A 3D mine rescue training simulator is to be built near Greymouth to help train volunteers.
The training theatre will be built by the Mines Rescue Trust and funded by Development West Coast with $1 million set aside after the Pike River disaster.
The trust's ability to train volunteers for such a disaster has always been limited.
The simulator will use digital screens and 3D projections to train volunteers.
Mines Rescue already has an 80-metre underground training tunnel and the simulator will extend its ability to upskill volunteers and offer wider industry training.
Development West Coast says the project should be of enduring benefit to the region.