Council News – October 2021

12 October 2021

Council meetings October/November 2021

12 October 2021

Meeting Date Time
Cycling & Walking Subcommittee Tuesday, 19 October 3.00pm
Council Thursday, 28 October 1.00pm
Capital Projects & Tenders Committee Tuesday, 2 November 3.00pm
Audit & Risk Committee Tuesday 9 November 1.00pm
Council Thursday 25 November 1.00pm

Franz Josef – Te Tai o Poutini Plan Community Information Sessions

12 October 2021

Proposed Zones and Rules for upcoming Te Tai o Poutini Plan (Combined District Plan)

When: Thursday 14th October

Formal Information session: 11am

Drop-in sessions: 2.30pm – 5pm and 7pm – 8.30pm

Where: St John Room, 97 Cron Street, Franz Josef.

Come and view the proposed maps and see what the proposed rules might mean for you. Provide one-to-one feedback during one of our two drop-in sessions.


Further consultation will be undertaken through the notification of the Te Tai o Poutini Plan (Combined District Plan).

The officer for enquiries is Olivia Anderson: Business Support Officer – Trainee Planner 03 756 9099.

New to the district? Welcome! Radha will help you settle in.

New Coasters is at the Library

12 October 2021

New Coasters love the library!  So much so, they are going to use it as their Westland base.  Radha Nambiar, the activities coordinator and one-woman welcoming committee, will be there every month for those new to the Westland district to pop in.

Whether you’re from Timaru or Timbuktu – Radha will help you find clubs, groups and locals to suit your interests and connect with.

Are you also from another country? Find out about the new West Coast Multicultural Council – this is a voice for people finding their way in a new country.

Radha is also running a couple of fun groups to meet with others, exploring the local cafes and eateries.  Do come in and say hello – it’s the easiest way to meet people and get a bit of local support.  Check out – New Coasters Inc – on Facebook and send a friend request to Radha NewCoasters.

New Coasters at the Library

First Tuesday of the month 10.30-1.30 or contact , or phone 027 280 6995

 Photo credit: Westland District Library

New Coasters is at the Library

Discounted dog registration for ‘Responsible owners’

12 October 2021

Westland District Council offers a discounted dog registration rate to owners who apply for and meet the Responsible Dog Owner Status. Applications can be made to Council at any time and owners will receive a rebate on their licence fee for the first year. A non-refundable fee of $50 is payable on application, and yearly registration fees are $50 per dog thereafter.

To qualify for Responsible Dog Owner Status, dog owners must meet the following criteria:

  • The property must have a fenced area or kennel and enclosed run where dogs can be securely contained when not under direct control.
  • Dogs have been registered with a NZ Council during the previous two (2) years.
  • Dogs are microchipped (except working dogs).
  • Dogs have not been found wandering or impounded during the previous two (2) years.
  • The owner has not received a late registration penalty, written warning, infringement, abatement notice or prosecution under the Dog Control Act 1996 or the Westland District Council Dog Control Bylaw during the previous two (2) years.

Upon application, a dog control officer will inspect the property and confirm if the owner meets the criteria for Responsible Dog Owner Status.

Dog Registration Fees  
Responsible Owners  
Inspection fee (first year) $50
Registration fee: all areas $50
Standard Registration  
Registration fee: Hokitika and Kaniere township (urban) $74
Registration fee: Other areas $58.50
Late registration  
Registration penalty – from 1 August 50% of the applicable fee

Discounted dog registration for ‘Responsible owners’

Rinse, Recycle, Repeat, and win!

12 October 2021

To promote the great strides that NZ is making in waste minimisation and recycling WasteMINZ and the Ministry for the Environment are giving NZ a chance to win big.

Create a piece of social media content to spread the message of Rinse, Recycle and Repeat and you or your nominated group could win a $25,000 cash prize thanks to WasteMINZ and the Ministry for the Environment.

On a national average, approximately 20% of all waste sent to the landfill could be recycled if we remember to wash our cans, bottles and jars before we put them in the recycling.

How it works:

Entries accepted between Monday 11 October and Friday 5 November. The winner will be announced the following week.

  • Post a piece of content to Facebook, Instagram, TicTok, or LinkedIn that shows how you make sure all your recycling is cleaned before it goes into the recycling bin.
  • Tag @RinseRecycleRepeatNZ in your post.
  • Tag / comment about a charity, community organisation, school or club in the body of your post to nominate them to receive the prize should the entry win.
  • Create as many entries as you like.

Rinse, Recycle, Repeat, and win!

Further progress on the Carnegie Building

12 October

Work on the perimeter foundations of the Building is now complete. With work ceasing during the recent Covid 19 lockdown the project is now approximately 40 days behind the anticipated construction completion date and hand over early in March 2022.

Upcoming works include Structural steel fabrication and erect internal bird cage scaffolding. Work on the shear walls shotcrete works commenced earlier this month and will be completed by the end of October. The shear walls have been built with reinforced steel bars, installed into the existing brick walls.

