District Information

Water Shutdown Notifications

Franz Josef

A water shutdown is required on Monday 10th August 2020 from 10.00am to complete installation of a new water valve and will affect the Franz Josef township supply for approximately 1 hour.

Westland District Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause. 

NZTA Road Update

South Westland, SH6 update on anticipated full opening of route

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has confirmed that it is aiming to fully reopen State Highway 6 south of Hokitika to Makarora in Otago in time for Christmas.

This includes the only section currently still closed, with the most slips and damage, Mt Hercules south of Harihari to Whataroa.

Local Road damage

9 December 2019

UPDATE 12:55 9 December 2019

 The following roads are CLOSED:

Fox Glacier Waste and Recycling Services

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Fox Glacier Recycling and Waste services will be back in operation from 5 December 2019.

Cycle Trail update

Work commenced this week on another new off-road section of the cycle trail.

Nearly 650m of new trail has been cleared in easy terrain before moving into more challenging bush zones. This new trail section will be 3 km of off-road meandering through an old dredging dam, along the defunct historic tramway and through Department of Conservation estate.

Work is expected to take three months before completion and council would like to thank all parties associated with the project including landowners for their support and MBIE for funding assistance.

Rural Connectivity Group update

The Rural Connectivity Group (RCG) continues to make good progress across the West Coast with the roll out of the governments Rural Broadband Initiative Phase 2 and Mobile Black Spots programme.  To date sites have been built and are providing services to the communities of Haast township, Tatare, Ruatapu, Pukekura, Okarito, and Lake Wahapo.  There are also small cells operating to assist with coverage along State Highway 6 near Lake Moeraki, Bruce Bay and Roaring Billy Falls.  

Extreme Science II coming to Westland


Wednesday 16 October, 2019

Extreme Science on the road to the West Coast

People living in hard to reach and remote communities are often excluded from experiences that urban New Zealanders take for granted; Extreme Science II is challenging this, by taking science, and scientists, to the beautiful West Coast.

Community Christmas Decoration Funding

Expressions of Interest are invited for the funding of street decorations for Christmas 2019 from community groups or organisations within Westland.

Council has $10,000 in a budget set aside for street decorations for 2019.

Expressions of Interest can be sent to:

Westland District Council, Private Bag 704, Hokitika 7842


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