West Coast

Pike River families 'let down'

Sonya Rockhouse, left, and Anna Osborne, stand among 291 crosses placed at Parliament to mark the number of workplace deaths since the Pike River disaster.

PM John Key has "let down" the lost Pike River miners with watered-down health and safety legislation, relatives say.

Driver error in jet boat crash

The accident happened on the Waiatoto River near Haast.

A driver unfamiliar with a jet boat crashed into rocks, fatally injuring a passenger.

Driver accepts blame in fatal crash

A woman has admitted a charge of careless driving causing death in the Westport District Court.

A woman has accepted blame in a car accident that killed a West Coast woman last year.

Contractors retreat from Coast

181013 News. Photo: Che Baker. A familiar road closed sign at Makarora.

More than 65 workers are looking for new jobs after two West Coast companies missed out on a region-wide roading contract.

More Coast jobs go with mine closure

Oceana Gold's mining pit near Reefton on the West Coast.

The West Coast is set to weather another round of job losses as a local gold mine plans to finish mining in October.

Accident at Pike River mine

Emergency services are responding to a workplace accident at the Pike River mine site.

A man has been seriously injured by falling debris in a workplace accident at the Pike River mine site.

Teen convicted on fatal crash charges

Danny O'Donnell, 19, died in a crash near Westport.

A North Canterbury teenager pleads guilty to charges relating to a car crash that killed one of his passengers.

Government boost for geologic surveys

Minister of Energy and Resources Simon Bridges announced $6m worth of geomagnetic surveys would focus on the South Island.

The Government will put an extra $6 million into surveys across the South Island to improve the data available for prospecting miners.

Coast cops back on beat

Inspector John Canning and two of his senior sergeants – Allyson Ealam and Phillip Barker – are back at work but defamation proceedings against their boss are still ongoing.

The West Coast's top cops are back at work but are still proceeding with defamation action against their boss.

Teen charged over crash

Danny O'Donnell, 19, died in a crash near Westport.

A teenager has been charged over a car crash that killed his 19-year-old passenger.

Injured pilot 'good as gold'

Helicopter pilot Brad Maclachlan was seriously injured in a crash on the West Coast on June 27.

A helicopter pilot injured in a crash on the West Coast is in good spirits despite still being in hospital, his boss says.

Victim 'like Barry Crump'

Maxie Duncan, believed to have died in a fire at the shed he lived in in south Westland, was "a hard man", his son, Darryl Duncan said.

A fire which likely killed a furniture maker on the West Coast was so intense that investigators may never establish how it began.

Paedophile loses appeal

A paedophile has lost his appeal against convictions of abuse against four girls.

A paedophile who abused children on the West Coast has had his appeal dismissed.

Fears for wood worker after fire

The scene of a fatal shed fire at Karangarua on the West Coast, south of Fox Glacier.

A furniture maker, community stalwart and "bloody character" is believed to have been killed in a fire at a remote property on the West Coast.

Body found in burnt shed

The scene of a fatal shed fire at Karangarua on the West Coast, south of Fox Glacier.

Police have found a body inside a shed that caught fire near Fox Glacier.

Pub reopens after two-week ban

The bar in Greymouth's Revingtons Hotel has reopened after a two week liquor licence suspension.

A West Coast bar pinged with a harsh penalty for breaching its liquor licence has reopened after a two-week suspension.

Obituary: ex-Grey Mayor Ron Hibbs

Ex-Grey District Mayor Ron Hibbs, with a disc bowls trophy he won at a motorhoming rally, died on June 29.

Right to the end, Ron Hibbs put the concerns of others first.

Multiple rapes admitted

Court generic

A man involved in the outdoor dance party scene has pleaded guilty to a range of sexual offences across the South Island.

Funds for Coast track

The West Coast's Old Ghost Road cycle trail will receive up to $100,000 Government funding and an ultra marathon has been proposed.

A West Coast cycle trail will get an extra push to be completed with a Government fund injection.

Top cops to sue over 'witch hunt'

Inspector John Canning and two of his senior sergeants – Allyson Ealam and Phillip Barker – have launched a $1.5 million defamation case against the Attorney General and Tasman district commander Superintendent Karyn Malthus.

Top West Coast police officer and two senior sergeants launch a $1.5 million defamation case against their boss.

8000 recalled washers unaccounted for

There are thousands more faulty washing machines that could cause damage like this in a West Coast home, the Fire Service says.

Up to 8000 unserviced washing machines similar to one that caused a West Coast fire are still to be recovered.

West Coast elderly could be sent to Christchurch

Although the most of the floodwaters in Hokitika have receded, some properties in Fitzherbert St remain waterlogged.

Elderly residents displaced after their rest home flooded two weeks ago are being kept locally where possible.

Helicopter pilot making "good progress"

Helicopter pilot Brad Maclachlan was seriously injured in a crash on the West Coast.

A pilot injured in a helicopter crash a week ago is still in hospital but is improving, his boss says.

Third Coast pub pinged

The bar in Greymouth's Revingtons Hotel has closed for two weeks, from June 29, during a liquor licence suspension.

Police on West Coast pubs: "The kind of intoxication we're talking about, no-one's having fun."

Crash pilot's condition serious

Helicopter pilot Brad Maclachlan is in Christchurch Hospital after being injured in a crash on the West Coast.

Brad Maclachlan remains in intensive care after a helicopter crash on the West Coast.

Cops called 8 times to dissolute pub

Revington's Hotel in Greymouth is one of two West Coast pubs to receive hefty penalties for breaching their liquor licences.

West Coast pub patrons were so drunk they couldn't walk, were vomiting and urinated on themselves.

Franz businesses appeal quake zone

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 business owners are appealing an earthquake plan that would limit development in their town.

Flooded rest home closed for months

A car is partly submerged in Hokitika.

A flooded rest home on the West Coast will take months to clean up and reopen.

Chopper pilot seriously injured

Helicopter pilot Brad Maclachlan was seriously injured in a crash on the West Coast on Saturday.

Young helicopter pilot was talking and conscious after a serious crash on the West Coast.

Accountant causes couple to lose house

Michael and Lilian Ross lost their house and comfortable retirement due to a fraud by Hokitika accountant Lindsay Smith.

Approaching 70, Blenheim couple Lilian and Michael Ross should be enjoying the fruits of a life of toil.

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