Buller District

Buller District is one of 53 districts of New Zealand, and is within the West Coast Region. It covers Westport, Karamea, Reefton and Inangahua Junction.

Buller District
View of Westport, the district's capital
CountryNew Zealand
RegionWest Coast Region
  MayorGarry Howard (Buller District Council)
  Total7,953.12 km2 (3,070.72 sq mi)
 (June 2018)[1]
  Density1.2/km2 (3.2/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
  Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
Area code(s)03

Buller District's overall land area is 7,953.12 km² (3,070.72 sq mi). The district is administered by the Buller District Council with the seat in Westport, in which 45% of the district's population live.


The district had a population of 9,702 at the 2006 census with 3900 living in Westport, 423 in Karamea, 159 in Inangahua Junction and 948 in Reefton. It now has a population of 9,880 (June 2018).[1]


It is understood by the carbon dating of Umu (ovens) that the Maori people settled in this region some 700 years ago.

The district takes its name from the Buller River, itself named for Charles Buller, Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (UK) and director of the New Zealand Company, a UK-based company in the early 1800s with a royal charter supporting colonization efforts of New Zealand.

During the period 1853 to 1876, the current area of Buller District was administered as part of Nelson Province. With the Abolition of Provinces Act 1876, much of the current area of Buller District was administered in the newly created (January 1877) bodies of Buller County and Inangahua County.

The Buller District was formed under the 1989 local government reforms through the amalgamation of Buller County, Inangahua County and the Westport Borough Councils.[2]


  1. "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2018 (provisional)". Statistics New Zealand. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018. For urban areas, "Subnational population estimates (UA, AU), by age and sex, at 30 June 1996, 2001, 2006-18 (2017 boundaries)". Statistics New Zealand. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  2. "Buller Heritage". Buller District Libraries. Retrieved 25 October 2013.

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