Welcome to Recovery Roundup # 43. This time we have an update on the extension of the Community Hub to January, some thoughts ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week and reminders of some upcoming events.

Kia Kaha from the Buller Flood Recovery Team

Community Hub update

We’re thrilled to announce the Flood Recovery Hub will continue to provide support for people until the community until the end of January 2023.

Both the Hub in Westport and the Navigator support program which operates there will carry on, with a slight change of focus.

The Community Hub will remain as a safe, informative and welcoming place to flood-affected people while changing the focus of the navigator roles to include community connection, social events and hub management, as well supporting individual clients.

You can read more on this in our Media Release.

Praise for Lorraine Scanlon

Flood recovery navigators, community hub staff, NGO’s and the wider community gathered last week to present a korowai and pounamu to Lorraine Scanlon.

Lorraine was awarded Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Victim Support and the community in a Queens Platinum Jubilee Ceremony on Tuesday (20 September).

Poutini Waiora Navigator Co-ordinator Maraea Casey says these taonga were for Lorraine to take with her to the ceremony, as a representative of the whole Te Tai Poutini community.

“Lorraine’s dedication and commitment to Buller after the July flood event has been exemplary and reflects a life’s work of service to people, says Maraea Casey.”


Many of you will be aware that Mental Health Awareness Week starts soon, beginning Monday 26 September.

The theme is ‘reconnect with the people and places that lift you up’. Following two years of COVID-19 disruptions and for the people of Buller multiple flood and weather events and their repercussions, it’s timely to reconnect to support our mental wellbeing.

Connecting with others is important, especially if you’ve noticed someone you care about hasn’t been themselves lately. You might have noticed a change in their behaviour or have noticed them withdraw from things they would normally enjoy. Starting those conversation and knowing what to say can be hard. The team at the Mental Health foundation have put together a guide to help you have these important “courageous conversations”.

The Buller Flood Recovery team has been working hard to reconnect our people too and there’s more to come:

Rise Up for Buller

This event tomorrow night promises to be a great night out.

The details: Saturday 24 September 2022 NBS Theatre/7:30pm start.

You can also read this great write up on the event from The News this week.





Community under 5’s disco

We had around 200 people turn up on Friday last week for the Under 5’s Community Disco night. There were lots of laughs, groovy dance moves, food and laughter. Thank you to all the community ECE Centres (early childhood education) who worked together to make this happen.











Also coming up:

Ab Fab 1 October

Ab Fab is a night to celebrate our communities’ resilience and diversity through, fashion, disco and drag.

This R18 event hosted by the extraordinary divas Miss Shaniqwa and Lady Bubbles. It will feature local top models who will wow you with pre-loved garments waiting to be purchased and re-loved after the show.

AbFab event organisers what you to be Absolutely Fabulous too, with prizes for the best dressed on the night. “We’re looking for originality, sparkle and sass – people will stare, make it work their while”

Find out more on Facebook Or book here.

Tickets $25, available to purchase from NBS Theatre, Westport.

Saturday October 1st 7pm – 10:30pm