Our News

Stopbank Pathway - Update

Here is the proposed final route for our awesome new pathway along the top of the Otorohanga stop banks between Phillips Avenue & Waipa Esplanade

 Stopbank footpath overall plan crop

We want to say a huge thank you to our wonderful community who provided feedback about this project!


Weed Spraying

Council will be undertaking the spraying of broadleaf and prickles in the following parks on Wednesday 17 October 2018:

  • Windsor Park
  • Otorohanga Domain
  • Reg Brett Reserve
  • Otorohanga Cemetery

Signage will be in place.

It is recommended that you avoid using these areas until signage has been removed.

Please direct any enquires to Mark Lewis on 873 4000.


Mangaorongo Road Widening and Upgrade - October 2018 - April 2019

Inframax Construction Ltd has been contracted by the Otorohanga District Council for the Widening and Upgrade along Mangaorongo Road from State Highway 3 for approximately 7.5 kms.

The main works will commence on 15 October 2018 and continue through until April 2019.

Traffic will be under one lane stop/go operations during the day and open to two lanes outside hours of work.

The works will be completed in 2km sections to avoid excessive delays.

Inframax asks for drivers to allow an extra 5 minutes to get through the site while works are being carried out.


After the Christmas break the road will be closed for 1-2 weeks - 3km from the state highway.  This is due to the road being lowered by approximately one metre.  More information will follow regarding this, closer to the time.


The proposed working hours will be from 6 am to 6 pm, Monday to Saturday. 

There will be no work on statutory and public holidays.

Please exercise caution when coming into the site from your driveways during construction and look for one of the workers to direct you into and out of the sites.


All endeavours will be made to complete works as soon as possible and minimize any inconvenience to residents.


Inframax are looking for tiphead sites to cart surplus material to.  If you have an area that requires fill, please contact Rav at Inframax below.


If you have any questions about these works please contact:

Rav Fonseka

Construction Manager


027 561 8634



Road Closure

 On Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November there will be road closures for the Silver Fern Rally 2018. Please click here for more information


Mangaorongo Road

The Roading Team is proud to announce that the Mangaorongo Road Rehabilitation Project is now proceeding. This is the culmination of a number of years of hard work and frustration due to delays beyond our control. The project extent is from near the SH3 intersection to approximately 7.5 km east.

The Contractor, Inframax Construction Ltd, will move onto site as from Monday, 15 October 2018. Letters will be issued to the residents along the affected length of the Project.

With this rehabilitation the road will be brought to a consistent width along the construction length and will have horizontal and vertical alignment improvements for safety and ride comfort. Where required the property entrances will be tied in with the new road alignment.

It is envisaged that the contractor, weather permitting, will be completed by May 2019 and there will be a site closure during the December construction break.

This is one of several capital projects that the Roading Team is involved in with reseal work also to start toward the end of the year throughout the district, as well as bridge maintenance that a contract has been awarded for.

The Roading Team requests that motorist please adhere to the traffic management in place where these roadworks are being carried out.


Kawhia Water Flush Programme

The Otorohanga District Council water mains require a flush clean.  Flushing is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 3 October 2018.  Flushing consists of opening fire hydrants at intervals allowing water to scour the internal walls of the pipe and removing sediment.  Flushing may cause a brief period of dirty water, and it is recommended that you:


  • Run outside taps until the water runs clear, approx five minutes
  • Avoid running inside taps especially hot water as this can allow dirty water to enter the hot water cylinder
  • Flushing outside taps assists in clearing the entire water network.


We apologise for any inconvenience the flushing programme may cause.


If you have any queries or concerns please ring Ricardo Tubilla on 873 4000.


Myrtle Rust Update

Earlier in the year Biosecurity New Zealand (part of MPI) changed its approach to myrtle rust to one where they manage the disease over the long term.

However, they are still asking communities like ours to be on the look-out for myrtle rust and report any possible cases to the biosecurity hotline – 0800 80 99 66. This will help Biosecurity New Zealand track the spread and the impact of the disease.

While Biosecurity New Zealand has scaled back the field operations, it is now focusing on researching the development of new management approaches, and supporting land owners and communities to minimise the impacts of myrtle rust.

