Community Groups

Community Groups in Westland

See the listing below for Community Groups in the Westland District.

Westland Safe Community Coalition

The Westland Safe Community Coalition meets on the last Friday of every second month at 10.00am in various venues. Its goal is to strengthen community networks and community resilience and to help promote Westland District as a safe and welcome community and so attract investment and new residents. The Coalition was formally granted accreditation with the Safe Communities Foundation of NZ on 23 February 2017 at a Westland District Council meeting.

The Coalition is keen to improve community safety, to operate a range of community safety programmes based on proven or promising intervention strategies, to analyse available safety data for Westland and how they align with established priorities, to measure the impact of projects and to participate in local, national and international safe communities’ networks.

The current membership consists of: Kees van Beek (Chair and member Federated Farmers), Councillor Jane Neale (Westland District Council), Dan Greene (Fire Risk Management Officer), Sam Bugler (Fire Risk Management Officer), Cathy Blincoe (ACC Prevention Consultant), Rosie McGrath (Health Promoter Community and Public Health), Corrina Gestro-Best (CEO, WestREAP), Frances Stapleton (Hokitika Community Patrol member & Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westland Board member), David Stapleton (South Westland Community Development Facilitator), Birte Becker-Steel (Settling in Coordinator), Colleen Freitas (President, Hokitika Greypower Association), Catherine Andrew (Public Health Nurse), Penny Kirk (Department of Internal Affairs), Rachel Forsyth (Te Runanga O Makaawhio), Mark Boere (Area Commander NZ Fire Service), Ivan Wilson (West Coast Road Safety Coordinator), Cheryl Oldham (Here-to –help Coordinator), Sergeant Paul Watson (Police Prevention Manager), Lucy Waller (Age Concern Coordinator) and Carl Hutchby (General Manager, Poutini Waiora), Derek Blight (Coordinator)

All local groups are welcome to be involved and to send a representative to the meetings.

Current projects in which the Coalition is actively involved in or supports include:

  • 1. Taxi Chit Scheme for seniors who have voluntarily given up driving
  • 2. Youth Connections and Leadership Programme 2 February-30 June 2017
  • 3. Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Programme
  • 4. Hokitika Community Patrol
  • 5. Clued up Kids Safety Programme 27-29 March 2017
  • 6.  Play is the Way

Contact Details

For information on projects and meetings contact:
Community Development Advisor Sarah Brown,

Phone 03 756 9047


The following documents are available: