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Ethnic communities’ celebration for Westland

Following on the back of a successful funding application for a Waitangi Day event, Westland District Council has also s...

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Ethnic communities’ celebration for Westland

Following on the back of a successful funding application for a Waitangi Day event, Westland District Council has also successfully obtained a grant of $5000 to hold a multi-ethnic festival in late 2018.

Westland is home to approximately 8,300 people representing 56 nationalities. This cultural event and social cohesion project aims to share cultural knowledge and build inter-cultural relationships in a family-friendly way through food, music, dance and storytelling. The purpose is to create a culture of inclusiveness and improved understanding of the history and heritage of our region’s diverse ethnic groups.

A preliminary meeting with representatives of some of the largest cultural groups in the region was held in September and support for this event is strong. The project will be driven by Westland District Council with oversight from the Lions Club of Hokitika.

Representatives from Ngāti Waewae, Makaawhio, Westland Soroptimists and New Coasters have also pledged their desire to partner with Council to execute the event.

Chief Executive, Simon Bastion, says:

“We believe that both migrants and lifelong West Coasters will benefit from this event. Positive outcomes include making new friends, trying new things, and having fun “What we aim to achieve is an increased sense of belonging and participation for members of our ethnic communities.

“Our project will encourage interaction between different cultures in a fun and engaging way and is an opportunity to celebrate diverse experiences, histories, languages and identities and foster knowledge-sharing among both children and adults to break down barriers. It wasn’t that long ago that we could all have been considered migrants!”

The specifics of the event are still being worked through but many ideas have been brought to the table so far, including a powhiri at the local marae, a costume parade, international food market, Diwali celebration, an evening of international music and dance and a children’s story time event involving school children sharing myths and fairy tales from their native cultures.

All the activities will be family-friendly, alcohol-free and non-profit to encourage maximum participation.

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Waitangi Day Commemoration

A successful funding application through the Ministry for Culture and Heritage Commemorating Waitangi Day fund has meant...

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Waitangi Day Commemoration

A successful funding application through the Ministry for Culture and Heritage Commemorating Waitangi Day fund has meant that a public Waitangi Day event will be held in Westland in 2018.

On 6th February 2018, Westland District Council will partner with iwi, marae(s), local government and community groups of many cultures to host an event on Gibson Quay in Hokitika.

The family friendly event will encourage participants to dress in period costume circa 1840. Prizes will be provided for best dress in theme.

Cultural and artistic performances and contemporary and traditional music will be performed on stage and in the street. This will include a showcase by cultural groups and iwi as well as displays of art, weaving and traditional, interactive Māori games.

The event will also aim to educate residents about Te Tiriti o Waitangi through displays that tells the story of the Treaty of Waitangi. It will cover the events that led up to the Treaty, explain what is written in the documents, and explore the crucial differences between the Māori and English versions. Facilitators will also provide an interactive workshop discussion about the Westland experience of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Kai and market stalls and other fun activities such as fair rides and interactive games will be provided by local community organisations including games and sports events. Both young and old will be able participate in 3-legged races, egg and spoon races, gumboot tossing and a Tug-of-war competition.

Francois Tumahai, representative and Chairperson of Te Runanga o Ngāti Waewae, said in his letter of support for the event:

“Holding this event is a significant step for Westland towards promoting nation-building and community bonding through wide community participation and promotion of this cultural heritage and experience.

“The District as a whole has not celebrated this event in the recent past and it is timely that steps are taken to correct this. I am particularly interested in seeing events that will deepen and broaden conversations about Te Tiriti. This is important in helping deepen understanding across our communities.”

So block this date out in your calendar/diary now!

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What is a Long Term Plan?

All councils in New Zealand are required to put together a Long Term Plan every three years to ensure that the services...

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What is a Long Term Plan?

All councils in New Zealand are required to put together a Long Term Plan every three years to ensure that the services and infrastructure they provide are sustainably funded and of good quality. Councils are also required to give their local communities a chance to take part in the decision making process.

Westland District Council’s upcoming Long Term Plan will cover the years 2018-2028 (you can find a copy of our previous LTP for 2015-2025 online) and will set out the what Council is considering doing, how Council intends to do it, the costs involved and how these costs will be funded. This will include things like the levels and quality of Westland’s roads and footpaths, levels of service for Westland District Library, Hokitika Museum, water, stormwater and wastewater maintenance and capital projects, transfer stations and recreation facilities such as swimming pools and reserves etc.

