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Sarah Brown was appointed as the new Hokitika Wildfoods Festival Manager for 2018 and her first day of employment for We...
Sarah Brown was appointed as the new Hokitika Wildfoods Festival Manager for 2018 and her first day of employment for Westland District Council was 24 October.
Sarah comes from a teaching, social services and hospitality management background. She says like all New Zealanders she has had a large community volunteer life. “I know that festivals like Wildfoods represent a large chunk of annual fundraising for local groups and look forward to building relationships with those groups.”
Sarah’s family come from Canterbury originally. Sarah says:
“Our jobs have taken us around New Zealand and overseas and my husband and I were looking for our forever home. We believe that we have found it in Hokitika. Our home has views of the mountains and great sunsets. Hokitika is a vibrant and welcoming town and Westland has huge potential for increased tourism and business development.”
Sarah has recently returned to New Zealand from a year traveling in Europe, walking 1500 kilometres through Southern France and Northern Spain.
“Without knowing it at the time, those experiences were good on the ground research for the Wildfoods Festival as food, music and markets were a huge part of my tourist experience especially in Ireland, France and Spain.
“I look forward to working with the community on this exciting challenge. Wildfoods ticket sales opened early this year and sales have already begun towards a successful 2018.”
Christmas in Westland promises to be better than ever this year thanks to a new Christmas tree and lights. Some funding...
Christmas in Westland promises to be better than ever this year thanks to a new Christmas tree and lights.
Some funding has been provided by Westland District Council and the remainder of the funds have been raised through a massive fundraising effort by the Lions Club of Hokitika and Enterprise Hokitika.
Hokitika’s Christmas Parade is on the 9th December at 11am and Christmas on the Beach will take place on Hokitika’s shorefront on Saturday 16 December.
The Hari Hari Community Association is organising a Christmas Party for residents on Friday 15 December at 6pm in the Community Hall on Main Road, Hari Hari. There will be Christmas carols, a special visitor, a sausage sizzle and lollie scramble.
There’s also a Christmas Market being held in Franz Josef on the 3rd December at the Franz Hall and a Christmas Pantomime on at Hokitika’s Regent Theatre on 1 December from 7pm – 9pm. The latter event costs $10 and is a fundraiser for Hokitika Primary School.
Below is a summary of the main outcomes agreed to at October's Council meeting: Following a robust debate, the decision...
Below is a summary of the main outcomes agreed to at October’s Council meeting:
Following a robust debate, the decision was made for Deputy Mayor Helen Lash to retain her position until the end of her Council term, alongside fellow Deputy Mayor Latham Martin.
Biddy Manera presented an update to Council on the progress of the Ross Chinese Gardens.
The option to livestream Council meetings in the future was discussed and it was agreed that this be considered as part of Council’s Long Term Plan for 2018-2028.
A decision was made to increase the remuneration of the Directors of Westroads in light of its growth. Westroads now employs over 130 staff.
$68,000 was leftover from the Major Development Initiative funding and it was resolved that this be made available to the Kumara Residents’ Trust for the purposes of a Chinese miners’ Memorial Gardens subject to consultation.
A decision was made to provide funding of $60,000 to enable the Kaniere Tram section of the cycle trail to be completed. This section of the cycle trail is used predominantly by locals. Work will be undertaken before Christmas.
Mort Cruickshank received an award in recognition of his contributions to the Westland Industrial Heritage Park, Westland District Brass Band, and the 4th Westland Boys Brigade.
An extraordinary Council meeting was held on Tuesday 31 October to adopt Council’s 2016-17 Annual Report in accordance with the statutory timeframes. The annual report was successfully adopted and the document is available on our website for members of the public to view.
If you would like to stay up-to-date on the decisions Council makes, you are welcome to attend our next Council meeting. December’s Ordinary Council Meeting and Finance, Audit and Risk Committe Meeting will be held on December 14 in the Council Chambers. The agenda for these meetings will be made available on our website one week prior to the meeting.
Caption: Mort Cruickshank (left) receives his award from Westland Mayor, Bruce Smith (centre).
Westland District Council adopted at their meeting on the 23 November 2017, a proposal to amalgamate Hokitika Airport Li...
Westland District Council adopted at their meeting on the 23 November 2017, a proposal to amalgamate Hokitika Airport Limited (HAL) and Westland District Property Limited (WDPL).
