West Coast

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.

Body found in river

jeremy Brons

Police recover a body from Grey River believed to be Jeremy Brons, who was swept away on Saturday.

Tourists cheat death

Krystle Morley

Home and Away star and tourist group forced to dodge boulders "the size of cars and fridges" on Franz Josef glacier.

'Good fella' swept away

jeremy brons jeep

Jeremy Brons' friends cut his safety rope to help save him. But he never resurfaced.

$2m lotto win in Hokitika

Lotto ticket

The rumour mill will be running hot in Hokitika this morning where someone has won $2 million.

Massive 1080 drop in Kahurangi


At 260,000 hectares, Kahurangi National Park is the largest area DOC will tackle in pest control campaign.

Cautious approach to Pike re-entry

Dan Clifford, Solid Energy

Pike River re-entry plan can't be approached with a 'she'll be right' attitude, Solid Energy boss says.

Police tail was not 'pursuit'

Judd Hall

Actions of cop who followed speeding car prior to fatal crash in which Judd Hall died were justified, investigation finds.

Wanted man arrested on Coast

Shane Dibben

Shane Dibben has been found and will face charges of unlawful sexual connection and assault

Police hunt man with spider tattoo

Shane Dibben

A 'dangerous' man with a spider web tattoo is wanted by police after sexual and violent assaults.

Coast to Coast entries skyrocket

Richard Ussher

Cheaper entry fees and a new race director result in entries to the 2015 Coast to Coast up 60 per cent, say organisers.

A lonely death in wild

Rex Leslie Taylor

Tramper lay dead for almost eight weeks before private helicopter spotted his body.

Mayor laughs off sex shop mixup

Tony Kokshoorn

Grey District Council has been paying thousands of dollars a month to an online sex shop.

'Catastrophe' if drought continues

temple basin

Farmers struggling to feed stock and Canterbury skifields shutting early in unusual dry spell.

West Coast battling drought

Pivot irrigator

Farmers are selling stock and turning irrigation systems on to fight dry conditions.

Weather costs insurers $135m


This year's bill from storm damage is adding up to more than $135 million already.

New reserves 'just too small'

West Coast Sth Island

Critics say the Govt's five new marine reserves off the West Coast are "lost opportunities" due to their small size.

Burnt-out couple tie knot

Shannon and Josh Robinson and family

Stress was replaced with joy as couple who lost their home in devasting fire wed and find new place to live.

Party leaders on Pike River

Pike River families

Cunliffe criticises Govt's handling, while Key says his rival is politicising the tragedy.

Student dies after crash

Teen wanted to be a nurse like her mother

Jadeyn McKay and Jamie Sixtus

A young woman who died after a car crash near Murchison was a "lovely girl" dedicated to helping others.

Teen dies after head-on crash

St John's Ambulance

Young West Coast woman dies in hospital eight days after collision with truck near Murchison.

Fog blamed in crash


CAA determines fog and disorientation contributed to microlight crash last year that killed two West Coast men.

Double tragedy for crash family


Coroner says father's brain tumour may have contributed to accident at gold mine where son drowned.

Fine weather for whitebaiters


The weather was stunning but the fish were sparse for the start of the West Coast whitebait season.

'Adored Poppy' died in balcony fall

Beach Front Hotel in Hokitika

Geoffrey McFadden fell from the third floor of a hotel while he was on holiday in Hokitika.

Silent Pike protest

pike families

Pike River families urge Prime Minister John Key to do more to make sure their men "come home".

Fatal fall after drinking

Beach Front Hotel in Hokitika

A man was drinking with friends before plunging to his death from a West Coast hotel balcony.

Robber pointed gun at dairy worker


Man brandished gun at West Coast shopkeeper before fleeing with cash and cigarettes.

Penguin fence complete at last

West Coast penguin fence

A 2.6km barrier to stop penguins being hit on a West Coast highway has been completed.

Mine re-entry risk 'minimal'

Tony Kokshoorn

Greymouth mayor calls for Solid Energy to get on with Pike River mine re-entry after further delays.

Pike River families 'gutted'

Kath Monk, the mother of Pike River mine victim Michael Monk, reads her victim impact statement supported by husband Bernie Monk.

Hopes for a decision dashed as families told plans to re-enter coal mine where 29 men died have been delayed again.

Smoke 'not out of the ordinary'

Smoke on Denniston Plateau

Fears of underground coal fires on the West Coast after smoke rises from ground quashed by mining company.

Milling community keen for timber


Sawmillers want to remove storm-damaged West Coast native timber but no-one knows who will get to do so.

Wild coastline never disappoints

Buller River

OPINION: Welcome to my favourite place, a slice of paradise from the Mokihinui River to Tauranga Bay.

Community work for ill-treating cows


University student sentenced for ill-treating cows on a farm near Westport during holiday job.

Three serious fires probed

Fire Service firefighters generic

South Island firefighters tackle three serious blazes, including suspicious fire in Christchurch.

DOC to shift storm-hittimber

West Coast Cyclone Ita forest damage

Native West Coast trees cut down urgently before bill was passed will be recovered by DOC.

Child sex offender locked up


West Coast victim described as "remarkable young woman" as abuser is jailed for more than 14 years.

Uninsured on Coast worry mayor

Weather in Nelson

A West Coast mayor is worried more uninsured residents will be "left out in the cold" by the region's weather.

Insurance needed on West Coast


Mayor worries destructive weather will leave uninsured residents "out in the cold".

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.

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