June 2020 news and updates

4 June 2020

Annual Plan Consultation – Closing Soon

4 June 2020

Consultation on the Draft Annual Plan 2020/21 closes soon. You have until 5pm on Sunday 7 June to have your say on Council’s upcoming projects and budget for the year.

Hearing of submissions and deliberations will take place on Tuesday 16 June and will be live streamed on the Council’s website.

Sunset Point Access

4 June 2020

Access to Sunset Point is currently closed to the public while construction of the new car park, access road, walkways and toilets is completed. The area is expected to reopen by the end of August 2020.

During the construction period the use of heavy machinery and dig out will prevent vehicle and some pedestrian access to Sunset Point. Please be considerate while the area is developed.

June Council and Committee Meetings

4 June 2020

Council and Committee meetings are currently attended by members via audio or audiovisual link, recorded and open to the public through livestream on the Council’s website.


Meeting Date Time
Community Development Committee Monday 8 June 5.30pm
West Coast Wilderness Trail Subcommittee Thursday 11 June 3.00pm
Extraordinary Council Meeting to hear the Draft Annual Plan 2020/2021 Submissions Tuesday 16 June 9.00am
Ordinary Council Meeting Thursday 25 June 1.00pm
Extraordinary Council Meeting to adopt the Draft Annual Plan 2020/2021 Tuesday 30 June 10.00am

June Council and Committee Meetings

Library E-services and news

4 June 2020

Library E-services popular during lockdown

During the lockdown period, Kanopy use during doubled.  These are the top 10 films streamed since the beginning of lockdown.

Rank Video Title
1 The Stubbies Collection
2 The Inspiration Series: Comedy in Advertising
3 Carol
4 Burning
5 Ali’s Wedding
6 I, Daniel Blake
7 Paris Can Wait
8 The Pier
9 Patricia Piccinini – Dark Fairytale
10 Storm Boy

General news

Café Books

Our weekly book group is back up and running, Saturday 10.30-11.30am and there are lots of new books to preview!

Temporary Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday 10.00am-12.00pm and 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Saturday 10.00am – 12.00pm

Contract tracing, hygiene measures and social distancing requirements are still in place.

The library is open for book exchanges, APNK computers, printing and scanning services.  If the above opening times don’t suit you, our ‘Click or Call and Collect’ service is available or try our Digital Library services, available 24/7.


Free 30 minute appointments with a member of the library team to help you get started with your smart phone, tablet or chromebook or to learn basic digital skills. Call us on 03 7556208 to book an appointment and discuss what you would like to learn.

We are working to re-introduce the services you love.  More information will be published over the coming weeks, on our website www.westlib.co.nz, Facebook or e-newsletter.  If you would like to subscribe to our e-newsletter or have any questions contact us on 03 755 6208 or email library@westlib.co.nz.

Skinny Jump

Library staff are continuing to help Westland residents access the internet with Skinny Jump, a subsidized service offered through a partnership between the Spark Foundation, Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa and Public Libraries.  It is a low-cost prepaid broadband service for eligible homes, offering a free modem, 30GB of broadband for $5, no contracts, no credit checks, no need for a phone line.  If you would like to find out if you are eligible, call us on 03 7556208.


Library E-services and news

Let’s get Westland’s Recycling Recycled!

4 June 2020

When we travelled the district discussing Community Outcomes Westland District residents let Council know how important recycling and reducing waste is to them.

Unfortunately, over the past couple of months a lot of recycling bins have been contaminated, which means that nothing in that bin is recycled and is sent to landfill instead. In May alone 69 bins were not collected because the driver spotted contamination. If enough contaminated bins are collected (about 15 – 20%) the recycling facility will reject the entire shipment. All of the recycling collected between 18 – 21 May was rejected; that was 14.5 tonnes of recycling sent to landfill costing ratepayers approximately $1,200.

Items that cause contamination in your recycling bin include dirty recyclable items, kitchen waste, green waste, gas bottles, glass, plastics 3, 6 and 7 (check the item for a plastic number). If in doubt, put the item in the rubbish bin.

You can put the following clean items into your recycling bin:

  • Cardboard
  • Plastic containers and bottles (numbered 1, 2, 4 and 5)
  • Metal tins and cans
  • Paper

Help your neighbours who do the right thing with recycling and commit to only putting appropriate items into your yellow bin.

You can put non-recyclable rubbish into your green bin or take it to your local transfer station.

Photo by tanvi sharma on Unsplash

Let’s get Westland’s Recycling Recycled!

State of the District – Westland Environmental Scan

4 June 2020


As part of the good practice towards developing the 2021 – 31 Long Term Plan, Westland District Council has produced an Environmental Scan, which provides a fact based overview of the environment in which Council operates. An environmental scan promotes consistency across council activities and provides good information on future trends to support good decision making

A Summary Environmental Scan is available on Council’s website to provide the public with a sample of the information Westland District Council activity managers and Councillors have received to assist with developing Council’s Long Term Plan and asset and infrastructure management planning.

Photo Credit – Tony Maitland

Civil Defence Covid-19 Welfare hotline

4 June 2020

From midday Friday 5 June, the West Coast Civil Defence 0800 Household Goods and Services number will be disestablished.

Help will still be available, please reach out to local services if you need it.

From Friday 5 June, if you or someone you know needs assistance, please call one of the following options:

  • For health advice – phone Healthline on 0800 611 116
  • For emergency accommodation or support for food grants – phone Ministry of Social Development on 0800 559 009
  • For immediate food needs please contact your local foodbank
  • For temporary accommodation related to COVID-19 isolation – phone the Temporary Accommodation Service on 0508 754 163
  • For foreign nationals needing support please call 03 769 9323
  • For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can call or text 1737 to talk with a trained counsellor for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • If you aren’t sure who to talk to, the government helpline is available – Phone them on 0800 779 997

For everything you need to know about the New Zealand response to Covid-19 visit www.covid.govt.nz