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How Aratuna Freighters can help you

This week Coaster’s Weekly talks with Monique Havill, co-owner of Aratuna Freighters, about the services the company provides to local home owners and farmers throughout… Read More

Jim Keenan – a Coaster

Jim gives a second, shorter, account of his experiences in WW2 as part of a longer recording undertaken with Jackie Gurden in June 2013. Read More

Working in wood

Hokitika’s Marc Zuckerman Mark and Jan arrived in Hokitika in April 1971. As an exploration geologist, he fell in love… Read More

Revingtons Hotel, Greymouth

The most recent version of Revingtons Hotel was built in 1938 and was located in Greymouth’s central business district at 45-49 Tainui Street. It was… Read More

Ferguson Homestead to be sold

After almost 150 years and three generations of Ferguson family ownership, Ferguson Farms, an iconic South Westland cattle beef breeding and finishing property is… Read More

Kutuku Pottery

Kutuku Pottery is a pretty special place to visit. The pottery here is hand-crafted by Ian Dalzell and Sue Pidgeon. Read More

The history of Okarito

Coaster Anne Hall talks with Jackie Gurden in this 2011 interview where she recounts the history of Okarito in South Westland, New Zealand. Read More

The 2018 prizegiving

The 2018 prizegiving included Neville Hughes (pictured), winner of John Jones Memorial – Supermotor ride-of-the-day.      More race action from… Read More

Get your motors running

Street racing returns to Greymouth Labour Weekend 24-25 October The 2020 Greymouth Motorcycle Street Race returns to the streets of our… Read More

Minerals Conference Cancelled

Michael Phelps, Manager of Minerals West Coast, gives his views on the cancellation of the minerals conference in Hamilton. It’s common sense and an outstanding… Read More

John Cowan – a Coaster

Have a listen here as John recounts his experiences fishing in the Haast area with his vessel the Sea Shag. The interview was recorded in… Read More

Jim Keenan – a Coaster

Jim  shares the history of  his family and his town, Hokitika. The interview was recorded by Jackie Gurden in June 2013. There was a whole… Read More

Mike and John Eadie

Coasters visiting home We caught up with Mike and John Eadie, descendants of the pioneering Eadie family. Mike and John have… Read More

A Whitebaiting Story

Is this iconic West Coast pursuit under threat? Whitebait and the West Coast are nearly synonymous. During the season you can’t drive far… Read More

One size does not fit all

In 2019 Coasters took to the streets once again to protest Government environmental policies which were seen on the Coast as leading to job losses… Read More

Westport Top 10 Holiday Park

An ideal holiday spot at the fabulous Carters Beach Just minutes from Westport, the Top 10 Holiday Park is Westport’s only beachfront holiday park. A… Read More

Dredging for gold!

We talk with Allan Birchfield Gold miner Allan Birchfield shows us around the Grey River Gold Dredge. It’s a first for me Coasters and at… Read More

Smooth start for Te Nikau

The Te Nikau hospital in Greymouth opening was live streamed. “I know West Coasters waited a long time, however, hospitals are challenging and complex builds. Read More

Franz Josef Rainforest

Nestled amongst the Southern Alps close to Franz Josef Glacier and countless scenic spots, the Franz Josef Rainforest is the perfect base to explore New… Read More

Wanted now!

Would you like a change? Come and join the movement to the Coast. Class five drivers and mechanics are needed to become part of the… Read More

Merv Grewer – a Coaster

Merv Grewer has a knack of making anything possible. He is over the hill at present and no doubt teaching someone to swim! This is… Read More

Dulcie McNabb – a Coaster

Dulcie McNabb lives in Karamea and has an amazing knowledge of the Karamea area from 1300AD until today! “In Karamea terms, I’m a local, with… Read More

The Davidson Foundry family

Shona McLean, a Coaster, was born in Hokitika and is part of the large Davidson Foundry family. The Davidsons were a pioneer family that helped… Read More

To the unknown busker

A Nelson man – we don’t know him, but would love to! Bruce Smith videoed this street busker in Nelson recently and got this uncanny… Read More

History Restored

Seddon House, a brick, timber and corrugated iron construction, is a Category 1 historic place on the New Zealand Heritage List, Rārangi Kōrero. It was… Read More

History Alive

Rev Vivian Harper This week we chat with the Rev Vivian Harper of All Saints War Memorial Church. She walks us through the beautiful church… Read More

Time to get your wild on!

