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.

Jobs and economy

Many councils help support local business and economic development. Some promote tourism in their area, or provide business support services and grants.

Jobs and economy

Many councils help support local business and economic development. Some promote tourism in their area, or provide business support services and grants.

  • Full support for Westport Port for export of rare earths, dredging decision of BDC with working Kawatiri dredge, monthly monitoring of construction of Buller Floodwall.

    Report to WCRC. ENZ STEM Ambassador for the West Coast. Liaison with high school science teachers

    Westport Port two way trade with Australia. Full support mineral export, import of fuel, aviation fuel for helicopters, oil storage for AF8.

  • Work with local businesses and encourage one voice when advertising what there is to see and do on the West Coast (from Haast to Karamea).

    Buller, Grey, and Westland are parts of the West Coast. Advertise what we have to offer visitors before they leave home (use fibre network).

    Be proactive and train our youth in tourism and conservation. Summer months for tourism and winter months for conservation maintenance.

  • Maintain and support building essential infrastructure to minimise business losses.

  • Focus on education and training. Set up and run West Coast training courses and apprenticeship schemes.

    Design and implement community-led schemes for supporting local people to work where, when, and how, they can.

    Work with Department of Conservation and Development West Coast to expand the jobs protecting our wilderness for our future.

  • West Coast Regional Council is limited to creating the environment to enable economic development and the key is managing natural hazards to minimise disruptions.

    Transport networks need to be robust and resilient to the risks imposed by adverse weather events.

    Cooperate with and support district councils and the economic development agent (Development West Coast).

  • I do not see regional council having a role in local business as experience has taught me staff have little understanding of its reality.

  • My priority is aversion of flooding of Westport as it affects business, employment, tourism and infrastructure.

    Neglected flood walls caused $100 million of damage which was detrimental to residents, business and tourism.

    Increased insurance premiums due to preventable flooding of Westport will take several million dollars out of the local economy forever.

  • Full support for Westport Port for export of rare earths, dredging decision of BDC with working Kawatiri dredge, monthly monitoring of construction of Buller Floodwall.

    Report to WCRC. ENZ STEM Ambassador for the West Coast. Liaison with high school science teachers

    Westport Port two way trade with Australia. Full support mineral export, import of fuel, aviation fuel for helicopters, oil storage for AF8.

  • Work with local businesses and encourage one voice when advertising what there is to see and do on the West Coast (from Haast to Karamea).

    Buller, Grey, and Westland are parts of the West Coast. Advertise what we have to offer visitors before they leave home (use fibre network).

    Be proactive and train our youth in tourism and conservation. Summer months for tourism and winter months for conservation maintenance.

  • Maintain and support building essential infrastructure to minimise business losses.

  • Focus on education and training. Set up and run West Coast training courses and apprenticeship schemes.

    Design and implement community-led schemes for supporting local people to work where, when, and how, they can.

    Work with Department of Conservation and Development West Coast to expand the jobs protecting our wilderness for our future.

  • West Coast Regional Council is limited to creating the environment to enable economic development and the key is managing natural hazards to minimise disruptions.

    Transport networks need to be robust and resilient to the risks imposed by adverse weather events.

    Cooperate with and support district councils and the economic development agent (Development West Coast).

  • I do not see regional council having a role in local business as experience has taught me staff have little understanding of its reality.

  • My priority is aversion of flooding of Westport as it affects business, employment, tourism and infrastructure.

    Neglected flood walls caused $100 million of damage which was detrimental to residents, business and tourism.

    Increased insurance premiums due to preventable flooding of Westport will take several million dollars out of the local economy forever.