Welcome to Recovery Roundup #47
We have celebrated the blessing of the Alma Road temporary housing this week and have an update from TAS on that, as well as local events.
Alma Road Village blessing
On Wednesday, 23 November the Alma Road homes were blessed by Ngati Waewae’s Te Rua Mason.
The blessing was attended by flood navigators, Buller Mayor Jamie Cleine, Buller District Council staff and councillors, Temporary Accommodation Services (TAS) representatives, Ray White representatives, and building contractors.
This marked an important day for the community as 18 homes are now complete and nearing being ready for occupation; 2 further homes are still to come.
The hard work and collaboration of all who had contributed to the project were acknowledged in the ceremony along with the agencies who continue to support the flood affected community.
TAS would like to acknowledge the contractors who have worked tirelessly to get the homes ready and make sure flood affected families can enjoy Christmas in the new homes. These contractors are made up of people from the Buller community.
The development in Alma Road has given people of varying ethnic groups, genders, ages an opportunity to be part of building the Westport community back up for those affected by the 2021 floods.
Julia Shanahan, Manager Response and Recovery for TAS said “ My hope is these homes will continue to be ongoing benefit for the community in the future”.
The Paparoa Way project team are aiming to complete the houses needed by the nine TAS whanau moving into the Village completed before Christmas. Crucial work such as driveways and footpaths need to be completed in the coming weeks in order for the village to liveable. TAS continues to work with households who are transitioning into the Village with planning in anticipation of their move.
We encourage anyone who has a current or expected need following the flooding and landslips to register with Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS). Households can register their details at www.tas.mbie.govt.nz, or call 0508 754 163.
We have unfortunately had to cancel the upcoming family fun day at PERC (scheduled for tomorrow) due to predicted rain. There are other events coming up though including a morning tea at the Hub on the 6th of December and a sausage sizzle with the Community Hub staff during the Santa Parade in Westport (more details to come).
In the meantime it was all fun and games at the recent Housie event at the Hub.
A fantastic morning at the Community Hub!
The team hosted a group of 25 for a morning of Housie on Tuesday and what a morning it was!
It was great to hear the building full of laughter and fun … we look forward to hearing more in the weeks to come.
Come down and join our next morning tea on the 6th December from 10:30am.