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.

2019 04 03 Monthly Update 2
DWC’s Co.Starters business start-up and development programme is set to begin in Greymouth on 30 April.

The weekly course is designed to help you find the best approach to starting and growing a business and collaborate with others who share your entrepreneurial spirit as you work through your business model.

Miriam Rees from Blue Spur Milk & Honey attended the previous programme in Greymouth.

“Every week at Co.Starters there is a guest speaker: local entrepreneurs, accountants and lawyers. It’s fantastic to see the local community getting behind the course, spreading their knowledge and sharing their inspiring stories,” Miriam says.

Hannah Green from Wild Peace Wellness Centre attended the Co.Starters programme in Westport saying: “the incredible support from the facilitators and all the other students is honestly priceless.”

If you would like to start your own business, develop your existing business, or explore and develop an idea or project then the Co.Starters programme is for you.

To register for the nine-week Co.Starters programme delivered by WestREAP contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

2019 03 13 BDC Schedule

Renee Rooney, DWC Chair - 15 March 2019

If only we could stop the “challenge train” rolling into our region at such a fast pace, or at least by-pass our stop to give us a break.

The continuous challenges keep coming our way in all shapes and forms, including those served by Mother Nature, along with those served by the human powers that be.

And alas, Coasters are well known for their resilience. Resilient Coasters. The word resilient can be so overused, yet it sure does apply to us.

But if those from outside of our region view us as being resilient, does it mean that we will accept a challenge and just get on with it because we are “resilient”?

Without a doubt we can be resilient and resourceful in times of weather events, but when it comes to big decisions made externally that will directly impact our region and our economic viability or operating conditions, I don’t think resilient would be the right term to use.

Coasters have had their fair share of kicks in recent years – and we’re a bit bruised. Our latest kick is the Climate Change Bill announcement. And as we well know, this will have serious effect on Coast industry and many of our businesses. We knew it was coming, but the announced details are fairly confronting.

Yes, we have been transitioning from a reliance on our historic industries into developing new industries, along with adapting to change and operating our businesses with greater environmental awareness. We are doing our best to embrace change.

The fact remains however, we still need businesses to be sustainable, and yes profitable. We need thriving businesses and a positive economy to ensure our communities thrive.

The Coast is really fortunate to have so many that will champion for us. And we need to keep beating our own drum too – and occasionally up the tempo.

As a region we are proud of the many Coasters, spread New Zealand and world-wide, who fly our flag from a distance. And there are so many who have a desire to return to the Coast and “give back” in some way or another.

Just last week we were treated to a “Coaster coming home”. Julia Jones, a South Westland girl who is now Head of Analytics at NZX, shared some learnings, opinions and inspirational messages with dairy farmers at the DairyNZ Farmers Forum in Westport and a DWC business event in Hokitika.

Julia’s discussion in Hokitika reinforced that the Coast is a unique region full of opportunities, while the passionate input from the audience reassured that we have the talent and ideas on the Coast to take advantage of these opportunities.

Call it resilience, call it resourcefulness, call it whatever cliché you want. But at the end of the day, the Coast will continue to go forward and succeed despite decisions made outside of the region, because of our greatest resource – our people.

Thank you Julia for being one of our many champions.

#protectourregions #valueprovenance


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