Under Section 93 of the Local Government Act, there are five main purposes of a Long Term Plan:

  • To outline the proposed activities that Council intends to undertake over next 10 years
  • To outline how those activities will benefit the community and allow the community the opportunity to be involved in the process and offer feedback
  • To show that decisions are made in an integrated way i.e. coordinating resources
  • To ensure that Council’s maintain a long term focus in their planning
  • To provide a basis for accountability
  • The Long Term Plan (LTP) is a key planning and consultation document.

Have Your Say
Having your say on the proposed LTP is one of the best ways to influence Council’s thinking and direction and planned programme of works.

The formal LTP consultation period for Westland is scheduled to take place in April 2018.

 

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2017 Westlander of the Year award winners

At December's Council meeting, Mayor Bruce Smith, presented the Westlander of the Year award winners for 2017. The award...

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2017 Westlander of the Year award winners

At December’s Council meeting, Mayor Bruce Smith, presented the Westlander of the Year award winners for 2017.

The award winner for the commercial/economic category was Evan Birchfield who is described by the people who nominated him as being “a top performer when it comes to business”. Birchfield was commended for providing employment opportunities to locals and for his contribution to the Ross and wider Westland communities. The panel of independent judges for the commercial/economic category, including representatives from Enterprise Hokitika and businesses based in Hokitika and Kaniere, unanimously agreed that he was deserving of the award.

The Environmental and Community Award winners proved more difficult for their respective panel of judges to agree on.

In the end, Inger Perkins, was named the winner of the Westlander of the Year award for the Environmental category for her promotion of sustainability and volunteer work with the Kea Conservation Trust and West Coast Penguin Trust.

Dr Anna Dyzel of Westland Medical Centre took out the Westlander of the Year award for the community service category. Nominators cited her work organising Westland’s annual Children’s Day, the Hokitika Christmas Parade, active involvement with the Lions Club of Hokitika, and numerous other acts of service including cemetery restoration works and saving the Tambo.

Council wants to thank the public for submitting so many high quality candidates for consideration. We also want to once again extend our thanks to our three independent judges’ panels for their assistance at short notice.

Mayor Bruce Smith said, “I wish to extend my congratulations to the award winners. I consider myself lucky to get to live and work in a place like Westland which has an abundance of talented and generous people who give back to their communities.”

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$3.25 million of infrastructure funding obtained

Westland District Council is delighted to announce that it has been successful in obtaining over $3.25 million of centra...

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$3.25 million of infrastructure funding obtained

Westland District Council is delighted to announce that it has been successful in obtaining over $3.25 million of central government funding for four high priority infrastructure projects across the district.

Out of a pool of just under $15 million, Westland as a region gained 23% of the total. This financial support enables Council to upgrade existing infrastructure (or provide new infrastructure) to alleviate the pressure created by increased tourism growth.

$1,985,800 of funding has been committed by central government for the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant to go alongside the existing oxidation ponds in Franz Josef.

$394,320 of funding is allocated for constructing new toilet facilities, a dump station, shelter, and bus depot in Haast, as well as enhancing the current carpark.

$388,545 of funding will enable Council to increase the number of carparks and upgrade the toilets at Hokitika Gorge.

Meanwhile, a further $485,325 of funding will be used for the construction of car parks, toilets and a shelter at Sunset Point.

Chief Executive, Simon Bastion, says:

“Westland District Council believes it is essential that the Westland economy thrives again for the sake of the region and the people who live here. Tourism underpins that economy so a key focus of Council, therefore, is on lobbying central government for infrastructure funding to support our economic potential.

“I’m delighted in this result – I think it will really help support our economy and our communities’ future resilience. Westland has a very large geographic area but a small ratepayer base. We will continue to make the case to central government that our ratepayers cannot foot the bill alone and that the financial support of central government is essential.

“A lot of hard work has gone into these funding applications by the team at Council and it is a result that everyone can be very proud of. We have been successful in achieving funding for the highest priority projects based on the key tourist hotspots.”

The next round of applications for Tourism Infrastructure Funding opens in in the New Year and Council intends to submit applications for infrastructure projects on behalf of some of its communities who were unsuccessful in this current round.

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Outcome of dog hearing

Two dogs believed to be involved in the death of a cat in Hokitika in August 2017 have been returned to their owner foll...

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Outcome of dog hearing

Two dogs believed to be involved in the death of a cat in Hokitika in August 2017 have been returned to their owner following a District Court hearing in Greymouth on Monday 11 December 2017.

