News

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

June 23, 2022

We're recruiting - Maori Business Capability Advisor

DWC is seeking a Maori Business Capability Advisor to join the team.

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June 22, 2022

Support for Rough and Tumble Lodge

DWC support helps transition the Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge into West Coast ownership and maintain local employment.

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June 22, 2022

West Coast Perceptions Workshop

Understanding how New Zealanders see our region and opportunities for growth.

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June 12, 2022

Reefton booms again

Small West Coast town defies the pandemic with tourism growth

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June 10, 2022

Photos from 2022 Leading Light Awards

Photos and videos from the 2022 Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards.

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May 23, 2022

DWC takes home Gold Award

Development West Coast received a Gold Award for ‘Best use of media relations’ at the 2022 Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) Awards held at the Civic Centre in Auckland on Friday evening.

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May 20, 2022

West Coast businesses celebrated at Awards

Franz Josef-based Waiho Hot Tubs has taken the Supreme Award at the 2022 Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards, held at Shantytown on Friday evening.

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May 17, 2022

DWC support for Tech Roadshow

Development West Coast has teamed up with Digital Natives Academy, Victory Up, Drive Safe West Coast and Go With Tourism to hold a Tech roadshow for Techweek22.

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May 16, 2022

West Coast leads NZ in GDP growth

The West Coast regional economy grew 5.3% in the March 2022 quarter, leaving annual growth up 9.3% in the 12 months to March 2022, according to data released by Infometrics.

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May 13, 2022

Business Awards tickets now on sale

Join us at the 2022 Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards.

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May 10, 2022

Karamea Co.Starters Graduate

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

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May 9, 2022

Vacancy - Chief Financial Officer

Development West Coast is looking for a Chief Financial Officer to join its team.

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May 6, 2022

278 new jobs on the West Coast over past year

Over the past year there has been 278 new filled jobs on the West Coast, and 81 less Coasters receiving Jobseeker benefits.

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May 2, 2022

DWC named finalists at PRINZ Awards

The Public Relations Institute of New Zealand has announced the finalists for the 2022 PRINZ Awards, with Development West Coast in the running for two national awards.

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April 26, 2022

West Coast Renewable Energy Strategy

Work has started on a West Coast Renewable Energy Strategy.

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April 26, 2022

Trustee role

Exciting Trustee role with Development West Coast, candidates will have proven governance experience, strong commercial acumen and be an innovative, future-focussed strategic thinker.

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April 8, 2022

West Coast dominates Australian Geographic’s global adventure bucket-list

Two West Coast destinations feature in Australian Geographic’s recently released 2022 bucket-list for global adventures.

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April 7, 2022

1st West Coast weekend escape winner announced

Georgina Harding from Wellington is the first winner of Development West Coast’s autumn visitor campaign.

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April 4, 2022

Feedback sought on draft West Coast Regional Workforce plan

The Tai Poutini West Coast Regional Skills Leadership Group (RSLG) is consulting on a draft plan that identifies and addresses labour supply and skills needs in the region.

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April 1, 2022

DWC support for Whataroa farm plan project

DWC is proud to support an exciting new initiative to help Whataroa farmers develop a freshwater farm plan.

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April 1, 2022

West Coast Regional Events Fund

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

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April 1, 2022

DWC's annual client satisfaction survey

Results from Development West Coast’s 2022 client feedback survey show a significant rise in satisfaction levels with DWC’s services compared to previous years.

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March 29, 2022

Community comment - Renee Rooney

Sometimes it can be hard to see the wood for the trees. A feeling I can get at times when I see 500 friendly cows looking at me while waiting patiently in the yard ready for daily milkings!

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March 19, 2022

West Coast Chocolate icons launched

West Coast business owner, Patrick Volk, has harnessed the iconic flavours of the West Coast for a new line of chocolates.

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March 17, 2022

Tourism Kick-Start Fund available for eligible Westland businesses

South Island tourism regions most impacted by the absence of international tourists are getting support to gear up for the return of visitors with a special “kick-start” fund.

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March 17, 2022

GorseBusters 2: Return of the Pricks

Ōkārito GorseBusters are offering a week of free accommodation, food, entertainment and kayaking on the stunning Ōkārito Lagoon. But there’s a catch – you’ll have to help clear gorse!

