The Hokitika Stormwater System Upgrade

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22 February 2017 

The Hokitika stormwater improvement works, identified in Councils Long Term Plan, will be commencing next week.

The contractor for all of the work is Westroads Limited. Councils Water Services Engineer, Pam Wilson advises that over the next few month’s access to various footpaths and streets will be interrupted, “please be patient as the contractors will be taking care to keep disruptions to a minimum”.

The works are starting in Rolleston Street, in the blocks between Gibson Quay & in the intersection of Stafford Street & Rolleston Street. Then Tancred Street, in the intersection of Tancred St & Gibson Quay. Then in Bealey Street, in the blocks between Gibson Quay and Stafford Street.

Residents and businesses in the immediate vicinity of any of the programme of works will initially be delivered a handout to advise them of the intended timing of works.

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Previous Information


Corner Gibson Quay and Tancred Street during the June 2015 flood event


A programme of stormwater improvement works was approved as part of the Annual Plan 2016/17.

Council staff have spoken to 38 business owners and residents about the upcoming stormwater improvement works for Hokitika.

Council’s Water Services Engineer, Pam Wilson would like to thank those people that gave their time to attend the ‘caravan sessions’. Pam advises that the experience was valuable and has helped with finishing touches to the design. It is anticipated that the works will be tendered very soon.  The first of the Hokitika stormwater improvement works will focus on the Tancred, Rolleston and Bealey Street catchments. 

Some operational matters that were identified during the consultation will be separately investigated. Other information has been passed to Council departments for staff to respond to and/or take action.

Council intends to consult with the Kaniere community later this year about future upgrades in the Kaniere catchment.


Potential Flooding in Westland:


The recent rain event did not reach the levels forecast – which was good for us.  Council staff were on stand-by just in case issues occurred. 

In advance of rain forecasts, Pam Wilson, Council’s Water Services Engineer, has been seeking that Councils contractors re-check Hokitika ‘hot spot’ flooding areas in advance and then remain on standby to respond if flooding starts to look likely.  Council is progressing the planning of the Hokitika stormwater improvement works.  In the interim we hope that the existing infrastructure copes with the rainfall. 


If you would like to be kept informed about progress with the Hokitika stormwater system improvements, please supply the Council with your email contact details.  Advise Council’s Customer Service Centre 0800 474 834, or you can sign up for email updates:            Information will also be in the local newspapers.