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Keep up to date with the latest business news for the West Coast of New Zealand.

Jan. 25, 2022

Support for COVID impacted Westland Businesses

75 Westland businesses have accessed over $430,000 in support through MBIE’s Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-set Plan (SRR) via Develop…

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Jan. 24, 2022

Warmer homes assistance for nearly 100 Buller homes

A partnership between Development West Coast (DWC) and the Community Energy Action charitable trust (CEA) has helped around 100 houses in Buller beco…

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Jan. 20, 2022

Tourism Export Council of New Zealand (TECNZ) Update: Omicron

TECNZ Update: Omicron - Self Isolating financial support - Traffic light guidance

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Jan. 19, 2022

We're recruiting - Tourism and Events Executive

DWC is seeking a customer-focused, driven and results-orientated person to join its Destination Management team as a Tourism and Events Executive.

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Jan. 19, 2022

We're recruiting - Marketing and Campaign Executive

DWC is seeking a Marketing and Campaign Executive to join its Destination Management team.

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Jan. 14, 2022

Development West Coast Tertiary Scholarships awarded

The inaugural Development West Coast Tertiary Scholarships have been awarded to Rachel Morris, Scarlett Hamilton, Clark Fountain, Jack Stead-Wilson a…

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Jan. 11, 2022

We're recruiting - Business Capability Advisor

DWC is looking for a Business Capability Advisor to join its Economic Development team.

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Dec. 9, 2021

Recording: TECNZ Member Forum

Recording and slides from the recent Tourism Export Council of New Zealand member forum. The panelists provide insightful international centric updat…

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Dec. 2, 2021

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements for DOC Accommodation

Information from DOC about vaccination decisions and impact on concessionaires if you are booking clients at DOC facilities.

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Dec. 2, 2021

COVID-19 Resource toolkit - branded assets and resources

The COVID-19 Resource Toolkit is a central hub for all New Zealand Government Unite against COVID-19 branded assets and resources

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Dec. 1, 2021

Saddle up for summer with cycle trail funding

The West Coast Wilderness Trail to receive support from the government's cycle trail funding.

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Nov. 30, 2021

New freedom camping rules - right vehicle, right place

Tougher freedom camping laws will be introduced to prevent abuse which has placed an unfair burden on small communities and damaged our reputation as…

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Nov. 25, 2021

Glacier Country COVID impact survey (October 2021)

Development West Coast, with support from the Glacier Country Tourism Group, conducted a survey of Glacier Country businesses to gain a better unders…

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Nov. 25, 2021

Car up for Jabs

DWC has partnered with Grey Ford in an effort to boost the West Coast’s lagging vaccination rate. Simply have both your vaccinations before 24 Decemb…

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Nov. 19, 2021

Two Westland Dairy Farmers Bring Leadership Training Back to Community

Dairy farmers Anna Hart and Siobhan O’Malley recently completed a six-month leadership and governance course with the help of co-funding facilitated …

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Nov. 19, 2021

GDP grows by 1.7% over the year to September 2021

The West Coast has been one of the hardest hit regions from the recent lockdowns, according to Infometrics’ latest provisional GDP estimates.

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Nov. 19, 2021

New graduates from West Coast Leadership Programme

The pool of leaders on the West Coast had another boost with the graduation of 17 participants from Development West Coast’s Leadership Programme.

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Nov. 18, 2021

COVID Protection Framework (new traffic light system)

The Government has announced the next stage of the COVID-19 response plan to provide a pathway out of lockdown and give vaccinated New Zealanders mor…

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Nov. 13, 2021

Wavewise

CO.STARTERS graduate Pana Leontiadu uses West Coast waves as therapy in the social enterprise Wavewise.

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Nov. 13, 2021

Little Rock NZ

CO.STARTERS graduate Tania Reynolds' startup business. Little Rock NZ, is set to showcase big flavors of sweet chilli sauce.

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Nov. 11, 2021

Incubator Funding Round Opening For Creative And Cultural Events

The latest funding round of the Creative and Cultural Events Incubator is open.

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Nov. 1, 2021

DWC support brings aged care housing project a step closer for Greymouth

A new shared housing facility for older people is a step closer to being built in Greymouth, thanks to a $500,000 commitment from Development West Co…

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Oct. 28, 2021

DWC announces West Coast tertiary scholarships

Development West Coast (DWC) is pleased to announce the establishment of four tertiary scholarships as a way to keep talented West Coasters working i…

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Oct. 28, 2021

Go With Tourism - Summer Jobs Campaign

Go with Tourism are running a summer jobs campaign from November to mid-January to encourage students to pick up tourism and hospitality work through…

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Sept. 30, 2021

Co.Starters graduation night in Westport

Business pitches and collaboration marked the recent celebration night in Westport for the participants of Development West Coast’s Co.Starters progr…

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Sept. 29, 2021

DWC pledges $3.57 million to Westport flood recovery

Development West Coast (DWC) Trustees have approved in principle a $3.57 million package to support Westport’s flood recovery.

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Sept. 28, 2021

Helping our students and school leavers

Latham Martin has recently started in the role of Vocational Coordinator at Development West Coast for the MSD funded Mahi Tai Poutini: Education to …

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Sept. 28, 2021

Weed Free Tai Poutini project

A Development West Coast led project, through the Kotahitanga ki te Uru partnership, will provide work for up to 21 people.

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Sept. 28, 2021

From employee to business owner

Support from Development West Coast enables Hokitika man to transition from employee to business owner with six staff.

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Sept. 5, 2021

Leading Light Business Awards postponed to March

Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards postponed to March 2022.

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Aug. 31, 2021

Tourism support for Westland businesses

New business support for tourism operators in five South Island regions (including Westland) can be accessed from this week, with specialist local ag…

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Aug. 31, 2021

DWC releases 2021 annual report

Development West Coast has released its annual report for the year ended 31 March 2021. The report highlights a year of extremes - economic disruptio…

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Aug. 31, 2021

DWC Delivery Rebate Scheme

DWC offers rebates of $10 per delivery to help West Coast businesses through Level 3.

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Aug. 30, 2021

West Coast Tourism Strategy

Presentation: West Coast Tourism FY 2022 strategy and our activity as we transition through different COVID-19 levels.

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Aug. 30, 2021

Domestic Visitor Perception Research August 2021

Domestic Visitor Perception Research August 2021

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Aug. 23, 2021

COVID-19 Resurgence Support Payment now open

Applications are now open for the COVID-19 Resurgence Support Payment.

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Aug. 3, 2021

Free fuel vouchers to lure visitors to West Coast

To lessen the blow from the latest suspension of the trans-Tasman bubble, West Coast businesses have pulled together a deal offering travellers free …

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July 27, 2021

West Coast Visitor Trend Data - June 2021

Visitor trend data for the West Coast, for the month of June 2021 has now been released.

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July 23, 2021

Halt to trans-Tasman bubble

For the months of April, May and June 2021 the West Coast received an increase in electronic card spending from Australian visitors of around $700,00…

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July 22, 2021

Entries open for West Coast business awards

Entries are now open for the 7th Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards.

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July 16, 2021

'Your Farm' featured by NZ Business Magazine

A new family-owned West Coast business is providing full cream milk direct from the farm, and has more big plans in the pipeline.

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July 16, 2021

Immigration NZ Update: Essential Skills Work Visa changes

Information about updated settings to Essential Skills visas in response to COVID-19.

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July 15, 2021

Tourism support package continues rollout

Tourism Minister Stuart Nash announced details of how tourism operators and communities can access the help announced in May as part of the governmen…

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July 12, 2021

Vacancy - Vocational Coordinator

Development West Coast is looking for a coordinator to raise the profile and strengthen the pipeline of students coming into the vocational education…

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July 8, 2021

Job vacancies rise by 42% on the West Coast

A report from TradeMe shows job listings on the West Coast have risen by 42 percent over the past year.

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July 8, 2021

Hannah Fitzgibbon Facilitation

CO.STARTERS graduate Hannah Fitzgibbon delivers quality in-house workshops and coaching on the West Coast, enabling local business owners and their t…

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July 5, 2021

DWC facilitates economic development workshop

Development West Coast (DWC) is currently facilitating the development of a Tai Poutini West Coast Economic Development Strategy.

