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Westland – “The Last Best Place”

The Westland District Council was formed in 1989 from the amalgamation of Westland County Council and Hokitika Borough Council.  It is a territorial local authority governed by the Local Government Act 2002.

The Council Office is located in Hokitika at 36 Weld Street and is open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. The Westland District Library is located in Hokitika at 20 Sewell Street. View the Library webpage for the opening hours.

Westland District Council services a large land area with a resident population of 8307 (2013 census from Stats NZ).  Visitors to the District number between 2,000-6,000 per day depending on the time of year.

The Council is made up of two key bodies:

Council Members

​The Mayor and elected members. The elected representatives are drawn from three wards: Northern, Central, and Southern. The Mayor and Councillors are elected every three years.

Council’s Administration

The corporate organisation led by the Chief Executive Officer, who is responsible to the elected Council for ensuring the effective, efficient and economic management of all the Council’s activities.

Find our Executive Team or view our Council Departments.
The Council decides the range of services and activities to be provided, sets the policy for these services and activities, delegates the implementation of these to the staff and monitors their performance.

In general, the Westland District Council is responsible for the following activities/services:
Co-ordinating the provision of essential services, eg:
  • Water supply to provide clean water for home, business and emergency use
  • Sewerage disposal systems
  • Stormwater and flood protection to protect the Westland District from floods as best as practical and affordable
  • Roading to maintain a safe transport network which meets our needs
  • Solid waste management, ie the safe disposal of refuse and provision of recycling services
  • Emergency management, ie Reduction, Readiness, Response and Recovery
Managing and protecting the environment and public health, eg:
  • Environmental management and monitoring to take care of community resources, eg Resource Management Act, District Plan
  • Establish and enforce rules to help people be safe and healthy, such as liquor licensing, dog licenses and restaurant food safety
  • Park and town landscape maintenance
  • Recreation and leisure services to help our community stay healthy and happy by promoting active recreation and providing facilities such as swimming pools, playing fields and walking and cycling tracks
  • Providing special purpose community services and amenities, eg public libraries, public toilets, retirement housing
Improving community well-being, eg:
  • Working with community groups and agencies to help reach our common goals
  • Economic development
  • Community development and advocacy
  • Heritage and arts to advance the unique identity and special character of our community
A local authority can only undertake activities which are permitted by central government so whilst Council can exercise its initiative in deciding its aim and policies, it must do so only within the laws, regulations and requirements set down by central government.

Council Controlled Organisations

Code of Conduct

Schedule 7 of the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act) requires each local authority to adopt a Code of Conduct.

The Council Code of Conduct provides guidance on the standards of behaviour that are expected from the Mayor and Elected Members of the Westland District Council.

Standing Orders

In accordance with Clause 27 of Schedule 7 of the Local Government Act 2002, a local authority must adopt a set of Standing Orders for the conduct of its meetings, and meetings of its committees. 

This sets the rules of meeting conduct which the Mayor and Elected Members must comply with.