West Coast

About Us

The West Coast Branch covers the region west of the Southern Alps from Karamea to Haast.

There are many areas of ecological significance here including five National Parks: Kahurangi, Paparoa, Arthurs Pass, Westland Tai Poutini, and Mt Aspiring as well as the Te Wāhipounamu South West NZ UNESCO World Heritage Area, stretches of coastline important to penguins and Westland petrels, three marine reserves, and three of NZ’s eleven designated wilderness areas.

Because we are spread over a large area, we don’t have the chance to get together very often. Instead, we communicate via email. We hold a quarterly committee meeting, and annual AGM and organise occasional public meetings with guest speakers. Feel free to contact us if you would like to join or learn more.

Branch Issues

The branch is involved in:

Local council plan reviews

National Park Management Plan reviews

Resource consent applications

Pest control

Protecting the Westland petrel colony near Punakaiki

Fighting degradation of coastal lowland forest

Highlighting climate change issues

Waitaha River hydroelectric scheme submissions (info)



Get involved

Come along to one of our public meetings with a shared lunch and guest speaker.

Join our predator control volunteers at Rainy Creek, Reefton.

Contact Clare Backes: Phone (03) 7558697

We have a small KCC group but hope to get more young members involved. Sign up at www.kcc.org.nz or email us for info on upcoming events.

We also encourage members to get involved with local issues and we send email notification when submissions and events are taking place.

Rainy Creek Project

Pest control project begun in 2014.

The West Coast branch of Forest & Bird has a pest control programme to re-establish possum, rat and stoat eradication at Rainy Creek in the Victoria Forest Park near Reefton.

With help from community members, the programme is aimed at improving forest health and bird populations in the area through stoat and rat monitoring and trapping.

New volunteers are always welcome. For information contact Brenda Kaye: brenda.k@slingshot.co.nz