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One step closer to improved connectivity
Dargaville Footpaths Funding Infrastructure projects

One step closer to improved connectivity

  • September 29, 2023

Dargaville residents and visitors are one step closer to easier and safer active transport options after Kaipara District Council’s decision to progress the Kaipara Cycle Network Connections project.

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August roading report
Baylys Beach Dargaville Hakaru Kaihu Kaiwaka Mangawhai Matakohe Maungaturoto Pahi Paparoa Roads Ruawai Te Kopuru

August roading report

  • September 29, 2023

The end of another winter gave us some much-needed sunshine and blue skies. Now with Spring upon us and the days getting longer, our focus moves to pavement works.

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Ceremony concludes long journey for new citizens
Community Culture Dargaville

Ceremony concludes long journey for new citizens

  • September 28, 2023

Twenty-one Kaipara residents were welcomed as new citizens at a ceremony in Dargaville. 

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Funding approval for Kaipara tourism facilities
Baylys Beach Footpaths Funding Infrastructure projects Kai Iwi Lakes Mangawhai Mangawhai Community Plan Stormwater Taharoa Domain

Funding approval for Kaipara tourism facilities

  • September 26, 2023

Upgrading the Taharoa Domain day visitor toilet facilities, improving drainage in Mangawhai Community Park, and completing the award-winning Baylys Beach boardwalk are all on the cards for Kaipara District Council’s (KDC) work programme thanks to a cash injection from the Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF).

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Calling on the community to support reading for pleasure and wellbeing
Kaipara Libraries Joint projects Dargaville Community

Calling on the community to support reading for pleasure and wellbeing

  • September 25, 2023

Soon, Dargaville and Te Kopuru locals will see little libraries popping up around the community.

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 Feedback on proposed connectivity improvements for Dargaville
Roads Funding Footpaths Dargaville

Feedback on proposed connectivity improvements for Dargaville

  • September 20, 2023

We received 320 submissions from the community on proposed connectivity improvements between residential Dargaville and the town centre.

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Kaipara communities celebrate Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori
Mangawhai Dargaville Culture Community

Kaipara communities celebrate Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori

  • September 18, 2023

More than 900 voices from the east and west of Kaipara celebrated te reo Māori with waiata as the clock struck 12pm on Rāpare 14 o Hepetema (Thursday 14 September). 

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Dargaville Racecourse Trifecta Development moves forward
Community Dargaville District Plan

Dargaville Racecourse Trifecta Development moves forward

  • September 05, 2023

The ‘Trifecta Development Area’ planned on the outskirts of Dargaville moved to the next phase after Kaipara District Council accepted the recommendations of the Hearings Panel on 30 August 2023.

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Te Ara o Te Whai - Mangawhai boardwalk opens to public
Annual Plan Culture Footpaths Infrastructure projects Joint projects Mangawhai Mangawhai Community Plan

Te Ara o Te Whai - Mangawhai boardwalk opens to public

  • August 31, 2023

Sunny weather and an incoming tide provided the perfect backdrop to open the Mangawhai boardwalk to a large gathering last week.

The boardwalk is the second phase of the Mangawhai shared path project, connecting the village to the heads, and making it safer and easier to travel by foot, bike, or scooter along busy Molesworth Drive.

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Path progress in Dargaville
Dargaville Footpaths

Path progress in Dargaville

  • August 30, 2023

Footpath works are well underway in Dargaville.

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Kaipara's July roading report
Baylys Beach Dargaville Hakaru Kai Iwi Lakes Kaihu Kaiwaka Mangawhai Maungaturoto Pahi Paparoa Roads Ruawai Te Kopuru

Kaipara's July roading report

  • August 24, 2023

The rainy weather persisted through July, resulting in 949 new pothole reports. To tackle the pothole issue, we introduced an additional pothole truck to speed up repairs.

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Northern Wairoa River flood prevention
Dargaville Infrastructure projects Ruawai Stormwater Te Kopuru Wastewater Water

Northern Wairoa River flood prevention

  • August 08, 2023

An update from Kaipara District Council and Northland Regional Council.

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Have your say on better connectivity for Dargaville
Community Dargaville Footpaths Funding Roads

Have your say on better connectivity for Dargaville

  • July 19, 2023

Tell us what you think about proposed connectivity improvements for Dargaville.

