2019 03 13 Life Education Trust

DWC has joined Rosco Contractors, Grey Ford and Bathurst Resources as major sponsors of the Life Education Trust West Coast.

“We are extremely grateful to have DWC come on board as one of our major sponsors of the Life Education programme, something which every child on the West Coast benefits from,” says Life Education Fundraising Manager Suzi Taylor.

The Life Education Trust educates and empowers children to embrace positive choices for a healthy mind and body.

On the West Coast the mobile classroom travels from Haast to Karamea, over 5,000km every year – one of the largest geographical areas in New Zealand. Harold and Carmen (Life Ed Educator) visit every primary school and many preschools across the Coast, reaching over 3,300 kids.

“These children get to experience the joy and wonder of being inside the mobile classroom, which is equipped with sight and sound equipment designed to capture their imaginations and, along with Carmen and Harold, gives a unique learning experience,” says Mrs Taylor.

Free tools and information from the government’s website for small business can help make it easier for you to start and run a business.

Eric Janse van Rensburg, from business.govt.nz, recently visited the West Coast as part of the Small Business Roadshow hosted by Development West Coast in Westport.

“I love meeting West Coast small business owners,” he said. “They’re incredibly passionate about their businesses, their communities, and the role they play in both as business owners.”

Whether you’re already in business, or are just starting out, business.govt.nz is a great resource. Free tools on the website include ONECheck, which helps you choose a business name, and the new ‘Choose Business Structure’ tool, which helps you decide the best structure for your business.

You can also use the free business plan templates, employment agreement builder, workplace policy builders, and a wide range of other tools, information and resources to help your business succeed.

Westport-based videographer Daimon Schwalger from Nomad Audio & Video attended the small business roadshow. “business.govt.nz is a great source of information,” he said. “It has some really good resources and tools for starting and running a small business.”

All the information on the website is written jargon free, in plain English.

Terence Amies from T A Painting says the website has “good information to keep small businesses going.” 

“Business.govt.nz is designed to save you time and help you make the best decisions for your business. Every business is different – we know the challenges a business on the West Coast faces aren’t necessarily the same as what businesses in Christchurch face – so right now we’re working to personalise the information we give business owners according to their region and industry,” said Janse van Rensburg. “This is only the beginning. Watch this space.”

Sign-up for the monthly newsletter on business.govt.nz to keep up-to-date with law changes and other news for business from across government.

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2019 03 13 Free Business Development Clinics

Last month saw the start of regular business development clinics being held across the region. DWC’s business development managers (BDMs) held 12 clinics during February in Westport, Reefton, Barrytown, Blackball, Greymouth and Hokitika. 

On top of weekly clinics in Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika, this month has already seen the BDM’s on the road visiting Franz Josef and Haast, with clinics still to come in Hari Hari, Reefton and Moana.

The clinics are open to businesses from all sectors, all sizes and at all stages of development. They are aimed at helping you gain knowledge, connect with the right people and grow your business.

“We have had an excellent uptake of the free clinics and encourage everyone to take the opportunity to come and discuss your business with Fiona, David or myself,” says DWC business development manager Dave Lynch.

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Renee Rooney, DWC Chair - 27 March 2019


Many Coasters are well connected to the people of Christchurch even though there is a big mountain range between us.

It has been a struggle to try and comprehend the tragic events that the people of Christchurch have endured in recent days.

We have been shocked, and deeply saddened as a nation, but the courage and strength of our people will help pave the way forward.

Therefore, what is the most important thing in the world?

He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata – it is the people, the people, the people.

It is the people of Christchurch who have been in the thoughts of us all.

It is the people of our Muslim whānau and community affected that we hold in our hearts.

It is the people of New Zealand standing together in solidarity in the wake of this tragedy to support and provide comfort to each other.

We are blessed to live in a beautiful and diverse country, where people from different backgrounds and cultures can come together as one.

We will stand strong as we walk forward together.

Kia kaha Ōtautahi Christchurch

Kia kaha Aotearoa New Zealand


2019 03 13 Award winning butchery expands

Thomson Butchery was established 16 years ago by Neville and Lynley Thomson following the cessation of native forestry logging in New Zealand. 

“When looking for employment in and around Hari Hari – there was nothing available,” Neville says.

Now Neville and Lynley are creating employment themselves with their award-winning butchery.

Initially starting as a small home-kill service, Thomson Butchery quickly grew into a significant business. Following requests to supply Fresh Choice, SuperValue and New World supermarkets across the South Island, Thomson’s contacted DWC to assist with finance to extend the existing building and employ additional staff to meet the increase in production.

“Having support from DWC has allowed us to grow our business and create new jobs in the area,” Neville says.

Being a fourth-generation butcher, Neville takes pride in the traditional methods of processing that have been passed down through the generations.

Neville and Lynley’s hard work and passion were evident when Thomson Butchery took part in the 2018 New Zealand Pork, Bacon and Ham Awards in Auckland. They were the proud recipients of gold awards for both their manuka smoked honey dew collar bacon and middle bacon.

This adds to their growing trophy cabinet. In 2017 they took home gold for their collar bacon and in 2016 they received silver for their streaky bacon and bronze for their dry cured bacon with cloves.

Despite the growing accolades and ever-increasing customers across New Zealand, Neville and Lynley choose to keep their business on the West Coast.

“Why live anywhere else? We have a million-dollar lifestyle here in Hari Hari and can still do business with the rest of the country. We have freight companies coming to our door, and courier companies who can send anywhere in New Zealand in 24 hours,” Neville says.

Try some of Thomson Butchery’s award-winning bacon from a local supermarket or order online at www.thomsonbutchery.co.nz