News

2020

30/10/20 | Council votes for Māori ward

Kaipara District Council has voted to establish a new Māori ward to improve opportunities for Māori to contribute to local Government decision-making. 

The Statistics NZ estimates the Māori electoral population in Kaipara to be 3,630 and the general electoral population is 20,760. In passing the vote, Elected Members spoke of the need for greater diversity around the Council table. 

Antony Thompson, Snow Tane and Sharon Murray spoke at the meeting, representing the shared interests of Te Uri o Hau and Te Roroa. 


30/10/20 | Reminder of Waihue Road Bridge closure

A reminder that Waihue Road Bridge will be closed during the following days:  

3rd November till 10th November 2020

23rd November till 1st December 2020

This closure is so our contractors can complete work to strengthen the bridge. Please note these work periods are subject to change. During the road closures, all private access will still be available via the diversions. 

If you have any questions you can contact the project team at:

Wayne Pepperell phone number 027 801 2158

James Walsh      phone number 027 363 6041 

Or give our customer services team a call on 0800 727 059. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this work may cause and thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience.


15/10/20 | Kaipara District Council awards funding to 19 community organisations

More than $180,000.00 has been awarded in the latest Kaipara District Council funding rounds for Reserve Contributions Contestable Fund, Rural Travel Fund, and the Creative Communities Scheme.

Grants from the Reserve Contributions Contestable Fund make up the bulk of the funding, with $163,750.72 going to five organisations.

A change to the Reserves Contributions Policy (as part of the Long Term Plan 2018/2028) resulted in a contestable fund open for public application.


09/10/20 | Northland Regional Council Public Notice of Pest Control Operation - Taharoa Domain

The Northland Regional Council (NRC) is publicly notifying its intent to carry out a possum and rat control operation from 14th October 2020 – 20th November 2020. Contractors employed by Northland Regional Council will carry out the operation at Taharoa Domain (Kai Iwi Lakes) using vertebrate toxic agents (diphacinone & cholecalciferol) in bait stations.  Some areas of the domain may be closed to the public, however day visitor and camping facilities will still be available.

This work is being undertaken with the approval of the Taharoa Domain Governance Committee and the Kaipara District Council.

For enquiries contact Northland Regional council on 0800 002 004. 


02/10/20 | Mangawhai Heads accessible toilet temporarily closed due to vandalism

Unfortunately the Mangawhai Heads Accessible toilet has been closed due to vandalism, scheduled to reopen early next week. We apologise for any inconvenience. The other cubicles remain open.


01/10/20 | Thumbs up for Food Safety Inspections at Kaipara District Council

The Kaipara District Council has passed a review of its accreditation as a recognised agency to conduct food verification with flying colours.

At a recent Audit, Risk and Finance meeting council staff were congratulated for the glowing audit report they received from International Accreditation NZ (IANZ).


28/09/20 | Construction begins on the new Baylys Beach Walkway

Construction has started on the new Baylys Beach walkway. The work is led by Kaipara District Council, with a $300,000 grant received through the Tourism Infrastructure Fund. 

For further information on the work being carried out, please see Construction starts on the new Baylys Beach Walkway October 2020

The construction completion is estimated to be finished by mid-December. At times there will be a Traffic Management Plan in place and the public toilet will be closed while work in its immediate vicinity is completed. 

Please note all work is weather dependent. For any queries please email parks@kaipara.govt.nz

 


24/09/20 | Northland's Tsunami Siren Test this Sunday 27 Sept

Northland’s tsunami siren test will take place at the beginning of daylight saving (Sunday 27 September).

The Northland tsunami siren network of more than 200 outdoor tsunami sirens in coastal communities, from Te Hapua in the north to Mangawhai in the south and Ruawai in the west, will sound twice: firstly at 10am for 10 minutes and then again at 10.30am for 30 seconds, and will be monitored for any faults.

For further information go to Northland Civil Defence


22/09/20 | Maungaturoto playground closed for the day (23 September)

The Maungaturoto playground will be closed for the day tomorrow (Wednesday 23rd September).

Downers will be pumping in some softfall, which is the layer on the ground preventing serious injuries if a child falls.

The park will be back open on Thursday 24 September. 


21/09/20 | New picnic tables coming soon to Mangawhai

Our parks team and contractors will be busy installing some new picnic tables around Mangawhai over the coming month.

Sites include the grass reserve opposite the Tavern (near the treeline for shade), on the Tara Creek esplanade near Jack Boyd Drive, Pearson Street Reserve, and just south of the boat ramp down by Alamar Crescent. There will be eight new picnic tables in total.

For any queries please email parks@kaipara.govt.nz


21/09/20 | Selwyn Park closed during lighting installation

UPDATE: This work has been rescheduled to begin next month (October) 

New lighting will be installed in Selwyn Park. Areas of work will be around the public toilet, the laneway, the skate park and new pump track, and the pagoda. You’ll see contractors digging trenches, laying electrical cabling, and installing lights.

While they’re working, the park will be closed to ensure everyone’s safety. This will happen at different times over a week. If you’re in the area please observe the safety barriers. Please note all work is dependent on the weather. 

For queries please email parks@kaipara.govt.nz


16/09/20 | Sections of Dargaville Town Hall to close to the public

Kaipara District Council has closed off parts of the Northern Wairoa War Memorial Hall (Dargaville Town Hall) at 37 Hokianga Road after an air quality test revealed mould in elevated levels in various parts of the building relating to ongoing water egress. Although no toxic mould was detected, prolonged exposure by those with respiratory concerns means it’s best for the worst affected areas to remain closed until the issues can be addressed.


16/09/20 | LittaTrap installation in Dargaville and Mangawhai

Our stormwater team have been working on a project with Northland Regional Council and NorthTec recently. Together we are installing LittaTraps, four in Mangawhai and four in Dargaville. The traps will sit inside our stormwater grates, and catch rubbish and gross pollutants before they accumulate in our waterways and travel out to our rivers, oceans, and harbours.

As part of the project, NorthTec will check the traps regularly, to monitor and learn about the volume and the type of rubbish entering our stormwater systems. The sites for the traps have been chosen for their variety – near schools, shopping areas, and busy residential streets, so that we can get a good sense of how the rubbish may differ across the different areas. Initially eight LittaTraps will be installed for the research project, but once this is complete we will continue to use and maintain the traps, and if they are a success, we hope to install more over time. 


