In this issue: Our upcoming Annual Plan, a new policy adopted and a progress update on our infrastructure upgrades.
In this issue: Our upcoming Annual Plan, a new policy adopted and a progress update on our infrastructure upgrades.
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Volunteers are the backbone of every New Zealand community. Each year, the efforts from our local volunteers can be reco...
Volunteers are the backbone of every New Zealand community. Each year, the efforts from our local volunteers can be recognised and celebrated through the Trustpower Community Awards programme.
Local and Regional Trustpower Community Awards are held around NZ and the winners go on to contest the title of Trustpower National Community Awards Supreme Winner.
The National Community Awards are held over three days, set in a provincial area, alternating each year between the North and South Islands.
Each of the regional Supreme Winners are invited to send two representatives. Their region’s Mayor and a partner, or an alternate Council representative is also invited. The National Community Awards are also attended by representatives from leading voluntary organisations, community sector professionals, members of parliament, media, and more.
Every year Council gets in behind this fantastic award ceremony. Westland community groups have had some amazing success in the past. You may have seen the recent article in the Hokitika Guardian about Merle and Neil Bradley who made it to the prestigious National Awards as a result of entering in the local awards last year.
NEW ENTRIES ARE BEING TAKEN NOW – SO GIVE IT A GO
Entries close 12 May 2017. Contact our Community Development Officer Derek Blight for more information firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 75 69010 or click here to enter your voluntary group online.
Council’s current programme: The Annual Plan 2017/18 is fundamentally a budget for the year, to enable Council to undert...
Council’s current programme:
The Annual Plan 2017/18 is fundamentally a budget for the year, to enable Council to undertake the projects already identified in Year 3 of its Long Term Plan.
It’s business as usual, albeit with some prudent adjustments to spending across some activities. There will not be reduced level of service to the community and there have been only minor changes to the delivery of capital projects projects identified in Year 3.
As part of preparing the detailed budgets, Council has sought input from the community. We work with many parties all year around so input to budgeting comes from these relationships. Staff also recently approached parties that deliver Council activities or that Council already provides resources to (these parties are identified in our LTP). Adjustments have been made to the 2017/18 budget as a result.
Council adopted a Long Term Plan in 2015 after input from external parties that Council works closely with, agencies in the District and the public. At that time the strategies, policies, work programmes and budgets were heavily scrutinised and consulted about.
The next Long Term Plan:
Council will be engaging with the community almost immediately after the Annual Plan for 2017/18 is in place, to talk about its future activities.
The next Long Term Plan needs to be in place by 1 July 2018. It will include a detailed work programme for years 2018, 2019 and 2020. Council will review its Strategies and key policies. It will start by reviewing its delivery of all services, looking at how, why and who should deliver the services in the future.
There will be plenty of opportunities for the community to have input. This upcoming process is a robust and correct way for Council and the community to set appropriate long term goals and actions. Long term planning provides more financial certainty for all parties, especially ratepayers. This process will include formal consultation.
You can find our current Long Term Plan on our website.
The museum may be closed to the public for now, but staff are still working behind the scenes sorting the vast collectio...
The museum may be closed to the public for now, but staff are still working behind the scenes sorting the vast collection of treasures belonging to the people of Westland. They also help with research, family histories and photograph enquiries, run public programmes, and soon hope to be planning new exhibitions. Still as busy as ever!
The Carnegie building needs fixing
The Carnegie building, restored in 1998, is a fitting entrance to the museum complex. An official engineering report states that the building is earthquake prone, meaning it is less than 34% of National Building Standards, while a peer review suggests the building could be just above the 34% standard. There are plans to have it brought up to a target of 67% NBS so the Museum can move back in with a better and brighter future.
But hasn’t the Carnegie building reopened….?
Yes, the building is open again, but it is not the Museum as we know it. Westland Properties (WDPL) are currently managing the building and are offering display space to local businesses and community groups.
The exhibition ‘Hokitika Illuminated’is on loan from the Museum.
Where has the Museum gone?
Displays from the exhibition halls have gone into storage in the 1970s museum complex (behind the Carnegie building), and the collection of treasures are still securely locked away in a climate controlled area. Museum staff have relocated to nearby offices at 47 Revell Street where they offer research facilities, run a small retail outlet, and continue to work on the collection. Museum services are still available and visitors are always welcome.
For general museum business, items for donation, or research enquiries, go to 47 Revell Street on weekdays from 9.30am to 5pm. ph 03-755 6898, email email@example.com
The Hokitika stormwater improvement works, identified in Councils Long Term Plan, have commenced. The contractor for all...
The Hokitika stormwater improvement works, identified in Councils Long Term Plan, have commenced.
The contractor for all of the work is Westroads Limited. Councils Water Services Engineer, Pam Wilson advises that over the next few month’s access to various footpaths and streets will be interrupted, “please be patient as the contractors will be taking care to keep disruptions to a minimum”.
Westroads started the stormwater upgrade works in Rolleston Street between the Gibson Quay and Weld Street block. Then progressed into the block between Weld Street and Stafford Street. The new pipe initially being laid in Rolleston Street started out as 1050 mm in diameter and will reduce in size as it heads towards Stafford Street. The new pipework in Rolleston Street replaces the existing 450 mm diameter pipework.
