Te Tai o Poutini

West Coasters sharing our stories

and memories

This Kete has been created to capture and preserve the historical and current memories,
stories and activities of the West Coast people.

Groups and individuals are invited to add their stories, documents, digital images, videos and audios to this kete. Help us create a vibrant and interesting site that truly captures the spirit of our place - Te Tai Poutini: the West Coast of the South Island.

To start you need to create an account. You may like to look at the about basket [kete] or around the help section.

If you need help the staff at the public libraries in Hokitika, Greymouth and Westport will be pleased to assist. Also, for your use, these libraries have computers, scanners (to copy those old documents and photos), and access to other recording devices for projects.

If you would like to attend a training workshop in using or developing the site please register your interest with

The West Coast Kete is provided for you by the Aotearoa People's Network through the National Library, the Westland, Grey and Buller Libraries, and various indiviuals and community organisations.

This site will develop and grow with the efforts of  those on and off the coast who have archives, ideas and  stories to share.

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Latest 5 topics

Sergeant George Hudson, World War 1, 1914-1918. Serial Number 6/2671. Enlistment address Top Brake, Stockton, Ngakawau, New Zealand. Died Somme,
Coal Dust & Sawdust W.J.Bennett.
Private Harry Bennett, World War 1, 1914-1918. Serial Number 24128. Miner of Seddonville, Westport, New Zealand. Served with New Zealand
Harry Norman Liardet with sons Leonard Maughan Liardet and Geoffrey Hellard Liardet.
The following items are held at the Northern Buller Museum, Granity, Via Westport, New Zealand. http://www.nzmuseums.co.nz/account/3386 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Northern-Buller-Museum/119521174746977
Group Photo: Roy James middle row left end.
Trooper Roy Holliday James, World War 1, 1914-1918. Serial no. 35872. Served in New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 22nd Reinforcements Mounted
Stephen Mairs.
Private Stephen Darlington Oxnam MAIRS was born on 17 March 1881 to Arthur Mairs and Alma Darlington Mairs nee Oxnam.

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