West Coast

'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.

Severe rain warning for Coast

Storm

Heavy rain, gales to lash the West Coast today while hail, rain and snow threaten Christchurch Wednesday. l Snow set for skifields

Coast welcomes transport boost

Road generic

The Government's commitment to the West Coast's road network is long overdue, leaders say.

Missing tourist 'found'

Philip Gerald Mohseni

Missing US tourist 'found' when he checks into backpackers in Hokitika.

Job cut details confirmed

Solid Energy

Solid Energy has confirmed 185 employees and contractors on the West Coast will be made redundant in a restructuring.

'Zero market' for windblown rimu

rimu

Despite a law change, storm-damaged rimu may still rot on conservation land because it's unprofitable.

185 mine jobs axed

Solid Energy

Union blames mismanagment for restructure which will see 185 employees made redundant.

Rockfall shuts SH6

Rockfall on State Highway 6 near Makarora

Helicopter with monsoon bucket is helping to clear rockfall after debris closes State Highway 6 near Makarora.

Rain, wind lashes West Coast

Wind in Greymouth

Surface flooding, strong winds and rockfall are threats to motorists on the West Coast.

Alpine Fault probe

Alpine Fault

Drilling 1.3km into the Alpine Fault to better understand the earthquakes it triggers will begin in October.

Coast emerging as oil producer

oil rig

The West Coast could soon emerge as a new centre for commercial oil production.

Energy Minister jumps the gun

oil rig

Aussie company plays down minister's suggestions it may be in line to commercially produce oil on the West Coast.

Harvesting windblown timber wrong

West Coast Cyclone Ita forest damage

OPINION: Recovering native timber blown over in Cyclone Ita on West Coast public conservation land is extraordinarily dangerous.

Storm-blown natives to be recovered

MPs at Blue Duck Stream

Forest & Bird says native timber recovery bill makes no economic sense.

Fatal crossings still sign only

west coast train crash

West Coast has 65 sign-only railway crossings awaiting upgrades, two of which saw deaths this year.

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