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Mrs Christine Cuff recently received a Community Service Award from the Council. Christine's family, friends and colleag...
Mrs Christine Cuff recently received a Community Service Award from the Council.
Christine’s family, friends and colleagues attended the presentation. This is an extract from the speech made by Mayor Bruce Smith:
Chris Cuff, is soon to retire from her part time position with the Cancer Society after 7yrs – however will continue to support and Volunteer with the organisation as she has for the past 22yrs. Chris’s role with the Cancer Society has involved patient support for the Westland district, which has also included contact with people as far south as Haast. She visits people in their home when able and assists with much of the paperwork involved with travel and accommodation when they need to travel to Christchurch for treatment.
She has been involved with the various education seminars provided for patients in the district, e.g. ‘Living Well with Cancer’ and ‘Look Good Feel Better’, plus organises the regular monthly support group meetings for local patients.
Another of her roles has been managing and coordinating the annual Daffodil Day appeal for the Westland / South Westland area and organising various fundraising ventures which is a fundamental task for Cancer Society staff and Volunteers as the Society receives and applies for no direct government funding.
I would really like to reinforce the voluntary work she has contributed to the cancer socity, and others within the district (eg I know of Soroptomist International in particular), over many years, and know she and husband Martin will continue to do so for the organisations they both support (eg. Hokitika Fire Brigade). She is always available to whomever phones her and has delivered and stacked wood for people, accompanied them to hospital treatment or appointments, made home visits with baking and taken people into town for a coffee – always as a friend and more often than not in a voluntary capacity.
Chris is a fine example of the work which is quite often unnoticed and unrecognised by the wider population. I know Chris is very happy to ‘fly under the radar’ She will leave large shoes to fill.
On Monday 30th January, public consultation commenced about Easter Trading Hours for Westland. A proposed new policy has...
On Monday 30th January, public consultation commenced about Easter Trading Hours for Westland.
A proposed new policy has been made available for the public to comment on. It focuses on letting shops in Westland open for trade on Easter Sunday.
Currently most shops in New Zealand can’t open on Anzac Day morning, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, or Christmas Day.
New Zealand law still restricts Councils from changing the trading hour rules for Anzac Day morning, Good Friday or Christmas Day. Only dairies, service stations, take away bars, restaurants and cafes, garden centres and duty free stores can open on these restricted trading days.
The proposed new policy gives Westland businesses the choice of whether or not to open for trading on Easter Sunday. Council has drafted this policy on the basis that regular tourism-related trade and other trade is important to the Westland economy.
Submissions will be taken until 3 March 2017.
Information and a submission form is available from the Council’s Customer Service Centre and our website.
I agree with opening shops on Anzac day
Thanks for your feedback. If you would like to formally submit on the proposal you will need to go to:
Note that the proposal is only to allow shops to open on Easter Sunday. The law still restricts Councils from changing the trading hour rules for Anzac Day.
The Hokitika RSA is having their Public Open Day on 25th February. This is an invitation to the public to attend the 6am...
The Hokitika RSA is having their Public Open Day on 25th February.
This is an invitation to the public to attend the 6am opening ceremony. Yes, 6am. It’s a Saturday morning so no sleep-in that day. It will be worth the early morning to celebrate what can be achieved when so many people work hard and long for a worthwhile project.
There will be a formal Maori welcome and blessing. This will be followed by speeches.
The previous Council worked alongside the community and RSA Committee to see the new premises come to fruition. The Council speeches will therefore be a combined effort from both the previous and new elected members, including former Mayor Mike Havill.
The organisers intend to have plenty of seating outside and undercover. The opening formalities will be followed by a breakfast.
The RSA is keen to see as many members of the public as possible to attend. Let’s make this a great event.
Council is keen to enable our customers to search for answers themselves – and no we’re not trying to be lazy! Most of u...
