A survey is being carried out to gauge how people in the community are getting on following the July 2021 and February 2022 floods.

‘Tell us how you’re going’ asks questions around wellbeing, housing, and flood recovery to help build a picture of where people are at, and what might be required in terms of additional or targeted support.

Manager Social and Welfare Recovery Shayne Barry says there’s also a lot of important decision-making going on for Westport and Buller and knowing more about what’s happening in the community is vital in ongoing discussions with local and government agencies.

“West Coasters are no strangers to adversity, but recent times have seen the Buller District fronting up to challenge after challenge.

“We know this is a really tough time for people, even now a year on from the devastating July floods. We hear a lot of ‘I’m ok’ or ‘There are people worse off than me’ and we know those are natural reactions, but now it’s your turn. We want to hear from as many voices as we can, across the region,” says Ms Barry.

The survey, which takes 10-15 minutes to complete, runs until the end of July. It is open to everyone in the Buller District aged 15 years and over.

The Buller Flood Recovery Team has partnered with Opinions Market Research to deliver the survey, which is being funded by Department of Internal Affairs Lotteries. Six prize draws of $200 each are being offered across the district as part of the survey.

A number of large, local Buller employers are also helping distribute the survey and encouraging their staff to take part.

How to complete the survey

The survey can be found on the home page of the flood recovery website (www.bullerrecovery.org.nz) or by clicking on this link.

People can also phone Opinions Marketing on 0800 674 646 to complete the survey or head to the Westport Community Hub.

For more information, contact Shayne Barry at: shayne.recovery@bdc.govt.nz