West Coast

Coal mine on public reserve

Mt Te Kuha looking towards Westport.

An application to build an open-cast coal mine on a public reserve risks setting a nation-wide precedent, Forest & Bird says.

Commission seeks further feedback

A decision on a preferred option is expected to be delivered by the end of the year. (File photo)

More public feedback is being sought from West Coast communities as the Local Government Commission considers merging the region's councils.

Wilderness trail funding shortfall

The 139-kilometre track traverses native bush and farmland and passes waterways.

A great ride six years in the making on the South Island's West Coast can't be finished while the project faces a funding shortfall.

Westport man found

Westport man Byron Donaldson, missing since Monday, was found in Dunedin on Saturday.

A sighting by a member of the public helped police locate a missing Westport man missing since Monday.

Concerns for man's safety

Byron Donaldson, 24, has been reported missing from his West Coast home since Monday.

Police believe a missing West Coast man may be sleeping rough in Nelson.

Councillor not NZ citizen

The Buller District Council has revealed Cr Martin Hill is not a New Zealand citizen and his position has been vacated.

West Coast councillor ditched from his job due to being Australian says his employer is one of the country's most "gagged" councils.

New contract given green light

The Whataroa water treatment plant in Westland, on the South Island's West Coast.

Upgrades to two West Coast water treatment plants are back on track following the termination of a contract with a cake decorator's firm.

Concern for missing man

Westport man Byron Donaldson was last seen on Monday evening.

Police are concerned for missing 24-year-old Westport man Byron Donaldson.

New hospital finished mid next year video

An artist's impression of proposed Grey Base Hospital and Integrated Family Health Centre.

The new Grey Base Hospital will have 56 patient beds, three operating theatres and a 24/7 emergency department,

Murderer 'wanted to be someone'

A 2002 photo of Peter Douglas Carrington after his trial at the Greymouth District Court.

Man who attacked elderly women on West Coast says he "wanted to be someone" when he committed his crimes.

Whitebaiters accused of threats

Two whitebaiters allegedly threatened a DOC worker on the West Coast. (File shot)

Two whitebaiters from Christchurch allegedly threatened a DOC officer on the West Coast.

Tourist causes head-on crash

The occupants of the vehicles suffered moderate injuries.

They drove in the wrong lane, over painted arrows, and collided head-on with another car on the West Coast.

House destroyed in blaze

Three fire crews fought the fire in an unoccupied house on the West Coast.

Police are appealing for witnesses following a house fire on the South Island's West Coast.

Empty house burnt in suspicious fire

Three fire crews have fought a suspicious fire in an unoccupied house on the West Coast.

Three fire crews responded to the call of a fire in a remote, unoccupied house.

Franz Josef, a town on the move?

Franz Josef Glacier is the major drawcard for visitors.

Half a million tourists descend on the tiny West Coast town, but can it survive if a big one hits?

Formal talks set to start

Winston Peters has wanted to wait for the special vote to come in before beginning negotiations. Now they are here.

Winston Peters to host formal negotiations with National and Labour on Sunday.

Maureen Pugh loses seat

Former National West Coast-Tasman list MP Maureen Pugh.

West Coast-Tasman list MP Maureen Pugh has lost her seat and is now out of Parliament.

Alleged tyre slasher arrested

Twelve tyres were slashed at Greymouth Coast Toyota alone.

A West Coast man has been arrested in Southland for allegedly slashing 50 tyres earlier this year.

WorkSafe defends Whittall move video

Former Pike River Coal chief executive Peter Whittall appearing in Greymouth District Court on 12 charges that were ...

Pike River widows say dropping charges against mine boss was unprincipled and unlawful.

Winston, Monk discuss Pike River

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is meeting with the victims' families ahead of coalition discussions with Labour ...

NZ First leader Winston Peters met with Pike River families spokesman Bernie Monk before starting coalition talks.

Gondola mooted for glacier

Visitors to Franz Josef may be able to view the glacier from another angle if Skyline is able to proceed with plans to ...

Company behind Queenstown and Rotorua gondolas wants to put one on a West Coast glacier

Gloriavale man's name stays secret

The Gloriavale Christian Community, across from Lake Haupiri, on the West Coast.

He is accused of sexual violation and indecent assault at the Gloriavale religious community.

Lewis Pass traffic delays

Loose rock from above State Highway 7, the Lewis Pass, will be removed by abseilers on Thursday. The work will bring 30 ...

The work will cause 30 minute delays for motorists on the alternative State Highway 1.

Good deed backfires

A Nissan, believed to have been driven by the petrol station thief, was found at Point Elizabeth, near Cobden, about ...

A good Samaritan's attempts to stop a petrol thief have landed him in trouble with the law.

NRL glory beckons for 'gutsy' West Coaster

Slade Griffin - the nuggety West Coaster who has overcome three knee reconstructions to play in the 2017 NRL grand final ...

Slade Griffin's from Greymouth - 'where resilience is a blood type' - and has overcome injury adversity to get to grand final.

Severe gales to end wet weekend

MetService is predicting severe west to southwest gales in exposed parts the North Island late on Sunday. (FILE)

After a nationwide drenching, most areas can expect severe gales to close out the weekend.

Water woes evaporating

Westport's water reservoirs have steadily increased over the past week. (FILE PHOTO)

Westport and Carters Beach residents were placed on strict water restrictions earlier in September.

DOC cars tampered with

The Department of Conservation has laid complaints with police over alleged incidents of its vehicles being tampered ...

Wing nuts allegedly loosened and a wheel has come off in what is thought to be a bid to intimidate staff over 1080 pest control.

Job push for ex-cons

New contract between Corrections and Salvation Army hopes to get more ex-offenders into jobs.

The Salvation Army plans to door-knock businesses to see if they're keen to give ex-cons a second chance.

Suspicious fire at old hospital

One of the villas at Seaview Hospital in Hokitika, which closed in the early 1990s.

Blaze causes "substantial structural damage" to an "iconic" homestead on Seaview Hospital grounds.

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