Westland Matters October 2017 Cover

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Westland Building Consent Authority has been reaccredited

Westland District Council's Building Consent Authority (BCA) has been reaccredited, following our biennial review by IAN...

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Westland Building Consent Authority has been reaccredited

Westland District Council’s Building Consent Authority (BCA) has been reaccredited, following our biennial review by IANZ in July and subsequent work to address the auditors’ suggestions around documentation and processes.

This is a big accomplishment to have cleared the audit so quickly, and it signals confidence from central government that we are well-equipped to deliver high-quality service to our customers. The auditors complimented our team on how well-prepared they were.

Jim Ebenhoh, Group Manager for Planning, Community and Environment says, “Credit goes to the entire Building Control team, particularly Building Control Manager Simon Percy and Building Control and Quality Officer Ana Coleman, for their hard work in preparing for and responding to the audit process.”

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Linda Robinson and David Verrall recognised

Back in August, Westland's Richard John Seddon Ambassador, Mr David Verrall, received an award at the Council meeting no...

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Linda Robinson and David Verrall recognised

Back in August, Westland’s Richard John Seddon Ambassador, Mr David Verrall, received an award at the Council meeting noting this honour. Mr Verrall is currently part of the team managing the Carnegie Building.

In September’s Council meeting, Linda Robinson, formerly of Hokitika Airport Limited, was acknowledged for nine year’s service, including her role as Acting Chairperson.

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West Coast Wilderness Trail track construction

Two diggers and Yanmars were airlifted in over the Mahinapua bridge on 14 September 2017 to enable track construction wo...

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West Coast Wilderness Trail track construction

Two diggers and Yanmars were airlifted in over the Mahinapua bridge on 14 September 2017 to enable track construction work to a new section of the West Coast Wilderness Trail.

The Mananui tramline track will connect with major tourism activities in the area including Lake Mahinupua and the Treetop Walk.

The completed track will be an easy Grade 2 ride over an all-weather surface.

Track construction work means that the Mananui Sawmill section of the Mahinapua Track is currently closed. More information can be found at the WCWT website here.

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CACTUS funding to build youth capability and resilience

In August, Westland District Council submitted an application to the Ministry of Youth Development for funding to suppor...

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CACTUS funding to build youth capability and resilience

In August, Westland District Council submitted an application to the Ministry of Youth Development for funding to support young people. Our aim is to support youth aged between 12 and 24 years of age to build their capability and resilience through leadership, volunteering and mentoring.

We’re delighted to be able to report that our application was successful. We have been awarded a grant of $20,000 to deliver an intensive fitness and skills programme under the umbrella of CACTUS Westland and coordinated by the Schools Coordinator at WestREAP.

Students of both Westland High School Hokitika and South Westland Area School in Hari Hari will hugely benefit by it.

We were the only West Coast Council to be successful in this round of funding so this is a great achievement for our district.

You can read the details and find out what other applications were successful by visiting here.

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New road safety measure by Westland Milk Products factory

There is now a working pedestrian crossing on Stafford Street (near Kaniere Road) between the Westland Milk Products sta...

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New road safety measure by Westland Milk Products factory

There is now a working pedestrian crossing on Stafford Street (near Kaniere Road) between the Westland Milk Products staff car park and the factory.

This area is now marked and signs are up.

Motorists please do be mindful of your speed in this area and be prepared to stop.

Westland District Council has been working in partnership with Westland Milk Products on this project to help protect the safety of both pedestrians and drivers.

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Hokitika provides great lifestyle and a chance to pursue lifelong dreams

Carol Cameron, owner of Hokitika’s new pet food store, Carnipaws, and husband Wayne moved to Hokitika after living in Au...

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Hokitika provides great lifestyle and a chance to pursue lifelong dreams

Carol Cameron, owner of Hokitika’s new pet food store, Carnipaws, and husband Wayne moved to Hokitika after living in Auckland. They knew that they couldn’t afford to retire in Auckland.

So after making several trips to Hokitika to scope out the town, and forming great social connections with members of the Hokitika Chartered Club, they decided to take the plunge and make Hokitika their new home.

“What attracted us was the value for money that Hokitika provides. We’re lucky to have family close by, people are friendly and supportive here and we’re able to live off the grid which we really like,” says Carol.