13/09/20 | Work begins on Baylys Beach walkway October 2020

Construction will start on the new Baylys Beach walkway early next month. The work is led by Kaipara District Council, with a $300,000 grant received through the Tourism Infrastructure Fund. 

The new timber walkway, will start opposite Chases Gorge Bridge and will follow the road corridor on the beach side. It is approximately 140 metres in length and will improve pedestrian safety in the area. Currently beachgoers walk along the roadway with no separation and little room between those on foot and moving cars. The new boardwalk creates a dedicated pedestrian space.

Environmental responsibility is a priority in the implementation and design of the walkway. The team have consulted dune care specialists throughout the pre-construction process to ensure the dunes are protected while the work is undertaken. Sand movement is allowed for in the walkway design, to ensure longevity and sustainability. Once the work has finished, planting will take place around the walkway to further support the dunes.   

The construction completion is estimated to be finished by mid-December. At times there will be a Traffic Management Plan in place and the public toilet will be closed while work in its immediate vicinity is completed. 

Please note all work is weather dependent. For any queries please email parks@kaipara.govt.nz


09/09/20 | Kaipara District Council announces second stage of Pouto Road upgrade

Approval from the Provincial Growth Fund and the release of $2.8 million means Kaipara District Council can progress with sealing the second section of Pouto Road (Phase 2).

Phase 2 is the section of Pouto Road from Ari Ari Road to Pouto Point. Sealing of the first 10kms of Pouto Road (Phase 1) is due to start later this year. The completion of the two stages means the full length of the peninsula road will be sealed. This work is part of the Kaipara KickStart programme, led by the Council to invest in economic growth and improve community wellbeing.


09/09/20 | Work progresses in Kaipara under Te Tai Tokerau Redeployment Package

Work is progressing at pace, as a result of $2.87m recently allocated to Kaipara District from the Te Tai Tokerau Redeployment Package. A total of $9.32 million is allocated across Northland. The funding package through the Provincial Growth Fund is providing urgent economic relief for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, by creating immediate work opportunities for local people and businesses.


Through the accelerated work in Kaipara District Council parks, 38 people have already been employed as part of the preliminary and current stages of work. Of these, 24 roles are full-time and include contract managers, skilled labourers, and machine operators. A further 14 are part-time and include administration and traffic control duties. Approximately 18 of the workers were previously unemployed. Further stages of work are being finalised, which will provide employment for another 15+ workers.


04/09/20 | Kaipara District Council opts in to water reform discussions

Kaipara District Council Elected Members opted in to the first part of a reform of the three waters system when they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the end of August.

The Government-led programme has provided incentives for Councils to opt in, offering Kaipara a $2.35 million grant and a further $14.13 million to be allocated across Northland if the Council participates in the reform. Councils are able to opt out of discussions at any stage.

The proposal for reform comes in the wake of the Government Inquiry into the Havelock North Drinking Water issues where four people died and more than 5000 became ill after drinking water contaminated with campylobacter, and investigations by the Three Waters Review.

The reform process and funding proposed by Government is designed to support economic recovery post COVID-19 and address persistent systematic issues is providing drinking water, waste water and storm water services (three waters). It includes stimulating investment to assist economic recovery and maintain water infrastructure, and joint Central/Local Government investigation of proposals for consolidating current water service delivery into larger multi-regional providers to achieve economic, public and environmental benefits.

The Government’s starting intent is to create publicly-owned multi-regional water entities. This could potentially see Kaipara water management combined with other Northland Councils, Auckland and possibly further regions.

Kaipara Mayor, Dr Jason Smith, says there are many unknowns at present for this developing story and it’s uncertain when matters will become clear. He says elected members were concerned that Kaipara’s 23,000 residents may have to compete for resources alongside Auckland’s population of 1.6 million.

“By opting in we are choosing stay at the table, keep up with what Government is proposing and represent the best interests of Kaipara people” says Mayor Smith.

Elected members also discussed the impact the proposals may have long term on local democracy as water services and roading services form a large proportion of the Council’s work. Mayor Smith urges Kaipara people to keep abreast of the water reform proposals and ask questions of MPs to understand the impact the Government’s proposals may have on their properties, future water rates costs and district. Go to www.dia.govt.nz/Three-Waters-Reform-Programme to read more about the water reform programme.


04/09/20 | Thelma Road South - maintenance work on outfall pump station

Thelma Road South – maintenance is taking place starting 14 Sept to replace the lining of the outfall pump station. The work is expected to take three weeks and involves some excavation around the station (which is at ground level), cleaning, scaffolding and the installation of the replacement lining and lid.

During this time there will be some traffic management in place on Thelma Road South. Please observe the safety cordons around the shoulder of the road while the work is taking place.


01/09/20 | Kaipara District Council awards funds to 12 Mangawhai organisations

A total of $132,320.00 has been awarded in the latest funding round for the Mangawhai Endowment Lands Account (MELA).

Funds include $20,435.00 to Mangawhai Activity Zone for two shade structures for the skate area, surface clean treatment, and repainting the white lines on the soccer field; $19,000.00 to the Mangawhai Domain Society for hardfill material, labour and hire equipment, and some new aluminium double-glazed windows and labour; $10,000.00 to Mangawhai Waka Ama to help pay for a new 6-person waka; and $16,127.00 to Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service for construction of a new roof over decking areas. Other groups including NZ Fairy Tern Charitable Trust, Mangawhai Library Hall Trust, and Mangawhai Football Club also received funds. The full list of successful recipients can be found on kaipara.govt.nz/mela.


01/09/20 | Mangawhai Community Park work update

Work is continuing down at Mangawhai Community Park. The mahi currently being undertaken is part of an accelerated works package (Te Tai Tokerau Redeployment Package) from central government. This initiative is aimed at providing urgent economic relief for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, through immediate work opportunities for local people and businesses.

The removal of the gum trees has been completed between MAZ and the Mangawhai Club, and behind the skate bowl. A large number of pest plant species such as wilding pines and some wattle have also been removed to allow the native species to regenerate. This work follows the guidance of the Mangawhai Community Park Master Plan.

