Summer events and activities

15 January 2021

January / February 2021 Meetings

15 January 2021

Meeting Date Time
Capital Projects Committee Tuesday, 2 February 3.00 pm
Audit and Risk Committee Tuesday, 9 February 1.00pm
Economic Development Committee Tuesday, 16 February 3.00 pm
Council Thursday, 25 February 1.00pm


2021 Summer Reading Challenge

15 January 2021

The Summer Reading Challenge is back at the Library for the 2021 summer and there’s still time to enter. Complete a line of BINGO and enter to win a bundle of books. Each child who completes the challenge receives a new book.

Download your BINGO card here.

Summer events at the library

15 January 2021

The Library has a range of fantastic events happening in January and February. All our regular children’s programmes will be restarting after Waitangi weekend. Check out our Facebook page for details of all our events and activities.

Special Events Date Time
From Gate to Plate: The Powhiri Process explained Saturday, 23 January 10.00 am – 11.30 am
Andy Wright, International Storyteller and Summer Reading Challenge Prize giving Friday, 29 January 2.30 pm
Library Talk


Habitually Fixed – Birte Becker

Wednesday, 10 February 5.30 pm
Textile Trading – Summer Edition


Bring a maximum of 10 pre-loved textile items to the library from Thursday, 18 February.

Friday, 19 February


Saturday, 20 February

2.00pm – 6.00 pm


10.00 am – 2.00 pm

Regular Events    
Café Books Saturday mornings 10.30 am
Play with Words


Adult writing group meeting monthly.

Registration required.

Friday, 29 January 10.00 am – 12.00 pm
Our Places – O Tātau Wāhi


Lunchtime history bites

Tuesday, 16 February, 23 February, 2 March, 9 March, 16 March, 23 March, 30 March, 6 April and 13 April 12.15 pm – 12.45 pm
Monthly Wellbeing Conversation Group


Explore and share the many different ways to become and stay well, in body and mind.

Wednesday, 3 February, 3 March, 7 April, 5 May and 2 June 11.00 am – 12.00 pm

Click to the right to scroll through coming event information.

Summer events at the library

How to get your waste sorted

Kerbside Waste and Recycling 2021

15 January 2021

The 2021 Kerbside Rubbish and Recycling schedule is available on our website. Keep a copy handy so that you know which bin to put out on what day.

Thank you to everyone who tries to put the right things in the right bins.

When you sort your recycling, keep the following important things in mind:

  • Always clean items before putting them into recycling.
  • Only plastics 1, 2, and 5 can be recycled.
  • Paper and cardboard go into the recycling bin.
  • Metal tins and cans (without lids) go in the recycling bin.
  • Remove screw caps from bottles and containers and put them into your rubbish bin.

These things go in the rubbish:

  • Nappies, sanitary waste, food waste and non-recyclable plastic. Please be respectful and keep workers safe from insanitary items.
  • Lids and flat plastic or tin.
  • Plastics or tins larger than 3 litres.

Take these to the transfer station:

  • Glass bottles and jars can be taken to the transfer station or put into the rubbish bin.
  • Car batteries and anything inflammable can be taken to the transfer station. Please do not put these into your wheelie bin.

If you have questions about recycling and waste, contact us

Kerbside Waste and Recycling 2021

Hokitika Beach 27 - 31 January 2021

Driftwood and Sands 2021

15 January 2021

Head down to the Hokitika Beach from Wednesday 27 – Sunday 31 January for the 18th Driftwood and Sands Festival.

Entrants of any age and skill are invited to join in creating sculptures from driftwood and any materials found at the beach. This year there are generous prizes for nine different categories. The registration caravan will be at the beachfront from 9 am, Wednesday 27 January, with public choice voting beginning on Friday 29 January. If want to learn ways to create a piece, a Natural Fixings workshop will be held on Thursday 28 January from 10 am – 12 pm.

Bring your family and friends to view the works as they’re created through the week and then join the artists and organisers on Sunday 31 January for Red Moki’s Treasure Hunt at 1 pm and the prizegiving at 2 pm.

See the website for more information and the programme, and follow them on Facebook.

You can see a rather shaky video of some of the sculptures from the 2020 event below.

Driftwood and Sands 2021

Open until the end of Waitangi weekend

Hokitika Illuminated Exhibition

15 January 2021

Hokitika Illuminated has briefly returned to the Carnegie Gallery before the Museum is closed for earthquake strengthening. The free exhibition is open from Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 4 pm until 8 February 2021.

Pop in to see the exhibition at 17 Hamilton Street, Hokitika.

Hokitika Illuminated Exhibition

Waitangi Day 2021

15 January 2021

Nau Mae, Haere Mai

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae and Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio welcome residents and visitors to Westland to Arahura Marae to commemorate Waitangi Day 2021.

The day begins with a Powhiri at 10.30 am followed by family friendly activities, kai and guest speakers who will discuss Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the history of Te Tai Poutini from a Poutini Nga Tahu perspective.

Kai – food is an important part of the Pōwhiri process and to assist us with catering please register your interest on Facebook or contact

If you are interested in learning about the Powhiri process before attending the celebration you can visit the library on Saturday 23 January at 10.00 am – 11.30 am for From Gate to Plate: The Powhiri Process explained


Waitangi Day 2021