West Coast

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

UPDATE: One dead in Westland crash

UPDATE 7:25pm: One person has died following a crash on the Otira Highway in the Westland District. The single-car incident happened shortly before 4pm this afternoon. One person died at the scene, while a second person, who was...... Read More

Sea of plastic threatens Grey district after storm

Grey district is fighting to prevent an environmental disaster caused by last week's West Coast storm. A mass of plastic was washed out to sea from the decommissioned Cobden rubbish dump on the banks of the Grey River. Grey district mayor Tony...... Read More

West Coast businesses following employment laws

  The Labour Inspectorate and Immigration New Zealand found increased employment and immigration compliance in the West Coast following visits to businesses in the region last week. The visits form part of the Inspectorate’s and INZ’s...... Read More

Chatham Islands wildfire soon to be contained

Two helicopters and four fire crews are continuing their efforts to fully contain the wildfire on the Chatham Islands. The fire, which broke out on Thursday, has ripped through approximately 3,000 hectares of land, which is equivalent to about 3000...... Read More