The team recovering the Pike River mine has reached the area that provides the best chance of finding clues about what caused the 2010 explosion.
The Milford Road remains closed due to the risk of avalanche, a snow warning is in place for other alpine roads and drivers are warned to take care on SH6 between Haast township and Makarora due to forecast heavy rain.
A substantial slip triggered by heavy rain has closed SH6 south of Haast township on the West Coast side of the highway which links to Otago.
The population of Haast has doubled as whitebaiters pour back in, giving a welcome boost after the economy was ravaged by the post-Covid loss of international tourists.
The first stage of work is beginning to identify significant natural areas on private land on the West Coast.
A drug-fuelled man who was ejected from his vehicle in a high-speed crash outside the Gladstone Cemetery was told in the Greymouth District Court yesterday he was lucky he did not end up dead.
Drastic cuts to the Canterbury District Health Board budget should not directly affect the West Coast, board chairman Rick Barker says.
A date for the 2021 Hokitika Wildfoods Festival has been "locked and loaded", but organisers have also planned ahead for a Covid-19 contingency.
Former members of Gloriavale Christian Community say people still there do not have the freedom to vote for who they want in the general election.
Since retiring last year as the Grey District's long-serving mayor, Tony Kokshoorn says he has been good as gold - he just wishes he had joined the recent rush on prospecting for it.
Planners working on a new district plan covering the entire West Coast are suggesting new special purpose zones or precincts for the Buller coalfield, tourist towns, Maori settlements and Gloriavale.
The owner of a Reefton dairy has been left distressed after a major fire broke out, severely damaging his property.
Work on two regional fibre links to upgrade communication services on the West Coast and in Southland has begun.
An internet scammer who managed to crack into West Coast Regional Council staff e-mail accounts has forced the council to beef up its cyber security and retrain staff to spot 'phishing' e-mails.
The West Coast Regional Council hopes to hear this week what flood protection projects have been approved in the Govt's infrastructure spend-up to counter Covid-19. But councillors aren't holding their breath.
Underground workers have been withdrawn from the Pike River Mine after samples showed the presence of carcinogens.
Underground workers have been withdrawn from the Pike River mine on the West Coast after samples returned positive for the presence of carcinogens.