Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Council Ready To Dig In For Shovel Ready Projects

Westland District and local contractors will be getting an employment boost from the Covid Response and Recovery Fund. Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau, announced on Wednesday that Westland District Council has been successful in securing $12 million for ‘shovel ready’ projects from the Fund. This is on top of the $1 million already announced to repair Jackson Bay Wharf.

Funding has been announced for:

· Fox Glacier landfill: Council will remove the waste material at the closed Fox Glacier landfill. Whilst the landfill is currently protected it still remains at risk of erosion by the river if an extraordinary weather event occurs. The waste will be dug out and transported to Butlers landfill South of Hokitika. This project will start as soon as possible and is expected to take several weeks to complete.

· Butlers Landfill: The funding will also enable a new cell to be opened at Butlers landfill, which will extend the lifespan of the landfill for an anticipated 15 years. The project will begin when resource consent is granted and is expected to take six months.

· Clean-up of Cook and Fox Rivers: Funding will allow Council to employ people to complete a follow-on clean-up of any remaining rubbish and debris deposited along the Cook River and the foreshore of the National Park and World Heritage Area in March 2019. This will provide employment in the Fox Glacier area and reduce the ongoing environmental impact from the landfill washout. The project can begin as soon as possible and will last for approximately six weeks.

· Cron Street Extension, Franz Josef: The infrastructure on this road will be completed, providing safe access to the Franz Josef Medical Centre, St John Ambulance Station and community meeting rooms. Improving the road infrastructure will present an opportunity for further businesses and Emergency services to be located in the area. Council anticipates that the project could be completed as soon as the new year 2021.

· Old Christchurch Road Seal extension: Council will prioritise the seal and curve easing on this road to provide a safe and more comfortable journey for road users. Construction would begin within two months on some of the sections not requiring major earthworks.

· Hokitika Airport Terminal extension: The airport terminal will be extended, which will improve visitor safety, transport and freight connections and offer enhanced retail opportunities. Construction is likely to be completed by June 2021.

· Hokitika Swimming pool: Refurbishing the swimming pool and building to develop a modern swimming pool with an improved visitor experience, including creating a learners’ area in the pool and an overhaul of the existing changing rooms. The project is estimated to take 6 – 8 months to complete with efforts made to minimise disruption to pool users.

Additionally, funding has been announced for the replacement of the William Stewart Bridge over the Taramakau River which is co-owned by the Grey District Council and the Westland District Council. This will benefit both Districts by increasing the load capacity of the bridge to meet the demands of heavy transport operators. It will be replaced with a modern, one- lane structure that can safely support high-productivity traffic for the next century. This project will be led by the Grey District Council.

Simon Bastion, Chief Executive says, “Council submitted a number of ‘shovel ready’ projects in response to the Government’s call for works that Councils could get going quickly after the Covid-19 lockdown ended. We are very pleased to receive this funding and it will make a big difference to Westland ratepayers who will not have to shoulder the costs. All of the projects we are getting funding for will enhance the district and help with our recovery through improving our infrastructure and encouraging tourism and investment in the long-term. The district should see an increase in jobs in the construction, engineering and heavy machinery industry, as well as jobs for people in Fox Glacier who are suffering from the loss of tourism in the area.”

Regarding the funding for the Hokitika Airport Terminal extension, Destination Westland Chief Executive Melanie Anderson advises, “This funding has come at an opportune time. Extending the Hokitika Airport terminal facility will attract more visitors and serve as a tipping point to enable other industry and community sectors to grow through better and more reliable transport options. The jobs created by increased tourism in recent times has mitigated the falls in job numbers from other industry sectors throughout the West Coast region. Tourism is a major mainstay for the West Coast economy and one that has further potential if supported beyond the current Covid-19 crisis by appropriate infrastructure.”

Mrs Anderson said of the Hokitika Swimming Pool refurbishment, “This is a positive outcome for the community. The swimming pool refurbishment is long overdue and the community deserves to have great recreational facilities. The new pool design will allow us to offer more in the way of activities and the building will be a really pleasant place to be.”