You might also spy the stand of radiata pines being removed in the gully behind the skatepark. The pines within this area were not in good health with a number of trees posing a falling hazard to the section of mountain bike track that ran through this area. Once the radiata pines have been removed our team can reinstate the mountain bike tracks and prepare the area for native planting. Our team is working with Te Uri O Hau and we’re aiming for native plant species such as kanuka and manuka to be in the ground in this area by mid-September (weather dependent). We’re also looking at getting some further native planting in now along the verge. This planting too is weather dependent but we hope to do this by mid-September.

Stay tuned for more updates as the work progresses.


31/08/20 | Drone over Wood Street Thursday 03 September 2020

The drone which was originally meant to have flown over Wood Street area on 31 July (delayed due to high winds) is rescheduled for Thursday 03 September. The area it will fly over includes Wood Street, Fagan Place, Ellen Street, and Findlay Street, all within the public realm. The drone will be flying 60m above ground level and is booked to fly for two hours (though we will only need a total of 30min flight time).

The drone is fully registered under Resilio Studio and the flight has been logged through AirShare, an app that logs flights to control any airspace issues. The footage will be used for planning purposes only.


28/08/20 | Government investment into Ancient Kauri Trail

Today Minister Shane Jones announced $4 million of funding from the Infrastructure Reference Group for the Kaipara District Council to develop the Kaihū Valley cycle trail, which will bring immediate and long-term jobs to the Kaipara District.

This announcement is part of a $16 million Government package to create jobs and boost economic development in the Kaipara District, which includes $6m for maintaining stop banks between Dargaville and Te Kopuru and $5m to improve the unsealed road network. A further $1m was awarded directly to community projects.


26/08/20 | Old Mangawhai Fire Station to be demolished

Councillors this morning voted in favour of the former fire station building at 09 Wood Street to be demolished.

The Council owned building is unoccupied. The Mangawhai Fire Station has been in its new modern premises at 191 Molesworth Drive since late 2019.

An engineer who undertook an investigation of the site found multiple areas of concern including leaking, significant structural damage and rotting timber, as well as potential foundation issues. The building has very little natural light and has also been deemed earthquake prone. Parts of the building are already closed due to non-compliance, and if the building was left in place the investigation found it would deteriorate further, creating a safety, risk, and health hazard for the community. It was not considered cost-effective to try and remediate the structure.


21/08/20 | Notice from Targa NZ: Rally postponed indefinitely

Please see link below to read the notice from Targa NZ rally organisers

'We announce that the Targa NZ event due for October 2020 will not be able to run on the set dates. Given the recent COVID-19 Level 3 restrictions around the Auckland region and the Level 2 restrictions across the wider country, we are not able to continue with the resident consultation process scheduled at this time.'

Read their FB post for more info. 
Targa Rally Facebook Post


19/08/20 | Dargaville Library closed Thursday 20 August

Due to a water shutdown happening tomorrow, Dargaville Library will be closed for the day (Thursday 20 August).

In order to operate safely, Library staff and customers need access to water for toilets, drinking water and hand washing.
We regret any inconvenience to customers. The out-of-hours returns slot will be open and the wifi will be available outside the building as usual.

The Library will be back in action and open on Friday.


12/08/20 | Dargaville Pontoon Construction to Begin September 2020

Construction work for the new Dargaville pontoon is set to begin next month. The work is part of Kaipara KickStart, an umbrella programme led by Kaipara District Council and funded by the Provincial Growth Fund, to grow the district’s economy and increase community wellbeing.

Kaipara Wharves Project Manager Jody Kelly says Dargaville pontoon will be the first of the Kaipara Wharves to be completed.

“The Dargaville pontoon will kickstart the construction stage of the Kaipara Wharves project. We’re incredibly excited to deliver the upgrade of this asset to the community.”


06/08/20 | Memorial Park and Sportsville community drop-in session

Update - POSTPONED - 12/08/2020 - Due to the recent increase in Covid 19 alert levels we will be postponing our drop in session at Sportsville until further notice. We will be running an online feedback option until we can have a physical drop in.

We will be having a drop-in session 4.00–6.00pm 13 August at Sportsville to discuss the future look and feel of Memorial Park, including Sportsville. We would love to hear from you. Everyone is welcome. 

Any questions or queries can be directed to parks@kaipara.govt.nz


06/08/20 | Taharoa Domain pest animal cull

Our team will be doing a pest animal cull during the week beginning 10 August. Campground bookings will be closed during this time. As this cull is happening at night the Domain will be open to the public during the day as normal.

Please be aware no entry will be admitted to the Domain area post sundown.

Any questions or queries can be directed to parks@kaipara.govt.nz


06/08/20 | Communities benefit from Council support

Business and community groups affected by Covid-19 lockdown are benefitting from support offered by Kaipara District Council.

Grants to offset rates, fees and professional advice are available to businesses, community and sporting groups, with a total of $85,000 granted so far. Of this, $46,000 has been used to offset food and health licences, or alcohol licences. The Council has received applications for a further $53,000 for professional services, which are in progress. A total grants pool of $675,000 is available for those affected.

Mayor Dr Jason Smith says groups have been very appreciative of the grants.

“As a district with strong farming roots, Kaipara hasn’t been as badly affected as other areas. However, some groups have been affected and we want to do everything we can to keep them going. The tourism and food and beverage industries have been especially hard hit,” says Mayor Smith.

Jenny Rooney, who has been processing the grants applications and says the grants have really drawn on peoples’ community spirit.

“Some people said they were managing OK and they would rather the grants went to those that really needed them. It’s been so nice to be able to help people out in this way and gives you such a lift to get those lovely emails and letters. It’s really made a difference for some people,” says Ms Rooney.

Grants are funded from operational costs unspent during Covid 19 and the benefit from lower interest rates.

“This is something we’ve been able to do without impacting on rates,” says Mayor Smith.

If your business, community or sporting group has been affected by lockdown you may be eligible for grants to offset some of your costs. Go to kaipara.govt.nz/covidsupport for more information.

 


30/07/20 | Mangawhai Community Park work removing wilding pines and gum trees update

We are progressing with the removal of wilding pines and gum trees from Mangawhai Community Park (areas where you will see the action are between the Mangawhai Club and Fire Station, and between the Skate Bowl and Pioneer Village). 

