West Coast

Pike River families will have closure - departing mayor

The Grey District mayor says the families of the men killed in the 2010 Pike River disaster will have closure before he retires. Tony Kokshoorn has served 21 years at the council on the West Coast but will retire from politics when his current term...... Read More

Tony Kokshoorn to step down as Grey’s mayor next year

The Grey District's long-serving mayor, Tony Kokshoorn, has announced he'll retire from politics next year to spend more time with his wife and family. Mr Kokshoorn served six years on the council before running for mayor in 2004 and defeating...... Read More

Junior rugby club raises $40,000 for tour

Young members of the Upper Clutha Junior Rugby Club will hit the road next week to test themselves against teams from across the South Island. The club’s under-13 boys have raised $40,000 for the trip and two teams will head up the West Coast...... Read More

’Roaring’ hunters reminded to take distress beacon

Rescue Coordination Centre NZ is reminding hunters heading out for the ‘roar’ that a registered distress beacon could save their life following two rescues this week.   RCCNZ organised the rescue of two hunters who were bluffed on...... Read More

Stranded whales euthanised after rescue attempt fails

The 12 surviving pilot whales out of a pod of 38 that stranded themselves on a remote West Coast beach have had to be euthanised. The pod stranded themselves some time on Wednesday on either side of the Okuru River mouth, south of Haast. The surviving...... Read More

Heavy rain and gales to hit South Island

Heavy rain and northwest gales is set to affect parts of the South Island on Tuesday. MetService says an active front is forecast to move northwards across the island. “This will be accompanied by a period of heavy northwesterly rain into the...... Read More

Predator control boosts bat, bird numbers

Native bat and bird numbers have increased in Fiordland National Park after predator control work, the Department of Conservation says. Monitoring this summer showed the number of rare southern short-tailed bats in the Eglinton valley was on the rise,...... Read More

Failing West Coast polytech gets $33m bailout

The West Coast's Tai Poutini Polytechnic has no hope of repaying its debts and will get a $33 million bailout, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. The announcement accompanied the revelation the polytechnic conducted $21.2 million less...... Read More

West Coast residents evacuated; emergency declared

A state of emergency has been declared and homes evacuated as ex-tropical cyclone Gita rumbles over the Buller District. Mayor Garry Howard issued the emergency notice shortly before 5pm and said 12 homes at Granity, north of Westport, were being evacuated. Earlier...... Read More

Ex-Cyclone Gita: what you need to know

Ex-Cyclone Gita is tracking to hit central New Zealand tomorrow. MetService has forecast the storm will bring heavy rain and strong winds, and Civil Defence and has warned people in the firing line to be ready for power cuts, road closures and evacuations. The...... Read More