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Heavy rain is predicted to set in over Nelson towards midday.

South Island readies for downpour

Parts of the South Island have been told to prepare for more wet weather.


Drought conditions hit West Coast

The region has been struggling through an unusually hot, dry start to summer.

The West Coast is one of the country's fastest growing tourist areas.

West Coast flooded with record tourism boom

Some townships have struggled to cope with the influx of summer visitors.

The body of a 44-year-old man from Hannah's Clearing was found in the river on Friday, about 1km downstream from the vehicle.

Body found in West Coast river

A man has died after his vehicle went down a bank into the Okuru River near Haast and was discovered some time later by a passing jet boater.

The hiking and biking track will link Blackball with Punakaiki.

Construction begins on Pike River memorial walking track

The hiking and biking track will link Blackball with Punakaiki.

West Coast

Wildlife centre celebrates 50th kiwi to hatch this season

The incredibly rare kiwi hatched on Christmas Day.

Charleston is a village in the Buller District, on the West Coast of the South Island.

Fatal motorcycle crash on private Buller property

Emergency services were called to the scene at 5:30pm.

The woman jumped from the top of the Maruia Falls, police say.

Woman dies after jumping off Tasman waterfall

A search and rescue team found her body after she failed to resurface.

The incident occurred on Nelson Creek Rd in Ngahere, Grey District.

Young boy critical after West Coast tractor crash

The incident occurred this morning in Ngahere, Grey District.

West Coast

Summer scorcher: Tasman Sea a 'bath with the hot tap on'

If you're thinking of fighting off the warm weather with a trip to the beach, you might be in for a surprise.

The man died at the scene.

Motorcyclist killed near Westport

A male motorcyclist has died after crashing into a fence near Westport, police say.

He was reportedly caught in the current while swimming and could not be found, police say.

Swimmer missing in South Island river

Search teams are into the second day of a search for a man who went missing after being caught in powerful currents in a West Coast river on Saturday.

The intersection of Maimai Rd and State Highway 7.

Crashed car hit by a train

A vehicle crashed onto a West Coast rail line before being struck by a train, police say.

Twenty-nine died in the 2010 disaster.

Pike River: Families handed the keys

The Pike River families will be given keys to the mine's access road, seven years since the disaster.

Missing Persons, Police

Mystery surrounds Greymouth woman's disappearance

Danae Russell was last seen at the Greymouth Medical Centre.

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Car the focus of Greymouth shooting inquiry

Police are seeking sightings of a late 1990s silver Honda sedan with mag wheels.

The snails had to be protected from operations at the Stockton mine.

Rare South Island snails saved from extinction

The snails had to be protected from operations at the Stockton mine.

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West Coast shooting: Murder-accused appears in court

He allegedly fled from police for nearly 24 hours before his arrest.

The woman was shot at a house in Marsden Rd on Sunday afternoon.

Alleged West Coast shooter arrested

The alleged gunman reportedly shot and killed a mother-of-three yesterday.

Heavy rain and thunder is set to hit much of the North Island on Monday.

Heavy rain, thunder to hit North Island

Drivers returning home from the long weekend should take care.