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.

Environment and biodiversity

Protecting the environment and managing natural resources is a key responsibility of regional councils. Regional councils are often also involved in pest control and resource management.

Environment and biodiversity

Protecting the environment and managing natural resources is a key responsibility of regional councils. Regional councils are often also involved in pest control and resource management.

  • Continue resolutely with possum, rat and stoat reduction with Vector and DOC.

    Establish through DOC whitebait breeding habitat(s). Not one of 600 coast dairy farmers is to be prosecuted under Finlay by West Coast Regional Council.

    Full support and protection is to be given by West Coast Regional Council in all areas. Carbon from coal is encouraged for manufacture of carbon fibre matting for AF8 column resilience.

  • Determine if the high coliform count in the Buller River during high flows is due to sewage discharge from BDC treatment plant.

    Encourage BDC to open their landfill site to stop the expensive and environmentally foolish practise of transporting rubbish to Nelson.

    Review West Coast Regional Council environmental rules to ensure sensible practice is not prohibited by extremist philosophy.

  • West Coast Regional Council is the smallest in NZ, with the fifth largest area. The 2018 State of the Environment report states that the West Coast natural environment is in good shape.

    West Coast Regional Council operates with limited resources. It is committed to sustainable land use and a predator-free environment.

    With 85 monitoring sites, the key is ongoing data analysis and continuous improvement programmes.

  • Encourage farmers and miners to look at the environmental impact on the landscape around them beyond the project at hand.

    Be proactive and analytical when determining issues on pest management, environmental monitoring, and reporting environmental incidents.

    To reduce waste management and cost to ratepayers. Add a disposal cost to all products produced and give this to councils as recycling fees.

  • Pest management and its costs need to be offset against revenue opportunities. Balance between reality and wish list needs to be examined.

    Waste management and the continued reduction is an ongoing and challenging issue which must be supported.

    A total overhaul of enforcement and compliance issues needs to be undertaken taking a more practical approach.

  • Ensure compliance with resource consent conditions by having an effective monitoring programme.

    Advocate to central government on the need for rationalisation of waste management and recycling.

    Provide equipment and training to ensure that the response to any environment incident is swift and effective.

  • Maintain and enhance indigenous biodiversity to ensure no further loss of species, removing introduced pests from protected native forests.

    Monitor consents to ensure compliance.

    Progress the Significant Natural Areas programme whilst ensuring landholder input.

  • Continue resolutely with possum, rat and stoat reduction with Vector and DOC.

    Establish through DOC whitebait breeding habitat(s). Not one of 600 coast dairy farmers is to be prosecuted under Finlay by West Coast Regional Council.

    Full support and protection is to be given by West Coast Regional Council in all areas. Carbon from coal is encouraged for manufacture of carbon fibre matting for AF8 column resilience.

  • Determine if the high coliform count in the Buller River during high flows is due to sewage discharge from BDC treatment plant.

    Encourage BDC to open their landfill site to stop the expensive and environmentally foolish practise of transporting rubbish to Nelson.

    Review West Coast Regional Council environmental rules to ensure sensible practice is not prohibited by extremist philosophy.

  • West Coast Regional Council is the smallest in NZ, with the fifth largest area. The 2018 State of the Environment report states that the West Coast natural environment is in good shape.

    West Coast Regional Council operates with limited resources. It is committed to sustainable land use and a predator-free environment.

    With 85 monitoring sites, the key is ongoing data analysis and continuous improvement programmes.

  • Encourage farmers and miners to look at the environmental impact on the landscape around them beyond the project at hand.

    Be proactive and analytical when determining issues on pest management, environmental monitoring, and reporting environmental incidents.

    To reduce waste management and cost to ratepayers. Add a disposal cost to all products produced and give this to councils as recycling fees.

  • Pest management and its costs need to be offset against revenue opportunities. Balance between reality and wish list needs to be examined.

    Waste management and the continued reduction is an ongoing and challenging issue which must be supported.

    A total overhaul of enforcement and compliance issues needs to be undertaken taking a more practical approach.

  • Ensure compliance with resource consent conditions by having an effective monitoring programme.

    Advocate to central government on the need for rationalisation of waste management and recycling.

    Provide equipment and training to ensure that the response to any environment incident is swift and effective.

  • Maintain and enhance indigenous biodiversity to ensure no further loss of species, removing introduced pests from protected native forests.

    Monitor consents to ensure compliance.

    Progress the Significant Natural Areas programme whilst ensuring landholder input.