Motorists face delays as main road to West Coast to remain closed over weekend

The main road between Christchurch and the West Coast will be closed until at least Monday.

Relief is on the way for the West Coast community hammered by wild weather. The Emergency Operations Centre has finally stood down staff who worked around

Mother-of-11 from NZ sect drowns after falling into swollen river Mother-of-11 from NZ sect drowns after falling into swollen river

The dead woman is from an isolated and controversial New Zealand Christian community, founded by an Australian evangelist, who was convicted of indecent assault.

The main road between Christchurch and the West Coast will be closed until at least Monday after a chunk of it was washed out last night.

Emergency services retrieved the woman's body from the Haupiri River, on New Zealand's South Island, on Friday morning after a massive search operation.

Stormy West Coast weather: Otago schoolboys trapped by floodwaters make it out safely Stormy West Coast weather: Otago schoolboys trapped by floodwaters make it out safely

The 25 year 9 students were trapped in Mt Aspiring National Park.

Woman from Gloriavale was standing near a flooded river with a group of children when the bank gave way under her.

Weather tragedy: Gloriavale mother of 11 Rejoice Steadfast swept away in Haupiri River, West Coast Weather tragedy: Gloriavale mother of 11 Rejoice Steadfast swept away in Haupiri River, West Coast

Rejoice Steadfast was watching the swollen river with her family when a bank collapsed.

West Coast river takes mum of 11

Mother of 11 from Gloriavale swept to death by swollen river after bank collapsed

It's understood there were children nearby when the the bank fell away.

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Schools and roads have been closed.