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Some of our services are delivered through Council Controlled Organisations.
The services require a more commercial focus and allows Council to operate at arms-length from the activity. Council has three Council Controlled Organisations.
Westland Holdings Limited (WHL) is the governance link between Council and its trading entities. The company is responsible for ensuring the trading organisations meet their statutory, commercial and public obligations as defined in their Statements of Intent.
These are reviewed annually by WHL on behalf of Council, with reference to the objectives determined in the Long-Term Plan, along with each company’s individual strategy.
The presence of a holding company is intended to facilitate objective governance, whilst enabling the trading organisations to operate on commercial principles. The Board’s directors are appointed by Council:
Westroads Limited main activity is that of a general contractor based in Hokitika and Greymouth (Westroads Greymouth Ltd) as well as depots and staff throughout South Westland. It also operates a crushed metal plant in Greymouth.
In 2014 it purchased Trenching Dynamix Ltd, a specialist buried horizontal infrastructure installation company.
Destination Westland operates the Hokitika Airport, which is the principal airport on the West Coast. Air New Zealand is the main carrier into the airport on a twice-daily basis from Christchurch.
This acts as a gateway for tourists arriving to the West Coast and also as a hub for short-term business travellers from Christchurch. Destination Westland will also operate the heliport in Franz Josef.
In addition, Destination Westland manages some of the Council’s property portfolio, previously overseen by Westland District Property Limited.
This include the sale and leasing of property; managing the leasing and occupation of mining rights; management of Pensioner Housing, Hokitika Swimming Pool, Jacksons Bay Wharf, the Hokitika i-SITE, West Coast Wilderness Trail, Hokitika Museum and Council’s events portfolio including the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival.
Westland District Property Ltd was amalgamated into Hokitika airport Ltd and the name of Hokitika airport Ltd was changed to Destination Westland Ltd in 2018.