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July 1, 2021

West Coast visitor trend data - May 2021

Newly released visitor trend data for the West Coast shows tourism spend for May rebounded to pre-pandemic levels, but the uneven impact of border cl…

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June 30, 2021

Co-chairs appointed to Regional Skills Leadership Group

The Government has appointed Graeme Neylon and Lisa Tumahai as the co-chairs of the West Coast/Tai Poutini Regional Skills Leadership Group (RSLG) fo…

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June 30, 2021

DWC teams up with Hauraki - Call me Tradie

Development West Coast partners with Radio Hauraki to generate awareness around the shortage of tradespeople on the West Coast.

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June 30, 2021

West Coast domestic campaign

In the face of uncertainty around the trans-Tasman bubble Development West Coast has launched a domestic marketing campaign giving Kiwis the chance t…

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June 29, 2021

Take part in TNZ's upcoming campaign

Tourism New Zealand invites West Coast operators to upload deals for the upcoming spring families campaign - running from 2 August – 17 October.

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June 29, 2021

Transforming the Coast one garden at a time

DWC business support services help Greymouth business, Grounded Garden Services, build capabilities and grow.

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June 21, 2021

Support for young entrepreneurs

Support from Development West Coast helps West Coast High School students put their business skills to the test through the Young Enterprise Scheme.

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June 21, 2021

Coasters share views on economic development

According to a recent public survey, adding value to the agricultural/food sector is viewed as the most significant opportunity for improving prosper…

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June 21, 2021

Business awards in November

The Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards will be held this year on Thursday 18 November.

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June 18, 2021

New Zealand GDP up 1.6 percent

March quarter figures show a better than expected result for New Zealand, while the West Coast's economic recovery faltered with the loss of int…

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June 14, 2021

New Zealand Tourism Awards return for 2021

Entries are open for the New Zealand Tourism Awards, returning for 2021 to showcase and celebrate the tourism industry’s individual and business succ…

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June 14, 2021

Clean Car Package announced, implications for West Coast

The Government has announced its Clean Car Package with a range of measures aimed at increasing the uptake of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to…

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June 8, 2021

Public input sought for West Coast economic strategy

Development West Coast is facilitating a review of the region’s economic strategy and is seeking public input.

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June 7, 2021

Visitor trend data highlights uneven impact of COVID-19 on West Coast

Newly released visitor trend data further highlights the uneven impact COVID-19 border closures are having across the West Coast, with Reefton boomin…

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June 1, 2021

DWC famils for business events

Development West Coast hosts groups of buyers showcasing what the West Coast has to offer for business events.

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May 25, 2021

Bottling plant unviable, focus shifts to community support initiative

Development West Coast and the Grey District Council have politely declined DB-Heineken’s offer to gift their Greymouth-based bottling plant and will…

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May 18, 2021

March 2021 quarterly economic update

The latest provisional data from Infometrics shows that the West Coast’s economy declined by 4.4% over the year to March 2021, compared to a national…

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May 14, 2021

DWC support distributed to Glacier Country businesses

Development West Coast has begun distributing cashflow support through its $5 million Glacier Country Business Support Fund to businesses impacted by…

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May 14, 2021

Tourism NZ Travel Expo '21

Tourism New Zealand is pleased to invite representatives of the New Zealand tourism industry to participate in Tourism New Zealand Virtual Travel Exp…

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May 6, 2021

New River Kennels

Co.Starters graduate Paula Kerr and her partner, Murray Malloch, have recently launched a new business in Greymouth, offering quality, safe and secur…

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May 6, 2021

DWC celebrates 20 years

2021 marks the twentieth year of operation for Development West Coast (DWC). Looking back, we can reflect with pride on the significant achievements …

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May 5, 2021

New digital platform from TIA

A new way for New Zealand’s tourism industry to connect with the international travel trade, anytime and anywhere, has been announced today at TRENZ …

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May 3, 2021

Australia Playbook - Checklist & Action Plan

Tourism New Zealand's Australian Marketing Team, have prepared a 'Playbook' for Regional Tourism Organisations and operator partners t…

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May 1, 2021

Tohu Whenua publishes new West Coast brochure

Tohu Whenua’s new Te Tai Poutini West Coast brochure is now available to order.

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April 15, 2021

Hokitika Co.Starters celebration night

Business pitches, product sampling and collaboration marked the recent celebration night in Hokitika for the participants of Development West Coast’s…

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April 9, 2021

West Coast wins bid to host Rover Scouts Moot

The New Zealand Rover Scouts have voted to bring their annual Moot to the West Coast for Easter 2022 with over 200 people expected to attend.

