2021 News


Kāwhia Liquor Ban

A liquor ban is in force from 4pm Thursday 23 December 2012 to 4pm on Monday 7 February 2022

Kāwhia waste water [PDF 13.16 MB]

Does Kāwhia need a waste water treatment system?

Council 2021/2022 Christmas & New Year hours

Our services over the holiday period


Mountain View Road Reservoir - additional storage tank

Earthworks commence on new water storage tank.

Emergency water shut down in Ōtorohanga township

A water leak has caused an emergency water shut down for repairs.

Ōtorohanga Township Water Flushing Programme

Routine maintenance of our water network.


Locations of interest in Ōtorohanga

Some locations of interest in Ōtorohanga township are now available on the Covid-19 website.

Two cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Ōtorohanga township

A message from our Mayor Max Baxter.

Final proposal for representation arrangements for the 2022 local elections

Council adopts representation arrangements at 19 October council meeting.


Queen's Birthday service hours

Our opening hours and services will change over the upcoming long weekend.

Creative Communities Assessment Committee

Council is looking for two representatives to be appointed to the Creative Communities Assessment Committee.

2021/22 Dog Control Fees

Registration fees for 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.


ANZAC Day - Council Services

Our services will be reduced over ANZAC weekend.

Establishment of a Māori ward for Ōtorohanga District given the green light by Council

At the 20 April meeting of the Ōtorohanga District Council a resolution was made to establish a Māori Ward for the 2022 triennial election. 

A little Council with big dreams - the long term plan for Ōtorohanga

Aspirational is the buzz word for Ōtorohanga District Council’s Long Term Plan (LTP) 2021 – 2031. For the past 18 months both Elected Members and staff have been working hard to create a plan for the district that sees it move from a state of austerity to a state of vibrancy.

Community update - SH3 / Waikeria Road intersection 

Manned stop/go will be in place from 19 April 2021.

Gradara Avenue - watermain construction

Works will begin on the new watermain being installed on Gradara Avenue.

Consultation Closed - Class 4 Gambling Venues Policy Review 

We are currently working on collating the information from the submissions and will make a notification to the public once the date for the public hearing has been set.


Easter Weekend

Our opening hours will be reduced over Easter weekend however you can still call us 24/7 on 07 873 4000

Buzzy Bee getting a revamp at the Menzshed

Our iconic Buzzy Bee is currently getting a much needed refurbishment from the team at the Menzshed, Ōtorohanga, ahead of the upcoming Long Term Plan 2021 – 2031 drop-in sessions.

Aotea By-Election

The nomination period has now closed and one nomination was lodged. 

Waikato/Coromandel changes to open fire season

As of 8am Friday 12 March Ōtorohanga will be in an open fire season

Kāwhia & Ōtorohanga cemeteries - gravesite damage

If you see anyone causing damage in any of our cemeteries, please notify Council right away by calling 07 873 4000.


Boil Water Notice - Arohena Rural Water Supply Scheme

Residents and users on the Arohena Rural Water Supply Scheme need to boil their water for at least one minute 

Huiputea Drive Project - Road Lowering near Reg Brett Reserve

Our project to lower the section of Huiputea Drive that runs underneath the KiwiRail bridge is now able to resume

Boil Water Notice - Kahorekau and Huirimu Rural Water Schemes

Residents and users on Kahorekau and Huirimu Rural Water Schemes need to boil their water for at least one minute 

COVID 19 Alert Level Boundaries Interactive Map

There is a field where you can enter an address and the map will zoom straight to that address and tell you what your Level is.

Kāwhia Community Board - resignation

The Kāwhia Community Board will be seeking nominations from Tuesday 16 February.

COVID-19 Testing Centre - Ōtorohanga

A testing centre has been set up at the Tigers Sports Club on Orahiri Terrace 

Island Reserve flood retention maintenance

We will be doing some maintenance on  a pipe near the Tigers Sports Club

The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) is celebrating a significant milestone!

The MTFJ is a valuable programme which has grown from a four-council pilot in June 2020 to now involve 23 rural councils working with MSD to deliver an outstanding result

Ōtorohanga Water Supply 

Why is our water tasting and smelling "muddy" at the moment?

Restricted fire season declared

As of 8am on Tuesday 3 February, the Waikato region is now in a restricted fire season 


Public holiday arrangements

Here are our service hours over the next two weekends for Auckland Anniversary and Waitangi Day public holidays. 

New parking area

With the addition of a new parking area on Phillips Avenue, it will now be easier and safer to gain access to the Stopbank Pathway: Te Ara a Waiwaiā i O-rāhiri. 

Okupata Road Traction Sealing 

A section of Okupata Road has been identified for traction sealing treatment and this is currently underway by Schick Civil Construction Ltd.

Kāwhia Water

Media release regarding the Kāwhia water supply over the summer period.