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Council services during Christmas and New Year break
Animal Management Community Council business Dargaville Hakaru Kai Iwi Lakes Kaiwaka Mangawhai Pahi Paparoa Planning and Building Ripiro Beach Ruawai Rubbish and Recycling Te Kopuru

Council services during Christmas and New Year break

  • December 05, 2022

Summer holidays are fast approaching! During this time critical Council services continue, with some changes due to staff availability.

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Kaipara's Council Committee Structure and membership confirmed 
Council business

Kaipara's Council Committee Structure and membership confirmed 

  • December 02, 2022

Kaipara District Council’s committee structure, the committee membership and chairs, and the external appointments for the new triennium have been confirmed. 

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Kaipara’s new Council sworn in
Council business Dargaville

Kaipara’s new Council sworn in

  • October 28, 2022

The newly elected mayor and councillors of Kaipara District were officially sworn into office in Dargaville at 1pm on Wednesday 26 October.

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Join us at the swearing in ceremony for Kaipara’s new Council
Community Council business Dargaville

Join us at the swearing in ceremony for Kaipara’s new Council

  • October 20, 2022

Kaipara’s newly elected Council will be sworn in at 1pm on Wednesday 26 October at the Lighthouse Function Centre, Pou Tu o Te Rangi Harding Park.   

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Kaipara District Council adopts Annual Report
Annual Report Council business

Kaipara District Council adopts Annual Report

  • September 30, 2022

Kaipara District Council has adopted their Annual Report for 2021/2022. The report was unanimously adopted in the September meeting, the last meeting of the term for the current Council.

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Mangawhai residents are asked to flush to prevent hydrogen sulphide build-up
Wastewater Mangawhai

Mangawhai residents are asked to flush to prevent hydrogen sulphide build-up

  • September 23, 2022

Kaipara District Council staff are asking Mangawhai house owners and residents on the wastewater system to flush water through their drains, toilets and showers and prevent gases from backing up into their homes.

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Kaipara District Council appoints interim Chief Executive
Council business

Kaipara District Council appoints interim Chief Executive

  • September 15, 2022

Following the recent announcement that current Chief Executive Louise Miller will be stepping down, Kaipara District Council has appointed Jason Marris as interim Chief Executive, while an external recruitment firm undertakes the search for a permanent appointment.

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Sunflowers and squash to brighten Kaipara Water demonstration sites
Community Joint projects Kaipara KickStart Water Water Supply

Sunflowers and squash to brighten Kaipara Water demonstration sites

  • September 15, 2022

Kaipara District Council has confirmed sunflowers and squash for the second growing season of the Kaipara Water demonstration sites.

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Council Briefing on draft wastewater strategy highlights future pressures
Community Infrastructure projects Mangawhai Wastewater

Council Briefing on draft wastewater strategy highlights future pressures

  • September 07, 2022

A Mangawhai Wastewater Treatment Plant Advisory Group (MAG) is helping to guide a future strategy for the growing town’s wastewater disposal.

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Better off with funding for community hubs
Community Funding Kaipara Libraries Long term plan 2021-2031 Three Waters Review

Better off with funding for community hubs

  • September 01, 2022

Two new community hubs move a step closer with Kaipara District Council opting to apply for the Three Waters Better Off Funding Package, provided by Central Government, to help fund them

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Council improves system resilience
Annual Plan Infrastructure projects Long term plan 2021-2031 Wastewater Water Supply

Council improves system resilience

  • August 23, 2022

The first part of a multi-phase project to manage Council’s water and wastewater asset network more efficiently and improve its resilience is complete.

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Mangawhai balance tank takes shape
Annual Plan Infrastructure projects Long term plan 2021-2031 Mangawhai Wastewater

Mangawhai balance tank takes shape

  • August 08, 2022

Last week saw the first of the pre-cast concrete slabs for Mangawhai’s new wastewater balance tank carefully craned into place.

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Pre-Election Report outlines challenges and opportunities
Council business

Pre-Election Report outlines challenges and opportunities

  • July 29, 2022

Kaipara District Council has released its Pre-Election Report for 2022.

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Three waters explained
Funding Infrastructure projects Stormwater Taumata Arowai Three Waters Review Water Water Supply

Three waters explained

  • July 20, 2022

Government sources estimate that between $120 and $185 billion dollars of investment in three waters (drinking water, waste water and storm water) infrastructure will be needed over the next 30 years to improve the quality of our drinking water and wastewater and stormwater management, across New Zealand.

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Kaipara District Council Chief Executive steps down
Council business

Kaipara District Council Chief Executive steps down

  • July 14, 2022

Louise Miller, has advised today that she will step down from her role as Chief Executive of Kaipara District Council on 28 October, after the new Council is sworn in.

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Kaipara District Council confirms rates and adopts Annual Plan 2022-2023
Annual Plan Council business

Kaipara District Council confirms rates and adopts Annual Plan 2022-2023

  • June 30, 2022

Kaipara District Council Elected Members have unanimously adopted the Annual Plan 2022-2023, with an average general rates rise of 4.86 percent (excluding water charges, and allowing for 1 percent growth).

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Council contractor changes
Stormwater Wastewater Water Supply

Council contractor changes

  • June 27, 2022

Kaipara District Council’s operations and maintenance switches over to a new contractor next month.

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Rag monsters causing chaos in Kaipara
Wastewater

Rag monsters causing chaos in Kaipara

  • June 16, 2022

In the bowels of Kaipara’s wastewater networks, rag monsters and fatbergs are causing havoc and costing ratepayers' money.

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Kaipara District Council adopts Fees & Charges for 2022-2023
Council business

Kaipara District Council adopts Fees & Charges for 2022-2023

  • June 08, 2022

New Fees and Charges for the coming 2022-2023 year were adopted at the May Council meeting.

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Wastewater network improvement starting in Kaiwaka
Infrastructure projects Kaiwaka Wastewater

Wastewater network improvement starting in Kaiwaka

  • May 19, 2022

Work to improve the wastewater network in Kaiwaka is scheduled to begin on 23 May 2022. 

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Balance tank build begins
Annual Plan Infrastructure projects Long term plan 2021-2031 Mangawhai Wastewater

Balance tank build begins

  • May 11, 2022

A new balance tank for Mangawhai's wastewater treatment plant is one step closer to completion, with the first pre-cast concrete slabs poured for the tank structure.

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New toilet buildings for Mangawhai and Maungaturoto craned into place
Community Infrastructure projects Mangawhai Wastewater

New toilet buildings for Mangawhai and Maungaturoto craned into place

  • April 29, 2022

Projects to install new toilets in Mangawhai and Maungaturoto reached milestones recently, as the new facilities were delivered to their sites.

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Mayor's Message 26 April 2022
Funding Mayor's Message Three Waters Review Water Supply

Mayor's Message 26 April 2022

  • April 26, 2022

Complex problems for councils seldom come as neatly packaged as the “Better Off” funding which is part of the Three Waters Reforms.

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Dargaville wastewater network improvement work starting soon
Dargaville Wastewater

Dargaville wastewater network improvement work starting soon

  • April 11, 2022

Works to improve the sewer pipe network in Dargaville is scheduled to begin on 19 April 2022.  

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Environment Court issues decision on Appeals against Mangawhai Central Private Plan Change
District Plan Mangawhai Planning and Building Wastewater

Environment Court issues decision on Appeals against Mangawhai Central Private Plan Change

  • April 07, 2022

The Environment Court has given the green light to Mangawhai Central’s Private Plan Change 78 (PPC 78) to the Kaipara District Plan.

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Water supply issues - Maungaturoto
Infrastructure projects Water Water Supply

Water supply issues - Maungaturoto

  • March 18, 2022

We are aware some Maungaturoto residents have recently experienced events of low pressure or in some instances disrupted water supply to their properties.

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Harvest begins across demonstration sites
Community Infrastructure projects Joint projects Kaipara KickStart Water Water Supply

Harvest begins across demonstration sites

  • March 16, 2022

Harvesting is underway across the Kaipara Water demonstration sites. 

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Indicative general rates rise in line with Long Term Plan
Long term plan 2021-2031 Rates Water Annual Plan

Indicative general rates rise in line with Long Term Plan

  • March 04, 2022

At a recent briefing Council staff presented the preliminary financial statements for the upcoming Annual Plan (2022-2023).

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Water storage plan to ease Dargaville water restrictions
Council business Dargaville Infrastructure projects Water Supply

Water storage plan to ease Dargaville water restrictions

  • March 02, 2022

The Waiatua Dam (on Opanake Road) may be the solution to end the Dargaville and Baylys Beach water shortages, according to a preliminary investigation, commissioned by Kaipara District Council. 

