Opposition to a mining venture on the Barrytown flats, about 25km north of Greymouth, has taken a significant dive, with the withdrawal of objections from manawhenua.
Herds which have been free of bovine tuberculosis for decades are caught up in a fresh outbreak at Hari Hari.
On the main street of Fox Glacier village the sound of a lone mower has replaced the campervans and cars, as businesses hold out hope for a school holiday boost after a long and difficult winter.
Franz Josef business owners say they are struggling to keep their heads above water after losing Aucklanders and international visitors.
No phones, no internet, no medical alarms, no eftpos, no cash machines - Westland Mayor Bruce Smith is putting the 34-hour communications blackout south of Hokitika on the agenda.
Frustrated business owners are questioning why there is no backup cell and internet cable for Westland after the region lost coverage during Sunday’s storm, and for the second time in 10 months.
A wilderness trail from Ross to Fox Glacier would boost conservation education and regenerative tourism, the West Coast Conservation Board has been told.
After $100,000 and 15 months in hibernation, a popular Fox Glacier hostel has thrown in the towel and is selling everything from the spa pools to newly laid carpets.
An older West Coast couple was left high and dry by level 3 restrictions that saw them refused a ride with a tow operator and left standing on the roadside when their vehicle broke down.
Preliminary insurance claims for the Westport flood in July show 355 vehicles were damaged, and 1297 domestic claims were lodged totalling more than $85million.
Preliminary insurance claims for the Westport flood in July show that 355 vehicles were damaged, and 1297 domestic claims were lodged totalling over $85 million. Commercial claims numbered 110.
A handful of businesses at the West Coast glaciers are on a knife edge and events are also folding as uncertainty around the country's Covid 19 response continues.
Whitebaiters have flooded into Haast under a possible loophole allowing them to travel from one district to another during lockdown - to the horror of angry locals.
West Coast whitebaiters were out in force on Wednesday, making the most of the perfect opening day weather, although confusion reigned as to whether it was allowed at Level 3 or not.
Development West Coast has reported a net profit of $14.2million for the year, prompting calls for it to help struggling South Westland.
The West Coast Whitebaiters Association says pilot research projects will be conducted on the Buller, Mokihinui and Hokitika rivers this season, which opens today.
Development West Coast has reported a net profit of $14.2 million for the year, prompting calls for it to open its wallet and help struggling South Westland.