West Coast

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Sunday’s Jehan Casinader interviewed the religious leader before he died, and says the community will adapt to go on without him.

Gloriavale: Death of Christian community’s leader will create ‘power vacuum’ with 12 ‘shepherds’ vying to take charge

The West Coast community is in mourning after the death of leader Hopeful Christian yesterday. TVNZ1 Sunday's Jehan Casinader analyses what will happen next.

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The controversial religious leader died today after a battle with cancer.

Watch the first and only TV interview with Gloriavale leader Hopeful Christian, where he revealed inner-workings of secretive religious sect

The controversial religious leader died today after a battle with cancer. He spoke with Sunday's Janet McIntyre in this 2007 piece.

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The controversial religious leader died from cancer on May 15, 2018.

Hopeful Christian, founder of West Coast religious sect Gloriavale, dies

Hopeful Christian, previously known as Neville Cooper, founded Gloriavale in 1969.

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Amanda Evans has visited the reclusive Christian community three times and says she simply doesn’t see the dark realities the media enjoys repeating.

'People genuinely seem relaxed and happy' - Gloriavale series producer says life inside the community very different to what people think

Amanda Evans says she's only every seen a positive side during her three all-access visits. Gloriavale: The Return will be available on TVNZ Ondemand this month.

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In Parliament today the Minister responsible for Pike River re-entry was asked about the progress of re-entering the drift.

It can be done' – Andrew Little outlines expected Pike River re-entry timeline

In Parliament today he was asked about the progress of re-entering the drift.

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International experts have been meeting on the West Coast this week.

Growing confidence of manned Pike River Mine re-entry early next year

Experts say there's no reason the mine drift can't be entered safely to search for the victims' remains.

Most read: Gloriavale member 'thrown out' after pamphlets delivered by 'night raiders' changed 'whole concept of God'

John Ready said "the light came on" that God was not holding him over Hell and threatening him.

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It aims to assess risk and detail equipment needed to meet Labour's goal of manned re-entry by March next year.

Experts to meet in Greymouth today to plan re-entry into Pike River mine

Four-day workshop is organised by the Pike River Recovery Agency.

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Man, 57, arrested after firearm incident on West Coast

Police will be examining the scene today and making further enquiries.

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An Auckland woman was moved by the story of Paul Gasson and his Irish setter Dillon.

Benefactor humbles Kiwi conservationist rammed by fleeing tourist driver

"It's quite, quite humbling actually," said Paul Gasson.

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Mr Kokshoorn has led the town through industry changes and the Pike River Mine disaster.

Greymouth Mayor Tony Kokshoorn set to step down after 15 years

Mr Kokshoorn has led the town through industry changes and the Pike River Mine disaster.

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Families spoke after going 30 meters into the Pike River Mine portal for the first time.

'Our men are behind there, they need to come home' – emotional Pike River families speak at mine portal after historic entrance

Families spoke after going 30 meters into Pike River mine portal alongside minister for re-entry Andrew Little.

It's been a wet and wild start to the day in the south.

Chance of thunderstorms for Auckland and Northland this afternoon as volatile autumn weather continues

Further south the highest chance of thunderstorms and strong winds is along the West Coast.

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Train collides with car on SH6 in Westland leaving two in serious condition

Police were notified around 2.30pm today of the accident on the West Coast.

A pod of pilot whales has been found on a beach near Haast on the West Coast.

Work underway to bury pod of dead whales after they became stranded on West Coast beach

The decision was made yesterday to humanely euthanase 12 of the mammals.

A pod of pilot whales has been found on a beach near Haast on the West Coast.

West Coast stranding: 12 remaining pilot whales to be humanely euthanised as there was 'no way to save them'

DOC says, the dangerous sea conditions meant an attempt to re-float the whales could not be safely made.

A pod of pilot whales has been found on a beach near Haast on the West Coast.

West Coast stranding: 38 pilot whales now counted - only 10 are still alive

The next high tide is at 2pm, with a refloat effort likely to take place then.

Watch: Animation shows cluster of earthquakes hitting the South Island this afternoon

The quakes hit just after 1pm today 60km south of Hokitika.

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A West Coast walking track that'll serve as a living memorial to the men who died at Pike River mine is starting to take shape.

Pike River 29 memorial walking track taking shape - 'A lot of us are emotionally invested in this'

The West Coast walking track will serve as a living memorial to the men who died at Pike River mine in 2015.

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Fed up residents have erected a billboard to air their concerns, similar to the film 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'.

'How come Jacinda?' - West Coast town inspired by Hollywood blockbuster to tackle health care crisis

Fed up Westport residents have erected billboards to protest a run down hospital, similar to the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Wildfoods' poster criticised for cultural appropriation, but Westland District Mayor says 'we would never do anything to cause offence'

One commenter took to the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival Facebook page to call it "disgustingly offensive".

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TVNZ weather presenter Dan Corbett with the latest update.

Big storm brewing in Southern Ocean set to hit parts of South Island on Monday

Meteorologist John Law told 1 NEWS a deep area of low pressure is "running around Antarctica".

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Seven Sharp's Gill Higgins went to a Westport school were robots are already being used.

Will robots be part of the solution to New Zealand’s teacher shortage?

Seven Sharp's Gill Higgins went to a Westport school where robots are already being used.

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The government has revealed plans to connect the town after a big push by locals.

Isolated town of Haast promised cellphone coverage by May after years of pleading by locals

Business owners say at the moment it's like working in the dark ages.

A helicopter carrying crew from ONE News heads for the West Coast following this morning's fatal crash.

Isolated West Coast township of Haast to get cell phone coverage for first time

A 3G tower will be built to service the population of 240 people.

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Dove Love lives at Gloriavale and was baptised at the age of six and committed herself to doing God's will.

New TVNZ Gloriavale series returning for Kiwi audiences in May

Gloriavale: The Return features the secluded West Coast community and will revisit Dove Love and Paul and Pearl, who played large parts in TVNZ's previous series.

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Just weeks after one major storm, West Coast residents are anxiously awaiting another.

Cyclone Gita: 'Started crying, started yelling, started screaming'

Just weeks after one major storm, West Coast residents are anxiously awaiting another.

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Tom and Dion say if the winds pick up too much they will head for the safety of the shore.

Video: 'Extreme mate!' Surfers brave the swells as Cyclone Gita hits West Coast

Tim and Dion say if the winds pick up too much they will head for the safety of the shore.

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