of two Canadian tourists on the Haast Pass is set to resume.
Reefton company wins first contract to salvage cyclone-damaged timber on the West Coast.
West Coast hideaway wins for idyllic setting
Quirky West Coast bach with neighbouring penguins scoops top prize in hunt for the perfect hideaway.
In 1985, Keri Hulme didn't turn up to the Man Booker ceremony as she didn't think she had a chance - she won.