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

April 17, 2024

West Coast tourism operators engage key partners in Auckland

Last week Development West Coast (DWC) led a mission to Auckland, meeting key tourism partners to help promote the region.

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April 2, 2024

DWC seeks feedback from local businesses

Development West Coast is calling on local businesses to provide feedback on how the organisation can better serve the needs of the region.

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March 24, 2024

West Coast students explore nature-based career opportunities

Students from Westland High, South Westland Area School, Papa Taiao Earth Care, and Te Hono O Nga Waka and John Paul II gathered at Wadeson Island Hokitika for an immersive event aimed at exploring nature-based careers.

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March 12, 2024

Scholarship recipients in same class

Three Development West Coast (DWC) tertiary scholarship recipients have found themselves sharing a classroom at Lincoln University.

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Feb. 29, 2024

West Coast leads NZ in GDP growth for December quarter

The West Coast economy grew 1.1% over the year to December 2023, outpacing the national average of 0.7%.

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Feb. 26, 2024

Reefton's population nearly triples with motorhome rally

Over the weekend, Reefton played host to the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association's (NZMCA) National Motorhome Rally, drawing approximately 1,500 attendees in 800 motorhomes and caravans.

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Feb. 21, 2024

DWC Roadshow and Networking Events

Get ready for the DWC Roadshow, coming to a location near you.  From Karamea to Franz Josef, this Roadshow is designed to inform you about DWC’s range of services and activities

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Feb. 21, 2024

Bumper January for the Coast

Visitor spending on the West Coast in January was 10.3% higher than in January 2023, outperforming the national rate of 6.8%.

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Feb. 21, 2024

Free Community Governance Workshops

Development West Coast is bringing community governance training to the West Coast.

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Feb. 21, 2024

West Coast Mayors, Chairs and Iwi ministerial briefing to new government

Regional leaders from West Coast Councils, Iwi and Development West Coast have prepared a ministerial briefing document for the new government outlining several key areas to support the West Coast’s future economic growth.

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Feb. 20, 2024

West Coast innovation

An internship with Greymouth business Quality Machining has provided DWC scholarship recipient Clark Fountain first-hand experience of West Coast ingenuity.

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Feb. 20, 2024

Paparoa predator control partnership attracts funding to preserve natural biodiversity

An effort to preserve native wildlife and habitats on the West Coast has received a significant boost through a collaboration between the Motukiekie Wilderness Trust, Paparoa Wildlife Trust and the Rainy Creek Ecological Restoration Trust.

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Dec. 23, 2023

2023 wrap-up

As the year draws to a close, we find ourselves reflecting on the past 12 months. It's been a year of growth, challenge, and achievement for the West Coast.

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Dec. 11, 2023

West Coast dominates top experiences on visitor app

In a year-end report unveiled by the Roady App, the West Coast emerges as a standout destination, securing top ratings and attracting a significant number of visitors.

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Dec. 8, 2023

Pounamu Pathway set to revitalise the West Coast economy

Get ready for an immersive experience like no other on the West Coast, as the Pounamu Pathway opens its doors to the public in December 2023. The opening of the Pounamu Pathway – a world-class cultural experience that transcends boundaries – sets the stage for a dynamic economic boost for the West Coast.

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Dec. 7, 2023

West Coast successfully engages with Auckland travel agents

Development West Coast’s (DWC) Tourism Team, alongside representatives from six West Coast tourism operators, completed a successful sales trip to Auckland, connecting with eighty of the city's most influential inbound travel agents, and the team at Tourism New Zealand.

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Dec. 6, 2023

DWC scholarship for agricultural rising star

Jack Dennehy-Coles from South Westland has been awarded one of the 2024 Development West Coast (DWC) Tertiary Scholarships.

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Dec. 6, 2023

Future environmental leader receives DWC scholarship

Charlotte Sweney from Hokitika is one of this year’s Development West Coast (DWC) Tertiary Scholarship recipients.

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Dec. 6, 2023

2024 Development West Coast Tertiary Scholarships announced

In a significant boost to regional talent development and retention, the 2024 Development West Coast (DWC) Tertiary Scholarships, along with a newly introduced WMS (Westland Mineral Sands) Group Scholarship, were presented at a ceremony at Monteith’s in Greymouth last night.