This is part of work in Kaipara funded by the Te Tai Tokerau Redeployment Package from central government, and will take another six weeks or so to complete. Activities involve tree felling and the use of heavy machinery; safety observers and cordons are in place. Trees felled are used for park mulch or sold for firewood to help pay for park maintenance. 
 
If you’re in the area please respect the cordons and follow the safety observers’ instructions. Once this mahi has finished and the weather allows we will be replanting the area with native plants. 


23/07/20 | Water restrictions eased across Kaipara District

All water catchments across Kaipara District have returned to level 1.

We have had some extreme weather events recently with a surge in rainfall. While water levels in our rivers are moving closer or have returned to their expected levels, many bores and aquifers across the district take longer to recharge as the water must move through the ground.

We will still need to be mindful of water use over the coming months, as the lack of overall rainfall for 2020 may cause droughts again in 2020/2021.

Please see our information on water restrictions and FAQs around drought and rainfall. 


17/07/20 | Kaipara District Council awards funds to 41 community groups and organisations

More than $122,000 has been awarded in the latest Kaipara District Council funding rounds for Community Grants, Rural Travel Fund, and Creative Communities Scheme.

Community Grants have been awarded to twenty-one organisations including Hakaru Community Hall ($8,361.38), Maungaturoto Centennial Community Centre ($11,781.00), Ripia Marae ($2,103.80), Te Roroa Charitable Trust ($6,777.00) and Taipuha Hall ($10,000). Community Grants are given to support events, services or activities that benefit the community; or for specific operational or maintenance costs of community facilities, including upgrading and future proofing.

Chair of the Awards and Grants Committee, Councillor Peter Wethey, said all the successful applicants were incredibly deserving of the funds.


14/07/20 | Council defence costs $1.7m

Kaipara District Council has spent $1,726,891 on legal fees to recover rates owed and defend itself against the challenges brought by Mr and Mrs Rogan and the Mangawhai Residents and Ratepayers Association.

Kaipara District Council has compiled the costs it has incurred over a number of years and is now keen to make the information available to the community. 

The MRRA and Mr and Mrs Rogan brought six challenges against the Council over a period of six years. Until 12 October, 2019 the Council defended its case under the direction of the Crown Manager, who remained in place to oversee ongoing legal action against the Council. The Council has since defended further action brought by the Rogans, with final ruling in favour of the Council in February this year.

Mayor Dr Jason Smith says complaints that the Council had pursued the Rogans were inaccurate. Instead, the Council had had to defend itself against the challenges brought against it to be fair to the vast majority of ratepayers who had paid their rates in full. He says the Council has to give ratepayers confidence that everyone pays their share of rates.

“It’s disappointing that this has gone on for so long and has cost ratepayers so much. Mr and Mrs Rogan could have stopped after a change in law legitimised the Council’s position, or after the office of the Auditor General published a detailed report on events surrounding the wastewater scheme decisions. They could have stopped at any time. Instead the Rogans chose to continue pursuing the Council as far as the Courts would allow,” says Mayor Smith.

The challenge brought by Mr and Mrs Rogan was ultimately unsuccessful. The Council sought, and was awarded, costs by the Supreme Court.

“We believe we had a responsibility to recover whatever costs we could on behalf of ratepayers. The costs awarded by the court don’t cover the Council’s defence costs but it goes a small way towards it.”

The Council is satisfied Mr and Mrs Rogan had now paid their rates in full. The Council is continuing to seek rates payments from two remaining Mangawhai landowners who are continuing their protest in relation to the wastewater scheme.

“Thankfully the issue relating to the Rogans is now closed, however, the Council will continue to incur costs until other outstanding rates are paid,” says Mayor Smith.


06/07/20 | Mangawhai Community Park work

Look out for our team and contractors removing gum trees and wilding pines from the Mangawhai Community Park on Molesworth Drive. This is part of work funded by the accelerated work package (Te Tai Tokerau Redeployment Package) from central government. The work areas will be between the Mangawhai Club and Fire Station (where the work will begin), and between the Skate Bowl and Pioneer Village.

Work is scheduled to begin 20 July. Activities involve tree felling and the use of heavy machinery; safety observers and cordons will be in place during the works. We ask anyone in the area to please respect the cordons and follow the safety observers’ instructions. Once this mahi has finished and the weather allows we will be replanting the area with native plants.


25/06/20 | Council Confirms Annual Plan and Reduced Rating Level Increase For 2020/21

Kaipara District Council confirmed that its 2020/2021 rates increase would be an average 3.97% at a Council meeting around its annual plan today.

 


25/06/20 | Free online talk: Current and future crop suitability in the Kaipara District

An online talk with NIWA, Plant & Food Research, and Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research will present valuable climate and soil research for the district’s landowners. The talk is hosted by the Kaipara District Council, and is the second in an online series sharing analysis completed as part of the Kaipara Kai project, one of four Kaipara Kickstart projects funded by the Provincial Growth Fund.

Current and future crop suitability in the Kaipara District – Understand the research is scheduled for Thursday 09 July, 7pm. The speakers, Nava Fedaeff of NIWA, Brent Clothier of Plant & Food Research, and Malcolm Mcleod of Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, completed a climate and soil investigation for six key crops in the Kaipara District.

Some of the key results the speakers will discuss include: the different soil types in Kaipara District, the current climate of the area, the suitability of six horticultural crops, and the projected climate changes for the District.


25/06/20 | Kaipara District Council announces Wood Street revitalisation funds

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has awarded funds to Kaipara District Council for the next stage in the Wood Street revitalisation project. The funds are part of the Innovating Streets programme and pilot fund, which supports councils to deliver more vibrant and people-friendly public spaces by employing ‘tactical urbanism’. The grant will fund 90 percent of an interim treatment that will inform a permanent future upgrade in Wood Street.

Mangawhai Heads township has seen unprecedented growth over the past 20 years. The huge influx of summer holiday visitors means that during peak periods, Wood Street shops sees bumper to bumper traffic and heavy congestion. The current parking facilities fail to accommodate the influx of visitors wanting to access the Wood Street shops and has led to people parking anywhere they can fit, often at the expense of pedestrian safety.

Using a ‘tactical urbanism’ approach, the Council has been collaborating with the Mangawhai Business Association and community and testing layout and design to create a more people-friendly Wood Street. 


