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Talking to West Coast communities

See Latest: Summary of West Coast Feedback (12 August 2016)

Media release: Commission releases community feedback, next steps (12 August 2016)

West Coast Local Government Arrangements – Summary of Community Feedback, August 2016 (PDF, 1MB)

What did the Commission want to talk about?

The Commission wanted to talk to the West Coast community about:

  • What the big challenges and opportunities are on the West Coast

  • What the community likes about the current way their councils are set up and the way services are delivered

  • Whether there is anything about the current way that councils are set up and the way services are delivered, that the community would like to change

  • Whether there are any council services the community thinks would be better delivered over a wider area as shared services by existing councils

  • Whether some councils should be combined.

How was the West Coast community able to talk to the Commission?

West Coast residents and ratepayers were able to attend community workshops in the evening and community drop-in sessions during the day to talk to Commission representatives.

The Commission was on the West Coast hosting drop-in sessions and workshops in June as below:


Drop-in sessions
(12.00pm – 3.30pm)

Community workshops
(7pm start)

Wed 15 June 


Bowling Club

Thu 16 June


St John Meeting Rooms            

Mon 20 June

Fox Glacier
Emergency Services Centre

Franz Josef
Medical Centre

Tue 21 June

Haast Hall

Haast Hall

Thu 23 June 

Westland District Library

St John Meeting Rooms  

Tue 28 June 

Grey District Library


Wed 29 June 

Westport i-Site

Westport Bridge Club

Thu 30 June    

Grey District Library

Kingsgate Hotel

People were also able to fill in a short online questionnaire

What happens next?

The Commission has collated the feedback and that is now available in the report West Coast Local Government Arrangements: Summary of Community Feedback, August 2016.

The Commission has decided there is a sufficient level of community support for continuing to consider some change in local government arrangements on the West Coast. The next step in the process will be for the Commission to call for alternative applications for local government change options. This is scheduled for February 2017 when new councils are up and running. At the same time the Commission will provide an outline of potential change options developed from community feedback and through the Commission’s work with West Coast councils. People may wish to comment on these and make their own proposals.

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