2022 News


Kāwhia & Aotea Liquor Ban

23 December 2022 - 7 February 2023

2022/23 Christmas and New Year’s Hours

Land Information Memorandum dates

Property revaluation update


Broad leaf spraying - 17 November 

We're moving back in!

The important work on our office building is completed.


Kāwhia Community Board Member Ken Briggs has resigned. [PDF 42 KB]

Council hours for public holiday 24th October

Ōtorohanga Museum - New Exhibition [PDF 102 KB]


Council hours on public holiday 26th September

To recognise the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Government has decided that a one-off public holiday will occur on Monday 26th September.



To all TIHIROA RWS users - Please BOIL YOUR WATER until further notice. We are having issues in the treatment process at the Tihiroa Water Treatment Plant. The Water Services Team is currently working on the issue. Thank you, Otorohanga District Council Water Services Team.

Water mains flushing programme to begin mid-August [PDF 393 KB]

We will be conducting a mains flushing programme as part of our regular network maintenance.

Watermain renewal for Maniapoto Street, Ōtorohanga CBD

Ōtorohanga District Council has awarded Camex Civil the contract to complete water main renewals, with work starting in Maniapoto Street in early August. 

Notice of 2022 Triennial Local Authority Elections

Nominations are now open for the 2022 Local Authority Elections. 

2022 Annual Residents Survey

As part of Ōtorohanga District Council’s commitment to our community we are continually striving to improve all aspects of what we deliver. This quick survey focuses on the council owned housing for older persons. We invite you to take 10 minutes to share your experiences to help us improve our services.

Proposed road closure for rally sprint

Hamilton Car Club would like to hold a rally sprint on 21st August 2022, which would result in the closure of Hoddle Road. 


Ōtorohanga District  Occupancy Policy Guidelines - your feedback is needed

Ōtorohanga District Council has recently approved a new DRAFT Ōtorohanga District Occupancy Policy (policy) and DRAFT Community Occupancy Guidelines (guidelines) and we’d love to see your feedback.

The policy sets out the framework for decision-making regarding occupancy agreements for all council-owned properties, including community groups occupying council community property and the guidelines provide direction for the implementation of the policy.  To find out more about the policy click here [PDF 986 KB] and guidelines click here. [PDF 672 KB]

Keen to have your say?  Please provide written feedback by emailing [email protected] or drop your feedback into the temporary council service centre, Ōtorohanga library building, 27 Turongo Street Ōtorohanga by Monday 4 July 2022.

Ōtorohanga and Waipā councils approve Joint Contract [PDF 101 KB]

Ōtorohanga District Council and Waipā District Council have approved a joint watermain renewals contract which aims to save ratepayers’ money on water services delivered across the two districts.


We're moving temporarily

Council will close on 3rd June 2022 while we move to a temporary service centre, which will re-open on 7th June 2022.

Targa Rally Road Closures

Next week the Targa Rally is coming to the district and as a result there will be some road closures on Wednesday 25th May.

Council to collaborate in support of subdivsion development in Ōtorohanga [PDF 113 KB]

Tenders are invited for the mowing of Council’s parks, road reserves and properties within the Ōtorohanga Township [DOCX 34 KB]


Ōtorohanga Town Concept Plan – tell us what you think the future should look like [PDF 217 KB]

We’re creating a plan for the future of Ōtorohanga Town and we need to hear what you think the future looks like!


ANZAC Day road closures [DOCX 34 KB]

Information on road closures in Ōtorohanga and Kāwhia due to ANZAC Day commemorations.

Targa Bambina 2022 Motoring Event Road Closures  [DOCX 18 KB]

To allow Club Targa Inc to hold the Targa Bambina 2022 motoring event, we will close some roads to ordinary vehicular traffic for the period of the event.

Kāwhia wastewater needs assessment - Property Survey commencing March 15 2022

From 15 March a survey of 100 properties across Kāwhia will be undertaken to help build a picture of overall septic
tank performance in the community.


Start your own business!

The Rebel Business School is coming to Ōtorohanga! Starting on Monday 28 February, they will deliver a free two-week workshop focused on helping you start your own business and get your ideas off the ground.

Where is New Zealand’s most beautiful place?

Vote now for Keep New Zealand Beautiful's Kiwi’s Choice Award.  Ōtorohanga District has two entries that have made the finals!


2022 Fire Status

The Ōtorohanga District moved into a Restricted Fire Season on 10 January 2022