March Council News

March 2020

March / April 2020 Council Meetings

Meeting Date Time
Planning and Regulatory Services Committee Thursday 12 March 3.00pm
Audit and Risk Committee Tuesday 17 March 1.00pm

Thursday 26 March


Community Development Committee Monday 6 April 5.30pm
Economic Development Committee Tuesday 14 April 3.00pm
Council Thursday 23 April 1.00pm

March / April 2020 Council Meetings

Library Talk! Mother Languages

International Mother Language Day was celebrated in February with another successful Library Talk. A crowd of about 25 people gathered to hear community members discuss what their mother tongue means to them and how it shapes their world view. Listeners heard from speakers of English, Afrikaans, Hindi, Te Reo, and German.

Thank you to all who spoke and shared their insights, and to all who attended the evening.

The library is always interested in hearing ideas for Library Talk topics. Drop in or contact us if you have a topic you would like to speak about or hear about.

Library Talk! Mother Languages

March: Regular and Upcoming Library Events

Library Talk! Religions of the World

Join the library to celebrate Race Relations Day with an evening of short presentations by speakers who will be providing an introduction to their faith.

Wednesday 18 March, 5.30pm – 6.30pm in the library.
Tea and Tales Book Group

A dementia friendly book group. Rediscover the delights of a selection of classic literature and much-loved poetry.

Mondays 10.30am from 9 March
Weekly Wriggle and Rhyme

A session just for babies and toddlers.

Tuesdays 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.

Wednesdays 3.30pm, in the Digital Learning Centre.
Weekly preschool storytime Thursdays 11.00am
Justice of the Peace Thursdays 11.00am – 1.00pm, from 12 March
After-school Book Club

For children and teens.

Every second Thursday, 3.30pm to 4.30pm during the school term.

Contact the library on or 03 755 6208, or pop in to register your child.

Café Books

Join in for a cuppa and a look at the new books before they hit the shelves

Saturday’s at 10.30am

Free 30 minute 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 or 03 755 6208 to book an appointment.

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

March: Regular and Upcoming Library Events

Funding Opportunity: Creative Communities

Applications are invited for project funding under the Creative Communities New Zealand Local Arts Funding Scheme.

Application Forms and Application Guides are available in electronic form from or from Council’s website.

Applications close Friday 3 April 2020.

Enquiries to Sarah Brown, Community Development Advisor, 03 756 9047

Community Outcomes for the 2021 – 31 Long Term Plan

Staff and councillors have been out and about in the community, from Haast to Kumara with many stops in-between, conducting engagement on the Community Outcomes for the 2021-31 Long Term Plan. We have received a wide range of views to help guide what the community would like to see Council achieve over the next ten years, both locally and within the wider Westland district.

Some people have taken up the opportunity to comment online, and there is still time to vote and comment on the Social / Cultural outcome on our website until 16 March.

Tohu Whenua Launch

It was a beautiful day to launch the very special Tohu Whenua Pou. Hokitika is privileged to be part of the Tohu Whenua programme, which recognises places of historical significance to tell the story of New Zealand. The programme is run by Heritage New Zealand and supported by DoC and other organisations.

Thanks to Paul Madgwick and members of the Heritage Hokitika who spoke at the launch and gave the crowd insight into the interesting and varied history of Hokitika Port and Commercial Area, which was so important in the building of New Zealand as a nation.


Paul Madgwick, Chairman – Te Rūnanga o Maakawhio speaks to the event

David Verrall, Chairman of Heritage Hokitika (as Prime Minister, Richard Seddon) addresses the crowd.

Tohu Whenua Launch

News from Westland Civil Defence

Since the December 2019 flood event, the West Coast Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group has monitored a number of smaller weather events, and placed staff in South Westland to assist our local communities. While these rainfall events have not been as damaging as the December Flood they have had impacts including flooding to farmland, road closures, and power and communications outages in areas such as Fox Glacier. These events are always testing times for communities in Westland but serve as a good reminder for individuals, families, and businesses to be prepared for adverse events.

For more information on the West Coast CDEM Group

For up-to-date information before, during and after emergencies.

A selection of images of the region after the December 2019 flood:

Main image: Convoy preparing to leave Franz Josef

Mt Hercules slip                                                              

Waitaha River

News from Westland Civil Defence