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West Coast Regional Council
Country: New Zealand
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Regional Council
Name: West Coast Regional Council
Chair: Andrew Robb
Population: 32,700 June 2013 estimate[1]
Land Area: 23,276 km²
Website: www.wcrc.govt.nz
Towns
Names: Greymouth, Hokitika, Westport, Reefton, Karamea, Kumara, Fox Glacier, Haast, Okuru, Jackson Bay
Constituent Territorial Authorities
Names: Buller, Grey and

Westland

Websites: http://www.bullerdc.govt.nz
http://www.greydc.govt.nz
http://www.westland.govt.nz

The West Coast (Māori: 'Te Tai Poutini') is one of the administrative regions of New Zealand, on the west coast of the South Island, one of the more remote and most sparsely populated areas of the country. It includes three districts: Buller, Grey and Westland. The principal towns are Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika.

Naming[edit]

  • Inhabitants of the West Coast are known as "Coasters".[2][3]
  • Fiordland is on the West Coast but has no direct road connection, and is in the Southland rather than West Coast Region.

Geography[edit]

A map showing population density in the West Coast Region at the 2006 census.

The region reaches from Kahurangi Point in the north to Awarua Point in the south, a distance of 600 km. To the west is the Tasman Sea (which like the Southern Ocean can be very rough, with four-metre swells common), and to the east are the Southern Alps. Much of the land is rugged, with a coastal plain where much of the population resides.

Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki, West Coast

The land is very scenic, with wild coastlines, mountains and a very high proportion of native bush, much of it native temperate rain forest. It is the only part of New Zealand where significant tracts of lowland forest remain: elsewhere, for instance on the Canterbury Plains and in the Firth of Thames, they have been almost completely destroyed for settlement and agriculture. Scenic areas include the Haast Pass, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki and the Heaphy Track.

The region has a very high rainfall due to the prevailing northwesterly wind pattern and the location of the Southern Alps, which give rise to heavy orographic precipitation. The rain shadow effect is responsible for the relatively arid climate of the Canterbury Plains on the other side of the Southern Alps.

The region's area is 23,000 km². It is divided into the three districts of Buller, Grey and Westland.

Economy[edit]

The sub-national GDP of the region was estimated at US$779 million in 2003, 1% of national GDP.[4]

History[edit]

Dillmanstown, a gold mining town on the West Coast.

The region is home to Māori, who valued it for the greenstone (pounamu) found there in abundance.

The region was only occasionally visited by Europeans until the discovery of gold near the Taramakau River in 1864 by two Māori, Ihaia Tainui and Haimona Taukau. By the end of the year there were an estimated 1800 prospectors, many of them around the Hokitika area, which in 1866 was briefly the most populous settlement in New Zealand.

The region was divided between Nelson Province and Canterbury Province from 1853: in 1873 the Canterbury portion of the region formed its own province, the Westland Province, until the abolition of the provincial system in 1876.

The West Coast Gold Rush between 1864 and 1867 created numerous gold rush towns such as Okarito, which at one time was the largest town on the West Coast but quickly almost vanished as miners moved on. After that time, the population dwindled, but the main towns that still exist had become established.

Following greenstone and gold, the next valuable mineral was coal. Discovered near the Buller River in the mid-1840s, mining began in earnest during the 1860s. By the 1880s coal had become the region’s main industry, with mines throughout the northern half of the region, especially around Westport. Many of these continued in operation until the mid 20th century, and several survive.

Cape Foulwind near Westport

Timber has also long been a major industry, although in recent years there has been an uneasy balance between forestry for wood and forestry for conservation. Much of the region is public land administered by the Department of Conservation and the region has some of the best remaining stands of native forest, along with a wealth of rare wildlife. Ecotourism is now an important industry, and this goes hand in hand with the conservation efforts.

Habitation[edit]

Human[edit]

Knights Point, typical rugged coastline at of the West Coast.
Typical weather of the West Coast.

The region is sparsely populated, especially in the south, with the 2006 census recording 31,326 inhabitants, up from 30,303 in 2001, lower than the 1996 figure.

Major towns are Greymouth, Westport, and Hokitika. During the gold rush days, Hokitika had a population of more than 25,000 with more than 100 pubs. A recreation of an early New Zealand settlement is at Shantytown.

Industries include mining for coal and alluvial gold, forestry and wood processing, fishing (including whitebaiting), tourism and farming. Dairy farming has grown strongly – the local dairy co-operative Westland Milk Products remained independent when most others merged to form Fonterra in 2001. Other industries are the manufacturing and sales of greenstone jewellery, sphagnum moss gathering and stone-collection for garden landscaping. Monteith's brewery is in Greymouth. The region had one of the strongest growing regional economies of New Zealand in 2007,[5] though from a rather small base.

The region has been included in the "Top 10 Coastal Drives of the World" by Lonely Planet.[6]

Flora and fauna[edit]

The region has the only New Zealand nesting place of the kotuku (white heron), near Okarito Lagoon, visited by tours from the small farming township of Whataroa. This rare bird appears on the $2 coin.[7]


See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°36′S 171°24′E / 42.6°S 171.4°E / -42.6; 171.4

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