Development West Coast (DWC) provides and facilitates business investment & support and employment opportunities, managing assets of over $130 million, and has business investments throughout the West Coast region.

An opportunity has arisen for a Commercial Lending Manager to join the DWC financial team.

Working directly with the Chief Financial Officer, this challenging and motivating role has varied responsibilities, including analysis of commercial finance applications and preparation of board reports and recommendations in relation to these, managing the collective loan book with appropriate debt management, client reviews, legislative requirements, etc, and providing exceptional customer service to new and existing clients.

We are looking for someone with proven commercial and/or banking experience, who can work both autonomously and as part of a dedicated team. A hands-on approach to problem solving and excellent communication skills will help you thrive in this role.

If you are looking to work in a supportive, stimulating environment with a team dedicated to supporting West Coast businesses, this is a tremendous opportunity.

For the position description click here.

Applications should be submitted via www.seek.co.nz.

Applications close 12 noon, Wednesday 2 May 2018.

Development West Coast (DWC) provides and facilitates business investment & support and employment opportunities, managing assets of over $130 million, and has business investments throughout the West Coast region.

An opportunity has arisen for an Accountant to join the DWC financial team.

Working directly with the Chief Financial Officer, this challenging and motivating role has varied responsibilities, including the production of monthly financial accounts for DWC and its subsidiaries, assisting in the management of DWC’s treasury requirements and overseeing distribution asset income.

We are looking for someone with commercial accounting experience, who can work both autonomously and as part of a dedicated team. A hands-on approach to problem solving and excellent communication skills will help you thrive in this role. The ideal candidate will have a commerce degree and be a CA/CPA or be working toward it.

If you are looking to work in a supportive, stimulating environment with excellent long term career prospects, this is a tremendous opportunity.

For the position description click here.

Applications must be submitted via Seek, and close 12 noon, Monday 30 April 2018.

December 2017

As we come to the close of the calendar year it’s timely to reflect on Development West Coast’s work over 2017, and to look forward to next year’s direction.

DWC Trustees are all very mindful of the reason the fund exists, and we firmly believe the fund is a valuable asset for the West Coast community.

Understandably, there are varied expectations from our many stakeholders of what DWC can do, can’t do, or should be doing. Trustees are constantly challenged with the task of maintaining the fund at a sustainable level, enabling distributions of the fund whilst taking necessary due diligence in meeting the terms of the Trust Deed along with protecting DWC’s charitable status - a real balancing act!

It is critical that our key stakeholders are kept informed which is why providing regular communication and engagement is a priority for Trustees. We have many channels for delivering news about our projects and shared successes – from the local newspaper to our own website to Facebook.

DWC’s role in work around the West Coast Economic Development Action Plan continues to be a key focus. DWC was tasked with the overall implementation of the plan, which includes realignment of the delivery of economic development arrangements for the region, and that directly affects DWC and its operations. It’s possible that under the new government there may be tweaks to the original plan. Regardless, it will remain relevant with achievable outcomes that benefit our region economically long-term.

With some new faces at the Trustee table since mid-2016, and implementation of the Action Plan, it was timely for us to hold a strategy and planning session recently to ensure we were all on the same page. This involved our Trustees, Advisory Body members and senior management, along with our invited guest Peter Chrisp, Chief Executive of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

To keep us focussed the strategy session was facilitated independently, ensuring we cemented some firm objectives and that we collectively agreed on DWC’s direction. Management are now working on the business plan and operational budget for our refreshed strategy.

When we talked about DWC’s purpose, we asked ourselves why are we Trustees for DWC? Or why do we work at DWC? What is DWC’s “cause”? What are we all trying to achieve in our roles here? Happily, our strategy session revealed that we are all aligned and passionate about our roles. DWC exists to ensure the legacy fund it manages is effective, and that it best contributes to the development and prosperity of the West Coast’s economic and social fabric.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and enjoyable summer holiday period.

Renee Rooney
Chair, Development West Coast

March 2018

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There has been a mix of news stories about our West Coast region over recent weeks - many of them positive but others negative that have sparked much conversation. The “Love Greymouth! West Coast NZ” Facebook campaign has been a real positive out of the negative.

As a region we are challenged by the constant changes to the environment - not just extreme weather events, but also our social and economic environment.

Coasters have a remarkable ability to step up and display resilience. We’re a tough bunch and we’re pretty good at finding solutions. Looking to our future we all know it’s essential we have resilient and sustainable communities , but how can we achieve this? Quite simply, we all need to start singing from the same song sheet. We need to celebrate our successes and share the positive opportunities available here throughout the Coast.

It is recognised that we are challenged at maintaining a sustainable and skilled workforce. How do we look after our own people to keep them in employment? And also, how do we attract others into our region to live, work, invest, raise a family and play here?

I’m sure most of us know someone who has made a deliberate decision to move to the Coast to either live, work or raise a family – what attracted these people to the Coast?

We have opportunities available through the Provincial Growth Fund, with business and community leaders working hard to leverage some good results for the Region. DWC has also refreshed its strategic plan to focus on greater support for businesses and grow the Coast.

To support our region, we also need suitable and well maintained infrastructure, along with reliable connectivity through internet access and mobile coverage.

Well thought out initiatives result in thriving communities, healthy school rolls and sports & cultural clubs, well maintained recreational facilities, a good range of local shops and services … the list is endless.

There is no silver bullet to achieving all this. I’m also a realist and understand that recent times have been tough, not only for our business sectors, but for our communities as well. We will continue to have ups and downs, but we need to keep moving forward as a region, adapting quickly and embracing change. The world moves very quickly, and we need to keep up with it.

Renee Rooney
Chair – Development West Coast

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