West Coast

Tributes made as police name lost boaties

The man whose body was recovered by search and rescue crews off the West Coast was an experienced fisherman, his family have said. Police said the two men who went missing when the fishing boat Wendy J sank last week in bad weather off Jackson...... Read More

Body found near the wreckage of the Wendy J

The Police National Dive squad have recovered a body near the wreckage of the Wendy J. The body was located yesterday afternoon. Police have yet to formally identify the body and is still in discussion with the families of the missing men, says Sergeant...... Read More

Search for missing West Coast boaties continues

The Police National Dive Squad is being deployed today to areas of interest in the search for two missing boaties on the West Coast. They are expected to focus on the areas around Smoothwater Bay and Homminy Cove, says Detective Constable Jayne Bretherton. "Two...... Read More

Search for missing boaties concluded for night

Police have now concluded this afternoon’s search for the two men missing after their boat got into trouble near Smoothwater Bay on Thursday night. The helicopter and ground teams have been searching since around 1pm today but unfortunately have...... Read More

Search back underway on West Coast

Police have resumed searching for the two boaties missing on the West Coast near Haast. An improvement in weather conditions has allowed a helicopter to start an aerial search and ground search teams are carrying out a shoreline search. Any updates...... Read More

Mental health initiatives put together

A calendar of mental health and suicide prevention trainings, workshops and programmes is being published to mark this weekend’s World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday. Suicide Prevention Action Group Chair Paula Mason says there are several...... Read More

Community dementia service shifts to CCCN

Community Dementia Services will soon be managed through the Complex Clinical Care Network (CCCN), to better meet the needs of the West Coast community. West Coast DHB Director Mental Health and Addiction Services Dr Cameron Lacey says the move from...... Read More

Multiple health wins for the Chatham Islands

Chatham Island residents are receiving greater levels of health care, which is resulting in fewer residents leaving the island to enter long term residential care, fewer hospital stays and a significant reduction in emergency life flights. The Canterbury...... Read More

No conviction after toddler’s river death

A West Coast man who accidentally caused the death of his two-year-old daughter after their vehicle got stuck in a river has been discharged without conviction. Michael Saunders pleaded guilty this year to two charges of dangerous driving causing death,...... Read More

New West Coast DHB general manager appointed

Philip Wheble has this week been announced as the new general manager for the West Coast District Health Board. DHB Chief Executive David Meates says this the new general manager position is an important Coast-based senior leadership role, responsible...... Read More