Press Releases 2015, 2014 ... Archived

Press Releases 2015, 2014 ... Archived



10 December 2014

Video From Maungaturoto Primary School



20 December 2013

Ratepayers encouraged to pay outstanding rates

Kaipara District Council Commissioners have agreed to provide an incentive for those with rate arrears to bring their accounts up to date. read more

18 December 2013

Water Conservation

As summer weather arrive it's time to start thinking about conserving water. read more
Water Saving Tips here
17 December 2013

It's all in the name

Mangawhai Park is to be known as the Mangawhai Community Park following feedback received from the Mangawhai community. read more

5 December 2013

Law provides clarity on rates

Kaipara District Council Commissioners say the passing of a Local Bill in Parliament last night is an important step in helping the District move forward. read more

3 December 2013

Council apologises, seeks legal view on redress

Kaipara District Council accepts full responsibility for the role Council played in failings outlined today in a damning report released by the Auditor-General. Read More

15 November 2013

Local Government Commission Plans

Are Kaipara ratepayers happy with the prospect of having one council for the whole of Northland as proposed by the Local Government Commission? Read More

15 November 2013

Dead Palms To Be Removed

Unsightly, leafless palm trunks in Dargaville's Normanby Street are beyond help and will be removed. Read More

12 November 2013

Commissioners welcome progress on Bill

Kaipara District Council Commissioners have welcomed news that legislation aimed at fixing historical rating errors in the District is back before Parliament. read more
24 October 2013

Road Improvements Prove Great For Students

Being dropped off or picked up at Mangawhai Beach School will be a safer and less muddy experience for children following improvements to the road shoulder. read more
04 October 2013

Options to be explored

Alternative options for disposal of treated Mangawhai wastewater are to be canvassed before Kaipara District Council decides whether to extend the present onfarm irrigation system. read more

02 October 2013

MRRA offer 'totally unacceptable'

Kaipara District Council Commissioners have rejected a proposal from the Mangwhai Residents and Ratepayers Association (MRRA) which would see MRRA members exclusively being exempted from paying certain rates. read more
30 September 2013

Council Adopts Annual Report

Improved finances and the steps being taken to transform the Kaipara District Council so that it becomes a high performing organisation are features of the 2012/2013 Annual Report released today. read more

17 September 2013

Council Invites Settlement Proposal

Commissioners at the Kaipara District Council have invited the Mangawhai Ratepayers and Residents Association (MRRA) to drop its proceedings against the Council in return for Council formally acknowledging past errors by way of a series of declarations before the High Court. read more


18 July 2013

Council Reduces Number of Rate Instalments

Kaipara District Council rates are now being paid in four equal annual instalments instead of the previous six. read more

17 July 2013

Solar Power Streetlight Trial at Mangawhai Intersection

The sun could help light Kaipara roads after dark if a solar powered streetlight being trialled at the intersection of Molesworth Drive and Sunlea Lane in Mangawhai proves successful. The results are being closely monitored and are likely to interest other councils. read more

3 July 2013

$14million Roading Contract Awarded

The Kaipara District Council awarded its Road Network Maintenance Contract 682 to Transfield Services New Zealand Limited at an Extraordinary meeting of Council held 01 July 2013. read more

27 June 2013

Council Adopts New Plan

The Commissioners adopted the Annual Plan 2013/2014 and amendments to the Long Term Plan 2012/202 at a meeting held on Tuesday 25 June 2013. read more

20 June 2013

The Select Committee Moves Quickly

The Select Committee has announced that it is moving to invite public submissions on the Kaipara District Council (Validation of Rates and Other Matters) Bill. read more


13 June 2013

Bill Passes First Reading

The Kaipara District Council (Validation of Rates and Other Matters) Bill had its first reading in Parliament yesterday. There was support from both sides of the House for the Bill and for Mr Sabin’s decision to sponsor the Local Bill. read more

6 June 2013

So So Gangsta Has A Message

Interest is growing rapidly in James Nokise's star comedy turn in Dargaville when the comedian and writer brings his acclaimed So So Gangsta performance to town on Friday 14 June. read more

29 May 2013

Kaipara District Council Appoints General Manager Planning and Community

There is someone new at Council or as she would tell you, not so new. Dr Jill McPherson has beaten off stiff competition to secure the position of General Manager Planning and Community. read more

24 May 2013

A New Plan for Council

The Kaipara District Council is one step away from adopting the Annual Plan 2013/2014 and amendments to the Long Term Plan which will set Council firmly on the path to financial recovery. Read more

17 May 2013

Gangsta show for Dargaville

So So Gangsta, a show that opened the recent Auckland International Comedy Festival, is coming to Dargaville on 14 June and could provide a launching pad for regular Kaipara comedy festivals. Read more.

