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The Westport woman putting an award-winning twist on the classic Kiwi pie

The challenge of cooking for a crowd has never overawed Emily Lucas. One of 10 siblings from a busy rural Taranaki family, she says everyone had to be useful. Even before she left primary school, she was adept at preparing and cooking meals for large numbers.

“My mother grew vegetables, baked all our sweet treats, and mostly only went to the supermarket to buy dry goods. Sometimes, we’d spend a weekend killing and bagging an animal for the freezer. I grew up knowing where my food came from, which cut comes from where on a beast, and how to prepare and cook each component so a meal comes together on time.”

Read the full article here: Eyes on the Pies

Wild game pie company doubles staff ahead of national expansion

The West Coast Pie Company has significantly expanded into a new commercial production facility in Westport and doubled its staff.

The boutique pie company, which specialises in producing premium wild game pies, began in 2020 with online orders and deliveries within the Westport area.

Now the pies are available in 40 bars and restaurants from Alexandra to Auckland with the help of a new campaign in partnership with Development West Coast and Monteith’s.

Read the full article here: West Coast Pie Company goes National

Lucy Corry: A year in delectable eats

Is there any better pie in Aotearoa than a West Coast pie? I was thrilled to see this small business receive some overdue attention at the 2022 Outstanding New Zealand Food Producer Awards, thanks to their collaboration with Chatham Island Food Co. If you’re on the Coast over summer, make sure you stop into the cafe in Westport (next to the New World), which sells their superb wild game pies and an impressive array of viennoiserie.

Read the full article here: Lucy Corry: A year in delectable eats

Is there anything Westport’s pie lady won’t put in a pie?

It’s well past lunchtime and my stomach is empty, which is absolutely the wrong time to talk to Emily Lucas. “I actually just ate a pie,” boasts Westport’s pie lady, as she’s nicknamed in the West Coast town. Lucas bakes thousands of them each week using hunted wild game, which are then shipped to hungry punters around the country.


Read the full article here: Is there anything Westport’s pie lady won’t put in a pie?

NZ Travel: Experience Aotearoa by tastebud with winners of national food producer awards

Champion winners in this year’s Outstanding Food Producers Awards were announced on a chilly Auckland evening recently, over a grazing table graced with a bounty of delicious things sourced and produced up and down the country.

“The Awards celebrate Kiwis who harvest, grow and make food and drinks”, says co-founder Kathie Bartley.

Read the full article here: Winners of National Food Producer Awards



Judging came to holt for a few minutes this year after one of the panels tasted some delicious pies and then (against their better judgement) shared them around. When the judges feedback came in The West Coast Pie Co was awarded a Gold for their Chatham Island Food Co Paua Pies and a Silver Medal for the Wild Nanny Goat Spiced Pie, with the judges saying the pies were delicious. So we thought we’d better learn more…

Read the full article here: Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards


When it comes to eating and drinking on the South Island’s rugged West Coast the first things that come to mind are tiny fish folded into fritters and a food festival built around weird delicacies.

Both serve as staple parts of the Coaster diet, but there’s much more around the region worth consuming. On your next visit to Westland make room for wild game pies, crayfish doused in garlic butter, award-winning salami and delicious plant-based cuisine.

Read the full article here: Where to eat and drink along the West Coast

“West Coast three-course meal”


The company is still developing but chef and baker Emily Lucas has perfected her pie recipe, which combines distinctive wild game fillings with the best butter pastry.

Lucas was the head caterer at the luxury Hurakia Lodge on Rakino Island, a five minute helicopter ride from Auckland, when Covid-19 hit and guests stopped coming…

Read the full article here: Crust to Crust: A medley of pastry and pain to taste pies across the South Island


Pies have been on Emily Lucas’ mind for the last ten years. Even while cooking for high profile New Zealanders in Auckland, she couldn’t get them out of her head.

So, when lockdown brought her back to Westport, she decided it was time to launch The West Coast Pie Company.

Originally from Taranaki, she travelled the North Island and the rest of the world before she set foot on South Island soil…

Read the full article here: The Westport News: Our People, A Passion for Pies