Welcome to issue #35 of Recovery Roundup.

This week we have two media releases pertaining to progress of Westport’s resilience options package and Buller Mayoral relief funds. 

Five informational videos following the first of a series of Buller Recovery Information Sessions, have been uploaded to the Buller Recovery Facebook page and are available for everyone to watch.

We have events coming up: Tomorrow – Seniors Afternoon Tea at Johnny’s, and Looking after yourself with Sir John Kirwan, in Reefton and Karamea – 13th July.

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.

Buller Recovery Information Session: The Science of flooding in Buller – UPDATE

Last month Buller Recovery held the first of a planned series of information sessions about the science of flooding in Buller, rainfall events, and the river modelling work that is underpinning Westport’s resilience planning.

The information session was a public community event that took place on the 17th May at NBS Theatre in Westport, hosted by Buller Recovery Manager Bob Dickson, and presented by river modelling expert Matt Gardiner. Learn more…

As a follow up to the presentation, we now have five videos that are available to watch via Buller Recovery’s Facebook page: videos, in addition to a livestream recording of the event and a slideshow presentation.

NIWA Hydrodynamics Scientist Richard Measures was planned to deliver the presentation alongside Matt Gardiner, although unfortunately due to illness was unable to attend, so Matt Gardiner delivered the presentation on Richard’s behalf.

Richard measures and Matt Garner share their expert knowledge throughout the video recordings following our first information session event. Watch them here.

Afternoon Tea for Kawatiri’s seniors – TOMMORROW

There’s still time to book for the afternoon tea event for our local seniors, happening at Johnny’s Restaurant tomorrow. This is a free event including games, food and refreshments. Booking is essential, please register your attendance via our Facebook events or call into the Hub to make your booking.

media release 20th june:


Joined media release – Buller District Council and West Coast Regional Council.

Westport residents will soon see their town’s future flood resilience options proposed when they are publicly released this week. The information is contained in an Indicative Business Case drafted on behalf of the West Coast Regional Council and Buller District Council.

The Business Case, which will be considered by both Councils at their meetings (on 28 June and 29 June 2022 respectively), sets out the proposed integrated package of long-term measures to improve Westport’s flood resilience. Read more…

Source: BDC


Applications to the Buller and Tasman Rural Mayoral Relief Fund significantly outstripped the $140,000 in funds available for allocation.

Buller Mayor Jamie Cleine says this demonstrates the significant impact of the February 2022 weather event on rural properties across Buller District and neighbouring parts of Tasman District.

“We received 27 applications for the fund, detailing over $2.7 million of uninsurable losses across both Districts. This amount signifies the extent of the damage caused from the February floods.”

Read more…

looking after yourself with westpac ambassador sir john kirwan

We are fortunate enough to have Sir John Kirwan back in the Buller Region to deliver presentations in Karamea and Reefton next month. Sir John Kirwan presented in Westport in March this year, sharing words of wisdom and coping strategies for getting through tough times, and helping to lift us up when we’re feeling low.

Sir John Kirwan will be in Karamea and Reefton on the 13th of July for this free event. Light snacks and refreshments provided. Secure your seat by pre-registering for this event via links below.

  • Book your seat for the presentation in Karamea
  • Book your seat for the presentation in Reefton

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