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Time to be sensible around flushing
Wastewater Water

Time to be sensible around flushing

  • February 11, 2022

The council is upgrading wastewater systems and is asking people to flush responsibly.

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Smart water use supports growth across diverse crops
Kaipara KickStart Water Supply Joint projects Community Water

Smart water use supports growth across diverse crops

  • February 08, 2022

Growth is the word of the day when it comes to the Kaipara Water demonstration sites. The summer months have seen the former grassed paddocks turn into a jungle of green activity on both sites.

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$3.5M released for Dargaville’s stopbanks
Dargaville Water

$3.5M released for Dargaville’s stopbanks

  • February 04, 2022

The Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has released the $3.5M needed to protect existing stopbanks against flooding, along the western side of Wairoa River between Dargaville and Te Kopuru.

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Two thirds of Maungaturoto raw watermain renewal work completed
Infrastructure projects Joint projects Water Water Supply

Two thirds of Maungaturoto raw watermain renewal work completed

  • February 02, 2022

Work is progressing well on the raw watermain renewals in Maungaturoto.

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Finding balance: meeting wastewater demand
Infrastructure projects Mangawhai Mangawhai Community Plan Wastewater

Finding balance: meeting wastewater demand

  • February 02, 2022

The Council is about to start constructing a balance tank, to increase the capacity of the Mangawhai Community Wastewater Scheme.

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Rain stops stopbank improvements
Infrastructure projects Ruawai Stormwater Water

Rain stops stopbank improvements

  • January 28, 2022

Although recent rain has been welcomed by landowners, it is causing headaches for Kaipara District Council’s Raupo stopbank improvement project, in Ruawai.

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New loo coming to Pahi
Community Infrastructure projects Long term plan 2021-2031 Pahi Wastewater

New loo coming to Pahi

  • January 26, 2022

Representatives of the Pahi community met with Council at the wharf last week to work out where a new toilet block could go.

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Balancing demand for Mangawhai wastewater
Long term plan 2021-2031 Mangawhai Wastewater

Balancing demand for Mangawhai wastewater

  • December 15, 2021

A new balance tank and inlet works are to be installed at the Mangawhai wastewater treatment plant to expand the existing hydraulic capacity during the peak summer periods.

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 Kaipara District Council appoints Iwi relations team
Community Council business Dargaville Mangawhai

Kaipara District Council appoints Iwi relations team

  • December 08, 2021

Iwi Liaison Manager Jack Rudolph and Māori Advisor Missy Hokai joined the Council on 1 November, to strengthen a Te Ao Māori capability and viewpoint across the organisation.

 

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Seeds sown for Kaipara Water demonstration sites
Joint projects Kaipara KickStart Water Water Supply Community

Seeds sown for Kaipara Water demonstration sites

  • December 03, 2021

Visitors to the Kaipara Water demonstration sites will spot the beginnings of green growth starting to peek through the soil.

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Tomo on Gordon Street
Stormwater Dargaville Roads Wastewater

Tomo on Gordon Street

  • December 01, 2021

A tomo (sinkhole) recently appeared on Gordon Street in Dargaville.

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Representation Review set for 2022 elections
Council business Representation Review

Representation Review set for 2022 elections

  • October 28, 2021

After considering submissions, Kaipara district elected members today confirmed a proposal for council’s representation arrangements ahead of the 2022/2025 local body elections.

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Work starting on Maungaturoto's raw watermain pipes
Infrastructure projects Joint projects Three Waters Review Water Water Supply

Work starting on Maungaturoto's raw watermain pipes

  • October 22, 2021

Over the next few months, our team and contractors will replace approximately 3,000m of ageing raw watermain pipes.

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Investigations into expanding Mangawhai's Wastewater scheme
Community Mangawhai Wastewater

Investigations into expanding Mangawhai's Wastewater scheme

  • October 20, 2021

As part of our Long Term Plan, we undertook to explore options to expand the capacity of the Mangawhai Wastewater Scheme to accommodate growth in the area and summer peak flows.