Museum staff took a tour around the building last month to review the progress. You can see footage of their visit below.

Keep up-to-date with this and other Key Projects on our website.

Video credit: Vaughn Bradley, Hokitika Musem

Photo credit: Westland District Council

Digital Direct Debit form

12 October

With the upgrade of our website, we are progressively digitising our processes to make it easier for customers to complete forms. Moving away from a paper-based or pdf system is more environmentally friendly and efficient for customers and staff.

The first digital process that we have available on our website is the direct debit form, which is completely digital and paper free for accounts with a single signatory. Find out more about setting up a direct debit and apply online under ‘Setting up a direct debit payment’.

If customers prefer, a pdf form is still available and can be downloaded from the website or from the Customer Service desk, phone 0800 474 834 to request a form.

Creative Community funding allocated

12 October 2021

The Creative Communities Committee considered six applications for Round 1 2021-2022 funding in September. All of the funding available was allocated between the six groups who applied.

  • Driftwood & Sand Beach Sculpture Art Festival received funding for a Guest Sculptor and Workshop
  • WestReap in association with the Hokitika Drama Society received funding to sew costumes for a 1920’s Wardrobe for Westland Communities who are preparing for 2023 Centennial celebrations in Westland
  • Hokitika Lions Club received funding for Children’s Day & Christmas Parade Craft and float preparation
  • Hokitika Dramatic Society received funding for a Basic Stage Makeup Workshop
  • Hokitika Lions – Outdoor Public Community Art Display received funding for Stage 1 of Large Art Boards facing Beachfront
  • Revell in the Community received funding for Taster workshops at Revell Street Market

The next Creative Communities Funding will be in March 2022.

If you are considering applying, the criteria are inclusive and diverse. The Creative Community Scheme Initially looks at what category your application comes under:

  • Creation and participation: Create opportunities for local communities to engage with, or participate in local arts activities.
  • Diversity: Support the diverse artistic cultural traditions of local communities.
  • Young people: Enable young people to engage with, and participate in the arts.

The CCS Committee then looks at what the project is and how it supports arts in the community.

Creative projects can be anything from:

  • exhibitions, workshops, festivals featuring local artists, rehearsal and performances, seminars for local  artist development,.
  • public artworks including but not limited to:
    • Inanimate works or workshops to create works such as art displays or written word, weaving, pottery, carving, public art, rarangi, tukutuku, whakairo or kowhaiwhai,
    • Physical performances such as dancing, community choirs, hip-hop groups, poetry performances, theatre
    • Creation of community film,
    • Artist residencies involving local artists and communities, street art, mural creation, music, and more.

If you are part of a creative group and would like to find out more about applying for funding, contact Sarah Brown, Community Development Advisor:

Creative Community funding allocated

Westland Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund allocations

12 October 2021

Westland District Council supports children and young people in Junior Teams to participate in sport and competition through the annual distribution of the Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund through the Westland Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund Committee.

261 children have been supported to travel though this year’s funding round.The following organisations received funding for the 2021/2022 year.

Organisation No. of participants supported
South Westland Netball Association


Westland United Football Club


Westland Excelsior St Mary’s Teams Sport Club


Hokitika Hockey Club


Hokitika Amateur Swimming Club


Hokitika Tennis Club


Westland Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund allocations

Drinking Water Plumbosolvency Notice

12 October 2021

Some plumbing fittings have the potential to allow minute traces of metals to accumulate in water standing in the fittings for several hours.

Although the health risk is small, the Ministry of Health recommends that you flush a mugful of water from your drinking water tap each morning before use to remove any metals that may have dissolved from the plumbing fittings.

We recommend this simple precaution for all households, including those on public and private water supplies.

Officer for enquiries: Martin Ross, Council’s Water Services Engineer,, phone 0800 474 834.

Photo credit: Photo by mrjn Photography on Unsplash 

Drinking Water Plumbosolvency Notice

Get vaccinated! Help your community!

12 October 2021

West Coast DHB is calling on Coasters to get vaccinated against COVID-19 on 16 October – Super Saturday.

This is an opportunity to vaccinate as many Coasters as possible with their first dose before the end of October. On Super Saturday, West Coast DHB are running a drive-through at the Greymouth Aerodrome, Greymouth from 10am – 4pm and everyone is welcome to turn up at the clinic with no booking required. You do not have to drive to receive your vaccine, staff are happy to vaccinate anyone, no matter what their method of transport (except for trucks or other high sided or wide vehicles as they don’t fit in the tents).

The good news for South Westland is that mobile COVID-19 vaccination teams have visited a number of rural communities down to Haast. The mobile teams plan to revisit all of these locations on two more occasions prior to mid-December to ensure that all Coasters have the opportunity to get vaccinated before the end of the year.

If you can’t get to a drive-through clinic on Super Saturday, find out when the next clinic near you is on the Vaccinate Canterbury West Coast website.

Get vaccinated! Help your community!