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A smoother ride on unsealed roads
Community Funding Roads

A smoother ride on unsealed roads

Kaipara District Council has developed a new formula for unsealed roads that results in a more durable, and lower maintenance, surface.

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Northland Councils Scoop Awards
Community Culture

Northland Councils Scoop Awards

A fresh, new, tikanga-based approach to organisational change, a new strategy designed to overcome the digital divide, and two examples of outstanding personal leadership have helped Northland councils scoop four awards available to local government managers.

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Supporting ANZAC commemorations around the District
Community

Supporting ANZAC commemorations around the District

We are so proud to support the ANZAC commemorations around our District. 

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Kaipara District Council awards Creative Communities Scheme funding to six applicants
Community Culture Funding

Kaipara District Council awards Creative Communities Scheme funding to six applicants

Some of Kaipara’s arts projects got a boost recently with $14,894.80 awarded in the latest Creative Communities Scheme funding round. 

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Ripiro Beach User Survey - We want to hear from you
Community Ripiro Beach

Ripiro Beach User Survey - We want to hear from you

Ripiro Beach runs from the bottom of the Maunganui Bluff through to Pouto Peninsula.

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Kaipara District Council looking at representation set up
Council business Community Representation Review

Kaipara District Council looking at representation set up

The Council will be reviewing its representation arrangements later this year and is calling for community feedback now before formulating any specific proposals.

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The Kaihu Valley Trail proposed route
Joint projects Kaihu Valley Trail

The Kaihu Valley Trail proposed route

An update on what's happening with the Kaihu Valley Trail.  

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Parks and maintenance work by Kaiwaka river  
Joint projects Kaiwaka Parks

Parks and maintenance work by Kaiwaka river  

Our Parks team and local contractors Turf Tamer recently completed work by the Kaiwaka River (north eastern side of the bridge).

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Historic Daring schooner approved to berth temporarily next to Mangawhai Museum
Community Mangawhai Parks Joint projects

Historic Daring schooner approved to berth temporarily next to Mangawhai Museum

Kaipara District Elected Members have voted in favour of a proposal to temporarily store the 157-year-old ship the Daring next to the Mangawhai Museum. 

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Improvements to Mangawhai Community Park
Joint projects Mangawhai Parks

Improvements to Mangawhai Community Park

Work will begin again at the Mangawhai Community Park after the Easter break.

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Bad parking behaviour around schools
Community Mangawhai Dargaville

Bad parking behaviour around schools

We’re having some issues at the moment around bad parking behaviour at both Mangawhai Beach School and Dargaville Primary School

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Mangawhai Shared Path update
Joint projects Mangawhai Footpaths Mangawhai Community Plan

Mangawhai Shared Path update

Recently we received the good news that Waka Kotahi NZTA have granted funding to complete phase 1 of our new shared path.

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Pouto Road sealing work set to begin late March 2021
Joint projects Kaipara KickStart Roads

Pouto Road sealing work set to begin late March 2021

The first part of the Pouto Road sealing project is set to start this week from Wednesday 24 March, kicking off one of Kaipara’s most significant road sealing projects.

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What’s happening with the Gumdiggers Track in Mangawhai?
Community Mangawhai

What’s happening with the Gumdiggers Track in Mangawhai?

Gumdiggers Track is a walkway formed by the Mangawhai Recreational Charitable Trust (the Trust). 

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Wood Street – What’s Happening
Joint projects Mangawhai Mangawhai Community Plan

Wood Street – What’s Happening

We recently started the evaluation for the Wood Street revitalisation project.

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Kaiwaka footbridges in the west
Community Funding Joint projects Kaiwaka Bridges Footpaths

Kaiwaka footbridges in the west

Two footbridges are to be erected in Kaiwaka, parallel to State Highway 1 and crossing streams at the northern end of the township.

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Pahi wharf upgrade to begin April 2021
Joint projects Kaipara KickStart Pahi

Pahi wharf upgrade to begin April 2021

Construction work for the Pahi wharf upgrade is set to start April 2021.

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Electorates under review in Kaipara
Community Council business

Electorates under review in Kaipara

Kaipara District Council has begun a review of local electoral boundaries to ensure our rapid growth is reflected in our elected representation and to accommodate a new Māori ward.

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Poisoned pōhutukawa trees saddens community and Council
Community Mangawhai

Poisoned pōhutukawa trees saddens community and Council

Two pōhutukawa trees have been poisoned by vandals in Mangawhai. The trees – approximately fifteen years old and growing on Council-owned coastal reserve – are exhibiting crown damage and other signs of herbicide poisoning.

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Talk with Elected Members about future plans
Community Funding Mangawhai Dargaville Long term plan 2021-2031

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.

