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New officers to raise awareness of sustainable freedom camping
Community Funding Kai Iwi Lakes Mangawhai Ripiro Beach

New officers to raise awareness of sustainable freedom camping

  • January 17, 2023

Kaipara communities will soon see officers regularly patrolling freedom camping hot spots, offering education and increasing awareness of proposed new national freedom camping rules.

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Mayor's Message 16 January
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 16 January

  • January 16, 2023

As I write this, bouts of wind and rain are lashing the district. The La Nina weather pattern is certainly delivering a wet summer.

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Mayor's Message 20 December
Mayor's Message Roads

Mayor's Message 20 December

  • December 20, 2022

It’s been a busy month as the new Council gets its feet under the table. In November we agreed on the committee structures for the next three years, many of which remain the same from the previous triennium.

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Waka Kotahi funds to support walking and cycling in Dargaville
Dargaville Footpaths Funding Infrastructure projects Joint projects Roads

Waka Kotahi funds to support walking and cycling in Dargaville

  • December 05, 2022

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is encouraging people in Dargaville to get on their bikes with a Transport Choice programme grant of approximately $8,000,000 to be provided to Kaipara District Council, announced on 4 December 2022.

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Lincoln Reserve's new facilities open
Funding Infrastructure projects Mangawhai Parks

Lincoln Reserve's new facilities open

  • November 17, 2022

Sea, sand, and Aotearoa New Zealand’s rarest bird were all on hand for the opening of Kaipara’s newest loos.

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Mayor's Message 8 November
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 8 November

  • November 08, 2022

This is my first message as your Mayor. It is very humbling to be asked to represent you all. It’s a deep responsibility that I take seriously.

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Mayor's Message 27 September
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 27 September

  • September 27, 2022

What a journey it’s been since I was elected to serve the people of Kaipara in 2018. Thank you to everyone who supported my vision for this place.

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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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Mayor's Message 13 September 2022
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 13 September 2022

  • September 13, 2022

The long shadow of debt for Kaipara District Council has been a defining characteristic of the last decade. As at 30 June 2012 Council had internal loans of $83.4 million with the Mangawhai Community Wastewater Scheme component of that internal debt at $58.5 million.

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New zones to complete MAZ skatepark
Funding Long term plan 2021-2031 Mangawhai Community Parks

New zones to complete MAZ skatepark

  • September 02, 2022

The Mangawhai Activity Zone (MAZ) Trust will soon start work on a new Flow Bowl and Street Skateboarding Plaza, following a grant from Kaipara District Council.

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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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Mayor's Message 30 August 2022
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 30 August 2022

  • August 30, 2022

Trustworthiness is at the heart of Kaipara District Council, which aims to be “a trusted Council”.  It’s been a long journey back from the edge of local democracy and the Kaipara Commission during which time there were appointed Commissioners rather than locally-elected Councillors and a Mayor.

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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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Mayor's Message 16 August 2022
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 16 August 2022

  • August 16, 2022

Busy times in recent weeks marked by exceptional moments have kept me well-occupied.

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Mayor's Message 2 August 2022
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 2 August 2022

  • August 02, 2022

Success has come for Kaipara District Council at the recent AGM of Local Government New Zealand where our remit to limit and better regulate vape stores was voted upon

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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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Mayor's Message 19 July 2022
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 19 July 2022

  • July 19, 2022

Nominations are now open for the election process for Mayor and Councillors of the next Kaipara District Council.  I am keen for Kaipara people to have many great candidates from whom to choose our next Council.

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Mayor's Message 05 July 2022
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 05 July 2022

  • July 05, 2022

Big news in Kaipara is that Deputy Mayor Anna Curnow will not be seeking re-election at the upcoming Council elections.

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Kaipara District Council successful in latest TIF round
Funding

Kaipara District Council successful in latest TIF round

  • July 01, 2022

Kaipara District Council has been successful in its applications for the Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

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Kaipara District Council awards funding to 22 community organisations
Community Funding Te Kopuru

Kaipara District Council awards funding to 22 community organisations

  • July 01, 2022

Twenty-two community organisations have been awarded a share of $100,000.00 in the latest Kaipara District Council Community Grant.

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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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Mayor's Message 21 June 2022
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 21 June 2022

  • June 21, 2022

Matariki marks the start of the new year on the Māori calendar, when the constellation of stars with that name appears in the sky and the new planting and growing season begins.

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Mayor's Message 7 June 2022
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 7 June 2022

  • June 07, 2022

At the 25 May Kaipara District Council meeting the Exposure Draft of the Kaipara District Plan was discussed and a decision made to hold back on the official release and consultation of that “rule book” document.

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Mayor's Message 23 May 2022
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 23 May 2022

  • May 23, 2022
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Mayor's Message 9 May 2022
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 9 May 2022

  • May 09, 2022

Slashing next year’s rates by 2.27% looks to be on the cards for Kaipara District Council, following a Council Briefing last week where staff updated elected members on progress with the draft Annual Plan.

