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

11th December Last day of term 4, 2020.

Friday 11 Dec

11th December Junior and middle school prizegiving takes place at the Regent theatre.

Monday 30 Nov

Westland Anniversay Day holiday. No school.

Monday 23 Nov

23rd November Senior Prizegiving takes place at the Regent Theatre.

Monday 23 Nov

  23rd of November Tecaher Only Day. No School. This is a day set by the Ministry of Education and will be co... [Read more]

Friday 13 Nov

13th November Senior students go on study leave for their NCEA exams.

Tuesday 27 Oct

27th October, teachers only day. This is a professional learning day for all schools in Hokitika and will be t... [Read more]

Monday 26 Oct

Labour day holiday. No School.

Friday 23 Oct

21 to 23 October, Westland High School will be staging the Lion King jr production. Tickets are available at t... [Read more]
All events