Buller Flood Recovery


The Buller Flood Recovery Team is working with Government and local organisations to ensure you can access the help you need to rebuild and recover after the 2021 serious weather events.

In July 2021, heavy rainfall caused severe flooding in Westport and surrounding areas, causing widespread damage to properties, interrupting people’s lives, and shaking up our community. Further severe flooding occurred district-wide in February 2022. The February event was a combination of two consecutive weather events and caused significant damage to Westport, many farms and other areas of Buller.

For more on these Weather Events go to Weather Events

Important decisions are being made about Westport and Buller’s future flood resilience. You can find out more by clicking on Important Information
The Buller Flood Recovery Team was established in August 2021 by the Buller District Council to support the recovery of the Buller District.

Community Hub

We’re here to help you recover

If you are feeling stressed or anxious about dealing with any aspect of the recovery, process come and have a cuppa and a chat with our friendly team at the Community Hub. 

Or call 0800768 348

Come and see us at

175 Palmerston Street

Tell us how you’re going survey

The ‘Tell us how you’re going’ survey aims to find out how the people of Buller are going to help ensure the right supports are in place.

Paper copies will be at the Community Hub in Westport or phone 0800 674 646 if talking is the best way for you.

The survey takes around 10 minutes to complete and is open to everyone in the Buller District aged 15 years and over.

How We Recover

Five environments, or parts to recovery, have been identified in our recovery plan.
Together, they all contribute to the strategic recovery goal – to restore and create opportunities to enhance our community wellbeing.



Reconnecting our communities


Natural/ rural

Restoring the natural and rural environment



Repairing our homes and restoring our communities



Regenerating the economy



Mahi Kotahi
Working with Iwi in partnership

Latest News

Keep up to date on the latest news, updates and recovery stories from our community.
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