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Dec. 6, 2023

WMS Group supports West Coast youth through education scholarship

A new scholarship for higher education is being funded by WMS Group to help inspire West Coast youth to pursue a career in the region’s growing minerals industry.

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Dec. 6, 2023

Future doctor awarded DWC Scholarship

Cameron Dickey has been awarded one of the 2024 Development West Coast (DWC) tertiary scholarships.

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Dec. 6, 2023

Aspiring teacher receives DWC scholarship

Emily O’Loughlin from Reefton is this year’s Buller District recipient of the Development West Coast Tertiary Scholarship.

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Dec. 5, 2023

West Coast Social Enterprise Wins Top National Award At Young Enterprise Scheme Awards

Students from Papa Taiao Earthcare have been awarded The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Company of the Year for their business Trees for Change.

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Nov. 28, 2023

Pathways Leadership Hui

Successful Pathways Leadership Hui brings together industry and education leaders in Greymouth.

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Nov. 22, 2023

Entrepreneurs shine at CO.STARTERS graduation

The recent Celebration Night in Greymouth marked the successful conclusion of Development West Coast’s CO.STARTERS business startup and development programme.

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Nov. 17, 2023

DWC invests $3m in Westland Mineral Sands

Minerals, ports and logistics company WMS Group is proud to be strengthening ties with the West Coast community by partnering with Development West Coast.

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Nov. 17, 2023

Ōparara Basin waharoa unveiled

A waharoa (gateway) marking the entry to a viewpoint of the Ōparara Basin north of Karamea was unveiled yesterday signalling the completion of a major upgrade to visitor facilities.

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Nov. 16, 2023

West Coast economy grows by $41 million

Economic activity in the West Coast region increased by $41m to $2,432m over the year to September 2023.

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Nov. 15, 2023

Rangatahi Day Out - Nature Economy Pathways a Hit

West Coast students explored nature-based career opportunities at Dixon Park in Greymouth at an immersive event that was well received by rangatahi and community leaders.

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Nov. 9, 2023

Monumental Ancestor: Wētā Workshop Unveils New Zealand's Largest Masterpiece

Descendants of the Poutini Ngāi Tahu Warrior Chief, Tūhuru, have travelled to Wētā Workshop in Wellington to bless the first-ever hyper-realistic representation of their ancestor, as part of the eagerly awaited tourism experience, the Pounamu Pathway.

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Nov. 9, 2023

West Coast summer campaign underway

Development West Coast's summer campaign is focused on driving awareness for the Coast as a visitor destination.

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Nov. 8, 2023

Graduates of DWC leadership course ready to apply new skills

The 2023 West Coast Leadership Programme wrapped up in Hokitika with nineteen new graduates from a range of West Coast industries and sectors.

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Nov. 6, 2023

Upskill West Coast takes home EDNZ Award

Development West Coast took home the award for ‘Best practice for Collaboration’ at the recent Economic Development New Zealand Awards for the Upskill West Coast project.

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Nov. 2, 2023

Okarito Plant Project

In South Westland a new business-led initiative, the Ōkārito Plant Project, is quietly making a difference.

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Oct. 26, 2023

Blackball’s Black Gold

West Coast black garlic company tastes success, now levelling up their culinary offering.

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Oct. 24, 2023

Pike29 Memorial Track opening confirmed

The Pike29 Memorial Track is opening on 17 February 2024.

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Oct. 19, 2023

Heaphy Track reopens

After almost two years of closure due to damage from Cyclone Dovi, the Heaphy Track in the South Island's Kahurangi National Park has finally reopened, and it's not just nature enthusiasts who are celebrating.

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Oct. 2, 2023

International visitors and wildlife return to the West Coast

The West Coast has achieved a significant milestone. Not only has international visitor spending surpassed pre-pandemic levels, but iconic hotels are also reawakening and nature is presenting its own spectacle with the return of the endangered Kōtuku and Tawaki penguins.

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Sept. 29, 2023

The West Coast Pie Company goes national

The West Coast Pie Company is set to go national with an exciting new campaign in partnership with Development West Coast and Monteith’s.

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Sept. 25, 2023

Tenders Sought for Riverview Development

Grey District Council, aligned with its commitment outlined in the 2021-2031 Long Term Plan, is collaborating with their development partner, Development West Coast, to select a Preferred Main Contractor to commence the design of Riverview development in Greymouth.

