The story of the Golden West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, known to the Maori as Te Wai Pounamu. Gives a good insight into the early history and settlement of the West Coast. From the first coming of the Maori and European settlement. The first European explorers, the discovery of coal and gold. Westland is a land of contrasts. Wild rocky mountains lie reflected in placid lakes nestled in the dense forest. Mr. Lord, a native of Westland and a diligent searcher of old records.