A wind gust of 108kph was recorded at Hokitika Airport at the height of the storm that lashed the West Coast overnight.
The invasion has begun. The first of more than 2000 troops in Exercise Southern Katipo 2017 moved into Greymouth yesterday, with the first live firing expected tonight.
New Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage is looking at the proposed Waitaha power scheme, and is seeking advice from the Department of Conservation.
The masses of jellyfish-like creatures washed up on Greymouth beaches late last week are now also appearing right down the west coast of both islands, in mass strandings.
Two kea have been killed in the past two days by vehicles near Arthur's Pass, prompting pleas for motorists to slow down.
An audio recording from the Grey Valley is among 50 reports of possible encounters with the South Island kokako, previously thought to be extinct.
One year yesterday since the Fox Glacier helicopter crash that claimed seven lives, the accident report is still about six months away.
A contaminated mine at a West Coast ghost town will be cleaned up this month.
Opponents of the proposed Haast-Hollyford road say they are not losing any sleep over the latest support offered by the Southland District Council, and say their own calculations show it still does not stack up.
It cost $290million to develop but almost five years after it was ripped apart by a deadly explosion, bit by bit the Pike River Mine site has been dismantled as the Department of Conservation waits in the wings ready to resume ownership of the site.
The Department of Conservation says without Gary Aburn, the kakapo might be functionally extinct. Last week, Gary went home to Whataroa to die. He conducted one last interview with Greymouth Star reporter Laura Mills.
A conservationist has withdrawn his support for an upcoming petrel festival because he does not want the money spent on a platform for viewing the birds.
Revelations on Thursday that the West Coast Regional Council has secretly invested $500,000 in a company looking to manufacture 1080 poison in Canterbury were yesterday met with howls of protest and accusations of conflicts of interest.
Staff at the Beachfront Hotel in Hokitika have been offered support after a Canterbury visitor who had been socialising at the hotel with his wife and friends fell 16m from the balcony to his death on Saturday night.
Queensland's chief inspector of mines will take up a temporary role at the Department of Labour as it struggles to find someone to fill the New Zealand role permanently.
Pike River Mine health and safety manager Neville Rockhouse resigned twice - and turned grey in the face after one management meeting - the Royal Commission of Inquiry heard today.
Pike River Coal's "main man'' left the mine shortly before the November 2010 blasts after two unsatisfactory performance reviews, the Royal Commission of Inquiry has been told.
A veteran English coalminer was so appalled at the inexperienced, over-confident young Pike River miners that he left - telling his wife "that mine is going to go''.