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Sept. 21, 2023

Business survey reveals optimism amidst challenges

A recent pulse survey captured the sentiments of 142 businesses on the West Coast, sharing their insights on the current business climate, growth prospects, and challenges.

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Sept. 20, 2023

Critically endangered Kōtuku return to West Coast for breeding

As the Southern Hemisphere ushers in the spring season, New Zealand celebrates a natural marvel—the return of the critically endangered Kōtuku, or White Heron, to its sole breeding ground in Whataroa on the West Coast.

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Sept. 19, 2023

Funding supports new suspension bridge

Hokitika Gorge visitors can look forward to a new suspension bridge next summer, with Westland District Council’s successful application for an additional $300,000 in funding.

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Sept. 14, 2023

Support for Richmond Quay project

Greymouth’s central business district (CBD) is getting a $2 million boost from Kānoa.

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Sept. 13, 2023

First Steps in Governance Award

The Institute of Directors Canterbury Branch are inviting applications for its 2023 First Steps in Governance Award. This award is open to young professionals based in the Canterbury and West Coast regions.

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Sept. 6, 2023

Meet the West Coasters, new documentary series

An intimate documentary series transports the viewer with its poignant narrative of resilience and heritage exploring the lives of Māori on the rugged Te Tai o Poutini (West Coast) of Te Wai Pounamu.

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Sept. 1, 2023

Summit prepares for ‘summer of the Coast’

The West Coast recently held Manaakitanga Ki Te Tai Poutini Hui, or West Coast Tourism Summit, in preparation for a bustling summer season.

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Sept. 1, 2023

West Coast gearing up for a memorable summer

This spring and summer, the West Coast invites visitors to delve deep into the untamed natural wilderness of Te Tai o Poutini. After a winter bathed in sunshine, the region is unveiling a myriad of fresh new developments to complement its already iconic landscapes. With significant projects coming to fruition, it is the perfect time to explore the West Coast’s wonders.

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Aug. 29, 2023

Development West Coast releases 2023 Annual Report

DWC has released its Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2023, highlighting a year of economic challenges, strategic investments and significant support for the West Coast business community.

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Aug. 25, 2023

West Coast leads the way in New Zealand for housing affordability

We've heard a lot about Kiwi's moving to Australia to escape the high cost of living, but according to the latest data they could be heading in the wrong direction.

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Aug. 22, 2023

Boost your business with a mentor

In business, making well-informed decisions and overcoming challenges are vital to success. DWC aims to make this journey smoother by introducing small business owners to mentors through Business Mentors New Zealand (BMNZ).

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Aug. 18, 2023

Great Futures Tour West Coast

Productive People, in partnership with Development West Coast, brought the Great Futures West Coast Tour to high schools across the region. The Tour highlighted the huge array of career opportunities available via vocational pathways.

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Aug. 15, 2023

Tourism revival boosts West Coast economy

Economic activity on the West Coast grew by 3.1% over the year to June 2023, according to economic consultancy Infometrics latest provisional estimates.

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Aug. 10, 2023

From Moana to Massey

DWC Tertiary Scholarship lights Molly Williams' career path to becoming a veterinarian.

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Aug. 9, 2023

Applications open for DWC Tertiary Scholarships

DWC offers four annual scholarships to first time tertiary students valued up to $32,500 per student over the three to four years of their study.

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Aug. 5, 2023

A Century of Connection: Ōtira Tunnel Marks 100 Years

The Ōtira Tunnel, a remarkable engineering marvel of its era, celebrated its 100th birthday amidst an outpouring of festivities, and a deep appreciation of its historical significance to New Zealand.

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Aug. 4, 2023

Rare penguins swim 2,000km to return to the West Coast

Making a 2,000-kilometre swim from their Sub-Antarctic Convergence summer feeding grounds, the Tawaki (Fiordland Crested Penguins) have once again reached the coastal rainforests of Lake Moeraki on the West Coast for their annual breeding season.

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Aug. 1, 2023

West Coast business survey 2023

The input of West Coast businesses is sought in a comprehensive business survey aimed at understanding the current business climate, challenges, and opportunities.

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July 26, 2023

West Coast Gold Rush: Father-Son Duo Strikes Internet Gold

On the West Coast’s untamed natural wilderness, a father and son gold prospecting team are striking it rich, not just in gold but also in internet fame.