Council is keen to enable our customers to search for answers themselves – and no we’re not trying to be lazy! Most of us are familiar with doing some level of research or our payments and transactions using the internet or self-serve portals.
So Council will, for a start, be introducing tablets for customers to look up ‘Frequently Asked Questions’. Then we may look towards introducing other kiosks or systems that will assist customers to make simple transactions.
Let us know what you think about these ideas.
Have you had good experiences using self- service systems like this?
We already have free Wi-Fi in the Customer Service Centre and this means that Council staff are predominantly assisting visitors with their travel plans and bookings at the end point. We can add value to our local and tourism sector. A customer recently contacted us to give his feedback “you do know what you’re talking about – thank you!” This was after our Customer Services Manager helped him to book a campsite at Haast and then told him “he must try out the excellent fish and chip shop at Jacksons Bay” (add the Irish accent!).
Not everyone's favourite subject however paying our rates enables us all to continue to receive public services and infr...
Not everyone’s favourite subject however paying our rates enables us all to continue to receive public services and infrastructure.
If you are a property owner in Westland you will have received your rates invoice by now. This instalment is due to be paid on 28 February 2017. If you haven’t received it then contact us immediately. It is important that you ensure that your contact details, email and postal address are up to date.
Property sales and subdivisions:
If you have sold a property you are liable for all rates due at the time Notice of Sale is given. If an invoice is still in your name it is because indicate Council has not received the Notice of Sale.
We are required to strike rates on the information contained in the Valuation Rolls at 1 July of any year. If notice of subdivision is received after 30 June, no alterations will be made to rate assessments until the following rating year. In these cases an apportionment of the total year’s rates should be made between the affected parties, if you have any questions please contact your solicitor.
Rates are a charge on the land so only one rates assessment can be in existence for each piece of land
at any one time. If you have recently purchased a property and there is an amount due that you believe was incurred prior to your purchase it is in your interest to ensure that this is paid immediately. Please contact the previous owner, or advise your solicitor.
To set up a direct debit:
We encourage ratepayers to pay using the direct debit payment facility available through the banking system. Payments can be made on a weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly basis to assist your budgeting. If you would like to discuss this option further, please telephone our Rates Officer 0800 474 834 or complete a Rates Direct Debit form which is on our website www.westlanddc.govt.nz and send to us by post or email email@example.com
You can also come into Council’s Customer Service Centre and staff will assist you to set it up.
Automatic charges are added to your account when instalments are paid late. Any instalment (or part thereof) that remains unpaid beyond the last date for payment set out on your invoice will attract an additional charge of 10%. A 10% additional charge is added to all rate arrears from previous years remaining unpaid in July with a further charge of 10% on the rate arrears that remain unpaid six months after the first penalty was added.
Don’t get behind, our staff will assist you to set up a payment plan that suits you.
To be eligible for a rates rebate for the 2016/17 rating year you must be the legal ratepayer for the property that was your home on 1 July 2014. You must pay rates for the home in which you live. The property must not be principally be used for commercial, industrial, business or farming purposes.
The amount of any rates rebate is based on three factors
In most cases the income threshold for the maximum rates rebate of $605 will be $24,250, although the income threshold increases by $500 for each dependant in the household.
If you provide these three details to Council by telephone or over the counter at one of our offices, we can quickly calculate whether you qualify for a rates rebate, and if so, how much you would be entitled to.
You can also use the calculator on the rates rebate website www.ratesrebates.govt.nz to determine any entitlement.
Council is going to hold a “Rates rebate clinic” in July 2017. This will be advertised and is for people to come in and receive help and advice from Inland Revenue Department, Work & Income and Council to complete their applications.
All of the above information is on our website.
26 January: Hokitika – Westland RSA 23 February: Chambers 23 March: Chambers 27 April: Chambers 25 May: Chambers 22 June...
