Kia ora koutou

Welcome to our latest update from the Flood Recovery Team. It’s been another busy week in Westport, with tradies and residents making the most of the good weather.

Check out the latest from The Community Hub and other Flood Recovery related news.

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

Safe Refuge for Lorraine and furry friends

“If I’d been working that day, Heidi and Amber would have drowned.”

A chilling reminder for local resident, Lorraine Hartigan, about the dramatic escape her beloved Japanese pug dogs had on the day of the flood.

Four months on Lorraine shares her experiences of that night and her ‘new normal’ in temporary accommodation. Read more…

Housing Site Updates

Stafford Street Site

Work is progressing well at the Stafford Street  housing site and we have seen wonderful community spirit in action from local and ‘top of the South’ Rotary members this week. Rotary visited the houses and have very generously offered to supply beds and bedroom furniture. They are also considering how they may be able to help with curtains and blinds. Additionally, Tonkin + Taylor and Haier Appliances have kindly offered to donate new whiteware for all five houses. Read more…

Queen Street Site

The three MBIE/TAS houses are now secured to their piles.

Sewer, storm water and mains water supply have been trenched at the road and piped to the property boundary. Connections into the internal plumbing, drainage and downpipe connections will follow in the coming weeks and each house will then be tested to ensure all plumbing and drainage fixtures and fittings are working and are safe and compliant. Read more…

Coming Events

It’s not too late to register for the Women’s Wellness event next weekend; there’s still a few spaces available. Visit the Events page on Facebook to view upcoming community events in the Buller region.

Women’s Wellbeing Afternoon
Saturday 27 December 2021

Treat yourself to a free afternoon of High Tea, Yoga, Live Music & Massage.  Registrations Essential

Road of Recovery Workshops
Wednesday 8 December 2021

Free post flood workshops to assist you and loved ones in emotional recovery. Facilitated by Mary Ponder. Learn more …

Kura (School’s) Out
Saturday 27 November 2021

Free Community Youth Event. 3.30pm to 6.30pm. Carters Beach Domain. Learn more…

Are you prepared for Covid19?

C’mon Coasters. It’s time

COVID spreads fastest in areas with low vaccination rates. The West Coast has one of the lowest rates in New Zealand – let’s stop it spreading here.

Where: Masonic Lodge, 51 Russell Street, Westport.

Clinic is open 7 days a week until further notice. Check clinic open hours here

Book in advance here.

*** Drop ins are welcome ***

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