Maritime NZ says its investigation has found there was no real risk of a Greymouth fishing boat being dashed against the Blaketown tiphead during the Cyclone Fehi storm surge on February 1.
Staff working at the Pike River Recovery Agency are to have their contracts extended from June to December.
If the Government paid to shift people off the flooded south bank at Franz Josef landowners living beside the sea and in flood plains all over the country would be seeking the same, West Coast...
Forest & Bird has described rubbish-strewn South Westland beaches as possibly the ''biggest coastal eco-disaster since the Rena oil spill''.
Power was restored to Haast early yesterday, six days after one of the biggest recorded floods in the Haast River damaged the town's hydro scheme.
South Westland is still mopping up after this week's once-in-a-century storm, and a state of emergency remained in place yesterday.
Raging floodwaters have severed access on the West Coast, swallowing a major bridge and causing slips throughout the region.
Three hundred tahr are to be culled and fed to kea in an attempt to keep the endangered native parrots away from an aerial 1080 poison drop in the hills behind Whataroa.
An influx of boaties in South Westland, some inspired by YouTube videos of bumper catches, are keeping the Haast-based honorary fishing officer busy this year.
The countdown is on for the Pike River Mine re-entry in three weeks' time, with the cost now set at $36 million.
Free campsites developed in Buller and Westland last summer will stay open after government funding runs out at the end of this month, although the Buller ones may not be serviced.
The biggest 1080 aerial poison operation to date is scheduled to get under way on the West Coast this week, starting in the Arthur's Pass area before moving to Buller and South Westland.
Museums, councils, and Poutini Ngai Tahu have united Coast-wide to re-tell the history of the region, anchored by early Maori history.
Coal makes up just 5% of New Zealand greenhouse gas emissions, mining industry lobby group Straterra says.
Unprecented demand for heavy rock for flood works has left contractors scouring the riverbed at Franz Josef Glacier and the West Coast Regional Council is considering opening up new quarries in a...
Myrtle rust has been detected on the West Coast for the first time, on a young pohutukawa tree in Greymouth.
The Govt's move to a ''zero-carbon economy'' - ending the burning of coal and casting future coalmines into doubt - will be a ''very difficult transition for the West Coast'', Grey Mayor Tony Kokshoorn says.
The Department of Conservation hopes to reopen the access road to the Franz Josef Glacier in early June - two months after a flood devastated both glacier valleys.
The hot summer of 2018-19 has caused glaciers to disappear in the Southern Alps and ice fields to collapse like never before.