West Coast

Repairs to close bridge

State Highway 65 will be closed between Springs Junction and O'Sullivans Bridge between 10pm and 5am for several nights ...

Drivers travelling the alternative route between Picton and Christchurch will have an even longer journey from Sunday night.

Alpine tragedy memorial

A memorial service for climbers and a rescuer lost during a 1966 expedition will be held near the Arthur's Pass Chapel ...

A plaque and bronze boot memorial remembering one of NZ's worst alpine tragedies will be unveiled in Arthur's Pass today.

CEO's personal grievance claim

Westland District Council chief executive Tanya Winter's contract will not be renewed when it expires in September.

Westland council chief executive Tanya Winter has not had her contract renewed and has lodged a grievance claim.

TranzAlpine reopens after 'tough year' video

Tourists take photos in front of the TranzAlpine ahead of the first run from Christchurch to Greymouth after the ...

Some of the best scenery in the South Island is back on display as passenger rail services between Christchurch and Greymouth resume.

Sewage pond option ignored

The West Coast town of Franz Josef suffered flooding in 2016 which swept away its sewage ponds.

The man who tried to set up a sewage plant contract with a cake decorator told the public it was the only option - even though another one was available at a fraction of the price.

Missing people search continues

Missing Westport woman Leanne Ryall.

Police are seeking information about missing Westport woman Leanne Ryall and a missing Spanish tourist.

Major rail link to reopen

A section of the Midland line, which was damaged by a fire over Waitangi weekend.

Freight and tourist services to resume between Christchurch and Greymouth after huge rural blaze.

Two missing on West Coast

Missing Westport woman Leanne Ryall.

Police are appealing for sightings of a Westport woman and missing tourist.

A West Coast retreat

Sandy Passant and Russell Johns.

Sandy Passant and Russell Johns enjoy uninterrupted sea views from their West Coast home.

Tourist missing on West Coast

Missing Spanish tourist Adrian Vega Leiros.

Spanish tourist reported missing after 10 days late back from West Coast tramp.

Pipe plan 'exploiting' water resources

Submitters against the proposal to export water from a south Westland river: Maria Hughes, left, Jim Hughes and Lesley ...

 West Coast water export plan "exploiting and plundering" natural resources for private benefit, hearing told.

Mainland basks in warmth

The sun will shine over much of the South Island on Friday as summery conditions return.

Christchurch residents can crank up the barbecue for dinner as a warm end to the working week brings a high of 28 degrees Celsius.

'Sewage deal' manager selling home

Vivek Goel oversaw a controversial deal to award a cake decorator a contract to build a $7 million sewage plant.

The man who oversaw a $7m sewage plant contract go to a cake decorator is selling his house.

No charges over sex attack complaint

A teenage girl claimed to have been attacked from behind in Blaketown, Greymouth, on January 16.

West Coast police "thoroughly investigated" sex attack complaint and are taking no further action.

Cake firm put on hold

Westland Mayor Bruce Smith says the contract to upgrade two water treatment plants has been put on hold.

Contract awarded to cake decorator's firm to upgrade two water treatment plants has been put on hold.

SH1 reopens, sunny skies

Clear skies over Canterbury on Wednesday helped crews clear massive slips blocking State Highway 1 south of Kaikoura.

SH1 reopens south of Kaikoura five days after fresh slips from heavy downpours blocked the main route in and out of the centre.

Home residents going hungry

Kowhai Manor, which is home to 24 residents, will close before March 31.

A West Coast rest home shut down by the Ministry of Health was serving cold, processed and insufficient food, an audit has found.

SH1 to reopen Thursday morning

The road between Peketa and Goose Bay reopened on Friday morning after being closed for more than three days, but closed ...

Crews have worked under clear skies on Wednesday to ensure State Highway 1 will reopen 7am Thursday.

Fox Glacier body identified

Nigel and Cynthia Charlton, who died in the Fox Glacier helicopter crash.

Fox Glacier remains identified as helicopter crash victim Cynthia Charlton.

Cake boss wins sewage plant contract

221112 File photo:Dean Kozanic The Press. Road signs and towns around the West Coast of the South Island. Franz Josef ...

Cake decorator wins contract to build $7 million West Coast sewage plant despite no construction experience.

West Coast wins Thacker Shield

Hamish Paterson (top), pictured tackling a Southland Rams rival, has captained the West Coast rugby league team to a ...

The Thacker Shield has returned to the West Coast for the first time since 1997.

SH1 remains closed

This slip at Kahutara Bridge, photographed on March 9, is one of several causing issues on State Highway 1 south of Kaikoura.

Lingering rain and strong winds trigger fresh slips south of Kaikoura, keeping State Highway 1 shut for another morning.

Indecent assault after festival denied

A Christchurch man has pleaded not guilty to indecently assaulting a 21-year-old woman after the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival.

A Christchurch man has pleaded not guilty to indecently assaulting a woman at a Hokitika Wildfoods Festival campsite.

Cannabis plant haul drops

Police seized 2200 cannabis plants and arrested 15 people following the annual drug operation in the top of the south.

Big drop in cannabis plants recovered in annual police operation after helicopters not used.

Wildfoods sex attack alleged

A 20-year-old Christchurch man is expected to appear in the Greymouth District Court on Tuesday after allegedly ...

 Man charged with indecent assaulting on woman, as police make nine arrests over course of weekend festival in Hokitika.

Teen thrown from car

A teenage girl was moderately injured when she crashed on the West Coast on Monday morning.

A teenager was thrown from her car after crashing near the Pike River memorial on the West Coast.

Wildfoods Festival serves up the treats video

Matt Allen taking a deer semen shot at the 28th Hokitika Wildfoods Festival.

Wet weather did not put a damper on crowds enjoying the 28th Hokitika Wildfoods Festival this weekend.

Report to explore town's risks

The bridge over the flood-prone Waiho River at Franz Josef.

Westland mayor questions why the Government is funding a $200,000 report on managing flood and earthquake hazards in Franz Josef.

Opposition to bikes on new walk

DOC staff at the site of the planned Moonlight Tops hut on the Pike 29 track route in the Paparoa National Park

A new great walk being built as a memorial to the 29 men who died in the Pike River mine disaster will be open to trampers and mountain bikers.

Glacier remains identity days away

The area of Fox Glacier where human remains were found by a tramper on March 2.

The identity of human remains found on Fox Glacier may not be known until early next week.

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