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Buller's Funding Finder is live

Community groups and businesses in the Buller District can find grants more easily with Buller’s Funding Finder. 

Buller District Council has joined forces with New Zealand and Australia’s most powerful grant search engine, GrantGuru, to deliver a free one-stop-shop grants portal. 

Organisations and individuals can use the search engine to find available grants and filter them by specifying industry and type of project. 

The Funding Finder hand-picks funding opportunities from all government and private sector grants available, including Council’s grants and initiatives.  

Karamea Highway repairs ramping up

Several projects will be completed on the Karamea Highway in 2024, including a number of Roading Return to Service projects.

The first projects to kick off are located on a stretch of highway between 2.8km and 4.1km north of the Mokihinui Bridge. 

Subject to weather conditions, the first project will start in mid-February, taking approximately two weeks to complete. Other projects will follow along the highway.

There are a number of general roading projects planned for the highway too, covering corner improvements, pavement rehabilitation and other planned maintenance.

How we’re shaping our district

Our goal is to promote the well-being of our local communities. We have a wide range of responsibilities under the Local Government Act. Local government affects you daily. We encourage you to get to know us and to find out more about how you can participate in local decision-making.

Recycling bin audits back for summer

Buller District Council and Smart Environmental Ltd are partnering for another summer of recycling bin audits.

This summer, the bin audits will focus on educating residents about the new recycling guidelines following the Ministry for the Environment’s order to standardise all recycling collection guidelines across New Zealand from 1 February 2024.

All materials currently accepted for kerbside collection in Buller will remain recyclable. In addition, plastic meat trays marked 1 and pizza boxes without food residue will now be accepted. All plastics marked 1, 2 and 5, whether they are clear or coloured, can now be recycled. Previously only clear plastics were accepted.

Get out and about in Buller

Our 8,574 square kilometers boasts two national parks, one forest park, and two heritage areas, all offering the opportunity to experience peace and tranquility or excitement and adventure. Our district is unbeatable in its diversity, and a great playground to work, live and explore.

Meetings and Mayor chats

Council's monthly meetings are open to the public unless there is reason to consider some items “public excluded”.

You can meet our Mayor, on a first come, first seen basis, during one of the regular Monday Mayor chats at the Clocktower Chambers, 9am - 12pm. Drop-in days in Reefton and Karamea are also available.

Need a good read ?

Our community newsletter Connect is always worth a look to stay up to date with what Council is doing in our community.

Connect is printed on a bi-monthly basis and delivered throughout the district.

You can sign up to our newsletter online and receive your issue straight and conveniently into your inbox.

Living in Buller

With an enviable climate, laid-back lifestyle, and friendly community vibe, the Buller district is a great place to live, work, and visit.

Buller has so much to offer. You will be surrounded by national parks, beautiful beaches, and an abundance of outdoor activities. The added bonus of never worrying about traffic or parking, leaves plenty of opportunity to get out and explore, creating exceptional work life balance.

Request a recycling bin online!

Do you need a new glass crate, a replacement recycling bin, an additional wheelie bin to deal with your recycling, or did you moved into your new property and want to get your recycling containers? 

Eligible properties in refuse and recycling zone one in Buller can request glass crates and recycling wheelie bins easily and conveniently through or online form.

Zone one covers Westport, the areas from Westport to the Mōkihinui Bridge, Westport to Punakaiki, Westport to Reefton including Blacks Point, and Reefton to Ikamatua.