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Latest update on cyclone Gita

19th February, 2018
  4pm 19 February 2018 Severe Weather Alert – Cyclone Gita Cyclone Gita remains over the Tasman Sea and is forecast to affect the West Coast and Central New Zealand over Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Residents and tourists should be aware of the potential for severe gale-force winds, road closures, power outages, dangerous […] Read more »

Update on rubbish collection and transfer station operations

19th February, 2018
      Smart Environmental would like to advise the following: Refuse collection will be as programmed tomorrow (Tuesday 20 February) as scheduled until 12:00pm.  If wheelie bins, glass crates or rubbish bags have not been collected by midday they should be brought back inside properties. The Reefton refuse collection run programmed for Wednesday will […] Read more »

Severe Weather Alert – Cyclone Gita

19th February, 2018
  Media Release 19 February 2018 Severe Weather Alert – Cyclone Gita Cyclone Gita is currently located over the North Tasman Sea and is forecast to affect the West Coast over Monday night, Tuesday and Wednesday. This is a significant storm and is likely to cause road closures and power outages within the region. Residents […] Read more »

Punakaiki Water Supply- Precautionary Boil Water Notice

19th February, 2018
Heavy rainfall over the weekend has resulted in the Punakaiki Water Treatment Plant being shutdown for the majority of the weekend. Turbidity levels have been very high, with sediment levels heavy enough to cause blockages to the intake as well. WestReef staff have been nursing the plant along over the weekend, in the hope that […] Read more »


19th February, 2018
In accordance with Section 86 of the Local Electoral Act 2001, the result of the by-election for the Seddon ward (as held on 17 February 2018) is as follows, noting that the names of the candidates appear in the same order for each issue as they appeared on the voting paper:  Rosalie Mary SAMPSON 490 […] Read more »

Temporary Accommodation Service activated for West Coast flooding

16th February, 2018
  Hon Jenny Salesa Associate Minister of Housing and Urban Development MP for Manukau East 16 February 2018 MEDIA STATEMENT Temporary Accommodation Service activated for West Coast flooding West Coast residents hit by flooding caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Fehi can now access help finding temporary accommodation with the Government activating the Temporary Accommodation Service, Associate […] Read more »

Media Release- Westport Water Supply Moves Forward

16th February, 2018
Council has accepted recommendations to proceed with the due diligence phase of the Westport water project. This a major step forward in resolving the primary raw water supply which has been out of service since the No.1 Tunnel collapse in December 2016. After completing a rigorous “Price Quality Method” tender process, Council’s bid evaluation team […] Read more »


12th February, 2018
Council wishes to advise that water testing has been undertaken on the Punakaiki water supply. This testing has determined that the water is treated and is now compliant. Therefore the BOILED WATER NOTICE IS LIFTED for the Punakaiki Water Supply and normal water use may resume. Council appreciates the patience and co-operation of users during […] Read more »

Buller District appoints Recovery Manager

5th February, 2018
Now that we have terminated the state of emergency we are in the recovery phase.  This requires Council to employ a specialist recovery manager to lead the recovery process which is expected to last anywhere between 1 – 3 months. We have appointed Paul Clarkson, the current BDC Compliance Manager into this role, and will […] Read more »

Public health advice, including how to stay safe in the aftermath of flooding

2nd February, 2018
The following advice is issued by Canterbury and West Coast Community and Public Health and applies to areas of the West Coast and Canterbury that have been affected by Cyclone Fehi. Contaminated flood waters  Three Waters (Buller District Council) advises that they have disinfected any areas where there have been known sewage overflows. Nevertheless, avoid […] Read more »
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