New Coasters

Haere Mai. We’re here to make you feel welcome.

We appreciate that new people bring new skills, experience and attitudes that can positively impact on our workplaces and our community. Having healthy, happy and motivated employees’ increases productivity, reduces absences through sickness, helps retain valued workers and reduces recruitment and training costs.

We work with individuals, employers and community organisations to provide excellent settlement support, and to help reward, recognise, train and retain new employees and ensure you have an unforgettable West Coast experience.

We provide introductions, referrals, resources, information, training and development opportunities and host a regular programme of social events, dinners and activities.

Projects 2012
Social English

Our ever popular Saturday morning Social English Classes start again from Saturday3March. Come along to share experiences, practice and speak English in an informal setting, meet new people, make friends and enjoy refreshments (provided).

9.30am and make sense of kiwi colloquialisms, slang, cultural behaviour and practice. There is a $20 registration fee which covers 1-5 lessons and includes refreshments.

Children’s Day

This year Children’s Day on Sunday4March As well as free entrance to the Aquatic Centre, reduced admission to the Regent Cinema, children and their families can enjoy fun events, face painting, scavenger hunts etc at Dixon Park. New Coasters will be there promoting our services, welcoming families and celebrating diversity.

Tips for migrants

Everything you need to know about living and working on the West Coast in one handy booklet. Actually it is four handy booklets, one each for anyone New to Westland (Hokitika to Haast), New to Greymouth, New to Reefton and New to Westport (Karamea to Westport).

Pot Luck Dinner

On the last Friday of every month (except December) we host a Pot Luck Dinner to share food, good company and friendship at the Aero Club in Greymouth. Please contact the office to be included with email invites to this and other events. We can even arrange to meet you so you don’t have to come on your own!

Adrenalin Days and Activities

A new life, new job, new country is the perfect time to try new things. Fortunately you’ve come to the right place, the West Coast is packed full of exciting scenery, adventure activities and ‘peak experiences’ for anyone who’s game. We organise activities and outings every month, these are often at reduced cost, include travel arrangements and ideal for those who need a little encouragement. Contact us to find out what’s coming up (eg. February: Gold panning March: Arthur’s Pass excursion)

Workers’ Memorial Day 29 April

Sunday 29 April Runanga will be the place to visit, for a family fun day and bbq, artistic tributes and memorials to workers from local mines: Brunner, Strongman, Dobson and Pike, crafts market, Ride2Rewanui and a special service at Coal Creek Falls.

World’s Workers Dinner 5 May

Held at the historic Runanga Miners’ Hall the World Workers’ Dinner celebrates the continuing contribution of workers from around the world to our region and economy. The ‘wobblies’ (industrial workers of the world) choir will entertain, and we’ll be joined by some very special guests! Tickets will be available through union reps and New Coasters office.

Intercultural Awareness and Communication

This course developed by the Office of Ethnic Affairs, has been so well received here that we will be organising further training for community organisations, not-for-profits, other agencies and individuals this year. Some funding is available for individuals and groups to attend.

World Refugee Day 20 June

Wednesday 20June falls on solstice. Our hardworking social committee will be organising mid-winter celebrations to acknowledge the shortest day and the experience of refugees.


Paul Kearns, Migrant Services Manager
T: 03 768 6580, M: 027 688 0060

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