Media Release: Review of DW activities

5 June 2020


Impacts of Covid-19 triggers review of Destination Westland activities

The impacts of Covid-19 are being widely felt throughout the Westland District, especially by areas and businesses that rely on tourism. Joanne Conroy, Chair of Westland Holdings advises “As a board we are very aware that many businesses and ratepayers are struggling in the current economic climate. The impacts of Covid-19 on the business of Destination Westland means that we have taken time to review, which sadly will see a reduction in staffing levels. The following changes are taking place:

  • Due to significantly reduced demand at the i-SITE operating hours will be reduced, along with a reduction of staff resources. Council will be undertaking consultation with the community about the future delivery of visitor information services.
  • Council will also be consulting with the public about the future management of the museum. This may result in museum services being returned to Council.
  • Further savings have been made by the appointment of the Directors of Westland Holdings Board to the Destination Westland Board with no additional fees being paid. Chris Gourley has now been appointed to the Destination Westland Board.

Making these changes will enable Destination Westland to refocus and continue to manage and develop community assets into the future.

These are not easy decisions, and we wish the very best to all of the staff of Destination Westland.”

Media enquiries to:

Emma Rae, Strategy and Communications Advisor


Review of DW due to effects of Covid-19