Hokitika Wild Foods Festival The Hokitika Wild Foods Festival takes place in Hokitika on 13 March 2021. The popularity of this amazing Coast event is… Read More

Samarra Wright – a Coaster

Bruce Smith gets to talk with a brave and motivated South Westland-raised mum. Samarra Wright has just been diagnosed with the incurable motor neuron disease. Read More

Hokitika – artist haven

A cool little town full of amazing artists. From beach sculpture, to sculptors in all mediums, Hokitika is home to the broadest range of artists… Read More

The Rights of Coasters

Peter Haddock Lasting relationships are built over time and Peter Haddock is a fourth generation Coaster who knows that relationship is the key to getting… Read More

Ashley Hotel, Greymouth

Your home away from home while you enjoy our Coast events. This week we chat with Mark Williams about the Ashley Hotel in Greymouth and… Read More

Fertiliser distribution

This week, Aratuna Freighters Managing Director, Andrew Havill, talks about the company’s role in delivering of Balance fertiliser from one end of the Coast to… Read More

Good things take time

Building relationships The Coasters Club has been lucky enough to chat with Judith Collins a number of times over the years when she has visited… Read More

Knife makers in the making

Let’s see what some of the people who have made a knife, think of the experience. The best knifemaking day “Super entertaining day and you… Read More

Barrytown Knife Makers

Steven & Robyn Making a knife at Barrytown Knifemaking is a hands-on experience that puts the hard edge on your West Coast visit. During the… Read More


Check out this clip of Henry Adams working his Arahura gold claim with hid D10 – he had a grin a mile wide. And, would… Read More

Farmlands AGFEST 2020

Greymouth 13-14 November Agfest is shaping up to be the biggest event on the Coast’s calendar this year. With the cancellation of the Canterbury A&P… Read More

From humble beginnings

Aratuna Freighters was started from humble beginnings by the Havill family in 1985. The initial fleet consisted of only one truck & trailer, but it… Read More

Mainfreight Connection

Since July 2003, Aratuna Freighters has opened a second ‘rural’ yard based in Hokitika. Their team of skilled drivers run three stock units, six bulk… Read More

The gorgeous Hokitika Gorge

A short walk we Coasters are very proud of is the new Hokitika Gorge walking track. Our congratulations to DOC Hokitika for such a stunning… Read More

Dave Lyes – a Coaster

This week we meet two brothers from a pioneer, Coast family with a strong military and public service background. First up it is Dave who… Read More

Let’s go goldmining

“It’s easy,” he said! But it is not as easy, after all. We have a look at some of the fees and processes associated with… Read More

Cranberries Westland

Another great Coast growth industry Kate is the current owner of Cranberries Westland. She is proud that their fruit is grown on the West Coast,… Read More

Checking out Karamea

Former Buller Mayor Garry Howard meets Steve Miller at Little Whanganui and talks blueberries – the little fruit destined to be bigger than grapes!… Read More

Cranberry Farming

In this 2015 interview, Tony Allen talks about his cranberry operation. I wanted to grow a crop that would allow Coasters to harvest from poor… Read More

Chat around the Fire

Craig Jones of North Beach Fishing Ltd, is a Coaster and fisherman, who, with his wife Penny, have created a pioneer Coast fishing family. They… Read More

What’s happening on the Coast

Join Gaylene Donaldson for an evening of story-telling and stunning images from Botswana Saturday 5 September, 2.00pm, Saturday 5 September, 6.30pm, The Regent Theatre,… Read More

The Punakaki Resort

This week it’s a smashing $139 per room (2 people) at The Punakaiki Resort. To book call direct on 0800-706-707 and ask for the Coaster’s… Read More

Tony Roach talks fishing

Join us for this week’s Chat Around The Fire as we catch up with Tony Roach and get his views on the Coast fishing industry:… Read More

What’s happening on the Coast

Join Gaylene Donaldson for an evening of story-telling and stunning images from Botswana Wednesday 19 August, 6.30pm, Thursday 20 August, 6.30pm, Saturday 5 September,… Read More

Turning over the first sod

Simon Bridges, as then Minister of Transport, turned over the first sod to begin construction of the new Taramakau Bridge. He visits the Bridge in… Read More

Partnerships in business

– our weekly truckers catch up This issue we talk with Monique Havill as she explains the important role the company, Main Freight, plays in… Read More

Come to Punakaki

This week’s Coaster’s Pass takes you to the coastal village of Punakaki. Famous for the pancake rocks, Punakaiki is the base from which to explore… Read More

Delivering the Thursday Poem

with Mark Raffills Onekaka – hill & iron Onekaka, Golden Bay. Old wharf, iron ore, the hall and vege stalls; artists, Mussel Inn, hills and… Read More

Sculptor Ian Phillips

Copper Grand Master Tania Gibson, Grey District Mayor, takes a wander around Hokitika to meet some of the artists on the Coast who add such… Read More

Ashley Hotel in Greymouth

Beautiful place to stay This week, in our Williams Hotels update, we show you around the beautiful Ashley Hotel in Greymouth. We think you will… Read More

Henry Adams

Mining – it’s a lifestyle thing A man and his machine form a partnership that is not easily broken! Here’s Henry Adams with his pet… Read More

Aratuna Freighters Ltd

– our weekly truckers catch up We chat with Managing Director Andrew Havill at the Blaketown Lagoon on a grey Coast day. Read More

A one stop shop for health care

Look at these features! Much of the achievement in establishing Te Nikau rests with the vision and energy of  Dr Pradudayaram. The new integrated hospital… Read More

Delivering the Thursday poem

Introducing Mark Raffills We kick off this new series covering arts, culture and entertainment on the Coast by introducing Mark Raffills, a poet. Mark works… Read More

Election Time

What’s on offer for the Coast? Bruce Smith of Coaster’s Weekly will be talking over the next few weeks with all the political parties involved… Read More

Laurie Forestry

Forestry is an important industry on the West Coast. Many Coasters have Pinus trees planted as shelter and a long-term investment. Laurie Forestry have operations… Read More

And speaking of gold

Reefton is poised for another hard rock gold investment boom. New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals granted Tasman Mining a Mining Permit for the high-grade Blackwater… Read More

It’s snowing in Wanaka!

