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A blue duck, or whio.

Whio gets boost from breeding programme

The programme has supercharged efforts to repopulate central West Coast rivers with the native blue duck.

The man, 30 spent the night on the steep flume.

Man spends night at top of steep ledge before being winched to safety

He crawled for three hours with broken bones after falling 50metres.

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Cyclone Gita: How it will affect you

Schools and roads closed, mass transport cancellations, heavy rain and wind warnings in place.

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From the most remote family to the most remote job

For this South Islander, Antarctica is positively buzzing with activity.

West Coast police have been making daily visits at Gloriavale this past week.

Gloriavale under pressure as police make daily visits

At least 33 females within the community have been interviewed in the past week.

Around 100 people were also evacuated, 60 of those from the Piha Mill Camp.

Campsite devastated in Piha flash flooding

Two people were killed in the west Auckland floods.

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Stranded tourists freed as SH6 reopens

Slips and fallen trees left hundreds of motorists stranded in Haast.

Damage caused by a king tide  near Punakiki.

Trapped motorists make it to Fox Glacier

It could be days before others still stranded between Ross and Makaroa can leave.

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.

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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.

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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.