$15m to clear Te Kinga of pests

The Government will spend more than $15 million to eradicate pests around Mount Te Kinga, create jobs and turn the area into a wildlife refuge and tourist drawcard.

Reefton crash helictoper ‘not airworthy’

A helicopter which crashed in bush near Reefton killing the pilot was not airworthy, an investigation has found.

Shipwreck revealed on Cobden beach

The remnants of the fishing boat Sealord II, which foundered on the Grey River bar in July 1984, have been gradually exposed again on Cobden beach.

West Coast travel deals galore

Never-been-cheaper helicopter flights, bargain basement accommodation and meal vouchers are on offer on the West Coast this long weekend as battered tourist operators try to lure local business. PICTURE: Tony Kokshoorn

$1.86m for Westport riverside development

Westport — with its back to the Buller River — is first in line for economic stimulus funding from the Government, with $1.86 million to connect the town and river.

Major Coast drug bust

A major methamphetamine (P) drug bust over the past week includes the arrest of a patched Hells Angels gang member found in Kumara with drugs with a street value of at least $500,000, as well as a pistol and ammunition.

Tourists start to trickle back

After two barren months, tourists are trickling back into the West Coast, with hopes pinned on New Zealanders hitting the road this Queen's Birthday Weekend.

150 migrants stranded in Franz Josef

About 150 foreign workers staying in New Zealand on temporary visas, are still in Franz Josef Glacier, many without jobs after Covid hit.

Racing calendar trimmed

March's traditional trotting meetings at Reefton and Westport, and Westland Racing Club's January race day at Omoto, have potentially been scratched from the 2020/21 racing calendar.

Elderly woman clipped by car

An elderly woman clipped by a passing vehicle while crossing State highway 6 at Karoro yesterday morning is in Christchurch Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
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