West Coast

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.

Rural postie hit by own van

Rural postie, 73, run over by her own van remains in a serious condition in hospital.

Dead toddler named

Anamiek Manshande's distraught mum blamed herself as she watched paramedics try to save her girl's life.

Second toddler pond death

A 21-month-old girl was playing in the garden at home when she fell into a shallow garden pond.

No rest until dead are home

Anna Osborne wants "justice" for her husband and the other 28 men buried in the Pike River mine.

Dog killed in armed police raid

Judge takes pity on man whose dog was killed when police raided farm over his unlicensed rifle.

Judge gives streaker dressing-down

A man who streaked at an international league test has been told his behaviour only thrills himself.

Police not blamed in drowning

Better response may not have prevented man with mental health issues from drowning, coroner rules.

Solo dad's 'new lease'

West Coast move gets Shane Pascoe out of a rut

He's done time on drugs, time in jail and time living in a cold Christchurch "storage room". Now it's time for change - and the West Coast is calling.

Man attacked in campervan


A man was woken, robbed and assaulted while in a campervan on the West Coast.

Addressing the land

New Zealand's remote and little-known places are home to a particular kind of enchantment.

Pike River decision 'good news'

Pike River victim's father says his family can finally move on after Solid Energy's decision to stay out of the ruined mine.

Mine news gives 'closure'

Victim's parents feared re-entry could kill more

Rod and Christine Holling

Victim's parents feared re-entry could result in further deaths, and hope mine will now be turned into memorial.

PM to meet Pike families

Solid Energy is poised to walk away from the Pike River mine re-entry, MP claims.

Killed while photographing train

Gregory John Duncraft

Train enthusiast was standing near tracks with his partner when he was hit, inquest hears.

Slips trapped tourists

Connor Hayes and Joanna Lam

Contractor who closed Haast Pass due to a slip didn't see tourists' trapped campervan, inquest hears.

Inquest into tourists' deaths to resume

Connor Hayes and Joanna Lam

A coroner's inquest into the deaths of two Canadian tourists on the Haast Pass is set to resume.

Storm debris to be salvaged

West Coast Cyclone Ita forest damage

Reefton company wins first contract to salvage cyclone-damaged timber on the West Coast.

Best bach in the land

West Coast hideaway wins for idyllic setting

Woodpecker Bay Bach

Quirky West Coast bach with neighbouring penguins scoops top prize in hunt for the perfect hideaway.

When the Bone was picked

Keri Hulme

In 1985, Keri Hulme didn't turn up to the Man Booker ceremony as she didn't think she had a chance - she won.

Pike re-entry decision may be delayed

Bernie Monk

A decision on whether to re-enter the Pike River mine tunnel may be deferred to consider more expert evidence.

Council 1080 backing 'toxic'


More than 100 protesters have gathered outside a West Coast council to rally against its backing of a company planning to manufacture 1080 pellets.

Council invests in 1080 company


A West Coast council investing in 1080 was always going to spark debate in a region with many outspoken opponents to the poison.

Man killed in crash

Ray Dunstan and Kathryn Walker

A Motueka van driver died in a "nasty" collision with car transport truck in the Buller Gorge.

Seatbelt may have saved teen

nadine lawton

A West Coast teen, driving drunk at up to 140kmh, was fatally thrown from her car.

Possum pie case dropped

Couple relieved after issue over meat resolved

Peter and Justine Salter

West Coast couple who were in the firing line for selling unregulated pies are relieved to have charges withdrawn.

West Coast oil era set

Mosman oil drilling

One hundred and fifty years after gold was found on the West Coast, oil exploration appears set to take off.

Filters tested in war on smog


Chimney filters trialled in the West Coast's smoggiest town could come to Christchurch to help tackle air pollution.

Chopper hunt resumes

missing pilot Damian Webster

Search teams remain hopeful of finding missing helicopter after frustrating conditions yesterday.

Clouds hamper search

Search helicopter over Kahurangi National Park

After a cloudy morning, improving weather allows search for missing helicopter to resume.

Quake secrets unlocked

Scientists drill 1.3km for clues into Alpine Fault

Alpine Fault drill

Scientists drill 1.3km into Alpine Fault in hope of learning more about earthquakes.

Fears mine re-entry called off

Pike River families

Pike River families victims are 'astonished' by an apparent turnaround regarding re-entry of the mine.

Westport crash victim named


Marie Evelyn Johnstone, 66, from Seddonville has died in a head-on crash near Westport.

Pike families win 'tough battle'

Pike River families have won a battle to get their hands on info outlining re-entry concerns.

One killed in Westport crash


One person is dead and two others injured after a crash on a West Coast bridge.

Driver picked up 'shaken' teen'


Police want to speak to man who gave "uncomfortable" hitch-hiker a lift on the West Coast.

Actor dodged car-sized boulders

jackson gallagher strap

Home and Away's Jackson Gallagher says surviving rock fall on Franz Josef glacier was "surreal".

River tragedy 'a freak accident'

jeremy Brons

Jeremy Brons' friends tried desperately to haul their mate from a swollen river after he disappeared.

Pike River: 'Worst of everything'

Pike River mine

A Pike River commissioner is presenting work safety seminars throughout the country, teaching valuable lessons on what went so wrong on the West Coast.

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