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March 16, 2022

Tourism industry thrilled at border reopening plans

Tourism operators can look forward to welcoming international manuhiri, following the announcement that New Zealand’s borders are reopening

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March 16, 2022

DWC seeks feedback from local businesses

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

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March 3, 2022

Managing Health and Safety in a crisis

Key learnings from managing the Omicron outbreak within a large business.

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Feb. 28, 2022

Self-isolation removal a positive step

Government announced yesterday the removal of requirements for travellers to self-isolate on arrival to New Zealand.

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Feb. 24, 2022

Phase 3 of the Omicron response

New Zealand has moved to Phase 3 of the Omicron response.

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Feb. 23, 2022

West Coast economy grows by 8.4%

Despite the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 and flooding in Buller, the West Coast economy grew strongly over the past year.

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Feb. 23, 2022

DWC attracts external funding for Pathway Advisors

The West Coast has six new Pathway Advisors to help enable our youth to be better informed and to prepare for their future.

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Feb. 22, 2022

New Omicron support payment scheme

Development West Coast welcomes the announcement from Government of financial support for businesses during the Omicron outbreak.

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Feb. 18, 2022

Te Whanaketanga Te Tai Poutini West Coast Economic Development Strategy 2050

A roadmap to guide economic development on the West Coast over the coming decades has been officially launched - Te Whanaketanga Te Tai Poutini West Coast Strategy 2050.

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Feb. 17, 2022

Harvey receives his new Ford Ranger

Harvey Sara, the winner of Development West Coast's 'Car up for Jabs' initiative, was lost for words when his brand new Ford Ranger arrived.

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Feb. 17, 2022

Leading Light Business Excellence Awards 2022 finalists announced

Nine judges from across New Zealand have narrowed down the finalists for the Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards.

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Feb. 16, 2022

Preparing for Omicron

It’s important West Coast businesses are well prepared for Omicron. There may be critical members of staff without whom your business will not be able to operate. Identifying these staff and looking at ways to manage their potential absence will be critical in the coming weeks.

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Feb. 13, 2022

Tourism gold for two West Coast businesses

Qualmark presents the West Coast Wild Life Centre – Franz Josef and Shantytown Heritage Park - Greymouth with Gold tourism sustainability business awards.

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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 Development West Coast (DWC).

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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 become warmer and healthier homes since the flooding in July.

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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 - Marketing and Campaign Executive

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

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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. 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 and Ella Rae-Wood.

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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 a high quality visitor destination.

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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 December and you’re automatically entered to win a brand new car!

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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 understanding of the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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. 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

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 through Development West Coast.

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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 more freedom.

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Nov. 13, 2021

Little Rock NZ

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

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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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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 programme.

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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

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. 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 Employment initiative.

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Sept. 5, 2021

Leading Light Business Awards postponed

Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards date to be confirmed

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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 agencies now appointed to deliver the scheme.

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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. 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 disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic and record engagement and support for local businesses.

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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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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 $700,000 compared to the same period last year.

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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 20, 2021

Community Hub established for Buller District

Community Hub established. Various agencies will be available to assist resident affected by flooding.

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July 19, 2021

Government announces financial aid for flood-hit Coasters

The government has pledged $300,000 to help the sodden Buller district, as 1000 people in Westport are unable to return home.

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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 government’s $200 million Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-set Plan.

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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 system.

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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 teams to thrive.

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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 closures remains.

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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

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) for the next three years.

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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 to win a ‘Hands On’ West Coast adventure.

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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 prosperity on the West Coast, while retaining talented people is seen as the most pressing challenge for the region.

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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 21, 2021

DWC welcomes new team members

Development West Coast welcomes Rob Kennedy and Geoff Marks to the team.

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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 international tourists.

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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 help New Zealand meet its 2050 carbon neutral target.

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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 successes.

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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 booming while Franz Josef continues to struggle.

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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 instead collaborate on a community support initiative.

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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 decline of 3%.

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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 the COVID-19 related border closures in Franz Josef, Fox Glacier and the surrounding settlements.

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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 Expo ‘21: Reconnect. Re-educate. Re-sell.

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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 and contributions the Trust has made to the West Coast community, while also reflecting on lessons learned to ensure we can better serve the region going forward.

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May 6, 2021

DWC welcomes tourism recovery package

Development West Coast has welcomed Tourism Minister Stuart Nash’s announcement of a $200m tourism recovery package, more than half of which will go to support the five hardest hit South Island regions, including South Westland.

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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 secure canine boarding facilities. Their business, New River Kennels, specialises in the behavioral, wellbeing and personal needs of every dog.

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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 Hui 2021.