Council is seeking to establish a leaner structure for its Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) that will provide more cost effective governance.
The assets and activities that the companies manage and deliver are not affected by this proposal.
Council is seeking community views on the proposed amalgamation of HAL and WDPL.
To obtain a copy of the proposal visit the Council Website at www.westlanddc.govt.nz or the Customer Service Centre, 36 Weld Street, Hokitika, phone 0800 474 834.
The officer for enquiries is Lesley Crichton, Group Manager: Corporate Services on 03 756 9081.
Transfer Stations and Landfill changes: The Hokitika transfer station will be closed on Monday 4th December for Westland...
Transfer Stations and Landfill changes:
The Hokitika transfer station will be closed on Monday 4th December for Westland Anniversary Day. Kerbside collection on this day will remain unchanged.
All transfer stations and landfills will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day (1st January 2018).
Kerbside Recycling and Waste Collection:
THERE WILL BE NO KERBSIDE COLLECTION ON CHRISTMAS DAY OR NEW YEAR’S DAY.
The alternate arrangements for Kerbside Collection are as follows:
Please ensure your wheelie bins are out by 8.00am over the holiday period.
Council extends its best wishes to all residents of Westland District and visitors to the region for a happy and safe festive season.
Westland Dog Services were recently appointed as the Westland District Council’s new dog control contractors with their...
Westland Dog Services were recently appointed as the Westland District Council’s new dog control contractors with their contract taking effect from 1 November 2017.
All dog control complaints are managed by Westland District Council. This means that all dog control issues should be reported to Westland District Council (phone 03-756-9010) in the first instance. When a call is received regarding an incident, the issue is logged in our service request system which gives us the ability to track the status of a complaint, view the history of a complaint and access any files or images that the public have sent us. This data then provides accountability enabling us to report on the number of reported incidents.
For after-hours dog control support, members of the public can obtain support via Council’s phone number. The after-hours phone message has an option to press a button to be connected direct to our dog control contractors, who will deal with matters according to the priority system.
Due to Westland’s large geographic area, in some situations our dog control contractors cannot attend immediately. The contract requirements are for Priority 1 (P1) matters to be attended to within 30 minutes (plus travel time). P1 matters include:
Before 8am and after 5pm on weekdays, and all day on weekends and public holidays, only P1 matters are addressed. Other matters, referred to as Priority 2 (P2) and including wandering or barking dogs where a Bark Abatement Notice has not yet been issued, are addressed during weekday business hours only – within 4 hours (plus travel time). South of Mt Hercules, a phone assessment is usually conducted first to determine whether attendance is required.
Group Manager for Planning, Community and Environment, Jim Ebenhoh, says, “As we transition to new contractors, there may be teething issues that we need to address. Constructive feedback from members of the public is always welcome.”
The West Coast’s very own Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) website went live in the first week of November than...
The West Coast’s very own Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) website went live in the first week of November thanks to the information technology assistance of Westland District Council.
The website project, owned by the West Coast Regional Council, started 18 months ago, and the newly-created website provides information about the CDEM group and helpful information to promote emergency preparedness and awareness.
Most importantly, the website can be utilised in the event of a Civil Defence emergency to help provide updated situational messages to inform the public and keep them safe.
Westland District Council’s Information Systems Support Officer, John Stowell, has helped boost the functionality of the website by implementing mapping tools and an offline-capable app that allows data to be collected and plotted to help paint the picture about the impact of an emergency event.
This can be utilised to provide behind-the-scenes intelligence to support the response efforts of a range of services such as Police, Defence Force, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, St John, Department of Conservation and Community Public Health.
Mark Crowe, Regional Director, says, “Research shows that visual representation is an extremely effective way of communicating what’s going on. The use of pictorial tools, such as mapping functions, helps people absorb more information faster than relying on text-based information or verbal communication alone.
“The more information emergency workers can glean in an emergency event, the better their situational awareness, communication to team members and overall decision-making will be.”
The maps link directly with a number of existing alert and warning systems that currently exist such as MetService and NZTA alerts.
Westland District Council encourage the public to check out the new website which can be accessed here.
We think Westland is a wonderful place to live. If you feel the same and want to share your photos of our District with...
We think Westland is a wonderful place to live.
If you feel the same and want to share your photos of our District with us you can upload them here. Your photo may be selected to appear on a future cover of Westland Matters with your name underneath it.
