Kia ora koutou

There’s still plenty of activity on the flood recovery front even though Christmas is just around the corner. In fact, it’s only eight more sleeps away!

The big news this week has been the government announcement of $17.08m in funding for a temporary accommodation village in Alma Road. Extensive feasibility work and investigation into the most suitable location has involved consultation with local Iwi and Buller District Council. The village will comprise of a mix of two and three bedroom homes, pre-built and transported onto site. It is anticipated that the homes will be ready to move into in the third quarter of 2022. Read more… 

Check out more news below, including the ‘Elf on The Shelf Hunt,’ which is happening out and about Westport right now. It’s free to enter and is a fantastic family activity, with some great prizes to be won. All entries, fully or partially completed, will go into the draw. So grab an entry form and join the fun. Winners will be announced on the 23rd of December on the Westport Flood Recovery Facebook page.

Did you miss last weeks update? Catch up on all the news here.


The Residential Advisory Service (RAS) will be back in Westport in the week of 31st of January. RAS strongly encourage flood affected residents to seek independent advice BEFORE signing any documents.

RAS are available to provide FREE independent advice on insurance settlements and scopes of works. Their team will continue to visit Westport on a fortnightly basis, for as long as there is a need.

Appointments with RAS can be made via the Community Hub or by contacting RAS directly on 0800 777 299, or

Mr G Hoete Art – Reveal

The TŪMANAKO project Kawatiri/ Westport is now complete and you can check out the finished mural at the big reveal and community hāngi this evening. The finished product looks fabulous and local  tamariki and rangatahi have really enjoyed participating in the project alongside Mr G and Milly, learning a lot of new skills along the way. #tūmanako #kawatiri

Mayoral Flood Relief Fund

The Mayoral Flood Relief Fund is in a healthy state and is open to applications from flood affected persons. The assessment panel would welcome deserving applications for assistance in the new year. If you need support through what has been, and still is a challenging time, you can pick up an application form from the BDC or the Community Hub. Remember, our Community Navigators are on hand to assist you with your application, as well as support to access other services related to the flood recovery.


Solve the puzzle. Each Elf has a letter attached. Unscramble to discover the Christmas phrase! But first, grab an entry from from Buller REAP  or at The Flood Recovery office. 165 Palmerston Street, next to Ellery’s.

Great prizes up for grabs!

NEED HELP? PH 0800 768 348

All are welcome at The Community Hub. Whether you have been impacted directly, or are interested to learn more about the recovery effort, pop down to the community hub for a cuppa and a chin wag.

The Community Hub is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am-4.00pm. Phone 0800 768 348 for assistance outside normal opening hours.

On behalf of the Flood Recovery Team, we wish you a safe and sunny weekend.

Noho ora mai