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May 3, 2021

Westland Rates Information for Community Groups, & Property Owners

RATES INFORMATION FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS: 50% Community Remission (application form attached, also remission policy)

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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 to digest, inform and better enable Destination New Zealand to show up in Australia with impact.

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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 16, 2021

Jobs for Nature funding to get tamariki out into nature

A programme to connect young people with nature aims to build skills and confidence, as well as increase their understanding of, and passion for, the natural environment.

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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 Co.Starters programme.

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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 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 Franz Josef, Fox Glacier and the surrounding settlements.

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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, creativity and well-being.

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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

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 south. This diversity is also reflected in our economy and how each of our districts have been impacted by the pandemic.

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March 11, 2021

Jobs for Nature to support Predator Free South Westland

An ambitious project to restore nature and sustain jobs in COVID-hit South Westland represents the biggest step yet on mainland Aotearoa towards the Predator Free 2050 goal, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says.

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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 are painting a far more challenging picture.

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Feb. 11, 2021

Jobs for Nature helps lizard hunt

Work to find out more about South Westland lizard species has been given a helping hand through Jobs for Nature.

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Feb. 9, 2021

Chair Community Comment - Renee Rooney (February 2021)

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 untamed natural wilderness to attending many brilliant events including race meetings, A&P shows, festivals, anniversary celebrations, street markets.

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Feb. 2, 2021

Key tourism consumer trends and actions 2021

The following provides a very broad summary of multiple documents and hundreds of pages of analysis.

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Dec. 21, 2020

Tourism marketing campaigns

Development West Coast - West Coast marketing initiatives and media coverage

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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. 17, 2020

WAIUTA RECOGNISED AS TREASURED HERITAGE PLACE

Historic West Coast goldtown “Waiuta” joins Tohu Whenua , recognising it as one of New Zealand’s most treasured heritage places.

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Dec. 17, 2020

Jobs for Nature set to enhance West Coast environment

Punakaiki is set to benefit from two projects designed to enhance its status as one of New Zealand’s most unique environments.

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Dec. 16, 2020

Governance internship at DWC

Community spirit wins West Coaster Eric de Boer a First Steps in Governance award.

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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 that can respond to and recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19.

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Dec. 16, 2020

Business networking events and workshops

2020 was another busy year for business events on the West Coast.

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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

Building governance capabilities on the Coast

The pool of leaders on the West Coast has had another boost with the graduation of DWC’s Governance Programme.

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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

Brightening up the Greymouth CBD

DWC is working with the Grey District Council, landlords and SignLink Graphics to put scenic decals up around the Greymouth CBD.

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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 helps reshape family business

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

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Dec. 16, 2020

Coast Community Comment - Renee Rooney

Although 2020 has been incredibly challenging for all Coasters, there has also been opportunities to explore.

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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. 23, 2020

DWC 2020 operations report released

Development West Coast has released a report on its operations with unaudited financial information for the year ended 31 March 2020.

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Nov. 19, 2020

New functions at Development West Coast

As a result of the Strategic Tourism Asset Protection Fund, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has funded two new positions at DWC.

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Nov. 19, 2020

Naturally West Coast Food 2020

DWC runs month-long celebration of West Coast food.

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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

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

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 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 uncertain.

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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. 20, 2020

Educational initiatives

DWC acknowledges that education is a key component to long-term improvements in our region’s economic performance and has supported a range of educational projects since its establishment.

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Oct. 20, 2020

Jobs for Nature skydivers upgrade historic glacier view track

A historic track in South Westland is receiving an upgrade courtesy of skydiving staff who are splitting their time between track building and hosting domestic skydiving customers.

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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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Oct. 7, 2020

New regional leadership group unlocks Jobs for Nature funding

Kotahitanga ki te Uru (working together for the West) is the first of the regional leadership groups around New Zealand to be established in response to the social and economic impact Covid-19 has had on communities.

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Aug. 24, 2020

West Coast cycle trails

DWC has contributed $4.75m towards West Coast cycle trails

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Aug. 17, 2020

DWC funding for West Coast theatres:

DWC has now contributed $2.43m towards West Coast theatres.

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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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Aug. 10, 2020

Toki Pounamu

Funding from DWC has helped Toki Pounamu provide over 2,500 Chromebooks to students.

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Aug. 3, 2020

Regional promotion

Promoting the West Coast as a great place to work, live and play.

