West Coast

The West Coast is a spectacular part of New Zealand. It has a rich history, with people who have successfully built thriving local communities and industry in one of the most challenging parts of the country.

Likewise, the West Coast is enjoyed by visitors who visit to soak up the untouched, rugged landscapes.

The region is a great place to work and play, and can be even better with a little support and investment from central Government

It's clear that there are opportunities to invest in the region to drive sustainable economic development.  Challenges facing the region from the mining downturn and low dairy prices emphasise, more than ever, how important it is to diversify the West Coast's economy.

We've prioritised the West Coast for early investment from the Provincial Growth Fund, and we're working alongside local people to identity initiatives and projects to support.

Tai Poutini West Coast Growth Study (PDF 4.5MB)

Tai Poutini West Coast Economic Development Strategy 2018-2025

Development West Coast

West Coast Regional Council Action Plan

What's happening in the West Coast

Fast facts

  • Population: 32,500
  • Average household income: $91,200
  • GDP per capita: $50,923

West Coast facts on the Regional Economic Activity Report