Buller District Council

Current Consultations


The hearing for the Te Kuha Mine resource consent applications will be held from 18-29 September 2017 at the Bridge Club Rooms (12A Lyndhurst Street) Westport. Please click the link below for further information.



 Previous consultations

2017/2018 Draft Annual Plan Consultation

The consultation period for the Draft Annual Plan is now closed and the following submissions have been received:

Submissions Received for 2017/2018 Draft Annual Plan (23.3Mb)

Submissions can also be viewed at Council offices and libraries in Westport and Reefton, or by contacting Mary Wilson (03) 788-9618 or mary@bdc.govt.nz.

Submissions will be heard on Tuesday 30 May, after which time Councillors will consider all submissions and decide on any changes required to the Draft Annual Plan.

Council’s final 2017/2018 Annual Plan will be adopted on Wednesday 28 June, and all submitters will receive a response to their feedback after this time.


Please click the link below to obtain the necessary information for you to make a submission on any of the resource consent applications, lodged by Stevenson Mining Ltd for its Te Kuha Mine Project (Te Kuha), Westport, that were publicly notified on 19 April 2017.



Section 95C Resource Management Act 1991

Buller District Council has received an application from Stuart Keith Hedges for a land use resource consent.

The application is for consent to run a commercial jet boating operation on the Karamea River, and associated signage.  Access to the launch site would be via 74-82 Waverley Street.  The operating limit of the activity can be viewed on the plan included in the application and is approximately from the mouth of the Karamea River to the point where Virgin Creek meets the Karamea River.  The maximum number of jet boat trips per day would be four, with the activity operating up to seven days per week.  Signage would be placed at the launch site and outside 74-82 Waverley Street and 78 Bridge Street.

The application includes an assessment of environmental effects.  The application may be inspected at the Council’s Westport office or by  clicking here.  Please contact Jacob Neaves – Planner on (03) 788 9111 if you have any questions about the application.

Any person may make a submission on the application, but a person who is a trade competitor of the applicant may do so only if that person is directly affected by an effect of the activity to which the application relates that—

(a)  adversely affects the environment; and

(b)  does not relate to trade competition or the effects of trade competition.

You may make a submission by sending a written submission to Buller District Council, PO Box 21, Westport 7866; or planning@bdc.govt.nz.  The submission must be on Form 13.  A copy of this form is available from the Council office or on Council’s website.

Submissions close on 2 February 2017.

You must serve a copy of your submission on Stuart Keith Hedges (the applicant), whose address for service is 904 Motueka River West Bank Road, RD 1, Motueka 7196, as soon as reasonably practicable after serving your submission on the Council.


Rangitira Developments Limited (RDL) has served notice of their intention to obtain an access arrangement under the Crown Minerals Act 1991 on the Buller District Council (the Council), in relation to the proposed Te Kuha coal mine near Westport.

RDL wish to construct a mine haul road and undertake opencast mining activities on part of Section 17 Block II Ohika Survey District and part of Section 14 Block VIII Kawatiri Survey District.  This is part of a Water Conservation Reserve administered by the Council.   Additional information is available by clicking this link

Before making its decision on the request, the Council would like to give members of the public the opportunity to put forward their views and preferences on this matter.

Written views and preferences will be accepted by the Council until 4.30pm on Friday 16 September 2016.  These can be made online by clicking this link

Alternatively they can be emailed to consultation@bdc.govt.nz , delivered to Council’s Westport office  6-8 Brougham Street, or sent to Buller District Council, PO Box 21, Westport 7866.

The Council is intending to make its decision on the request at its meeting of 28 September 2016.

Buller District Plan Review

The Council is carrying out a rolling review of the Buller District Plan and has publicly notified proposed District Plan Changes 133 – 145.


Please click here to view proposed District Plan Changes 133 – 145

Requirement to alter Designation

Sections 95A, 168, 168A and 181 Resource Management Act 1991

The Buller District Council has given a notice of requirement to alter Designation #132 in the Buller District Plan, being a community facility known as the Solid Energy Centre, Westport (the NoR).

The NoR includes extending the operating hours for the indoor and outdoor facilities at the Solid Energy Centre, amending the noise limits for outdoor activities to reflect the extended hours, removing conditions relating to the construction of the Solid Energy Centre and technical amendments to wording.

The NoR may be inspected at Buller District Council Offices in Westport and Reefton, Buller libraries, the Karamea Information and Resource Centre, the Buller Bay Information and Resource Centre and the Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre & i-SITE, and on Council’s website, www.bullerdc.govt.nz Copies may be obtained from Council offices and the website.

Any person may make a submission on the NoR.  You may do so by sending a written submission to Buller District Council, PO Box 21, Westport 7866, delivering it to the Council office, 6-8 Brougham Street Westport or emailing it to theplan@bdc.govt.nz

The submission must be in Form 21 and must state whether or not you wish to be heard in support of your submission.  Copies of Form 21 are available from the above locations.   See links below for relevant documents.

Class 4 gambling Application from the Southern Trust for Westport Motor Hotel

Council has received an application from the Southern Trust to establish a class 4 gambling (‘pokie machine’) venue at the Westport Motor Hotel.

The application is to place nine machines at the venue.

This application is now open for public submissions. Written submissions will be received by Council until Tuesday 8 September 2015. Those submitters who wish to will be given the opportunity to speak in support of their submission at the Council hearing on this application.

The application can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

You can make a submission by clicking here, or by collecting a submission form from Council’s Westport office or the Sue Thomson Casey Memorial Library, completing it and returning it to Council’s Westport office or posting it to Buller District Council, PO Box 21, Westport 7866.

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