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Food and green waste collection on the West Coast

Central government announced in May 2023 that by 2030, all district and city councils must collect food waste (or combined food and green waste) for households in urban areas with a population of over 1,000.

To prepare for this change, West Coast residents are encouraged to participate in the region-wide food and green waste survey. The survey will ask about current ways of dealing with food and green waste. 

The survey will be live between 8 July and 29 July 2024 and only take five minutes. 

Reefton Campground Accommodation Project

Buller District Council invites public feedback on the proposed development of six new cabins at the Reefton Motor Camp. 

Council proposes to install six new cabins on the site, comprising four double units and two single accessible units. Additionally, 10 car parks will be constructed on the site. The cabins may be prefabricated off-site and later transported to the site.

Submissions or objections will be received until 4pm on Thursday 1 August 2024.

How we’re shaping our district

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.

Meetings and Mayor's 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's 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.

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.

2024/25 dog registration starts soon!

If you own a registered dog, your registration form will land in your mailbox soon.

Once you have your form, call into our offices in Westport or Reefton to pay and pick up your new blue tag. 

Prices this year remain at:

  • Desexed $69.50
  • Entire $89.50

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.

Connect is out NOW!

Our July edition of Connect is out! 

This issue features Mayor Jamie's message, Council's funding opportunities for 2024-25, a survey about food and green waste collection on the West Coast, an update from the Kotahitanga mō te Taiao Flora Project, news from the NBS Theatre and Sue Thomson Casey Memorial Library, a great story from Westport Harbour and the decision about Buller's Zone One rubbish collection.

Our newsletter is a great way to stay updated with what Council is doing in our community.

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.