If the Government paid to shift people off the flooded south bank at Franz Josef Glacier, landowners living by the sea and in flood plains all over NZ would be seeking the same, the local MP says.
Construction company Downer was hard at work yesterday as workers began to build the new Waiho River Bailey bridge.
Forest & Bird has described rubbish-strewn South Westland beaches as possibly the ''biggest coastal eco-disaster since the Rena oil spill''.
Just a year after the Grey District Council declined iwi representation in a statutory review, it now proposes admitting local iwi Ngati Waewae to an equal seat at the council table.
Westland Mayor Bruce Smith says about 750m of the access road to view the Franz Josef Glacier has gone.
West Coast leaders are at loggerheads over whether to sacrifice the flood-ravaged south side of the Waiho (Waiau) River, in order to save Franz Josef Glacier township.
The huge co-ordinated clean-up of rubbish-strewn South Westland beaches starts properly today, with helicopters and volunteers ready to strike south of the Waiho River.
The New Zealand Defence Force are pitching in with the effort to rebuild the Waiho River Bailey bridge, which was washed away by floodwaters last week.
A compensation package of more than $25 million is one option being considered for farmers and other property owners on the flood-ravaged south bank of the Waiho (Waiau) River.
Soldiers and students are on their way to South Westland to help rebuild the Waiho Bridge and clean up rubbish-strewn beaches after last week's storm.
Power was restored to Haast early yesterday, six days after one of the biggest recorded floods in the Haast River damaged the town's hydro scheme.
The Luminaries cast and crew, including director Claire McCarthy and actors Richard Te Are, who plays Te Rau Tauwhare, an Arahura Valley greenstone hunter, and Himesh Patel (right), who plays Emery...
A huge effort is continuing to clean up beaches strewn with litter after last week's severe storm on the West Coast.
West Coast police and Fire and Emergency NZ are investigating two suspicious fires which may be arson in Greymouth and Westport at the weekend.
Ngahere Mining Co is buying Birchfield Minerals' mothballed giant gold dredge and buying up three associated Grey Valley dairy farms.
Greymouth rescue teams have been stood down from saving what was initially believed to be a person in the water after the floating object turned out to be a log.
"Tonnes" of recycling and rubbish is washing up on previously pristine Westland district beaches after an old Fox Glacier landfill breached following the recent storm.
Repairs to the flood-damaged Waiho Bridge on the West Coast will take longer than initially predicted.
People in Westland are feeling letdown after further delays were announced for the rebuild of Waiho Bridge.