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This week a blessing of Queen Street housing led by Mana Whenua’s, Te Rua Mason (Kai Tahu, Kati Waewae) took place, with tenants moving in next week. The ceremony also provided an opportunity to thank our Flood Recovery Navigators at the Community Hub who continue to support our community.

Essential water use notice was in place at the beginning of the week and we are pleased to have shifted to restricted use mid-week, as reservoirs have had a chance to replenish and the fine weather has allowed for water system repairs to be undertaken. The boil water notice has been lifted as of this morning

See below for further updates this week.


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Blessing of Queen street housing

Westport Flood Recovery and MBIE came together this Wednesday to organise the blessing of the Queen Street houses before the new tenants moved in.

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Restricted water use until further notice – Westport & Carters Beach

As of this morning the boiled water notice for Carter’s Beach and Westport has been lifted.

From Wednesday this week we shifted from essential water use to restricted water use throughout Westport & Carters Beach as supply has replenished and repairs were able to be undertaken thanks to the great weather spell.

As individuals and as a community as a whole, we need to take care with our water usage, being mindful that the water situation is not back to normal yet. Please be aware that we may need to shift back to essential water use if the situation changes.

The water supply situation will continue to be closely monitored and Buller District Council will continue to keep our community updated.

Daily water updates are published around 10am weekdays, on the Buller District Council website, you can check that here. We are also sharing daily water supply updates through the Flood Recovery Facebook Page.

Restricted water use means:

*Limited use of water for operational and maintenance priorities as required for business sustainability.

*Limited residential outdoor use with hand-held buckets, watering cans, water blasters and low flow devices/attachments.

*No high-use consumption/filling activities or general hard-surface hosing is permitted, including unattended sprinkler devices.

Update & Proper use of free services for disposal of flood affected waste

This week it was brought to our attention that a skip provided for disposal of flood affected waste, located at Granity, was filled up with approximately 20 tyres. Property owners who needed to use the skip were unable to do so as a result. The Skip has now been cleared and relocated to a place of immediate need – 25 Torea St, Granity.

Please note that flood affected waste includes items such as carpets, furniture, bedding, appliances etc. It does not include construction and demolition waste such as Gib, Pink Batts, Lino etc. It does not include general waste such as car tyres.

Services around free disposal of flood affected waste are provided for the good of the community, which the majority are making proper use of. Misuse of these services puts them at risk, and so we ask that people utilise them legitimately, for the good of our community as a whole.

For Granity residents, free disposal of flood affected domestic waste remains available at the Westport transfer station up until Sunday 20th March. Otherwise, free disposal of flood affected domestic waste at transfer stations and landfills across the district now has stopped. The last day for this was this week, Monday 7th March.

We recommend that people contact their insurer going forward to manage any further waste clean up required. Free advice is available if you need assistance or support, contact Residential Advisory Services (RAS) on: 0800 777 299 or email Learn more…


red & yellow stickered homes

Please use this guideline to know what Council requires from flood-affected homeowners before red and yellow stickers can be removed from homes.  

Download the Checklist for Flood Affected dwellings here.

free insurance advice

Residential Advisory Service (RAS) is a free service for property owners facing challenges with homes being rebuilt or repaired following a natural disaster. There’s access to skilled brokers, legal and technical expertise as well as help working with insurers to progress your claim. Give them a call on 0800 777 229 or email

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If you have been affected by the flooding events and need support, information, or assistance, please don’t hesitate to pop into Westport Flood Recovery Community Hub, or give them a call on: 0800 768 348.

The team of Flood Recovery Navigators are there to assist with connecting people with any support and advice needed.