Builders and building materials are in short supply on the
West Coast, the result of a mad scramble to patch up roofs
left gaping after an unprecedented storm cut a trail of
damage over 400km from Karamea to Fox Glacier.
Haast Hollyford Highway Ltd director Durham Havill is
confident the proposed road on its own could ''easily'' draw
close to one million visitors a year to the West Coast;
double the current total tourist numbers to the region.
About 150 scientists scoured Denniston Plateau at the weekend
in the dead of night, and during a storm, in the hope of
finding new species that could help derail plans by
Perth-based Bathurst Resources to mine the plateau.