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The West Coast Messenger

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

SPCA annual appeal THE SPCA is calling for animalloving volunteers across New Zealand to collect much-needed funds for animals during their 2019 Annual Appeal. These volunteers will take to the streets between March 4-10 to raise funds for sick, abandoned, and abused animals. The SPCA Annual Appeal is the charity’s biggest fundraising event of the year, raising hundreds of

DWC chairwoman Renee Rooney

is vital we have good infrastructure, roading networks, and connectivity to support residents and visitors to the Coast, our valuable businesses and industry, and it is also key to attracting new investment to our region. The team at Development West Coast has hit the new year running, continuing on from a productive 2018 where we challenged ourselves to become a new customer-facing organisation and putting enabling West Coast businesses to grow and thrive at the centre of all we do. Executing our 2018-25 strategy of “Growing Business to Grow the Coast”, which includes key priorities of managing the fund for current and future generations; enabling the development of business and industry on the West Coast; and enhancing the profile and visibility of the West Coast, make for an exciting 2019. Like any organisation or business, good practice of self-reviewing a strategy and operating structure is a key to success, and DWC is no different. It is important we remain fit for purpose, so we review our business plan, our trust deed and what we are about, along with our “why”, on a regular basis. Momentum is continuing with efforts by many to leverage more investment from PGF into the Coast. January has already seen local leaders, iwi, business and industry representatives and community groups come together for two workshops. One has seen the exciting emergence of the Pounamu Pathway which will link our cultural and heritage story region-wide. The other is developing an aged care strategy for our region. It is incredibly important that we have services and facilities to care for our Coasters who have walked before us and paved the way for our region and future generations. The scene is set for another actionpacked year, so hold tight!

The SPCA helps protect 41,000 animals every year, and relies entirely on the generosity of the community to do their critical work saving the lives of animals. It is the only New Zealand charity entrusted to uphold animal welfare law and has the power to prosecute those who offend against animals. Donations help SPCA Inspectors rescue animals, give them love, care, provide a warm bed at SPCA shelters,

give them critical medicine and veterinary support, and help them find new homes with their loving forever families. Volunteers can register at: www. spca.nz/appealcollector Joanie, a cat at the Greymouth centre, is up for rehoming. Joanie has been at the centre since November and staff describe her as “a beautiful girl with attitude”. “She loves things her own way, and needs an owner who would love a cat with a bit of spunk! She is available for adoption now.” PICTURE: SPCA

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nd here we find ourselves in 2019 ….. Happy New Year! Over the summer holiday period, Coasters and visitors alike have been treated to many glorious sunshine hours to enjoy all that our backyard has on offer in our untamed natural wilderness. As the saying goes “rust never sleeps”, and neither does our region. There is always something going on. Looking ahead to what will unfold in 2019, we know for sure there will be plenty of positives, many distractions, and some challenges. One thing for certain is we must keep moving our region forward, otherwise we will stand still. Setting the lens 20 years’ out however can be a bit confronting. Interest in the Coast is high, for many different reasons, and others from away can be quite vocal about what our region should look like in 20 years’ time. But of course, you have to be careful what you wish for, as this can come with unintended consequences. We know we live in a special part of New Zealand and others are quickly learning this. We see this on a daily basis with the many visitors in our towns, the extra traffic on the roads, and the demand on our rate-payer funded public facilities. It

thousands of dollars for animals in need. Signing up for two hours of collecting makes a lifetime of difference for neglected and injured animals across the country. Pets are welcome to join in on the fun, with dogs, goats, horses, and even a llama and a chicken accompanying their owners in the past and taking part to encourage donations from generous Kiwis.

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