West Coast

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.

Houses cleared in bomb scare

Several homes were evacuated in Cobden on Saturday after a resident found a suspicious box outside his home.

Bomb scare in Greymouth

Homes evacuated after a resident found what he thought was a bomb on his doorstep.

Chopper chartered from Pike funds

Cabinet minister Nick Smith chartered another helicopter for TV cameras - this time using tax-payer cash set aside for families of the Pike River victims.

Pike walk track wanted

Families of Pike River Mine disaster victims want a visitor centre and a walking track on the mine site.

Surgery delays a 'missed opportunity'

Delays in surgery were a 'missed opportunity' for a West Coast man who died after weeks in hospital.

Pet pigs were hit by a car

A kunekune pig and piglet thought to have been slaughtered on a West Coast family's driveway were hit by a car, police say.

Tourist hopes sentence sorts out teen

Australian tourist who was threatened with an iron bar hopes sentencing will encourage teen to sort himself out.

Historic building razed

One of the oldest buildings on the West Coast has been destroyed by an "unexplained fire".

Trainspotter hit and killed by train

Man might have been able to move to safety had he not been focused on his camera, a coroner says.

Suspicious fire in Greymouth

Police are appealing for information after a suspicious fire in Greymouth.

Youths locked in freight container

Three boys snooping around a rail yard were shut inside a freight container they tried to hide in. 

Pet pig butchered, stolen

'He was a family member'

Owners discover remains of pet kunekune pig, Dude, and piglet after the "lovely animals" were butchered at their property near Hokitika.

Second arson at Mokihinui bach

Firefighters battle a fire they believe was deliberately lit at the site of another arson before Christmas. 

No foul play in 'deep hole' death

A man who fell to his death in a deep West Coast hole had lived in the area all his life.

Woman charged over bach fire

A West Coast woman has been arrested for the arson of a bach at Mokihinui, Buller District.

Campervan accident at Fox Glacier

One person has moderate injuries after reportedly being crushed by a campervan in Fox Glacier.

For sale: A criminal history

A remote courthouse on the West Coast is up for sale, complete with jail cell.

NZ glaciers global news

Access by air only to Fox and Franz Josef

Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are now only accessible by air, and that's making headlines.

Fears for car occupants

Up to four people are believed missing after a car was washed down a West Coast river.

Bach gutted in suspicious fire

Police investigating after West Coast bach completely destroyed in suspicious blaze.

Car torched in West Coast garage

A car torched in its garage overnight in Waimangaroa is being treated as suspicious. 

Ropes used to save exhausted man

Man is dramatically saved from drowning on West Coast beach after an earlier rescue attempt failed.

Teacher barred after indecent assault

Computer teacher stayed in touch with a pupil who had been expelled, then indecently assaulted him.

Passengers fear for lives

Bus company investigates claims tourists abandon bus on mountain pass due to 'erratic' driver.

Cause of fatal fire unknown

The cause of a sleepout fire that killed a young West Coast father may never be known.

Haast highway slumps 2cm

Major West Coast highway slumping, just one month after the Haast Pass reopened.

Gold rush in the south

Otago, including Queenstown, and the West Coast are enjoying a gold rush of visitors.

Oil and gas permits issued

The West Coast is on the map for oil and gas exploration in New Zealand after 15 new explorations permits have been awarded.

Fatal crash involved four tourists

Police are seeking witnesses to a fatal crash involving four tourists on the West Coast.

Moment of curiosity earns $50,000

A teenager's curiosity about endangered NZ plants has made him $50,000 richer.

'Legendary and generous' postie dies

A 73-year-old postie has died five days after her van rolled backwards over her while she was unloading items on the West Coast.

Rain causes road-closing slip

Main West Coast highway closed for two hours after heavy showers bring down rock and soil.

Probe launched after postie run over

Worksafe will investigate accident which left postie in critical condition after van rolled over her.

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