West Coast

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

Weather warning remains for West Coast area

A hevay rain warning remains in force for areas in the West Coast. A moist northwest flow, with several embedded fronts, will bring rain to much of the South Island during today and Saturday, says the MetService. "The heaviest falls are likely...... Read More

Rain warning for Fiordland and Westland

A heavy rain warning has been issued for areas along with West Coast. A moist northwest flow, with several embedded fronts, will bring rain to the West Coast of the South Island during Friday and Saturday. "The heaviest falls are likely to be...... Read More