West Coast

Further support for struggling farmers

Drought stricken farmers in the Lower North Island and South Island’s West Coast will have access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPs) Acting Social Development Minister Peeni Henare has announced. The drought across Taranaki, western parts of...... Read More

Tax relief for drought affected farmers

Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has confirmed tax relief measures will be extended to farmers in drought areas. In late December and early January the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor classified the drought as a medium-scale...... Read More

Residents evacuated in Greymouth as flooding, rains hit

The Grey District is preparing for more heavy rain to cause further flooding and slips this afternoon, with up to a dozen residents already evacuated as a precaution. Heavy rain overnight and this morning has caused slips, road closures and homes to...... Read More

Heavy rain for South Island with more to come

Low pressure sitting off of the western coast of the South Island continues to bring wet weather across the area. MetService meteorologist John Law says not only is the western side of the island being hammered with rain but this is also spreading...... Read More

Govt offers funding for drought-hit West Coast

The parched Grey and Buller districts on the West Coast have been added to the areas officially classified as suffering a drought. Late last year the Government declared the drought in Taranaki, Manawatu-Whanganui and Wellington was a medium-scale...... Read More

Queenstown man named after body found

A body recovered from the water earlier today near Golden Bay has been identified by Police. He was 49-year-old Mark Noel Salmons, from Queenstown. A police media spokesperson says emergency services received a number of calls just before 3pm today...... Read More

Man’s body found at Mount Somers

A 29-year-old man has been found dead at Mount Somers. Police were notified at about 4.30pm yesterday that the man was overdue from his return. Phone polling over the next few hours indicated that the man’s phone had remained in one location. A...... Read More

Further arrests in Greymouth homicide case

Two more people are facing charges in relation to the recent homicide that occurred in Greymouth. Detective Senior Sergeant Jacqueline Corner says they made the arrests this week in relation to the murder on October 22. "We would like to thank...... Read More

Child injured in tractor crash

  A child has been rushed to hospital in critical condition after a tractor crash. Police say a tractor crashed down a bank at Ngahere, Grey District. "Emergency services were called to the scene on Nelson Creek Rd at 9.27am. "Both...... Read More