12/11/19 | New location proposed for Dargaville Township

Moving the Dargaville town centre up Hokianga Road is one of the bold new ideas the Kaipara District Council is currently floating in their draft spatial plan consultation that runs until Friday 29 November 2019.

10/11/19 | Tomarata/Insley Street Bridge temporary closure

The Tomarata/Insley Street bridge will be closed from 10am on Wednesday 13 November to 5am on Friday 15 November.

The closure is to allow contractors to pour new concrete and give it time to strengthen.

A diversion along Cames Road will be in place for light vehicles. Heavy vehicles are advised to use SH1 and Kaiwaka-Mangawhai Road. Security will be in place to make sure heavy vehicles do not use Cames Road.

Electronic noticeboards will be in place at the Wayby Valley Road/SH1 intersection and the Kaiwaka-Mangawhai Road/SH1 intersection to advise motorists of the closure.


07/11/19 | Community feedback invited on Dargaville Pontoon design

Kaipara District Council is inviting members of the community to have their say on the design for a new pontoon in Dargaville.

The redesign of the Dargaville Pontoon is a key part of Kaipara Wharves, a project that aims to create a water-based transport network on Kaipara Harbour by investing in wharf infrastructure.

A drop-in information session for members of the community to contribute their ideas and feedback will be held from 4pm to 7pm on Wednesday 20 November at the Northern Wairoa Memorial Hall.

Proposed design - new Dargaville pontoon


01/11/19 | Expressions of interest in Mangawhai community housing open

Kaipara District Council is calling for expressions of interest from community housing providers (CHPs) to take over providing community housing in Mangawhai.

Specifications - Request for Expressions of Interest - Provision of Community Housing for Older Persons, Mangawhai

31/10/19 | Recount confirms election result for Dargaville

A recount of election results for the second seat to represent Dargaville Ward on Kaipara District Council has confirmed Karen Joyce-Paki as councillor.

25/10/19 | New Council welcomed with powhiri

The newly-elected mayor and councillors of Kaipara District were welcomed with a powhiri at the inaugural Council meeting in Dargaville this morning.

Mayor Dr Jason Smith - Inaugural address

21/10/19 | Deputy Mayor selected for Kaipara District Council

Re-elected Kaipara District Council Mayor Dr Jason Smith announced Councillor Anna Curnow as his deputy mayor for the new council’s three-year term today.

18/10/19 | Final election results for Kaipara District

Final results for the Kaipara District Council elections are now available.

The final results overturn the preliminary results for the Dargaville Ward, with Karen Joyce-Paki overtaking Brian John McEwing to secure the second seat alongside Eryn Wilson-Collins.

The official declaration of the results will take place on Monday 21 October.

Final election results

Detailed final election results


15/10/19 | Building lease agreed

Chief Executives Malcolm Nicolson of Northland Regional Council (NRC) and Louise Miller of Kaipara District Council (KDC) have today signed an agreement for their teams to share office space in Dargaville.

The shared space, to be located at 32 Hokianga Road, will be constructed by the regional council. Kaipara District Council will lease part of the building to provide office space for about 65 district council staff.

Following the signing, the following documents have been released:

Report - Dargaville Civic Building - 30 May 2019

Scheme plan to expand offices and library in Dargaville

Kaipara Service Centre - Design and Proposed KDC lease terms

02/10/19 | Think now to save water later

Low rain fall over winter has resulted in the lowering ground water levels and early predictions are for continued lower than average rainfall for the early part of the summer. This may result in a repeat of water shortage issues in the Mangawhai area experienced last summer.

With summer approaching this is a reminder to take extra care not to waste water in the hot, probably dry, months ahead.

02/10/19 | Crown Manager delivers final report to Kaipara District Council

Crown Manager, and former Commissioner of the Kaipara District Council, Mr Peter Winder delivered his final report to the September council meeting, completing almost seven years of work with the Kaipara District.

01/10/19 | Blessing kicks off Tomarata Bridge repairs

Work is underway to repair the Tomarata/Insley Street Bridge in Mangawhai, with the blessing of Te Uri O Hau.

A ceremony was performed on Thursday 26 September by Kaipara District Council.

