Budget upped as Pike River reentry gets go-ahead

Re-entry plans for the Pike River Mine were confirmed today by the Government, stretching the life of the State-owned recovery agency by 18 months and the budget to $36 million.

Coast logging bid falls over

The West Coast has suffered another blow after a legal bill to legislate for selective logging of trees blown over on the conservation estate, has itself fallen over.

New hospital name revealed

The name for the new $77.8 million Greymouth hospital has been revealed -- 'Te Nikau, Grey Hospital and Health Centre'.

Storm claims life; cuts roads

A savage storm that pelted the West Coast yesterday dumped half a metre of rain in some places, turning rivers into foaming torrents that claimed one life and severed two State highways overnight.

Heavy rain stops traffic in South Westland

Hari Hari bore the brunt of heavy rain that soaked the West Coast this morning, with the Year 1-13 area school preparing to keep some students there overnight as roads out of town were blocked by a slip.

Dredge starts work

After years of debate about the state of the Greymouth Port, the Kawatiri dredge sailed across the Grey River bar on the 11am tide today, making the most of calm seas.

Dredge to arrive tomorrow

The Westport dredge Kawatiri is due to arrive tomorrow to begin the long overdue dredging of the fishing port.

Slip causes worry at Fox Glacier

Heavy rain at the weekend washed out the access road to Fox Glacier, just as the tourist season is ramping up.

Fuel thieves make tricky move

Cunning fuel thieves are at work in Westport by cutting the fuel lines to drain the tank of a vehicle rather than the more visible theft of siphoning.

Fight back as Forest and Bird advert screens

West Coast mayors say they are about to unleash an on-line video campaign championing mining, after Forest and Bird upped the ante with glossy television commercials.

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