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Mayor's Message 11 April 2022
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 11 April 2022

  • April 11, 2022

Knocking off the big things as the season turns, daylight savings ends and the autumn equinox has passed, Kaipara District Council has just had confirmation the Mangawhai Central Private Plan Change has been resolved by all the concerned parties without the need for a costly Environment Court hearing.

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Mayor's Message 28 March 2022
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 28 March 2022

  • March 28, 2022

Even lower expectations for KDC rates in the 2022-23 Annual Plan year, commencing 1 July, are now firmly on the cards as Council gets closer to its June finalisation of what will be in the Annual 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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Mayor's Message 14 March 2022
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 14 March 2022

  • March 14, 2022

Getting clear results is a good thing, but when they’re excellent as well as clear then that’s simply great!

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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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Mayor's Message 22 February 2022
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 22 February 2022

  • February 22, 2022

Future-focused energies for the finish of February are helping set up Kaipara District Council for a busy time ahead.

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Mayor's Message 15 February 2022
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 15 February 2022

  • February 15, 2022

Covid Omicron case numbers are increasing across New Zealand and in other parts of Northland but not in Kaipara District.

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Kaiwaka Footbridges work progresses to the south bridge
Bridges Community Footpaths Funding Kaiwaka

Kaiwaka Footbridges work progresses to the south bridge

  • February 14, 2022

The truss is now up on the abutments at the north bridge, with physical construction of the boardwalk starting last week. 

 

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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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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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Mayor's Message 01 February 2022
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 01 February 2022

  • February 01, 2022

Two years ago last week the Government started its rollout of the first responses to the Covid-19 coronavirus. We’ve been living in a pandemic since then.

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Mayor's Message 18 January 2022
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 18 January 2022

  • January 18, 2022

Standing at the gate of the year, as I look ahead I see a colourful year for Kaipara District Council.

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Work starts on Kaiwaka Footbridges
Bridges Community Footpaths Funding Kaiwaka

Work starts on Kaiwaka Footbridges

  • January 14, 2022

A small gathering, a prayer and a blessing to keep workers safe marked the start of the work on-site for the Kaiwaka footbridges.

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Mayor's Message 20 December 2021
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 20 December 2021

  • December 21, 2021

Taking a moment to reflect on the positive things from the year that’s coming to its end soon is my best advice for right now. Well, it’s what’s helping me get through.

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Mayor's Message - 7 December 2021
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - 7 December 2021

  • December 07, 2021

Resilience and taking some time to breath easily are important for us all in the busiest few weeks of the year, starting now.

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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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Mayor's Message 30 November 2021
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 30 November 2021

  • November 30, 2021

As November turns into December the pace of things quickens around the Kaipara.

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Mayor's Newsletter - 16 November 2021
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Newsletter - 16 November 2021

  • November 16, 2021

As already reported, Government has mandated the Three Waters Reforms and there’s no way to wriggle off the hook.

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Mayor's Message - 16 November 2021
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - 16 November 2021

  • November 16, 2021

As already reported, Government has mandated the Three Waters Reforms and there’s no way to wriggle off the hook.

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Poutō wharf construction to start in 2022
Community Funding Wharves Infrastructure projects Kaipara KickStart

Poutō wharf construction to start in 2022

  • November 03, 2021

Construction work for the new Poutō wharf will begin in 2022.

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Mayor's Message - 2 November 2021
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - 2 November 2021

  • November 02, 2021

In a flash the Three Waters Reforms have gone from looking reasonable to being radical reform, with Mayors across the country panning the announcement by Minister Mahuta that Government will, after all, be compelling all Councils across New Zealand to surrender their drinking water, wastewater and stormwater assets to be reorganised into mega-entities.

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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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Kaipara District Council awards MELA funds to seven organisations
Community Funding Mangawhai

Kaipara District Council awards MELA funds to seven organisations

  • October 20, 2021

A total of $45,155.00 has been awarded in the latest funding round for the Mangawhai Endowment Lands Account (MELA).

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Mayor's Message - 18 October 2021
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - 18 October 2021

  • October 18, 2021

Congratulations to people in Kaipara District who’ve responded to the Kaipara Call To Arms and have rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated in the last two weeks.

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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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Mayor's Message - 04 October 2021
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - 04 October 2021

  • October 04, 2021

Local Councils across New Zealand have been heavily focused in recent weeks on the Government’s Three Waters Reform program and what it may mean for us all.

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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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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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Mayor's Message - 20 September 2021
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - 20 September 2021

  • September 20, 2021

Current Covid Rules around Kaipara District Council

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Kaihu Valley Trail September Update
Community Dargaville Funding Joint projects Kaihu Valley Trail

Kaihu Valley Trail September Update

  • September 16, 2021

A progress update on the Kaihu Valley Trail.