26/09/19 | Annual Report 2018/19 highlights growth and investment in Kaipara

Investment and increased growth in Kaipara are two of the highlights in Kaipara District Council’s 2018/19 Annual Report, which was adopted by Council at its meeting today.

The Annual Report 2018/19 will be available on the Annual Report page of Council's website from Tuesday 1 October.

13/09/19 | Shared customer service centre for regional, Kaipara councils

A proposed $8.4M Kaipara complex that would house up to 80 local authority staff from two different councils is being hailed as both a good investment and a sign of ongoing confidence in Dargaville’s future.

The proposed Hokianga Rd building would be developed by the Northland Regional Council and about a dozen of its operational field staff, associated vehicles and specialist equipment would also be based there.  However, the Kaipara District Council – and about 65 of its staff, most in administrative roles – would also be a key tenant.

12/09/19 | Community Grants awarded to groups across Kaipara

A recent funding round of the Kaipara District Council Community Grants awarded $99,995 to 23 groups across the Kaipara District.

29/08/19 | Independent report into Kaipara District Council resource consent process

An independent report conducted by Burnette O’Connor from Barker & Associates was part of the Council agenda today (Thursday 29 August 2019). The report was a result of a Notice of Motion at an earlier Council meeting, undertaking an independent review of the processes and procedures used by Council’s regulatory team to measure the efficiency of consents processing and how outcomes could be improved.

29/08/19 | Council signs funding agreement from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)

In February 2019 at Otamatea Marae the Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, with the support of Minister Shane Jones, announced funding from the PGF to increase resources to support regional economic growth for the Kaipara region.

15/08/19 | MELA Funds awarded for 2019

At its recent committee meeting, the Mangawhai Endowment Lands Account (MELA) Committee awarded a total of $118,754.55 of funding to various community projects around the Mangawhai Harbour.

24/06/19 | Council Candidate Evenings

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to stand for a role on your district or regional council?
Maybe as mayor? Possibly as a district or regional councillor?

Before you make up your mind there’s an opportunity to find out more on this year’s local government elections at a number of candidates’ information evenings. Hear about where the council is up to, what projects and challenges are on the horizon, and what sort of people council need to address the future.

18/06/19 | New Public Computers at Dargaville Public Library

Dargaville Library recently received new public computers. Gone are the five old PCs and in there place are a new colour printer, four Chrome stations and 12 Chromebooks with touch screens!
Free 24 hour wifi is still available around the building.

12/06/19 | Kaipara District Council received high marks for food audit

Kaipara District Council has achieved another exciting milestone following our Environmental Health accreditation assessment audit by Joint Accreditation Services Australia, New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) which closed with zero non-conformances. Kaipara is the first council to go through the Food accreditation programme without any non-conformities.

03/05/19 | Kaipara District Council agrees to sign Climate Declaration

At a council meeting held Thursday 02 May 2019 Kaipara District Council passed a resolution to sign the Local Government New Zealand Leaders’ Climate Change Declaration.

The declaration, facilitated by Local Government New Zealand, represents an aspirational call to action on behalf of regional and territorial authorities in the face of Climate Change.


23/03/18 | Kai Iwi Lakes Facilities Upgrade

Kai Iwi Lakes is to benefit from funding through the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment allowing Kaipara District Council to progress its planned project for additional toilet facilities and a campervan dump station at Lake Waikare.

20/03/18 | Mayor meets Ministers from Vanuatu

Kaipara District Council were proud to host a delegation of government officials from Vanuatu recently, including Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon. Andrew Solomon Napuat.Vanuatu meets Kaipara.

23/02/18 | Kotui Software to Launch at Kaipara Libraries

Kaipara district libraries will turn a new digital page next month with the launch of their new library system, Kotui.

07/02/18 | Good Dog Ownership

Dogs are very special animals. They make great family pets or working dogs and can be extremely loyal. Dogs depend on their owners and their human family to provide for all of their needs to be met; the needs of warmth, shelter, food, water, medical care and adequate exercise for the size, type and breed of dog.

31/01/18 | Street Lights to be replaced in Kaipara

Kaipara District Council has secured a total budget of $1.20 million (comprised of shared funding from the government (85%) and Kaipara District Council(15%)) to accelerate its LED street lighting programme.