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.

Freshwater

The worsening state of New Zealand’s lakes and rivers is a major challenge for regional councils, which play a leading role in managing freshwater in their areas. To this end, regional councils create plans to protect water resources from contaminants and overuse.

Freshwater

The worsening state of New Zealand’s lakes and rivers is a major challenge for regional councils, which play a leading role in managing freshwater in their areas. To this end, regional councils create plans to protect water resources from contaminants and overuse.

  • Local rivers continue to improve with greater public awareness around pollutants and do not see the need for stronger policies.

  • Encourage and support farming practices that improve the quality of runoff into waterways by planting and land retirement.

    Monitor and report regularly on the quality of water used for recreational purposes.

    Promote effective advocacy on local issues that are affected by central government's National Policy Statements through consultation.

  • Fresh water is a priority for everyone. The future costs to ratepayers are insurmountable. This needs to be run as a government-funded department.

    Government needs to pay councils a fair price for water collection infrastructure and give this to the council for climate change resilience.

    Consider a disposal cost on farm produce as a proactive approach to protecting waterways from runoff and issues of climate change.

  • Reduce eutrophication (nutrient build-up) in waterways and groundwater to protect river health and human health.

    Protect indigenous riparian margins to prevent sedimentation of rivers and to provide native plant corridors for birds/avifauna.

    Protect and enhance galaxiid/whitebait spawning grounds.

  • Have West Coast Regional Council explain to the public why the Orowaiti River has gone from clean gravel to a muddy silt bed in the last thirty years.

    Have West Coast Regional Council improve the water quality of the Orowaiti River.

    Ensure discharge to all rivers in the district complies with legislation.

  • Supporting fluoridation of water for councils, dairy effluent radial/line pumping for farmers, and numerous house and community wastewater schemes for West Coast homes and new subdivisions.

    Supporting New vertical horticulture for Karamea strawberries and initiatives. Fruit growing for West Coast.

    Supporting stream native plantings for nitrate absorption and whitebait habitat. Rye/plantain grass.

  • West Coast Regional Council is responsible for implementing and monitoring the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management. I endorse the National environmental standards.

    Six Freshwater Management Units work with local communities and iwi to monitor quality and the health of the waterways ecosystems. Need to finalise outcomes sought.

    Although the majority of waterways are in good shape, continuous improvement is required, bearing in mind the limited resources available.

  • Local rivers continue to improve with greater public awareness around pollutants and do not see the need for stronger policies.

  • Encourage and support farming practices that improve the quality of runoff into waterways by planting and land retirement.

    Monitor and report regularly on the quality of water used for recreational purposes.

    Promote effective advocacy on local issues that are affected by central government's National Policy Statements through consultation.

  • Fresh water is a priority for everyone. The future costs to ratepayers are insurmountable. This needs to be run as a government-funded department.

    Government needs to pay councils a fair price for water collection infrastructure and give this to the council for climate change resilience.

    Consider a disposal cost on farm produce as a proactive approach to protecting waterways from runoff and issues of climate change.

  • Reduce eutrophication (nutrient build-up) in waterways and groundwater to protect river health and human health.

    Protect indigenous riparian margins to prevent sedimentation of rivers and to provide native plant corridors for birds/avifauna.

    Protect and enhance galaxiid/whitebait spawning grounds.

  • Have West Coast Regional Council explain to the public why the Orowaiti River has gone from clean gravel to a muddy silt bed in the last thirty years.

    Have West Coast Regional Council improve the water quality of the Orowaiti River.

    Ensure discharge to all rivers in the district complies with legislation.

  • Supporting fluoridation of water for councils, dairy effluent radial/line pumping for farmers, and numerous house and community wastewater schemes for West Coast homes and new subdivisions.

    Supporting New vertical horticulture for Karamea strawberries and initiatives. Fruit growing for West Coast.

    Supporting stream native plantings for nitrate absorption and whitebait habitat. Rye/plantain grass.

  • West Coast Regional Council is responsible for implementing and monitoring the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management. I endorse the National environmental standards.

    Six Freshwater Management Units work with local communities and iwi to monitor quality and the health of the waterways ecosystems. Need to finalise outcomes sought.

    Although the majority of waterways are in good shape, continuous improvement is required, bearing in mind the limited resources available.