West Coast

West Coast stories

Consent sought for Woodpecker Bay passing lane

Laura Mills The New Zealand Transport Agency has applied for consent to create a slow vehicle lane at Woodpecker Bay, just north of Fox River. It needs consent because the work will be within 50m of the coastal marine area. NZTA wants to widen the shoulder of the Coast Road, State highway 6, allowing slow vehicles to move to a sealed shoulder...

Woman dies in quad bike accident

Viv Logie A Grey Valley woman died in a farm quad bike accident near Ikamatua on Friday afternoon. Greymouth police were called at 4.30pm to find the woman dead, pinned beneath the bike. The police media team said the victim was in her late 60s. According to the death notice, she was Ann Jacqulin (Jac) Brown-Budd. Worksafe NZ would only confirm today that...

CEO quits for ‘other interests’

by Janna Sherman In the ongoing Westland District Council saga, chief executive Tanya Winter has resigned, effective immediately. The Guardian understands her resignation arose after a mediation hearing in Greymouth on Friday to address her employment issues, including a personal grievance she filed against the council in March, followed by her suspension for alleged serious misconduct. Neither Ms Winter nor Mayor Bruce Smith...

Two hurt in Hokitika microlight crash

Janna Sherman of the Hokitika Guardian Two Hokitika men managed to free themselves from the wreckage of their microlight before it was engulfed in flames after crashing at Hokitika Airport on Saturday. The trike-style microlight fell from about 200 feet shortly after take-off, due to engine failure, crash landing on the grass within the airport zone near the east-west runway. Both men confirmed...

Military zero in on West Coast

Laura Mills The first military personnel expected for a big military exercise will arrive in Greymouth in October. The New Zealand Defence Force announced late last year it would be holding its major military exercise in the West Coast, Tasman and Marlborough regions in late 2017. It was last staged in Westport in 2015, boosting the economy and bringing in a range...

Microlight crashes, catches fire

Janna Sherman of the Hokitika Guardian A microlight with two people on board crashed and caught fire at the Hokitika airport this morning, but early reports indicated no one was seriously injured. Emergency services were still at the scene at 9am. Jane Teen called 111 she was walking at the airport about 8am and witnessed the crash. She saw the microlight flying above the...

Lack of public transport in focus

Laura Mills A research project is under way into the lack of public transport on the West Coast. The Christchurch Methodist Mission, which covers most of the South Island, said it had been made aware that transport was one of the major issues facing older people on the West Coast. "We are therefore exploring whether a small transportation system could reduce isolation...

Man rescued from old mine shaft

Viv Logie A Hokitika man was lucky to survive after stumbling into an abandoned goldmine shaft near Arthurstown late yesterday. Hokitika Volunteer Fire Brigade chief Harry Collett said the man, in his 50s, fell 8m into the water-filled shaft, which was otherwise 30m deep. The man went off alone for a bush walk and when he did not return his wife became...

New Greymouth hospital used up Westport funds

Lee Scanlon of the Westport News The new Grey Base Hospital swallowed government money promised for Westport's new health centre, says a former West Coast District Health Board member. John Vaile told a public meeting in Westport on Wednesday night that the Ministry of Health had told the DHB there was $10 million available for the Westport centre. The DHB's initial plans came...

$3.6m Government bailout for West Coast polytechnic

Tai Poutini Polytechnic received a $3.6 million bailout from the Government today to allow it to keep operating. The Government also hinted that transitional funding may also be available for the struggling polytechnic. In December, a Crown manager was appointed, citing a significant financial deficit and declining student numbers at the Greymouth-based facility. Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith said...
The South Today