21/06/20 | Matakohe West Road repair update

The rehabilitation of approx. 1100m of Matakohe West Road was commenced earlier this year and was scheduled to be completed prior to the end of April 2020.

Due to the unforeseen five week COVID-19 lock-down the works were suspended prior to the completion of pavement works and final chip-seal surfacing.

Unfortunately this delay placed the timing of pavement stabilisation and construction of chip-seal surfacing in less than ideal conditions. 

The lower temperature and damp conditions present a risk to the quality construction of the chip-seal surfacing, and continuing at this time would likely result in seal failure and costly rework.

To reduce this risk, the works have been placed on hold over winter and the site will be maintained as an unsealed surface until the conditions are suitable to successfully complete the works, this is likely in early Spring.

In the interests of safety the site will remain under a temporary speed restriction until the works are completed. 

The site is regularly monitored for any deterioration and if needed the contractor is requested to undertake grading and compaction to restore the surface. The site is monitored weekly by Council and contractor staff.

The completion of this site is a high priority and works will be completed as soon as site conditions allow. At this stage we are looking at recommencing pavement works round October 2020, if not earlier.


17/06/20 | Council set to make a decision on Annual Plan for 2020-2021

At the June 24 Council Meeting the Kaipara District Council will make a decision on the Annual Plan for 2020-2021, based on an average rate increase of 3.97%.

Pre-COVID, Council and staff were working towards an average increase of 5.49%. At the May Council meeting Elected Members agreed a reduced increase of 3.97%, deferring non-urgent infrastructure projects while maintaining most current services. Council came to the decision based on information prepared by economists Infometrics, and guidance from staff on the impacts a reduction in rates would have on levels of service.


04/06/20 | Mangawhai Heads Weed Spray Notification

Handgun spraying will take place at the Mangawhai Heads and Mangawhai Reserve between 10th June – 31st July 2020. The target weed is Climbing Asparagus, which is an aggressive climbing weed that is causing substantial damage to the native undergrowth.

The Call A Farmer Ltd contractor will undertake the work with Registered Chemical Applicators onsite.

The Eastern side of the carpark will be setup as a chemical mixing site and restricted from public access until spraying complete.

You’ll still have access to the beach, however we ask the public to stay clear of the hill above the surf club and the mixing area.

Signs will be erected around both sites. If the weather is windy or wet the actual day/s of spraying may change and not be notified again.

Spraying is also occurring on the other headland where the Goldschmidt track is.

A Department of Conservation ranger will be spraying Pampas on the 8th June. Work to eradicate pest plants has already been undertaken in this area prior to lockdown.

This project has come about because DOC look after the spit in Mangawhai and have spent many hours controlling the Pampas in the area. The headland at the Mangawhai Heads carpark is covered in Pampas and when seeding occurs the weather blows those seeds onto the spit, generating Pampas growth. KDC are working with DOC, community groups, and the Ministry of Primary Industries on planting out the area with natives once the ranger completes the spraying. We have been granted funding from the the One Billion Trees Fund (MPI), who have provided funding for natives sourced locally. A planting day will be coming up soon.

There will be signs to ensure the public and DOC staff safety.


Handgun spraying will take place at the Cheviot Street Reserve (Lincoln St end) between 26th June – 31st July 2020. The target weed is climbing asparagus.

The Call A Farmer Ltd contractor will undertake the work with Registered Chemical Applicators onsite.

The grass area next to the Reserve near the Lincoln St side of the Reserve will be setup as a chemical mixing site and restricted from public access until spraying complete.

Signs will be erected at the site and at the top of the access track leading to the Lincoln Street egress. If the weather is windy or wet the actual day/s of spraying may change and not be notified again.

The Cheviot St Reserve project is a community-led initiative to clear climbing asparagus and other weed species from the Cheviot Reserve and to enhance the Reserve with native pioneer species plants. Council is supporting the community-led project which is funded through MPI’s Matariki Fund and supported by Weed Action – Piroa-Brynderwyn. Planting days are planned for Sunday 28th June at 10am and Sunday 16th August at 10am.

 

For any queries please contact parks@kaipara.govt.nz 


29/05/20 | Kaipara District Council Announces Final Wharves Feasibility Study and Programme Business Case Approval

Approval from MBIE on the Kaipara Water Transport Network and Wharves Feasibility Study and Programme Business Case means the Council can embark on the next stage of the project.

The finalisation and approval of the Feasibility Study and Programme Business Case follows multiple rounds of community online engagements and video meetings with local marae. The Council received more than 120 formal submissions to the Wharves survey from individuals and organisations.

The feedback was incorporated into the Feasibility Study and Programme Business Case, which was finalised and submitted to MBIE. The Council has been notified by MBIE that the business case has been approved, which means it can now start detailed planning on the specific projects. 


28/05/20 | Council offers support for businesses

Kaipara businesses that have been struggling as a result of Covid-19 could benefit from a $640,000 support fund approved by Kaipara District Council today.

Sue Davidson, General Manager of Sustainable Growth and Investment, says the Council is doing what it can to help those in genuine need and keep businesses operating.

Read more about the grants.


28/05/20 | Kaipara District Council adopts Spatial Plan for Key Urban Areas, will begin public consultation for Draft Mangawhai Spatial Plan

Following several rounds of community and Mana Whenua consultation, Kaipara District Council has adopted a Spatial Plan for Dargaville, Maungatūroto and Kaiwaka.   

The Spatial Plan will be used as an important guide to inform the district planning, infrastructure, financial and economic strategies of the District, with the aim of supporting sustainable development and managing growth in these key areas.  


21/05/20 | The Big Dry still affecting Kaipara

Treat water like gold is the advice given by Waters and Waste Manager Donnick Mugusto from Kaipara District Council.

Donnick and his team have been monitoring water levels across Kaipara, and says they are still critically low, even though we’ve had some rain over the last few days.

“The rain we’ve had is only surface deep and we’re still in one of the most severe droughts on record,” says Mr Mugusto.


18/05/20 | Free online talk: Increasing food production in Kaipara – Understand the research

An online talk hosted by the Kaipara District Council will present valuable opportunities for the district’s landowners, and other businesses related to the horticulture industry.