Westland District Council instigated court proceedings against the owner of the two dogs believed to be involved in the cat attack incident recommending that the dogs be euthanised and the owner prosecuted because of the fatality. However, the judge, upon reviewing the identification process used by Council’s former dog control contractors, indicated concerns about the evidence against the dogs. The Council and its legal team assessed it as highly likely that prosecution would fail because of the judge’s concerns, and therefore withdrew charges.

This has meant that the dogs have been released to the owner upon payment of the outstanding registration fees and associated penalties. Westland District Council can, and will, however, impound the dogs again and infringe the owner if the dogs are found wandering. Council also has other options it can adopt under the Dog Control Act 1996 for future transgressions including classifying the owner as prohibited from owning dogs for a period of two years.

Group Manager for Planning, Community and Environment, Jim Ebenhoh, says:

“Council has learnt some good lessons from this process. We now have a better understanding of the level of evidence and the identification process our contractors need to use with eyewitnesses in order to successfully prosecute for dog control breaches.

“We are hopeful that the extended period of separation between the owner and dogs may encourage the owner to take on board the recommendations of the judge regarding the importance of keeping dogs under control.

“Council intends to maintain its vigilance around dog control matters, and would like to also remind all dog owners that the best outcome is preventative rather than punitive.”

The Westland community will have the opportunity to be involved in Council’s dog control bylaw and policy review as part of the Long Term Plan consultation process in a few months’ time. Members of the public are encouraged to make submissions at that time regarding whether Council should increase the levels of service it provides regarding dog control.

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Wildfoods Festival update

The 2018 Wildfoods Festival is soaring to new heights thanks to the Royal New Zealand Air Force who will entertain festi...

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Wildfoods Festival update

The 2018 Wildfoods Festival is soaring to new heights thanks to the Royal New Zealand Air Force who will entertain festival-goers with an aerial display by the Black Falcons on Saturday March 10, 2018.

The Wildfoods team are pleased to announce the After party headline act, Sons of Zion. Sons of Zion are an Auckland band whose music fuses the rock, dub, RnB and reggae genres. They’ve performed alongside Mary J Blige, Jimmy Cliff and Maxi Priest and have performed at many festivals in New Zealand and Australia.

Dutch band, My Baby, will also be performing at the festival, all the way from Amsterdam bringing their music mix of blues, country and funk.

My Baby was founded in 2012 by previous members of the Amsterdam soul band, The Souldiers. They are no strangers to performing internationally, having toured Eastern Europe and South Africa previously. They’ve also played at the famed Glastonbury Festival in the United Kingdom six times. In March 2016, the band won an Edison music award in the category “Alternative” for their album Shamanaid.

Meanwhile, a butter that is at the heart of the West Coast’s dairy heritage will feature at the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival ‘Demo Zone’ in 2018…Westland Milk Products’ award-winning Westgold.

Westland Milk Products, through its Westgold brand, is sponsoring the Demo Zone where festival-goers will be able to see local ‘wild’ foods cooked up by celebrity and guest chefs. Westgold butter will feature in many of these dishes.

“We’re very pleased to sponsor the Demo Zone,” Westland’s Chief Executive Toni Brendish says.

The 2018 Wildfoods Festival will also be attended by researchers from the University of Otago, led by Dr Damien Mather of the University of Otago’s Department of Marketing. Dr Mather and his team will be conducting research into societal attitudes about edible insects and they’re especially keen to chat to people who are brave enough to try huhu grubs on the day.

Coast residents can still buy reduced price Coasters’ tickets at the Karamea Information Centre, and Reefton, Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika i-SITEs.

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Share your photos with us!

We think Westland is a wonderful place to live. If you feel the same and want to share your photos of our District with...

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Share your photos with us!

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:

  • Beach, river, lake and park photos
  • Photos of community facilities e.g. community halls, playgrounds etc
  • Sunset/sunrise photos
  • Photos of wildlife and bush
  • Photos of community events and people enjoying any of the above.

 

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Westland road safety statistics

In a report recently released by Central Government, there have been 36 fatalities on West Coast roads between 2012-2016...

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Westland road safety statistics

In a report recently released by Central Government, there have been 36 fatalities on West Coast roads between 2012-2016 (this combines State Highways in our region and rural roads which Council maintains).

The most common causes of death in these accidents have been:

  • Losing control 17
  • Driving too fast for conditions 14
  • Inexperienced driver 8
  • Alcohol/drugs 7
  • Inattention or attention diverted 6
  • Failing to keep left 5
  • Failing to give way 4
  • Driver tired or fell asleep 3

(Some fatalities involved more than one cause.)

