With the end of the year approaching, it is timely to reflect on the accomplishments of the West Coast business community.

This year we were able to celebrate some of our successful local businesses at the DWC Leading Light Business Excellence Awards, with Coastpak Besgrow taking out the Supreme Award, and West Coast Scenic Waterways winning the Rising Star Award.

2018 has also seen many West Coast businesses winning awards on the national stage. Most recently BP2Go Greymouth took home the Employer Award at the Attitude Awards in Auckland, demonstrating you do not have to be cutthroat to be successful in business – being good Coasters works.

The innovation and achievements of our business community are forcing the national media to take notice. This year has seen Coast businesses splashed across magazine covers, national newspaper articles and television news stories.

The Government recently announced a $140 million investment package for the West Coast from their Provincial Growth Fund. This package will provide a significant boost to our region.

It is great to see these investments are playing not only to our historic strengths, but also looking towards the future by supporting our emerging industries.

Not everyone may agree with the particulars of all of these investments, but at the end of the day it is a large injection of cash into the West Coast economy that will only benefit the region, and there are more to come.

With the achievements of our business community and the boost to our economy from the PGF, things are looking bright for the West Coast. At DWC we look forward to working with you to continue this momentum into the coming year.

DWC wishes you all a Merry Christmas, and a safe and happy New Year.

Chris Mackenzie | Chief executive

2018 12 19 Christmas message


Take one veteran sports journalist, a sphagnum moss distributor, and a glittering event featuring ball gowns and tuxedos, and where would you be? The West Coast – where else!

They were just some of the components that added up to another exceptional evening at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards held on October 26 at Shantytown.

The sold-out event, with 217 attendees, celebrated a host of exceptional West Coast businesses which ranged from a hardware store to eco-tourism ventures, a desktop CNC manufacturer to contracting businesses.

The guest speaker of the evening, internationally renowned thought-leader, Graham Dockrill inspired the audience, while TVNZ’s Peter Williams kept everyone entertained as the MC.

This year’s Supreme Winner was Hokitika’s Coastpak Besgrow, a 30-year-old family-owned company which manages, harvests and processes sphagnum moss from West Coast swampland, before selling its product to customers across New Zealand and around the world.

Joining Coastpak Besgrow on the winner’s podium over the course of the evening was Martin and Co Mitre 10, AgFest West Coast, Tourism West Coast, the West Coast Wildlife Centre, MBD Contracting, New World Hokitika, and West Coast Scenic Waterways.

Development West Coast chief executive Chris Mackenzie congratulated all of the winners, saying the calibre of all entrants was as high as ever. “The evening would not have been as enjoyable and successful without the support of the sponsors who have supported the awards for many years and the judges who had the difficult task of reviewing the entries”.

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