26 January: Hokitika – Westland RSA
23 February: Chambers
23 March: Chambers
27 April: Chambers
25 May: Chambers
22 June: Chambers
27 July: Chambers
24 August: Chambers
28 September: Chambers
26 October: Chambers
23 November: Chambers
14 December: Chambers
We had an article in the last Westland Matters issue about school children helping the Enviroschools co-ordinator and Co...
We had an article in the last Westland Matters issue about school children helping the Enviroschools co-ordinator and Council staff install “Blue Fish” alongside drains in Hokitika. Have you seen any of the fish in your neighbourhoods?
Individuals, families and businesses can sponsor a ‘Clean drains fish’ yourself . Just contact either Zoe Watson, the Enviroschools Co-ordinator at WestReap Hokitika 755 8700, or Council 0800 7474 834. We’d love to see more of the fish installed throughout Westland.
Our streams, rivers, creeks, lakes and oceans are being contaminated with plastics, glass, cleaning agents, waste oils and other petroleum based products among many other pollutants, turning them uninhabitable for creatures that live in the water, and unfit for human consumption and swimming. Only 2.5% of the earth’s water is fresh, and 98.8% of that fresh water is inaccessible to us; therefore we must do everything possible to preserve this precious commodity.
Back by popular demand after a successful start in 2016 is the celebration of 'One Month To Go' for the Hokitika Wildfoo...
Back by popular demand after a successful start in 2016 is the celebration of ‘One Month To Go’ for the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival.
This is a warm up and will bring life to the stunning Hokitika Beach from 4pm on Sunday 12th February.
Lock this family friendly, free event in your diary and we hope to see locals and visitors alike joining us for a celebration at Hokitika Beach. If you enjoy yourself a koha/donation to the acts is appreciated.
This time round we have the following acts performing;
Food will be offered by the Parents of St Marys-Sausage Sizzle and Drinks, Westland High School-Burgers and Bacon Butties, Coffee, Ice Cream and Langos will also be on offer.
Don’t forget to get your tickets for the main event: The Hokitika Wildfoods Festival is back in 2017 #BiggerBetterWilder
For 2017 we have some new additions to our Wild Offering including the Wild Warm Up on the eve of the festival: Friday10th March. This is an evening with some of NZ’s funniest people set to send you home with damp pants and a sore tummy.
The main event the iconic Hokitika Wildfoods Festival turns 28 this year and will have some of the ever popular foods and a great range of new and different ones to try.
Back by popular demand is the Official Afterparty (R18), with another line up of talent to help you close out a great day in Hokitika.
LOCALS TICKETS for all three ticketed events are avaliable from Hokitika isite only. More info and tickets from wildfoods.co.nz
A lot is being done to maintain and improve our trail. Here's a snap shot about the current situation. Taramakau: Physic...
A lot is being done to maintain and improve our trail. Here’s a snap shot about the current situation.
Taramakau: Physical work commenced at the site the week before Christmas for Stage 1 through the bushland. Difficult conditions were encountered and no work has been able to proceed since then due to the holiday break and exceptional untimely rainfall events. Stage 2 boardwalk is still with NZTA awaiting final signoff before construction can commence.
Hokitika-Kaniere Tramway: The request for further information by Heritage NZ has been submitted and we await the next phase which could take up to 3 months before a decision is provided. The Land Use consent lodged with Council has also required further information to be submitted.
Golf Links Road: The design alignment and timing of this project has been determined. A basic survey and vegetation clearance on the alignment was completed by the project manager. A tender process is in place and it is anticipated that physical works may commence mid-February 2017 with completion mid-March.
Mahinapua: Ngai Tahu have continued to show full support for this project and endorsed the commencement of physical works. A working bee occurred during Waitangi weekend to hand-cut some sections. This is a project with significant financial shortfall and volunteer work is critical to keep this project on budget target. There is good support from other parties to keep this project on track. Further input from DoC, Hoppers and Fish & Game is also required.