Increasing food production in Kaipara – Understand the research, is scheduled for Thursday 4 June 7pm. The speaker, Tim Morris of Coriolis, completed an investigation on how to make best use of fertile Kaipara land. The study is part of the Kaipara Kai project, one of four Kaipara Kickstart projects funded by the Provincial Growth Fund to stimulate economic growth in the Kaipara district.  

Some of the key results Tim will discuss in the talk include: new crop types, animals and aquaculture opportunities within the Kaipara District (focusing on those that are suitable for a changing climate), and commercial and financial analysis for local landowners.


08/05/20 | Have your say on Kaipara’s proposed new Consolidated General Bylaw

Kaipara District Council is proposing to replace their old Bylaws with a new, tidier version and is asking the community for input before it is finalised.

Kaipara District Council’s Consolidated General Bylaws are created to make our district a healthy and safe place, and largely cover health, safety and environmental issues. The proposed updates include removing five parts that are now obsolete, simplifying the way the Bylaw is written to make it clearer, and making some significant proposed changes to the Cemeteries and Crematoria and Solid Waste sections.


08/05/20 | Kaipara District Council calls for Citizens Awards nominations, announces inaugural community award

Nominations have opened for a new set of awards that Kaipara District Council has announced to acknowledge the work of individuals and organisations who protect and enhance the District’s unique environment.

It is the first year these awards have run, with five categories to enter. They are; Environmental Action in the Community, Environmental Action in Education, Environmental Action in Business/Industry, Environmental Youth Leadership, and Kaitiakitanga.


30/04/20 | Support package for Kaipara Business

Kaipara District Council is proposing an $675,000 support package for Kaipara businesses and community groups who are struggling in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Council is now seeking feedback from the community before adopting the package after the proposal was unanimously supported by Elected Members at their meeting today.

Louise Miller, Chief Executive of Kaipara District Council says this has been a tough time for businesses and the people who normally work in them.


17/04/20 | Council meeting will confirm 2020-2021 Annual Plan

Elected Members from Kaipara District Council will make decisions relating to their response to Covid-19 at their upcoming meeting on 29 April.

The agenda will include introducing a support package, as well as a range of options around rates for next year’s Annual Plan.

Louise Miller, Chief Executive, said a key focus had been on ensuring the Council operates as efficiently as possible.

“The services we provide are essential for people to live here. It’s important we invest in making sure they are reliable. At the same time, we have a duty to make sure we are efficient so we’ve been through our operations with a fine tooth comb to make sure everything we’re doing is absolutely necessary,” says Ms Miller.

The pandemic has also highlighted the role the Council plays in caring for the community.

“A key focus has been to make sure we make support available for those who need it.”

The council has developed a range of options to provide support to different sectors of the community that Elected Members will be discussing.

Mayor Dr Jason Smith says Elected Members are very aware of their dual role in minimising any impacts on services that our community expects and needs, and in leading economic activity so Kaipara moves forward as quickly as possible.

“We have a very difficult balancing act ahead of us. I expect there will be a range of views about how much Council should achieve in the coming year but I am confident we will decide on a way forward to help the District rise strong,” says Mayor Smith.

Decisions made about the Annual Plan will determine what rates people pay in the 12 months from July 2020.

The Council e-meeting will be broadcast live on the Council’s Facebook page from 9.30am and members of the public are invited to watch. Attendees can watch without having to sign up for Facebook. The meeting will also be recorded so those who are not able to watch it live can see it later.

The meeting agenda will be available on the Council’s website kaipara.govt.nz from 23 April.


16/04/20 | Rates instalment invoices sent

Northland councils are encouraging ratepayers experiencing financial hardship to contact them if they are unable to pay rates invoices being sent to property owners over the coming week.

The Far North District Council, Kaipara District Council, Whangarei District Council and Northland Regional Council acknowledge that the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and response will make it difficult for some to pay their full instalment at this time.

Because of this, the region’s four local authorities are urging people who may have difficulty paying their rates on time to call their local council early to discuss options.


02/04/20 | Drought and MPI

We are helping to reach out to owners of sheep and cattle in rural communities during this Northland drought. It is important that all owners of sheep and cattle, whether they are commercial farmers or not, are able to connect to organisations who can help rural whanau get through the drought.

FEED: If you’re short of animal feed, contact your local feed supplier and make a plan for the next month. They’ll give you some options and help you see what is available.

WATER: If you’re short of stock drinking water, call the Regional Council on 0800 002 004 and ask them what may be available near you.

ANIMAL WELFARE: If your animals are not looking the best, get a vet involved early OR contact the MPI Animal Welfare team via this email animalwelfare@mpi.govt.nz. They are happy to help.

There’s also more information on helping with animals in drought here. https://www.mpi.govt.nz/dmsdocument/39914-animals-affected-by-dry-or-drought-conditions

COVID19: We encourage rural communities to apply safe practices while tending animals and understand that communities may not have direct access to suppliers as they may not be registered as an essential business. Below are links to information that may benefit you or those business owners that you may be connected too.

Register an Essential Business: https://covid19.govt.nz/

Register for Safe Practice for Essential Businesses: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/news-and-resources/media-releases/mpi-sets-up-a-register-for-safe-practice-for-essential-covid-19-businesses/

The Rural Support Trust is putting out weekly tips and info that you might find useful. If you or anyone you know needs advice, try the Northland Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 or visit their website http://www.rural-support.org.nz/Regions/North-Island/Northland


31/03/20 | Kaipara District Business Operations

Kaipara District Council has been continuing its work to help support residents through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Dr Jason Smith says he has heard from many people who are finding it tough and that the Council is going the extra mile to provide support.

“One of the most important things Council can do is to continue to provide lifeline services that are essential for people in their daily lives. Our people are out there helping to keep people healthy and safe throughout the Level 4 Lockdown and beyond,” says Mayor Smith.


21/03/20 | COVID-19 update from Council 22/03/2020

The Council has robust plans in place to continue providing services if the pandemic situation escalates. Our customer services and libraries remain open at this stage, but check for changes on our website before you come in.

We understand what the community is saying about increases to rates. We are considering how we can help people through a period of hardship to find the right balance between continuing to contribute to the Kaipara economy, with our projects and employment, and easing the burden of rates on our community. We will take a measured approach to our decisions, assessing how things develop before charting a course that is right for our district and our community.

