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Cover July 2019

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Upcoming Council Meetings

Thursday 25 July 2019 Finance, Audit and Risk Committee Meeting Council Meeting Thursday 22 August 2019 Finance, Audit a...

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Upcoming Council Meetings


Thursday 25 July 2019

  • Finance, Audit and Risk Committee Meeting
  • Council Meeting

Thursday 22 August 2019

  • Finance, Audit and Risk Committee Meeting
  • Council Meeting

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Westland Library News

Throughout July you can pick up a free replacement library card (usually $5). Remember, having your card saves time at t...

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Westland Library News

Throughout July you can pick up a free replacement library card (usually $5). Remember, having your card saves time at the desk and makes it easier for you to use the new computers.

Also in July, the Winter reading challenge starts, fun for adults and children and just the thing for those cold dark winter evenings. Pick up a BINGO board from the library or download from our website www.westlib.co.nz.

For information and bookings please contact the library on 03 7556208 or email library@westlib.co.nz


Events


July

  • 8-12 July School Holiday Activities keep younger members of the family entertained. Places are limited, bookings essential.
  • 10 July, Lily Hoffman, a talented young musician will be giving our Library Talk and performing.

August

  • 7 August NZ Children and Young Adult Book Awards – Announcement of the winner, we will be working with local schools to celebrate. Come into the library and tell us which was your favourite. There will be a special Story-time and a craft activity in the library, more details will be available nearer the time.
  • Library Talk! Details to be confirmed. (We are always looking for new speakers so if you are interested in giving a Library Talk, please contact Lorelle or Natasha.)

September

  • 9-15 September, Maori Language Week celebrating Te Reo in the Library. Kia Kaha te Reo Māori – Let’s make the Māori language strong.
  • 23-29 September, Mental Health Awareness Week with information, activities and experiences to support your mental wellbeing. More details available nearer the time.

October

  • 30 September – 11 October, School Holiday Activities.
  • 16 October – International Food Day – To help celebrate this we will be working together with New Coasters to hold another short format presentation evening (with food of course). Advanced call for speakers about food, diets, festive feasts, fads and favourites from around the world, please contact Lorelle or Natasha if you are interested in presenting.

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Annual Plan 2019/20 – Adopted

The 2019/20 Westland District Annual Plan was adopted by Council on 27 June 2019. Amendments to the Long Term Plan Year...

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Annual Plan 2019/20 – Adopted

The 2019/20 Westland District Annual Plan was adopted by Council on 27 June 2019.

Amendments to the Long Term Plan Year 2 include:

  • Working with Westland Milk Products on an Ocean Outfall Pipeline to be built alongside the Hokitika wastewater treatment plant.
  • Restructured dog registration.
  • $55,000 to fund ongoing compliance and enforcement activities, such as parking regulation.
  • Transferring maintenance activities for Council buildings, community halls and public toilets to Destination Westland.
  • An additional grant of $27,500 Hokitika Regent Theatre.
  • Extending the Hokitika Area Promotions rate to all commercially rated properties in the Hokitika district.
  • Creating a separate community rating zone for Bruce Bay.
  • Funding of $100,000 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.
  • Providing a $5000 grant to Minerals West Coast.

Council would like to thank everyone who took the time to make a submission to the Draft Annual Plan.

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Dog Registration

Did you know? The most popular dog names in Westland District are Molly / Mollie and Jess… and the most popular breed is...

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Dog Registration

Did you know? The most popular dog names in Westland District are Molly / Mollie and Jess… and the most popular breed is Labrador Retriever.

Animal Control reminds dog owners that dog registration renewals for the 2019/20 year are due by 31 July 2019. Payments after 1 August 2019 incur a late payment penalty of 50% of the registration fee.

All dogs, including farm dogs, police dogs, and companion/pets need to be registered with the Council by three months of age. Please note, the working dog class has been removed.

Current fees as per 2019/20 Annual Plan:

  • Hokitika and Kaniere township (urban) – $74
  • Other Areas (rural) – $58.50
  • Responsible Dog Owners Initial Inspection fee – $50 inspection fee to qualify plus $50 one year registration
  • Responsible Dog Owners – $50 Registration fee after the first year
  • Working Dog – Not applicable, class removed

 

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Introduction to Local Government: Standing for Election

Nomination documents for candidates for election to Westland District Council will be available in July. Information abo...

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Introduction to Local Government: Standing for Election

Nomination documents for candidates for election to Westland District Council will be available in July. Information about the 2019 local body election, including the Westland District Council Candidate’s Handbook can be found on our website.

The Candidate Handbook has all the information that you need to know about the positions open for election in the Westland District. It contains advice on how to stand as a candidate, as well as what an elected member can expect in their role.

Priorities for council, major projects and council’s financial information are outlined in the Chief Executive’s Pre-Election Report, which will be available on our website before nominations open on 19 July 2019. This document is designed to promote understanding and discussion among candidates and the community about the issues that the council faces.

Local Government New Zealand has information for candidates, including a Candidate Guide is available on their website.

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Rates Rebates

To find out if you are eligible for a rates rebate from the Department of Internal Affairs visit our website. Rates reba...

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Rates Rebates

To find out if you are eligible for a rates rebate from the Department of Internal Affairs visit our website.

Rates rebates for the 2019/20 year will be available from 1 July 2019. You could receive up to a $640 reduction on your rates.

Please contact Petro Klopper, Rates Officer, for more information – 03 756 9036, petro.klopper@westlanddc.govt.nz

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Recycling and Waste

All recycling bins containing clean, recyclable items get recycled! Items that should go into your kerbside recycling: C...

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Recycling and Waste

All recycling bins containing clean, recyclable items get recycled!


Items that should go into your kerbside recycling:

  • Cardboard
  • Clean plastic containers and bottles (numbered 1,2,4 and 5)
  • Metal tins and cans
  • Paper

Please do not put rubbish items, such as other plastics, dirty nappies, and garden waste into your recycling bin as items from these bins cannot be recycled.

Glass is accepted for recycling at the Hokitika and Franz Josef Transfer Stations free of charge.

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Warmer Kiwi Homes Programme

EECA Warmer Kiwi Homes will be offering grants for efficient heat pumps, wood burners and pellet burners to low-income h...

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Warmer Kiwi Homes Programme

EECA Warmer Kiwi Homes will be offering grants for efficient heat pumps, wood burners and pellet burners to low-income home owners from 1 July 2019.

Grants cover two-thirds of the cost of installing approved heaters, up to $2500. To be eligible home owners must live in the home and:

  • Home was built before 2008.
  • Home owner has a community services care or super gold combo card, or
  • Home is in an area identified as low-income.
  • Home doesn’t have an existing operational fixed heater in the main living area.
  • Home must have EECA compliant ceiling and underfloor insulation (subject to assessment)

Find out more information on Energywise or by calling 0800 749 782.

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Grants for Earthquake-prone Heritage Buildings

Heritage EQUIP offers grant funding for private owners of heritage buildings to help them undertake earthquake strengthe...

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Grants for Earthquake-prone Heritage Buildings

Heritage EQUIP offers grant funding for private owners of heritage buildings to help them undertake earthquake strengthening.

Funding is available for:

  • Up to 67% of the cost of seismic upgrade works.
  • Obtaining professional advice.
  • Multiple building applications, with extra incentives available.
  • Works and advice proposal that build technical capacity in regional New Zealand.

Visit Heritage EQUIP or phone 04 499 4229 for further information.

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