District Information

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

Update 3: Fox River Clean up

Update 3 – 4 April 2019: Flow of rubbish into river stopped

Rubbish is no longer flowing into the Fox River from the closed Fox Glacier Township Landfill after contractors working there successfully diverted the river today. This has stopped the flow of rubbish into the river. The next step is  to install rock protection to the area. This work provides a short term solution while a longer term plan to secure the site is put in place.

Update: Roads

This is the latest information about the regions roads as of 12.00pm, Wednesday 3 April:

Dorothy Falls Road is still closed Between the Farm and Hans Bay. The Styx River end is open. It is currently accessible but a little rough in places so best suited to 4x4 vehicles until later in the week. Works are being done from today and it should be accessible for normal vehicles by the end of the week.

Milltown Road open only to residents presently but good progress is being made by repair crews.

Clean-up update


Update on the South Westland clean-up

Following last week’s significant rainfall event, Westland District Council has been undertaking assessments to assets throughout the district. The Council has found significant damage to roads and other assets. One of these being a closed landfill alongside the Fox River. The closed landfill was established in the 1960’s and closed in the early 2000’s.

Road and bridge update



Update on the local roads and bridges in Westland

This is the current status of the local roads and bridges in Westland following the storm event of last week.


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