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Second LittaTrap audit reveals increase in rubbish
Dargaville Joint projects Mangawhai Rubbish and Recycling Stormwater

Second LittaTrap audit reveals increase in rubbish

  • October 15, 2021

Findings of the latest LittaTrap audit found an increase of rubbish captured. LittaTraps (a simple, cost-effective net that sits inside a stormwater grate) have been installed around Northland through a multi-agency initiative.

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Baylys Beach access closed while remediation works underway
Long term plan 2021-2031 Roads Stormwater

Baylys Beach access closed while remediation works underway

  • October 13, 2021

Earlier this month an extreme rain event at Baylys Beach, followed by periods of further wet weather, saw signifcant damage inflicted on the beach access.

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Water Rates changes to make it equal for everyone
Water Water Supply Rates

Water Rates changes to make it equal for everyone

  • October 06, 2021

If you’re connected to Council’s treated water supply system, your most recent water invoice may have shown an increase in the cost for your first cubic meter of water.

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Letter from KDC to Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Taumata Arowai Stormwater Three Waters Review Wastewater Water Water Supply

Letter from KDC to Hon Nanaia Mahuta

  • September 30, 2021

Considerations from Kaipara District about the Three Waters Reforms.

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External funding stand out aspect of the 2020/2021 Kaipara District Council Annual Report
Council business Annual Report

External funding stand out aspect of the 2020/2021 Kaipara District Council Annual Report

  • September 29, 2021

Kaipara District Council adopted its Annual Report for 2020/201 at the September meeting, showcasing a year of challenges amidst lockdowns, boundary closures and forthcoming significant change.

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Audit report supports plans
Council business Long term plan 2021-2031

Audit report supports plans

  • September 23, 2021

It’s ‘steady as she goes’ for Kaipara District Council after Deloitte reported their 2021-2031 Long Term Plan (LTP) provides a ‘reasonable basis for accountability to the community’.

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 New Chair for Kaipara District Council Audit, Risk and Finance Committee
Council business Long term plan 2021-2031

New Chair for Kaipara District Council Audit, Risk and Finance Committee

  • September 23, 2021

Kaipara District Council has welcomed Philip Jones as the independent chair of their Audit, Risk and Finance Committee.

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Kaanga Ma wins community vote
Joint projects Kaipara KickStart Water Water Supply

Kaanga Ma wins community vote

  • September 22, 2021

Ngā mihi mō au korero whakahoki! 

Thank you for your feedback. We had a fantastic response to our recent survey asking for help to select one of the trial crops for Kaipara Water demo site two. The winner by community vote was kaanga ma.

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How are you represented at the Council table?
Community Council business Dargaville Kaiwaka Mangawhai Pahi Representation Review Ruawai Te Kopuru

How are you represented at the Council table?

  • August 26, 2021

Kaipara District Council (KDC) began consultation today on a proposed model of representation.

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Discussion Documents out for consultation
Community Council business Covid-19 District Plan

Discussion Documents out for consultation

  • August 25, 2021

A reminder to Have Your Say on our Discussion Documents, and some changes to our plans because of COVID-19.

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Mayor's Message - August 2021
Mayor's Message Rubbish and Recycling Taumata Arowai

Mayor's Message - August 2021

  • August 23, 2021

At the time of writing, we have just entered our first Level 4 lockdown since March of last year.

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Council makes a stand against Dome Valley Rubbish Tip Resource Consent
Community Council business Rubbish and Recycling

Council makes a stand against Dome Valley Rubbish Tip Resource Consent

  • July 09, 2021

Council has decided to make a stand by voting to oppose the recently granted Dome Valley Landfill resource consent, at the June council meeting.

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Council to take a share of Northland Inc.
Council business Joint projects Long term plan 2021-2031

Council to take a share of Northland Inc.

  • July 09, 2021

Kaipara District Council voted to become a shareholder of Northland Inc. at their meeting on 26 May.

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Council responds to community submissions in Long Term Plan decisions
Council business Long term plan 2021-2031 Community Dargaville Infrastructure projects Kaiwaka Te Kopuru Wastewater Water Supply

Council responds to community submissions in Long Term Plan decisions

  • June 30, 2021

Kaipara District Council today endorsed a future-focused Long Term Plan (LTP) which aims to respond to a growing population while caring for the environment and keeping rates increases low. 