Ruatapu: There has been no progress on this trail section due to project prioritisation. This section may be affected by a major proposal in conjunction with DoC to have an off-road lake alignment that would bypass the need for a significant portion of on-road construction.
Financially there has been minimal capital expenditure on the West Coast Wilderness Trail over recent months. Confirmation of external funding by NZTA for two of the five projects will greatly assist our financial situation.
An internal finance and risk audit process has been implemented consisting of the Chief Executive, Group Manager: Corporate Services and Project Manager. There will be a meeting with Trail Managers and stakeholders at Hokitika with NZCT/MBIE in early February. NZCT will be presenting background information about future funding criteria and then moving onto assessment of the Westland/Grey submission for future capital works. This covers enhancement projects in the order of $5.3M and is complimentary to the Regional Growth project application.The Regional Growth study application was submitted for Stage 2 of the process. This covers enhancement projects and new projects in the order of $6.3M between Westland and Grey districts.
It would be good to see NO MotorBikes signage at the start of the sections of Trail,,,as I have come across motorbike tracks and damage on various parts of the trail…I have also seen a motor bike parked up halfway along Hurunui Jacks trail in January 2017.
Motorbikes ruin the tranquility and safety of the Trail…and significantly add to maintenance costs.
Thanks for your feedback. It has been passed to the Project Manager for the trail to follow up on.
West Coasters know that we have to plan our journeys. Our roads are our lifelines but they are not always open and the w...
West Coasters know that we have to plan our journeys. Our roads are our lifelines but they are not always open and the weather sometimes has an impact on our plans. Here’s some tips that we all know but are worth thinking about again:
Even in summer we need to consider the impact of rain or other influences on our roads. Remember the advice from your driving instructor? “Accelerate smoothly and brake gently. Use your highest gear when travelling uphill and your lowest downhill.” Whether it was your dad, mum, neighbour, friend or a foolhardy driving instructor, that original advice still applies.
Coasters please leave a safe distance between you and the car you’re following. It helps when others may make a mistake in front of you.
A common and puzzling mistake is for motorists to not drive with their lights dipped for increased safety. It really helps other motorists see that you are there.
If we think about all these things, we’ll enjoy those summer road trips so much more!
For more formal advice refer to www.nzta.govt.nz
The programme of works included in Council’s Long Term Plan is progressing. This will be a relief to residents and busin...
The programme of works included in Council’s Long Term Plan is progressing. This will be a relief to residents and business owners who have been affected by heavy rainfalls and consequential flooding.
Council have awarded the contract for the Hokitika Stormwater Upgrade to Westroads. The works included in this contract include the upgrade of stormwater infrastructure within the Tancred, Rolleston and Bealey Street catchments.
Graeme Kelly from Westroads would like residents to know:
“Westroads are pleased to be undertaking the Hokitika Stormwater project, Stage 1. The ratepayers in these affected areas have waited a long time for these improvements and our staff are up to the challenge of delivering 100% on this contract within the specifications and timeframes. Please give our staff a fair go and avoid the affected streets for the duration of the works”.
The current programme will see construction works commencing in Rolleston St later this month. Works in Tancred and Bealey Streets will follow. The total programme is expected to take approximately four months from start to finish. In the interim Westroads will be carrying out minor works in the Tancred, Rolleston and Bealey St areas in preparation for the main construction works to commence.
Council will continue to update residents about progress on these works via Westland Matters, our website, Facebook page etc. A letter drop will also be carried out in the specific areas where residents and businesses may be affected by construction works.
With the patchy summer we’ve had so far it’s probably not surprising if you haven’t used a pool yet! However, did you kn...
With the patchy summer we’ve had so far it’s probably not surprising if you haven’t used a pool yet! However, did you know that new pool safety legislation came into effect on 1 January 2017?
The Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016 came into effect and it repealed the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 and included new pool safety provisions in the Building Act 2004. Key changes include:
You can read more about restricting access to residential pools here.