West Coast

Mysterious bus shelter theft solved

The bus shelter, similar to this one, was reported stolen from Granity last week. In fact, the landowner had sold it.

Selling stolen property is a serious crime. Unless of course, the property was never actually stolen.

Whitebait festivals new to the West Coast

Whitebait fritters will be on the menu at four festivals across the West Coast this spring.

Whitebait is on the menu at festivals up and down the West Coast in a bid to attract visitors and boost the economy of the region.

Truck rolls on State Highway 7

State Highway 7 closed for eight hours on Thursday after a truck rolled near the Lewis Pass.

Lewis Pass highway reopens eight hours after a logging truck rolled.

Poor weather continues

A high of 14 degrees Celsius is expected for Christchurch on Thursday, along with cloud and drizzle.

There's no escaping the wet weather this week as bouts of rain continue to hit the South Island.

Permission to fly again

Cloud at Fox Glacier initially prevented recovery teams getting to the site of the helicopter crash that killed seven in ...

The helicopter firm involved in a fatal crash has had its air operating certificate reinstated.

Coast cop probed again

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West Coast cop who held suspects for more than 15 hours in another IPCA investigation. 

Boy assaulted in Greymouth

Police are looking for a man who assaulted a teenage boy in Greymouth on Friday.

Police seek a man who assaulted and demanded money from a 13-year-old boy.

Cloudy day ahead for most

A high of 13 degrees Celsius is expected in Christchurch on Wednesday.

Cloudy periods and occasional drizzle forecast for Christchurch on Wednesday.

Coast cop facing second investigation

The IPCA says police in Greymouth were not justified in the way they handled three people after their arrests.

Police officer who illegally ordered the detention of two suspects is being investigated for a second time.

'Stupid' boaties risk lives

A group of people in Jackson Bay put their lives in danger going out in a boat not fit for the open seas of the West Coast.

Group including children "put their lives at risk" in a boat not fit for the open seas off the West Coast.

Booze supplied before teen's death

Brendan Perrin who pleaded guilty to a charge of supplying alcohol to 17-year-old Mitchell Heward before his death.

A man has pleaded guilty to supplying alcohol to a West Coast teenager before his death. 

Drizzly start to the day

A drizzly morning across much of the South Island should make way for fine spells Tuesday afternoon, MetService says.

Spring continues to evade the South Island, with rain and cloud forecast until the weekend.

Ross' cop shop to stay

Ross will be keeping its sole charge police station

A small community on the West Coast will keep its sole charge police station. 

Fees to access DOC land?

The tourism industry wants to grow its revenue to $41 billion a year.

National debate needed on charging for access to DOC-controlled areas, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

Hokitika Museum closed

The Carnegie building in Hokitika has been closed because it meets only 12 per cent of the national building standard.

The historic Carnegie building in Hokitika has been closed after it was deemed earthquake-prone.

Thieves make off with bus stop

A big green bus shelter like this one has mysteriously disappeared from a West Coast town.

Police are baffled by the theft of a very obvious bright green bus stop on the West Coast.

The man who took French tourist in

French hitchhiker Cedric Claude Rene Rault-Verpre leaves court.

After the controversial French tourist appeared in court, he finally got a lift by a sympathetic West Coaster.

Coast mourns league legend

Former Kiwis rugby league back Reese Griffiths.

The West Coast loses its third former Kiwis rugby league international in the past eight months.

'Petulant' hitchhiker's exile video

French hitchhiker Cedric Claude Rene Rault-Verpre.

West Coast tells hitchhiker who trashed a sign and called Kiwis Nazis: "We don't want to see you anymore."

Stoush over statue continues

Hokitika's pioneer statue in its new location on the town's main street.

Hokitika locals say the controversial relocation of the town's pioneer statue has left it facing the wrong way.

Franz victim's partner grateful

Franz Josef mechanic Clive Jenkins is presumed dead after a fire in his workshop and home last Tuesday.

"She is especially grateful for all of the people who tried to help Clive on that night."

Pair charged with baseball attack

A man was seriously injured when he was allegedly attacked with a baseball bat in Greymouth on Friday.

Two people arrested following an attack in Greymouth on the West Coast. 

Charges after teen's death

Mitchell Heward died after drinking alcohol at a lakeside party on the West Coast in February.

Two men have been charged with supplying alcohol to West Coast teen Mitchell Heward before his death.

'She's lost everything'

Franz Josef mechanic Clive Jenkins has been described as a well-respected member of the community and a "dearly loved" ...

The Franz Josef community is rallying around the "distraught" partner of mechanic who died in a fire.

Man attacked with baseball bat

Two people have been arrested and charged after a man was attacked with a baseball bat.

West Coast man rushed to hospital after baseball bat attack.

Lower North Island set for big wet video

The Otaihanga Domain, on the banks of the Waikanae River in Kapiti, north of Wellington.

A slow-moving active front has made its way to the North Island, bringing heavy falls.

Franz victim once a life-saver

Mel Orr out boating with Clive Jenkins before his suspected death in a fire this week.

A friend Clive Jenkins rescued from wasp attack devastated he "wasn't there to save him" on Tuesday night.

Worry over declining kea numbers

Kea are a protected species. They are the world's only alpine parrot, and one of the most intelligent birds.

Conservation group hopes interactive app will help boost declining kea numbers.

Two injured in crash

A crash involving two vehicles on the Otira Highway left two people injured.

Two people have been injured in a crash on State Highway 73 on the West Coast.

West Coast rampage: No warning sign video

Franz Josef mechanic Clive Jenkins was a capable, community good guy. He recently searched in Haast for a lost Cherokee ...

Clive Jenkins was an integral part of the community. But after a fight with his partner, things went very wrong.

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