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Westland District Council

Council mapBuller District Grey District Westland District Otago Region Canterbury Region Southland Region Tasman Region

Phone: (03) 756 9010
Web site:

Mayor: Bruce Smith
Councillors in 2016: 8 (excluding Mayor)
Council employees in 2018: 43

Key financial statistics 2017

$ (in thousands)Westland DistrictMedian for all RURAL councilsNew Zealand
Public Equity 425,166 381,497 118,835,141
Operating Revenue 19,392 21,407 9,412,132
Operating Expenditure 23,500 23,102 9,851,504
Capital Expenditure 2,831 8,900 4,310,621
Rates Revenue 11,663 14,225 5,531,730

Source: Local Authority Financial Statistics, Statistics New Zealand

The financial profile pages for this council contains more detailed information.

The Council's current long-term plan and annual report may be available from its website:

Community statistics as at the 2013 census

Usually resident population - 2013 Census 8,307
Usually resident population - 2006 Census 8,403
Change from 2006 to 2013 (All NZ: 5.3%)-1.1%
Land Area km2 (not incl. inland waters or oceanic areas) - 2014 11,828
People per km2 (All NZ: 15.9)0.7
Median personal income - 2013 Census (All NZ: $28,500) 29,000

Census, Statistics New Zealand

View more QuickStats about the Westland District on the Statistics New Zealand website.

Other councils in the region

Buller District, Grey District, and West Coast Regional.

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