Buller District Council

Buller moves from emergency to recovery

6th August, 2021

Media Release  

6 August 2021 

The state of local emergency in Buller has ended and the district is formally moving into a recovery phase.

The Civil Defence emergency was put in place on 16 July and extended on 30 July, in response to the severe weather event affecting the district.

Buller Mayor Jamie Cleine has signed a notice of local transition period, which takes effect from 1.15pm today (Friday 6 August), the same time as the state of emergency expires.

The formal declaration of a local transition period gives powers to the Civil Defence Recovery Manager to coordinate personnel and other resources as required. 

“This is a significant step forward, acknowledging how far we’ve come over the three weeks of this response,” Mayor Cleine said.

“I want to thank the whole Buller community for the way you banded together and responded in the face of the biggest floods in this region in almost 100 years. From businesses to volunteers you opened your homes, gave time, equipment and money and supported each other with generous hearts. It has been humbling to see.

I also want to thank those around the country who have come to help us out. We had over 160 Civil Defence staff working in the Emergency Operations Centre from Northland to Southland and everywhere in between, along with the New Zealand Defence Force, Buller District Council staff, Police, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, St Johns Ambulance and too many agencies to name.”

Buller District Recovery Manager Bob Dickson said the Recovery Team had been planning with a focus on ensuring those with welfare needs, particularly around accommodation and insurance were assisted through the transition and on.

“Our role will be to support you through the months ahead. We know many people are still suffering from the effects of the flooding and we are stepping up our work to get them into a better place long-term.

The road ahead is going to be a long one for some of us, but we will be here for you, every step of the way. We all need help sometimes – so please ask. Together we will get there.”

Help will remain with the Buller District Council’s Flood Recovery Assistance number 0800 768 348 still in operation next week 10am – 2pm Monday to Friday. The Community Hub at the NBS Theatre on Palmerston Street will also remain open next week 10am-2pm Monday to Friday for enquiries for flood assistance.


Media contact

EOC Public Information Management Officer

Mira Schwill 027 403 6609



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