Wikipedia:WikiProject New Zealand/West Coast task force

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This is the project page for coverage of the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. The goal is to improve the breadth and depth of the Coast's coverage in English Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, Wikidata, Commons, and Wikisource.


This task force covers Wikimedia projects with a strong connection to the West Coast of New Zealand, especially its geography (including national parks and tracks), history (historic buildings, politics, and newspapers), natural history (landscapes and rare species), arts, GLAM institutions (libraries and museums), and books and pamphlets.


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Copy and paste {{User West Coast NZ task force}} onto your user page. This puts you in Category:West Coast NZ task force members and give you a userbox featuring the project mascot. You will get a newsletter four times a year on your Talk page.


We've had small Wikipedia training workshops in Hokitika, Greymouth, and Westport. Our goal is to continue these with regular meetups to support beginning editors and supply topics and resources people can collaborate on.

Date Time Title Venue
Sat 12 Sep 2020 10.00–16.00 Editing Wikipedia: Greymouth Grey District Library, 18 Albert Street, Greymouth
Sat 19 Sep 2020 10.00–16.00 Editing Wikipedia: Westport EPIC Westport, 10a Lyndhurst Street, Westport
Sat 26 Sep 2020 10.00–16.00 Editing Wikipedia: Hokitika Westland District Library, Sewell St, Hokitika
Sun 27 Sep 2020 12.30–16.00 Greymouth Meetup 2 Grey District Library, 18 Albert Street, Greymouth
Sat 31 Oct 2020 13.00–16.00 Greymouth Meetup 3 Grey District Library, 18 Albert Street, Greymouth
Sat 30 Jan 2021 13.00–16.00 Greymouth Meetup 4 Grey District Library, 18 Albert Street, Greymouth
Wed 10 Feb 2021 15.00–16.30 Introducing Wikisource Digital Learning Centre, Westland District Library, 20 Sewell St, Hokitika
Sat 13 Feb 2021 13.00–16.00 Hokitika Meetup 2 History Room, Westland District Library, 20 Sewell St, Hokitika
Sat 13 Mar 2021 13.00–16.00 Greymouth Meetup 5 Grey District Library, 18 Albert Street, Greymouth
19–21 Mar 2021 All weekend West Coast WikiCon Como House, 51 Tancred St, Hokitika
Sat 24 Apr 2021 13.00–16.00 Hokitika Meetup 3 History Room, Westland District Library, 20 Sewell St, Hokitika
Sat 1 May 2021 13.00–16.00 Greymouth Meetup 6 Grey District Library, 18 Albert Street, Greymouth
Sat 22 May 2021 13.00–16.00 Hokitika Meetup 4 History Room, Westland District Library, 20 Sewell St, Hokitika
Sat 26 June 2021 13.00–16.00 Hokitika Meetup 5 History Room, Westland District Library, 20 Sewell St, Hokitika
Sat 31 July 2021 13.00–16.00 Hokitika Meetup 6 History Room, Westland District Library, 20 Sewell St, Hokitika
(Several COVID-19-related event cancellations)
Sat 16 Oct 2021 13:00–16:00 Greymouth Meetup 7 Byte Māwhera Digital Hub, 1a Guinness Street, Greymouth
Sat 15 Jan 2022 13:00–14:30 Virtual Meetup Online meetup of Task Force (meeting space link)
Sat 5 Feb 2022 09:00–17:00 Barrytown Wikiblitz Barrytown Settlers Hall, 6 Cargill Road, Barrytown 7873 online
Sun 31 Jul 2022 09:00–17:00 West Coast Reptiles Wikiblitz Digital Learning Centre, Westland District Library, 20 Sewell St, Hokitika Online
Sat 26 Nov 2022 10:30–16:00 Yvonne Rust Editathon Left Bank Art Gallery

Hot topics[edit]

These possible subjects for future edit-a-thons.

Featured content[edit]

Good content[edit]

B content (for improvement to Good)[edit]

Photos needed[edit]



  • Google Drive of West-Coast-related media clippings of offline media, for use by Wikipedians
  • Bradley, Vaughan (2020-08-29). "A potted history of Hokitika Gorge". DOC Conservation Blog. Retrieved 2020-08-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  • Hansford, Dave (September–October 2020). "What's next for the West Coast". New Zealand Geographic. 165.
  • Latham, Darrell (1984). The Golden Reefs: an account of the great days of quartz-mining at Reefton, Waiuta and the Lyell. Christchurch: Pegasus Press. ISBN 0908568126.
  • Reed, A. W. (1979). The Reed dictionary of New Zealand place names (2002 ed.). Auckland [N.Z.]: Reed. ISBN 0-7900-0761-4. OCLC 49290681.
  • Wilson, Kerry-Jayne (2017). West Coast Walking: A naturalist's guide. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press. ISBN 978-1-927145-42-5.

Useful Wikidata searches[edit]

  • Wikidata search for all cultural institutions in New Zealand, as a map
  • And then broken down by archives (currently none on the West Coast), libraries (5 on the West Coast), and museums (2 on the West Coast).


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