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Record numbers jump on board for Mangawhai’s Village to Beach Loop Bus Service
Joint projects Mangawhai Mangawhai Community Plan

Record numbers jump on board for Mangawhai’s Village to Beach Loop Bus Service

Mangawhai’s bus service proved hugely popular with both locals and visitors this summer. The bus ran daily 27 December – 17 January and then every weekend and public holiday to 08 February, picking up passengers from Mangawhai Village to the surf beach. 

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Nets set in Lake Taharoa for koi carp surveillance
Parks

Nets set in Lake Taharoa for koi carp surveillance

Nets have been set in Lake Taharoa for koi carp surveillance. If you're swimming, boating or kayaking on the lake, please keep out of the areas marked on the map during the operational periods.

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Found stock in Maungaturoto
Community

Found stock in Maungaturoto

Are you missing some stock? Our Animal Management team has collected some wandering sheep from Maungaturoto last week.

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Plan to grow a better Kaipara shaping up
Long term plan 2021-2031 Community Roads Water Parks Rubbish and Recycling Council business

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.

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Motu Wheteke blessing marks reopening of quarry for Pouto Road sealing project
Joint projects Kaipara KickStart Roads

Motu Wheteke blessing marks reopening of quarry for Pouto Road sealing project

Earlier this month Rīpia Marae representatives blessed the site of Motu Wheteke, ahead of physical works starting at the quarry. Kaipara District Council contractors are preparing to reopen the site, primarily for the Provincial Development Unit-supported Pouto Road sealing project. 

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Funding rounds open
Community Funding

Funding rounds open

Creative Communities Scheme is now open for funding applications. The funding is available to support a wide range of arts projects – previous recipients include Te Kopuru School for their Matariki celebrations and the Mangawhai Museum for their Winter Series.

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Kaihu Valley Trail Update
Joint projects Dargaville Roads Parks Kaihu Valley Trail

Kaihu Valley Trail Update

The Kaihu Valley Trail is one section of the Ancient Kauri Trail that will be developed in stages and eventually link Ōmāpere, on the Hokianga Harbour, to the Mangawhai Coast.

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The Latest from the Kaipara Kai Hub team
Joint projects Kaipara KickStart

The Latest from the Kaipara Kai Hub team

Since our last update, the Kaipara Kai Hub team has been busy managing crop trials, engaging with local growers looking at crop diversification, and supporting the kick-off of local projects. The trial site at Te Roroa’s Kai Iwi farm is looking lush. 

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Wood Street Revitalisation Project Recent Survey Results
Joint projects Mangawhai Mangawhai Community Plan

Wood Street Revitalisation Project Recent Survey Results

Thanks very much to everyone who took the time to fill out our recent Wood Street survey. We had a good response with a total of 205 people selecting one of four options to reconfigure the parking near the entrance to Wood Street (from Molesworth Drive). 

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Wood Street revitalisation project: Feedback wanted for entrance survey
Joint projects Mangawhai Mangawhai Community Plan

Wood Street revitalisation project: Feedback wanted for entrance survey

The interim design for the Wood Street revitalisation project has been in place since early December 2020.

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No pets allowed at Kai Iwi Lakes/Taharoa Domain
Parks

No pets allowed at Kai Iwi Lakes/Taharoa Domain

The beautiful Kai Iwi Lakes/Taharoa Domain have proved popular over the last few weeks with a huge number of people visiting. The Kaipara District Council team jointly manage the area with Te Kuihi and Te Roroa, alongside Northland Regional Council and Department of Conservation, and together we work hard to ensure this precious place is protected, while still being enjoyed by many holidaymakers.

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Wood Street revitalisation project
Joint projects Mangawhai Mangawhai Community Plan

Wood Street revitalisation project

Changes at Wood Street are part of the Wood Street revitalisation project, a community co-design that came about after the Mangawhai Business Association approached Council in 2019.  

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Recent spate of minor arson, vandalism and graffiti
Dargaville Parks

Recent spate of minor arson, vandalism and graffiti

We are currently experiencing a spate of minor arson, vandalism and graffiti in our parks and public toilets.
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Back for Summer! Free Village to Beach bus loop
Joint projects Mangawhai Mangawhai Community Plan

Back for Summer! Free Village to Beach bus loop

The FREE Village to Beach Loop bus service is running again this summer. Please let your family, friends, and all your visitors know. The bus service is free for everyone. 

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Firefighters giving back
Community

Firefighters giving back

When Brian Armstrong and David Buttenshaw joined Fire and Emergency NZ as volunteers, they were both looking for the chance to give back to his community.

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New pathway for Matakohe
Joint projects Footpaths

New pathway for Matakohe

The first concrete pour was completed for the new pathway at Matakohe earlier this month.

