The beleaguered Westland council allowed a tiny town's "nest egg" to be used for a garden many don't want.
Eight soaking wet trampers huddled in a one-man tent with the sound of rolling boulders around them, until a different sound brought them hope.
Early risers saw white in Christchurch, before the day fined up.
Westland Mayor Bruce Smith has avoided a no confidence vote as a rebel councillor backs down.
Mild day expected across the South Island after heavy cloud lifts.
Government loan buys time for West Coast polytechnic under investigation.
A foggy morning will clear to reveal a fine day in the Mainland on Monday.
Two men are in hospital after a microlight crashed at Hokitika on the West Coast on Saturday morning.
Suspended Westland District Council CEO Tanya Winter has quit just months before her contract ends.
West Coasters who live under permanent boil water notices are angry their councils would allow the export of fresh water from the region.
Westland District Council is going ahead with a controversial contract to upgrade two water treatment plants.
Ben Gourdie was "doing what he loved with his very best mates" when he was swept away by a West Coast river.
Jury unable to reach agreement in trial of meth dealer charged with stupefying and raping a woman on the West Coast.
Christchurch's Ben Gourdie went into a nearby West Coast river to cool off, but the current swept him away.
The controversial West Coast water export scheme will have to reapply for a crucial DoC consent in 2019.
Ben Gourdie had been swimming in hot pools when he went into the nearby Taipo River to cool off.
An 18-year-old who died after being crushed by a West Coast bach will be remembered for his "cheeky smile".
One person is in a critical condition and a West Coast road is closed after a car crash.
The storm missed much of NZ, but thousands are still without power and there is widespread flooding.
Teenager crushed during bach move near Harihari on the West Coast.
A convicted child sex offender called Courageous Sojourner has moved to Gloriavale.
Repairs on SH1 south of Kaikoura going swimmingly despite the entire country being blanketed by wet weather.
A Courier Post van carrying The Press newspaper was headed to Blenheim when it crashed.
An accusation of the theft of historic light fittings led to a fight between a publican and a train driver.
Early morning fog at Christchurch Airport delayed almost a dozen flights.
Access to Kaikoura from the south plagued by weather-related closures.
A date rape drug may have been used on a woman by her meth dealer before he raped her in her Greymouth home, the Crown alleges.
"I was praying for the best and hoping not for the worst," says owner after lost pet found his way out of a tomo.
Canterbury is in store for a dry weekend after a week of heavy rain, gales and even snow.
Two days after Jacko fell down a crevice, his owners are digging by hand to get him out from under 100 tones of rock.