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Apparent Inability To Read The Public Mood

The basic skill that a successful politician needs is the ability to “read the room” and gauge the public mood. If National Party leader Judith Collins ever possessed that ability, it seems to have deserted her of late. Surely, very, very few of the public would agree with Collins and her deputy Gerry Brownlee when they claim :
(a)that the threat from Covid-19 means that the election due on September 19 must be postponed until November, or sometime next year
(b) that in the middle of the current outbreak the government is obliged to hand over all the relevant decision- making to the top officials in the public service... More>>


Government: Plan To Tackle Problem Plastics

Following the success of the phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags, the Government now has plans to phase out more single-use and problem plastics to reduce waste and protect the environment announced Associate Minister for the Environment ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Lockdowns, Leadership And Lebanon

As Melbourne has shown, the webs of urban life overlap so extensively that community transmission can be very hard to trace, let alone control. Each of the family members in the South Auckland family at the centre of the current outbreak will have had ... More>>


National: Emma Mellow As Auckland Central Candidate

Tonight the National Party has selected Emma Mellow to stand in the Auckland Central electorate for the 2020 General Election. Emma Mellow replaces retiring MP Nikki Kaye who first won the seat from Labour in 2008. Emma leads a team of communications ... More>>


Travel: Update On New Zealand And The Cook Islands Bubble

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Henry Puna have welcomed the completion of phase one in the establishment of a travel bubble between New Zealand and the Cook Island. More>>

Election 2020: Labour Launch

E ngā mana e ngā reo Ngāti whātua ngā mana whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau, e tika te kōrero Ehara taku toa he toa (taki tahi) he toa (taki tini) No rēira tātou e huihui mai nei, ka ‘Hoake tonu tātou’ Thank you for that welcome. And thank ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Political Twins, And On Labour Extending Its Wage Subsidy Scheme

A quick quiz for the weekend. Which political party currently represented in Parliament issued a press release yesterday that contained these stirring passages: “[We have] long supported a free trade and free movement area between Canada, Australia, New ... More>>


Democracy 2.0: NextElection Partners With Scoop For Exciting Democracy Tech

Joint Press Release: NextElection, Scoop.co.nz, ScoopCitizen NextElection , a technology platform empowering democracy and Government accountability, and Scoop Independent News have partnered to strengthen citizen participation in the 2020 New Zealand General ... More>>


Covid-19: Poll On Management Approval

New Zealanders’ overall trust in the Ministry of Health and Government to manage the COVID-19 pandemic is at 82%, down from 91% during April. Overall distrust that the Ministry and Government will manage it in ways which best protect themselves More>>

Election 2020: National Releases 2020 Party List

National’s 2020 Party List is a strong mix of experience coming up through our Caucus, and new and exciting talent joining our team from communities across New Zealand, Party President Peter Goodfellow says. “The National Party is incredibly ... More>>

Horizon Research Limited: How Judith Collins Stopped The Bleeding

Horizon Research includes questions on voting from time to time in its surveys – for both forthcoming referenda and general elections. More>>

Your Vote 2020: Bringing Election Coverage To Viewers Across TVNZ Channels And Platforms

As New Zealand gets ready to head to the ballot box this September, 1 NEWS is bringing voters comprehensive coverage and analysis of this year’s General Election. TVNZ’s coverage will draw on the depth of experience held across the 1 NEWS team, says Graeme ... More>>

Economy: 30% Believe Households Worse Off, 298,000 Expect To Lose Jobs

64% of New Zealanders feel the economic position of their households is the same or better than a year ago – and 30% think it is worse or much worse, while 298,000 think they will lose their jobs in the next 12 months. Households’ perceptions ... More>>

State Services Commission: Findings Of Investigation Into COVID-19 Active Cases Privacy Breach

Deputy State Services Commissioner Helene Quilter has today announced the findings of an investigation into a breach of privacy regarding sensitive personal information. The investigation looked into who or what caused the disclosure of the information, ... More>>

International Security: New Zealand Suspends Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong

The New Zealand Government has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and made a number of other changes in light of China’s decision to pass a national security law for Hong Kong, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says. More>>






InfoPages News Channels