9 May 2013

Something new at The Hub in Mangawhai

There is something new at The Hub in Mangawhai. From Tuesday 14 May 2013, the Kaipara District Council will open the doors of its new office on Molesworth Drive. Readmore

1 May 2013

Local Bill WIll Not Stop Potential Legal Action

Kaipara District Council Commissioners have approved the wording of a Local Bill aimed at resolving historical rating errors made by previous Councils. Read more

26 April 2013

Council Moves to Boost Capability

Kaipara District Council has moved to boost its in-house capacity and lessen its reliance on external consultants. Read more

19 April 2013

Council warns of massive legal costs

Kaipara District Council may be forced to find $500,000 in unbudgeted funds so it can pay for legal costs against the Mangawhai Residents and Ratepayers Association (MRRA). readmore

17 April 2013

Omana Reserve

A memorial to the Omana district's soldiers is a more appropriate looking tribute thanks to the efforts of residents Colin and Freda Knox and a little help from Kaipara District Council. readmore
12 April 2013

Have you made a submission yet?

The Kaipara District Council would like to remind residents and ratepayers that the consultation period for the “Draft Annual Plan 2013/2014 includes Proposed Amendments to the Long Term Plan 2012/2022” closes at 4pm on Friday 19 April. readmore
05 April 2013

Anzac Day Services around the Kaipara District 2013

Hakaru: The parade will assemble at 10.00am at the Hakaru Returned Servicemen’s Association. March On at 10.20am. readmore

04 April 2013

Total Fire Ban continues

It is still illegal to light a fire in the open in Kaipara and the total fire ban will continue until sufficient rain has fallen to lower the danger. Fire authorities are worried that an upsurge in small fires suggests some people may be under a false impression the risk has gone or that the ban, which was put in place on 1 March, has been lifted. readmore

27 March 2013

Council is on the move

The Kaipara District Council is on the move from Kaiwaka to ‘The Hub’ in Mangawhai. The trigger for the move has been the recent sale of the building that Council has occupied on State Highway One. readmore
22 March 2013

Cyclists put Kauri Coast on the map

The BDO Tour of Northland's 470 cyclists plus supporters gave the Kauri Coast businesses a unique promotions opportunity. Read more.


15 March 2013

Draft Annual Plan Aims for High Performance

The Kaipara District Council Commissioners resolved to propose to the community, amendments to the Council’s Long Term Plan 2012/2022 at a Council meeting in Dargaville on 12 March. Read More.


8 March 2013

Mangawhai Endowment Fund Grants to Community

Five projects in the Mangawhai area will receive a total of $55,104 from the Mangawhai Endowment Fund. The Fund was formed following the dissolution of the Mangawai Harbour Board in 1965 with the Board's property assets being vested in the former Otamatea County Council. Income, after inflation proofing the Fund's value, is distributed for projects in the Mangawhai area. readmore
05 March 2013

Looking for ways to save water

Have you got a novel idea for conserving water? If so, the Kaipara District Council would like to share it with consumers. readmore

05 March 2013

Insulation creates more comfortable units

Residents in 24 Mangawhai elderly persons housing units will be warmer, drier and more comfortable thanks to insulation funded by Kaipara District Council and the Government’s Warm Up NZ : Heat Smart programme. read more

28 February 2013

Council to join LGFA to reduce interest costs

The Commissioners have agreed to the Kaipara District Council seeking to join the Local Government Funding Agency (LGFA) in order to get access to cheaper loans. read more

28 February 2013

Local Bill to Fix Kaipara Rating Issues Closer

The Kaipara District Council (Validation of Rates and Other Matters Bill) being drafted by Council was tabled at the Council meeting on 26 February 2013. Commissioners resolved to pursue a parliamentary solution to resolving historical rating issues in December 2012 after investigating a range of options. They believe a Local Bill will clearly highlight all past mistakes and offer the best opportunity for local people to have their say via the Select Committee process. read more

18 February 2013

Kaipara Water Restriction

The sky was blue and the sun shone on and on and on. Whilst it has been a great summer for holidaymakers, the region is facing drought-like conditions with below average rainfall received during the last four to five months. Read More.