We have called an emergency meeting of Council tomorrow morning to ensure we have an effective and continuous governance system in place during a pandemic. This is a slight variation on the arrangements we already have to make decisions in emergencies. You can see the agenda and recommendations for decision making during COVID-19 pandemic online.

At this stage, the Council will continue to meet, as required under legislation, and we will make the papers and minutes available as usual. You can still see the agenda on our website before each meeting and talk to your elected members about it before they meet, so your views can be considered. We will review public access to council facilities and buildings over the coming week and ensure that the community is kept informed of changes. 

CE signature.

Louise Miller
Chief Executive Kaipara District Council


18/03/20 | Kaipara District Council’s response to Covid-19

Kaipara District Council is taking the threat of Covid-19 very seriously and is well prepared to manage the risks to our people and our services.

We are deeply committed to the health and well-being our people and our communities.

The Council’s Business Continuity Plans have been refreshed and are being put through the microscope to ensure they are robust and so essential services will continue if the situation escalates in Northland.

For now it is business as usual, with a few extra common sense precautions, and all our services are running as normal. Keep an eye on our website for changes to services, or if you download the Antenno app we’ll alert you to changes.

We are following the guidelines put out by the Ministry of Health as the lead agency. That means we are implementing new health and safety procedures so please don’t be offended if we don’t shake hands, or stand a little further away than normal.

We are reflecting the increasing need to limit group contact so have cancelled events that are scheduled from tomorrow on. That includes the spatial planning meetings that were scheduled from 20 March.

We encourage you to think about whether your trip to Council offices is really necessary or if your business could be conducted by phone or online. Reducing contact may keep you, and us, safer.

We are uniting with other Councils to respond to this threat in a consistent and managed way.

We ask you to unite with us against COVID-19. Be kind and check in on others in need, reduce spread by washing your hands well and often, stay home if you are sick, and self isolate to protect others if you have been travelling, or if it is possible you may have been exposed to the  virus. The best way to stop the spread is not to pass it on.

If you need advice about how to address Covid-19 in your business please refer to the information put out by the Ministry of Health. If you need advice about Council-related services, we’re here to help.


05/03/20 | Kaipara Kai opens, ready for business

Kaipara Kai, a support base for landowners and the kai industry was opened for business in Ruawai by Hon. Shane Jones today.

The ribbon-cutting event, hosted by Kaipara District Council, included iwi, local dignitaries, and representatives from the farming and food manufacturing businesses.

The Kaipara Kai hub will support landowners to use their fertile land to its best potential. It will serve as a physical HQ base, where landowners can come to access sector knowledge and resources, industry professionals can meet with clients, informational events will be run, ag-tech companies can display their products, and remote workers and travelling professionals can hot-desk.


27/02/20 | High Level Water Restrictions in Place across Kaipara

At February’s Council meeting (26 February 2020) a decision was made to move all Council supplied water networks (Dargaville, Baylys Beach, Maungaturoto, Ruawai, Mangawhai, Glinks Gully) to a Level 4 Restriction.

This decision comes off the back of a period of dry weather, no rainfall, and no forecasted rain for the next 4 weeks. While the levels of water, and number of people connected vary across Kaipara, this decision brings the whole district into alignment.

Read more about the drought.


21/02/20 | Mayor’s Memo (21 February 2020)

Drought concerns are high on everyone’s minds across Kaipara as the record rain-less period extends and the longer term forecast (say, to May) lacks rain to replenish underground aquifers, farm dams and household water tanks. The five municipal water systems of Kaipara District Council are being closely monitored, and we’re confident everyone keeping water-wise and holding to the water restrictions will carry us all through. Tank water consumers may be nervously watching tank levels and ordering a delivery from very busy water carriers which may still be weeks away – patience and planning are needed until it’s persisting down with rain again. It may pay to check in with your neighbours – maybe share a water load to help spread costs, get a delivery sooner and spread the water around faster. Whatever your situation, a drought is a serious time and people, animals and the environment are distressed. Take special care at this tricky time. Though it may seem as a community in the north we’re under the pump, each of us has a part to play in planning our water-wise way ahead.


07/02/20 | New Technology improves safety at schools

New road safety measures are being introduced outside several Kaipara schools to help make drivers more aware they are approaching school zones and the need to slow down.


07/02/20 | Track clearing work to begin

Monday 10 February – Friday 14 February 2020

The walking tracks along Thelma Road, and the Goldschmidts Track will be closed at both ends while the track is cleared. The track follows a paper road from Cullen Street back to the Heads. It will be coned off with signs at both ends.

The work is being done to manage overgrown Pampas grass and other weeds.

Please avoid the area while this work is done. For any queries please contact parks@kaipara.govt.nz


01/02/20 | Tomarata Bridge closed 10-12 February

Due to a hold up with parts and supplies, the closure will now take place from 11.20am Monday 10 February 1010, reopening at midday Wednesday 12 February.

Pedestrian access will be accommodated. Please use Kaiwaka-Mangawhai Road where possible and drive to the conditions. 


28/01/20 | Severe water shortage for residents on town supply

Northland is experiencing one of the driest 12-month periods on record. Our rivers, streams and underground water sources are running low. Water levels in the Kaihu River have fallen below a level, which means we’ve reached high level Water Restrictions.

Please reduce your water use immediately, at home and at work, to protect our water supply.


14/01/20 | Water restrictions in place for Dargaville and Baylys Beach

Hot, dry weather has been a dream for holidaymakers across Kaipara, but the increased demand on water supply has led us to tighten up our water restrictions.

Restrictions are in place due to the river flow dropping below our consented levels. While the river levels may fluctuate, Council needs it to stay at a consistent level in order to maintain supply.  Dargaville and Baylys Beach have been put on a sprinkler and irrigation ban (Level Three Restrictions) to manage pressure on the local water supply.

This means local Dargaville and Ruawai water carriers may have to travel further for water, contact your regular supplier or alternative suppliers for more information. (a list of carriers can be found at - https://www.drinkingwater.esr.cri.nz/carriers/carriersfornzregion.asp?NZRegion=NZNZ01)

Council staff also keeping a close eye on Maungaturoto and at this stage encourage users to be mindful of the hot consistently dry weather and be smart with water use.

Council’s water services team says communities have responded positively to the conservation messages we have had over recent weeks, and asks for ongoing cooperation with the ‘summer heatwave’ upon us.

