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

June 16, 2024

Rangatahi Day Out - Nature Economy Pathways

Buller High School students explored nature-based career opportunities at Westport’s Floating Basin.

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June 10, 2024

Richmond Quay project

Planning is progressing on the design of the new combined Grey District Library and commercial development on Richmond Quay.

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June 6, 2024

West Coast businesses dig deep for World Environment Day

Conservation Volunteers New Zealand’s Corporate Planting Challenge for World Environment Day at Barrytown Flats

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June 5, 2024

Karamea Walking Tree wins 2024 Tree of the Year New Zealand

The New Zealand Arboricultural Association (NZ Arb) is delighted to announce The Walking Tree as the winner of the 2024 Tree of the Year New Zealand award.

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May 31, 2024

Volunteers plant trees alongside Kawatiri Coastal Trail

A forest is being born alongside the Kawatiri Coastal Trail thanks to a massive volunteer effort that is being supported by generous funders.

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May 29, 2024

Return of kākāriki highlights West Coast’s predator control success

South Westland has seen a resurgence in birdlife, with increased sightings of the kākāriki (yellow-crowned parakeet) underscoring the success of local conservation work.

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May 27, 2024

Students Champion Penguin Conservation Efforts

Close ties between the West Coast Penguin Trust and Westland High School are bringing benefits for penguins and students.

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May 26, 2024

Will Karamea's walking tree get caught napping?

It is the last week to vote for Tree of the Year NZ 2024, and competitors are hot on the heals of early leader - the Karamea Walking Tree.

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May 21, 2024

Volunteers working to protect kiwi along the Kawatiri Coastal Trail

Last week volunteers for the Tōtara Ōkari Kiwi Enhancement Project (TOKEN) were out on the Kawatiri Coastal trail (KCT), checking predator control traps.

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May 19, 2024

Techweek kicks off on the Coast

West Coast innovators will be in the spotlight this week as the region joins a national week celebrating technology.

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May 8, 2024

Predator Control Partnership installs new ‘Smart Trap’

A partnership involving the Paparoa Wildlife Trust, Motukiekie Wilderness Trust and the Rainy Creek Ecological Trust continues to protect native wildlife in the Grey District.

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May 7, 2024

Coast lauded on American tv

Reefton has been received a big plug on American television on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert thanks to guest, New Zealander Phil Keoghan.

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May 6, 2024

Karamea Walking Tree, finalist for Tree of the Year NZ

This week sees the launch of Tree of the Year NZ 2024. The competition invites New Zealanders to select their favourite from a shortlist of six much loved trees spread across the country.

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April 28, 2024

Federation Mining - Project Funding update

Federation Mining is pleased to provide an update on the funding of the Snowy River Mine project on the West Coast of the New Zealand South Island.

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Feb. 6, 2024

Pounamu Pathway - The Museum of Kawatiri is now open

The Coaltown Museum in Westport has undergone a remarkable transformation, emerging as The Museum of Kawatiri, the second experience centre to open along the Pounamu Pathway.

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Jan. 16, 2024

West Coast Business Gets Rare Aussie Visitor

Dion Arnold, the owner of White Heron Sanctuary Tours in Whataroa, recently had a delightful surprise during one of his tours when a rare Pacific Heron made an unexpected appearance.

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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. 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

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. 1, 2023

Tourism on the West Coast – Market Snapshots December 2023

We have produced a series of “market snapshots” that will give operators insight into:

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April 7, 2022

Okarito GorseBusters back in action

Ōkārito’s population of 38 has swelled with the influx of volunteers for GorseBusters 2: Return of the Pricks.

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Nov. 14, 2021

Discovering the heritage hot spots of the West Coast

Mining tunnels, ghost towns, stamper batteries, shipwrecks, all in mind bogglingly beautiful locations. When it comes to heritage, the West Coast has plenty of iconic hot spots and hidden gems that await discovery.

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Nov. 1, 2021

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

A new shared housing facility for older people is a step closer to being built in Greymouth, thanks to a $500,000 commitment from Development West Coast and land donated by the Grey District Council.

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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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March 25, 2021

Digital hubs for Greymouth and Westland

The establishment of new digital hubs in Greymouth and South Westland will improve opportunities for using the internet to boost productivity, creativity and well-being.

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March 25, 2021

Okarito Gorsebusters

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

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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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Jan. 19, 2021

West Coast must-do adventure activities

Here are some must-do adventure activities to put on your list when planning your travel through the West Coast.

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Jan. 19, 2021

Six foods to sink your teeth into at Wildfoods Festival

Once a year, the famous Hokitika Wildfoods Festival brings a wide array of exotic (and wild) foods to the Cool Little Town, for visitors to test their taste buds on.

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Jan. 16, 2021

12 historic West Coast spots history buffs will love

It's easy to step back in time on the West Coast of New Zealand, a place steeped in gold and coal mining history. These are the 12 must-visit spots for a history fix.

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Jan. 4, 2021

Top 6 Instagram spots in Franz Josef and Fox Glacier

Franz Josef and Fox Glacier are home to some truly memorable views. From world famous mirror lakes to awe-inspiring glaciers.

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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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Nov. 19, 2020

Naturally West Coast Food 2020

DWC runs month-long celebration of West Coast food.

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Nov. 3, 2020

Wellbeing workshop in Fox Glacier

Development West Coast holds wellbeing workshop in Fox Glacier.

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Oct. 19, 2020

Using a drone on the West Coast of New Zealand

If you visit the West Coast of New Zealand, your drone will definitely be put to good use. There are specific requirements for drone flights in the region that you need to know.

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Aug. 26, 2019

Hokitika eatery crowned Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover winner

The West Coast is officially home to the country’s best toastie, with the Hokitika Sandwich Company winning the inaugural Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover competition.

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