West Coast wins bid to host Rover Scouts Moot

09 April 2021
Development West Coast
The New Zealand Rover Scouts have voted to bring their annual Moot to the West Coast for Easter 2022 with over 200 people expected to attend.

Rover Scouts to converge in Hokitika

At the recent Rover Scouts Moot in Auckland attendees voted on the location for the next event. The West Coast bet out Palmerston North as the preferred location for the 2022 Moot.

The Christchurch-based Rover Scouts put together a video to campaign for the West Coast, which included footage provided by Development West Coast (DWC) and a video from Westland Mayor Bruce Smith.

Emily Blow, the Moot Organising Committee Chair, said the recent event in Auckland brought together 110 attendees.

“If international borders are open next year, we are expecting over 200 attendees. We usually get a strong Australian contingent, plus some internationals who are in New Zealand on their OE,” Ms. Blow said.

Rover Scouts have a strong commitment to giving back to the community. While on the West Coast they will hold a service day, where they will contribute over 1,000 volunteer hours on community projects. In the past, projects have included painting local schools, DOC track building, baking hot cross buns and delivering to aged care facilities.

DWC Business Events Executive Louise Woodburn said hosting the Moot is a fantastic result for region.

“The Moot will also include a tour day, where the Scouts will travel around the region to experience different activities. They are looking at going as far south as the Glaciers and as far north as Westport,” Ms. Woodburn said.

“The Rovers will be hiring the Hokitika Boys Brigade Hall for the duration of the event and will be using local caterers.”

Westland District Council are providing the Hokitika Racecourse as a campground for the attendees.