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July 17, 2023

Pedal Power: West Coast Capitalises on Cycle Tourism

Cyclists have been injecting significant funds into the New Zealand economy, with 2.19 million cycle trail users contributing $950 million to regional economies and gaining $11 million worth of health benefits in 2021, according to two Government reports. This has led to a surge in local businesses keen to tap into the trend, including on the West Coast.

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July 8, 2023

Couple who moved to West Coast say they haven't looked back

Nearly two years ago, Eliza Hood and her family left Gisborne for the charming coastal town of Greymouth. They didn't just find a new home, but also a welcoming community and a surprising economic trend that contrasts with the rest of New Zealand.

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July 4, 2023

Melbourne beer writer turns Westport craft brewer

Just over a year into its operation, Shortjaw Brewing in Westport is making waves in the craft beer scene, with an emphasis on local ingredients, sustainable practices, and community involvement.

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July 4, 2023

Protecting the Kōtuku: West Coast business’s winter war against predators

During the quiet winter months, Whataroa on the West Coast transforms into a front line against invasive pests.

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July 4, 2023

Gold Struck at Snowy River Mine

Gold has just been struck at New Zealand's deepest mine and the operators believe it could be worth $2.1 billion.

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June 30, 2023

Coast jobs increase

Despite the challenging economic climate, new data shows the West Coast has experienced rising employment, fewer Jobseeker recipients, and increased visitor spending.

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June 1, 2023

New West Coast travel packages added to TranzAlpine

New rail-based tourism packages will encourage people to get out and explore the West Coast.

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June 1, 2023

International travel agents hosted on the Coast

Development West Coast hosts 120 travel agents on famils, showcasing the region.

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May 29, 2023

DWC wins two awards

Development West Coast took home two Silver Awards at the 2023 Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) Awards held on Friday in Auckland.

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May 25, 2023

Embracing Winter on the Coast: DWC unveils new website and winter campaign

Development West Coast (DWC) launches a new consumer-focused tourism website, and kicks off a winter campaign - "There's worse places to be this winter."

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May 15, 2023

West Coast maintains stable employment growth despite economic headwinds

The West Coast economy grew by $45m during the year to March 2023, according to new provisional data from economic consultancy Infometrics.

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May 15, 2023

West Coast Entrepreneurs Shine at Co.Starters Graduation Night in Hokitika

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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May 12, 2023

TRENZ attendees treated to a taste of the Coast

Last night, attendees at the TRENZ event in Christchurch were treated to a vibrant taste of the West Coast.

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May 11, 2023

Cranberry farming business that grew from an international love story up for sale

An Irish artist and a Kiwi farmer who created New Zealand’s only commercial cranberry farm are putting their business up for sale.

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May 10, 2023

West Coast being showcased at TRENZ

The West Coast is making a strong impression at TRENZ, New Zealand's most significant international business-to-business travel and trade event, held in Christchurch this year.

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April 30, 2023

Warmer Kiwi Homes Programme

1,065 West Coast homes insulated with DWC support.

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April 28, 2023

DWC support for O'Conor Home

Since the adverse weather events of July 2021 DWC have been working with O’Conor Home to assist with the on-going development/expansion of the existing facilities and offerings for the aged residents of the Buller Community.

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April 28, 2023

West Coast economy boosted by 377 new jobs

The West Coast is experiencing a resurgence, with nearly 400 new jobs created in the past year, driven by a revival of the tourism industry, a construction boom, and significant investments.

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April 27, 2023

Support for Life Education Trust West Coast

Support from DWC enabled Life Education Trust West Coast to replace their aging mobile classroom.

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April 27, 2023

Glacier Country Business Support Fund

Faced with the COVID-19 travel restrictions, Glacier Country found itself amongst the hardest hit areas in New Zealand. With businesses in the area struggling for survival and cash flow becoming an urgent necessity, DWC established the Glacier Country Business Support Fund (GCBSF) in March 2021

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April 24, 2023

Small Town, Big Taste: Blackball’s Latest Culinary Gem

Blackball, a historic small town on the West Coast, has been earning a well-deserved reputation for its exceptional artisanal food scene. With the recent introduction of Blackball Black Garlic, this reputation is only being reinforced.

