West Coast

Elderly man rescued in deluge

Emergency services and volunteers managed to get an injured man from a difficult location near Mokihinui, West Coast.

85-year-old man spent night injured at foot of tree before being choppered out of remote spot on West Coast in face of atrocious conditions.

Quake shakes West Coast

The earthquake struck 50km south of Hokitika at a depth of 12km on Friday morning.

South Island's West Coast shaken by a magnitude-4.3 earthquake early on Friday morning.

'Cake-maker' manager resigns

Westland District Council assets and engineering manager Vivek Goel has resigned, four months after stepping down from ...

Vivek Goel, who commissioned a cake decorator's firm to build a $7m sewage plant, was on paid leave for four months before resigning.

Mine contaminants cleared

The Prohibition and Alexander mines, near Waiuta (pictured) on the West Coast, have been cleaned up.

A $3.6 million clean-up of two of the most contaminated mine site in New Zealand is complete.

Great Walk work to begin

Environment Minister Nick Smith announces construction is to begin on the new Great Walk in the Paparoa National Park.

Construction of New Zealand's newest Great Walk, in memory of the men killed in the Pike River mine disaster, will begin soon.

Violent assault leads to jail

The first assault happened in the car park of the Stillwater Hotel on the West Coast (file photo).

Three West Coast men have been jailed for their vengeful assault on a man in the hours leading up to his death.

Robbery suspect stays in custody

Fane Christopher Dudley allegedly robbed a West Coast petrol station with a samurai sword.

Fane Christopher Dudley allegedly robbed a West Coast petrol station with a samurai sword.

Pilots slam CAA over inspector

Civil Aviation Authority flight operations inspector Paul Jones conducted safety checks and inquiries all over New ...

Inspector who overstated his CV had his performance in investigating fatal helicopter crash red-flagged internally.

Samurai sword robbery arrest

A 37-year-old man is alleged to have robbed a Greymouth petrol station with a samurai sword.

A man has been arrested after he allegedly robbed a Greymouth petrol station while wielding a samurai sword.

Crash closes SH6

Police West Coast area commander Inspector Mel Aitken said the car was allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road.

A motorcyclist has been seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle allegedly being driven on the wrong side of the road.

Car and train collide

A freight train passes through a signposted level crossing. (File photo).

Driver suffered minor injuries in collision between car and train on the West Coast.

Snow white and the heavenly course

A passenger captures a wintry vista from within the train.

A trip on New Zealand's TranzAlpine railway has revealed a magical winter wonderland.

Seven singles seek a match video

This pair of whio ducks matched in captivity, while the seven released on Friday will be seeking a mate in the South ...

Seven singles have set out to find a match in the backcountry of the West Coast.

Water plant contract canned

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

A West Coast council has terminated its contract with a cake decorator's firm to upgrade two water treatment plants.

Trapped in snow two nights video

Otira resident Donna Littleton-Taylor has been sleeping and waiting in her car near Springfield on State Highway 73 ...

Even after two snowy nights in her car, cancer battler Donna Littleton-Taylor wasn't complaining.

Big spend to boost Coast

The tourism hotspot of Punakaiki will get new amenities including toilets.

Govt announces money for tourist destinations, roads and mining research.

Stand-down rates high on Coast

Grey district schools, like Greymouth High School, pictured, had the highest stand-down rate of the three West Coast ...

Principals say "tension" and students "lashing out" has increased, but the statistics do not tell the whole story.

Samurai robber photo out

A 37-year-old man is alleged to have robbed a Greymouth petrol station with a samurai sword.

Do you know this samurai sword-wielding man? The Greymouth police would like to.

Samurai sword used in robbery

A 37-year-old man is alleged to have robbed a Greymouth petrol station with a samurai sword.

Police appeal for witnesses after sword-wielding robber makes off with cash in early morning raid.

Westland council moves on rock wall maintenance

Hundreds were evacuated after floods swept through the West Coast town of Franz Josef in March 2016.

Westland District Council has approved a major upgrade to the wastewater treatment at Franz Josef.

Travel costs add to painful condition

Allan uses a home-made traction device to decompress his neck to alleviate pain from his cervical spinal stenosis condition.

A West Coast man with a crippling spinal condition would have to catch a bus on Wednesday for a Friday appointment in Christchurch.

Complainant's collapse frees rapist

At the High Court in Wellington Tamati pleaded not guilty to 12 charges, including rape.

Tristan Tamati had a rape conviction from the 1990s but a new allegation could not be proved.

End of West Coast mining era

Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn says the West Coast has had a "painful transition from coal and timber to more ...

Spring Creek coal mine will be sealed up, with 60 miners left in the district from the thousands there once were.

Could Westport move to escape the sea?

An image from the 2015 Westport flooding of water surrounding Bazils Hostel on Russell St.

West Coast councillor says rising sea levels should be factored into planning infrastructure in low-lying coastal towns.

Will Pike River sway votes?

Pike River mine will be re-entered: Winston Peters

The Pike River disaster has captured a lot of media attention but would it sway voters?

'Wet stuff still goes on hot stuff'

Colleen Croft, of the Blenheim Volunteer Fire Brigade, and Chris Hayles, of the Marlborough Kaikoura Rural Fire ...

As rural and urban fire crews unite under one banner, what will change? Well, email addresses for one.

Tekapo snow, West Coast floods and black ice in the south

Rain and black ice have prompted warnings for drivers in the deep south.

Surprise snow falls eased after cutting road access to Tekapo and Mt Cook.

Ranui House hits capacity

Christchurch's Ranui House, which offers accommodation for cancer patients' families, is often full and has to turn ...

Demand for cancer treatment is stretching charitable accommodation providers.

Dad's dangerous driving led to deaths

Emily Saunders, 2, was swept away and her body was never found.

A West Coast man has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving in an incident causing two deaths, including his daughter's.

Poachers blamed for dolphin death

Hector's dolphins are endangered, with about 15,000 living in the waters around New Zealand. (File photo)

Hector's dolphin found dead on a West Coast beach died after being caught in an illegal set-net, inquiry finds.

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