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Civil Defence Information Display – Westland District Library

Are we disaster ready? Do you know how much water you will need for seven days for drinking and cooking? Find out at the...

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Civil Defence Information Display – Westland District Library

Are we disaster ready?

Do you know how much water you will need for seven days for drinking and cooking? Find out at the library – you’ll probably be surprised by the answer.

The Westland District Library, in conjunction with the Westland District Council Emergency Management Officer, has set up a Civil Defence information display on the Mezzanine floor of the library.

The aim of the display is to provide lots of practical advice about what to do in the event of an emergency such as a natural disaster like an earthquake. Since the Kaikoura earthquake more people are interested in being prepared and making a plan. We have had many visitors to the library finding out information about how to be better prepared.

The main areas covered are First Aid/Medicine, Sanitation/Hygiene, Water, Food/ Cooking, Communication/Power and Evacuation.

Part of the display highlights some good habits or tips that people can adopt right now. Everybody is encouraged to add their good habits so, as a community, we can help each other to prepare for a disaster.

For more information and advice on preparing for an emergency you can go to www.civildefence.govt.nz/get-ready/ or contact our Emergency Management Officer on 0800 474 834. Pictured is our local Home School Group and Ross School.

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Franz Josef Community Centre Development Project

The NZ Lotteries Grants Board, acting by and through the Department of Internal Affairs, has agreed to contribute a Lott...

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Franz Josef Community Centre Development Project

The NZ Lotteries Grants Board, acting by and through the Department of Internal Affairs, has agreed to contribute a Lottery Community Facilities grant of $200,000 to Franz Josef Community Council Inc to support the Franz Josef Community Centre Development project.

Work on the project will start in the very near future. It is great to see so many positive things happening in Franz Josef.

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Trustpower Westland Community Awards

Trustpower and the Westland District Council would like to invite you to the 2017 Trustpower Westland Community Awards....

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Trustpower Westland Community Awards

Trustpower and the Westland District Council would like to invite you to the 2017 Trustpower Westland Community Awards.

Please join us for a healthy dose of inspiration and community spirit, as we recognize and celebrate the contributions volunteers are making to your community.

It’s a great opportunity to connect with good people and good causes over a drink and a bite to eat. See you there!

  • Venue
    Beachfront Hotel, 111 Revell Street, Hokitika
  • Time & date
    Monday 10 July, 5.30pm for drinks and nibbles, with award presentations kicking off at 6.00pm

RSVP: to Derek Blight from the Westland District Council by Wednesday 5 July
Phone: 03 756 9047
Email: derek.blight@westlanddc.govt.nz

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Changes in the Fire Service

From 1 July a new organisation, Fire Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) comes into effect. FENZ is an amalgamation of New Zeal...

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Changes in the Fire Service

From 1 July a new organisation, Fire Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) comes into effect.

FENZ is an amalgamation of New Zealand Fire Services, the National Rural Fire Authority, 12 enlarged rural fire districts and 26 territorial authority rural fire authorities.

This is one of the biggest changes in New Zealand’s fire and emergency services in decades.

Firefighters now do a whole lot more than fight fires. You see the fire service involved in a number of events including floods, earthquakes, vehicle crashes, hazardous chemical spills and the like.

The rural fire services once provided through district councils will transition to FENZ. Full integration is expected to take several years, however some changes will take effect from day one.

There will be no disruption to the fire emergency response – that remains the number one priority.

You can now apply for your Fire Permit through FENZ. You can do this by:

For more information fenzproject.co.nz/news

The new look FENZ logo is below:

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New building identification and assessment criteria

The Building (Earthquake-Prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 will come into force on or about 1 July 2017 and contains m...

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New building identification and assessment criteria

The Building (Earthquake-Prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 will come into force on or about 1 July 2017 and contains major changes to the current system of identifying and remediating Earthquake-Prone buildings under the Building Act 2004. These changes include a new national system for building identification and assessment, and a publicly available national register of buildings that are Earthquake-Prone.

The majority of the West Coast region is in a high seismic zone (High Risk Z Factor > 0.3). Many commercial building owners have already provided Councils with earthquake reports, and have upgraded their buildings to a higher level of strengthening than required to satisfy their clients and insurance companies.

Under the new legislation, seismic assessments will be required for all commercial buildings and public buildings.  Owners will have 12 months to provide an ISA (Initial Seismic Assessment) or DSA (Detailed Seismic Assessment) if the Council considers the building to be potentially earthquake-prone based on construction type and age. The subsequent timeframe for strengthening any buildings found by an engineering assessment to be earthquake-prone will depend on whether it is considered a “priority building” based on the purpose of the building and its location in relation to key thoroughfares and strategic transport routes. Priority buildings will need to be upgraded within 7.5 years compared to 15 years for non-priority buildings.

Westland District Council will be contacting public  and commercial building owners over the next few months regarding the new legislative requirements as building owners.

Please refer to the links below which may provide further guidance for you and your engineer.

You can also phone us on 0800 474 834 for more information.

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