West Coast

South Island hit hard video

Photos taken on Thursday morning of SH7 going into Stillwater, near Greymouth.

Arthur's Pass will not reopen today as contractors struggle to clear "monstrous" slips on the highway.

West Coast storm 'pretty horrific'

A slip in Otira has narrowly missed an occupied house overnight, spilling out through the property and across the road.

An "extremely frightened" mother and son could only watch as a slip destroyed their car and flooded the kitchen of their West Coast home.

High winds, heavy rain video

Gusts of up to 150 kilometres an hour are expected to batter Canterbury from Wednesday afternoon.

Gale-force winds hit the capital overnight, along with Canterbury, as heavy rain pelts West Coast.

Pike River re-entry bill promise

Labour leader Andrew Little at Pike River protest

Labour leader Andrew Little to table bill for Pike River mine re-entry push.

From cement to contemporary art

John Burns and Di Gordon-Burns in the John Burns Gallery in Otira

Otira artist John Burns turned to painting after losing his job at a cement works.

Severe gales set for Canterbury

Gusts of up to 150 kilometres an hour are expected to batter Canterbury from Wednesday afternoon.

Gusts of 150km/h are expected around the region from Wednesday afternoon.

Publican king hit outside bar

Criterion Hotel owner Glen Elley says he was king hit early on Sunday morning.

A Westport publican says he was knocked out and his nephew had his jaw broken after an attack outside his pub. 

Strongman mine disaster remembered 50 years on

Workers at the entrance to the Strongman State Coal Mine after the explosion that killed 19 miners in January 1967.

The 19 men killed in the Strongman State Mine explosion 50 years ago are to be remembered at two services in Greymouth.

Peters stands with Pike protesters

Bernie Monk said Pike families "really appreciated" Peters' stance on re-entry.

The NZ First leader is backing families' calls for mine re-entry and body recovery.

Rivers of gold

The Arawhata River in remote South Westland, near the site of a proposed water export project.

A plan to export Southern Alps glacial water is in its 27th year but its backers are not giving up.

Winston Peters to visit Pike River

NZ First leader Winston Peters says he wants to go to the West Coast to show his support to the Pike River mine protest.

NZ First leader Winston Peters to visit Pike River protestors at their camp by the mine gates.

Driving legend of the Coast

Jack Kennedy, West Coast taxi driver, entrepreneur and transport operator. Born January 6, 1928. Died December 3, 2016.

Jack Kennedy was the last in a line of Kennedy drivers servicing West Coast towns since the 1800s.

Warm weekend ahead

Temperatures in Christchurch are expected to reach to be warm all weekend.

The sun is set to shine in Christchurch, Blenheim and Nelson, while elsewhere rain may dampen spirits.

'We will not go away'

Supporters of the Pike River mine families on Logburn Rd, blocking access to the mine site in December.

OPINION: A mother and miner who lost her son in Pike River demands justice and closure.

West Coast racetrack 'waterlogged'

Kumara Racing Club president John Ryall at the waterlogged West Coast track.

The popular Kumara races have been cancelled and roads partially washed out as heavy rain pounds the West Coast.

Taser use a 'breach'

The man was tasered twice by police

Police breached policy when an officer stunned a Greymouth man with a Taser, the IPCA has ruled.

Otira publican charged with assault

Lester Rowntree bought the Otira Hotel in 2014.

A West Coast publican has been charged with assaulting a train driver. 

'It brought a lot of joy'

Greymouth couple Ann-Maree and Brett McLean's Christmas lights display

A Greymouth couple who have had a festive lights display for 17 years are turning them out for the last time.

Bollywood meets Westport

Jayshri Ratnam is a young Kiwi who has taken Bollywood dancing to Westport, a small South Island town and the community ...

A Westport Bollywood dance group has picked up national awards despite there being only one student with Indian heritage in the school.

Person freed from car

The woman has been treated for minor to moderate injuries.

A wheelchair-bound woman was trapped in a car that'd gone down a West Coast bank. 

Man slashed with razor blade

Police guard the scene where a man was slashed with a razor blade in Greymouth on the West Coast.

A man was slashed with a razor blade in an early morning attack on the West Coast.

City councillor to stand for Greens

Nelson City Councillor Kate Fulton in the Queens Gardens.

Another Nelson city councillor has put their hand up to stand for the Green Party in next year's election.

One critical after Buller Gorge crash

Three people were taken to hospital after a car accident in the Upper Buller Gorge, near Inangahua.

Injured woman airlifted to hospital in critical condition after two-car crash near Inangahua

Petition against water exports

Mount Aspiring National Park.

The petition calls for for a halt to all water exports "to protect this precious resource from private profiteering".

Man stabbed in home invasion

Police guard the scene of a suspected stabbing in Greymouth on the West Coast.

A man has been stabbed on the West Coast after three men invaded his home.

Plan to export mountain water

Mount Aspiring National Park.

Billions of litres of glacial water would be piped down a West Coast mountain and onto ships headed overseas.

Pike River protest to resume

Pike River mine protesters Anna Osborne and Sonya Rockhouse have been camping on the road.

Victims' families are vowing to keep fighting for justice as their protest is set to restart on Thursday.

The man who all but bought a town video

Lester Rowntree plans to turn Otira into a historical landmark.

Do you get to be mayor when you nearly own it all? "My wife's the mare, I'm the stallion".

Injured tramper flown to safety

The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter was sent to pick up an injured tramper near Karamea.

Man was "stuck precariously on a rock" after slipping on the West Coast, but had a locator beacon.

Flooding in northwest Nelson

Flooding of the Paturau river kept campers and cows on the West Coast stranded for around four hours.

Flooding of the Paturau River kept campers and cows on the West Coast stranded for around four hours on Sunday morning.

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