From West Coast Civil Defence


West Coast Civil Defence advise people to have emergency supplies for at least 7 days available which is food, water, medical supplies and cash.  We strongly urge people to be prepared – have a ‘grab bag’ with you at your place of work, and make a plan for what you do if you are at home. 


Please check on elderly neighbours, family and friends. 




A message from Claire Brown, our Emergency Management Officer –

“I hope you spend some time reviewing or creating your own preparedness plans, for home and work.  This information is useful:




It is important that if it is safe to do so, you remain in your own home. You and your families will be more comfortable at home and that is why your own preparedness planning is vital. 


If it is necessary to evacuate people because of hazard threat, damage to homes or because people are temporarily misplaced /unable to access their homes, then Civil Defence facilities will be established across the Westland district.   Either or both “Emergency Management Centres” for gathering of emergency staff and provision of information to all agencies including the media, and “Welfare Centres” for registration and accommodation of temporarily misplaced persons will be opened. 


These types of facilities will be opened by Civil Defence according to the needs that have arisen because of the event.  The facilities will be staffed by Emergency Management professionals and local volunteers. 


This is a list of possible facilities for such use.  However in reality the Civil Defence team will open up facilities that best fit the needs of the situation.  The facility will have to be in the right location and be safe (including sanitary). It is unlikely that all of the places on this list will be opened.  It also may be necessary to establish a centre somewhere else not on this list.


The opening of facilities and their location will be widely communicated to the community at the time.


Possible Civil defence facilities to open in an emergency:


Name of facility



To Be Advised


Kumara 1

Kumara Memorial Hall

58 Seddon St, Kumara 7832

Kumara 2

Kumara Race Course

Otira Highway, Kumara 7832


Arahura Marae

1 Old Christchurch Rd, Arahura, Awatuna 7882

Hokitika 1

Westland High School

140 Hampden St, Hokitika 7810

Hokitika 2

Boys Brigade Hall

290 Hampden St, Hokitika 7810

Hokitika 3

Seaview Estate

Seaview Hill Rd, Seaview 7882


Kokatahi Hall

76/14 Ford Rd, Kokatahi 7881


Ross Hall

Moorhouse Street, Ross


Harihari Community Facility

Main Road, Harihari


Whataroa Hall

57 Main Rd, Whataroa 7886


Donovan’s Store

The Strand Okarito 7856

Franz Josef

Franz Josef Community Centre

6 Main Rd, Franz Josef Glacier 7886

Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier Community Centre

45 Cook Flat Rd, Fox Glacier 7886

Bruce Bay 1

Te Tauraka Waka a Maui Marae

4851 Haast Hwy, Bruce Bay 7886

Bruce Bay 2

Bruce Bay Hall

4660-4670 Haast Hwy, Bruce Bay 7886

Haast 1

Haast Hall

9 Pauareka Rd, Haast 7886

Haast 2

Okuru Hall

Jackson's Bay Road



To obtain information during an emergency event:


  • Listen to your local radio stations
  • If possible check Councils website, “Westland Matters” email alerts and Council’s Facebook page


To obtain information from Council at any time: