Buller District Council

A shelter in the storm

18th February, 2021

The last of three new bus shelters for northern Buller was completed last month in Mokihinui. The bus shelters in Granity, Waimangaroa and Mokihinui were constructed by local contractor Dean Scarlett as part of Buller District Council’s district revitalisation work.

The shelters were funded by the Council-led district revitalization fund that was set up in 2018 with the intention of supporting projects that make a difference to the way Buller communities look, feel, and operate.

The need for new shelters in the northern Buller was identified whilst scoping possible projects for the fund. Contract Project Manager, Glenn Irving explains after consultation with schools, bus companies, and other community members three sites were selected for either a new shelter or an upgrade.  “The sites were chosen because of the higher numbers of students that use them.”

Waimangaroa received a new shelter in June last year, and the northern Granity shelter was given an upgrade including a new roof and paintwork shortly afterwards. Due to Mr Scarlett working on the Kawatiri Coastal Trail the final shelter on the Mokihinui Domain was not able to be completed until now.

A major challenge along the way was finding a solution that fitted the budget. Involving local builder Dean Scarlett made it possible to overcome this challenge. Mr Scarlett constructed the shelters in his workshop and then delivered them to site ready to use. “Dean has a reputation for building to an exceptionally high standard which is reflected in his work on this project.”

Ensuring that the shelters are built in the best places to maximise their benefit to the communities was another challenge. The Waimangaroa shelter is located alongside the soon to be developed Waimangaroa Heart Project and will be used as a canvas for artwork as part of the Heart project.

“Feedback from the communities has been positive, the build quality is exceptional and it has been great to be able to use local contractors to complete the work. Waiting for buses in the rain is no fun for anyone, so these shelters will enable our school children to keep dry while getting to and from school.”


For more information please contact
Group Manager Infrastructure Services Michael Duff

From left: Brody Burnie-Tagestad, Jai Brook Price, Jordon Burnie-Tagestad, Glenn Irving, Kyra Price and Jon Mc-
Leod at the new Waimangaroa shelter. Photo: BDC


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