Fifteen years after they were almost wiped out, there are now enough rare rowi kiwi for a new population to be established.
A month after heavy rain again closed the Fox Glacier valley, Doc says work will begin soon to reinstate foot and vehicle access on the valley floor.
Helicopters have started ferrying 100m lengths of pipe to the Pike River Mine site as work ramps up for the re-entry.
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.
The Government yesterday announced a $140million package for the West Coast - the largest since Development West Coast was formed when native logging ended in 2000.
West Coast-Tasman MP Damien O'Connor has hinted that a financial package to be announced at a function in Punakaiki tomorrow will be "very significant".
The Department of Conservation says it will decide next week on reinstating access to Fox Glacier, but it has already warned of future damage.
Health Minister David Clark flew to Westport yesterday to announce that plans for a new $20 million health centre to replace the ageing Buller Hospital have been accepted.
Heavy rain at the weekend washed out the access road to Fox Glacier, just as the tourist season is ramping up.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard says progress is being made by Renew Energy Ltd and China Tianying Inc to establish a waste-to-energy plant in Westport.
Skyline Enterprises is seeking feedback on its proposal for a gondola at Franz Josef Glacier, as part of public consultation to the draft Westland Tai Poutini National Park management plan.
Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has invited anyone with an interest in whitebait to share their views on management of the fishery, via an online survey and drop-in sessions spanning the country.
Despite being described by National Party leader Simon Bridges as "f***ing useless" in a covert recording - MP Maureen Pugh says she has forgiven him and will stand again.
A determined bid has been launched to rid the Arthur's Pass area of wild lupins, which fill the Waimakariri River Valley with a colourful display but choke the nesting habitat of several bird species.
Three years after seven people died in a helicopter crash on Fox Glacier, a case brought against the helicopter company has almost made it to court.
Controversial plans to bring moa and giant Haast eagles back to Oparara have been dropped, with the focus now on improving the road and safeguarding the area.
Forest and Bird says a proposal to allow dogs in Westland Tai Poutini National Park breaches the National Parks Act and puts endangered kiwi at risk.
The man behind the proposed $500 million underground gold-mine development at Waiuta said he expected it would be producing within about five years.
A Reefton teenager accused of murdering a Greymouth man in June has been named.
Delays over the new Greymouth Hospital are costing the West Coast District Health Board about $50,000 a month.