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Aug. 3, 2020

WestREAP

DWC support, via the West Coast community Trust, is instrumental in making WestREAPs leadership camps happen.

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Aug. 3, 2020

Love Kawatiri

Support from DWC, through the West Coast Community Trust, enables Love Kawatiri to get office space.

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Aug. 3, 2020

Major sporting facilities

DWC provides $14.1m in funding towards major sporting facilities across the region.

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Aug. 3, 2020

Moss industry group

DWC has been actively working with West Coast moss farmers and growers to facilitate the establishment of a formal moss industry group.

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Aug. 3, 2020

Tourism year in review (2020)

A challenging year for West Coast tourism operators.

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Aug. 3, 2020

Support for Cycle Trails

DWC has contributed over $4.75m to West Coast cycle trails.

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Aug. 3, 2020

Digital hubs project

Funding secured for three digital hubs on the West Coast.

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Aug. 3, 2020

Regional skills and employment programme

DWC secures funding for a regional skills and employment programme

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Aug. 3, 2020

Kawatiri Coastal Trail project

PGF allocates $9.4m to Kawatiri Coastal Trail

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Aug. 3, 2020

Pounamu Pathway project.

$17.9m secured for Pounamu Pathway project.

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Aug. 3, 2020

Paparoa Track access project

$3.5m secured to upgrade access to Paparoa Track

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Aug. 3, 2020

West Coast port projects

Over $17m invested in West Coast ports projects.

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Aug. 3, 2020

Minerals West Coast

DWC support for Minerals West Coast

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Aug. 3, 2020

Support for Motorcycle Street Race

DWC support for Greymouth event.

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Aug. 3, 2020

Support for Haast Whitebait Festival

DWC marketing support assists whitebait festival

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Aug. 3, 2020

Oparara Arches project

DWC funded business case helps secure PGF funding for Oparara Arches project.

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Aug. 3, 2020

New Zealand Institute of Minerals to Materials Research

DWC support for cutting edge research institute.

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Aug. 2, 2020

Hokitika Golf Club

DWC support, via the West Coast Community Trust, enables the Hokitika Golf Club to purchase new fairways/rough mower.

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Aug. 1, 2020

New Coasters

DWC support, via the West Coast Community Trust, helps New Coasters to provide services to newcomers.

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July 20, 2020

Jobs for Nature investment to provide 50 jobs in South Westland

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has announced a $2.5 million boost for South Westland to help a regional alliance of local businesses and government agencies provide nature based jobs.

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June 8, 2020

Marketing support for Wildfoods Festival 2020

Support from DWC to boost promotion of Wildfoods Festival

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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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Dec. 23, 2019

BP Business Challenge

Support from DWC ensures students across the West Coast could participate in BP Business Challenge.

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Nov. 11, 2019

Lomah Felt

Co.Starters graduate Jan Fraser has turned her passion into a business. Through her business Lomah Felt, she turns raw wool and silk into high-end felted woollen garments, boots and accessories.

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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. 31, 2019

Mentoring helps Westport business

Business mentor enhances how Westport business operates and progresses.

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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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Sept. 3, 2019

Development West Coast - Tourism nominated in 2019 New Zealand Tourism Awards

Development West Coast - Tourism has been nominated for an award in this year's New Zealand Tourism Awards.

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Aug. 12, 2019

Whataroa Community Hall

DWC contributes $200,000 towards Whataroa Community Hall.

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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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Aug. 5, 2019

West Coast accommodation study

DWC commissions report on market demand for accommodation on the West Coast.

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Aug. 5, 2019

Support for i-SITE conference

DWC sponsors i-SITE conference held at Shantytown.

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Aug. 3, 2019

Life Education Trust

DWC becomes major sponsor of the West Coast Life Education Trust

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Aug. 2, 2019

Friends of Waiuta

Support helps Friends of Waiuta produce a documentary.

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Aug. 1, 2019

Westland Industrial Heritage Park

Support helps Heritage park renovate a container

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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 6, 2019

Support for Westport's Whitebait Festival

DWC support contributes to successful festival

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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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April 3, 2019

Award-winning West Coast bacon

Support from DWC allows Harihari business to create new jobs.

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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 the region even more beautiful.

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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 Excellence Awards next month.

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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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Aug. 3, 2018

Reefton Powerhouse project

DWC support is a “game-changer” for the Reefton Powerhouse project.

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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 with environmentally friendly packaging.

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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 Rite West Coast.

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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 businesses.

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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 art, particularly in rural areas.

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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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