Huge blast shakes houses

Residents living near Taylorville got a fright last night when their homes were shaken violently by an explosive bang.

Anger grows at Reefton chlorination

Resentment is building in Reefton over the Buller District Council decision to chlorinate Reefton drinking-water and Mayor Jamie Cleine has copped an earful from indignant locals.

Four crashes on Otira highway

It was a busy weekend for emergency services on State highway 73, with at least four crashes between Otira and Castle Hill.

Kumara Races off due to track

The Kumara Racing Club's Gold Nuggets 2020 meeting scheduled for this Saturday has been canned again -- for the third time in four years due to track conditions.

WC League in chaos

The West Coast rugby league senior may be over before a game has even been played.
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Mining ban could include stewardship land

Government moves towards a ban on all new mining on the conservation estate - including DOC stewardship land which accounts for a majority of goldmining operations on the West Coast - signals another potential body blow to the region.

Westland farmers tempted by Fonterra

Fonterra has again approached Westland Milk Products suppliers to switch loyalties with the promise of better returns.

Billion trees to cost $180 million

Auckland Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says up to $180 million of his new $3 billion fund will end up being spent on his plan to plant one billion trees over the next 10 years and it could see some Landcorp farms converted to forestry. He...

Stolen firearms, motorbikes seized

Napier Police have recovered 14 stolen firearms, three motorbikes, and various other stolen property after executing a search warrant at a Napier address. A man and a woman will appear in the Hastings District Court today following a police raid which was assisted by the Armed...

International cruise visitors push coastal Bay of Plenty tourism spending to $1b

Auckland Tourists spent more than $1 billion in the coastal Bay of Plenty last year, a target that was not expected to be hit for another 12 years. According to figures released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment the region's tourism expenditure grew by...

Weather worries speedway

Organisers of the New Zealand Stockcar Championships to be staged at Greenstone Park at Cobden this coming weekend are praying for a break after the terrible summer weather claimed the iconic Kumara Gold Nuggets race meeting due to be held on Saturday.

Coast runner making tracks

Seventeen-year-old Greymouth student Ben Williams has achieved more than someone twice his age.

Rebels thrash Reds

Melbourne Melbourne recruit Will Genia has put his love of Queensland aside to steer his new Super Rugby side to a 45-19 demolition of the Reds in their opening match. Much was made during the pre-season about the influx of Western Force talent from the axed...

Rollercoaster week for investors

Jeremy Crang of Craigs Investment Partners It has been a rollercoaster for markets this week, with indexes across the globe registering declines. The three main indexes in the United States finished last week having experienced their biggest sell down in more than two years. The sell down spread...

New Dunedin chocolate factory step closer

Dunedin Dunedin edged closer to having a new chocolate factory after managing to secure a facility which will house chocolate production, a chocolate factory tour, and a cafe in the Steamer Basin building. The plan for the factory began when Cadbury's parent company Mondelez announced it...

Forgotten town

Megan Palin An Outback town plagued with killings, violence, suicides and child sexual assaults, is inconspicuously tucked away amid the red, dusty plains and vibrant...

What will Russia’s future after Putin be like?

Why wait another month to report on the Russian election (March 18) when we can wrap it up right now? Vladimir Putin is going...

Europe’s logging row

Agnieszka Barteczko When Poland sought to ease tensions with the European Union by declaring a halt to logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, it did...