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Kaipara's June roading report
Baylys Beach Dargaville Hakaru Kaihu Kaiwaka Mangawhai Maungaturoto Pahi Paparoa Ripiro Beach Roads Ruawai Te Kopuru

Kaipara's June roading report

  • July 19, 2023

The unsealed network has remained a significant point of focus throughout this traditionally rainy month.

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Park legally for safer, accessible communities
Community Dargaville Kaiwaka Mangawhai Maungaturoto Pahi Paparoa Te Kopuru

Park legally for safer, accessible communities

  • July 12, 2023

Please do your part to help make our communities safe and accessible by parking in the right spot when you’re out and about

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Second phase of Mangawhai shared path nears completion
Annual Plan Footpaths Infrastructure projects Joint projects Mangawhai Mangawhai Community Plan

Second phase of Mangawhai shared path nears completion

  • July 10, 2023

Progress has been tracking well on the second phase of the Mangawhai shared path, with the boardwalk section now stretching right across the water by the causeway.

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Kaipara's May roading report
Baylys Beach Dargaville Hakaru Kaihu Kaiwaka Mangawhai Maungaturoto Pahi Paparoa Roads Ruawai Te Kopuru

Kaipara's May roading report

  • June 19, 2023

It’s been nearly six months since Cyclone Gabrielle, however we are still actively repairing damages and working through a substantial backlog.

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Solution found for ANZAC Cinema reopening
Dargaville Community

Solution found for ANZAC Cinema reopening

  • May 30, 2023

Dargaville’s ANZAC Cinema is set to reopen on 1 July, in time for the start of the school holidays.

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Kaipara District enriched by new citizens
Culture Dargaville

Kaipara District enriched by new citizens

  • May 25, 2023

Fourteen Kaipara residents from eleven nationalities were celebrated and recognised as new citizens at a ceremony in Dargaville on Monday.

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Kaipara's April roading report
Baylys Beach Dargaville Hakaru Kaihu Kaiwaka Mangawhai Pahi Paparoa Roads Ruawai Te Kopuru

Kaipara's April roading report

  • May 11, 2023

This month, we have been primarily focused on clearing slips, performing tree and drainage works, and continuing with the unsealed rehabs program.

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Out and about at Kaipara community markets
Community Council business Dargaville Long term plan 2021-2031 Mangawhai Paparoa

Out and about at Kaipara community markets

  • May 10, 2023

Over the next month, Elected Members and Council staff are attending community markets around Kaipara District.

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Kaipara roading updates - 09 May weather event
Baylys Beach Community Dargaville Kaihu Kaiwaka Mangawhai Paparoa Roads Ruawai Te Kopuru Hakaru

Kaipara roading updates - 09 May weather event

  • May 09, 2023

There are a number of roads impacted after heavy rainfall throughout the district on Tuesday 9 May 2023.

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Kaipara roading updates - Feb extreme weather events
Baylys Beach Bridges Community Dargaville Hakaru Kai Iwi Lakes Kaiwaka Mangawhai Pahi Paparoa Roads Ruawai Te Kopuru Emergency Management

Kaipara roading updates - Feb extreme weather events

  • May 04, 2023

February’s extreme weather events have impacted roads across Kaipara. Our roading network has suffered significant long-lasting damage, and many issues will not be a simple fix. 

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ANZAC day commemorated around Kaipara District
Culture Dargaville Hakaru Ruawai Maungaturoto

ANZAC day commemorated around Kaipara District

  • April 27, 2023

Commemorative ceremonies took place around Kaipara District on Tuesday in observance of ANZAC day.

 

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Dargaville Town Hall to close
Council business Dargaville

Dargaville Town Hall to close

  • April 21, 2023

The Dargaville Town Hall will be closed from Monday 24 April in the interest of public safety following damage sustained during Cyclone Gabrielle.

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Kaipara's March roading report
Baylys Beach Dargaville Hakaru Kaihu Kaiwaka Mangawhai Pahi Paparoa Roads

Kaipara's March roading report

  • April 11, 2023

Our roading team were kept busy all summer, responding to urgent roading issues following the extreme weather events we’ve had.

