One of our most significant pieces of work this year has been the Business Opinion Survey in which DWC asked you to outline the challenges, successes and issues you regularly encounter as members of our broad West Coast business community.

In total, over 250 business and industry owners and managers took part in the survey, and that ensured DWC had a wealth of material to work with. DWC are very pleased to let you know that this Business Opinion Survey report is available for you to download and read.

We're sure you will find the report fascinating reading. The unique insights and perspectives shared in the document are invaluable for us at DWC as we work to create and support sustainable employment and economic benefits for our region. Of course, that is not something DWC can do in isolation and DWC will need your help to capitalise on the opportunity we have ahead of us.

As you will see, the report highlights a range of themes. While not all of those themes or issues will be of relevance to everyone across the West Coast, there will be a connection that most people clearly recognise – that we must work on the solutions together in order for the entire region to benefit.

Some of the big ticket discussion points are not going to be easy or quick fixes. National infrastructure and roading issues have long been identified as challenges for our region and are matters we simply cannot afford to address alone.

Other issues such as the calibre of our employment schemes and on-the-job training opportunities are perhaps things that a region-wide focus can make significant changes in.

DWC look forward to hearing your thoughts on the report. You can call in to our Greymouth office any time or send us an email with your suggestions or comments.

Click to download a copy of the Business Opinion Survey

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West Coast Economic Development Action Plan

The Tai Poutini West Coast Regional Growth Study, released in September 2016, was commissioned in response to challenging economic conditions on the West Coast in the last few years. The Study identified that the region has several assets that will support stronger employment and income growth into the future. These included its resourceful people, spectacular natural assets and abundant resources.

The Tai Poutini West Coast Economic Development Action Plan sets out how these opportunities are to be executed. The Action Plan provides clarity to delivery partners and the community about what is to be delivered, when actions are to be delivered, and who is responsible and involved.

Download a copy of the Action Plan below:
West Coast Economic Development Action Plan 2017 (PDF, 4MB)

The Investor’s Guide was launched by Steven Joyce, Minister for Economic Development, on 8 September.

The Guide aims to highlight New Zealand’s technology sector, provide information on the country’s leading technology companies and present a case for domestic and international investment in the sector. It was prepared by Technology Investment Network (TIN) for MBIE using the data TIN has collected on New Zealand’s top 200 tech firms (by revenue)”.

The Investors Guide to NZ Technology Section document

 

DWC has invested in Infometrics to provide readily accessible economic data for the West Coast.

The Infometrics online profile is an interactive and dynamic tool enabling users to delve down into the underlying data and compare the West Coast region with other regions in New Zealand.

The tool contains a wealth of information on the economy, labour market, standard of living, exports, tourism, business, skills, productivity and population.

The web based data is available publicly, with a 24-page booklet able to be downloaded from the webpage.

NZTE Export News December 2016

If you would like to be kept up to date with the latest NZTE export news please click on this link.