Carol opened her store Carnipaws on 18 May this year on Sewell Street and spends everyday meeting people who are passionate about their cats and dogs. The store represents the fulfilment of a lifelong interest in both nutrition and animals.

“When I was a kid I always wanted to be a vet, but girls didn’t do that back in the day. I’m in the stage of life where I should be starting to retire but I’m actually ramping up instead. After a lot of hard work, I’m close to completing my Pet Nutritionist qualification.

“My store sells competitively priced dog and cat food based on a primordial diet, which essentially just means what animals used to eat before humans intervened. Studies show that overall animal health has decreased over the last few decades around the same time that there was more of an increase in wheat-based dry foods for animals. People come into my store and they’re surprised to find such good quality nutritional food for their pets that is on par with prices for pet food sold elsewhere.

“I’m currently looking to expand my business by offering a pet grooming service in-house but I haven’t been able to find a pet groomer yet so if anyone knows of someone, let me know.

“I think Hokitika is a great place to live and work.”

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Passchendaele centenary

Hokitika Museum and Hokitika Westland RSA are pleased to present Mud, Sweat and Fears - an exhibition commemorating the...

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Passchendaele centenary

Hokitika Museum and Hokitika Westland RSA are pleased to present Mud, Sweat and Fears – an exhibition commemorating the Battle of Passchendaele. The exhibition is on at the RSA building on Sewell Street from October 6 to 31 between 12-1pm weekdays and 10am-1pm on weekends.

Ever since 1917, Passchendaele has been a byword for the horror of the Great War. In terms of lives lost in a single day, the failed attack on Bellevue Spur on 12 October was probably the greatest disaster in New Zealand’s history.

Eight days earlier, 320 New Zealanders died during the capture of Gravenstafel Spur, one of two spurs on the ridge above Passchendaele in Flanders, Belgium. Although this attack was successful, it had a tragic aftermath. The British High Command mistakenly concluded that the number of German casualties meant enemy resistance was faltering and resolved to make another push immediately.

An attack on 9 October by British and Australian troops was to open the way for II ANZAC Corps to capture Passchendaele on the 12th. The plan failed. Without proper preparation and in the face of strong German resistance, the 9 October attack collapsed with heavy casualties.

The New Zealanders nevertheless began their advance at 5.25am on the 12th. The preliminary artillery barrage had been largely ineffective because thick mud made it almost impossible to bring heavy guns forward, or to stabilise those that were in position. Exposed to raking German machine-gun fire from both the front and the flank, and unable to get through uncut barbed wire, the New Zealanders were pinned down in shell craters. Orders for another push at 3pm were postponed and then cancelled.

The troops eventually fell back to positions close to their start line. For badly wounded soldiers lying in the mud, the aftermath of the battle was a private hell; many died before rescuers could reach them. The toll was horrendous: 842 New Zealand soldiers were either dead or lying mortally wounded between the lines.

On 18 October, Canadian troops relieved II ANZAC Corps. In a series of well-prepared but costly attacks in atrocious conditions, they finally occupied the ruins of Passchendaele village on 6 November.

The exhibition will display artefacts and information about this battle. There will also be a dawn parade outside the RSA building on the 12th October. All welcome to attend.

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Conservation Week: The plastic pandemic and animal pests

New Zealanders love getting outdoors, be it in their own backyard or at local parks, beaches or forest. This year Hokiti...

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Conservation Week: The plastic pandemic and animal pests

New Zealanders love getting outdoors, be it in their own backyard or at local parks, beaches or forest. This year Hokitika’s Green Team (made up of several Members of Westland District Council) and the Department of Conservation are celebrating Conservation Week from 14-22 October. The theme is “Love my backyard!” We encourage all Westlanders to get outdoors and show a little love for nature.

To mark the occasion, the Green Team and the Department of Conservation are running a few events. For those interested in learning about issues facing our marine environment, we’re hosting a special film screening of ‘A Plastic Ocean’ in Hokitika’s Regent Theatre at 7pm on 15th of October.

The documentary follows journalist, Craig Leeson, on his search for the elusive blue whale. Leeson discovers an immense amount of plastic waste in the ocean so he teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers to investigate the plastic pandemic. They travel to twenty locations around the world to explore the fragile state of our oceans. Along the way they uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.