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Council agrees to maintain existing waste strategy in changing environment
Dargaville Hakaru Kai Iwi Lakes Kaihu Kaiwaka Mangawhai Pahi Paparoa Rubbish and Recycling Te Kopuru

Council agrees to maintain existing waste strategy in changing environment

  • April 05, 2023

Council has pressed pause on any changes to Kaipara’s waste and recycling services while a new waste strategy from central Government is assessed.

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School holiday activities/events at Kaipara libraries
Community Dargaville Kaiwaka

School holiday activities/events at Kaipara libraries

  • April 04, 2023

If you’re looking for some activities for your kiddies in the holidays there are exciting things happening at Kaipara Libraries for the April school holidays.

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Cyclone damages Dargaville Town Hall foyer
Community Dargaville

Cyclone damages Dargaville Town Hall foyer

  • March 29, 2023

The demolition of the Dargaville Town Hall (Northern Wairoa War Memorial Hall) annex may be brought forward, after recent weather events caused further damage.

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Harding Park Committee governance membership arrangements confirmed
Council business Dargaville Parks

Harding Park Committee governance membership arrangements confirmed

  • March 29, 2023

Kaipara District Council has confirmed the governance membership for the Harding Park Committee, and appointments to the Pou Tu o Te Rangi Joint Management Committee.

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Travellers urged to stay up-to-date with roading
Roads Community Dargaville Emergency Management Hakaru Mangawhai Pahi Paparoa

Travellers urged to stay up-to-date with roading

  • February 26, 2023

Authorities in Northland are advising travellers to stay up-to-date and amend their plans if necessary as key local roads damaged in Friday’s heavy rain around Mangawhai and surrounding areas will remain closed until midweek and in some cases, longer.

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Response to Cyclone Gabrielle continues
Baylys Beach Community Dargaville Emergency Management Hakaru Kaihu Kaiwaka Mangawhai Pahi Paparoa Ruawai

Response to Cyclone Gabrielle continues

  • February 23, 2023

Kaipara District continues to respond to the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle.

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Mental health support is available
Community Dargaville Emergency Management Hakaru Kai Iwi Lakes Kaiwaka Mangawhai Pahi Paparoa Ruawai Te Kopuru

Mental health support is available

  • February 22, 2023

After February's extreme weather events, you or someone you know, may be feeling upset, exhausted, overwhelmed or uncertain. You don’t have to manage this on your own, there are free resources available to support you during this time.

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Cyclone Gabrielle: advice for home owners of stickered homes
Community Dargaville Emergency Management

Cyclone Gabrielle: advice for home owners of stickered homes

  • February 21, 2023

A number of Kaipara homeowners have had their houses stickered in the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle.

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Update from Mayor Craig Jepson 20 February
Community Dargaville Infrastructure projects Roads Emergency Management

Update from Mayor Craig Jepson 20 February

  • February 20, 2023

Yesterday I was able to witness first hand some of the hard work that has been happening across the district to recover from Cyclone Gabrielle.

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Rapid Response Teams reaching residents
Community Dargaville Emergency Management Hakaru Pahi Paparoa Ripiro Beach Ruawai Te Kopuru

Rapid Response Teams reaching residents

  • February 19, 2023

Our Rapid Response teams made good ground yesterday, conducting welfare checks on our isolated and hard-to-reach Kaipara communities, many of which are still without power.

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Message from Mayor Craig Jepson: Reaching isolated communities
Dargaville Emergency Management Kaihu Valley Trail

Message from Mayor Craig Jepson: Reaching isolated communities

  • February 18, 2023

It’s a relief to see river levels dropping with the steady fine weather. There is still some flooding in areas around the Northern Wairoa, which we are still monitoring. We expect these to return to normal by Tuesday.

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Update on Kaipara Evacuation Centres
Emergency Management Community Dargaville Ruawai

Update on Kaipara Evacuation Centres

  • February 17, 2023

After having no occupants overnight we have closed the Civil Defence Evacuation Centre at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church and relocated the team to other areas of the response.

