2018 12 12 EOI Maori Innovation Workshop


  • Crowe Horwath has partnered with Te Wananga o Aotearoa to deliver workshops for Māori business owners around the country.
  • The workshops are three hours long.
  • Workshop Learnings:
    • Understanding trends and what this means for your business
    • How to apply a framework called the ten types of innovation to generate ideas.
  • Each participant receives a one hour mentoring session with the facilitator.
  • The workshops are free.

We are calling for Expressions of Interest for this Innovation workshop on the West Coast in March 2019.  Please register your interest to ensure this workshop goes ahead.



Jeffery Broughton is based in Dunedin and is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, holding various governance roles including an associate directorship on Ngāi Tahu Farming.

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The trophies for the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light Awards were crafted by local artist Ian Boustridge.

The Christchurch Airport Tourism and Hospitality Award has a new home at the West Coast Wildlife Centre in Franz Josef.

“It’s a great honour for the West Coast Wildlife Centre to win such a prestigious award and I’m so proud of the team in Franz Josef for all their hard work and commitment to conservation. Thanks to the Department of Conservation for their strong commitment to our partnership together,” says Richard Benton, Director of the West Coast Wildlife Centre.

2018 11 07 LLA trophies

West Coast Wildlife Centre winner of the Christchurch Airport Tourism and Hospitality Award. West Coast Scenic Waterways Retreat winner of the Greymouth Star Rising Star Award.

2019 02 14 BDM Clinics

Businesses looking for advice are encouraged to come along to the regular business development clinics DWC are holding up and down the Coast.

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.

“The West Coast may be the longest region in New Zealand, but that distance should not impede anyone from accessing business services or advice,” says DWC chief executive Chris Mackenzie.

“To make business services more accessible, and to help promote the strong entrepreneurial spirit on the Coast, our three business development managers will be holding regular business development clinics from Karamea to Haast.”

DWC business development manager Fiona Hill says there are various services and forms of assistance available to West Coast businesses.

“The purpose of the clinics is to help facilitate local businesses to build capability, grow and achieve their goals. Whether it is just an initial conversation about a new business idea, or an established business looking to access business assistance, we are here to help.”

Clinics will be held once a week in Greymouth, Hokitika and Westport. Clinics will also be held in areas like Karamea, Punakaiki, Blackball, Reefton, Moana and across South Westland. Keep an eye on the DWC website (www.dwc.org.nz) to see when a clinic will be in an area near you.

2019 02 14 BDM Clinic Feb Calendar

The New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) is here to save local businesses time and money when working with each other, or government agencies. That is the message from Beth Williams, NZBN Manager, from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

“Local businesses are at the heart of communities like the West Coast. With 97% of businesses in New Zealand having 20 employees or less, small businesses contribute in a big way to our economy,” says Beth.

One of those small businesses is Em’s Power Cookies, based in Westport. Nutritionist Emily Miazga started the business in 2004 and now supplies energy snacks to hundreds of stores across New Zealand. “When starting out in business, building your networks and finding great suppliers and retailers is key,” Emily explains. With products to manufacture and a business to run, the paperwork quickly starts to pile up.

“We understand that businesses spend a lot of time repeating the same information, whether that’s through invoicing, billing or onboarding a new supplier,” Beth explains. “We’ve introduced the NZBN to help give back some of that time, so people like Emily can focus on doing what they actually got into business to do in the first place.”

The NZBN is a unique identifier for every Kiwi business. It links to the information businesses are most often asked to share, like their physical address, phone number and website.

“Instead of repeating these details over and over, businesses can just provide their NZBN. All that information can be found on the NZBN Register at nzbn.govt.nz,” says Beth. “For example, organisations like New World, who Emily supplies to, pull their supplier information directly from the NZBN Register. It’s quick, easy and best of all it’s free for everyone.”

Companies have been given an NZBN automatically, while sole traders, partnerships and trusts can get theirs for free at nzbn.govt.nz.

2018 11 07 NZBN

2019 03 13 Succession Planning Workshop

In conjunction with New Zealand Trade Enterprise, DWC is offering an opportunity to attend a Succession Planning Workshop on 9 April.

Succession planning is a major issue facing New Zealand businesses with 61% of business owners aged 50 plus. It is estimated 10,000 businesses could change hands in the next five years, yet, many business owners believe their family is not capable of taking over their business. 

“Succession planning is essential to help ensure you protect the future of your business, build the value of your business, and provide financial security for family and stakeholders,” says DWC business development manager David Grant.

David says the purpose of the workshop is to make business owners aware of the exit planning bubble that is facing many business owners right now, and the need to set aside time to plan a wealth transfer strategy that will generate the best return for both the owner and the business.

“If you are an owner, operator or manager of a business and are interested in building a plan to secure the future of your business, come along to this free workshop.”