The Westland District

OUR COMMUNITY : Hokitika and the Westland District

 

Our people:

    • Westland High School is located in Hokitika, a town of 3500 people. http://www.hokitika.org.nz/
    • 30% of WHS students identify themselves as Māori and the school and community respect the unique status of tangata whenua.

 

Our Place:

  • Hokitika is surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Southern Alps, lush rainforests, untamed rivers and a wild unspoilt coastline beach.
  • Creative Hokitika:
  • It has a friendly and relaxed environment.
  • The administrative and commercial hub for the Westland District.
    • Westland District Council
    • Westland Milk Products

POUNAMU

  • Hokitika is famous for its Pounamu (Greenstone or Jade).
  • The story of Pounamu…
  • You can spend a day carving your own piece. www.bonz-n-stonz.co.nz 

Our Learning:

YOUTH PROGRAMMES

  • St John’s Cadets
  • Boys’ Brigade.
  • Riding for The Disabled (RDA)  High school students often volunteer to assist RDA, which provides horse-riding for students and adults with disabilities.
  • Drama

SPORTS  and OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

  • West Coast Wilderness Trail www.westcoastwildernesstrail.co.nz/ One of New Zealand’s most stunning cycling great rides.
  • Horse riding, including lessons
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Mountain biking
  • Fishing
  • Tennis
  • Squash… and more

 

EVENTS www.hokitikafestivals.co.nz and www.westcoast.co.nz/events

Sample events include
– January – Driftwood and Sand festival,
– February – Waitangi Day celebrations,
– March – Kids Day and Wildfoods Festival www.wildfoods.co.nz 
– Easter – Ute Muster www.utemuster.co.nz parade to celebrate the winter solstice
– September – Te Hui Ahurei o Ngā Kura o te Tai Poutini (West Coast Kapa Haka Festival),
– December – Christmas including Christmas Parade, Christmas Lights festival and Christmas on the beach concert.

Upcoming events

Friday 11 Dec

Last day of term 4, 2020. Tbc

Monday 30 Nov

Westland Anniversay Day holiday. No school.

Thursday 19 Nov

Teacher only day. No school.

Monday 26 Oct

Labour day holiday. No School.

Monday 12 Oct

Term 4 begins

Friday 25 Sep

Last day of term 3.

Thursday 6 Aug

Teacher only day. No school.

Monday 20 Jul

Term 3 starts

Friday 3 Jul

Last day of term 2.

Monday 1 Jun

1 June Queens birthday. No school.
All events