Business case studies

Be inspired by people who have started businesses on the West Coast.

Bringing a taste of their hometown to Hokitika

Chakkapong and Rujira visited Hokitika on a road trip in 2018 and fell in love with the town. They are now adding to the West Coast food scene with …

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From grass to glass

Your Farm, a new boutique milk business, is helping bring the clink of glass bottles back to the West Coast and has plans to make other local produce…

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Westport’s Powergirl

Emily Miazga is an expat Canadian and former clinical dietitian who is now living in Westport running her own business - Em’s Power Cookies.

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Pioneers, creating new opportunities

The West Coast has a rich history of attracting innovative people, and the New Zealand Institute for Minerals to Materials Research is continuing to …

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Working from home in an untamed natural wilderness

Charlotte from C Breeze Jewellery embraces the work/life balance on the West Coast.

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Innovation, a West Coast specialty

From making games for global entertainment companies to supporting the COVID-19 economic recovery, a lot is happening in the sunny West Coast town of…

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The metamorphosis of a mining community

Reefton is attracting a new generation of residents and entrepreneurs with a wealth of business ideas.

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Reaching the world from Te Tai Poutini

International storyteller Andrew Wright reaches the world while enjoying the lifestyle benefits of living on the West Coast.

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Hokitika, an awesome playground

Cindy and Gavin left Auckland and have built a life and a successful tourism venture in Hokitika.

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Out of the pressure cooker

Andy and Jolene have swapped high-pressure Government jobs for the Coast life.

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The Crafty Chook

Andrea has built a soap empire from the comfort of her lifestyle block in Hokitika.

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Turning pure West Coast rainwater into gin

Patsy Bass from Reefton Distilling Co. discusses starting a business and living on the West Coast.

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Unmatched work-life balance

Joseph went from running a successful sandwich shop in Denver to setting up shop in Hokitika.

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The West Coast's pioneering spirit lives on

The West Coast has always attracted pioneering people – from Māori trading pounamu to those who flocked here during the goldrush days.

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'It's All Good' on the West Coast

From Israel to Westport, Anat and Rami Edwy have found their home and inspiration on the West Coast.

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Working from home

Advances in digital technologies and an inspiring backyard are making the West Coast a hub for creative artisans.

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