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.
What's happening in the West Coast
- Population: 32,500
- Average household income: $91,200
- GDP per capita: $50,923
Note: PGF funding is approved in principle and announced, after which contracts are negotiated. Some funding may depend on completion of business cases. Payments are made once agreed milestones are met. These are set as part of contract negotiations, and differ from project to project.
See more details about announcements on the Beehive's Regional Economic Development page.
|West Coast||Greymouth Lagoon Dredging||Grey District Council||$750,000||28 August 2018|
|West Coast||Hokitika to Westport feasibility||KiwiRail||$250,000||20 July 2018|
|West Coast||Port upgrade and redevelopment feasibility studies (Westport and Grey combined)||Buller District Council & Grey District Council||$125,000||20 July 2018|
|West Coast||Greymouth Master Plan||Grey District Council||$250,000||20 July 2018|
|West Coast||Wilderness Cycle Trail||Westland District Council||$500,000||23 February 2018|
|West Coast||Old Ghost Road Cycle Trail||Mokihinui-Lyel Backcountry Trust||$500,000||23 February 2018|
|West Coast||Punakaiki Master Plan||Buller District Council||$130,000||23 February 2018|
|West Coast||TranzAlpine service upgrade||KiwiRail||$40,000,000||29 November 2018|
|West Coast||Digital Connectivity||Crown Infrastructure Partners (CIP)||$28,000,000||29 November 2018|
|West Coast||Punakaiki Redevelopment (Dolomite Point)||Department of Conservation (DOC)||$25,600,000||29 November 2018|
|West Coast||Ruatapu Garnet Project||Barton NZ Limited||$10,000,000||29 November 2018|
|West Coast||Westland Milk Products Segregation||Westland Milk Products||$9,900,000||29 November 2018|
|West Coast||Kawatiri Coastal Trail||Kawatiri Cycle Trust||$9,360,000||29 November 2018|
|West Coast||Oparara Arches||Tourism West Coast||$5,700,000||29 November 2018|
|West Coast||Croesus Road||Grey District Council||$3,500,000||29 November 2018|
|West Coast||Punakaiki Resort Wellness Centre||Williams Hotel Group||$3,300,000||29 November 2018|
|West Coast||Rūnanga Miners Hall||Rūnanga Miners’ Hall Trust||$400,000||29 November 2018|