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is the service and commercial town and port for coalmining, saw-milling and farming of the surrounding Buller region, with a population of about 5000 people, by the mouth of the Buller River.
John Rochfort, a surveyor discovered coal and gold in the area in 1859.
Westport was proclaimed a borough in 1873.

Whoever named Westport in the first place, must have had my sense of humour, he had his head screwed on the right way, had his feet firmly on the ground and his priorities really sorted out.
Westport used to be a very busy, prosperous place, on the west coast of the South Island, with a very important, busy port facility.

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