Research is vital to help understand and limit the impact of myrtle rust on our myrtle plants. Biosecurity New Zealand is investing significantly in research that aims to increase understanding of myrtle rust and its impact on the economic, environmental, social and cultural values of New Zealand.

More information about Biosecurity New Zealand’s approach to myrtle rust and what you need to know as a land or plant owner, is available on the Biosecurity New Zealand website: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/alerts/myrtle-rust


Rates Rebate Application Assistance - Kawhia

Council staff will be at the Kawhia Community Hall on Wednesday 3 October to assist with Rates Rebate Applications.


To find out if you qualify and what you need to bring visit:


Otorohanga Stopbank Pathway - Drop-in Sessions

We are constructing a 3.5 km shared pathway along the top of the Otorohanga stopbanks on the town side of the Waipa river and we want to hear from you.  We are holding two informal drop-in sessions to provide our community with the opportunity to give us their ideas and feedback in relation to this project.  The drop-in sessions will be as follows;

Wednesday 26 September in the Council Chambers from 2-6pm

Saturday 29 September in the Council Chambers from 10am – 12 midday

For any enquiries please contact Council Land Management Officer, Trish Ambury on 873 4341 or trish@otodc.govt.nz


Proposed Amendment of Traffic Bylaw 2005

Summary of Information

There have in recent times been continuing complaints regarding vehicles parking for long periods of time in the central areas of both Otorohanga and Kawhia. These issues are not new, particularly in Kawhia, where parking has been a topic of contention for more than 10 years.

Previous attempts to address these issues by various informal means have been unsuccessful, and it is now believed that the only effective means of addressing this issue is likely to be a combination of increasing parking time restrictions on the affected areas, and enforcement of those restrictions.

The proposed amendment to the Traffic Bylaw 2005 will extend parking time restrictions to the full lengths of Jervois and Omimiti Streets in Kawhia, introduce three additional ‘5 minute’ parking places on Maniapoto Street in Otorohanga and strengthen the provisions of the Bylaw in respect of enabling enforcement those restrictions.

A more detailed Statement of Proposal, including a copy of the proposed amended Bylaw and associated information, is available from Council on request.

Submissions in respect of the making of the proposed amended Bylawmust be made in writing, and should be addressed to:

The Chief Executive

Otorohanga District Council

PO Box 11



Or emailed to info@otodc.govt.nz


Submissions can be made from 20 September 2018 and must be received by Council by 9.00am on Monday 22 October 2018. Persons who wish to speak to their written submissions should state this in their submission, and will be given the opportunity to be heard by Council at its meeting of 23 October 2018.


Extraordinary Meeting of Council

Notice is hereby given that an extraordinary meeting of Otorohanga District Council will be held at the offices of Council on Friday 31 August 2018, commencing at 1.00pm.


The purposes of the meeting shall be to consider a request for remission of financial contributions in respect of a subdivision and an application for the lease of the proposed Otorohanga medical hub site.


Review of Representation Arrangements for the 2019 Local Elections

On 26th June 2018 the Otorohanga District Council reviewed its representation arrangements, and resolved that the following proposal apply for the Council and its community boards for the elections to be held on 12 October 2019.

Council Representation

The Council will comprise seven (7) members elected from five wards, and the Mayor.

The names of the wards and the number of members to be elected by the Electors of each ward are:

Ward                                      Members

Kawhia / Tihiroa Ward          2

Kiokio / Korakonui Ward      1 

Otorohanga Ward                  2

Waipa Ward                           1

Wharepuhunga Ward             1

Community Board Representation

It is proposed that two community boards will be elected.  The two community boards will be:

Community Board                                  Members

Kawhia Community Board                       Four elected Members and one appointed Member.       

Otorohanga Community Board                Four elected Members and two appointed Members.

The Kawhia Community Board will be subdivided for electoral purposes.  The two subdivisions reflect the following communities of interest:

Subdivision                            Members

Aotea                                      1

Kawhia                                   3


Submissions on the proposal were invited. As no submissions were received in respect of the proposal it became the basis of election for the Otorohanga District Council for the elections to be held on 12 October 2019.

