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New Councillors and whanau being welcomed into the Northern Wairoa War Memorial Hall as part of the Council Induction 2019.
- October 25, 2019
New Council welcomed with powhiri
The newly-elected mayor and councillors of Kaipara District were welcomed with a powhiri at the inaugural Council meeting in Dargaville this morning.
Mayor- and councillors-elect entered the ceremony in the Dargaville Town Hall to a karanga delivered by Kaipara District Council staff, followed by a karakia. Representatives of iwi and hapu from across Kaipara then jointly welcomed the new mayor and councillors with waiata and mihimihi (speeches).
After the powhiri, Kaipara District Council Chief Executive Louise Miller officially opened the inaugural Council meeting and invited Mayor-Elect Dr Jason Smith to make his statutory declaration and receive the mayoral chain.
Mayor Smith then called councillors-elect forward to be sworn in.
In his inaugural address for the triennium, Mayor Smith reflected on 30 years of Kaipara District.
The Mayor said Kaipara is “back in business” and the future was looking bright, with Council debt now significantly reduced and Kaipara experiencing the fastest-growing population of any district in the North Island in the last six years, at 20.6% growth.
He emphasised the importance of collaborations and partnerships, with Council increasing the strength of its relationships with iwi partners and neighbouring councils.
He also acknowledged Kaipara’s responsibility to play a part in tackling climate change, and looked forward to creating a climate-smart Kaipara.
The new Council publicly acknowledged the appointment of Councillor Anna Curnow as Deputy Mayor, and confirmed Council meetings to take place in November and December:
- 9.30am, Wednesday 27 November, Dargaville Town Hall
- 9.30am, Wednesday 11 December, Dargaville Town Hall
From left: Cr Mark Vincent (Otamatea Ward), Cr Eryn Wilson-Collins (Dargaville Ward), Cr David Wills (West Coast-Central Ward), Deputy Mayor Anna Curnow, Mayor Dr Jason Smith, Cr Victoria del la Varis-Woodcock (West Coast-Central Ward), Cr Peter Wethey (Kaiwaka-Mangawhai Ward), Cr Karen Joyce-Paki (Dargaville Ward), Cr Jonathan Larsen (Kaiwaka-Mangawhai Ward).
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).Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
- 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.Read more
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.Read more
- 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’.Read more
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.Read more
How are you represented at the Council table?
- August 26, 2021
Kaipara District Council (KDC) began consultation today on a proposed model of representation.Read more
- August 25, 2021
A reminder to Have Your Say on our Discussion Documents, and some changes to our plans because of COVID-19.Read more
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.Read more
- July 09, 2021
Kaipara District Council voted to become a shareholder of Northland Inc. at their meeting on 26 May.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
- May 19, 2021
Every year the Council surveys residents to see how we are tracking.Read more
- April 28, 2021
Kaipara District Council has accepted the recommendation from the Hearings Panel to approve Private Plan Change 78.Read more
- 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.Read more
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.Read more
- April 07, 2021
Kaipara District Council has published a report about the outstanding historic debt and capacity of the Mangawhai Wastewater Scheme (MWWS).Read more
- 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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
New Valuations out for properties
- January 27, 2021
Look out for the new Government Valuation for your property in the mail from 04 February.Read more
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.Read more
- December 01, 2020
Some Council services and offices will be closed over December/January.Read more
Private Plan Change 78 Estuary Estates/Mangawhai Central
- November 30, 2020
The Private Plan Change is currently adjourned at the direction of the commissioners.Read more
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.Read more