West Coast

Crash probe to take 'months'


An investigation into a helicopter crash that killed two West Coast men is expected to take "many months".

Cyclone flattens ancient forests

Storm damage near Whataroa, South Westland

The scale of damage wreaked on West Coast's native bush and trees may not be known for weeks.

'Shell shocked' by damage

Storm-hit farmers lose over half of their crops

Karamea farmer Peter Moynihan's storm damage

West Coast businesses are still tallying up the costs from last week's storm, with some households still without power.

Disaster-struck family lose roof

Nevvynn Jones

Quake-traumatised boy the one to get his family out of their house as West Coast storm hit.

Coasters face week without power

Power, electricity, power lines, power pole

Some storm-hit West Coast residents could be without power for up to 10 days, with repair crews getting airborne to reconnect damaged networks.

500 still without power

Destroyed Blaketown power line

Helicopters to help restore power to 500 storm-hit households in hard-to-reach West Coast areas.

Coast clean-up 'under control'

More rain expected on West Coast

West Coast Cyclone Ita

"Everything is under control," Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn says.

West Coast takes battering

Emergency services vehicles

Several vehicles have rolled and more than 200 weather-related 111 calls have been made on West Coast.

Coast councils back highway proposal

Haast Hollyford rd

The West Coast's four councils have pledged support for the proposed $230m Haast to Hollyford Highway.

Missing tourist found in Queenstown


A missing American tourist, who sparked a search on the Heaphy Track today has been found.

Dobbyn fretted over tribute

 Dave Dobbyn

Dave Dobbyn has worried whether his new composition on the Pike River coalmine disaster does it justice.

Police apology for search delay


Police have apologised for not searching for a mentally ill man until 13 days after he was reported missing.

Charges laid over son's death

Judd Hall

Police are to lay charges against driver involved in a crash that lost Joe Hall her fourth son.

Man charged over fatal crash

Judd Hall

Manslaughter charged laid against the driver in a high-speed West Coast crash that killed his friend.

Death prompts changes

Mahuri Hemi Bettjeman-Manawatu

A West Coast boy's death has prompted changes to New Zealand's largest school-bus fleet.

Body on beach was missing man

Kurt Millan Green

Police confirm a body discovered on a West Coast beach last week is that of Christchurch man Kurt Green.

Attacked hitchhikers grateful for support

Michaela Brandl and Niki Honda

Two tourists attacked while hitchhiking have thanked New Zealanders and "angels" for helping them survive and recover.

Still thumbs up for hitching

Judith Brossler

Despite last week's vicious attack, she's just one of many female tourists thumbing rides.

Complications in Pike River re-entry

Pike River mine


The re-entry of the Pike River Coal Mine is still some way off.

Hitch-hikers still recovering

Michaela Brandl and Niki Honda

Two women seriously injured in a West Coast attack remain "deeply traumatised" in hospital.

Body found on West Coast beach

Kurt Millan Green

Missing Christchurch man Kurt Green's body has washed up on Rapahoe Beach on the West Coast.

Injured hitchhikers offered car

Hitchhikers flown to Christchurch

Two hitchhikers attacked on the West Coast have been offered a car so they don't have to thumb a ride.

Hitchhiker attack may hit tourism

Injured hitchhikers

An attack on two foreign hitchhikers on the West Coast could impact on NZ's overseas reputation.

Hitchhikers stabbed


Two hitchhikers have been found stabbed and with broken bones after accepting a lift on the West Coast today.

Helicopter safety review after fatality

Helicopter fights flames

Safety training for New Zealand's most commonly used helicopters are under review.

Light chopper safety questioned


Investigation into fatal crash highlights safety issues with NZ's most popular light helicopter.

Armed stand-off in Reefton


Police have arrested a man after an armed stand-off in the small West Coast town of Reefton.

$230m Haast-Hollyford road mooted

Haast Hollyford rd

The controversial $230 million Haast-Hollyford toll road is gaining momentum.

Catton's novel brings links to life


Deidre Mussen discovers many of Catton's characters' surnames in Hokitika's 1860s history.

Search continues for missing man

Kurt Millan Green

Police and helicopter crews have resumed the search for Christchurch man Kurt Millan Green today.

Kiwi vaccinated after chicks' death

kiwi chick

West Coast kiwi chicks are being vaccinated after the death of seven young birds.

Surfer saves distressed fishermen

Cyclone lusi

A West Coast surfer paddled through wild seas in a "super-human effort" to save two fishermen.

Man's socks, shoes on beach

Kurt Millan Green

A missing Christchurch man's personal belongings have been found on a West Coast beach.

Fishers' boat swept out to sea

buller river

Two men are lucky to be alive after being rescued by two surfers when their boat sank.

Catton returns to Coast

TV series based on The Luminaries is planned

Eleanor Catton in Hokitika

Award-winning novelist Eleanor Catton is back in Hokitika for the first time since her novel The Luminaries won the ManBooker prize - this time with a TV producer.

Writer back in 'spiritual' home

eleanor catton

Eleanor Catton returns to Hokitika, where she created her award winning book The Luminaries.

Wild Food Festival's future uncertain

Paddy, of the Roddy Nugget Fishing Club

The weekend's Wild Food Festival could be Hokitika's last, as the event struggles to pull in the crowds.

New treats on festival menu

anna boyd

It's that time again when huhu grubs and ‘mountain oysters' join tarantulas and scorpions on a brave foodie's plate.

Surgery saves kiwi with underbite

Kiwi with underbite

A rare West Coast kiwi with a wonky bill has a top chance of survival thanks to delicate surgery to fix its underbite.

Died tackling dream

Mapua adventurer in fatal West Coast fall

David Hutton

A 72-year-old fell to his death while tackling an isolated patch of the West Coast at the weekend.

Man drowned after bridge crash

Strong northwest winds this spring have dumped their load on a sodden West Coast before causing havoc on Canterbury farmland.

A professor drowned on the West Coast while on his way to explore his theory on NZ's first Maori settlement.

A father's nightmare

Haunted by questions over son's landslide death

Connor Hayes and Joanna Lam

Questions over his son's death in a West Coast landslide keep Michael Hayes awake at night.

Pupils' sex lesson upsets parents

Explicit sex education at a West Coast primary school has sparked a flurry of complaints from shocked parents.

Claim of 'deal' on Whittall charges

peter whittall

Legal letter suggests dropping of charges against former Pike River Mine boss was a reparation 'deal'.

Denniston mining delayed indefinitely

Denniston escarpment

Westport is 'devastated' that the start of mining on the Denniston plateau has been delayed.

Haast Pass bridge plan shelved

Haast Pass slip

After three years of research, a replacement bridge on SH6 will not go ahead due to safety fears.

Spinal injuries for tree swinger

Lake Brunner

A Christchurch man was flown to hospital with fractures after tree swing snapped at Lake Brunner.

Inquest details devastate father

Michael Hayes

Father of dead Canadian tourist laments inaction by last people to see his son alive.

Fire victim was 'over the limit'

Benjamin McBride

A young father killed in a shed fire near Hokitika last May had been drinking heavily and smoking cannabis, an inquest heard.

Couple's exit blocked by slip

Connor and Michael Hayes

Two Canadian tourists killed in a massive slip likely spent many minutes trying to escape, reports will say.

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