The Cave Creek tragedy is generating lessons for new conservation recruits, in grief, betrayal and duty of care - 26 years after 13 Tai Poutini Polytechnic students and a Doc worker plunged to their deaths from a jerry-built viewing platform.
A man from the Gloriavale Christian community has admitted a raft of charges relating to the alleged sexual abuse of children.
Tourist-starved businesses on the West Coast have hatched a plan to draw in more visitors by offering to pay for fuel.
Flood flows on the Buller River this month were the largest of any river in New Zealand in almost 100 years, Niwa measurements show.
There are fears more businesses will go under in Glacier Country, as operators come to terms with another New Zealand-Australia travel suspension and their second winter under the shadow of Covid-19.
Closed borders and cancelled international competitions may have forced rowers on to local waters but all is not lost.
The Prime Minister met flood-stricken Westport residents yesterday as the long clean-up entered its 10th day.
A year's worth of flood-damaged waste, helpers leaving town, and another rain front - Westport woke up yesterday to a depressing reality.
The Labour Inspectorate will not investigate allegations of long working hours in Gloriavale, saying its members are not employees under New Zealand law.
A multimillion-dollar flood protection scheme proposed for Westport would have prevented most of the devastation caused by last weekend’s massive flood, according to the West Coast Regional Council...
More than 200 vehicles hit by Westport floodwaters look likely to be written off as water damage proves too costly to fix.
The flood that swamped Westport at the weekend should convince even the most doubtful ratepayer that the town needs river protection work, West Coast Regional Council chairman Allan Birchfield says.
Up to 100 Westport households may need alternative housing after the damaging floods at the weekend, Associate Minister of Housing Poto Williams says.
Hundreds of people remain in temporary shelter as the Westport community rallies in the wake of the biggest flood since 1926.
Buller Health in Westport remains closed and will probably stay closed for at least a week due to floodwater damaging the boilerhouse and getting into the tunnels under the former Buller Hospital.
The government has pledged $300,000 dollars to help the sodden Buller district, as 1000 people in Westport are unable to return home.