15 February 2013

Polka Dot Colour at Community Sports Expo Day

The Polka Dots will wow the littlies and highlight the emphasis on children at this year's Community Expo Day in Dargaville on Saturday 02 March.
There will be something for all ages including sports expos, a raft race, waka ama, stalls and novelty events centred on the Te Awa Gardens and Boating Club. read more poster

08 February 2013

Flags Celebrate "Home of the Field Days"

Dargaville wants everyone to know it is the home of Northland's Field Days. In fact it is trumpeting the message from the masts in Victoria Street. The colourful project involving the Field Days organisers who are providing most of the funding, Kaipara District Council and Dargaville Business Forum features 14 new sails bearing the "Home of the Field Days" message and rural pictures. read more

07 February 2013

Kai Iwi Lakes Exceptional Summer for Visitors

Great weather, big crowds and praise from visitors have ensured an exceptional summer at the Kai Iwi Lakes. Ranger Dave Bolland and camp managers Andrew and Leanne Howells report a big increase in visitors, including many new faces. Both camps were busy, with Pine Beach (400) and Promenade Point (100) at capacity over New Year and Anniversary Weekend. read more

30 January 2013

Kaipara Information - direct to your in-box

Keeping up to date with the latest information from Kaipara District Council or getting early advice about consultation opportunities is now as simple as opening an e-mail. read more

30 January 2013

Water Supply Targeted Rate

Users of Kaipara District Council's Dargaville, Maungaturoto, Glinks Gully, Ruawai and Mangawhai water supplies are being charged for their water under a new rating system. This was signalled as per the Long Term Plan 2012/2022. read more

24 January 2013

More People Paying Rates in Full

An increasing number of Kaipara District property owners are up to date on their rates payments. read more

18 January 2013

Restricted Fire Season Implemented

A Restricted Fire Season will be implemented in the Kaipara and Whangarei districts from 18 January as dry weather increases the fire danger. read more
10 January 2013

JGeeks National Tour Begins in Dargaville

They had the studio audience on their feet, the judges scrambling to find superlatives and wowed television viewers.

Now, fresh from their fourth placing in New Zealand's Got Talent the JGeeks are bringing their mesmerising mix of humour, dance, song, acrobatics and modern takes on Maori mythology to Dargaville on Saturday 26 January. read more

 07 January 2013

Council Meetings to Move Around District

Kaipara District Council will hold formal meetings in different part of the District this year (2013) to make it easier for residents and ratepayers to attend. read more



21 December 2012

Cadetship Scheme Provides Excellent Experience

Chances of full time employment are looking brighter for four young Kaipara people taking part in this year's Kaipara District Council Cadetship Scheme. read more

21 December 2012

Former Chief Executive Threatens Injunction

Kaipara District Council’s former Chief Executive Jack McKerchar has threatened an injunction to stop the release of details around his severance package being made public. read more

18 December 2012

Council defers spending to 'live within means'

Kaipara District Council will defer some roading projects around the District to ensure it stays within projected debt levels. Read more

18 December 2012

Council to pursue Local Bill

Kaipara District Council will seek a parliamentary solution to resolving historical rating errors. Read more


14 December 2012

Boost for pedal powered tourism in Kaipara

Plans to make Kaipara a must visit cycling destination have been boosted by glowing reviews in a book which is expected to become a "bible" for pedal powered tourists. Read more

12 December 2012

Commissioners may seek parliamentary solution to rates

Commissioners at Kaipara District Council are likely to seek a parliamentary solution to resolving historical rating errors. Read more
6 December 2012

