West Coast

Wanted Auckland man arrested in Westport

Police have arrested an wanted Auckland man in Wesport this morning. In a statement released, police can confirm that a 52-year-old male who had warrants to arrest for breaching his probation conditions has been arrested. "The male was located...... Read More

Coal Creek crash victim named

Police can now release the name of the man who died in a single-vehicle crash at Coal Creek, Greymouth on the afternoon of Sunday 30 September. He was 22-year-old Jason Anthony McDonald of Runanga. "Police extend our sympathies to his family...... Read More

Pike River: Mine to be purged of explosive gas

Another important step to re-entering the Pike River Mine has been achieved, with the arrival of equipment that is needed to purge the mine of explosive methane. The nitrogen gas plant needed to purge the mine has arrived at the site on the West Coast. Once...... Read More

Former mines inspector meets Pike River families

The former chief mines inspector arrives in Greymouth tomorrow to meet with the families of victims of Pike River and assess new evidence about the second explosion. Video footage released by the families this week suggested the activation of a conveyor...... Read More

Conveyor belt theory in Pike River Mine explosion

Police are currently conducting inquiries into a theory that the conveyor belt in the Pike River Mine was activated on 24 November 2010, prior to the second explosion. This theory was first raised in 2017, and police have subsequently received a number...... Read More

Car smashes into busy cafe on West Coast

A car has smashed into a full cafe on the West Coast, caving in part of the building. The incident happened at the Junction Cafe and Honey Centre on the Taramakau Highway, south of Greymouth, about 10am. A cafe worker said the shop was full when the...... Read More

Pike River first stage risk assessment process

The rigorous process to look at the risks around the three re-entry options being considered for the Pike River Mine has turned up no “showstoppers”, Pike River Recovery Agency Chief Executive Dave Gawn says. Technical mining experts contracted...... Read More

Wild West Coast welcomes Spring Challenge event

For the first time in its 12-year history, the annual Spring Challenge all-women’s adventure race will be held on an exposed coastline, courtesy of its Westport location. This super-popular, sold-out event on Saturday, September 29, hosts 450...... Read More

People asked to report suspicious information

Greymouth Police are asking people to report any suspicious information. Police would like to hear from anyone who may have information about an incident in Victoria Square, Westport, in the early hours of Saturday 15 September. The incident...... Read More

Pike River Mine to be treated as ‘crime scene’

The Pike River Mine will be treated as a "crime scene" when re-entry finally occurs, the government says. The minister in charge, Andrew Little, told Radio New Zealand's Checkpoint that planning for re-entry was now at a very detailed...... Read More