Cheaper entry fees and a new race director result in entries to the 2015 Coast to Coast up 60 per cent, say organisers.
Tramper lay dead for almost eight weeks before private helicopter spotted his body.
Grey District Council has been paying thousands of dollars a month to an online sex shop.
Farmers struggling to feed stock and Canterbury skifields shutting early in unusual dry spell.
Farmers are selling stock and turning irrigation systems on to fight dry conditions.
This year's bill from storm damage is adding up to more than $135 million already.
Critics say the Govt's five new marine reserves off the West Coast are "lost opportunities" due to their small size.
Stress was replaced with joy as couple who lost their home in devasting fire wed and find new place to live.
Cunliffe criticises Govt's handling, while Key says his rival is politicising the tragedy.
Teen wanted to be a nurse like her mother
A young woman who died after a car crash near Murchison was a "lovely girl" dedicated to helping others.
Young West Coast woman dies in hospital eight days after collision with truck near Murchison.
CAA determines fog and disorientation contributed to microlight crash last year that killed two West Coast men.
Coroner says father's brain tumour may have contributed to accident at gold mine where son drowned.
The weather was stunning but the fish were sparse for the start of the West Coast whitebait season.
Geoffrey McFadden fell from the third floor of a hotel while he was on holiday in Hokitika.
Pike River families urge Prime Minister John Key to do more to make sure their men "come home".
A man was drinking with friends before plunging to his death from a West Coast hotel balcony.
Man brandished gun at West Coast shopkeeper before fleeing with cash and cigarettes.
A 2.6km barrier to stop penguins being hit on a West Coast highway has been completed.
Greymouth mayor calls for Solid Energy to get on with Pike River mine re-entry after further delays.
Hopes for a decision dashed as families told plans to re-enter coal mine where 29 men died have been delayed again.
Fears of underground coal fires on the West Coast after smoke rises from ground quashed by mining company.
Sawmillers want to remove storm-damaged West Coast native timber but no-one knows who will get to do so.
OPINION: Welcome to my favourite place, a slice of paradise from the Mokihinui River to Tauranga Bay.
University student sentenced for ill-treating cows on a farm near Westport during holiday job.
South Island firefighters tackle three serious blazes, including suspicious fire in Christchurch.
Native West Coast trees cut down urgently before bill was passed will be recovered by DOC.
West Coast victim described as "remarkable young woman" as abuser is jailed for more than 14 years.
A West Coast mayor is worried more uninsured residents will be "left out in the cold" by the region's weather.
Mayor worries destructive weather will leave uninsured residents "out in the cold".
Canterbury poised for short-lived burst of fine weather, while West Coast braces for heavy downpours.
Journalist labelled "utter tosspot" by Gerry Brownlee for insensitive Pike River approach declares it a career highlight.
For four years the Otira Hotel and part of the township was up for sale, waiting for the right owner to see its potential.
Franz Josef attempts to give hitchhiker stabbed on the West Coast better memories as she returns.
Chlorine leak at a West Coast pumping station forces Greymouth residents to boil their water.
Canadian company given go-ahead to search for precious metal in Tasman and Southland.
Chimney filters are being trialled in Reefton to help curb air pollution in the West Coast town.
A new hospital in Greymouth will require $7.2 million not covered by a government loan.
West Coasters feel they have "turned a corner" from the tourism downturn after the Canterbury earthquakes.
West Coast police are looking for a Kumara man wanted for alleged criminal harassment.
Stockton miners to find out today if they'll be made redundant in Solid Energy's restructure.
Fire service investigates two South Island fires, including a blaze that destroyed a family home.
A West Coast man has been sentenced to five years in prison for causing the death of Runanga man Judd Hall.
A Hokitika man who died while on a hunting trip was the "proudest father you could ever meet," his family say.
Search for missing West Coast man pauses until weather improves, but family keeps searching.
Drivers urged to obey crossing signs after vehicle collides with train on West Coast.
Upping sticks to Hokitika was a 'mare - until I found that spot on the Coast where everything is right with the world.
Hunt for missing man near Hokitika only found tarpaulin and his 'distinctive' hat in river.
Tarpaulin belonging to 35-year-old Hokitika man overdue from hunting trip found on river bank.
Police are searching for a man who has not returned from a four-day hunting trip.