Sport New Zealand Rural Travel Fund

The Otorohanga District Council invites ru­ral sports clubs and rural school teams to apply for financial assistance through the Rural Travel Fund.

The purpose of the Rural Travel Fund is to help subsidise travel for junior teams par­ticipating in local sport competition. Applications are targeted at young people aged between 5 and 19 years.

PLEASE NOTE: The Rural Travel Fund is not for the purpose of travel to re­gional or national events.

Individuals are NOT eligible to apply for funding.

Council has available $9500 for the first round of the 2017/18 year.

Application forms [PDF, 209 KB] and further details outlin­ing the fund are available from Customer Services, Otorohanga District Council, 17 Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga or by tele­phoning 07 873 4000.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 5pm Friday, September 29, 2017.

Enquiries should be directed to Colin Tutty


Regional Infrastructure Specifications to Provide Certainty for Developers

Councils from across the Waikato region have come together to prepare a single set of specifications to allow developers certainty when new subdivisions are built.


The Regional Infrastructure Technical Specifications (RITS) have been prepared by Waikato Local Authority Shared Services (WLASS), an organisation which provides a platform for Councils to work together to reduce costs and provide more efficient and effective service to ratepayers and customers. 


The RITS is now open for public consultation until 5pm, Wednesday 4 October and a copy of the proposed RITS along with a feedback form is now available from


Once the RITS is completed, it is up to each individual Council to put in place a process for it to be linked to their District Plan.


The benefit of a common set of standards for developers is that they will get a good understanding of whether their proposed development will be accepted by the relevant Council without having to go through a potentially lengthy and expensive process.


As the RITS will be applied across the Waikato Region, developers that operate in more than one local authority area will enjoy greater efficiencies by working to a single set of agreed standards.


Besides development, the RITS is also able to be used as the technical specification for construction and maintenance contracts, meaning companies working on behalf of Councils or developers can get a clear understanding of the standards required by these projects.


Over the past 10 years a number of Councils have been developing their own standards, which has seen some variation in the requirements. In early 2016 a project was begun under the WLASS to centralise the specifications in one document. 


As part of this all the Councils taking part in the RITS project were able to contribute along with other key stakeholders; Waikato Raupatu River Trust, Waikato Regional Council and the Property Council. 


The Councils taking part in the RITS initiative are;

  • Hamilton City Council
  • Hauraki District Council
  • Waikato District Council
  • Waipa District Council
  • Matamata-Piako District Council
  • Otorohanga District Council
  • Waitomo District Council
  • South Waikato District Council


Community Consultation
Potential Otorohanga Stop Bank Walking Track


At its meeting on August 24, 2017 the Otorohanga Community Board resolved that consultation should be conducted with the community in respect of potential Council funding of the construction of a fenced concrete surfaced walkway along the full 3.1 kilometre length of the ‘town side’ river stop banks in Otorohanga, from Phillips Ave to Waipa Esplanade.

It is believed that such a track, suitable for walking or cycling, would create new exercise and access opportunities, and would enhance the connection of the community to the Waipa River.

It is currently believed that such a project may have the potential to attract significant external funding which might reduce the net cost to the community of such a track to in the order of $300,000. It is envisaged that this local share of the project cost would be met from part of the proceeds of the recent sale of Council’s Te Raumauku Road farm property, which was considered to be an asset of the Otorohanga community. Further details of the proposal are available from Council.

To read the report discusssed at the meeting, click here [PDF, 758 KB]

Feedback on this proposal is invited from the community, and should be made in writing and addressed to The Chief Executive, Otorohanga District Council, PO Box 11, Otorohanga, or emailed to

Feedback should be received by Monday, September 25, 2017.



Invitation to Tender

Contract 1058 - LED Streetlight Upgrade and Maintenance

Tenders are invited for the upgrade and maintenance to LED streetlights within the Otorohanga district.

For further information contact Robyn Kehoe at or 07 873 4000. Documents are available on Tenderlink.

Tenders will close at the Otorohanga District Council office at 10am on Friday, 22 September, 2017



Speed Restriction  - Mangaorongo Road

Please be advised of the following:

After careful consideration it is the decision of the Engineering Manager to support the Roading Team Division in their recommendation to reduce the Posted Speed Limit on Mangaorongo Road from number 316 Mangaorongo Road and for 300 metres thereafter to 70 KPH.

This is due to the reduced and uneven integrity of the pavement surface. This speed restriction will remain in place until the proposed ‘Mangaorongo Sealed Smoothing’ project is undertaken during the next season.

Road users are asked to observe and adhere to this speed restriction, in the interest of safety for all.

If you have any further questions or queries, please forward them to the Otorohanga District Council Traffic Management Coordinator.