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Cyclone Gabrielle - Roading Updates
Emergency Management Roads Community Dargaville Pahi Paparoa

Cyclone Gabrielle - Roading Updates

  • February 16, 2023

UPDATED: 2.17PM Thursday 02 March 2023

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Cyclone Gabrielle - Council Services
Emergency Management Community Dargaville Kai Iwi Lakes Mangawhai Parks Rates Rubbish and Recycling Taharoa Domain Paparoa

Cyclone Gabrielle - Council Services

  • February 16, 2023

A number of our staff have been diverted to emergency services relating to Cyclone Gabrielle. Council services will continue but some with limited capacity so please be patient. We will continue to keep you updated.

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Cyclone Gabrielle - Cleaning up Kaipara
Mangawhai Hakaru Dargaville Rubbish and Recycling Emergency Management

Cyclone Gabrielle - Cleaning up Kaipara

  • February 16, 2023

You now have until Friday 03 March to dispose of flood-damaged green waste and items free of charge at Dargaville and Hakaru transfer stations. Both transfer stations are operating normal hours during this time.  

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Message from Mayor Craig Jepson: Starting recovery
Community Dargaville Mayor's Message Paparoa Stormwater Emergency Management

Message from Mayor Craig Jepson: Starting recovery

  • February 15, 2023

When you see the sun come out and the wind has dropped, it could be difficult to believe what we have experienced in the last few days.

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Message from Mayor Craig Jepson - Dargaville flooding
Community Dargaville Mayor's Message Water Emergency Management

Message from Mayor Craig Jepson - Dargaville flooding

  • February 14, 2023

In the early hours of this morning Awakino River on the northern outskirts of Dargaville breached its banks. 

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Message from Mayor Craig Jepson 5pm 14 February
Dargaville Ruawai Community Emergency Management

Message from Mayor Craig Jepson 5pm 14 February

  • February 14, 2023

It’s been a tough day, especially for parts of Dargaville, with Awakino River and some of Ruawai now being evacuated. By 7pm, high tide, we expect to have evacuated everyone from areas we think are vulnerable.

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Message for Dargaville residents
Dargaville Community Emergency Management

Message for Dargaville residents

  • February 13, 2023

Now that the weather conditions have improved and we have passed the last couple of high tides we feel it is safe for those who have been evacuated to return home.

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Cyclone Gabrielle - Thursday 16 February 2023
Roads Dargaville Emergency Management

Cyclone Gabrielle - Thursday 16 February 2023

  • February 12, 2023

This article will be updated with information on Kaipara District Council services during Cyclone Gabrielle. 

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Council calls on residents to help keep Kaipara tidy
Council business Footpaths Roads

Council calls on residents to help keep Kaipara tidy

  • February 08, 2023

Kaipara District Council is asking residents to mow their own roadside berms to keep Kaipara neighbourhoods tidy. 

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Road conditions Friday 3 February 2023
Bridges Dargaville Hakaru Kai Iwi Lakes Kaiwaka Mangawhai Pahi Paparoa Roads Ruawai Te Kopuru

Road conditions Friday 3 February 2023

  • January 31, 2023

This article with be updated as information on Kaipara's roading network is available. 

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Kaipara’s December roading report
Dargaville Hakaru Kaiwaka Mangawhai Pahi Paparoa Roads Ruawai Te Kopuru

Kaipara’s December roading report

  • January 12, 2023

Our team worked hard throughout December, preparing our roads for the expected influx of summer traffic. 

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Pot unlocked for Poutō Point amenity improvements
Footpaths Infrastructure projects Joint projects Kaipara KickStart Parks Roads Wharves

Pot unlocked for Poutō Point amenity improvements

  • January 10, 2023

Improvements to the Poutō Point carpark area can progress in 2023 thanks to further funding from Kaipara District Council.

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Kaipara's November roading report
Dargaville Hakaru Kaiwaka Mangawhai Pahi Paparoa Roads Ruawai Te Kopuru

Kaipara's November roading report

  • December 22, 2022

On the final stretch of 2022, the team have been pushing hard to complete outstanding work before the end of the year. Work continues on both the unsealed and sealed networks in anticipation of the summer rush and the expected increase in traffic. 

 

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Wipes clog pipes
Dargaville Hakaru Kaiwaka Mangawhai Paparoa Ruawai Stormwater Te Kopuru

Wipes clog pipes

  • December 21, 2022

Look after your loo and Kaipara's wastewater network this summer by reminding your household members and visitors what not to flush.

