West Coast Regional Council

Buller Constituency
The West Coast Regional Council makes decisions about managing resources in the region, such as air, water, soil and the coastline. It also carries out plant and pest control, helps prepare for natural disasters, and is involved in regional transport. The council is made up of seven councillors. Councillors are elected to represent constituencies (areas in the region). Two councillors will be elected from the Buller constituency. This is a first past the post (FPP) election, so you vote by ticking the name of your preferred candidate on your ballot paper. Compare the candidates and their policies to decide who to vote for in the West Coast Regional Council election.

Climate change and resilience

Climate change poses a huge challenge for communities as more frequent extreme weather events require us to rethink how we live and where. Local authorities are at the forefront of efforts to respond, with responsibilities for environmental planning and regulation, as well as civil defence. Many councils have plans to reduce emissions in their area and are working to help their communities adapt to a warming world.

Climate change and resilience

Climate change poses a huge challenge for communities as more frequent extreme weather events require us to rethink how we live and where. Local authorities are at the forefront of efforts to respond, with responsibilities for environmental planning and regulation, as well as civil defence. Many councils have plans to reduce emissions in their area and are working to help their communities adapt to a warming world.

  • My expectation of any councillor is that they will seek professional advice and then follow it on 'climate change' or any other tech issue.

    Have West Coast Regional Council take action to reinstate civil defence to a fully functional state.

    Ensure that West Coast Regional Council is in a state of appropriate preparedness to face the future.

  • The West Coast is being attacked by Tasman Sea waves, storm surges, bombogenesis, and atmospheric rive(s) of rain.

    West Coast Regional Council Buoys in Tasman Sea. All critical service staff, including civil defence, search and rescue, from surviving duality of disaster, being alpine fault magnitude 8 preparation and flooding, with FINLAY at all West Coast Regional Council monthly meetings bar one.

  • Commit council to be proactive more so than reactive. Learn from the past and put measures in place to eliminate making the same mistakes.

    Prioritise early warning systems in the upper reaches of the Buller River. Know when rivers are rising more so than react too late.

    Adapt to deal with the effects of climate change and natural disasters. Be proactive and informative in all decision-making with public.

  • I believe council reducing greenhouse emissions/carbon neutral by 2025 is unrealistic and unachievable. I do support emission reduction.

    Earthquake strengthening is a flawed strategy, is unaffordable with a total lack of tradespeople to bring it to fruition.

    Civil defence training and awareness need to be promoted strongly as we continue to encounter the variables associated with climate change.

  • Consider the effects on climate change as part of all decision making.

    Support extending the network of river and rainfall recorders to provide accurate information to civil defence.

    Strengthen civil defence to ensure sufficient resources are available to manage events.

  • Work with communities so that new and renovated buildings take into account flood levels in determining their floor levels.

    Work with central government to obtain funding to get genuine climate retreat plans underway.

    Find solutions that work with and incorporate natural ecosystems.

  • Committing to de-carbonisation objectives is a must. Failing to adapt to climate change has a massive negative economic impact on the region.

    Planning and implementing affordable flood and erosion protection solutions throughout the region is a high priority. Urgent action is needed.

    Protect the transport network from adverse weather events. Work constructively with Waka Kotahi and KiwiRail for robust/enduring solutions.

  • My expectation of any councillor is that they will seek professional advice and then follow it on 'climate change' or any other tech issue.

    Have West Coast Regional Council take action to reinstate civil defence to a fully functional state.

    Ensure that West Coast Regional Council is in a state of appropriate preparedness to face the future.

  • The West Coast is being attacked by Tasman Sea waves, storm surges, bombogenesis, and atmospheric rive(s) of rain.

    West Coast Regional Council Buoys in Tasman Sea. All critical service staff, including civil defence, search and rescue, from surviving duality of disaster, being alpine fault magnitude 8 preparation and flooding, with FINLAY at all West Coast Regional Council monthly meetings bar one.

  • Commit council to be proactive more so than reactive. Learn from the past and put measures in place to eliminate making the same mistakes.

    Prioritise early warning systems in the upper reaches of the Buller River. Know when rivers are rising more so than react too late.

    Adapt to deal with the effects of climate change and natural disasters. Be proactive and informative in all decision-making with public.

  • I believe council reducing greenhouse emissions/carbon neutral by 2025 is unrealistic and unachievable. I do support emission reduction.

    Earthquake strengthening is a flawed strategy, is unaffordable with a total lack of tradespeople to bring it to fruition.

    Civil defence training and awareness need to be promoted strongly as we continue to encounter the variables associated with climate change.

  • Consider the effects on climate change as part of all decision making.

    Support extending the network of river and rainfall recorders to provide accurate information to civil defence.

    Strengthen civil defence to ensure sufficient resources are available to manage events.

  • Work with communities so that new and renovated buildings take into account flood levels in determining their floor levels.

    Work with central government to obtain funding to get genuine climate retreat plans underway.

    Find solutions that work with and incorporate natural ecosystems.

  • Committing to de-carbonisation objectives is a must. Failing to adapt to climate change has a massive negative economic impact on the region.

    Planning and implementing affordable flood and erosion protection solutions throughout the region is a high priority. Urgent action is needed.

    Protect the transport network from adverse weather events. Work constructively with Waka Kotahi and KiwiRail for robust/enduring solutions.