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Kaiwaka footbridges funding confirmed
Joint projects Kaiwaka Bridges Footpaths Roads Parks

Kaiwaka footbridges funding confirmed

Kaiwaka footbridges will form part of the Kaiwaka walking and cycling network and will reduce severance caused by the state highway and rivers. 

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Mowing berms
Community Footpaths Roads Parks

Mowing berms

If you want your berm looking immaculate it’s OK to mow it yourself if you want to.

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Community collaboration leads Wood Street revitalisation project
Community Joint projects Mangawhai Mangawhai Community Plan Roads

Community collaboration leads Wood Street revitalisation project

After months of planning, the Wood Street revitalisation project really got rolling this month, with key changes implemented following the latest community co-design workshops.

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Haere Mai Ki Takiwira - Welcome to Dargaville signs blessed
Community Culture Dargaville

Haere Mai Ki Takiwira - Welcome to Dargaville signs blessed

A labour of love now blessed.

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2020 Citizen & Environmental Award Winners celebrated
Community Citizen Awards

2020 Citizen & Environmental Award Winners celebrated

Kaipara District’s 2020 Citizen & Environmental Awards have been presented.

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Painting, planting, and a one way Wood Street
Joint projects Mangawhai Mangawhai Community Plan

Painting, planting, and a one way Wood Street

We are go! Traffic is now one way on Wood Street. Entry is via Molesworth Drive (similar to last summer’s trial). Please take care and look out for the new road markings and signs.

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New picnic tables around Mangawhai
Mangawhai Parks

New picnic tables around Mangawhai

Our parks team and contractors have been busy installing the new picnic tables around Mangawhai. 

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Wood Street changing to one way
Joint projects Mangawhai Mangawhai Community Plan

Wood Street changing to one way

From tomorrow (Thursday 03 December) Wood Street will change to a one way traffic system. Entry will be via Molesworth Drive (similar to last summer’s trial). Please take care and look out for the new road markings and signage, which will be in place from this Thursday. Wheel stops are also being installed to complete the improvements to the back carpark. 

 

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Long Term Plan 2021/2031 update
Community Roads Water Parks Rubbish and Recycling Council business Long term plan 2021-2031

Long Term Plan 2021/2031 update

See the results from surveys and events we've undertaken recently as part of our Long Term Plan. 

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Council closedown over December/January
Community Council business

Council closedown over December/January

Some Council services and offices will be closed over December/January.

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Property revaluation coming early 2021
Community

Property revaluation coming early 2021

Your next property revaluation is set to arrive in early 2021.

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Taking care of Taharoa Domain-Kai Iwi
Parks

Taking care of Taharoa Domain-Kai Iwi

Summer is coming and so are all our visitors. It’s the busiest time of the year for the Taharoa Domain-Kai Iwi area, and we need you to help us look after this beautiful gem.

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Mangawhai Community Park improvements
Joint projects Mangawhai

Mangawhai Community Park improvements

Our contractors and their team are starting work on some of the improvements to the Mangawhai Community Park facilities later this week.

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Pearson Street Reserve
Mangawhai Parks

Pearson Street Reserve

From the end of this month Pearson Street Reserve will be closed to vehicles all year round.

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Pouto Wharf Community Open Day
Joint projects Kaipara KickStart

Pouto Wharf Community Open Day

The weather turned out and so did the people. The Marine Hall was buzzing recently during a commmunity open day for the proposed Pouto wharf. 

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KickStart Water demonstration sites approved by Kaipara District Council
Water Kaipara KickStart Joint projects

KickStart Water demonstration sites approved by Kaipara District Council

Two proposed demonstration sites for the Kaipara Water project have been given the green light from Council, which will serve as real-life working examples of the best ways to irrigate high value horticultural crops.

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Accessibility Strategy across Northland needs your input
Playgrounds Joint projects Community Parks

Accessibility Strategy across Northland needs your input

How can we make Northland more accessible for people with disabilities, older adults, migrants, or families with young children?

 

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Works start for Wood Street revitalisation project
Joint projects Mangawhai Community Plan Mangawhai

Works start for Wood Street revitalisation project

Works on the Wood Street interim design will be starting later this week!

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EnviroSchools Water for Life
Water Joint projects

EnviroSchools Water for Life

Ruawai Water treatment plant played host to a number of local school kids as part of the EnviroSchools Water for Life
programme last week. The programme is a Northland Regional Council initiative. 

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Kaipara Kai Hub update
Kaipara KickStart Joint projects

Kaipara Kai Hub update

Spring has been busy for the Kaipara Kai Hub.

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Work continues down at Mangawhai Community Park
Joint projects Mangawhai

Work continues down at Mangawhai Community Park

Hats off to the Ngā Uri o Hau Native Nursery team! They have been busy replanting some of the areas down at Mangawhai Community Park recently. 

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Work begins on Baylys Beach walkway
Joint projects

Work begins on 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.

