Council News – August 2021

13 August 2021

August / September Council Meetings

13 August 2021

Meeting Date Time
Council Thursday, 26 August 1.00pm
Planning & Regulatory Services Committee Tuesday, 2 September 3.00pm
Community Development Committee Monday, 6 September 5.30pm
Cycling & Walking Subcommittee Thursday, 16 September 3.00pm
Council Thursday, 30 September 1.00pm

Image Credit: Westland District Council

August / September Council Meetings

Current events at the library

13 August 2021

The Library has a range of fantastic special events and regular events. Check out our Facebook page and website for details of all our events and activities. Bookings can be made by contacting the library on or calling 03 755 6208.

Special Events    
Evening of Spoken Word

In association with the National Poetry Day

Wednesday, 1 September 5.30pm – 7pm
Regular Events    
Tea and Tales

Dementia friendly book group

Registration required

Mondays 10.30am
Wriggle and Rhyme Storytime

A programme that promotes active movement for babies and toddlers.

Tuesdays during school term

24 August, 31 August, 7 September, 14 September, 21 September, 28 September

10.30am – 11.00am

STEAM Club is a six-week programme for children 8 years and upwards.

Registrations required.

Tuesdays during school term

24 August, 31 August, 7 September, 14 September, 21 September

3.30pm – 4.30pm
Wellbeing Conversation Group

Focusing on the Mental Health Foundation’s ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing, Ētahi ara e rima ki te ngākau ora.

First Wednesday of each month.

1 September, 6 October, 3 November, 1 December

11am – 12.00pm
Justice of the Peace Thursdays 11.00am – 1.00pm
Junior Book Club

Meet new people, listen to stories, talk about books, play games and choose new books. Registrations required.


26 August, 9 September, 23 September

3.30pm – 4.30pm
Play with Words

Monthly writing workshop, share inspiring writing games and spark your imagination.

Last Friday of each month.

27 August, 24 September, 29 October, 26 November.

10.00am – 12.00pm
Café Books

Join us for a cup of coffee/tea, a friendly chat and the chance to check out a stack of shiny new library books before they hit the shelves.

Saturdays 10.30 am
Telling West Coast Stories online

Improve the online presence of the West Coast online


28 August

4 September

25 September


Greymouth Library, 10.00am

Hokitika Library, 1.00pm

Greymouth Library, 10.00am

Keep up to date with upcoming events by checking out the Library’s Facebook page.

Current events at the library

Three Waters Reform

13 August 2021

The central government continues to provide further information to Councils and the public about the Three Water Reforms. We have put together a page of information on our website to help you understand what the government is proposing, what it might mean for the Westland District and what Council’s views are.

You can read more on our website.

Three Waters Reform

Our commitment to Mana Whenua

Project for Hokitika’s new wastewater treatment plant kicks off

13 August 2021

A new subcommittee, formed with members of Council and local iwi representatives held their first meeting at the beginning of August to start work on a new wastewater treatment plant project for Hokitika.

The Hokitika Wastewater Treatment Plant Project Oversight Subcommittee will provide governance as the project progresses. The goal of the project is to develop a fit-for-purpose wastewater solution that is sensitive to cultural and environmental concerns and meets the needs of Westland District ratepayers.

In a first for the Council, the subcommittee is an equal partnership between Council and Mana Whenua, with two representatives from Ngāti Waewae and two representatives from Ngāti Maahaki. This partnership honours the Manatu Whakaaetanga Partnership agreement signed in 2020.

Read more about this project and the background on our website under Key Projects.

Project for Hokitika’s new wastewater treatment plant kicks off

Mayor’s update on the Arahura Water Treatment Plant

13 August 2021

Work on the Arahura Water Treatment Plant is going well with the concrete pad laid and the contractor undertaking work to install the generator and connect the pipework and power to the building.

Mayor Bruce Smith paid a visit to Arahura Water Treatment Plant to discuss the progress and have a look around. Watch the video here to see how the plant is progressing.

Mayor’s update on the Arahura Water Treatment Plant

Stage 2 of the Revell Street one-way trial

13 August 2021

Staff shared the concept design for the second stage of the one-way trial at the Council meeting on 29 July 2021. Councillors and staff attended a workshop earlier in the month to gather ideas and refine the concept, with improvements incorporated into stage 2.

Find out more about the project background and what is happening on our website under Key Projects

Kaniere Stage 1

Taking the West Coast Wilderness Trail off-road

13 August 2021

Stage 1 of the Kaniere off-road section of the West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail is  open and is a great addition to the already popular cycle trail. Taking riders from Hau Hau Road and running alongside Lake Kaniere Road for just over 2.5km, the track takes riders through beautiful native bush and back to the on-road section on Lake Kaniere Road.

This part of the trail is a great enhancement to an already popular cycle trail that continues to rank highly among tourists and help to boost the West Coast economy. Find out more in our media release.

Paper and Cardboard Recycling

13 August 2021

We have another video with some handy reminders about what type of paper and cardboard you can recycle. Thanks to our colleagues at Auckland City Council for sharing!

When you put paper or cardboard in your household recycling, make sure it is larger than an envelope. If it is smaller than this, you can take it to the transfer station in Hokitika to be bundled for processing.

Paper and Cardboard Recycling

Netsafety week 2021

13 August 2021

Westland District Council was proud to be one of the supporters of the inaugural Netsafety Week 2021 with organisations, charities and schools sharing information to help keep New Zealander’s safe online. Netsafety Week was designed to Make Aotearoa Safer Online. It encouraged the community to kōrero about the ways to keep internet spaces safer and included tips to help people minimise their own risks.

Netsafe is there every day to assist anyone who gets caught up in an online scam, experiences bullying online and to educate young people and their families about online safety.

To celebrate the success of the first Netsafety Week, Netsafe are running competitions for Primary and Secondary students to encourage keeping safety in mind when going on the internet.

Primary Schools: This competition is solely for primary school students. Students can enter on their own or whole class effort representing their school.  Design your school’s online safety mascot and connect it to the message, “We can all be safer online with…”

Secondary – Tiktok: The competition is for people aged between 13 -20 years. Overlay your favourite dance/song with your best online safety tips (no restrictions just avoid songs with swear words), follow and tag @netsafenz and #netsafetywk21 and #onlinesafety.

Find out more about the competitions on Netsafe’s website.

2021/2022 Communities Funding

13 August 2021

Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund

The Rural Travel Fund subsidises travel for junior teams participating in local sports competitions outside of school time. The 2021/2022 funding round opens on Tuesday 17 August and closes at 5pm on Monday 30 September 2021.

Visit our website for further information and application forms.

Creative Communities

Applications for the Creative Communities Funding for Local Arts Projects are now open. The final date for applications is 17 September 2021. Projects must take place between September 2021 and October 2022.

Visit our website for further information and application forms.