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Kaihu Valley Trail December update
Dargaville

Kaihu Valley Trail December update

  • December 19, 2022

Fencing continues to progress in the Parore area and foundations for both Ahikiwi and Parore Bridges have been poured.

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Looking after Kaipara this summer
Animal Management Community Dargaville Hakaru Kai Iwi Lakes Kaiwaka Mangawhai Pahi Paparoa Ripiro Beach Ruawai Rubbish and Recycling Taharoa Domain Te Kopuru

Looking after Kaipara this summer

  • December 14, 2022

Kaipara’s population is expected to explode during the summer break, with people enjoying the district’s beaches, lakes, and vibrant communities. 

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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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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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Kaipara’s October roading report
Bridges Dargaville Footpaths Hakaru Kaiwaka Mangawhai Pahi Paparoa Roads Ruawai Te Kopuru

Kaipara’s October roading report

  • November 15, 2022

With the continued improvements in weather, we are now full swing into unsealed and sealed pavement works. We have approximately 50kms of road to reseal in the 2022/23 season.

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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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Double blessing for Dargaville Library
Culture Dargaville Kaipara Libraries

Double blessing for Dargaville Library

  • October 27, 2022

Two special artworks that adorn the Dargaville library were blessed at a joint community and Council celebration.

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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's September roading report
Roads Footpaths Bridges Dargaville Hakaru Kaiwaka Mangawhai Pahi Paparoa Ruawai Te Kopuru

Kaipara's September roading report

  • October 11, 2022

Our roading team made the most of the warmer, drier weather that came our way in September.

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Dargaville Library to get mural makeover
Dargaville Culture Community Kaipara Libraries

Dargaville Library to get mural makeover

  • September 29, 2022

Dargaville Library will undergo a colourful makeover during the school holidays, thanks to local artist Micaela van den Berg. 

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A new vision for Pou Tu o Te Rangi and Harding Park
Culture Dargaville Parks Playgrounds

A new vision for Pou Tu o Te Rangi and Harding Park

  • September 29, 2022

A new vision for Pou Tu o Te Rangi and Harding Park was confirmed this week, with the updated Reserve Management Plan adopted by Kaipara District Council.

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Mayor welcomes new citizens to Kaipara
Community Dargaville

Mayor welcomes new citizens to Kaipara

  • September 22, 2022

Five Kaipara residents officially became New Zealanders at a Citizenship Ceremony held in Dargaville on Friday 16 September.

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Teaming up to clean up
Biosecurity Community Dargaville Joint projects Parks

Teaming up to clean up

  • September 21, 2022

A chainsaw course for Dargaville High School students saw wattle and other pest plants removed from Old Mt Wesley cemetery.  

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Council collaborates with Te Uri o Hau on boardwalk design
Infrastructure projects Joint projects Mangawhai Mangawhai Community Plan Footpaths Annual Plan

Council collaborates with Te Uri o Hau on boardwalk design

  • September 16, 2022

The second phase of the Mangawhai shared path cranks up construction next month, and includes a collaboratively designed boardwalk running alongside the causeway.

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Kaipara's August roading report
Bridges Dargaville Footpaths Hakaru Kaiwaka Mangawhai Pahi Paparoa Roads Ruawai Te Kopuru

Kaipara's August roading report

  • September 09, 2022

August brought a welcome reprieve from the wild weather and storm events of July. A total of 3,100 individual work items were completed throughout August.

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Kaihu Valley Trail September update
Dargaville Infrastructure projects Joint projects Kaihu Valley Trail Roads

Kaihu Valley Trail September update

  • September 08, 2022

An update on the Kaihu Valley Trail including fencing progress, funding and latest finds along the trail.

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Blessing event heralds completion of first phase
Footpaths Infrastructure projects Long term plan 2021-2031 Mangawhai Mangawhai Community Plan

Blessing event heralds completion of first phase

  • August 31, 2022

A blessing event carried out with Te Uri o Hau iwi representatives earlier this week signalled the completion of the first phase of the Mangawhai shared path works.

