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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Samuel Carlyon - Attestation Form .
Samuel Carlyon Service No 4/911A, was born in Woodville, New Zealand on 15 February 1888. He was the son of
Granity Cenotaph.
The Granity Cenotaph, Torea Street, Granity, Westport, New Zealand
Frederick Charles Bettjeman in Uniform.
Frederick Charles Bettjeman was born in Westport, New Zealand to Catharina Adeline Wilhemine and Johan Jurgen Heinrich Bettjemann.He was educated
Patrick McCarthy in Uniform.
Patrick McCarthy, Service No. 62363, was born on the 18 October 1880 at Brighton, Tiromoana, Buller. He was the son

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