19% of deaths involved overseas licence holders, but 81% of the deaths involved New Zealand drivers licence holders who were believed to have caused the accident.

Road safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Please stick to the speed limits, and be aware that in heavy rain, fog, wind or other inclement weather you may need to drive significantly slower than the signposted speed limit.

Watch out for fatigue – especially on long journeys. Be aware of any medication you’re taking that might affect your driving.

Ensure that everyone in your vehicle is wearing a seatbelt and don’t drink and drive. The alcohol limit for drivers is now lower than it used to be.

Wait to overtake until you get to a passing lane or can see enough clear road ahead of you to do it safely.

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Rental Warrant of Fitness scheme

Parliament recently passed the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill. This means that there will now be a mandatory minimum stand...

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Rental Warrant of Fitness scheme

Parliament recently passed the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill. This means that there will now be a mandatory minimum standard set for all rental properties.

“Under our law, every rental property will have a modern heating source,” said Housing Minister Phil Twyford.

“It will be effectively illegal for landlords to rent out properties that are a threat to the health of the people living in them.”

The specifics of what this mean for property investors and landlords have not yet been released but we wanted to highlight this for those in Westland who this may be applicable to.

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Marks Road Reserve consultation

At the 14 December Ordinary Council Meeting, a proposal was tabled to sell part of the Marks Road Reserve by tender. The...

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Marks Road Reserve consultation

At the 14 December Ordinary Council Meeting, a proposal was tabled to sell part of the Marks Road Reserve by tender.

The land in question is part of a 6.2787 hectare block in Haast held by Westland District Council as a Local Purpose Reserve subject to the Reserves Act 1977.

It was proposed that Council would obtain an up-to-date valuation of the land parcel and some of the revenue from this sale could be used on community projects in the Haast area.

The report to Council stated “this is a community Local Purpose block of land, therefore there needs to be consultation with the local community to ensure they agree”. There is potential that the land could be used for a commercial venture.

Cr Carruthers moved to accept the proposal; this was seconded by Cr Olson. Council resolved that there would be a public consultation process with the Haast community on part of land parcel RS5944 coming out of Reserve Land status. This would be done with a view to make the land available for commercial sale by public tender subject to the outcome of the public consultation.

Submissions are expected to open in a few weeks’ time and we will advise the public of when and how you can have your say regarding this proposal.

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Other Updates

Driftwood & Sand Hokitika’s 16th annual Driftwood & Sand beach sculpture festival will take place from January 2...

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Other Updates

Driftwood & Sand

Hokitika’s 16th annual Driftwood & Sand beach sculpture festival will take place from January 24th-28th, 2018 at Hokitika Beach. Save the date as you will not want to miss it!


Water updates

Due to further pump complications, Council has been unable to lift your level 1 water alert for Hari Hari as yet. It may be up to another week before we can get the pump replaced and return to the water supply back its full production capacity.

The boil water notices remain in effect for Kumara and Whataroa and are likely to remain in place for a few more days. We apologise for the inconvenience and will let you know as soon as this changes.


Liquor licence application pending

Deepa Limited trading as The Last Kitchen in Fox Glacier have an application for a new on licence currently pending before Council.

Westland residents who would be directly affected by the granting of said application (for example, they live in the vicinity of the vendor) are entitled to lodge objections within 15 working days of the date of publication of this notice on our website. The process to do so involves filing a notice of objection under section 131 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. All notices of objection must be made in writing with the Secretary of the District Licensing Committee, Private Bag 704, Hokitika.

Details of the applications of the following businesses can be found by clicking the highlighted links below:


West Coast Wilderness Trail

Last week four steel beams were lowered into place by helicopter to enable the completion of the two cycleway bridges on the Kaniere Tramway.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of this month and will provide a lovely off-road connection for cycling and walking between Kaniere and Hokitika.

This project has been targeted for over 20 years by locals and will finally be concluded as part of the Nga Harenga Great Rides trail for the West Coast Wilderness Trail.


January Council Meeting

January’s Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 25 January in the Council Chambers. The Finance, Audit and Risk Committee meeting will be held at 9.30am followed by Ordinary Council Business at 11.00am.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and agendas will be made available to members of the public prior to the commencement of the meeting.


Photo: Local artist Micheal McEwen working on a kinetic sculpture for the 2018 Driftwood & Sand Festival.

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