Any queries regarding the Council’s decision should be directed to the Council’s Corporate Services Manager Graham Bunn on 07 873 4374


Public Notification calling for Applications to Lease Land for Purpose of Community Medical Hub

Pursuant to Sections 9 and 17 of the Public Bodies Leases Act 1969, public notice is hereby given calling for applications to Lease that part of the land situated at 13-15 Kakamutu Road, Otorohanga being approximately 2500m2 being part of the land contained in Certificate of Title 837546 classified as Local Purpose (Community Facilities) Reserve for the provision of a Community Medical Hub to meet the future medical needs of the Otorohanga District.  The Lease term for the land will be for 33 years with the rental set at $8250.00 per annum.


Any person wanting to submit an application must do so in writing, to the Chief Executive by 12 noon Friday, 17 August 2018, at the office of the Council, 17 Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga.  Where more than one application is made, Council as the leasing authority shall determine which applicant is the most suitable applicant for the land, and shall proceed with leasing the land to that person.


For more information please contact Trish Ambury, Council’s Land Management Officer, phone DDI

07 873 4341 or email trish@otodc.govt.nz


2018/2019 Dog Control Fees


Pursuant to the provisions of the Dog Control Act 1996, public notice is hereby given that the fees for the registration and control of dogs for the year commencing 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 are due and payable from 1July 2018.  All dogs must be registered before 1 August 2018.


The following fees are prescribed and apply to all dogs over the age of three months:


1.         Dog Registration and Control Fees

Urban Dogs


Urban Dogs - Neutered


Urban Dogs - Special Owner Scheme


Urban Dogs - Neutered and Special Owner Scheme 


Rural Dogs


Rural Dogs - Special Owner Scheme 



2.         An additional late registration fee of 50% of the fee that would have been payable on dogs which must be registered before 1 August 2018.

3.         A registration tag will be supplied for each dog on registration.

All fees include Goods and Services Tax.

Dog owners are encouraged to register their dogs before 1 August 2018.  In addition to a late registration fee, failure to register any dog may also result in the issue of an Infringement Notice, which carries a fine of $300, and disqualification from the Special Owner Scheme.

Registrations may be paid at the Council Offices, Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga or by posting the fees to the Otorohanga District Council, P O Box 11, Otorohanga.


Happy Valley Milk Public Meeting

Invitation to a Public Meeting relating to the Happy Valley Milk Ltd Proposal, Otorohanga.

When:              Thursday 31 May 2018 at 6pm for 6.15pm

Where:            Otorohanga Club

Purpose:         To provide an update on the HVM proposal and a forum for discussion.

Independent Facilitator: Marlene Oliver.

The decision of the Independent Hearing Commissioners for the Otorohanga District Council granted consent for the construction and operation of a dairy factory facility to be located at 5 Redlands Road, Otorohanga.

HVM is now preparing to seek further consents from the Waikato Regional Council.

The Company is holding the public meeting to provide an update on the proposal.

This is an open public meeting and anyone with an interest is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be available.

Please RSVP by Thursday 24 May 2018 by email localcommunity@happyvalleymilk.co.nz if you will be coming to the public meeting so I can confirm the catering requirements to be served at 6pm.

If you have any particular topics or questions you wish to raise, then please include these in your reply so that we can arrange for the relevant people to be present at the meeting to provide either an answer, or alternatively further context on the matters you’ve raised.

The team from Happy Valley Milk looks forward to meeting with you at the public meeting.


Yours sincerely,


Kim Johnstone.

Executive Assistant to Directors, Happy Valley Milk Limited.

Directors: Randolph van der Burgh I David McCann


Rate Rebate Reminder

If you are a low income earner and are the legal rate payer for your property you may be eligible for a rates rebate of up to $620.00.To confirm that you are entitled to a rates rebate please contact our Customer Services Team on (07) 873 4000, or click here for more information


Safe Speed Camera

Recently, a new safe speed camera was installed on State Highway 3 Otorohanga Road, just before Roberts Road heading north. The camera is not operating at the moment but will be switched on once the testing phase is complete. A full list of the new safe speed camera sites can be found at http://www.police.govt.nz/…/speed-limits…/safe-speed-cameras


Rating Information Database


The Rating Information Database is available for inspection at the office of the Council during normal Office hours.

