"WEST COASTERS" Ready-made and Custom-made COASTERS AND PLACEMATS handcrafted from topographical maps
West Coasters was conceived over evening drinks in an old house near Outward Bound in Anakiwa, Marlborough Sounds. Adventure race athlete and Godzone winner Dan Moore said to his besty Clare, as they were poring over maps planning their next mission into the hills, "What would be really cool would be to have coasters and placemats of your favourite places, so you can remember them every day." And so it began, and 15 years later the business is still evolving, materials and design have improved and maps come and gone. Hundreds of people in New Zealand are enjoying reminiscing their past adventures over a cuppa tea or a special dinner with invited guests. Perhaps some people are groaning as they have to listen to yet another story from the good ol' days (apologies). Long-term friend and mat-maker Odette is presently at the helm, working from her sunny caravan just south of Motueka. She is surrounded by hundreds of maps - the maps West Coasters upcycle are old and used, think 1970s and 80s, inch to the mile, 1:50,000s, 1:250,000s and the old national park maps.