Terms and conditions are as follows:
You grant Westland District Council a non-exclusive licence to use, store, adapt, edit, reproduce, communicate and publish the images in promotional and marketing materials including print, digital and social media. (Non-exclusive means you retain the ability to use the photo yourself.)
You confirm that the images do not infringe uponh any existing copyright or other intellectual property rights, and are not defamatory of any person or third party.
You confirm that for all images containing persons who can be visually identified, permission from these people has been gained to share the image with us (and proof of this can be provided if requested).
Westland District Council agree to credit you as the photo author where practicable and give you the appropriate photo credit citation.
Submission of any photos is deemed to be acceptance of these terms and conditions.
We look forward to seeing your favourite photos of beautiful Westland. Here are some photo ideas to help kick-start your creativity:
Council launched its revamped website on Thursday 5 October. The website is designed to increase user-friendliness and e...
Council launched its revamped website on Thursday 5 October.
The website is designed to increase user-friendliness and ease of access for customers. Some new functionalities have been added including the ability for residents to complete their dog registration or log service requests online without having to phone or visit the Council.
The new website also has an e-Search section. This has amalgamated a number of separate databases and maps into one location enabling people to search for cemetery records, property and rates data and building and resource consent information all in one place.
Peter Oliver, Council’s Information Services Manager, says:
“This achievement is the culmination of a project that began 12 months ago primarily to update the website to meet the mobile-friendliness expectation that more of our users have. The way people access information is changing and many people want to be able to view our website and access information on the go using hand-held devices.”
“Our staff have re-populated and migrated most of the website data ourselves to keep the costs of this development down.
“We think the new website is a lot more visually appealing and it seems to be working well. However, with any redevelopment of this size, it is possible that there may be some small glitches. So if anyone notices something that’s not working, please let us know and we will rectify this.”
Have you tried our new website? We’d love your feedback. Let us know what you think.
Hokitika Airport The Runway Cafe is now open for business. Opening hours are: Monday to Thursday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am...
The Runway Cafe is now open for business. Opening hours are: Monday to Thursday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 3pm, and Sunday noon to 5pm. Relax before your flight with a hot beverage or baked good.
Westland District Library
Natasha Morris joined the library team on 17th October as Deputy Librarian. Natasha previously worked as a supervisor within a Public Library in Perthshire, Scotland.
Hokitika Museum recently held two very successful community events. “Chinese on the West Coast” was a special presentation delivered by the former Museum director, Julia Bradshaw, on 15 November at the Old Lodge Theatre in Hokitika.
In addition, the Museum’s exhibition commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele was held at the Hokitika Westland RSA for most of October. ‘Mud, Sweat and Tears’ has now finished, and was well received by visitors.
Museum staff are currently located in offices at 47 Revell Street where they are kept busy with research enquiries, photograph orders, ongoing cataloguing of the collection, and are providing valuable input towards the strategic vision for the Museum.
The Museum’s map collection has been given a recent boost with the help of a new volunteer, Nigel Snoep, who is sorting through old maps, many of which are unique, hand drawn originals, some dating back to the late 1860s.
The Plant Conservation Conference was recently held at the Carnegie building with displays, art work and seminars on offer.
The Carnegie Building has also been wokring with Dean Trolle, who doing some more filming with a particular focus on Captain Mercer. This will be available in the near future for visitors to see.
Mort Cruickshank has loaned a collection of old cameras to the Carnegie Building. Box Brownies, Instamatics and other early cameras can be seen.
Drummond Hall was reopened to the public just before Labour weekend as a welcome addition to the Carnegie Building, currently being managed by the Property Company (WPDL). The exhibits include the whitebait exhibition, the miners hut, the Ross diorama, the stage coach and the Meccano dredge display.
Westland District Council is pleased to announce special discounted ticket prices for West Coast residents for the 2018...
Westland District Council is pleased to announce special discounted ticket prices for West Coast residents for the 2018 Hokitika Wildfoods Festival.
The discounted prices are valid for residents of Westland, Buller and Grey Districts and are as follows:
Local Adult & Senior Tickets: $20 per person
Local Family Pass (2x adults, 2x children): $40
Local Child (5 to 17 years old): $5 per child
As in previous years, children under 5 have free entry.