Council Trials New Dust Suppressant on Tangowahine Valley Road

Kaipara District Council is testing a method of dust suppression in the hope of being able to offer a solution for residents on the District's 1.121 kilometres of unsealed roads. Read more

5 December 2012

Council Takes Action on Non-Payers

Kaipara District Council has advised more than 400 ratepayers it will take action to recover unpaid rates unless payment is received by 18 December 2012. Read more

5 December 2012

Council Cracks On With Slip Repairs

Five major slips which have been inconveniencing Kaipara motorists are being repaired in the 2012/2013 construction season. Read more
30 November 2012

A Joint Venture Where Everyone Benefits

The concept behind Dargaville's Gordon Street Reserve has impressed Kaipara District Council Comissioners who visited following the completion of two recent project there. Read more

29 November 2012

Better tracks make easier walking at Kai Iwi Lakes

Taking a hike at the Kai Iwi Lakes has become easier and more scenic, thanks to recent improvements to walking tracks.
Read more
28 November 2012

Mangawhai to trial an 'on demand' passenger service

The Kaipara District Council and the Northland Regional Council have teamed up with the Mangawhai Business Development Association to fund a trial bus service over the summer peak period. Read more

23 November 2012

Keep the kids reading over Summer

Read a great book and tell Dargaville Library staff about it.
To encourage youngsters to read over the summer holidays Dargaville Library staff are inviting children up to the age of 12 to register for The Great Book Mystery at the Library. Read More

22 November 2012

Kaipara Fare at Taste Auckland

Quality Kaipara food and wine made a big impact on Aucklanders and the Kaipara District gained valuable exposure when six local producers joined forces at the prestigious Taste Auckland Food Show. Read More

15 November 2012

Something for almost everyone at Affordable Arts Sale and Exhibition

Dargaville Town Hall exhibition area will be an art lover's Mecca for four days during the fifth annual Affordable Arts Sale and Exhibition which begins on 21 November. read more


13 November 2012

New Contractors Set to Clean Up

At its meeting held 12 November 2012 the Kaipara District Council awarded Recreational Services Limited the Parks, Reserves and Cemeteries Maintenance Contract and the Public Toilets and Building Cleaning and Maintenance Contract. read more

09 November 2012

Colourful Surprise for Children at Kai Iwi Lakes

Kai Iwi Lakes visitor who wanted to "give something back to an area that has given me so much" has helped provide a colourful new children's playground at Pine Beach. read more

07 November 2012

Rates Rebate a big help for low income home owners

Five hundred Kaipara ratepayers have already been granted a total $280,427 in rates rebates for the 2012/2013 year and many more may qualify for refunds of up to $590.00. read more

02 November 2012

Majority pay rates in full, on time

Kaipara District Council reports 73 per cent of ratepayers have paid their 2012/2013 rates in full and on time, and that another 19 per cent have made part-payments. read more



1 November 2012

A Greater Say By The Community - Mangawhai Endowment Fund

The community of Mangawhai may have a greater say in the future operation of the Mangawhai Endowment Fund including the distribution of funds as part of the annual grants process. Read more

5 October 2012

Letter to Residents and Ratepayers - Lifestyler

Your Commissioner's have been in office now for almost two months. We want to report to you on what we have found
and what we have done. Read more.


3 October 2012

Community Planning Underway

“Very, very successful” was how Jim Wintle, the Chair of the community steering group formed to develop a vision for the future of Mangawhai Park, described the recent community open day held at the Club in Mangawhai. Read more

18 September 2012

Commissioners Send Open Letter

An open letter has been sent to the residents and ratepayers of the Kaipara district from the four Commissioners appointed to govern the District. Read more

4 September 2012

Signage Clean Up Campaign

Roadside advertising is a great way of getting your business noticed by passing motorists but these signs can also be a dangerous distraction.
Read More




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Kaipara District Council
0800 727 059 (24 Hours)
Phone: +64 9 439 7059


Office hours: 8 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday

Address: 42 Hokianga Road, Dargaville 0310
Address: Unit 6, The Hub, 6 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai 0505

Mail: Private Bag 1001, Dargaville 0340


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