Kia ora koutou

Welcome to issue #28 of Recovery Roundup. In this weeks news:

Buller Recovery Information Session: 17th May | 5.30pm – 7.30pm. Find out more about the science behind the Buller floods, the rainfall events, and the river modelling work that is underpinning Westport resilience planning.

Books for flood affected children: Free copies of the children’s picture story book “How do I feel” have been given to children at Buller education centres. The book encourages recognising emotions and feelings to help children to develop their communication skills about how they are feeling.

Steering Group: Minutes from Buller Recovery Steering Group meeting 1st April are now available on our website.

Mayoral Relief Fund: Funding is still available for Buller residents who were affected by the region’s flooding events.

See below for more information on news and updates this week.

Ngā mihi, have a great weekend!

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

Illustrated books help flood-affected Buller children tap into their emotions

Children at Buller education centres have been receiving free copies of the New Zealand Best Selling book How Do I Feel? to help them improve their emotional literacy by learning to recognise and label their emotions and feelings.

The books have been distributed to all flood-impacted households with children by the Buller Flood Recovery team. There are approximately 190 children living in 130 families impacted by the floods in the region.

Copies were also distributed to local secondary and primary school libraries, early childhood centres, Playcentre, Plunket rooms, social workers in schools, Buller District Council’s libraries and youth workers.

More information on the book can be found here:

Pictured: Book cover / A child from Westport Kindergarten investigates How Do I Feel? with Curriculum Leader Andera Aitcheson.

Hear presentations from:

Matt Gardner, Land River Sea Consulting Ltd ,river modelling expert

Richard Measures, NIWA Hydrodynamics Scientist

The session will be hosted by Bob Dickson, Recovery Manager, for the Buller Flood Recovery Team.

Learn more and register for this event.


Steering Group update

Minutes from the Buller Recovery Steering Group Meeting on the 1st April are now available on our website. Read more…

Steering Group Meeting Minutes are published on the Steering Group page of this website as released.

The Buller Recovery Steering Group has established a cross-agency project to investigate longer-term flood recovery priorities and measures to increase the resilience of Westport and its surrounds from future flood events.


Funding is still available for Buller residents who were affected by the region’s flooding events.

More than $650,000 was received after the July event – from Government and donations from individuals, family businesses, fundraising and large corporates. More than 600 applications have been received and $555,000 paid out, leaving $95,000 to be distributed (as at 3 May 2022).

Read more…

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