So grab your snowboard and skis and head south! A welcome awaits you at the Oakridge Resort in Wanaka (a Williams Group Resort). There you… Read More

Staying Connected

Andrew Crawford CEO of Sounds Air Sounds Air is a very important lifeline for the Coast, keeping us connected to Wellington. The airline has been… Read More

Shantytown Heritage Park

Shantytown is a recreated 19th century pioneer town made up of over 30 pioneer buildings. It has become a leading culture and heritage attraction on… Read More

Shirley Jones

Meet Shirley Jones a Coaster. 10 children, 38 grandchildren, 59 great grandchildren and 6 great, great grandchildren and another due in December. In 9 years,… Read More

Making the most of Waiuta

First up , have a wander through your accommodation, the Ikamatua hotel:   Then wind your way down through history and the setting of… Read More

Waiuta – gold mining town

Last week we profiled Waiuta, a once bustling gold mine town and this week we give you the opportunity to experience this wonderful location… Read More

Future prospects

With high demand for steel, coking coal will continue to be in demand internationally. In the midterm, thermal coal will continue play a role in… Read More

Buying in Westland

with Graeme King Graeme King Harcourts West Coast Graeme is looking for listings due to the demand at present for property… Read More

Shantytown continued…

St Patrick’s Church in Shanty Town is a place of solitude and reflection:   The Marsden Valley School will bring back memories of how… Read More

Stan Dawson

Meet Stan Dawson, another of the characters that give the Coast a good name!… Read More

Westport has been my home, and a large portion of my life has been spent in the mountains between Greymouth and Karamea. Mineral exploration, tramping… Read More

Buying in Buller

From Property Brokers in Westport, Garry Howard discusses the property market in the Buller. Garry Howard property Brokers Buller I catch… Read More

A youth perspective

We talk to Breagan, a young miner working at Kapitea Creek. His story is a fine example of the opportunities available for young people in… Read More

Nelson Creek

Once you’ve reached Greymouth on the West Coast of the South Island, you can follow in the footsteps of nineteenth-century fortune seekers, fossicking for gold,… Read More

Take a look at Mokihinui

You will love the Gentle Annie campground and the family that has operated the camp for years are true coasters. Take the surf caster… Read More

Mining news

NPS Indigenous diversity delayed until 2021 The threat of having both public and private land designated a ‘significant natural areas’ under the proposed National Policy… Read More

Peter Bennett

Peter Bennett Meet Peter Bennett, a Coaster. Life can be tough on the Coast, and Coasters are not exempt from the ills that befall us… Read More

Johnny Currie

Meet Johnny Currie a Coaster. Johnny lives in a bush hut on his property that was originally built more than fifty years ago. There’s no… Read More

Trending on the Coast

Pauline Cox, from Property Brokers Hokitika, updates us on Coast property trends from a Hokitika perspective. A former Deputy Mayor and Director of Hokitika Airport… Read More

Coast Characters: Basil Climo

Basil talks about life at Mokihinui where the white bait season sustains the community-owned campground year after year. The income during the whitebait season makes… Read More

The Coast Business Series

The West Coast is renowned for its innovative approach to life. Our people are always looking to express themselves in business ventures that draw deeply… Read More

Haast Road Construction

Last issue we outlined the development of construction company Contract Cultivation. Contract Cultivation was a West Coast construction company founded in the late 1920s by… Read More


Pure economic development: Grey River dredge restoration a winner Birchfield Minerals mothballed its giant gold dredge and three associated Grey Valley dairy farms some time… Read More

A chat around the fire

Why is the issue of Stewardship land so important to Coasters ? Stewardship land is land that has natural and historic values; it… Read More

Franz Josef Glacier

Coasters Pass available from 5pm today Tuesday 30 June until 5.00pm Wednesday 1 July. This is a real exciting pass that includes: Two nights… Read More

What’s happening on the Coast

Greymouth’s Mighty Mud Challenge Sunday July 26, 2020 Click here for all information and registrations. Greymouth Motorcycle Street Race Sunday October… Read More

A chat around the fire

Creating employment on the Coast is not a difficult task. In fact, we have a number of projects in the mining industry that are private… Read More

The Coast Business Series

The West Coast is renowned for its innovative approach to life. Our people are always looking to express themselves in business ventures that draw deeply… Read More

A chat around the fire

How many times in recent times has someone said to you we are blessed indeed to be living on the West Coast during this time… Read More

Attractions Abound

The attractions featured in this weeks Coasters Pass are: The National Kiwi Centre Get up close and interactive with living icons of the… Read More

Constructing the West Coast

A look back at construction company Contract Cultivation Contract Cultivation was a West Coast construction company founded in the late 1920s by Jock and Clare… Read More