West Coast

Govt invests to diversify West Coast economy

The government is pumping millions of dollars into the West Coast in an effort to move its economy away from coal mining. The Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) released a study last year as part of it's regional growth programme,...... Read More

Police investigate Greymouth aggravated robbery

West Coast Police are investigating the aggravated robbery of the Greymouth BP, which occurred in the early hours of this morning. The offender entered the BP at around 3.15am, armed with a samurai sword.  They took an unknown amount of cash from...... Read More

Hector’s dolphin death points to illegal fishing

The Ministry for Primary industries (MPI) believes that illegal recreational set-netting is to blame for the death of a Hector's dolphin on the West Coast earlier this year. An investigation involving MPI and the Department of Conservation (DOC)...... Read More

Warning issued as storms approach

A severe weather warning has been issued for the Bay of Plenty, northern Gisborne and southern Westland as heavy rain approaches the region. The MetService has issued the warning this morning.  “A front approaching from the Tasman...... Read More

Arrest after suspected clan lab discovered in Hokitika

A 34-year-old man has been arrested after Police discovered a suspected clan lab in Hokitika yesterday afternoon. Police discovered what is believed to be a clan lab set up in a semi-rural area of Hokitia and arrested the man nearby. He appeared in...... Read More

Police name victim of South Westland crash

Police have named the man who died after his car went off a bridge in South Westland last night, as 27-year-old Thomas McRae Campbell, from Ohakune. Emergency services were called to Maimai Creek bridge on Haast Highway (State Highway...... Read More

One dead in West Coast bridge crash

One person has died after a car went off a bridge on a remote West Coast road earlier today. The crash happened at Maimai Creek bridge on Haast Highway (State Highway 6) at Karangarua, which is to the south of Fox Glacier.  The emergency...... Read More

Hunter’s body recovered from Fox Glacier

Police have now recovered the body of a 66-year-old man who was hunting near Fox Glacier with his son on Wednesday. The hunter was found down a ravine in the Western Ranges, south of Karangarua, by his son during the trip. The Australian hunters were...... Read More

Fishing boat grounded at Greymouth

The three crew members of a small fishing boat are safe and well after their vessel ran aground on a Greymouth beach while attempting the entrance to the Greymouth River. The Kutere's skipper sent out a mayday early on Monday, saying the vessel...... Read More

Increase in missed appointments concerns DHB

While some progress has been made with improvements to its processes, the West Coast DHB would still like to understand why some patients do not turn up for appointments. Nurse Manager Clinical Services Julie Lucas says there’s been an increase...... Read More