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New Independent Chair for Kaipara District Council Audit, Risk and Finance Committee
Council business

New Independent Chair for Kaipara District Council Audit, Risk and Finance Committee

  • June 16, 2021

Announcing the appointment of Geoff Copstick as the independent chair of Kaipara District Council’s Audit, Risk & Finance subcommittee, replacing Stana Pezic who finished up in December after 3 years as independent chair.

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New Fees and Charges to start July 2021
Council business

New Fees and Charges to start July 2021

  • June 16, 2021

New Fees and Charges for the coming 2021-2022 year were adopted at the May Council meeting.

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First results of the multi-agency LittaTrap audit
Community Rubbish and Recycling Stormwater

First results of the multi-agency LittaTrap audit

  • May 28, 2021

We are stoked to be part of an excellent collaborative project, trapping and assessing rubbish before it finds its way into our waterways and out to sea.

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Infrastructure renewal projects roll out across the District
Infrastructure projects Community Dargaville Ruawai Te Kopuru Wastewater Water Water Supply

Infrastructure renewal projects roll out across the District

  • May 19, 2021

Nine infrastructure renewal projects are being rolled out across Kaipara District this year. 

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How are we doing?
Council business Community

How are we doing?

  • May 19, 2021

Every year the Council surveys residents to see how we are tracking. 

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Maintenance, renewal, and improvement work around the District
Wastewater Water Water Supply

Maintenance, renewal, and improvement work around the District

  • May 05, 2021

Some of the works happening around the District. 

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Mangawhai Central plan change approved
Council business Mangawhai Planning and Building

Mangawhai Central plan change approved

  • April 28, 2021

Kaipara District Council has accepted the recommendation from the Hearings Panel to approve Private Plan Change 78. 

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Ratepayer Newsletter -  April 2021
Water Mangawhai Council business Ratepayer Newsletter

Ratepayer Newsletter - April 2021

  • April 13, 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

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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

  • April 12, 2021

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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Mangawhai Wastewater debt crystal clear
Mangawhai Water Council business

Mangawhai Wastewater debt crystal clear

  • April 07, 2021

Kaipara District Council has published a report about the outstanding historic debt and capacity of the Mangawhai Wastewater Scheme (MWWS). 

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Electorates under review in Kaipara
Community Council business

Electorates under review in Kaipara

  • March 03, 2021

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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Improving civic facilities in Dargaville
Dargaville Planning and Building Council business Long term plan 2021-2031

Improving civic facilities in Dargaville

  • February 16, 2021

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.

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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

  • February 10, 2021

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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New Valuations out for properties
Council business

New Valuations out for properties

  • January 27, 2021

Look out for the new Government Valuation for your property in the mail from 04 February.

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Work on Dargaville Water Mains
Dargaville Water

Work on Dargaville Water Mains

  • January 25, 2021

If you're out and about around Lorne, Pirika, and Haimona Street, you may spot our team and contractors undertaking work on the Dargaville water mains. 

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Ratepayer Newsletter - January 2021
Ratepayer Newsletter Water Long term plan 2021-2031

Ratepayer Newsletter - January 2021

  • January 19, 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.

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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

  • December 02, 2020

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

  • December 01, 2020

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

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Private Plan Change 78  Estuary Estates/Mangawhai Central
Mangawhai Planning and Building Council business

Private Plan Change 78 Estuary Estates/Mangawhai Central

  • November 30, 2020

The Private Plan Change is currently adjourned at the direction of the commissioners. 

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Looking after the humble swale
Water

Looking after the humble swale

  • November 23, 2020

Have you ever looked at a verge or berm around your area and wondered why it has a dip in its centre? That subtle depression is doing an incredibly important job – it’s called a swale and they're an essential part of our stormwater services.

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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

  • November 18, 2020

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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EnviroSchools Water for Life
Water Joint projects

EnviroSchools Water for Life

  • November 16, 2020

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

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

  • November 04, 2020

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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Council votes for Māori ward
Council business

Council votes for Māori ward

  • November 03, 2020

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

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Kaipara District Council opts in to water reform discussions
Community Water

Kaipara District Council opts in to water reform discussions

  • September 04, 2020

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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Communities benefit from Council support
Community Council business

Communities benefit from Council support

  • August 06, 2020

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

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Kaipara’s new Council sworn in
Council business Dargaville

Kaipara’s new Council sworn in

  • October 28, 2022

The newly elected mayor and councillors of Kaipara District were officially sworn into office in Dargaville at 1pm on Wednesday 26 October.

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