West Coast

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.

Few jobs needed for new mine

Bathurst Resources escarpment mine

A new mine on the West Coast's Denniston Plateau is unlikely to boost industry job numbers for years, its owner says.

Denniston mine to go ahead

Denniston escarpment

Bathurst's coal mine on the West Coast will proceed on a smaller scale than first planned.

Man questioned over stabbing

Police

Greymouth police are interviewing a man in relation to the knifing of a 24-year-old yesterday.

Man wanted over sex attack

Tandy Robertson

West Coast police searching for 33-year-old man in relation to alleged sexual assault on woman yesterday.

Tribunal rejects victimisation complaint

Gavel

Human Rights Review Tribunal dismisses further complaints by a West Coast man trespassed from a rural school.

Gold mine to chop 60 jobs

Gold nugget

Buller mayor says OceanaGold is about to cut jobs at its Reefton gold mine.

Serious crash on the West Coast

St John's Ambulance

A teenager has been hospitalised with serious injuries after a crash on the West Coast this morning.

Cyclone cost $46m

West Coast Cyclone Ita

A cyclone that battered the West Coast over Easter has cost insurers $46 million.

Should doctor have dogs in clinic?

Anna Dyzel

Is a dog in a GP consultation room therapeutic or a hygiene risk?

Microlight crash on West Coast

Microlight

Two people have survived a microlight plane crash largely unscathed this afternoon.

Miners' relief despite job cuts

Stockton miner

News of likely loss of over 180 jobs at Stockton mine wasn't as bad as feared.

More mine jobs on the line

Stockton mine

Solid Energy won't talk, but 300 jobs may go when a 'change plan' is put to Stockton Mine workers.

Teen killed in 2012

Driver had been drinking, smoking cannabis

Scene of a fatal car accident near Hokitika.

A West Coast teenager killed instantly when he crashed into a pole at speed had consumed alcohol and cannabis before his death.

Disease traced to dirty spa pool

Doctor

Two cases of legionnaires' disease have been linked to the same motel spa pool in Hokitika.

Derelict houses go up in flames

Police

Arson is suspected in two abandoned house fires in Christchurch and Cobden last night.

Three walk away from crash

Police

Police 'amazed' to see tourists uninjured after car crossed centre line in a head-on smash.

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