Kaipara District Council will keep monitoring water use and river and reviewing water restrictions daily. Any changes are posted on our bewaterwise.org.nz and our Kaipara District Council Facebook page.

Please report water waste and water leaks to Customer Service on 0800 727 059.

Top 5 smart water conservation tips

•       Wait until you can do full loads before you wash dishes or use the washing machine.

•       Don’t run the water when brushing your teeth.

•       For cool drinking water, fill a jug and keep it in the fridge. Running water to cool it down can waste 10 litres a minute.

•       For lawns, apply the ‘step test’ – if grass springs back after you walk on it, it doesn’t need watering.

•       If your toilet has a dual-flush button, use the half flush.

 


09/01/20 | Fire Ban

Fires are now prohibited for all zones in the Kaipara District and throughout Northland.

All outdoor fires are prohibited except:

  • gas operated barbecues
  • charcoal barbecues/grills
  • wood-fired pizza ovens
  • chimineas
  • cultural fires

which meet the necessary conditions.

All existing permits have been cancelled.

Please go to the Fire and Emergency website for more information


07/01/20 | Tomarata Bridge closed 12 January

The Tomarata Bridge on Insley Street will be closed overnight on Sunday 12 January, from 9pm to 5am the following morning. This is to move a beam and switch the traffic to the other side of the bridge.

A diversion along Cames Road will be in place for light vehicles. Heavy vehicles should use SH1 and Kaiwaka-Mangawhai 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.  

Download the Antenno app from your app store and register to stay up to date with further closures.


2019

17/12/19 | Mayor's Memo - December 2019

Summer is the time for sharing what’s best about our Kaipara District – miles of pristine beaches facing oceans, lakes or harbours, great fresh local food, a kind word with a local who may share a secret fishing spot or favourite hidden swimming hole. From Christmas for a few weeks it seems the population of Kaipara District nearly doubles with extra visitors joining us and coming here to stretch out; it follows that all our systems get stretched. Drinking water, waste water, rubbish collection – all these Council services will soon be working at peak rate for this holiday time of year.

Being co-operative and patient are key to a stress-free summer in Mangawhai. Mangawhai summer plans are in place for the busiest period of the year for Kaipara’s busiest place. There’s a trial of a one-way traffic management system for the Wood Street shops area, and there’s extra summer parking opened up on the grass at the Heads Beach carpark. Council is also putting on a FREE bus to connect Mangawhai Village through to the Heads surf beach, and I’m looking forward to using that myself with the family soon. I heard it may be named the Heads Hop Beach Bus, but whatever it’s called this service for fast-growing Mangawhai will be one to take up this summer and help ease road congestion around popular spots.

Spot-on timing for heavy rain storms in the last week have lifted spirits of farmers and food growers across the District. That’s a nice Christmas bonus, following excellent establishment of kumara, maize and forage crops, as well as filling aquifers and rivers across the District. Summer rain also tops up everyone’s water tanks, so it pays to keep the gutterings clean at this time of year so none of the good stuff goes to waste.

Another Christmas bonus is the recent decision by Government that the industrial functions of the port of Auckland will be relocated, and that Northland is in the frame for the future port. As chair of the Northland Mayoral Forum I’m speaking on this subject for the civic leaders of the region. For Kaipara District, already the fastest-growing district in the North Island, this port move would be expected to turbo-charge what’s already the most popular place around. The new Kaipara Horizons Committee at KDC will be focusing on this in the new year, and there’s lots of good stuff to share ahead.

Speaking of good stuff, I hope your Christmas and New Year are filled with lots of other good stuff, relaxing days and happy times. I look forward to a great 2020 year of vision ahead for Kaipara, and to sharing with you more good times in the mighty Kaipara. There’s no place like it, this place we call home. Maybe that’s why so many others want to join us? Welcome, everyone. Nau mai, haere mai, piki mai. Come on in, the water’s fine.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Council, Meri Kirihimete,

 

Jason

Dr Jason Smith - Mayor, Kaipara District Council


17/12/19 | Sheep attacks stop, dog found

Animal management officers are praising owners who came forward with their dog after attacks on sheep.
During November there were three attacks, all unwitnessed, at four Echo Valley lifestyle blocks where 22 sheep died.
The follow-up is being touted as a good example of responsible owners and a new, proactive animal management team working together for community safety in Mangawhai.


17/12/19 | Inaugural Reserve Contribution Funding awarded

Three deserving community groups are getting a welcome contribution to their projects after the inaugural awarding of the contestable portion of the Reserve Contributions Fund.


09/12/19 | Tomarata/Insley Street Bridge Closure #2

A reminder the second closure of the Tomarata/Insley Street Bridge is active from 10am Tuesday 10 December 2019.

It's planned for works to be completed by this Friday (13th December.)

Pedestrian access will be accommodated.

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 and notices are being broadcasted via local radio and Antenno and the Kaipara District Council Facebook Page (to download Antenno to your phone and receive updates click here).


27/11/19 | New committee structure for Kaipara District Council

Kaipara District Council (KDC) has adopted a new committee structure, with a focus on ‘cross-pollination’ of elected members across the district, collaboration and using the skills of elected members.

Kaipara Mayor, Dr Jason Smith, says elected members have sworn an oath to serve all Kaipara District and each of the wards should be represented on the major committees, particularly for the district’s three priority parks. Committees will also contain a mix of new and more experienced councillors and workloads have been evened out.


27/11/19 | Summer changes to smooth traffic in Mangawhai

Kaipara District Council is introducing temporary measures in Mangawhai over the summer season to keep traffic moving and help people get around safely.

The town centre changes were designed collaboratively with the Mangawhai Business Association, customers and residents of the surrounding streets at two Council-led workshops.


27/11/19 | Mangawhai Park comes of age

A new governance structure has been established for Mangawhai Community Park, recognising the new level of maturity in the Park’s development.

Located in Mangawhai Heads, the park provides activities and spaces for the community to enjoy the natural environment.


15/11/19 | New animal management officers hit the streets

Kaipara District Council has three new animal management officers.

Steve, Kim and Chris collectively bring a wealth of experience to the team and can draw on previous roles with Whangārei District Council, Waitakere City Council and the SPCA.


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.


2018

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.