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Work starting on new toilets
Funding Infrastructure projects Mangawhai

Work starting on new toilets

  • September 08, 2021

Work is about to start on two of four new toilet blocks. 

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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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Kaihu Valley Trail August update
Community Culture Dargaville Funding Kaihu Valley Trail

Kaihu Valley Trail August update

  • August 11, 2021

A progress update on the Kaihu Valley Trail.

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Mayor's Message - July 2021
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - July 2021

  • July 14, 2021

Fast-paced times for Kaipara District Council will be the flavour of the period ahead.

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Support for Arts in Kaipara
Funding Dargaville Culture Community Joint projects Mangawhai Ruawai

Support for Arts in Kaipara

  • July 12, 2021

Kaipara District Council has been awarded a grant from the Creative NZ Local Government Arts Fund to develop an Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy.

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Ripiro Beach conversations to continue
Community Dargaville Funding Ripiro Beach

Ripiro Beach conversations to continue

  • June 30, 2021

A survey of Ripiro Beach users to understand their concerns relating to beach use received over 1,700 responses.

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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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Mayor's Message - June 2021
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - June 2021

  • June 21, 2021

Keeping connected with friends and family is important for each of us, it’s part of what keeps us healthy, resilient and having an enjoyable life. Connections for small Kaipara District Council are likewise important.

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First round of Rural Travel Fund awarded
Community Funding

First round of Rural Travel Fund awarded

  • June 01, 2021

A total of $13,049.00 has been granted from the first round of the Rural Travel Fund to eight schools and sporting organisations across the district.

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Mayor's Message - May 2021
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - May 2021

  • May 25, 2021

Records have been tumbling at Kaipara District Council and I expect a new level has just been set for the longest single-day Council Meeting

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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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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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Mayor's Message - April 2021
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - April 2021

  • April 26, 2021

Roads are the most significant part of the business of Council, and something about which locals are justifiably passionate.

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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

  • April 21, 2021

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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Mayor's Message - March 2021
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - March 2021

  • March 22, 2021

A surprise season of tsunami sirens is upon us. A real evacuation-level alert, a false alarm and then a scheduled test all within one month – that’s a bit to get your head around! On 5 March there was a legitimate tsunami evacuation for communities of Mangawhai and Ruawai. 

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

Kaiwaka footbridges in the west

  • March 05, 2021

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

Talk with Elected Members about future plans

  • February 24, 2021

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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Mayor's Message - February 2021
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - February 2021

  • February 22, 2021

In the last month the COVID-19 pandemic has directly impacted Kaipara District twice – once with the 'Northland case' who visited tourism hotspots from Mangawhai to Matakohe and then with the 14/15 Feb checkpoint/boundary confusion which affected large numbers of Kaipara people and for a day effectively cut Kaipara District in half.

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Funding rounds open
Community Funding

Funding rounds open

  • February 02, 2021

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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Mayor's Message - January 2021
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - January 2021

  • January 21, 2021

Happy new year greetings to you as we roar on further into the Twenties. Already it’s lining up to be a cracker of a year for Kaipara District Council, and our summer season is well underway.

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Mayor's Message - November 2020
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - November 2020

  • November 18, 2020

Summer is now upon us, and the days are warmer and longer.

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Mayor's Message - October 2020
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - October 2020

  • October 15, 2020

Spring is fully here, the kowhai has bloomed, daffodils are done

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Mayor's Message - September 2020
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - September 2020

  • September 17, 2020

“Kaipara’s getting hotter” is a perfect phrase for the season – winter is now over but, also, the attractiveness of Kaipara for new residents is reaching new levels of popularity.

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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

  • September 01, 2020

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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Mayor's Message - August 2020
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - August 2020

  • August 13, 2020

Lockdown #2 is literally at the doorstep of Kaipara District right now

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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

  • July 17, 2020

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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Mayor's Message - July 2020
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - July 2020

  • July 15, 2020

The darkest part of winter is here and yet there is so much light in Kaipara District

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Mayor's Message - June 2020
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - June 2020

  • June 19, 2020

At hand we have a story of a halving, a doubling and a balancing. 

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Mayor's Message - May 2020
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - May 2020

  • May 22, 2020

High and dry times continue across Kaipara District, as the worst-in-70-years drought rolls on.

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Mayor's Message - April 2020
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - April 2020

  • April 24, 2020

Alert Level 4 has been extraordinary

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Mayor's Message - March 2020
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - March 2020

  • March 19, 2020

Unprecedented events are unfolding around us.

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Mayor's Message - February 2020
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - February 2020

  • February 21, 2020

Drought concerns are high on everyone’s minds.

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Mayor's Message - January 2020
Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - January 2020

  • January 24, 2020

Parched soils, hot temperatures and dry days make it clear summer’s here in Kaipara.

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