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April 22, 2023

From Paddling Kayaks to Protecting Kiwis

Franz Josef Wilderness Tours’ environmental journey.

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April 19, 2023

Wellington business owner moves company - and all his staff - to West Coast

When Greg McDonald told his staff he wanted to switch Wellington for the West Coast he was surprised by their response.

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April 19, 2023

DWC named finalists at the PRINZ Awards

The Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) has revealed the finalists for the 2023 PRINZ Awards, with Development West Coast (DWC) in the running for two national awards.

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April 3, 2023

West Coast's Mushroom Wonderland Springs to Life

As the autumn leaves fall, a spellbinding world of mushrooms awakens on the West Coast of New Zealand, beckoning fungi enthusiasts to explore its rich tapestry of species.

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April 3, 2023

Treetops to Traps

Collaborative conservation initiative enables West Coast visitors to give back to the local environment.

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March 31, 2023

Supporting local growth

Upskill West Coast works with Liddell Contracting.

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March 31, 2023

Hard Yakka, Good Beer, and Great Company

GorseBusters prepare for week-long working bee.

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March 20, 2023

International students embrace the West Coast

Being an international student can be a life-changing experience. It offers an opportunity to explore a different country, culture, and language. For Marlene, Johanna and Julia, the decision to become international students brought them from Germany to Westland High School in Hokitika.

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March 6, 2023

The small region attracting young families back

More and more young families are returning to the West Coast, drawn back by the region's lifestyle, affordable housing, and business opportunities.

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March 2, 2023

Tai Poutini West Coast Renewable Energy Strategy & Roadmap

As New Zealand decarbonises, regions across the country will encounter challenges related to energy security and affordability. The West Coast, in particular, faces the task of maintaining a resilient electricity system while transitioning towards a greater reliance on renewable energy and reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

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Feb. 27, 2023

From Nelson to Ross: A Tattoo Artist's Journey to Create a Lifestyle Business

Local tattoo artist Tony Wallace shares his story of coming back to the West Coast to start his business, Reclusive Art.

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Feb. 27, 2023

Barber brings his skills back to hometown

Te Ahu Tama Meihana-Hosking (Tama) and his young family recently moved back from Australia to his hometown of Hokitika.

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Feb. 27, 2023

West Coast building boom

Building boom creates 74 new jobs on the West Coast, but more tradies still needed.

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Feb. 24, 2023

Nature Economy Project

Zak Shaw became the project lead for DWC's Nature Economy Project in June 2022. This project aims to diversify the West Coast economy through conservation, environmental restoration, and protecting native biodiversity.

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Feb. 13, 2023

West Coast the place to be this summer

A bumper summer has seen visitor spending on the West Coast exceed pre-COVID levels.

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Feb. 1, 2023

Jobs for Nature - Weed Free Te Tai Poutini

The Weed Free Te Tai Poutini project continues to deliver successful outcomes not only for the environment but also for the people involved in the mahi.

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Jan. 3, 2023

Raining Talent on the Coast by Josh Komen

West Coast producing top athletes - is there a secret?

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Dec. 6, 2022

2023 DWC Scholarships Awarded

The 2023 Development West Coast Tertiary Scholarships have been awarded to Julian Guppy, Zoe Double, Portia Wyatt and Molly Williams.

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Nov. 30, 2022

RTO's join forces to relaunch tourism awareness

Six Regional Tourism Organisations from the Canterbury and West Coast joined forces to relaunch tourism awareness with tourism trade at a showcase event in Auckland.

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Nov. 23, 2022

Co.Starters Christmas Gift Guide

Support local businesses, makers and producers by purchasing one of these products from the CO.STARTERS Christmas Gift Guide. Each of these small businesses has graduated from the CO.STARTERS business program.

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Nov. 17, 2022

West Coast economy grows by $79m

Economic activity on the West Coast grew 3.4% over the year to September, outpacing the national average of 2.6%.

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Nov. 14, 2022

Te Tai Poutini West Coast Renewable Energy Strategy

Te Tai Poutini West Coast Renewable Energy Strategy and Roadmap released

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Nov. 1, 2022

Summer of Tech to help attract talent to the West Coast

Development West Coast (DWC) has partnered with Summer of Tech to help showcase the tech opportunities the West Coast has to offer.