Discounted locals’ tickets are now available for purchase at West Coast i-SITEs with proof of address and photo identification.
Wildfoods Manager, Sarah Brown, says: “Hokitika Wildfoods Festival 2018 is shaping up to be a fun, family-friendly event with quality entertainment and culinary offerings from the wild side to tamer options. The Festival celebrates its 29th anniversary in 2018 and we’re looking forward to seeing a high local turnout.
“It’s great to have a world-class event on offer in our own backyard. The event has won numerous Tourism Awards, Community Awards and Food Awards, including a West Coast Tourism Award of Excellence and the 2017 Trustpower Community Award for Arts and Culture in Westland.
“Lonely Planet regularly publicise the event as one of the most iconic food festivals in the world, and as most locals will know, the annual festival is also an important fundraising event for local charities and community groups.
“We want the public to get behind us, and offering a Coasters’ discount is our way of demonstrating that we consider this Festival to be by locals, for locals.”
Tickets can be purchased at these participating i-SITEs:
Conserve AND Boil Water Notice Due to the recent lack of rain and subsequent low water levels in the groundwater source,...
Conserve AND Boil Water Notice
Due to the recent lack of rain and subsequent low water levels in the groundwater source, Council is taking precautions and requiring customers on the Arahura town water supply to conserve water and also boil their water before consumption and also for the purpose of food preparation.
This boil water notice is in place due to tankered water being introduced to supplement supply levels. Status updates will be posted on Council’s website www.westlanddc.govt.nz
How to boil water for drinking:
As long as water has been fully boiled in an electric jug, any potential contamination will be destroyed. If you boil your water in a pot, then leave it to boil for at least 2 minutes for the same effect. If you keep boiled water covered in a fridge, then it should be safe for several weeks. To keep it tasting fresh, it’s best to store it in glass or stainless steel.
Due to low groundwater levels and discolouration in the local supply, tankered water from Hokitika is being used to supplement local supply. The need to boil tankered water is a requirement under the Drinking Water Standards for New Zealand (DWSNZ).
Council apologises for any inconvenience caused. If you have any queries please contact our Customer Service Centre on 0800 474 834.
Please assist the Council and its contractors by letting other residents know about this conserve and boil water notice. We do rely on help from the community to spread the word when events like this occur. Thank you.
Westland District Council’s application to participate in the New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency Limited (LGFA)...
Westland District Council’s application to participate in the New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency Limited (LGFA) has been approved.
The LGFA was developed to create the opportunity for a centralised local authority partnership to generate significant benefits for local authorities’ borrowing requirements including improving the security position of the local authorities.
Group Manager for Corporate Services, Lesley Crichton, says “Participating in the LGFA provides many benefits including cheaper borrowing costs, reliable access to long term funding, increased funding market options and an improved credit rating and liquidity for Council.”
“Funding options other than debt and rating are always Council’s preferred option, however, Council has a responsibility to ensure that where debt expenditure is necessary for critical infrastructure projects we have access to the most cost-effective options for that. This is a significant step forward for Council and I believe the benefits of joining this scheme will be clearly evident in the future.
“Westland District Council’s debt levels as reported in the 2016-17 Annual Report are well within accepted levels and are lower than those of many other councils.”
Westland District Council's contractors, Westroads Ltd, carry out vegetation control activities using approved herbicide...
Westland District Council’s contractors, Westroads Ltd, carry out vegetation control activities using approved herbicides and weed control measures on streets within the Westland District area.
If you are a property owner or resident who does not want to have the street frontage of your property sprayed with weed killer, you can request to be added to the No Spray list. If requesting to be on the “No Spray” List you are agreeing that you will take on responsibility for the control of weeds in your street frontage, including the verge, footpath and berm.
To register to be added or removed from the list, please submit your name, email address, property address, property valuation number, mailing address and contact phone number online via our website here.
Please note that you can only add your own property to the list and if you do not control the weeds on the street frontage of your property, Westroads will resume spraying.
Council would like to advise Westland residents that Cass Square is now available for sports groups to use again. Last w...
Council would like to advise Westland residents that Cass Square is now available for sports groups to use again.
Last week these amazing students from Westland High School Hokitika painted a mural at the Westland Industrial Heritage Park. The paint was provided with assistance from a grant from our Creative Communities Scheme.
The 2017 rating valuations are now searchable online here.