West Coast

Wildfoods festival failure

No more huhu grubs and mountain oysters?

The future of Hokitika's Wildfoods Festival is in doubt after it failed to break even this year.

Town faces fault upheaval

A West Coast community will need to consider drastic changes to prepare for an earthquake.

Tourist to pay $13,700

A German tourist, who crashed head-on into a motorcyclist, will pay $13,700.

West coast is tsunami 'blind spot'

Long thought to be "benign", the Tasman Sea appears to have faced catastrophic tsunami events.

Pike River court file goes missing

Documents from a Pike River court file have go missing as families prepare to challenge a decision to drop charges against mine boss Peter Whittall.

German tourists admit crashes

A German tourist was on the wrong side of the road when her campervan hit a motorcyclist.

152 starving cows put down

Dead cattle in drains, starved cows with parasites and trapped in mud on West Coast farm.

Tourist fined for drink-driving

Honeymoon ends on a sour note for American woman caught drink-driving after Wildfoods Festival.

Fisherman winched to safety

Rescuers were in a race against time to winch a fisherman to safety on the West Coast.

Dairy awards winners named

Katie Milne is New Zealand's Dairy Woman of the Year.

German tourist charged over crash

Foreign driver faces careless driving charge after crashing campervan into motorcyclist.

Campervan 'on wrong side'

A motorcyclist remains in hospital with serious injuries after colliding with a campervan on the West Coast.

Bull crash driver dies

A 23-year-old West Coast man has died after his car struck a bull.

Wildfoods Festival 'fantastic'

West Coast police praise good behaviour of culinary daredevils at Hokitika Wildfoods Festival.

Fun in the sun at Wildfoods

Festival goers enjoyed a hot day in Hokitika for the 26th Wildfoods Festival.

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Cashmere home one of NZ's oddities

A yurt, a convent, a gypsy camp, a dome home and a castle - the most extraordinary abodes for sale in NZ.

Wildfoods Festival down to the wire

Hokitika Wildfoods Festival organisers hope fine forecast will lead to last-minute rush on tickets.

Driver blows twice limit... gets off

Man with two drink driving convictions avoids another due to faulty breath test and police officer's failure to offer a blood test.

Overdue tramper found near Hokitika

An elderly man who was feared to have disappeared while tramping alone on the West Coast has been found.

Will Gloriavale survive?

OPINION: Gloriavale's leader Hopeful Christian is getting old. Is the end-time for this commune approaching?

'New tyres' excuse for burnouts

A Greymouth man caught doing burnouts told police he wanted to blow his tyres out because he was putting new ones on.

Tourist 'no more idiotic' than locals

Judge says speeding, unlicensed tourist driver's behaviour no worse than Kiwi motorists.

Catering company forced to pay

A catering business must pay over $10,000 in fines and missed holiday pay it owes to a former employee.

Wild West Coast police chases

A driver fleeing from police at speeds of up to 180kmh turned his car's lights off.

Car crashes off bank on West Coast

Three people are lucky to escape without injury after a car crashed off a bank on the West Coast.

More rain coming

West Coast is bracing for more heavy rain only a day after a deluge flooded streets and triggered landslides.

'Never a dull moment' with Danny

Friends struggling to comprehend the death of a teenager killed in a crash on the West Coast.

Dead Tauranga Bay kayaker named

West Coast man Christopher Black drowned while kayaking off Tauranga Bay near Westport.

Car in river not found

Police have been unable to recover a submerged car from a West Coast river.

Teen dies in Westport car crash

A 19-year-old man from North Canterbury has died in a car crash on the West Coast.

Speeding tourist teaches driving

A British tourist clocked at 178kmh was a driving instructor but is now busking to cover court fine.

Tourist went 178kmh

'My dad has diarrhoea' - A British tourist who was clocked at 178kmh tried to excuse his speeding to police. It didn't wash.

Stabbed after party complaint

A man was stabbed with a broken bottle after he approached rowdy partygoers at the weekend.

Wildfoods Festival revamp

The Hokitika Wildfoods Festival is relying on ticket sales this year to turn a profit.

Rental car in river

The Chinese driver of a rental car which plunged into a West Coast river says there should have been a safety barrier.

Mine clean-up to cost $3m

The country's two most contaminated mine sites will be cleaned up, at a cost of $3 million.

No more money

Motorists urged not to take keys off dangerous drivers as government promises to fast-track road improvements.

Bad driver hires plane

Chinese family charters plane after rental car keys taken for bad driving on the West Coast.

Friends unable to save kayaker

A kayaker's friends leapt into the water when they saw he was in trouble but were unable to save him.

Kayaker dies at Tauranga Bay

Attempts to resuscitate kayaker, who was found floating face down off a West Coast beach, failed.

Kayaker dies on West Coast

A kayaker has died on the West Coast, with police still trying to determine the circumstance of his death.

Boaties have lucky escape

Two men made it to land with just cuts after their boat was overturned near Westport tonight.

Mystery over coalmine collapse

The extent of a roof collapse in a small West Coast coalmine remains unknown.

Guns, cannabis seized

A 54-year-old has been arrested and guns and drugs taken from a rural property near Hokitika.

Lessons from campervan deaths

A tragic and unlikely combination of events led to the death of a Canadian couple on the West Coast, coroner rules.

Man hurt in scooter accident

Elderly man airlifted to hospital in a serious condition after a scooter accident in Hokitika.

Scrub fire 'deliberately lit'

Police believe arson was behind a scrub fire near Hokitika over the weekend.

Man causes scene in Greymouth court

Greymouth man who claimed he was going to "give the judge a run for his money" gets sent into custody by same judge.

Tramper rescued on West Coast

Helicopter search locates 67-year-old man who was stuck in extreme weather and resorted to rationing food.

West Coast's wahine warriors

Five young Ngati Waewae women spark controversy by storming to the front of the usually male-only wero.

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