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Key projects

Read about the exciting projects currently in progress in the Westland District.

Resource consent for the current Hokitika Wastewater Treatment Plant will expire in April 2026. Council has been investigating and consulting with the community on the best way to continue to provide wastewater treatment to the Hokitika area.


In 2019 Council was offered the opportunity to work with Westland Milk Products and share the cost of the ocean outfall pipeline that they were in the process of building. We consulted with the community through the Annual Plan 2019/2020 on the options available and Council agreed to work with Westland Milk Products and undertake an ocean outfall pipeline project at the cost of $1.9m.

Project tendering by Westland Milk Products attracted tenders at a significantly higher cost than expected. The successful tender increased the cost to Council to $3.37 million, a $1.47 million increase. In light of the sizeable increase of cost to the Council, a review of alternative methods of wastewater discharge was undertaken and Council consulted again with the community through the Annual Plan 2020/2021. 

Members of the community, particularly our iwi partners, expressed their distaste for an ocean outfall pipeline, and asked that Council consider a land-based option. The Council accepted this as the preferred option and began a process of securing funding for a feasibility study and setting up a governance structure for the project.

In 2020 Council received $6.9m from the Three Waters Stimulus Funding Delivery Plan and earmarked a portion of the funding towards the feasibility study. Consultants, Stantec, were appointed to prepare a cost proposal and commence a stakeholder engagement process.

The Hokitika Wastewater Treatment Plant Project Oversight Subcommittee (HWTPPOS) met for the first time in August 2021. The committee is a genuine partnership with mana whenua, consisting of four members of Council, two members from Ngāti Waewae and two members from Ngāti Maahaki. This partnership reflects Council's commitment to the Manatu Whakaaetanga Partnership agreement.

Visit our Council Committees page for the current committee membership.

Next Steps

Stantec will finalise the project establishment by:

  • Preparing the Project Plan.
  • Submitting the Project Plan to Oversight Subcommittee for approval.
  • Commencing the Business Case process.

Agendas & Minutes

Livestream recordings of previous meetings can be viewed on our Youtube channel.

Media Releases

In February 2021 Councillors agreed to trial a one-way system on Revell Street from the Weld Street intersection south to Hamilton Street in Hokitika. The purpose of the concept is to make Revell Street a point of interest and attraction for visitors and locals.

Initially, the trial was proposed to run for three months, but this was extended to six months from March 2021.

The trial is dynamic and designed to be adaptable to feedback from the community. Feedback on the trial can be sent to

Stage 2 concept plan

Following a workshop in September, the Planning Committee received an updated concept plan.

Birds eye view of Revell Street and proposals for the one-way trial.

Click the image to view the full concept plan.

 Meeting Reports and Minutes

Livestream recordings of previous Council meetings can be viewed on our Youtube channel.

Media Releases


Through the 2018 - 2028 Long Term Plan Process, Council decided to construct a new water treatment plant at Arahura Pa to treat water drawn from a new source.

This is a significant project to ensure the security of the drinking water supply for residents in the area and ensure that the water meets the current Drinking Water Standards.

Council awarded the tender for the project to Process Flow in September 2020, which began building the new Water Treatment Plant at their Nelson workshop. Civil work at the site for the plant began in April with access tracks and foundations being laid. The prefabricated structure that contains the filtration, disinfection and pumping components is expected to be transported to the site in Arahura during July. At that stage, the new bore and associated delivery pipework can be connected and commissioning will be carried out in the following months.

As of October 2021, the Water Treatment Plant is ready and the contractors are upgrading the reservoirs. Once this work is completed the plant will be ready to become operational.

Watch Mayor Bruce Smith's visit to the site in July 2021.

In September 2016, an initial engineering report determined that the Carnegie Building was earthquake prone and in need of major seismic strengthening for it to be safe for full-time occupation as a museum and to host museum staff and visitors.

A subsequent peer review of this engineering report revealed that the building was above the 34% National Building Standards (NBS) rating and therefore occupation was acceptable, although lower than the recommended 67% for public buildings.

In early 2018, construction drawing and engineering design work for the earthquake strengthening work were prepared and the successful tenderer for earthquake strengthening appointed in 2019. The work was delayed while Council applied for external funding to complete work to bring the museum’s climate and collection storage up to modern museum standards.

Funding from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage was approved in late 2020. The final tender for work was awarded to Trademark Construction in April 2021 and work began immediately with work on the building expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

Structural work

Work on pouring the concrete for the foundations on the Carnegie Building started in August 2021. The perimeter foundations are a critical component of the work required to raise the building to 100% NBS. Subcontractors expect to pour 67 cubic metres of concrete today, and 12 tonnes of reinforcing steel has gone into the foundation cages to date. The perimeter steel reinforcing cages average 1m deep by 600mm wide spanning the complete perimeter of the buildings main and internal walls.  

Concrete is supplied by local West Coast Firm, Allied Concrete. The subcontractor for the technical concrete pour are Shortcrete, who are Canturbury based and have extensive heritage building experience.

Staff and contractors are pleased with the way the work is progressing and today's work is a milestone in the project.

In September 2021 work on the perimeter foundations of the Carnegie Building was completed, including structurally tying the reinforcing bars through the floor into the foundation concreting. The next stage of work involves the construction of shear walls. This is a key component of the project and is created to resist seismic loads. The shear wall will be built with reinforced steel bars installed into the existing bricks by drilling several thousand holes throughout the building. Contractors will then tie the shear walls to the new perimeter foundations and spray with concrete to connect the earthquake strengthening works together.

Museum staff walkthrough - September 2021

Council sees a need to upgrade and improve the current Hokitika Swimming Pool to a modern facility and to fulfil the needs of the community.

Funding from central Government will allow us to complete Stage 1, which is to replace core infrastructure starting in 2021. Stage 2 will include renovating the existing changing facilities and creating a new reception and entryway.

Stage 3 is subject to further external funding, and Council plans to build an extension to the pool, to include a heated toddlers or learners swimming pool.

Upgrades to the swimming pool will be staged over a three year period, with the swimming pool open during the summer months and closed during the winter for work to be done. Council offers three-monthly swimming passes.

September 2021

Contractors replacing around 3000 corroded structural brackets on the swimming pool atop of Elevated Work Platforms.

Hokitika Swimming Pool with contractors working in the ceiling - September 2021