Council News – June 2021

21 June 2021

Councillors’ decisions on the Long Term Plan submissions

21 June 2021

Councillors heard from 18 submitters to the Long Term Plan 2021 – 2031 on 15 June 2021 and received 160 submissions before the consultation period closed on 11 June 2021.

Councillors made the following decisions on the big issues:

  • Uniform Annual General Charge lowered to 17.5%.
  • Elderly Housing assets will be transferred to Destination Westland ownership.
  • Extending the Hokitika Swimming Pool to include a warm water toddler or learners’ pool supported in principle with the Chief Executive directed to investigate external funding sources.
  • Rates Remission: Adverse Possession Policy adopted.

The proposed projects for the Pakiwaitara Building, Hokitika Racecourse and Cass Square have been kept in the plan to allow for further public consultation on final decisions for the future of these assets.

An additional $100,000 per year was allocated to footpath maintenance, recognising the need for improvements to footpaths and kerb accessibility. Councillors also supported expanding the West Coast Wilderness Trail Subcommittee to other walking and cycling groups.

The final impact on rates and the rates increase will be known after auditors have completed their final audit.

Staff are working on the final document, which will be audited and presented to Council for adoption on 30 June 2021.

Councillors’ decisions on the Long Term Plan submissions

June / July 2021 Council meetings

21 June 2021

Meeting Date Time
Council Thursday, 24 June 1.00pm
Extraordinary Meeting to adopt the Long Term Plan 2021 – 2031 Wednesday, 30 June 9.00am
West Coast Wilderness Trail Subcommittee Thursday, 17 July 3.00pm
Council Thursday, 29 July 1.00pm

Photo: Pleiades star cluster (Puanga / Matariki)

June / July 2021 Council meetings

June and July 2021 at the library

21 June 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 Date Time
Lantern Making Workshops

Registration essential.

Bring along an empty plastic bottle to make a lantern for the Hokitika Lantern Parade. All other materials will be supplied.

Thursday, 24 June


Friday, 25 June

3.30pm – 4.30pm
Puanga / Matariki Whanau Evening

Stories, crafts and kai.

Friday, 9 July 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Regular Events    
Tea and Tales

Dementia-friendly book group

Registration required

Mondays 10.30 am
Wriggle and Rhyme Storytime

Wriggle and Rhyme promotes active movement for babies and toddlers.

Tuesdays, during the school term

22 June – 6 July


10.30am – 11.00 am
Justice of the Peace Thursdays 11.00 am – 1.00 pm
Children’s Book Club

A great opportunity for children to meet new people, listen to stories, talk about books and play games.

Thursdays, fortnightly during the school term

1 July

3.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Café Books Saturdays 10.30 am
Ngā Kaikiaki o Tane

Become a guardian of our native flora and fauna.

Family-friendly, all welcome



3 July

2.00pm – 3.30pm

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

June and July 2021 at the library

Civil Defence Emergency Containers arrive in Haast

21 June 2021

Members of the community, Mayor Bruce Smith and Westland District staff visited the newly installed Haast Civil Defence Emergency container to see the possibilities for this community resource. The equipment that will be stored in the container will allow the community to support itself in the event of a major emergency.

Photo Credit: West Coast Civil Defence and Emergency

Plastic Free July 2021

21 June 2021

Can you go plastic-free this July and reduce your household’s impact on the environment?

The team at Plastic Free Aotearoa have come up with a fun game to learn about how to reduce your plastic use and go into the draw to win a $100 voucher to a retailer who sells reusable items.

Visit to play the game and enter the draw.

If you are eligible for a rates rebate of up to $655 in the 2020/2021 year, you must apply before 30 June 2021.

Reminder – Rates rebates for 2020/2021

21 June 2021

To be eligible for the full rebate your income must be $26,150 or less, but you can still receive a pro-rata rebate if your income is higher.

You must be the ratepayer on our records AND reside at the address for which you wish to apply for a rebate as at 1 July 2020. Rebates are intended for residential properties only. Retirement village occupants with a licence to occupy and Māori Freehold Landowners with a separate rating unit can now apply.

Council needs to know your total income before tax for the year 1 April 2019– 31 March 2020 to process a rates rebate application.

Please visit the DIA website for further information on what the requirements are and how to apply. Our Rates Officer is happy to assist with these applications.

Reminder – Rates rebates for 2020/2021

Permanent Cell site coming to Haast

News from the Rural Connectivity Group

21 June 2021

The Rural Connectivity Group (RCG) will soon start build on our permanent cell site in the Haast township to deliver 4G wireless broadband and voice calling services to the Haast community.

The new site, funded under the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative Phase 2 programme (RBI2), will sit in almost the same spot as our temporary facility, on Council land off Mark Road, with work due to start in mid-July.  The site will be made live in line with the Chorus fibre rollout estimated for Spring 2021.

The Haast site joins eight sites already live in the Westland District located at Tatare, Ruatapu, Lake Wahapo, Okarito Lagoon, Pukekura, Kokatahi, Fox West, and Karangarua.

“We know our work across rural New Zealand is making a huge difference to communities that need the services our infrastructure delivers, and now more than ever, as we see more and more kiwi’s working, schooling, and running businesses from home.  The feedback we have received is overwhelming as communities’ benefit from being able to connect to fast wireless broadband and reliable mobile service.” says RCG CEO, John Proctor.

The temporary site delivering 3G service in Haast will remain live until services are transferred to the permanent site when it is live in Spring 2021.

The Rural Connectivity Group will keep you updated about our build start date of the permanent site in Haast as well as the livening of the other RCG sites in the Westland area.

To find out more about our build programme or RCG visit: or contact Gill Evans Community Engagement Manager on or 021 240 6507.

Photo Credit: Fox Cell Tower – Regional Connectivity Group

News from the Rural Connectivity Group

Fox Glacier and Haast Wastewater Treatment Plants – Upgrades

21 June 2021

As part of the central government’s 3 waters reforms funding for infrastructure projects, Council has purchased two septage receiver units for installation at the Fox Glacier and Haast wastewater treatment plants.

These units have the capability of containing septage discharged from sucker trucks in a below-ground tank, which is then pumped to the treatment plant in a controlled manner to prevent adverse effects on the biology of the ponds. The volume discharged is logged electronically for billing purposes and will provide operations staff with data to manage the ponds more effectively.

Aeration units (pictured) have also been purchased for the Fox Glacier and Haast wastewater treatment plants to provide supplementary oxygen to maintain the biological health of the ponds including odour reduction.


Fox Glacier and Haast Wastewater Treatment Plants – Upgrades

Westland District Council Website

21 June 2021

A more modern and user-friendly website is on its way. Council aims to improve the customer experience for anyone using the website and has been working on a new site since early in the year. Here is a sneak peak of what to expect.

Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards

21 June 2021

Is there a tidy kiwi living in your home or town? Has the community group made your town a more beautiful place to live? Entries are open for the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards in four categories with a number of awards in each category:

  • Individuals
    • Young Legend
    • Tidy Kiwi
    • Local Hero
  • Community
    • Community Group
    • Sustainable Schools
  • Places
    • Best Loo
    • Best Street
    • Kiwi’s Choice
  • Towns & Cities
    • Most Beautiful small town (small urban area 1,000 – 9,000 residents)

Visit Keep New Zealand Beautiful to find out more and enter.