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- January 19, 2021
Ratepayer Newsletter - January 2021
‘Water’ will be a word to watch in 2021, as far as Kaipara District Council is concerned. To start with,
low river ﬂows mean water restrictions are in place for our largest reticulated town supply to Dargaville
and Baylys Beach. Across the District, low household water tanks keep water carriers busy, delivering
drought-defying supplies one house at a time. Council has secured funding for a new tanker flling
station in Maungaturoto, to improve speed of delivery and increase efciency of water carriers servicing
large parts of Kaipara District. The best tip for now is to conserve water, keep your gutterings clean and
to be water-wise through the summer. Expect to see dusty cars, one of the hallmarks of summer here.
Before Easter Council is expecting to be told what the central government proposals for Three Waters
Reform will mean for Kaipara District. This is about drinking water, wastewater and stormwater assets,
three core parts of Council business. Far-reaching in scope and scale, early indications are that these
proposals will signal signifcant change ahead for ownership and management of these assets, and
therefore change for local government across New Zealand.
At the same time throughout February and March, public consultation will be taking place on the
proposed Kaipara District Council Long Term Plan 2021-31. This is your chance to tell us how you would
like your rates spent over the next 10 years. Council has been advised by central government to proceed
with this key future planning document as if no changes to the Three Waters had been proposed. We are
getting on with business, planning now for the future needs of the community, including water.
Longer term prospects from dams of the Tai Tokerau Water Trust, proposed in the west of the district,
would mean large-scale water storage capacity, and a secure water supply, which Kaipara has never had
before. Alongside the Trust, Council through its Kaipara Kai and Kaipara Water projects, which includes
the Kaipara Kai Hub, has encouraged water use and horticulture irrigation systems. The frst irrigator
in Kaipara District has been installed to help show new ways with water, and a trial is underway for
irrigation from small water supplies, the results of which will be applicable across Kaipara. Being water
wise for future horticulture and use of Kaipara’s great soils is important too.
The 30-year future vision for Kaipara District’s growth and development was adopted by Council
in December 2020, after months of consultation with the community. The Kaipara District Spatial
Plan 2050 – Ngā Wawata 2050 – Our Aspirations is the frst time future growth expectations and
aspirations for Kaipara District have been brought together, charting a vision and a direction for every
community and settlement in the entire place. It will be a ‘living document’ – which means it is built
to be updated with future information such as climate change or sea level rise. It can be found at
Love them or loathe them, the gravel roads of Kaipara District remain a key feature of the place.
Remember this summer season to keep your following distances safe, keep your windows clean and
keep speeds down on loose gravel. Grading of the roads doesn’t start again until the autumn. Go safely,
and well in 2021.
In the first few months of 2021 there’s been a trickle of new information which has led to a substantial update on the long-running story of the debt levels of Kaipara District Council’s Mangawhai Wastewater Scheme.Read more
New library for Mangawhai?
The Council will be consulting on a proposal to secure land for a future new library in Mangawhai as part of their long-term planning. Towards a Better Kaipara, the Council’s Long Term Plan 2021-2031 will determine where the Council focuses over the next 10 years.Read more
Talk with Elected Members about future plans
Kaipara District Council is consulting on their proposed plan for the next ten years and Elected Members will be on hand to talk about it and answer questions.Read more
Improving civic facilities in Dargaville
Kaipara District Council will soon be seeking feedback on their proposal to develop a revitalised Dargaville civic precinct as part of their Long Term Plan consultation.Read more
Plan to grow a better Kaipara shaping up
Kaipara District Council has laid out its vision for the next decade of development in its Long Term Plan (LTP) and is asking the community if they agree.Read more