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 tother outstanding rates are paid,” says Mayor Smith.

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 

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 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 They are happy to help.

There’s also more information on helping with animals in drought here.

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:

Register for Safe Practice for Essential 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

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

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 -

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 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.


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,



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.


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.