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.

Rates and revenue

The work of local government is funded mainly by property taxes in the local area, known as rates. This makes up around 60% of council expenditure, with the rest coming from user charges, investment income, regulatory fees and roading subsidies. Councils can also borrow money to spread the cost of large investments such as infrastructure over a longer period of time.

Rates and revenue

The work of local government is funded mainly by property taxes in the local area, known as rates. This makes up around 60% of council expenditure, with the rest coming from user charges, investment income, regulatory fees and roading subsidies. Councils can also borrow money to spread the cost of large investments such as infrastructure over a longer period of time.

  • It's impossible from the outside to comment on let alone understand council's financial policies or long term budget for proposed projects.

  • Local body councils should consider a user pays philosophy. If the central government wants changes then they pay councils to administer it.

    That councils support the idea of a disposal cost on goods sold, returning funds to councils. This would reduce rates for refuge recovery.

    Support Viba networking and give ratepayers contact with the right people at the right time. No matter what council office you go to.

  • Current rate rises by local government have absorbed the total cost of living allowance of many ratepayers and is unsustainable.

    Ensure staffing is appropriate.

    Ensure all council assets are recorded and insured and not omitted like the Organs Island flood walls which cost the ratepayers.

  • Profound support for anyone unable to pay rates. Profound support for the West Coast Regional Council CEO Heather Habin and admin, protection of public.

    Attendance at West Coast Regional Council monthly meetings. Review and check of West Coast Regional Council investments and oversees debt and insurance re: alpine fault rupture.

    Chair the Risk, Insurance and Assurance Committee. Preparedness of all coast communities for alpine fault rupture and resilience.

  • Rates must be affordable and council's finances must be managed efficiently. Fees and charges should be structured to cover costs and be targeted.

    Policies need to be consistent and the West Coast Regional Council policies need an overhaul to eliminate the current inconsistencies.

    Debt is an enabler but needs careful management and prudent guidelines. Revenues must cover all outgoings but be guided by what ratepayers can afford.

  • Investigate options to spread a portion of the costs levied at rating districts across all ratepayers.

    Ensure where possible that fees and charges are levied to recover the cost of the activity.

    Control rates to a level commensurate with inflation.

  • Move toward ethical and green investments.

  • It's impossible from the outside to comment on let alone understand council's financial policies or long term budget for proposed projects.

  • Local body councils should consider a user pays philosophy. If the central government wants changes then they pay councils to administer it.

    That councils support the idea of a disposal cost on goods sold, returning funds to councils. This would reduce rates for refuge recovery.

    Support Viba networking and give ratepayers contact with the right people at the right time. No matter what council office you go to.

  • Current rate rises by local government have absorbed the total cost of living allowance of many ratepayers and is unsustainable.

    Ensure staffing is appropriate.

    Ensure all council assets are recorded and insured and not omitted like the Organs Island flood walls which cost the ratepayers.

  • Profound support for anyone unable to pay rates. Profound support for the West Coast Regional Council CEO Heather Habin and admin, protection of public.

    Attendance at West Coast Regional Council monthly meetings. Review and check of West Coast Regional Council investments and oversees debt and insurance re: alpine fault rupture.

    Chair the Risk, Insurance and Assurance Committee. Preparedness of all coast communities for alpine fault rupture and resilience.

  • Rates must be affordable and council's finances must be managed efficiently. Fees and charges should be structured to cover costs and be targeted.

    Policies need to be consistent and the West Coast Regional Council policies need an overhaul to eliminate the current inconsistencies.

    Debt is an enabler but needs careful management and prudent guidelines. Revenues must cover all outgoings but be guided by what ratepayers can afford.

  • Investigate options to spread a portion of the costs levied at rating districts across all ratepayers.

    Ensure where possible that fees and charges are levied to recover the cost of the activity.

    Control rates to a level commensurate with inflation.

  • Move toward ethical and green investments.