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Kaipara's July roading report
Bridges Dargaville Footpaths Hakaru Kaiwaka Mangawhai Pahi Paparoa Roads Ruawai Te Kopuru

Kaipara's July roading report

  • August 18, 2022

Wild, wet and windy weather kept crews busy in July. A total of 3,358 individual work items were completed throughout the month. 

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Council decision on Private Plan Change 81 triggers formal RMA process
Dargaville District Plan Planning and Building

Council decision on Private Plan Change 81 triggers formal RMA process

  • July 27, 2022

At the July Council Meeting, Kaipara District Council Elected Members unanimously accepted the Private Plan Change 81 (PPC81) request from the Dargaville Racing Club inc.

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What do you want in your park?
Community Dargaville Parks

What do you want in your park?

  • July 13, 2022

Around 30 people turned out to a meeting at the Lighthouse Function Centre in Dargaville to discuss the Draft Management Plan for Pou Tu o Te Rangi/Harding Park.

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Kaipara's June roading report
Bridges Dargaville Hakaru Kaiwaka Mangawhai Pahi Paparoa Roads Ruawai Te Kopuru

Kaipara's June roading report

  • July 12, 2022

Maintenance activities have been widespread in June. During this typically wet period, there has been a focus on potholing, running metal and completing grading work.

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Kaipara's May roading report
Bridges Dargaville Footpaths Hakaru Kaiwaka Mangawhai Paparoa Roads Ruawai Te Kopuru

Kaipara's May roading report

  • June 13, 2022

In May, we saw some great progress happening across the district. Sealed pavement rehabs are now complete, and the unsealed network has received the last of the PGF/IRG funding. 

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Planting pōhutukawa, nīkau along the shared path
Footpaths Infrastructure projects Joint projects Long term plan 2021-2031 Mangawhai Mangawhai Community Plan

Planting pōhutukawa, nīkau along the shared path

  • June 08, 2022

With the courtesy crossings for phase one now complete, the Mangawhai shared path team and contractors got the spades and mulch out and ticked off the planting, getting the final shrubs and trees in the ground last week.

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Pou Tu o Te Rangi and Harding Park draft Reserve Management Plan open for feedback
Community Culture Dargaville Parks

Pou Tu o Te Rangi and Harding Park draft Reserve Management Plan open for feedback

  • May 25, 2022

A new Reserve Management Plan has been drafted for Pou Tu o Te Rangi, Harding Park and Old Mount Wesley Cemetery, which overlook Dargaville and the Northern Wairoa River.

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Kaipara’s April roading report
Bridges Dargaville Footpaths Hakaru Kaiwaka Mangawhai Roads

Kaipara’s April roading report

  • May 10, 2022

April’s relatively calm weather meant that Kaipara’s roading team could focus on jobs carrying over from previous months, and complete work on this year’s sealed pavement rehabs, unsealed heavy metal sites, and footpath kerb and channel renewals before the wet winter weather sets in.

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Kaihu Valley Trail April update
Dargaville Infrastructure projects Joint projects Kaihu Valley Trail Roads

Kaihu Valley Trail April update

  • April 13, 2022

Check out the latest happenings on the Kaihu Valley Trail progress, including the discovery of some railway artefacts.

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Kaipara's March roading report
Footpaths Roads

Kaipara's March roading report

  • April 12, 2022

There was a real sense of Groundhog Day in March, following on from Cyclone Dovi in February when the district was hit with a significant rain event. For Kaipara’s roading team, it was all hands-on deck with the clean-up.

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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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End in sight for Kaiwaka Footbridges construction
Bridges Community Footpaths Kaiwaka

End in sight for Kaiwaka Footbridges construction

  • March 07, 2022

Work to build two new footbridges in Kaiwaka is entering its final stages. The footbridges provide a safer link for pedestrians to cross the river, improving connectivity for the Kaiwaka community.

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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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Kaipara's February roading report
Dargaville Hakaru Kaiwaka Mangawhai Pahi Paparoa Roads

Kaipara's February roading report

  • February 23, 2022

Kaipara roading teams have been putting their time to good use during the dry season, preparing for autumn when the damper conditions enable new road pavement to be properly compacted.

 

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Molesworth Drive shared path works
Footpaths Infrastructure projects Joint projects Mangawhai Mangawhai Community Plan

Molesworth Drive shared path works

  • February 16, 2022

Starting today through to Wednesday 23 February a short section of Molesworth Drive from the ITM down to Nautical Heights will go down to one lane, with flow managed using traffic lights.