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Pouto Wharf Community Day 14 November
Joint projects Community Kaipara KickStart

Pouto Wharf Community Day 14 November

Find out more about the new Pouto wharf at our upcoming community open day.

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It’s time to start thinking about your water use again
Water Community

It’s time to start thinking about your water use again

The beautiful stretch of weather we’ve been enjoying is great for the beach, but not for water supplies. Being wise with water at the beginning of the season can ease the pressures later on. Let’s streeeeeeech the supply as far as we can.

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Parks and Te Roroa join forces to combat pest plants
Community Joint projects

Parks and Te Roroa join forces to combat pest plants

There’s been a lot of exciting mahi happening in Taharoa Domain recently. This year our Parks team and their contractors have planted more than 12,500 native trees as part of a regenerative planting plan and a successful pest cull has been undertaken around the Kai Iwi lakes area.

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Roadside projects completed under Te Tai Tokerau Redeployment Package
Joint projects

Roadside projects completed under Te Tai Tokerau Redeployment Package

Kaipara District Council has used funding under the Te Tai Tokerau Redeployment Package to complete some exciting roadside projects. 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.

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Fire Station makes way for new shared space in Wood Street
Community Joint projects Mangawhai Mangawhai Community Plan

Fire Station makes way for new shared space in Wood Street

Fire Station cleared in Wood Street.

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Long Term Plan Market days a success
Community

Long Term Plan Market days a success

Council looking for feedback to help with the Long Term Plan.

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Council seeks feedback on speed limit proposals
Joint projects Mangawhai Hakaru Kaiwaka Roads

Council seeks feedback on speed limit proposals

Kaipara District Council is seeking feedback on proposals to set new speed limits in the Mangawhai and Kaiwaka areas, including the Mangawhai urban area. 

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Kaipara District Council awards funding to 19 community organisations
Joint projects Community Mangawhai

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.  

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Dargaville pontoon open for use
Dargaville Community Kaipara KickStart

Dargaville pontoon open for use

Dargaville pontoon completion kicks off Kaipara Wharves project

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LittaTrap Installation
Community Joint projects Mangawhai Dargaville

LittaTrap Installation

Collaborative stormwater project kicks off with first LittaTrap installed in Mangawhai

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Thumbs up for Food Safety Inspections at Kaipara District Council
Community

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. 

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Selwyn Park gets lighting upgrade
Community Joint projects Dargaville

Selwyn Park gets lighting upgrade

Work is underway at Selwyn Park to upgrade lights.

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Sections of Dargaville Town Hall to close to the public
Community Dargaville

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.

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Work progresses in Kaipara under Te Tai Tokerau Redeployment Package
Community Joint projects Roads Parks Rubbish and Recycling

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.

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Kaipara District Council announces second stage of Pouto Road upgrade
Joint projects Kaipara KickStart Roads

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).

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Kaipara District Council opts in to water reform discussions
Community Water

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.

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Kaipara District Council awards funds to 12 Mangawhai organisations
Joint projects Mangawhai Funding

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).

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Mangawhai Community Park work update
Joint projects Mangawhai Mangawhai Community Plan

Mangawhai Community Park work update

Mangawhai Community Park work update. 

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Further funding announced for Kaipara District Council
Community Joint projects Kaihu Valley Trail

Further funding announced for Kaipara District Council

Minister Shane Jones has announced $15 million for Kaipara District Council for shovel ready infrastructure projects

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Kaipara District Council approves old Mangawhai Fire Station to be demolished
Joint projects Mangawhai

Kaipara District Council approves 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.

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Dargaville Pontoon Construction to Begin September 2020
Joint projects Dargaville Kaipara KickStart

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.

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Communities benefit from Council support
Community Council business

Communities benefit from Council support

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

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Kaipara District Council awards funds to 41 community groups and organisations
Community Funding Joint projects

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.

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Free online talk on current and future crop suitability in the Kaipara District
Joint projects Kaipara KickStart

Free online talk on 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. 

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Kaipara District Council announces Wood Street revitalisation funds
Joint projects Mangawhai Mangawhai Community Plan

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.

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Kaipara District Council Announces Final Wharves Feasibility Study and Programme Business Case Approval
Joint projects Kaipara KickStart

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.

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The Big Dry still affecting Kaipara
Community Parks

The Big Dry still affecting Kaipara

Treat water like gold.

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Free online talk on productive land use
Joint projects Kaipara KickStart

Free online talk on productive land use

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.

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Have your say on Kaipara’s proposed new Consolidated General Bylaw
Community

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.

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Kaipara District Council calls for Citizens Awards nominations, announces inaugural  community award
Community Citizen Awards

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.

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Kaipara Kai opens, ready for business
Joint projects Kaipara KickStart

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.

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New Technology improves safety at schools
Community Roads

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.

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