West Coast

Otira crash: Mechanic named

The bus crash scene at Otira Gorge on New Year's Eve.

The mechanic who worked on a bus before a horror crash - its brakes allegedly failed - has been named.

Choppers grounded after crash

The wreckage of a helicopter that crashed and killed all seven people on board is seen in a crevasse on Fox Glacier.

Fox Glacier helicopter company involved in crash that killed seven has licence suspended.

May's record breaking weather

Wickes St in Greymouth was hit by flooding in May.

May was the wettest month on record for Hokitika, while in Christchurch it was the warmest.

Suspicious house fire on West Coast

Police are appealing for information about a suspicious house fire in Runanga, on the West Coast, on Saturday night.

Police investigate suspicious house fire in West Coast town of Runanga.

Cold cases: holding on to hope

Maria Strydom succumbed to altitude sickness while climbing Mt Everest last week with her husband Robert Gropel.

What happens when families wait years for their loved ones to return?

Pioneer statue stoush

An artist impression of Hokitika's pioneer statue on its original Fizherbert St site.

No-one can agree on moving West Coast town's pioneer statue.

Missing Greymouth woman found

Belynda Hammond, 42, was last seen at 10am on May 24 in Greymouth.

A West Coast woman missing for three days has been found.

Dead toddler's mum leads march video

Events for the March for Moko campaign have been held around the country, with the latest held in Greymouth on Friday.

Mother of killed Greymouth toddler Leith Hutchison thanks marchers against child abuse through tears.

Arthur's Pass closed overnight

Work to repair the Bealey Bridge near Arthur's Pass is almost finished.

Arthur's Pass will be closed overnight Saturday as work to repair a one-way bridge is finished.

Govt finds $10m for Greymouth hospital

Grey Base Hospital's Emergency Department is only 16 per cent compliant with the earthquake code.

 The West Coast community will get a new hospital after the Government finds $10m to cover cost blowout.

Webb's depraved interest

Drew Webb on holiday in Honolulu after his flat was raided.

Drew Webb was an outstanding young man, but had a horrible secret that let to a long jail stretch at only 20.

West Coast: A Blackball in the rough

You'll experience classic West Coast hospitality in Blackball.

It might seem like a sleepy little town, but it's bursting with interesting characters.

Job losses for Westport Harbour

The Holcim cement works at Cape Foulwind, near Westport.

Seven people will lose their jobs at Westport Harbour when Holcim closes its cement plant.

Hotel refuses $3m bill for toilets

Scenic Group has warned it will not pay its proposed $3 million share of a new $6m wastewater treatment plant for Franz ...

Controversial $6m wastewater plant for tourist hot-spot won't go ahead without community support, mayor says.

Sole charge officer to stay

West Coast Area Commander Mel Aitken has confirmed changes will be made to policing in the region.

Karamea will keep its sole police officer as West Coast police restructure confirmed.

Otira crash: The brakes failed

The bus crash scene at Otira Gorge on New Year's Eve.

Mechanic charged after 13 bus passengers seriously hurt when bus nearly plunged into the Otira Gorge.

Sex charges span decades

A 65-year-old man is facing 12 charges related to sexual offending against two males, including one aged under 16.

A Christchurch man has been charged with sex offences spanning 49 years.

West Coast cycle trail budget mystery

The West Coast Wilderness Trail in the South Island.

 The Westland District Council has overspent on building the West Coast Wilderness Trail but doesn't know by how much.

Arsonists target killed toddler's mum

Damage to Kate Hutchison's car after it was torched.

Family of killed toddler narrowly escape a deliberately lit fire that spread from a car to their home.

Dire weather to clear

Early showers will clear across Canterbury.

Flooding and snow has closed some southern highways, but the flurry of dire weather will fade.

New creche for kiwi

Rowi kiwi chicks will learn how to find food at their new home in the Marlborough Sounds.

Raising babies is never easy, but raising the rarest kiwi chicks in the world needs a team effort.

More gales forecast

It's a cold, wet and windy day in Christchurch on Saturday.

More strong winds and rain are expected for Canterbury on Sunday.

Are we ready for Alpine Fault?

Brendon Bradley has been using 3D computer modelling to predict what a major earthquake on the alpine fault could feel like.

Landslides would close major highways for up to six months, isolating communities and limiting food supplies.

Who will pay for Franz Josef?

Franz Josef Glacier attracts up to 500,000 tourists every year.

A town waiting for the next big one - flood and earthquake.

Raw sewage flowing into ground

A water tank used to hold raw sewerage in Franz Josef has lifted out of the ground on five occasions and the inlet pipe ...

A water tank being used to collect sewage at Franz Josef pops out of the ground every time it rains heavily leaving raw sewage to flow into the ground.

Thunderstorms on the way

Thunderstorms are expected for the West Coast on Friday, while Christchurch should reach 19 degrees Celsius.

Thunder and strong wind expected for West coast, while Christchurch reaches 19C high.

Meet the real bachelors

Last year's Rural Bachelor of the Year - and people's choice - winner Toby How celebrates his victory.

'I really love Kiwi girls and will do my best to drag one back across the ditch.'

Fine day for South Island

MetService is forecasting a high of 17 degrees Celsius for Christchurch and Ashburton on Thursday.

Sun is expected throughout the South Island, although Dunedin will start the day with severe gales.

Storm warning for West Coast

Christchurch is in store for some light rain on Wednesday morning.

Severe storm warning issued for West Coast, but Christchurch should get only light rain.

Drunk and strutting their stuff

One of the 13 roosters running loose in Westport domain

A band of rogue rambling roosters drunk on whiskey has been captured in Westport.

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