Westland Mineral Sands donates $150,000 to the Kawatiri Coastal Trail

Share this article

Westland Mineral Sands Co.

Westland Mineral Sands donates $150,000 to the Kawatiri Coastal Trail

3 min read / Author:
Kim Savage

Local critical minerals company Westland Mineral Sands is donating $150,000 to the Kawatiri Coastal Trail as part of its commitment to supporting West Coast communities and the region’s economy.

The first $50,000 cheque was presented to the Kawatiri Coastal Trail Trust chairperson Richard Niederer on Thursday (Aug 31) by Tim Chase, the newly-appointed General Manager of Westland Mineral Sands Co.

Tim Chase says the company’s successful move from promise to production would not have been possible had it not been for the support of the community.

“Our commitment to the West Coast is a long-term one. It’s one of the reasons I wanted to join WMS and help develop a multi-generational business where young people can grow up knowing they have an attractive career pathway in their hometown.”

As well as support for the Kawatiri Coastal Trail, Westland Mineral Sands’ community work includes sponsorship of Buller Rugby and education initiatives for its employees and the wider community.

“It’s important to us to share our success with our people and their families and what better way to do this than to support a fantastic project like the Kawatiri Coastal Trail, which is an asset for this region,” says Tim Chase.

The pledge will help the Kawatiri Coastal Trail Trust mitigate the effects of rising construction costs as well as support the ongoing maintenance of the trail, according to chairperson Richard Niederer.

“We are incredibly grateful to Westland Mineral Sands for the company’s contribution to the coastal trail, which offers both locals and visitors a memorable adventure along our unique coastline,” he says.

Westland Mineral Sands Co. will soon celebrate the first year anniversary of the start of production at its Cape Foulwind site. The company is delighted to now be employing more than 40 staff and relies on the services and expertise of numerous other local businesses.

Tim Chase recently joined WMS as General Manager from Brisbane, Australia where he was GM of Global Operations for Astron Corporation in the mineral sands and rare earth sector.

He brings 30 years of experience to his new role at WMS and along with wife Suzanne Chase, Tim is looking forward to making the West Coast his home.

“Our first impressions have been that it is like a postcard. I’m excited to be working for a company that is committed to keeping it that way. WMS takes care and has respect for the environment, while delivering positive economic gains for New Zealand,” says Tim Chase.

Left to right : Kawatiri Coastal Trail Manager – Mr Stu Henly, Kawatiri Coastal Trail Trust Chair – Mr Richard Niederer, Westland Mineral Sands General Manager – Mr Tim Chase, Buller Mayor – Mr Jamie Cleine
Photo: WMS website

Published:

More news

WMS Group
WMS Group supports West Coast youth through education scholarship
Read more
3 min read / Author:
Ray
Mudgway
Read more
Westland Mineral Sands Co.
‘World class’ resource on West Coast
Read more
3 min read / Author:
Ray
Mudgway
Read more
Westland Mineral Sands Co.
West Coast trust invests $3m in minerals company
Read more
3 min read / Author:
Ray
Mudgway
Read more
Westland Mineral Sands Co.
Barging into an ore-some future
Read more
3 min read / Author:
Ray
Mudgway
Read more