The Green Team hopes to make the event an enjoyable occasion with the screening of the documentary, followed by a cup of tea and opportunities for conversation. You’ll also be able to purchase useful household products that offer a sustainable solution to disposable plastics. These will include wax sandwich wraps and solid shampoo bars. In addition, Hokitika New World Owner/Manager and Green Team member, Marc Brokenshire, has promised a free reusable bag for everyone who attends, so we’re hoping that you’ll be able to start replacing plastic straight away!

The Department of Conservation is also running a “Build-Your-Own Backyard Trap” workshop at the Westland Industrial Heritage Park on 14th of October from 2-5pm. With materials generously donated by McMullan’s ITM, DOC staff and Westland Industrial Heritage Park volunteers will be on hand to help families and others in the community construct DOC150 stoat/rat traps to take home and catch backyard pests. Only last month, DOC staff found a male stoat weighing a whopping 414 grams, nearly 100 grams heavier than the national average male stoat! If you want to get involved in some local predator free initiatives, this event is for you! Please register in advance at the Westland District Library, Hokitika i-SITE or Hokitika New World to participate.

Conservation week is a great chance for everyone to get out into nature, get involved in the community and most importantly, “Love your backyard”!

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What’s happening in Westland in October?

There's a number of great events coming up in Westland in October for you and your family to enjoy. October 7 - Diwali c...

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What’s happening in Westland in October?

There’s a number of great events coming up in Westland in October for you and your family to enjoy.


October 7 – Diwali celebration – 6PM – St Mary’s Hall, Sewell Street, Hokitika

The Indian community invites you to join their celebration of Diwali – the Festival of Light!
Come along and enjoy performances, authentic food, music and much more…


October 9 – Across the Ditch Tour – Mel Parsons and Liz Stringer – 7:30PM – Donovan’s Store, Okarito

Join two of Australasia’s indie-folk darlings on a journey of music and story – sharing songs from their back catalogues along with select southern hemisphere favourites that have helped shape them as artists.


October 11 – Girl Rising film screening – 7PM-9PM – Old Lodge Theatre, 11 Revell Street, Hokitika

Hosted by Westland Soroptimist. The movie tells the stories of nine girls from nine countries: Sierra Leone, Haiti, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Peru, Egypt, Nepal, India and Cambodia. Come and watch how these girls overcome great obstacles to obtain an education and change their fates.


October 10 – The Skipper’s Diary book launch with Richard Hadlee – 12PM-1:30PM – Regent Theatre, 23 Weld Street, Hokitika

Come hear the story of ‘The Forty-Niners’: the New Zealand Cricket team who toured England in 1949.


October 14 – Haast Whitebait Festival – From 11AM – Haast

There’ll be whitebait of course, a variety of stalls and face painting, a bouncy castle and helicopter flights. Plus – The Dixie Prix are travelling from Nelson to entertain in the Frontier Cafe & Bar following the festival – so bring your dancing shoes!


October 15 – November 12 – Harakeke Weaving – WestREAP, 72 Tudor Street, Hokitika

This three workshop course will have you learning the principals of harvesting, preparation and weaving of our local harakeke. Cost: $50. Registrations essential. Contact 0800 927 327 or 755 8700, or email reception@westreap.org.nz


October 21 – Ross Goldtown Fun Run – 10AM-2PM – Ross

A family fun run/walk catering for all levels of fitness. Events available include kids run/walk around the Lake, 6km run/walk to the Ross beach and 12km Run/walk taking in part of the West Coast Wilderness Trail.


October 23 – Hokitika Golf Club open day – 1PM-5PM – 206 Golf Links Road, Hokitika

Come check out the course and facilities. Longest drive, putting and chipping competition for non golfers with golf clubs provided. Register for junior and twilight golf and enjoy a sausage sizzle.


P.S. We’re thinking of making this a monthly feature in Westland Matters.

So if you have an event coming up in Westland in November that you’d like us to promote, email Michelle at michelle.bunt@westlanddc.govt.nz

We cannot guarantee that we will publish all events but we’d love to help share the word about a few events every month.

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