Buller District Council

Punakaiki water supply update

10th February, 2021

Council representatives and Police attended the Punakaiki water supply yesterday to investigate potential issues with the raw water line as reported over the weekend.

During yesterday’s inspection, the council-owned 60mm pipe connected to the intake weir was found to be damaged. The necessary repairs were made on site, taking an hour to complete.

Council officers have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to commence an investigation as to whether the damage was deliberate and whether any offences have been committed under the Local Government Act 2002 relating to public waterworks infrastructure.

The Police will undertake its own independent investigations to determine whether an offence has been committed.  Any actions the Police may take are a matter for it to consider.

Pending the outcome of council’s investigation, it will not be making further comment as it works carefully and thoroughly through the process in accordance with the applicable statutory time limits.

Council’s group manager infrastructure services Mike Duff says: “The damaged pipe has been replaced, the treated water storage is near full capacity and the plant is now operating normally.

I would like to thank WestReef and council staff, who have worked overtime to ensure continuity of safe drinking water for all Punakaiki consumers”.


For more information please contact

Mike Duff



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