February News and Events

February 2020

Upcoming Council Meetings

Meeting Date Time
Council Thursday 27 February 1.00pm
Planning and Regulatory Committee Thursday 12 March 3.00pm
Council Thursday 26 March 1.00pm

Upcoming Council Meetings

Engage with Council – Community Outcomes

Westland District Council will be hosting drop-in sessions for all interested community members to hear your views about Community Outcomes for the Long Term Plan 2021 – 31 at the following locations:

Date Place Time
Tuesday 18 February Haast 7pm – 8.30pm

Heartland Hotel meeting room

Wednesday 19 February Fox Glacier 10.30am – 11.30am

Fox Glacier Community Hall

Wednesday 19 February Franz Josef 2pm – 4pm

Community Hall multi-purpose room

Wednesday 19 February Harihari 7pm, as part of the Harihari Community meeting
Saturday 22 February South Westland A&P show
Tuesday 25 February Kumara 6.30pm, prior to the Governance Meeting
Monday 2 March Ross 7.30pm, as part of the Ross Community Meeting

You can also vote for your preferred outcome and share your ideas through our website.

Engage with Council – Community Outcomes

Westland Library Regular and Upcoming Events

Mother Language Library Talk Friday 21 February, 5.30pm
Weekly preschool storytime Thursdays 11.00am
Weekly Wriggle and Rhyme – a session just for babies and toddlers. Starts on Tuesday 18 February at 10.00am
After-school Code Club

Six week programme, for 8-12 year olds. To register please visit our website. For more information, contact the library. Spaces are limited.

Starts on Wednesday 19 February at 3.30pm, in the Digital Learning Centre.
After-school Book Club Returning in February, keep an eye on the website for more information.
Café Books – join in for a cuppa and a look at the new books before they hit the shelves Saturday’s at 10.30am
Book-A-Librarian – Free 30min consultation with a librarian.  Learn a new digital skill, help and support using your own device, reader’s advisory, support accessing library digital services and more. Contact the library on library@westlib.co.nz or 03 755 6208 to book an appointment.
Justice of the Peace Wednesdays 11.00am – 1.00pm

For more information and to learn about other upcoming events, check out our Facebook page.

Westland Library Regular and Upcoming Events

Tohu Whenua – Places that tell our stories

Hokitika Port & commercial area has been recognised by Heritage NZ as one of the next West Coast “Tohu Whenua – places that tell our stories” sites.

Launching on Friday 14 February 2020, 10.30am at the Gibson Quay Viewing Platform, end of Tancred Street, Hokitika.

See our Facebook page for details of the launch.

Read more about the current Tohu Whenua sites here.

Tohu Whenua – Places that tell our stories

Westland Library’s Summer Family Events

We are coming to the end of the Summer Reading Challenge and Get Caught Reading at the Library.  It is fantastic to have had so many children taking part this year and our librarians have really enjoyed talking to families about the books they are all reading and how much they have enjoyed discovering new stories and characters.

Congratulations to all the children (and adult) who entered our Great Library Bake Off competition. There were many yummy entries to choose from and the judges had their work cut out for them deciding on the winners.

Best Looking: Jai Ngaamo, 10 years

Best Tasting: Ingrid Martin, 6 years

Most creative: Anne Barker, 11 years

Overall: Anna Schacke, 10 years



Westland Library’s Summer Family Events

Supporting University Students work placements

Over the past couple of years, Westland District Council has been proud to assist University students to complete practical aspects of their courses. Winnie Dowell-de Quadros, who is about to enter her fourth year of Civil Engineering at University of Canterbury, worked at Westroads in the summer 2018/19 break and for our District Assets team over this summer. The Planning Department had the pleasure of working with Savannah Redmond, who is entering her fourth year studying for a Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning at Massey University in Palmerston North. Here is a little bit about what they have done and learnt while working for the Council.

Winnie Dowell-de Quadros

I am required to complete 800 hours of work experience over the course of my degree and have been fortunate enough to do so in my hometown of Hokitika. My work at both Westroads and Council has enabled me to gain a broad and in-depth understanding of engineering in all aspects of the processes. During my work at Westland District Council I have designed numerous bridges for the West Coast Wilderness cycle trail and visited many different sites, which has further increased my interest in the profession. Many students believe that working for large companies guarantees better work experience but I have found such a diverse amount of work in the Westland District that I would not have been able to experience otherwise.

Thank you to the District Assets team for this amazing opportunity.

Savannah Redmond

I have been lucky enough to intern in the Planning Department at Westland District Council over my summer break.

My main task has been to sort through files to find out if the Resource Consent has been made effective or not. I have also been getting experience with checking Building Consents, processing LIM applications and responding to public enquiries. Additionally, I have been compiling a list of sites that need compliance checks and assisting in conducting some of those checks.

This year I will complete a year-long research project. I have a strong interest in focusing my topic on the West Coast. After attending a road-testing meeting for the National Policy Statement for Biodiversity, I have narrowed my topic down to focusing on how the West Coast is ‘different’ with either biodiversity or natural hazards and events. The road-testing meeting was really beneficial for me to attend as it gave me insight on how Local Government feels around this topic. It was also a good chance to listen to DOC’s perspective.

I would like to give a massive thank you to Fiona Scadden, Planning and Customer Services Manager, for this opportunity and to my colleagues for helping with any planning questions I have had. It has been a summer well spent in a beautiful town.

Supporting University Students work placements

Community Consultation: Marks Road Reserve, Haast

Consultation for the sale of a section of the Marks Road Reserve in Haast began on Monday 3 February and closes on Thursday 5 March. Submissions can be made here.

Council will be visiting Haast on 18 February to engage with the community on the Consultation process. Copies of the proposal and submission forms will be available at the meeting.

In November 2019 Council agreed to hold public consultation on the proposal to sell a section of the Marks Road Reserve to Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) for the purpose of building a new Haast Community fire station. FENZ advises that the location of the current fire station is not fit for purpose due to being in a residential location. The proposed new site is located more favourably to the State Highway, improving the station’s ability to respond. A design plan is available with the Consultation Document.

Council is holding consultation on the community asset to understand community preference. Proceeds from the sale could benefit future projects within the district, and the purchaser will be responsible for the cost of surveying and legal proceedings. The Reserve would lose 1461m2 of land.

Hearings and a decision will be held on Thursday 26 March 2020 at Westland District Council offices.

Community Consultation: Marks Road Reserve, Haast