The largest pipe that will be installed as part of this project is 1200 mm in diameter. It will be installed in the Tancred St and Gibson Quay intersection. We are anticipating some challenges associated with managing groundwater and tidal influences while working in this particular area. The construction measures put in place to manage this will be significant and there will be a disruption to the flow of traffic around this intersection with a road closure in place for 3-4 weeks while construction is underway. Work is currently on track for this section to commence in April.
In February a newsletter was delivered to properties in the areas to be affected by the construction works. A copy of this newsletter is available here.
Council would like to thank the community for participating in this year’s 28th Hokitika Wildfoods Festival. We had amaz...
Council would like to thank the community for participating in this year’s 28th Hokitika Wildfoods Festival. We had amazing local stalls, heaps of help from local organisations and many locals enjoyed a taste of the wild.
Please provide Council with your feedback via wildfoods.co.nz – it helps us to improve the delivery of this service.
The Council had a stall with a stall at the festival themed around West Coast explorer Charlie Douglas. The stall was run by our Museum staff and museum volunteers. A big thank you to Sue Asplin, Frosty Theron, Brian Ward, Sally Richardson, Susan Prendergast, Inger Perkins, Kay Lyes and Dave Ogle: ‘Our own Charlie Douglas’.
They provided hot tea, chicory coffee and fruit cake… and a whole heap of fun.
Liddell Contracting are completing the final stages of repairing to the outfall from the Hokitika Wastewater Treatment P...
Liddell Contracting are completing the final stages of repairing to the outfall from the Hokitika Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The piles were driven at the end of last year however the timing of the tides and rough sea conditions meant that they were unable to access the end of the structure safely for a number of weeks.
However in March the new piles were cut to the correct height and new supports welded on. The final stage is the fixing of the new pipe to the end of the structure.
It was difficult work for these contractors as they were at the mercy of the tides and West Coast weather patterns.
Picture: Councils Water Engineer Pam Wilson met this little guy while at the site one day…
On Thursday 23 March more than fifty Department of Conservation workers assisted to clear a new trail section at Mahinap...
On Thursday 23 March more than fifty Department of Conservation workers assisted to clear a new trail section at Mahinapua.
The old trail on the Mahinapua Tramway section (on Ngai Tahu land) was cleared, including the bridge approaches to the old Mahinapua Rail bridge. It is going to be a collaborative arrangement between the Department of Conservation, Westland District Council and Ngai Tahu to have it reopened as part of the cycle trail.
Another team worked on maintenance of features on the Ross cycle section, including the replica whitebait stand.
Others helped to repaint the Regent Theatre and with the Hokitika Riding for the Disabled to clear their site.
In total 130 people were out working on these improvements last week – Legend.
Council adopted an Easter Trading Policy on Wednesday 15th March 2017. This means that Westland retailers can now choose...
Council adopted an Easter Trading Policy on Wednesday 15th March 2017. This means that Westland retailers can now choose to operate on Easter Sunday.
The proposal was advertised in the last issue of Westland Matters. Council decided that local retailers should have the choice of whether to trade on Easter Sunday. Only three submissions on the proposal were received and all were in support of allowing Easter Sunday trading.
The Easter weekend has traditionally been an opportunity for Westland retailers to serve the extra visitors to the area and for locals to spend extended time socialising with family and friends or ‘to get in the garden’. The law previously gave exemption to garden centres, take away bars, café’s, restaurants and duty free stores to trade on Easter Sunday. Over time enforcement of the law became murky in regard to other retailers.
Easter Sunday continues to be a day of significance across New Zealand and some people would rather not work on this day. Shop employees have a right to refuse to work so should approach their own employers directly if they would like to discuss their options. Under law no undue influence shall be applied to any worker in an attempt to induce that worker to agree to work on Easter Sunday. No action shall be taken to discriminate against or disadvantage any worker not wishing to work on Easter Sunday.
Of note for employers and employees:
The Westland policy does not apply to Easter Good Friday, or to Anzac Day morning and Christmas Day.
Would you like to find out more about what happens in a Civil Defence Centre? An educational afternoon is being held at...
Would you like to find out more about what happens in a Civil Defence Centre?
An educational afternoon is being held at the Franz Josef Community Centre on Sunday 9 April. It is in two parts:
“How to run a civil defence centre” – 1pm to 3pm
For those of you interested in finding out about running a Civil Defence Centre (welfare centre) and being a civil defence volunteer.
“Giving it a go” – 3pm to 4pm
Members of the public, families, friends and visitors welcome. Come along and help us run through some fun exercises. Great opportunity to come and ask questions, share your emergency plans and network.
The afternoon will finish up with a BBQ.
All welcome. Please contact Councils Emergency Management Officer if you would like to find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0800 474 834.
In conjunction with Kiwi Rail, Spark has established a Metro Cell in Otira. The Metro Cell provides localised outdoor 3G...
In conjunction with Kiwi Rail, Spark has established a Metro Cell in Otira. The Metro Cell provides localised outdoor 3G coverage over an area of approximately a 300m radius, line of sight to the railway station.
Pulling off SH73 and into the village near the hotel should see Spark customers pick up the coverage. This improved service is crucial for the residents of Otira Village and will be useful to many West Coast people who travel that road.
Spark NZ advise that they have utilised the same technology as was used to provide Okarito with coverage last December.
A thank you is in order to Dr Diane Gordon-Burns of Otira, who represented the Otira Community with a request to Spark for this service.
Further enquiries can be directed to: Paul.Deavoll@spark.co.nz phone 0274351321