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

June 21, 2021

Co.Starters Greymouth

Expressions of interest are open for DWC's Co.Starters business start-up and development programme set to begin on 7 September in Greymouth.

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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 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 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 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

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 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 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

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 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 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 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 …

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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 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

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 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.

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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…

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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 7, 2021

Trans-Tasman travel bubble

Development West Coast welcomes the Prime Minister’s announcement that quarantine-free trans-Tasman travel will commence from April 19.

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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

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 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

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 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 …

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March 4, 2021
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. 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

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

The West Coast Regional Events Fund is part of the government’s $50 million Regional Events Fund which aims to stimulate domestic tourism by supporti…

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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

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

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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

Weta Workshop for Pounamu Pathway

Weta Workshop leads design concept phase for Pounamu Pathway

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Business networking events and workshops

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

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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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Dec. 16, 2020

Showcasing the West Coast for business events

Development West Coast promotes the region to business event buyers.

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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

Naturally West Coast Food 2020

DWC runs month-long celebration of West Coast food.

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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

Community Governance Programme

DWC is bringing community governance training to the West Coast.

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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. 19, 2020

New functions at Development West Coast

Destination Development Manager – Patrick Dault.

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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. 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 hostin…

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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 educat…

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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…

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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

Digital hubs project

Funding secured for three digital hubs on the West Coast.

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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

Regional skills and employment programme

DWC secures funding for a regional skills and employment programme

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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

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

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

Regional promotion

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

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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

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 governme…

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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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June 3, 2020

Hands On competition winner announced

Capree Elizabeth Wineera from Hawera wins Development West Coast’s Hands On competition.

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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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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

Support for i-SITE conference

DWC sponsors i-SITE conference held at Shantytown.

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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. 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

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 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

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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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 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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