The Rating Information Database records all information required by a local authority for setting and assessing rates on properties within their district. For each rating property this includes its valuation and any categories that belong to that property that are used to charge separate targeted rates.

This database does not include the name of the ratepayer nor any address other than the physical street address of the property.  Owners’ names and addresses are available for inspection unless Council has received a written request for them to be suppressed.


A form is available from the Council office in Otorohanga, or here [PDF, 39 KB], for any owners’ who wish to suppress their names and/or addresses. The completed and signed forms can be returned to the office, emailed to info@otodc.govt.nz or posted to Otorohanga District Council, P O Box 11, Otorohanga.


Returned Service Association

Wednesday 25 April 2018

The public are invited to attend the following ANZAC Day Services, and family of deceased RSA members are invited to join in the parades.

OTOROHANGA DAWN SERVICE  - assemble at the Combined World War 1 and 2 Memorials at 6.00am

OTOROHANGA CIVIC PARADE – a parade will form up on the Otorohanga Reserve (Village Green ) at  10.00am and march to the combined World War 1 and 2 Memorials where a short service will be held and wreaths laid.

Organisations and the public are invited to lay wreaths on the Memorials.

In the case of inclement weather the service will be held at the Otorohanga Club, 107 Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga.

KAWHIA CIVIC PARADE – assemble at the Kawhia Community Centre, Jervois Street, Kawhia at 1.00pm.


Public Notification of Proposal to Grant Lease of Otorohanga Motor Camp

Pursuant to Section 54 (2) of the Reserves Act 1977, public notice is hereby given of Council’s proposal to grant a lease of that part of the Otorohanga Domain containing the Otorohanga Motor Camp, formerly operating as Camp Kiwi, to Ms Tasha Smith for a term of 3 years with a further 2 year right of renewal.

Any person objecting to, or wishing to make a submission in respect of the proposal, is called upon to lodge notice of their objection (and grounds thereof) or submission in writing, to the Chief Executive by Friday 4 May 2018, at the office of the Council, 17 Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga.


Cheap Dog Registration & Microchipping - $30

We’re offering $57 OFF dog registration and microchipping if your dog hasn’t been registered before!

Thursday 29 March

Council Pound on Otewa Road

12 noon to 2pm

Friday 6 April

Kawhia Wharf

12 noon to 2pm


This is only for dogs being registered for the first time.

If your dog is already microchipped, registration will only be $15.



Flushing Taps

The water provided by Council supplies may very slowly dissolve the metal of household pipes and plumbing fittings.  This a very natural process, but one which can result in heavy metals such as copper being present in the water if it lies in the pipes or fittings for a long period.


It is therefore recommended that before using water for food preparation or drinking, taps should be run for two or three seconds to flush out any water that is so affected.


Stepping into the (new) light


Otorohanga District Council has awarded a contract to The Lines Company of Te Kuiti for the installation of LED street lighting across the district.   The existing 446 street lights will be replaced with the new technology Light Emitting Diode (LED) streetlights between December 2017 and March 2018.  At the same time 53 additional new lights will be installed in some locations currently without lighting such as sections of Huiputea Drive and Wahanui Crescent.


The reduced power costs to operate the LED lights which use less than 40% than the current streetlights, and the reduced maintenance for greatly improved light technology generate significant savings to Council and the full cost of the new lights is repaid in savings within ten years.  As an added advantage funding support of 85% of the $368,500 construction cost from Central Government made the decision to move to LED lighting a simple one. 


The newer lights have proven in other parts of the world to be much more reliable that the old style bulb lights and will operate for much longer periods before bulbs need to be replaced, so the new lights wont fail as often leaving pedestrians in the dark less often.


Light bulbs will continue to be replaced from now until the installation work starts, but any old lighting units or equipment which fails will not be repaired, waiting instead until the unit is replaced with a new LED unit.