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Oct. 30, 2022

Ōkārito-Franz Josef-Fox Glacier Cycle/Walkway Feasibility Study Released

TRC Tourism Pty Ltd (TRC) were contracted by Development West Coast (DWC) to develop a feasibility study of an Ōkārito-Franz Josef-Fox Glacier cycle/walkway.

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Oct. 12, 2022

New dessert and ice cream parlour opens

Amanda Aveyard and Loren Rigby have launched a new business in Hokitika.

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Oct. 12, 2022

Business capability support for Māori businesses

DWC welcomes Sam Henry as Māori Business Capability Advisor.

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Sept. 7, 2022

IoD First Steps in Governance Award - Applications open

This Award provides opportunities for young professionals at the start of their governance journey to gain governance experience in the not-for-profit sector.

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Aug. 23, 2022

Development West Coast releases 2022 annual report

Development West Coast has released its annual report for the year ended 31 March 2022. The report highlights a year of extremes: economic disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic and severe weather events; as well as record investment and support for the West Coast business community.

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Aug. 18, 2022

West Coast economy grows by $96m over the year to June 2022

Newly released data from economic consultancy Infometrics shows the West Coast is leading the country in economic growth. GDP in the region increased by 4.2% over the year to June 2022 – well above the national rate of 0.9%.

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July 19, 2022

South Westland Jobs For Nature Future Discussed

A hui was held at the Fox Glacier Community Centre on 12 July to workshop the future of Jobs For Nature (J4N) in South Westland.

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July 13, 2022

Business partnership opportunity

Development West Coast is seeking businesses to partner with to help bring West Coast tertiary students back to the region during academic breaks and at the completion of their studies.

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July 13, 2022

Getting to know Development West Coast

Community Comment by Development West Coast Chair Renee Rooney.

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July 7, 2022

West Coast Perceptions Workshop

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

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July 6, 2022

West Coast Wikipedian at Large 2

New Zealand's "Wikipedian at Large" is back at work on the West Coast, working with a team of volunteers to improve local Wikipedia pages of four key tourist areas.

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July 4, 2022

Old West Coast school converted into luxury apartments

The old school in Reefton has been converted into fully furnished luxury apartments to help address the accommodation shortage.

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June 30, 2022

Local business gives back to their backyard

Tash and Cliff Goodwin from Glacier Valley Eco Tours are passionate about their backyard. With the borders closed due to Covid-19, they have quietly been working together with other businesses and organisations to maintain and enhance their local environment.

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June 30, 2022

West Coast premium wild game pies

Emily Lucas opened the doors of a new bakery in Westport last month. Through her business the West Coast Pie Company she aims to change consumer thinking about wild game meat.

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June 30, 2022

Homebuilders finds a home with support from DWC

Homebuilders West Coast Trust has settled into a new home after its former building was flooded in July last year.

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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 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 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 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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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

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 2, 2022

Support helps save time, energy and money

Over the past year, McMullan ITM has collaborated with DWC's Upskill Employment and Training team, finding the partnership to be both efficient and beneficial.

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March 1, 2022

Elevating EV expertise on the Coast

R B Devlin Auto Electrical, with the support of Upskill West Coast, upgraded their team's skills with Level 5 EV qualifications.

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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. 21, 2022

New health and social service facility in Greymouth

Support from DWC helps Poutini Waiora Trust purchase a new health and social service facility.

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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

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. 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. 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. 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

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, is set to showcase big flavors of sweet chilli sauce.

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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

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

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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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. 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. 30, 2021

Domestic Visitor Perception Research August 2021

Domestic Visitor Perception Research August 2021

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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

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

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 international tourists.

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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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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 30, 2021

DWC support helps local business diversify

With support from DWC, Precision Helicopters Ltd have purchased the iconic Hanger One at Hokitika airport.

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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 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

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 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 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

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. 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. 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

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

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

Support 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

Showcasing the West Coast for business events

Development West Coast promotes the region to business event buyers.

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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

West Coast entrepreneurial spirit on display

West Coast entrepreneurial spirit on display

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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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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

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

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

Community Governance Programme

DWC is bringing community governance training to the West Coast.

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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

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. 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. 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

Pounamu Pathway project.

$17.9m secured for Pounamu Pathway project.

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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

Major sporting facilities

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

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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

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

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

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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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

Westpeak New Zealand 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

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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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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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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