West Coast

West Coast mine dealt second blow

The future of the proposed 116-hectare Te Kuha mine, near Westport, is now uncertain.

A controversial application for a new mine on the West Coast has been dealt a second blow by the Court of Appeal.

Gloriavale man critically injured

A man has been critically injured at Gloriavale Christian Community, located on the shore of Lake Haupiri on the West Coast.

A 20-year-old man has been flown to hospital on the West Coast with critical injuries.

Shots allegedly fired

A 27-year-old man was taken into custody about six hours after police received reports of a family harm incident on the ...

A 27-year-old West Coast man has been arrested after a six-hour siege on the West Coast. 

Coast highway reopens

A truck and trailer rolled on State Highway 73, near Otira on the West Coast, on Tuesday.

State Highway 73 has reopened to one lane after a truck and trailer rolled near the small West Coast settlement of Otira.

Date set for Greymouth murder trial

Lewis Floyd McKenzie appeared at the High Court in Christchurch on Tuesday.

​A teenager charged with fatally stabbing 41-year-old Cyrus Alexis Alupis will face trial in the High Court.

Reefton reimagined

For West Coast travel feature - Reefton.

Artists and business leaders are breathing new life into a West Coast town hit hard by the closure of its mine.

Luxury found on the West Coast

Cowshed 488, at Totara Flat on the West Coast, is a new luxury Airbnb in a 110-year-old, three-bedroom villa.

The 110-year-old villa is the Coast's newest Airbnb, 30 minutes from Greymouth.

The woman behind the headlines

National list MP Maureen Pugh has hit the headlines for reasons she would probably rather forget.

National list MP Maureen Pugh has gone from the obscurity of the Opposition back benches to headline news in just 24 hours.

Wanted sex offender caught

High-risk sex offender Darren Jolly was arrested on the West Coast.

A wanted child sex offender with more than 100 convictions arrested after 22 days on the run.

Protester's firearms licence revoked

West Coaster Alan Gurden alleges he has lost his firearms licence because of comments he made about 1080 supporters.

Anti-1080 protester claims police unfairly took his firearms licence, but police say it's because he threatened "lethal force" against council staff.

Boy dies in gas 'tragedy'

A 12-year-old boy has died in Haast from what is thought to be carbon monoxide poisoning from an outdoor shower.

A boy is thought to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning while using a gas-heated outdoor shower at his family's bach.

Dispute after HIV reveal 'closed'

Gayle Jonker complained to the Human Rights Commission about the way her employer handled her HIV disclosure.

A dispute between a teacher fired after she revealed she was HIV positive and her employer has been resolved.

Jail for helping murderer

Anthony Robert Moore, 48, has been sentenced by the High Court in Greymouth to three years and four months in jail.

A West Coast man has been jailed for giving a gun to the man who murdered Greymouth mother Hayley Williams.

Wardens to patrol freedom camping spots

Some people in parts of the West Coast - including Punakaiki, Ōkārito and Ross - want freedom camping banned.

West Coast councils are spending more than $2 million of Government grants to set up facilities for freedom campers.

Revival planned for Grey CBD

Plans are underway for Greymouth township's rejuvenation

An Australian guru and an urban economic development consultant have been drafted in to help revive Greymouth.

Gloriavale dad's violent discipline

Clem Ready arrives at court in Greymouth to face assault charges in mid-2017. He is with his wife, Sharon. The coupe ...

Clem Ready hit his daughters with a shoe, slipper, belt and framing square. He "thought it was doing them good".

Kindy group faces 'financial issues' video

Kidsfirst attributed rising costs, increased competition, and declining rolls for its shortfall.

A proposal to close four kindergartens will leave a small town without childcare and may force some parents to stop working.

Family mourns crash victim

A man was killed after colliding with a "notorious" bridge on the West Coast. (file photo)

Jason Anthony McDonald, 22, died in hospital two days after being thrown from his 1970s Ford Falcon.

22-year-old dies after crash

A man has died after a car crash near Greymouth on Sunday. (File photo)

A man has died two days after crashing into a bridge on the West Coast.

The forgotten families

115 people died when the CTV building collapsed during the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch.

What happens when bereaved family members want no part in a fight for justice after a tragedy?

Solo free climbing 'inherently dangerous'

Clinton Blake Smith died in Wellington Hospital in April 2017 three days after falling while climbing a cliff near ...

Coroner finds thrill-seeking climber's death on West Coast cliff could have been prevented by using a rope.

Lawyers called over Harvard jibe

An Auckland law firm is investigating complaints against Westland District councillor Des Routhan (2004 file photo).

He told a staff member they don't teach common sense at Harvard. Now the lawyers have been called in.

Luminaries to start filming November video

James Bond and Penny Dreadful star Eva Green has been cast in Luminaries.

Eleanor Catton's Man-Booker Prize-winning novel will be filmed on the West Coast and other parts of New Zealand.

New trailer sets the scene for police

Detective Dean Schroder of Tasman Police tries out the new Crime Scene Trailer and tent, which is now set for deployment ...

Tasman police officers have been given some extra backup to help out during serious crime scenes.

Pike explosion evidence 'compelling'

Former West Coast Area Commander Inspector John Canning, who retired in December 2015, supports the view a running ...

West Coast's ex-top cop backs theory a restarted conveyor belt caused the second Pike River explosion.

What set off second explosion?

The father of one of the men killed in the Pike River mine believes a conveyor belt caused the second explosion at the site.

Police say there's no evidence a conveyor belt caused the second Pike River mine explosion, but they are still investigating the possibility.

Fatigue, drug use caused fatal crash

The Rangitata diversion race where Shane Forsyth crashed on January 7, 2017. (File photo)

A West Coast man killed in a crash in rural Canterbury had crashed three other times in the two weeks before his death.

Taking the bait a costly business

You will need to catch plenty of whitebait to pay for one of the stands recently advertised for sale on the West Coast.

Buying into the West Coast whitebaiting scene does not come cheap.

Still waiting for promised $20m hospital video

The Labour party last year promised it would provide $20 million to rebuild Buller Hospital if it made it into Government.

A West Coast community is frustrated it is still waiting for progress on its long-promised new hospital.

Car crashes through cafe

A car has crashed through a window at the Junction Cafe and Honey Centre on the Taramakau Highway in Kumara at 10.26am ...

Forty people were inside a busy West Coast eatery when a car smashed through the window.

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