West Coast

Police investigate Westport fuel thefts

Police and the New Zealand Army Bomb Disposal Unit have been called to an Inglewood address where a bomb was found.

Police are after a fuel thief in Westport who has been cutting vehicles' fuel lines 

Alpine Fault spreads across South

Victoria University researchers studying the Alpine Fault have said it is not the vertical crack it was presumed to be, but becomes flatter at depth instead.

A different picture has emerged of the areas at risk when the fault ruptures.

Mainly fine for Canterbury

It will be a mainly fine day in for much of Canterbury on Wednesday, but wet on the west.

Wednesday is the day to get the outside jobs done this week in Canterbury as a grey few days await.

Coast school opens after fire

Four classrooms at South Westland Area School were damaged in a fire on Thursday night, thought to have started at a clothes dryer.

A remote West Coast school damaged by a fire last week has reopened.

Gale winds hit Coast, little damage

West Coast beach north of Greymouth.

Gales hit the West Coast but the region escaped with little damage.

Whitebaiters joined by researchers

Whitebaiters on the Hokitika River on the first day of the West Coast season last year.

West Coast whitebaiters are heading back to the water, joined by researchers surveying which species are caught where.

West Coast braces for windstorm

Wind blown trees are still evident inland from Punakaiki more than a year after Cyclone Ita damaged hundreds of hectares of native forest on the West Coast.

A severe windstorm forecast for the West Coast has put the region's Civil Defence emergency team on standby. 

Fire setback for remote Coast school

Four classrooms at South Westland Area School were damaged in a fire on Thursday night, thought to have started at a clothes dryer.

Remote West Coast school faces further setback after losing four classrooms in fire.

West Coast's two-wheeled tourists gallery

Arahura Valley beef farmer Mike Milne hopes to see a boom from the cycle trail which runs through the old west town he is building.

The West Coast's cycle trail has been a long time coming but nearby businesses are hoping for a boost from 10,000 cyclists expected this year.

South Westland Area School damaged in blaze

South Westland Area School has been struck by a fire that damaged its senior classrooms.

A Hari Hari school left $60,000 out of pocket by Cyclone Ita damage has now been damaged by fire.

Coast trust grows to $126m

Development West Coast's loans this year included one to Sounds Air to purchase a new plane to fly from Westport to Wellington.

A loan for a plane to fly from Westport to Wellington, and one for a business website, were made by a West Coast fund this year.

Fishermen net 330kg tuna

Ben Monk and Ashley Clarke with the 330kg tuna they caught off the coast of Greymouth on Saturday.

Fish and chips for dinner for three West Coast men who pulled in a 330 kilogram tuna.

Coast farmers prepping for wet spring

West Coast farmers are wading through a wet winter and have a wet spring to look ahead to.

West Coast farmers may be used to the wet, but they are enduring a particularly soggy winter this year with little respite forecast for spring.

Single Coast council considered

Greymouth, the heart of the Grey district, could come under one local government body, along with the Buller and Westland districts.

A unitary council will be considered for the West Coast which could see its four councils rolled into one.

'My heart just melted'

Four-year-old Vanessa McDonald was seriously injured after being hit by a car near Greymouth.

She was hit by a car, suffering skull fractures. Now she is talking again but still has a long way to go.

Rural schools 'forgotten' gallery video

Rural schools like Southbridge often hire inexperienced teachers, who need mentoring.

Support for rural schools is picking up to help principals who felt like a "forgotten group".

Man filmed burning cat

Jason Dale Rowling, 27, says he was under the influence of drugs when he filmed a cat being burned alive.

A 27-year-old West Coast man has admitted filming while a cat was set alight and killed.

Girl hit by car 'a fighter', says mum

Vanessa McDonald suffered skull fractures, a brain bleed and a hole in her lung.

"I didn't know if she was dead or alive, or how serious it was. It was awful," says mum of girl hit by car.

Fine on the east, wet on the west

Fog and cloud should clear for a fine day in Christchurch.

After a fresh and frosty start, fog and cloud should make way for blue skies in Canterbury.

Cash boost for West Coast councils

The Buller, Grey and Westland district councils will recive $1 million to spend on projects that support businesses in the region.

The West Coast's three district councils will receive $1 million to stimulate the region's economy.

Police defamation claim withdrawn

Inspector John Canning and two of his senior sergeants – Allyson Ealam and Phillip Barker – have withdrawn a $1.5 million defamation case against the Attorney General and Tasman district commander Superintendent Karyn Malthus.

Three top West Coast police officers have withdrawn a $1.5 million defamation case against their boss.

West Coast league dream team

West Coast-raised former Kiwis coach Ces Mountford, who won top honours in England with Wigan.

Dream team comprises the best players who represented the Kiwis from the West Coast.

Coast the toast of world league

The England (standing) and West Coast (kneeling) teams before their 1946 game at Greymouth's Victoria Park, which West Coast won 17-8.

West Coast Rugby League is celebrating its centenary this spring.

Ill fisherman rescued near Westport

A fishing boat crew member was rescued by helicopter after falling ill off the coast of Westport.

A fisherman has been rescued amid big swells after falling ill on a fishing boat off the coast of Westport.

Coast town awaits Solid Energy decision

Dark clouds over Westport will continue with more uncertainty over the future of Solid Energy and its mines on the West Coast.

The Government has been warned not to sell the West Coast's Stockton Mine in a "fire sale".

Glacier melt speeding up

Footage from a time-lapse camera shows Franz Josef Glacier in November 2012.

The world's glaciers are melting more quickly and those keeping track don't see a slowdown.

Police want help to solve fire mystery

Firefighters examine a burnt building at the Omoto Racecourse, near Greymouth, no horse were in the stables at the time of the fire.

Stables at a Greymouth racecourse were destroyed in a suspicious early morning fire.

Dairy farmer broke cows' tails

Michael James Whitelock pleaded guilty in Greymouth District Court to 12 charges, including ill treatment of animals and firearms-related charges.

GRAPHIC CONTENT: Cows were beaten, had their tails broken and were shot in the kneecaps.

Reefton braces for loss of goldmine

OceanaGold's Globe Progress goldmine near Reefton is about to go into care and maintenance.

A small West Coast town is bracing for change as the local goldmine is readied for mothballing.

Pike River families 'let down'

Sonya Rockhouse, left, and Anna Osborne, stand among 291 crosses placed at Parliament to mark the number of workplace deaths since the Pike River disaster.

PM John Key has "let down" the lost Pike River miners with watered-down health and safety legislation, relatives say.

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