West Coast

Coast to Coast entries skyrocket

Richard Ussher

Cheaper entry fees and a new race director result in entries to the 2015 Coast to Coast up 60 per cent, say organisers.

A lonely death in wild

Rex Leslie Taylor

Tramper lay dead for almost eight weeks before private helicopter spotted his body.

Mayor laughs off sex shop mixup

Tony Kokshoorn

Grey District Council has been paying thousands of dollars a month to an online sex shop.

'Catastrophe' if drought continues

temple basin

Farmers struggling to feed stock and Canterbury skifields shutting early in unusual dry spell.

West Coast battling drought

Pivot irrigator

Farmers are selling stock and turning irrigation systems on to fight dry conditions.

Weather costs insurers $135m

Blaketown

This year's bill from storm damage is adding up to more than $135 million already.

New reserves 'just too small'

West Coast Sth Island

Critics say the Govt's five new marine reserves off the West Coast are "lost opportunities" due to their small size.

Burnt-out couple tie knot

Shannon and Josh Robinson and family

Stress was replaced with joy as couple who lost their home in devasting fire wed and find new place to live.

Party leaders on Pike River

Pike River families

Cunliffe criticises Govt's handling, while Key says his rival is politicising the tragedy.

Student dies after crash

Teen wanted to be a nurse like her mother

Jadeyn McKay and Jamie Sixtus

A young woman who died after a car crash near Murchison was a "lovely girl" dedicated to helping others.

Teen dies after head-on crash

St John's Ambulance

Young West Coast woman dies in hospital eight days after collision with truck near Murchison.

Fog blamed in crash

microlight

CAA determines fog and disorientation contributed to microlight crash last year that killed two West Coast men.

Double tragedy for crash family

Accident

Coroner says father's brain tumour may have contributed to accident at gold mine where son drowned.

Fine weather for whitebaiters

whitebait

The weather was stunning but the fish were sparse for the start of the West Coast whitebait season.

'Adored Poppy' died in balcony fall

Beach Front Hotel in Hokitika

Geoffrey McFadden fell from the third floor of a hotel while he was on holiday in Hokitika.

Silent Pike protest

pike families

Pike River families urge Prime Minister John Key to do more to make sure their men "come home".

Fatal fall after drinking

Beach Front Hotel in Hokitika

A man was drinking with friends before plunging to his death from a West Coast hotel balcony.

Robber pointed gun at dairy worker

Police

Man brandished gun at West Coast shopkeeper before fleeing with cash and cigarettes.

Penguin fence complete at last

West Coast penguin fence

A 2.6km barrier to stop penguins being hit on a West Coast highway has been completed.

Mine re-entry risk 'minimal'

Tony Kokshoorn

Greymouth mayor calls for Solid Energy to get on with Pike River mine re-entry after further delays.

Pike River families 'gutted'

Kath Monk, the mother of Pike River mine victim Michael Monk, reads her victim impact statement supported by husband Bernie Monk.

Hopes for a decision dashed as families told plans to re-enter coal mine where 29 men died have been delayed again.

Smoke 'not out of the ordinary'

Smoke on Denniston Plateau

Fears of underground coal fires on the West Coast after smoke rises from ground quashed by mining company.

Milling community keen for timber

lumber

Sawmillers want to remove storm-damaged West Coast native timber but no-one knows who will get to do so.

Wild coastline never disappoints

Buller River

OPINION: Welcome to my favourite place, a slice of paradise from the Mokihinui River to Tauranga Bay.

Community work for ill-treating cows

Court

University student sentenced for ill-treating cows on a farm near Westport during holiday job.

Three serious fires probed

Fire Service firefighters generic

South Island firefighters tackle three serious blazes, including suspicious fire in Christchurch.

DOC to shift storm-hittimber

West Coast Cyclone Ita forest damage

Native West Coast trees cut down urgently before bill was passed will be recovered by DOC.

Child sex offender locked up

Justice

West Coast victim described as "remarkable young woman" as abuser is jailed for more than 14 years.

Uninsured on Coast worry mayor

Weather in Nelson

A West Coast mayor is worried more uninsured residents will be "left out in the cold" by the region's weather.

Insurance needed on West Coast

Blaketown

Mayor worries destructive weather will leave uninsured residents "out in the cold".

Severe weather for West Coast

Wild weather

Canterbury poised for short-lived burst of fine weather, while West Coast braces for heavy downpours.

Brownlee lashes 'tosspot' journalist

Gerry Brownlee

Journalist labelled "utter tosspot" by Gerry Brownlee for insensitive Pike River approach declares it a career highlight.

Motueka man falls for Otira

Otira Hotel

For four years the Otira Hotel and part of the township was up for sale, waiting for the right owner to see its potential.

Attacked tourist finishes tour

Michaela Brandl and Niki Honda

Franz Josef attempts to give hitchhiker stabbed on the West Coast better memories as she returns.

Residents told to boil water

breathing apparatus

Chlorine leak at a West Coast pumping station forces Greymouth residents to boil their water.

South Island primed for platinum

Simon Bridges

Canadian company given go-ahead to search for precious metal in Tasman and Southland.

Chimney filters battle against pollution

Christchurch smog

Chimney filters are being trialled in Reefton to help curb air pollution in the West Coast town.

Shortfall of $7.2m for hospital

NZ money, cash

A new hospital in Greymouth will require $7.2 million not covered by a government loan.

West Coast tourism looking up

West Coast Sth Island

West Coasters feel they have "turned a corner" from the tourism downturn after the Canterbury earthquakes.

Police seek Kumara man

Brian Patrick McBride

West Coast police are looking for a Kumara man wanted for alleged criminal harassment.

Miners expect to learn fate

stockton  mine

Stockton miners to find out today if they'll be made redundant in Solid Energy's restructure.

Two fires, one suspicious

Fire

Fire service investigates two South Island fires, including a blaze that destroyed a family home.

Man jailed for fatal crash

Judd Hall

A West Coast man has been sentenced to five years in prison for causing the death of Runanga man Judd Hall.

Missing hunter's body found

Corey Stephens

A Hokitika man who died while on a hunting trip was the "proudest father you could ever meet," his family say.

Missing man hunt on hold

Corey Stephens

Search for missing West Coast man pauses until weather improves, but family keeps searching.

Collision with train 'preventable'

Police

Drivers urged to obey crossing signs after vehicle collides with train on West Coast.

Coastal view improves stressful move

sunset

Upping sticks to Hokitika was a 'mare - until I found that spot on the Coast where everything is right with the world.

Search for hunter scaled back

Police

Hunt for missing man near Hokitika only found tarpaulin and his 'distinctive' hat in river.

Four teams hunt for missing man

Police

Tarpaulin belonging to 35-year-old Hokitika man overdue from hunting trip found on river bank.

Hunter goes missing

Police

Police are searching for a man who has not returned from a four-day hunting trip.

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