West Coast

Police reinforcements

The first new officers will arrive later this year and would be in the areas of family harm and child protection/adult ...

Tasman's thin blue line is about to get a little thicker following the announcement the region will get 55 new officers.

Fletcher blamed for blowout video

Artists impression of proposed Grey Base Hospital and Integrated Family Health Centre.

A nearly two-year delay on a West Coast hospital rebuild is costing taxpayers $50,000 a month.

Gloriavale to Timaru: A new life

Moving out of the religious cult Gloriavale meant the family of 11 would be shunned and unable to contact those still ...

A family of 11 has left the secluded Gloriavale community and donations have poured in to help them.

DOC's windblown wood targeted

Wind blown trees still evident inland from Punakaiki in 2015, almost a year after Cyclone Ita damaged hundreds of ...

Windblown timber plan called "common sense", as Opposition warns it'll undermine forest protection.

Coast council under review

Westland Mayor Bruce Smith

Claims over West Coast council's lack of transparency and proper process spark multiple investigations.

Slashing charges dropped

A spate of tyre stabbing incidents occurred in the Greymouth town centre in the early hours of May 10.

He denied a tyre slashing spree, spent 6 months in custody, then police dropped the case.

1080 protestor 'hit' by farm vehicle video

Protestor Phil Paterson was apparently hit by the vehicle as it turned onto the land.

Activist Phil Paterson was protesting a 1080 drop outside a farm gate in Westland.

Gloriavale pair kicked out

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

Two men have been thrown out of the Gloriavale Christian Community for using a cellphone. 

Home detention disappoints

Mark McLaren and Jessie James Climo-Ryan sentenced in the Greymouth District Court for punching two men unconscious ...

Disappointed publican says he was 'close to being killed'.

'Gloriavale doesn't do things by half'

Gloriavale was set up on the West Coast in 1991. The religious community is seeking public funding for a new health food ...

The religious sect claims its application for taxpayer cash will benefit the West Coast. Regional leaders seem to agree.

Pedestrian hit by car on West Coast

Emergency services were called to the scene of an incident on Ikamatua Highway near Waiuta Rd just before 1.30pm on ...

A woman has been flown to hospital with moderate injuries after being hit by car.

Kiwis not moving, eating fruit and veg video

Many Kiwi adults aren't as active, or eating as many fruits and vegetables, as recommended, according to Ministry of ...

Health survey results are in - and they don't paint a pretty picture of our exercise and diets.

In deep: Coast miners' plea

Jig operator William Webster in the plant control room.

It's tedious work, with long days, early starts and discomfort. But mining is a passion for those at the coalface.

No cash for 'perfect' bee

His hives were hit by varroa mites in 2014. From 1000 hives he was left with only six that were mite resistant.

He wanted money to breed varroa mite-resistant bees, but Shane Jones' people said no.

Man takes out takeaway shop

The car took out the front right-hand corner of Smiley's Takeaways in Westport in May.

A Nelson fisherman caught more than he bargained for after downing a bottle of rum and driving through the front of a Westport takeaway shop

Mining protest at West Coast bridge opening

Cabinet Minister Damien O'Connor had to face the wrath of protesters angry about a potential ban on West Coast mining as ...

Thousands of West Coasters protest against a Government plan to ban new mining on Department of Conservation land.

Zeal for grog labels

A small collection of Jimmy Stewart's beer labels.

Jimmy Stewart has over 25,000 beer labels from over 225 countries, and he wants more.

New Great Walk a thank you video

Care is taken to guide the track around big trees, and to replant ferns in the path.

The West Coast has high hopes for NZ's first new Great Walk in 25 years, currently being carved through the Paparoa mountain ranges.

New West Coast rail trip mooted

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones Jones has announced another $625,000 funding package for the West Coast.

A passenger train along the West Coast from Westport to Hokitika is a step closer.

Helicopter noise 'elder abuse' video

A helicopter en route to drop tourists on Franz Josef Glacier.

Franz Josef residents are in a spin about increasing chopper noise. Operators say it's a "town of helicopters".

Pike River re-entry confirmed

The portal of the Pike River mine on the South Island's West Coast.

Minister signs outlines three re-entry options in recovery agency's concept plan.

Intruder punches woman

Police are asking the public for information about an assault on a woman at a rural address near Westport.

Cash demanded before woman grabbed, punched in early morning altercation at a rural property.

Pike River re-entry costs soar

A briefing for Pike River families on the reentry concept plan at the Pike River Recovery Agency.

Plan to re-enter Pike River mine could cost $12m more than $23m budget, minister tells victims' families.

Minerals research institute up and running

New Zealand Institute of Minerals to Materials Research chief executive Tony Hogg.

A new Government-funded research institute aimed at finding ways of using New Zealand minerals has opened on the West Coast.

Suspicious West Coast house fire

Four fire crews atteneded a suspicious blaze in Granity just after 10.40pm on Tuesday. (FILE PHOTO).

Fire crews battled a suspicious blaze for about three hours in the small town of Granity.

So you want to be in real estate?

First National Marlborough salesperson Michael Rea.

Whether you want to make the big bucks, or are looking for the lifestyle find out where real estate agents are or aren't in New Zealand.

Fishing boats stuck at sea

The Grey River that runs through Greymouth is silted up.

The river is silted up, the boats are stuck - and the council's $350,000 dredge has been dubbed a "lemon".

$20k of gold stolen

Gold

About 340 grams of gold has been stolen from a West Coast mine.

Bird cruelty exposed

A Mollymawk or Bullers Albatross - one of the bird species attacked by the two men.

Two fisherman kicked and hit threatened seabirds with spears, before throwing the dying and dead overboard.

The Denniston connection

Marlborough District Brass Band musical director Kevin Moseley plays his cornet on the Denniston plateau, where his ...

Kevin Moseley doesn't need to research how his grandparents lived. He can read about it.

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