January 2020 News and Events

January 2020

Upcoming Council Meetings

Meeting Date Time
Planning and Regulatory Services Committee Tuesday, 21 January 1.00pm
Economic Development Committee Tuesday, 21 January 3.00pm
Council Thursday, 23 January 1.00pm
Community Development Committee Monday 3 February 5.30pm
Audit and Risk Committee Wednesday 5 February 3.00pm
Capital Projects and Tenders Committee Tuesday 11 February 3.00pm
Council 27 February 1.00pm

Showcase Westland

Calling keen photographers! If you have beautiful images of the Westland District that you would like featured in our publications, please submit your photos using the ‘Submit an article’ form on the Westland Matters homepage.

All photos will be credited.

Regular and upcoming Library events

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.
Children’s Summer Craft Week 13 – 17 January at 10.30am – 11.30am and 1.30pm – 2.30pm. Registrations are essential, contact the library on library@westlib.co.nz or 03 755 6208
Textile Trading Thursday 30 January 2.00pm – 6.00pm and Friday 31 January 10.00am – 2.00pm
The Great Library Bake off Friday 31 January 9.30am – 4.30pm

Baking entries must be at the library before 2.30pm and winners will be announced at 3.00pm, followed by afternoon tea.  Everyone welcome.

Justice of the Peace Service resumes in February.


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

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Regular and upcoming Library events

Mayoral Relief Fund – December 2019 storm

Westland District Council has received funding from central government to distribute to Westland District residents, ratepayers, business owners, and not-for-profit organisations who have suffered financial or emotional hardship as a result of the December 2019 weather event and who meet the application criteria. This has been put into a Mayoral Relief fund and applications are now open.

In order to be considered, applications must be received by Friday 31 January 2020. Applicants will be advised of funding determinations by 20 February 2020.

See here for further information and how to apply.


Get Caught Reading!

You could win an Instax camera just by sending the library a picture of you reading and where you like to read! Send your entry to library@westlib.co.nz or pop a copy into the library. Entries close 31 January 2020.

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Old4New Coastguard Lifejacket Upgrade

Old4New returns to the West Coast this month. For Westland residents the van will be in Hokitika on Friday 17 January from 9am to 12pm behind the Council offices on Railway Terrace.

If you have an older lifejacket this is your opportunity to upgrade it for a new Hutchwilco jacket at a discounted price. Trade-in prices start at $59 for a child’s jacket, with up to $40 discount on the retail price of all styles.

Part of the core pillar of Coastguard’s mission of ‘Saving lives at Sea’ over 11,500 lifejackets have been traded in since the scheme began. The Coastguard recommends that lifejackets over 10 years old should be replaced as seawater, sun and general wear and tear impact their effectiveness. See www.old4new.nz, @coastguardOld4New on Facebook or contact Coastguard 0800 BOATIE (0800 262 843) for further information.

The Van will be in other West Coast locations on these dates:

Friday 17 January 2.00pm – 5.00pm Greymouth Steer Ave, Blaketown, Greymouth
Saturday 18 January 9.00am – 12.00pm Lake Brunner Lake Brunner Moana Boat Ramp, off Ana Street
  3pm – 6pm Westport Westport Boat Ramp, off the north end of Queen Street

Old4New Coastguard Lifejacket Upgrade

Kanopy Film Streaming Service

If you haven’t tried Kanopy yet, you may be missing out!

While summer may not have started off with a bang the Library has a solution to brighten the days. Kanopy, a free on-demand film streaming service is now available. Library members can access up to five films per month from a catalogue of over 30,000 films. There is something for everyone from New Zealand titles, hard to find and foreign films, educational courses and Kanopy Kids with films, series and documentaries for children. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV or Chromecast.

Kanopy can be accessed with a digital only or full library membership.

Summer Reading Challenge

There’s still time to start the Summer Reading Challenge, with entries closing on 7 February 2020. Each entry will receive a new book.

Children can pick and mix with this year’s Summer Reading Challenge at the Library with different ways to complete the challenge. Choose one or more from: setting your own challenge, read three books or do the 30 day challenge. Click here for the entry form.

Waitangi Day Celebration

Arahura Marae will be hosting the annual Waitangi Day celebration on Thursday 6 February. The day begins with a powhiri at 11am, with guests asked to gather at the Marae gate at 10.30am. This will be followed by family friendly activities, kai and guest speakers.

Register your interest on Facebook.

For further information contact sarah.brown@westlanddc.govt.nz.

Waitangi Day Celebration