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May Cover 2019

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Upcoming Council Meetings

Thursday 23 May 2019 Finance, Audit and Risk Committee Meeting Council Meeting Thursday 6 June Draft Annual Plan 2019/20...

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Upcoming Council Meetings


Thursday 23 May 2019

  • Finance, Audit and Risk Committee Meeting
  • Council Meeting

Thursday 6 June

  • Draft Annual Plan 2019/20 Submission Hearing

Thursday 27 June 2019

  • Finance, Audit and Risk Committee Meeting
  • Council Meeting

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Draft Annual Plan 2019/20

The consultation period for the Draft Annual Plan 2019/20 runs from 24 April to 24 May 2019. You can make your submissio...

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Draft Annual Plan 2019/20

The consultation period for the Draft Annual Plan 2019/20 runs from 24 April to 24 May 2019.

You can make your submission here or by downloading the submission form and returning it via email to consult@westlanddc.govt.nz, dropping it into our Hokitika Service Centre or posting it to: Annual Plan Consultation, Westland District Council, Private Bag 704 Hokitika 7842.

Key Consultation items include:

  • Working with Westland Milk Products to build the new Hokitika Ocean Outfall Pipeline.
  • Changes to how we structure our dog registration.
  • Funding ongoing compliance and enforcement activities.
  • Transferring maintenance activities for Council buildings, community halls and public toilets to Destination Westland.
  • Increasing the grant funding for the Hokitika Regent Theatre.
  • Extending the Hokitika Area Promotions rate to all commercially rated properties in the Hokitika district.
  • Change the zoning of the Bruce Bay community to create separate community rating zone.
  • Provide funding for the Tourism Strategy Group for the 2019/20 financial year.
  • Moving footpath maintenance from the Community Rate to the General rate to allow for more consistency in our rating system.

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Westland Library Service

During May and June the library will be running Stepping Up sessions, digital skills lessons for beginners on topics suc...

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Westland Library Service

During May and June the library will be running Stepping Up sessions, digital skills lessons for beginners on topics such as email, on-line banking, and searching the internet, to name a few. Call in or contact the library to book your place on 03 7556208.

From 9 May, in addition to our regular children’s programme, the library will be hosting an after school Maker Club with Eric Martini from West Coast Tech Space, registration through our on-line form will be required and more details will be available soon on our website.

May 17 is Pink Shirt Day, the anti-bullying movement led by the Mental Health Foundation. The library will be doing our part to help create a community space where all people feel safe, valued and respected. Join us, Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!

Tech Week runs from 20-25th May. On Thursday 23rd West Coast Tech Space will be bringing their Virtual Reality equipment into the library for you to experience. Library staff will be running brief introductions to coding using our new Sphero Robots, suitable for adults, children and families. Look out for more details nearer the time, in the library, on our website and our Facebook page.

June 10 marks the beginning of the library’s Matariki celebrations, keep an eye on our website for more details.

The on-line digital library is open 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. If you are not already a library member and want to use our e-books, e-audiobooks, e-newspapers and e-magazines, you can join the library online as a Digital Only Member and start using the digital library immediately.

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Notes from Animal Control

Animal Control reminds dog owners that dog registration renewals for the 2019/20 year are due in July 2019. Further info...

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Notes from Animal Control

Animal Control reminds dog owners that dog registration renewals for the 2019/20 year are due in July 2019. Further information, including fees, can be found here.

All dogs, including farm dogs, police dogs, and companion/pets need to be registered with the Council by three months of age.

All dogs first registered after 2006 must also be micro-chipped (with some exceptions, see the Dog Control Act 1996 section 36A), and this can be done at your vet or by arrangement with the dog control officer.

Micro-chipping is not and does not replace registration with the district council.

The dog control office welcomes enquiries about care, containment, control of dogs and non-urgent dog related complaints during office hours.

Notification of serious incidents involving significant harm or injury by dogs can be made at any time by phoning the duty dog control officer on 03 756 9010, menu option 5.

Reports of dogs seen wandering will be recorded but may not result in a ‘call out’ response – however wandering dogs held or contained by a caller will be collected by the duty dog control officer during all hours, as a matter of priority.

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Inspection of Rating Information Database

Council’s Rating Information Database (RID) is available for public viewing from 1 May 2019. There is no fee to view the...

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Inspection of Rating Information Database

Council’s Rating Information Database (RID) is available for public viewing from 1 May 2019. There is no fee to view the database.

Go to our website at any time, or call into the Council’s Customer Service Centre, 36 Weld Street, Hokitika. We are open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

The RID contains district wide valuation details, property rating classifications and any current targeted rates the property may be liable for. It does not give owner or ratepayer details.

Please note that the purpose of the RID is to allow people to check what rate types and differentials have been applied to their account for a particular rating year. The figures displayed on the RID should not be used as confirmation of the actual rates charged / payable on a property but are indicative of proposed future rates at a given point in time.

This advertisement meets the terms of Section 28 of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002.

The officer for enquiries is Petro Klopper, Rates Officer.

Please phone 0800 474 834.

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Introduction to Local Government: Standing for Election

Any New Zealand citizen over the age of 18 who is registered on the electoral roll can stand for local government electi...

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Introduction to Local Government: Standing for Election

Any New Zealand citizen over the age of 18 who is registered on the electoral roll can stand for local government election. You will need two people who are enrolled to vote in the region you are standing in to sign your nomination form.

Nominations for candidates open on 19 July 2019 and close on 16 August 2019.

As an elected member you can make a real difference to your community. You represent the views of your community and work in their best interests to achieve the optimum outcomes for the district.

We need a range of elected members of different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds to represent the diversity of our community. Further information about standing for election can be found here.

The following elected member positions are available for nomination: nine elected member positions, one being the Mayor, at Westland District Council; two Westland constituency elected members on the West Coast Regional Council; seven elected members on the West Coast DHB; and one Westland constituency member on the Development West Coast board.

Voting papers will be sent out from 20 September 2019 and must be received by the electoral officer by noon on Polling Day, 12 October 2019.

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Tai Poutini Plan (One District Plan)

After considering an application to change local government arrangements on the West Coast the Local Government Commissi...

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Tai Poutini Plan (One District Plan)

After considering an application to change local government arrangements on the West Coast the Local Government Commission’s preferred option for the West Coast was the combined district plan (One District Plan) referred to as the Tai Poutini Plan.

In 2018, the Commission undertook further consultation, which led to the decision to proceed with forming the Joint Committee to progress the Tai Poutini Plan for the West Coast. The West Coast Regional Council is charged with leading this work into the future in partnership with the three District Councils and iwi.

A Project Manager for the Tai Poutini Plan, Jo Armstrong, was appointed at the end of March 2019.

Jo is excited to use her extensive people and project management skills to deliver the Tai Poutini Plan that reflects the aspirations of all West Coast communities. She plans to run an inclusive process where everyone can help to identify ways of supporting a vibrant West Coast.

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