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Sign erected for Kaihu Valley Trail
Dargaville Infrastructure projects Joint projects

Sign erected for Kaihu Valley Trail

  • February 16, 2022

Last week saw the installation of a temporary sign marking the Dargaville entrance of the Kaihu Valley Trail.

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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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$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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Dangerous tree removal made easier
Dargaville

Dangerous tree removal made easier

  • February 04, 2022

Although Kaipara’s dry weather has slowed work on the unsealed road network, the roading crews are still hard at work, completing some of the remaining associated improvement work, like drainage and vegetation control.

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Kaipara's January roading report
Dargaville Kaiwaka Mangawhai Roads Ruawai

Kaipara's January roading report

  • January 26, 2022

The second season of road surfacing works commenced in the Kaipara District this month, after 14.4kms was completed in December 2021.

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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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Kaipara's December roading report
Dargaville Kaiwaka Mangawhai Roads Ruawai Te Kopuru

Kaipara's December roading report

  • December 20, 2021

The Kaipara District's roads continue to hold the right balance of moisture and dryness, which has allowed the NTA and Kaipara District Council to complete a lot of roading work this month, including grading on Avoca Rd, Avoca East Rd and Avoca North Rd.

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Adaptive pathways planning pilot location decided
Climate Change Dargaville Ruawai

Adaptive pathways planning pilot location decided

  • December 15, 2021

Kaipara District Council has confirmed that the Ruawai area will be the first location for the community adaptation planning, adaptive pathways process at its meeting on 15 December.

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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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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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Kaipara's November roading report
Dargaville Pahi Paparoa Roads

Kaipara's November roading report

  • November 24, 2021

November has been a busy roading month for the Northland Transport Alliance and Kaipara District Council, across the Kaipara District.

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Council services over the Christmas New Year Break
Dargaville Kaipara Libraries Kaiwaka Mangawhai Rubbish and Recycling Animal Management

Council services over the Christmas New Year Break

  • November 16, 2021

With the Christmas holidays soon approaching, there will be some changes to a few Council services.

 

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An invitation to reimagine our libraries!
Community Dargaville Kaipara Libraries Mangawhai

An invitation to reimagine our libraries!

  • November 11, 2021

If you don’t already use Kaipara Libraries, we want to hear from you.  If you are one of our library users, we want to hear from you too.

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New cross-Council drought management plan released
Dargaville Kaiwaka Mangawhai Paparoa Ripiro Beach Ruawai Te Kopuru

New cross-Council drought management plan released

  • November 11, 2021

Kaipara District Council (KDC) has worked with other Northland Councils on a Drought Management Plan (DMP) to create a consistent drought classification system and approach.

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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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Upcoming Road Works - October 2021
Roads Dargaville Footpaths Kaiwaka Mangawhai Pahi Paparoa Ruawai Te Kopuru

Upcoming Road Works - October 2021

  • September 23, 2021

An update on wher ethe roading team will be working across Kaipara in October. 

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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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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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New Reserve Management Plans for Pou Tu o Te Rangi and Harding Park
Community Culture Dargaville Joint projects Parks

New Reserve Management Plans for Pou Tu o Te Rangi and Harding Park

  • August 25, 2021

Council and the Pou Tu o Te Rangi Joint Management Committee are preparing new reserve management plans (RMPs) for the Pou Tu o Te Rangi historic reserve and Harding Park (including the adjoining Old Mount Wesley Cemetery).  

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Kaiwaka safety improvements close to completion
Footpaths Joint projects Kaiwaka Roads

Kaiwaka safety improvements close to completion

  • August 11, 2021

Kaiwaka township has seen a number of safety improvements recently, with our team and contractors Ventia busy working along Kaiwaka-Mangawhai Road.

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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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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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Author evening draws good audience
Culture Dargaville Kaipara Libraries

Author evening draws good audience

  • July 05, 2021

The new-format Dargaville Library had its first evening test-run when author Drew Bryenton (aka Andy Bryenton) presented his book ‘Gads Army’ to an appreciative audience on Thursday 1 July.

