Rates Rebate Applicaiton Assistance in Kawhia

Council staff will be in Kawhia at the Community Hall on Tuesday 7 November from 10am to 2pm to assist with Rates Rebate applications.

Please bring evidence of earnings for the period 1 April 2016 - 30 March 2017 (wages, interest earned, business accounts etc). Super and benefit income evidence is not required.

If you have any enquiries please do not hesitate to contact Council on 07 873 4000 and speak to Customer Services staff. 


Free Driver Refresher Course

  17 November 2017 - 9.30 am to 2pm

St John - 14 Hinewai Street, Otorohanga

If you are 65+ then this classroom workshop is for you!

  • Road Rules
  • Intersection rules and roundabouts
  • Looking for hazards
  • Prescription drugs and driving
  • Rural and urban driving

Light refreshments provided

No vehicles required and no tests or assignments

Want to know more?

Contact: Rachel Stubbs the Road Safety Co-Ordinator at the Otorohanga District Council


027 379 2356



Public Information Meeting

Otorohanga Residential Subdivision Opportunities

Demand for residential property in and around the Otorohanga township is currently exceeding supply, and this situation appears unlikely to change in the near future.


Otorohanga District Council therefore wishes to encourage exploration of opportunities for development of new housing in this area.


A public meeting will be held at the Otorohanga Club at 6.30pm on Wednesday 25th October to help inform the owners of properties in and around the town of the potential for them to undertake subdivision of their land.


If you have a property that you believe may be suitable for residential subdivision the meeting will help you understand the factors that will be considered in assessing whether such a development will be permissible under Council’s District Plan.


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.



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.