Leading Light Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists in the 2016 West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards have today been revealed, with 21 finalists vying for the prestigious awards.

Development West Coast Chief Executive Chris Mackenzie says the finalists represent a wide range of local businesses, across a variety of industries.

“And that embodies the spirit of awards which is to showcase the very best in business and industry across our region. I am very much looking forward to the evening so that we can celebrate our people and their achievements and I am pleased that DWC is able to take a key role in promoting that success.”

The gala event is being held at Shantytown on Friday 14 October, and will be emceed by television personality Ric Salizzo.

Mr Mackenzie says the awards, which are into their fifth year, have been designed to recognise and appreciate success achieved with the backdrop of the unique challenges that West Coast businesses face.

He says the successes of West Coast industries stems from the way local businesses support each other to collectively ensure the region is prosperous.

“The awards evening itself is also testament to that. Those involved go to a lot of effort to make this gala event a night to remember, which is as it should be given the high calibre of the finalists.”

Finalists for the 2016 Leading Light Business Excellence Awards have been chosen across seven different categories. The supreme winner will be selected from the category winners.

Last year Holcim Cement Westport Works was crowned the supreme winner, taking out the Greymouth Star Super Nova Award.




Duncan Cotterill Large Enterprise  WestReef Services Ltd 
    Land Corp Buller
Crombie Lockwood Medium Enterprise  Design Windows West Coast 
    Cuffs Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors
    Robert Caldana Builder Ltd
NZME Newstalk ZB Small Enterprise Em's Power Cookies
    John Wood and Associates
    Mark Jones Collision Repairs
Westland Milk Products Not for Profit The West Coast Trades Academy
    Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust - The Old Ghost Road Project   
    West Coast District Health Board
Christchurch Airport Tourism & Hospitality Robert Harris Cafe, Greymouth
    Underworld Adventures Ltd
    Coleraine Apartments and Suites
ACC Workplace Safety Award    Robert Caldana Builder Ltd
    Design Windows West Coast
    Cuffs Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors
    WestReef Services Ltd
Department of Conservation    Environment Award Landcorp Buller
    Em's Power Cookies

WestReef Services

(21 September 2016)



Cranley Farms Investment

A further investment into Cranley Farms Ltd (CFL) was approved by the Development West Coast Trustees at their August meeting.

This investment, which is providing support for CFL as the challenges continue for the dairying sector, is in the form of equity and CFL will become a subsidiary of DWC.

In addition to the restructure of the balance sheet, changes are being made to the Board and farm management systems and there will be increased monitoring by DWC.

The aim is to ensure that DWC can oversee the investment, and its eventual recoup, by contributing to the ongoing success of the CFL business.

DWC has taken the view that providing such financial support is part of its responsibility to create an environment that encourages sustainable investment, development and employment. The investment ensures the continued employment and ongoing development at CFL and supports other investments made by DWC in the region.

(16 August 2016)


Entries Open for Annual Leading Light Awards

Preparations are well underway for the annual West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards, and entries are starting to roll in says Development West Coast Chief Executive Chris Mackenzie.

Television personality Ric Salizzo has been confirmed as the MC for the gala evening, being held on 14 October at Shantytown.

This will be the Awards’ fifth year and Mr Mackenzie says the calibre of the entries is always impressive.

“This is the chance for local businesses to come together and celebrate their successes. We have so many diverse businesses and industries that are punching above their weight and this is the opportunity for us as a community to acknowledge that,” he says.

“As a region, the West Coast has challenges that are unique. In supporting each other and finding ways to beat those challenges, we all play a role in ensuring this region is prosperous.”

Businesses can choose one of five categories to enter and also seek to be considered for the ACC Workplace Safety Award and DOC Environment Award. The night’s supreme winner is selected from the five category winners.

Last year Holcim Cement Westport Works won the Duncan Cotterill Enterprise 30+ Award and was crowned the supreme winner taking the Greymouth Star Super Nova Award.

Mr Mackenzie says the awards evening is well supported with sponsorship from both local businesses and national organisations.

“This support shows how highly regarded the Awards are, so I really encourage all West Coast businesses to enter. The event itself is a fantastic gala night and it is an excellent way to get together and appreciate the hard work we all do in this region.”

Entry forms and information can be found at www.leadinglight.org.nz. Entries close on 18 August.

(11  August 2016)


New Development West Coast CEO Appointed

Development West Coast chairman John Sturgeon is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Chris Mackenzie.

Chris Mackenzie has had a long involvement with DWC, having helped set up the organisation, then known as The West Coast Development Trust. He was the Government Appointed Trustee on the Interim West Coast Development Trust and more recently was involved in the review of the Trust Deed and DWC’s ten year Strategic Plan.

Mr Mackenzie is currently a Senior Advisor with the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, involved with the implementation group of CERA, and the Independent Chair of the Horizontal Infrastructure Governance Group, responsible for setting the priorities for the infrastructure rebuild.

John Sturgeon says he is delighted Mr Mackenzie has agreed to join DWC.

“Since the resignation of the previous Chief Executive, Trustees have been involved in a search exercise to find a replacement. Chris Mackenzie is well qualified for the position, he is known to DWC and has a unique knowledge of the organisation and how it operates,” he says.

Mr Mackenzie says he is looking forward to working with DWC. “I have had a long relationship with the Trust and look forward to the new role. My first few months in the job will involve driving the length of the West Coast talking to councils, business people and industry groups,” he says.

Mr Sturgeon says upcoming local body elections mean there will be potential changes in Trustees over the next eighteen month to two-year period. “This appointment is seen to be of a short term nature, to assist DWC through any transitional issues that may occur,” he says.

Mr Mackenzie will start with DWC on 18 May 2016.

 (16 March 2016)