West Coast

Permit sought for seabed mining

23112013.Photo: Mike Scott/Fairfax Media.  An estimated 700 gathered at Raglan's Wainamu Beach to protest deep sea oil drilling and seabed mining as part of the nationwide Banners on the Beach campaign.

A mineral exploration company has applied to prospect for seabed mining off the West Coast, despite a failed attempt to do the same in the North Island

More jobs for the cut on West Coast

About 50 West Coast jobs may be cut by roading contractor Sicon Ferguson.

More job losses are on the cards for the West Coast weeks after Solid Energy said it would cut 150 jobs at Stockton mine.

Pike River widow wants Whittall in court

A judge has reserved his decision on a judicial review into the dropping of 12 health and safety charges against former Pike River boss Peter Whittall.

"Stick the money" is what I would have said, says Pike River widow

Stockton job losses confirmed

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Solid Energy has confirmed it will cut 151 jobs from the West Coast's Stockton coal mine.

'Chequebook justice' for ex Pike boss - lawyer

Former Pike River Coal Mine boss Peter Whittall.

Two women whose relatives were killed in the Pike River Mine disaster are arguing their case in the High Court at Wellington.

Injured hunter rescued

The Greymouth-based New Zealand Coal and Carbon rescue helicopter was involved in two rescues last week.

An injured hunter had to wait overnight for rescue in a remote West Coast valley.

West Coast car crash victim named

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Police have named the man who died after a head on collision on the West Coast.

Search called off for injured hunter

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Nightfall has forced police to call of the search for an injured hunter on the West Coast of the South Island.

Franz Josef: a town on the edge

Mapping has shown the Alpine Fault runs directly under some Franz Josef businesses, including the Mobil petrol station, the Helicopter Line offices and part of the supermarket.

Franz Josef locals are asking themselves "what next?" after a fault avoidance zone was put through the town centre.

Kiwi killed by gin trap

DOC and Wildlife Trust workers found and treated a kiwi, whose foot was severed in a gin trap, but they could not save its life. The kiwi pictured is not the one that was killed.

Illegal gin traps used to protect a cannabis plot have killed kiwi and weka.

Jail time for 10th drink drive conviction

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A recidivist drink driver will serve jail time and lose his licence indefinitely after his 10th conviction.

Community work for court bomb threat

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A man who sparked a bomb threat at a district court has been sentenced to community work to "give back" to the community he upset.

Sympathy for marijuana user

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Police and a judge have been sympathetic towards a man who suffers seizures and was found cultivating cannabis.

Franz plan gets go ahead

Mapping has shown the Alpine Fault runs directly under some Franz Josef businesses, including the Mobil petrol station, the Helicopter Line offices and part of the supermarket.

A plan to manage earthquake risk in a busy West Coast tourist town has been given the go ahead by commissioners.

Wedding to mark baby's birthday

Jai Bishop's first birthday will be marked in a unique way by his parents.

Jai Bishop is about to turn 1, but as it might be his only birthday his mum and dad have a very special gift for him.

Police interview dead toddler's parents

Police are investigating how Leith Allen Hutchison, from Greymouth, suffered a head injury and died.

Police seek advice from international experts as they try to piece together how a toddler suffered fatal injuries.

Farm owner guilty for ill treatment


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A farm owner has been found guilty for the ill treatment of cows on his West Coast property while it was leased to a father and son.

Bold ideas needed for West Coast future

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The West Coast needs bold ideas and investments to bolster the region following further job losses in the coal industry, political and community leaders say.

Stockton Mine axes 151 jobs

Stockton Mine axes 151 jobs from the open-cast coal mine.

More than 110 workers will lose their jobs at the West Coast's Stockton Mine but relief it was not 'mothballed'.

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A young Gloriavale community member in prayer.

Police receive several calls about secretive Gloriavale commune following abuse allegations.

Mine job cuts expected

The beleaguered state-owned miner has already slashed jobs at the West Coast coal mine.

Stockton Mine workers have been called to a meeting in Westport on Thursday.

Torrential rain hits

Flooding from the Waiho River at Franz Josef.

Severe weather warning as heavy rain pelts the West Coast causing surface flooding and slips.

Arthur's Pass road upgrade begins

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Work has started to upgrade a dangerous stretch of road near Arthur's Pass.

Christchurch teen sells motivational website

Teen entrepreneur Jake Millar has sold start-up Oompher to Careers New Zealand.

Young entrepreneur sells Oompher, featuring videos of successful Kiwis, to Careers NZ.

Second quad bike death

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A quad bike fatality on a West Coast farm over the weekend was the second death on the same farm.

Westport quad crash victim named

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A Westport woman died after crashing a quad bike on a farm at Cape Foulwind.

Gloriavale: 'I'd go back'

Elijah Overcomer, pictured with sons Zac, 3, and Seth, 4, says he's a typical Kiwi bloke who likes the odd beer.

Two years ago Elijah Overcomer was kicked out of the secretive community, but he still longs to return - to change it.

Gloriavale 0800 number set up

Drinking apps such as 'Drink Thin' are encouraging kids to drink

Ex Gloriavale members may be reluctant to use a hotline to report abuse, says a former member.

Gloriavale 'grooms' men for teen sex

Gloriavale Christian Community, across from Lake Haupiri on the West Coast, where ex-members have spoken out about abuse.

Gloriavale men are "groomed" to have sex with underage girls, while girls who put on weight are forced to fast, say ex-members.

Fire damages Franz Josef restaurant

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A restaurant in Franz Josef township will be out of business for some time after a fire broke out in a back room.

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