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New stormwater line along Jervois Street
Dargaville Infrastructure projects

New stormwater line along Jervois Street

  • June 30, 2021

A new stormwater network has been installed between 18 – 40 Jervois Street, Dargaville.

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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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Dargaville intermediate students give back to Taharoa Domain
Dargaville Parks

Dargaville intermediate students give back to Taharoa Domain

  • June 24, 2021

Dargaville Intermediate tamariki joined forces with the Kaipara District Council parks team recently, planting approximately 400 native plants in Taharoa Domain.

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Dargaville Library reopens after makeover
Community Dargaville

Dargaville Library reopens after makeover

  • June 16, 2021

The Dargaville Library was blessed on Tuesday as it reopened its doors to the community.

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Stormwater works on Hokianga Road
Dargaville Infrastructure projects

Stormwater works on Hokianga Road

  • June 04, 2021

A section of Hokianga Road has been a hive of activity recently, with our contractors out busy replacing an ageing stormwater culvert.

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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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Mangawhai shared path works and Village intersection improvements set to start late May 2021
Footpaths Mangawhai Mangawhai Community Plan

Mangawhai shared path works and Village intersection improvements set to start late May 2021

  • May 10, 2021

Construction work for Phase One of the Mangawhai shared path and Village intersection improvements is set to start later this month.

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Kaihu Valley Trail May Update
Culture Dargaville Kaihu Valley Trail

Kaihu Valley Trail May Update

  • May 05, 2021

The Kaihu Valley Trail is a 40km walking and biking track being constructed from Dargaville to Donnelly’s Crossing and will form part of the Ancient Kauri Trail that extends from Omapere to Maungaturoto. 

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Dargaville Library closes temporarily for a freshen-up
Culture Dargaville Kaipara Libraries

Dargaville Library closes temporarily for a freshen-up

  • May 04, 2021

Dargaville Library is encouraging customers to stock up with books and DVD during May before the library is closed temporarily for a freshen-up from 5pm Friday 28 May, reopening Tuesday 15 June. 

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Safety improvements in Kaiwaka
Kaiwaka Footpaths Roads

Safety improvements in Kaiwaka

  • April 19, 2021

A number of improvements have been made at the Kaiwaka end of Kaiwaka-Mangawhai Road. 

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Author Tere Davies talk about Dreaming of Thee
Culture Dargaville Te Kopuru

Author Tere Davies talk about Dreaming of Thee

  • April 13, 2021

Author Tere Davies will be talking about her book and answering questions on April 20 in Dargaville. 

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Bad parking behaviour around schools
Community Mangawhai Dargaville

Bad parking behaviour around schools

  • March 24, 2021

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

  • March 24, 2021

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

Kaihu Valley Trail Update

  • January 29, 2021

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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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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Recent spate of minor arson, vandalism and graffiti
Dargaville Parks

Recent spate of minor arson, vandalism and graffiti

  • December 22, 2020
We are currently experiencing a spate of minor arson, vandalism and graffiti in our parks and public toilets.
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New pathway for Matakohe
Joint projects Footpaths

New pathway for Matakohe

  • December 16, 2020

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

  • December 16, 2020

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

  • December 15, 2020

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

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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

  • December 14, 2020

A labour of love now blessed.

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Dog desexing subsidy creates high demand
Dargaville Animal Management

Dog desexing subsidy creates high demand

  • November 04, 2020

North Auckland Dog Rescue and Kaipara District Council’s offer to Community Service Cardholders to subsidise the cost of desexing their dogs have been in such hot demand they are now managing a waiting list.

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Dargaville pontoon open for use
Dargaville Community Kaipara KickStart

Dargaville pontoon open for use

  • October 16, 2020

Dargaville pontoon completion kicks off Kaipara Wharves project

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LittaTrap Installation
Community Joint projects Mangawhai Dargaville

LittaTrap Installation

  • October 09, 2020

Collaborative stormwater project kicks off with first LittaTrap installed in Mangawhai

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Selwyn Park gets lighting upgrade
Community Joint projects Dargaville

Selwyn Park gets lighting upgrade

  • September 21, 2020

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

  • September 16, 2020

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

Dargaville Pontoon Construction to Begin September 2020

  • August 13, 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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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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