Council News – July 2021

July 15, 2021

July / August Council Meetings

15 July 2021

Meeting Date Time
Council Thursday, 29 July 1.00pm
Capital Projects and Tenders Committee Tuesday, 3 August 3.00pm
Audit and Risk Committee Tuesday, 10 August 1.00pm
Council Thursday, 26 August 1.00pm

July / August Council Meetings

2021-2031 Long Term Plan Adopted

The Westland District Council Te Kahui o Poutini Long Term Plan 2021 – 2031 (LTP) was adopted by Councillors on 30 June 2021.

Councillors made the following decisions and amendments to the draft plan, resulting in a 13% rate increase for the 2021/2022 rating year:

  • The Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC) was lowered to 17.5% for each rateable property. The UAGC for each property in 2021/2022 is $600.11.
  • The elderly housing assets were transferred to Destination Westland.
  • A project to extend the Hokitika Swimming Pool to include a children’s pool, subject to staff seeking external funding was included in the final LTP.
  • The Rates Remission: Adverse Possession Policy was adopted.
  • After hearing from submitters how important accessible and good quality footpaths are to them, an additional $100,000 was allocated to footpath maintenance in the townships.
  • Funding was included for an additional staff member in the District Assets team.

Ratepayers will see the increase in their first rates instalment, due on 31 August 2021.

2021-2031 Long Term Plan Adopted

Library News

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    
Art @ The Library

Renaissance Drawings

Lorraine Keeley

Daily Library opening hours
Restorative Yoga

Join Zoe Watson to relax deeply and release tension.

Registration essential.

Thursday, 15 July 10.00am – 11.15am
Regular Events    
Tea and Tales

Dementia friendly book group

Registration required

Mondays 10.30am
Wellbeing 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.

4 August

11am – 12.00pm
Justice of the Peace Thursdays 11.00am – 1.00pm
Play with Words

Monthly writing workshop.

Last Friday of each month.

30 July, 27 August

10.00am – 12.00pm
Café Books Saturdays 10.30 am

For more information about the upcoming events, check out our Facebook page:


Library News

Have you visited our new website?

Our new website went live at the beginning of July and we are very proud of it. The new site is modern and easy to use. We have linked many of the common things people need to do, such as searching for resource and building consents, to our internal systems and intend to add more in the future.

Please use the ‘Did you find this page helpful’ buttons to let us know what you think.

See our website at


Have you visited our new website?

Dog registration 2021/2022

All dog owners of registered dogs should have received a registration renewal notice for the 2021/2022 registration year. If your dog is registered and you have not received a renewal notice, please contact or phone 03 756 9010.

All dogs over 3 months’ of age have to be registered with Council by 31 July 2021. The following fees apply:

Dog Registration fees 2021/2022
Standard Registration
Certified Disability Assistance Dog NIL
Registration Fee: Hokitika and Kaniere township (urban) $74
Registration Fee: Other Areas $58.50
Responsible Owners
Inspection fee (first year) $50, plus registration fee
Registration Fee: all areas $50
Dangerous dogs
Registration Fee: all areas Standard registration fee plus 50%
Late Registration
Registration Penalty –from 1 August 50% of applicable registration fee

Watch our short video to see how to easily clip your new dog registration tag together. We recommend trimming the side down with a sharp knife to get rid of any pointy bits.

Dog registration 2021/2022