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April 9, 2021

DWC seeks feedback from local businesses

Development West Coast is undertaking a survey to gain a better understanding of how it can improve its services for West Coast businesses.

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April 8, 2021

Glacier Country Business Support Fund

Glacier Country businesses are now able to apply to DWC’s $5 million Glacier Country Business Support Fund

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April 1, 2021

New tourism structure to set the West Coast up for success

A review has looked at the current and future requirements of destination management and tourism and how to best set the West Coast up for success.

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March 29, 2021

DWC approves $5m Glacier Country Business Support Fund

Development West Coast (DWC) trustees have approved a $5 million Glacier Country Business Support Fund (GCBSF) in response to the current crisis in F…

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March 25, 2021

Okarito Gorsebusters

Volunteers from all over New Zealand sign up to clear gorse from around the edges of Okarito Lagoon.

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March 25, 2021

Digital hubs for Greymouth and Westland

The establishment of new digital hubs in Greymouth and South Westland will improve opportunities for using the internet to boost productivity, creati…

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March 25, 2021

Challenges and opportunities in a diverse region

Being spread over such a vast area, our region has extremely diverse landscapes – from the Nikau palm covered beaches up north to the glaciers down s…

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March 1, 2021

December quarter economic indicators

Latest data shows economic impact of COVID-19 has been felt in vastly different ways across the West Coast.

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Feb. 16, 2021

West Coast economic update

Data shows the West Coast economy was tracking well for the year to March 2020. However, following the impact of COVID-19, forecasts going forward ar…

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Feb. 9, 2021

Chair Community Comment - Renee Rooney

Over the holiday break it was fantastic to see so many locals and visitors out and about enjoying all the Coast has to offer, from exploring our unta…

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Feb. 4, 2021

West Coast Regional Events Fund

Supporting existing events to continue to operate or supporting new events to form.

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Dec. 21, 2020

Tourism marketing campaigns

Find out more about recent West Coast marketing initiatives from Development West Coast.

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Dec. 17, 2020

Weta Workshop for Pounamu Pathway

Weta Workshop leads design concept phase for Pounamu Pathway

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Dec. 16, 2020

Upskill support a 'God-send' for new dental clinic

Support from Upskill West Coast enables internationally-recognised experts to train the Hoki Dental team with cutting-edge processes.

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Dec. 16, 2020

West Coast entrepreneurial spirit on display

West Coast entrepreneurial spirit on display

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Dec. 16, 2020

Upskill West Coast: Regional Employment and Training Programme

The West Coast's regional employment and training scheme, Upskill, was launched in July to support a robust and resilient West Coast economy tha…

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Dec. 16, 2020

Showcasing the West Coast for business events

Development West Coast promotes the region to business event buyers.

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Dec. 16, 2020

Upskill helps reshape family business

Upskill West Coast helps Glacier Country Helicopters get the training to diversify their business.

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Nov. 24, 2020

Liddell Contracting upskilling staff

Upskill support enables Greymouth business to bring industry recognised welding trainers into their workshop to train staff.

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Nov. 19, 2020

Community Governance Programme

DWC is bringing community governance training to the West Coast.

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Nov. 19, 2020

Business Development Programme

DWC’s Co.Starters business start-up and development programme is set to begin in Greymouth on 22 September.

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Nov. 19, 2020

West Coast Wellbeing Workshop

Following the overwhelming positive feedback from the recent South Westland wellbeing workshop, DWC will be hosting another event on 4 November.

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Nov. 19, 2020

West Coast Wikipedian at Large Project Update

For the past month DWC has had a roving Wikipedian working on the Coast to improve the region’s profile in the online encyclopedia Wikipedia.

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Nov. 10, 2020

Economic recovery a mixed bag for Coast

The West Coast economy is showing signs of bouncing back after taking a substantial hit during the COVID lockdown, but the path ahead remains uncerta…

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Nov. 3, 2020

Wellbeing workshop in Fox Glacier

Development West Coast holds wellbeing workshop in Fox Glacier.

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Oct. 19, 2020

New dental clinic set to create jobs in Hokitika

Construction of a purpose-built dental surgery in Hokitika is underway with support from DWC.

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Aug. 14, 2020

COVID-19 Business Advisory Support

Iconic Hokitika business receives support through the COVID-19 business advisory fund.

