West Coast

A survivor's story

Carolyn Smith was one of four survivors when a platform collapsed at Cave Creek in April 1994. She still lives on the West Coast with her two-year-old son Beymin.

Tuesday marks 20 years since the Cave Creek disaster which killed 14 people on the West Coast.

Twenty years since Cave Creek

Cave Creek, near Punakaiki, where 14 people died in 1995.

A West Coast memorial service will mark 20 years since 14 people died in an accident at Cave Creek.

Police probe Greymouth toddler death

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Police are investigating the death of a 15-month-old Greymouth boy.

Police's hands tied on Gloriavale

"Julia", told Campbell Live she had a "wrong relationship with a married guy" when she was 12 or 13.

Police will not investigate sexual abuse allegations at Gloriavale because no complaints have been made.

Quakes would isolate West Coast

The Alpine Fault runs across the South Island.

Alpine Fault earthquake could isolate the West Coast for six weeks, a geologist says.

'I've really done it this time'

Greg Ross hopes others will learn from his mistakes, after spending eight days alone in the mountains awaiting rescue.

Tramper who lost 10kg awaiting rescue in the mountains hopes others will learn from his mistakes.

Another Gloriavale leaver speaks out

"Julia", told Campbell Live she left behind her parents, two sisters and six brothers in Gloriavale.

Another former member of the Gloriavale commune has spoken out about "suffocating" conditions inside.

Gloriavale wants private road

Gloriavale Christian Community, on the shore of the West Coast's Lake Haupiri.

The Gloriavale Christian Community wants to limit public access on the road up to its West Coast property.

Injured tramper crawls 7 hours to safety

Though an experienced tramper Greg Ross, 63, had not been to the area for 30 years.

Man with dislocated shoulder crawls for seven hours to reach hut after a fall on solo tramp.

Police investigation after teen's death

Matt Gunter died after an emergency operation to remove his appendix.

Police are investigating the 2012 death of a boy after routine appendix surgery at Grey Base Hospital.

Family blame anaesthetist for son's death

The Health and Disability Commissioner criticised the care provided at Grey Base Hospital to 15-year-old Matt Gunter, who died in November 2012.

The family of 15-year-old Matt Gunter hold an anaesthetist chiefly responsible for their son's death after an emergency operation to remove his appendix in Grey Base Hospital.

Coast carries on after storm gallery

Blaketown resident Donna Swallow's home has been repaired after suffering extensive damage from Cyclone Ita's tail on April 17 2014.

There are signs of recovery on the West Coast, one year after it took a hammering from Cyclone Ita.

Gales lash Banks Peninsula

As a cold snap moves off Canterbury, strong gales are expected in Banks Peninsula and showers expected to continue in Canterbury.

Strong gales will hit Banks Peninsula as showers continue throughout Canterbury.

Speedster takes defensive driving course


Young driver apologises to police, takes defensive driving course after being caught driving at speeds up to 180kmh.

30-year-old arrest warrant withdrawn


Court staff had to refer to yellowed records to deal with a 30-year-old warrant that had snuck under the radar.

Alleged thief remains in custody


An alleged car and petrol thief remains in custody 10 days after his arrest.

4.1 quake shakes West Coast

A seismic graph of the Pakenham earthquake

Haast shaken by magnitude 4.1 earthquake.

Charges unlikely in bull crash

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Police unlikely to prosecute farmer whose bull escaped and caused a fatal crash on the West Coast.

Ute plunges down riverbank

A driver walked himself to the rescue helicopter after his car plunged down a river bank on a West Coast road.

Driver escaped injury after missing a sharp bend, sending his ute down a West Coast river bank.

Franz Josef left in limbo

Mapping has shown the Alpine Fault runs directly under some Franz Josef businesses, including the Mobil petrol station, the Helicopter Line offices and part of the supermarket.

West Coast business owners say they have been in limbo for four years over proposed zoning plan.

Wildfoods failure

Hayley Turner, 20, and Peter Whyte, 20, try some treats at the Udderly Wild Desserts stall at Hokitika's Wildfoods Festival.

The future of Hokitika's Wildfoods Festival is in doubt after it failed to break even this year.

Town faces fault upheaval

Franz Josef township faces tough decisions to prepare for an Alpine Fault earthquake.

A West Coast community will need to consider drastic changes to prepare for an earthquake.

Tourist to pay $13,700

A motorcyclist was injured after a campervan driven by German tourist Franziska Ehret crashed into him on March 13.

A German tourist, who crashed head-on into a motorcyclist, will pay $13,700.

West coast is tsunami 'blind spot'

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Speights Coast to Coast two day event. Going down to the edge of the Tasman sea before the start.

Long thought to be "benign", the Tasman Sea appears to have faced catastrophic tsunami events.

Pike River court file goes missing

Former Chief Executive of Pike River Coal Ltd, Peter Whittall.

Documents from a Pike River court file have go missing as families prepare to challenge a decision to drop charges against mine boss Peter Whittall.

German tourists admit crashes

A motorcyclist was injured after a campervan driven by a German tourist crashed into him on on March 13.

A German tourist was on the wrong side of the road when her campervan hit a motorcyclist.

152 starving cows put down


Dead cattle in drains, starved cows with parasites and trapped in mud on West Coast farm.

Tourist fined for drink-driving


Honeymoon ends on a sour note for American woman caught drink-driving after Wildfoods Festival.

Fisherman winched to safety video

Helicopter winch of the West Coast.

Rescuers were in a race against time to winch a fisherman to safety on the West Coast.

Dairy awards winners named

Federated Farmers West Coast president Katie Milne has been named Dairy Woman of the Year.

Katie Milne is New Zealand's Dairy Woman of the Year.

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