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2019 07 02 NZME Herald

Westland Sports Hub major naming rights announced 

Development West Coast (DWC) chair Renee Rooney is pleased to announce DWC have secured major naming rights for the DWC Westland Sports Hub.

“The West Coast has a rich history of sporting success, but the importance of sport to our region goes far deeper than these achievements. Sport has long brought Coasters together, helping build thriving communities across our region,” says Mrs Rooney.

“Development West Coast is proud to partner with the Westland Sports Hub to support the major upgrade of sporting facilities in Hokitika. It will be a big game changer for Westland, benefiting most sporting codes, while importantly providing a venue to bring our communities closer together.”

Development West Coast, through the Westland District Council, has allocated $1.5 million MDI funding for this project.

Westland High School Board Chair, Latham Martin said: “We have negotiated a further financial contribution from Development West Coast to accompany the naming rights. This will help with any other operational costs, including maintenance and administration of the facility.”

Fundraising Chair, Ange Keenan said that the fundraising efforts for the facility were still underway, and further naming sponsors were being sought for the facility.

“We are in the process of looking for naming sponsors for the courts and gymnasium, as well as individuals to sponsor the DWC Westland Sports Hub. We have plenty of sponsorship options for you, your family or your business to support this forward-thinking community project.”

(27 May 2019)

The Tai Poutini West Coast Economic Update for the year to March 2018 is now available to download.

Since 2012 the West Coast has been in the grip of an economic downturn. However, the latest data provides a clear indication the economy is now on the road to recovery. It is very encouraging to see the positive trends emerging within the region’s economic indicators.

Download a copy of the Economic Update to gain detailed insights on the region’s economy.

2019 04 04 Econ Update cover






The recent loss of the Waiho Bridge provided a stark reminder of the impact disruptions can have on businesses on the Coast, reinforcing the importance of continuity and contingency planning.

DWC business development manager Dave Lynch says business continuity is all about ensuring your business, whether big or small, is able to recover and continue functioning in the event of an extended period of disruption.

“Disruption doesn’t necessarily have to be from natural disasters like the flooding in Franz Josef. It could be anything from disruptions in your supply chain, loss of key personnel or a computer system failure.”

To help build a better understanding of business continuity,To help build a better understanding of business continuity, DWC will be hosting a business breakfast on 11 June at the Paroa Hotel with Runacres Insurance.

Hamish Curry from Runacres says business continuity is notjust planning for a major disaster, it is about planning for any adverse event that may affect your business. “Good planning ahead of time may save your business in the face of such events.”


2019 06 05 Business Breakfast

Join us for a business breakfast celebrating women in business on the West Coast.

The Coast has always been a region of trail-blazers, and we are blessed with many innovative female entrepreneurs who are leading the way in their industries.

To celebrate this entrepreneurial spirit DWC is hosting a business breakfast on 13 August with presentations from three inspiring businesswomen on the Coast:

Emily Miazga – Em’s Power Cookies
Andrea Rogers – The Crafty Chook
Patsy Bass – Reefton Distilling Co.

Come and hear the stories behind these great Coast businesses and share a conversation with the innovative entrepreneurs.


2019 08 13 Business Breakfast