West Coast

Trouble in Cowboy Paradise

Arahura Valley beef farmer Mike Milne started his tourist venture 'Cowboy Paradise' in 2000 and hopes to see a boom ...

A West Coast farmer would not sign an easement for a national cycle trail, then the council shut his business down.

Fine days ahead

Canterbury has a few fine days in store before a cold front brings rain on Wednesday evening.

The sun is set to shine for much of the South Island over the next few days before rain begins to fall mid week.

Mum's sad plan killed baby son

John Tauwhare's mum, Paula Tauwhare, wanted the state to take him away from her - but her plan went horribly wrong.

John Tauwhare's mother no longer wanted him, but her plot to have him taken away by the state led to his death.

National park given a boost video

Bob Dickinson, left, Chair of the Nelson Marlborough Conservation Board, Roy Grose, Department of Conservation, and Nick ...

Nearly 900 hectares of pristine forest and coastline have been added to the Kahurangi National Park.

Mum: 'It breaks my heart'

Sam Thomas, 27, died in September 2015, one of 12 suspected suicides on the West Coast in a year.

Maree Budd can't stop asking herself why her son didn't seek help before he took his own life.

Frosty Friday for South Island

Sunny conditions follow a Friday morning frost for most southern centres, including Christchurch.

A frosty morning greeted many South Islanders on Friday as overnight temperatures plummeted well into the negatives.

Fine conditions across South Island

Sunny conditions with occasional clouds are forecast for most southern centres on Thursday, except Dunedin where wind ...

Dunedin to get the worst of the weather, while fine conditions will be enjoyed across most of the rest of the South Island.

NZRU to investigate racism claim

West Coast Rugby Football Union chief executive Mike Connors says "exceptional circumstances" mean it will now ...

NZRU will help investigate a racism complaint involving two West Coast teams soon to meet in a provincial final.

Wait, that's no meteor video

Nicola Evans sent in this shot of the object over Blenheim.

The "meteor" that exploded over the South Island was in fact debris from an International Space Station delivery, astronomer says.

Rugby racism allegations revisited

An allegation of racism in a West Coast rugby match will be revisited by the West Coast Rugby Union after a complaint ...

Allegations of racism levelled against two West Coast rugby players will be revisited. 

'Grab anything' weapons on the rise

A wide variety of household items are used as weapons in violent crimes, including vacuum cleaner hoses.

Vacuums, road cones and phones are among "weapons" being used in opportunistic crimes.

West Coast offers home options

A real estate lolly-scramble intensifies for southern regions.

Some Cantabrians may be looking outside the region in the hopes of buying a first home.

'I'm sick of burying people'

Tracy Stark, who has set up a support group for suicide on the West Coast with her daughter Shinayee.

The number of suicides on the West Coast is "four times the national average", and locals are determined to change that.

Windy start to the week

A windy night for much of Canterbury will make way for a mainly fine day on Monday, with mixed conditions for the rest ...

Strong winds that kept Christchurch residents awake overnight will ease on Monday.

Killing albatrosses unlucky, illegal

A Buller's albatross: Forest & Bird says the long line fishing industry needs better regulation to prevent the deaths of ...

A commercial fisherman faces losing his boat and a $100,000 fine over the deaths of 38 albatrosses.

$1.6m to lift Franz Josef bridge

The bridge over the flood-prone Waiho River at Franz Josef, on the West Coast, will be raised by the NZ Transport Agency.

NZTA will spend $1.6 million raising bridge over the flood-prone river at Franz Josef.

Gambling support a 'one man band'

There is a shortage of gambling addiction support in the Top of the South, agencies say.

Pokie addict says she has seen people pump all their wages into machines.

Police investigate assault before death

Police are appealing for information about an alleged assault on the West Coast earlier this month.

Police have confirmed that they are investigating whether a West Coast firefighter was assaulted earlier on the day he died.

Gold miner claims cannabis was for pain relief

A West Coast gold miner was growing cannabis for pain relief, a court has heard. 

Fox crash case adjourned

Seven people are dead after a helicopter crash at Fox Glacier on Saturday, November 21, 2015.

Health and safety charges in relation to a helicopter crash at Fox Glacier that killed seven people will not be heard until August 9. 

Locals continue search for Emily

Emily Saunders, 2, was swept away in the Poerua River, near Harihari, in June.

West Coasters are continuing to search for missing 2-year-old Emily Saunders despite the official search being called off.

Council 'soft on polluters' after gold mine consent breach

Mud discharged to the beach at Ross by Birchfields Ross Mining Ltd's goldmine.

A West Coast community group says the local council has "gone soft on polluters" after mud discharged into a blue penguin habitat was declared a "minor" consent breach.

Police only tell you good news

West Coast area commander Inspector Mel Aitken told The Westport News that telling the public about crime was the "old ...

West Coast's top cop says telling the public about crime is the "old school way of thinking".

Same heli firm, new name

Seven people are dead after a helicopter crash at Fox Glacier on Saturday, November 21, 2015.

Helicopter firm involved in Fox Glacier crash that killed seven people seeks new operating certificate under a new name. 

Heli firm surrenders licence

Police photo showing the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed and killed all seven on board. (Police digitally altered ...

The South Island helicopter firm was involved in crash at Fox Glacier that killed seven.

Stroke inspires off-road wheelchair video

Ginny Thompson, with the wheelchair her husband Peter designed for her, on the Greytown Rail Trail.

When Peter Thompson's late wife Ginny had a stroke eight years ago, he was determined to help her enjoy the outdoors.

Missing man back with family

Damien Mann, 24, is back "safe and well" with his family.

A Christchurch man missing overnight has been found "safe and well".

Banking on China

Chinese tourist numbers are expected to nearly triple by 2022. Can New Zealand cope?

Is New Zealand's tourism boom too reliant on the giant Chinese market?

Family escape house fire

Emergency services were called to a bedroom on fire in a home on Peel St about 4.50am Thursday.

He lost his job when his factory workplace closed. Then fire gutted his home.

Bruce Smith in Westland mayoral race

Westland mayoral hopeful Bruce Smith

"Decisions are being made in closed workshops where no minutes are taken."

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