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April 13, 2020

Restoring past glory

DWC support helps upgrading iconic shop.

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April 8, 2020

Guided free-range hunting

Support from DWC helps get business off the ground.

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March 26, 2020

Gearing up for Paparoa Track

Beach Camp installs eight new cabins with DWC support.

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Feb. 3, 2020

West Coast Farming Roadshows

DWC collaborates with Property Brokers to hold roadshows promoting living and farming on the West Coast.

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Oct. 31, 2019

Mentoring helps Westport business

Business mentor enhances how Westport business operates and progresses.

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Oct. 31, 2019

Coaching for local business

NZTE capability development vouchers help local plumbing business engage a business coach.

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Oct. 25, 2019

West Coast wins at the New Zealand Tourism Awards

Development West Coast - Tourism won the Industry Connections award at the 2019 New Zealand Tourism Awards.

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Aug. 13, 2019

2019 Māori tourism Dragons Den winners

Te Koharaki Mason (Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Waewae) was awarded for her idea of a sea to source jetboat experience from Te Tai o Poutini, Hokitika, through th…

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Aug. 6, 2019

A Wild Peace Wellness Centre

CO.STARTERS graduates Hannah Green and Lani Harvey join forces to create A Wild Peace Wellness Centre in Westport.

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July 25, 2019

Westland Workgear builds new warehouse

Commercial finance from DWC enables company to build warehousing operation on the West Coast.

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June 17, 2019

Free range eggs on the West Coast

Support helps Westport business meet demand for free-range eggs

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June 3, 2019

DWC support a game changer

To keep up with increasing demand for products, local business approaches DWC for assistance.

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May 1, 2019

Off the beaten track in a Unimog

DWC support helps establishment and development of new tour.

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April 3, 2019

Award-winning West Coast bacon

Support from DWC allows Harihari business to create new jobs.

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April 3, 2019

Support for gaming company

Next-generation gaming company developing exciting new and innovative gaming content from Westport.

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Jan. 9, 2019

Business mentors startup workshop

Entrepreneurial spirit strong in Greymouth at Business Mentor business startup workshop.

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Nov. 23, 2018

Grounded Garden Services

CO.STARTERS graduate Kate Duthie's new business Grounded Garden Services aims to transform gardens and properties on the West Coast to help make…

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Oct. 27, 2018

Coastpak wins 2018 Supreme Award

Coastpak Besgrow has taken the Supreme Award at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards.

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Sept. 25, 2018

Hopaholics Brewery

CO.STARTERS graduates Sarah and Jason Johnson have made the leap into the world of entrepreneurship with their new craft brewery - Hopaholics.

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Sept. 25, 2018

2018 West Coast business awards finalists announced

West Coast cookie makers, contractors and everyone in between will be celebrated at the prestigious Development West Coast Leading Light Business Exc…

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Aug. 22, 2018

Scenic Waterways

CO.STARTERS graduates Cindy and Gavin Hopper offer eco-cruises, freedom kayaking and accommodation with their business West Coast Scenic Waterways.

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June 16, 2018

Blue Spur Milk and Honey

CO.STARTERS graduate Miriam Rees is using milk from her goats and beeswax and honey from her hives to handcraft a range of rustic beauty products wit…

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June 13, 2018

Wash Rite West Coast

CO.STARTERS graduate Rita Costen and her husband are making the Coast shine one building at a time with their new exterior cleaning business – Wash R…

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May 24, 2018

NZ Barber Shed

CO.STARTERS graduates Kelly Ginley is providing a unique barber experience with her business NZ Barber Shop.

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April 3, 2018

Nuzzle Baby

CO.STARTERS graduate Tessa Lindsay is selling handmade eco-friendly baby products online from the comfort of her home.

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March 27, 2018

West Coast Rewards

CO.STARTERS graduate Rachelle Henham's business West Coast Rewards provides a unique marketing service that uses the collective appeal of local …

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March 20, 2018

Kate Buckley - Artist

CO.STARTERS graduate Kate Buckley is an artist, who not only creates amazing fine art but makes a living working with communities and groups teaching…

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March 13, 2018

Nature aHead

CO.STARTERS graduate Lena Fischbach developed an eco-friendly salon, Nature aHead, in the paradise setting of Karamea, New Zealand.

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